ST Report: 2-Sep-94 #1036

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 09/10/94-10:35:38 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 2-Sep-94 #1036
Date: Sat Sep 10 10:35:38 1994

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

      The last big weekend of the summer.... I know I'll be BBQing and
 knocking down the suds.  How about you?  Hmm come to think of it, please
 don't drink and drive.  I hate the thought of one of my readers becoming a
 nasty statistic.  Have a great three day weekend.

      This week's issue is a bit different in that we are inagurating a new
 feature.  We'll be spotlighting notable, deserving sysops from the online
 services.  Those sysops who personify the golden "transparency" rule. 
 These fine people deserve our recognition.  So... at least once a month,
 we'll feature putting one of the sysops we all know under the spotlight. 
 If you have a suggestion, let us know.



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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #36
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                   ** 'Land Warrior' System Planned **

    Motorola's Government and Systems Technology Group (GSTG) says it has 
 been awarded a contract worth up to $44 million from the Department of 
 Defense to create the 21st Century Land Warrior Generation II Soldier 

    Motorola describes the Generation II Soldier as a "head-to-toe fighting
 system" with data, communication and protective equipment designed for
 ground forces. It will have night vision, "friend or foe" identification
 and enemy position knowledge, as well as many other capabilities 
 that are designed to give soldiers enhanced fighting and survival ability.

                   ** AT&T Drops Sega Modem Project **

    AT&T Corp.'s consumer products unit is backing away from a leap into 
 the video game market, cancelling a plan to offer computer modems that 
 simultaneously transmit voice and data for the Sega Enterprises Ltd Sega 
 Genesis video game platform.

    The unit also said it had no plans to build similar equipment for 3DO 
 Co.'s video game multiplayer system and that it remains committed to 
 providing consumers with products that allow them to use their tele-
 phones in new ways.

                    ** DEC Claims First in LAN Chip **

    Computer maker Digital Equipment Corp. says its Digital Semiconductor 
 unit is offering the world's first PCI (peripheral components inter
 connect) fast Ethernet local area network controller chip.
    Reports say that the chip is designed to link computers based on the 
 PCI bus to high-speed LANs.
                  ** WordPerfect Ships GroupWise 4.1 **

    Novell's WordPerfect subsidiary says its new GroupWise 4.1 software 
 will be available on retail shelves beginning next week.

    GroupWise 4.1, the upgrade to WordPerfect Office 4.0, is a network
 based messaging product. It combines electronic mail, personal calendar,
 group scheduling, task management, rules-based message management 
 and workflow routing into a single application.

    A GroupWise 4.1 Client/Administration Pack, which includes five 
 licenses, costs $695.
                  ** Aldus Ships First Kids' Program **

    Aldus Corp.'s Consumer Division is shipping its first children's 
 software title, Aldus Art Explorer.

    The Macintosh painting and drawing application is designed for kids 
 ages nine to 14. Based on the Aldus SuperPaint program, it provides a 
 new easy-to-use user interface and thousands of clip art images. The 
 software also includes special effects tools, fonts and sounds.

    The program is expected to have a street price of $49.95.
                  ** Sony Creating Online Stock Link **

    An online financial trading system to be used on personal communica-
 tors is the goal of a new venture announced by Sony Software Corp. and 
 PC Financial Network.

    The new system, will enable investors to place trades and receive 
 portfolio information on hand-held devices that combine cellular phones 
 with computer-like functions.
    The first communicators, under development by General Magic Inc., are 
 expected to reach consumers later this year. General Magic has signed 
 agreements with Sony, Motorola Inc. and other companies to produce the 

    Reports say the planned system will allow mobile retail investors to 
 place trades, receive execution reports and get real-time quotes, per-
 sonal portfolio information and individually tailored news and portfolio 

                    ** TI Offers New Color Notebook **

    Texas Instruments Inc. has rolled out its TravelMate 4000M/75 Dual 
 Scan Color as the newest entry in its TravelMate 4000M Series of 
 multimedia notebooks.
    The system, which will cost about $4,800, includes a 75MHz Intel 
 Corp. DX4 processor, a 9.5-inch dual scan display and a 455MB disk 
 drive. It also has built-in multimedia capabilities that include a 16-
 bit sound card and an internal speaker and microphone.
    The system is supposed to be available next month through the TI's 
 dealers and distributors network.

                   ** ALR First with 100MHz Pentiums **

    Advanced Logic Research Inc. says it's the first manufacturer to ship 
 100MHz Pentium-based servers.

    The company's new symmetrical multiprocessor file servers are the 
 Revolution MP and Revolution Q-SMP, which are capable of handling up to 
 two or four 100MHz Pentium processors, respectively.

    "ALR is accepting orders and shipping 100MHz ALR Pentium Revolution 
 file-servers. However, the gating factor for volume shipments will 
 depend on Intel's production ramp of 100MHz Pentium processors," says 
 Dave Kirkey, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at ALR.
                      ** Zeos Offers New Notebook **

    Zeos International Ltd. this week released the latest and faster of 
 its smaller systems, the Meridian 800C Color notebook.

    Incorporating many of the components of the Meridian 400C subnotebook 
 released earlier this month, the 800C includes a choice of 486SX-33, 
 486DX2-50 and DX4-100 Intel microprocessors and a backlit screen that is 
 10.3 inches on the diagonal with up to 256 colors.

    The 6.3-pound unit, which has a starting price of $2,295, also in-
 cludes high-speed local bus video for super-fast video performance and 
 comes with 4 or 8MB of memory user upgradable to 20MB and removable hard 
 drives from 175 to 350MB.

                   ** Ink Jet Printer Prices Falling **

    Observers watching the printer market say the prices are tumbling, 
 prompting consumer interst to shift especially to ink jet printers.
    "This is absolutely a price war (and) the only one who'll win is the 
 consumer," said Marco Boer, manager of printer research at International 
 Data Corp.  Competition in terms of both price and quality is stiff, he 
 added, making buying decisions all the more difficult.

    Canon Computer Systems Inc. is set to introduce a new ink jet printer 
 that will retail for less than $500, which is considered by analysts a 
 threshold for consumers.

    The new Canon BJC-4000 offers both high-resolution black-and- white 
 and color capabilities. It is priced at about the same level as Canon's 
 BJC-600 color printer, whose price tag was cut this month. Both printers 
 are part of Canon's Bubble Jet family.

    At Hewlett-Packard, manager Andy Tallian of HP's U.S. Deskjet market-
 ing declined to discuss whether the firm will take Canon's cue and cut 
 prices on its comparable DeskJet 560C model, but analysts say that they 
 expect the company, as well as other printer makers to follow suit 
 before long.
                   ** Samsung Develops 256-Meg DRAM **

    Samsung Electronics Co. says it has developed the world's first 256-
 megabit DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) chip, suited for use in the 
 main memory in computers and high-performance workstations.

    Samsung officials said it could be commercially producing the chip, 
 which can store data equivalent to the content of about 2,000 standard 
 newspaper pages, as early as 1997.
    The company, which accounts for about 10% of the world memory chip 
 market, says in a statement that development of the 256-megabit DRAM 
 will ensure Samsung remains an industry leader "at least until early in 
 the next century."

    Samsung Electronics, which developed a 64-megabit DRAM in August 
 1992, has exported about $2.5 billion worth of memory chips in the first 
 six months of this year.
                   ** Diamond Ships Multimedia Kits **

    Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc. has announced its first PC multimedia 
 upgrade kits.
    The Diamond Multimedia Kit 1000 and Diamond Multimedia Kit 5000 offer 
 30 software titles, double or quad-speed CD-ROM drives, a 16-bit sound 
 cards, speakers, headphones and a microphone.
    Each kit also provides simplified installation by incorporating an 
 instructional video, step-by-step installation photographs and automatic 
 setup software.
    The kits reference titles include Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia, 
 Family Doctor and PC Globe Maps 'n' Facts. Games such as Myst, Sim City 
 2000, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and Mega Race, are also 

    The kits include Diamond's 16-bit, FM synthesis, wave table-
 upgradeable stereo sound card and a pair of magnetically shielded 

    The Diamond Multimedia Kit 1000 costs $399; the Diamond Multimedia 
 Kit 5000 sells for $599.
                       ** VirusScan 2.1 Released **
    McAfee Associates has introduced VirusScan 2.1, an upgrade of its 
 famed anti-virus software for network workstations and stand-alone 
    In a statement McAfee says the $129.99 software now features its 
 first fully integrated Windows interface.
    "The new interface design insulates novice users from the previous 
 version's command line interface, simplifying commands and reducing 
 keystrokes," the statement says. "For VirusScan power users who still 
 prefer to work from the command line, McAfee has added 15 new and 
 improved command line options, bringing the total number of options up 
 to 31."
    McAfee also says VirusScan now holds a 67 percent marketshare.
                ** Study Shows Fewer PCs in U.S. Homes **

    The number of personal computers in U.S. households may be much lower 
 than previously thought, according to the largest, independent study of 
 PC market penetration.

    Odyssey Homefront, a market research firm, said only 27% of U.S. 
 homes have a PC, not the 33 to 34% others have estimated. "And that 
 includes both Commodore 64s in the closet and the latest in multimedia 
 Macs," said Nick Donatiello, president of Odyssey
    The definitive survey was based on a random-digit-dial, computer-
 generated sample of 1,500 consumers that closely matches the U.S. 
    "Perhaps most important, consumer indications of purchasing plans 
 reveal that it is unlikely that market penetration will break 30% by 
 early 1995, " Donatiello said. "That could be bad news for CD-ROM title 
 developers and online services who are betting on explosive growth of 
 the home PC market."
    Many technology companies have been planning for a booming holiday 
 buying season and basing their forecasts on existing market penetration 
 numbers derived from manufacturers' estimates, distribution-channel 
 volumes or surveys based on samples that are not representative of the 
 country as a whole.
    According to Odyssey, these measurements are inherently inaccurate 
 because it is impossible to know the percentage of shipments or sales 
 which are for at-home use.
    Some facts and figures from the Odyssey survey include these 
    -:- 83% of households without PCs say they are not at all likely to 
 purchase a new computer within the next six months.

    -:- 5% of PC households report they are extremely likely to buy a new 
 PC within the next six months.

    -:- Of the 73% of households who do not have PCs, 4% say they are 
 extremely likely to buy a new one in the next six months.

    -:- 6% of U.S. households have PCs with CD-ROM drives, representing 
 nearly one-quarter of PC-owning households. Many of these are single 
 speed and may frustrate consumers who try to run the latest titles.
    -:- Among PC owners who do not have CD-ROM drives, 82% indicate that 
 they are very unlikely to purchase a PC CD-ROM drive in the next six 
    -:- In the last three months, PC CD-ROM owners purchased an average 
 of 2.3 titles. However, 41% of them did not buy any titles during that 
    -:- The average number of titles that households with PCs and CD-ROM 
 drives expect to purchase within the next six months is 2.8. This 
 translates into about 17 million titles over this period, although 
 consumers often exaggerate their intent to purchase.
    -:- 63% of households that own a PC use it for business, with 5% of 
 these households using their PC exclusively for business.
    -:- 40% of households report that their PC is kept in the home office 
 or the den; 17% report their PC is in an adult's bedroom; 12% in the 
 family room; 8% in the living room; 4% in a child's bedroom; 3% in the 
                   ** Davey Jones BBS Raided by FBI **

    Massachusetts authorities are saying 43-year-old Richard D. Kenadek 
 may be the first computer bulletin board system operator to be indicted 
 for alleged federal copyright infringement.
    Kenadek was arrested this week after the FBI raided his Millbury, 
 Massachusetts, home from which he operated the Davey Jones Locker BBS. 
 He was charged with conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement. He 
 also has been sued by the Software Publishers Association trade group, 
 which cooperated with federal authorities in the investigation.
    Reports say, "The charges stem from Kenadek's operation of a large-
 scale computer bulletin board from his residence, which was connected by 
 telephone wires to other computer users nationally and internationally.
 According to the indictment, Kenadek solicited subscribers who, for a fee,
 could download commercial copyrighted software packages, without paying
 the owners of the software for the use of their copyrighted programs."

    The indictment also alleges Kenadek asked subscribers to upload 
 additional copyrighted software to the board.

    If convicted, Kenadek faces up to six years in prison and fines of 
 $275,000. In addition, copyright law calls for forfeiture of all 
 computer equipment used in the operation of the copyright infringement 

    And if the SPA wins its civil suit, Kenadek could be ordered to pay 
 up to $100,000 per copyrighted title infringed. More than 200 
 copyrighted programs were available on the BBS at the time of the FBI's 
 raid, according to Sandra A. Sellers, the SPA's director of litigation.

    U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern said, "The pirating of commercial 
 software through the operation of clandestine computer bulletin boards 
 seriously jeopardizes the investment of money and personnel which 
 software companies put into the development of new programs. We need to 
 be clear: pirating is illegal. In this new electronic environment, it is 
 increasingly difficult to protect legitimate intellectual property 


 > DVORAK AWARD STR Spotlight         A highly Coveted Prize indeed!

                             DON WATKINS HONORED
      1994 PC Telecommunications Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

 Sysops are a rare breed indeed. Many, not all, but many are truly the
 unsung heros of the telcomm world.  Often blasted for not putting a file
 out for d/l fast enough, berated for having exercised a bit too much
 control in a message base or for offering a differing opinion, they
 continue to relentlessly "do the job".  They continually keep the message
 and file areas going smoothly while maintaining a high degree of
 transparency.  That folks, is the mark of the truly professional sysop. 
 Don W. Watkins of IBMNET certianly fits the description to a tee.  The
 following is an account of his receiving the highly prestigious and well
 deserved PC Telecommunications Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award.


 AUSTIN, TX; Don Watkins, an independent computer management consultant and
 IBMNET SYSOP, was recently named the recipient of the 1994 Dvorak
 Telecommunications Award for Lifetime Achievement for his contributions in
 the industry.  Watkins, 42, is the president and CEO of Madera Software
 Group.  He also developed and manages the IBMNET area of CompuServe
 Information Service.  Created in 1984, IBMNET has grown steadily to serve
 over 3,000 information exchanges per day.  Watkins was honored with the
 Dvorak Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in the development and
 growth of IBMNET for personal computer users.  The award is sponsored
 annually by columnist John C. Dvorak to acknowledge those who have made
 significant contributions in the field of computer communications.  

 According to Dvorak, Watkins was honored for his, "vision and commitment
 to telecommunications and online activities which have helped increase the
 vibrant, expanding network of ideas and information that exist today." 
 Watkins began working with computers during his career in the banking
 industry in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970s.  After the
 introduction of the IBM PC in 1982, he went on to develop various software
 products and participate in the development of the first CompuServe
 navigation program for the PC.  "When it comes to name recognition on
 CompuServe, few surpass Don Watkins," reported author Harry Green in a
 recent CompuServe Magazine article.  "He is the king of the PC answer
 people.  IBMNET is where members gravitate when they need assistance with
 PC problems."  

 Watkins was presented the award during the Online Networking Exposition
 and Bulletin Board System Convention in Atlanta August 20.  "I'm honored
 my peers in this field have seen fit to recognize my work," Watkins
 commented.  "I feel fortunate that my vision for the IBM Users Network was
 accepted by CompuServe and by so many PC users.  It's gratifying to know
 IBMNET helps others get the most from their personal computers."

 Growing from one to 24 forums at present, IBMNET offers message exchange
 and extensive software libraries where members can download first-rate
 shareware and vendor-supplied programs.

 IBMNET is available exclusively through CompuServe, Inc.  For additional
 information on becoming a member of CompuServe and utilizing the services
 of IBMNET, call 1-800-524-3388 and ask for operator 549.


 Introductory comments by John C. Dvorak about Don W. Watkins, Winner of
 the 1994 PC Telecommunications Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award.
 Atlanta, GA. August 20, 1994. 

 Don Watkins is an entrepreneurial computer marvel. He has assisted with
 the formation of and cofounded several PC users groups, bulletin boards
 and services including IBMNET.  For over a decade, Don has been quietly
 contributing to PC Telecommunications and the online community.

 Since 1984, Don has developed and marketed forums for the IBM Users'
 Network on CompuServe.  After purchasing a PC and modem and wanting to
 interact with other users he logged onto CompuServe, had a vision of what
 this virutual space should look like, and sold CompuServe on the idea.  He
 is currently the chief Sysop for these areas.

 Don participated in the formation of the Marin-Sonoma PC Users Group and
 the Bay Area Sysop organization.  Don developed the IBMNET family of
 forums and the PC Vendor forums on CompuServe.  He also has been
 associated with Autosig, the original CompuServe navigation program for
 the PC.

 A native of Houston, TX, Don currently lives with his wife Cassandra and
 their son Joshua in Autin, Texas.  At times calling Georgia and California
 home, Don has worked in the banking and computer fields all his profession
 life doing stints with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and
 servicing as Vice President for WestAmerica Bank.


 Remarks from John C. Dvorak appearing in the One BBSCON 1994 Program Guide
 regarding the Dvorak Awards for Achievements in Telecommunications:

 ..I've chosen ONE BBSCON as the event in which to award the true movers
 and shakers a token of recognition which they richly deserve.  Each year
 we've isolated the geniuses and pioneers who have made telecommunicaitons
 the most exciting single aspect of personal and desktop computing.

 Other remarks appearing in program guide (not attributed to John):

 Together, Mr. Dvorak and Hayes Microcomputer Products are pleased to
 present the 3rd Annual Dvorak Telecommunications Awards to honor the
 pioneers whose vision and commitment to telecommunications and BBS
 conferencing has helped to increase the vibrant and growing marketplace of
 ideas and information that exist today.


 Below appears a transcript of Don's acceptance speech.

 I'm a sysop. It's great to say that in a room where people actually
 understand what it means. I remember saying it in front of an audience a
 dozen years ago and not only did they not understand, they wanted me
 investigated by a grand jury because they were sure I was doing something

 It is with great pride that I accept the 1994 Dvorak Telecommunications
 Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 To be recognized by my peers in this manner is an exception honor. I'd
 like to take this opportunity to achnowledge the people who have helped
 make this possible through their support over the years.

 First off, thanks to John Dvorak, Nick Anis and Hayes Microcomputer for
 bringing us together for these ceremonies this evening.

 Thanks to Jack Rickard and Phil Becker of One, Inc for joining us in real
 space. I know how difficult it can be in cyberspace, and I can't image the
 amount of work they do to make it all happen. I haven't seen a sense of
 community at a trade show since the early days of the West Coast Computer

 A special thanks to CompuServe for having faith and being an outstanding
 business parter and landlord. I'm not Microsoft or a big company and they
 took a leap of faith at giving me a chance.

 I have many associate sysops without whom IBMNET simply wouldn't be
 possible.  The list is too long to read, but they know I appreciate each
 and every one of them and couldn't get along otherwise.

 I strongly believe IBMNET is the sum total of its members and is is those
 members who are its strengths....from beginners struggling to master ZIP
 files to those who can look at a chip and tell you its
 binary. They certainly share this great honor, as they and my associates
 are the backbone of IBMNET.

 This award is made even more special to me because of its previous

 Dennis Hayes and Ward Christensen.

 A dozen years ago when I plugged in my first smartmodem and transferred my
 first file I knew that at that moment, my life had changed.

 One of the highest compliments I know is telling someone they've made a
 difference. And guys, you have indeed made a difference. I only hope I can
 live up to the examples you have set.

 Perhaps because of the media attention to the "Information Superhighway"
 or just because a lot more people are experincing cyberspace I'm asked a
 lot about predictions.

 I'm not sure how good my perspective is...sitting in the middle of a
 construction zone isn't always the best way to tell how a building will
 turn out and I'll leave predictions to John, that's his job. But I do have
 my opinions. Doubtless some of them will turn out to be as fanciful as
 those in the 50's era of Popular Mechanics look today. Others may be more

 But regardless, I have no doubt that we're going to continue to live in
 interesting times....and it's going to be fun.

                                            Again, thank you all.

 A little bit about Don;

 Personal information: Don W. Watkins
 Date of birth: 4/4/52
 Place of birth: Pasadena, TX.
 Currently resides in Austin, TX.

 Professional history:
 1983 to present - IBMNET - CompuServe. Independent consulting
 1973 to 1983  - WestAmerica Bank, Vice President, Project Management
 1972 to 1973  - Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Manager, Budget and
 Expenditures Department

 Associations/Groups (professional):
 Association of Shareware Professionals

 Various Residents: Texas, California, Georgia

 Outside interest: Running, painting, reading and cinema

 Martial status; married to Cassandra Watkins.

 Children: Joshua Watkins

 Don's interest in computers led to his participation in the development of
 the first CIS navigation program for the PC.  After purchasing a PC and
 modem and wanting to interact with other users he logged onto CompuServe.
 He had a vision of what this virtual space should look like and sold
 CompuServe on the idea.

 Since 1984 he has developed and marketed forums for the IBM Users Network
 on CompuServe.  He is currently the chief Sysop for these highly popular
 and extremely active areas.  In STReport's opinion, Don Watkins is a true
 telcom professional but even more than that... he's a pioneer in the world
 we are zipping along in.  A world we like to call CyberSpace.  Thanks Don,
 for a job well done.  Please look for Don's picture included in this issue
 as a .gif file.



                                 ECOQUEST I

 Kids' Computing Corner

 by Frank Sereno

      EcoQuest I is a game from Sierra On-line for IBM compatible
 computers. This game is intended for children ages ten and up.  It is
 intended to  teach children (and adults) about marine ecology, the harm
 caused by our careless pollution and methods we can use to clean up the
 oceans and our environment.  The EcoQuest CD-rom contains both the MS-DOS
 and Windows MPC versions of the game but in play-testing I could find no
 real difference between the versions.

      This review will be on the MPC CD-rom version which requires a CD-rom
 drive, MS-Dos 5.0 or higher, Windows 3.0 or higher, a 386SX or better CPU,
 two megabytes of ram, VGA graphics and a sound card with a DAC chip for
 producing digitized sounds.  The test machine was a 386DX-40 with eight
 megabytes of ram running Windows 3.1 with a Diamond Stealth VRAM video
 card and a Sound Blaster Pro audio card.

      EcoQuest is an interactive story in which you choose the actions for
 the main character.  The story is linear in nature as you must complete
 certain tasks to do other tasks later.  Actions in one scene of the
 program may have an impact on your ability to complete other tasks in
 later scenarios.  In this story you control Adam Greene, a ten-year-old
 boy.  His mother passed away when he was very young.  Adam's father, Noah
 Greene, is an ecologist who specializes in removing oil pollution from the
 oceans.  Adam and his father move quite frequently and they have just
 arrived at their new home on St. Julien in the Caribbean.

      Adam's father has a marine lab which has a new resident, a dolphin
 which was injured in a driftnet.  Your adventure truly begins when you
 guide Adam to play with the recovering Dolphin.  Gradually you will be
 drawn into an adventure to save the great whale king, Cetus, and to aid
 the residents of Eluria, a wondrous undersea city filled with magic. 
 Along the way you will learn about the ocean environment and the creatures
 who reside in the seas.

      Gameplay is accomplished by moving Adam about the various screens and
 using icons to examine and manipulate different items within the screens. 
 Play is most easily accomplished by using a two-button mouse.  The right
 button cycles through several cursors and the left button is used to
 activate the cursor on the screen.  By moving the cursor to the top of the
 screen, an icon bar is activated which contains icons which are similar in
 appearance and activate the corresponding cursors.  The cursors can be
 moved around the screen with the arrow keys and its actions can be started
 by pressing the enter key.

      First is a walk icon which shows a walking figure.  This moves the
 character around the screen.  The walk cursor can be clicked at the exact
 location you wish the character to travel.  When Adam is in water, the
 walk icon and cursor are replaced with a swimming figure.

      The look icon is an eye which allows you to look at creatures and
 objects on the screen.  With the look cursor, the cursor becomes an eye
 and you merely click on any objects you wish to examine.  You must look at
 everything carefully to not miss any clues or important items.

      The action icon is in the shape of a hand.  Use this icon to perform
 various actions such as opening a door.  The action cursor is in the shape
 of a hand with the index finger extended.  Again, the cursor is used to do
 actions.  Click the hand on a door to open it or click on an object to
 pick it up.

      The talk icon allows the player to engage in conversations with the
 characters in the story.  Choose the character to whom you wish to talk by
 moving the cartoon voice bubble over him and then press the enter key or
 click the left mouse button.  Much information can be learned from talking
 to the characters.  Sometimes, you will hear some very bad fish jokes.

      The inventory icon brings up an inner view of Adam's backpack which
 contains all the useful items you have collected during the game.  You can
 choose which item you wish to use on an object on the screen.  You can
 even combine some inventory items to make new items.

      Next is the garbage bag icon.  Adam should collect all the useless
 garbage he finds in this bag for later recycling and disposal.  Just move
 the garbage bag cursor over an item that must be removed and click the
 left mouse button or press the enter key.

      The control icon is next.  There is no control cursor.  Activating
 the control icon places the game in pause mode.  In the control panel, you
 can set game speed for the animations, set the level for the background
 music (but not for voices) and adjust the level of game detail.  From this
 icon you also choose whether to listen to the characters speak or to read
 their dialog or both.  Finally, this is where the player can save, restore
 and quit the game.  When saving game, you can use several words to
 describe your game situation rather than an eight-letter filename.

      The final icon is the information icon.  Choosing this icon changes
 the cursor into a question mark.  Clicking the cursor over each icon will
 result in an explanation of that icon.

      EcoQuest uses beautiful, hand-painted 256-color backgrounds.  Many
 animations are used.  Most of them are very smooth.  When characters
 speak, they are shown in a small window but the lips do not always sync
 exactly with the voice tracks.  The voice characterizations are quite
 clear.  However, these characterizations are sometimes lacking in emotion. 
 The music is good but it can get tiresome after some time.  The interface
 is the Sierra standard click-and-point type.  Play value is very good if
 your family enjoys solving puzzles.  It will probably take between five
 and ten hours to complete the quest.  I found that my four-year-old and
 six-year-old sons enjoyed helping me play.  Educational value is
 excellent.  The entire family can learn bits about Greek mythology,
 recycling, oceanography, fighting pollution and more.  Bang for the buck
 is very good.  This package can be found at various discounters for $15 or

                Graphics ............ 8.5
                Sounds .............. 8.5
                Interface ........... 8.0
                Play Value .......... 8.5
                Educational Value ... 9.0
                Bang for the Buck ... 9.0
                Average ............. 8.58

      Have you reviewed some software for your local users group?  Would
 you like to reach a worldwide audience?  Send submissions to me at the
 addresses listed below.  You will be given credit in the title for each

                Fidonet:     Frank Sereno at 1:2235/10
                U.S. Postal: Frank Sereno
                           528 West Ave.
                           Morris, IL 60450-1768

      I just ordered the upgrade for Print Shop Deluxe version 2.0.  I
 decided to get the CD-rom Ensemble which includes the Print Shop Companion
 and several graphics packages.  The cost was $49.99.  I also ordered the
 Dynamic Dinos package of graphics at $19.99 because both of my children
 love dinosaurs.  You can get the floppy upgrade of Print Ship Deluxe for
 $15.  You may contact Broderbund at 800-423-9999 to order.  You must be a
 registered owner of Print Shop Deluxe to take advantage of this offer.

 And I thank you for reading!


 > DVORAK FORUM CHANGES STR InfoFile  And... Training Video READY!

 At Midnight, September 7th, the Dvorak forum will switch over to 24
 sections.  We will be adding and rearranging sections and libraries as
 well.  For information on the new forum structure, please see the file

               DVORAK Forum Section & Lib list
              Active as of 9-8-94, @ 2:00am, MDT

 #   Section Name            Library Name            Type   Notes
 --- -------------------     --------------------    ------ ---------------
 0   NavCIS Beginners        Uploads to Dvorak       Public Upload here
 1   Non-tech support        Free Software           Open   SE & TE sftware
 2   Windows SE/TE help      Windows SE/TE files     Public Windows
 3   Fragen in Deutsch       Deutsch files           Public GERMAN language
 4   Windows Pro help        Windows Pro             Public Windows
 5   DOS NavCIS help         DOS NavCIS files        Public DOS
 6   Node & logon help       Node/Logon scripts      Public
 7   Modems & Hardware       Modems-Hrdwre files     Public
 8   Suggestions             Suggestion files        Public
 9   Tips & Techniques       Advncd NavCIS files     Public NavPal
 10  Ten-Forward             Ten-Forward files       Public Fun/Cool stuff
 11  Reserved
 12  Reserved
 13  3rd Party products      3rd Prty prod files     Public  NavCIS add-ons
 15  NavCIS Pro Upgrades     Pro Upgrade files       Private PRO users only
 20  3rd Party Developers    API & support files     Private 
 21  MerryBanders            MerryBander files       Private For MBs
 22  Beta section 1          Beta 1 files            Private
 23  Beta section 2          Beta 2 files            Private

 We now have a training videotape available that shows you how to install,
 and configure NavCIS TE.  It also shows how to configure and set up
 forums, handle topic headers, create catalogs and much more.  Very helpful
 if you are new to NavCIS.  Like having an expert from Dvorak there with
 you.  The cost is just $5.00 and it comes with NavCIS TE v1.25 for
 Windows. E-mail Amy at 73044,1560 if you would like your own copy. 
 Available in VHS format only (sorry International users, not yet available
 in non-NTSC formats).  The run-time is 38 minutes, and it won't bore you
 to death <g>.


 > Sirius CDRom STR InfoFile

                      Sirius Publishing's 5-ft. 10-Pak
                             #1 In CD-ROM Sales
                          Second Consecutive Month

 (Scottsdale, Arizona -- August, 1994) -- For the second consecutive month,
 Sirius Publishing's 5-ft. 10-Pak was named the number-one bestselling
 title in PC Data's "Top 20 CD-ROMS" category, and the leader in the "Top 5
 PC Games" category as well.  PC Data is a leading supplier of market
 research from software retailers, distributors, and mail-order companies.
 The 5-ft. 10-Pak Volume I is a five-foot-long promotional package of ten
 full-version CD-ROMs from top publishers.  The goal of the promotion is to
 acquaint new and current CD-ROM users with the potential of the medium and
 boost overall consumer interest in multimedia products.

 Sirius Publishing, Inc. licensed and marketed the cooperative effort,
 which offers ten CDs at the introductory price of $29.95 - or $3.00 each. 
 At this price, "thousands of new users can discover the power of
 multimedia and can easily collect additional CDs for the home PC,"  said
 Richard Gnant, president of  Sirius.  "We even included special discount
 coupons as further incentive to users to consider our other fine titles."

 Volume I of the 5-ft. 10-pak offers a broad representation of multimedia
 titles and includes reference materials, games, video discs, and
 fully-orchestrated CD entertainment:

 The "World Vista Atlas" by Applied Optical Media Corp. is a guide filled
 with detailed, professional quality maps, interesting facts and
 information, and is simple enough for a child to use.  

 Wayzata's "World FactBook" is a wealth of global information that includes
 maps, photos, rankings, charts, special interest topics, and even terror
 group profiles.  It was Wayzata's best-selling title in 1993.

 "Time Man of the Year" by Compact Publishing recaptures the historic TIME
 cover stories from every "Man of the Year" issue -- from 1927's Charles
 Lindbergh to 1992's Bill Clinton.  It also includes the full text of every
 issue of  TIME for 1992.

 The "CD-ROM of CD-ROMs" by Resource International Publishing is the source
 for product and publisher information on 5,000 of today's most popular,
 available CD-ROM titles.

 "Stellar 7" by Dynamix, Inc. places the user at the controls of the Raven,
 Earth's most sophisticated fighting machine.  The mission:  to reach the
 Arcturan star system before Gir Draxon can assemble his forces to destroy
 and capture Earth.

 "Kings Quest V" by Sierra On-Line, Inc. chronicles the greatest adventure
 in the history of Daventry as the player embarks with King Graham in his
 quest for the missing royal family.

 Gold Medallion's "DOOM:  Episode One, Knee Deep in the Dead" places the
 player in a lightning-fast virtual reality adventure as the toughest space
 trooper ever.  The goal is to shoot through a monster-infested holocaust
 and live to tell the tale.

 The "PC Animation Festival" by Wizardware Multimedia Ltd. features
 award-winning video graphics from the world's leading animation production
 houses, including the winners of the Assembly '92 PC graphic competition.

 The "Best of MediaClips" by Aris Entertainment brings the user's desktop
 alive with 70 images, 70 audio clips, and 10 videos.  All are royalty-free
 and can be used for presentations, education, or just for fun.

 "PC Karaoke" provides multimedia Karoake in the comfort of the user's
 home, with back-up by actual CD-Audio recordings that sound just like the
 originals.  "PC Karaoke" has computer-assisted annotation that allows
 anyone to sing like a professional.
 Sirius has amassed ten new titles for Volume II of the 5-ft.10-pak,
 scheduled for release this fall.  Plans for future 10-paks include a
 10-pak for business, a 10-pak of games, and a 3-ft. 6-pak for kids in an
 on-going initiative to make CD-ROMs as widely used as floppy disks.

 The minimum computer system requirements for the 5-ft. 10-pak are:  MPC
 Level 1; 386SX/20 or higher processor, 4MB of memory, 4MB of hard drive
 space, and SVGA display.  Also, MS-DOS or PC-DOS version 3.1 or later,
 Microsoft Windows version 3.1, as well as a MPC-compliant CD-ROM and sound
 card (SoundBlaster Pro or equivalent).

 Sirius Publishing, Inc. is a developer and publisher of multimedia
 PC-based home entertainment products for the entire family.  Sirius
 developed Compact Disc Synchronization (CD-S) technology, which offers
 accuracy in the synchronization of computer display graphics to
 fully-orchestrated audio tracks.  

 Sirius is soon to release motion Pixels, a codec technology which provides
 video compression rates comparable to MPEG without the need for dedicated
 decompression hardware.  It allows for up to two and one-half hours of
 high-resolution video on a CD-ROM with no loss of clarity, yet requires
 only 300K of DOS RAM and is network-transparent.  Potential applications
 include feature movies, music videos, interactive video magazines and
 interactive learning videos on the PC.

 For Editorial Contact:

                        Jim Matney, Public Relations
                           Sirius Publishing, Inc.
                          7320 East Butherus Drive
                          Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

                               (602) 951-3288
                             Fax: (602) 951-3884


 > EDITPRO STR Review         A superb Windows Editor!

                                EDITPRO V 1.3

 by Ralph Mariano

      Every now and then, a nifty program comes along that you simply must
 rave about.  Its happened to me a number of times.  Its especially
 rewarding for me to blow my horn when the program is put together by a
 single individual who obviously has done a terrific job.  This program,
 EditPro by Ian Meade has a story similar to Thumbs Plus by Phillip Crews. 
 They're both dedicated to providing superb programming with the user's
 needs in mind.  I reccommended that Thumbs Plus go commercial and I
 emphatically do so for EditPro.

      I asked Mr. Meade to tell us a little bit about himself and what
 brought about the beginnings of EditPro?

      I'm a software engineering manager for a large machine tool company. 
 I have worked in the area of software development for Computer Numerical
 Control (CNC) systems for several years.  In November of last year (1993)
 I decided I wanted to broaden my experience by writing a Windows based
 software application.  At the time I was not sure if I wanted to spend the
 money on the Visual C++ tools to develop a program, but decided it may be
 worth it.  I started work on a Windows Editor mainly for my own use
 because I was frustrated by the absence of a good Windows editor that had
 the ability of editing large files, and have multiple files open at the
 same time.  My original plan was for this effort to be a small project
 that would be completed in about a month or so.  It certainly was not
 intended for distribution that was the last thing on my mind.  Initially,
 I thought I'd also include a hex editing feature.

 Well, I soon discovered that in order to do this right, it was going to
 take a lot more than simply a month or so.  I always wanted to do a little
 bit more with the editor.  Admittedly, some of the programming problems I
 encountered were time consuming to resolve.  My first release was ready
 for testing in early January, and I  gave copies to a few close friends
 for testing.  This was when I decided on the name of MEDIT (Mead's Editor
 - a little vain, but I couldn't think of a better name at the time).  This
 was when the "real fun" began, things worked well (there were some neat
 bugs) but the main things now were the many suggestions for new or
 improved features.  I wanted to improve on the main features, and make
 this into an editor that anyone would be capable of using.

 The ongoing development of MEDIT was progressing and I then decided to add
 the HEX editing mode in around March.  By this time I had had enough, I
 had desire to continue.  I felt I had included all the features needed for
 a good editor.

 During April, I felt I had finished developing MEDIT as I had quite a few
 features in place.  I wondered about releasing MEDIT as Shareware. I
 hadn't given much thought to this previously but the idea seemed rather
 appealing, as MEDIT was well liked by several friends and colleagues.  

 Around Mid-April I released MEDIT on CompuServe (this was Release 2.15),
 and a little later on America OnLine.  After releasing Medit, I started to
 get lot more input on desired features.  One week after it was uploaded to
 CompuServe, I heard from a company that was interested in purchasing 40+
 copies for a project they were working on.  This led to additional changes
 and resulted in an order for 60 copies.  I was now completely convinced it
 had been worth the money to purchase Visual C++ in November.

 From this point on, MEDIT was enhanced at regular intervals.  The most
 notable new version was Release 2.21 released in early July.  This added
 many improvements to the toolbar and printing, with other additional

 I discovered an editor called MegaEdit.  The names were very similar, and
 as a result, I released a new editor; "EditPro" as a direct replacement
 for MEDIT to avoid the confusion and give a distinctive name to my editor. 
 EditPro was taken from MEDIT 2.21c.  The first release of EditPro was
 release 1.30 as a release of 1.0 often suggests a "first release" and the
 bugs (undocumented features) that so often accompany the first release of
 any software package.

 Currently CompuServe has a copy of MEDIT v2.21c in the WUGNET, IBMNET and
 WINDOWS SHAREWARE forums.  MEDIT may be registered online by going to the
 SWREG area and registering ID 2662.  For any new registrations I am
 sending out EditPro.  I have confirmed with CompuServe that I may keep the
 SWREG ID 2662 and switch it over to EditPro.

 America OnLine has an old version of MEDIT v2.18.  This I hope to replace
 soon, but am not currently a member of AOL.

 I have not uploaded MEDIT or EditPro to any other services.  But, I have
 been told its "making the rounds".  That's fine with me.

 My current plans for EditPro are; first to take a break, (I need it).  I
 have almost 800 hours into MEDIT/EditPro.  I am thinking about adding
 column editing capabilities to EditPro. However, this is really a major
 undertaking.  I will be making minor enhancements, such as selectable
 fonts for the page headers/footers (EditPro has selectable fonts for the
 main text).

 In developing MEDIT/EditPro I have found Visual C++ to be an excellent

 As for myself, I was born in England, and relocated to the USA 7 years

 I must express my heartfelt thanks to my wife Frances for putting up with
 the time I spent working on this Editor while also working 60-70
 hours/week at a real job.

 Ian Meade may be reached via CompuServe using CIS ID: 71613,2654.


      EditPro is superb, the hex editor works very well, the tool bar makes
 ity all so easy and with the planned enhancements, it'll be so far ahead
 of the other editors there will be no looking back.  You can find EditPro
 almost anywhere now.  On CompuServe, Delphi etc..  Its worth the download
 to see such a fine effort and more than worth the registration fee to use
 such a great program.


 > Epson Info 1660 STR InfoFile

                           EPSON ActionLaser 1600

    Common Questions and Answers
    The ActionLaser 1600 is the ideal laser printer for demanding 
    users wanting professional looking, high-resolution output, the 
    ability to process complex text and graphics pages quickly, and 
    the expandability to meet future requirements.
    The ActionLaser 1600's 600-dpi resolution, Resolution Improvement 
    Technology and Super MicroArt Printing provide the best print 
    quality possible for text and graphics images. The fine dot
    patterns and smooth image transitions provided by 33 gray levels
    allow photographs and scanned images to print with greater detail, 
    clarity, and subtlety.
    A high speed RISC processor combined with a 6 page per minute print 
    engine provide super fast processing and throughput times of even the 
    most complex documents, freeing up the computer sooner so that users
    can move on to other tasks.
    The ActionLaser 1600 is easily upgradable with a wide variety of 
    options to meet users' future requirements. A PostScript Level 2 
    compatible option with 77 gray levels allows users to take advantage
    of resolution comparable to 1200 dpi for even better reproduction of
    photographic and scanned elements. A full range of interfaces and
    connectivity options allow users to connect to everything from PC's
    and Macintosh computers to Novell networks, and memory is easily 
    upgraded using industry standard SIMMs.
       Features                             Benefits
      _____________________________         _________________________
    * True 600 dpi resolution with          Provides the best possible
      Resolution Improvement Technology     print quality for text  
      and Super MicroArt Printing           and graphic images
    * HP LaserJet 4 (PCL 5e) emulation.     Provides complete compatibility
      Windows driver and screen fonts       with virtually all Microsoft
      included                              Windows and DOS applications
    * 6 page per minute print speed, RISC   Provides super fast processing
      processor and high speed interface    and throughput of even the most
                                            complex documents
    * 45 built-in fonts                      Allows users to create
      (10 TrueType compatible)               customized, professional
                                             looking documents immediately

    * Easily expandable with a wide          Allows users to easily
      variety of options                     upgrade to satisfy future   
                                             printing requirements

    * Limited two year warranty in the       The user's assurance of
      U.S. and Canada and the EPSON          quality and reliability.
      Connection customer service hotline    Assistance is only a 
                                             phone call away
    Q1. Is the ActionLaser 1600 a true 600 x 600 dpi printer?

    A1. Yes, the ActionLaser 1600's controller and high-precision 
        laser assembly is capable of addressing and marking a true 
        600 x 600 dot per inch resolution. Some laser printers utilize
        chip-based laser modulation techniques to achieve 600 dpi output 
        from a 300 dpi laser assembly. The print quality of true 600 
        dpi printing is superior to modulated 600 dpi printing.
   Q2. Why would someone want 600 dpi resolution over 300 dpi resolution?

   A2. Because 600 dpi resolution prints four times as many dots per inch
       as 300 dpi, many more gray levels of output are possible. It results
       in greater detail, clarity, and subtlety of photographic and scanned
       images.  600 dpi output also provides finer lines, especially 
       important for detailed drawings and small fonts.
   Q3. Can the ActionLaser 1600 print a full page of 600 dpi graphics with 
       its 2MB of standard memory?

   A3. Yes. Using memory management technology, ActionLaser 1600 is capable
       of printing an page of 600 dpi graphics with the standard memory.
       Should users print extremely complex graphic documents or download
       numerous fonts, memory is easily upgraded to a maximum of 64MB using
       industry standard 72-pin SIMMs.
   Q4. How does the throughput time of the ActionLaser 1600 compare to
       other 600 dpi personal laser printers?

   A4. Because the ActionLaser 1600 uses a SPARClite RISC processor, high
       speed parallel interface, and six page per minute print engine, the
       ActionLaser 1600 can render pages up to 8 times faster than the
       LaserJet 4P, and has one of the fastest throughput times in its
   Q5. How is memory upgraded in the ActionLaser 1600?

   A5. Memory is upgraded to a maximum of 64MB via industry standard SIMMs 
       on the printers main controller board, and is user installable. Two
       available SIMM sockets accept any combination of lMB, 2MB, 4MB, 8MB,
       16MB or 32MB SIMMs. If two 32MB SIMMs are installed, the 2MB of
       standard memory is disabled. SIMMs are 72-pin, and have an access 
       time of 70ns or less.
   Q6. How many computers can share the ActionLaser 1600 with its standard
       interfaces?  How many with optional interfaces?

   A6. The ActionLaser 1600 can accommodate 2 computers using the standard
       parallel and serial interface. By adding optional serial, parallel,
       coax, or twinax interfaces the ActionLaser 1600 can support up to
       three computers. Adding an optional third interface and the optional
       EPSON Talk kit enables the ActionLaser 1600 to connect to three PC's
       and a Macintosh.
   Q7. How many levels of gray is the ActionLaser 1600 capable of printing?

   A7. The ActionLaser 1600 will print 33 different shades of gray in PCI, 
       mode, and 77 shades of gray using the EPSONScript level 2 option. 
       The EPSONScript Level 2 option with 77 gray levels provides print
       resolution comparable to 1200 dpi for even better reproduction of
       photographic and scanned elements.
   Q8. How does EPSON Talk for the ActionLaser 1600 differ from EPSON Talk
       for the ActionLaser lOOO/1500?

   A8. The ActionLaser 1000/1500 EPSON Talk kit consists of a Type B 
       LocalTalk interface and a PostScript Level 2 compatible cartridge.
       In order to take full advantage of the RISC processor on board the
       ActionLaser 1600, the PostScript compatible module and LocalTalk 
       interface module mount directly to the main controller. This
       on-board implementation contributes to faster processing & transfer
       times of PostScript data.
   Q9. Can the ActionLaser 1600 have two LocalTalk intertaces installed at 

   A9. No. The ActionLaser 1600 will work with either the LocalTalk module
       in the EPSON Talk kit for the ActionLaser 1600 or the Type B
       LocalTalk interface in the EPSON Talk kit for the ActionLaser
       1000/1500. It will not support both simultaneously. The printer will
       display "SERVICE REQUIRED" on the LCD if both are installed.
  Q10. Why doesn't the ActionLaser 1600 have an IC card slot like the 
       ActionLaser 1000/1500?

  A10. The IC card slot on the ActionLaser 1000 was used for adding the 
       EPSON GL/2 plotter language, and on the ActionLaser 1000/1500 for 
       adding the Adobe PostScript language prior to the release of the
       PostScript Level 2 compatible cartridge. The EPSON GL/2 plotter 
       language is standard on the ActionLaser l600, and the PostScript 
       Level 2 compatible module is installed on the main board. There is
       no need for the IC card slot on the Actionlaser 1600.
  Q11. Does the ActionLaser 1600 use the same options as the ActionLaser

  A11. The ActionLaser 1600 uses the same 250-sheet lower paper cassette, 
       faceup output tray & type B interfaces as the ActionLaser 1000/1500.
       The imaging cartridge, EPSONScript Level 2 module and EPSON Talk kit 
       are unique to the ActionLaser 1600.
  Q12. Why does the ActionLaser 1600 use a different imaging cartridge than 
       the ActionLaser 1000/1500?

  A12. In order to ensure the sharpest possible 600 x 600 dpi resolution, 
       the toner particles used in the ActionLaser 1600 imaging cartridge
       are manufactured to more exacting tolerances and are more uniform
       in size than those used in the ActionLaser 1000/1500. While the
       ActionLaser 1000/1500 imaging cartridge can be used in the 
       ActionLaser 1600, the print quality will not be as good.


                     :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) 1994 by General Electric
             Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission

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

                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                         John Deegan, Editor (Temp)


 EPSON Stylus 800+ Common Questions and Answers
 EPSON Stylus 800+, EPSON has once again created High Definition ink jet
 printing that raises the standard, providing the sharpest ink jet printing
 available. The secret is EPSON Stylus technology. This exclusive
 technology uses such advances as Microfeeding, and new software driver
 features including MicroWeaving and Error Diffusion for even smoother and
 sharper grayscale and graphics output. EPSON Stylus 800+ also adds a
 faster letter quality speed of 165 cps and a new super-fast draft mode of
 250 cps.
 Features Benefits

 *High definition ink jet
 Exclusive EPSON Stylus technology printing provides the best ink jet
 printing available at 360 dpi.

 *Improved grayscale graphics
 Microfeeding, MicroWeaving, and Error Diffusion combine to produce even
 sharper, more detailed graphics printing.

 *Convenient paper handling
 Built-in 100 sheet plain paper tray. Prints envelopes, transparencies and
 labels with ease.
 *Your choice of fonts
 Eight different typefaces built-in, with four scalable from 8 to 32

 *Quiet, compact and easy
 Whisper-quiet at 45 dB(A) with a to use compact footprint of 17" x 10.4".
 Easy to set up and use.

 Q1.Has print quality been improved in EPSON Stylus 800+?

 A1.With technology advances such as Microfeeding, and new software
 driver features including MicroWeaving and Error Diffusion, 
 EPSON Stylus 800+ offers even sharper, smoother printed output on
 grayscale graphic images such as photographs.

 Q2.What is Microfeed and how does it improve print quality?

 A2.The award winning EPSON Stylus 800 had extraordinary print quality, 
 particularly on text and "line art" images (all black with no gray). 
 Now, due to an improvement in manufacturing tolerances in the EPSON
 Stylus 800+, the banding previously evident in grayscale graphics 
 is virtually eliminated.

 Serial printers, like ink jets and dot matrix, operate by the print
 head moving back and forth.Once a line is printed, the paper is 
 moved up a distance and the next line is printed. The second line
 is printed with a slight overlap to the line above it in order to
 maintain a smooth appearance of the character or image. The extent
 of this overlap from one line to the next is what causes black 
 banding.The larger the overlap, the more visible the black band.
 Microfeed is a hardware improvement introduced in EPSON Stylus 800+ 
 that reduces the extent of the overlap, thereby reducing banding.
 The result is smoother images with greatly reduced black banding.

 Q3.What is MicroWeave and how does it improve print quality?

 A3.MicroWeave is a software feature selectable in the printer driver 
 which, like Microfeed, is designed to reduce banding in grayscale

 The printhead in EPSON Stylus 800+ has 48 nozzles configured as four
 staggered columns of 12 nozzles. When MicroWeave is turned on, only 
 the first column of nozzles prints, leaving spaces where the other
 columns would normally print. These spaces are filled as the
 printhead makes multiple passes, stepping down the page to "weave" 
 together each subsequent printed line.This technique reduces
 banding caused by paper feeding.You can best appreciate how
 MicroWeave works by selecting it in your driver, sending a 
 print job that includes a grayscale image, and then lifting the
 printer cover to observe the image being printed.

 Q4.Is there any disadvantage to using MicroWeave?

 A4.When MicroWeave is selected, the print head must make four passes 
 to complete one line.As a result print times increase by about 
 four times. for that reason, MicroWeave should only be used when 
 you require highest quality output for grayscale graphics.
 Q5.What is Error Diffusion and how does it improve print quality?

 A5.In general, Error Diffusion is an attempt to fool the eye to see
 more levels of gray in grayscale images.This is accomplished by 
 the soflware driver telling the printer to generate a random 
 pattern of dots,rather than a systematic pattern. A systematic 
 pattern results in dots being laid down in an established and
 predetermined sequence. Such limited combinations can form only a
 few shades of gray. By having a random pattern of dots, an 
 "infinite" number of combinations can be made--the result being
 the appearance of greater shading and gradation. This feature,
 selectable through your software driver, need only be turned on
 when printing grayscale images such as photographs.

 Q6.What speed improvements does the EPSON Stylus 800+ offer over the 800?

 A6.EPSON Stylus 800+ offers a super-fast draft mode of 250 cps and
 165 cps letter quality mode.

 Q7.What printer driver comes with EPSON Stylus 800+?

 A7.EPSON Stylus 800+ ships with the monochrome version of the Software
 2000 driver used in EPSON Stylus COLOR. The driver offers the same 
 visual feedback and background processing advantages as the color 
 version of the driver.
 Q8.How does the driver's "background processing" work?

 A8.Typically with Windows applications the print job is sent through 
 Print Manager. In doing this, the entire image must be processed
 within the application prior to being sent to the printer. This 
 processing slows printing time and ties up the computer, leaving
 users unable to continue their work.With the new custom EPSON
 Stylus driver, processing is accomplished in the background,
 which allows for a faster return to application and faster overall
 print times.
 Q9.What is High Speed mode?

 A9.A High Speed mode is now available with the introduction of 
 EPSON Stylus COLOR and EPSON Stylus 800+. Selectable through the
 software driver, High Speed mode makes the printer operate 
 bidirectionally, making throughput even faster. This mode should 
 be turned on when requiring the fastest Windows printing possible.
 Q10. Why is it necessary to run the Calibration utility found on the 
 driver diskette?

 A10. Although rare, it is possible that the print head may be moved 
 out of alignment during shipping. This may result in printed lines 
 not being totally aligned, a problem that will be especially
 noticeable when printing in High Speed mode. To address this, a 
 utility has been added to the driver diskette to calibrate your 
 individual printer. When unpacking the printer for the first time 
 it is important to run this utility to ensure your printer is 
 properly calibrated.

 To run this utility, at the A (or B) prompt, type CD\WINDOWS and
 press Enter. Then type CALIBRAT and follow the directions on the
 computer screen.

 Q11. Doesn't the HP DeskJet 520 have RET and higher resolution than
 Stylus 800+?

 A11. HP's claims for the DeskJet 520 are a little misleading. Typically, 
 increased resolution means three things:
 1) an increase in the number of places that dots can be printed

 2) the ability to print smaller dots; and 3) the ability to print 
 more dots per square inch.

 The DJ-520's claim of 600 x 300 applies only to addressability, in 
 that the vertical grid is divided in half, allowing dots to be 
 shifted slightly to the left or right. The DJ-520 can only print
 300 x 300 dots in a square inch and the dot size has not been 
 reduced. The High Definition Stylus 800+ can print360 x 360 dots, 
 or 44 percent more. And more dots mean better looking print.
 HP's claim of RET in the DJ-520 also refers to this ability to shift 
 dots to the left or right.Thiscapability falls far short of the
 functions of RET in laser printers, which allow dots to be modulated
 from full size to 25%, 50%, and 75% of full size and to be placed
 with much more latitude than with the DJ-520. RET in the DJ-520 
 reduces "jaggies" somewhat but its print quality remains inferior 
 to that of EPSON's Stylus 800+.

 Q12. How does the new EPSON Stylus 800+ compare to the Canon BJ-200e?

 A12. Only EPSON ink jet printers offer the revolutionary EPSON Stylus 
 technology. While the BJ-200e does have software driver features
 similar to MicroWeave and Error Diffusion, the advantage of EPSON
 Stylus technology and the addition of Microfeed continue to make 
 the EPSON Stylus 800+ the best choice in monochrome personal
 ink jet printers.

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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Well, I think that I'm finally recovered from the ACT AtariFest '94
 in Connecticut last weekend.  As most people will testify, it was a
 good show.  No, there weren't thousands of people there - hardly.  But,
 the show succeeded in its goal to attract new and old Atari users,
 dealers, developers, and other vendors to a weekend of Atari enjoyment.

      From all of those that I talked with during and after the show,
 they all had an enjoyable time.  The attendees were buying, more so than
 last year from what I could tell.  The vendors were ringing up good
 sales compared to last year's show.  The various booths, while not
 jammed with lines, were rarely not busy.  Atari, the computer company,
 may be in limbo, but the enthusiasm of the users and supporters
 remained fast.

      It's true, the days of WAACE and Glendale shows may now be just a
 part of Atari users' history, but the '94 CT Show proved that shows on
 a smaller scale can be successful.  I'm glad that I could be a part of
 it.  Look for various show reports later in this issue.

      My thanks to Brian and Angela Gockley, and to Doug Finch and all
 of the rest of the ACT support staff for making this another memorable
 Atari weekend.  It's nice to know that there are still those who enjoy
 the many facets of Atari computing that I do; and that they also are
 willing to work hard to provide the means such as this show to bring it
 all to those of us who appreciate it.  Hats off...!

      It's hard to believe, but Labor Day is upon us once again.  It's
 the time of year when students are returning to those hallowed halls of
 school rooms once again; and summer days are on the rapid wane.  Oh

      Please stay safe over the holiday weekend - do NOT drink and

      Until next time...


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              -/- CAF '94 Comments From the Organizers -/-

      Dana - Thanks to you, Joe and all the terrific Atarians that enjoyed
 the fourth Connecticut show.  We had a great time and, personally, I
 picked up a few last-minute bargains that made it all worthwhile.  It
 was a regular buying frenzy as the clock wound down.  I got a hold of
 A & D Software's Universal Network (LAN) for $100, regularly $299.

      The really amazing thing about this year's show was not the smaller
 crowd (we estimate the gate at about 400, could be slightly higher when
 all the registrations are counted), but how far people came to be in on
 the action.  Despite the fact that it was still prime vacation season,
 we ended up with visitors from California and Washington State,
 Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio, Maine, Ontario and Quebec. Our hats
 REALLY are off to two attendees who came from Costa Rica and Germany,

      Gotta go, will try to get some more recollections on the board soon.
 Thanks to all of you who came or supported our efforts.

         Doug Finch
         Connecticut AtariFest '94


 > TOAD Catalog STR InfoFile

    -/- Toad Computers' Catalog Is Now Available/HolidayFest '94 News! -/-

 It's official, it's for real, it's packed  with stuff and it's headed
 your way now!  Watch for the new Toad Computers PRODUCT CATALOG!  It's
 being mailed to 25,000 of our closest friends and you're probably one
 of them! If not, call us TOADAY and get on our mailing list!  We want
 to make sure you have the latest information on the products available
 for your Atari!

 The Toad Computers PRODUCT CATALOG is a full 56 pages packed with
 software, hardware and accessories picked EXCLUSIVELY for current and
 prospective Atari owners!  Get the latest word on all this and more:

         - Lynx Games            - Jaguar Games
         - Falcon Prices         - Monitors
         - ST Computers          - ST Games
         - Speedo GDOS 5.0       - CD ROM Products
         - Graphics Programs     - Desktop Publishing
         - Word Processing       - Scanners from $109 & Up
         - Printers              - Oregon Research Software
         - Codehead Software     - Database Programs
         - STraight FAX!         - FAX Modems
         - Terminal Programs     - Falcon Voice Mail
         - NeoDesk 4             - Mag!x & Kobold
         - Programming           - Magazines
         - Emulators             - Gemulator for $99
         - Repairs               - Spectre 3.1
         - New Toad T-Shirt      - Cables
         - Custom PC Systems     - Atari Portfolio
         - Accelerators          - RAM Upgrades
         - Hard Disk Drives      - Tape Backups
         - Diamond Back 3        - SyQuest Drives
         - Atari 8-Bit Products  - Music & MIDI Software
         - Cubase / Steinberg    - Notator / EMAGIC
         - Spreadsheets          - Financial Software
         - Educational Software  - Edit*Plus
         - Mice & Joysticks      - Cheap Games
         - Recipes               - Directions to our Store
         - Beetle Mice           - Our Reader Survey

 WATCH FOR IT in your mail!  It has a bright yellow, full color cover!
 You can't miss it!  Also announced in the catalog are the following new
 services from Toad Computers:

 Beginning in mid-August 1994, TOADFAX -- an automated, voice activated
 FAX-On-Demand system -- will distribute pricing and product literature
 to Toad customers.

 Simply call the system, enter the numbers of the documents you wish to
 receive using your touch-tone phone.  You can choose between entering
 your FAX number and having our system call you back, or receiving your
 documents on-line at the time of your call.

 TOADFAX is intended to cure a common problem in today's fast paced
 computer market -- information  obsolescence  --  and gives customers a
 fast and easy way to check up on prices and product information.

 TOADFAX can be reached by dialing (410)  544-0098 and will begin
 operation in mid-August 1994.

 We continue to expand our support of MIDI and music software by adding
 another phone line  specifically for that purpose.  While you would
 still use our standard (800) 448-8623 order line for placing orders
 for all products, if you need technical support or even buying advice,
 on MIDI products, call (410) 544-7495.

 Also available in August 1994 will be a new Toad T-Shirt!  This is the
 first Toad T-Shirt in almost four years and it's sure to be a hit!

 ON THE FRONT:   My Other Computer is an ATARI!
 ON THE BACK:    ATARI Logos (from Catalog Cover)
                 Toad Computers
                 America's Atari Source!

 The front is in blue.  The back is in full color and features various
 Atari logos (Fuji, ATARI, Lynx, Jaguar, TT, ST, STE, Portfolio and
 Falcon030 -- each in a different color!)

 This rugged shirt is 100%  Fruit-of-the-Loom cotton and more stylish
 than a hairpiece!


 Small, Medium, and XL:  Only $10.00!

     2XL and 3XL Sizes:  Only $14.00!


 > TOAD's Holiday Fling STR FOCUS!

 Toad Computers is proud to announce HOLIDAY FESTIVAL '94 which will
 take place on December 3rd & 4th, 1994.  Last year's event drew a
 surprise 500 people from all over the country and featured guests and
 exhibitors such as:

         - Dave Small
         - Joe Waters, Ed. of Current Notes
         - Charles Smeton (STraight FAX!)
         - Dave Troy (CN Columnist / Toad Co-owner)
         - Tim Reyes
         - MajicSoft
         - Carter's Creative Computer
         - Greg Ondo of Steinberg Jones

 All Atari developers and user groups are invited and will be given
 FREE table space if pre-registered by November 1, 1994.  Tables
 requested after that time will be $150 each.  Space will be allocated
 on a first come, first served basis.

 We'll feature free hot apple cider, door prizes and more!  We'll also
 have another raffle to benefit Habitat for Humanity (which raised over
 $500 last year!!)

 The show will take place at TOAD COMPUTERS in the Park Plaza Shopping
 Center in Severna Park, Maryland.  There's unlimited free parking and
 lots to see and do nearby, as we're nestled between Washington,
 Baltimore, and Annapolis.


         Saturday December 3th    10:00am - 7:00pm

           Sunday December 4th    10:00am - 5:00pm

         Toad Computers
         Park Plaza Shopping Center
         570 Ritchie Highway
         Severna Park, MD 21146-2925

         Voice:          (410) 544-6943
         Orders:         (800) 448-8623
         FAX:            (410) 544-1329
         BBS:            (410) 544-6999
         TOADFAX:        (410) 544-0098
         MUSIC/MIDI:     (410) 544-7495

         information you may need, please call us!

 Keep an eye open for further developments on the show!  We plan to have
 announcements on and in:

         - GEnie                 - CompuServe
         - Internet              - Delphi
         - Current Notes         - ST Informer
         - Processor Direct      - Anything We Can Think Of
                     - STReport Online
         We will also be mailing postcards in support of the show
         sometime in November.  If you know of someone who would like
         to come to the show, give us their name and address and
         we'll be sure they get the information!



 > Connecticut AtariFest '94! STR Show Reports! - CAF '94 A Hit!!

      Well, this year's show was a last-minute venue change to Bridgeport
 rather than Windsor Locks, but apparently it didn't deter Atari users
 from attending.  My first reactions to learning of the Bridgeport site
 was of disappointment, but that was short-lived once I arrived.
 Although Bridgeport has declined over the past few years, I was
 pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.  The
 hotel was in the downtown section of the city, close to the train and
 ferry stations; and the area was strangely devoid of bustling people
 that you would expect from a fairly large city.
      My wife, Louise, and I arrived at the hotel early Saturday
 morning, with only two minor direction mishaps on arriving in
 Bridgeport.  Even with hotel reservations about a month ago, checking
 in was a nightmare.  The hotel was booked solid as of the night before,
 so we had to wait until after 3:00 pm before we managed to get into a
 room.  However, the waiting time was utilized well, at the show!

      There were over 20 various vendors at this year's show.  With the
 rapidly diminishing developer and dealer community, the numbers of
 vendors present was quite good - a terrific variety!  There was only
 one no-show, Corporate Computer Consulting.  Ironically, this company
 is a local one for me and I have no idea what happened.
      The show started off slowly, but eventually the people coming in
 increased in size.  Even some of the vendors were late starting, but it
 was hardly noticed after the first half hour passed.
      Walking into the showroom, you were first met with the ACT user
 group tables.  I finally decided that I had to add an ACT '94 tee shirt
 to my collection of Atari-related shirts!!  Here's a brief rundown of
 the other booths and offerings; and there was plenty to see and buy!!
      Best Electronics was there in full force!  Best lived up to its
 name as the biggest source for Atari electronics and other assorted
 items - practically anything that you could ever need, they've got!
 Best's Brad Koda is finishing up their stock list and their huge
 catalog will be going out soon.  I managed to pick up a transparent
 mouse to use with Louise's Stacy, and it was pretty sharp looking!  I
 had wanted to pick up a new top for my MegaST, but he didn't have any
 with him.  It's on my list of things to call him about, though!  If
 you're looking for parts, Best Electronics is the place to call!
      Wizztronics, although arriving during the afternoon on Saturday,
 managed to still amaze many with their various products.  Although I'm
 not a Falcon owner, the Barracuda 040 was something to see.  The
 Barracuda is a replacement CPU for the Falcon that will add speed and
 much more to your Falcon.  Wizztronics was also showing their Falcon/ST
 rack and tower cases, the newly re-vamped DEKA keyboard replacement
 adaptor, and the Video Funnel.  They also had the CartMaster and
 various other older products on-hand.  Glad that they finally made it
 to the show!
      It's All Relative had all of your CD-ROM needs at the show.  I
 didn't spend a lot of time at this booth because I don't have a CD-ROM
 drive (yet!), but PhotoCD looked great!  IAR's 'Art for Kids' paint
 program was attracting a lot of the younger crowds; and they were using
 the software better than I could ever do!
      Gribnif Software's booth was a big hit with Geneva and NeoDesk 4,
 among their other terrific products.  Both Dan Wilga and Rick Flashman
 were busy all weekend showing off both of their latest offerings,
 especially NeoDesk 4!!  I can't wait to get my upgrade to put it to the
 test.  From what I saw from various demos, this is going to be one hot
 item!  Look for a dual review of Geneva and NeoDesk 4 within the next
 two weeks from STReport's CIS man about town, Joe Mirando.
      Binary Sounds, formerly Barefoot Software, was represented by Rick
 Ladage and his lovely wife.  I still can't believe that they drove for
 38 hours to get to the show from Houston, but they did!  Rick was
 showing off various software and finally was able to offer the long-
 awaited upgrade to EdiTrack Platinum.  Rick was playing up a storm
 throughout the weekend.  I managed to catch up with him during those
 occasional quiet times when we both managed to catch a quick smoke out
 in the halls.  We talked about various current events and other
 assorted topics.  Rick's (and Bob Seeman's) recent entry into the fold
 of Atari developers is a serious one and from all indications that I
 could tell, both are likely to make a success for themselves in the
 MIDI area of Atari support.  I was glad to finally get to meet Rick
 again after seeing him online on Delphi for quite some time and briefly
 meeting him at WAACE a couple of years ago.  Rick and his wife were a
 lot of fun to talk to during the weekend.
      Michael R. Burkley, that Unabashed Atariophile for AEO and part
 proprietor of Suzy B's Software was there with his 7,000-plus
 collection of public domain/shareware software.  Michael is presently
 completing his conversion of his inventory to CD-ROM and it should be
 available shortly.  Michael was busy showing of why Suzy B's is One
 Honey of a Deal!!  It was also a pleasure to finally meet him in
 person, after seeing him online for a few years locally as well as on
      Lexicor's booth took up one complete corner of the show floor with
 their incredible graphics software.  And yes, the Medusa 040 was there
 in all of its glory!!  Boy, I wish that I had a few spare dollars for
 one of those machines!  Louise and I spent a good amount of time at the
 Lexicor booth trying to come up with a solution to Louise's artwork
 needs for her Star Trek: TNG fanzines and newsletter.  We saw a variety
 of software to try, but we decided to wait to see exactly what her
 needs might be.  However, programs such as DA's Picture and Prism
 Paint 2 were incredible.  Both running on a Nova-enhanced TT were
 simply beautiful, especially under the talented reins of Lexicor's Yat
 Siu.  I came close to buying both even though I realized that both may
 have been overkill for Louise's present needs.  However, I am keeping
 one or both of those in mind for the future!
      Oregon Research was there with their full line of products,
 including their latest offering, Papyrus, a powerful new word processor
 program.  I managed to finally upgrade my copy of Diamond Back and also
 picked up Diamond Edge.  With my hard drive fortunes, both products
 will get plenty of good use!
      ICD was there, represented by Tom Harker.  Tom had along with him
 all of ICD's latest hardware and software products for the computer
 user.  I had to get the latest Pro Utilities package and the newest
 tape software.  Tom even convinced me to pick a cleaner kit for the
 tape drive.  It was easy after I mentioned that I hadn't cleaned it
 since I bought it a few years ago!  Tom was also showing a working
 model of the Cat Box, the soon-to-be-released Jaguar hardware addition
 which will allow Jaguars to connect and various other support
 functions.  We were also privy to see the current status of his new
 company's, 4Play, Jaguar game - StarBattle.
      For the Atari 8-bit users, Fine Tuned Engineering was there with
 the newly-acquired ICD 8-bit inventory and other products.  The CT show
 has always had terrific 8-bit support at the shows, and this year's
 show was no exception.
      No Atari show would be complete without Toad Computers!  The
 Troys, Jennifer and Dave, were there with their usually well-stocked
 booth full of just about everything.  As usual, the Toad booth was
 extremely active.  The new Toad catalog was also there, so if you
 managed to be left off of their mailing list, you had another
 opportunity to grab one!  Accompanying the Toads this year was Charles
 Smeton, of NewStar Technologies.  Charles was there showing off and
 selling STraightFax!
      There were a few dealers, such as the Computer Zone and Micro
 Computer Depot, with their various inventories.  Both seemed to be
 doing very well even though Toad seemed to overshadow them at times.
      The biggest action was in the back corner of the showroom floor,
 with the Jaguar set-ups and competitions.  Along with the always active
 games was the AEO SCES video.  The Jaguar competition was fierce and a
 lot of fun to watch.  Some of the youngsters behind the Jaguar
 controllers were simply amazing.  My only disappointment was the fact
 that the show didn't offer a "geriatrics" division for the
 competition!!  There was no way any of us "Space Invaders Generation"
 was going to take on any of these kids in a one-on-one competition!
 Atari was kind enough to offer 3 Jaguars for prizes, and the winners
 walked out with big grins on their faces!
      Louise and I had a great time (it was Louise's first AtariFest!)
 and we met a lot of new people and got reacquainted with many others
 from shows past.  I was sorry to have missed my part in the STReport
 seminar, but we left about an hour before the seminar was to have taken
 place.  However, I understand that my seminar partner, Joe Mirando,
 conducted a successful one and managed to partially devoid himself of
 the remaining STReport buttons!
      So, I had a great time.  I managed to leave with quite a few new
 goodies to help me in my Atari computing endeavors and a lot of
 memorable meetings of friends.  I hope that we can do it all over again
 next year!  I know I missed a number of vendors being mentioned, but I
 never seem to remember them all when I do a show report!  I apologize
 to those I've overlooked; it's my mind that's lacking and not your
 appreciated participation at the show!


                               JAGUAR SECTION

 In This Week's Jaguar Section
 BSF, Doom update, Man VS. Machine in
 Chess!, AT&T Drops Modem Support, & more...

 > From the Editor's Controller  -        "Playin' it like it is"
      It's early September and there are no new revelations of new games
 going into production.  This means that it doesn't look good to see any
 new games hitting the streets this month unless there's something in
 the pipelines from 3rd party developers that Atari hasn't heard about
 yet.  Sam Tramiel still says that there will be 30-50 games out in time
 for the Christmas season, but I'm not sure how this is going to be
 accomplished at this present time.  However, I do believe that there
 will be a good group of games available in plenty of time to make it a
 successful season, albeit less than anticipated.  Perhaps, we'll see
 15-20 games with the first new ones coming out in mid-October.  Plans
 for the CD-ROM player and CD-ROM games are still, apparently, still on
 schedule.  The first CD-ROM games appear to be BattleMorph and Dragon's
 Lair - one of them a likely candidate as the CD-ROM pack-in game.

      After various views online regarding the quality of Brutal Sports
 Football, I finally saw it being played for the first time at the CT
 AtariFest last weekend.  Maybe people were talking about a different
 game than I saw, but it looked like a LOT of fun!  I think most people
 were right on target on one point, however - it does look like it's a
 better game with two players.  Another game that I was personally
 disappointed in was Crescent Galaxy.  However, after watching many show
 attendees playing this game, it started to grow on me.  The initial
 screen levels that I managed to play grew increasingly better as the
 game progressed.  I may have to give this game a second chance.

      Our "Promote the Jaguar" Photo contest deadline is only a few
 weeks away.  If you haven't taken your pictures yet, time is running
 out quickly!  See the details for the contest later on in this issue.

      Until next time...


 > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News! 

     SUNNYVALE, CALIF. (Aug. 29) BUSINESS WIRE - Aug. 29, 1994--Sega,
 Nintendo, 3DO and Sony continue to tell game enthusiasts that they must
 wait until late 1995 to experience advanced video game technology and

    But the Atari Jaguar, the world's first 64-bit multimedia home
 entertainment system, already is available.  "By Christmas 1994, Jaguar
 fans will be playing 30-50 new game titles on their 64-bit systems while
 our competitors continue to play catch up and beg their followers to be
 patient," said Sam Tramiel, Atari president and chief executive officer.
 "It's nice to know American companies are once again leading the way in

    The Atari Jaguar is the only video game system manufactured in the
 United States.  Jaguar, the most powerful multimedia system available,
 was recently named the industry's Best New Game System (Video Games
 Magazine), Best New Hardware Systems (Game Informer), and 1993 Technical
 Achievement of the Year (Die Hard Game Fan).

    Jaguar also recently was given the European Computer Trade Show Award
 for Best Hardware of the Year.  "We still have the best hardware on the
 market.  And now we have great titles rolling in," said Tramiel.  "So if
 you can buy 64-bit power today for under $250, why should you wait until
 1995 to spend close to $500?" said Tramiel.

    In September, Atari will launch an aggressive advertising campaign
 highlighting the great gameplay made possible by the Atari Jaguar's
 64-bit power.  One of the campaign spots stresses the immersive, 3D
 nature of Jaguar games by focusing on upcoming title Alien Vs. Predator.
 "The 3D Graphics and texture mapping take full advantage of the Jaguar's
 technological superiority and create an experience that is out of this
 world," said Tramiel.

    Atari Corp., based in Sunnyvale, designs and markets 64-bit
 interactive multimedia entertainment systems and video games.

  Contact: Diane Carlini                 Ron Beltramo
           Edelman Public Relations      Atari Corporation
           (415) 433-5381                (408) 745-8852

           Terry Grantham
           Telegames, Inc.
           (214) 228-0690 ext.901

  For Immediate Release


  Title Is First Of Many Third-Party Games For Award-Winning, 64-Bit
  Atari Jaguar

       SUNNYVALE, Calif. (August 22, 1994) --  Imagine no rules on the
 football field as you decapitate your opponent as he runs toward the
 goal line. The only game you'll experience it on is Brutal Sports
 Football and the only video game system you'll play it on is Atari's
 award-winning Jaguar. The first of many third-party video games, Brutal
 Sports Football also is the first sports-related, fast-action game
 developed for the 64-bit Jaguar system.

       Initially released for sale in mid August, with national
 availability in September, Brutal Sports Football represents a hybrid
 in video games -- coupling the sporting elements of rugby with the
 blood-and-guts mayhem of the most popular video games. The product is
 designed for action gamers and football fans who are tired of the same
 old set of moves and rules. The new rules are simple ... there are none.
 Players simply pick up the ball and run for their video game life while
 avoiding the head-hunting opposition.

       "Brutal Sports Football was our chance to work with the most
 sophisticated video game platform on the market, the 64-bit Jaguar,"
 said Telegames' Terry Grantham. "We've been developing software for
 Atari hardware since 1982 and believe this is our most innovative
 product yet."  Brutal Sports Football, retailing for $69.95 at consumer
 electronics and toy stores nationwide, is the first of numerous games
 Telegames is developing for the Jaguar platform including World Class
 Cricket, Ultimate Brain Games, Casino Royale, and Operation Starfish
 (James Pond 3).

       Atari's Jaguar game system has approximately 30 software titles
 planned for release before the holiday season. Popular titles in the
 works include Alien Vs. Predator, Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story, Doom,
 Busby, Troy Aikman Football, and Kasumi Ninja.

       "We've challenged our software designers to develop games that
 use the full technological capacity of the 64-bit Jaguar," said Atari
 Corporation President Sam Tramiel.  "This means players can look
 forward to some incredible titles in the near future because our
 developers are not constrained by less-sophisticated 16-bit or 32-bit
 technology." More than 150 independent developers currently are working
 on Jaguar-compatible products.

       Since its release in November 1993, Atari's Jaguar game system
 has been named the industry's "Best New Game System" (Video Games
 Magazine), "Best New Hardware System" (Game Informer) and "1993
 Technical Achievement of the Year" (DieHard GameFan). The Jaguar is the
 only video game system manufactured in the United States.
       Atari Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., designs and markets
 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment systems and video games.

  Contact: Ron Beltramo
           Atari Corporation
           (408) 745-8852

                   -/- Computer Beats Chess Champ -/-

     Human chess players are consoling each other today as word arrives
 from London that world champion Garry Kasparov was defeated last night
 by Chess Genius 2, a computer program that analyzes up to 100,000
 positions a second and costs less than $200.
      The Reuter News Service says, "Kasparov, hitting his head in
 frustration and muttering to himself, walked off the stage at a London
 tournament after his shock defeat. His conqueror stayed on the pedestal."
      The Professional Chess Association champion lost his first clash
 against the program, then could do no better than a draw in a second
 game. The loss eliminates him from the Intel World Chess Grand Prix,
 which has a $160,000 grand prize.
      Around the world, chess grandmasters (humans, all) were wringing
 their hands.  "It is a sad day for chess," Georgian Eduard Grufel told
      Nigel Short, who was defeated by Kasparov in last year's $1.5 million
 World Chess championship, told the London Times the computer had a major
 advantage, because it was not overwhelmed by Kasparov's intimidating
 psychological presence across the board.
      "It's a sensational and sad result," computer chess expert Frederic
 Friedel told The Daily Telegraph. "The way hardware is developing, the
 day when computers will defeat humans in all forms of chess is
 approaching faster than we thought."
      Reuters says that prior to the match Kasparov slept late yesterday,
 then jogged along the banks of the river Thames to help prepare himself
 mentally for the challenge. "The computer spent the hours before the
 competition covered by a single blue blanket."
      Of course, some are forecasting doom for the ancient game. London's
 Independent paper, for instance, says Kasparov's defeat may lead to the
 game losing its appeal. "It will be less exciting to watch, since
 spectators will eventually be able to carry notebook computers capable
 of telling them what the world champion ought to do next. There may also
 be greater opportunities to cheat, even though the incentive to do so
 will diminish as the prizes do."
      The Associated Press says Kasparov at first had a slight advantage
 over Chess Genius 2, but was outplayed in the endgame.
      Both players had only 25 minutes to make all their moves and this
 is "the first time Kasparov lost to a computer in a game with a time
 limit of more than five minutes per player," AP notes. Russian Kasparov,
 who holds one of the two world chess titles, left the World Chess
 Federation (known by its French initials FIDE) last year and formed the
 rival Professional Chess Association with British grandmaster Short.
      AP provides this play-by-play of Chess Genius 2's win. Kasparov
 plays the White pieces:
   1. c4 c6
   2. d4 d5
   3. Nf3 Nf6
   4. Qc2 dxc4
   5. Qxc4 Bf5
   6. Nc3 Nbd7
   7. g3 e6
   8. Bg2 Be7
   9. 0-0 0-0
   10. e3 Ne4
   11. Qe2 Qb6
   12. Rd1 Rad8
   13. Ne1 Ndf6
   14. Nxe4 Nxe4
   15. f3 Nd6
   16. a4 Qb3
   17. e4 Bg6
   18. Rd3 Qb4
   19. b3 Nc8
   20. Nc2 Qb6
   21. Bf4 c5
   22. Be3 cxd4
   23. Nxd4 Bc5
   24. Rad1 e5
   25. Nc2 Rxd3
   26. Qxd3 Ne7
   27. b4 Bxe3+
   28. Qxe3 Rd8
   29. Rxd8+ Qxd8
   30. Bf1 b6
   31. Qc3 f6
   32. Bc4+ Bf7
   33. Ne3 Qd4
   34. Bxf7+ Kxf7
   35. Qb3+ Kf8
   36. Kg2 Qd2+
   37. Kh3 Qe2
   38. Ng2 h5
   39. Qe3 Qc4
   40. Qd2 Qe6+
   41. g4 hxg4+
   42. fxg4 Qc4
   43. Qe1 Qb3+
   44. Ne3 Qd3
   45. Kg3 Qxe4
   46. Qd2 Qf4+
   47. Kg2 Qd4
   48. Qxd4 exd4
   49. Nc4 Nc6
   50. b5 Ne5
   51. Nd6 d3
   52. Kf2 Nxg4+
   53. Ke1 Nxh2
   54. Kd2 Nf3+
   55. Kxd3 Ke7
   56. Nf5+ Kf7
   57. Ke4 Nd2+
   58. Kd5 g5
   59. Nd6+ Kg6
   60. Kd4 Nb3+


 > Jaguar Easter Eggs, Cheats, & Hints STR InfoFile 

 We're going to hold off any new tips for this week's issue.  However,
 look for a group of tips for various games to appear in the upcoming
 few issues.  We're busy compiling the various e-mail requests for hints
 to make sure that we get to help everybody in one fell swoop!!  Stay

 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

   NEW INFO!!!!!!!!!!

      According to Gary Tramiel ( I talked with him today ) AvP is not in
 production as of 8/30 but is in the final stages. He added that the
 final version is MUCH HOTTER than anything seen previously. According
 to him it is much better looking than what has been seen in the mags or
 at CES. He said the street date is the first week in Oct. rather than
 9/22 that I posted earlier. I had a feeling that our list was dated but
 I posted exactly what I had in the store, and had a feeling it would be
 around early Oct. Hurray for me. It should be worth the wait. He's also
 sending me a video tape of the final version running. I'll let everyone
 know what I think.

                          *Kasumi Ninja Update*

       The version seen at CES was the 16meg version. According to Gary
 Tramiel the final version will be 32 MEGS !!!!! New characters and moves
 have been added and maybe some new back grounds. The price for the cart
 will be $69.99. Not bad when you consider that MKII has a SRP of 74.99.
 If this one is as good as what I've seen then it WILL be worth it. You
 have to finish the end boss by using each character in order and chase
 him through a maze ( and the maze I saw rivals DOOM graphics )!!!!

      Well, that's the latest.....oh yah...Gary said he was impressed
 with the amount of work ID has put into DOOM. It's an early Oct. cart
 as well. I asked him about the res and color and he said that Id is
 still playing with it...they might kick the res back up.


              STReport Jaguar Contest - Only 3 Weeks Left!!

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 What would you do to promote the Jaguar?  Do you have an idea that could
 be expressed on film?  STReport wants to see it.  And, we're ready to
 reward the person (or group) with the best idea, in picture format.

 That's right, just send us a photograph of how you would promote the
 Jaguar!  You'll also need to send us your name and address, of course.

 1st Prize will be an official Atari Jaguar tee-shirt AND an official
 in-store promotional Jaguar banner!

 2nd prize will be a Jaguar tee-shirt (identical to the one above).

 3rd prize will be a "JAG RULES!" rubber stamp which is normally available
 exclusively from Artisan Software!

 Photographs will be judged and prizes will be awarded by the
 Atari/Jaguar editor of STReport, Dana Jacobson.

 All photographs must be received by September 20, 1994.  The winners
 will be announced in STReport online magazine, in the issue scheduled
 to be released on Friday, September 23, 1994.

 To be eligible, please submit a clear photograph (color preferred) of
 your idea.  Also include your name and address with the photo!  All
 photographs submitted will become the property of STReport; they will
 not be returned to you.  Contest is valid in the United States and 
 Canada only.  Employees of Atari Corporation and staff members of
 STReport or Amiga Report are not eligible to win.  This contest is void
 where prohibited by law.

 Send your photograph, your name and address to:

                           Jaguar Photo Contest
                           STReport Online Magazine
                           1121 Saratoga Street
                           East Boston, MA 02128-1225

 Again, 1st prize includes a Jaguar tee-shirt and a Jaguar banner! The
 tee-shirt is 100% cotton.  It's a black crew-neck shirt with the Atari
 Jaguar name on the chest.  On the back is the famous Jaguar logo.  The
 banner is the same as you've seen at your favorite Jaguar dealer.  What?
 You haven't seen one?  Well, it measures 4 feet wide and 2 feet tall!
 The Jaguar logo consists of those piercing yellow Jaguar eyes above the
 dark red Jaguar, claw marks and all!  These banners are collector's
 items which are almost impossible to get anywhere!  Rumor has it that
 this one may have been discovered in a rare cache somewhere in the
 bowels of Sunnyvale.  And it can be all yours!  Show it off proudly on
 the wall of your room or fly it out your window!  All of your friends
 will want one, but only you will have one.  It's awesome!  JAG RULES!

 The 2nd prize consists of the Jaguar tee-shirt, as described above. 
 The 3rd prize is the official "JAG RULES!" rubber stamp!  Use a bright
 red ink pad (not included) for a vivid 2.25" by 1.5" image of JAG RULES in
 the impact of the Jaguar logo type style.  Use it as an economical way to
 advertise your enthusiasm of the Atari Jaguar. Stamp your letters and your
 envelopes.  Stamp your arm as a tattoo. Stamp your money.  Stamp school
 notebooks and post-its.  Writing a letter to your favorite software

 Stamp it!  Sending a birthday card to your best friend?  Stamp it! 
 Dropping a postcard to your brother at school?  Stamp it!  Let everyone
 know you're a Jaguar gamer. After all, in the empire of high technology
 entertainment systems, JAG RULES!
 For an example of the JAG RULES logo, call the CATscan BBS.  Dial
 209/239-1552. Download file: JAGRULES.ZIP.  File is ZIP'd and requires
 PKUNZIP to decompress.  Or, call your favorite online service to find it!
 Need a tip to help you start thinking of some ideas?  Drop us a line in
 E-Mail to either DPJ on Delphi, 71051,3327 on Compuserve, D.JACOBSON2 on
 GEnie, or Internet mail at  Or, call us at Toad Hall BBS
 at (617)567-8642 and leave a private message to Dana Jacobson.
 Are you still here?  Grab that camera and start taking some pictures!
 One of them may just be the winner!

 Credits: STReport and its staff would like to thank Atari Corporation
 for its generous donation of the banner and tee-shirts.


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

      Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Well, I'm finally recovering from
 last week's Connecticut AtariFest.  It was a great time!  I got to catch
 up with lots of friends old and new.  I really enjoyed talking with my
 pals Myles Cohen, Brian and Angela Gockley, Doug Finch, Bernie Paist, Dan
 Simpson, Dave and Jennifer Troy, Tom and Loretta Allard, Dan Wilga, Rick
 Flashman, and new friends Rick and Karen Ladage of Binary Music, they're
 the folks who are taking over the Barefoot Software line.  They are good
 folks, and I enjoyed seeing them again (I met them last year at the
 Asheville show).

      Well, let's see if last weekend's infusion of "fuji-enriched
 activity" has any affect on this week's column.  So without any further
 adieu, let's get on with the reason for this column:  All the great news,
 tips, and hints to be found every week right here on CompuServe...

 From the Atari Computing Forum

 On the subject of modems and line noise, Glenn Pavlovic asks:

   "Could The RTS/CTS problem by the reason why my modem works fine at
   1200 baud but intermittently spews garbage at 2400?"

 Sysop Jim Ness, who knows more than most people about modems and such,
 tells Glenn:

   "Higher modem speeds require better phone lines.  Or, alternatively,
   error correction built into the modem.
   The garbage you see is a result of "junk" or static on the phone line.
   At lower speeds, the static goes unnoticed.  If you had an error
   correcting modem, you wouldn't see the junk.  You'd occasionally see
   short pauses, as the modem caused the bad data to be resent."

 Pablo Zoltan asks:

   "[Does] Anybody out there knows anything about connecting a PC to an
   Atari ST via a serial port? Are there, perhaps, some programs onboard
   which could accomlish that? I can hook up two PC's via a zero-slot LAN
   or anything else similar, but I've tried a number of things to do the
   same with my ST and failed miserably."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Pablo:

   "A null modem cable connection between the serial ports on the PC and
   ST should work...  you'd just run a terminal program on each of them,
   and "upload" and "download" files between them.
   However, if what you're looking for is more along the lines of a
   "true" LAN setup, where one system's disk serves the other
   transparently, I don't think there is anything like that available on
   the ST side of things, at least not that I know of..."

 Roland Hautz tells Pablo:

   "For the purpose of file transfer ST<->PC, I'm using
   terminal-emulations on both sides. Anything from freeware to $$$ would
   do, as long as they have the same file transfer protocol on eac side.
   On the PC, range is from the terminal, that comes with Windows to WRQ
   Reflection($$$). On the Atari, I have UNITERM(free) and
   RUFUS(shareware). I reach tranfer rates of appr. 2200 cps with Z-Modem
   protocol. Limiting factor there is the 19200 baud COM of the PC, of
   course <grin>."

 Mito Teocharis posts:

   "HELP!!! I'm new here. I'm wanted to download a QUICKCIS for ATARI STE,
   but I have troubles with protocol. HOW can'I set a ZMODEM protocol???"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Mito:

   "We don't have ZMODEM available here...  if your terminal program
   allows it, the best protocol to use is COMPUSERVE QUICK B, if not, you
   can use YMODEM...

   the floppy disk formats used by both the IBM and the Atari ST are
   almost exactly the same...
   That means you can actually use the same disk in both machines, as
   long as you originally format it on the IBM.
   Some of the early STs didn't format the disks exactly right, which is
   why you sometimes need a special program to go from ST to IBM, but if
   you let the IBM do the formatting, BOTH computers can use the disk.
   Just be sure to format the disk as 720K, as the ST can NOT read 1.44
   Meg, High Density disks."

 Peter Joseph tells us:

   "I have the best of both worlds.  A Mega4ST on one side of my desk and
   a P5-90 on the other (actually the P5 sits in a tower on the floor).  I
   swap files between them all the time; especially midi files.  I admit,
   as I get more used to the P5, the Mega gets turned on less often, but I
   still love the little guy.  I say little 'cause the Mega's 12" monitor
   is dwarfed by the P5's 17".  You know the funniest thing?  I can't get
   used to multitasking on the PC.  I keep closing one program to run
   another before I realize that I just don't have to.  Oh well, live
   long and prosper Atarians, man cannot live by PC alone!"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Peter:

   "It's funny, but my boss was saying the same kind of thing about
   multi-tasking the other day..  he says he has enough trouble running
   ONE program without worrying about having several going at once..
   The funny part is that he thinks nothing of having four LAN sessions
   open on one terminal and switching back and forth among them to
   diagnose problems with our mainframes...
   "But that's different..!"

 Peter tells Bob:

   "About the only multitasking I do a lot of at this time is that I like
   having one of my favorite music CD's playing on the ol' CD-Rom drive
   while I work in another program like replying to messages on CIS. :)
   This thing's got an incredible multimedia package."

 Brian Campbell sends up an SOS:

   "HELP - I need to put another 2 megs of ram into my Mega 2 - and I
   need to do it quickly.  What are my options, and where can I find the
   necessary kits/ chips necessary for the upgrde??  I do have electronics
   and soldering experience, as well as the tools for working on PC

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Brian:

   "If you have one of the early Mega 2STs, before Atari changed the
   motherboard design to prevent upgrading, you can relatively easily add
   another 2 Megs of RAM chips right on the board.
   The original motherboard design had all the positions for 4 Megs worth
   of RAM, but only the first 2 Megs were actually populated for the Mega
   2.  The other positions will have had their holes solderd shut during
   the manufacturing process, but with some time and careful desoldering,
   you can open them back up and insert RAM chips or sockets.
   There are also mounting holes for the decoupling capacitiors that are
   needed, and there are also three resistors that need to be added in the
   traces from the new RAM to the MMU chip.  (I'm not sure of the exact
   values or locations, but you can easily determine them by following the
   traces from the existing RAM chips.)
   If you look inside your Mega and find no extra holes, you'll have to
   install a third-party memory upgrade board.  I'd give TOAD Computers,
   or one of the other Atari dealers a call and ee if they have anything
   still available.
   Be sure you specify the upgrade is for a Mega 2ST."

 Brian continues:

   "Do you happen to know the right speed chips I need?"

 Bob tells Brian:

   "Just about any speed hips you can obtain will work.. the actual
   specification for the ST system is 150ns, but it's usually hard to
   even find any that are that slow.
   I think the ones that were in the memory upgrade I installed in my
   520ST were 100ns, and they worked just fine...  as long as all the
   chips in the same bank are the same speed, you shouldn't have any

 Manfred Honede tells us:

   "I am interested in software for my old ATARI 260 ST. Because the
   machine was a gift for my son and he has only a system disk.  Please
   give me an information if there is any software available."

 Mike Mortilla asks Manfred:

   "A 260 ST? Never heard of that one. Do you mean a 520?"

 Sysop Bill Aycock tells Mike:

   "I believe the 260ST, a 256K machine, was only sold in Europe...
   that's probably why you never heard of it. Except for the amount of
   RAM, it's a standard ST."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Bill:

   "Heh.. to make it even more convoluted, I remember the 260ST, which
   was as you mentioned, a 256K memory size ST, that was first shown at
   CES in 1985, but which was never released here in the US because Atari
   decided that was too little memory.. (those were the days before TOS
   was available in ROM, and just loading the operating system would fill
   up your entire memory in a 256K machine..!)
   But.. I remember seeing mention of a 260ST on some of the Internet
   Atari newsgroups that indicated that the machine was really a 512K
   memory system..!
   Since Manfred has an international ID number, I wonder if his was one
   of those...
   Apparently Atari in Europe did some, er.. unusual things..."

 Bill Halvorsen tells Bob:

   "Check Atari Explorer, February 1985, for a centerfold of the 130ST.
   Then, check Atari Explorer Summer 1985 page 19 for a pix of the
   "The new model in the 16-bit line is called the 260ST-FM.  It has 256
   Kbytes of memory, a built-in disk drive and operating system, plus a
   built-in modulator that will allow you to connect to a T.V. and operate
   in low and medium resolution modes.  The 260 ST-FM can also be
   connected to an Atari monochrome monitor and operate in high-res mode.
   All features are identical to the 520 ST except for the memory, and he
   case is two inches deeper, to accommodate the disk drive.
   What is striking about the 260ST-FM is its convenience.  The built in
   drive and power supply mean that there is a total of 3 boxes less to
   scatter around, trip over, and generally clutter up the workspace.  No
   more worrying about cords and plugs for the disk drive, disk drive
   power supply, and computer power supply.  The 260ST-FM will be released
   in the fall." it turned out, I gather the 520 ST was released in the 130ST's
   case, and the 1040 in the 260 ST-FM's case."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Bill:

   "That's an interesting bit of ST trivia..!
   (er.. History...  :)
   I remember thinking that the 260ST looked a lot more convenient than
   the 520..  (they didn't have the 130ST at the Summer CES where the ST
   was introduced.. I guess they'd already decided that a computer that
   couldn't even load its own operating system wasn't likely to be a very
   big seller..)
   What really was surprising was watching the Atari reps (actually they
   were mostly members of the Chicago user group, drafted at the last
   minute to man the "booth", since Atari had cancelled their CES plans,
   then changed their minds after all the floor space had been sold),
   plugging and unplugging and rebooting to get the different
   resolutions... no one there could believe that would be the way they'd
   really ship the systems when they made it to the stores.
   That was also the show where the guy from ActiVenture demoed the
   system his company was working on with Atari...  get this.. an entire
   encyclopedia on ONE disk..!  (That should be out any day now...  :)
   I never really did understand why they released the 520 in the case
   they did..  the 130ST case was so much more convenient, as mentioned in
   the text you quoted.. and it was the case they ended up using after all
   with the 520STFM later anyway...    guess we'll never really know."

 Andreas Rosenberg tells Manfred:

   "I also have an ST260 and here is the info you want (if you don't have
   it already).
   My ST260 bought in 1986 had 512k of RAM, but had to load the TOS (RAM
   V1.0) from disc. This leaves you with 200-250k of free RAM after the
   desktop appears.  I could hardly run my PASCAL compiler to train
   programming during my studies.
   First thing you should check, if you already have the TOS in ROMs.
   This can easily be done by switching the computer on without any disc
   in the floppy drive. If the desktop appears after a few seconds (up to
   30) you have TOS in ROMs. If the screen stays white you only have BOOT
   ROMS that can load the TOS from disc (thats on the system disc).
   If you have no TO it is no fun to use this computer. RAM TOS V1.0 is
   very very buggy and you have to less memory for 90% of all
   applications. Try to get ROM TOS 1.4. (I could give you ROM TOS 1.0 for
   a small mailing fee - it's better than nothing)

   If you have a lot experience in soldering you can also upgrade to 1
   Meg with 16 DIL RAMs of type 41256 (256k*1 bit) where each chip is sold
   about $1.
   A good source for cheap software is the Internet. If you have access
   to the computer center of a university (or know somebody who has) you
   can easly access FTP servers via 'anonymous ftp'. I could give you the
   addresses of some servers that hold a lot of Atari stuff.
   I've also the GEMINI Atari CD-ROM (that is full of shareware and
   public domain for the Atari) and I could copy something for you."

 Meanwhile, Simon Orde posts:

   "I have an intermittent problem on my 520ST and I can't even work out
   if its a hardware problem or a software problem.  The symptom i that
   sometimes, when I doubleclick on a folder to open it, the system bombs
   and reboots itself.  Its not predictable - sometimes it seems that the
   more nested the folder, the more likely it is to happen; but that's
   probably psychological.  If I retry the same folder, the same problem
   may or may not recur.
   It happens quite frequently - but ONLY if I'm running TOS.  It doesn't
   seem to happen if I'm using an application to open directories,
   move/copy files etc.  In fact, it doesn't seem to affect running apps
   at all, except that I think I'm getting less reliability than I should
   be from my diskettes.  I only mention this because someone suggested
   that my power supply might be at fault (eg. if the machine was
   underpowered), and I've heard that that would affect the diskette
   I can't see how the power supply theory could explain it; but then I
   can't see how anything could explain it.  Any ideas anyone?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine asks Simon:

   "Did you check your cables between your computer and your hard drive?
   I had a similar problem with rebooting and it turned out to be a cable
   length problem."

 Mike Mortilla tells Simon:

   "You might try using FOLDERXXX.PRG (available in this forum) is you
   are using TOS under 1.4  as there was a bug in the OS where more than
   40 folders couldn't be used.
   Other than that, is the problem on a particular folder or file? It
   might be that the file is corrupted. Also, check your files for a
   virus. The Atari viruses attack floopy drives mostly, and there are a
   number of PD and commercial utilities available for use."

 Simon tells Mike:

   "Thanks for your help.  I had a look for FOLDERXXX.PRG, both in this
   forum and in the Atari find filder, and couldn't find it.  Do you have
   any more suggestions about where I should look for it?  Also, if you
   have any recommendations for specific PD virus checking software I'd be
   very interested.  I've been out of the Atari world for a long time now
   (I switched to the BM PC world), and I'm totally out of touch.
   The  TOS 1.4 folder bug idea sounds quite promising because its a very
   old Atari (I don't have it here so I can't check the TOS version no.
   right now, but I will).  Incidentally, the problem only seems to occur
   when I double-click on folders.  I only have diskette drives; so it
   could be a virus problem..."

      Well folks, I guess that I'm not as "recovered" from the AtariFest as
 I thought I was.  I'd like to say thanks to all those who came to the show
 and said hello.  It was great seeing Sheila, Myles, Cliff, Matt, and all
 the others again.  See ya in person again next year, guys.  'till then,
 remember:  Always listen to what they are saying when...

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