CLEVATARI - January 1990From: Atari SIG (xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/01/94-04:36:57 PM Z
- Next message by date: Atari SIG: "N.O.A.H. - February 1990"
- Previous message by date: Atari SIG: "ON T.A.P. - December 1989"
- Return to Index: Sort by: [ date ] [ author ] [ thread ] [ subject ]
From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: CLEVATARI - January 1990 Date: Tue Mar 1 16:36:57 1994 _____________________________________ |_____________________________________| | | | | | | _ | | " ||| |:| C L E V A T A R I | | |:| ||| |:| | |_|:|_ ||| |:|_ | ||...|/ | \|...| N E W S L E T T E R | | / | \ | | | | The official newsletter of the | |Cleveland Atari Computer Enthusiasts | | | |JANUARY 1990 ISSUE #99| | | | | | | |_____________________________________| |___________________________________| EDITOR'S NOTES by Randy Hahn (CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER Issue #99 Jan 1990) Well, here I am all nervous and teetering on the brink of excitement, all over my first issue as newsletter editor. This issue contains my first published articles (the INTERLINK demo was a handout at the meeting) so I now know what it is like to be an island! I am frantically trying to remember why I haven't written articles before now, and I can't really think of any good reasons. But I think now I can identify how it is on the other end hoping to receive something to publish. Your opinions, and viewpoints are important to the success of this newsletter! Somehow, the alternative adopted by many clubs around the country of joining forces in common publication just doesn't seem the same as a newsletter written, edited and published by friends. I feel the "Grass Roots" approach to a newsletter which shares the experiences, impressions, and views of those around us especially those who we know is by far the best way to learn and grow in this technological era. I sincerely hope you all can share this experience by supporting the effort of newsletters such as ours. Please consider writing something, short or long makes no difference! What does make a difference is that it is from you! One of the most interesting parts of a newsletter is the varying types of opinions. Don't let your voice go unheard! The agenda tonight includes the introduction of the new officers, an 8-bit and ST demo and of course the big raffle drawing. First of all let me welcome each of the officers and a sincere wish for the best in this New Year. Already having worked with you has been a real pleasure. I had no idea that there was so much to do monthly in order to keep this club running. I now have a much greater appreciation for what goes on behind the scenes. Thank you, to those who contributed to this months' meeting and to this newsletter for without them, this would be a newsletter of just one (I'm not sure how interesting "my" newsletter would be without their help.) Of course the highlight of the agenda tonight is the drawing for the SUPER prizes. We would like to thank Soft-Logic for their support of users groups namely tonight's first prize of Page Stream. We also need to thank Practical Solution's for their Mouse Master, tonight's second prize. There will be an opportunity to purchase tickets tonight prior to the drawing. Please show your continued support by honoring your presence at the ticket table. Well, its that time again for you all to re-enroll as members. I think you will be surprised at how ATARI will grow in the future and how the group can and will grow with your support. I for one have a lot of confidence especially having seen all of the software and hardware support lately (the late implication wasn't meant). The STE (Enhanced) is reportedly shipping in Europe and the only thing holding it up in the U.S. is the FCC Approval. Software is showing strength. Avant Garde, once having a strong hold in the emulator market is being strongly challenged by PC-Speed an MS-DOS emulator from Germany and marketed by Michtron in the U.S. We now have the only computer that has three IBM emulators and two Mac-Emulators. That plus the many, many software titles sported only for the ATARI computer is surely an indication that there is support for ATARI. This is also the year of the REVOLUTION !, a grass roots approach to support for ATARI. This should prove to be a very interesting and rewarding new year indeed! I hope you will feel the same. See you next month! Happy Computing! C L E V A T A R I N E W S L E T T E R JANUARY 1990 ISSUE #99 CONTENTS IT'S ON THERE COMPUTER LEARNING SPACE QUEST III - REVIEW THE REVOLUTION (PART I) BOBTERM ______________________________________ CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER is published 12 times a year by the Cleveland Atari Computer Enthusiasts (C.A.C.E.) P.O. Box (216)486-8914 93034, Cleveland, Ohio 440101-5034. Vice-President. Any non-copyrighted articles in this newsletter may be freely reprinted in any non-commercial publication, provided that credit is given the author and CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER. The opinions expressed herin are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect those of C.A.C.E. which is in no way affiliated with Atari Corp. The name Atari and the associated computer products and logo are registered trademarks of Atari Corp. Subscriptions - Issues of the CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER are distributed to registered members of C.A.C.E. and are included in the annual membership dues. Membership Dues- Single $15.00 Family $20.00 Student $ 8.00 Senior $ 8.00 Business* $40.00 *Business membership includes (3) full page ads per membership year. Advertising - To advertise in the CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER please contact the Advertisement Editor. Single Issue Rates Full Page $20.00 One-half Page $12.00 One-third $10.00 One-quarter $8.00 Business Card $5.00 -Article Submission- Articles should be submitted on disk and program listings must be on a working disk. Text files should be in ASCII format if possible but most common word-processing formats will be accepted. The Senior Newsletter Editor will make final dicisions as to the suitability of all submitted material for publication. Additionally, articles published in this newsletter may be reprinted by other newsletter provided that the author and this newsletter are given full credit. Every effort has been made to present accurate information, thus the newsletter and its editors assume no responsibility for any mishap due to the acting on any suggestions presented in this newsletter. ______________________________________ IT'S ON THERE by George (George Neff, Sr., CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER Issue #99 Jan 1990) Each month a file from the "TCP" BBS will be highlighted. These programs can be yours free just for calling and registering to use the bulletin board. The modem number is (216)-228-7335. The times listed are for 1200 baud so if you are using 300 baud the time will be about four times longer and if you are using 2400 baud they will be one-half as long to download. These programs might not have been checked yet so if you have any trouble with the file let me know and I will try it. If I can not get it to work I will get a hold of the one who up-loaded it and either find out what is wrong or get a working copy loaded to replace it. To conserve space on the board most files have been arced in one form or another, if you have problems extracting them see some one at the meeting and they should be able to help you or get someone who does know how. In the ST download-sig section  ST UTILITIES: Is a program called NEODEMO.ARC that will take about 9 minutes to down-load. This is a DEMO version of NEODESK by GRIBNIF software showing some of the features with some others disabled. There are 863 blocks and will take 16 min. to download. Happy New Year to all, and have fun telecomputing.... COMPUTER LEARNING by Larry Kohse (CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER Issue #99 Jan 1990) "Human History becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." H. G. Wells If we think of advances in technology over the past 2000 years, in the domain of education little change is apparent. In the Roman empire, standard textbooks were used throughout and students studied these and wrote lectures as we do today. Certainly the manufacture of books etc. has changed, but their use is the same. However, with the development of the computer, we probably are on the threshold of a major change in the way we will teach and learn. Currently there is research going on to try and replace the textbook and class lecturer, for example with Steven Jobs' NeXT computer. I would like to review briefly a brochure published by one of the companies involved in computer education. The "Computer Curriculum Corporation" (CCC) was founded in 1967 by Patrick Suppes who, according to their blurb, was a pioneering researcher in computer-assisted instruction. The CCC will set up a complete education program for schools from kindergarten to grade 12. They also offer individual "projects" for dropouts, slow learners, convicts and students with English as a second language. They also have programs for remedial education which I think are interesting as they are designed to help adults function in the modern world (balancing check books, getting accurate change from a store, spelling and others). They call these survival skills. The CCC gives numerous examples about how well their programs work in actual schools in cutting down on dropouts and improving achievement rankings in various subject areas such as math and reading. One aspect that struck me as reasonable was the course lengths, from 7 to 40 minutes per day. I have always maintained that no one can concentrate on a subject for more than about 30 minutes unless it is on sex and/or violence. However, the complete course such as Math Concepts and Skills from grades K to 8 has 245 hours available over 9 years. I did not have any of their programs to run but from their brochure they are all interactive with text and over 10,000 color images. Voice synthesis is also available. There is a" management" that allows the student to take any course with a coded sign on, teachers do not have to move around software. Each student can be intensively monitored as to progress and these reports used by teachers. They may as well get used to this type of ongoing monitoring as it has already been introduced in the work place in regards to word processing and telephones. A UNIX system is used, although this is not directly mentioned in the brochure, it is in small print at the bottom of a page. They also offer computer education courses as part of this program. Apparently quite a few schools use this system, around 2,500 with 10 of these being in the Cleveland area. One of the computers this system is based on is the Atari 1040 ST (the other is IBM). This exposure of the Atari 1040 ST in schools should boost the overall use of this excellent computer. Personally, I think computer education in schools and colleges will be the major and technical advance in education, even though audio-visual learning was hailed as a great leap forward that took a nose dive. What has made textbooks so long lasting is cost, the ease of use, and maintenance. Computers are now within reach of that goal with portables and the vast memory storage systems. Computer learning, if made understandable to the student, allows for that all important interaction necessary to hold the mind's attention (with audio-visual all of us just fell asleep). SPACE QUEST III - a Review by Randy Hahn (CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER Issue #99 Jan 1990) Space Quest III is an adventure game in full color graphics which is one of the reasons that I bought it in the first place. Until now I have not really enjoyed adventure games, because too much is left up to ones imagination. "The descriptions given" and hints along the way usually lead to early frustration and early retirement of the game. The graphics to me are beautifully done and the animation really gets you into the action of this adventure game. Space Quest III is produced by SIERRA On-Line, Inc. and is only one of the many titles they produce for Atari such as Police Quest, Gold Rush and the Leisure Suit Larry series to name a few. It can be easily said that they know what they are doing when it comes to adventure games. The clues, even as subtle as they may be, are really there and if you try hard enough, a solution to every problem along the way usually becomes apparent after a while. Fortunately, there are quite a few true "adventurers" out there who are usually available for hints when needed. Space Quest III is the third (obviously) in a series of space adventures involving the character "Roger Wilco" Sanitation Engineer turned space age swashbuckler. You are thrown into a space adventure which picks up where Space Quest II left off, namely, in an escape pod in which YOU (Roger) escaped in just before blowing up Sludge Vohaul's asteroid fortress. Apparently, shortly after escaping in the pod, you realized the oxygen supply was nearly depleted and to make a last ditch effort, you climbed into a hibernetic sleep chamber with the hope that someone would find you soon. Then when your small pod has drifted for a seemingly "intermediate amount" of time in endless space, the pod is picked up by a "robot run" garbage scowl merely as a piece of trash in outer space. The jolt of the trash heap as it meets the outer skin of the escape pod jolts the suspended animation sequencer and you are brought back to your full senses only to find yourself trapped deep inside the garbage scowl. Your mission (if you should decide to accept it) is to rescue the Two Guys from Andromeda (the authors believe it or not) from the despicable pirates of Pestulon, from a seeming "FATE WORSE THAN DEATH". If you don't like great graphics and if you don't like adventure games (and you don't feel sorry for the two who wrote it by now), then this game purchase may not be for you. I for one am glad that I am now a Space Quest addict and I am seriously considering obtaining the other two episodes in the series. I hope you enjoy the demo. THE REVOLUTION (tm) - An Individual Approach to Joining the Nation in a Campaign of Increasing Atari Awareness. (Part I) by Artisian Software (Reprinted in CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER Issue #99 Jan 1990) WHAT I CAN DO INDIVIDUALLY This is the heart of the campaign. If ever you heard: "Every vote counts!", it certainly does here. The first portion deals with a national schedule of events. The second part of this section deals with general things we could be doing. The calendar not only represents the specific things to do, but what the rest of the nation will be doing simultaneously. It's like all the atoms in a chair shifting to one side at one time; all of them have to move to make the chair jump, but what an accomplishment when they do! If you do not understand the projects mentioned or have comments, please contact Artisian Software at : (209) 239-1552. It is important that you do not take the actions recommended, until the scheduled date. Attempt to prepare your letter writing projects over the prior weekend and have them in the mail by Noon on the Tuesday of that week. The impact will only be felt if Atari users across the country are seen following a movement in a synchronized pattern. Please look ahead and consider any group projects which can be prepared in advance. User's Groups may wish to help pre-print form letters to pass out at meetings. If you go on vacation or are away from home, we encourage you to take and follow this calendar while you are on the road. That's how important every individual is! If nothing else, please make an attempt to catch up if you miss any weeks. DO NOT PRE-MAIL ANY LETTERS BEFORE THE DESIGNATED WEEK...THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Some of you will understand the "marketing" value of these projects more than others. Please explain your understanding and encourage others to participate. You may wish to help others write effective letters or become their "REVOLUTION" team captain by coordinating events and communicating with Artisian Software about your progress. Do not become discouraged. We can tell you right away that many projects will seemingly not have any immediate measurable results. This program is carefully designed to maximize exposure of the Atari computer and you are guaranteed to accomplish this. There may be reasons to reinforce some activities. For instance, if some of the targets for letter writing receive this HANDBOOK, they will know in advance what to expect. Therefore, you may be notified through your favorite Atari publication of follow-up activity or slight changes to the scheduled dates. The designations of "NATIONAL WEEK" herein are not official government declared holidays. They are referencing our national efforts for that particular week. Week 1-- Prior to and including January 6, 1990 LET'S GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD! Write a letter, once a week to the following three individuals: SAM TRAMIEL, President Atari Corporation. 1196 Borregas Avenue Sunnyvale, California 94086 PRODUCER, 20 / 20, ABC TV 1330 Avenue Of The Americas New York, New York 10019 The Editor's desk of your local newspaper. Tell Sam Tramiel that you have joined "The REVOLUTION"; and are prepared to wage the war in favor of better consumer exposure of the Atari computer lines. Ask for his recognition and support. This will leave no doubt in Atari's mind that the campaign has substance and they better be building a few more computers next year for the U.S. Tell 20 / 20 and your local paper, in your own words, that you have joined "The REVOLUTION" ; a consumer interest movement organized to build public awareness about the best available computer values. Tell them the organization has chosen Atari as a well rounded computer which is easily adapted for education, business, music and leisure. As an active member, tell them you request their coverage of the campaign. This activity will be a major step to alert the media that they need to be aware that something is going on. Week 2 --Jan 7 thru Jan 13, 1990 NATIONAL ATARI PUBLICATION RECOGNITION WEEK During this week, choose one or more Atari oriented publications. There are many. Artisian Software can provide you with addresses or phone numbers of your favorite publication if you wish. When subscribing, include "My subscription is in the spirit of "The REVOLUTION!" on your order. Also during this week, choose a topic concerning "The REVOLUTION" and write a minimum of two paragraphs about your opinions of it. Send it to the editor of your chosen publication. Week 3 --Jan 14 thru Jan 20, 1990 NATIONAL RUBBER STAMP WEEK Rubber Stamp Week? Yep...that's what the man said! Every office supply store offers them and they are not expensive. Write: Join The REVOLUTION Use an Atari Computer ! on a piece of paper and take it to your office supply store or local printer. In less than a week, you will have a powerful tool to stamp on every envelope you mail out and your message can reach dozens of people with each letter. Mail sorters and carriers, the recipients and their families or co-workers will see the growing movement advertised on every envelope you mail. You will need to get a stamp pad; please use red. Go stamp happy and stamp everything you can. It may cost a little more for the convenience, but you may order this stamp from Artisian Software for $22. California, add 6% sales tax. Send your order to: Artisian Software, P.O. Box 849, Manteca, California 95336. Week 4 -- Jan 21 thru Jan 27, 1990 NATIONAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT WEEK There are two things to do during this week. First, review your library of computer software and see if there is any you own that you may have "inadvertently" received and did not pay for. Choose a title you use from time to time, or admire because of its' quality. Send a check for the publisher, anonymously if need be, and thank them for their Atari software support. Shareware qualifies. Secondly, find a non-Atari software publisher in magazines or by asking around. Write a letter addressed to the President of that firm and ask them why they do not support the Atari computer and if they will please consider it. Ask them for a reply. Be polite. Week 5 -- Jan 28 thru Feb 3, 1990 NATIONAL "GO TO A BARR" WEEK Let's band together for a special episode of ROSEANNE... the most popular sitcom now being broadcast. In this episode, the family wins a home computer (an Atari) with a "REVOLUTION" strike force around every corner to help them set it up. Write to: ROSEANNE BARR c/o ABC TV 2040 Ave OF The Stars Los Angeles, California 90067 Tell her your nifty plot idea (as stated above) and ask for a special episode to be produced. Tell her every Atari fanatic in America will watch. Who knows, if they do it, maybe we can get Atari Corporation to sponsor it. Week 6 -- Feb 4 thru Feb 10, 1990 NATIONAL GOODWILL WEEK In honor of Valentine's Day on February 14, call your local Hospital and ask for the name of a child who may benefit from a little recognition and attention. Design a large outline of a heart on a paint program. Print it out and write: " On behalf of 'The REVOLUTION'; a national Atari computer user interest group, I wish for you a speedy recovery. We admire your strength!" Sign and send it to the address the Hospital gives you. You may make the "card" as fancy as you wish, but artistic skills are not required. Parents, have your children pass out Atari generated Valentine's to classmates. THE CONTENTS OF "THE REVOLUTION HANDBOOK ARE COPYRIGHT 1989 BY ARTISIAN SOFTWARE. THE CONTENTS OF THE ABOVE ARTICLE IS CONTAINED IN "THE REVOLUTION HANDBOOK(TM)" ARE REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION OF ARTISIAN SOFTWARE. "THE REVOLUTION(TM)" IS A TRADEMARK OF ARTISIAN SOFTWARE. TO UTILIZE THE POWER OF THE NAME FOR PROFIT (PRINTING ON T-SHIRTS, COFFEE MUGS, ETC.) , CONTACT ARTISIAN SOFTWARE. OTHER TRADENAMES AND TRADEMARKS REFERRED TO IN THE BOOK BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE BUSINESS ENTITIES. BOBTERM: Telecommunicating with the Eight Bit by Ken Vargo (CLEVATARI NEWSLETTER) (Issue #99 Jan 1990) Happy New Year one and all. I hope this year finally becomes the turn around year for the sacred FUJI icon as the past years were supposed to. I am here this year to keep the faith of the glorious eight-bit system alive and bring new wonders upon us. In the past, little has been passed along in the form of information for the eight-bit and I hope to rectify that situation this month with a new form of communication. Those of you that have been EXPRESS'ed 850 or so can now seek a new type of term. BOBTERM is a new feature packed telecommunications shareware program from Robert Puff. I don't know when it was first released but the current version (ver 1.1) was release June 1989. This program supports the regular 850 Interface and PR: Connection. It also handles direct connect modems such as the MPP, XM301, and SX212. The program does not use BASIC and has the handler built in (if you are using a direct connect modem the appropriate handler must be renamed so it can be loaded.) By renaming the program AUTORUN.SYS the program can be made to autoboot and run. The disk also contains about 45K of documentation of the workings of BOBTERM. If you are familiar with EXPRESS, BOBTERM is a breeze to use. After the program loads you are presented with your Command Menu that allows you to alter any of the system parameters (baud rate, duplex and translation.) There is a complete section on Dialing Commands, DOS functions and Screen Control Commands. In the Modem Parameters you have your normal full/half duplex; Atari, ASCII, vidtex translations; and tone or pulse dialing. You also have your choice of baud rates but with a maximum of 19200 bits per second if your modem and interface can handle this (with a null modem cable and a 850 Interface 9600 is the maximum allowed.) Not bad for an eight-bit! Under the Dialing Menu one can load in ones' dialing menu with up to 24 names per list which includes name, number, three macros, baud rate, translation, duplex, and wait to connect time. One can also input their long distance code if you use a service that uses one. The System Commands provide access to DOS functions, buffer control and send/receive functions. The send/receive functions allow you to select your transfer protocols which include: std Xmodem, Xmodem CRC, CIS fast Xmodem, 1K Xmodem (sometimes called Ymodem), Ymodem batch, Fmodem (?), and ASCII send. It also allows automatic ASCII/ATASCII translation. This is a full feature terminal program for the eight-bit and I have just touched on some of the highlights. I know I won't use all the features available because I don't use the modem as heavily as others but if you are looking for a program that is extremely powerful and easy to use I would recommend dumping EXPRESS and going by way of BOBTERM. Remember that BOBTERM is SHAREWARE and if you would like to continue to see quality software such as this produce please send a donation to the author for his or her efforts. Peace be with you. The Rev. (Reverend Atebit and the Church of the Sixty-Five-O-Two) _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - This newsletter was contributed by Randy Hahn and was edited for the Atari SIG by Len Stys. - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ - _ --
- Next message by date: Atari SIG: "N.O.A.H. - February 1990"
- Previous message by date: Atari SIG: "ON T.A.P. - December 1989"
----------------------------------------- Return to message index