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From: aa399 (Len Stys) Subject: News - Undated - I Date: Sat Jan 20 14:40:12 1990 Undated Time Casule ------------------- 16 Megs for an 8 bit Atari Virus A Small Red Button Shadow (Review) News on Software Campaign The S. Campaign Continuation DOS XE now available! Atari Game Magazine Atari Cracks Down on Counterfeits CPL and CCPL Library Catalog De-Term Atari BBS's The last of the campaign... Editorial to software campaign 16 Megs for an 8 bit -------------------- -From:aa384:news:593749626:596341626:16Meg for an 8 bit -From: DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) -Indx: 001 For those of you planning to ditch your 8bit computer, hold on a little longer: Dataque is bringing out a new upgrade for the Atari 400/800/xl/xe computers. It is a replacement board for the current 6502 CPU and requires no modifications to a 400/800 and will break the 64 K memory barrier of existing systems. Not banks of memory, but linear address space up to 16 megabytes. The Turbo-816 board is a new hybird 16/8 bit processor that is completely compatable with current software, but gives it a boost of speed. It comes with Turbo-OS which replaces much of the slow code with faster routines that even speed Atari BASIC to the point where benchmarks outspeed many other personal computers. Also, future products for it will allow, real-time multi- tasking OS kernal, new assembler-editors, new BASIC that is faster than any currently available, graphics based GOS and much more. It should b available by next month. (November) For more info, write: DataQue Software Dept. T-816 P.O. Box 134 Ontario, OH 44862 Atari SysOp Doug Wokoun Atari Virus ----------- -From:aa268:news:596806692:599398692:Atari Virus -From: JIM HAYNES (aa268) -Indx: 002 Viruses by Barbara and Ian Carlstrom As co-presidents of CACE and Disk librarians for TAP, we have an abundance of PD software, both for the 8-bit and the ST. Recently, many of our club exchange newsletters have had articles about viruses invading personal computers. We have tried to keep abreast of this problem and to keep the viruses out of our libraries. The virus problem may yet be more common on other computers such as the Amiga, but it is definitely time for Atari users to be concerned as well. Commercial games now frequently come with virus warnings on their covers, and viruses have become a fact of life that every computer user must deal with. We have currently received very few reports of virus problems in our area, but we expect more frequent problems in the future. For those of you unfamiliar with computer viruses, we should explain that the term is used to describe any program that resides hidden on a disk, then attaches itself into the computer's memory and replicates itself on other programs and other disks. Once in your machine, the virus goes away only when you turn off the power to your computer (a cold start). It is possible for your computer to be reinfected whenever you load an infected program or disk. The virus may remain hidden for some time, but after it has replicated itself enough times, or a particular date has arrived, it springs into action. The original viruses were intended to be benign practical jokes that displayed silly messages on your computer screen. However, even these sometimes accidentally destroyed commercial disks by writing to them in improper ways. Eventually, social misfits discovered the idea and created viruses that do deliberate harm. These typically erase your entire disk, write garbage somewhere on your disk or erase the directory. Under any of these scenarios, your disk is ruined. If you have a hard disk, this could be a disaster. In addition to damaging your disks, some current viruses try to convince you that your system is not working. The range of possible mischief for future viruses is quite unlimited. In addition to viruses there are "trojan horse programs" that attach themselves to the computer memory and later do damage, such a formatting a hard disk. Like viruses. you must turn off your computer to eliminate the effect of these programs. They differ from viruses in that they don't reproduce themselves on other disks and other programs, but they may permanently affect your hard disk. David Small, the author of the Magic Sac, wrote a recent article in Current Notes in which he claimed that some software developers were quietly beginning to fight piracy by releasing apparent pirated versions of their software to the pirate boards. These are actually trojan horse programs designed to destroy the boards, and perhaps your system as well. David claims that it is even possible to damage an ST with software. These ideas and methods are just emerging, but in the future beware of pirated programs obtained from the pirate boards. If you have a "Magic Sac" program that runs by software alone, you know that you have such a pirated program. How do you catch a virus? It is most common to download one from a bulletin board. Another way is to copy a friends's disk that has one. The problem is that since the virus is hidden, the sys-op or friend may have no knowledge that there is a problem. There are, however, simple precautions you can take to reduce your risk and ultimately, others also. ST Viruses and Precautions The most common ST virus is one that attaches itself to the computer's memory and then writes to the boot sector of every disk you put in any of your drives, making it executable. Every time it encounters a disk with an executable boot sector, it increments a counter and then when the counter reaches a certain number, it destroys the disk. If you discover you have a virus, there are two programs in the library that will rewrite our boot sector and wipe out the virus. Both will allow you to look at the boot sector to see if it is executable and the redo that sector if necessary. However, as a word of caution, many commercial programs come with boot disks. To rewrite these would be to destroy your commercial program. Use these virus killers only if you are sure the disk is not intended to auto-boot. There are recent viruses that don't use the boot sector. When we get programs to check for these new viruses, we will add them to the library. This will undoubtedly be a permanent process. Each time that a virus killer program is written we can expect a new kind of virus to emerge that escapes its methods.. There are ways to reduce the risk of catching a virus. 1.Write-protect your disks unless you are writing to them. The disk drive is physically protected from writing to a protected disk, no matter what software commands are sent to it. 2.Get one of the virus killer programs from the library. We have been selling them for $2.00 a disk ( with both programs on the disk). Check your current home library. As a note, I have checked every public domain disk both in the TAP and CACE libraries. 3.Always use a COLD START when running a commercial program. The virus cannot survive a cold start, but can a warm start. (For a truly safe cold start, turn off the computer and leave it off for while. ) When you format disks to use with your commercial programs (such as data disks and character save disks), do so after you cold start your system with a disk that you know to be safe. 4.Keep backups. This is a general rule under any circumstances; and other accidents can also destroy a disk. 5.When you download a program from a bulletin board, place the program on a disk that you could afford to lose before running it. Run the program and turn off your computer when done. Boot the virus killer disk from the library and check your the disk. (The same rules can apply to a disk obtained from a friend or possibly even from a user group.) 8-Bit Viruses and Precautions Most of the rules and discussion of ST viruses apply to the 8-bit machines as well. Once an idea catches hold it spreads everywhere; and viruses have arrived in the 8-bit world. Here again we suggest you write protect those disks that you don't intend to write on. It is safest to write protect the disks that you use to boot DOS. A common way to spread an 8-bit virus is to modify DOS. Sometimes the virus is appended to each file, other times it written when you write the infected DOS to a new disk. We do not yet have a good virus checking program for the 8-bit machine. If you encounter one, let us know. In summary, the virus problem suggests that you use prudence. You probably don't need to rigidly follow the anti virus guidelines suggested here and you may well never encounter a virus. We don't intend to spread an unnecessary panic. But when you have valuable commercial disks and irreplaceable personal files, take steps to protect them. Free-net Sysops Note: Programs to "Kill Viruses" are available on most Atari BBS Systems as well. A Small Red Button ------------------ -From:aa268:news:596806842:599398842:Red Button (Ram disk backup battery) -From: JIM HAYNES (aa268) -Indx: 003 A Small Red Button review by I. F. Carlstrom Many members of CACE were fascinated a few months ago by Ray Zapp's demon- stration of a "Big Red Button." This button was placed in a cartridge for an eight bit computer. Together with the software that he had developed, his system allowed you to perform a wide variety of tasks. But the most important was the capability of recover- Ing from a wide range of system lockups. Now it is a current wisdom of experts that no one will buy anything for an eight bit computer and it would not appear reasonable for Ray to try to market this original system at this time. It would take hours to build the device by hand and hundreds of dollars to automate the production. Neverthe- less, Ray wants to maintain faith in the eight bit systems and he is testing the commercial waters with a simpler device that I will describe as a "small red button." If members of our group and other user groups who read our news- letter are willing to support this pro- ject, Ray might be encouraged to produce that marvelous larger system as well. The purpose of the "Small Red Button" is to allow you to reboot your system and recover your ramdisk at any time. The package comes with programs that allow you to modify DOS 2.5 and SPARTA- DOS so that the ramdisk will be re- covered after a "cold start." (A cold start occurs when you reboot DOS. On an Atari 130XE you can get a cold start by typing "BYE" from BASIC and then press- ing SYSTEM RESET.) The second part of his system is a cartridge with a small red button. The sole purpose of this button is to force the system to a cold start. As long as you are working in BASIC, you might not need the cartridge. As I said above, all you need to do is type "BYE." Often, however, this is not possible. All computer users have been frustrated by a sudden lock up of the system. There are also many programs, especially binary load programs, don't let you escape by pressing the SYSTEM RESET. Until now, all you could do was turn off the power and start over. Once the power is turned off, your ramdisk information is lost. Ray's button forces the computer to reboot with the ramdisk intact. With Ray's system, the use of the ramdisk to store files is much safer. Obviously, if you have a power outage, you lose everything. But a sudden lock up of the system is no longer a problem. There are several commercial word processing programs as well as business and home software that do not make use of the ramdisk. I am a great fan of the ramdisk and I am likely to reject a pro- gram that doesn't make use of it. Nevertheless, many of you will be using programs that don't keep a ramdisk. As far as I can see, Ray's system would not likely be of use with them. Individuals whose computer use is restricted to these commercial programs would not be candidates for a ramdisk protector. On the other hand, most public domain prog- rams that we have released through the club do make use of the ramdisk. I would think that nearly every club member with an eight bit computer would be using the computer in ways that would make Ray's system useful. If your computer does not have enough memory for a ramdisk, his system provides an added incentive for you to get a memory up- grade. An obvious use of Ray's system is to protect ramdisk files from a sudden system lock up. Nevertheless, it has other uses as well. For example, after writing this article I will need to send it to the ST so that I can provide Joe with an ST disk file for the newsletter. I will need to boot the Atari 850 inter- face handler to send this file. This task will now be greatly simplified. My article will already be on the ram- disk, ready to be sent. Booting the computer will be almost instantaneous (less than three seconds) because I don't have to recreate a ramdisk or move DOS files there. Examining binary load programs such as games used to be quite a chore. After each game we had to turn off the computer, wait a few seconds for it to power down, reboot the system and DOS, and reload a new binary game. Now several games could be placed on the ramdisk. We can now immediately get back to DOS with the games still intact. Ray is selling his system under the following address: LOGIC ONE Hardware/Software Development P.O. Box 18123 Cleveland, Ohio 44118-0123 For user group members he is asking $22.95 plus 7% sales tax for Ohio residents. Members of our club could give Ray a call (at 932-0116) for fur- ther details or to place an order. There would be an additional $3:00 shipping fee if you want the product mailed to you. He produces a carefully crafted, solid and substantial cart- ridge. It is hand built and it takes him over an hour to build. Obviously, for the price that he is asking this is a labor of love for the machine and its enthusiasts. If he continues to market it, he will have to raise the price. He is willing to take orders at this price without a down payment if you are willing to wait until he has time to build your device. But those who provide cash in advance will be the first ones served. The product seems to be very useful and is much cheaper than a typical game. You would be truly foolish not to take him up on his offer. One possible problem is that he might get an overload of orders. But this would give him the funds to invest in an automated production system such as a circuit board. If you believe in the eight bit system, this is a chance for you to help expand its capabilities. Lets show those "experts" to be wrong! People do still want quality eight bit products. Shadow (Review) --------------- -From:aa268:news:596806965:599398965:Shadow (Review) -From: JIM HAYNES (aa268) -Indx: 004 Shadow by Double Click Software Marketed by Antic Reviewed by Rick Snevel Shadow is billed as a "Multitasking file transfer program. Works with all GEM terminal programs or by itself." My biggest question was, does it really work? Or is it just hype? Well, it WORKS and it does it VERY WELL. Combining this program with a good print spooler and you're all set for all the multitasking most people ever need (or want.) Shadow allows one to upload or download a file while doing something else with your computer. I'll tell you, I was the most skeptical person about this program. I have gotten other programs that supposedly let one do this, but once you get the program you find it doesn't work or you need some other program to make it work. Shadow is installed as a stand alone .ACC (desk accessory) file or can be used in conjunction with Flash. I have only used it by itself, I've had no reason to even use Flash since purchasing Shadow. To access Shadow, you first click on the Shadow program from the Desk menu. You then get the title screen. You have many choices here which include: Send, Receive, Protocol, Set up and Terminal. For sending or receiving, you have the choices of: X-Modem CRC, X-Modem CRC 1K, X-Modem Checksum, Y-Modem Batch, B-Protocol, and ASCII. You can also choose modem speed here (up to 19,200), screen settings which include showing the block number of the transfer on the screen and turn the bell (used to tell you when you're done transferring) on and off. Once you have your terminal set up as you like, you can save your settings. Included with Shadow is an auto dialer. One can set up different BBS numbers to dial. Shadow will keep redialing as long as you like, it will dial while using other programs also. Shadow includes a well written manual (no printing your own manual here as is common with some programs.) The manual explains how to set up and configure your system and gives you keyboard equivalents to most commands. Also included is a section on how to access Shadow from C or Assembly language. As can be seen, I am VERY pleased with this product and recommend it highly. he cost is only $29.95 and is well worth it. One very interesting feature that we have found and have no explanation for is that it speeds up the thinking of Publishing Partner. The printing still takes the same amount of time, but the thinking process is from 8 to 10 time faster. We have done benchmarks that show a file that normally takes 5 minutes of thinking time without Shadow will only take about 30 seconds of thinking time with Shadow loaded. We have no explanation for this, but it works. News on Software Campaign ------------------------- -From:aa399:news:598925394:601517394:News on Software Campaign -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 005 I have received 3 responses as of now and expect more. MICRO PROSE Thank you for recent request for Atari releases of Microprose simulations. Newer Microprose simulations are highly sophisticated and we cannot reproduce the necessary detail within the 8-bit systems' limitations. If a program can be converted to an Atari version and maintain the realism and playability standards Microprose has established, it will be considered. Again, thank you for your interest in Microprose. If I can be of any further assistance feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Kimberly A. May Customer Service Manager SPRINGBOARD (catalog only sent, no response to the campaign. SPINNAKER I received a phone call long distance telling me that I might be contacted again by a higher authority in the future. She also said, that they listen very carefully to any letters that are sent to them. Letter from Spinnaker - 2 days later. Thank you four input. We always appreciate hearing our customers. Your letter has been forwarded to our product manager. Thank you for your interest in Spinnaker software. Customer Service ((this letter was hand-written, not printed)) -As more responses come, I will continue to post them. The S. Campaign Continuation ---------------------------- -From:aa399:news:599260088:601852088:The S. Campaign Continuation -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 006 Response from The Avalon Hill Game Company. Thank you for your letter. Rest assure we have not stopped supporting the Atari 8-bit computer. As a matter of fact we have a great game for the Atari 8-bit - SPITFIRE 40' which came out just this year. Enclosed is a catalog and parts/price list for your convenience. We thank you for your support and interest in Avalon Hill Microcomputer Games and will keep you posted on new games for your computer in the future. Cordially, Customer Service Again, I will keep everyone updated on the Atari 8-bit Software Campaign. Len Stys(aa399) DOS XE is now available! ------------------------ -From:aa399:news:599286808:601878808:DOS XE now available! -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 007 DOS XE is here DOS XE is available now. It is for any Atari XL or XE computer and will work with the 810, 1050, and XF551 drives. This DOS is suppose to increase the disk capacity from 127k to 320k and double the transfer speed between computer and disk. The DOS is said to have also date stamping and hierarchical file structure. The DOS XE disk and complete owners manual can be purchased from: Atari Consumer Relations Attn: DOS XE P.O. Box 61657 Sunnyvale, CA 94088 The cost is $10.00 plus $3.50 for shipping and handling. Len Stys (aa399) NOTE: SpartaDOS works with the double side and double density feature of the XF551 and there are programs to modify 3.2d to work at high speed. The Atari Game Magazine ----------------------- -From:aa399:news:599286941:601878941:The Atari Game Magazine -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 008 The Atarian <(The new magazine for Atari game players)> This magazine covers the 2600, 7800, and XE Game Systems. You are to get: 1) Reviews of new games. 2) Playing strategies. 3) Reader Playing Tips. 4) Previews 5) High Scores. 6) Reader Favorites. 7) Interviews with top designers. 8) And much more... One year subscription (6 issues), you get a free Atari game champion T-shirt and patch, for $15. Remember to send your T-shirt size when ordering. The Atarian 7 Hilltop Road Mendham, New Jersey 07945 <<<This is not an advertisement but just to let the game players know that there is a game magazine for the Atari game machines>>> Len Stys (aa399) Atari Cracks Down on Counterfeits --------------------------------- -From:aa399:news:599287023:601879023:Atari Counterfeits caught! -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 009 Atari Cracks Down on Counterfeits Security agents hired by Atari raided eight New York retailers and seized over $100,000 worth of allegedly counterfeit video game products. Atari said eight firms were illegally selling fake copies of its 2600, video games, and peripherals. This raid was the third conducted by Atari in the past year. Atari previously seized products in Los Angeles and Singapore. Atari claims the problem is due to the Taiwanese governement for letting counterfeits do as they please. As of now, fake products have shown up in Hong Kong, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, and the U.S. Len Stys (aa399) (Co-Atari Sysop) CPL and CCPL Library Catalog ---------------------------- -From:aa384:news:599550507:602142507:CPL and CCPL library catalogs -From: DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) -Indx: 010 The Cuyahoga County Public Library catalog is now available to the public at 398-8806. The Cleveland Public Library catalog is available at 623-0623. Both of these work best with Vt100 emulation, although the CCPL and possibly the CPL catalog will work without it. You can also request materials on the CPL catalog if you have a current Cleveland Public Library card. Doug Wokoun Atari SysOp De-Term ------- -From:aa399:news:599614495:602206495:De-Term -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 011 De-Term copyright(c)1987 By Jim Dillow Well, if you are looking for a great new terminal program for your Hayes Compatible modem, this is it! De-Term has several file transfer protocols. For Up Loading, is Xmodem, Xmodem CRC, and Xmodem 1k. For Down Loading it has Xmodem, Xmodem CRC, Xmodem 1k, and Ymodem batch. While waiting for a file transfer to complete or a connection to a bbs, you can press Ctrl-Shift & G to play a good game of BreakOut. De-Term uses pull down menus and keyboard commands. Features like Edit Window, Timer Reset, Word Wrap, are also featured in this program. There is also that phone list that we need but it is a little more advanced. You can now enter several macros not just two or three. You can also dial up places by marking the boards to call, just having it call all of them, or ofcourse just call only one board. This programs also realizes when there is a busy signal and it hangs up and calls the next number. De-Term is also able to transmit baud rates up to 9600. And with a 2400, you don't get your words garbled like with other programs when scrolling. This program can do everything other programs can. It has a buffer, it can capture the screen, you can format a disk, delete, copy, view a file, print a file, lock a file, and the ram disk can be used as a temporary disk drive. De-Term can be Down Loaded at probably any Atari bbs. Len Stys(aa399) (Co-Atari Sysop) Atari BBS's ----------- -From:aa399:news:599634000:599634000:Atari BBS's -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 012 January, 1989. Atari BBS's 1. Wl's Basement : 381-7859 2. MegaVision System : 441-3816 3. Part-Time : 582-1196 4. TAP Express : 228-7335 5. Central City : 621-4917 6. Nerd : 582-1904 7. Chiller Theater : 252-3110 8. Twin Paradises : 729-0625 Other BBS's Worth Mentioning 1. Cleveland Free-Net : 368-3888 2. Clev.Public Library : 623-0623 3. Cuya.County Library : 398-8806 4. King's Realm(11-7am): 228-2702 If any of these boards go down or you know of more or new boards that start up, please leave e-mail to: Len Stys(aa399) Thanks! The last of the campaign... --------------------------- -From:aa399:news:601354062:603946062:The last of the Campaign... -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 015 Latest and probably last on the software campaign SSSS I EEEE RRRR RRRR A (R) S I E R R R R A A SSSS I EEEE RRRR RRRR AAAAA S I E R R R R A a SSSS I EEEE R R R R A A January 11, 1988 In answer to your recent letter, I am sorry to inform you that Sierra has no future plans to support the Atari 8-bit system. Having read your letter, I think it would be helpful to set you straight on a few points about your machine so that you will understand why this decision was made. It is important for you to understand that your computer has been around since 1980. The technology was great in it's day - phenomenal even, but today it is yesterday's news. The programmers that work for Sierra aren't interested in trying to write another game that will fit in the 64k or 128k of available RAM most Atari 8-bits have. They want to try to take the Amiga to its limits or bend the capabilities of the IBM. It's just not a hot machine anymore. Yes, there are 256k carts out there, and they have got some things to offer that weren't available to us a few years ago. You should understand that having a 256k of RAM on a floppy disk on most machines holds well over 400k. These days, an average Sierra game is shipped on 3 to 5 disks and spans over a megabyte of data. (In fact, one Sierra game is so large it fills up both sides of 9 disks with over 3.5 megabytes of code). We couldn't begin to fit these games on a cartridge, and if we tried, I know you wouldn't be happy with it. In your letter, you mentioned the piracy issue. You should know that cartridges are very easy to pirate onto floppy disks, and many Atari owners would rather pirate (pronounced "steal") our software than buy it. It is my opinion (and that of most other software publishers), that piracty among owners of Atari machines is higher than on any other computer out there. I believe that if pirates hadn't stolen so much Atari 8-bit software back in 1984, the Atari 8-bit might still be a viable machine today. Software publishers just couldn't afford to write games so that one Atari owner could buy it and give it to all his friends for free. I also believe that those same pirates still have their old Ataris, and wouldn't hesitate to pirate any new game Sierra would hope to introduce. One point I really want to hit on from your letter is when you stated "there isn't anything my computer can't do that an Amiga or and Atari ST can do." Pardon me for saying so, but this statement is just plain wrong. Your computer can't begin to do some of the things that an Atari ST or an Amiga can do. Those machines have CPU's that are faster, graphics output that is sharper, and storage media that is more reliable than anything the Atari 8-bit could ever hope to have. The kind of animation that Sierra does on an Amiga (with it's ability to handle quick animation), could never be done on an Atari 8-bit. It's not that your machine is a piece of junk of anything, but the 16-bit machines have technology that is newer and better than the old Atari 8-bit. We software publishers haven't even begun to find out all the things these mew machines are capable of. The Amiga can do things that most of us haven't even dreamed about yet - we've just started exploring the possiblities. To help you understand, I would compare the Atari 8-bit to the 78RPM recorder of the -8 track tape player. These were all really good products in their day, but that day is over. CD's have taken over the record industry, (even vinyl records look like they are on the way out), and 8 track tapes were driven from the market by audio cassettes. In a similar fashion, the Atari 8-bit has lost it's place in the market to the IBM, the Amiga, the Apple IIGS and the Atari ST. It's just the nature of electronics for things to become obsolete. Listen, I understand that you love your Atari 8-bit, I was the proud owner of an Atari 8-bit machine for a number of years. The Atari is fun, friendsly, and easy to understand. The Atari 8-bit was a great machine in it's time, but that time is now over. Other newer, better computers have replaced it on dealer's shelves, and the shelves that used to contain software for your Atari now contain software for the Amiga, the ST, the IBM, and the Apple. The truth is, even if I did have a new piece of software for your machine, I wouldn't be able to find enough retail stores that would sell it so that I could make money off of my investment. If you really love computing (and it sounds like you do), I advise you to save your money up and invest in one of the newer machines. MS-DOS clones can be purchased for less than $800 now (my recommendation) and machines like the Atari ST and Amiga can be had for less than $600. Sure, it's a lot of money, but it will put you back into the mainstream of computing. To end this letter, I can say this. I know that Sierra (and most major software publishers) will probably never support the Atari 8-bit again in a big way. That's the bad news. The good news is that the software product that the publishers are selling bought last year for your Atari 8-bit. Computers haven't died, they've just advanced. If you upgrade your computer, you'll experience personal computing that is much, much better than anything you've ever seen before. I hope you decide to get a newer, more powerful computer. I think you'll find that the experience of 16-bit computing is worth the investment. Good luck with your decision and thank you for writing. Sincerely, John C. Williams Marketing Director ______________________________________ Although he misquoted me, dated the letter wrong, and spelled some words wrong, the letter got to the point and explained how they felt and probably how all the software publishers feel. He explained about software pirates and how he felt that it helped bury the computer. And by the way he was writing, it seems like the ST is probably indanger of the same thing right now. But Sierra is not really noted for producing any quality games without using up a lot memory and picture perfect graphics so this was all that was expected from them. But I did get a response and it was a good one at that. Len Stys (aa399) (Co-Atari Sysop) Editorial to software campaign ------------------------------ -From:aa384:news:601392035:603984035:Editorial to software campaign -From: DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) -Indx: 016 WHAT ARE SOFTWARE COMPANIES REALLY TRYING TO SAY? an editorial by: Doug Wokoun During the software campaign launched by several SIG members, I noticed that the majority of the responses I received were one-sided and even approaching untruthful. This is the attitude of most software publishers and really has no place in out society. Maybe the software companies missed a point we were trying to make. We don't just want software, we want QUALITY software. A recent letter from Electronic Arts states: "During 1986 we received many letters encouraging us to continue developing software for the eight-bit Atari line. In 1986 we released six titles and our Affiliated Labels group released nine. Of the siz titles released by E.A., none of them sold well enough for us to break even on our investment." From what E.A. released during that time, I can't think of much that was worth the trip to the store. In a recent response from Sierra (also posted here) stated "...your computer has been around since 1980...but today it is yesterday's news." I suppose this person doesn't use their microwave oven any longer as they have probably opted to buy something more advanced. It is still the same technology that was "Phenomenal" a few years back. If reliability is a question, how can anyone say that the 1050 or the XF551 are any less reliable than IBM drives, or ST drives? I have never had a problem with either of my drives. A friend of mine who owns an IBM compatable has already replaced both drives and had numerous problems with copy protected software. I can also say that I haven't had my disks wiped out by a trojan horse. As far as piracy is concerned, call a few Commodore boards and find out where the piracy REALLY is. But do the software companies still release software for the C-64? Yes, they do! Yet, the Atari is faster than the C-64 (almost twice as fast) and more flexible. The speed capability of the 8-bit's graphics chips exceed the ST in several applications with their Amiga like methods. /\/\/\/\ /\/\/\/\ Over and over again, software companies have said that Atari software doesn't sell. Why then, if there is no profit left haven't they released their older titles into the public domain so that users that can't afford to buy a lot of software could benefit? Why does a good ST program cost $150 when a good 8-bit program costs $50? It isn't that the 8-bit is dead, it's just that the software companies can make more of a killing with an ST program than with an 8-bit program. The software companies haven't even pushed the 8-bit to it's limits, so how can they even seriously think of pushing the ST to it's limits! As the short term solution, users should download PD software and if it is good, UPLOAD it to other BBS. If everyone did this, MUCH more software would be available for YOU in a very short time. If you use a program every day and can afford it, send a donation to the author. We really don't need the software companies and evidently they don't need us. I don't know how long they will be able to lead computer users around with a carrot on a stick, but eventually, people will get sick of buying a new machine every two years and we will really know what our machines can do. ******** ******** Doug Wokoun Atari SysOp aa384 ____-______-______-______-______-______ This Time Capsule file was produced by Len Stys. 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