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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: AAA Video - December 1989 Date: Tue Mar 1 16:29:07 1994 ____________________________________ | __ __ | || | | | | | | | | ||\ | | | |__| |__| | || \|orth-| | | | | | | || |ern |__|hio | |tari | |elpers| |____________________________________| N e w s n o t e s December 1989 Issue #2 ___________________________ __ / \__ *\/\ \_ \ / _\ _ \_/ | |+|_ | - -| |_|X|/| ^ |\ M E R R Y \___/ |/\-/|_ | /|\___/ | C H R I S T M A S | | | | | _________________ | | \_ | | | | _ \_/_| . |__ | \ | = \_\ \ | /_\ * * |\ |_ _| * | | | \|_|_ \ /| |\ |_______| |_____| ^ * | ATARI | * | | | |_______| |_____|| | | || | ___ | | * | || | * |___| ___ / / | | \ / |___| |__| |__| | \ / | | | | 1 9 9 0 | | | _ | - /_\ | |___)|___) /_\ ____________________________________ | | | ** ** ** | | * * * * * * | |_______*__________*___________*_____| | Video * Repair & * Computers * tm | |_______*__________*___________*_____| | * * * * * * | | * * * * * * | | | |____________________________________| User Group News Notes December 20, 1989 This month's meeting was pushed back a week, so I can get in a few notes here about the user group. N.O.A.H. We organized this about one and a half years ago and though not a very large group at the moment we have done a lot of good both getting software into the area. A A A Video, and helping other Atarians with any problems and questions concerning their computers and associated software. In the past few months we decided to open up the group to new members and see what happened. To our surprise the response was GREAT! We have had many people stop in and see what was going on and then decided to keep coming. Dale Kelsey and Gary Turton have taken on the responsibility of getting all this organized so a round of applause goes to them first. A lot of their time and energy has gone into this so drop them a line with any comments, questions or suggestions on any of the H.O.A.H. BBS'. New officer elections will be held at the meeting in January so if you want to help out by becoming an officer let us know. At the very least, come to the next meeting and vote to support the group. Any and all articles will be considered for this newsletter so send them to any of the N.O.A.H. boards. please include your real name and a daytime phone number so we can reach you to confirm the article. Rodents in The Keep The Cat of the Keep has just opened a new section to the BBS. He has just about any program you may be looking for. ST Informer, STart, Just Ask Publishing, and ST Log are just a few of the magazines he has disks from. The Cat makes his list of what he has, descriptions included, and U/L's it to the BBS. All you need to do is call and either D/L the list or read it online! If there is something you need or want, leave a message in the Cats Meow base (#10) and he will U/L it into that section. The list will be updated at least once a month, so there is always something new to look forward to. This section is a N.O.A.H. User Group Exclusive, which means you must be registered with the user group to enter this SIG. That's all there is to it. Need a program, The Cat most likely has it. If not, the User Group would be happy to try to track it down for you. Just leave a message. If you have not called The Keep yet, what are you waiting for? Stop in and look around, play a few games, meet new people, leave some messages. That's what BBS's are all about. Don't just log on, look for new files, and log off. There is a lot more to many BBS's then just Upload and Download. .... Archer _______________ | N.O.A.H. | | Membership | | Cards | | Available | | At | | | | AAA Video | | Repair & | | Computers| | | | 5538 Pearl Rd.| | Parma, Ohio | | 44129 | | | |Phone: 845-6260| |_______________| The Readers Talk Back ... ------------------------- The points made by Gary in the Editorial last month are very true, and we, as experienced users, must do all we can to help new people in using the ST. But after reading it, and giving some thought to what I have experienced in the past, I must also shift a lot of the blame to the people running Atari. In the past I have done a lot to increase the interest in the Atari computer. From the time I got my first 130 XE, I was captured by the simplicity and power of its basic programming language. It was fun to use and there was a lot of good magazines and PD software available on BBSs. I didn't mind the long hours I spent helping new users to get aquainted, helping people set up their printers with interfaces to use Print Shop, or even to start someone in the world of downloading with a modem. I myself recieved help at one time, from a person that had a lot of patience and experience, which showed me yet another good point of the computer, the consideration other users have for one another. Since them I have tried many other types and still maintain that the Atari ST is the best computer on the market at the price. Why then does it still not have the reputation it deserves? Maybe the same reason that Beta video recorders. (which at the time were surperior to the VHS format), did not gain gain the support. The same reason designer clothes are more popular and in demand than the less expensive ones. Because some marketing wizard floods the market with misinformation or paints a picture of the buyers of the product that people want to be like. This is successful marketing which comes from research from research from the company putting out the product. It should be easier if your product is superior in the first place, which is why I can't understand a salesman recommending an Amiga, and having no knowledge of an ST. Is it my job to sell ST's to the salespeople? No it's Atari's job and it would make it much better for our user groups to promote to people if there were more places to expect service and hardware support. We all don't live next to an AAA Vidio. Please don't misinterpret my opinion as something negative to the user groups and stores that sell the ST. I still think we all should work a little harder in our efforts to promote the ST, but in order to be more effective in this campaign, we have to confront all possible problems facing us. The only way to do that is to bring them out in the open. So how do we give a reputation to a computer that everyone seems to overlook? For one thing we can stand behind our dealers and service representatives and buy our products there instead of mail ordering them. I am not one to throw money away, but I would rather see somone I know make a profit, than a dealer that lives out of state. The few dollars more it cost to buy locally ammounts to nothing more than a tip in the average resturaunt. A dealer that makes money will also do more to promote the computer with ads and demos which in turn should sell computers. I don't have sure fire answers to all the problems facing us, but maybe if the user groups were to band together on a national network such as GEnie, maybe our voice will be better heard to the Tramiel boys. If their bean counters get the message that they can make money here as well as Europe, we might just get the national exposure our computer so honestly deserves. Well, I have used up enough space with my opinion, but I would like to heat and learn from others on this topic. Thanks - John Morris What can I do to Support the ST? -------------------------------- Well, most of us want to help support our computer but don't really know what to do. One simple way is to make sure you send in your Warranty Cards. I know most people do it for expensive hardware, but what about the little pieces of software? It may sound stupid but every time you send in a card you let the programmers know you BOUGHT it and want more! Let them know how good or bad the program (or anything) is. The more feedback the programmers get, the more they will be willing to put out! Also, sending in the card lets the company know who to send product updates and new product information too. Remember, don't just leave the card in the package, send it in! -Archer The Editor's Corner ------------------- Well, here it is the end of yet another year. Many things that have happened is the appearance of the Lynx and the Portfolio from Atari. Both machines have made an impact in a very limited amount of time. Just on the horizon, hold your breath, are the STacy, the STe and the TT. We should see them around February or March. Software has been in plentiful supplies with a large amount coming from across the Atlantic. One major thing that we have yet to see in any real advertising from Big Grey. We did have a short blitz there around the summer months but other than that and a few well placed ads in USA Today for the Portfolio...NOTHING!! Being the owner of a repair shop which has sold the ST line, both software and hardware, for about 2 years, this can be very frustrating. Though my major business income is derived from repairs of Video related equipment, TV's, VCR's etc, it is nice to see that having over 150 ST software titles in stock is beginning to pay off for both you and for me. I own several ST's and related peripherals and do thouroughly enjoy them both for recreation and business purposes. The amount of Public Domain software out there is a real booster also. Here's hoping the New Year brings you happiness, good health and success in whatever you undertake. The best Holidays to you and yours. Doug Novak Owner: AAA Video Repair & Computers LDW Power --------- The LDW Power spreadsheet delivers what it's name implies...POWER. LDW Power is far and away the most advanced spreadsheet available for the Atari ST line of cmputers. It's Fast: Experience ultra-fast response times in scrolling, recalculation and copying that beats the competition hands down. It's easy to use: Uses the GEM operating environment or switch to the LOTUS 1-2-3 compatiable environment. It's versatile: Choose from about 300 commands and 80 functons to do everything from recording complex macros to creating presentation quality graphics. LDW Power is compatible with LOTUS 1-2-3 Release 2 and can load files to and from LOTUS. LDW Power runs on all Atari ST computers including the MEGA ST and requires a minimum of 512K of memory and one disk drive!! GENERAL FEATURES: LOTUS 1-2-3 Release 2 compatable. GEM and LOTUS interchangable interface. Fast scrolling and quick response time, Simultaneous use of up to 4 windows, Ability to hide columns, 18 display formats, customized monetary format, Alignment for labels and numbers, Bold and Underline styles, Note feature for every cell. Different formats in different windows. Close to 300 commands. ARITHMETIC: More than 80 functions, String functions, Fast minimum recalculations. GRAPHS: Five graph types: XY, Line, Bar, Stacked bar, Pie, Automatic and manual scaling, optional grid, average, and standard deviation lines. PRINTING: Sideways printing program. FILE HANDLING: Direct load of LOTUS files, Saving and retreiving of partial worksheets, external file link function, password file protection, Importing of ASCII files, Conversion of files into LOTUS format, Data Parse command. DATABASE: Quick sort using one or two keys, Sophisticated Data Query operations, Criteria involving formulas and logical operators, Single and double variable data tables, Frequency analysis. MACROS: Macro language compatable with LOTUS 1-2-3, Macro recorder, Long macro names, UNLIMITED number of macros. Distributor: Logical Design Works (Domestic) Suggested Retail Price $ 149.95. AAA Video EVERYDAY LOW Price $ 129.95. ________________ ___________________ | | NOTICE | | S U P P O R T | | | | Opinions expressed| | B O A R D S |in this newsletter | | |are those of the | |ST Nerd BBS |individual authors | | (216)582-1904 |and do not | | |necessarily reflect| |Kelsey's Pub |those of N.O.A.H. | | (216)323-4937 |The Name Atari and | | |the associated | |The Keep |products and logo | | (216)282-7136 |are the registered | |________________|trademark of Atari | |Corp. Those wishing to submit | |articles should do so both on disk | |and print. Any word processing | |format is acceptable along with | |ASCII. Articles printed in this | |newsletter are given full credit. | | All efforts have been made to | |present totally accurate information| |in this newsletter. We assume no | |responsibility for the actions | |resulting from someone acting upon | |any suggestions presented herein. | |____________________________________| _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_ | | | AAA Video Repair & Computers | | | | Over 150 Titles In Stock | | | | European Titles In Stock | | | | (advertisment) | | | |_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_| ___________________ || Members Of..... || || || || THE || || || || REVOLUTION || ||_________________|| Reviews... Archer's Angle Winter is finally here. Time to find indoor recreations to keep us out of the WELL below zero weather outside. How about a nice game of Putt-Putt? On the computer of course! A number of Putt-Putt golf games have been put out for the ST, such as Hole-In-One-Minature-Golf and Zany Golf. If you want a couple of hours of great enjoyment, buy Zany Golf. It is not real hard to learn and the graphics are super! The game is played a lot like using a Pool cue to hit your ball in the direction you want the ball to go. Just place the cross hairs on your ball and press and hold the left mouse button. Now pull back the mouse away from the ball, opposite of the direction you want the ball to go. i.e. pool cue. A small dotted line will appear between your ball and the cross hairs. The farther you pull away, the stronger the shot. Let the button go and the ball is on it's way, hopefully the right way! Put the ball in the hole without using up all your strokes and you go to the next hole. 9 levels of zany, and they are ZANY, holes. The School House, Hamburger Hill, and Fans are just a few of the holes you'll go through. You will see a castle, play a pinball machine and attempt the infamous ENERGY. Make it through all 9 and your one hell of a zany golfer. The question is, are you good enough to find hole #10? Be very observent, and try anything. You won't get there by just sinking the ball on the 9th hole. Oh well, trust me on this one, you'll have hours of fun over the holidays. Forget Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary (The Board Games) and sit down with your relatives and play Zany Golf! Archer A A A Video Repair & Computers 5538 Pearl Rd. Parma, Ohio 44129 Phone: 845-6268 __|______________________/_________ R| Snow Rd. / Snow Rd. | / i| l / | / d| r -_______________ | /___ Fernhill g| a /|AAA| | - |___| e| e / | / | P - | / | / | - | / | / | - |/ -| Brookpark Rd. _|__________________________________ | | | | | I-480 I-480 _|__________________________________ (This has been copied by Len Stys EXACTLY from the N.O.A.H. user group newsletter. Only the advertisments were excluded.) --
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