ST Report: 10-Dec-93 #950

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Date: 12/11/93-04:50:52 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 10-Dec-93 #950
Date: Sat Dec 11 16:50:52 1993

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      Amazingly, I received a bunch of reader input about the Jaguar Game
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 reportedly going to be late a number of weeks ago.  As a result, we
 received a "pack" of letters stating we were wrong.  We checked our info,
 and found that we were right.  The Jag was late and the number shipped in
 its test market areas was way down from the "promised" amount.  In this
 issue, in Sam's own words, we are verified.  Sorry folks but there'll be
 no correction about our reporting that the Jag was going to be late.

      On other fronts, the Norton folks are busy with some interesting new
 acquisitions, look for more news on that in the coming weeks.  The new
 Diamond Sound Card... SONIC is beginning to shake the very foundations of
 the other sound cards position in the marketplace.  So far, Sonic "BOOM"
 is the only card we've found that, in normal use, needs no driver loaded.
 Thus frees some of the very valuable memory the other cards demand for
 their software drivers.  Check out the Sonic Sound Card from Diamond
 Computer.  You will not regret it at all.

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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

                                Issue #50

                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

                  ******* General Computer News *******

            ** Atari's Loses $17.6 Million in Third Quarter **

    Atari Corp. reported Thursday a third- quarter loss of $17.6 million,
 compared to earnings of $1.9 million, or 3 cents a share, in the year-
 ago quarter.

    Revenues for the video-game company, which recently released its
 leading-edge Jaguar game system, were off sharply to $4.4 million,
 compared with $34.5 million in the 1992 quarter.

    Atari said the loss was substantially larger than expected, primarily
 due to write-offs of $7.5 million of inventory of personal computers and
 older video game products. It also incurred restructuring costs of $6.4
 million from the wind-down of Australian operations and the decline in
 value of company-owned real estate in Europe.

    Sam Tramiel, president, said the company is in the process of comp-
 leting its transition from older technology consisting principally of
 16-bit personal computers and 8-bit video game systems to the 64-bit
 Jaguar, which began shipping last month.

    "While we are highly encouraged by the early sales of Jaguar, we do
 not expect to achieve profitability until at least such time as ship-
 ments of Jaguar are made in substantial volume," Tramiel said.

    The executive also said the company was working to resolve start-up
 production and supply problems which led to delays in production and
 shipment of Jaguar. He estimated the company will ship approximately 20,
 000 Jaguar systems during the fourth quarter and 500,000 during 1994.

    Atari originally planned to ship 50,000 Jaguars to stores in the New
 York and San Francisco areas before Christmas, then stage a national
 rollout in January.

           ** Microsoft Called Nation's Most Innovative Firm **

    A Fortune magazine survey of nearly 1,000 senior executives in the 60
 metro areas has named Microsoft Corp. as the most innovative company
 operating in the United States. Microsoft received 39% of the votes to
 lead the list of the 10 honored companies.

                    ** Toshiba to Boost DRAM Output **

    Spurred by a relatively strong demand for use in high-end personal
 computers, Toshiba Corp.'s expects to increase it's monthly output of
 16MB DRAM chips will be boosted to 2 million by the end of 1994. Cur-
 rently the monthly production is just above 500,000.

    It is expected that the firm's output of 4MB DRAMs, currently around
 8 million per month, will stay at that level.

                   ** Hitachi-TI Chip to be Shipped **

    A 64-megabit DRAM chip developed jointly by Hitachi Ltd. and Texas
 Instruments Inc. will start sample shipments this month.  Plans are to
 launch mass production of the new chip either in 1995 or 1996 depending
 on domestic demand.

                 ** TI Develops New Microcomputer Chip **

    Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced this week its scientists have
 developed a new microcomputer chip that is capable of operating at room

    Reports say that the quantum-effect chip, which once would only work
 under extremely cold temperatures of minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit, is
 said to operate over three times faster and hold three times more func-
 tions than conventional chips.

    The new chip will only need a third of the transistors to provide the
 same computing power as the current state-of-the-art semiconductor.

        ** Hitachi & Matsushita Develop Advanced Memory Devices **

    Hitachi claims that it has developed a significant single electronic
 memory unit which can store 1,000 times more data than that of current
 semiconductor memory chips. Matsushita Electronics has also developed a
 highly integrated optical circuit device, which reportedly has consider-
 able potential in multimedia devices.

    Some electronics firms, including Hitachi, have already developed a
 single electronic memory. However, these existing single electronic mem-
 ory devices should be used under temperatures at minus 273 degrees.  Un-
 less the memory units are cooled down, the data is lost due to excessive

    Hitachi has overcome this problem by putting the electronic device
 into a silicon container. As a result, this single electronic memory
 unit can function in room-temperature. It is reported that the data will
 not be lost even when the switch is turned off.

    Meanwhile, Matsushita Electric has developed an optical electronic
 integrated circuit (OEIC), which has 64 units of semiconductor lasers
 and a driver transistor. It is a two-tier structured IC, and the tran-
 sistor is placed on the semiconductor laser.

    With this structure, each laser unit is controlled directly. As a re-
 sult, the processing speed is increased almost 10-fold. The size of the
 IC unit is just one third of a current IC.

           ** CD-Rom Interactive Training to Ship in January **

    Wilson Learning Corporation has announced it will begin shipping the
 first of several CD-ROM-based interactive training programs for Macin-
 tosh and PCs in late January.

    The company says the interpersonal, sales, and management skills dev-
 elopment training programs are being developed in conjunction with Sony

 Electronic Publishing Company. A total of 10 titles will be produced in
 the joint project with Sony, while Wilson will also develop further
 titles independently.

    The first programs, scheduled to ship January 24th, are "Connect for
 Success: Connect With Others and Influence Them;" Sell to Needs: Sell
 the Way People Like to Buy;" Relate with Ease: Build and Keep Interper-
 sonal Relationships;" and "Decide For Sure: Add Certainty to Your
 Decision Making."

    The first four titles to be released will be available through retail
 outlets such as Computer City and Software, Etc at the suggested retail
 price of $69.95.

          ** Prodigy, NYNEX Announce Electronic Yellow Pages **

    NYNEX said it will offer its 1.7 million business listings on the
 Prodigy service next year and sell ads alongside those listings. The
 companies said it is the first true electronic yellow pages offering,
 including advertising, on an on-line service.

            ** Software Sales up 30%, Revenues Only up 16% **

    North American shipments of application software are up 30% over last
 year, but, says the Software Publishers Association, "aggressive pricing
 held revenue growth to a more moderate 16%."

    The SPA also says that leading the growth in the third quarter were
 drawing/paint and desktop publishing programs.

    Breaking down the figures, the SPA says:

   -:- Windows applications still pace the industry, hitting $808 million
 in the third quarter, a 70% increase from the same period last year. For
 the year to date, Windows application sales totaled $2.26 billion, a 74%

   -:- DOS applications sales continued to decline, recording $471 mil-
 lion for the quarter, and $1.46 billion for the first three quarters.
 DOS sales were 26% lower for the third quarter and 22% lower for the
 first three quarters compared with '92 sales.

   -:- Apple Macintosh software sales were $276 million for the third qu-
 arter and $713 million for the first three quarters, up 11% for the qua-
 rter and 7.4% for the three quarters.

   -:- Word processors and spreadsheets remained the largest categories,
 with revenues of $219 million and $182 million in the quarter,

   -:- Sales growth in the database category slowed from the previous two
 quarters, as the product introduction blitzes of the first two quarters
 ended. Database sales in the quarter were up 25%, to $108 million.

   -:- Drawing/painting and desktop publishing software were the fastest-
 growing categories in the third quarter. Drawing and painting sales were
 up 110% to $124 million, while sales of desktop publishing products were
 up 106% to $67 million for the quarter.

            ** Apple Given Reprieve by Texas Commissioners **

    The county commissioners in Georgetown, Texas, this week reversed
 themselves and voted 3-2 to approve a modified financial incentive pack-
 age for Apple Computer. Last week, the board voted 3-2 against the pack-
 age because of Apple's policy of giving health benefits the partners
 of gay employees.

    The financial package grants Apple some reimbursements on taxes in
 exchange for free right-of-way on future county improvements.  The tax
 savings will help pay for a planned $80 million customer service center
 that eventually is to employ 1,700 people.

                   ** N.J. Busts Alleged Credit Scam **

    Fifteen salespeople at a New Jersey car dealership have been accused
 of using the credit records of more than 450 people to steal hundreds of
 millions of dollars.  The 15 salespeople were arrested arraigned this
 week on federal fraud and theft charges.

    Secret Service agent Peter A. Cavicchia is quoted as saying the
 salespeople are alleged to have tapped into credit reports through their
 computers, used the information to change the victims' addresses, and
 then ordered credit cards and ran up charges. They also allegedly used
 the credit information to obtain bank loans and cash advances.

    The dealership, Autoland in Springfield, N.J., alerted authorities
 when they discovered unauthorized use of computer terminals.

              ** BSA Catches Firm Using Pirated Software **

    An audit by the Business Software Alliance found that Comptronix
 Corp. Inc. was using unlicensed versions of software produced by Aldus
 Corp., Autodesk Inc., Microsoft Corp., and WordPerfect Corp. The company
 has agreed to pay $232,500 in penalties.

                     ******* General PC News *******

                    ** Novell Introduces Multimedia **

    NetWare Video 1.0, software to deliver multimedia audio and video
 signals over PC networks, has been introduced by Novell Inc.

    Company officials are quoted as saying the software will enable its
 NetWare customers to view and interact with multimedia information in
 Microsoft Windows and will give multiple users access to audio and video
 data simultaneously from a central server linked to networked computers.

    The product, which costs $1,100 for a five-user format and $2,975 for
 a 25-user format, is the first to result from Novell's July acquisition
 of Fluent Inc.

    Novell says it expects to have technology next year that will allow
 live video information to be sent over the network, with video confer-
 encing to follow.

                   ** Lotus Seeks Customer Feedback **

    Lotus Development Corp. announced today that it has established a
 toll-free telephone line and a forum on CompuServe to receive sugges-
 tions from customers regarding ways to enhance its products.

    The software publisher states that its toll-free line and the Compu-
 Serve forum will complement other means the company has for gathering
 customer ideas for review by product teams.

    Customers in the U.S. and Canada can call a toll-free number (1-800-
 5MY-IDEA) to leave a phone mail message. The suggestions will be entered
 daily into a Notes database and will be automatically routed to members
 of the appropriate Lotus product team for review and consideration.

     ** Claris Claims 'Filemaker Pro' Easier to use than 'Access' **

    Claris is pleased to report its Filemaker Pro for Windows 2.1 out-
 scored Microsoft's Access 1.1 for Windows in usability tests conducted
 by Usability Sciences Corporation of Irving, Texas. While Claris commis-
 sioned the tests, it says this is the second test in which its product
 outdid Access, the other being a set of tests for ease-of-use conducted
 by Software Digest/NSTL.

    The main claim Claris is making for Filemaker Pro for Windows is ease
 of use.  In the Usability Sciences study novice database users were able
 to complete an identical set of tasks 20% faster with the Claris product
 than with Microsoft Access. The tasks were: creating a database, enter-
 ing records into the database, querying the database, creating a form,
 adding two new records into the form, adding a scroll bar to the record
 field, and stamping a system date onto the form.

    While it took both groups of participants well over an hour to comp-
 lete the tasks, participants using Access took nearly 17 minutes longer.
 Study participants were intermediate PC users with little or no database
 application experience.

    Claris the software subsidiary of Apple Computer, has cut the price
 of Filemaker Pro 2.1 for Windows to $129, and is offering upgrades for
 $20, and competitive upgrades from other database software products for
 $99. A Macintosh version of the product is available for $399.

    Microsoft Access 1.1 is retail priced at $495, however Microsoft has
 frequently offered the product for $99 since its introduction over a
 year ago.

               ** Book Aids DOS Users With Wit, Cartoons **

    The latest book intended to make using MS-DOS easier to use and un-
 derstand is a book titled DOS for Dummies written by Dan Gookin, part of
 the MS-DOS 6.2 Upgrade for Dummies package that also includes the MS-DOS
 6.2 software.

    Gookin's book DOS for Dummies is supposed to be easy to read and a
 gold mine for the millions of PC users who are secretly - and in many
 cases openly - intimidated by PC software. "The book covers 100 percent
 of the tasks users will be performing with their computers" according to
 Gookin. He describes the style of the book as engaging, informative and

    In addition to instructions on how to turn on the computer -- some
 people actually have a problem finding the power switch -- Gookin
 includes topics such as "Ten Common Beginner Mistakes," "Ten Things You
 Should Never Do," and "After You Panic, Do This."

    So if your favorite computer user is willing to admit he or she is a
 dummy, this book might be just the thing for the Christmas stocking. MS-
 DOS 6.2 Upgrade for Dummies has a suggested retail price of $77.95.

                     ******* General Mac News *******

                            ** Newton News **

    Apple Computer says it is launching the Newton Industry Association
 at the first International Newton Development Conference being held this
 week in Apple's home town of Cupertino, California.

    Apple says the Newton Industry Association is aimed at promoting gro-
 wth and inter-operability of the Newton platform and associated devices.
 Standards is another focus for the association in the areas of wireless
 communications, telephone support, and office automation.

    One of the areas receiving attention right now is infrared communi-
 cations between personal digital assistants (PDAs). Infrared standards
 do not currently exist, meaning that even though the Newton Messagepad
 and the Zoomer PDAs from Tandy and Casio both have infrared sensors, the
 devices use conflicting standards. The upshot is Apple's PDA won't talk
 to a Zoomer and vice versa.

    Apple representatives were unavailable to comment as to what the
 company or the Newton Industry Association are planning to do concerning

    Apple listed beginning participants in the Newton Industry Associa-
 tion as licensees, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), component
 suppliers, and marketing partners. Companies represented included:
 Alcatel, ARM, Bellsouth Mobilecomm, British Telecom/Cellnet, Cirrus
 Logic, Deutsche Telecom, GEC Plessey, LSI Logic, Matsushita, Motorola,
 Paragraph, Scriptel, Sharp, Siemens/ROLM, Telia, Toshiba, Traveling
 Software, and US West.

    While the Newton has been well-received by enthusiastic users who
 have snatched up 50,000 units since the product was launched in August,
 reports from mainstream media have expressed disappointment and sharp
 criticism for the PDA. It appears, however, that things may be turning
 for Apple as four industry publications have awarded the unit top
 honors. PC Laptop Computers Magazine called the Newton the "Most
 Promising Portable," PC Magazine awarded the Newton MessagePad first
 place in its "Design Category," Byte gave it the 1993 Byte Award of
 Excellence, and Reseller magazine called it the "Best-To-Sell Products
 of the Year."

    In new announcements concerning the Messagepad, Apple said Newtonmail
 is expected to be available in a final commercial release throughout the
 United States in January 1994. Newtonmail allows Newton users to ex-
 change text messages easily with each other and anyone who can be
 reached through online services available on the Internet and is cur-
 rently available in a limited commercial release in the United States.
 Newtonmail requires the Newton Fax Modem Card, a credit-card sized
 Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) modem,
 for communication via online services as well as the ability to send

        ** Interactive CD-ROM Vietnam From CBS, Apple, NY Times **

    Joining forces with the formidable reporting resources and archives
 of the New York Times and the CBS television network, Apple Computer
 will publish and market "The Vietnam War" late in 1994. Chief reporters
 on the interactive CD-ROM will be veteran reporter Dan Rather, anchor
 and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, and R.W. Apple Jr., Wash-
 ington bureau chief for the New York Times.

    Other Vietnam War-oriented CD-ROM publications have been available
 for years from Quanta Press and Wayzata Technologies but these have been
 more in the nature of archives of data related to the War. While they
 are highly useful to historians and as reference materials, they lack
 the immediacy of war reportage which the publisher apparently expects
 this new disc to bring to the educational environment.

    The multimedia disc will include more than 700 news articles from The
 Times and film and video from CBS News' archives. Maps, and even audio
 recordings will also be included on the CD-ROM, along with the names of
 US military personnel either killed or missing in action.

            ** Fast Real-Time Video Codec Board For Mac AVs **

    New Video, makers of the Eyeq series of video compression boards for
 the Macintosh, have announced, what the company claims is, the first
 compression and processing board for the Macintosh Audio/Visual (AV)
 line of computers.

    The company claims its new Eyeq AV board will allow real-time, 30
 frames-per-second (fps) full-screen video recording and full-screen
 playback at the same real-time frame rate.

    New Video representatives said the Eyeq board has the advantage of
 incorporating the Intel i750 chip for video compression and playback. It
 is also claimed to be thousands of dollars less, at the retail price of
 $1,895, than other video compression hardware add-on products.

    The board is specifically designed for use in the Quadra 840AV or
 660AV and will interface directly with the AV's Digital Audio Video
 (DAV) connector. It will allow for up to 16-bit graphics over video, 16-
 bit stereo audio with a sampling rate of up to 48 kilohertz (KHz), sup-
 ports displays up to 16-inches in size at 832 by 634 picture element
 (pixel) resolution, and supports the most common video standards inclu-
 ding NTSC (National Television Standards Committee), PAL, and SECAM
 using the Macintosh AV's built-in Composite and S-Video out.

    The board is also fully compatible with Apple's multimedia software
 extension Quicktime and most popular multimedia authoring tools, offers
 resizable windows, software playback, and supports algorithms that
 require an average of only nine megabytes (MB)-per-minute of hard disk
 storage, company officials said. The board can also produce files with
 data transfer rates that are low enough to play back from a compact disc
 read-only memory (CD-ROM) drive over a local area network (LAN) in real
 time with full-motion and full-screen size.

    The Eyeq AV requires a Macintosh Quadra 660AV or 840AV, any Apple
 display up to 16-inches or any 832 by 634 pixel multisync display, a
 hard disk drive with a recommended storage capacity of 200MB, 8MB of
 random access memory (RAM) is also recommended, and the System 7.1
 operating system.


 > Modern Yuletide STR Feature


 From the Chatlines RT on GEnie -

         It was the night before Christmas, and one thing was clear
                That old yuletide spirit no longer was here.
           Unemployment keeps rising, the crime rate is tripling;
               'Boomers elected, and our taxes are crippling;

              I poured some Jack Daniel's as I watched the TV,
                  Where Donny sang "O Holy Night" to Marie
            The kids were in bed, getting sleep like they should,
              Or else they left home, which was almost as good.

              My wife, with her ball-point, was making a fuss;
            About folks we sent cards to, who'd sent none to us.
           "Those ingrates", she thundered, and pounded her fist,
          "Next year you can bet they'll be crossed off our list!"

                When out in our yard came a deafening blare,
           'Twas our burglar alarm, and I hollered, "Who's there?"
            I turned on the searchlight, which lit up the night,
              And armed with my handgun beheld a strange sight,

             Some Red-Suited Clown, with a white beard immense,
               Was caught in my eight-foot electrified fence;
             He called out, "I'm Santa! I bring you no malice!"
               Said I, "If you're Santa, I'm Telly Savalles."

                But, lo, as his presence grew clearer to me,
                I saw in the glare that it might just be he!
              I called off my Rottweiler, clawing his sleigh,
              And frisking him twice said, "I think he's okay."

               I led him inside, where he slumped in a chair,
               And he told me the following tale of despair,
             "On Christmas eves past I was jolly and chuckling,
             But now 'neath the pressures I fear I am buckling."

           "You'll note I've arrived with no reindeer this year,
            And without them my sleigh is much harder to steer;
               Although I would like to continue to use them,
                The wildlife officials believe I abuse them."

               "To add to my problem, Ralph Nader dropped by;
                And told me my sleigh was unsafe in the sky.
             I now must wear seatbelts, despite my objections,
           And bring the sleigh in twice a year for inspections."

              "Last April my workers came forth with demands,
                And I soon had a general strike on my hands;
                 I couldn't afford to pay unionized elves,
               So the missus and I did the work by ourselves."

               "And then, later on, came additional trouble;
               An avalanche left my fine workshop in rubble,
            But my Stallstate Insurance was worthless, because,
           They had shrewdly slipped in a 'No avalanche' clause."

                  "Then, after that, came an I.R.S. audit;
               The government claimed I was out to defraud it.
                    They finally nailed me for 65 grand;
           Which I paid through the sale of my house and my land."

              "And yet I persist, though it gives me a scare,
            Flying blind through the blanket of smog in the air;
          Not to mention the street gangs, who fill me with dread,
               Taking shots at my sleigh as I pass overhead."

           "My torn-up red suit, and these bruises and swellings,
               I got fighting muggers in subsidized dwellings.
               And if you should ask why I'm glowing tonight,
               It's from flying too close to a nuclear site."

            Then he arose from his chair and heaved a great sigh,
           Though I couldn't help notice a small tear in his eye;
             "I've tried", he declared, "To reverse each defeat,
                But I fear that today I've become obsolete."

             He slumped out the door, and returned to his sleigh
               And with these final words he went his own way;
                "No longer can I do the job that's required,
              "I'm going to call Clinton and try to get hired."



                         QmodemPro for Windows v1.0

      Mustang Software unveiled the new Windows version of its popular
 QmodemPro communications program during COMDEX/Fall '93. Called QmodemPro
 for Windows v1.0, it is the first communications program to offer support
 for both data and Fax communication in one integrated package.

      File transfers are supported using Zmodem, CompuServe B+, Kermit,
 Ymodem, Ymodem/G, Xmodem/1K, Xmodem/1KG, Xmodem/CRC, Xmodem, or ASCII. A
 built-in GIF viewer allows you to view GIF graphics files as they are
 being downloaded.  You can zoom any GIF or BMP file, and even mark and
 copy portions of the picture to the Windows clipboard.  Users can easily
 upload files using drag-and-drop from the Windows File Manager to
 QmodemPro's upload window.

      QmodemPro for Windows offers a wide selection of terminal emulations
 including: ADDS VP60, ADM 3A, ANSI, Avatar, DG 100, DG 200, DG 210,
 Hazeltine 1500, Heath 19, IBM 3101, TTY, TVI 910, TVI 912, TVI 920, TVI
 925, TVI 950, TVI 955, Vidtex, VT 52, VT 100, VT 102, VT 220, VT 320,
 Wyse 30, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 75, Wyse 85, Wyse 100, and Wyse 185. BBS
 callers will appreciate the addition of Doorway and RIPscrip to this
 impressive list of supported emulations.  QmodemPro for Windows is the
 first Windows product to offer support for RIPscrip, which is quickly
 becoming the de facto graphics standard for bulletin board systems
 worldwide, including Mustang Software's Wildcat! product.

      Besides offering full data communication, MSI has also integrated
 both send and receive Fax support directly into QmodemPro for Windows.
 Using any Class 1 or Class 2 Fax modem, QmodemPro for Windows can send
 text files as well as PCX and BMP graphics files.  Cover pages can also
 be attached to these documents.  Automatic Fax receive is also supported
 and a complete Fax viewer includes thumbnail sketches, zooming, copying,
 and printing.

      The phonebook allows you to view the dialing directory in a
 traditional tabular form, or you can use the icon view mode to create a
 true icon window of your online services, making it a simple double click
 to dial, connect, and be online.  Each dialing directory entry can hold
 up to five phone numbers, the default device, emulation, transfer
 protocol, user ID, password, login script, RIP icon directory, and macro
 file.  A note file can be attached to any dialing entry allowing you to
 add your own notes and comments about the dialing entry.

      QmodemPro for Windows even allows you to review the scrollback
 buffer while you're capturing information online.  You can customize the
 terminal window using a variety of fonts.  The screen behind the terminal
 window can be customized with your favorite pattern or wallpaper file
 giving you full control of your desktop.

      Sporting a completely new Script Language Interface for QmodemPro
 (SLIQ), QmodemPro gives you unparalleled power, speed, and flexibility.
 Based on the popular BASIC language structure, it adds extensions for the
 Windows communication environment and includes a Quicklearn feature for
 creating scripts without having to learn the language.  It even includes
 a compiler for compiling the scripts so they run faster and are more
 secure.  A powerful script debugger and full editor are also included.

      QmodemPro for Windows allows you to take advantage of the Windows
 multitasking environment.  Download files or capture data in the
 background, while working in a word processor or spreadsheet.  QmodemPro
 for Windows makes full use of the 16550 UART, Digiboard multi serial port
 card, or any other intelligent serial interface with appropriate Windows
 drivers.  Also supported are Interrupt 14 compatible LAN modems and other

      The newest member of the QmodemPro family now supports sound cards,
 allowing you to assign standard Windows WAV files to certain events in
 your communications session.  For example, you can have a WAV file played
 when you connect to a BBS or when your download is completed.  There are
 many events you can assign sounds to: connect, dialing, file transfer
 success and failure, and many others.

      QmodemPro for Windows has a suggested retail price of $139.00.  This
 product will be available within the next few weeks in the over 300
 Software Etc. stores throughout the United States. Software Etc. has also
 put QmodemPro for Windows on their "Reservation System" so your local
 store can reserve your copy. To find the Software Etc. store in your area
 dial (800) 328-4646.

      Qmodem, QmodemPro, and Wildcat! BBS registered owners can upgrade to
 QmodemPro for Windows for a limited time for only $50.00 plus shipping.
 Have your registration number handy and dial Mustang Software at (800)
 999-9619 or (805) 873-2500 to place your order.  Please expect a 4 to 6
 week back order for delivery, order today to be one of the first to
 receive this program.

      Resellers in the United States can order QmodemPro for Windows
 directly from INGRAM MICRO. The part number is 185415.  YOu can reach
 INGRAM MICRO by dialing (800) 456-8000.

      Customers in the U.K. can reserve their copy by contacting
 Telesystems LTD in London.  Telesystems can be reached at +44 494 866365,
 FAX +44 494 866050, or BBS +44 494 891903.

      Customers in Scandinavia will be pleased to know that Swedish,
 Danish, and Norwegian versions will be available soon after the U.S.
 version. Please contact PC Security in Norway for additional information.
 PC Security can be reached at +67 53 11 53, FAX +67 53 63 25, or BBS +67
 58 33 58.

      Customers in Australia should contact Banksia Technology Pty. Ltd in
 Lane Cove, NSW.  Banksia can be reached at 61 2 418-6033, Fax +61 2
 428-5460 or BBS +61 2 418-7693.

      For additional information regarding QmodemPro for Windows,
 QmodemPro for DOS, or the Wildcat! Bulletin Board System, please contact:

                         Jim Harrer, President/CEO
                           Mustang Software, Inc.
                               P.O. Box 2264
                           Bakersfield, CA 93303
                           Sales  (800) 999-9619
                           Office (805) 873-2500
                           BBS    (805) 873-2400

      MSI can also be reached via e-mail at, CompuServe
 (GO PCVENA, section 9), America Online (Keyword = Mustang), and GEnie


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


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                    *** STReport available in MAC RT ***
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                            for ALL GEnie users!

                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                             Randy Noak, Editor

 Mac Report

 by Randy Noak

      I just got finished ordering my children's software Christmas
 presents. My three-year old son wants the, "Dinosaur Game" (Dinosaur
 Adventure to the uninitiated) and my almost seven-year old daughter wants
 "Story Book Weaver". No problem. I'll help Santa all I can. All it took
 was a toll-free phone call, and I'll have the software, ready to wrap,
 tomorrow. What a life. Not so easy is purchasing the other gifts that
 they want. Crowds, surly sales people, traffic. No wonder old Ebeneezer
 Scrooge was so grumpy! Suffice it to say I'm scouring the mail order
 catalogs and the on-line malls for my Holiday gift needs. A few phone
 calls (or keystrokes) and I'll be D-O-N-E,  with only the wrapping to
 finish. Life is good.

      Those of you following my never ending quest to feed my voracious
 Syquest drive's cartridge appetite may recall that I ordered and received
 a couple of new cartridges last week. Well, I'm sorry to report that one
 is now completely full and the other is close to being full. The culprit?
 Clip art for my DTP biz. The solution?  Ideally, Clip Art Anonymous.
 Realistically, more Syquest cartridges.  Maybe I should get one of those
 humongous magneto-optical drives? Yeah, right!

 Mac Report Rule #1

 Data always expands to fit available storage space.

 Mac Report Rule #2

 Data = storage space - 1meg.

      Enough of my pontificating. Let's get on with this weeks column.
 Featured is Jeff Coe's review of DiskWorld, Apple PR about StarCore and
 the Newton, a sneak peek at the new PowerPC Macs, and much more. Let's



                   The Macintosh Software Subscription

 Reviewed by Jeff Coe for STReport

      Disk based magazines aren't anything new, but they do offer an
 alternative to the more conventional print media, much the same way that
 STReport does. Some are entirely text based, but others go a bit further
 by offering the subscriber a few bonus pieces of software, such as demo
 versions of reviewed or featured programs, graphic screens to illustrate
 articles or whatever. There are a few others still that are almost
 entirely made up of useable programs, with a small number of text files
 thrown in for filler. DISKWORLD from Softdisk Publishing is a member of
 that latter category. It also happens to be very well put together and
 not at all a bad deal if you think about it.

 What it is...

      DISKWORLD is a monthly disk subscription for Macintosh computers.
 It comes on a standard 800k format disk, so it will be useable by just
 about any Mac owner, although you do need a Hard drive. Each disk
 contains a single self extracting archive file that expands up to
 between 1.2 and 1.6 megabytes of disk space. The compaction was done
 with a Shareware program called COMPACT PRO (not included), so that if
 you have this utility, single files could be extracted, but it's just
 as easy to extract the entire disk, check out all the goodies, and dump
 the stuff you don't want.

      To make it easier to check out those same said goodies, each
 DISKWORLD issue features a menu shell type program from which you can
 read articles or documentation files, view graphics (clip-art), launch
 one of the included programs, or copy those programs to another disk
 or folder. It should be noted that all the software DISKWORLD puts on
 their disks is copyrighted, available only through them and is not to be
 confused with Public Domain software. Anyway, the menu program is very
 well done, with large icon buttons representing all the major items
 available to you. A single click on an icon, which quite often animates
 when you click it, will call up that program to be launched or copied.
 You can also choose to read a short Doc file for the program as well.

      I was given the chance to examine three issues of DISKWORLD for the
 purposes of this review. Each of those disks contained at least one or
 two games, some sort of operating system extension or control panel, an
 assortment of clip-art and an application program. Also scattered in
 there were a couple of educational Hypercard-like programs: One on
 volcanoes and one on pirates. Both were very colorful and informative.
 Another utility called FAST FACTOR will give you all the factors of a
 given number. AREA CODE DA lets you find out area codes for the entire
 country. WORD-UP helps increase your vocabulary. These last programs
 would be quite useful to students. One issue included a new custom font
 file, provided in TrueType and Postscript formats, called MARKING PEN. It
 looks just like the name says, as if you wrote it with a marker.

      As far as the games go, there seems to be a real lean towards card
 games (solitaire versions) and puzzles. Both of the card games I was
 given are fun to play and more importantly, easy to learn. Other games
 are CRISS-CROSS, where you have to fit a list of words into what appears
 to be an empty crossword puzzle, TILES OF THE NILE, which is a sort of
 GO or OTHELLO style of game (alot of fun!), and REFLECTION which is sort
 of like... no, it really isn't like anything I've ever seen but it's
 great fun. It's on issue #60.

      In addition to the programs, you'll find editorials, feature
 columns, a letters to the editor section and all kinds of other neat
 articles in every issue.

 What it costs...

      DISKWORLD is available through subscription only. There are several
 options you can choose, based on the number of issues (or months) you
 sign on for. Naturally your per disk cost will be lower with a longer
 term subscription. The rates are as follows.

      $29.95 for 3 months
      $49.95 for 6 months
      $89.95 for 12 months
      and $149.95 for 2 years.

      Included with each subscription is their back-issue catalog from
 which you can order, you guessed it, back issues! While the cost might
 at first glance seem pretty steep, consider what it would cost you to
 download this much software from an on-line service, or order it through
 a PD software house. My GEnie bill is much higher then that, and I'm
 not even talking about long-distance charges here. Think about it.

 Who sells it...

      DISKWORLD is published by:    Softdisk Publishing
                                    P.O. Box 30008
                                    Shreveport, LA 71130-0008
                                    (318) 221-8718
               or call toll free... 1-800-831-2694

      They can also be reached on-line at the following addresses:
           on GEnie send email to...      Softdisk.Inc
           on America Online it's...       SoftdiskVB
           and on CompuServe it's...       73567,2030

 By the way, Softdisk Publishing also offers subscriptions for IBM clones,
 Apple II and IIgs, and for Commodore computers. The same toll free
 number can be used to order or get more information. Give 'em a call.


 Fresh from an online conference on GEnie, Robert Harris of Callisto
 Software tells of a special deal on Callisto's hot game, Super Maze Wars.

 "You wanted the scoop on the Spectre Competitive Upgrade. We figured that
 if Spectre would not let you upgrade from Spectre to Supreme, that we
 would let you upgrade to Super Maze Wars."

 "$19.95 for one-pack ($64.95 retail value), $15.00 for each additional
 player. $5.95 shipping/handling, (MA residents add 5% sales tax)."

 Call (800)348-5324. Visa/ Mastercard & Checks accepted

 Callisto Corporation
 182 West Central St
 Natick, MA 01760

 When I asked what proof of Spectre ownership was required, I was told,
 "We'll take your word for it." Good deal!



                      Mac Report PowerPC Sneak Peek!!


 Code named PDM, the bottom of the line PowerPC Mac has a 60mhz PowerPC
 601 chip. Priced at around $2000, it has 8 megs of RAM and a 160 meg (or
 230) hard drive and comes in a Quadra 610 type box. A built-in CD-ROM is
 an option.

 Carl Sagan

 Next in the line-up is the "Carl Sagan" (who thinks up these code
 names?). With a 66mhz 601, a 230 or 500 meg hard drive, 8 megs of RAM
 three NuBus slots and an optional CD-ROM  drive in a Quadra 650 type
 case. Price? Around $3000

 Cold Fusion

 Top o' the line "Cold Fusion" is based on an 80mhz 601. Priced at around
 $4000, it comes in a Quadra 800 type box with 8-16 megs of RAM, a 230 or
 500 meg hard drive,  and a CD-ROM drive.

 Look here for more PowerPC info in the weeks ahead. If you've been
 reading this column for a while, you know that I'm really pumped up about
 CD-ROM, so here's some more CD-ROM PR.





  Apple's StarCore Group Announces Distribution Agreements with
  InterOptica Publishing Ltd. and Time Warner Interactive Group

  SANTA CLARA, California--December 7, 1993--StarCore, the new software
 publishing and distribution group formed by Apple Computer, Inc., has
 announced agreements with InterOptica Publishing Ltd. and the Time Warner
 Interactive Group to distribute CD-ROM software for Macintosh and Windows
 platforms worldwide.

      The new agreements allow StarCore to distribute more than 40 CD-ROM
  titles from the two companies under its StarCore affiliate label
  program by year's end. With the addition of these titles, Apple's
  StarCore group will bring to market more than 50 CD-ROM titles in

      InterOptica has signed on with Apple's StarCore group to provide
  exclusive worldwide distribution of 25 CD-ROM titles including eight
  electronic guides which InterOptica has published in conjunction with
  The Sierra Club: The Blue Whale; The Amazon Rainforest; The Grand
  Canyon; The Great Barrier Reef; The Indian Monsoon; Mount Everest;
  The Wildebeest Migration; and Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an
  omnibus edition containing all seven titles. The InterOptica/Sierra
  Club CD-ROM titles, featuring animations, illustrations, original
  interactive text and narrated video and photo vignettes, can be
  played using either a Macintosh or Windows-based personal computer.

      In addition, StarCore will distribute InterOptica's Journey to the
  Heart of Japan; Astonishing Asia; and the Multimedia Dictionary of
  Knowledge, based on the best-selling book, Dictionary of Cultural

      StarCore will also distribute dozens of multimedia games,
  interactive information, and early learning titles published by the Time
  Warner Interactive Group including Hell Cab, the critically acclaimed
  interactive time-travel adventure featuring virtual environments;

  Murmurs of the Earth: The Voyager

      Interstellar Record, a unique collection of colorful images and
  sounds of the Earth recorded from the spacecraft Voyager; and the
  Lifemap Series, created by the California Academy of Sciences.

      StarCore distributes both StarCore published and affiliate label
  software through thousands of outlets nationwide, and throughout
  Europe and the Pacific Rim. StarCore also assists companies working
  under the StarCore affiliate label program in marketing their
  products through in-store promotions, catalogs, brochures and public

      Apple's StarCore group publishes and distributes software on CD-ROM
  for Macintosh and Windows platforms and on PCMCIA cards and diskettes
  for the Newton platform. Apple's StarCore titles are focused around
  six software categories:  edutainment, sports, entertainment,
  reference, business applications and self-improvement.

 While we really don't need screensavers, they are fun. Here's a little PR
 from Bit Jugglers, makers of UnderWare.



 MacUser Editors Name UnderWare as Finalist for Industry's Highest Honor
 and Most Valued Endorsement.

 Mountain View, California, December 8, 1993~MacUser, the leading monthly
 magazine for business users of Macintosh computers, has selected
 UnderWare from Bit Jugglers, Inc. as the 1993 Editors' Choice Award
 finalist for Best New Desktop Diversion.  The "Eddy" Award recognizes the
 best Macintosh products released throughout the year.  Finalists were
 selected based on their technological innovation, quality, performance,
 user friendliness, and value to Macintosh users.

 UnderWare is a wacky and wild desktop animator, interactive screen saver,
 and background customizer that runs animation on the Macintosh desktop,
 under your windows and icons! UnderWare uses over 25 modules to liven up
 the area under windows and icons. In one module the desktop gradually
 becomes overgrown with prehistoric plant life as dinosaurs tromp across
 the screen. In another, footballs bounce off windows, icons, and even the
 screen. Others feature rubber chickens flying in tight formation, babies
 crawling out from behind application windows, and a devious wizard who
 uses his magic on the desktop.

 Unlike conventional screen savers, UnderWare's animation interacts with
 the Macintosh environment. In one module, a fire-breathing dragon melts
 the trash can; in another, folders sprout legs and walk off the screen.
 Tropical butterflies, pixies, ballerinas, robbers, flying saucers,
 babies, rubber chickens and a philosophical dragon are just a few of the
 characters that perform on screen. In addition, UnderWare runs After Dark
 modules from Berkeley Systems, allowing well-known screen savers such as
 Flying Toasters and Fish! to run in the Finder on the desktop.

 UnderWare also features a built-in desktop pattern customizer and over 75
 professionally designed patterns including marble tiles, autumn, water
 drops, and Bit Jugglers' interpretation of cyberspace.

 The 1993 Editors' Choice Awards will be presented to products in 36
 categories at a gala black-tie ceremony on January 4, 1994 in San
 Francisco.  Special awards will honor the Hardware and Software Products
 of the Year as well as recognize the Breakthrough Technology of the Year.
 In addition, two personal achievement awards will be presented to
 individuals who have made significant contributions to the Macintosh

 The suggested retail price of UnderWare is $59.95. Bit Jugglers, Inc. is
 headquartered at 785 Castro Street, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94041. The
 phone number is 415-968-3908 and the fax number is 415-968-5358.
 AppleLink: BitJugglers, AOL: BitJuggler, Internet:,
 CIS: 72040,2513

 More Apple PR. This time it's about the Newton. I lust after a Newton,
 but, to assuage my conscience, feel that I must justify my purchase by
 finding a practical use for a PDA. You know. Something that would make my
 life easier. Something that would be easier to do with a Newton than with
 pencil and paper. Something like... Hey! A golf scoring product. How
 practical, although generally my scores are high enough to need a PDC
 (Personal Digital Cray).



  Developers Line Up Behind Newton At Upcoming Developer Conference

  SANTA CLARA, California--December 7, 1993--Apple Computer, Inc.
  expects approximately one thousand developers to attend the first
  international Newton Platform Development Conference opening today at
  the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California. This
  industry-wide event is designed to offer third party and in-house
  corporate developers an opportunity to join the growing family of
  companies from around the world who are lining up behind Newton

      "The Newton Development Conference is a watershed event for the
  Newton platform.  Following the release of the first rush of feature-
  rich, robust third party applications, the conference will allow
  current and new developers to share learning experiences and identify
  future opportunities," said John Payne, President of Fingertip
  Technologies, Inc.  "The service provided by Apple's developer
  technical support group has been first class, and we look forward to
  a live forum in which to work through questions, issues and the
  substantial new functionality which is becoming available in the
  development tools."  Fingertip Technologies, Inc. shipped its first
  Newton title, Fingertip for Golf--a personal, mobile, golf-scoring
  product, in November 1993.

      "The Newton platform is a fun and powerful environment for
  developing software with fewer of the compatibility issues developers
  often face using other platforms," said Cliff Joyce, President of Dubl
  -Click Software, Inc. "The Newton Toolkit has been evolving at a rapid
  pace,and the Newton Platform Development Conference will be a valuable
  educational forum in which to learn about the expanding capabilities
  of Newton developer tools.  This conference is the first event wholly
  oriented toward Newton, and will be a great opportunity to meet other
  players in the Newton developer community."  Dubl-Click Software
  shipped its first Newton title, GoFigure--a customizable
  combination of calculators in one easy-to-use program, in November

      "The knowledge we gain from the Newton Platform Development
  Conference will significantly influence our strategic plans for
  Newton software development," said David Ries, General Manager of
  Entry Products for State Of The Art, Inc. "By hearing about new and
  exciting activities within the developer community we hope to learn
  what works in the Newton world, and increase our productivity by
  using the developer tools to their maximum advantage, improving our
  time to market."  State Of The Art will begin shipping ExpensePlus,
  Newton software which collects, organizes and reports business
  expenses, this month.

      "We are over the moon at the enthusiasm with which the developer
  community has responded to the Newton Platform Development
  Conference", said Philip Ivanier, manager of developer relations for
  Apple's Personal Interactive Electronics (PIE) division. "This
  conference will be an enormously productive and inspirational event
  which will contribute to the powerful momentum we have already
  witnessed among Newton developers, and help to bring an impressive
  flood of Newton titles to the marketplace."

      Industry support for the Newton platform continues to gain momentum.
  More than 2,000 Newton development systems--Newton Toolkits--have
  been sold throughout the world.  Over a dozen applications and titles
  for the Newton platform have been shipped by third party and in-house
  corporate developers, and more than forty other companies have
  announced forthcoming products for Newton.  These titles cover a wide
  range of solutions including communications, healthcare, sales force
  automation, finance, office productivity, education, real estate, and

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

                             STReport's MailBag

                    Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

 Aldus sends word that their "Preferred Customers", can purchase Aldus
 Fetch at almost 25% off the retail price and they will throw in a free
 PhotoDisc. Aldus Fetch is a graphics cataloging program that has been
 judged best o' the bunch by some of the hard-copy magazines. The
 PhotoDisc contains 100 high-resolution photos and is a $300 value. Total
 cost? $225. Call Aldus at 1-800-685-3612.

 A pleasant surprise arrived from the Weyerhaeuser Paper Company. Samples
 of their new laser printer paper. Weyerhaeuser has increased the
 brightness of their First Choice Premium Laser Paper to give more
 contrast for sharper reproduction. The difference is really noticeable
 too. Also included is a reply card to get a free 25-sheet sample pack.
 Contact Weyerhaeuser at 1-215-2521-9220.

 Compuserve Magazine was delivered today. This issue has a real neat
 article about accessing the Internet via CIS. Lots more is featured also.
 Compuserve Magazine is free to Compuserve subscribers.  Sign-up info
 should be included in the literature that came with your modem.

 That's it for this week. Next week, I hope to have a review of Carriers
 at War and lots more stuff. As always, please feel free to send  your
 comments or questions to me at:

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                          ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                          Editor; Dana P. Jacobson

             WHAT'S NEW IN THE CIS ATARI FORUMS (December 10)


The shareware program you may have been waiting for ... STORM by
Alan Page.  Storm Version 1.00 is a shareware telecommunications
program from the original author of Flash.  Features loadable
Xmodem, Ymodem, Zmodem and BPlus file transfer modules, plus
VT100 and Vidtex loadable terminal emulations. Basic script
language, background file transfer and multiple editing windows
with full word wrap.

Download STORM.LZH from LIBRARY 2 of the Atari Productivity


Psycho Pig 2 is a platform game of some magnitude written in STOS.
Guide the porker, who thinks he is Rambo, through four tricky levels
to rescue the baby crocodiles.  You'll need to download files PIG1.ZIP
and PIG2.ZIP from LIBRARY 1 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO
ATARIARTS) to play this game.


Download file WQ1_4.TOS from LIBRARY 5 of the Atari Productivity
Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for a substantial upgrade of Word Quest; word
search puzzle factory. Now supports use of international
characters, many new dialog boxes and  more! File is self-
extracting. Includes documentation and several puzzles.


Download file F22_PR.TXT from LIBRARY 10 for a Missionware
Software Press Release regarding the release of Flash II
version 2.2 - now fully Falcon030 compatible!

Download file F22UPG.LZH from LIBRARY 10 for the FLASH II
Version 2.2 update.  This file will upgrade any old version of
Flash II to version 2.2.  UnLZH the file and follow the easy
directions built into the program.  See the press release for
details on the upgrade.  This version provides for full Falcon030
compatibility and adds support for all serial ports on the TT030
and  MegaSTe.

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

 by Dana P. Jacobson

      Yes, there's only 2 more weeks left until Christmas!  Happy
 Chanukah to those who celebrate this Jewish holiday which started
 earlier this week.  Those at Atari, as well as all Atarians, certainly
 have a lot to be grateful for this holiday season - talk of the Jaguar is
 dominating the electronic gaming world this year!  Atari has come out
 with a certain winner.  They're learning, finally, how to do things up
 right.  Atari is taking no chances with blowing it this time around.
 The first problem encountered with the Jaguar are some bad switchboxes,
 and Atari has held back some Jaguar shipments to rectify the problem.
 They're also doing the right thing and replacing those that made it to
 the public.  Hats off for discovering the problem early, and fixing it

      While we're on the subject of the Jaguar, I'd like to address a
 few questions put to me recently about our lack of in-depth coverage of
 this new phenomenon from Atari.  I reminded them, as I will here, that
 STReport is primarily an online magazine that focuses on the computing
 side of things.  While we'll certainly provide you with some of the
 news relative to the Jaguar (see some Q & A stuff later on), or any
 other non-computer product from Atari (the Lynx as another example)
 from time to time, our readers have always provided feedback that
 they'd prefer a non-gaming focus.  There are magazines that are geared
 toward the gaming industry that we'd be glad to lead you.  As a rule,
 we'll bring you important announcements and occasional interesting
 items, but I/we would prefer to leave the bulk of this material to
 those whose primary interest lies in gaming.  And, to be perfectly
 candid, we just don't have the resources at the present time!  This
 could change if support staff and feedback increases.  For now, we'll
 continue to follow the current path.

      While we're still on the subject, there have been some interesting
 questions appearing in the ATARIGAMING Forum on CIS recently.  While
 our STReport CIS guru, Joe Mirando, usually handles most online
 coverage of the activities there, the ATARIGAMING (formerly the Atari
 8-bit Forum) was not really covered by Joe.  But, that doesn't mean I
 can't include some bits of info that I may find (right Joe?!).  Anyway,
 both Sam Tramiel and Bill Rehbock have been popping in occasionally to
 answer some Jaguar questions.  Here are a couple that Bill answered
 that may prove informative:

      Chris (et al),

      Q: How do I get specs on developing for the Jaguar?

      A: People interested in Jaguar software development should send a
      fax to 1-408-745-2088.  Include: Company name, mailing address,
      phone number, fax number, and brief company/personal background
      relating to software development.  Due to the high volume of
      inquires, we do prioritize the mailing of information kits
      according to background (SNES/Genesis/Computer) titles that you or
      your company may have been involved with, etc.  Companies wishing
      to become licencees may sign-on and order preliminary development
      documentation and support for $299 USD, which can go toward the
      complete development system fee of $7500 USD.

      Q: Can the Jaguar be networked to another computer?

      A: Yes, it can, but there naturally would have to be
      application-specific software running on both the PC and Jaguar.
      The Jaguar is equipped with (among other interfaces) a one
      megabyte per second serial interface (suitable for connection to
      cable, telephone, etc.) as well as a 9600 baud serial port (that
      with and appropriate low-cost interface) conforms to RS-232
      standards.  The 9600 baud port as shipped on Jaguar is set up for
      ComLynx multi console networking, just like the Atari Lynx.

      -Bill Rehbock @ Atari

      About the CD-ROM, what formats will the CD-ROM drive play?  I
      assume audio and Jaguar s/w.  Any Photo CD?  Other formats?


      Ron: The CD-ROM unit is scheduled for summer release.

      Marty: Right now, we intend to support Photo CD, as well as MPEG
      via add-on cartridge options.  The drive is also capable of
      optionally supporting CD+G, although it's a pretty small market.

      -Bill @ Atari

      As I mentioned last week, news related to Atari computers has
 really been slim lately.  Admittedly, there are some fascinating new
 products coming out related to MIDI and graphics, but overall, non-
 niche products (new ones) are few and far between.  Still, there are
 folks who are interested in MIDI and graphics products, so I hope to
 line up some reviews in the very near future.

      There is interesting news about the new Atari clone being
 distributed by Lexicor, the Medusa.  Last week we provided you with
 some details and I've included an update to that information later on
 in this column.  It really sounds great!  I've also been told to expect
 even more information shortly that we'll bring to you in an upcoming
 issue.  I've also been teased with the possibility of "playing" with
 one after the holidays, so that should prove interesting too!

      I've also read that Atari has started production of those promised
 TTs and stock should be available soon.  It's not known where these
 machines are headed, but it would seem certain that some will be
 earmarked for U.S. dealers and developers.  It's also learned that a
 new machine, whether an offshoot of the Falcon or something entirely
 new, will be designed utilizing the Jaguar's chipset.  It may also work
 in conjunction with the Falcon, but I'm not clear about that as yet.
 As some at Atari have said, they have not abandoned the computer side
 of Atari and it seems that this is true.  Atari is devoting most of its
 time and resources to making sure the Jaguar gets the attention it
 requires.  While this may dismay some computer users and developers,
 current staffing at Atari makes it almost impossible to split up its
 time to a number of projects simultaneously.  I believe that things
 will improve enough in the near future that this will change for the
 better.  Mark that in your diaries!

      There's some interesting news and announcements, so let's get to


 > CYberDrome!STR InfoFile


 Now shipping version 1.2!

                        354 N. Winston Drive
                   Palatine, Illinois   60067-4132
                      United States of America
                         phone 708-359-9565

 The Cyberdrome 3-D Virtual Universe is now even better!  If you
 thought your nightmares were bad before, just wait!  But remember,
 it's still ONLY a game!  Missionware Software is proud to present an
 upgrade to one of the best games ever for Atari computers.  If you
 don't already own Cyberdrome, this is your chance to experience the
 thrill of fighting CJER, the rogue Artificial Intelligence virus.  And
 not only can you fight CJER yourself, but you can play with a friend
 too!  Cyberdrome works on all Atari computers, including the Falcon, in
 ST Low or Medium compatibility modes.

                      Just What is CYBERDROME?

 Cyberdrome is the name of a Virtual Universe existing inside of a
 permanent computer Memory Matrix designed to "grow" Artificial Life
 programs.  While intended to be a place for humans to peacefully
 interact with data via Virtual Reality simulators, it is now under
 attack by deadly, virus-infected programs controlled by a rogue
 Artificial Intelligence system called CJER.  The mission of the
 CyberForce is to rid CyberDrome of the virus infected programs.  Join
 the Cybernauts in their quest by running the "Cyberdrome" program on

 your Atari computer.  Doing so will create a link with a 3-dimensional
 Hoverjet Construct and allow you to enter a scale-model of CyberDrome
 and practice fighting the deadly attack programs.

 Cyberdrome Features:
  -> Combines the realism of a real-time flight simulator with arcade
     action plus problem-solving and exploration of a dungeon game.
  -> Single player or 2-player/2-computer mode using a serial cable or
  -> All elements of single-player mode are active in the
     2-player/2-computer mode.
  -> Includes special 2-player Head-to-Head competition mode to
     increase your skills as a Hoverjet pilot.
  -> Multiple level missions allow for novice to advanced pilot
     training plus a special training mission for beginning pilots.
  -> Official CyberForce ranks awarded to players for successful
     completion of each of the six Mission Levels included.

 CyberDrome Version 1.2  -  New features:
  1) More realistic Raider movements - Raiders never stop, they keep
     shooting and running all the time.  They come at you from all
     sides and are very unpredictable (and difficult to hit with
     conventional pulsars (see part 3 below) .
  2) Drone (in solo mode) now acts as real wingman - it attacks the
     Raiders in very realistic ways and it is fun sometimes to just
     sit there and watch a Raider and the Drone battle it out.
  3) New Weapon:  Bore-sight Tracking Pulsar.  Locks on to nearest
     badguy; just press the trigger key to fire.  This weapon is
     really needed against the new fast moving Raiders and also works
     against the Predators as well as Seeker missiles.  Experienced
     players will find that this new weapon makes it pretty easy to
     kill the Predators. They may still use the older Vertical
     Pulsars to give the game more challenge, but for everyone else,
     this will be the weapon of choice against everything on the grid.
  4) New Sky:  We've added a "painted" image of a gridded sky with
     parts of it "eaten" away.  It really adds the "other world"
     feeling of the game.
  5) Weapons-Scope view is no longer wire-frame.  Everything uses
     solid-filled polygons now.  The Weapons-Scope still uses the
     heads-up display and the rest of it works the same.
  6) Start Time:  Every level now starts at the BEGINNING of an
     ATTACK Cycle, so there is only a few minutes to wait before the
     action begins.  The rest of the Cycles remain unchanged.

 Note: Modem vs Direct Computer-to-Computer connection:
 Version 1.2 of CyberDrome checks serial numbers at bootup.  It will
 not permit team play *over a modem* if serial numbers match.  You must
 have separate copies of CyberDrome to play this way.  However, you can
 play CyberDrome using the same copy when using a direct, null-modem

 Upgrades are now available directly from Missionware Software.  You
 need no new documentation for version 1.2, therefore we can keep the
 upgrade cost low.  And if you enjoy playing in "Team" mode, we've got
 an even better deal for you.

 If you are a registered owner of CyberDrome and would like to update
 to version 1.2, just send in $15 to receive your new version 1.2 disk.
 If you and a Teammate would both like to upgrade, the cost is only
 $25!  You both must be registered owners.  No matter what upgrade
 method you choose, make sure to include your full name and address
 AND the serial number(s) off of your disk.  If the registered name and
 serial number does not match, we will not be able to process your
 upgrade.  If you aren't sure whether or not you are registered,
 include your old master disk.

 Would you like to join the CyberForce?  If so, this is a great time to
 do it.  CyberDrome normally sells for $39.95 plus $4 shipping and
 handling, for a total cost of $43.95.  But now you can purchase
 CyberDrome for $39.95 with shipping and handling included!  That's a
 savings of $4 over your usual mail order costs.

 Even better is our special deal when 2 of you purchase CyberDrome
 for Team play.  If both copies are shipped to one address, your cost
 is only $69.95, shipping included!  Now *that's* a deal you can't
 pass up.

 (These special deals are for USA and Canadian customers only.
 Overseas customers must include an extra $4 for shipping, making the
 total purchase price $43.95 (for a single copy purchase) or $73.95
 (for a Team purchase).  Even so, that's a savings of $4 over our
 usual overseas shipping and handling rate of $8.)

 The special deals above are available through January 31, 1994.
 Missionware Software accepts payment for upgrades and new purchases as
    Personal checks             Money Orders
    Visa                        MasterCard
 To order, or for more information, contact:
                Missionware Software
                354 N. Winston Drive
                Palatine, IL   60067-4132
                United States of America
                Phone 708-359-9565


 > Palm to Palm STR InfoFile


 Marty Mankins
 (General Information)

 Peggy Jorgensen


 OREM, UT -- December 6, 1993 -- Perfection Applied announced today the
 delay of its forthcoming color publication, PORTABILITY! until the
 first quarter of 1994.  Also announced was the publication of new
 issues of TAKE IT WITH YOU, which has been in hiatus since late
 August 1993.  The last issue of TAKE IT WITH YOU was published in late
 August (Spring/Summer - Vol. 3 No. 3).  "The decision to halt
 publication with TAKE IT WITH YOU was made for various reasons,"
 says Marty Mankins, Editor of both TAKE IT WITH YOU and
 PORTABILITY!  "We have branched out into other areas and spent most
 of our time working on PORTABILITY!"

 PORTABILITY! is a full-color publication that combines the coverage
 of portable computers (palmtops, PDAs, pen-based computing,
 subnotebooks, laptops) with the expanding world of portable consumer
 electronics (cassette, compact disc, MiniDisc, Digital Compact
 Cassette, cellular and cordless phones, personal electronics).  The
 publication is targeted towards all ages, but is focused on the college
 to early business crowd, who spends over $1 billion annually on
 personal electronics and portable computers.

 "With the delay of PORTABILITY!, we can assure it will be a top-
 notch publication," says Mankins, "And be able to continue offering
 TAKE IT WITH YOU as an important information source for portable
 computing is a key to our subscribers and target audience."
 PORTABILITY! was intended for a release in June of 1993, but ran into
 several production problems which caused several months of delays.
 "We have worked out our problems and will announce a date after the
 new year," said Mankins.

 TAKE IT WITH YOU, which has been in publication since October 1991,
 will resume its regular publishing schedule in January 1994 with
 coverage every two weeks.  This will allow the user to keep updated
 on the latest portable computing scene as well as getting the
 information in a more timely manner.  "This was a big importance to
 many of our subscribers, who relied on our information for making
 decisions with their portable computer needs." Mankins reports.

 Also announced today was the change of the on-line publication, PALM TO
 PALM, which is a text-only periodical that appears on a number of
 on-line services, such as CompuServe and America OnLine.  The
 publication will be produced once a month now, instead of it's sporadic
 publishing schedule of a few issues a year.  "PALM TO PALM is a great
 vehicle for getting comparisons and other bits of information on
 portable computing, along with many product reviews to the on-line
 community," reports Mankins.  PALM TO PALM will be available on
 CompuServe's PALMTOP forum and America OnLine's PDA forum at first,
 with possibly more online services added later next year.

 Subscription prices for PORTABILITY! are $20 per year for 6 issues.
 TAKE IT WITH YOU is available for $20 per year for 26 bi-weekly
 issues.  PALM TO PALM is free, with no surcharges (except for connect
 charges during downloading.  Check with the online service for more
 information on connect charges.  For information on how to subscribe to
 any of the publications, contact:

 Perfection Applied
 P.O. Box 1783
 Orem, UT 84059-1783

 For further information, call (801)222-0120  or fax (801)226-UFAX

 Perfection Applied is a privately-held company based in Orem UT and
 specializes in publications covering specialized topics, client
 management and consulting.



      Lexicor seems to continue to be one of very few Atari developers
 making the news lately with new software and hardware announcements.
 Including more information about their recently announced Atari clone,
 the Medusa, here are a few interesting tidbits:

                        LEXICOR SOFTWARE CORPORATION

 We are pleased to announce the exclusive Distributorship of Digital
 Arts Products in the U.S.A. and Canada.  The Products concerned are
 Da's Vector, Da's Vector Pro and Da's Picture.

 Da's Vector is a powerful Vector and Animation Program for 189 U$D.
 Da's Vector Pro is the professional version which includes building and
 playing from Animation Files and frames from secondary sources eg.
 Phoenix or Chronos created Animations.  Price is: 299 U$D.
 Da's Picture is a powerful animation package that has incredible
 animation features and will retail for around 199 U$D.

           All products are available now!


      Small announcement:

      LEXICOR SOFTWARE CORPORATION is back on Genie in the Graphics
      Area m1415;1 (at Graphics) in Topic 22 and we have our own area
      and our own Library 21.


 The first 68040 Based Atari Clone, now available at LEXICOR SOFTWARE
 CORP.  These are the specs of the New MEDUSA (price unchanged).  You
 may post this wherever you like.


 MC 68040 at 64 Mhz Internal FPU and PMMU Performance is around 26 MIPS,
 4.5 MFLOPS.

 Main bus is: 32 Bit Data, 32 Bit Address Bus Clocked at 32 Mhz Full Bus
 snooping read and write.

 Atari bus is: 16 bit Data, 24 bit Address Bus snooping, write Own ACSI
 Address for full 32 Bit Address.

 Fast RAM Can hold 8-128 Megabytes on board Write 73 Mbyte/sec Read
 85 Mbyte/sec.

 EPROM is 2 MByte on board 32 Bit Wide.

 TOS 3.06 modified slightly.

 - ST I/O Board.

 PORTS (like TT Modem) (upto 115KBaud) -IDE Bus (12 Mb/sec) -ISA Bus
 (for own custom Graphics Board).

 (This ISA Bus will work with any ET-4000 Based Graphics Board on PC
 Platform with the NVDI ET-4000, however NVDI ET-4000 only supports
 upto max. 32,000 colors as of this date).

 Additionally you can get:

 -VME Bus
         VME Bus 16bit
         Laser Printer Port (?)
         Mega Bus -SCSI Board
         TT SCSI
         SCSI II
         TT Lan -DSP Board
         and an MC68060 Board is scheduled for the year 1994.


                     (510) 848-7621 - (510) 848-7613

 Here's a price breakdown in United States Dollars, users in North
 America will have the main parts assembled in the U.S.A. as parts are
 a lot cheaper here.  The MEDUSA T40 is ideal for the high-end Atari
 User. Based around TOS 3.06, it is very compatible. Following this
 message will be a short list of working programs.

 - Basic Motherboard 68040/64 - Tower Housing - ST Input/Output Board
 Cost is: 2,490 U$D (Cost can vary depending on the exchange rate)

 Availability: NOW, Transport time should take no longer than 2 Weeks!

 Additionally you may purchase an ET-4000 Graphics Board 15/16bit Color
 onboard for about another 100 U$D + NVDI ET-4000.

 A VME Bus Multiple Bus Board (see description above) for another 400

 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128 Megabytes on board, price depending on SIMMS,
 current price is around 40 U$D per megabyte.

 IDE Internal Drive will cost depending on drive size. Internal IDE, no
 external casing required.

 NOVA VME 16M Graphics Board when purchased with VME Bus (for 24bit
 Color) costs 489 U$D.

 All prices given are Recommended Retail, shipping not included!

 Short Compatibility List:

 Chronos-3D Key frame Animator Phoenix U.S.A. (Xenomorph-3D) Prism
 Paint 1, 1.5, 2.0 ANM-Link (Relativity) Cybersculpt (in STHigh) Cyber
 Color ARTIS 4.0 XCONTROL Calamus SL Calamus 1.09N Platon V.2.21
 Platine ST Skyplus DGRAPH GMAN Kobold Rufus Multigem MultiTOS
 SUperbase Phoenix 2 Interface Pure Pascal 1st Word PKS-Edit Seka
 Assembler Devpac Assembler Turboasss Assembler Easyride Assembler
 GAL-Prommer Logic A. GFA Basic 3.0 3.6TT Delicious Raystart Topaz VTX
 Uniterm Connect Iconedi Guck Invaders Piccolo Signum 3.0 Matrix Drivers
 2.2 Snapshot Tele Office ACS Pro Argon Crypton Xenon V2.4TT Crazy
 Sounds PCB ST-Digital Profiler Pure C Cubase Emagic SED Turbo C
 Adimens Arabesque Chagall Technobox CAD and Drafter LDW Powercalc
 Papillion DAs Vector Didot Pro Didot Lineart Retousche Pro CD v.1.04
 Papyrus Script 2.0, 3.0 ICD and AHDI Hushi STAD Compo Script Protar
 Manager Tempus Word and Editor ASpice and a lot more programs that
 follow the VDI and Atari guidelines should work with no problems
 whatsoever!  I cannot make a list of ALL the working programs, but if
 you have an enquiry about a single product, then please email me, and
 we could look into it for you.

 Yat Siu Lexicor Software Europe,,,


      We've heard some interesting comments about John Duckworth's first
 two columns.  Please, send your comments directly to John as he'll
 really appreciate them.  For me to dissect comments about the column
 from other comments included in the same message(s) really loses
 something in the re-transmission to John!!  With that, let's test the
 waters and see how they're biting this week!

 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                            The Old Fishin' Hole

     -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth

      Howdy online anglers!  Thanks for joining me as I present another
 edition of "The Old Fishin' Hole". With Christmas approaching fast,
 everyone's time is continually being stretched between shopping for
 the perfect present for that someone special, to making sure the
 outside light display is the best in the neighborhood. This week I
 hope that I can save you some online fishin' time by reviewing what I
 feel are two of the finest shareware packages to come out of the
 waters in a while. Both programs work on all Atari TOS computers, and
 utilize the advanced graphic capabilities of the TT and Falcon.

      "Gem-View v.3.01" by Dieter Fiebelkorn is the first of the two
 packages I'd like to rave about. Mr. Fiebelkorn has to be one of the
 most industrious programmers on the Atari shareware scene today, as
 there have been numerous updates to the "Gem-View" package in the past
 several months alone. On the simplest level, "Gem-View" is a picture
 file viewer. It recognizes and displays numerous Atari-specific and
 multi-platform formats including GIF, JPEG, GEM-image files,
 MS-Windows wallpaper, Targa, Kodak Photo-CD, MacPaint, Degas, and
 many others. "Gem-View" is fully GEM compliant (hence the name), as
 all it's display work is done within the confines of a picture's own
 window.  One feature in which the program really excels is in
 converting pictures to other file formats.  A user has the option to
 save in many different formats, for example, a GIF picture may be
 loaded and resaved as a GEM-image file.  Some other save formats
 supported at present are GIF, .IFF, Targa, and TIFF. "Gem-View" also
 allows the user to manipulate pictures in several different ways such
 as horizontal and vertical flips, enlarging, and many dithering
 options.  The author has now made the package modular in design, which
 makes adding more support for different file formats as well as
 dithering and manipulation options easier. The program will run as
 either a GEM application or desk accessory, and will run fine under
 MultiTOS (running under MultiTOS is actually recommended as the
 operating system no longer has limits on the amount of open windows
 like the normal desktop does). Since "Gem-View" is presented as
 shareware, there is a 14 day no-restriction trial period, after which
 the program must be registered. North American registrations are
 handled via Cybercube in Canada.  Otherwise users may register
 directly with Mr. Fiebelkorn in Germany. I simply cannot give this
 package enough praise.  Anyone that wants a professional graphics
 viewing, converting, and manipulating program (especially those with
 256 color capability) should snag "Gem-View" as quickly as possibly.

      The second wonderful shareware package is "TOPAZ-Fraktal pro".
 While I am not a fractal expert, I will try to explain the package as
 simply as possibly.  "TOPAZ-Fraktal pro" is a fully featured fractal
 display program and as with "Gem-View", does all of it's work within
 the confines of GEM windows. Fractals which can be displayed are
 Mandelbrot, Julia, Cosinus Hyperb., Legendre 4, Exponential, and
 Plasma.  Areas of the drawn fractals may then be selected and
 zoomed-in to reveal the deeper intricacies of the pattern.  Color sets
 may be loaded and applied to the displayed fractal patterns. These
 colors may then be cycled in one of three different ways to achieve
 sometimes beautiful and always interesting animations. The program
 also allows the user to set many options including the size of the
 drawn pattern and the number of colors to use to name a couple.  I
 have only two minor complaints about "TOPAZ-Fraktal pro".  First, the
 package is entirely in German, so it takes some time to figure out
 all of the program options.  Second, the DSP should be utilized in the
 Falcon thus speeding up the display time needed for the fractals.
 "TOPAZ-Fraktal pro" is shareware, although I can't read German well
 enough to make out how much he requests (Perhaps someone will
 translate the docs soon).  If you are even slightly interested in
 exploring fractals, "TOPAZ-Fraktal pro" is the program for you.

      Both of these programs should prove to be very useful and
 perhaps provide you with many hours of enjoyment. If you have the
 time, be sure to grab one...or both.  Don't forget to send comments,
 suggestions, or Christmas greeting to
 Programmers...if you'd like me to provide a sneak preview of one of
 your PD/shareware programs send them UUEncoded to the same address.


  |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
  |   Gem-View v.3.01                                              |
  |      GEnie (Atari RT - #30950, #30955, #30956, #30957)         |
  |      Delphi (Atari Advantage- read GEM VIEW / read GEM-VIEW)   |
  |   TOPAZ-Fraktal pro                                            |
  |      Internet (  pub3/atari/graphics/tfrakpro.lzh)|
  * The Tackle Box is meant to provide assistance in finding files
  mentioned in the column. It should not be considered a COMPLETE
  listing and is provided for convenience only. Delphi Atari Advantage
  files should be found in the Recent Arrivals section of the database
  until moved to their appropriate sections.



 For Release : 12-7-93                        Contact : Paul Lefebvre

                 (Atari ST/Ste/TT/Falcon030 compatible)

 Oracle for STalker 1.2 by Paul Lefebvre is a STalker BackTALK script
 that automates access to Delphi.  This is the first such program for
 Delphi's Atari users.  Oracle works with the Falcon030 and can perform
 its tasks in the background.  Oracle allows Delphi users to cut their
 online costs because it automatically send/receives mail,
 send/receives forum messages, and downloads database files.  Any mail
 or messages can be viewed offline and replies can be typed offline.
 To save Delphi users even more money, Oracle can be told to perform
 its tasks late at night to save on long distance charges.  Oracle is
 fully compatible with Geneva and MultiTOS to allow all of its
 operations to be performed in a multitasking environment.

 Oracle is SHAREWARE.  Registration includes the latest version of
 Oracle, the STalky 1.2 type ahead buffer for STalker, and free
 updates.  Free support is always available on Delphi.

 System Requirements for Oracle are : an Atari ST/STe/TT/Falcon030
 computer, and STalker 3 (STeno is recommended).

 Oracle for STalker 1.2 (Delphi version) is available for $15 (plus $2
 shipping) from :

                             Paul Lefebvre
                            78 Winter Street
                           Portland, ME 04102

 Version 1.2 is available in Delphi's Atari Advantage database in the
 telecommunications topic, under the name "ORACLE".

 Questions?  Leave email to PLEFEBVRE or leave a message in the Atari
 Advantage forum.


      Well, we've taken up more space than normal this week so let's
 wrap things up.  With the holiday season upon us, so are the usual
 holiday parties and get-togethers.  PLEASE, if you're going to party
 and drinking is part of the merriment, do NOT drive.  This is a time
 for celebration, not bereavement.  We at STReport want to have you
 around for many more years to come!!

      Until next time.....



 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

   Hidi ho good neighbors and neighborettes.  Well, the Christmas season
 upon us (like you need me to tell you that, right?).  At any rate, the
 "season of giving" is quickly approaching.  While there hasn't been any
 snow in my neck of the woods, the temperature leaves no doubt that that
 jolly old man will soon be crawling down the chimney with bags of
 goodies for most of us... and coal for others.  Gee, maybe I should get
 myself a coal burning stove!  (;^{>

   On another note, the shuttle ENDEAVOR has completed the repairs of the
 Hubble Space Telescope.  Everything about the mission to date has been
 top-notch.  I, as an astronomy buff, can't wait to see "first light" (the
 first image from a new telescope).  I have a special interest and pride
 in the Hubble because the company that I work for supplied material to
 several of the companies that supplied the components that make up

   I happened to overhear someone complain that all of the spacewalks
 took place while the shuttle was on the Earth's night side.  While that
 meant that the "action" was going on while we all slept, it was
 necessary to preserve the telescope itself.  You see, exposing Hubble's
 mirror to light of the intensity that daylight would provide would in
 effect burn the aluminum coating off of the mirror.  Even pointing it at
 Earth or the Moon would seriously degrade it (that's why you won't see a
 Hubble-eye-view of Earth).  Aluminum was used instead of silver because
 silver absorbs infra-red radiation.  The aluminum coating allows
 infra-red pictures of objects as well as images in the visible-light
 spectrum.  See?  I told you that I was an astronomy buff.  Well, as Dan
 Quayle said:  A mind is a terrible thing...

   Okay, enough of Science 101.  Let's get to the reason for this column:
 All the great news and tips available every week on CompuServe...

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells us about accessing the Internet with your ST:

 "Using the KA9Q package we have in the software libraries here, you
 can, if you can find an access point that allows it, essentially turn
 your ST into an Internet node with its own temporary IP address.  Then
 you can telnet and ftp *directly* from your ST, without having to
 first log into a local host computer.

 Now that my ST is back to life (or actually a "new" STe in its
 place), I can get back into direct Internetting with KA9Q...  while
 it's been dead, I've been having to go through Portal as my "local
 host".. (local by virtue of being on PC Pursuit).

 Unfortunately KA9Q is rather crude (it emulates the interface of the
 local host.. not the most friendly environment in the world).  Having
 telnet and ftp for a telecommunications program like Flash would make
 a world of difference in the enjoyability of using Internet..!

 I've even heard about "graphical front end" programs for Internet
 that are being developed...  something like CIM for UseNet.."

 Lee Zion tells Bob:

 "  "Hmm", so my ST can act as a host on Internet with its own IP with
 the right software.

   Your response reminds me why we keep signing on.  We learn
 something new all the time!

   Those of us who use Milnet have a different solution to the problem
 of no local host access.  Milnet hosts usually have a modem access
 port that provides Telnet access to our home host without having to
 have Telnet resident on our computers or having to be a registered
 user of the local host.  We are provided a Milnet ID and password that
 work anywhere and just provide our home IP address as a part of the
 logon procedure.  If we aren't near a Milnet host, we have an 800
 number for an alternate access point that works the same way.

   Milnet of course is a "standardized" subset of Internet.  Any
 organization can provide a universal access system when they "own" all
 the hosts.

   The downside is access to the rest of Internet.  We can access our
 home host from outside Milnet via Internet but are usually blocked
 from going the other way."

 Bob tells Lee:

 "That sounds pretty interesting..!

 Having an available gateway into the network like that would be
 great.. if only you could access everything from there.

 It seems that everyone is jumping on the Internet bandwagon these
 days..  there's at least one local BBS that's getting pretty seriously
 connected.. I may be able to drop my long-distance connection to
 Portal and use the local gateway soon..!"

 Roger Manke asks:

 "Can anyone give me advice about building my own hard drive for my ST.
 I have a 1040ST and a MEGA ST2.  What cables/interface?  Are IDE
 drives better than SCSI, etc.  I am on limited funds but have
 electronic background but not with ATARI hardware."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Roger:

 "You will have to stick with SCSI drives for now.  No one has made a
 hard disk controller/host adapter for the ST.  You will need an ICD
 interface/host adapter which should run you close to $110.  Maybe less
 depending on where you get it from.  The price of the SCSI hard drive,
 power supply, and case.

 Oops (above I ment that no one has made an IDE host adapter for the

 You might still call an Atari dealer and see how much the price for
 completed one will cost.  Just to be on the safe side of hardware

 Chris Gray adds:

 "There is an IDE adaptor for's an optional extra to the
 TOS2.06 adapter made by Hard&Soft in Germany.  I believe that to use
 the IDE bit you need to solder one wire to your CPU (shudder).

 Only quoting product reviews, no 1st-hand experience... but this "no
 IDE on ST's" line needs to be corrected.

 What the hell, IDE is even more brain-dead than AHDI..."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Roger:

 "Just to add a little... an Atari hard drive system
 needs these parts:

 A cable from the DMA port on the ST to the host adapter card.
 A "host adapter card" to convert from "ASCI" to "SCSI"
 A standard SCSI cable from the host adapter to the SCSI hard drive.
 A standard SCSI hard drive.
 A power supply and enclosure for everything.

 Usually the first cable will come with the host adapter.  A good
 inexpensive solution for the power supply and enclosure is to pick up
 a standard IBM clone case.  It'll have space for the drive and host
 adapter board, and the power supply plugs are a standard connector

 I think ICD is the only company still making host adapters for the
 Atari line of computers.. they have several different models,
 depending on what devices you want to connect, and the space you have

 Tom Hurlebaus tells us:

 "I recently acquired an ATARI 520ST. My main purpose was to upgrade my
 MIDI musical system from a Commodore 64. I've realized however, that
 this ATARI may provide more. I have two initial problems, first, I did
 not receive a Monitor or Monitor Cord with my system and second I did
 not receive a TOS System Disk.  I do have my Commodore 1702 Monitor,
 but I think this is only a 40 column Monitor ?? My guess is that I
 will need to buy a Monitor. If I do buy one, and I'll probably be
 looking at used monochrome, what about the Monitor Cable ?? I seen the
 display thru a television and I don't think I can live with that.

 Assuming I can get this working, I would appreciate any suggestions
 regarding Software. I probably will be looking for software for
 communications, word processing and utilities."

 Bob Retelle tells Tom:

 "Welcome to the world of Atari, and the Atari Forums on CompuServe..!

 First, unless your 520ST is one of the very first machines released,
 it shouldn't need a boot disk...   the first STs released did not have
 TOS in ROM, but most of those were later upgraded.  If yours IS one of
 the ones that don't have TOS in ROM, I'd *strongly* recommend adding
 the ROMs.  Not only is a great deal more convenient not having to boot
 from a floppy every time you use the machine, but the newer versions
 of TOS are a lot better.

 You can obtain the ROM sets from Atari dealers, or you might consider
 adding a TEC expansion module which allows your ST to use the very
 newest version of TOS.  Further info about the TEC board is available
 in the CodeHead Technologies section of the ATARIVENDOR Forum.

 Next, you'll need to use an Atari monitor with the ST...  the
 monochrome monitor uses a special 70hz refresh rate, and the color
 monitor is an analog RGB unit. (I understand you CAN use an Amiga
 monitor also).

 The monitor cable should come with the monitor itself (my monochrome
 monitor has the cable permanently attached).

 You're right that any serious work will require a monitor.. TV is ok
 for games, but higher resolution needs a monitor.

 Probably your best bet for finding a monitor would be to watch local
 BBSs for people selling their systems...  if you have an Atari dealer
 near you, they might have new ones in stock too.  Also, try posting a
 note here in the Atari forums asking if anyone has a monitor they'd
 like to sell...

 If you have any questions about your new system, or its software, let
 us know and we'll do our best to get you going..!"

 Peter Joseph adds his welcome:

 "First, welcome to the Atari forums!  You've come to the best place for
 help and information about your new ST.

 Every so often there are people that sell some of their stuff here in
 Section 17.  You may be able to pick up a used Atari SM124 monochrome
 monitor for well under $100.  The monitors have the cable built in to
 them.  If you've seen the display on a T.V. set then I assume that you
 have a frequency modulator in your ST.  In which case wherever you
 bought the computer should have given you the proper modulator cable
 to use with it.  If not you should be able to get one at Radio Shack.

 If your ST is in fact one with a modulator then it's one of the later
 520's and I believe by then that they also had TOS in ROM.  In which
 case you should be able to boot up without even using a disk.
 However, this will take quite a bit longer, so if you have a formatted
 disk stick it in the drive to boot up.  I also assume you have a
 floppy drive, either internal or external.

 To help you better, tell us what else you have for hardware such as
 disk drives, printer, modem, etc.  There's loads of softstuff in the
 libraries here if your telecom program supports downloading.  Let's
 see, what else...oh yeah, Midi.  Well you've got a great computer for
 Midi, although you may find 512k of RAM a little tight (or downright
 impossible) for some of the more powerful Midi programs.  Did I miss
 anything?  If so, there will be others along to help as well."

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Frank Hermann tells us:

 "Merry Christmas,Happy New Year to you all!! I have an IBM, is there
 an IBM program which will either convert or simply allow view of
 Spectrum type graphics, or Degas types, or .TNY's-have tried file
 finder but can't seem, to find any, at least not for IBM, tho it seems
 one exists for the Atari!!"

 Bob Retelle tells Frank:

 "Try the IBM FF with a keyword of ATARI..   there should be at least
 one IBM utility in the IBM forums that will allow viewing of DEGAS
 format graphics files (which you can then capture into GIF format by
 using a screen grabber utility while the picture is displayed on the

 As for Spectrum format, there's been a bit of discussion about that
 recently, but I don't remember the name of the program someone
 mentioned as being able to view them on an IBM.

 TNY pictures might be a problem also... they're really just DEGAS and
 NeoChrome pictures that have been compressed, but as far as I know
 there's no way to uncompress them on a PC.

 Truthfully though... a lot of the pictures that started out as Atari
 files have been converted into GIFs already...   it's ironic, but a
 lot of times at PC computer shows, the VGA monitors doing slide shows
 will often be displaying Atari original pictures..!

 (I've even seen ads in Computer Shopper for monitors with Atari
 pictures on them.. :)"

 Jeff at Intersect Software tells Master Sysop Ron Luks:

 "[Since] you mentioned going to CES in January, I wanted to mention a
 few things that I have learned from the COMDEX shows.

 Rooms are always more expensive during the shows, by as much as 300%.
 The Fontier has very good rooms and the best Prime Rib I have eaten.
 Their room rates are very good also.  The Mirage rooms are poor in
 quality and access is terrible.

 Snow and snow play areas are 40 min from Vegas (north).  Really good
 ski areas are in Utah at Brian Head (3 hrs by car).  There are hotel
 rooms and lodges at the top of the mountain.

 Best Casino is the Silver City, across from Circus Circus.  One
 dollar tables and drinks are served often.  Oh, It's also no-smoking.

 During shows and on weekends, hotel rates go up and one and two
 dollar tables disappear.  During weekdays (depending on season) the
 Fontier hotel rates are as little as $25.00 a nite."

 Ron tells Jeff:

 "The rooms go up more than 300%.  Rooms at the Frontier for CES are not
 $25 a night-- they are $145.  Quite a jump.  I've stayed at the
 Frontier at past shows.  Its a nice hotel."

 Yat Siu of Lexicor Software posts:

 "LEXICOR SOFTWARE is proud to announce that it can make available to
 the Atari Community an Atari'040 Clone.

 Planned for the summer of 94 is a MC68060 Board
 TOS is a slightly modified version of 3.06
 The price for this setup is roughly 3,000 U$D without IDE Drive and
 without RAM.

 The System was originally constructed and designed in Switzerland by
 MEDUSA Systems.

 ps: Its screaming fast *grin*"

 Carl Barron tells Yat:

 "Very interesting...  At 64Mhz it should be fast. <grin>
 Available today, next week, next year? <grin>
 Roughly $3000, hm... Not too shabby but I might have to wait a bit."

 Yat explains:

 "This is how it works.

 When you make the order then you need to expect around 6 weeks time
 from the day you ordered it. It needs to be shipped and fixed up in
 Switzerland. And then final assembly in the USA.

 It is already available....i.e. available today."

 Carl Barron muses:

 "Six weeks?  That might be faster than atari's timetable. <grin>"

 Yat plays along a bit:

 "We don't plan to challenge Atari's Time Schedule *grin* I am still
 waiting to see the next batch of promised TT's....and I would also
 like to know for what price range? They are excellent machines...and
 they WOULD sell well if they were more readily available!!"

 Boris Molodyi posts:

 "Heh, it sounds interesting. How about compatibility?"

 Yat tells Boris:

 "It is very compatible...I've got the list of tested software here on
 paper, now I just got to find the time to type it all up and post it
 :) *grin*

 It's basically TOS 3.06, so that is very compatible...."

 Myles Cohen asks:

 "I am confused by the word "clone"...

 Is this a machine that will only work ATARI programs...or will it
 also do MSDOS and windows stuff too..."

 Yat tells Myles:

 "This Machine will ONLY work with Atari Stuff :) as it has TOS 3.06 :)
 built in, by saying Clone it is an Atari Clone (i.e. modified copy).
 IBM-CLONES are often referred to just as clones, but clones is not a
 term exclusive to IBM Compatible PC's :)"

 Myles tells Yat:

 "Too bad...

 I...and probably many others...would have snapped it up
 immediately...even me...the advanced price of $2500...

 I guess this way it is just a superfast Atari...a little better than
 the TT30...

 Now if it could also work with the stuff on other platforms...that
 would be a great machine indeed...

 The Mac and IBM confluence is the wave of the future...

 It's just too bad that the Medusa hasn't joined Atari with the other

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Ed Bauer asks about spiffing up his TT:

 "I have the TT030 with 4mb ram. I would like to add another 16MB ram,
 and get the Multitasking OS from ATARI. What steps could I take to do
 both things. I'd like to get some of the flavor of multitasking that
 Windows 3.1 gives me, but I expect the ATARI version to be more
 powerful and dependable and truer to multitasking concepts than
 Windows 3.1. I expect something more similar to OS/2.1 , Unix , et

 John Brenner echoes my own thoughts:

 "I think it might be wise of you too check out Gribnif's GENEVA. It is
 much more flexible than Multitos and is more compatible to boot. As
 for a history of developing software I would go with Gribnif over
 Atari any day."

 From the Palmtop Forum

 Rick Van Schiock tells us:

 "I would like to soon purchase an electronic organizer and would value
 your comments as I look to choose the best one (if any) for my needs.
 Please help.

 Currently, I use a manual appointment book (fits in suit pocket) in
 which I keep a To-Do list, appointments, daily reminders and itemized
 expenses that I later put into Quicken. I also enter maps or other
 drawings when necessary. I really like the ability to WRITE in it.
 Character recognition isn't necessary.  I've been waiting for the
 technology to improve to the point that 1. it fits in a coat pocket 2.
 accepts written input for To-Do, expenses, etc. 3. boots up almost
 immediately 4. able to maintain my Info-Select database files 5. costs
 about $500.

 I'm looking at the latest Wizard Series, but it seems it only takes
 written input for drawing, everything else is keyboard. Am I still
 hopelessly dreaming or is there something out now (or that soon will
 be available) that you know would be what I'm looking for? Thanks so
 much for your assistance."

 Ken Ducey tells Ken:

 "If you don't like typing, there are really on two other choices, the
 Casio/Tandy Zoomer sold through Radio Shack and the Apple/Sharp
 Newton.  Both are represented in sections of this forum that you might
 want to peruse.  They are a little more than your budget though."

 Well folks, that's about it for this week.  Tune in again next week
 (same time, same station), kick back, relax among friends and listen to
 what they are saying when...

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