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From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele) Subject: Z*Net: 22-Mar-90 #512 Date: Sat Mar 24 14:53:21 1990 ////// // // ////// ////// // \/ /// // // // // /// // // // ////// // // /\ // /// // // ////// // // /////// // Atari Online Magazine Issue #512 ========================================= (=) 1990 by Rovac Industries, Inc. Post Office Box 59 Middlesex, New Jersey 08846 ======================================================================= Publisher/Editor - Ron Kovacs Editor - John Nagy Z*Net Online 24 Hour BBS (201) 968-8148 3/12/24 CompuServe 71777,2140 GEnie Z-NET ======================================================================= MARCH 23, 1990 ( TABLE OF CONTENTS ) - THIS WEEK New Writer, OverSeas Coverage and more................Ron Kovacs - Z*NET NEWSWIRE Weekly News Update.............................................. - LAYOFFS AT ATARI! Atari News Update......................................John Nagy - THE ATARI CD-ROM Part 2................................................Jon Clarke - AUSTRALIAN ATARI EXPO Part 2................................................Lucas Lozo - BOB BRODIE ON THE ROAD AGAIN Texas Report...........................................John Nagy - STOS CANADA ...................................................Press Release - ST STACK PD/Shareware Reviews.................................Alice Amore - PEN INTERFACE ...................................................Press Release - APPLE UPDATE ................................................................ - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ................................................................ - Z*NET BBS LISTING ......................................................Ron Kovacs - SUPERCHARGER REVIEW ........................................................Jim Kent (*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*) THIS WEEK - by Ron Kovacs (*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*) After reading numerous user group newsletter and revolution material this week, I am surprised at the number of requests for letter writing to Atari CEO Sam Tramiel. As we all know, Sam is busy with probably 20-30 projects at a time and reading all the letters he might have received to date, he would be overwhelmed with reading material. However, there is another person you might want to address your letter to. Try Jack Tramiel! He is the real boss at Atari and the one who has appeared recently to settle a few "discussions" taking place. So, when addressing your letter to Atari, remember Jack! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am pleased to announce that Jon Clarke has joined the Z*Net staff as writer and New Zealand/Australia reporter. Jon will be keeping our readers up to date on down-under happenings, Atari Australia and more. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In our efforts to expand our overseas coverage, we have written to a number of European contacts and received the following letter in response. March 7, 1990 Simple Logic - ST Club 49 Stoney Street Nottingham NG1 1LX Rovac Industries PO Box 59 Middlesex, NJ 08846 Ron, We keep bumping into reprints of Z*NET in magazines from all over the world so it seems time we introduced ourselves. Enclosed are a handful of our back issues plus a book we have been doing for the past year or so. Please forward details of getting reprint rights on Z*NET. Also, would you be interested in exchanging articles from our newsletter? Paul Glover We have responded and look forward to sharing information with the European Atari user base. For your own information, we have provided a listing of all the Atari companies around the world. Please write the companies listed for information on Atari in these countries. If you do, please let us know what type of response you get. Atari Companies Around The World ================================ Atari United Kingdom, Intercity House, Railway Terrace Slough, Berkshire, England SL2 5BZ Phone: 0044/753-33344 Atari West Germany, Frankfurterstrasse 89-91, D-6096 Rauneim West Germany Phone: 0049-6142/2090 Atari Austria, Grosse Neugasse 28, A-1040 Vienna Austria Phone: 0043-222-565155 Atari Switzerland, Bahnhofstrasse 28, CH-5400 Baden Switzerland Phone: 0041-5621-14722 Atari Benelux, Hangenweg 7B, NL-4130 EB Vianen The Netherlands Phone: 0031-3473-77272 Atari Benelux, Boomsesteenweg 28, B-2621 Schelle Belgium Phone: 003-23-844-3366 Atari France, 9, rue Snetou, F-92150 Suresnes France Phone: 033/1/450-66060 Atari Italy, Via Bellini, 21, 1-20095 Cosano Italy Phone: 0039/2/613-4141-5 Atari Spain, PO Box 195, Los Calabozos 11, Poligono Industrial de Alcobendas, E-28100 Alcobendas Madrid, Spain Phone: 0034/1/653-5011 Atari Scandinavia/Atari Sweden, Box 522, S-17526 Jarfalla Sweden Phone: 0046-8-795-9120 Atari Denmark, Vaerkstedsgarden 7, DK-2620 Albertslund Denmark Phone: 0045-2-643344 Atari Norway, Trollasvejen 4, N-1414 Trollasen, Norway, Phone: 0047-2-808110 Atari Australia, 376 Lane Cove Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113 Australia Phone: 0061/2/805-0344 Atari Japan, No. 7 Koike Bldg 6F, 2-3-6 Minami-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140, Japan Phone: 0081/3/450-711 Atari Taiwan, 31, Min-Chu Road, Chu-Wei, Tam-Shui, Taipei, Taiwan Phone: 00886/2/622-1721 Atari Hong Kong, Unit B 3/F, Wong Tze Building, 71 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, Phone: 00852/3/797-3266 Atari USA, 1196 Borregas Avenue, PO Box 3427, Sunnyvale, California, 94088-3427 Phone: 408-745-2000 Atari Canada, 90 Grough Road, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 5V5 Phone: 416-479-1266 Atari Mexico, Viveros de Atizapan No. 1, Viveros de la Loma, Tialnepantia, Estadio de Mexico Phone: 905-398-4379 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Last week CompuServe dedicated Section 10 in the AtariArts Forum Message base for Z*Net Online. You can now leave feedback, ideas and commentary on both pay services. COMPUSERVE GENIE ================================= Location:---> Go AtariArts ST Message Base> Section 10 Cat 31 ID:---------> 71777,2140 Z-NET ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you for reading!!! *********************************************************************** Z*NET NEWSWIRE *********************************************************************** QUICK ST II UPDATE: (From GEnie ST RT) Here is some information about Quick ST II which did not appear in the March 2 press release from Branch Always Software. In Europe, users can order directly from Advantage Business System, 56 Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL53 7HJ. We do accept Master Card orders as well as VISA card orders. European users can use the Eurocard. We do not accept other cards at this time. Additional Quick ST II fill patterns have been uploaded to various bulletin boards, and more are in the works. Users are encouraged to upload their own fill patterns and desktop pictures that they created. Atari users on the east coast should not forget about the Second Canadian Atari Users Convention, being held on April 1 in Toronto. More than 30 dealers and exhibitors will be present, including Atari, and there will be hourly prizes. Several Branch Always Software developers will be on hand doing seminars, demos, and answering any questions. CEBIT 90: 550,000 attendees this week at the Hannover CEBIT show were hit with numerous new products. Through various sources we are producing a full report and will have all the happenings next week. GEnie has dedicated an area within the NewsBytes area with reports from the show. To access these reports enter "newsbytes" at any GEnie prompt. HAND MADE MEGASTE AT CEBIT: Atari was in attendance with a rumored hand made MEGASTe with a VME bus as requested by developers, this again is a rumor which we could not verify before publishing this report. Newsbytes has not reported on the happenings of Atari or Commdore at the show. Z*Net will provide more information as it becomes available. ACTIVISION ANNOUNCES THUNDERBIRDS: Thunderbirds, Activision's newest title for the Nintendo Entertainment System was announced this week. Outstanding control, splash screens and secret power-ups, this game might turn out to be one of the best flying games for the Nintendo. The game is based on a 1970s television show of the same name, that featured marionettes and model aircraft. Thunderbirds will be available in September and retail at $39.95. Activision publishes video game cartridges for the Nintendo, Nintendo Game Boy, Sega Master System and Atari 2600/7800. Activision Video Games are distributed exclusively by MEDIAGENIC. GENIE DEBUTS IN EUROPE: GE Information Services, announced at the Hannover Fair CeBIT'90 that its GEnie online information service can be accessed in three European countries -- Germany, Austria, and Switzerland -- via GEIS network services distributors. The cost to access the GEnie service in these three countries will be $18/hour U.S. for non-prime time access and $27/hour U.S. for prime time access. The non-prime time rate applies to usage Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. local Europe time at the user's location, and all day on weekends and designated holidays. For further information on subscribing to the GEnie service in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, call Cologne, Germany: 02233 - 6091. For further information on subscribing to the GEnie service in the U.S. and Canada, please call 1-800-638-9636. BELL CLOSES BBS: As we reported a few weeks ago, Michigan Bell has closed the state's largest independent BBS. Bell disconnected the 16 telephone lines connected to the Variety-N-Spice BBS located in Grosse Pointe, Mich. System operator Robert James told CompuServe's Online Today this week, that his problems started when power surges began destroying modems attached to the Michigan Bell telephone lines. James stated that he felt his BBS was a hobby and thus business charges should not charged. Bell stated that he would be their first test case and converted his rates to buisness and asked him for $1,600 deposit. With a one week deadline he could not come up with the funds and Bell has discontinued his service. James has filed a complaint with the Michigan Public Service Commission. CompuServe's Online Today tried to contact Bell exec's, but were unavailable for comment. VERBATIM TO BE SOLD: Eastman Kodak announced that it will sell its Verbatim floppy disk business to Japan's Mitsubishi Kasei Corp. for undisclosed terms. Streamlining measures aimed at concentrating Kodak's resources on imaging-related businesses were the reason stated for the sale. LOGITECH BREAKS INTO HANDSCAN OCR: Logitech Inc of Fremont, California, announced that they are now shipping CatchWord Intelligent Character Recognition software, an OCR package that has been optimized for use with the Logitech family of ScanMan hand held scanners for IBM and compatibles. The new software retails for $249, but is on an intoructory special for $199. The new software beats older systems by reading most any font without requiring a large amount of memory. It also allows full-page OCR by merging two scans, optional column isolation, and multiple language recognition. Logitech made a name for itself first in the Mouse market, and has continued to make a splash with its low cost hand scanners. Recently, the company has widened its scope to include Macintosh support. Logitechm 415-729-8901. CatchWord might be useable with the Atari ST via either an IBM emulator or the Spectre GCR. The existence of the product for any platform brings hope that the Atari might see a competent OCR system someday soon, perhaps from MIGRAPH, makers of the only domestic Atari hand scanner. A European hand scanner is also available that claims to offer OCR, but reports by users in the USA have been VERY discouraging, with most of the buyers returning the unit as unusable. *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* LAYOFFS AT ATARI! *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* Story by John Nagy Atari Corporation laid off 15% of all of its United States employees, effective at 5 PM Pacific Time, March 16, 1990. The layoff was a complete surprise to nearly everyone at the Sunnyvale, California, offices. This cutback and layoff is NOT a temporary measure for those who received their termination notice at the close of business on Friday the 16th. Employees were offered no expectation of callbacks in the foreseeable future, but they are said to have been given "generous" severance checks. It is common for Atari to give 6 to 8 weeks severance pay. The layoffs occurred at the service or labor level of all departments, but particularly hard hit were Accounts Payable and Credit, losing 50% or more of their staff. In some cases, personnel were reassigned to other areas rather than let go. Atari officials are calling this a "re-organization" rather than a cutback. That wording holds little solace for the employees who found themselves "re-organized" out the door. Of the "Name" people with whom the public has any contact, there were no terminations. Popular figures such as Bob Brodie, Charles Cherry, and others were not directly affected. Additionally, no changes at the executive level were made, at least publicly. Conjecture by those near ATARI is that the cutbacks are due to the fact that Atari simply has no product ready for immediate sale, and that the bulk of those laid off had little to do that is essential to the current level of U.S. operations. The fact that the upper level employees were spared gives some reason to expect that this is not a long-term reduction in overall operation, but more an immediate action for an immediate situation. However, Atari employees have been led to expect that the new products and stock, so long missing from the US, would begin arriving no later than the first part of April. If true, that would mean that the new products and stock will be arriving at Atari while the laid off employees are still enjoying paid severance time. This would seem to indicate that either the products will not be arriving on the projected schedule, or that the product, accounting, and business may be farmed out to other companies or locations when they arrive. Alternative sites for Atari operations in the United States have been discussed, including consideration of a manufacturing site in Pennsylvania and some talk of an additional building in Sunnyvale. Atari's Pennsylvania possibility is an old Commodore facility, which Atari is thinking of using for manufacturing LCD screens and components. Jack Tramiel was pictured in newspaper accounts of his tour of the building only last month. Neither site offers options that would explain a reduction of force at the main Sunnyvale offices, but the fact that they are being considered at all gives reason to believe that the layoffs are not part of an overall plan to further reduce the presence of Atari in the United States. CEO of Atari, Sam Tramiel, was unavailable for comment or to address the employees, having left the USA for computer shows in Europe earlier in the week. *********************************************************************** THE ATARI CD_ROM *********************************************************************** by Jon Clarke The best kept secret in the USA. <continued> The best leaked secret, somebody get a bucket. As most of you are aware by now Atari have a compact disk reader called the CDAR504, if you were not aware of this fact consider yourself one of the many curious users out there wondering what Atari are going to do with this lovely little device, the CDAR504. Join those of us who have them, and imagine to our surprise they have not been released in the USA. Last week you may have read that they are available down-under. Some of us have gone out and got them for varying reasons, which range from ... o Entertainment <Audio Compact Disks> o Storage devices for BBS files o Storage devices for large games o Storage devices for DTP o Commercial applications, ie Department of Statistics (population) I know of a few people both here in NZ and world wide who have them and the most common reason they brought the CDAR504 is for their BBS. It will allow them to have tens to hundreds of megs of files stored on CD_ROM for all of us to download. There are also several companies who have had a CD_ROM's (Compact Disk) mastered with Atari ST public domain, which for user group p/d librarians with a CD_ROM will indeed love, and for that matter your local sysop. Why have the developers been so slow to develop programs for the Atari CD_ROM? There are several exceptions. To date you can learn Music, play an adventure game, load public domain software. But once you have gone to your local store and realised that these CD_ROMS are not in stock, you'll go out and purchase them via mail order. Well here we are with all the Atari specific CD_ROM software. What now? Play your favorite music? All those developers that have released software for use with the CDAR504 have done a fantastic job. So why has Atari been so slow in release the CDAR504? Is it due to the lack of software? Wow these little beauties will run all the MAC and IBM CD_ROMS. What a market coup this would be, Atari CDAR504 used in the IBM and MAC world. What's more in most cases the CDAR504 is cheaper than the IBM or MAC equivalent. Is this another reason why Atari has not released it? Only time will tell if this compact disk read only memory reader will hit the big time. A parting note, all system operators of BBS's will be happy to know it will work with most Atari BBS software with little or no software changes required. As a file server/file storage device in this application I can highly recommend it. *********************************************************************** AUSTRALIAN ATARI EXPO - PART 2 *********************************************************************** by Lucas Lozo, Austech Computers Melbourne Australia BBS 03 894 2155 Well Atari Australia just conducted the very first Atari Expo show in Australia (Well Done Atari!) in the Queen Victoria Buildings in Sydney Australia. The article is another view of the exciting show already covered last week by Jon Clarke. The Show was reasonably well timed to co-incide with the Sydney PC-Show. Atari Australia, run by Managing Director Mr. Nigel Sheppard, Marketing Manager Gillian Franklin and National Manager Alistair Campion all decided not to attend the PC Show 90 this year and instead, with the same funds run their own show thus giving more floor space to exhibit the Atari Product Range, which has grown considerably from the 520 and 1040ST back in 1985. In looking back at the Show, I would say it was a success for Atari Australia with over 4000 people passing through the doors. While the Pc Show may have a lot more people pass through, available floor space would not have allowed Atari to show the entire product range. On display where an array of Mega STs with Moniterm Monitors running various Packages; Word Flair, Dynacadd, Calamus, Outliner, Microsoft Write and Ultrascript. Nathan From ISD Marketing Canada was also present for the Australian release of OutLine Art, which turned out very successful and impressed a large number of people, especially Atari dealers. Nathan also conducted a Dealers Tutorial on OutLine Art and Calamus, which was very well received by the Australian Atari dealers who were present, and the National Dealers Conference a few days prior to the Expo. Nathan also displayed the DMC Linotype Interface which was demonstrated to Delarco Australia, the Australian distributers of the Bromide Typesetters. They where amazed of the Power of the Atari ST with Calamus. I will take the time to say thank you Nathan for coming down here. The Atari 68030 TT was also on display, it had arrived a day before the show. It didn't stand out too much as it was placed next to the ATW800 Transputer Machine, so most people were looking at very fast Real Time RayTracing being performed by the ATW with 5 T800s installed. There where about 3 Stacy Laptops about, one being used for DeskTop Publishing, the other 2 being used for Music. Top Australian Pop Group ICEHOUSE where there to demonstrate the Stacy and Steinberg 24 while the other was being used with C-Lab Notator. Other Attractions included the Spectre GCR Mac emulator attached to a modified Mega ST4 with the Fast Technology T16 16Mhz Board, as well as PC-Speed by Austech Computers which proved to be a very busy stand. Paragon Computers had the PC Supercharger on display as well as the Hawk series of Flad Bed Scanners. The Entire Atari Pc Range was there from their Portfolio to the PC5 386 machine, these attracted only Dos users however. Most of them were impressed by what the ST's were doing. They kept asking if that program was available in the PC. The CD rom was also shown with backing from software starting to be available like SoundScope, written in Australia as well as the D+C Enterprises collection of PD Software on a CD in the Austech Stand. The LYNX was also on display in numbers were a competition was run, where the highest scoring person would win a LYNX. Various user groups and Software distributers also displayed various new software like PC Ditto 2....which didn't work! All in all it proved to be a successful show and showed the public of what Atari Computers can actually do. All people involved should be congratulated for their efforts on putting on a good show. These include Nigel Shepard, Alistair Campion, Gillian Franklin and all Atari Staff, Nathan from ISD Marketing, ICE HOUSE, Electric Factory, Paragon Computers, Austech Computers, Pactronics, Computer Fair and any one else I forgot to mention. Lucas Lozo Director of Austech Computers *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* BOB BRODIE - ON THE ROAD AGAIN: TEXAS *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* by John Nagy Atari User Group Coordinator Bob Brodie has been traveling again. He was on the road to Texas for the weekend of March 10, where he visited users from ATARI USERS OF NORTH TEXAS (AUNT), INTACG, and DAL-ACE. He attended the AUNT meeting in the Dallas Informart, "the" computer gathering place for the Dallas area, where he addressed about 100 members. Bob showed the usual complement of Portfolio, Stacy with and without GCR, and the STE. Bob was able to display SPACE ACE with the new 4,096 color palette and digital stereo sound. After the meeting, Brodie set up for a few hours in the general "swap meet" area of the Informart, where perhaps 800 users of all kinds of computers visited with him and looked over the equipment admiringly. Curiously, DAL-ACE officers and members alike seemed to take Atari's visit to their area quite lightly, and failed to send anyone to either of the officer meetings or dinners that had been scheduled with Bob. They also neither attended the AUNT meeting (being held in the same building at the same time) where Bob spoke, nor formally invited Bob to come to see them when he finished at AUNT. Some members did introduce themselves to Bob later in the swap meet. While in the Dallas area, Bob visited MEGABYTES, an Atari dealer in Hurst, Texas, as well as stopping to look in at the COMPUTER EMPORIUM in North Richland Hills, which was closed when Bob went by. Organizers of the Texas visit were Herb Parsons, John Odom, and Gary Sewell, who were very helpful and appreciative of Atari's efforts in making personal contact with user groups. Bob Brodie will be continuing to make visits to user groups as his schedule allows. If your group would like a visit, contact Bob at (408) 745-2052. The best way to organize a visit will be to coordinate a number of user groups within your general area, so that Bob can speak to as many people as possible during his trip, with a minimum of travel. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ NEW PRODUCTS/PRESS RELEASES ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ STOS CANADA STOS CANADA is a company dedicated to ST programmers using STOS tools to develop games, demoes, word processors, 3-D graphics, digitized songs, Dungeon Maps, and much more! The STOS CANADA CLUB offers bimonthly newsletters filled with the latest tricks and tips from across North America and Europe. A growing CLUB disc library provides source code and compiled programs anyone with an STE, ST can enjoy. If your new to STOS, the CLUB can help you create your own programs with relative ease. Source code found in the CLUB library can help you learn from other programmers. Members, enter our October contest and win many prizes and cash awards. Challenge yourself to make one program in 1990 and be first prize winner. Use the following address to: Join the STOS CLUB STOS CANADA CLUB Buy Library Files P.O. Box 2083, Station B Submit Contest Files Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2H Enter your Stos Tips N2H 6K8 YES! Sign me up to the STOS CANADA CLUB at a low cost of $25.00US for 1990. Send Money order or personal cheque payable to STOS CANADA. Give Name:___________________________________________________ STREET:___________________________________________________ CITY:_________________________PROV/STATE:________ZIP CODE ________ Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing. We have 100 Disk in our Library. Many direct from Europe, Games such as Stratego, Virus, Froggy, Massacre. We will be exhibiting at the Atari Users convention in Toronto April 1st. Join our club if you cant make it up this way. We will attempt to be at shows near you! STOS CANADA - Dave Tomesch , Rob MacLennan ********************************************************************** ST STack - by Alice Amore ********************************************************************** KPT_DEMO.ARC Programmer: D.A. Brumleve, M.A. *DEMO* ============ "Kidpainter", which is available commercially, is a graphics design program for children ages 5-11. This demo is complete except for the SAVE and PRINT functions. Once again, D.A. Brumleve has done an admirable job in producing a colorful, easy-to-use program which offers enough options to keep even the most creative young minds suitably challenged. At the drawing screen, kids can draw freehand as well as using boxes, circles, fills, lines, and text. If mistakes are made, three different sized eraser nibs are available. Pattern fills (a wide selection are available) can be used instead of solid fills, and text can be any of several sizes and styles. An interesting feature lets the user draw in horizontal or vertical mirror image (or both simultaneously). The program also has a rubber stamp feature. A mini-picture can be made and then "rubber-stamped" into a larger picture. Once a picture is completed, it can be made into a puzzle and solved on screen. This feature might possibly keep a family of kids busy for hours as puzzles are swapped and solved. If you've got kidlets, make sure they see this fine program. NEWTRASH.ARC ============ Tired of the ho-hum-ness of your desktop TRASH icon? Perhaps a name change will be exciting. NEWTRASH does what it does by changing the DESKTOP.INF file. A template is included as are eight suggested icons for your trash: ARMAGEDDON, BLACKHOLE, DATADUMP, FOOLISHNESS, GOODBYE, LIMBO, MORGUE and OBLIVION. HPDJHELP.LZH ============ Here's an interesting help file for users of the HP DESKJET printer, especially when used in conjunction with programs from the TIMEWORKS series. There are hints that might have passed you by. For instance, have you received your free HP ink cartridge upgrade kit yet? Have you tried cleaning your cartridge nozzle with a Q-tip and water? What kind of paper have you been printing on, and are you satisfied with the results? Read this file for some helpful answers. NX_SETUP.LZH ============ This medium resolution program will allow you to set the Star NX-1000 printer from a menu. Among the configurables: fonts, control, pitch, size, form feed. !UPGRADES! !UPGRADES! !UPGRADES! !UPGRADES! !UPGRADES! ================================================================ DIARY_18.ARC v.1.8 Programmer: Craig Harvey * SHAREWARE * Now includes "EdHak" which can edit disk sectors and your ST's memory. DSKCHR33.ARC v.3.3 Programmer: Ron Sanborn * SHAREWARE * Hard disk statistics display utility. Find out about your usage. DUPLEX19.LZH v.1.9 Programmer: Mason Taube * SHAREWARE * A chat system for SysOps and callers. Must be run through a DOOR. FASTLZ20.LZH v.2.0 Programmer: Gary Burke * SHAREWARE * Quicker unLZHing. KE22.LZH v.2.0 From: Kepco International * SHAREWARE * Provides powerful editing capabilities to software workstations. LGSEL16C.ARC v.1.6C Programmer: C. F. Johnson * SHAREWARE * Replacement for the GEM file selector. This version fixes a bug. LHARC102.ARC v.1.02 Ported by: Bill Shroka Utilities for .LZH files. Many additions and improvements. PINHED16.ARC v.1.6 Programmer: C. F. Johnson * SHAREWARE * Speeds up boot-up remarkably. This version does work with the STe. PRHP12.LZH v.1.2 From: Kepco International Super, whiz-bang print utility for HP Deskjet/+. Lotta STuff. PROPRINT.ARC v.N/A Programmer: Odisseas Kosmatos Squeezes text by 4x on Star printers and most Epson compatibles. QUIZMAST.ARC v.N/A Programmer: D. W. Sexton * SHAREWARE * First called "Q&A", this program builds and gives tests. GEM-based. RO_CNTRL.LZH v.N/A Programmer: Larry D. Duke Sets RS232, printer, colors, double-click speed, key click and bell. SLICK1_1.LZH v.1.1 Programmer: Rupert Spencer * SHAREWARE * "Slideshow Construction Kit" uses special FX when displaying pic files. SLICKPICS.LZH v.N/A Programmer: Rupert Spencer A sample script file plus 3 quality pics to use with SLICK1_1.LZH. SOLOFLEX.LZH v.1.5 Programmer: R. A. Stolcpart DEMO Database for progress-tracking on Soloflex or other workout machine. SONNET_2.ARC v.2.0 Programmer: Albert Baggetta DEMO Much improved database of W. Shakespeare's sonnets. 10 included here. SUBCL114.ARC v.1.14 Programmer: J. Wrotniak Sophisticated calculator performs a variety of high-level functions. SYSMN091.ARC v.0.91 From: GRIBNIF Beta. Sends a list of trap calls, along with called function. TEMPLE_E.ARC v.N/A Programmer: Thomas Tempelmann All-English version. Great machine language monitor and debugger. VIEWGIF8.ARC v.0.8 Programmer: C.S.Buchanan * SHAREWARE * Quality .GIF conversion program. Also supports CP8, AIM, and SPU. *********************************************************************** PEN INTERFACE ANNOUNCED *********************************************************************** Press Release FOR: GRiD Systems Corporation CONTACT: Bob Goligoski, GRiD Systems Corporation Phone: (415) 656-4700, ext. 444 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GRiD SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES PEN INTERFACE AND HANDWRITING RECOGNITION CONFERENCE Fremont, Calif., March 14 -- A conference to study computers that understand handwriting and use pen interface software technology was announced by GRiD Systems Corporation today. The Pen Interface and Handwriting Recognition Conference is the first such national gathering ever held for software developers, Value-Added Resellers (VARs) and corporate information managers and analysts who want to learn about computers that use a pen interface instead of a keyboard. The day-long conference will be held on April 19th at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Clara, California. Pen interface refers to electronic pen-to-screen technology. Pen interface computers incorporate an electronic pen to enable users to enter information by writing, typing or drawing rather than through the conventional keyboard or mouse. The pen can also be used to select information from a menu, list or database, and to initiate a communications session to transfer or receive data. "Based on the first six months of customer response to GRiDPAD, pen interface computers will clearly be one of the fastest growing segments of the computer market. The pen interface is going to supplant the keyboard, mouse and wand in applications where handheld, notebook, laptop or even desktop computers are now used," said Alan Lefkof, president of GRiD Systems. Conference panel discussions will be led by software developers who have pioneered pen interface and handwriting recognition applications. Sessions on the size of the market and the business potential for pen interface software will be conducted by industry consultants, including Tim Bajarin, Creative Strategies International; William Lempesis, Dataquest Research; Peter Teige, InfoCorp; and E. Gray Glass III, Prudential-Bache. Commenting on market growth, Mr. Glass said, "We would expect pen interface computers to be used by a majority of Fortune 1000 companies by 1995." Conference sessions are also scheduled to examine pen interface software currently available, customer requirements for implementing pen interface within large organizations, and productivity gains made possible by pen interface applications. The conference also will discuss how software developers, VARs and corporate information managers and analysts can develop MS-DOS pen interface applications for vertical markets to run on the GRiDPAD. The GRiDPAD is a handheld, notebook-size, MS-DOS computer that uses pen interface technology and recognizes printed handwriting. GRiDPAD computers will be available for use by conference attendees for hands-on demonstrations of current pen interface applications. Commercial applications that will be discussed at the conference will include: route delivery, service dispatch, market research, electronic mail, facsimile capabilities, scheduling and calendar management. Government applications to be discussed will include public safety, intelligence, census taking and customs inspection. The advance registration fee for the all-day conference is $65, a $30 savings over the on-site registration fee of $95. To register for the Pen Interface and Handwriting Recognition Conference call Leilani Ribardo at GRiD Systems (415) 656-4700, ext. 575. GRiD manufactures and markets a range of battery-powered laptop computers, industry-standard desktop computers, application software, software development tools, portable peripherals and electronic mail/ networking systems. GRiD has installed systems in more than one third of the Fortune 500 companies, and has a worldwide direct sales and support organization, as well as consulting, training, support and custom software development services. GRiD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tandy Corporation, Fort Worth, TX. Tandy is a leading manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronics and computers. A New York Stock Exchange Company, Tandy has sales in excess of $4 billion annually. *********************************************************************** APPLE UPDATE *********************************************************************** On Monday March 19, 1990 Apple unveiled a collection of new, high- performance Macintosh products. The announcements included the following: MacintoshIIfx; A/UX 2.0, a version of Apple's implementation of the UNIX operating system; and a new family of powerful display cards that set standards of image quality and performance. The Macintosh IIfx runs up to twice as fast as the 25MHz Macintosh IIci. This increase in performance derives from integration of new technologies, including the following: - The Macintosh IIfx incorporates a 40 MHz 68030 processor/68882 coprocessor combination, a built-in, 32K Static RAM Cache and new design called "latched writes". - The new system employs dedicated input/output processors and a Small Computer System Interface/Direct Memory Access Controller. - Expansion slot tied directly to the processor in addition to its six industry-standard NuBus slots. The Macintosh Display Card 4.8 is a basic video card that supports a range of graphics on all modular Macintosh computers. The Macintosh Display Card 8.24 is an extended version of the 4.8 card and offers greater graphics capabilities, including photo-quality color. The Macintosh Display Card 8.24 GC is a high-performance, graphics coprocessor and video card that accelerates the responsiveness of all Macintosh applications -- especially graphics-intensive ones, by up to 30 times. Taken together, these three new display cards give users a higher range of graphics capabilities: easier access to high-resolution color, improved image quality and performance, and greater graphics. A/UX 2.0 further extends the benefits of Macintosh computers to people who work with UNIX. A/UX 2.0 retains the features of previous versions of A/UX -- full UNIX standards-compliance and the ability to run Macintosh applications -- and adds three major new features: - the graphics-based desktop; - the ability to run simultaneously multiple UNIX, X Window System and Macintosh applications; - UNIX functionality in an easy-to-use manner. As with previous versions, A/UX 2.0 is based on AT&T V.2.2; runs the large family of Macintosh applications; and complies with all major UNIX standards, including: IEEE POSIX 1003.1-1988 FUS, AT&T System V Interface Definition (SVID), ISO 9945-1 and FIPS 151-1. A/UX also meets customer-demanded standards such as NFS 3.2, BSD 4.3 Extensions and the X Window System. Apple also announced several new training programs for customers and authorized Apple Computer resellers. The new customer-focused programs expand the locations and content of customer training. The new program for resellers provides self-paced instructional materials for resellers to train their staff. Apple customers now have the option of obtaining training from many more authorized training providers. As a result of a new authorization program, the number of Apple authorized training providers in the United States has increased from 27 to 135 since the beginning of the year. Customers are ensured of the highest standards for training staffs, facilities and computer equipment because all training providers meet rigorous Apple qualifications. Authorized training providers include Apple authorized resellers and third-party training companies. New Apple-developed customer courses, available only through authorized Apple training providers, include Introduction to the Macintosh personal computer, Microsoft Word 4.0, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Claris FileMaker II, Aldus PageMaker 3.0, Silicon Beach Software SuperPaint, Acius 4th Dimension, and Adobe Illustrator '88. Authorized Apple training providers are located throughout the United States. Classes are held at their locations, or conducted at a customer's site. In addition to the above news, Apple announced price decreases of up to 50 percent on its Macintosh memory expansion kits. Prices were reduced on memory kits for almost all Macintosh systems as well as LaserWriter NTX printers. Corresponding price decreases on selected highly configured versions of the Macintosh IIx, IIcx and IIci. These systems feature large amounts of standard memory (4MB) and large capacity hard disks (either 80MB or 160MB). Apple lowered the price on its Apple Hard Disk 20SC by more than 20 percent. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ----------------------------------------------------------------------- In response to your recent publication of the other side of the coin about piracy I have a few notes I wish to share with you and your readers. First I do not agree with any statements pro-piracy. Perhaps someone is forgetting that not only are morals involved here but it is a criminal act as well. I have recently read about a software association that is going after pirates and or businesses, perhaps his name should be passed on to them. I do not agree with the idea of censorship, I do believe he had a right to tell his story and you had a right to print it. What I don't agree with, and I think everyone who reads this column will also comment on is the way it was presented. "Yes", there is a disclaimer in the article but I think the disclaimer could have been more explanatory. I also think that as an editor and knowing how much a controversial subject such as this would cause major mixed emotions you would have placed it in the files (local trash container) and forgotten about it. I really treasure reading and writing for your magazine but in all fairness I hope you can see fit to do something regarding the present state of affairs this article has left with it's readers. You are not the only online magazine but up until this time the only one worth reading. I don't like to bad mouth the other guys but the last three issues from them contained more advertising and news for other computers (filler) than news for the Atari. Hey guys, change your name or something! "Gees are us Atari users ever demanding!" P.S. To those offended by the article I sympathize totally with your feelings. I think that an article that tells people to go out and break the law should never have been printed, but in all fairness everyone is entitled to a mistake. I believe that the publishers thought they were trying to bring both sides of a story together but I believe there is only one side, the right side, the legal side, the moral side. I do believe that the publishers share our views as far as piracy goes and are entitled to the benefit of the doubt. To lose an important tool such as this magazine to a tiff is a bigger mistake. We can't afford in our Atari community to have bickering amongst the ranks, lets save it for Mother Atari. Terry Schreiber T.R.A.C.E. Vancouver B.C. (Editors Note: Last week we presented views in response to the article written by J. Hicswa. The staff on Z*NET does not support piracy and presented another view.) *********************************************************************** Z*NET MEMBERS BBS LIST *********************************************************************** The following list is taken direct from the Z*Net Online BBS. To add your system, simply call (201) 968-8148. These systems carry this publication. 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For your reference, two excellent (though sometimes conflicting) reviews of the SUPERCHARGER are presented in ST Reports 406 and are worth reading. I will help clear the fog here, and add a few questions to boot. POWER SUPPLY - SUPERCHARGER for the US has an external 5 volt 1 amp power supply (the same as some older Atari power supplies -- mine is from an 800!). The European model comes with a power supply drawn from the mouse and joystick ports, split to allow TOS mouse use. Earl Murray, the owner of both Talon Tech in the US and Condor in the UK, will probably provide a choice of configurations but notes that, with other current draws on the Atari the external supply may be safer all around. Mega users may not want another cord to the keyboard, while 520ST users won't mind. Anyhow, no more reaching under the keyboard to wrestle with a mouse plug! RAM - In all probability the best configuration will be with 1 Meg RAM on board the Supercharger, although the smaller RAM configuration will likely be sold for those who are sure they can pick up cheaper RAM chips (they MUST be the same speed, 150ns or faster). HARD DISK PARTITION RECOGNITION - SUPERCHARGER is VERY particular about its hard drive booting. It requires a partition all its own (not C:) and this partition has to be hidden from TOS. That part is easy -- just don't have a drive icon for that drive on your desktop. Just don't try to access it from TOS (for instance with UIS) or it will corrupt the DOS information. In addition that partition needs to be at least 4 Megs in size to be recognized, so those wanting DOS hard drive boots had better have large capacity drives. The GOOD NEWS is that SUPERCHARGER will recognize your non-DOS partitions as long as the partitions are more than 4 Megs or less than 16 Megs. FLOPPY DRIVE RECOGNITION - SUPERCHARGER will recognize, read and write to TOS-formatted floppies! VGA COMPATIBILITY - Work is in progress to have a Supercharger inboard VGA card. Installation will provide for a 9- or 15-pin port on the rear of the Supercharger to go directly to a MultiSync monitor. Projected for April release. Earl Murray also sells an "OMNISWITCH" which allows switching of mono- to-color monitors (or MultiSync for Atari) and 3.5 - 5.25 inch drive B:'s. He is considering another twist on the Omniswitch to allow throughput of the MultiSync so that the one monitor could ~o unplug from the Supercharger and into the Omniswitch. "But that's another story!" PROBLEMS There are two obvious problems at present, with promises that fixes are imminent (let's hope it's not "Welcome to Vaporware," folks): 1) No BACKSLASH - This is a big problem for DOS users. The problem is that the European software has been brought over, and there isn't a keyboard equivalent for the BACKSLASH "\" key. Unfortunately this is a _MAJOR_ oversight for which a software fix is hours away, to quote the programmer who also runs the GEnie line that Talon Technologies operates. Let's hope so. My personal problem is in running BEDFORD, a small business accounting package (now owned by ACCPAC because they didn't want competition!) that requires a "\" in its path definition before running. 2) MODEM SUPPORT - At present the only modem software I have is Procomm v1.3, a popular shareware program of incredible sophistication. While they do have a more recent update (? v2.4), Supercharger will not run Procomm because of supposed timing problems and/or illegal calls. As far as DOS emulation goes it may be a while before one can use it for telecommunication. Be that as it may Interlink is good in my books, with mouse support and everything else. Criticism aside, this is a very fast and very elegant unit with a foot- print just a little larger than a 3.5 inch floppy drive. For anybody with space problems inside their 520ST (or myself, with a Mega2 and Supra 40 Meg Internal hard drive which eats up ALL the space on the left front of the case!), this unit is superb. Screen fonts are excellent. Compatibility is not a problem with any non-copy-protected software. AVAILABILITY - Supercharger in the US with a type "A" FCC approval. In Canada, Department of Communications (DOC) approval is necessary because of the 24MHz crystal clock used as a driver. They will rubber-stamp any FCC approval, but the unit may be approved independently and available a little sooner north of the 49th Parallel. We all hope. By the way, that's not all BAD NEWS for Americans. Look at the Atari STe. For all of the griping about STe's being available in Canada before the US it may be a blessing in disguise. There have been annoying if not horrendous problems with control panels, software compatibility and numerous bug fixes which make us Canucks look like your Beta testing grounds (sort of like Cruise missiles). You're welcome, even if you aren't saying thanks! Stay posted. For those who don't like to mess around inside their computer this unit is a blessing. (Forwarded through the TRACE BBS, (604) 272-5888) ======================================================================= Z*Net Online is a weekly online magazine covering the Atari community. Opinions and commentary are those of the individual authors and do not reflect those of Z*NET, Z*NET ONLINE or Rovac Industries. ZNET and ZNET ONLINE are copyright 1990 by Rovac Industries. Reprint permission is granted as long as ZNET ONLINE and the issue number is included at the top of the article. 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