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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: News - Apr.90 - Jul.90 Date: Sun Feb 27 15:16:49 1994 Time Capsule - News - Apr.90 - Jul.90 ------------------------------------- News Subject Title Date Posted ------------------ ----------- Diamond Back II May.03,1990 ATARI TAKING ON NINTENDO May.10,1990 FIRM'S FORTUNES HAVE SWUNG UP AND DOWN May.10,1990 Quick ST 2.1 News May.27,1990 Summer CES and Atari Jun.05,1990 Summer CES and Atari: Another View Jun.10,1990 WordPerfect News Jun.14,1990 Re: WordPerfect News Jul.02,1990 32 Mhz TT? Jul.15,1990 -------------------------------------- Article #217 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: Diamond Back II Date: Thu May 3 09:51:37 1990 Announcing............. Diamond Back II ----------------- Now with Diamond Cache!! ---------------------------- DIAMOND BACK II provides a TRUE file backup at image backup speeds with more power and flexibility then all of the rest combined. Here are just a few of the features packed into DIAMOND BACK II and Diamond Cache: EASY to use 100% GEM user interface with online help - Backup/Restore ANY number of drive partitions, directory paths, single directories, or speficic files in a single pass - Flexible creation of backup sets from different paths or partitions - Wildcard masks to include or exclude files may be different for each path - Incremental backups by date/time or archive bit(TOS 1.4) - Load/Save custom backup configurations - Automatic drive switching - Full or Partial restore - Recreate original directory tree or specify new structure during restore - Flexible disk formating options - Preformatted disks do not have to be the same type - File compression and encryption available - Disk usage estimation - Disk statistics - Backup to floppies of other partitions - Intelligent Image backup option - Backup and Restore Spectre partitions - Create file listings during the backup or from floppy disks or selected paths - Create CRC validation logs from Hard Disk or Floppy files and MUCH MUCH MORE!!! DIAMOND BACK II is FAST and now even FASTER with DIAMOND CACHE! The fastest most powerful disk caching program available for the Atari ST. Custom communication links between Diamond Back II and Diamond Cache make backups and restores FLY even faster than they did before! DIAMOND CACHE is fully user configurable with a easy to use GEM configuration/cache statistics program. Sophisticated Artificial Intellegence routines make Diamond Cache the fastest cache period! It even includes a flexible print spooler that uses cache buffers to save precious ram! Of course, all of Data Innovations Diamond products fully support TOS 1.4 extended partitions. DIAMOND BACK II and DIAMOND CACHE provide more POWER, SPEED, and FLEXIBLITY than any other backup system for the Atari ST/Mega/TT. Go to your local dealer a nd ask for Diamond Back II TODAY. Remember, buy Diamonds The others are just CARBON! Diamond Back II with Diamond Cache retails for $59.95 Diamond Cache is also available seperately for $29.95 Current owners of Diamond Back may upgrade to Diamond Back II with Diamond Cache by sending your original disk and $10 ($15 if you also want a new manual) to: Data Innovations, Inc. 127 N. Front Street Rising Sun, IN 47040 (812) 438-3733 Reviewers comments on Diamond Back I : "DIAMOND BACK is a very powerful, flexible program...excellent manual... highly recommended" David Plotkin - STart Jan 1990 "The overall winner has got to be DIAMOND BACK.. it creates GEM compatible disks at image backup speeds...this is the one I use and I use it alot. It's dependable!" LeRoy Valley & Ron Robinson ST Informer Nov 1989 "If you own a hard drive... then RUN, don't walk, to your nearest dealer and ask him to order Diamond Back!" Victor T. Albino ST World Oct 1989 Here's a few of the features new in Diamond Back II : Spectre Partition Backup/Restore: Full support for backing up and restoring Spectre partitions!! Specify which partitions to backup/restore by their Mac names. Use preformated GEM disks or format on the fly. Very Fast! File Backup: Backup to hard disk partition: Select any number of paths and masks from different partitions(just as if you were backing up to floppy) and back them up to a specified partition. If a file already exists on the destination partition you will be asked if you want to overwrite it. Append incremental backups to last disk in a previous backup saveset. Saves disks, no longer have to use a new disk to start an incremental backup. Date incremental backups can now be specified by date AND time. Addition of wildcard masks to Exclude files from the backup. Unlimited number of specific backup paths. Each backup path may now have an unlimited number of include and exclude wildcard masks. As before, all of the include and exclude masks can be different for each path. Wildcard masks have been expanded from ? and * to include full UNIX style [abc],[a-k],and [!abc] masks. [abc] means include every file with a a,b,or c in that position, [a-k] means include every file with any of the letters a through k in that position. and [!abc] means include every file Except those with a,b,or c in that position. Example: *.[ch] backs up all files *.c and *.h A best fit algorithm has implemented when No Split is selected to optimally fill a backup disk without splitting any files. MS-DOS compatible boot sector is now written to all backup disks (even preformatted ones) so backup disks can be taken as is and read by MS-DOS machines. 82 track format support has been added. User option to clear archive bit or have it remain unchanged. New Disk utilities options include: Esitmate Disk Requirements. Based on the currently selected backup paths and backup options, a precise estimate of the number of disks required to complete the backup will be given. Disk Statistics: Everything you ever wanted to know about all your disk drives(and probably some that you don't) including partitioning information and free disk space. Browse Directories: Access to the Gem File selector has been added just to look around. Create validation file: This is a historical information file containing all file atributes(name, date, time, size, attribute flags) and a CRC. Validation files may be built from the currently selected backup paths or from floppies. You may append new files to existing validation files. Validate Files: This function uses a specified Diamond Back validation file as reference. Files from the currently selected backup paths or from floppies may be validated. The files are read in and a CRC is performed. The CRC and file attributes compared with information contained in the validation file to protect against corrupted files. If a file is not found in the validation file, you are given the option of adding it. Build File List: You may build a file Diamond Back file list from a set of floppies or from the currently selected backup paths. This is independent of the file list you may choose to create during a backup. File Restore: 100-200% speed increase on restore when using Diamond Cache. Restore from hard disk. Used when you backup to a hard disk partition using compression or encryption. From the restore menu you may tell Diamond Back to overwrite, skip, or ask you when a restore file already exists on the hard drive. File dates are correctly restored for all TOS versions. Image Backup/Restore: Intellegent and easy to use image backup system. Only backs up the sectors that contain data. If you have 5 meg on an 16 meg partition, you only use 5 meg worth of disks. Restore partition images to different size partitions! Both larger and smaller! And Diamond Cache......... DIAMOND BACK II and DIAMOND CACHE provide more POWER, SPEED, and FLEXIBLITY than any other backup system for the Atari ST/Mega/TT. Go to your local dealer and ask for Diamond Back II TODAY. Remember, buy Diamonds The others are just CARBON! -- Article #218 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys) Subject: ATARI TAKING ON NINTENDO Date: Thu May 10 18:35:12 1990 (Reprinted from the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, May 8, 1990) LOS ANGELES TIMES SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Atari Corp. President Sam Tramiel is not one to shy away from a fight, but taking on powerhouse Nintendo of America in the fledging market for hand-held video games may be like an 80-pound kid trying to knock out a heavyweight champ. Many observers say Atari, primary a seller of computers overseas, is foolish to go up against the Nintendo juggernaut. On the strength of its Nintendo Entertainment System, found in 20% of all U.S. homes, Nintendo has won an estimated 80% of the home game market, bashing home based system of Atari and Sega. Atari's main entry to the hand-held category is selling at double the price of the comparable Nintendo model. But despite the long odds, Tramiel is determined to slug it out. His strategy for winning will be to tout the superior graphics, color display and multiplayer capability of his company's Lynx portable system. The stakes are high. For 1990, the U.S. home video game market will be worth an estimated $5.1 billion. Atari, trying to bounce back from an ill-fated venture into consumer electronics retailing, can scarcely afford another financial setback. Sparring with rivals comes naturally to Tramiel, son of Atari Chairman Jack Tramiel, a scrappy fixture in the computer industry. The Tramiels - including Sam's brother Garry and Leonard, both Atari vice presidents - are pinning their hopes for a hefty share of future sales =n Lynx, which barely made it to market in time to compete for holiday business last year with Nintendo's Game Boy. Such battery-operated portable systems run on small game cartridges plugged into machines a bit larger than a Sony Walkman. Hampered by what Sam Tramiel called "logistical" problems and "under-ordering" by some retailers. Atari is attempting to speed production and to bring out more game titles. As it was, Atari had only enough supply late last year for the New York City and Tokyo markets, where Lynx's color display and superior graphics did indeed lure many customers away from the Game Boy. That was despite a selling price for Lynx hardware of $179.99 compared with Game Boy's $75 to $90. Since then, Atari has rolled out the product to New Jersey, Califonia, the Chicago area and several overseas markets, although shipments frequently are weeks late. By the end of May, Tramiel said, the company expects Lynx to be available nationally in about 1,500 outlets. Game Boy, meanwhile, is in 15,000. Nintendo of America, the Redmond, Wash., subsidary of Nintendo Co. of Japan, projects $950 million in 1990 sales for its Game Boy product, introduced in mid-1989. Sam Tramiel calls $200 million an "optimistic" but attainable number for Atari's Lynx system this year. In February 1989, Atari filed a $250 million suit against its huge rival, alleging that it violated antitrust laws by preventing designers of software for its game consoles from selling their wares to makers of other systems. Nintendo has called the suit "meritless." As with all video games, Sam Tramiel said, software is crucial to Lynx's success. Blessed with more plentiful games and a lower price, Game Boy has zapped Lynx in terms of number of units sold. Tramiel pointed out that more than two dozen programmers worldwide are working full tilt to produce games. Even so, Atari projects it willhave only 25 titles available by yearend, compared with as many as 70 for Game Boy. -- Article #219 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys) Subject: FIRM'S FORTUNES HAVE SWUNG UP AND DOWN Date: Thu May 10 18:36:16 1990 FIRM'S FORTUNES HAVE SWUNG UP AND DOWN (Reprinted from the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, May 8, 1990) LOS ANGELES TIMES SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Atari's fortunes weren't always so modest. Founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell, the creater of the Pong arcade video game, Atari Inc. was sold to Warner Communications in 1976 and became a leader in the booming video game business, achieving $2 billion in annual sales. But in 1982, the industry header into a steep decline as Americans began defecting to videocassette recorders and other entertainment gear. high-flying Atari suddenly was mired in red ink. In 1985, Jack Tramiel saw an opportunity. Years before, he had parlayed a one-time typewriter repair shop into Commodore International, which became one of the hottest computer companies around. While at Commodore, Tramiel slashed prices and squeezed competitors such as Coleco and Timex out of the home computer market. Computer dealers complained that Tramiel's price-cutting and penchant for marketing through mass merchants such as K mart and Toys R Us made it impossible for them to make a profit. When Atari went on the block, Tramiel had just emerged the loser from a power struggle with a prominent Commodore shareholder. He and a group of investors paid $240 million in notes for Atari's home video game and personal computer division, with Tramiel staking an estimated $45 million of his personal fortune on Atari. (When Warner sold Atari, it was spit into two independent companies. The other entity is privately held Atari Games, which produces arcade games and develops software for among other equipment, Nintendo Entertainment Systems.) A though executive who is fond of saying that "business is war." Tramiel slashed the Atari work force to fewer than 200 from 2,000. Tramiel's hard-driving strategies seemed to pay off. Profits climbed, and defying skeptical industry analysts, Atari went public in November 1986. The Tramiel family holds about 52% of the stock and Time Warner owns 22%, according to Sam Tramiel. Yet Tramiel's treatment of computer dealers apparently haunted him. Atari had well-regarded computers but few places to sell them. The situation prompted a mistake. In August 1987, seeking a quick way to expand distribution, Atari paid $67.3 million for the struggling Federated Group consumer electronics chain of 67 stores. Troubles soon escalated. A year after purchase, Atari sued several former Federated officers and investment advisers, alleging that they had overstated the company's assets, causing Atari to overpay for the chain. The suit is still pending. Since then, Atari has sold the Southern California Federated stores and has begun treating Federated Group as a discontinued operation, even though a handful of stores remain open in Texas, Atari took a $100 million hit against 1988 earnings for write-offs of merchandise, stores and reserves for future losses from the chain. As a result, Atari showed a loss of nearly $85 million, contrasted with a profit of $57 million in 1987. For 1989, Atari reported a profit of $4 million on sales of $424 million. -- Article #220 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: Quick ST 2.1 News Date: Sun May 27 17:25:08 1990 Quick ST 2.1 and Quick ST 2.1G ============================== Price: $19.95 US, $22.95 Cnd, some dealers may sell for less. By Darek Mihocka. Copyright (C) 1990 Branch Always Software. Release date: May 25, 1990. Branch Always Software Box 2624, Station B \ Kitchener, Ontario - new address this summer! Canada N2H 6N2 / Compuserve: 73657,2714 GEnie: DAREKM Quick ST 2.1 is the latest upgrade to the Quick ST II screen accelerator. The utility has only one purpose in life, and that is to make your ST run as fast as possible without requiring any hardware modifications. This is done by replacing those parts of TOS that draw text and graphics to the screen with machine language code that is many times faster. The result is that most text and GEM based programs run noticably faster. Some screen drawing functions are made so efficient with Quick ST, that they are even faster than on a hardware accelerated ST, or even a TT! So after investing $1000 or more in your ST system doesn't it make sense to invest another $20 to exploit the full power of the 68000 chip? Features -------- Quick ST 2.1 is functionally identical to Quick ST 2.0, providing such features as: - acceleration of GEM text, window updates, zoom boxes, rectangle fills, and other VDI functions of GEM - acceleration of VT52 text output and scrolling - support of custom desktop backgrounds and fonts - built-in Moniterm and Overscan support It is fully compatible with the Desktop Customizer program (that comes bundled with Quick ST 2.0) for editing the desktop background. Quick ST 2.0 has received some great reviews and praise after less than 3 months on the market. Just read through any recent ST magazine. But Quick ST 2.0 had room for improvement, and so Quick ST 2.1 was developed. One of the things that was totally rewritten in Quick ST 2.1 was GEM text support. This is the type of text that appears in desktop windows, menu bars, dialog boxes, file selectors, and almost any other GEM objects. This text is drawn using a function in GEM called "v_gtext". Just about every GEM based application uses v_gtext, usually a lot. Word processors, spreadsheets, custom file selectors, terminal programs, editors, are just some GEM applications that use v_gtext. v_gtext draws not only the standard desktop font, but also the small 6x6 font, and GDOS fonts. (Contrary to popular belief, it is not GDOS itself that draws GDOS fonts to the screen). Unfortunately, Quick ST 2.0 and all earlier versions only supported the desktop font and no other. Therefore, Quick ST 2.0 was not very effective with programs that used other sizes of fonts. Our users complained about that, so..... (guess what folks!) Here are new features of Quick ST 2.1: - faster GEM text support, including 6x6 font, system font, and GDOS fonts. All calls to v_gtext are now significantly faster. Programs that use GDOS fonts, such as Microsoft Write or Word Flair, will have much faster screen updates. Fonts such as 10 point Dutch or Swiss are drawn up to 5 times faster, so GDOS based word processors will now run as fast as non-GDOS based word processors such as First Word or Word Writer. But those weren't forgotten either. Drawing of the standard font was also sped up, so that non-GDOS based applications like First Word or Word Writer will also run quite a bit faster than with Quick ST 2.0, even if your machine already has a blitter chip. The 6x6 font support is now many times faster, so programs like Universal Item Selector III or C-Breeze, which use the 6x6 font, will now have much faster screen updates. - fast text attributes, such as bold, italic, outline, etc. Not all software draws plain text. A lot of word processors support text effects, and GEM usually chokes on these. Quick ST 2.1 makes bold, underlined, and italic text almost as fast as plain text. Without Quick ST 2.1, GEM becomes 2 or 3 times slower when doing text effects. - faster VT52 text (Bconout and Cconws functions). These are the plain and simple text routines used by .TOS and .TTP programs. - faster overall performance, including a smaller speed drop when using other AUTO folder programs and desk accessories. So pile up those custom file selectors and RAM disks and mouse accelerators, because the performance of Quick ST 2.1 will not be affected as much. - faster low resolution GEM support. - improved use of the blitter chip. On the Mega ST and STe, GEM text and rectangles will be drawn up to twice as fast, on top of the already fast speed of Quick ST 2.1. Some minor bugs from version 2.0 are also fixed: - the Hotwire 2.0 menu was not being redrawn properly - crossed out objects in resource files were missing the white 'X' - Pagestream displayed phantom characters on screen when printing Quick ST 2.1 is still compatible with other AUTO folder programs that install custom desktop backgrounds. By default, Quick ST 2.1 now uses the normal desktop background, which can be changed with the Desktop Customizer. Quick ST 2.0 came configured with a tiled desktop pattern, and this blew away many people's minds, which is why we've gone back to the normal desktop. Memory requirements ------------------- All these new features cannot be put in without increasing the memory requirements of Quick ST. While Quick ST 2.0 required only 20K of RAM in either color or monochrome, Quick ST 2.1 requires 24K. That is why a special version of Quick ST was created called Quick ST 2.1G. The G means that it is primarily meant to speed up GDOS and GEM, and not VT52 text. The G version is also a "no frills" version, not having support for the Moniterm or custom backgrounds. As a result, it requires only 16K of RAM. 2.1G still runs faster than Quick ST 2.0 and uses less memory. Availability ------------ So how does one get a hold of Quick ST 2.1 or 2.1G? Easy. If you already own Quick ST 2.0, call Compuserve or GEnie and download the patch program for updating your Quick ST 2.0 disk to a Quick ST 2.1 disk. The files that are up in the Atari ST download libraries of Compuserve and GEnie are as follows: on Compuserve: QST21.ARC - this file QST21U.ARC - patch program to convert Quick ST 2.0 to 2.1/2.1G on GEnie: QST21NEW.ARC - this file QST21UPD.ARC - patch program to convert Quick ST 2.0 to 2.1/2.1G In addition to these two files, other files containing various benchmark results of Quick ST 2.1 will be posted. The benchmark results were compiled by several beta testers who tested it with all sorts of hardware configurations and application programs, and some of the results are shocking! Standard Quick Index results are also included. If you do not have access to Compuserve or GEnie, these patch programs will become available on bulletin boards and will also appear on some magazine disks (such as Atari Interface Magazine's disk of the month). If you do not yet own Quick ST 2.0, it is available for $19.95 or less from almost all Atari ST dealers in the United States. If your dealer does not have it or is sold out, there are a number of mail order dealers that advertize in magazines such as START or ST Informer who do carry Quick ST 2.0. Usually they also have toll free 1-800 order lines and can have the product to you in a few days. Then simply download the patch programs. Flipping through the latest Current Notes, I see one dealer carrying Quick ST 2.0 for $14. If you live in Canada, Quick ST 2.0 is available at dealers everywhere, for about $22.95 or less. The first shipments of Quick ST 2.1 have started going out to dealers in Canada and the U.S. The new packages are clearly labeled with "2.1" on the front and back. Whether you buy 2.0 and patch it to 2.1, or if you wait until you can buy Quick ST 2.1, you will get the exact same files, so don't wait! As always, I will continue my never ending visits of Atari user groups. This Monday, May 28, 1990, I will be at one of my favorite user groups, the Toronto Atari Federation (the guys that put on that amazing show last month) and Quick ST 2.1 will be on sale at Users Convention prices! We're moving! ------------- Summer is approaching, and that means vacation time. It also means moving time. Please do not attempt to place orders directly with Branch Always Software during the month of July, because Branch Always Software is moving. A new business address and telephone number will be posted as soon as it is available. The old mailing address will be valid until October, when the lease on the current post office box expires, and mail will be forwarded to the new address. More updates ------------ Except in the case of someone discovering a really bad problem with Quick ST 2.1, there will be no updates of Quick ST during the summer. Some of the features that will be worked on in that time will be things like 68020/68030 support (for TT compatibility and comptibility with any 68030 accelerator boards that may appear), improved low resolution speed (which is not quite up to par with the medium resolution speed), and making Quick ST faster overall. That's right. Quick ST can still be made to run a lot faster if it were to use more memory. We have tried to limit the size of Quick ST to below 25K, but many users have indicated that they would be willing to give up another 20K or 50K or even 100K of memory to get the maximum possible speed out of Quick ST. With the price of RAM dropping and more and more people upgrading their ST to 2 meg or 4 meg, this is now something that is being seriously considered. When such updates are available, they will be announced on Compuserve and GEnie. We invite GEnie users to drop by the Quick ST II topic in Category 2 Topic 13, and give us your comments or questions about Quick ST. Branch Always Software will have a booth at this year's WAACE show, and it would not be all too surprising if the next Quick ST update was released at the show. See you all in October! -- Article #225 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: Summer CES and Atari Date: Tue Jun 5 11:59:11 1990 """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ///// ////// /////// SUMMER // // // /// ** //// // ////// C.E.S. SHOW // // // // ///// // // // JUNE 03, 1990 """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STR Publishing Inc. STREPORT EYEWITNESS REPORT =========================== ATARI LYNX ECLIPSED! by NEW N.E.C. TURBO EXPRESS HANDHELD GAME MACHINE!!! ATARI SHOWING "LITTLE THAT'S REALLY NEW!!" ========================================== CHICAGO, IL. <CES> 06-03-90 (c)1990 STReport: While Atari is busy trying to appear sharp and spiffy by coming up with witty slogans like <"TOUCH the FUTURE"> and an elaborate display of the LYNX and Portfolio, NEC has triumphantly introduced their latest offering in the 'super' game machine arena. For an upbeat "contemporary happening" Atari only has the LYNX and the Portfolio. 'Tis a shame both are yesterday's news. Its no wonder, they chose to NOT show at Spring Comdex! They had NOTHING new and earth shaking to show. NO MENTION MADE OF INTRODUCING "THE ATARI ADVANTAGE PACKAGE"!!! While the USA's userbase anxiously awaits Atari's fabled resurgence, there was no reference or mention made concerning the introduction of "The Atari Advantage Package". Which was highly touted in the recent stock report and at the Las Vegas Fall Comdex show. While there is a rather fancy sign proclaiming ; "The Atari Advantage - The Complete Family Workstation", there has been NO INTRODUCTION. Also in the Atari display, framed by the Advantage posters, were a few new 1040STe units. According to Atari reps at the show, there will be no introduction at this show because of a last minute cancellation. Seems a call from Japan (Sam is in Japan) put the kibosh on the whole thing AGAIN for more "changes". Should we have expected more? By the time they get this promotional thing to market the 520stfm will be a collectible antique! The CES shows are well known as the place where one can find the buyers from K-Mart and most other MAJOR Mass Merchandisers, it was at this show that industry observers expected the fancy intro of; "The Atari Advantage" to be released but no.. nothing unusual for Atari, disappointment reigns supreme. The GAME MACHINE company continues to "play games." The 'joke of the show' (so far) was Atari's attempting to make something, once again, of the 2600 and 7800 game machines. Yes, they were actually on display! Talk about antiques... Meanwhile the Portfolio, now embroiled in bitter controversy between Atari and DIP over unpaid royalties to DIP (the UK designer and manufacturer of the Portfolio), is rumored to be marketed in the USA shortly by DIP direct. At that time, the Portfolio will boast a new, highly compatible, operating system plus a number of attractive add-ons (i.e.; memory expansion card, etc..) designed and made by DIP. All of which will be available in the USA through DIP. In reference to the absence of the memory expander... According to Atari rep D. Thomas, the memory expander was, in Atari's opinion, "not working properly" . However, from all reports gathered from those who have the cards in use "they work just fine." Atari had the Finance Card and the DOS Utilities Card there along with the File manager card that is normally bundled with the Portfolio. The NEC TURBO EXPRESS, with 512 colors displayable, (the Lynx has 16), and over 50 Games available at this time, and at least 70 games by the end of the year, will present strong competition to all currently available handhelds. Additionally, the NEC unit boasts of a nifty little device that plugs into it to become a full blown, handheld color TV! The NEC Turbo Express unit is about the same size as the gameboy however, slightly thicker. Although somewhat more expensive than the Lynx, the Turbo Express is expected to sell for approximately $200.00 - $249.00 with the TV tuner module at $90.00 - $100.00 extra. The ultimate clincher is the reliability of the company, its future, and the prospect of support and UPGRADES..... Not to mention the abundance of games already available for this new upcoming handheld, Turbo Express from NEC. "ALWAYS FIRST WITH THE REAL NEWS!" -------------------------------------------------------------------------- STReport Newsline "Your Independent News Source" June 03, 1990 Bulletin Service copyright 1990 No. 106 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Article #227 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: Summer CES and Atari: Another View Date: Sun Jun 10 16:40:05 1990 In the interest of fairness, here is another opinion on Atari's showing at the Summer CES show: -----------Category 14, Topic 18 Message 1 Sun Jun 03, 1990 UNICORNPUB at 14:25 EDT Bill and I just got back from the show in Chicago. It's still running (until Tues. June 5 I believe), but we were able to only go for Saturday. Here are my impressions.... The Atari Booth was very impressive, with lots of Portfolios, Lynxes, the older game machines and two rows of STEs. This was the strongest showing of the ST computer line at a CES that I've seen. The ST was demoing game software, MIDI software and productivity software. Right next to the Lynx posters were Atari Advantage posters. I had the pleasure of meeting Meade Ames-Klein, President of Atari Computer, and he told me we would see the Advantage package appearing in the next few months, because the only holdup is finalizing the software package. He said Atari has been signing up major distributors at CES but didn't give me any names. I also had the pleasure of meeting Bill Crouch (VP of Sales), Jim Fisher (VP of Marketing) and Don Thomas (Portfolio division and the founder of the Revolution). A couple of personal opinion comments... I was very glad to see Atari didn't have models jumping around handing out silly prizes and things. I liked the giant mock-up of the Lynx which had a large tv/monitor in the center where the screen would be playing the Lynx commercial. I got to see Sam and Gary Tramiel, and I was very surprised that they look more like twins than brothers. Commodore had a booth near Atari's showing off a portable they are creating. It hasn't passed FCC yet, and they hadn't set a retail price. This will have a high-density 3.5" disk drive and a 20 meg hard drive. I don't know any other particulars on it. I think that seeing Commodore there, since they don't have a Lynx or 2600/7800 series, kind of refutes those people who said CES was only a games show, and Atari should go to COMDEX if they are to be serious about computers in the US. (for those of you who don't know, CES and COMDEX overlap dates this year, making lots of companies choose between them.) That's about all I can think of right now... Pattie Rayl (Atari Interface Magazine) ----------- -- Article #228 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: WordPerfect News Date: Thu Jun 14 10:23:36 1990 The following is a post by a WordPerfect Rep. on GEnie: ------------------------------------------------------- -----------Category 5, Topic 3 Message 138 Fri Jun 08, 1990 WP.ATARI at 02:10 EDT We expect to have an update release this summer, hopefully in the next several weeks. The PostScript disk is finished, and will be available as a part of the update for a small extra charge, which will pay for the additional duplication costs. We are happy about being able to make the additional support available, and hope to get it out as soon as possible. We will announce the release date here on GEnie as soon as it is determined by development. Thanks for your interest! BTW, we do _hope_ that sales and interest continue, which will make it possible to continue progress towards a 5.x version! ----------- -- Article #230 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: Re: WordPerfect News Date: Mon Jul 2 16:03:14 1990 An update on WordPerfect's support of the ST version of their word processor: Seems the version due out this summer is an _interim_ release, mainly a set of enhancements to the current version, along with some new printer drivers (included _very_ enhanced Postscript/Ultrascript support) A _new_ version of WP for the ST is currently being written. It will not be a 5.x version, but it should bring ST WP up to _at least_ the IBM 4.2 level... It's nice to see the _only_ major software house to ever support the ST continue to do so even in these trying times for ST owners. (and no, I don't count Microsoft Write as a genuine effort to support the ST - perhaps it was an effort to deep-six the ST, but it sure wasn't a genuine effort to 'break-in' to the ST market...) -- Article #232 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: 32 Mhz TT? Date: Sun Jul 15 01:09:30 1990 This document is Press Information (VERBATIM including capitalization, spacing, and spelling) provided by SOFTWARE SUPPLIES, AKA ATARI NEW ZEALAND, on ATARI Logo paper. Transcribed using optical character reader for precise conversion by Z*NET NEWS SERVICE, 7/9/90. Z*Net assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information itself. -------------------------------------------- PAGE 1 (in very large letters) ATARI TT030 Compatible Expandible Flexible Affordable -------------------------------------------- PAGE 2 The Atari TT030 - Compatible with the Atari ST, 1000"s of software titles already available - 3 New Graphics modes: 320 x 480 with 256 colours from a palette of 4096 640 x 480 with 16 colours from a palette of 4096 1280 x 960 high resolution monochrome - Stereo 8-bit PCM sound - 68030 running at 32 Mhz - 68881 Floating Point co-processor - 2 Megabytes of RAM, expandable to 26 Mb - SCSI and ASCI with DMA built in - Internal Hard disk - SCC LAN port with DMA - Four serial ports - Parallel port - MIDI ports - Detachable keyboard - Internal A24/D16 VME card slot - Real time clock with non-volatile RAM - ROM cartridge slot - External floppy connector -------------------------------------------- PAGE 3 Comparison of standard features Amiga 3000 Mac IIcx Atari TT030 CPU 68030 68030 68030 FPU Yes Yes Yes Clock speed 16 Mhz - 32 Mhz RAM 2 to 17 1 to 32 2 to 26 Burst Mode Yes No Yes ROM 512K 256K 512K Graphics Max resolution 1280 x 480 Optional 1280 x 960 Interlaced Non-interlaced Max colours 32 Colours 256 Colours from 4096 from 4096 Max video RAM 1 Mb 8 Mb Sound Stereo Stereo Stereo Expansion Proprietary NuBus VME Hard disk DMA Non-DMA DMA Floppy disk Proprietary Proprietary PC compatible Network No Yes Yes, DMA Serial 1 x RS232 2 x RS232 4 x RS232 Parallel Yes No Yes MIDI No No Yes ROM Cartridge No No Yes -------------------------------------------- PAGE 4 The Atari TT030 Hardware The TT030 (Thirty-two/Thirty-two bit) is the first member of a new series of Atari computers designed as enhanced versions of the existing ST and MEGA family. The TT series maintains compatibility with the ST/MEGA architecture, but uses the Motorola 68030 microprocessor and provides enhanced graphics and sound. The TT030 is also designed to run Unix (Unix is a trademark of AT&T). The TT030 is based on the high performance 32-bit Motorola MC68030 processor running at a 32 Mhz clock frequency. The 68030 includes on-chip data and instruction caches which can be filled from some regions of memory in bursts of double word fetches The architecture also includes the industry standard VME bus to facilitate expansion. The system supports the latest revision (C.1) of the VME bus specification. The TT030 can accommodate one single-Eurocard (3U) A24/D 16 or A 16/D 16 slave-only VME board, The TT series is expected to function in an environment with other TTs and even machines from different manufacturers. To facilitate connectivity, each system has an on-board port for a moderate speed LAN. If the LAN is not being used, the port can be programmed to be a standard RS232C port. Through an optional VME bus-based or SCSI-based Ethernet controller, the TT also has the capability of connecting to heterogeneous Ethernet networks. The TT030 has three additional standard RS-232C serial ports for connection to modems, display terminals, or digitizing tablets. The hardware features of the TT030 include: - Motorola MC68030 at 32MHz - Motorola MC68881 Floating Point Coprocessor (the coprocessor is socketed, so that it can be optionally upgraded to a MC68882) - ST RAM: 2 Mbyte of ST-compatible dual-purpose (video/system) RAM, expandable by an add-on daughterboard containing a further 2 or 8 Mbyte of dual-purpose memory. This 64-bit wide memory appears 32 bits wide to the processor and SCSI/SCC DMA engines TT video logic has access to this memory on a time critical basis. The remaining system logic, including the processor, can access this memory in the alternate 250 nS TIME SLICES. - TT BURST MODE RAM: provision for a daughter-board that will accept either 4 x 1 Mbyte or 4 x 4 Mbyte SIMMS, allowing another 4 Mb or 16 Mb expansion. This RAM can only be accessed by the processor, the SCSI DMA Engine, and the SCC Network DMA Engine. The 68030 can take advantage of burst-mode for filling its internal cache from this RAM. - 4 socketed 1 Mbit ROMS, providing 512 Kbyte of ROM space. ------------------------------------------- PAGE 5 - Internal video modes that are a superset of those in the Atari ST/STe series using an analog RGB (VGA-like) colour monitor: pixels rows colors palette 320 200 16 4096 (STe compatible) 640 200 4 4096 (STe compatible) 640 400 2 4096 (STe superset) 320 480 256 4096 640 480 16 4096 using a high resolution ECL monochrome monitor 1280 960 black on white - parallel I/O port, generally used for Parallel printer output - internal speaker, which can be disabled under software control - 2 low-speed asynchronous serial I/O ports (one from each of two 68901 MFPS) at programmable baud rates up to 19.2 baud - 2 high-speed asynchronous/SDLC Serial I/O ports (from a Zilog 8530 SCC). One part can be programmed to be a Local Talk compatible LAN interface with a proprietary single channel DMA controller. The other port is intended for use as an asynchronous AS-232 port with programmable split baud rates. - battery backed-up real time clock (RTC) with 50 bytes of non-volatile RAM - ST/MEGA compatible intelligent keyboard, with mouse and joystick ports including support for a 3 button mouse - Atari ACSI DMA channel (for Atari Hard Disk, Laser Printer, CD-ROM, etc) - Floppy disk controller and interface sharing the ACSI DMA channel - Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) STe compatible DMA sound engine with programmable volume and tone control which can play back stereo 8-bit samples at rates up to 50 Khz - Atari ST compatible cartridge port (128 Kbyte Storage) - SCSI interface using 23-pin connector implemented with the NCR 5380 SCSI controller chip and a proprietary DMA controller - Industry standard VME bus for expansion When comparing the TT030 with the competition, four important features stand out: - flicker-free, high resolution colour graphics built-in as standard - high bus bandwidth, independent of video resolution - excellent connectivity including four RS232 ports, MIDI, LAN, ASCI & SCSI. - high speed burst-mode RAM, 32 Mhz CPU clock speed. ---------------------------------------------------- End of Press Release --
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