ST Report: 9-Jul-93 #928

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 07/19/93-10:08:18 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 9-Jul-93 #928
Date: Mon Jul 19 10:08:18 1993

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                  WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (July 9)


SYSOP*Brad  Hill will  be hosting  a conference  in the  Atari Productivity
Forum (GO  ATARIPRO) on  Thursday, July  15, beginning  at 9:00  PM Eastern
Time.  The topic:   Grbinif's new GENEVA multi-tasking  software, scheduled
to be released in September.  We hope to see you at the conference!


This is  a big week for  Atari-related announcements.  First,  the alliance
between  ATari  and  IBM  for the  new  Jaguar,  and  now  Gribnif Software
announces  GENEVA, their  new  multi-tasking environment.   See  the GENEVA
press  releases in LIB 15  of the Atari Arts Forum  (GO ATARIARTS) or go to
the Gribnif section/library in the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for
additional info.


With  the  announcement  from  Sunnyvale   on  the  new  JAGUAR  Multimedia
Entertainment  System, we've  added a  Message Section  and Library  to the
ATARI8 Forum. We invite you  to join us in  sharing news and views of  what
promises to be an exciting machine. GO ATARI8 for Section 15 [Jaguar].


Download  file 20Q_01.TXT  from  LIBRARY 15  of the  Atari  Arts Forum  (GO
ATARIARTS) for the  first 20 QUESTIONS file  of questions submitted by  the
members  to Atari Corp  and answered by  Bob Brodie, James  Grunke and Bill


Download  file  AGIT.ZIP  from  LIBRARY  2  of  the Atari  Arts  Forum  (GO
ATARIARTS) for Agitation.  Agitation is easy to learn, tough to solve. This
is the  most indescribably difficult, infuriatingly  impossible program you
could choose to run!

        * create custom puzzles
        * upload and share
        * point and click puzzle solving
        * multiple cheat, peek and help modes
        * watch the computer solve puzzles
        * custom graphics and dialogs
        * check out the other puzzles here online! mono freeware


Download file BSTAT4.LZH from LIBRARY 5 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO
ATARIPRO) for version  2.46 of B/STAT.   B/STAT is a shareware  statistical
analysis  and business graphics program.  It requires a  1 megabyte machine
and double sided  drive at a minimum. B/STAT   makes use of GDOS  or SPEEDO
GDOS if  installed but requires neither. This is version 2.46 of B/STAT and
offers some improvements in  graphing over earlier versions. B/STAT  may be
registered online by GOing SWREG and selecting ID # 263.


Message Section 12  and Library 12 have been established for online support
of Oregon Research's products.  Please read OREGON.TXT in Library 12 of the
Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for  an overview of the company. Also, be
sure to check out the  other files in the Library for  in-depth information
on their entire product line.

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.

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

     This is  the week that was.... or, will be  remembered as the week the
proverbial fan got hit square on the nose.   You  be  the  judge, read  the
open letter  from Lee Seiler  of Lexicor and  the exclusive interview  with
Seiler about the IAAD expelling Seiler's  Lexicor Software and a number  of
Lexicor associates.  I  ask only one question at  the very top of  my voice
and ask that you do it too.  "Is this the sort of thing Atari  needs in the
public spotlight at this  time?"  It is time the users  demanded a full and
thorough open door to the happenings of the last six weeks between Lexicor,
The IAAD, the STRT, Nathan & Darlah and GEnie.  The time has come to 'clear
the air' and bring an  end to the innuendo, claims and counter claims.  Not
to mention the  disturbing manner is which the punitive  actions taken were
arrived  at and  carried  out.   There  are far  too  many questions  going
unanswered.   Please  read the interview  with Seiler  along with  his open
letter.  You be the judge as to whether or not its time for a few real  and
positive changes.  One can only  wonder if these actions and  deliberations
are the indicators of the debilitating effects of a shrinking platform.



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                Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                               Issue #28
                            By: John Deegan
   ATARI TO GET TIME WARNER LIBRARY - Atari Corp. has announced that a 
library of video clips owned and licensed by Time Warner Inc., the 
world's largest media and entertainment company, is being made available 
to Atari or their third-party licensed publishers set to develop titles 
for the new multimedia Atari Jaguar.

   The long-anticipated Atari Jaguar, to be introduced in the New York 
market later this fall, is a 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment 
system with high-performance, true color and CD-quality sound.

   "Having access to this Time Warner library will be truly beneficial," 
said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari. "With 64-bit technology, the 
Jaguar will allow for new heights in software experiences, and the 

association with Time Warner will add to the reality of the software."

   The Atari Jaguar's high-level technology includes a 32-bit expansion 
port allowing for future connection into cable and telephone networks, 
as well as digital signal processing for modem use and connection to 
digital audio peripherals. The video output is far superior to video 
games available today and will allow for more realistic simulations of 
moving vehicles such as spaceships, cars, planes and figures.

   "Our emphasis now is not only the product's affordability and the 
fact that the Jaguar is made in America, but also that our software 
titles will be a fun experience on a truly next level," Tramiel said.

   The Atari Jaguar will retail for approximately $200. A national roll-
out is expected sometime next year.

   APPLE CUTTING 15% OF FORCE - Apple Computer Inc. plans to lay off 
about 2,500 people -- or more than 15% of its worldwide work force -- 
over the next 12 months. The company said most layoffs will occur this 

The company, which currently employs about 16,000 people, will account 
for the restructuring costs in its third quarter, which ended on June 

   In a statement announcing the actions, Apple said only that it plan-
ned to implement "a broad re-engineering of the company to accelerate 
revenue, unit and earnings growth. The re-engineering will include a 
work force reduction of approximately 2,500 worldwide of Apple's 16,000 
full-time, temporary and contract employees, with the majority of 
layoffs occurring in July 1993."

denying a report that said Apple will begin licensing its Macintosh 
System 7 operating system to other hardware vendors.

   Apple spokesperson Cindy McCaffrey said that an Apple official had 
spoken with InfoWorld, but made no such statement regarding the 
operating system.

   Apple is "looking to be more aggressive" in licensing systems soft-
ware technology, McCaffrey said, but that does not include licensing the 
Macintosh operating system.

   TANDY OFFERS MULTIMEDIA UNIT - A multimedia system priced at $1,599 
has been unveiled by Tandy Corp.'s Radio Shack unit. The Tandy Multi-
media Personal Computer, currently shipping to Radio Shack stores 
nationwide, includes MS-DOS 6 with tools, Windows 3.1 (multimedia 
version) and Microsoft Works for Windows with applications (multimedia 

in association with Microsoft Corp. investigators announced this week 
that they have completed a series of coast-to-coast seizures over the 
past four months intended to purge the market of illegal Microsoft MS-
DOS and Windows operating system software.

   According to sources, several defendants named in three separate 
federal lawsuits filed in conjunction with the seizures were former or 
present Microsoft licensees, including Unitron Computer Inc., CMOS 
Technologies Inc. and Micro Innovation Inc.

   Microsoft said undisclosed amounts of several defendants' assets were 
frozen in each of the cases.

   In the California action against Unitron Computer, over 125,000 
illegal copies of Microsoft MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1, with a street 
value of approximately $7 million, were seized.

   CMOS Technologies of New Jersey was targeted for allegedly producing 
tens of thousands of counterfeit Windows 3.1 packages. Although Micro-
soft terminated CMOS' license agreement in 1992, CMOS had continued to 
produce and distribute Windows 3.1

   Micro Invention Inc. of Houston was allegedly producing unlicensed 
copies of MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 under its own trade name and dist-
ributing the product through the PC Innovations stores and other resel-
lers nationally. Simultaneous seizures at seven Houston-area locations 
netted 35,000 units of MS-DOS and Windows, with a street value of 
approximately $2 million.


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

Hey there friends and neighbors!  Well, now I know that summer is truly
upon us... for the second day in a row intense heat and humidity during the
day has been followed by "monster" thunder storms by night.  As I sit here
and type this, the power is out all over town and only my Stacy with its
Dragonware battery and my PPI pocketmodem with its NiCad battery pack allow
me to meet my deadline.

I know, I know, I shouldn't put things like this off 'till the last
minute.  Well, anyway, thanks to Dragonware and to Practical Peripherals
for making this week's column possible.  Now let's get on with the

>From the Atari Productivity Forum

Nigel Tilbury, a self-professed new CIS (CompuServe Information Service)
asks John Devlin how he was able to read a message that he sent to
someone else:

"I am not only fairly new to 'messaging' but also slightly confused as to
how a message that I believed to be aimed at only the Sysop in the US was
intercepted by your goodself?

Perhaps I need to understand more about CIS before I dare use it again

Can you enlighten me please?"

Sysop Don LeBow tells Nigel:

"When you post a message on the board it's immediately available for all to
see. Being a chatty bunch here, you're quite often likely to see someone
other than the addressee pop in with an answer, another question, or a
dubious pun <grin> It makes for an interesting and open environment, with
message threads (jargon alert: a thread is the ongoing conversation,
composed of messages and replies) often moving off in strange and wonderful

 Should you want to send someone a private message, it's quite easy to do
so by using CompuServe Mail. You can also address a message

 To: *Sysop

 The asterisk marks it as private to the head sysop of the forum.

 Welcome aboard!"

John Devlin tells Nigel:

"I have that effect of confusing people, just ask anyone on this forum
When you post a message, unless it is marked private, all readers of that
forum, section can read it. That's what I did..  The reader then can replay
to that or any other message they read.

NP>>Perhaps I need to understand more about CIS before I dare use it again
Better understanding of CIS, No Way, I have found that more people are
willing to chat if they think they can help....
I trust the above has helped a little. What terminal program are you using,
to access CIS, on your Atari. As there is a program that can help you
reduce your phone & logon charges !!! I bet that has caught your eye.."

Meanwhile, Richard Detlefsen asks about his favorite word processor:

"I am having a problem with Word Perfect(5.1 I think).  Normally it runs
fine, but when I try to retrieve a file of about 250K, it trashes hard
drive partition C.  Every time.  I tried software locking the drive, then I
got virtual drive errors, until I reconfigured WP.  I finally narrowed the
size to between 40K and 75K.  Less than 40K is O.K., above 70K, C drive
errors.  Any solutions?"

Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Rick:

"It sounds like your disk needs to be checked by either Hard Disk Sentry by
Beckemeyer or Diamond Edge by Oregon Research Associates.  Have you checked
your connections between your computer and your hard drive and made sure
they are secure?

Have you booted clean (without any auto folder programs or TSRs other than
poolfix and Folder xxx) and see if the problem still occurs?"

Dick Paddock adds:

"It sounds to me like you may be running low on available file space on
drive (partition) C:. If you have space on another partition, define it as
the place for WP to keep its temporary backup, etc., and see whether that

Thomas Hutchins asks about networking his Falcon with other computers:

"I own a Falcon and would like to network with my MAC and possibly with the
IBM..  What would I need to do this???"

Sysop boss ROn Luks tells Thomas:

"You would probably connect thru the localtalk ports but you would need
software for both the MAC and the Atari.  To the best of my knowledge, no
such software exists for the Atari side of the network."

Rick Flashman of Gribnif Software (the NeoDesk people) tells Thomas:

"There is some "client" software available from Germany that would let you
setup your Falcon as a client on a NETBIOS network (Novell, etc.).  You
then need to add a SCSI ethernet adaptor.  Then you could ethernet adaptors
to the Mac and PC and set either the PC or the Mac to act as a PEER-TO-PEER
server (either some sort of Apple File Server software on the Mac, or some
PC file server software like Invisible LAN, Lantastic, or Novell).  Then
the ST could access them for files.

I don't know the name of the German companies, other than PAM Software. 
Maybe one of our German friends here can upload a name, company, and
address.  They would tell you what exactly you need, how much, etc."

Werner Zemanek supplies the postal info:

"PAM Software GmbH
Carl-Zuckmayer Str. 27
6500 Mainz 33    (the ZIP code is the old one but should work, still)
Tel: +49-6131-476312  Fax: +49-6131-476402"

Dick Paddock adds:

"For the IBM you would need both software and a LocalTalk card. I presume
that if you get the card, the software would be included.

LocalTalk software comes as part of the Macintosh System/Finder package
(for the Mac only.)

I have not heard of software for the Falcon, either."

Mike Durand asks about where he can get his computer fixed:

"Have an old ATARI MEGA 2 that I would love to use again, but have a bad
chip or two inside, and my local dealer went belly up years ago.  Does
anyone know the name, address and tel. no. of a reasonable and reliable
group that will repair Atari machines?"

Mike Mortilla tells Mike Durand:

"Where are you located? There is an ACC  listing Atari vendors, but if your
MEGA is down that doesn't do you any good.

So tell us where you and we'll tell you where to go <grin>."

Mike Durand tells Mr. Mortilla:

"I am in Lafayette, LA.  Hope there is someone close."

Of course, the way things are in the Atari world right now, no one should
be too surprised at what Mike Mortilla tells Mike Durand:

"Nothing in LA. How's TX or FL? There are a few there."

>From the Atari ST Arts Forum

Jeffery Usher posts:

"Help!!!! Every time I try to download a file I get a missing or bad header
message on XYZ.ttp. What am I doing wrong???

A very cheesed off new user."

Dazzz Smith asks Jeffery:

"What software are you using to access CIS?"

Jeffery tells Dazzz:

"I'm using kmterm 1.9. Set the parameters to 8N1
tonite and seem to be getting somewhere. Still not succesfull yet"

Dazzz tells Jeffery:

"Right, well the problem is as you will now have noticed that you need to
be accessing the system with 8N1 for your download protocols to work.

Using Fizzdizz I use an emulation which strips the 7th Bit so that
everything works ok, what you really need to do is download the
excellent QuickCIS which is the offline program for the St on compuserve.
If you cant get downloading to work with your setup, I can send you
a disk with QuickCIS on it so you can get up and running and cut your
compuserve costs dramatically!"

Steve Coller talks a bit about Atari's Dealer Agreement:

"I think if you look into the Restraint of Trade statutes in most states as
well as the Federal restriction you will find that this policy of trying to
dictate who a dealer and sell to and who they cannot is  probably in
violation on several points.

Not only is it down right stupid -- it may be illegal as well.  Whether it
is in a dealer contract or not, a contract cannot violate law and remain

Sysop Brad Hill tells Steve:

"I understand the rationale behind Atari's dealer agreement.  Only time
will reveal its wisdom or lack thereof.  I'm blissfully unaware of the
relevent legalities.:

Robby Cooke asks:

"[Does] Anyone know where I could get some DTV stuff for the Falcon030 or
when it such things will come into being?"

Albert Dayes tells Robbie:

"The best company to discuss that is with Lexicor.  They are in the (GO
ATARIVEN) forum in the Lexicor section."

>From the Atari Vendors Forum

Jerome Bartholomew posts:


Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Jerome:

"I like the SupraFAX modem (14.4 data and 14.4K fax).  It works very well
and Computability had them for $209 or so.  That is where I purchased mine.

For fax software the best is STraight FAX.  Terminal software most seems to
work with it.  FLASH 1.6, FLASH 2, STALKER ... I'm using FLASH II currently

Also check out the modem vendors forum on CIS for about 9 other vendors.
SUPRA) will take you there."

The guy who should know about modems, Sysop Ron Luks tells Jerome:

"I've used Supra modems (2400, 9600, 14.400) for years with great success
and not a lick of a problem."

Last week Gribnif Software announced their Multitasking system, Geneva.
This week, there are lots and lots of questions about it!  Jody Golick

"Geneva sounds real interesting.  Has it been tested with MIDI programs?  I
use Notator more or less constantly.  Are they compatible?  Or are the
real-time constraints of musical applications too critical to even consider

Rick Flashman tells Jody:

"We haven't tested it with MIDI programs, which is one of the reasons why
we are releasing a wider Beta release (see GEBETA.TXT in our library).  You
could help us there, if you wanted.

My personal theory, however, not because MIDI program's time constraints
(that should be ok), but because most MIDI programs seem to have very
"liberal" interpretations of the Atari Developer Guidelines, that most will
only work correctly in singletasking mode.  In other words, other GEM
applications would be temporarily suspended (or put to "sleep" as we call
it) until you either suspend that MIDI program or quit it.

However, once we release our wider beta release on July 15th (which you are
welcome to participate in, if you want) we will know much better and see
which MIDI programs work multitasking and which require singletasking.

Remember, even while singletasking in Geneva, you keep all the other GEM
applications loaded, you have unlimited desk accessories, 3D buttons,
tear-off menus, window/menu/dialog keyboard equivalents, etc."

Bill Turczynski posts:

"I'm interested in Geneva but my STacy 4/20 is devoted to MIDI usage.  I
use Steinberg's CuBase v3.01 and Dr. T's X-oR v1.12.  Steinberg's
multitasking program, Switcher only works with X-oR in the single
application mode just as you mentioned earlier.  Steinberg/Jones claim that
some have the two working but I've had no luck myself.

I'd be interested to see how Geneva works with MIDI programs too!  Too bad
I don't have NeoDesk or I'd do the beta thing for ya!!

I hope you get some MIDI users to try it out<g>."

Trevor Ward posts:

"The Geneva environment looks very impressive and I would like to be the
first person in the U.K. to receive Geneva! Please mail me A.S.A.P. with
information regarding total cost (inc shipping costs) and I will Fax my
order to you."

Rick tells Trevor:

"We are currently finalizing our UK distribution plans.  I'll post more
exact information in the next week or two.  However, you should be able to
get Geneva in the UK at the same time as our customers in the US."

Ian Braby tells Rick:

"Having read the Geneva info I must say that I am very impressed _and_
interested, but my Scottish blood has to ask whether there is likely to be
a Geneva/NeoDesk 4 package for those of us who are registered NeoDesk
users, i.e. a less expensive package than the $99.95 that's quoted?!"

Rick tells Ian:

"Geneva is a separate product (NeoDesk 3/4 doesn't need it).  However,
there will be a full upgrade path from NeoDesk 3 to NeoDesk 4 for a
reasonable amount.  Don't ask me how much right now, as we ourselves are
not sure.  However, we do have a policy of reasonable upgrades. <g>"

You might remember that back in the Atari ST Arts Forum Robby Cooke asked
about Falcon programs and that he was told to talk to Lexicor.  Well, he
does just that now:

"I was wondering if you had anything in the works to run on a Falcon030?"

Ringo at Lexicor tells Robby:

"Yes, we do have applications for the Falcon. Phoenix  Object Render is out
now and it renders Falcon true color images. Coming soon is Meridian, it is
a True Color paint program that works in conjunction with Phoenix. Plus we
are updating our keyframe animator Chronos so that it will run on the
Falcon. Plus some other utilities like Cyber-Color.

Cyber Color allows users to recolor 3D2 images created with Cyber Sculpt.
Also Cuber Sculpt run on the Falcon in SThigh resolution."

>From the Atari Portfolio Forum

Sysop BJ Gleason tells Sysop Ron Luks:

"There are always the general questions that get asked, like:

       Is the Portfolio still supported?
       Will there ever by a Portfolio 2?
       Are new software packages coming out?

But chances are, our good friend don [Hey Don!] will answer them, and he's
been answering them anyway...  But if a higher up was to answer them, I
would be interested to hear the answers [not that I am not interested in
what Don says, but he is under orders from above...]"

Ron tells BJ:

"[I've been] reading your mind in advance, those exact questions were asked
and submitted to Atari Corp on Friday morning.  We should have their
answers in about a week."

Don Thomas of Atari tells BJ:

"Those other dudes are in a position related to things like Jaguar
and Falcon as I am with Portfolio. While they're able to instantly provide
answers on the aforementioned, they may likely come to me with any
Portfolio related questions before posting them publicly.

If you only have 20 questions, make them meaty, but I suggest you focus on
the new stuff."

Bill Osburn posts:

"I noticed a while back that BJ or someone managed to link the PORT to an
IBM keyboard and monitor and basically let the IBM act as a "dumb
terminal".  Is there any way to link the PORT and Lynx together so one
could get the color screen of the Lynx?  What is the screen size on the
Lynx?  Is it a 40 col. screen?  VGA, CGA, or what?  Could one link the Lynx
through the com port to an IBM machine?  What are the Lynx games written
in?  C, Basic, or some other language?  Is there a technical manual for the
Lynx?  Can one burn their own games for the Lynx?"

Sysop Ron Luks posts this simple answer:

"No how, no way can you link the Lynx and the Portfolio.  Sorry."

Dave Stewart tells Bill:

"You may want to pose the same questions over on the Lynx message base in
the ATARI8BIT forum (GO LYNX will get you there).

In fact, you should download their .FAQ file (frequently asked questions)
for information on the Lynx and programmability and the like.  Basically,
you need an Amiga computer with a special adapter board (currently named
the "Howard" I think, with other cute associated chip names such as "Suzy"

Basically, it's a high cost to get into that kind of thing ... plus, you
have to get a developer's kit from Atari.  I do believe that they will send
you a manual (which I have heard is purposefully made to scare away the
people who are not really into it) if you sign a non-disclosure and pay
some small sum.

Most Lynx stuff is written in pure assembler for speed and size ... but
there are some utilities to help create graphics.

I had an idea once to put a modem at the end of a Comlynx cable, basically
so you could Comlynx at a distance ... I've never Comlynx'ed, though, and I
don't know much about it, but it was a nice thought."

Don Thomas of Atari tells Bill:

"It's not practical to hook the Lynx to much of anything else as a viewing
area.  The choice of using a larger screen also meant a screen which is not
well suited with other existing technologies.

The development team does have a way to "burn" Lynx carts for testing
purposes.  I really shouldn't get much into it here for a variety of
reasons, but if you are serious about developing for the Lynx, call
408/745-2000 during the business day and ask for Bill Rehbock."

Well folks, that's about all for this week.  And it's a good thing because
the battery light just turned yellow, which tells me that I've only got a
few minutes to get this column finished (the electricity still hasn't come

So tune in again next week... same time, same channel, and listen to what
they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


> 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 committment to  attend
include (Alphabetical Listing):

 Atari Corp/Applied Audio Marketing . Atari's Southeast Regional
                                      Representatives will be on hand
                                      to let you know what's going on
                                      in the Atari world, especially
                                      here in the Southest U.S.

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

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

 Binary Ink ......................... David St Martin will discuss his
                                      own desktop publishing business
                                      and conduct informative seminars
                                      on "Marketing Your DTP Skills"
                                      and "Newsletter Desktop

 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

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

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

 JV Enterprises ..................... Developers of low-cost
                                      license-ware software and games.

 Lexicor Software ................... Professional animation and
                                      rendering software (Prism Paint,
                                      Phoenix Render, Meridian, etc.)

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

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

 STReport Online Magazine ........... Electronic Online Magazine

Showtimes  are 10am  - 6pm on  Saturday, and  noon-5pm 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 (you need  not be present at  the time of the drawing  to
win).  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

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> Compuserve Delivers! STR InfoFile  Compuserve offer direct contact


     From  11-Jul through  17-Jul, and  again  from 25-Jul  through 31-Jul,
CompuServe  members  have  the opportunity  to  submit  a  question to  the
President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

     Members  may  post their  brief question  in  the White  House Forum's
Section 17, "Question to  Clinton." Messages posted in that  section during
the weeks  mentioned will be downloaded and  removed from the message board
each day to  accommodate all  members who wish  to participate.  CompuServe
will select  15 representative  questions from  each of  the  two weeks  to
forward to  the White House. The White  House then will select  5 of the 15
questions for an online response by President Clinton.    For more specific
guidelines on writing  your question,  GO WHITEHOUSE and  read the  forum's
news flash (CompuServe Information Manager users may select "Notices" under
the Special  menu within the  forum). The  White House Forum  is a  part of
CompuServe's extended services.



        We welcome your inquiry to the House of Representatives Constituent
Electronic Mail  System.   Currently, seven  Members of the  U.S. House  of
Representatives have been assigned public electronic  mailboxes that may be
accessed by their  constituents.   This effort represents  a pilot  program
that will  be used to assess the impact of electronic mail on Congressional
offices  and  their mission  of serving  the  residents of  a Congressional
District.   This  initial  project will  be  expanded to  other  Members of
Congress, as technical, budgetary and staffing constraints allow.

        Please review the list of participating Representatives below,  and
if the  Congressional District in  which you reside  is listed,  follow the
instructions  below  to begin  communicating by  electronic mail  with your
Representative.    If your  Representative is  not  yet on-line,  please be

                                   IN THE

               Hon. Jay Dickey
               4th Congressional District, Arkansas             
               Rm. 1338 Longworth House Office Building
               Washington, DC 20515

               Hon. Sam Gejdenson
               2nd Congressional District, Connecticut          
               Rm. 2416 Rayburn House Office Building
               Washington, DC 20515

               Hon. Newton Gingrich
               6th Congressional District, Georgia              
               Rm. 2428 Rayburn House Office Building
               Washington, DC 20515

               Hon. George Miller
               7th Congressional District, California           
               Rm. 2205 Rayburn House Office Building
               Washington, DC 20515

               Hon. Charlie Rose
               7th Congressional District, North Carolina
               Rm. 2230 Rayburn House Office Building
               Washington, DC 20515

               Hon. 'Pete' Stark
               13th Congressional District, California 
               Rm.  239 Cannon House Office Building
               Washington, DC 20515

               Hon. Mel Watt
               12th Congressional District, North Carolina
               Rm. 1232 Longworth House Office Building
               Washington, DC 20515


        If  your Representative  is taking  part in  the pilot  project, we
encourage  you  to   send  a  letter  or  postcard  by   U.S.Mail  to  that
Representative  at  the address  listed  above  requesting electronic  mail
access.  In  your  correspondence,  please print  your  name  and  INTERNET
ADDRESS,  followed  by  your  postal  (geographical)  address.   When  your
Representative receives the letter or postcard, you will receive a reply by
electronic mail  that  will include the Representative's Internet  address.
After you  receive this initial  message, you  will be able  to write  your
Member of Congress at any time, provided you follow certain guidelines that
will be included in that initial message.

        We are aware that  it is an inconvenience for electronic mail users
to be  required to send  a post card in  order to begin  communicating with
their Representative.  However, the  primary goal of this pilot program  is
to  allow  Members to  better serve  their  CONSTITUENTS, and  this initial
postal request is  the only  sure method currently  available of  verifying
that a user is a resident of a particular congressional district.

        In addition, constituents who communicate with their Representative
by  electronic mail  should  be aware  that Members  will respond  to their
messages in the  same manner that they respond  to most communications from
constituents.  That is, Members  will generally respond to messages  by way
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confidentiality, a  concern that is  of utmost  importance to the  House of

                          COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

        Please feel free  to send  electronic mail comments  about our  new
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will make every effort to integrate suggestions into forthcoming updates of
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        Thank you  again  for  contacting  the  House  of  Representatives'
Constituent Electronic Mail System.  We are excited about the possibilities
that  e-mail has to offer,  and will be working  hard to bring more Members
on-line and to expand our  services.  We feel that this pilot program is an
important first step, and  we urge your cooperation and  continued interest
to make the program a success.

        This message will be updated as necessary.

                Honorable  Charlie Rose (D-NC)
                Committee on House Administration



From: Mike Fulton, Atari Developer Support

  To: Atari Developer Community & Atari Programmers everywhere

Atari Developer CDROM

Atari is currently  in the production stages of  creating a Developer CDROM
disc that will be offered to both new and existing developers.

The initial release is slated for the developer conference that is going to
be  held on Friday,  September 17,  1993 in  Glendale, California,  the day
before  "Atari  Computer  Faire, Version  7.0"  starts  (AKA  "The Glendale

Once the initial version of  the disc has been released, we  expect to have
updates  a  couple of  times a  year with  new  material and  any necessary
corrections.  Once  you've purchased the  disc, you'll be  able to get  the
upgrade  discs at reduced  cost.  (Exact  pricing information for  the disc
and/or  updates is  not available  at this  time, but  it should  be pretty

Since  not all developers  will already be  using a CDROM  drive with their
system, we plan to include a floppy disk that will have the necessary CDROM
driver software to allow them to access the disc once they have connected a
CDROM drive to their computer.

   Here's a preliminary outline of what we hope to include on the disc: 
  (This is still preliminary subject to change without notice, of course!)

*    All  of the current versions of  all of the programs and files  in the
     Atari developer's kit,  plus additional related items not  included in
     the regular kit.

*    Atari Falcon030-specific developer's tools such as  the DSP Assembler,
     Linker, and Debugger

*    Current release of SpeedoGDOS outline font scaler

*    Current release of MultiTOS multitasking operating system

*    Atari Works -- integrated word processor, spreadsheet, database

*    Programs  that  currently  ship  with  Atari  computers  such  as  the
     Falcon030 (but which work with older machines) that not everybody  may
     have, such as:

      CalAppt -- Calendar/Appointment Book/Address Book

      Procalc -- Calculator Accessory (with number-base conversions)

      Talking Clock -- STE/TT/Falcon030 Talking Clock Program/accessory

      Accessory Games -- Breakout, Landmine

      Audio Fun Machine -- Assign sounds to keystrokes & system events on

*    Online Documentation  -- The  disc contents  will be  described in  an
     online hypertext format.   Additionally, at least some of  the regular
     developer's documentation will also be available in hypertext  format.
     (With more to come on future updates.)

       Imagine being able to look at a function reference of all the
       functions described in the GEMDOS manual.   You click on
       "Fsfirst()" and get a description of that function.  While you're
       looking at that, you start to wonder what the rules for legal
       filenames are, so you click on "Filename" and see a description
       of what constitutes a legal filename.

*    Demo programs -- graphics demos,  sound demos, etc.  For all machines,
     especially the new Atari Falcon030.

*      Sample  source code  -- for  new TOS  features, from  past developer
     newsletters, and so on.

   Aside from all of the above, there are three additional categories of 
   files that we would like to include.  These categories all depend to a
      large degree on submissions from the Atari Developer community.

*   Public-domain & shareware development tools, utilities, & source  code.

       We would like to include as much public domain and shareware

       stuff as we can.  We want development tools, utilities, sample
       source code, and anything else that is programming-related.  For
       example, we would like to include things like the GNU GCC
       compiler (C & C++) and other GNU tools, and possibly other PD or
       shareware compilers as well.

       We would like to include just about any kind of developer
       oriented program, but we do have a few basic guidelines about the
       submissions that we would like to follow:

           1) The software should be compatible with both SpeedoGDOS and
              MultiTOS.  By 'compatible' I mean it doesn't crash or
              mess up the display in some fashion.  Taking advantage of
              either SpeedoGDOS or MultiTOS is not required, although it
              is certainly welcome.

              If you have something that you might like to submit, and
              you aren't sure how it behaves with SpeedoGDOS or
              MultiTOS, please just go ahead and submit it.  We will be
              testing submissions as much as possible before including
              them.  Include information for any compatibility problems
              you already know about.

              If you know for a fact that your submission doesn't work
              with SpeedoGDOS and/or MultiTOS, but feel that other
              developers will still find it quite useful, then let us
              know about it and perhaps we'll make an exception here and
              there (pun absolutely intended! ;^).

              In most cases, incompatibility problems with SpeedoGDOS
              and MultiTOS are easy to fix, because they are usually
              caused by one of a small handful of programming errors.
              If you make your submission, it may be the case that we
              can point out what's wrong and you will be able to fix it
              without too much trouble.

              One problem that some programs have regarding MultiTOS is
              that they don't do their console & screen I/O in a
              consistent manner.  They mix up BIOS, GEMDOS and GEM calls
              all together.  For example, they might use Bconin() to
              get keyboard input and then they'll use v_gtext() to
              output information to the screen.  Or they'll use
              evnt_keybd() or evnt_multi() to get their input, and then
              use Bconout() or Cconws() or some other such BIOS or
              GEMDOS call to do their screen I/O.

              This doesn't work too well with MultiTOS where programs
              generally don't own the whole system and have to share
              the keyboard and display screen with other programs.

              If you're going to do be a GEM program, then you should do
              all of your screen & console I/O through GEM.  If you're
              not a GEM program, then you should do all of your console
              & screen I/O through the BIOS and GEMDOS.  Pick one or the
              other and stick with it.

           2) The submission should have at least minimal documentation,
              preferably in English.  If complete documentation is only
              available in another language, then we'll have to judge
              how difficult the program is to figure out and use
              without documentation.

           Submission Guidelines

           * If something is clearly marked as being public domain, you
             do not have to be the author to submit it.

           * On files marked "Public Domain", if there is a notice about
             distribution restrictions of some kind, then the author may
             have misunderstood what "public domain" means and we'll try
             to contact them to straighten things out and make sure they
             don't have a problem with us including their stuff on the

             (Legally speaking, once something has been released into
             the public domain, the author has given up the rights to
             put any restrictions on it of any kind.  Free Software and
             Public Domain Software aren't the same thing.)

           * If something is marked as being shareware, you do not have
             to be the author to submit it, but you must include all of
             the appropriate files including the information on how to
             contact the copyright holder so that we can contact them to
             obtain permission if necessary.

           * If something has a copyright notice, but is marked as being
             freely distributable, you do not have to be the author to
             submit it, but you must include all of the appropriate

           * If something has a copyright notice, and is not marked as
             being shareware or as being freely distributable, before
             submitting it, please send email with whatever information
             is available for the program, but not the program itself.


*  Demo versions of commercially available software

       We would like to include disabled demo versions of commercially
       available software.  For example, if we weren't including a fully
       working version of Atari Works, we might instead include a demo
       version that would let you load and edit files, but not let you
       save or print (or would print with a special "DEMO VERSION" box
       on top of the regular text).

       We would like to concentrate on developer-oriented & power-user
       software such as programming languages and utilities, program
       shells, disk utilities, and so forth.  However, if space
       permits, we may be able to include a few more end-user oriented
       demos.  If you would like to make such a submission, let us know
       and we'll try to get it on the disc if possible.  A CDROM holds
       about 600mb and while that may sound like a lot (and is!) it can
       still get filled up very quickly.

       It is strongly recommended that demo versions have their disabled
       sections completely removed, not simply disabled.  If your demo
       version isn't supposed to be able to print, then take the printing
       code out completely rather than simply jumping past it.  If you
       don't take such steps, then somebody may figure out how to
       re-enable the disabled sections of the program.


* Locked (password encrypted) versions of shareware and commercially
  available software

       To go along with the demo versions mentioned above, it would be
       great if we could include actual working versions of some of
       these products.  Let's use Hisoft's Lattice C as an example:

           Suppose that there was a demo version on the disc that would
           let you create source code files up to 5K long and compile
           them.  But you couldn't save the files, and you could only
           have 1 object module, and the resulting program would say
           "COMPILED WITH DEMO VERSION OF LATTICE C" several times
           whenever you ran it, and only work right if the Lattice C
           integrated environment had passed it a special code on the
           commandline when it ran.

           Such a demo version would give the user a reasonable chance
           to see the program and decide if they like it or not, but
           without making the demo version useful in its own right.

           So now a user sees the demo version and says "Wow, this looks
           pretty cool, and I'd like to buy the real thing." So they
           call up the publisher, which would be Oregon Research here in
           North America, or HISOFT in the U.K. and Europe, and they say
           "I have the Atari Developer CDROM and I want to purchase
           Lattice C".

           At this point, the publisher would take down the user's
           credit card number, and say "What's the serial number for
           your CDROM?" and the user would tell them, and then they
           would be given a special password that can be used to install
           a fully working version of the program onto their hard disk
           from the CDROM.  Some documentation would be included online,
           and the user would get a regular set of manuals in the mail a
           few days later.

           This is good for the user:  he gets to try out the software
           before he buys it.

           This is good for the publisher:  you save some money because
           you don't have to pay for fancy packaging, floppy disks, or
           even for manuals if you can manage to get it all in online
           form.  You can sell the password at a discount compared with
           the regular price, and still make more per package than you
           normally do (since there is no distributor or dealer discount

           This is good for the user:  he gets to save a little money
           and gets to install the software from CDROM instead of having
           to do it from floppy disks.

           This is good for the publisher: You've got direct advertising
           of the most effective kind aimed at the users who are going to
           be most interested in this kind of product.

    How does it work?  Will it be secure?

           Each CDROM will come with a floppy disk that is serialized.
           Included on this disk will be an installation program shell
           that will be used to install the locked software after a user
           has purchased the password.  This will be something that
           Atari will put together that works as follows:

           The user will run the shell, and their serial number will be
           displayed on screen.  They'll give this number to the
           publisher, and the publisher will use a special program or
           spreadsheet or otherwise figure out what the password needs
           to be, and give the user this password.

           Now the user can tell the installation shell what they want
           to install.  They'll point at the desired item and then the
           shell will execute an installation program that the publisher
           will create.  The CDROM serial number will be given to this
           installation program.  Then the publisher's install program
           will get the password from the user and combine it with the
           CDROM serial number to generate a decryption code.  Then the
           install program will use this code to decode and install the

           There's more detail here than I'm giving, but I'd rather
           discuss it only with those developers who are making a
           submission.  I think the basic idea that's important to get
           across is that it will be at least as secure as your basic
           floppy disk release.  Plus, the resulting installed programs
           can be marked in such a way that you'd be able to figure out
           the serial number from the CDROM they were installed from.

           Time permitting, there will probably be an Atari supplied
           installation program that is capable of working in this
           fashion, and it will be made available to those developers
           who are interested.


For  the most  part, we  would like  to avoid  the use  of file-compression
utilities such  as ARC, LHARC, ZOO, or ZIP.   We would prefer to have files
on the  CDROM  in  an uncompressed  format  that is  ready  to use.    (The
encrypted  fully  working  versions  of  commercial  software  would  be an
exception here.)

However, if  we have so  many submissions  that we  run out  of room,  some
material may be  placed onto the disc  in an archived  format.  We plan  to
include the various file compression utilities on the disc, however, so the
user will be able to decompress anything on the disc without needing to get
anything like a decompression program from some other source.


Please keep in mind that  this is a developer-oriented CDROM, not  aimed at
the average end-user.  There will probably be some sharp edges to watch out
for, although we'll try to make everything as easy to figure out and use as

If you want to submit an encrypted version of your software, please contact
me AS  SOON AS POSSIBLE so  that we can get  things worked out  as early as

In  order to be  included on the  initial release of  the disc, submissions
must be received before the deadlines given below.  Submissions  made after
the deadlines  will be included if  possible, but will most  likely be held
over for the next update of the disc.

The deadline  for all submissions  except encrypted versions  of commercial
programs  is August  7.   The  deadline for  encrypted versions  of working
programs is August 21.  The CDROM will be going to production approximately
the first week of September.

If there  is some special  reason you  cannot make either  deadline, please
contact me as soon as possible so  that we can make special arrangements if

Your Submissions Are Welcome!

Send submissions, questions, comments, etc. to Mike Fulton at:
Mailing Address:                EMAIL:
                                Compuserve = 75300,1141
Atari Corp.                     Internet =
Attn: Mike Fulton               GEnie = MIKE-FULTON
1196 Borregas Ave.              Delphi = ATARITECH
Sunnyvale, CA  94089            

Atari BBS (408) 745-2196 (Log on with name of "Atari Dev1" and use "DEVONE"
for password, send email to "Mike Fulton".  You won't be able to read
messages or download files with this account, but you can upload and send
me email.)



 Gribnif Software
 News Release
 June 30, 1993

                               |  Geneva  |

                   Multitasking Application Environment

 After almost two years of development, Gribnif Software is proud to
 announce their newest software offering for the Atari ST, STE, TT/030,
 Falcon, and compatibles.

 "Geneva" is a Multitasking Application Environment (Multitasking AES)
 that allows any Atari to:

  o   Multitask unlimited GEM applications+
  o   Load and unload unlimited desk accessories+
  o   Put applications and accessories to "sleep", keeping them from using
      valuable CPU time, temporarily closing all their windows.
  o   Run MultiTOS applications (it supports the new AES 4.0 calls) 

      + subject to available memory

 Geneva also adds the following features to the Atari:

  o   Task Manager
        -for total control of all applications and accessories
  o   Tear-off menus
        -drag any drop-down menu into its own window

  o   3-D buttons and 3-D window gadgets
        -easily customizable
  o   Keyboard control of drop-down menus
        -similar to Windows, "walk the menus" of any application
  o   Ability to run singletasking applications
        -for applications that are not multitasking compatible
  o   Enhanced compatibility when compared to Atari's MultiTOS
        -special flags let you run even the most troublesome programs
  o   Keyboard control of window gadgets & dialog buttons
        -keyboard equivalents for dialog & alert buttons, plus the
         ability to assign keyboard equivalents to window gadgets
  o   Ability to change mouse shapes, including mouse animation support
  o   MiNT compatibility for MiNT applications
        -multitask TOS programs, run MiNT-specific applications,
         requires either freeware or commercial version of MiNT
  o   Enhanced file selector
        -with powerful pattern matching, file searching, renaming,
         deleting, dual column display, and multiple file selection

 When compared to Atari's MultiTOS, Geneva offers the following

  o   Smaller memory requirements (less than 125K of RAM when active)
  o   Faster application speed, mostly due to Geneva not requiring
      MiNT loaded to multitask GEM applications.
  o   Faster window redraw and window gadget operation, due to Geneva's
      faster AES code.
  o   Higher compatibility with older applications, thanks to Geneva's
      special application flags and support for singletasking
 If you do NOT have MultiTOS, Geneva offers you:
  o   A very easy and fast way to multitask unlimited GEM applications,
      subject to available memory.
  o   The ability to load and unload unlimited desk accessories as you
      need them, subject to available memory.
  o   The ability to run AES 4.0 (MultiTOS) applications.
  o   An inexpensive way to give your computer a whole new look & feel,
      including 3-D buttons, tear-off menus, multitasking, keyboard
      control, and much more.
 If you DO have MultiTOS, Geneva offers you:

  o   A faster AES which offers several new features, including tear-off
      menus, keyboard controls, faster windows, and higher compatibility.
  o   Higher compatibility, thanks to Geneva's special application flags
      and support for singletasking applications.
  o   The ability to not have to run MiNT, therefore giving you:
        >  A faster way to multitask unlimited GEM applications,
           subject to available memory.
        >  The ability to save substantial amounts of memory.
        >  Even higher compatibility with non-MiNT compatible

 What Geneva does NOT include:
  o   Geneva does not include or require a "desktop".  The built-in ROM
      desktop is not compatible (if we could make it so, we would).  But,
      a desktop is not required.  You can launch programs and accessories
      directly from Geneva's Task Manager.
      However, for convenience, a desktop replacement is recommended.
      Geneva will work most MultiTOS compatible replacement desktops
      and file launching shells.

      Also, a patch is included with Geneva that upgrades NeoDesk 3 to
      version 3.04, allowing it to work correctly with Geneva.
      We recommend the soon to be released NeoDesk 4 desktop replacement,
      which will include many new multitasking oriented features, window
      menus, true color support, and will take full advantage of Geneva's
      power and capabilities.
  o   Currently, Geneva does not include MiNT, the TOS enhancement
      written by Atari for use with MultiTOS.  However, Geneva is fully
      compatible with MiNT, allowing you to run MiNT applications and
      multitask TOS applications. Geneva is compatible both with the
      freeware version of MiNT and Atari's commercial version.
 Some common questions and answers about Geneva:

  Q:  Will I still be able to use my screen accelerator together with
      Geneva to speed up my Atari?
  A:  Of course!  Geneva does not replace the VDI, the part of the Atari
      in charge of drawing.  It works great with programs like "Warp 9"
      and "NVDI 2.0"
  Q:  Do I have to reset my machine to load Geneva, like with MultiTOS?
  A:  Nope!  You can easily load Geneva right from the built-in desktop
      (or your favorite shell).  No need to reboot the computer.
  Q:  How compatible is it?
  A:  Quite.  Almost any program can be executed.  The real question
      is if a specific GEM program can actually support multitasking.
      You will find that many do, but some programs, like the original
      Flash, will only run in singletaskting mode.  Other compatibility
      options in Geneva let you specify if an application can receive
      AES 4.0 (MultiTOS) messages, should only use a specific amount of
      memory, or any other special handling it might require.
  Q:  How does singletasking work?
  A:  Geneva is aware that certain applications are not multitasking
      compatible.  When you run Flash, for instance, all other GEM
      applications are temporarily suspended until you either quit
      Flash or suspend it (letting you switch back to the other
      multitasking applications while keeping Flash loaded in memory).
      However, you still have full access to all of Geneva's other
      capabilities, including the ability to load and unload desk
  Q:  How complex is it to set all these settings?
  A:  It isn't at all.  To make things even easier, Geneva keeps a
      special GENEVA.CNF file which serves as a small database that
      already tells Geneva how to run most programs.  We will continue
      to update this file (releasing it on-line, etc.) as we try out more
      and more programs with Geneva.  This means that all you may have to
      do is actually run your programs, the settings are most likely
      already set!
  Q:  What about TOS (text based) programs?
  A:  Currently, TOS programs run as singletasking applications.  In
      Geneva they run inside their own GEM window, allowing you to easily
      change their font size and control their output.  However, if you
      run the freeware or commercial version of MiNT, you can multitask
      TOS programs.

  Q:  Can I still use file selector replacements like UIS III or Little
      Green Selector?
  A:  Yes, they will work, though you might find that they might not 
      support some of the more advanced Geneva features (such as the
      advanced pattern matching, selecting multiple files at once, etc.)

  Q:  I'm a developer, how can I take advantage of Geneva's new
      features and capabilities?
  A:  Every copy of Geneva includes a complete developer's kit.  This
      includes full information, libraries, and sample code on how you
      can easily take advantage of Geneva's power and capabilities.
      There are no royalties or licenses involved in making your
      application "Geneva Aware".
 Release Dates & Prices:
  "Geneva" is slated for release in North America around September 1st,
  1993. Foreign versions, including a German version, will be available
  shortly thereafter.
  "Geneva" will be available commercially from your local dealer for
  $99.95 and will include the new "NeoDesk 4" desktop replacement.
  "Geneva" will also be available by itself (without NeoDesk 4) for
  $69.95.  NeoDesk 4 will be available separately for $69.95.

 Gribnif Software
 News Release
 June 30, 1993

                               |  Geneva  |

                  Multitasking Application Environment

 "Geneva" is slated for commercial release around September 1, 1993.
 For a limited time only, registered North American (USA & Canada)
 owners of "NeoDesk 3" can acquire the "Geneva BETA" release
 planned for July 15, 1993.

 With the "Geneva BETA" release, you get:

  o   The July 15, 1993 release of "Geneva BETA".
  o   On-disk, ready-to-print, documentation.
  o   Special patch to upgrade NeoDesk 3 to version 3.04, making
      it compatible with Geneva.
  o   FREE upgrade to the final September 1st release of "Geneva",
      including the finished, printed manual.

 Instead of the regular price of $69.95 for Geneva, those who purchase
 the "Geneva BETA" version will only have to pay $50, a savings of 
 $19.95 from the final release.

 You save $19.95, get the program at least 45 days before anybody else,
 and receive a FREE upgrade!

 For more information, or to become a member of the "Geneva BETA" team,
 call Gribnif Software at (413) 247-5620.

 Gribnif Software
 P.O. Box 779,
 Northampton, MA 01061-0779

 Tel:   (413) 247-5620    (10am to 6pm, Eastern Standard Time)
 Fax:   (413) 247-5622    (24 hours a day)
 CIS:   75300,1131


                             | Crazy Dots II |

                     True-Color Video Display Adapter

 Gribnif Software is proud to announce the immediate North American
 release of their newest addition for the Atari MegaST, MegaSTE, and
 TT/030.  Developed by TKR in Germany, the brand new, Crazy Dots II -
 Video Display Card.

 Crazy Dots II has the following capabilities:
   o  Programmable screen resolutions up to 1,664 x 1,200.
   o  True-Color display capability (giving you up to 16.7 million colors
      to choose from!).
   o  Virtual display support (display a resolution higher than the
      physical screen resolution) with hardware panning (no software

Crazy Dots II also offers the following advantages:

   o  Optional, 24 bit color, accelerated "NVDI" based screen driver, which
      gives you a SUBSTANTIALLY faster display than any other video card.
   o  Uses any standard VGA monitor (the better the monitor, the higher
      the maximum resolution that you can display).
   o  Internal expansion slot with its own output socket for future
   o  English language software with an English (written by us) manual.
   o  1 Megabyte of Video RAM.

 The Crazy Dots II is a custom card, specifically designed to fit right
 into your Atari's expansion slot.  Two versions are available:
   o  MegaBus
      For the Classic MegaST, includes a "pass-through" for the optional
      math co-processor.
   o  VME
      For the MegaSTE and TT/030 models.
 The Crazy Dots design has already established itself, for the past two
 years, as the leading video display card for the Atari.  Used by hundreds
 of satisfied customers, Crazy Dots gives you a fast, customizable, high
 resolution display.

 Crazy Dots II carries a suggested retail of $799.95.  Dealer discounts
 are available.  To place and order, or for more information, please

  Gribnif Software
  P.O. Box 779,
  Northampton, MA 01061-0779

  Tel:   (413) 247-5620    (10am to 6pm, Eastern Standard Time)
  Fax:   (413) 247-5622    (24 hours a day)
  CIS:   75300,1131


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                         THE POWER DISPLAYS RAGE ON


#: 41104 S11/LEXICOR Software
    09-Jul-93  00:10:49
Sb: A letter from Lexicor
Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763
To: all

An open letter to Lexicor customers and the IAAD concerning Lexicor
Software and the IAAD.

Dear Customers and IAAD members,

    Lexicor Software would like to acknowledge that Lexicor Software has
been officially expelled from the IAAD.  We have not been informed of the
exact details explaining this action.

    Lexicor was first notified of the charge of violation and our
suspension from the IAAD 2 weeks ago, explaining that we were accused of
giving out Lexicor log-in numbers and passwords to people not in the IAAD. 
At that time, we were suspended from the IAAD pending IAAD board review. 
We responded that we had given out full log-in captures to GEnie Sys-Op and
GEnie information services at GEnie information services request, however,
log-in passwords were changed so that at no time were valid passwords
available to anyone outside of Lexicor.  At that time, we also asked for
specific details as to the accusations: To whom were we accused of giving
account numbers and passwords to, when did the event take place, and who
brought the charges against Lexicor Software?  We were contacted a second
time, thanking us for our statement and our patience.

    We were recently contacted a third and final time, informing us that
the IAAD board had found the charges 'founded' and that Lee Seiler and John
Cole of Lexicor Software, as well as John Stanford, an independent
contractor for Lexicor Software, had been expelled from the IAAD.  No other
information was given.

    We have never been informed as to the exact nature of the charges
against us.  We have not been told to whom we allegedly gave valid account
information and passwords to.  We have not been told when this alleged
violation occurred, nor from whom the charges stem. We also have not been
told if Lexicor Software's former peer's in the IAAD were told of the

    We find endless surprise that any organization, much less an
organization made up of 'professionals', would conduct this kind of secret
trial, deigning the accused the chance to face their accusers. As far as we
can determine, we were summarily charged, suspended, then executed and
removed from the IAAD, excluding from this process the most important
people, the defendant, Lexicor Software.

    We have not been informed of any limitations to our 'expulsion' from
the IAAD, whether there is a time limit or if it is permanent.  We are
currently without any real information on these issues, and we find
ourselves in a surprising position of knowing less than some in the press
do, about an event which apparently centers on Lexicor Software.

    We wish to reassure our customers that we will continue to provide the
same level of support to our users.  Lexicor's high standards will continue
to be maintained, as they always have been, in an open and honest manner.

Thank you for your continued support, From the management and staff of
Lexicor Software.

#: 41108 S11/LEXICOR Software
    09-Jul-93  13:11:03
Sb: #41104-A letter from Lexicor
Fm: SYSOP*Ron Luks 76703,254
To: LEXICOR Software 75300,763 (X)


   That's really a terrible situation.  The most disturbing part was the
secrecy aspect of your expulsion.  I understand the IAAD likes to keep
matters very confidential within its membership but this sounds like taking
that practice WAY too far.

   Hopefully after seeing your message here, a representative of the IAAD
will explain to you (and the rest of us) what their reasons behind this
action might be.  Sounds like the IAAD needs to have a version of the
governmental 'sunshine laws' implemented. Doing too much behind closed
doors tends to leave a bad taste in many people's mouths.

    What I don't understand is how the IAAD would know that someone else
was allegedly logging on with your account.  Does GEnie regularly monitor
all IAAD accounts for this type of activity or was just your account
singled out for this scrutiny?



                        FOR WHOM THE BELLS MAY TOLL!

     Once  the  story of  Lexicor's  expulsion from  the  IAAD (Independent
Association  of Atari developers) began to circulate behind the scenes, the
decision was  made to contact Lee  Seiler of Lexicor Software  to obtain an
interview relative to this matter.

     I would like an interview for publication in STReport, are you willing
to answer some questions?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     What Kind of questions?

     Questions about a rumor that Lexicor has been expelled from the
Independent association of Atari developers.

Lexicor's Seiler:
     I will answer your questions.

     Is the rumor of Lexicor's expulsion true?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Yes.. Lexicor including myself and Mr. J.Cole and Mr. J. Stanford have
been permanently expelled from the IAAD.

     When did this happen?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     I don't know, Mr. Cole called me and informed me that our temporary
expulsion was now permanent.

     Can you expand on the situation a bit?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Yes I will, recently there was a problem in the IAAD over a private
business letter written By Mr. Cole to Atari objecting to statements made
to another IAAD member by some one at Atari who was very critical of IAAD
developers.  Mr. Cole took the comments personally.  At that time I was
under the impression that Lexicor was being accused of violating the
confidentiality of the IAAD category in the STRT on GEnie.  I was also
accused of orally violating the same rule.  At the time the matter was in
the IAAD open area and various members commented, the censuses was that Mr.
Cole may have over stepped the rules but that expulsion was overly harsh
punishment.  I refused to comment in public on the issues at the time, I
was however, viciously attacked in the Private IAAD area at the time by the
very person who had called me and mentioned information which I was
supposed to have passed to ATARI in violation of the confidentiality rules
of the IAAD.  In the end so far as I know I was not punished after being
accused of breaking the rules, which I never did in the first place.

     How is that situation related to your current expulsion?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     I think it was a failed attempt to get rid of Lexicor.

     How did that lead to your current expulsion?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     I don't know, the whole process is a secret.

     You mean you won't or cannot tell me what actually happened?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     No, I mean the whole process was and is a secret from me and the

     Just a moment, are you saying that you were expelled in secret?  If
that's so.. then how were you expected to defend yourself and how would
anyone know about it having occurred?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     No I don't mean it that way, the whole process was conducted in
secret, all Lexicor and Mr. Stanford were ever told was that I was accused
of having given access, to some un-named person, into the IAAD through my
Corporate Genie account.

     So you are telling me what?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     I am stating that Lexicor was accused, tried, convicted and executed
in secret.  All three accounts were blocked at or before the time the
charges were mentioned.  None of us was ever given any precise charge
information, we were never given or informed as to who made the
accusations, we never saw any evidence on which the accusations were
supposedly based.  We were never given an opportunity to defend against the
charges, in fact we don't even know if the general membership of the IAAD
was included in any of the process.  We were never given access to our
accusers, peers or any pertinent information whatsoever.

     Did you ask to be heard?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Well I did not, but only because Mr. Cole was/is responsible for all
Atari related matters.  Since this was an obvious Atari matter I instructed
him to take care of the problem.  I knew I had not given my access PASSWORD
to anyone but Mr. Cole, who is responsible for all Atari business in the
US, and thought at the time that he would be taken at face value in dealing
with the charges. 

     Ok, What did he do?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     To the best of my knowledge he requested the names of the accusers,
the date, time and place of the alleged violation(s).  The name of the
person or persons who the accuser claim received the pass words and account
numbers, copies of any supporting documentation and copies of any proofs
that any of purported accesses had actually occurred.

     What was the result of Mr. Cole's information request?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Mr. Cole received E-mail thanking him for his information and
cooperation or patience as I recall.

     Did Mr. Cole ever get any information?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Not that I am aware of.

     What are your feelings about what has happened?

Lexicor's Seiler: 
     I feel that any kind of process like this that occurs in the shadows
of secrecy is wrong, On the face of it I believe that the simple fact that
this was done in secret tells me that the people involved have something to
hide, whether it is their group agenda, or some personal motive is hard to
say, not knowing who made the accusations, who collected evidence, who
verified the evidence,..etc.. at this point, makes any conclusions only
circumstantial.  Now I am not saying that the matter should have been
public, not at all, what I am saying is that to deny Lexicor a just hearing
on what is an obviously very important and serious matter to the IAAD, is
fundamentally wrong and unfair. Even the worst of crimes committed in
America are still not handled in secret. I can only guess that the need for
secrecy means that some one did not want to expose them selves in this
matter, otherwise there would have been no need to be secret.  It could be
that there was no real evidence in the first place, or it could be that the
accusers are competitors of Lexicor, or perhaps the source of the
"so-called-evidence" came from a source that may currently be in dispute
with Lexicor. I don't see an reason why such secrecy would in some way
protect Lexicor, either I did what I was accused of doing or I did not.
sense no Lexicor records were requested it is very hard to understand just
what sort of information was used.

     You seem to be saying that there is more to this than a simple
question of giving out a password.

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Well I believe it is much much more. First I am unaware of having
passed my PASSWORD to any one for private use, next, with out any kind of
specific charges as to time and place, there is no way to track down or
prove anything one way or the other as to the charges.  I can't think of
any possible reason I would knowingly risk doing what I am accused of
having done,  considering the current dispute I have with the Genie Sysop
over conflict of interest, and knowing that they are probably watching
every keystroke I make, and have access to all account information, my
letting any one else use my account would seem very risky. There would be
no way that any reasonable person would believe that I would take such a
risk, and to serve what purpose?  What possible information could you get
from the IAAD private bulletin board that would be worth the risk of
expulsion and public ridicule?  It simply makes no sense from that point of
view.  On the other hand, I can see many reasons why some members would get
a great deal of satisfaction in heaping ridicule on Lexicor for such a
heinous crime.  Just one look at some Genie topic areas will show that
there are those who live for the chance to attack Lexicor on such an
honesty issue.  Add to this the fact that I don't see how any normal
ordinary logon record(s) could show who was at the other end of the line or
where the original dialin occurred.  But since Lexicor was never given
access to the purported evidence, there is no way to understand how the
accusers can be so sure I gave my PASSWORD to some third party?

     What you are saying sounds like you seem to think there is some sort
of conspiracy afoot.

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Here again with out any basic information there is no real way to tell
if such a thing is true or not.  But you could speculate that given the
nature of the accusation, the way the matter was handled, who was involved,
does lead to such suppositions. It would be very easy to create proofs.
Just ask your self these questions.  Who does Lexicor have a current
dispute with?  Who would have access to and control over access
information?   Is there any practical way to dispute such alleged proofs,
without similar access to information.  How does anyone defend against
secret prosecution.  The lack of any due process speaks volumes about
possible motives.  Why the need for secrecy?  An open proof that was
supportable would make a much better tool for getting rid of a rule
violator than any secret and overly covert effort.

     I don't understand why Mr. J. Stanford or Mr. Cole were also expelled?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Mr. Stanford and Mr. Cole were apparently expelled merely because they
had an association with Lexicor.

     Is this your opinion or a fact?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     No I had a conversation with Mr. Stanford , and unless I misunderstood
him, he made it clear that this was the reasons given him.

     Do you know of any others who have associations with Lexicor who were
also expelled?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     No I don't the whole thing is Secret!  I do know or I should say that
there are several other IAAD member companies who have ties at least as
close as Mr. Stanford, who knows they may be next?

     Do you think that would violate their rights, constitutional or

Lexicor's Seiler:
     My understanding is that the IAAD believes that because they are a
private association, they can make up any kind of rules and enforce them
any way they like. They seem to think that they have no obligation to be
fair in the enforcement of self imposed rules, the civil rights of members
doesn't seem to be at issue that I can see.

     Do you think your civil rights have been violated?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     I don't know what the legal ramifications are about private
associations like the IAAD and their enforcement of "rules".  I believe I
have read or heard of many private clubs who have been prosecuted by the
Court System for civil rights violations of one kind or another.  And I
think that civil rights, not with standing, if Lexicor is damaged by the
expulsion, Lexicor would have a right to civil remedies against both the
board and all the members.  I think that even private groups or clubs not have the right to step all over an individual's civil rights,
and my guess is that all the members are as guilty as their governing board
in matters such as this.  Please bear in mind I don't have any direct
information as to what went on in the secret deliberations... etc. and so
on.  I don't know who if anyone in the general membership was involved, so
my Opinion is simply that ...OPINION.

     Let's cut to the quick.  What would you say is the bottom line in this

Lexicor's Seiler:
     I think that the IAAD is hurt by this far more than Lexicor.

     Why do you say that?  Please elaborate.

Lexicor's Seiler:
     This week it was Lexicor who was summarily accused, tried, convicted
and executed by the IAAD board.  Anyone could be next.  Without benefit of
hearings, evidence disclosure or chance for peer review there is little
chance at fair treatment.  Such action could be for any reason, and could
come at the whim of the board.  Historically at least, there have been some
very ugly similar situations which started out in much the same way and
lead to horrible consequences. Both civilly and socially.  Besides which,
there is an obvious risk that any member who is subjected to this process
may take legal action for the public damage to name and reputation.  And
like I said I think the entire membership could possibly be held liable for
the damages.  I am not a lawyer and I haven't any first hand knowledge, so
here again I am voicing my OPINION about the risk of such policies.  To me
that makes the entire scenario of trial by secret a very bad idea.

Therefore, you feel it's the legal risk that you think hurts the IAAD?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Well there is that risk. But no it's not that so much as the stigma
attached to how the IAAD expelled Lexicor, John Cole and John Stanford that
is so shamefully harmful. I think the issue is not so much whether Lexicor
did or did not share a PASSWORD with an unauthorized person so much as it
is how the IAAD handled the alleged problem.  Everything they did from
start to finish is a fundamental violation of every basic principle on
which the USA was founded. That may sound polyanna-like to some, but please
consider what it would be like in any part of your own life if you were
treated in the same way.  Starting with education and applying for jobs or,
a home purchase, or even criminal/civil judicial matters.  I sure would not
want to admit to being part of a lynch mob!  Would You?  No matter what the
lynched might have been accused of, it's simply wrong on every level.  I
don't see how any of the remaining IAAD members can face anyone and say 
they approve directly or indirectly of the actions taken by their
association.  Who would want to do business with any company that approved
of such actions?  What do you say to a customer who asked why do you let
these things happen? 

     You seem to be saying a lot about how the public might view such
actions and the consequential damages, if the whole process is a secret
then how would a victim be hurt unless the victim speaks out as you are now

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Correction!  I did not come to you, you came to as a
representative of the press knew about it at least at the same time as I
did and maybe before. The whole reason for the expulsion seems to be for
some other reason than protection of the IAAD. I don't know how you came to
know what was going on, but it seems that some one wants this matter to be
public.  Maybe time will tell as we see where this all leads.

     Any final comments?

Lexicor's Seiler:
     Lexicor has other associations with IAAD members and they're at least
as close as those of Mr. Stanford.  So far as I know, these people have not
been expelled.  If the expulsion was done to protect information in the
IAAD, my expulsion does not meet that need.  To condemn anyone merely
because of an association with another seems very very wrong as well. 
Other IAAD members who are associated with Lexicor could easily pass
private information to Lexicor.  There would be no effective way to track
such activity.  The IAAD would have been more effective with an open, but
private, IAAD hearing with a presentation of the evidence to the IAAD
membership, witness testimony and at the same time, provide an opportunity
for Lexicor to mount a proper defense.  If at that point any real proof
were to be presented, then Lexicor would have little or no grounds to offer
an objection.  And in like manner, if the IAAD's evidentiary presentations
were unconvincing, unsupported or nonexistent then the entire matter would
have remained moot and of course, confidential.  But because this did not
happen, it seems to me there has to be some other reason.  The only thing
that comes to my mind that makes any sense is a perceived need by someone
to deal out some sort of punishment for some unknown reasons that are not
at all clear at the moment.

Editor Note:
     STReport made repeated attempts at reaching the current President of
the IAAD, Dorothy Brumleve, and former president and board member Nathan
Potechin.  Neither were available today for comment.


> Datastorm View STR InfoFile

                        DATASTORM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

DATASTORM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. is a rapidly growing software  development and
publishing company specializing  in communications software for IBM  PC and
compatible microcomputers.   Through its innovative  marketing approach and
high quality products  it has captured  significant market share in  a very
short time.

DATASTORM  TECHNOLOGIES was  incorporated in  April 1986 from  PIL Software
Systems, a California  partnership.  The original  partners, Bruce Barkelew
and Tom Smith, continue with the corporation as the president and executive
vice president, respectively.   In October 1986, Stephen Monaco  joined the
corporation as vice president of marketing and co-owner.

Located in Columbia,  Missouri, DATASTORM is a  privately held corporation.
DATASTORM currently  employs  over 130  people  domestically and  6  people
internationally.   Due to DATASTORM's swift expansion, the company moved to
a new 21,000 square foot building  in June 1989, and expanded that facility
by another 26,800 square feet in April 1992.

Sales  and  market projections  for the  coming  few years  indicate strong
growth  potential  in  many  areas  of  the  software  industry.    A  1992
independent market survey showed that of those respondents polled, over 60%
had purchased  PROCOMM PLUS  or ProComm  as their  preferred communications
software, and over 45% that  planned on purchasing communications  software
intended to buy PROCOMM PLUS.

DATASTORM currently has four communication software packages commercially
available through distributors  and dealers.   Those  products are  PROCOMM
PLUS for Windows, PROCOMM  PLUS, the recently updated PROCOMM  PLUS Network
Version and ProComm.

PROCOMM PLUS for Windows combines the graphics and elegance of Windows with
the  power and  ease of use  of PROCOMM PLUS.   Its current  price is $179.
PROCOMM  PLUS is a full-featured package that  is easy to use.  Its current
price is $129.  PROCOMM PLUS Network Version 5-Pack  is a starter kit which
includes software  and licensing for  up to  five workstations on  a single
Local  Area Network  (LAN)  file  server  and  currently  sells  for  $645.
Additional  network workstation packages are $129.   ProComm is DATASTORM's
original  shareware  communications  package.    The  complete  package  is
available for $50.

QUE Publishing's book  Introduction to PC  Communications, by Phil  Becker,
was released with  a complimentary  copy of DATASTORM's  new PROCOMM  Lite.
This  slimmed-down  version of  PROCOMM PLUS  provides  users with  a basic
communications software package and will be offered to OEM licensees.

In  1991, DATASTORM released PRIVATE  COLLECTION, a set  of handy utilities
which  increase  productivity by  providing  solutions  needed for  faster,
easier and much  more convenient computer operations.   PRIVATE COLLECTION,
the productivity utilities package, currently retails for $29.

In  January   of  1990,  DATASTORM  released  HOT  WIRE,  a  full-featured,
stand-alone file  transfer/disk management utility software  package.  This
program was developed to be the single solution for the disk-format  double
standard.  HOT WIRE allows both 5.25" and 3.5" disk  formats to co-exist in
the same environment with  a minimum additional investment in  hardware and
software.    HOT WIRE  competes with  such  programs as  FastWire, Brooklyn
Bridge and Lap Link, and sells for $129.

PROCOMM PLUS and  PROCOMM PLUS for  Windows are also available  in European
Community, French  and German versions from  DATASTORM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.'s
sister  company, DATASTORM  TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.   These  translated versions
contain  features specific  to their  respective European  markets and  are
supported out of the DATASTORM LTD's Cambridge, England office.

All prices listed are manufacturer's suggested retail in U.S. Dollars.


     WordPerfect Magazine          Reader's Choice Award
     PC/Computing                  Best Value for Power Users
     Windows Sources               Experts' Pick
     Windows Magazine              Reader's Choice Award
     Windows User                  Best Buy
     WHICH COMPUTER?               Best Buy


     PC User                       Silver Award - PROCOMM PLUS EC
     PCM                           Readers Best Award 1992 -
                                   Best Communications Package
     PC/Computing                  MVP Award/Communications
     Government Computer News      Fifth Annual Award
     PC World                      World Class Award
     COMPUTE                       Best Communications Program
     BYTE Magazine                 Reader VIP Award
     Computer Shopper              Best Buy of 1992
     PC/Computing                  200 Best PC Products
                                        #1 Communications Category
                                        #9 Overall rating
     Dvorak/Zoom                   Telecommunications Award
                                        for Technical Excellence
     PC World                      Best Communications Software
     win                           Produkt des Jahres - 1992


     PC WORLD                      Best Buy Award
     PC WORLD                      "World Class" Award
     LOTUS  MAGAZINE               The Best in Communication Software     
     COMPUTER RESELLER NEWS        Benchmarks - Buyer's Choice
     MERISEL DISTRIBUTION          1991 "Hot List" - Best Seller Award
     INFOWORLD                     Product of the Year - Communications
     MERISEL - HOT  LIST WINNER    Best Seller - Communications & Utilities


     PC WORLD                      "World Class" Award
     COMPUTER RESELLER NEWS        Benchmarks - Buyer's Choice
     PERSONAL COMPUTING            Top Rated Software
     BYTE MAGAZINE                 Reader's VIP Award
     LOTUS                         Readers' Choice Award
     COMPUTER PERSONLICH           Produkt des Jahres 1990
     RESELLER MANAGEMENT           1990 Reader's Choice Award for "Best to

     PC WORLD MAGAZINE             Best Buy Award
     PC WORLD MAGAZINE             "World Class" Award
     COMPUTER RESELLER NEWS        Benchmarks Buyer's Choice
     INFOWORLD                     Product of the Year - Communications

     PC MAGAZINE                   Best of 1988
     PC MAGAZINE                   Editor's Choice Award - 5/17/88
     PC MAGAZINE                   Technical Excellence Nominee
     BYTE MAGAZINE                 1988 Award of Distinction
     PC TECH JOURNAL READER'S POLL Best Communications Software
     INFOWORLD                     Product of the Year - Communications
     PC WORLD MAGAZINE             Best Buy Award
     PC WORLD MAGAZINE             "World Class" Award



                       US ROBOTICS SYSOP MODEM OFFER

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           COURIER HST (U.S. AND CANADA)                    $ 349
           COURIER V.32bis (U.S. AND CANADA)                $ 299
           INTERNATIONAL HST*                               $ 339
           INTERNATIONAL V.32bis*                           $ 289
           DOMESTIC POWER SUPPLY (INT'L USERS)*             $  10
           HIGH SPEED DUAL ASYNC SERIAL BOARD               $  50

          * European Sysops must now order via our office in France.
            The BBS number is +33 20-059945, voice number is
            +33 20-471210.  Be sure to read their EURODEAL rules as
            they differ from USR/USA.

          **International version - a separate power supply must
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          call (708) 982-5151.  Or FAX at 708-933-5552.  In Europe
          call +33 20-471210 or FAX +33 20-919927.


    This  section describes the rules  of the U.S.  Robotics SYSOP Program.
U.S. Robotics reserves  the right to  modify or change  these rules at  any

    The  U.S. Robotics SYSOP  Program permits QUALIFIED  SYSOPs to purchase
current U.S. Robotics  products at a  reduced price.   The purpose of  this
program  is to continue the  close relationship established  many years ago
between  U.S.  Robotics  and  the Sysop  community.    Participants  should
recognize that our  ability to continue  the program is dependent  upon the
strong  position U.S.  Robotics enjoys  in the  reseller channel,  with the
distributors and dealers,  VARs, etc. that continue  to buy and  resell our
products to home and business users around  the world.  It is our intent to
maintain the integrity of our channel relationships by closely scrutinizing
each SYSOP sale to ensure that we only sell products to qualified SYSOPs.


     1.  The SYSOP states that he/she is NOT in the business of
         reselling computer products and/or related
         peripherals, including modems.  Qualified resellers
         may take advantage of other programs offered by U.S.
         Robotics by calling (800) 342-5877 and asking for the
         dealer sales representative for your area.

     2.  The SYSOP has been operating the bulletin board system
         for at least six (6) months and that this activity can
         be verified by dialing into the bulletin board system.
         Typically user logs, activity logs, and local message
         bases are a good source for verifying activity.

     3.  The SYSOP understands that the number of modems that
         may be obtained under this program is limited to the
         number of working, VERIFIABLE data lines.  Data lines
         MUST be dedicated for modem use only and MUST be
         available 24 hours a day for modem access.  Modems
         purchased under this program MUST be used on one of
         the stated lines.  Furthermore, the SYSOP understands
         that the number of serial cards that may be obtained
         is one for each 2 modems ordered under the SYSOP Program.
         Participants in the Sysop Program beginning 1/1/92 may
         purchase the Dual Async Card based on these rules as well.

     4.  The SYSOP agrees to post an appropriate logon notice,
         visible to users of the bulletin board, which states
         that said bulletin board uses and supports U.S.
         Robotics brand products.

     5.  The SYSOP agrees that he/she intends to operate the
         bulletin board, for which these products are purchased,
         for at least six (6) months post purchase.  The U.S.
         Robotics logon must remain in effect for six (6)
         months to allow verification that the bulletin board
         is in place and that the U.S. Robotics promotional
         message is being displayed.

     6.  The SYSOP agrees that, in order to avoid conflict with
         the U.S. Robotics reseller channel, modems purchased
         under this program cannot be re-sold without the
         expressed written consent of U.S. Robotics.
         Violation of this policy will result in the SYSOP's
         being ineligible for future participation in the U.S.
         Robotics SYSOP program.  In addition, any warranties
         on modems re-sold without U.S. Robotics authorization
         will be null and void.

     7.  The SYSOP understands that verification of an order will
         take from two (2) to five (5) weeks depending on the
         number of orders being processed by the SYSOP Support
         Department, and difficulty in verifying your bulletin
         board.  Shipment of product will take from two (2) to
         six (6) weeks pending availability of the particular product
         ordered.  U.S. Robotics will ship product(s) to
         QUALIFIED SYSOPs as soon as possible after:

         A.   The SYSOP completes the order form and
         questionnaire found on the U.S. Robotics BBS via
         the SYSOP command at the main menu.  These must be
         filled-out on-line as no mail-in orders will be accepted.

         Prepaid orders will not be processed until payment has
         been received by U.S. Robotics.  After placing an order
         on the board, a SYSOP wishing to prepay his/her order
         should send a money order or cashier's check to:

              U.S. Robotics SYSOP Support Program
              8100 McCormick Blvd.
              Skokie, IL 60076

         It is imperative that the SYSOP name, voice phone
         number and BBS phone number be indicated for identi-
         fication purposes.  A personal or company check is
         acceptable, but shipping will be delayed for ten (10)
         working days to ensure that the check clears our bank.

         ** Wire transfers MUST be pre-approved by the          **
         ** U.S. Robotics Sysop Department.                     **

         $ U.S. Robotics will now accept credit card orders.     $
         $ To pay via credit card please call the Sysop Dept     $
         $ and be prepared to provide the Sysop Receptionist all $
         $ pertinent credit card information.  Charges will not  $
         $ be applied to the account until the BBS has been      $
         $ verified by a SYSOP administrator.                    $

    B.   The SYSOP understands that once an order is
    placed, it cannot be changed.  If you are uncertain
    as to the product you want to purchase, you may consult
    the Information & Text Files file area of this bulletin
    board for product information.  Or, you may call the
    U.S. Robotics Technical Support Department at (800) 982-5151
    in the U.S. or (800) 553-3560 in Canada.
    Outside the U.S and Canada, call (708) 982-5151.

    C.   Your board will be verified by a the U.S.
    Robotics SYSOP Administrator.  We MUST be able to connect
    with your bulletin board to verify board status.  In the
    event that we are uncertain of your board status, you
    will be notified either by U.S. Robotics via your board
    or by mail or voice.  We will advise you as best we can as
    to what you need to provide in order to have your board
    verified (appropriate logon, copy of phone bill, soft-
    ware registration, etc.).  In no case will we verify a
    board until we are certain that it meets the require-
    ments of the program.

    D.   U.S. Robotics will not accept phone-in orders.

    E.   U. S. Robotics reserves the right to modify,
    change or cancel this program at any time.

    F.   If you have any questions regarding this program,
    please call (800) 342-5877 for clarification.  In Canada,
    call (800) 553-3560.  Outside the U.S. and Canada, call
    (708) 982-5001.

                    *** THANK YOU ***


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able to ascertain their validity during our normal verification process. In
order not to exclude those Bulletin Boards from our program, we may request
additional information such as copies of telephone bills, proof of software
purchase  and/or registration and network and association membership.  This
information  will only be requested by U.S.  Robotics in rare cases and can
not be used solely as a means of qualification.

Before placing  an order, please take  steps to ensure the  process goes as
easily as possible.

 1. Create a login for U.S. Robotics
 2. Ensure no questionnaires or voting is necessary
 3. If your logon requires information other than password be
    sure to include this information on the order.
 4. Once this is established logon under the U.S. Robotics ID
    and look for verifiable proof of 6 months activity.  If
    you can't find it, odds are we won't be able to either.

** US Robotics CAN NOT download special software to verify  **
** your BBS.  We support the basic communication platforms. **

U.S. Robotics  is determined to provide  a SYSOP Program which  is fair and
equitable  to everyone.   Any requests  made of  SYSOPs in  order to verify
Bulletin Boards  are made in  order to ensure  that the program  serves the
entire SYSOP community and protect the USR distribution channel as well.

We will make every effort to process each and every order in a professional
and courteous manner.   Please help us to provide  the type of service  you
want and deserve by filling-out the order form as completely and accurately
as possible  and responding to our requests for additional information in a
prompt manner.

                    *** THANK YOU ***


> DIZCAT! STR InfoFile


I was  reading a thread  on RIME about  FILE_ID.DIZ and  I realized that  I
should  include FILE_ID.DIZ in my  software releases.   More importantly, I
also wanted to  have FILE_ID.DIZ  automatically imported  into my  Wildcat!
file database during the virus  scanning procedure.  I played  with WCFILE,
Mustang's file database manipulation  program, and realized that all  I had
to do was extract FILE_ID.DIZ and have WCFILE import it.

I was about to  write a program to do this, but I found a shareware program
to import FILE_ID.DIZ.  I  saw that the other program also was just a front
end for WCFILE.  However, the other program had  a few bugs and lacked some
features  I  wanted, so  I  went  ahead with  my  original  plan and  wrote
DIZzyCat!.  My wife came  up with the name with the help of  our dizzy cat,
Neko.  (Yes, she's named after the computer program!)

Unlike other programs I wrote for my BBS, I wrote  docs, inported shareware
support into the program, and released it as DIZCAT10.ZIP.

Response has been  atrociously minimal.   Apparently, not  many sysops  are
interested in FILE_ID.DIZ  importing.   The advantage for  both sysops  and
authors  is that  they don't  have to  worry about  users entering  a blank
description  or a  description  like "Cool  game!".   The  description,  if
entered, is replaced by DESC.SDI (if different from FILE_ID.DIZ),

>From    : GEORGE STEINMETZ                       Number    : 221 of 221
To      : RALPH MARIANO                          Date      : 07/02/93
Subject : DIZzyCat! text files                   Reference : NONE
Read    : 07/03/93 4:02pm                        Private   : YES
Conf    : 010 - 881 Sysop ITC

followed  by FILE_ID.DIZ.  The advantage for  users is that they don't have
to think of what to enter as a description.  They can just press Enter when
prompted  for a  description  if they  know the  upload has  FILE_ID.DIZ or
DESC.SDI in it.

     Any questions about DIZzyCat!  can be directed to George  Steinmetz on
     The Other BBS at  908-449-6289, Fido address 1:107/468, or  call voice
     at 908- 449-3836.


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

      Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

GEnie costs  only $4.95 a month for unlimited evening and weekend access to
more than  100 services  including  electronic mail,  online  encyclopedia,
shopping, news, entertainment, single-player games, and bulletin boards  on
leisure and professional subjects.  With many other services, including the
biggest collection of files to download and the best online games, for only
$6 per hour.

MONEY BACK  GUARANTEE!  Any time  during your first month  of membership if
you are not completely satisfied, just ask for your $4.95 back.

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


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> DEALER CLASSIFIED LIST STR InfoFile        * Dealer Listings *
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                         ABCO COMPUTER CONSULTANTS
                               P.O. Box 6672
                      Jacksonville, Florida 32236-6672
                                 Est. 1985
                           CUSTOM - MADE TO ORDER
                       HARDWARE, SOFTWARE & SUPPLIES


                              COMPUTER STUDIO
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                       40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D
                            Asheville, NC  28806
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                          Authorized Atari Dealer


                           EAST HARTFORD COMPUTER
                              202 Roberts St.
                          East Hartford CT.  06108
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                                907 Mebourne
                              Hurst, TX 76053
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                              1278 Alma Court
                            San Jose, CA.  95112
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                            220-1/2 W. Main St.
                          St. Charles, IL., 60174
                             Ph. (708) 513-5220
                         FULL LINE COMPUTER DEALER
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