News - Jan.91 - Jun.91

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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Subject: News - Jan.91 - Jun.91
Date: Sun Feb 27 15:49:18 1994

 Time Capsule - News - Jan.91 - Jun.91

 News Subject Title                    Date Posted
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Atari Explorer                         Jan.01,1991
Atari Programming Contest              Jan.17,1991
UK ST Computer Show                    Jan.17,1991
more info on the Toaster - Atari TT project
Atari surprises at CeBIT               Mar.16,1991
New Atari User Magazine - Free!        Mar.18,1991
Chicago Computerfest                   May.30,1991
Erie show postponed                    Jun.16,1991
info why Erie show was postponed       Jun.21,1991
MIST show                              Jun.25,1991


Article #246 (376 is last):
From: ab045@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Joseph Adato)
Subject: Atari Explorer
Date: Tue Jan  1 10:08:58 1991

For those of you who have unfullfilled subscriptions to the Atari
Explorer, this message will be a great interest to you.  Today
(12/24/90/ B&G Electronics just received its first issue of the
new, re-born, ATARI EXPLORER.  It is dated as the Jan/Feb 1991
issue.  Atari Corp. still holds the copyrights by it is being
published by, Jainschigg Communications, located in Astoria NY.
The magazine looks very good.  The desktop publishing program, Page
Stream, according to its editor, John B. Jainschigg, was used to
create the magazine and printed on a 1270 DPI Linotronic printing

There is a note to subscribers that your subscription will be honored.
If you have an un-completed subscribtion you should be receiving
this issue soon.  If, after a few weeks, you still havent received
this issus it is suggested that you contact;
Atari Explorer Magazine
Customer Relations
P.O. BOX 6488
Duluth, MN 55806

I am looking at my issue of Atari Explorer and I can tell you, "it
was worth the wait".

I guess there is a Santa Claus!!

Article #247 (376 is last):
From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: Atari Programming Contest
Date: Thu Jan 17 15:23:00 1991

Atari-ST RoundTable
Category 14,  Topic 20
Message 1         Sun Jan 06, 1991
B.REHBOCK [Bill R]           at 22:39 EST

The Atari Computer Corporation Demo Contest

As Atari Computer Corp. gets into full swing for 1991, dealers are requesting
as many demonstration programs as possible to "show off" the abilities of our
hardware.  We are looking for demos that feature DMA sound, digitized speech,
and advanced color graphics that will make people want to buy the
STe/MegaSTe/TT series of computers.

Submitted demos might include:

o  Demos that take advantage of the expanded STe/TT color palette. o  Demos
that show off the abilities of existing presentation
   graphics packages such as the Cyber Series, Deluxe Paint, and
   others. o  demos along the lines of Cool STe and Tony Barker's. o 
Interactive demos -- self running demos that a shopper in a store
   can get involved with.

All submitted demos will become property of Atari Corporation, with all rights
reserved and may be freely distributed to our dealers and users.  Judging will
be done by Atari staff in Sunnyvale and all decisons made by the judges will
be considered final and not reviewable by any other person or agency. 
Employees (and their families) of Atari Corporation, its advertising agencies,
and its subsidiaries are ineligible.

One winner and two runner-ups will be selected from the files either uploaded
to our Email address on GEnie (ATARIDEV), CompuServe (70007,1072), or mailed
directly to our offices at:

  Atari Corporation
  1196 Borregas Avenue
  Sunnyvale, CA 94086
  Attention: Bill Rehbock

Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 26, 1991 and received by
us in-house by April 5, 1991 to qualify for entry.

The contest prizes are listed below.


 1st Prize..........32MHz TT030/8-50
 1st runner-up......16MHz MegaSTe/4-50
 2nd runner-up......Lynx & 2 additional games

Feel free to copy this announcement as long as it is reproduced in its

Article #248 (376 is last):
From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: UK ST Computer Show
Date: Thu Jan 17 15:24:23 1991

ST Aladdin
Category 1,  Topic 18
Message 1         Thu Jan 10, 1991
GORDON                       at 20:49 EST
                        16 Bit Computer Faire
                   London England  Jan 4, 5 and 6th

   I will give you a brief description of what I thought was happening at the
16 bit faire.  Atari people in England are the same as the Atari people in the
US.  Scared and Worried.  Trying to figure out what the Heck Atari is doing.
All the europeans have heard that the ST is totally dead in the US and they
can't figure out why as it is still selling in Europe.  Not as good as the
Amiga but its still alive.
  At the show Talon Tech was showing there new Beatle Mouse (taking a cue from
Atari and showing the new products in Europe first!!) <The devil made me say
that> Hisoft was showing a new Flight Simulator and new beta versions of the
HiSoft Basic and Dev Pack, all of which are promised shortly through Gold Leaf
Publishing here in the US. GFA has a new version of Basic for the ST and is
hoping to have a version of GFA BASIC for windows on the PC in early February.
Best news yet to GFA users they have hired a GM and are opening an office in
Boston as of Jan 1.  I don't have the address but I will keep an eye out for
it for you. The new man is a PC person and I think most of their plans in the
US are for the PC market.

  One interesting thing I heard is that since the Frenchman Eli did not work
out Jack is now going to try a German.  He is going to transfer the German GM
to the US to try to streighten out the US.  One interesting side effect of
this is that I heard he was going to bundle some German software with the new
STE's and he is going to pay the German companies to set up offices in the US
to support thier software.

    Atari chose not to exhibit at the show so there was nothing new from them.
The surprising thing to me was the number of English ST software companies
that have closed up or changed their marketing thrust.  Like there was nothing
from GST for the ST.  Hisoft, GFA, Kuma and a company showing a photo
retouching package were the only serious software people there.  The ST in
England is considered a game machine and its sold as such.  Another
interesting thing was the fact that there was at least 6 different companies
selling mouse replacements for the ST.

Article #251 (376 is last):
From: aa519@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Scotty Meredith)
Subject: more info on the Toaster - Atari TT project
Posted-By: xx004 (aa519 - Scotty Meredith)
Reply-To: aa519@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Scotty Meredith)
Date: Fri Mar 15 17:40:52 1991

The following was taken from on USENET:

Article #24933 (24944 is last):
Subject: Lexicor replies
Date: Sat Mar  9 21:56:38 1991

I just received the following reply from Lee Seiler, president of Lexicor..
He doesn't have UseNet access, so I'm posting it here for him..
Text of Lexicor reply follows
Date: MARCH 9TH 1991
To:   Bob R.


     Thanks for the usenet message thread. Yes I do have some 
comments. If you would like to upload them or simply quote me 
either is fine. I trust you will be accurate and honest. I am far 
to busy and have little actual interest in what AMIGA users 
believe or don't believe. ( What a lot of Crap!)


Lee Seiler

************************Toaster Comments**********************

It has come to my attention that LEXICOR has been quoted as having 
stated that the new ATARI TT would be compatible with the Newteck 
Video Toaster. This quote is not accurate.

I was asked during a general and casual conversation by someone 
identifying him self as a potential customer of LEXICOR products 
whether or not I had heard that the Video Toaster was going to be 
compatible with the ATARI TT?  My answer as reflected on LEXICOR"s 
telephone logs was.........

I have heard some talk about this, and if this marriage is 
produced we would definitely want to support it in our software."

     The second quote simply never came from me. First and foremost it 
is not on our telephone logs and second the quote is not 
responsive to the question. In addition after reviewing most of 
the message thread it appears as if LEXICOR was being interviewed, 
This was not the case. I feel that to have bits and pieces of a 
casual conversation used in an article style report on a usernet 
or BBS is unfair to both myself and anyone who reads it. I must 
also point out that the same individual called me a second time in 
an attempt to cover himself because of much adverse reactions at 
ATARI corporation in Sunnyvale Ca., NewTeck and here at Lexicor. 

FOR THE RECORD I do happen to know about the Newteck video 
toaster/ATARI 030 TT project. This project has nothing to do with 
LEXICOR at this time. There has been some serious discussions 
about doing SUCH A PROJECT, I am sure that if and when the people 
and companies who are involved in this project decide to make an 
announcement, given any success at all, we will all hear about it 
at that time.BTW in answer to one comment about NewTeck not ever letting the 
toaster move over onto other hardware platforms..?  While they 
may never do this themselves the fact is that once they sell 
their product to the general public the buyer can "move the 
toaster " onto any platform they wish. Any attempt to prevent 
this is a restraint of trade and restraint of private use...and is 
against the law.
Article #252 (376 is last):
From: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Usenet repost: Atari surprises at CeBIT
Posted-By: xx004 (aa384 - Doug Wokoun)
Reply-To: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Date: Sat Mar 16 14:55:06 1991

Article 49802 of
Subject: Two New Computer Announcements - CeBIT
Message-ID: <>
Date: 14 Mar 91 03:33:02 GMT
Reply-To: (James Van Leeuwen)
Organization: The University of Dayton Computer Science Department, Dayton, Ohio
Lines: 103

CeBIT Computer Announcement 
Repost from GEnie by Tom Harker of ICD. 
CeBIT '91 Newsbreak

March 13, 1991

Things are really heating up here today in Hannover, Germany at the
1991 version of CeBIT which is the largest computer show in the
world.  Atari surprised everyone with their announcement and
demonstration of two exciting new 68000 based computers.  The
following was described to me by Atari engineers as the were demoing
the equipment.  I have written this because I felt it newsworthy and
an important boost to the moral of Atari users everywhere.  I make
no guaranty for the accuracy of this information but I have tried to
get as much detail as possible.  The computer names used are only
"internal" Atari names and may be changed before release of the

ST Notebook

This is said to be the smallest 68000 based computer in the world.  Its
size rivals any PC Notebook style computer that I have seen.  It is
about 1/2 the size of my laptop computer and maybe 3/4 of an inch
thick.  Features include:

o    A built in mouse device that consists of three buttons.  The
     large center button is direction and possibly velocity sensitive
     to simulate mouse movement in direction and speed.

o    A laptop size keyboard, possibly a little smaller than
     standard.  The tactile feel was good.

o    512K ROM capability.  It looked like TOS 2.05 was shown in the
     prototype.   This prototype did have a very professional and
     finished look to it.

o    1 megabyte or 4 megabyte RAM versions available.  Uses
     pseudo-static RAM.

o    2 1/2 inch form factor internal hard drive.  20 megabytes was
     installed.  Presently up to 60 megabytes is possible.  Probably
     an IDE (AT) interface.

o    External ports include midi in and out, 1 serial, 1 parallel, 1
     combo either floppy drive OR ACSI, 2 RAM card slots (128K
     cards shown, said to support up to 4 megabytes), 128 pin
     computer direct port (all address, data lines, CPU control,
     etc.), modem connector (for optional internal voice/fax
     modem), keypad/mouse port.  Of course to maintain the small
     size, nearly all connectors were shrunk and non-standard

o    An excellent gray-tone LCD display.  It did not appear to be
     backlit which would make sense for the battery life.  This was
     said to be greater than 10 hours before recharging.  With less
     hard drive use, it would be longer.  

o    The replaceable battery pack shown was very small and
     contained about eight AA alkaline batteries.  If Ni-Cads were
     installed, the universal power supply would also recharge them
     when connected.  When the battery pack goes down, the
     notebook is automatically put in a halted state that is
     maintained for weeks until recharged.  Internal Ni-Cad
     batteries will maintain the halted state of the computer for
     about 5 hours if the battery pack is removed from the

o    Atari has a few choices to transfer data to and from the
     computer.  Connect an external floppy drive.  Transfer over
     the serial ports with a modem or direct.  Transfer over the
     parallel ports at around 20 Kbytes/sec.  Connect an ACSI
     device such as a hard drive externally or possibly ACSI to
     ACSI communications.


This is similar to ST Notebook and shares most of the features but
has a futuristic interface.  A touch sensitive LCD display with a
pointing device was shown for mouse type functions and handwriting
recognition for input.  Physically, ST Pad looked like the "Etch-a-
Sketch" drawing toys that we grew up with minus the X/Y knobs. 
No keyboard was attached and there is not an internal hard drive. 
The OS software and large amount of scratchpad RAM were said to
have Artificial Intelligence features to allow ST Pad to actually learn
your handwriting style!  (Good luck with mine.)

ST Pad looked like it needed more time for completion but ST
Notebook looked like something we may actually see sometime this
summer or fall.  With this exciting new innovative line of computers
and Alwin Stumpf (from Atari GmbH) heading up a new world-wide
marketing campaign, it appears that this time Atari really may be
backing the promise with the product.

Copyright 1991  Tom Harker of ICD, Inc.  Permission for this release
to be distributed or reprinted is granted but only in its entirety. 
"We didn't start the fire,   /   ___/_                           Jim Van Leeuwen
 it was always burning      /   /  /  \                 The University of Dayton
 since the world's been    /___/__/   /  Bitnet: VANLEEJF@DAYTON     GEnie: JVAN
 turning..."  --Billy Joel    /______/ Internet:
Article #253 (376 is last):
From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: New Atari User Magazine - Free!
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Date: Mon Mar 18 13:38:06 1991

For Immediate Release.....
COVINA, CA -- Quill Publishing, publishers of ST JOURNAL
MAGAZINE, have replaced the Journal with ATARIUSER, the first and
free internationally through computer stores, Atari dealers,
developers, distributors, and registered Atari user groups. 
Select book and retail stores and businesses will offer it for
free or $1.00 per issue, at their option.
Preferred delivery subscriptions to ATARIUSER are available,
direct mailed for only $12 a year.  All outstanding subscribers
to ST Journal will be individually contacted regarding upgrading
to extended ATARIUSER subscriptions.
AtariUser will cover the ENTIRE Atari computer product lineup,
including the TT, STe, ST, MEGA, MEGA/STe, Portfolio, Lynx, and
even the out-of-production Atari 8-bit series of computers.  It
will also grow as the Atari product mix grows in the coming
years.  ATARIUSER's editor-in-chief is well-known industry
journalist JOHN NAGY.  Says Nagy, "We'll focus on the facts that
will make it easier to be an ATARI USER.  Every month we will try
to cut to the meat of what is happening, what is available, what
it can do for you, and how to get it.  And we'll do it FAST, with
less than two weeks between final edits and distribution.  Our
concept and goal is to be your standard monthly reference for all
Atari interests... at a price Atari Users can truly say is POWER
ATARIUSER will begin with the May 1991 issue, expected to be
available starting April 15.  Distribution will be at a minimum
of 30,000 per month.  P. Kevin Horn, Quill's Marketing Director,
said "ATARIUSER is the most inexpensive Atari national
publication to advertise in.  We have broad distribution and the
lowest cost per thousand.  No one can beat us!"
Dealers and user groups interested in providing ATARIUSER
monthly, free, to their customers and users should contact Quill
Publishing directly, and quickly, if they wish to receive
sufficient quantities of the May '91 issue.  Groups are also
solicited to suggest and perhaps cooperate in placement of
ATARIUSER distribution points in their areas as part of their own
membership outreach.  Simply call our offices and let us know how
many issues your group can realistically place.
Single sample issues will be available by mail after April 20 -
send $1.00 to Quill Publishing.  Potential advertisers should
contact P. Kevin Horn.  Aspiring writers should contact Editor
John Nagy or Editorial Assistant John King Tarpinian at the Quill
offices below.
ATARIUSER magazine from Quill Publishing Co.
113 W. College St.
Covina, CA 91723
818-332-0372 - Editorial and business.
818-332-2869 - Fax.
818-332-5473 - Direct advertising line.

Article #254 (376 is last):
From: al163@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Brown)
Subject: Chicago Computerfest
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Date: Thu May 30 11:49:34 1991

Atari Corp., in cooperation with Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts is
planning the Largest Atari show in N. America November 23-24th. 
We have the Ramada O'hare Convention center in Chicago, 3 ballrooms and a
number of other exhibit and conference in the hotel- the total exhibition
sq footage is over 30,000 sq ft! The main speaker's hall will seat 400!
We plan a special 3,000 sq foot "8-bit celebration" area- come meet the
people that keep the "Classic Atari" alive. Atari promises some special
"clearances" of Atari 8-bit hardware and software.
If you are planning to stay in the area for the show, we have negotiated
very special room rates with the Ramada- stay in a Champagne hotel on a
beer budget! We'd be happy to send you a special group rate reservation
card, just ask!
Exhibitors & User groups- for more information please write to:
     P.O. Box 8788
     Waukegan, IL  60079-8788
     Show Hotline- 708-566-0682
Be There!!!
Article #255 (376 is last):
From: ah292@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Robert Krynak)
Subject: Erie show postponed
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Date: Sun Jun 16 10:48:13 1991



      Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Great Lakes Atari
Computer Users Conference originally scheduled for June 29th and 30th
at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA has been postponed indefinitely.
Anyone who purchased advance tickets can receive a full refund by sending
their tickets to:  GLACUC Refund, P. O. Box 10562, Erie, PA 16514.
Exhibitor fee refunds are already in the mail.

      We regret that this had to happen and thank all those who
supported this event.  We look forward to working with you again in the

      Please help us spread the word by posting this notice on other
BBS's and on-line services.

Dennis P. McGuire
President - Spectrum Atari Group of Erie


Article #257 (376 is last):
From: ah292@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Robert Krynak)
Subject: info why Erie show was postponed
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Date: Fri Jun 21 12:09:30 1991

this message is from SAGE bbs:

Conf : General
Msg# : 2920  Lines: Extended  Read: 31
Sent : Jun 9, 1991  at 5:29 PM
To   : ALL
Subj : Great Lakes Atari Computer Users Conference

   Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Great Lakes Atari Computer
Users Conference originally scheduled for June 29th and 30th at Mercyhurst
College has been postponed indefinitely.  Anyone who purchased advance
tickets can receive a full refund at the next SAGE meeting (June 23rd).
   Basically, without any direct support from Atari Corp. (or even a
reply!) we have not been able to get enough vendors to commit to the show
to make it the success we would like to see.  We received commitments from
some major players in the Atari market including ICD and Best Electronics.

  While the show could have been financially successful, we do not feel it
would have been up to our expectations.  In fairness to the vendors who
did register, we decided not to proceed with an event which would not also
be financially successful for them.
   We have put in every effort to try to avoid this decision and a lot of
time, thought and effort have gone into it.  While it is disappointing, I
am convinced it is the right thing to do.  We have made this decision
before taking on the major expenses involved with the show.  All of those
involved have tried their best to make this event go, but without the
support of Atari, it can't happen.
   I'd like to thank all of those on the SAGE and WACO committees
supporting this event for their sincere and outstanding efforts. 
Especially, Bob Buman, Patti Irwin, Patty Marshall and Paul Plants.  They
have really put forth their best.
   If you have any specific questions or comments, I'll try to answer
Article #258 (376 is last):
From: ah292@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Robert Krynak)
Subject: MIST show
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Date: Tue Jun 25 21:42:49 1991

this message is from BLAST bbs:

Conf : Midwest Atari User Groups
Msg# : 194  Lines: Extended  Read: 5
Sent : Jun 19, 1991  at 10:45 PM
To   : ALL
>From : William Loring
Subj : MIST AtariFest III Press Release!!

 |                      MIST Sponsors AtariFest III                     |
 |                Saturday July 27th, Indianapolis, Indiana             |
 ** News Flash ** News Flash ** News Flash ** News Flash ** News Flash **

     Bob Brodie has CONFIRMED his attendance for the Third Annual 
     AtariFest!!  Thanks, Bob!!
 ** News Flash ** News Flash ** News Flash ** News Flash ** News Flash **
    For a third year, an AtariFest is planned at Indianapolis, Indiana on
Saturday, July 27th, sponsored jointly by the user groups at Indianapolis,
Bloomington and Purdue known collectively as MIST (Mid-Indiana ST).
   Some of the people and companies scheduled to attend:
   Bob Brodie     : User group coordinator, Atari Corporation
   AIM            : Atari Interface Magazine
   D.A.Brumleve   : Critically acclaimed author of children's programs
   Clear Thinking : EdHak text and binary editor
   Compuserve     : Online computer service
   ComputerWorks  : Indianapolis Atari Dealer
   ICD            : Hard drives, accelerators, and software
   ISD            : Calamus DTP, Outline Art, DynaCadd
   Missionware    : lottODDS, and Printer Initializer software
   MS Designs     : Calamus and PageStream fonts
   One Stop       : Chicago dealer specializing in cables and cases
   SKWare One     : Seurat paint program
   SoftLogik      : PageStream 2.1 DTP
   User Groups    : ASCII, BL.A.ST, PAUG, LCACE, EAUG, Cin'tari, IMAGE,
                    MAST, and many more!
   ****  More are being added daily, so stay tuned!!  ****
     MIST AtariFest III will be held at the Castleton Mall Conference 
Center on the north side of Indianapolis.  The address is: 6385
Castleplace Drive, Indianapolis, In.  46250-1902.  There is a map in 
PageStream format in the ST file area... the file is called : 
MIST_III.LZH.  There will be specific directions in a later posting.
Public admission to the 'Fest will be $3.00, and will include a raffle
ticket.  We will be raffling hardware from Atari Corp, hardware and
software from attending vendors and developers. Additional raffle tickets
will be available for purchase.
    Anyone interested in attending or reserving vendor/developer tables
should contact MIST by one of the below methods:
      Leave mail on GEnie to W.LORING1, or D.WARD10
      Call the BL.A.ST BBS at (812)332-0573  2400bps, 24 hours.  
      Write us at BL.A.ST, PO Box 1111, Bloomington, IN. 47402

      Call William Loring at (812)336-8103, 
              or Dan Ward at (317)254-0031
     Vendor packets are available.  If you didn't receive one in the 
first mailing, PLEASE let us know!  We want you to attend our show!
     Brought to you by MIST (Mid-Indiana ST).  We are ASCII (Atari St
Computers In Indianapolis), BL.A.ST (BLoomington Atari ST), and PAUG 
(Purdue Atari User Group).
Thanks for your interest, and we'll see you at the 'Fest!!
  William H. Loring
  President, BL.A.ST User Group
  Co-Chairperson, MIST AtariFest III

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