ST Report: 24-Dec-93 #952

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 01/02/94-08:01:28 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 24-Dec-93 #952
Date: Sun Jan  2 20:01:28 1994

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

      'Tis a wonderful time of the year!  My four sons are all home for
 the holidays and it is grand.  As I type this, my youngest son Vincent
 23, is very busy tending to the twenty five pound Turkey he is smoking
 with hickory chips in the back yard smoker.  This year everything fell
 right into place.  The weather is perfect.  Not too cold but cold enough
 to make Christmas in the south feel remotely like a northern Christmas.
 The family all together, and best of all everyone is in good health.

      Earlier this week a copy of QmodemPro for Windows arrived.  I had
 been impatiently waiting for it.... I must say Mustang Software has
 certainly outdone themselves with this program.  It is very well laid
 out, thought out and is obviously written with the user in mind.  If you
 are looking for a solid and powerful Telcom/FAX program, this is the one
 for you.  There will be a full review forthcoming.

      In the coming weeks, we'll be spotlighting the various system
 operators on the major networks.  Obviously, we will not be spotlighting
 those who have not responded to our inquiries.  Only one small segment
 have not responded.  All in all the response has been excellent.  Over
 the next few weeks you'll soon get know a large number of the
 conscientious, responsible and caring sysops in various areas who are
 very much interested in their members enjoying their computers to the

      At this time, I'd like to extend my heartfelt wishes for a wonderful
 Holiday Season to everyone on staff and especially to all our readers.



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                    'Twas the night before Christmas - again

             'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck:
               How to live in a world that's politically correct?
                 His workers no longer would answer to "Elves."
             "Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.

                     And labor conditions at the north pole
                 Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
              Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
                  Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.

                  And equal employment had made it quite clear
                  That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
                     So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
          Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

                 The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
                  The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
                  And people had started to call for the cops
                When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.

       Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
              His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."
           And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
               Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose

                And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
                  Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
               So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
                  Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,

             Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
                    Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
               And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion
              That making a choice could cause so much commotion.

                      Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
               Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
                  Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
                       Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.

                  Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
                 Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.
                  Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
                     Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific.

               No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
                   Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
                   And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
                  Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.

               For they raised the hackles of those psychological
               Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.
               No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
                 Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.

               Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
                 And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
               So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
                 He just could not figure out what to do next.

                     He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
               But you've got to be careful with that word today.
                 His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
                   Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.

               Something special was needed, a gift that he might
              Give to all without angering the left or the right.
                 A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
                     Each group of people, every religion;

                          Every ethnicity, every hue,
                        Everyone, everywhere...even you.
                 So here is that gift, its price beyond worth:
              "May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth."

   Notice:  This poem is copyright 1992 by Harvey Ehrlich.  It is free to
   distribute, without changes, as long as this notice remains intact.
   All follow-ups, requests, comments, questions, distribution rights,
   etc should be made to
   Thanks to Harvey Ehrlich  via Varda Ullman Novick  via Jack Kolb



                              Ready, Set, Read

 from Bright Star Technology, Inc. and Sierra On-Line

 by Frank Sereno

      Ready, Set, Read is the sequel to Alphabet Blocks, an award-winning
 educational program that used new technology to have  the on-screen
 coaches' mouths actually form the words and letters in sync with the
 sound.   Alphabet Blocks taught children to recognize letters and their
 sounds while RSR (Read, Set, Read) teaches children two-letter sounds,
 rhyming words, word building from sounds, word recognization,
 alphabetizing letters and words, and how to read a simple story.  RSR is
 recommended for children between 4 and 7 years of age.

      RSR is available for color Macintosh computers with four megabytes
 of system memory, fifteen megs of free hard drive space and an eight-bit
 color monitor.  It is also available for IBM compatibles with a 386SX-20
 MHz or greater CPU, 15 megs of free hard drive space, four megs of
 memory, a Windows compatible sound card, running under Wiindows 3.1 with
 a 640 by 480 with 256 color display.  Installation instructions are
 included for both types of computers and are quite easy.  After
 installation on both machines, double-click on the RSR icon to start the

      The program begins by playing some cheery music, then the child is
 greeted by Jack the jack-in-the-box and Bananas the chimp.  The two are
 in the hallway, seated before a stairway and six doors of different
 colors.  Clicking the pointer on any of these doors begins one of the six
 different skill-building games.  Each classroom behind the doors has a
 chalkboard for displaying graphics and text.  At the start of each game,
 Jack or Bananas will explain gameplay.

      The green door opens to a classroom where Bananas will coach the
 child to recognize two-letter consonant and vowel sounds.  Blocks
 featuring two-letter combinations are stacked in the room.  Bananas will
 pronounce a sound and the child must find the block representing that
 sound and click the pointer on it.  If the child has difficulty, blocks
 will be blanked out until only the correct choice is left.  The child
 will learn about digraphs, blends and diphthongs from a friendly and
 encouraging coach.

      The blue door leads to the word rhyming game.  Bananas will
 pronounce six words as they are placed on a vertical checkerboard.  Then
 the seventh or key word is pronounced and placed on the screen.  The
 child must find the rhyme by clicking and dragging the rhyming word next
 to the key word.  Clicking on the individual words will cause Bananas to
 say them again.  If a wrong word is chosen, Bananas will pronounce the
 incorrect word and ask the child to find the word that sounds like the
 key word.  This game is simple but effective.

      The yellow door game teaches the child to build words from parts of
 words known as onsets (beginnings) and endings.  Bananas will pronounce
 three onsets as they are placed on the playing field, then an ending will
 be placed opposite the onsets and Bananas will request that the child
 make a specific word.  This is done by clicking and dragging the correct
 onset next to the ending.  If the child uses the wrong onset, Bananas
 will pronounce the word and a picture will be displayed on the
 chalkboard.  Bananas will then repeat the question.   Clicking on an
 onset or ending will cause Bananas to pronounce that sound.  Once again,
 this game is simple enough for young children to understand but they
 learn quite quickly.

      The pink door game teaches children to recognize sight words,
 often-used words that make up the bulk of words in children's textbooks.
 Blocks containing common, short words are stacked in the room.  Jack will
 then ask the child to find a word.  If a wrong word is chosen, it is
 pronounced and a sentence using it is displayed on the chalkboard, then
 the question is repeated.  Jack will always encourage the child
 regardless of ability.  To put sight words in an adult perspective, a
 touch typist learns to type many words such as the, and, etc., as words
 rather than individual letters.  This allows for much faster typing than
 hunting and pecking the letters or remembering the individual letters.
 Learning sight words will allow the child to read more quickly and

      Next is the mustard door which opens to the alphabetizing game.
 Jack will pronounce and place three letters or words on shelves and ask
 the child to put the objects in alphabetical order by clicking and
 dragging them to a numbered chart.  The alphabet is displayed on blocks
 in the foreground of the classroom for reference.  Alphabetization is an
 important skill for using reference materials such as dictionaries,
 encyclopedias and phone books.  This game is easy to learn and fun.

      Finally, the violet door features reading a story.  Jack narrates
 the story of himself and Bananas and the methods they use to teach a
 princess to read.  After reading a page, he will then repeat it while
 omitting three words which will appear in red type below the main text.
 The child's task will be to click and drag the red words back to proper
 places in the text.  Clicking on the words will cause Jack to pronounce
 them.  The purpose of this exercise is to force children to recognize
 words rather than memorizing the text of familiar stories.  My only knock
 on this portion of the program is that the same words are dropped from
 the story every time it is read.  I think it would be better if the story
 changed each time.

      This educational title is well-written.  It does help teach children
 to read, and the lessons are full of positive reinforcement.  The
 animation and lip-synching are attention grabbing.  I know that my 5
 year-old has spent many hours learning from RSR.  And finally, RSR comes
 with a money-back guarantee.  If you or child do not like this program,
 you can return it to Sierra for a full refund of your purchase price.  I
 doubt if many people will take them up on this offer because this is an
 excellent product.  I recommend it highly, and it would make a great



                         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


 > Windows Tips STR InfoFile

                             Run Windows Faster

 SUBJECT:  Tune-Up Tips To Run Windows Faster

 The following are tips for running Windows at a faster speed.

 1.   For faster performance in Windows, load your system with
      extended memory, and start using a disk-caching program.

 2.   If you regularly run two or more Windows apps together on a
      system with less than 4M of RAM, invest in more memory chips.

 3.   Include a line in your CONFIG.SYS file for a disk cache so
      that your disk drive does not spin its wheels with unnecessary
      disk activity.

 4.   If your processor is 386 or 486 and you have at least 2M of
      memory and you seldom run non-Windows applications, try
      running in Standard mode.  You can do this by typing WIN /S or
      WIN /2 at the DOS command line.
      a.   Running in 386 Enhanced mode offers many advantages for
           working with DOS apps, but it does nothing for Windows
           programs--it may even slow them down.
      b.   For DOS 5.0 users that use EMM386.EXE to load TSRs and
           device drivers into high memory, Windows will refuse to
           run in Standard mode.  You'll have to choose between the
           extra conventional memory or the quicker Windows

 5.   Keep your hard disk optimized by running a defragmentation
      utility on a regular basis.  An optimized hard disk lets your
      system store larger amounts of data in contiguous disk
      sectors, reducing the amount of time Windows spends reading
      and writing swap files.

 6.   If you run Windows in 386 Enhanced mode and can afford the
      disk space, set up a permanent swap file.  This allows Windows
      to bypass normal DOS file I/O routines and move information in
      and out of memory more quickly.

      a.   The drawback is that the disk space assigned to a
           permanent swap file cannot be used for other proposes,
           even when you're not running Windows.
      b.   To create or delete the permanent swap file, start
           Windows in Real mode and run the SWAPFILE program.
           Windows will recommend an optimal size based on available
           disk space.  Try 5M for starters, and if you don't see a
           lot of disk activity as you work, you might be able to
           reduce that figure somewhat.

 7.   In the program information files (PIFs) you create to run
      non-Windows apps in 386 Enhanced mode, don't select any of the
      Monitor Ports options.  Most programs don't require them, and
      leaving them unchecked will improve performance.  Windows'
      default PIF has one of the monitor Ports options selected.  It
      is a good idea to create a PIF for every DOS app you use.

 8.   If you run Windows with a Super VGA, 8514 or other
      high-resolution driver, consider switching back to normal VGA.
      The same advice applies to using a 256-color driver instead of
      the 16-color variety.  For everyday wordprocessing, you might
      use ordinary 16-color VGA, reserving the more colorful
      displays for desktop publishing and other apps that can really
      benefit from additional colors.

 9.   SMARTDRIVE.SYS will by default use 1024 or 2048 for the
      maximum cache size which can slow you down on a machine with
      only 2 or 4M of RAM.  The reason is that even though the disk
      cache is larger, it can force more disk activity by reducing
      the amount of RAM available for WINDOWS and its applications.

 Optimizing Windows (Speed)

 More RAM usually means More Speed:
 The most valuable resource running under the Windows environment is
 RAM. Whether you have an 80286, 80386 or a 80486 based machine the
 best way to increase your overall speed and performance is to add
 more RAM.  With an 8088 or 8086 based CPU, adding RAM will help to
 some extent but you will always be limited to running in Real mode
 (remember, WPWin requires 2M of RAM (4M recommended) and you must
 be able to run in either Standard mode or 386 Enhanced mode.)

 Set up a Disk Cache:

 Adding more RAM helps the speed of Windows (and thus WPWin 1.0),
 but only if you use it properly. The best use of your extra RAM
 would be to set up the right-sized disk cache. Windows comes with
 a disk caching device driver called: Smartdrive (SMARTDRV.SYS), but
 Windows usually sets it up in a way that is a compromise to most
 users. The size of your cache should be as big as you can make it,
 without eating into the memory requirements of Windows or WPWin.
 The recommended size is to allot no more than one-third of your
 memory as cache, but maintain a minimum of 1.5MB for Windows and
 WpWin (e.g., on a 4M CPU, the CONFIG.SYS file should read:
 DEVICE=SMARTDRV.SYS 1536 512.  This means that the cache will be no
 bigger that 1536K and no smaller than 512K). These numbers will
 work well for word processing and simple desktop publishing.
 Although Smartdrive doesn't offer the level of control of some
 caching programs like Super PC-Kwik) it's better than nothing.

 Fast Hard drive - More Speed:

 Along with lots of memory, Windows and WPWin (as well as any
 program) like fast hard drives. When you move from a typical 28 to
 40 ms AT-class drive to a 23ms or faster drive, you will increase
 your speed by at least 15 percent!

 Faster Video:

 Computers, operating systems and programs are only as fast as their
 slowest link, a slow 8-bit EGA board, although sufficient to run
 Windows and WPWin, can slow your entire system down to a crawl. The
 ideal video system would be a 16-bit VGA adapter with built in
 video RAM (again the more the better). Replacing an old VGA or EGA
 adapter with a new VGA 512K video RAM cache will improve speed by
 15 percent or more.

 Simple Wallpaper:

 Although wallpaper can be exciting it takes up RAM, and as we
 discussed above, RAM means speed.

 Disk Housekeeping:

 Windows and WPWin both create dozens of temporary files to swap
 information to and from. If Windows or WPWin do not have a lot of
 contiguous free disk space to work with, they won't run as fast.
 Run a disk reorganizer periodically, even if it does not look like
 you have any fragmented files. The idea being that you want to keep
 large, contiguous areas of hard disk space free.


 Sources of Information

 1. Microsoft Windows User's Guide. Microsoft Corporation,
 2. Microsoft Windows Resource Kit. Microsoft Corporation, 1990.
 3. Microsoft  MS-DOS Version 5.0 User's Guide and Reference,
    Microsoft Corporation 1991.

 If WPWin is not running optimally, have them try the following
           1.   Decrease the number of Windows applications which
                are running before launching WPWin.

           2.   Increase the file handles in the CONFIG.SYS file.
                For example, if the command reads FILES=20, change
                it to read FILES=30 (Microsoft recommends at least
                30 file handles be allocated.  Remember to reboot
                after making these changes.)

           3.   Decrease the SMARTDrive command values in the
                CONFIG.SYS file.  For example, if the command reads
                DEVICE=SMARTDRV.SYS 2048 1024, change it to read
                256 128.  For more information on using SMARTDrive,
                see Using SMARTDrive under Optimizing Windows
                (Chapter 13) in the Microsoft Windows User's Guide.

           4.   If the customer is using a program which condenses
                data as it is stored on the hard drive (e.g.,
                Stacker, DRDOS Superstore), redirect the temporary
                files to a hard drive where information is not
                automatically condensed.  (Note:  this does not
                apply to data compression performed by hardware such
                as "RLL" drive controllers.)

           5.   Minimize program groups so there are fewer icons.

           6.   Disable the Ruler, Button Bar, and Vertical and
                Horizontal Scroll Bars as defaults for starting the


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                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

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                            for ALL GEnie users!

                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                             Randy Noak, Editor

      By the time you read this, it should be all over. All over except
 the fighting over toys, the first broken toy, wrapping paper all over the
 place, relatives traipsing in and out, and Uncle Joe passed out on the
 couch. I hope you all had a happy Holiday. Because of the Holidays, this
 week and next's Mac Report will be a little bit shorter than usual.

      I was hoping to be able to announce that the long awaited Mac front
 end for GEnie was available, but now it appears that the release date has
 been pushed back until sometime in January. To those that immediately
 ask, "January of what year?" I say, "Why 1994, of course (I hope)"

      Mac Report is looking for software reviewers. If you think you've
 got the "right stuff", send Email to one of the addresses at the end of
 this column. The pay is lousy, but you do get to keep the software! When
 you write, please tell me a little about yourself, your interests, etc..
 Age is no barrier as long as you are able to write a coherent sentence or
 two, so apply today!

      For your info, STReport is available, in SIT format on the following

 America Online: Mac Games Forum (New Uploads)
 CompuServe: Mac Community Club Forum (News & Reviews library)
 GEnie: GE-MUG RoundTable (library 3)

      Of course, STReport is also available in ASCII and/or ZIP format on,
 not only these services, but also on Delphi, the Internet, FidoNet, etc..
 We also have our own folder in the Mac Games Forum on AOL. It's nested
 deep, but your persistence will be rewarded. Please feel free to leave
 your questions and comments. I check in every day, so you can expect a
 quick reply.

      e.World? The information highway is starting to get crowded. Apple
 and AT&T have announced e.World, a new on-line service. e.World will
 debut in April and will target the consumer market. e.World will not be
 limited to those that own personal computers. Interactive television,
 Personal Digital Assistants, and screen-based telephones will also be
 supported. e.World will supposedly be less expensive than AppleLink, but
 we'll have to wait until MacWorld Expo to find out the juicy details. One
 thing I can guarantee. STReport will be available on e.World as soon as



                              HOLIDAY LEMMINGS

 An STReport Review

 by Jeff Coe

 The original game of  Lemmings  appeared several years ago on various
 different computer platforms, and finally made it to the Macintosh last
 year. It was and still is one of the most original games ever programmed
 for any system. The combination or great graphics and sound, along with
 challenging game play made it one of those games where you just had to
 try that last level again. The fact that you really never HAD to stop or
 start over made it a great game for those of us whose reflexes aren t
 quite what they once were.

 For those of you that have never seen or player the original, I ll give a
 brief overview of the game. The basic concept is that a whole bunch of
 these little Lemming critters get dumped out of a chute somewhere, and
 your job is to safely guide them to an exit at some other location.
 Unfortunately, Lemmings are about as simple minded a species as ever
 walked the earth, so they have the bad habit of walking off cliffs and
 falling into bottomless pits, into the ocean, or just splatting on the
 ground below. While you, as a sort of savior for this race of fools,
 can t actually change the landscape for them, you do have the power to
 endow certain abilities on individual Lemmings, and hopefully, enable
 them to lead the others to safety. These abilities include digging holes
 (either straight down, sideways or down at an angle), building ramps,
 climbing walls, floating down instead of falling, blocking (which is very
 handy in keeping the herd from going over the edge, literally!), and the
 ever popular ability to turn oneself into a human (or Lemming)  time
 bomb.  Every level consists of several connected screens with several
 different obstacles to overcome. You usually have to use a variety of
 abilities on each level in order to successfully guide the Lemmings to
 safety. For example, you might need to have one Lemming dig a tunnel
 through a large rock, while another Lemming blocks the path in the other
 direction to keep the herd from jumping into a lava pit. After you get
 them through the rock, you might need a builder to construct a series of
 ramps over some chasm. I hope you get the idea.

 What makes it harder still, is that you don t always have all of the
 different abilities to work with. On some levels you may only have
 builders or diggers. On some you may have all the different types, but
 only in limited numbers. For example, the obvious solution to a
 particular puzzle might be to make all your Lemmings float down to a
 lower platform, but you only get one floater! You would need to make the
 one Lemming float down, and once there, turn him around to build a ramp
 up for the others to use. At the same time you need to make sure you
 don t loose any off the edge above before your bridge is completed.
 Fortunately you can usually spare a few critters, as you only need to
 save a given percentage of Lemming to progress to the next level,
 however, this percentage changes for each one, as does the number of
 Lemmings you have to work with (anywhere from ten to a hundred). If you
 know you can t possibly make it on a given puzzle, you have the magic
 nuke button which totally wipes out all remaining Lemmings by turning
 them into bombs. This self destruct feature is great fun to watch, as
 well as being a terrific tension reliever.

 After successfully completing a level, you get a password for the next
 level, so you don t have to go back and redo the ones you ve already
 mastered. Additionally, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article,
 you have an infinite number of tries to get through this game. You re
 never bumped back to the beginning, at least until you want to be.

      The original  Lemmings  featured 120 different levels to master, and
 ranged in difficulty from total no-brainers at the beginning, up to the
 totally impossible (at least to me) levels. Shortly thereafter, a disk
 full of 100 additional levels was released under the title  Oh No!!  More
 Lemmings . This was basically the same game in every way, except the
 level puzzles were different. The graphics and sound were unchanged.
 Recently,  Holiday Lemmings 1993   appeared in the stores without much
 fanfare. It s a limited addition Christmas version just perfect for a
 stocking stuffer!  It only features 32 levels of play, but the holiday
 theme makes it perfect for this time of year. All the landscapes are ice
 and snow covered, with Christmas lights and bouncing snowmen everywhere.
 Instead of the temple-like exits found in the original two games, your
 exit here is a cute little snow cottage with ginger bread and candy cane
 decorations. While the original musical score was good, this version
 treats you to seasonal favorites like Frosty The Snowman, Jingle Bells,
 and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer! And just in case you tire of the
 music, it can be toggled off and on at will, independently of the other
 sound affects (which are very funny, featuring digitized voices for the

 System Requirements:  The instructions say you need a Hard Disk to play
 the game, but you really only need it to uncompress the game file that
 comes on the installation disk. Once it s installed, you can easily fit
 everything on a floppy and it runs just fine from there. If your HD is as
 crowded as mine, every little bit of space saved is a major plus! Also,
 the package says you have to have a color display, but the files for
 running on a monochrome system are included too. If you use System 6.0.5,
 you ll need to have 32-bit Quickdraw installed and at least 2 mb or RAM.
 System 7 and above requires a 4mb computer. Color support is for 256
 colors minimum.

  Holiday Lemmings 1993  is published by PSYGNOSIS, 675 Massachusetts
 Ave., Cambridge, MA  02139.  They can be reached by phone at  1-800-438-
 7794.  I paid about $16 for my copy at a local software store, and I ve
 seen it priced the same in mail order ads. Since you probably won t see
 this review until after Christmas, you may find it at give-away prices
 after the first of the year. After all, it is a special holiday offering.
 In fact, one local store already had the PC version marked down this
 week. For less than $15 , you really couldn't go wrong!

      That's it for this week. Drive safely this New Years Eve!  As
 always, please feel free to send  your comments or questions to me at:

                         America OnLine: STReportRN
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 > CHRISTMAS! STR FOCUS   .......A familiar tale, with a new twist!

                         THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

        'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ship
               Not a circuit was buzzing, not one microchip;
               The phasers were hung in the armory securely,
              In hopes that no aliens would get up that early.
              The crewmen were nestled all snug in their bunks
               (Except for the few who were partying drunks);
             And Picard in his nightshirt and Bev in her lace,
              Had just settled down for a neat face-to-face...
              When out in the halls there arose such a racket,
         That we leapt from our beds, pulling on pants and jacket.

                 Away to the lifts we all shot like a gun,
             Leapt into the cars and yelled loudly, "Deck One!"
        The bridge Red-Alert lights, which flashed through the din,
                 Gave a lustre of Hades to objects within.
           When, what, on the viewscreen, should our eyes behold,
          But a weird kind of sleigh, and some guy who looked old.
             But the glint in his eyes was so strange and askew
                  That we knew in a moment it had to be Q.

               His sleigh grew much larger as closer he came.
           Then he zapped on the bridge and addressed us by name:
              "It's Riker! It's Data! It's Worf and Jean-Luc!
                It's Geordi! And Wesley, the genetic fluke!
             To the top of the bridge, to the top of the hall!
                Now float away! Float away! Float away all!"
            As leaves in the autumn are whisked off the street,
            So the floor of the bridge came away from our feet,
                And up to the ceiling our bodies they flew,
          As the captain called out, "What the hell is this, Q?!"
             The prankster just laughed and expanded his grin,
               And, snapping his fingers, he vanished again.

             As we took in our plight and were looking around,
            The spell was removed, and we crashed to the ground.
              Then Q, dressed in fur from his head to his toe,
                 Appeared once again, to continue the show.
                    "That's enough!" cried the captain,
                        "You'll stop this at once!"

              And Riker said, "Worf! Take aim at this dunce!"
                "I'm deeply offended, Jean-Luc," replied Q,
               "I just want to celebrate Christmas with you."
           As we scoffed at his words, he produced a large sack.
              He dumped out the contents and took a step back.
         "I've brought gifts," he said, "just to show I'm sincere.
              There's something delightful for everyone here."
                 He sat on the floor and dug into his pile,
             And handed out gifts with his most charming smile:
             "For Counsellor Troi, there's no need to explain.
                 Here's Tylenol-Beta for all of your pain.
          For Worf I've some mints as his breath's not too great,
                And for Geordi LaForge, an inflatable date.
               For Wesley, some hormones, and Clearasil-Plus;
                 For Data, a joke book; for Riker, a truss.
                For Beverly Crusher, there's sleek lingerie,
         And for Jean-Luc, the thrill of just seeing her that way."
           Then he sprang to his feet with that grin on his face
              And, clapping his hands, disappeared into space.
            But we heard him exclaim as he dwindled from sight,
            "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!"

          Based on "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore
                Adaptation Copyright 1990, Eric R. Rountree


                WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (December 24)

 Please join us in welcoming PMC to the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN)!
 Message Section 15 and Library 15 are now available for PMC-related
 messages and files.  You can address messages to Oscar Steele

 The following initial files are available in LIBRARY 15:

   GML8_P.TXT - Gemulator 3.0 information and special
   GBNCH3.ZIP - Gembench 3.25 benchmarking for ST/Gemulator users
   COMPUB.ZIP - Catalog of over 3000 books at 50% + discount!
   CB_REA.TXT - Ordering information for used book catalog.

 Download the following files from LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Productivity

  RN161P.LZH - Runner 1.61 Alternate Desktop
  RN161N.LZH - New features and overview of Runner 1.61
  RN161D.LZH - Docs for Runner 1.61(RUNR161P.LZH)
  RN161B.LZH - Background pics for Runner 1.61

 This is the newest release of Runner (1.61) by Dave Thorson!  Organize
 programs into easy-to-use menus, assign them to QuickKeys for fast
 access. Use any PI1,.PI2,.PI3,.PC1,.PC2,.PC3 pic as a background pic.
 You can also run programs and view text files from the file selector, for
 those that you don't place in menus.  Built-in text file viewer lets you
 search and move forward/backward and print screens as text.  LOTS of
 other features!

 Download file TOOL.LZH from LIBRARY 14 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for a replacement of version 1.0 of cadtool. This program
 provides a nicer user interface, somewhat faster operation and a few bugs
 were found and squashed.  Cadtool V1.1 offers 3D2 object modification
 similar to the object functions found in CAD3D but it is faster and
 completes the operations correctly.

 Also download LANDMN.ZIP from LIBRARY 2 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for a simple but habit-forming game, similar to the
 Minesweeper game that comes with  Windows. Find out where the mines are
 buried... carefully! Shareware, from the PTAUG Nov. 1993 disk. High rez
 or low rez, source code included.


                          ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                           Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Christmas Eve!!  If you concentrate hard enough, you may hear that
 distinctive sound of jingling bells, the muffled sound of tiny hooves,
 and perhaps an occasional "Ho Ho Ho!" somewhere above you.  'Tis that
 time of year, once again.  I'd like to extend to all of our readers the
 very best of holiday cheer.  I hope that you all have a very enjoyable
 holiday weekend among friends and family.

      At this time of year, I thought it appropriate to get away from my
 usual routine.  Forget about the Jaguar for a moment; you'll either
 have one already, one's sitting under your Christmas tree, or you'll

 have a promise of one after New Years.  Forget about Atari Corporation
 for a moment; they'll still be there after tomorrow.  I'd like to,
 instead, talk about something that I alluded to last week.

      As my Christian friends keep telling me whenever we discuss
 religion and Christmas, their belief is that the true spirit of
 Christmas is giving of oneself.  Perhaps it takes a holiday of this
 "magnitude" to really realize this; and I'm not certain that the
 feeling should be limited to a holiday's "significance."

      But I would like to discuss "giving of one's self" as it pertains
 to what I consider an integral part of the Atari computing experience:
 the online community.  As an online magazine, STReport depends on the
 online services for information as well as a distribution point.

      As a regular user of multiple online services, including private
 bulletin board systems, for almost 7 years now, I can personally claim
 that without the diligence of the people running these services we'd be
 seriously lacking for information of all types.  When I say online
 services, I'm primarily concerned with the various Atari-related areas
 but the appreciation goes to various other areas of activity that each
 of us has the occasion to utilize, dependant on whatever other
 interests we might have.  And, once we get to each of those areas,
 especially the Atari arenas, there are small groups of individuals that
 make our online experience a fruitful and enjoyable one.  Of course,
 I'm talking about the SysOps who either run these areas, or assist
 those who are in charge.

      A few weeks ago, I sent out some "feeler" E-Mail to the various
 SysOps on Delphi, Compuserve, and Genie.  I let each of these people
 know what I had planned; and whether or not they'd be interested in
 helping me gather some pertinent information about each of the people
 involved in each Atari area.  Knowing that doing individual interviews
 with each person would take up a lot of time, I asked those involved to
 jot down some bits and pieces about themselves, their computing and
 online activities, etc.  I was then going to throw all that information
 into a huge pile and sort it all through and organize it.  The
 response, from Delphi and Compuserve was very positive and forthcoming.

      In all the years that I've been online, there's really been little
 said about the people, I mean ALL of the people, involved with the
 Atari online service community.  Sure, there has been a little here and
 there, but nothing to the degree that I feel is warranted.  These
 people, without exception, take a great deal of time and effort to be
 online regularly (almost all of them on a daily basis) and help users
 out in a variety of ways.

      These online staffers are more than just systems managers and
 operators making sure that uploads are non-commercial and working.
 They're more than "guardians" against obscene messages and illegal
 activities.  These people are advisers, technical assistants, fact
 finders, software guides, and much much more.  Not only do they assist
 whenever they can, but if they cannot, they readily refer you to the
 people who can.  What's really great is the fact that these people are
 just like you and I, Atari users.  These people are real, and not your
 stereotypical stuffed-shirt corporate type.  Most of the people
 involved are volunteers with little more than a huge interest in Atari
 computing and free access to their respective systems as incentives.
 Most importantly, they're devoted to the online experience and the
 desire to help their fellow Atarian.

      This, my friends, makes these people extremely special to all who
 use these services.  This is what compels me to give back a little of
 what they all have given me over the years: appreciation that's long

      Starting next week, we'll take a look at the folks who help make
 Delphi's Atari Advantage so enjoyable.  The following week,
 (hopefully!), we'll concentrate on Compuserve's Atari Forums.

      I'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank Delphi's
 Clay Walnum and Compuserve's Ron Luks for their cooperation in making
 this endeavor easier to accomplish.  What really pleased me with their
 responses was the way in which they both saw this as also a way for
 them to show their appreciation of their individual staffs who help
 make their lives, and ours, easier.

      So please join us next week and subsequent weeks to learn about
 our online support teams.  Like me, I'm sure you'll enjoy learning a
 little more about these special people!

      Since this is a holiday weekend and you don't want to get caught
 by that bearded old man in the red suit, we'll cut this much shorter
 than usual.  Let me just take this quick opportunity to wish my good
 friends at STReport a special holiday greeting!!  Ralph, Lloyd, Joe,
 Doyle, John, Randy, and everyone else - Happy Holidays!!!!!!!
 To all of you who continue to read STReport faithfully and help make
 this all worthwhile - a most joyous and Merry Christmas and Seasons

                                         Until next time.....


 News Flash:

                           *** December 20 ***

  We've completed the initial reorganization of the 8 Bit Libraries.
 Library 8 [Last Chance} is now open. It contains the files that are
 slated for deletion due to low activity levels.

  IMPORTANT: please see Message Number 29447 [below] for more info.

    As part of our forum reorganization, we've renamed the available
 message sections and the sysops have moved all the existing message
 threads to their new locations.

    You will note that there are some section numbers that are
 unavailable to you or named "TBA" (to be announced). We're still working
 on some of these.  Work has not yet begun on the libraries but expect
 this to start in the next few days.

     The message section description files will be updated over the
 weekend but you can view a list of section names with the NAMES command.

    Auto-navigator users should reset their programs to reflect the new
 section names and numbers.

     Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this
 reconstruction period.

     Sysop*Ron Luks

 #: 29447 S1/Forum Business
     20-Dec-93  02:47:27
 Sb: 8 Bit Library update
 Fm: SYSOP*don lebow 76704,41
 To: All

  As noted in the News Flash, we've finished up the initial reorganization
 of the 8 bit libs. If you haven't already, please make a note of the
 new library assignments:

   LIB       Name
   ===       ====
   4         Sound & Graphics
   5         Productivity/Telecom
   6         Utilities/Programming
   7         Games
   8         Last Chance

  I'll pull catalogs when I get a chance, but if you'd like you can do
 it yourself easily via the command LIST *.*. It's a good idea to issue

  SET WID 80

 command first, so that the resulting list will be formatted with a
 single line per file in 80 columns. That makes it easy to transfer to
 a printer.

    The Last Chance library is what was discussed on the message board
 over the last couple of weeks ... a last chance to get copies of files
 that are scheduled to be deleted due to lack of activity. Unfortunately
 there are a lot of them (almost 1900).

    So here's the Personal Note.  There've been some hurt feelings and
 shouts of outrage about all this, some of which you've seen here, some
 of which I've received via private mail.  For that, I'm sorry. But the
 bottom line is that we're stuck between the proverbial rock and hard
 place.  The level of 8 bit activity is low.  And this is a commercial
 service ... in order to maintain the kind of support we want, we need
 to justify the resources that CompuServe is dedicating to us.  And one
 of the hard and fast, no excuses allowed, rules is that files that
 haven't been accessed within the last 6 months must be deleted.

    Normally that's exactly what's done. The files are gone, with no
 recourse.  We've gone to a lot of extra work to at least give our
 loyal members one more crack at them. It's somewhat unprecedented ...
 as far as I know no other forum has tried doing something like this
 on such a large scale.  And if I may say so, it was a bear. There's no
 automated way to do it ... we had to go in and check each file
 individually, by hand, moving them as appropriate. But we did it, and 
 the results are available for your perusal.

    OK. There _are_ some files in LIB 8 that we don't want to lose. And
 some that might surprise you (I even had to put most of my _own_ programs
 in there!) But given that all haven't been accessed in more than a year
 (for some the last access date was as much as 3 or 4 years ago!), then
 it would seem that they're not really matching what folks are looking for
 *now*. And that's what the libs are for.

    The files currently in LIB 8 will remain there thru January. After
 that most will be deleted. Then we'll repeat the process ... we loosened
 the activity criteria quite a bit for this first pass, so there's more
 to be done.

    But. The end result should be a better, more useful, resource. We
 hope to see more new uploads, reflecting what's going on in the 8 bit
 world now, rather than what was happening in 1987. It's time for
 8 bitters to look forward, not back.  There's some great stuff out there.
 Let us see it.

    Thanks, once again, for your support. This is tough ... but we'll
 get through it. I'm proud to be associated with you folks...



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 At Higher resolutions running in Interlaced is more recommended, the
 values in brackets ( ) are Interlaced values (however configurable
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 You can go as high as you like, however with a certain loss of quality,
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 in True Color with a 92 Interlaced Clock

 Price: 99.95 U$D

                           TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (12/22/93)

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       (2) ACCTRIS                     (7) DOGFIGHT 'DEMO'
       (3) STORM PATCH 1.01>1.02       (8) IDEALIST 3.4
       (4) BLITZSCHNELL 1.47           (9) WORLD CONQUEST V.0.7B

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           Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database.

 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                            The Old Fishin' Hole

  -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth

     Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas to everyone out there in Atari-land! As
 you read this Santa should be approaching some of the big cities to
 distribute presents (he always delivers the big city toys first) and
 spread holiday cheer. This Christmas Santa promised me a Jaguar, but
 one of the elves at the North Pole called me up today to say it would
 be a few days late (but he did promise by New Years Day). So while I
 wait for the cat to spring out of Santa's bag, I decided to search
 the nets and find a game that might provide me with a few hours worth
 of entertainment. As it turns out, I _did_ find an interesting new
 game, very much like the classic commercial game "Empire".

     "World Conquest" by Alois Felber of Switzerland is a strategy war
 game which pits up to four players, either human or computer
 controlled, against each other in a mission of world domination. Game
 play is almost exactly like "Empire", each player starts out with one
 city which is assigned a type of military unit to produce (such as
 tanks, submarines, anti-aircraft guns, etc.). As units are readied
 for battle, players may then move them to gain control of other
 cities. Unlike "Empire" which will produce a unit until captured by
 another player, "World Conquest" cities rely on raw materials to
 build units. Players start with 20 units of each raw material (oil,
 rubber and metal) but must capture more resource sites in order to
 continue production, and ultimately world domination.

     Players move units in turn by selecting an adjacent square on the
 map grid, or by selecting a target square for the unit to move
 automatically. It would be easier if the author had included the
 option of using the keypad to move units since that method is
 preferred by the most discriminating of strategy game players.
 Players may also put units to sleep if they simply want them to wait
 in a certain square and do not want to be bothered with the move prompt
 each turn. This leads me to the most annoying bug in the game.
 If a player has put some units to sleep, and the computer destroys
 all of his or her cities and regular units, the human players will
 never get another turn. The game should ask the human at the end of
 each turn (like "Empire") if they are finished, this would give the
 player a chance to wake units again.

     Some units in "World Conquest" have special weapon abilities.
 Bombers, anti-aircraft, artillery, and battleships may unleash special
 weapons which fire upon more than one square at once. Air and sea units
 may also use sonar or radar (depending on the type) to seek out enemy
 forces. Units may also be scrapped (if they are stuck on an island or
 deemed no longer useful) and some of the raw materials recycled to be
 used for new production.  Probably the best feature of the game is
 the ability to link with another computer. The program offers two
 methods to hook up, either by modem connection or by a direct RS-232
 datalink. The author says that there are still some problems which
 need to be fixed in the direct link mode, but if you have two computers
 already set up it might be worth a try or two. If anyone wants to try
 to play the game through Delphi drop me a note. I haven't tested either
 of the linked play modes, so I can't say precisely how well they work,
 if at all.

     "World Conquest" will work on all Atari TOS computers in any
 resolution capable of 16 colors. There is also a black and white
 option to allow those who have B/W multisyncs to play as well. I
 personally tested the game in ST low and Falcon 16 color high
 resolution modes and it worked well in both, although more of the map
 could be seen on the Falcon mode simply because of the better
 resolution available (although icons were _much_ smaller and extended
 play could have made me cross-eyed). If you were a fan on "Empire"
 and have come to the same conclusion as I that we will never see
 "Empire Deluxe" for our system, I suggest you download "World
 Conquest". This version (0.7a) is still a beta version, but the
 author needs input in order to see if he should continue with the
 project. Users who send Alois Felber a monetary donation will be
 thanked with a disk full of goodies including a world editor.

     Well, thats all the room I have for this week. Hopefully, the new
 year will bring hundreds of great PD/Shareware programs for all of us
 to enjoy. Don't forget to register those programs you use often, I
 for one just sent out two registrations this week. Have a happy and
 safe holiday y'all! Send comment or suggestion to

  |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
  |   World Conquest v.0.7a                                        |
  |      Delphi: read WORLD CONQUEST                               |
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  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.



 > 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, its the week before
Christmas, and all through the house... oh heck, I'm terrible at making
this stuff up on-the-fly.  At any rate, I'd like to wish everyone a safe
and happy holiday season.

  Some of you may remember that last year I wrote a short column called
"Yes Samantha, there is a Santa Claus... he just won't be bringing
Falcons this year".  It was about my niece who asked me what I wanted
for Christmas.  I then had to explain that Falcons were not available
yet.  Sammy seems to have gotten past the "Unka Joe?  What do you want
Santa to bring you?" stage, and is now quite content to shepherd her
younger cousins into the wonderful world of getting the most out of
Santa Claus.  But not to worry, I have several more nieces and nephews
which, I'm sure, will provide me with dialogue for several more years.
As it turns out, this year I'd be able to tell Samantha that there are
Falcons available.  There is also the LYNX, Atari's superior hand-held
video game machine and, if you happen to live in either New York or San
Francisco, the Jaguar (hey Myles, that would make a wonderful present
for your favorite columnist, wouldn't it? ;-)

  Also of note is the new production run of TT030s.  Let's just hope
that there are a few left over after the Jaguar developers get theirs.
At first glance, it would seem that the re-emergence of the TT proves
that Atari has not forsaken their loyal computer users.  That is, of
course, until you take into account that the TT is needed for
game-makers to produce products for Atari's video game sensation, the
Jaguar.  Well, as my old-maid aunt used to say: "Never bite a gift-horse
on the neck"... of course, she only used to say that after several
glasses of egg nog, so I'm not too sure of what it really means.

  Okay, okay, I know that I'm rambling.  So let's get on with listening
to the folks who frequent CompuServe...

>From the Atari Productivity Forum

CompuServe regular, Dazzz Smith, posts:

"Just a quick note to say i'm back on-line properly now after a 2 week
hiatus where I didnt have time to re-configure QuickCIS, so I was only
replying to personal messages. I hope someone missed me?  :-)

And while I'm here may I take this opportunity to wish the members of
the Atari Fora a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year."

Sysop Bob Retelle replies with holiday cheer... and a bit of humor:

"Happy Holidays to you, and yours too...

(Did you say you'd been gone...?     :)"

John Devlin joins in the fun and posts:

Dazzz?!?  Do we know of such a chap ??

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you too Dazzz and all the
Ataripro forum."

Sysop Dan Rhea wishes Dazzz well:

"Same to you Dazzz, may Father Christmas gift you with a Jaguar (the
kind without wheels, or fur <g>), and a happy New Year too!"

Dazzz replies to Dan:

"Get a Jaguar? Nah.

It might keep me away from my beloved modem.  :-)"

Dan replies:

"Ack! That's true! If we did that, the balance of trade between the US
and the U.K. would collapase in ruins. :)

Seriously tho, It is good to have you and your sense of humor back

Jon Sanford jumps in and adds his thoughts:

"Now that you mentioned it has been real quiet around here.  I was
beginning to think the possibility of Sam Trammel lurking shut a lot
of people up.<B{)-"

Ian Fleming asks John at Missionware Software about Flash II:

"Is it possible for to purchase Flash 2.2 via CompuServe?"

John tells Ian:

"It sure is!  We can take either MasterCard or Visa when ordering
Flash II online.  Orders and confirmations are handled through email."

Jay Craswell, a long-time developer for, and user of, Atari computers
asks about Flash II:

"Does Flash II work with things like ISAC/AlberTT and Moniterm screens?"

Boris Molodyi jumps in and tells Jay:

"I'm not sure about ISAC/AlberTT, but Flash II definitely does work on
Crazy Dots II card. There are some minor problems in the Terminal mode
with the cursor, but it is quite usable."

John at Missionware tells Jay:

"Flash II works with the Moniterm (at least that's what I've been
told) but none of our beta testers have access to an ISAC/AlberTT
board.  I don't know if it works on that or not.  Theoretically, Flash
II should work in any resolution since it checks to see what the
resolution is at startup and sizes all of its screens to match that

Eric Greenspoon posts:

"I was using a Maxtor 340M SCSI with my Atari STe for over a year and
then moved the SCSI to my 386 AT computer. After thinking about it, I
decided to move the SCSI back to my Atari.

I'm using the AdSCSI Plus ST host adapter. The drive was last
formatted as an MSDOS drive. Now when I try to format it with
ICDFORMAT.PRG I get the following messages:

 Scanning for SCSI Devices
 No SCSI Devices found!
 Make sure your hard drives are connected and running

However, when I run IDCHECK.PRG, I get the following:
 SCSI ID        Device
   0:           Maxtor LXT-340S
   6            ICD Real Time CLock

Can anyone tell me how to get the drive running properly again?"

Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine asks Eric:

"Is your hard drive properly terminated (SCSI wise)?"

Eric tells Albert:

"As far as I can tell, the drive seems to be properly terminated.
There are two ports on the SCSI card to plug into from the Atari. No
labels on the exterior of the drive case, but on the SCSI card one
says IN the other OUT. I've tried plugging into both, (wouldn't IN be
correct?).  The drive has tape covering a connector, but I believe it
was always covered up. Besides, the SCSI connector cable fits the
drive's end connector perfectly as well as the SCSI card's connector...

In a matter of seconds, things have gone from bad to worse. And
tomorrow when I call Maxtor, it could turn into a nightmare. As I was
taking out the drive to inspect it once again, I noticed that one of
the four screws from the support brackets had gone too far and
actually cut its way into the circuit board on the drive. I tried very
carefully to see if it had loosened any components and sure enough it
had. A square coil no bigger than 2 square mm's has come loose,
actually broken off now.

Whether or not this was the problem, I don't know. What I do know is
that it will almost certainly have to be repaired (ie. sent to
Maxtor).  The worst part is that after they fix that part, there's no
guarantee that the drive will work with the host card and I could
still be back at square one."

Sysop Bob Retelle looks on the bright side:

"On the other hand, Eric... that hardware problem with the drive
really COULD be the reason why the Atari couldn't find the drive (the
only real change was physically moving it to the IBM and back again,
so it was most likely something involved in that move.. like the
mounting screw).

It's really pretty lucky that you noticed that now, instead of
spending the next month chasing it with software.. and THEN having to
send the drive back..

Let us know how it turns out..!"

Meanwhile, John Devlin asks:

"Can anyone tell me if its possible to connect a CD rom unit to a STE
which has a SCSI interface ??

If so what is the likely cost ?? I have been playing with a friends
CD Rom and I have hooked..

I am about to get hold of a XT PC for file transfer between my Psion
S3, but I was wondering if I go toa scsi CD Rom, could I use it on
both machines?"

Albert Dayes tells John:

"It should work without any problem.  Connecting the CD-ROM drive
works quite nicely.  You need to get an XFS driver that works in
conjunction with Multi-TOS.  Also Greg of Its All Relative should be
selling an Atari CD-ROM from Walnut Creek very soon.  They might have
some ideas on where you might be able to find additional drivers.

One of the better CD-ROM drives it the Toshiba 3401 (200ms, 330k/s,
SCSI-2 interface, multi-session and photo CD compatible)."

Sysop Dan Rhea asks a rhetorical question:

"If we drop Windows NT and OS/2 2.1  in a vacuum, which one will hit
the ground first? Well, lets check our benchmarks and find out..."

Sysop Bob Retelle teaches Dan not to ask rhetorical questions:

"Heh... well, since IBM re-wrote the DOS I/O services in 32bit code,
anything running under OS/2 should be a little faster there, but with
the overhead of the multi-threaded operating system, the improvement
is effectivelly nullified..

They'll probably hit the ground about the same time..."

Dan Rhea posts:

"One of our customers had to exchange a keyboard for one with a hard
plastic dust cover. It seems that thier cat has decided that the
keyboard is a wonderfull place to sleep. Since the keyboard is for a
BBS... well, you can imagine the trouble that the little sucker was
causing. They were ready to bring in the system till they caught her
napping that afternoon (oblivious to the buffer overrun beep droning
on and on). The new keyboard works great for them, and when the cover
is down, the cat slides off. There is a God! :)"

HAH! Take that, Garfield!
Kris Gasteiger tells Dan:

"I like it! the cat just slides off! Waif, (my problem cat) tends to be
'just passing through' on her way to the window sill, but she presses
keys in transit (and leaves drifts of cat hair). I realy should just
close the door to my room, but it gets so stuffy... I'll have to rig a
cover of some sort to protect those keys. Hmm..."

Dan tells Kris:

"I bet some spray lubricant on the window sill would help. Reminds me
of an old roommates cat. It was HUGE!. It constantly got itself up in
windowsills.  Within 5 minutes the cat would fall asleep and fall off.
The silly thing never did learn that it was "bigger" than other cats."

>From the Atari Vendors Forum

Murray Gordon asks:

"Does anyone know where I can get hold of an ATARI 1040 computer (with
or without monitor).  Are these still being manufactured or sold?  Any
help appreciated."

Brian Gockley of ST Informer tells Murray:

"Call Rising Star Computers at 800-252-2787."

Master Sysop Ron Luks adds:

"The 1040 has been out of production for awhile.  You may find a store
that still has one, or you'd be much more likely to find a used unit."

Dazzz Smith asks about macros in NeoDesk:

"I have a large number of Desktop Macro's set up under Neo 3.03 to run
various programs, each macro opens up a window and accesses the
necessary folder to run the program, after quitting the macro goes
back to the root and closes the window, or at least it should! On some
of them when the macro gets back to the root directory it puts up an
alert box which says

Unable to execute macro because the desktop has changed or something
along those lines.  Any idea why? There is room left for more macros
according to the Macro screen in the menu bar."

Rick Flashman at Gribnif Software tells Dazzz:

"I'm not really sure what would be causing that.  Guess I would have to
see the actual macro.  (Of course, all of this will change for NeoDesk
4...)  I will ask Dan about it and see if it rings any bells with him."

>From the Palmtop Forum

When someone posted this on the subject of "platform jumping":

"[I] left the MAC world...finally saw the light."

Sysop Marty Mankins posts:

"Hey, I use both and the light is on all the time. ;-)

Not one to let an opportunity go by , Sysop BJ Gleason posts:

"But I'm afraid that in your case the elevator doesn't go all the way

Bill Osburn joins in and adds:

"Yeah, and I hear his bulb is only half lit!"

Marty continues:

"When I use the PC, it's more like an escalator (sp?).  The Mac works
just like an elevator - automatic and gives me a break from walking
all over the place."

Although he is just a bit biased, Atari's Don Thomas posts:

"I think of the MAC as an elevator "shaft"! <grin>"

Marty tells Don:

"But, TOS looks like a Mac, In my opinion.

I will be an Atari ST owner soon (thanks to Juli Wade).  I have some
software for it already.  Hope to get some good use out of it.

But, I spend equal time between a Windows PC and a Mac.  I think
Windows is more of a shaft than a Mac.  As a DOS user for over 9
years, I like the Mac better.  Don't have to mess with or worry about
deleting a CONFIG.SYS file."

Don tells Marty:

"You know I value your opinion. I've used the ST series computer for
many years.  I suppose just like a NEXT or Apple or TI die-hard, I
wish the the ST became for of a mainstream computer than it did. When
you take a look at the architecture (keep in mind an ST is now dated),
I think you'll see what I mean... The ST features PC logic with MAC

I'll be interested to hear your review."

Marty tells Don:

"I needed a machine that we could let my daughter use when she gets a
bit older and didn't want to put her on a PC.  So the price of the ST
was right and it makes sense.

I'll be sure to post a review."

Russell Rosen asks Don Thomas about his Portfolio's "quirk":

"I'm new to Compuserve, so pardon me if I don't use the Forum properly.

I've had my Portfolio for almost four years now.  I've been impressed
with it and use it regularly.

I have a minor problem I need your advice on.

When I open the unit more that halfway (90 degrees +/-) the screen
shuts off.

What do you recommend?"

Don tells Russell:

"It sounds like the cable between the screen and the computer has been
worn through. The bad news is that those are not easily replaced. The
good news is that Atari does have an "out-of-warranty" procedure to
replace them for U.S.  and Canadian users.

Simply send the Portfolio to Atari with $110 (U.S. funds which
already includes return shipping and handling charges) and a
replacement is immediately shipped.

Send to:
Atari Computer Corp.
390 Caribbean Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94088"

  Well folks, that's about all for this week.  Actually, there was a lot
more material available, but I've got to go out and get some Christmas
shopping done...  Gee, it its not one kind of deadline, its another.

  Be sure to tune in again next week so that you can sit back, relax, be
among friends (heck, CompuServe is sort of a "virtual-reality friendly
get-together), and listen to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


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