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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Z*Net: 05-Jan-91 #9101 Date: Thu Jan 17 20:43:57 1991 ==(((((((((( == Z*NET INTERNATIONAL ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE =========(( === ----------------------------------------- =======(( ===== January 5, 1991 Issue #91-01 =====(( ======= ----------------------------------------- ==(((((((((( == Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc. PUBLISHER/EDITOR: Ron Kovacs SENIOR EDITOR: John Nagy CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Jon Clarke, Terry Schrieber, Mike Schuetz *----CONTENTS----* EDITORS DESK.........................................Ron Kovacs Z*NET NEWSWIRE................................................. ATARI COMPUTER DEMO CONTEST.................................... REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS............................Donald Thomas GRAMSLAM GRAMMER..................................Press Release KIDS-91 PROJECT................................................ PORTFOLIO PD SHELF...................................Ron Kovacs ST MEMORY UPGRADES................................Press Release PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE..............................Keith Macnutt GOODS AND SERVICE TAX HITS CANADA...............Terry Schreiber EDITORS DESK ============ by Ron Kovacs Welcome to 1991! The issue number has changed to a new format to make it easier to locate past edition of Z*Net. Simply, we have used the year and week in the filename. Example: 9101 (1991 - Issue #1 of year or Week #1 of year) ZNET9101 is this issue number. Our staff is almost ready to return to work and we look forward to a full return by next week. Most of us are getting settled into new routines with our real paying jobs and relocations made during the last 2-3 weeks. We have started a new conference in the FNET system to support the KIDS-91 Project and encourage everyone to join and participate. The conference code is 20593 with the lead node 593. Please send email to Node 593 if you are interested in joining. I want to also thank the 41 systems carrying the Z*Net Online Conference at the present time. I greatly appreciate the support and will list all the boards and numbers in the next edition. If you are interested in joining this conference, the code is 20448 and the lead node is 593. We are sending Z*Net issues out every Saturday night through the conference. Comments and discussions about Z*Net and Atari are a regular feature along with assistance to those requesting it with Atari products and software. May 1991 be the best year for Atari and it's supporters. Z*NET NEWSWIRE ============== ATARI 1991 UN-OFFICIAL Atari stock is down again at the close of 1990 sitting at 1 3/4. Sales for Atari's fourth quarter were excellent according to un-official sources. The TT is now selling in Canada and Europe and should be in dealers hands this month. The MEGA STe looks to be sold in only in North/South America. The Europeans have the older Mega to get rid of first. Lastly, the 16-bit 16Mhz Atari Home Game System is expected by the second or third quarter of 1991 and will have an adaptor to play the Lynx games. CROUCH LEAVES ATARI Bill Crouch's last day at Atari was Friday January 4, 1991. There has been no official response from Atari on his departure, but low fourth quarter "numbers" may have played a part in his leaving. DEALERS TO GET TT Atari dealers WILL be able to get the TT. They have to give ATARI a letter stating that they have business and industrial clients. Also, it is expected that the STacy will be sold through these dealers in the same manner. ATARI CANADA ANNOUNCES 1 YEAR WARRANTY Jeff Earl, General Manager of Atari Canada announced this week a full one year warranty on all computer product from the 520ST on up. Previously the 520 & 1040 series were covered for 90 days only. This brings Atari in line with the industry norm and still holds the "Power Without The Price" stature. NEW ATARI PRODUCT COMING Atari Canada has announced it will ad a new computer to it's 68000/030 series. Details on the new system are being withheld for it's premier at the Pacific Rim Computer and Communications Show in Vancouver B.C. next week. (we did find out it will be released in a TT style case) NEW HANDHELD COLOR VIDEO GAME Sega announced this week they will unveil Game Gear, the latest in handheld portable video games, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 10-13. Game Gear has a back-lit screen which enables players to play in all lighting situations. Other options include a television tuner, which transforms the video game system into a portable color television, and a car cigarette lighter adaptor and rechargable battery pack. The new color system sold more than 40,000 units in Japan after just two days of availability. MATSUSHITA ACQUIRES MCA Matsushita announced late this week that it has completed its acquisition of MCA Inc. The merger, which was effective January 4th, was the second step in a two-step acquisition. The first step, a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of MCA at $66 per share, was completed on Dec. 29, 1990. HAYES/PROMETHEUS REACH SETTLEMENT Hayes announced that an amicable out-of-court settlement of the patent litigation between Hayes and Prometheus Products Inc. has been reached. The settlement resolves all claims filed by Hayes against Prometheus. As part of the settlement, Prometheus has consented to a judgment that the Modem with Improved Escape Sequence patent issued to Hayes in 1985 (Heatherington U.S. Patent No. 4,549,302) is valid and has been infringed by the manufacturer and sale of their products. Prometheus has licensed the patent and is paying license fees to Hayes in connection with the execution of the license agreement. HOUSEHOLD MARKETPLACE Lotus Development Corp. is planning on releasing a CD-ROM called "HOUSEHOLD MARKETPLACE". This CD-ROM claims to contain data of about 120 million people in the US. It lists income profiles, spending habits and marital status among other things. This is believed to be an infringement of an individual's privacy and rights. Lotus says that this CD-ROM will only be sold to "legitimate businesses". Now, if you don't want mail-order and other telemarketing outfits to bug you, you'll have to write in to Lotus to explicitly exclude you from their list. You can write to: Lotus Development Corp., Attn: Market Name Referral Service, 55 Cambridge Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02142. The Wall Street Journal had run an article in their November 13th's issue (on page B1) headlined as: "Lotus - New Program Spurs Fears Privacy Could Be Undermined". -- Harish Pillay email@example.com ATARI COMPUTER DEMO CONTEST =========================== Press Release 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. REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS ====================== PART 36 - "CALLING ALL PROFESSIONALS" by Donald A. Thomas, Jr. (c)1991, ARTISAN SOFTWARE (This is PART 36 of a series of articles published and distributed by Artisan Software. Please feel free to copy and distribute this article as you please provided you include all unedited text. Also feel free to upload to boards and communication services. These articles are designed to entice you to take constructive action. Write to involved parties and tell them how YOU feel about the subject.) Jan Dean & Associates, in Fort Worth, Texas, are business seminar specialists. Rick Dean, Marketing Director for the firm, contacted Artisan Software having seen the article in the December issue of START magazine. Rick explained that their organization has provided their audience with in-depth perspectives of how Macs and IBMs are used in business environments. Most recently, they discovered the power and value of Atari 16-bit machines and are excited about the possibility of presenting the Atari alternative in their seminars. Atari Computer Corporation has made arrangements to provide Jan Dean & Associates some equipment and several key software companies are supplying samples of their packages. Rick contacted Artisan Software for testimonials from persons who use Atari computers in business settings. The resulting list has been sent to Rick's attention. This notice is an appeal for others to send any information they may have to Rick for his project. He needs the name, address and phone number of contacts throughout the U.S. who can explain how they use Atari computers professionally. If you or someone you know fits this catagory, please jot a note to: Mr. Rick Dean c/o DEAN GROUP TEXAS P.O. Box 11722 Fort Worth, Texas 76110 To order Artisan Software's updated new paperback edition of The REVOLUTION HANDBOOK, send $14.95 (plus $1.50 shipping and handling) to: ARTISAN SOFTWARE, PO Box 849, Manteca, California 95336. The 1989 disk- based version is available through select Atari dealers including Megabyte Computers (Hurst, TX), Computer Studio (Asheville, NC) and in the December issue of STart magazine. GRAMSLAM GRAMMER ================ Press Release Release Date: 1 January 1991 Phil Comeau Software announces the release of Version 3 of the GramSlam Grammar and Style Checker -- the first grammar, writing style, and readability analyzer for the Atari ST. GramSlam checks documents for over 1200 common grammar and writing-style problems. GramSlam's readability statistics help the user tailor writing to a particular audience. GramSlam can improve the quality of any written work -- memos, letters, stories, resumes, manuals, and business and school reports. Version 3 of GramSlam offers many significant improvements over the previous version, including checks for: doubled words; British vs. American spelling; capitalization problems; unclosed parentheses and quotation marks; sentences ending with prepositions; incorrect form and use of "i.e." and "e.g."; punctuation placed incorrectly inside or outside quotation marks; inappropriate use of contractions. Other features added to Version 3: problem reporting can be limited to problems exceeding a specified severity; preference for British or American spelling rules can be selected; works more consistently with different word-processor formats; GRAMSLAM.PRG can be renamed GRAMSLAM.ACC to use as a desk accessory; problem context in problem reports has been expanded to four lines; problem phrase file has been compressed; user's manual has been completely rewritten. Version 3 of GramSlam is priced at $39.95 (+ $3.00 S/H). Customers who purchased GramSlam prior to 31 December 1990 can upgrade to Version 3 for $10.00 (+ $3.00 S/H) before 1 June 1991. For further information, contact: Phil Comeau Software 43 Rueter St. Nepean, Ontario Canada K2J 3Z9 (613) 825-6271 KIDS-91 PROJECT =============== The KIDS-91 Newsletter A Global Dialog for Children 10-15 Years **************************************** Issue number 5, December 15 1990 IN THIS ISSUE ------------- 1. The KIDS-91 project 2. The Newsletter 3. Progress report 4. Some new responses 5. Documents and Files 6. If you don't have a modem 7. Invitation to Norway in May 8. For more information about KIDS-91. 1. KIDS-91 ---------- The objective of KIDS-91 is to get as many 10 to 15-year-old children as possible involved in a GLOBAL dialog continuing until May 12, 1991. We want their responses to these questions: 1) Who am I? 2) What do I want to be when I grow up? 3) How do I want the world to be better when I grow up? 4) What can I do now to make this happen? We would also like them to illustrate their future vision, for example in a drawing, a video tape, or something else. On May 12, 1991, the children will be invited to "chat" with each other in a global electronic dialog. Exhibitions of selected parts of the responses will then be sent back to the children of the world to see and enjoy. 2. THE NEWSLETTER ----------------- The KIDS-91 newsletter is an information bulletin for participants, sponsors, teachers, mediators, promoters, and others. Suggestions and contributions to the next issue are welcome. We hope to port it within 45 days or so. Write the Editor to receive future issues of the newsletter. Editor/Project director: Odd de Presno Mail address: Saltrod, Norway (Europe). Telefax: +47 41 27111 Online addresses: Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org UUCP/EUnet: uunet!coma.uio.no!opresno S.H.S. BBS: SYSOP (Phone: +47 41 31378) 3. PROGRESS REPORT ------------------ Our two Internet/BITNET discussion lists, KIDS-91 and KIDCAFE, have quickly become key meeting places for people involved in the KIDS-91 project. To join KIDS-91 send the command SUB KIDS-91 Your name to LISTSERV@vm1.NoDak.EDU. (For example: SUB KIDS-91 Ole Olsen.) The command should be in the BODY of the text. The Danish Ministry of Education's "Skolernes DataBase Service" (more than 250 schools connected) has parallel KIDS-91 and KIDCAFE conferences in Denmark. Messages are fed from the Internet/BITNET discussion lists. Messages entered by Danish participants are ported to the global discussion lists. Parallel conferences are also in place on other networks. For example, on: * GeoNet, on a bulletin board called "GD-KIDS-91". Internet address: GD-KIDS-91@TLXF.GEOMAIL.ORG. * SciNet, Toronto. All messages from the lists are exchanged with the KIDS91 and KIDCAFE conferences respectively. Our "call for help" has been posted in ENET.SYSOP (the European FidoNet System Operator's conference) and FN.SYSOP (world-wide FidoNet sysop's conference), on BOOKMAIL in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), in the "kids.91" conference on IGC/US, in the misc.kids newsgroup on the National Centre for Software Technology in Bombay (India), as well as other places. "I am right away going to post the great idea of KIDS-91 on our Notice Boards and to all Indian Sites. You are very likely to get a lot of responses from interior India ....." --Jagdeep Antani. And then: ".. I have been to one village in the state of Maharashtra (India). I collected responses of about fifty students from that place. ... I will keep on typing the responses. All are from students of rural background. They are not aware of environmental degradation, drugs and other things. The most touching where the responses about what they wanted to be. There are many interesting responses..." --Pradeep Waychal. The invitation to participate has been mailed out to 54 schools in Moscow! We are spreading out in Brazil, Argentina (through el Programa Nacional de Comunicacion e Informacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de la Secretaria de Estado de Ciencia y Tecnologie, 250 nodes), and Germany. The first batch of responses came in from the Paterson School System in NJ, USA, a network of 25 7th grade classes. Then there's the Americans living in Germany, WCU MicroNet (a North Carolina, USA, network with more than 50 subscribing schools), the Big Sky Telegraph (Dillon, Montana), TOGL (Telecommunications Opportunities for Gifted Learners) in Florida, the schools in Sacramento, the Seabury Hall High School in Maui, Hawaii, and many more. In the city of Santa Monica (USA), they decided that all Santa Monica/ Malibu schools with students in the appropriate age range will be brought online the PEN system to participate in KIDS-91. Phone lines will go in. Modems will be provided. Five hundred KIDS-91 flyers will be distributed to teachers and others. Wow! Wait, there's more: they are developing a multi-national real-time continuous-action full-color satellite video linkup -- a "Hole in Space" -- for the climactic day of KIDS-91, May 12, 1991. Others are eager to exploit amateur packet radio in connection with the project. Lynn Richardson put news about KIDS-91 up on his radio bulletin board (email address on CompuServe: 73417,437), and is planning to distribute it nationwide. Initially, we thought that teachers and schools were our only target group. Wrong! There's also a lot of interest in groups working with preventive care as illustrated by Mr. Volker Ulle at Langenhagener Verein fuer Sozialarbeit e.V. in Germany, and the Department of Preventive and Adolescent Health Care at the Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, who is running a major KIDS-91 campaign in Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia came online after having read about KIDS-91 in the Online Journal of Distance Education (Alaska, USA). This magazine goes to about 2000 people in 40 countries. We also have contacts in other countries in Eastern Europe. Via FidoNet we correspond with Daniel Kalchev of Sofia, Bulgaria ("I was told, some months ago, that it's not possible to use the phone lines for data transfer - well, 'theories' may not be true sometimes", he wrote.) We also have several contacts in Poland Via modem from Riga, Latvia, we learned that the children's newspaper "LaBA" featured a story about KIDS-91 in their November 9th issue, and that responses are now being received. We expect a batch to arrive by courier later this month. FidoNet is also our gateway to Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, and to a helper in Brazil. John Carson of the Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia, wants to make KIDS-91 a project for his graduate diploma in Educational Computing. Winding down, we have friends in CHATBACK, a network for children with special needs in the British Isles. And then there is Peter Flynn of Ireland (of SCHOOL-L discussion list fame), and a host of others that we should have mentioned. 4. SOME NEW RESPONSES --------------------- So far, we have received responses from: * Fenwick in Ontario, Newfoundland, Kelowna B.C. and Lismore (Canada), * Oslo, Saltrod and Valderoy (Norway), * Seattle, Mt. Vernon in New York, Seabury Hall School on Maui, Hawaii and Paterson in NJ (USA), * Madrid (Spain), * Rio de Janeiro and Mercs in Curitiba (Brazil), * the English Grammar School in Riga (Latvia), * Byron Bay, O'Connor Catholic High School in Armidale, Kentucky, and Uralla N.S.W. (Australia), * London (UK), * Moscow, USSR, * Asahi-cyo elementary school in Tokyo (Japan), * Herttoniemi School in Helsinki (Finland) * Buenos Aires (Argentina) Here are a few examples from our new participating countries: >From Moscow (USSR): 1. My name is Yulia Snegiryova, I'm 12. I love my country. My country is very beautiful. Only beeing friends we can preserve beauty and nature. 2. It's difficult for me to say, what I'm going to be, but I enjoy English and I want to study foreign languages. I would like to have an interesting job and to meet with people of different countries. 3. I want me and everybody to live in peace on our planet. I want people to understand each other and to love animals. 4. Maybe I can't do much, especially now, but I want to study well, to learn everything about our world, it's history, countries and people. >From Buenos Aires, Argentina: 1. My name is Maria Estefania Marini, and I am 10 years old. I am argentine. I go to 5th form of school. I like playing voley and tennis. I have 10 dogs, 10 canary birds and a turtle. My sister has a horse too. 2. When I grow up I will be a stewardess because I like flying and because my mother has been one of them. I like being a lawyer too, because I want to protect people who need it. 3. I would like a world without poverty and without thieves. 4. I can call the police when I see a thief and I can give my savings to the poor people. I think this is all I can do. I wish that when I grow up I would make too much. >From Tokyo, Japan: 1. My name is Yuusuke Matsuo. I am a boy. I am 11 years old. My hobby is playing with miniture trains. I am not good at sport. 2. I would like to be a cook at "Blue Train", especially nicknamed "the Great Dipper" (bullet train). 3/4. I will join a group which is very active in environmental movement. I have already decided not to use spray things. I should do recycling as much as possible. We should reuse the heat from factories to make the water at home hot. >From Helsinki, Finland: 1. I am Aino Telaranta and I'm almost 14 years. I play the piano. I'm concerned about pollution and the Iraqi situation. I like music: pop, rap, hip hop, heavy (not hard) and so on. My sister and I have a gerbil. 2. I really don't know, but I have a little bit thought of becoming a pediatrician or a doctor. And why? I don't know that either. 3. I want the earth, water and other nature to be clean, there should be no wars and it should no matter how somebody looks or thinks. I+d like the world to have no famine and no violence. No racial descrimination, no dictators, people shouldn+t destroy nature, and people are equal. People should have work. 4. I must save the world as much as I can. I should never tease anybody or be a racist and I should never kick or hit anybody. I can give money to the Red Cross and so on. 5. DOCUMENTS AND FILES ---------------------- These following files are now available by email from the archives of the KIDS-91 discussion list. The "Letter to Teachers" and Newsletter #4 have been translated into Spanish. File names: TEACHR-S and NEWS-4S. The "Action Guide" (filename: ACTIONGD) is a list of 17 suggested KIDS-91 classroom activities. The "Overall Proposal for Support" is a general proposal for KIDS-91 sponsorship. It may be used as an appendix to your own applications for support of local KIDS-91 activities. (Filename: SPONSORA.) The children's responses are stored in files with names like RESP1190 and RESP1290. For information about how to download these files, send a request to the editor using the email address above. 6. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A MODEM ---------------------------- Teachers without access to communications equipment can get the responses sent to them on computer diskette. Here's how: Send a letter with a preaddressed return envelope and a formatted DOS diskette (360KB 5.25" MS-DOS/XT, or 720KB/1.4 MB 3.5" DOS). Enclose a check for US$ 10.00 payable to KIDS-91 (plus any amount that you would like to donate to the project). Send this to: KIDS-91 c/o Odd de Presno 4815 Saltrod Norway (Europe) He will send you as many received responses as possible (up to the capacity of your disk). If you also want some of the other files, please indicate that in your letter. Those who want files sent to them in Macintosh format can send to SciNet using the address below. 7. INVITATION TO NORWAY ----------------------- On Sunday May 12, 1991, we invite the children of the world to participate in a KIDS-91 Celebration with youth in other countries via a variety of technologies. And all of you are invited to celebrate the occasion with us in the small town Arendal in southern Norway (your editor's home town). The KIDS-91 Celebration will be integrated in a "Nordic Children's Cultural Week" in Arendal. A communication centre will be set up. All children present will be given a chance to "chat" electronically, and the dialog will be displayed on large screens for everybody to see and enjoy. For more information, send an electronic message to the editor, or call Anne-Tove Vestfossen of the Nordic Children's Cultural Week at +47 41 31204. 8. FOR INFORMATION ------------------ about KIDS-91, or if you want to help out or participate, contact the editor, or one of the following persons: Nancy Stefanik: MetaNet=stefanik, PeaceNet=nstefanik, AppleLink=x0447, TCN=tcn145 Jonn Ord/SciNet: jonno@scinet.UUCP You can also write to KIDS-91, c/o SciNet, 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Box 326, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1R8, Canada January 3, 1991 - Z*Net Update We have started an FNET conference to support this project and sysops interested in joining should send a request to Node 593 for addition to the conference. Conference code is: 20593. Lead Node is 593. PORTFOLIO PD SHELF ================== Compiled by Ron Kovacs The following list was compiled from CompuServe's APORTFOLIO Forum and the GEnie Portfolio Roundtable. This is a compilation of new Portfolio files recently uploaded to these services. Some were tested locally and comments added to the descriptions already available. SNATCH.ZIP 17116 Here is a Terminate and Stay Resident Utility that you can run with your favorite painting program on your PC and create PGF files suitable for veiwing on your Portfolio. Once the file is created, transfer it to your Portfolio and view it with PGSHOW. PGS110.ZIP 7168 PGSHOW 1.10 - The FULL-FEATURED Portfolio Graphic File Viewer. This new version of PGSHOW supports a new compressed picture format. The same 6 graphics (this time in PGC format) are included. A tool for converting PGF files to PGC format will be available soon. A new version of PGEDIT will also be available. (c)1990 Software Vineyard All Rights Reserved - by Don Messerli AREACD.BAS 2697 Enter the area code and see the state abreviation --or-- enter the state abreviation and see all the area codes for that state. This file was called areacd.100 in the M100 forum on CompuServe. The author originally ported it to compile under Power BASIC, but now it is doctored to work on PBASIC as well. Warning--there is no ON-ERROR-GOTO in PBASIC so it will crash. Original program by Don Zeikel, Portfolio port by John Feagans. FTM11.EXE 39717 FTMenu 1.1 - Improved File Section! More Files! Better Spelling! All the changes that have been requested have been implemented. Written by BJ Gleason, Thin Air Labs. PGF01.ZIP 9892 Selection of dithered and converted graphics files for the Portfolio in the PGF format. You MUST have PGF.COM or PGSHOW.EXE to view these files. The Syntax is PGSHOW MIME.PGF <enter> Enjoy..more on the way. PGEDIT.ZIP 70784 PGEDIT 1.00 - The Portfolio Graphic Editor. This program lets you create, modify, and edit PGF files for use with PGSHOW, PGF.COM, and PBASIC 3.1. PGEDIT does not run on the Portfolio. It requires a desktop PC with 512K of RAM (360K free), VGA card, and Microsoft compatible mouse. All of the contents of PGSHO101.ZIP are also included in this file by Don Messerli, (c)1990 Software Vineyard All Rights Reserved PGF.COM 63 Here is the smallest DOS command to display .PGF file - 63 bytes. The syntax if PGF filename.PGF. You must include the entrire filename. The picture is displayed and waits for a keypress. Written by BJ Gleason. FS.EXE 2432 A flight simulator for the Portfolio! Needless to say, an executable of this size makes certain compromises... but your imagination fills in the blanks. You can simulate a color display if you have some colored cellophane. DREAM.PF 12704 This is a file that contains a proposed software and hardware combination for the Portfolio that makes up Dave's Dream Portfolio. This is a spinoff of Steve Gibson's article about Steve's Dream Machine. This is meant to generate a discussion as to what is needed to make the Portfolio a more useful computer. FT4LPT.ARC 2464 A DEBUG script file and docs to hack FT.COM to use the second printer port LPT2: To let one port be dedicated to talking to your little friend. PILOT.TXT 1996 Description of the FX-4 Flight Planner and FX-3 DUATS Communications software. The FX-4 features a full U.S. NAVAID and airport database and will generate detailed leg-by-leg trip plans in seconds. You may select the route or let the FX-4 select the NAVAIDs along an optimal great circle route. The FX-3 provides access to the FAA DUATS weather briefing service and provides Weight & Balance, TAS, Rate, Fuel, and Wind calculations. QUICK.ZIP 7273 If you have Quicken on your home computer, get this program for your Portfolio! This will let you keep track of your transactions on the road, and then you can import the file directly into Quicken when you get back to home base. Shareware. Uses Portfolio-only features. PF11.ZIP 12244 Significant upgrade to PF10 - Move, Mark, Etc. Turbo Pascal Source included. File manager for the Atari Portfolio similar to FM or DR/CO from PCMAGNET. Small. Bug correction for hang when copying. OTHELL.EXE 5716 Othello for the Portfolio... Written by BJ Gleason FENCE.EXE 4741 Written by BJ Gleason. The game of Fences... hit the target by putting up fences to bounce the ball... PBAS30.ZIP 65693 PBASIC 3.0 - Strings. Faster. More Functions. Help File for Address Book. LMINE.EXE 6561 LandMine... Find all the bombs. SPIN.EXE 4125 Arrange the numbers in order... not as easy as it seems... REV.EXE 3800 The Game of reverse - swap a list of numbers until they are in order... MASTMD.EXE 4225 MasterMind for the Portfolio. 4 digits, 10 gueses... try your skill. DOSCMD.ADR 3505 A synopsis of DOS commands with syntax and examples of use. Includes examples of * and ? wildcard use. It can be kept conveniently in the the Atari Portfolio as an Address Book (.ADR) file. This allows quick data-base-like access. An essential supplement to the PF/DOS "HELP" command for infrequent users of MS/DOS. PCLOK.ARC 4096 Update to PortClok and PortDiv to fix a problem that allowed multiple copies to be installed into memory. PortClok also updated so that menus better reflect the options available eliminating some confusion regarding it's use. PortClok now Version 2.1, PortDiv now Version 2.2, the ARC file also includes updated documentation. HIGHAS.WKS 2267 A Portfolio worksheet with the high ASCII characters arranged for easy perusal, and copy/paste if desired. Or, the ALT-key code can be noted for later use. BLACJACK.ZIP 11340 Blackjack game written specifically for the Portfolio, but also works on a regular IBM PC machine. PQUICK.ZIP 7560 This will allow you to easily input Quicken checkbook data onto the Portfolio, which you can later import to Quicken on your desktop PC! UNIFORTH.ARC 109620 UniFORTH. I haven't tried it but it's supposed to work. Use the portfolio's editor. SCI13.ZIP 104580 C on the Portfolio! Uploader put system files on ram card and ran C from a 40k c: drive, since C is just a hair too bit for the 32K card. You'll need ANSI.SYS and CONFIG.SYS on c: as well. DEBUG.COM 17640 This is a version of debug that will run on any computer especially the Portfolio. SKETCH.ZIP 6300 Like Etch-a-Sketch, electronically. A fun program, with a cheap and innovative shareware offer. This program is SHAREWARE. (c) 1990 David E. Stewart. PORTFOLI.ARC 153720 Here are the messages in their entirety taken from the ST BB where Portfolio support was 1st given. This file has been archived. ST MEMORY UPGRADES ================== Press Release *Labor charges (parts not included): 520ST or 1040ST to 1, 2, 2.5, or 4 meg $42 MEGA ST to 4 meg, 520STfm to 1 meg $21 Blitter Installation $21 TOS 1.4 Installation $ 6 PC Ditto II or Accelerator Board Installation $36 1.44meg Floppy Drive modification $24 Repairs or STacy upgrades call * - add $5 for return shipping for each box, so you save if you get it all done at once and you mail it all in one box; if you want it insured that's about $5 more, and if you want shipped at at faster rate that's extra too. Call, Erik Muldowney, at (904)-478-8290 weekdays, (904)-651-5776 weekends to make arrangements first. Tired of trashing desk accessories and auto-folder programs because of "out of memory" messages? Of sitting and waiting while the next level of the dungeon loads from virtual memory? Is there a program you've been drooling over but can't use? Then let me expand your ST's mind! Who needs an expensive upgrade board! They just take up room and screw up when you give them the least little bump! My method solders the chips directly to the board, and I can do this for any ST. Even the ones with the chips under the power supply! The only parts I need are the chips, some jumper wire, and in some cases some capacitors and resistors. I came up with this method of upgrading the memory when I discovered that my 1040ST's DRAMs were under the power supply, and I couldn't use Barry Orlando's method. When I was done I realized that it would work on any ST, is not sensitive to impacts, and you don't have to buy sockets. DRAM chips have come down quite a bit, around $5.50 apiece for 70ns 1meg x 1s. The prices seem to vary a little with time. I get mine from Lifetime Memory Products, at (800)-233-6233, call them for current prices, and tell them Erik Muldowney sent you. If you want your STacy upgraded, you will need a different type of chip. To go from a STacy 1 to 2 or 4 meg you need 1meg x 4 ZIPs, SAMSUNG part # KM44C1000Z, and you'll need four of them for 2meg, eight of them for 4meg. These goodies are a bit more expensive, thank ATARI for that. If you want to upgrade a STacy, don't order chips yet. Give me a call first. Regardless of what type of computer you have or chips you are buying I would advise you to get 100ns or faster. No problem, since you almost can't find anything slower than 80ns. If you want TOS1.4 or Blitter chips installed, you will either have to send your machine to me first or open it up yourself. The reason is that some ST's have 2-chip ROM sets and some have 8-chip sets, and some have a spot for the Blitter and some don't. If yours doesn't have a spot for a Blitter you'll have to get a daughter board, and the only ones I'm familiar with are also processer accelerators too, which are expensive. If you know what you need you might try Toad Computers at (800)-448-8623. They have the TOS chips for $83 a set. If you want a Blitter-and-socket, try Best Electronics at (408)-243-6950, they have them for about $47. As you can see I have added the 1.44meg floppy drive modification to my list. This will require the purchase of a special Floppy Drive Controller chip and board, as well as a drive mechanism. I will get back to you on the source of these items (thanks to Paul Gittins for that one). What are my qualifications, you ask? Well, I have an A.S. in Electronics technology and I'm working on a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and I have some Air Force tech school under my belt too. Also, I have been an ST'er for over 2 years and have done many an upgrade and repair in that time. And I've been doing this for about a month with success. One of my first customers asked for some guarantee that he wasn't sending his ST into oblivion, never to see it again. I thought about it and came up with this: if you request I'll send you two copies of a signed letter describing our agreement (what I'm going to do to your machine, what it will cost, how I'll replace it if I botch the job, etc.), and if you like it you sign and send one copy back with your machine. You can send it registered mail if you like, so I'll have to sign a form to receive your machine at the post office, and you'll get the form. Hopefully that should satisfy the paranoids out there (I understand, I've heard horror stories too). Also on request I can give you the names of satisfied customers, after getting their permission. I have now been doing this a while and know better how long a job takes, how much it costs to mail things, etc. The prices are based on about $6 per hour. Which isn't much more than working in a fast food joint, and is a hell of a lot less than most electronics technicians charge. Also, I've upgraded my STacy recently. Surface mount chips are a pain! So I decided to switch to ZIPs and do some drilling. I've got access to some really great equipment for that, so it will be a bit easier and neater. As for repairs, I had not planned on originally doing them, there's no guarantees, and I'm not "an authorized ATARI service center", but it just sort of happened. Lastly, I have decided that I can no longer order parts for customers before I receive the money for them. I don't have the capital to be doing that all the time. Therefore you either order the parts yourself and send them with the machine when they arrive, or you send the machine and a check for the parts at the same time. Both take the same amount of time because I get parts fast and can be doing chip removal, trace cutting, and some jumpering while I wait for them. This text file may be distributed freely provided it is not altered. PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE ==================== by Keith MacNutt ON-Schedule v3.1 David Becker Genie- D.Becker8 ON-Schedule is one of those programs you have always looked for but could never seem to find, that is until now. This gem is one of the best calendar programs I've ever come across, and I've looked at a lot of them, hoping to one day find one that had even half the features this program has. ON-Schedule was written out of the need to create and track employee shifts and hours over each week and month, with the flexibility to simplify and speed the printing of shift schedules for up to 5 persons. These same features that allow a small company to operate more efficiently, also can be used by the average person to organize their social calendar. Instead of shifts, they can enter appointments and commitments, along with the time each took, and at the end of the month find out within seconds, just how much time was devoted to each. For Epson compatible printers the driver is the default at run time, and if you own a non-epson printer you can enter the esc codes and use them. The only codes the printer driver really needs are the condensed on and off codes, which can be entered in a decimal format, and are saved with the calendar. The user may also save the calendar in a ascii or degas PI? format for latter printout. If the ascii file is used, then the calendar is printed in the normal format, from left to right or if the degas format is used, it will be printed at 90 degrees using the long portion of the page. If using the degas picture file, the user is presented with a choice of draft, medium LQ or high LQ formats for the final printout. I've never tried the draft format, but I know that using the other two will give a very nice output to the printer. Most features can be accessed by either drop down menus or by control characters, and makes for a very fast and flexible interface. For users of NEODESK 3.0, saving the calendars in degas format allows you to bring up the month at anytime by just double clicking on the file. This feature alone makes life so much easier in keeping track of all the birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions all at a glance. If your looking for a calendar program, you owe it to yourself to try out what I think is one of the best available. GOODS AND SERVICE TAX HITS CANADA ================================= by Terry Schrieber, Contributing Editor The Goods and Services Tax was implemented on January 1,1991 and here are my experiences of the first few days. This tax was actually supposed to reduce the cost of manufactured products to the consumer - I have yet to see this. At a certain computer store last week the price of a box of Sony 3.5 disks remained the same as did all the products on the floor but the difference being that now they were subject to a 7% GST tax. This made them cheaper last week. A visit to the Safeway store to find that a prepared bar-b-que chicken is subject to GST as well as potato salad but cooked ham, pastrami, or basically any other prepared meats were not. Strange. Ice cream was not subject to taxation while toothpaste was, bread was un-taxed while donuts, cookies and muffins were. Perhaps all the bugs are not quite out of the system as yet and we should give it a chance but first impressions are showing that the savings will not be passed on to the consumer and that a review of what is subject to the tax should be done. TX2 VIEWER ========== From TX2VIEW.ARC Editors Note: TX2 formatted text provides color graphics to regular ascii files. A recent utility uploaded to GEnie allows you to format Z*NET and ST-REPORT issues and read them with the viewer with color fonts and text. The following is a capture of the text files provided in the ARC file. In this ARC file are the TX2_VIEW program, the documentation files (to be read from the program), and an index file for GEnie Lamp #1.14. This is a DEMO. Every 30 seconds or so, an alert box will come up reminding you to register. Also, the program will automatically quit after 4 minutes. (Registered users, you should have gotten the "key" from me to unlock this program.) Starting with this version, .FST files will not longer be used. Instead, index (.IDX) files will contain the index. This only needs to be present to use the indexing features; it is not needed for fast loading. Note that this version is not 100% compatible with the old one. Issue #1.14 will not work perfectly; the title of each section will not be highlighted. Starting with the next issue, though, it will work perfectly with this version, but not the first. (Future issues will still be compatible with version 1.2, but the titles will be messed up a little.) To get a fully functional version, please send $10 to: David Holmes 13124 Rose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066 I will send you a "key" program to unlock this demo and remove its limits. This key will also work for future versions uploaded to GEnie. (Please do not distribute the key to unregistered people. I would consider that piracy.) Copyright (c) 1990 David Holmes GEnie address: D.HOLMES14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Z*NET Atari Online Magazine is a weekly publication covering the Atari and related computer community. Material contained in this edition may be reprinted without permission except where noted, unedited and containing the issue number, name and author included at the top of each article reprinted. Opinions presented are those of the individual author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff of Z*Net Online. This publication is not affiliated with Atari Corporation. Z*Net, Z*Net Atari Online and Z*Net News Service are copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries Incorporated, Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, New Jersey 08846-0059. Voice (908) 968-2024, BBS (908) 968- 8148 at 1200/2400 Baud 24 hours a day. We can be reached on Compuserve at PPN 71777,2140 and on GEnie at address: Z-Net. FNET NODE 593 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Z*NET Atari Online Magazine Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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