ST Report: 4-Jun-93 #923

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/06/93-12:17:15 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 4-Jun-93 #923
Date: Sun Jun  6 00:17:15 1993

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                  WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (June 04)


Download  file BATSUB.ARC  from  LIBRARY  2 of  the  Atari Arts  Forum  (GO
ATARIARTS) for BATSUB,  a SEAFOX clone  game.  Move  the submarine to  fire
torpedoes that will sink moving ships.   The program runs in low resolution
with sound.


Download  file HANGM2.LZH  from  LIBRARY  2 of  the  Atari  Arts Forum  (GO
ATARIARTS) for  SoS Hangman 2.01.  This is a  much improved version  of the
recently  released SoS Hangman accessory. The new version features a better
looking game window,and almost 400 new puzzles in 7 categories.


Download file SCRTH.LZH from LIBRARY 4 of the  Atari Productivity Forum (GO
ATARIPRO  for Scrolling  Thunder,  a  viewer  or  browser  for  text  files
(actually,  any  kind  of file)  with  a  difference.  It exclusively  uses
hardware  smooth scrolling,  available  only on  STe/MegaSTe/TT/Falcon,  to
produce the smoothest, fastest display of text you've ever seen. It scrolls
forward  or   backward  at   variable   speed,  and   is  almost   entirely


Download file  FLAGS.LZH from  LIBRARY 11  of the  Atari Vendors  Forum (GO
ATARIVEN) for Sample EPS (Adobe Illustrator) files of the new  Flags of the
World clipart collection  now being sold  by Soft-Logik Publishing.     The
archive contains four flags.


Message Section 12 and Library 12 have been established  for online support
of Oregon Research's products.  Please read OREGON.TXT in Library 12 for an
overview of the company.  Also, be sure to check out the other files in the
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     One week after the long holiday weekend and still the party-like
atmosphere of summer fun continues to grow.  The summer shows both
BlueRidge Fest'93 and CTFest'93 are fast approaching.  "tis an excellent
opportunity for all the interested users to get a "hands-on" demo and
opportunity to purchase their very own Falcon.
     Elsewhere in this issue is the first of a precedent setting feature
where a group of online users from the Compuserve Atari Forums compile a
list of twenty questions for Atari's gurus to answer.  This is an excellent
idea whose time has come!  Don't miss this highly informative article as
its the best to come the pike yet.  And, it courtesy of Ron Luks and the
CIS Atari Forums and of course, Atari Corp.


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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

     "The Jaguar  will be  released in  the Fall,  in  time for  Christmas.
     Sorry,  I  have  no  comment  about  other  computers  to  follow  the
     Falcon030.   We don't have enough of those  on the street yet to worry
     about the next batch in my department anyway. :)"

                                             Bob Brodie  05/26/93



                 Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                 ------------------------   ----------
                Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                               Issue #23
                            By: John Deegan

VALE, CA (JUNE 3) PR NEWSWIRE - Atari Corp. (AMEX: ATC), the founder of 
the video game industry and the creative force behind some of the 
world's best-known titles, has announced the launch of a revolutionary 
new multi-media entertainment system, the Atari Jaguar. The launch will 
be supported by aggressive advertising, promotion and marketing efforts 
to be centered in the New York market in the fall, with a national roll-
out of the product within one year.

   The Atari Jaguar, housed in a futuristic casing, is an interactive 
multi-media system based on an Atari-designed proprietary 64-bit RISC 
processor. The 64-bit system is four times the technology currently seen 
in the market today. The Atari Jaguar features over 16 million colors in 
24-bit true-color graphics and produces shaded 3-D polygons to be 
manipulated in a "real" world in real time. The Atari Jaguar also has 
real-time texture mapping and creates spectacular video effects.
   The sound system is based on Atari's proprietary, high-speed, Digital 
Signal Processor dedicated to audio. The audio is 16-bit stereo CD qual-
ity and processes simultaneous sources of audio data, allowing for very 
realistic sounds, as well as human voices, which are essential for 
future multi-media applications.
   The Atari Jaguar is truly expandable and will include a 32-bit ex-
pansion port which allows for future connection into cable and telephone 
networks, as well as a digital signal processing port for modem use and 
connection to digital audio peripherals such as DAT players.
   The unit will also have a compact disc peripheral, which will be 
double-speed and will play regular CD audio, CD + G (Karaoke) and 
Kodak's new Photo-CD(R).

   Currently, there are multiple software titles in development, which 
will be available on MegaCart(TM). Atari, known for such groundbreaking 
3-D titles as "Battlezone 2000(R)" and "Tempest 2000(R)," will issue 
spectacular new versions for the Atari Jaguar. New 3-D game titles will 
include "Cybermorph(R)," "Alien vs. Predator(R)," "Jaguar Formula One 
Racing(TM)" and many more. Atari will license third-party publishers to 
join the Jaguar family.
   "The Atari Jaguar system will revolutionize the state of home enter-
tainment as we see it today," said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari. "The 
idea of a 64-bit system is earth shattering and kids and adults will be 
amazed at both the imagery and manipulative capabilities. And we are 
proud that our entry into the multi-media entertainment category will be 
fully made in America."
   The Atari Jaguar will retail for approximately $200 and will be avai-
lable nationwide next year. The Atari Jaguar packaged unit will include 
one software experience and a Power Pad(R) Controller with a ten-key pad 
and other special features.

   Atari Corp. manufactures and markets personal computers and video 
games for the home, office and educational marketplaces throughout the 
world. Atari headquarters are located at 1196 Borregas Ave., Sunnyvale, 
CA 94089.
   CONTACT: August J. Liguori of Atari Corp., 408-745-2069 
   COMMODORE POSTS $177.6 MILLION LOSS - Commodore International Ltd. 
has posted a third quarter net loss of $177.6 million, or $5.37 per 

share, on sales of $120.9 million.
   A year ago Commodore had earnings of $4.1 million, or 12 cents per 
share, on sales of $194.6 million.
   For the nine months ended March 31, the net loss was $273.6 million, 
or $8.27 per share compared with net income of $49.5 million, or $1.47 
per share. Sales for the nine months were $517.2 million compared with 
$770.3 million in the year-ago period.
   The company attributed its poor performance to prevailing economic 
softness in all of its major markets, especially Germany. There was also 
significant pricing erosion for the Commodore's older Amiga models and 
PC products. C64 computer sales were nominal in the quarter.
   HP TO UNVEIL PENTIUM-BASED PC - Industry sources say Hewlett-Packard 
Co. will unveil a new line of personal computers, including a model 
based on Intel's Pentium microprocessor.
   The new Vectra computers will range in price from about $1,200 to 
$3,700. Except for the Pentium-based model, the PCs will be based on 
various versions of Intel's 486 chip.
   HP is also expected to announce plans to license some advancements in 
infrared technology. The system will allow PCs to communicate without 
wires with other office equipment, such as fax machines.
   MOTOROLA EXPANDS HP SUPPORT - Chipmaker Motorola Inc. has expanded 
its support for Hewlett-Packard Co's line of palmtop computers.
   Motorola is further developing wireless communication software for 
recently introduced HP 100LX palmtop computer.  EMBARC Communication 
Services Inc. unit now of Motorola, will provide communications software 
for both the HP 95LX and the HP 100LX.
   CLINTON WHITE HOUSE ON INTERNET - Add Internet to the growing number 
of electronic addresses now available for contacting the Bill Clinton 
White House.

   Clinton's personal Internet user ID is "" 
Vice President Al Gore's Internet number is 

   In perhaps the first presidential statement about e-mail, Clinton 
said, "Electronic mail will bring the presidency and this administration 
closer and make it more accessible to the people."

   Clinton indicated that the same will be begin soon in the House of 
Representatives, as well as at various government agencies.

   The presidential statement also attempted to temper expectations for 
the new electronic links. "We must be realistic," the president said, 
"about the limitations and expectations of the White House electronic 
mail system. This experiment is the first-ever e-mail project done on 
such a large scale."

   Clinton added that while he wanted to assure users their messages 
will be "read and receipt immediately acknowledged," White House is "not 
yet capable of sending back a tailored response."

   Washington Post writer John Burgess noted, "People who send comp-
laints or praise by E-mail won't reach the president directly or jump 
the queue in getting attention. The messages will be read by the White 
House correspondence staff, with the same priority as paper letters. A 
sampling will be shown to the president and Vice President Gore, who 
made White House E-mail a personal priority."
   The Clinton White House already has opened communications on 
CompuServe (GO WHITE HOUSE) and two other commercial services, through 
which, says Burgess, it is receiving as many as 5,000 messages a week.


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

Hey there good neighbors!  Well, it looks like the Falcon has landed.  But
did any of us realize that it would be such a rare and possibly endangered
species?  Perhaps we should send a matched pair to those people in
California who raise condors.  Maybe THEY could make them multiply.

Well, enough of my babbling.  Let's get to the stuff that people posted on
CompuServe this week...

>From the Atari Productivity Forum

Miles Cohen updates us on the price and availability of the Falcon in New

"Hi all...

Previously I had written that Manny's Music in NYC had an 85meg HD equipped
Falcon on display and that they were taking orders for $1289...

Here is an update I just received from Bruce at Mannys...

    Date:  29-May-93 20:29 EDT
    From:  Bruce Samuels [72074,366]
    Subj:  Falcon Video

    Hi Myles,
    According to the published specs for the Falcon, it has Super-VGA
    support as  well as composite video, RF and broadcast analog
    just about any  monitor will work including the existing Atari         

    At Manny's the Falcon will sell for $1250 in a 4/60 config.excluding
    monitor.  Availability?!  Who  knows? Atari doesn't have many answers.

Is there anyone out there who was surprised by the availability part?  I
didn't think so.

One of the latest rages here on COmpuServe is the ability to access
messages from Internet, a network used by lots of people.  Michael Stock

"Does anybody use the good old Atari to get Messages from INTERNET? I mean
directly, not using Compuserve Mail. A friend told me that I need a
UUCP-program, but I don't know where to get it."

Hal Dougherty, a regular here on CompuServe, and a very helpful guy, tells

"All you need is a terminal program for the ST and a computer to call that
has internet access.  You can read and reply to messages from all over the
world.  If you get luck, you might even get FTP access.

With FTP, you can transfer files from archive sites to your host computer
and then download them to your ST.

Check your local BBS's for a local Internet access number or check  at the
local university near you for Internet access."

Sysop Bob Retelle, another very knowledgable guy, tells Michael:

"Michael, as Hal mentioned, one way to access the Internet is to use your
ST to connect to a mainframe that you have an account on, either at a
university or perhaps where you work.

The procedure would be to call that mainframe just like any BBS, then use
the mainframe to call out into the Internet.

I suspect though, you meant using your ST more directly than that...

We have a program here in our libraries called  KA9Q  which will let you
dial into an Internet node and actually gives your ST an Internet address
so you can TELNET and FTP directly.

The biggest problem is finding an open Internet node to call.  I use the
University of Michigan here...  you'd have to find a number in your area.

The UNIXFORUM has a lot of information that might help.  In particular,
there's a list of public access sites and how to contact them. (I think
it's called PUBNIX or something like that)

The  KA9Q  file also includes some excellent text files on setting the
system up, written by Bill Rayl of the Atari Interface magazine.  If you
decide to try it, let me know if you run into any problems..."

Daniel Biron takes this opportunity to ask Bob:

"Bob, what would you recommend for Internet access from PC or (preferably)
Windows? I'm talking shareware, of course."

Bob tells Daniel:

"I've FTP'd a version of KA9Q for my PC, but I haven't had time to
really check out how to set it up...  from all I've read, it's essentially
the same program as the ST version, but the "little" details seem to be

Brian Gockley of ST Informer Magazine, MacDonald Associates, and the
Connecticut AtariFest, asks Bob:

" there _no_ charge to use Internet? Do you have to be
part of a school or government, or do they just act as nodes?"

Sysop Brad Hill fills Brian in on some of the details:

"Internet is not a commercial entity, so no charges are paid to the network
itself.  There _are_ commercial access providers, who charge a monthly rate
for getting you into the net.

Here on CIS, Internet Email is free to send, within your standard
monthly Email allowance, just like CIS Email.  However, receiving Internet
mail _always_ costs, regardless of the state of your monthly allowance, at
the same rates as Email after the allowance has been exceeded.  (Hope you
followed that.)"

Brian asks another way:

"So I don't have to belong to a University or work for the government? I
just call up Yale and say "Hey, what's your internet number?"

Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Brian:

"I don't know of any schools, government institutions, or businesses that
do that yet. <grin>  The institution usually pays the bill so adding more
people is usually not a priority.  There are places that just allow one to
pay a small fee for access to internet.  There are also other places that
you can call an 800 or 900 phone number to have access for more money."

Brian tells Albert:

"Thank you, I knew it couldn't be that easy. I was aware that good ol'
Uncle Sam pays for most of it, but there is usually _some_ membership

Bob Retelle, that Sysop guy, adds:

"Yale may indeed have such a number...  it's finding out what it is that
can take the detective work..

I was lucky in that the author of the Atari port of KA9Q was at the
University of Michigan when he wrote it, so the "sample" phone numbers
included in the package were the ones for the UofM, a local phone call for

Another avenue to explore are local BBSs that have connections to the
InterNet.  There's one here called GREX which charges a small fee to join,
and which offers InterNet service..  (the nice thing about a setup like
that is that you can use your regular, familiar, terminal package. KA9Q is,
to be charitable, not very "user friendly").  Systems like that are listed
in the text file I mentioned which gives public access points to InterNet."

Well, enough of the Internet stuff, let's get back to the Falcon for a
message or two...

Jim Ness relays this tidbit:

"Bob Brodie of Atari has announced over the weekend that all Falcons
now shipping have 84meg drives, instead of the previously announced 65meg
drives.  A nice little surprise gift, for those who had ordered their
machines already."

Robby Cooke thinks aloud:

"It certainly seems like the Amiga 1200 has a leg up on the Falcon in terms
of graphics.I wonder why Atari didn't increase the resolution of the Falcon
to compete with the Amiga?"

Greg Kopchak tells Robby:

"There is a 1600 by 600 demo program posted in the ST area on GEnie that
displays a matrix of Degas images on the screen."

Remember a few months ago when there was a rumor of an ST-compatible clone?
Well the subject comes up again.  Greg Wageman brings up an interesting
point about "techie stuff":

"The neat thing about physical-to-virtual address mapping is that you can
change it on-the-fly.  So you can look for a cartridge to boot from, read
the contents into RAM, run from RAM and re-map the cartridge somewhere
else, for example.

OS's like Unix that provide memory mapping of hardware usually provide the
application with an interface that returns a pointer to the base of the

hardware after mapping it in, so the application is written not to expect
the hardware in a particular location (unlike the Atari memory map, for
example).  More like Atari display RAM, where you allocate a chunk of
memory and maintain a pointer to it."

John Amsler and I share one habit:  We both tend to spell things like
'staff' as 'STaff" to show our support of ST computers.  Ron Luks tells

"I've noticed that as you get more enthused about the prospects for Atari
Corp, you start that annoying habit of capitalizing the "ST" in words. I
regret that when we get the chance to meet fact to face, I'm going to have
to slap you silly for this. [big grin]

I'm going to be at Fall COmdex and Winter CES in Vegas this year. I expect
that we will HAVE to get together so I can buy you a drink or two. Start
making provisions now.

And be prepared to be slapped."

Now wasn't that nice of Ron?  John replies:

"Please, try to reSTrain yourself! <g>

Heh, heh."

Way to go, John!  We'll show him just what kind of STuff we're made of!
Meanwhile, Bob Retelle tells us:

"Just heard via UseNet from a friend of mine who works at one of the Atari
dealers here in Michigan...

They just got in a shipment of Falcons for sale..!

I don't yet know what the configuration of the systems is, or what software
was included, but the good news is, the Falcons are here in Michigan..!"

Sysop Keith Joins asks Bob:

"Which dealer?  I might wander on over and take a look. :)"

Bob tells Keith:

"This was Softhouse over on Ford Road in Westland..

I was thinking of packing up the car and getting a picnic lunch and maybe
my camping gear, and take a drive over there this weekend...


>From the Atari ST Arts Forum

Bob Retelle explains a bit about the message systems on CompuServe:

"...just as a point of interest, most Forums here on CompuServe don't have
Private messages enabled..

The main reason is that there are only a finite number of message "slots"
available before new messages start replacing old ones..  if there were to
be a significant number of private messages taking up slots, the effect
would be to make normal public messages scroll off much faster.

Actually it's easy to send an E-Mail message right from here.. just compose
your reply as usual, but hit #4 on the menu after you enter  /exit

That will send your reply privately via E-Mail..."

>From the Atari Vendor's Forum

Ron Luks posts:

"If Atari sells a lot of machines (even to musicians) there WILL be a
demand for supplemental software.  As the installed base grows (for
whatever reason), the community as a whole will benefit as it becomes a
bigger POTENTIAL market for other developers.

The installed base is the absolute KEY number to follow."

John Amsler tells us:

"...Too bad about Atari -- I wouldn't even be THINKING of going to a 486-66
and the GEMulator if they would have made an upgrade path to a 68040 at,
let's say, 50 MHz.  Sigh.  A 12-year "relationship" (I bought my first
Atari, an 800, in 1981) will probably end within the next year."

Bill Devonshire asks Lexicor about using Chronos on the Falcon:

"What is the latest version of Chronos and is it Falcon compatible?  I have
a falcon in the wind and would like to get a jump on software before it
lands.  BTW your NOVA card sounds great!"

Lee at Lexicor tells Bill:

"Yes we have a Falcon compatible version. It is not yet in release.

The current version is 1.31"

Mike Mortilla tells us about OutburST (hey, is that that Amsler guy again
;)  ), the printer speeder-upper (that's a technical term).  Mike posts:

"Just about 1/2 hour ago I installed OutburST. I didn't do much printing
but the test went great. And WordPerfect *flew* by! Also sped up printing
from my music notation prg (The Copyist DTP).

Be sure to read the READ.ME file!!! It will save you lots of time setting
up pageStream. Also, USE the ACC... you'll need it."

John Damiano thanks Mike for the info:

"I have had it sitting here for a month and have not even looked at it.
We decided to stay home this weekend and I am having a GREAT time playing
around with the computers.  This is the FIRST weekend with no commitments
in months.  I am so HAPPY!  So maybe Ill do it tomorrow...Ill take your
advice.  Glad it worked well for you."

Mike tells John:

"Odd? This is the first weekend *I've* had in months without having to
perform somewhere (although I *did* have a 6 hour recording session

OutburST will only take you 10 or 15 minutes to get set-up.

I got The Link thursday or so, but the hard drive won't be here until at
least tues and the interface for my sampler on friday. So I won't be able
to try this stuff out for a while. Too bad the Link doesn't have a clock. I
still have that damn DeskCart sticking out of my STf. Guess I drop another
$30 and get a clock chip."

John continues:

"We are on parallel time tracks apparently.  I worked about six hours
yesterday but it was early in the morning and it seemed like a it
didn't hurt too much.  Today was great.  I flew up over Yosemite and
cruised around looking at the waterfalls and the Sierras.  It was
fantastic.  Let me know when you start the process with the Link.  I still
have not checked the voltage on that pin.  I might run out there tomorrow
and if I do Ill check it....I think I have the SCSI id set ok.  Pretty sure
its one or two.  Hope you are having a good one too."

John Eidsvoog of CodeHead Technologies posts this little bit of info:

"A few years ago, we started working on a front-end for Microsoft Bookshelf
but it was "shelved" while we waited for an indication that Atari might
release the CD-ROM units.  It's still on hold."

Jim Ness asks John:

"Isn't there a CDROM driver with MultiTOS, that could conceivably use a
Bookshelf front end?  That really is a terrific idea, because there are now
so many CDROM reference libraries available.

I got Bookshelf included with my PC's CDROM.  It's neat.  Had you been
planning for your front end to provide .WAV file support, too?"

>From the Atari Portfolio Forum

BJ Gleason, Sysop and programming maniac, tells us:

"In tonight's "Parker Lewis" on FOX, Jerry uses an Atari Portfolio to help
him test his perpetual motion machine.  However, as he is typing, it is not
the typical sounds that the keyboard generates [the sound effect people
made it sound more like a desktop machine], and the alarm that goes off is
another special effect, since it is not the standard alarm.  Unless, of
course, they used Dave's program to change the alarm sound... :-)"

Don Thomas tells BJ:

"Okay, let me get this straight...

It's a Portfolio that doesn't behave or sound like a Portfolio and, the way
you're making it sound, may not look like a Portfolio unless they're
running one of Dave's programs?

..and, so, you're a Parker Lewis kind of guy, eh!?"

David Stewart, of Re:Port magazine fame, tells BJ:

"I used to watch Parker all the time ... and they have been big supporters
of the Port ... along with some other Fox shows (like the late Ben Stiller
show) ... has something to do with all the Atari equipment that they use
for sound over there ... i.e. the Arsenio show (is that still on?) band
uses Atari equip.  I think that's a Fox show, after a fashion ... same
production company, perhaps." 

Steve Warne asks:

"Does anybody out there know of any way to increase the base memory of my
Port. I'm UK based and I have not been able to find anybody who can
internally increase the base memory, without plugging a pack on the side of
the machine.

If anyone has any ideas please could you mail me with some advice."

Peter Bennett of The Portfolio Connection tells Steve:

"As far as I am aware, you can get an internal upgrade in Germany,
Australia and the USA but *not* at present in the UK. I find that a little
ironic since the Port was designed by the British firm DIP. DIP did produce
a 512k model of the Port but it did not really take off and has now been

We have been investigating the possibility of getting the upgrades done in
the UK as we know where to source the upgrade unit, but we need to find
someone with the technical know-how to perform the upgrade as it is a
*very* difficult task.

In the meantime, I think you'll either have to make do with what is
available or risk sending off your Port for six weeks or so to be upgraded

BTW, we are a small UK business specializing in hardware and software for
the Portfolio and are able to supply Portfolio peripherals and accessories
that are hard to come by, if at all, from other UK Portfolio dealers. If
you would like a copy of our latest catalogue and newsletter, then leave us
your address via email.

Our address is:

The Portfolio Connection Bucklands Cottage Wallingford Road Cholsey Oxon  
OX10 9HB United Kingdom

Tel/Fax 0491 836880"

Barry Childress asks:

"Since I'm fairly new to all the options for the Port I have a few
questions regarding the 512k RAM Ports.

Is this 512k of RAM located on a peripheral device?

If so can this device be removed and added with minimal fuss? (ie Keeping
the contents of a minimal C: drive intact.)"

Well folks, that's about all for this week.  If you're going to the
Connecticut AtariFest next week, please drop by the Portfolio Corner.  I'll
be there with the world-famous BJ Gleason, as well as all the other
luminaries that are sure to attend.  This is going to be the first showing
of PRODUCTION Model Falcons in a show setting, so be there if you can!

One final note about those 512 kbyte Portfolios:  Call Megabyte Computers!
They can either send you a brand new Portfolio with 512K, or add it to your
present Portfolio.  You'll find them in the dealer listing in the back of

Well, come on back next week and listen to what they are saying when...

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> ATARI ON COMPUSERVE! STR FOCUS!  Atari Supports its Users with Answers

                         COMPUSERVE'S ATARI FORUMS

                              TWENTY QUESTIONS
                           ATARI SUPPLIES ANSWERS!


We've taken  a sort of panel  discussion kind of approach  to the questions
here.   James and I have  answered the bulk of the  questions, and tried to
drag Bill  in as much as  possible.  Due to  the demands on  our time here,
we're much later than we would  like to be with this file. My  apologies to
your members for the delay.

[From a US user]:
What features  do you think the  Falcon030 has that would  convince a FIRST
TIME computer buyer to purchase this PC?

        From James Grunke:

        Clearly, the features that are going to sell units are the DSP,
        SDMA sound engine, the BLiTTER and graphics capabilities,
        MultiTOS, and MIDI ports. As well, it will be key for us to
        showcase third party products  that demonstrate elegant
        applications for this aggressive new hardware.

        Simply, what will convince the first time buyer to purchase this
        PC is the ability to do high end applications for a lot less money
        than what might be available on other platforms.

        From Bob Brodie:

        We've included Atari Works as part of the Falcon hard disk bundle
        so that customers will have quality productivity software
        right out of the box.  Other software included with the
        Falcon030 provides a good sampling of games, sound
        applications, and a high quality font technology in

        It really depends on what the consumer is looking for to be really
        honest with you.  Personally, I think one of the things that has
        helped sell DOS machines are some of the applications on them.  We
        feel that the Falcon030 represents tremendous capabilities of a
        musician!  To the point that it really is a professional level
        work station for music.  For customers that are getting a computer
        for music, the Falcon030 is the clear choice. After that, it gets
        much tougher.  We have a bunch of true color paint programs
        coming on board, and the voice mail application from DOA that is
        very interesting.  Also, there are about a large number of
        entertainment titles under development.  The Falcon will be a
        terrific game machine, too!

        Perhaps one of our best assets is the way in which you can run so
        many O/S's from the Atari.  Certainly, we're going to need other
        applications from our developers to address other areas of
        software where we are weak.
        Personally, I think the thing that will continue to attract users
        is the simplicity and ease of use of an Atari Computer.

[Another user asks]:
Three and  one half  years ago  I purchased  an Atari  STFM  because I  was
excited about joining the world of  midi and I felt that Notator  and Atari
provided the  best platform.  As the hardware and software world expanded I
went for all  the Notator upgrades and  one year ago bought  a MegaSTE 4/50
for more  RAM  and  speed.   I  like  my  machine very  much  but  am  very
disappointed  that it  became a  fossil in  5 months  with no  support from
Atari.  What can you tell me and others that will make us feel that this is
not likely to  happen to us if we purchase a  Falcon for our Music and Midi
computer now that there are other "030',"040", and "486" machines with good
music and Midi support?

>From Bob Brodie:
        I'm not really sure what you mean by "fossil", other than the fact
        that it is no longer being manufactured.  Have you had specific
        support problems with the Mega STE?  It's really been one of our
        most reliable machines, and we have a qualified staff of
        technicians here in Sunnyvale that can fix just about any problem
        that you might have with the Mega STE (or any other Atari CPU for
        that matter).

        On the software side, we're supporting the Mega STE in many of the
        new software products that are coming out.  MultiTOS runs on a
        Mega STE, SpeedoGDOS works on a Mega STE, and so does Atari Works.
        That hardly qualifies as "no support from Atari"!

        On the hardware side, we built the Mega STE to accept industry
        standard 3-1/2" SCSI hard disk drives specifically so you would
        have an easier time getting the HD you want. You should be able to
        upgrade to even a 1.2 Gigabyte drive in your Mega STE.  It also
        comes with a VME port, so you can install one of the graphics
        cards to upgrade your video as well.   Again, the support for the
        machine is there on the hardware side as well.

        Like all computer companies, we are constantly working on new
        technologies that will improve on today's products.  However, as
        long as the Mega STE that you bought continues to serve your
        needs, what is the problem?  With the Atari Falcon030, we've
        introduced a new family of computers  with an additional set of
        capabilities.  It is a fact of our industry that what you buy
        today will be replaced by another machine.  Check out how quickly
        Apple is bringing new machines to the market; virtually every six

>From James Grunke:

        Notator running on a Mega STE is still one of the most powerful
        music combinations in the world!!  A lot of records are being made
        with this duo.  As well as products from Steinberg, Barefoot, Dr.
        T's, and many others.

        If that's a fossil, how come it still eats 486s for lunch?   At
        home, I still use Notator on a Mega ST (with TOS 1.2), and even
        that will smoke a 486!  :)

        With the Falcon's new hardware, and our track record in music,
        I'm quite confident that the Falcon will remain a viable tool in
        your arsenal for many years to come.
[Another US member asks]:
Will  ATARI still offer support for it's  existing lines (ST , MEGA, TT...)
or will all their effort be put behind the FALCON?
>From Bob Brodie:

        In terms of service, we will support all of the existing lines.
        However, I don't think you will see us bring out new products
        *specifically* for the older machines.
        We did created TOS 2.06 expressly so one of our strategic
        partners (Artifex) could produce an adapter board to allow owners
        of the ST series of computers to upgrade to the new desktop. In
        TOS 2.05, the system would crash if it found non-STE hardware.
        That was changed in TOS 2.06 (as well as some bug fixes)
        specifically so users of older machines could enjoy the benefits
        of the new TOS.

        I also indicated that our new software products, Atari Works,
        Speedo GDOS, and MultiTOS will also work on older machines as
        well. You may want to consider upgrading an 8Mhz machine with an
        accelerator board, though.
        For several years now, we have said that the minimum hardware
        standard for computer users was an STE. There will be some
        features on some products that will simply not work on an ST
        family computer because the hardware isn't up to the task (like
        not enough colors, no DMA sound).
        We will provide service for all of our products as long as
        practical.  However, there are of course, limitations to that.
        We still get phone calls asking for repairs for the Atari 5200 (a
        product that stopped manufacturing over 8 years ago!) We do sell
        joy sticks for it, btw.   Nothing will last forever, but we will
        support the machines as long as it is practical.

[Multiple members ask]:
Will the programs that run on the ST line run on the FALCON? (What level of
backwards compatibility can we  realistically expect?  How does  it compare
to the TT compatibility-wise?)

>From Bob Brodie:

        The Falcon030 is much more STE compatible that the TT030 is.  We
        really feel that the STE is the correct compatibility barometer,
        not the ST. Again, this relates to the hardware capabilities of
        the machines.

        We expect Pacific Software Supply to release a study that they
        have done on software compatibility  should provide a more
        concrete answer to your question.  They are the leading suppliers
        of Atari software in North America, so they  have lots of products
        to test!

        As a rule, applications usually work fine.  Games tend to have the
        greatest area of drop-off in compatibility.  We found a few things
        that didn't work, but were mostly older products that hadn't been
        updated in a long time, like Microsoft Write.  Some utilities will
        also fail on the Falcon, too.

[From the UK]:
The decision to  include MultiTOS on  disk and not  to commit to ROM  might
suggest a  lack of  confidence in  that product  on Atari's part.   Can  we
expect to see MultiTOS in ROM in the future (maybe switchable with an older
TOS) or is multitasking seen as secondary to the future of Atari computers?

>From Bob Brodie:

        We do not have a lack of confidence in MultiTOS, and regret that
        you see our decision as such.

        Many other OS's are disk based.  We felt that having MultiTOS on
        disk allowed easier updates.  We have TOS 4 in ROM for users that
        choose not to use MultiTOS.  It's not the same as a PC or a Mac
        where you can't do anything without loading the OS from disk.

        I don't see this as making multitasking "secondary" at all.
        Rather I see it as another manifestation of our view that the
        Falcon030 is primarily a home computer.   We've indicated that
        there will be other products in the future that will aimed for the
        higher end.

        Multitasking will be an important tool for those machines, as well
        as any accelerator boards for the Atari Falcon030.

[From the CIS Atari sysop staff]:
Specifically, what software can the purchaser of a  new Falcon030 expect to
get with his purchase?   And if any of the items are not  included with his
purchase, when/how can he expect to receive them?
>From Bob Brodie:

        Specifically, users in North America get MultiTOS, SpeedoGDOS,
        FalconD2D, Audio Fun Machine, BreakOut, Landmines, CalAppt,
        Talking Clock, ProCalc, System Audio Manager (S.A.M.) and Atari

        Falcon D2D is not shipping with the units at this point in time,
        and neither is S.A.M. (System Audio Manager).  Bugs in both
        products are preventing our shipping them.  These are not Atari
        in-house products, they are contracted from outside developers, so
        we're not in total control of this situation (i.e. Don't come out
        of your office unless it's fixed!).  We do expect the developers
        to rectify the problems to fulfill their contracts.

        Customers will be find cards in their Falcons so they can mail in
        to have these programs sent to them as soon as they are completed.

What  recording software  is  being bundled  with  the first  shipments  of
Falcons?  What exactly can be done (with HD recording) right off the shelf?

        From James Grunke:

        Off the shelf, FalconD2D will provide stereo record and playback,
        with limited editing, such as cut and paste.  It does a great job
        of giving the consumer the ability to do intro level digital audio
        For more advanced users, they should look to products from
        Steinberg, D2D, Digitape by Trade It,  Yamaha, and others.
        You can expect Falcon integrated MIDI/Digital Audio products to be
        some of the most aggressive on the planet in terms of features per

>From Bob Brodie:
        FalconD2D *should be* shipping, but is not. As quickly as it is
        available, we will provide it to the owners of Atari Falcon030s.
        We've always had the point of view that FalconD2D was an
        introductory recording package to give a glimpse of what was
        possible with Digital Audio with the Falcon030.  So while we're
        upset that FalconD2D isn't shipping, neither is it the end of the
        world for higher end users.

        On the HD recording front, there are other applications, like
        MusiCOM from COMPO Software that are excellent products.  When
        BYTE Magazine wrote about the Falcon030, MusiCOM was the product
        they used for their testing.  At less than $75, it's a real
        bargain.  Since it has additional capabilities not found in
        FalconD2D, MusiCOM is a reasonable purchase for many musicians

What does the hardware audio interface currently consist of?   Was the bass
boost scrapped?

>From James Grunke:

        The hardware interface on the Falcon uses mike and headphone
        mini-jacks, exactly the same as walkman-like products.  The 16 bit
        stereo CODEC is good quality Crystal product.  Yes, I'm pleased to
        say that the bass boost has been scrapped.

        As of last testing, current specs are: 
                                Signal to noise ratio 84dB
                                Frequency response 20-20K
                                Crosstalk -60dB

Most  outboard MIDI  interfaces have  multiple INs  and OUTs  for increased
numbers  of MIDI channels.  Are there  plans to include multiple MIDI jacks
on the Falcon (or future versions of the Falcon)?

>From James Grunke:

        The plans are to use third party outboard MIDI interfaces with
        multiple INs and OUTs.  Check with Steinberg and E-magic regarding
        their plans for products in this area.

        There are no plans to include additional MIDI ports.  On an
        interesting side note, we did, however, rewire our MIDI ports back
        to spec!  No more bastardized MIDI ports!

Will there be a cartridge port on every Falcon (and future models)?

>From Bob Brodie:

        There is a cartridge port on every Atari Falcon030 made, and has
        been since the product was first shown.

        We have no comment on any specifications of future computer models
        at this time. I know that isn't what you want to hear...sorry.

It was  recently announced that  Atari Corp. licensed  compression software
from Cinepak.  Is this for the Falcon line or the Jaguar?

>From Bob Brodie:

        Actually, the name of the product that we licensed was Cinepak.
        It is from SuperMac.

        We will use that technology on both the Falcon030 and the Jaguar.

The Falcon is supposed to have the same extra  joysticks ports that the STe
has.  My question is, are there any plans  to use these ports?  (don't tell
me about  third party  companies) I'd  really like  to be  able to  use IBM

>From Bob Brodie:

        The Falcon *does* have the same analog joystick ports that the STE
        has.  Yes, there are plans to use these.  They are not the same
        pin outs as on IBM joysticks/accessories, though.  We have 15
        pins, they have 9.  We showed, as early as COMDEX, a special
        controller pad that we are manufacturing for the Falcon030.  It
        will be used by a number of games coming out, like LlamaZap.

        The controller has a joypad similar to the Lynx's on it, pause and
        option buttons, three fire buttons labelled A-B-C, and a keypad
        with numbers 1-9 , plus * and # It's designed to be a two handed
        Every game developer that is working on the Falcon has one of
        these controllers, and will use it for their games.

        Re your comment about "don't tell me about third party companies",
        OK...but keep in mind that we're primarily a hardware company, not
        a software company.  We try not to compete with our developers.
        It's their job to come out with products that make use of the

[A US developer/vendor asks]:
Without any significant  changes to  the Atari corporate  structure in  the
last seven years, why  should Atari owners  believe that Atari will  change
from its previous pattern of  little (or no) marketing, late  delivery, and
short shelf life products?

>From James Grunke:

        There have been significant changes in the corporate structure of
        Atari over the last seven years; engineering, management,
        distribution, manufacturing, and sales.  This industry is
        incredibly dynamic.

        We don't need to repeat the stories of the US market.  However, we
        remind you that in Europe, we have always maintained a strong
        market position.  Sam has always made quite clear that when we
        have leapfrog technology in good supply then and only then does it
        make sense to invest in marketing programs such as advertising and

        As a developer, you should be aware that we have made a bold move
        with our dealer agreement to expand and strengthen our North
        American dealer base. This approach is similar to successful
        companies such as Pioneer, Yamaha, and divisions of Sony.  What
        this means to the end users in the long run is more healthy,
        quality dealers in their area for them to choose from.

        Late delivery?  Call Microsoft!  This ain't the pizza business!!!

        Short life products?  Why are dealers still screaming for 1040STEs
        that are four year old technology?

        Seriously, we are as frustrated as anyone by the product delays.


>From Bob Brodie:

        I get the feeling that when you speak about the corporate
        structure, you're really speaking about the Tramiels.  There seems
        to be a feeling among our userbase that they are incompetent, and
        all the European success is a result of good managers being far
        enough away from Sunnyvale to do what they want to do.
        I cannot let such a misconception continue.

        Atari is emerging from a period of about four years of when it's
        products were not technologically superior any longer, and where
        we had extreme problems in our engineering group.

        A little over four years ago, we lost most of the key staff
        members we had in our engineering group.  When they left, they
        left "no trails" of their progress on their work.  We had no idea
        what had been tried, if it had worked and if not, why not, etc.
        In short, we had no clue about what was happening with our

        So, first, we had to figure out what was going on.  Then we took
        steps to ensure that we would never be placed in this position
        again, which meant that we had to enact fundamental changes in the
        way we did things with our staff.  This was not an easy task, and
        certainly didn't happen on the first attempt. Along the way, we
        had to acquire some new people that we could work with, too.  That
        didn't happen on the first attempt either.

        We also went through and took a long look at where we needed to
        be and where the market was heading.  It seemed to make sense to
        proceed with some projects that had been heavily invested in, like
        the TT.  You might recall that the TT originally was supposed to
        be a 68020 based machine.  As our engineering situation evolved,
        the product did, too.  Other products that had been discussed
        were scrapped.

        We made decisions on what we needed to do product wise, and also
        took a good look at the economy.  About the point in time we were
        beginning to come out with some interesting technology, the
        economy was in a tailspin.  In fact, in California, it's still
        just awful!!!  To us, it doesn't make a lot of sense to
        aggressively market products that you don't believe it, or that
        the economy will not support.  In fact, it's pretty silly!  You
        can *waste* an incredible amount of money, truly _vast_ sums of
        dollars in this business if you aren't careful.  We've been very
        careful about what we've been over the last three years or so.

        This is not to say that we haven't made mistakes.  We put a lot
        of effort into the STylus, a pen based system that really looked
        promising.  However, in looking at the pen based market, the
        products were simply not selling.  In fact, a company that was
        founded on a pen based product had a lot of our former engineers,
        Momenta, was born and died during this time frame.  The pen based
        systems still aren't selling well to this day.  We created the ST
        Book, based on the premise of long battery life for users, only
        to find that our US dealers insisted on a back lit screen that
        would have killed the battery life of the product.  We created
        the Panther game system, which would have competed against the
        Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis as a 16 bit game product.  We
        killed that project when it was obvious that we needed to
        leapfrog the competition again, and go beyond the 16 bit
        systems. We know that we've been far from perfect.

        We have harbored our resources in preparation of a proper launch
        for two milestone products: The Atari Falcon030, and the Jaguar.
        You will see us market those in an aggressive fashion.  And as the
        sales of the Falcon030 grow, you will see those sales fund
        additional efforts.

        So, in my view, the corporate structure that is in place is
        exactly what has kept the company afloat in contentious times
        where many of the hardware giants have fallen.  They had the
        vision to foresee the poor economy, and the wisdom to recognize the
        limitations of their products.  They now have innovative new
        products in the queue that the marketplace will embrace.

        I think your comment about the last seven years is an
        exaggeration.  If  you look back that far, you're in the hey-day
        of the 520ST and 1040ST. Atari made all the right moves in the US
        then, and we can do it again.
In this day and age of extremely short  'windows of opportunity' to bring a
product  to market,  Atari seems  to be  taking unusually  long to  ramp up
Falcon production.   Is Atari  having difficulty getting  Falcons produced,
are you deliberately keeping  production runs small, or will  large numbers
(defined  as thousands)  of Falcons be  arriving for sale  to consumers any
time within the near future (defined as 'within six to eight weeks')?

>From Bob Brodie:

        I don't agree with your comment about "the short window of
        opportunity" comment on the hardware side of the business.  On the
        software side, there is no question that it is an extremely small
        window.  On the hardware side...not so.  Witness the PC clones;
        all the innovation going on over there is just an ever faster
        microprocessor.  The real innovation is going on in software.

        With the Falcon030, we have innovative hardware.  The window of
        opportunity is quite large, and will be so for quite some time to

        We are keeping production runs small at this point, until the
        economy picks up.  This seems to be a trend in the industry right
        now with other companies as well, like Compaq.  We're certainly
        not the only hardware company that acting cautiously in regards to
        production right now.

        Globally, we will be shipping large numbers in the near future (in
        accordance with your definitions).

>From James Grunke:

        Production is ramping up, and we expect larger numbers to arrive
        over the summer.  The first waves of Falcons were gobbled up
        immediately, and there are more sell-thru units "on the boat".

In  the UK  we have  Falcon users  with  both TOS  4.01 and  4.02 and  just
starting to circulate round the comms  scene is the falcon patch, there are
claims that this patch doesn't fix  all the bugs in those releases of  TOS,
can Bill spread any light on this? Also does the patch fix any of the known
bugs  in  TOS 4.04  which is  shipping  on the  next batch  of  machines (I

>From Bill Rehbock:

        FPATCH.PRG does fix issues with the serial port with bconmap()

        This applies to all versions of TOS 4 at this time.  TOS 4.04 is
        available for $60 US, although the policies and prices in the UK
        may differ.

        The tweaks up to TOS 4.04 relate mostly to esoteric kind of
        things, like overlay bit control, and involves vset masks mode,
        although there are not that many applications that use it.  The
        other changes that FPATCH takes care of are connecting the audio
        system in such a fashion that STE and TT sound applications can
        make sound, and then bcomap() got changed  going into TOS 4.04,
        but not enough.  So you will still need FPATCH for TOS 4.04.

        Overall, there are very few changes between 4.01 and 4.04.

>From Bob Brodie:

        Having bugs in your OS is just a fact of life.  Every single OS
        has them, bar none.  I think that it is unavoidable.  DOS 6 is
        taking a terrible beating over problems it has,  Windows 3.1 is
        far from bug free, and Apple's System 7 has had their share of
        problems, too.  Windows NT is getting raked over the coals in the
        computer media severely because of it's bugs. (Granted, it's in
        beta form)

        This isn't to say that we're not looking to eliminate all the
        bugs, but that it's almost unavoidable that they will happen in
        some degree.

Does  ATARI plan on telling the general  public (not everyone has access to
an on-line service or a BBS) about the new FALCON or is it just between us?
Specifically, what are your advertising plans?  Which magazines? TV? etc.

>From James Grunke:

        Atari does plan to tell everyone about the Falcon.  However not
        until we have enough product to fulfill that demand.  Remember the
        Stacy ads that created a large demand, and then we couldn't fill
        it?  We don't want a repeat of that!!

        In terms of specific plans, the initial strategies will involve
        teaming up with key developers to attack niche markets, such as
        music, video, graphics, etc.. Typically, this approach would
        utilize print ads (both national and regional), special events
        (i.e. trade shows),  and key referenceable accounts such as
        artist endorsements, cutting edge educational institutions.

        When general consumer applications (and I mean killer
        applications) are available and our production is tooled up to
        meet demand, only then does it make sense to do a national TV
        awareness campaign.

>From Bob Brodie:

        On a local level, we have a market development fund program in
        place with our dealers that is very flexible...almost like make us
        an offer, and let's talk about it.  We're certainly willing to
        work with dealers to help fund their well planned efforts.

        Even though our dealer sign up campaign is going along well,
        there are still some states that we don't have dealers.  In my
        mind, this precludes a national campaign at this point in time.

        I suspect that our primary media will be print, and as far as
        which publications, that really depends on what is the best deal
        at the time.  Typically, you purchase a "media bundle" with a
        number of publications in it that fits the basic demographics of
        your target audience.  This is something that changes frequently
        (the media bundle that is) so it's impossible to tell what the
        publications might be at this point in time.  Certainly, we'll
        continue to target the music publications.  But as for the rest of
        the mags, I just don't know the answer to that today.  Cost is an
        obvious factor in choosing which bundle that we would go with, as
        in how many people per dollar you get in the bundle.

        Television advertising is extremely expensive.  In looking at an
        industry trade publication showing the top ten computer (desktop)
        vendors for last year, only 2 of the top ten are companies that I
        recognize as doing television advertising; IBM and Apple.  Among
        the other companies, there are names that I recognize from their
        co-opt advertisements with their dealers or chain stores, but not
        stand alone advertising on their own.  There are also names there
        (like Olivetti) that I don't think I have ever seen an ad for
        anywhere in the US in any form!

        One of the leading retailers in the San Francisco Bay area is
        Fry's Electronics.  I don't believe they do ANY TV advertising.
        Very heavy print ads (multiple full page color ads in the
        newspapers) and hip, attention getting radio advertisements as
        well.  I guess the point that I'm getting at is that I know our
        users *want* to see us do TV ads, but I'm not so sure that TV is a
        wise investment for us.

        We had projected to be at a point in time to be ready to start our
        advertising campaign.  However, the continuing poor economy
        warrants a cautious approach.  Again, this is a part of the
        business where it is very, very easy to spend truly _VAST_ sums of
        money, and get very little return on the dollar.

Previews  of the  Falcon  have been  spotted  in many  of  the major  music
magazines, but  the machine has yet  to undergo a technical  review, if I'm
not  mistaken.   Such reviews  can greatly  speed the  acceptance of  a new
machine into  the marketplace.   Are review units  now being sent  to these
magazines (Keyboard,  EM, EQ, Mix, H&SR), and when do you expect reviews to
begin appearing?

>From James Grunke:

        Firstly, Keyboard, EM, and MIX are all located in the Bay Area,
        right by Atari. I have travelled internationally with editors from

        KEYBOARD,   I occasionally lunch with  key EM and MIX editors.  As
        far as H&SR, Editor Lorenz Rychner was my advisor  at the Grove
        School of Music.  EQ gave the Atari Falcon030 a Blue Ribbon Award
        at AES and continues to give Atari fair coverage.

        So the relationships are there.  In order to give an accurate
        technical review a writer requires a production machine.  Now,
        with the release of the Falcon, and TOS 4.04, developers require a
        short time to make sure that their products are solid on the
        latest rev.  I expect this to take 30 days or so, at which time I
        will prepare evaluation units for the publications to hammer on.
        With a lead time of 60-90 days, look for the coverage toward late
        summer/early fall.

        We want to be well prepared, a bad review is just as influential
        as a good review.

Now  that  the first  wave  of  Dealer Agreements  has  gone  out and  been
returned,  what  CONTINUING efforts  are being  made  to expand  the dealer

>From Bob Brodie:
        Actually, we're well past the first wave of dealer agreements.
        The first wave consisted of the dealers that we were already doing
        business with.  We've been signing up new dealers (i.e. never
        carried Atari) for quite a while now.

        We've signed on a team of manufacturers representatives, that are
        among the best in the business to help us grow and train our
        dealer network.  As they are regionally located, they are better
        suited to know who and what is available in each locale. We are
        not looking  for explosive growth at this point, though. Once we
        get to a certain number of  retailers, we'll cap our growth until
        we can support additional resellers.

        At this point in time, we have over 140 locations in over 40
        states,  which is dramatically better than we were doing a year
        We've also made arrangements to ship Falcons via a single
        distributor, with the provision that he has the dealers sign up
        according to all of our requirements (real store fronts, etc.).

To what degree is Atari pursuing music stores, and how much of the effort
is directed at computer stores?

>From James Grunke:

        The initial demand from the music channel has been staggering!!!

        Following the path of least resistance, and emphasizing the fact
        that the music software houses are shrink wrapped and ready to go,
        we are aggressively attacking this side of the business.
        Falcon030 opens up computer music to a whole new customer,
        including guitarists, vocalists, educators, etc..  We intend to
        grow this channel into a major distribution center for Atari.

        Our efforts in the music channel by no means downplays the regard
        we have for computer dealers.  Those Atari computer dealers that
        have been  with us for a long time are a high priority in our
        allocations.  They actually benefit from the new music users who
        seek them out for support in non-musical applications.

        We are planning a drive for more computer dealers, but we need
        for the consumer software side, i.e. applications and
        entertainment software, to catch up with the level of the music
        software.  Ideally, we should be at a 25-75% music to computer
        dealer ratio.

>From Bob Brodie:

        In terms of the amount of effort, we're putting a lot more effort
        into signing on computer dealers than music dealers.  However, the
        music dealers are certainly a much easier sale.  They've been
        quicker to come on board with the Falcon030 than the computer
        dealers have.  So, the music side of the business is just growing
        faster than the computer side right now.

        I agree with James, in that this is primarily due to the
        applications  that are available for the Falcon in music.  They
        are truly world class applications.

        In a number of instances, having a quality music dealer in the
        area actually makes it easier for the computer dealer.  The music
        dealers typically carry MIDI specific products.  Yet, musicians
        are just like regular computer users....well, not quite regular,
        but almost! <grin>  They want to play games, write letters, buy
        modems, printers, and all kinds of other peripherals that music
        dealers don't carry.  So a quality music dealer works well with
        a computer dealer in a symbiotic relationship. The music dealer
        might sell the customer the Falcon030, but the computer dealer
        will have additional sales opportunities with the customer as

What  efforts, if  any, will  be made  to have  industry  standard software
(i.e.- Windows and Windows  NT, Word Perfect) made available  to purchasers
of the Atari Falcon platform?

>From Bob Brodie:

        You're bringing up a couple of different things in your question;
        applications software (Word Perfect) and operating systems
        (Windows NT).

        First, we've had the ability for a long time to run different
        operating systems on our products. We foresee that continuing into
        the future with the Falcon030.  COMPO Software is bringing a 286
        board and a 486 board to run DOS, and Windows 3.1.  I assume that
        since the board has an actual PC chip on it, will be able to run
        other things as well, like OS/2, NeXT Step, etc.  But I want to be
        clear that I haven't seen those things run on Falcon Speed.  I
        have seen Windows 3.1 run on Falcon Speed, and was impressed.

        Windows NT might be starting to ship just now, although Microsoft
        enjoys an excellent reputation, I can't in good conscience go
        along with describing it as industry standard at this point in

        As for Word Perfect, I think the only factor that they are
        interested in is a large installed base of users. Once they see
        that, they will resume development for Word Perfect.

What is the  current status of the "other platform"  hardware emulators (PC
and MAC) for the Falcon030?

>From Bob Brodie:

        The PC emulator is called Falcon Speed, and is being produced by
        COMPO Software.  You can contact their US office at 415-355-0862,
        or fax them at 415-355-0869.  At this point in time, we don't
        believe the product to be shipping.  We have seen it at several
        trade shows, and it looks very impressive.  The 286 board is
        something that you would expect to be wimpy, but with the very
        fast Falcon030 bus, it's pretty quick.

        The Mac board is a product of Gadgets by Small.  I haven't heard
        from Dave in quite a while, neither has Bill Rehbock.  We had
        hoped to see him at NAMM in January, but he wasn't able to attend.
        I'm afraid that we're no better informed on this that you are.  

        I can tell you that from our end, we got him one of the first
        Falcons in the US, so he could pursue this project.  We'd really
        like to see it done.

        Dave has an account on CIS, so perhaps you can email him a
        request for an update on his product.


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> WILDCAT BBS! STR InfoFile        The Epitome in BBS Software!

                                WILDCAT BBS!

                                Version 3.0

Major Feature Information

This file describes most of the major differences between the registered
version (v3.x) and the Test-Drive.  Most of these new features are
completely optional so don't be afraid if you don't understand them
the first time you read through this.


  Where the Testdrive version supports only 26 message areas, version 3
  supports up to 1000 message conferences, each with its own message area
  and configuration. In each conference the sysop can make any, none, or
  all of the 1000 file areas available.  

  Although conferences may have different configurations, users who have
  been extended access to a conference can read message across several
  conferences without having to [J]oin each individually. By making use
  of the message commands [R]ead [N]ew [S]elected or [R]ead [U]nread
  Personal [S]elected, callers can read all new mail or all new personal
  mail in all conferences they have personally selected.

  Each of the 1,000 conferences may be flagged by the sysop as an alias
  conference, in which case the alias name associated with each user (as
  part of their user record) is used rather than the user's real name.
  Alias names are assigned by the users, but are only active in a
  sysop-specified alias conference.  The sysop can search for users by
  alias or real names.  Only one alias name is attached to each user


  Version 3 has advanced scanning features.  Here's the message scan

 [F]rom       : <ALL>         Searches by message author
 [T]o         : <ALL>         Searches by message addressee
 S[u]bject    : <ALL>         Searches by message subject
 Msg [B]ody   : <ALL>         Search through actual text of messages
 [N]umber     : <ALL>         Searches messages by number
 [D]irection  : Forward       Toggle search direction
 [C]onference : Current       Search current, selected, or all             


   The user may combine search criteria from any or all of the options,
   i.e., find all messages TO Steve Crippen FROM Jim Harrer within ALL
   conferences, search BACKWARDS, where the subject contains the string
   MODEM. As matching messages are displayed in summary form, the caller
   is prompted to [M]ark any or all messages that are of interest.


  The message reading section has new features as well.

  The prompt displayed after each message offers many additional
Read mode : (23642 +)
Msg Read [23642-24961], [E]dit, [F]orward, [H]elp, [K]ill, [N]onstop,
[P]rint, [Q]uit, [R]eply, [S]ysop, [ENTER = next]?

  This prompt is one that contains some choices that are only available
  to the sysop, such as the ability to [P]rint, [E]dit and the special
  [S]ysop command.

  This new [S]ysop command adds flexibility not available in any other
  BBS program on the market today. The sub-prompt after selecting it
  displays the choices:

[P]ublic/Private toggle      This one is obvious
[M]ove to conference         Change conference, delete original
[C]opy to conference         Copy and leave original
[F]rom user edit             Go directly to user database to msg author
[T]o user edit               Go to msg addressee in user database
[A]ccess file database       Go into files database

   As you can see, it's no longer necessary to leave the message menu
   to access the record of the author or addressee of a message, or to
   access the files database.  When you're done viewing or modifying
   the file or user record you are immediately placed back at the
   message prompt on the same record without losing your place.

   While you are in the user or file database you can scroll from record
   to record and make any changes desired, such as upgrading access or
   changing file descriptions. The relational database features of
   WILDCAT!'s databases makes these links possible and eases maintenance
   for the sysop. Quit the user or file database and return to the exact
   location in your messages and continue.


  WILDCAT! 3 has a full screen message editor.  Editing a message is now
  as easy as using a text editor or word processor at the console. All
  that is needed to make use of the full screen editor is a comm program
  capable of sending ANSI cursor codes, or one that uses DOORWAY mode
  such as Qmodem.

  Message quoting is fully supported in both the line editor and in the
  full-screen editor.  Quoting is automatically done for every reply if
  desired, and is configurable by user.  If not quoted automatically,
  text may be quoted on a line-by-line basis during editing.

  The actual way messages are entered has also been modified. During
  message entry the caller can type in his message as always, but now is
  also able to upload text using error-correcting protocols as well.
  This is accomplished via new commands on the message disposition

Edit Message [A]bort, [C]ontinue,    [I]nsert, [L]ist, [E]dit, Ca[r]bon
[U]pload,    [Q]uote, [F]ull Screen, [D]elete, [S]ave, [H]elp, At[t]ach?

  The [U]pload choice allows a caller upload a text file directly into a
  message and prompts for the upload in the exact same manner as in the
  file section. The same choices of protocols are available, and the
  caller is returned to the message editor after the upload is

  Another new feature is the At[t]ach command which allows attaching a
  file of any size to the message. When At[t]ach is selected, WILDCAT!
  requests the filename to be attached and them prompts the caller to
  begin an upload of the file. Any type file can be attached, including
  programs, pictures or text. The file is actually stored in a special
  attachment directory where it remains until the message is read by the
  recipient.  When the message is read, a note is added to the bottom of
  the message text indicating:

        NOTE: This message has a file, FILENAME.EXT, attached.

  The recipient is then offered an additional disposition prompt choice
  to [D]ownload the attached file.

  This feature is also available to the local sysop who can attach a
  copy of any file from his PC system to a message. Files for attachment
  do not need to be available for download via the BBS, and are in no
  way connected with the BBS File System.


  There is no longer a limit of 26 file areas with version 3; you now
  have 1000 file areas to work with.  The sysop defines which file areas
  are available for which security profiles for download and upload.  As
  indicated in the conference section, file areas can be made available
  for [L]isting on a conference-by-conference basis, allowing the sysop    
  to restrict certain file areas to specific conferences.

  However, if a user has been extended access to download from a file
  area, and then joins a conference in which the file area is not
  [L]istable, he may still download the files provided he has previously
  [M]arked them or otherwise noted the names while in a conference that
  does allow access to the files. The conference restriction only limits
  the [L]isting of file in order to avoid forcing a caller to [J]oin
  different conferences to get all files that have been made available
  to him.

  In addition to the 1 or 2 line descriptions, each file may also have a
  15 line full screen description. This description is entered by the
  uploader or sysop in much the same manner as entering a message,
  except that it becomes a permanent part of the file description
  record.  WILDCAT! indicates the presence of an extended description by
  displaying *Info* at the end of the description line, here's an

[3] WCLIST.ZIP     34,857   04/28/92 | Listing of WILDCAT! BBS from our
    Dwnlds: 19    DL Time   00:00:00 | WClist Door (See Main Menu)

   When the caller selects [I]nfo on file 3 here's what they see:

 Detailed File Information 
Name: WCLIST.ZIP       File date    : 04/28/92 6:43p     Downloads: 5019
Size: 34,857           Last accessed: 04/29/92 9:46a     Cost     : 0
From: JIM HARRER       Download time: 00:00:00           Offline  : NO
Area: Test-Drive Programs from MSI                       Free flag: NO
Desc: Listing of WILDCAT! BBS from our WCLIST Door (See Main Menu)

 Detailed Description 
This file contains a listing of BBS Phone Numbers, sorted by area code.
Hundreds of BBS are listed.

This list is generated from our WCLIST Door which you may access from
the MAIN MENU, Option [E].  If you run a WILDCAT! BBS and would like it
to be listed, then you must enter this door and enter your BBS Info.

This list is distributed to CompuServe, GEnie, America Online, Bix and
EXEC-PC.  The list is also included in Qmodem (Both Test Drive and
Commercial versions).

All phone numbers in this list MUST be verified every 90 days, or it
will be dropped from the report.


  With v3 you no longer need to type in the names of all the files you
  want to download - as you're listing files, doing searches, or listing
  [N]ew files, you can [M]ark any file or range of files. The standard
  file display lists file in the following format:

[ 1] BABBLE.ZIP    161,308   01/15/92 | Text processor similar to  *Info*
     Dwnlds: 33    DL Time   00:00:00 | Lunatext with more options.

[ 2] ASK_BAT.ZIP    18,168   09/10/91 | Nifty batch file parser.  Ask
     Dwnlds: 130   DL Time   00:00:00 | questions w/Timed Responses.

...<files 3-9 of course>

[10] ASQ160.ZIP    178,211   04/23/92 | ASQ 1.60 v4/92 - Super System
     Dwnlds: 170   DL Time   00:00:00 | checkout utility From Qualitas

 [C]ont, [H]elp, [N]onstop, [M]ark, [D]wnld, [I]nfo, [V]iew, [S]top? [C]

   The caller could [M]ark "1-4 10" and those files would be added to
   the download queue.  When the caller is ready to download, all the
   files previously selected are listed and can be modified before
   beginning the transfer.

   The user may also [V]iew a .ZIP file or request [I]nfo on a file by
   simply typing the number of the file.


  More protocols!  Here's what's now available:

[A] Ascii        [X] Xmodem       [C] Xmodem/CRC   [O] Xmodem1K
[Y] Ymodem       [Z] Zmodem       [K] Kermit       [G] Ymodem-G
[1] Xmodem1K-G   [S] Select at time of transfer

     Up to 10 external protocols can also be defined, including those
     that support the DSZ.LOG function such as HS/Link and Bimodem.


  WILDCAT! now supports better file searching as well:

   [N]ame          : *.*      Search by filename including wildcards
   [K]eyword       : <ALL>    INSTANT keyword searches
   [D]escription   : <ALL>    Search through complete file descriptions
   [U]ploaded by   : <ALL>    Search for a file upload by <whoever>

  As with the message searches, the caller can combine these search
  criteria. It is possible to search for *.GIF that has COLOR as a
  keyword and was uploaded by STEVE CRIPPEN.


  If WILDCAT! determines you're logged in locally, you can still take
  advantage of all the file searching and marking features.  When you're
  ready to download, WILDCAT! will prompt you for a download path and      
  will copy the files instead of prompting for a protocol.

  The same applies to uploads.  Single line users will find this very
  useful to add files from floppies, other directories on the hard
  disks, etc.  An upload of G:\ASP\*.exe will add all files from G:\ASP
  to the file database and copy them to the correct directory.  It then
  prompts for a description for each.

  Users operating on a Novell Netware system can take advantage of
  several new features of v3 that enhance LAN operation.  WILDCAT! v.3
  has the ability to allow local LAN users to optionally log into
  WILDCAT! without entering a name and password. A command line switch
  automatically looks up the LAN user and makes use of the name in the
  NetWare Full User Name field for login.  No password is requested.

  Another feature available to NetWare users is message notification.
  Each LAN user can request notification whenever a personal message is
  left for them in WILDCAT!.  This notification is made using the
  standard NetWare system, like the Send command.



  The sysop now has much more info than in previous versions.  Let's
  start by looking at the user record:

[ 1] Name      : JOHN                        [17] Sec level : MEMBER
[ 2] From      : DOE                         [18] Exp date  : 05/12/92
[ 3] Help level: Novice                      [19] User since: 04/27/92
[ 4] Password  : QMUSER              Age: 34 [20] D.O.B.    : 04/30/57
[ 5] Phone [V] : 305-555-1212                [21] Memo date : /  /
[ 6] Phone [D] : 305-555-1111                [22] # Calls   : 23
[ 7] Last call : 04/27/92 11:53p             [23] Page avail: YES
[ 8] Comment 1 : Referral from ABC INC       [24] Color on  : YES
[ 9] Comment 2 :                             [25] E-Prompt  : NO
[10] Company   : XYZ corp                    [26] Hot keys  : YES
[11] Address 1 : 212 Belridge                [27] File disp : Double line
[12] Address 2 : Suite 200                   [28] Editor    : Full Screen
[13] City      : Gainesville                 [29] Protocol  : Zmodem
[14] State     : FL                          [30] N-mail bal: $     .00
[15] Zip       : 32609                       [31] Acct bal  : $     .00
[16] Country   :

Edit Command [1..31], [F]ind, [S]earch, [C]onference, [N]ext, [J]ump,
[A]dd, [M]atch/Set, [P]rev., [H]elp, [D]elete, [E]xtra Info, [W]rite,

The above is the first of two user record screens.  The second is
accessible through the [E]xtra info command to display more information:

[ 1] Computer type  : Gateway 486/33            [15] Lines/Page     : 23
[ 2] Alias          : KATOID                    [16] Msgs written   : 1
[ 3] Title          :                           [17] Uploads        : 0
[ 4] Sex            : Not disclosed             [18] Dnloads        : 0
[ 5] Help level     : Novice                    [19] Time left      : 93
[ 6] New files      : 06/01/92 11:00a           [20] Daily DL       : 0
[ 7] Total Upld Kb  : 451                       [21] Daily DK       : 0
[ 8] Total Dnld Kb  : 1321                      [22] Last conference: 0
[ 9] Minutes logged : 12                        [23] Locked out     : NO
[10] Hide deleted   : NO                        [24] Never delete   : NO
[11] Quote reply    : NO                        [25] Clear Msg      : NO
[12] Novell name    :                           [26] Login siren on : NO
[13] File Overrides : 0                         [27] Hide Private   : NO
[14] Conf Overrides : 0

Edit Command [1..27], [F]ind Alias, [S]earch Alias, [H]elp?

  Of particular interest here are fields 13 and 14.  The sysop can use
  conference or file overrides to grant this user access to areas that
  his security profile wouldn't normally permit.  In some cases this is
  more desirable than creating a new security profile.

  Field 12 is used for the special NetWare features and field 2 is used
  to hold the alias name selected by the user.

  Now let's have a look at the files database from the sysop perspective:

Record #          : 793                        Match: NONE

[ 1] File name   : WILDCAT1.EXE              [16] Times Dnld'd   : 2,520
[ 2] Date        : 03/19/91  4:11p           [17] Cost           : 0
[ 3] Last access : 04/29/92  9:14a           [18] On CD-ROM      : NO
[ 4] Size        : 274,432                   [19] No charge      : NO
[ 5] Uploaded by : RICK HEMING               [20] Never OWrite   : NO
[ 6] Password    :                           [21] Password req   : NO
[ 7] Key 1       : WILDCAT!                  [22] Never delete   : NO
[ 8] Key 2       : TESTDRIVE                 [23] U/L in progress: NO
[ 9] Key 3       : RELEASED                  [24] Stored offline : NO
[10] Key 4       : 3-1-91                    [25] Long Desc.     : NO
[11] Key 5       : PART                      [26] Failed Scan    : NO
[12] Key 6       :
[13] Area        : 26 - Test-Drive Programs from MSI
[14] Short desc. : WILDCAT! Testdrive released 3-1-91 Part 1 of 2
[15] CD Path     :

Command [1..26] [F]ind, [S]earch, [H]elp, Fr[e]shen, [P]rev, [A]dd, [U]ser
[M]atch/Set, [R]ead, [N]ext, [D]elete, [J]ump,   [V]iew,  [X]fer, [Q]uit?

  Most of this is self-explanatory but it might be a good idea to point
  out that the 6 keywords can be entered by the uploader or may be
  generated automatically from the description.

  The Stored offline, On CD and CD Path flags are used in conjunction
  with the new WCFILE utility program for making CD ROM file easily

  Virus scanning programs can be easily hooked into the upload section
  of WILDCAT! v.3 and can mark any questionable uploads as Failed scan,
  which prevents any use within the BBS until the flag has been reversed
  by the sysop.


  The sysop also has a node status screen that can be very helpful on a
  multiline system. It can help control nodes even while calling from

Node #24

[ 1] Printer        : NO       Status      : Logged in
[ 2] Page           : NO       Prev caller : STEVE CRIPPEN
[ 3] Bell           : NO       Prev logoff : 04/29/92 8:45a
[ 4] Keyboard       : YES      Caller      : STEVE CRIPPEN
[ 5] Local next     : NO       From        : Mustang Software, Inc.
[ 6] Screen write   : YES      Baud        : 14400
[ 7] Dos next       : NO       Called at   : 04/29/92 8:48a
[ 8] Kill caller    : NO       User Status : None
[ 9] Sysop next     : NO       Chat Status : Unavailable
[10] 300 baud       : YES
[11] 1200 baud      : NO
[12] 2400 baud      : YES
[13] Remaining time : 815
[14] Security       : STAFF

Edit command [1..14], [N]ext, [P]rev, [J]ump, [H]elp, [Q]uit? [  ]

  The sysop may of course change fields 1-10 to enable/disable 1200 or
  2400 baud access, printer, bell, etc or even change the caller on
  that node's security profile or time remaining.  [J]ump prompts for a
  different node number allowing manipulation of any node.

 Other information available from the sysop menu includes the general
 statistics screens:

Overall System Information 

Bulletin board name: MSI HQ BBS                           Date:  06/29/92
    System operator: MSI SYSOP                            Time:  11:13a
 Date of first call: 08-01-86                             Node:  24

Overall System    Quick Stats Since    Local Sysop       Baud Rate Access
Information       05/13/92 1:07p         Toggles            For this Node

Users: 16,187    Calls Received: 58,436 Local Kybd: ON     2400 Baud: YES
Files: 2,965     Messages left : 32,067 Printer   : OFF    1200 Baud: YES
Confs: 62        Files Dnloaded: 56,627 Sysop Page: OFF     300 Baud: YES
Msgs : 40,388    Files Uploaded: 907    Page Bell : OFF

Available Disk Space
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  doors) from the main, message, file, and sysop menus. Doors can be
  executed via a command swap to DOS (either EMS or DISK) with WILDCAT!
  remaining resident as a 3K program for immediate recall after
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  profile basis.  WILDCAT! v.3 makes use of the DOOR.SYS standard for
  BBS information in an effort to standardize this feature.

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  requiring a small registration fee.  Conversion utilities are also
  available for download from the BBS to run doors created for other
  BBS's including RBBS, Spitfire, GAP, PC-Board, etc.

  Non-door applications may also be executed from remote, but require
  redirection of I/O. This is usually done with the shareware program
  DOORWAY, available for download.


  WILDCAT! 3 supports standard ANSI color codes as well as new "@ color
  codes" which are automatically interpreted for color callers and
  stripped from the data stream for those that do not want color.  This
  allows creating only one set of display files and menus for both color
  and non-color users. All other control codes such as ^S^P (-more-
  prompt) have been changed to @ codes such as @PAUSE@ for the new PAUSE
  prompt, @FIRST@ for the callers first name and @EXDATE@ for the user's
  expiration date.

  WILDCAT! 3 supports standard ANSI color codes as well as new "@ codes"
  which are automatically interpreted and stripped.  This allows
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  non-color users. All other control codes such as ^S^P (-more- prompt)
  have been changed to @ codes such as @PAUSE@ for the new PAUSE prompt,
  @FIRST@ for the callers first name and @EXDATE@ for the user's
  expiration date.



   This is a .QWK Mail Door, which allows your callers to download
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   are normally an "extra" cost on most BBS, but with Wildcat! it is
   included FREE!


   Used to link up to other mail conferences such as RIME, ILINK, UN'I
   Net, SmartNet, and MSI Support Net.  You can also use TNET to
   simply link two different Wildcat! Message Conferences.


   The WUPGRADE utility reads your previous WILDCAT! system and will       
   first duplicate your Makewild configuration, then generate the          
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   all the while leaving your WILDCAT! 1.x, 2.x, or Testdrive system       


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   possibility with this utility.


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   determine the node ID and the software will assign the first
   available node to the workstation.


  This utility performs a number of conversions from other BBS systems.
  It is capable of completely converting the users, files, messages,
  conference and system information from a PCBoard(tm) system to
  WILDCAT! v3.  It also converts GAP user files as well as any user
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  features and conversions are being added on a regular basis.


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  Drive copy today!

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> CT FEST'93 STR SHOW NEWS               The Summertime Atari Event!

                           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!


HARTFORD, Conn. (April 12)

     More than 1,000  Atari computer enthusiasts  are expected to  converge
here June 12 and 13 at Connecticut AtariFest '93, and are certain to debate
whether  the star  of the  show --  THE LONG-AWAITED FALCON030  COMPUTER --
lives up to its advance billing.

     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).

     The Falcon030 is a perfect low cost  tool for the professional artist,
with 8 track, 16 bit musical capabilities, truecolor graphics  and a 32 bit
DSP  chip.   The  Falcon  will  be  bundled with  several  music  programs,
including a 4 track 'Direct to Disk' editing and recording program, a sound
sampler and an all purpose productivity package called AtariWorks.

     The Hartford  show  will likely  be one  of the  first encounters  the
general public has with the new machine and software leading designers have
produced for  it.  Atari was performing quality control tests on the latest
production models shipped to the Sunnyvale headquarters in mid-April.

     The  two-day event  will feature  more than  40 exhibitors,  including
several of the top names in music software development  and MIDI equipment.
Tentative music  exhibitors  include  Barefoot  Software  (formerly  Hybrid
Arts), Digital F/X, Steinberg/Jones, Pro Musica, Compo Software and others.
The show, sponsored by ACT Atari  Group, will be held at the  Windsor Court
Hotel, just off Interstate 91 at exit 42.

     Connecticut  AtariFest'93 promises  to  showcase the  work of  several
musicians and will include some live music sessions.

     Other vendors will demonstrate new equipment and software that will be
of  interest to musicians whether  they're on or off  the job.  Among them,
organizers have received  tentative nods from A&D Software,  ABC Solutions,
Baggetaware,  Barefoot Software,  Compo Software,  Computer Studio,  Derric
Electronics,  East Hartford  Computer Repair,  Gribnif Software,  ICD Inc.,
MegaType Software, Soft-Logik Publishing, Toad Computers, Wizztronics. Last
year 14  user groups participated, and  that number is expected  to grow by

     A  Home Business and Entertainment  Expo that will  focus on high-tech
gadgetry designed for  home use is also  planned.  Central  activities will
include  a New England  Lynx Tournament for  the gamester in  the family, a
Portfolio  corner  for the  on-the-go  palmtop  computer  user,  and  other
technology such  as VCRs, lap/palmtops, voice  messaging systems, satellite
receivers,  CD-ROM,  fax-modems,  large  screen TV,  printers,  audio-video
components, cellular  phones, office supplies, video games  or add-on units
and accessories.

     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, STReport's Dana
Jacobson and Joe Mirando and many, many others.

     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!

                          10 DAYS TO CT ATARIFEST

Hi, This is Brian Gockley with CT  AtariFest '93. Our show is just ten days
away, and I'm sending out a call for three things:

            1) Last minute vendors
                      2) Door prizes 
                              3) Show Guide advertising 
                                              4) Paperwork.

1) If  there are any  companies that  plan on attending,  but have  not yet
contacted us, we need to hear from you asap, since space is _very_ limited.
If you want to take  advantage of the biggest Atari show on the east coast,
then you need  to make your decision fast. We  currently have forty booths,
with an additional 25 at  our sister Home Business and  Entertainment Expo.
This might  be your only opportunity  to sell to hungry  east coast buyers.
We're located  just two hours from  NY and Boston, right  near the Hartford
Airport, so we're easy to reach.

2) We are also canvasing for door prizes for the show, donors get listed in
our  show guide,  and receive  a  free announcement/advertisement  when the
prize  is given away. If  you attended last year's  show, then you know how
much of a plug we gave all the donors!  It is a great way to get publicity,
and help  to support  the show  if you  are  unable to  attend. This  year,
winners  will not  have to  be  present to  win,  and will  be notified  by
postcard of their winnings.

3)  We also are  soliciting ads  in our show  guide. Last year's  guide was
given out to all the attendees of CT Fest '92. In addition to  carrying the
seminar list,  the booth layout and  door prize donors, we  also listed all
the active user groups, dealers and developers so the guide can  be kept as
a year round reference. A business card ad is only $30,  call for our other
ad prices.

4)  If you're already  planning on coming, we  need to ask  you to get your
paperwork  back immediately.  We  need to  know  your specific  needs,  and
whether you'll  be participating in our  $12.99 all you can  eat pasta bar,
and whether you'd like a seminar slot.  THE MAIN THING IS THAT WE HAVE YOUR
time, so please make your plans quickly and follow through. Thanks for your
attention, we appreciate you involvement.

                              Brian D. Gockley
                              ACT Atari Group


     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 Forums.   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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> BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST'93 STR SHOW NEWS    "The Summertime Atari Event!"

                         1993 Blue Ridge ATARIFEST


The Blue  Ridge  Atari Computer  Enthusiasts  (BRACE) and  Computer  Studio
invite you  to participate  in the  Fourth Annual  Blue Ridge  AtariFest in
beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.  Show dates and times are:

                     Saturday July 24, 1993  10am - 6pm
                     Sunday   July 25, 1993  Noon - 5pm

Just as in previous years, we have arranged  for FREE Booth space for Atari
developers!!  (We're only requesting the donation of a door prize).

We can promise  both developers  and show-goers an  energetic and  exciting
show with as enthusiastic a crowd of Atarians as you'll find anywhere, plus
the support of Computer Studio in the mall.

We're  once again  taking over the  Courtyard Shop (mall)  area at Westgate
Shopping Center for the show (location of Computer Studio), plus the use of
vacant store  spaces for  seminar sessions.   Seminar  sessions will  be 45
minutes in length, and developers are welcome to conduct a seminar on their
product  line or  approved  topic of  their  choice (seminar  sessions  are
limited, so first come, first served).

This year's show  dates also  coincide with Asheville's  annual Bele  Chere
street festival, when downtown Asheville is closed to vehicular traffic and
becomes what  must be  one  of the  largest street  fairs  in the  country.
Westgate  Shopping  Center is  one  of  the primary  Park-and-Ride  shuttle
centers for transporting people to and from downtown, and we've arranged to
have the shuttle service pick up at the front entrance of the mall and drop
off at the rear entrance, so everyone taking the service from Westgate WILL
walk through the AtariFest exhibition  area sometime during the day.   This
will be a  great opportunity to  showcase Atari and Atari  related software
and  peripherals, and  introduce them  to people  who aren't  already Atari
owners.  Bringing in NEW  blood is the key to the growth  of this platform,
and  this will  be our  opportunity to  begin that  process with  a captive

Additional  discussions of  the  show, as  well  as confirmations  of  your
participation, are welcome in GEnieMail and in the Blue Ridge
AtariFest topic 13 in Category 11 here on GEnie.

                         HAPPY ATARI COMPUTING.
                                   IT'S HAPPENING IN ASHEVILLE!

Where: Westgate Shopping Center - Asheville, N.C.

Take any major  highway into  Asheville (US 19-23,  US 26 or  I-40) to  the
I-240  loop,  then  take the  "Westgate/Hilton  Inn  Drive  exit" into  the
Westgate Shopping Center parking lot.

                            When: 24-25, July 1993
                          Time: 10:am to 6:pm SAT
                               12 Noon 'til 5pm SUN

Points of contact:
                  Come for a day or come for the weekend,
                      but do come and enjoy yourself.

Great Smokies Hilton Resort  Hilton Inn Drive        (704)254-3211
                 Toll-free reservation phone number 1-800-733-3211

Radisson                    One Thomas Wolf Plaza    (704)252-8211
                 Rate: $62.00 per room (1-4 people)

          ====== Additional Hotel / Motel Information ===========

Days Inn                       I-26 and Airport Road     (704)684-2281
                               I-40 Exit 55              (704)298-5140

Econo Lodge                    US 70 East, I-40 Exit 55  (704)298-5519

Holiday Inn                    275 Smoky Park Hwy        (704)667-4501
                   Toll-free reservation phone number    1-800-HOLIDAY

Red Roof Inn                   I-40 and US 19-23 Exit 44 (704)667-9803
                   Toll-free reservation phone number   1-800-843-7663

Budget Motel                    I-40 Exit 44 (Enka-Chandler)
                                  West Asheville Exit    (704)665-2100 Best
Western Asheville Central  22 Woodfin St                 (704)253-1851

       ========= Local Bed & Breakfast lodging Information =========

Aberdeen Inn                64 Linden Ave                (704)254-9336
Albemarle Inn               86 Edgemont Road             (704)255-0027
Applewood Manor             62 Cumberland Circle         (704)254-2244
The Bridle Path Inn        Lockout Road                  (704)252-0035
Cairn Brae B & B           217 Patton Mountain Rd        (704)252-9219
Carolina B & B             177 Cumberland Ave            (704)254-3608
Cedar Crest Victorian Inn  674 Biltmore Ave              (704)252-1289
Corner Oak Manor            53 St. Dunstan               (704)253-3525
Cornerstone Inn            230 Pearson Dr                (704)253-5644
Flint Street Inn           100 & 116 Flint Street        (704)253-6723
The Lion and The Rose      276 Montford Ave              (704)255-7673
The Ray House B & B         83 Hillside St               (704)252-0106
Reed House                 119 Dodge St                  (704)274-1604
The Wright Inn             235 Pearson Drive             (704)251-0789]

A more complete listing of Bed & Breakfasts can be obtained through the
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Reservations should be made immediately, as July is the height of our
tourist season.

                 ===========  CAMP GROUNDS ================

           (reservations are a must during this time of season):

Mount Pisgah:
     About 20 miles  southwest of Asheville  on the Blue  Ridge Parkway  at
mile post 408.6 (National Park Service). 690 acres. Elevation 5000'. One of
the  nicest campgrounds  in Western  North Carolina.  67 tent sites,  70 RV
sites. For reservations: P.O.Box 749, Watnesville, N.C. 28786;  phone (704)
235-9109. No showers.  Groceries and  restaurant. Nature program.   14  day
stay limit.

Lake Powhatan:
     4 miles  south of Asheville  on State road  191, 3.5 miles  west on SR
806.  30  acres.  98  tent/rv  sites.  Reservation  available  thru  Mistix
1-800-283-CAMP. Disposal station. No showers. Swimming; lifeguard; fishing;
nature trails; bicycles. 14-day stay limit.

     While in the  area, you might want  to consider a  little sightseeing,
and include  a visit to the  Biltmore House here in  Asheville (the largest
single family residence ever built in the U.S.--its a "castle"). A visit to
the  Biltmore can be  a full-day's  activity as you  will want  to view the
house, visit the winery, and walk some of the grounds and gardens.

          The House 9 am to 6pm         The Gardens 9am to 7pm
                         Conservatory 9am to 5:30pm 
          The Winery Monday-Saturday   11am to 7pm Sunday 1pm to 7pm

     Other areas of interest include; the Thomas Wolf home (adjacent to the
Raddison), the Blue Ridge Parkway and Folk Art Center. A drive up  the Blue
ridge Parkway  to enjoy the  higher elevations and incredible  views of our
mountains.  Perhaps  a hike  up  to  Mount Pisgah  and  look  back down  to
Asheville(you can see Mt. Pisgah from most anywhere in Asheville).  A short
drive from  Mt. Pisgah  will take  you to  Sliding Rock  (for those  of you
travelling with kids who are  still kids at heart), the Cradle  of Forestry
(first  forest school in the country), waterfalls, trout hatchery, etc. For
the adventurous, white  water rafting   on the Natahala  River near  Bryson
City (approx one and a half hours from here).

     There's  obviously loads  more  to see  and  do around  Asheville  (in
addition to the Blue Ridge AtariFest and a visit to Computer Studio :-). If
any of  y'all would  like maps and  additional tourist info  of the  area I
might suggest contacting the Chamber of Commerce:

                     Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
                             151 Haywood Street
                               P.O. Box 1010
                            Asheville, NC 28802
                      704-258-6111 FAX: (704)251-0926

The Blue  Ridge  Atari Computer  Enthusiasts  (BRACE) and  Computer  STudio
invite you  to participate  in the fourth  annual Blue  Ridge AtariFest  on
Saturday, July 24  and Sunday July 25, 1993.   The show will take  place in
the Courtyard Shop  area of  Westgate Shopping Center  in Asheville,  North
Carolina (Home  of Computer STudio).   We  are still signing  up additional
exhibitors,  but those who  have already made  a firm  commitment to attend
include (Alphabetical Listing):

 Accusoft-ST ............................. PD/Shareware Software
                                           (Clip Art Libraries)

 Barefoot Software ....................... Professional MIDI Software
                                           applications (SMPTETrack,
                                           EditTrack Platinum,
                                           GenEdit, EZ Score Plus,

 Codehead Technologies ................... Productivity software &
                                           enhancements (G+Plus,
                                           MultiDesk Deluxe, HotWire,
                                           CodeHead Utilities, Warp 9,
                                           Calligrapher, MaxiFile,
                                           Lookit & Popit, Avant
                                           Vector, MegaPaint, TOS
                                           Extension Card, etc.)

 Computer STudio ......................... Visit a 'real' Atari
                                           Dealership in the mall
                                           (Atari computer systems,
                                           software and accessories)

 DMC Publishing .......................... Desktop Publishing System
                                           Solutions (Calamus/SL,
                                           PKS Write, Outline Art,
                                           Invision Elite, tms
                                           Cranach Studio, etc.)

 GEnieLamp/GEnie ......................... Telecommunications and
                                           Electronic Publishing

 Magic Software .......................... Entertainment Software
                                           (New products unveiling!)

 Missionware Software .................... (Flash II, lottODDS,
                                           Printer Initializer, etc.)

Showtimes are 10:am - 6:pm on Saturday, and noon - 5:pm on Sunday. Seminar
sessions will be scheduled throughout the show.

Since  this year's show coincides with Asheville's annual Bele Chere Street
Festival, we are  not having a  Saturday evening banquet,  but are  instead
encouraging guests to hop the shuttle bus at the front entrance of the mall
and spend Saturday evening downtown enjoying  the outdoor festivities (live
entertainment, food booths of all types, dancing, etc.).

Advance registration is only $3, or $4 at the door.  Additional information
about the  show and Asheville's Bele  Chere festival will be  mailed to all
who pre-register in advance.  Door prize winners will also be selected from
registered  guests.    Advance  registration  checks  should  made  out  to
"COMPUTER STUDIO" and mailed to:

                              Computer STudio
                          Westgate Shopping Center
                       40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D
                            Asheville, NC  28806

 For additional information, please contact either:

     Sheldon Winick                     Cliff Allen, Show Coord.
     GEnie:  S.WINICK                   GEnie:  C.ALLEN17
     Computer STudio                    Internet:  CALLEN@UNCA.EDU
     Westgate Shopping Center           phone:  (704) 258-3758
     40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D
     Asheville, NC  28806
     (704) 251-0201


> CONFLICT OF INTEREST! STR FOCUS! The "Nathan & Darlah Show" - Power Abuse

                         THE NATHAN & DARLAH SHOW!
                            P O W E R  A B U S E
                             AT ITS VERY BEST!

by Ralph F. Mariano

an editorial essay

     Last week I began this  three part essay (so far) with the  preface of
admitting  that  I have  a real  and very  solid  reason for  pursuing this
particular topic.   "Truth is Truth" was expressed  and in fact, it  is the
focal  point of this essay.  Being  only human, there are times when errors
and mistakes will  creep into  the most carefully  nurtured endeavors  this
occurred last week. So.....

First, let's take care of a few corrections sent to us via the networks.
First from John Cole..... 
        about the Lexicor Free flags in the STRT..
                  and the IAAD matter...

#: 40233 S14/ST REPORT
    01-Jun-93  10:07:36
Sb: #40166-STReport
Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763
To: Dana P. Jacobson 71051,3327

   I don't believe that Lee has ever said that Lexicor has been expelled
from the IAAD, or for that matter of any IAAD action against Lexicor.  In
fact, Lee recently posted that Lexicor has not been thrown out of the IAAD.
That information in the STReport article is wrong, and on Lexicor's and the
IAAD's behalf, I would sincerely appreciate STReport printing a correction.

   John Stanford is a developer for Lexicor software and has had Free flags
on GEnie for a year now to help him support his product and some of
Lexicor's other products.  John's flag expired a month ago and his mail was
apparently lost.  Lee's flags are not due to expire (we thought the 25th of
June but we are told it is in July) however the Free flag notice is no
longer appearing. I have been told that GEnie software (sorry for keeping
this going Ron) indicates that 3 flags are still up,however John Stanford's
flag's don't show up at all, (as having expired or whatever).  Please note,
this is only what I have been told.  The point is, only one flag is
definitely down, Lee's flag apparently has had a cardiac seizure or
something since it doesn't work properly, effectively shutting it down,
while my flag and the LEXICOR2 flag remain intact.   I would also
appreciate a clarification on this in STReport.

    Of the other concerns, Lexicor is seeking a remedy thru proper
channels, as was quoted correctly by STReport.

On a side note, I agree with Dorothy that I would have liked to have seen
an official comment from the IAAD on that matter, as it might have
prevented some of this.

                                   Thank you very much,
                                        John C. @ Lexicor

Editor Reply;

     Mr.  Cole due  your  informative and  enlightening  post, I  took  the
liberty to call Lee Seilor at Lexicor Software today,  June 3, 1993 and ask
him about the Free Flag  situation in the STRT on GEnie.   When asked about
the flags Mr. Seilor replied;

     "I read last  week's account of the  events at hand and must  say that
     certain  parts of  the  story  were  flawed and  I  too  was  somewhat
     disturbed at reading them.   That's why I, reluctantly,  am willing to
     answer your questions.  Seilor said.
When asked about the status of the Free Flags...
     Both Lexicor Accounts have no flags, I've sent a capture to Mr.  Cole
     who is in charge of finding a resolution to the flag problem.   Out of
     a total of  four accounts one has a free flag and the other three show
     no flags at all.  In regard to the IAAD, I have no comment." 

                                                       ... Lee Seilor

     While STR appreciates your candid comments, its obvious that your home
office is not in agreement with  your observations.  Which is no big thing.
We all despise the use of free flags as some sort of "carrot" and  when its
done the way it is in the STRT it becomes a downright abusive practice that
must be brought to  an end.  There is  no doubt a conflict of  interest and
total abuse  of power is  occurring there.   As for  the references  to the
IAAD, STReport  presented only what it  was given.  Both  yourself and D.A.
Brumleve are in agreement.  We present below the letter  of correction sent
to the networks.  On this we most certainly agree.

55469 1-JUN 20:42  General Information
     STReport #9.22
     From: DABRUMLEVE   To: ALL

I'd like to address some misinformation about the IAAD contained
in the latest issue of STReport.  The "editorial essay" contains
this statement: "As an example Lexicor was also dropped from the
IAAD, because of some trumped up charges of violation of non-

I would like to make it clear that _no_ charges were "trumped up"
against Lexicor.  Moreover, Lexicor remains a member of the IAAD
in good standing!  Lexicor has three representatives in the IAAD,
including Lee Seilor, and all three have had continuous access to
the private IAAD Category since their original admission.  In
fact, all three representatives from Lexicor visited our Category
on the very day this essay was published!

The article also contains the following statement: "Since Nathan and
Darlah [Potechin] rule over all the Atari areas including the
Developer RT, the IAAD RT and of course, the ST RT, this can honestly
be seen as a solid, irrefutable conflict of interest."

First of all, there _is_ no "IAAD RT".  The IAAD makes use of a
private Category within the ST RT at Darlah's invitation.  This
Category has proven a great resource for our members, truly
indispensable, in fact, and we are very grateful that she has
made it available to us.  While Darlah does have the ultimate
responsibility for the goings-on in the ST RT, I myself have
maintained the IAAD Category since its inception four years ago,
and she has never interfered in any way with my actions in this
matter -- nor has anyone else.

I am not aware of the source of this misinformation about the
IAAD and our members, but I do know that none of our Board
members was contacted to confirm it.  I trust that STReport will
publish this correction for the benefit of its readership.

D.A. Brumleve
President, IAAD

Editor Note;
     Glad to oblige both the IAAD and D.A. Brumleve., Please keep up the
good work!


     In the business of investigative reporting, one often finds one's self
involved in stories containing  many 'hidden facets'.   This happens to  be
one of 'those _type_ of  stories'.  Conflict of Interest is  an interesting
term,  it  connotates thoughts  of many  different types  of improprieties.
Truth is,  there is only one really  offensive transgression with regard to
this situation  and  that  is the  blatant,  callous display  of  bias  and
partiality  in the administration of procedures, policies and "on the spot"
(spontaneous)  rules making to fit  the needs of the  moment in the STRT by
Nathan and Darlah.  This is otherwise known as a blatant abuse of power and
a disregard of the public trust.
     Throughout  the entire  past week,  the extreme  disinformation effort
taken by Nathan, Darlah's  husband and sysop in the ST RT, has been nothing
short of frantic and rather morose at best.  In most cases, all that's been
seen is blanket denials and more accusations cast at STReport.  It has been
a virtual cascade of venomous tripe "aimed at the messenger"  as opposed to
his doing  the  right  thing  by  telling  the  truth  and  addressing  the
accusations of  "Conflict of Interest" in STRT.  Facts are facts and that's
exactly what  STReport presented in  the case  of the conflict  of interest
observations being made.
As an example:

     Since  Nathan, in  his  "infinite wisdom"  has  seen fit  to  disallow
reprinting of his "posts", its become necessary to paraphrase his missives.
With accuracy being the prime objective, the paraphrasing will be made with
utmost care made to preserve both the purpose and intent of his missives.

     Nathan prefaced  his missive with  an apology  for having made  such a
post and a statement about "addressing" the "few" people who read STReport.
To that we  can only say; the facts speak  for themselves, STReport remains
the single independent online  publication most everyone, users, developers
and independent correspondents come to when they WANT the TRUTH to be KNOWN
regardless of the amount  of abuse that may  result from its  presentation.
Therefore, our  readership is well aware  they will get the  WHOLE story in
STReport.  Our readership is far greater than Nathan allows himself to wish
or hope for.

     He then  proceeds to  claim that  last week's  issue  was nothing  but
"malicious lies"  and "the usual smear  campaign" to be expected  from this
reporter.   He then goes on  to, "incredibly", accuse STReport  of abuse of
power.   As for abuse, a casual observation  points out that the real abuse
of power is in the control of an RT through manipulative assertation, group
persuasion, and the ever famous  vendettas with accusation and  insinuation
we have all become so familiar with.  The treatment accorded Lexicor is not
unique  or any different than those perpetrated against others mentioned in
the article.  This  obvious online diversionary excursion of  Nathan's will
do  nothing  but draw  more attention  to  this questionable  behavior, the
Conflict of Interest Issue and the complete articles in question.

     Nathan's  obvious attempts to distract from or, derail the main thrust
of the articles about Conflict of Interest in the ST RT, are meaningless as
the  bold facts  are there  for all  to  see.   According to  Lexicor, full
remedies  are being pursued through  many far more  effective channels than
only a  truthful report in an online  magazine.  After all  the protest and
lamenting  subsides the simple pure facts remain, these things occurred and
are  still  occurring.   They are  wrong and  should be  brought to  a halt
forthwith.  The apparent  abuse of power by Nathan  & Darlah is exposed  in
our articles describing  the nefarious activities clearly witnessed  by the
userbase, dealers and  developers in the  ST RT.   How quaint the  unctuous
denials.   Truth  is truth,  and last  week's depictions and  accounts were
accurately  reported  as  we  received the  information  from  the offended
parties.   In the  case of the  accusation by  Nathan that Seilor  and this
reporter are " bed  together" please reference the following  capture.
Again  Nathan has seen  fit to  scream lies  yet the  capture shows  a very
different picture.

Presented herein is a capture of the offending remarks as made during an
open, online public conference in the ST RT on GEnie.  It clearly "speaks"
for itself.

<ARCHIVIST> because you havn't been attending Lou's lecture series in Cat
<ST.LOU> 18!
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> Ouch. How well did you know 1.09N?
<[Ringo] LEXICOR2> Oh, only 35 minutes.
<F.CUCCI> Not long
<ST.LOU> Frank Cucci... do you have a particular problem? I could help.
<[Fred] FB> Hi Ringo. Took me about 45..
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> And do you have the User to User Tips? They are
worth their
** <SANDY.W> is here.
<ST.LOU> Hi Sandy
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> weight in gold. May I suggest that you abuse the
hell out of
<SANDY.W> hi
<[Fred] FB> Sandy!
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> Hey, Sandy.  What gives, eh?
<MIKE-ALLEN> Sandy! How do I enable my EMail name?
<[Ringo] LEXICOR2> 45 minutes...
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> Cat 16. Between Lou, Mario, myself and a dozen
others, you'll
<[Dr.Death] J.ALLEN27> Snady!!!
<SANDY.W> just more of the same
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> get speedy answers to just about any techinical
hot-to question.
<F.CUCCI> I have hem, but I haven't got far enough into sl tho use them.
<[John too] J.G.H.> Hiya Sandy
<ST.LOU> Frank, it takes two or three projects before you get comfortable.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> Remember that you have control over literally
everything or, a
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> degree of control that is really unprecedented.
<ST.LOU> If you used 1.09N, the learning curve is a little shorter.
<[Dr.Death] J.ALLEN27> J.White99, do you have someone with the initials
K.G. in your local users group?
<SANDY.W> hi John, Fred, and anyone else I missed :-)
<[Ringo] LEXICOR2> HI, Sandy!
<ST.LOU> Really Frank, post any questions in CAT 16, Topic 20 and a dozen
people will answer within a few hours.
<SANDY.W> and ringo :-)
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> First and middle, that is.
<MIKE-ALLEN> <feeling left out>
<[Fred] FB> Well I have to get the kids to bed. Night all.
** <[Fred] FB> has left.
<ST.LOU> Mike, you can ask your questions on P365 :-)
<F.CUCCI> k 'll make a note of that , Thank you
<[Ringo] LEXICOR2> Night Fred.
<ST.LOU> Bye.......... Fred?
<[John too] J.G.H.> brb (I hope)
** <[John too] J.G.H.> has left.
<ST.LOU> Maybe the kids put Fred to bed.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN>  How does Lee feel being in bed with Ralph?
<ST.LOU> That's taking a chance John.
<ST.LOU> So Dorothy, what's new in Urbana?
<MIKE-ALLEN> Champaign
<ARCHIVIST> well, it's one way to get users. Trap them inside a product....
<[Ringo] LEXICOR2> Mike how was last sunday conference?
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> Well, our principal is retiring at the age of 52.
I'm in shock.  I'd just gottne this guy fully broken in and I have to start
all over.
<F.CUCCI> I don't think I am a graphics orientated person because I have a
hard time trying to relate to most of the icons.
<MIKE-ALLEN> Little slow, ringo.  A couple of folks looking for LJ screen
dump drivers.
<ST.LOU> Frank, I had the same problems at first but now it is second
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> What'd you tell them Mike?  I got a support call
today where my usual solution isn't doing the job.
<MIKE-ALLEN> Had folks in and out for about 2 hours.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN>  One day I will finally understand why Lee is
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> The customer has an LJII.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> paranoid around me. In the meantime, I made the
<ST.LOU> Dorothy, I know how hard it is to work with principals... and
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> because two weeks in a row Ralph carry's all
Lees comments
<ST.LOU> Say, was Dr. Bob here earlier?
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> on GEM-View (for which Lee was WRONG!) and Nova,
and this
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> This guy was very fine, Lou.  Our first contact
was when I wrote him a letter saying I wouldn't be sending our 7-year-old
to school but rather teaching him at home...
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> week Ralphie included Lee's apology which went way
** <J.G.H.> is here.
** <[John too] J.G.H.> was <J.G.H.>.
<ARCHIVIST> gee, I always had mine wrapped around my finger. Of course, he
had a stroke in my grade 10 year so chasing me down the hall was out of the
question from then on
<MIKE-ALLEN> Larry dropped in and recomended 2 files.  One from Chet (one
guy said didn't woprk) and another, but both guys had left by then.  I
don't remember what it was.  The # was 20xxx (Only 1000 to search <g>)
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> anything credible considering Lee's past comments.
<ST.LOU> Haha! I love parents like you, Dot! :-)
<F.CUCCI> I have the Guide to Calamus but I don't think SL was out when
this book was printed. It doesn't take much to confuse me with SL.
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> He wrote back that our son would be welcome to
use the school library and get tested along with the school's students.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> The User to User Tips is the way to go. They are
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> I put my buffer on for THAT, Mike? ;-)
<ST.LOU> Now it wasn't Frank. But it is an excellent guide to Calamus in
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> And he did, and the next year, we sent him there.
<ST.LOU> Frank, did you work through the Calamus SL tutorial in Chapter 3?
<MIKE-ALLEN> Sorry Dot <he says, sheepishly>
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> Or didn't you notice Lee's about face?
<[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> Well, I have to take off.  Time for dinner.  See
you all later, if GEnie ever lets me back on.
<MIKE-ALLEN> Late dinner.
<[Dr.Death] J.ALLEN27> Nite Dot!
** <[Baaad Dot!] DABRUMLEVE> has left.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> That's true enough Ringo ;-). But Lee is now
working with
<ST.LOU> That was the right thing to do. Did anyone supervise your child's
program while at home? From the Dept. Of Ed.?
<ST.LOU> Ooopps, bye Dot.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> Ralph. Mark my words.
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> Got to run. It's late for me.
<MIKE-ALLEN> cest le vie
<ST.LOU> Jim, are you near the CT Fest?
<[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> Have a good night all
<F.CUCCI> I was using  the tutorialin the Guide and when it ask me to load
TIME 50 font I didn't have it.
<ST.LOU> Bye Nathan.
<[John too] J.G.H.> take care Nathan
** <[Nathan@DMC] POTECHIN> has left.
<SANDY.W> night Nathan

     Nathan then challenges STReport and myself to address the Free Flag
and deleted messages matters with, of course, more accusations of lies and
innuendo.  The free flags are, according to Mr. Seilor of Lexicor, still
not active.  Of the four flagged accounts he has, three are not flagged

     Further, about the business of the deleted messages, we once again,
present the exact quote from Mr. Seilor relative to Nathan's accusations
that "STReport lied"....
     "There is an inherent conflict  of interest for any Atari Business in
     the ST RT on GEnie.  Lexicor is taking all appropriate and proper
     actions to seek remedies.  Lexicor is aware that  "at least" one
     message with regard to Lexicor Products has been severely Censored and
     on information and belief other messages have been deleted from the
     message areas.  Lexicor has been advised that certain messages
     relating  to their business will not be allowed."  ...Seilor said.

     Clearly, the information and accusations of improprieties come from
the perceived abuses and wrongs perpetrated against Lexicor by Nathan and
Darlah in the STRT on GEnie as seen by Lexicor's CEO Lee Seilor.  Yet
Nathan, once again in his infinite wisdom, decided to attack, smear and
otherwise defame STReport for reporting the news!  Repeatedly, Nathan has
made accusations of "Lies, Smears, etc., against STReport.  Fact is,
STReport did report the facts as they arose.  Also, STReport presented
enough previous incidents to establish a clear pattern of an ongoing
practice of such in the STRT. 

     Conflict of Interest is a serious insult to the entire platform and
warrants major changes being made in the manner in which the STRT conducts
its daily affairs.  Nathan having complete sysop powers in the STRT is a
disgrace.  The Conflict of Interest must come to a complete screeching
halt!  Its a festering sore on the entire userbase.

The list of business' who've endured or suffered under the lynch mob
atmosphere in the STRT is quite long and growing....; It is more than a
casual group... In fact, it says it all;

     QMI, Computers Plus, Computrol, Tech Specialities, Zephyr Computers,
     ST MicroWorld, Avant-Gard (PC DittO), Aim Magazine, ST Informer, ABCO
     Computers, Fast Technology.
     The Topic opened up for the Fast Technology complaints or praise was
and is already CLOSED while the S.O.P. for that practice has always been to
leave the topic open and active until the object of the topic's activity
bled white and either died or was a long time reviving and recovering.  The
question is ... why was the Fast Tech topic quietly closed?  Oh sure,
there'll be the ever so rational and sensible explanations flowing but are
they really the truth?  Let's try this on for size.  How about the fact
that Nathan is involved with Fast Tech (Canadian Rep.) and any negativity
would reflect directly on him and perhaps adversely effect his business
interests.  A significant number of the pre-paid orders for Fast Tech
products have been run through his (ISD's) credit card terminal and a
'flower shop' in Mass.  Needless to say those users have a strong level of
protection in the fact they can request a refund through their respective
card holder banks and recover their funds.

     Now, let's look even further... CyberCube.. is Ralf (German ancestry
from Brazil) the only principle in this venture?  What is Nathan's
connection (financially or otherwise) with CyberCube?  With Gem-View?  With
Invision?  With the Cyrel Card?  With Outline Art?  Keeping these questions
in mind, let examine the _allegations_ by Lexicor that messages promoting
Lexicor's superb video card the Nova Card and of course, Lexicor's NEW
Utility disk that offers a host of graphical utilities for its customers
and a shareware version of Gem-View on a shareware disk were deliberately
and systematically removed from the Lexicor Category in the STRT governed
by Darlah, Nathan's wife.  Not too difficult to see the scenario now is it?

of the conflict of interest in the STRT should be done by Nathan and Darlah
forthwith as its only the right thing to do.

     If Nathan is to be Mr. ISD/DMC/DITEK, IAAD bigwig, Politician and
Entrepreneur, the he has no business being a full sysop in the STRT on
GEnie where his SYSOP activities place him in direct control over his
competitors worldwide.




UPDATE W/Expanded Info.

                           The NOVA Graphics Card

It's  me  again Yat  Siu  from  Lexicor Software  Europe.  I  have a  happy
announcement to make!

Lexicor Software is glad  to announce that they have  acquired distribution
rights to the  NOVA Card. The  Nova Card comes  in essentially 5  different
versions. Lexicor Software Products that run on the NOVA Card are:

XENOMORPH-3D (works  100%)  all  functions Cyber  Color  (works  100%)  all
functions Prism Paint  (works 100%) v.1.1, 1.5 and the  soon to be released
2.0 CHRONOS-3D Newest Version (works  100%) You can even RENDER in  any rez
at 8bit GENESIS (works 100%) Render 24 (works 100%) Utility  Disk I haven't
checked all the utilities but nearly ALL appear to work.

And since  it has  an  own VDI  Driver, most  Atari  Applications that  are
written  cleanly should  work just  fine. Now  to the availability  and the
prices, Lexicor users get a special price as I understand and for those who
buy our Software bundled, they too will  get a special price. I have listed
them into Lexicor and Non Lexicor and listed the  price respectively below.
I hope the formatting works now! :)

Type of NOVA Card       Prices:LEXICOR User     Prices:NON-LEXICOR
of CARD:

NOVA Mega 32K            300 U$D                  360 U$D

32,768 Colors for any Mega ST BUS

Nova Mega 16M            400 U$D                  490 U$D

16,7 Million Colors for your Mega ST BUS

Nova VME 32K             429 U$D                  560 U$D

32,768 Colors for any Mega STE or TT VME

Nova VME 16M             529 U$D                  699 U$D

16,7 Million Colors for any Mega STE or TT VME

Super NOVA               999 U$D                 1199 U$D

Excellence and brilliance! Requires a VME Bus Mega STE or TT

If  you own  an ST  or a  regular STE  (eg.1040, 520)  then with  a special
adaptor you can connect the Mega BUS versions on your ST, STE. Price of the
adaptor however is to date not known.

Transport  (shipping) is  not included,  please add  another 30-40  dollars
depending on how quick you wish to have a delivery.
Prices are Subject to possible change but unlikely.

To the specs of the Card now:

All the NOVA Cards, 16M, 32k VME or Mega BUS have this in common:

1.Max Pixeltakt:        90 Mhz

2.Video RAM             1 Megabyte

3.Ramtype               DRAM

4.Have Virtual Resolutions

5.Automatic Rez Switch

6.Upgrade Possibility

7.VDI for its Colors (16M have 24bit VDI, 32k have 32K VDI)

8.All have a Videomode Generator

9.All go up to 1024*768 in 72Hz in 2/16/256 Colors

The Max rez in 16,7 Million colors for the 16M VME is 640*480 and the
MegaBUS is 640*400.

The Max rez for BUS version is 1024*768 and for VME version is 1088*832 at
70 Hz.

The Max rez at 32k colors for BUS version is 768*512 and VME version is

The SUPERNOVA is a dream Card for a dream Price!!!

Max Mhz is 135 MHZ with 16,7 Million colors at 800*600, 32k colors at 1024*
768, Absolute Max at 256 Colors max is 1280 * 1024. Ram type is VRAM unlike
the NOVA standard DRAM and has 2 Megabytes of VRAM.  It has everything that
regular NOVA's have AND has a hardware speedup, making it even quicker!

Naturally, Virtual Resolutions possible!

This is  a  very, very  fine  card and  is  to  my knowledge  the  cheapest
available Graphics Card for your Atari. The Crazy Dots which we so promoted
before is still a fine card, but proved to be less compatible than the NOVA
making for Lexicor Software the NOVA Card be the preferred choice.

Please, as this is  a service of Lexicor  Europe which needs to  import and
may  run  out of  stock,  consider  a maximum  delivery  time  of 6  weeks,
depending  on  your  preferred choice  of  delivery  (Ground,  Air, UPS  or

We will  have stock,  and it  should not  take so  long....I am  only being
careful!  :-)

                                                       Yat Siu

#: 39629 S11/LEXICOR Software
    13-May-93  03:14:03
Sb: #39608-#Lexicors New NOVA card.
Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763
To: Greg Wageman 74016,352


      Sorry I missed answering your question on Gemview.

Yes Gemview does work and Lexicor is adding Gemview to it's "Free"
shareware software with permission of the author Dieter...We offer, as many
of you know, some very nice Freeware and shareware software with our full
Phase-4 commercial package.

      Of course any one wanting just the disk must call in and pay for the
disk and copying, as the case with any other shareware service does.  For
more info just send E-Mail.

      We will be posting extensive upgrade list in our Lib in the coming
days, with many new products and information from all over the World.  This
will include both Hardware and software.

The best thing about NOVA is its starting at the least expensive around the
$300 range to get TT graphics from 1040/STE Megas etc.  All our software is
100% compatible, and fully supported by us.  Then the at the $400.00 level
we are talking Falcon colors but much higher 800X600 from
16Mil...I like this one a lot.  and finally to go all out at a reasonable
price for 24 bit...try $500 + a few.  That sure beats $1,500 for 24 bit!
And if you really need super high res, add 2Megs of VRAM for $400.  and you
are still $500 below any thing else with the same graphical horsepower.

      There is of course, a catch in all this and that is the speed of the
base machine.  More colors and more resolutions mean slower graphics, but
we will be teaching solutions and professional approaches that will help a
lot.  The fact is, that for most of us blinding speed which no one really
has anyway is not the real point.   It is you can have the whole nine yards
with out the pain of over paying.

      There will be plenty of sales information in the libraries soon.   We
hope this brief announcement has been of some use!

      Just one thing more.  We caution all Atari users who are considering
investing in Graphics Cards from any source to please check with Lexicor or
look up our compatibility list.  There are some Card makers who claim
compatibility which simply, put, does not exist.  We have had several
reports from Lexicor product owners who were assured by such manufacturers
that the product was compatible, and it was not.  In one case the claim
came from a manufacturer who was selling a card we have never seen, that
Lexicor authors had never had or ever tested their software on let alone
done any compatibility programming.  So please be careful when you are
shopping, one of these complaints came from a user who was unable to get a
refund.  And now has a very expensive Graphics Card that is of no use in
doing the animations he had dreamed of doing.

                                        Thanks again for the question.


#: 40266 S11/LEXICOR Software
    02-Jun-93  01:05:08
Sb: #Lexicor in CIS
Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763
To: all

Lexicor Software would like to re-welcome all CIS & Atari users to the
Lexicor Family of graphic products for the ATARI systems.

Our products allow users to create wonderful animations and graphics never
possible on the ATARI.  Create high-quality animations with Chronos-3D key
frame animator, use Phoenix Render as a very powerful renderer to create
stunning graphics, and use Prism-Paint to retouch your animations.

We also have a "True-Color" 24bit high quality graphics card for the ATARI.
It is the Nova system.  It is great and it can be use in the

ST/Mega/MegaSTe/TT systems.

You will find a large number of graphic samples created with all of this
software and hardware in the Lexicor Graphics library. Hope you enjoy them
and we welcome all of your questions.


  Ringo ~ Lexicor Tech. support.

#: 40271 S11/LEXICOR Software
    02-Jun-93  04:19:09
Sb: #40266-Lexicor in CIS
Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763
To: LEXICOR Software 75300,763

I would like to add, my thanks to all of you who had sent in payment for
the Nova card...Blind. That kind of trust is very rewarding for me. All of
you have been taken care of. Some of you will be receiving small refunds,
as you paid to much, the rest who were short we have contacted you and your
cards are on their way.

We are very pleased at the interest and will be refining the transshipping
process to speed up delivery.

As a final note we have two VGA to NTSC units under test now and as soon as
we are happy with them we will be announcing their availability and price


#: 40303 S11/LEXICOR Software
    03-Jun-93  01:00:21
Sb: Lexicor Applications
Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763

Lexicor Software provides an excellent software library for the creation of
Animations and Illustrations. Here is listing of current products:

1. CyberSculpt:

      We offer a very powerful 3D modeler for the ATARI users.
      CyberSculpt has a large number of tools and operations: drag,
      mirror, rotate, scale, skew, Magnet etc. You will find stunning
      3D2 files created with this application.

2. Chronos-3D Keyframe Animator:

      Creates a rich new environment for the computer animation
      enthusiast. Cut, copy and paste time and motion. View solid 3D
      objects in the past, present and future.

      Use multiple light sources compatible with RenderMan light
      sources standards.

      Use special effects like object morph, cycles, dissolves to
      created special animations. Plus much more!

3. Phoenix Object Renderer:

      Now render your 3D2 objects with smooth shading, highlights,
      shadows, textured with wood grain, marble or wrap any image
      around the object.

      View and rendered images as 512 color Spectrum SPC files. 2 to
      256 color GIF files. or true color Targa files at any

4. Prism-Paint:

      Is an excellent drawing program that runs in all ATARI
      resolutions plus 1024X768 4096 colors. It imports animations
      created with Chronos. Retouch single frames and add effects
      to your animations. NOTE: "MORE INFO. COMING SOON!"

5. Large number of utilities:

      Cyber-Color: Paint your 3D2 objects like never before. Each face
      of an object can be any color. Add faces for extra color. import
      the files into Chronos or Phoenix.

      Render for Sculpt: Maybe use an ACC so that after creating and
      coloring your 3D2 files you may view/save them.

      Animator Tool Set: To be use with Prism-Paint, split/splice,
      overlay/underlay your animations.

      Galactic Tool chest: Create 3D2 planets, landscapes and
      startfiles! Use them with Chronos and/or Phoenix!

6. Nova True colorcard:

      Our new High Quality true color 16/24bit Color card for all
      ATARI systems! Professional quality graphics for DTV and DTP
      users all for a very low price!

7. Plus special European software sale....from Lexicor Europe:

      Outside: the Virtual Memory management for the TT030 and
      Falcon030 systems. Will allow you to use your hardrive space as
      System extra RAM. The extra RAM maybe use for animation creation
      and rendering.

      DA Vektor: Is a vector illustrator and animator. Excellent for
      graphic illustrator...More information soon.

     This information provides the basics of all of the applications that
we carry.  If you would like more detailed information regarding any of the
above products.  Please ask within the Lexicor area or contact Lexicor
Software directly at:

                           LEXICOR SOFTWARE CORP.
                             1726 Francisco St
                             Berkeley, CA 94703

                             Phone 510-848-7621
                             FAX   510-840-7613


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> STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

- San Diego, CA                         MULTI-TOS & SPEEDO THIS WEEK!

     Both MultiTOS and SpeedoGDOS are reported to begin shipping this
coming week @ $60 and $65 respectively.  Hopefully, there'll be more in the
pipeline than there are of Falcons.  They're shipping folks but for now,
quantities are slim.  If your dealer has 'em don't hesitate.. as he who
hesitates is lost.

- Berkeley, CA.                      FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION INVOLVED?
     In the course of verifying various stories related to the hot
"Conflict of Interest" charges being leveled at the contract holder and
operators of GEnie's STRT, this reporter came across a report that the FTC
is being sent a "stern complaint" through congressional channels relative
to the US Code about "Foreign Nationals having control(s) over US business
Enterprise(s).  When the CEO of Lexicor Software, Lee Seilor, was queried
relative to this reported development, he replied quickly with a "No
Comment" answer.  In fact he replied to a number of our queries with a flat
no comment answer.  Questions like is legal action being taken?  Is General
Electric and Geis being enjoined in type of action?  His replies were all
"No Comment".


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