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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Z*Net: 27-Mar-92 #9213 Date: Sun Mar 29 23:43:11 1992 | (((((((( | Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (( | March 27, 1992 Issue #92-13 | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (((((((( | Copyright (c)1992, Rovac Industries, Inc. | | Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, NJ 08846 | (( | | (((((( | CONTENTS | (( | | | * Z*Net Newswire........................................ | ((( (( | * Atari Explorer Conference Highlights.................. | (((( (( | * ACE '92 Update...........................Press Release | (( (( (( | * Atari Advantage Magazine Contents..................... | (( (((( | * Leonard Tramiel Conference Highlights................. | (( ((( | * Microsoft Mouse To The ST.................Jeff Beadles | | * Phil Comeau Software Update..............Press Release | ((((((( | * Warp 9...................................Press Release | (( | * Z*Net Mailbag......................................... | ((((( | | (( | | ((((((( | ~ Publisher/Editor............................Ron Kovacs | | ~ Contributing Editor..........................John Nagy | (((((((( | ~ Z*Net Newswire Ltd..........................Jon Clarke | (( | ~ Contributing Editor.....................Bruce Hansford | (( | ~ PD Software Reviews.....................Ron Berinstein | (( | ~ Reporter....................................Mike Brown | (( | ~ Assistant News Editor.......................Mike Davis | | ~ Z*Net Canadian Correspondent...........Terry Schreiber | | ~ Columnist....................................Ed Krimen | | ~ Columnist................................Mike Mortilla | | ~ UK Columnist...............................Mick Jarvis | | ~ Features Editor.........................Dr. Paul Keith | | |----------| $ GEnie Address....................................Z-NET | ONLINE | $ CompuServe Address..........................75300,1642 | AREAS | $ Delphi Address....................................ZNET | | $ Internet/Usenet Address..................status.gen.nz |----------| $ America Online Address........................ZNET1991 | | | Z*NET | * Z*Net:USA New Jersey...(FNET 593).......(908) 968-8148 | SUPPORT | * Z*Net:Golden Gate......(FNET 706).......(510) 373-6792 | SYSTEMS | * Z*Net:South Pacific....(FNET 693).NZ....(644) 4762-852 | | * Z*Net:Pacific .(INTERNETemail@example.com)(649) 3585-543 | | * Z*Net:South Jersey.....(FNET 168).CCBBS.(609) 451-7475 | | * Z*Net:Illinois (Garage)(FNET 621).......(618) 344-8466 | | * Z*Net:Colorado (Mile High)(FNET 5)......(303) 431-1404 | | * Z*Net:Wyoming (Stormbringer)(FNET 635)..(307) 638-7036 | | * Z*Net:Texas (Hacker's Haven)(FNET 705)..(512) 653-3056 | | * Z*Net:Florida (Twilight Zone)(FNET 304).(407) 831-1613 | | Fido Address 1:363/112 ======================================================================= * Z*NET NEWSWIRE ====================================================================== STACY'S AVAILABLE Atari's warehouse recently located a number of Stacy Laptop computers and Atari has made them available to dealers for a limited time while supplies last. TAF SHOW Atari will be in force at next week's Toronto Atari Festival (ACE'92) with Bob Brodie and others. A complete update to the event is included in this week's edition. APPLE'S NEW MACINTOSH Apple Computer announced the new Apple Macintosh LC II which integrates the color text and graphics, sound input, and optional Apple II software available on the original LC. In addition to virtual memory, the 16MHz Motorola 68030 microprocessor. It comes standard with a 40MB or 80MB internal hard disk drive, 4MB of RAM, internal 1.44MB Apple SuperDrive floppy disk drive, and will run System 6.0.8 and 7.0.1 and above. ====================================================================== * ATARI EXPLORER CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS Edited by Ron Kovacs ====================================================================== From CompuServe AtariArts Forum Pattie) Alright.... Tonight's Conference is with John Jainschigg, John Jainschigg) Hi, everybody! I'm John Jainschigg (pronounced "Jane-shigg") and I edit and publish Atari Explorer Magazine, the Official Atari Journal. I'm 35. About 5'11". Thin. Wear glasses. And have peculiar teeth. And I've worked for Atari, on and off, long enough to know better. Atari Explorer is (supposedly) the largest-circulation magazine now serving the American Atari market. It's bimonthly (now) and is extremely, obscenely expensive to print and distribute. But CompuServe subscribers can get it for only $9.95/year! (subscription details to follow, after conference) Ron Luks) John-- Now that ATR EXP is on a pretty regular schedule... after the 1 yr layoff...when can we expect to see more COLOR pics and screen shots in the mag? It's pretty much a B&W publication still. John Jainschigg) I assume you mean "layoff from regular schedule"? I mean, we HAVE been publishing, Ron. (grin) Well, I tell ya...we just did a February (MIDI) issue, that saw the introduction of Atari Artist, our new "music and allied arts" supplement and that had (count 'em) 44 pages of color. Better than 50% of our page-space. In fact, however, you may not have long to wait before Explorer is all color. I'm going to Sunnyvale, next week, to lay my forehead on the mat in front of Sam Tramiel, and beg for money. keith joins) John, any plans on going to a monthly publication schedule and if so would you have enough material to fill it? John Jainschigg) Actually, that's the other thing I'm meeting with Sam about. We want to very badly. There's MORE than enough news, if you consider the world market, as well as our recent specializations in music and DTP. Pattie) John, what's it like publishing a magazine for a company like Atari? Do they have strict guidelines or do they give you a "free hand?" John Jainschigg) Would you understand what I meant, if I said "they give me a free hand just so long as I do 1) exactly what they THINK *they* would have done or wanted, given the same situation, and 2) it doesn't cost anything." (i.e., you have to be psychic, and you have to be cheap.) It's interesting. Atari's "vision" for Explorer changes periodically and their degree of involvement vacillates, depending entirely on what's on their "corporate mind" at a particular time. Presently, I'm receiving a very LARGE amount, not of *direction* but of help and input from some of the more gifted people in Sunnyvale. Don Thomas was instrumental in getting the Portfolio issue set up, and James Grunke was the heart and soul of the February issue. But the March/April issue now on newsstands, was produced in a sort of "vacuum of influence." Scott Wooding) Do you think we will see more tips and tricks in the next issues so us end users can benefit more fully from our machines? John Jainschigg) The answer is Yes! With the March/April issue, we've brought back Atari's Mark Jansen who, this issue, has covered "TOS patches and free fixes for everything that's wrong with the ST." (Not the real title) In upcoming issues, Mark (who works with Leonard Tramiel in Atari's R&D department will be covering LOTS of stuff: freeware, shareware, hints, tips, programming tidbits, etc. The other thing we've been discussing...And you can tell me if you think it's a good idea... (And I should say that I was recently given this idea in a discussion with my buddy Serge Fenez, who edits Atari stmagazine, the "official Atari journal" of Atari France)...we're planning to do a "Beginner's issue." Everything you never heard about in a standard manual. From "how to mouse" to "how to reformat a hard disk." Ron Hunt) How has Atari been about providing product for evaluation etc.? There were some complaints at the "old Explorer" about this I believe. John Jainschigg) Well, the editors of the old Explorer didn't know how to ask for stuff. I simply call up Bob Brodie, and say "WHY DON'T WE HAVE AN ST BOOK!!!!" And Bob says "John ... *nobody* has an ST Book. Calm yourself." Actually, they've been fine about it. We recently signed into full R&D non-disclosure...so at least we can *know* about everything though most of it, we still can't TALK about. Pattie) John, you mentioned that you've been working for Atari long enough to know better...how long is that, actually and in what capacities? :) John Jainschigg) In 1985, I was Senior Technical Editor at Family Computing Magazine (now Home/Office Computing, Scholastic, Inc.) and I began receiving phone calls from John Andersen, of Creative Computing which Ziff-Davis had just folded. THEN, I started getting calls from Betsy Staples, also of Creative, who was starting a corporation to take over Explorer (then called "Atari Connection") from Atari Corp. One thing led to another, and in 1986, I became Sr. T/E at Explorer, which was moved out of Sunnyvale proper, and into the hands of a subsidiary called "Atari Explorer Publications Corp.," of which Betsy Staples and David Ahl were officers. So, call it....... Eight years? Sheesh...time to move on, no? No... no... SIX years. Ron Luks) We've heard that you use all Atari equipment to assemble the magazine each issue. Specifically, what hardware and software do you regularly use? John Jainschigg) For basic editorial and financial-management stuff, we have a pair of Mega STe's, with recently-acquired SM147 monochrome monitors and stock hard drives, and SLM804's. For page-layout, we have a TT030, with 80 MB hard drive, a TTM194 super-size monochrome monitor, a PTC1426 multisync color monitor (way cool), and an SLM605. We use DBMAN IV and LDWPower for financials and data basing, PageStream 2.1 for layout plus a wide variety of screen-capture and image-tweaking utilities... archiving utilities like ARC602.TTP and the new LZH...WordPerfect 4.1 for word-processing. We generally begin the process of design by, well, writing an article on WordPerfect, slapping it over to the TT, importing it into PageStream, laying it out, including screen snaps imported as .IMG or .PI3 images, outputting as PostScript, and uploading (using Flash 1.6) to a service-bureau for output at 1,270 dpi on Linotron. The Linotron pages are cut up, waxed onto mechanical boards, color-specified, and sent to the printer with any separations as are needed to make up film for pages. We've found no special advantage, cost-wise, in going "straight to film," though PageStream (or rather, the Linotron) has the capacity to generate even four-color film straight from PostScript. Pattie) John, everyone has personal opinions... even editors of magazines. :) How do you balance your personal thoughts with what you may say publicly in Atari Explorer? John Jainschigg) An interesting question. Actually, I don't have much conflict between what I say in Explorer, and what I think because I factor into the equation something called "doing my job." Which is to make sure that Atari survives, that their unique technical philosophy gets promulgated and appreciated in an appropriate fashion, and that the thousands of people who've spent thousands of dollars each on their systems don't end up like Timex/Sinclair or TI-99/4A owners did: orphans before their time. Sometimes, I have a little trouble about some of the *marketing* that Atari does, or doesn't do and sometimes they don't put their very *Best* foot forward. But that's OLD news to anybody who hangs around the networks. By and large, I think the people who work for Atari are very good at what they do, and are as sincerely puzzled when things don't quite work out as *I* am. Pattie) Without giving away any deep secrets, what impact do you think the new machines will have on the marketplace? John Jainschigg) Enormous. Technically, Atari has stolen a march on literally everybody in the business, by identifying (and here's the IQ test)...the ONE area... where competing general-purpose and vertical-market systems CAN'T compete and designing a technology to fill that gap. Ron Luks) Ok, my last question for the night...Let's put John on the hot seat. [g] What is (in your opinion)... Atari's greatest single strength and greatest single weakness as it affects Atari users? John Jainschigg) Very simple...Atari's greatest *single* strength, ironically, derives from its greatest *single* weakness, or vice-versa... To wit: Atari has always been GIFTED...not just "good at," but GIFTED...in co-opting the interest of a grass-roots public. Everybody here...well, maybe *almost* everybody, is an Atari user. But we're most of us more than that. You could call us "Atarians." Like as or not, we *are* the kind of people who join user groups, who soapbox the systems to our friends, who walk into computer stores and stage arguments with the clerks about "why don't you carry Atari computers?" And so on. This ability to attract grass-roots committment and attention is Atari's real talent -- a form of genius, really. And the company ruthlessly capitalizes on it by maintaining lines into this grass-roots market of dyed-in-the-wool Atarians. The trouble is that, in many ways, they're only *now* learning to look BEYOND the horizon of the set of people who just can't help but LOVE them. The modern computer market is, nowadays, made up mostly of people who really DON'T care about elegant technology. And marketing to this MUCH larger group is a lesson that Atari has learned slowly. This affects Atari users in many ways, some of them obvious. The most important way, however for purposes of *this* discussion, is that it implies that if you're an Atari user, you MUST be an "Atarian." You can't just be "Joe Blow who wants to take some work home from the office." While you or I might with a decade of technical experience and years of Atari exposure behind us, Ron, say to ourselves "I can do ANYTHING with an Atari BETTER than I can on a PC or a Macintosh!" (and we'd be right!), we aren't factoring the relatively enormous amount of folk- knowledge that we possess into the equation. Joe Blow might *not* want to hang out on CompuServe for hours, each night, ignore his wife, learn to program in C, learn to read German so he can decipher the menus on obscure freeware utilities, make long-distance phone calls to mail- order houses, etc. to find application software, or even read Atari Explorer. Poor Joe JUST WANTS TO TAKE SOME WORK HOME FROM THE OFFICE. John Jainschigg) People can subscribe to Atari Explorer by sending $9.95/year to Atari Explorer P.O. Box 6488, Duluth, MN 55806, or calling (718) 545-2900 with MasterCard or VISA. The "$9.95" sub is for Atari User Group members, and subscribers to CompuServe and GEnie. Normal subscription price is $14.95/year. ====================================================================== * ACE '92 UPDATE Press Release ====================================================================== CONTACT: John R. Sheehan, SJ (416) 926-1518 GEnie: J. Sheehan14 26 March 1992 LAST-MINUTE NEWS FROM ACE '92 ACE '92, the Atari Canadian Exposition, opens on Saturday, April 4th, and will run through Sunday, April 5th, at the Skyline Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. With only one-week to go before this major international Atari event, last-minute details and events are being announced and put in place. Those who will be exhibiting programs, hardware and major developments include: ABC Solutions Atari Canada Corp. Atari Explorer Atari Interface Magazine Best Electronics Branch Always Software BMDistributors Canoe Computers Clear Thinking Click Here, Inc. Codehead Technologies Compuplace Compustore Computer Supplies & Service Compuworld CRS Cybercube D.A. Brumleve DoubleClick DragonWare Fair Dinkum Fast Technology Gadgets By Small GEnie Goldleaf Gribnif Software ICD, Inc. ISD Marketing, Inc. JMG Software International, Inc. Joppa Computer Products Korg Micro-Creations Missionware Software Musicware PI Precision Importing Saved By Technology SaveTech Soft-Logik Publishing Corporation Software Sales Steinberg-Jones Step Ahead Software Steve's Music Sudden Incorporated Toad Computers Wintertree Software WizWorks A host of other events will make the two-day event stimulating and informative. Among the many special attractions are: Meet the Sysop Booth - A special booth will be manned throughout the two days by Sysops from Bulletin Board Systems from all over Canada and the United States. Sysops on the Forem network will be meeting for a special brunch, and many other users of BBS systems have expressed the desire to meet the invisible "Sysops" they have come to know only through their computers. A full schedule of times will be posted at the show. Seminars and Training Classes - Three seminar rooms and a Training Room will provide many opportunities to meet developers, see new products demonstrated, and get hands-on training. Both ISD Marketing and SoftLogik will be conducting classes in their Desktop Publishing Programs. ISD will have classes for both Calamus 1.09 and the new Calamus SL, and Softlogik has scheduled sessions each day for Pagestream 2.1. Seminar topics range from using computers to re- construct dinosaur fossils to creating music. There will be times when as many as four presentations will be going on simultaneously. Concerts and Performances - In the special MIDI area there will be a stage for public performances and entries in the Talent Contest. Several professional groups will be performing, as will contestants in the musical division of the Talent Contest. Graphics entries will be projected throughout both days so that all can see the creations of the entrants, and demonstrations of MIDI software and special effects will be taking place in the luxurious seminar area specially equipped for that purpose. "Showing Off" - Several developers have indicated that one of the reasons they are participating in ACE '92 is just to "show off" their products. Goldleaf Publishing, for example, will be bringing video digitizing equipment, and will transform photographs that participants bring to them into a number of different formats. You might go home with a free refrigerator magnet with your digitized face on it! Or have a photo of you with a famous celebrity (without the celebrity ever having been there)! Micro-Creations is giving a free copy of their new BBS program to every Atari club present, and most booths will have special show prices and packages. Show hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday, April 4th, and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, April 6th. (Remember - this is the week-end you turn clocks AHEAD one hour, which is the reason for the later starting time on Sunday.) Admission is $6, no charge for children 6 and under. ACE '92 will be held at the Skyline Hotel, 655 Dixon Rd in Toronto, near Pearson International Airport. For additional information, contact ACE '92, c/o Toronto Atari Federation, 5334 Yonge St, Suite 1527, Willowdale, ON M2N 6M2. For faster response, call Paul Collard, Exhibit and Volunteer Coordinator (416) 477-2085, or John R. Sheehan, SJ, General Convention Coordinator, (416) 926-1518. GEnie J.Sheehan14. TAF BBS: (416) 235-0318, TAF InfoLine and Voice Message: (416) 425-5357. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// A T A R I A D V A N T A G E M A G A Z I N E /// /// Contents -- April 1992 /// /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ARTICLES /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == NAMM 1992 ......... What's new in the world of computer music == Winter 1992 CES ... New Lynx games heading your way COLUMNS //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == Editors Desk ...... Our roots and our thanks ... == Rumor City ........ By Nevin Shalit == Lynx Line ......... By Clayton Walnum FEATURES ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == New & Improved .... New and improved products announced == Briefs ............ Late breaking news == Events ............ What's coming up? REVIEWS //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == The R. C. Turner Trilogy ... ST/TT owners bible == Forget-Me-Clock II ......... A hardware clock of the ST == DC Shower .................. Show text, arc, & graphics files == Diamond Back V2.41 ......... Hard disk backup software == The Learning Games Package . Great way to teach our kids == EdHak V2.30 ................ Edit anything on your ST == Protext v 5.0 .............. 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Leonard Tramiel is the Vice President of Software at Atari. Leonard, welcome to the ST Roundtable and thank you for taking the time to be with us this evening. The format for tonight's RTC will be a little different than past conferences, so let me take a few extra moments to explain how this is going to work. For the past month, we've been accumulating questions for Leonard Tramiel with the "Ask Leonard" feature on the main menu of the ST Roundtable. We've received lots of response to it and we want to make sure that several of these questions get responses from Leonard tonight. So, Bob Brodie (who is flying the keyboard for Leonard this evening ...thanks, Bob!) will upload a question one at a time, followed by Leonard's response. Then, if there are any related questions that any of you might have, then you can use the /RAI command and we'll discuss it further. Please wait for me to ask for questions before /RAIsing your hand. <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> As most of you know, at CeBIT in Hanover Atari previewed some exciting new technology. This technology allowed us to generate extremely high quality graphics and sound simultaneously. The members of the press to which this was shown were very impressed. The first product to incorporate these new technologies will be available at retail by late fall of 1992 and first developer units will be available by the end of April. This product will have a 68030 as it's main processor. As I'm sure you can appreciate, no further details will be available until product release. From: R.ZALISCHUK Robert H. Zalischuk Hello Leonard, I have using Atari computers since the 400 and continue to enjoy using my Atari's day in and day out. First off, will there be an expansion of print ads featuring Atari alone and in cooperation with other companies supporting the STe/TT line. Secondly, Atari has its Prof. Systems Group and now its Music Group... Is anything similar be pursued in regards to education? What can Atari do to encourage some television advertising? ie. donate a Mega STe to dealers who work on contra deals with their local Tv stations....provide an Atari for a contest, get exposure through the contest plus air time equal in value to the supplied prizes. I hope to make it to the Atari exposition in Toronto in April, I hope it will be a good time for Atari and its users. Robert Zalischuk Calgary and Red Deer Alberta, Canada Leonard responds.... Robert, There will be an expansion of print ads featuring Atari alone, and also in cooperation with other companies. We have considered something similar to the Professional Systems Group for education, but the time is not right. The niche market there is not supported well enough with software. Thanks for your comments. I will not be in Toronto, but be sure and stop by and see our staff there. Bob Brodie, Don Thomas, Shirley Taylor and Bill Rehbock will be representing Sunnyvale at ACE '92. <E.EDELENBOS> I am not asking about education, but as Operating systems head do you work on other systems for atari (Music, DTP etc? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> Atari does not produce it's own application software except in unusual conditions. <[John] J.COLE18> My question is, when will you contract out for TOS development tools so that you will be able to offer similar quality tools for current and future TOS developers, such as, with luck, WP or Lotus? You have great new machines on the way, isn't it time we had the tools to make them great? :-) John Cole - Lexicor Software <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> That is also not an educational question... But, we are working on new development tools, and I am not here to give announcement dates. <T.HESTER1> This is an ed question. Given that apple's strategy seems to include giving away computers to schools so that people will learn to use their machines and no one else's. Doesn't it seem atari should do so as well? If you are worried about software, why not just use apples? After all, we've got an emulator! :) <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> Atari has given computers away for a number of purposes, including education. We will continue to do so in the future. Thank you for your suggestion about the emulators. <[StepAhead] NEVIN-S> Leonard, Bob Brodie asked for general questions, so I will ask a general question. What Atari project that you have worked on are you most proud of, and which project do you wish you could do over again? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> The project that I am most proud of (to date) is the ST itself. Projects that I wish I could do over again, all of them, of course! None of them are perfect! <[StepAhead] NEVIN-S> Leonard, would Atari consider funding companies such as WP or Microsoft to port important applications to the Atari line? How else can Atari expect them to develop their latest versions, given Atari's current sales rate. <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> We consider projects on a business nature, if a reasonable business case can be made for funding MicroSoft, we'd like to hear it! :) <[Gary] G.STOLLMAN> Leonard, What advice can you give to a budding programmer, who would like to become a producer of Atari software, application in particular. in particular...Is the money there, and if so, where?? Or are games the only moneymaker?? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> I suggest that you discuss this with Bill Rehbock. He can be reached here on GEnie, at his GEnie address of B.REHBOCK. He is in charge of all third party developer relations and support. <[SCOTTJ] S.CORLEY1> Leonard, any thoughts on multimedia extensions to TOS ala Windows 3.1 and Mac System 7? What about QuickTime support? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> Many thoughts, but none that I can share with you tonight. Sorry, no product announcements this time. <[Brien] B.KING8> I would like to see the ability to hook into the OS's AES routines to allow 3rd Party Developers to enhance the AES (ala Quick ST) and Provide an easier upgrade path for future Desktop Environments. Ok, for the Question... Where's FSMGDOS? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> Thanks for the suggestion, Brien. FSM is not yet released. <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Any guestimates on availability of FSM GDOS from Atari? :-) <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> Nope... <[Bob] B.SIMS3> When will the 24 bit VDI routines promised for Lexicor's Leonardo board be released, or will they? 24 bit is where every graphic machine is at or heading to, and will be a prerequisite for any kind of work station direction for Atari. <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> I am aware of no promise for 24 bit VDI routines.... At CeBIT, I saw several different true color cards that had VDI drivers. Does this answer your question? <[Mike Allen] M.ALLEN14> I just got a MSTE (Love it) with TOS 2.05 ... what, besides the 1.44 meg drive support, do I gain with 2.06? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> I don't have the list in front of me, BUT....<grin> keyboard support for the full character set...improved media change code...numerous bug fixes...and some cosmetic changes at bootup. <[Bob] B.SIMS3> Were the cards "true" true color or did they use a palette conversion to allow 32K colors instead of the 16 Million available for true color? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> true color. BTW, true color does not mean 16 million colors. It means no palette. <[JCD] MAG.SOFTWARE> Atari also needs to make it easier for DEVs to get new TOS's before they're released. We were unable to get 2.06 before release date & found a MAJOR bug later. <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> If we would have had a copy of your product, we would probably have found the bug in our testing. By the way, have you done your SoftSource entry? <[JCD] MAG.SOFTWARE> It was a bug found while using a few other companies'' software. & Not yet. <[Ken] K.BAD> Forgive me for appearing to be a bit of a shill, but I think lots of people may be interested... I have always thought that Atari's greatest strength lies in smaller computers, not high-end cutting-edge workstations. Do you feel like Atari is going to follow that tradition in upcoming machines? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> I won't forgive you for appearing to be a shill....<grin> Atari is and will remain a consumer electronics company. That way, we can provide the best performance/price ratio possible. <[John Hoffman] JLHOFFMAN> With the market for personal computers being highly competitive, what market niche will Atari try to focus on?? Beyond price performance, what will distinguish Atari from the competition now and in the near future?? TOS?? UNIX?? <[Leonard] STRAMIEL> Before you belittle the importance of mere price performance, consider what can be done even with existing technology that other companies have not taken advantage of. ====================================================================== * MICROSOFT MOUSE TO THE ST by Jeff Beadles ====================================================================== Here is what I've experienced. You can forget about a serial mouse for the ST. They are not compatible with the ST mouse. But you can connect a bus mouse to the ST, I have done it. I have a Microsoft bus mouse connected to my ST and it is great. The following are some instructions I got off one of the ST ftp sites about that subject and is what I followed to connect the Microsoft mouse to my machine. Here's a re-post of my article of way back (Feb 1989) on how to hook an Microsoft mouse to an Atari ST. No software changes are required. All it takes is creating a special cable between the mouse and the Atari. I've been using a Microsoft mouse now for around 2 years on my 1040, with nary a glitch. It's so much better than the Atari mouse, I'd never go back. (IMHO) Well, here is how to connect a Microsoft Mouse to an Atari ST. (520/1040) The Atari has a 9-pin D-type connector. The Microsoft Mouse has a rather strange connector on the end. To prevent having to cut the mouse cable up, I made this adaptor. If you still can't follow it, please let me know and I'll try to redescribe it. This does work for me. I've been using it for 6 or so months now [Note, it's been 2 years now!] with no problems at all. It does take some soldering skills, so if you're not so hot at soldering, find a friend to help. As far as I know, this does not effect your Atari's warranty. However, I have not asked Atari. Atari ST Microsoft Mouse ST expected signal ----- -- --------- ----- -- -------- ------ 1 5 XB 2 3 XA 3 8 YA 4 9 YB 5 N/C N/C 6 2 Left button 7 N/C +5VDC (N/C) 8* 6 and also tie to pin 1 Ground 9 7 Right button * = I am not sure why I have pins 6 & 1 tied together, but it does work. The Microsoft mouse connector looks like this. This is the solder side, with the leads pointing up. --------------- | 1 | | 2 3 4 5 | | 6 7 8 9 10 | | | --------------- If you can not use the connector, the pins are numbered as follows. This is the connector side from the Microsoft Mouse plug: /------------\ This is a view at the front of the connector. / Blank "KEY" \ It is where the plug from the mouse would be. /----------------\ The pin labeled 'n' is not connected. | n 4 X 8 | The place labeled 'X' is filled, and does not | 9 7 1 2 | have a pin. | 5 6 | \ / \------------/ Have fun! Jeff Beadles firstname.lastname@example.org ====================================================================== * PHIL COMEAU SOFTWARE UPDATE Press Release ====================================================================== For more information, contact Phil Comeau Software div. of Wintertree Software Inc. 43 Rueter St. Nepean, Ontario Canada K2J 3Z9 (613) 825-6271 Phil Comeau Software is pleased to announce the release of new versions of GramSlam and Grammar Expert for the Atari computer line. GramSlam checks documents for common grammar and writing-style problems. Improvements in the new version (3.30) include: * Improved Document Statistics: GramSlam now presents statistics in full sentences for ease of understanding. The statistics also include advice on writing-style improvement. * New Overall-Style Score: A new score included with GramSlam's statistical report shows writing-style quality expressed as a percentage. The new overall-style score is based on four key writing -style factors: word economy, word choice, use of the active voice, and readability. Included with the score is a qualifying description, ranging from "very poor" to "excellent." * Progress Bar: GramSlam now shows a progress "thermometer" while it examines your document. * Faster Booting: GramSlam now loads its problem-pattern file the first time you open the GramSlam desk accessory, so your computer boots faster. * Faster Checking: GramSlam now checks documents about 25% faster (on an 8MHz ST) than previously. * Improved Tests for American/British Spelling: GramSlam now identifies words spelled using American or British spelling rules with greater accuracy. * Many Minor Improvements, Cosmetic Changes, and Bug Fixes. A sample of GramSlam's new statistical report is shown below: Finished Checking D:\MEMOS\MEMO.TXT * 29 problems were detected and 13 were reported. * The document contains 164 words and 10 sentences. On average, each word contains 1.6 syllables and each sentence contains 16.4 words. * 60% of the sentences use the active voice. Use of the active voice in this document makes the writing clear and direct. * On average, the reader must have 11.9 years of schooling to understand the document. Suggestion: use smaller words and sentences to lower the writing to the target reader's level (10.0 years). * The overall-style score for this document is 55% (satisfactory). Grammar Expert is an online reference for the rules of English grammar, punctuation, and effective writing. Improvements in the new version (1.11) include: * Less Disk Space: Grammar Expert's files have been collected and compressed, so it uses much less disk space than previous versions. This is of special importance to floppy-disk users. * Improved Text: The text Grammar Expert displays has been edited to weed out inconsistencies, reorganize for clarity, and add examples. A limited but working demonstration of Grammar Expert has been released for general availability on GEnie and CompuServe. A working demonstration of GramSlam has been publically available since its\ release in January 1991. The prices of the two products remain the same: $39.95 for GramSlam, and $59.95 for Grammar Expert. Registered owners of either product can receive upgrades from Phil Comeau Software for $5.00 per product plus $3.00 for packaging and shipping. ====================================================================== * WARP 9 - THE SOFTWARE ACCELERATOR! Press Release ====================================================================== HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - CodeHead Technologies is proud to announce the release of its brand new software accelerator -- Warp 9! On January 1, 1992 we took over support and development of the popular Quick ST screen accelerator from Branch Always Software. It's taken over three months to complete the modifications necessary to turn it into a CodeHead product, but it's well worth the wait. The resulting fruit of our labors is Warp 9 -- the fastest, most compatible software graphics/text accelerator _ever_ for the Atari line of computers! We've decided to give it this new name because it's changed so dramatically that it's hardly even recognizable anymore. The only similarity between Warp 9 and its predecessor, Quick ST, is incredible speed! Although Warp 9 has a completely new user interface and many new features, the major benefit over previous screen accelerators is COMPATIBILITY! Literally dozens of bugs and compatibility problems have been eradicated in Warp 9. It now works fine with FSM GDOS, and problems have been eliminated with Touch-Up, PageStream, and many other programs where redraw and other problems existed. Warp 9 also works fine on the TT, and accelerates the graphics of TT Medium resolution remarkably. What IS a Software Screen Accelerator? -------------------------------------- Warp 9 operates by intercepting operating system calls. Most of the normal operating system calls are not written with the utmost efficiency as far as speed is concerned. Warp 9 uses highly optimized assembly language routines which can give you speed increases of 400% all the way up to 1200% or more. That's from 4 to 12 times faster! The difference is immediately noticeable in almost every area of your computer activities. Text, graphics, and windows virtually fly onto the screen. Once you try using Warp 9, you'll never allow yourself to operate without it again. New Features: ------------- The user interface of Warp 9 has been completely revamped. The Warp 9 program installs in the AUTO folder, giving increased speed to the loading of your AUTO programs. The effectiveness of a software accelerator is normally diminished by the additional overhead of other resident programs installed in your system. But Warp 9 uses a special trick to avoid this problem. The Warp 9 Control Panel accessory communicates with Warp 9, telling it to reinstall itself, giving it a prime position for acceleration. If you want to save memory by not installing the Warp 9 Control Panel, you can auto-run our QuickGrab program which will provide the same function. This gives you the best of both worlds, the utmost in speed during the bootup process as well as at the desktop level and in your applications. Besides speed and compatibility, Warp 9 offers you all of the same features available in Quick ST and much more. You can replace the system screen font with one of your own, or choose from any of the 6 dozen fonts included with Warp 9. You can also change the system fill patterns, altering the look of your windows and dialog boxes. You can change the desktop's background pattern by using a custom fill pattern or even load a picture in any resolution, including the TT resolutions. Warp 9 can load pictures in many formats, including PI1, PI2, PI3, PC1, PC2, PC3, TNY, TN1, TN2, TN3, and PNT. The font, fills, and background pictures can be configured to load automatically when you boot up. Fonts and fill patterns can be edited by using the included Customizer program. There's also a completely configurable mouse accelerator built right into Warp 9. You can tailor the acceleration to your own needs, or choose from one of the four preset configurations available. Other optional mouse features include "blocking" to keep the mouse from accidentally entering the menu bar area, "jumping" to force the mouse to the menu bar at the click of the right mouse button, and separately configurable horizontal and vertical wrap-around of the mouse when it reaches the edge of the screen. Warp 9 also includes the functionality of FunkAlert, the shareware program by Charles F. Johnson. This gives you the ability to select any button in any standard alert box by the simple press of a function key. You can turn off the system Zoom Boxes, too, for even more speed. A well-written 50-page manual gives detailed instructions for using every facet of Warp 9. Order Warp 9 today...you just can't get a faster, more compatible screen accelerator for your Atari computer, and you also receive the quality and support for which CodeHead Technologies is famous. Availability ------------ Warp 9 will be shipping as of Monday, March 30th. Retail price is $44.95. Contact your local dealer or order directly from CodeHead Technologies at the address below. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express credit cards are accepted. For shipping, add $3 US, $4 Canada, and $6 overseas. Owners of any version of Quick ST or Turbo ST can purchase Warp 9 for only $20 by returning their original disk with payment to: CodeHead Technologies P.O. Box 74090 Los Angeles, CA 90004 Phone: (213) 386-5735 (Mon-Fri 9A-1P Pacific Time) FAX: (213) 386-5789 BBS: (213) 461-2095 ===================================================================== * Z*Net Mailbag ===================================================================== Conf : The Terminal Room (XNET ST/TT) Msg# : 18161 Lines: Extended Read: 5 Sent : Mar 20, 1992 at 10:05 AM To : Lazlar Lyricon From : Ralph Mariano at * THE BOUNTY ST BBS * Subj : FZT 2.12 In reply to: > Previously Tom D'Ambrosio wrote: > > I ahve a copy of Atari User, a British mag with a coverdisk. I did not s > any reviews of other programs except FzT, and a spot on Vanterm and > Hagterm. I believe we are referring to seperate magazines? Where can I > get a copy of the one you speak of? > > Aaron AtaruUser... is a disgrace as a magazine, its run by a few folks who are dedicated to the propaganda-like spead of half truths and instigatory remarks. Most recently, they produced a list of FNET BBSs and in that List, they showed every STReport Support board in some type of rediculous light. For those people to be taken seriously, they must first act like serious responsible people. STReport's support BBS, The Bounty has been operating with US Robotics Dual Standard HST 16.8 Modems for almost two months and has had USR's Dual Standard Modems in use for over three years... yet they list it at 2400 baud!! The Canadian Node (Node 18) was listed as a znet support board! As far as we are concerned, this was an intentional slap and an ardent effort to continue the hostilities. After all, Nagy, a Kovax buddy and editor, of znet is also editor of AtariUser. Nagy has openly displayed his arrogant and hostile attitude toward STReport on more than one occasion. John "King" Tarpinian is also an editor for AtariUser, his "love" of STR and its supporters is well known. As far as we are concerned henceforth, AtariUser will be known in our eyes as AtariLoser!! Ralph @ * The Bounty ST BBS * FNET Node 350 Home of: STReport International Online Magazine John Nagy responds... I thank one of our readers for bringing this latest affront by Mr. Mariano to my attention. Jealousy takes many forms. I believe that if Mr. Mariano would dedicate 50% of the effort he consistently puts into finding hidden fights and conspiracies instead into constructive communication, that he and his magazine might become and be recognized as more than the slaughterhouse of the Atari community. If he would read as thoroughly as he writes, he would see that the BBS list he refers to was prepared by someone with no ties whatsoever to AtariUser or Z*Net or anyone on their staffs. If he cared more about accuracy in presentation of STR boards than he did about grabbing a chance to wear the "injured party" sign, he would call Mr. Lockard and give baud rate and board name corrections. Just as the article itself encourages. But then again, if any of these things were different, so would be the community attitude about STR. And we can't break with tradition, can we? STR and Ralph are the _FURTHEST_ thing from my mind when doing AtariUser. Producing an informative and supportive magazine for the community are all I have time for or room for between our covers. I'm content to leave the propaganda-like spreading of half-truths, instigatory remarks, arrogant and hostile attitudes, childish name calling, and generally being a disgrace to those who have earned a reputation for doing it consistently and with obvious delight. Messages like Ralph's are the clearest indicators of just who that might be. John M. Nagy, editor, AtariUser Magazine. Editor Note: Ralphy dear, it's spelled Kovacs ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To sign up for DELPHI service, call (with modem) (800) 695-4002. Upon connection, hit <return> once or twice. 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