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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 ------------------ ----------- 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 Mar.15,1991 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): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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 machine. 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 1-(218)-723-9202 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): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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 ANNOUNCING........................... 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. Prizes: 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 entirety. ---------- Article #248 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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 comp.sys.atari.st on USENET: Article #24933 (24944 is last): >Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.st 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.. BobR -------------------------------------- Text of Lexicor reply follows -------------------------------------- Date: MARCH 9TH 1991 Subj: VIDEOTOASTER Comments To: Bob R. Bob, 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!) Thanks. 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): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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 comp.sys.atari.st: >Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.st Subject: Two New Computer Announcements - CeBIT Message-ID: <1991Mar14.email@example.com> Date: 14 Mar 91 03:33:02 GMT Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org (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 products. 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 types. 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 computer. 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. ST PAD 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: email@example.com -- Article #253 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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..... 3/7/91 FREE MONTHLY ATARI MAGAZINE ANNOUNCED, AVAILABLE IN MAY. COVINA, CA -- Quill Publishing, publishers of ST JOURNAL MAGAZINE, have replaced the Journal with ATARIUSER, the first and only FREE ATARI SPECIFIC MAGAZINE. ATARIUSER will be distributed 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 WITHOUT THE PRICE... FREE!" 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): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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: LCACE P.O. Box 8788 Waukegan, IL 60079-8788 Show Hotline- 708-566-0682 Be There!!! /s Article #255 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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 ************************************************************************ GREAT LAKES ATARI COMPUTER USERS CONFERENCE POSTPONED! 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 future! 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): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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 >From : DENNIS MCGUIRE 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 them. -- Article #258 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news 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!! Sincerely, William H. Loring President, BL.A.ST User Group Co-Chairperson, MIST AtariFest III --
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