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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 29-May-92 #822 Date: Mon Jun 1 11:08:30 1992 *---== ST REPORT INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ==---* """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" from STR Publishing """""""""""""" May 29, 1992 No.8.22 ========================================================================== STReport International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205 ~ 6672 R.F. 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Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (May 29) NEW FROM CODEHEAD IN ATARI VENDORS FORUM (GO ATARIVEN) """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGIES HAS UPLOADED A FREE PATCH PROGRAM FOR WARP 9 OWNERS. SEE THE FILE W9UPGR.LZH NOW AVAILABLE IN LIB 16. Codehead has uploaded a demo version of Calligrapher, the Ultimate Writing Machine. See the file CALDEM.LZH now available in LIB 16. NEW FROM ISD ISD has uploaded two new files to their library in the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). One is a Desktop Publishers TradeUP Offer and the other is a Calamus SL Printer Driver Generator. See the files TRADUP.TXT and PRNGEN.ARC in Library 17, ISD Marketing. SOFTLOGIK UPGRADE OFFER SoftLogik announces a special upgrade offer! Please read message # 26555 in the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). NEW IN ATARI 8-BIT FORUM (GO ATARI8) A transcript of our May 17th Conference with 8-bit developers Bob Puff and Jeff Potter is now available in LIB 7 [News & Reviews]. If you're interested in the future of our unique platform, see 8BITCO.TXT. If you have comments, please leave a note on the message board! NEW FOR THE PORTFOLIO A Video Poker game now available for the Portfolio! Check out PFPOKR.ZIP now in LIBRARY 4 of the Atari Portfolio Forum (GO APORTFOLIO). THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ON COMPUSERVE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL SUPPORT SITE BY ATARI CORPORATION "GO APORTFOLIO TO ACCESS THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM" """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > From the Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""" Almost release time, I must keep this editorial short as the remainder of the issue is jam-packed with terrific articles and the latest of information pertaining to our favorite activity.. computing! Some people have been clamoring about us having an "Inquirer" type publication.... well that, to us, is as strong a compliment as one can possibly be. As most folks know, the Inquirer is a highly successful publication. Of course, we realize the fact that those who promulgate this hype are not among our "best supporters". Thus, this sort of thing is to be expected. After all, when they have no real objections, all they are left with is the name calling. <sigh> In any case, we will continue to present both sides of the issues in an attempt to present a balanced accounting for all. It would also appear there are those who feel they know all the facts surrounding particular incidents (PACE/AUA/ELITE) and amazingly, see no reason why anyone else would 'need to know' any or all the facts surrounding a particular incident. We care that you, our readers, have an equal opportunity to "know all the facts" therefore the presentation of the AUA series. We heard from everyone possible in the past who were upset or felt they had to be heard for one reason or another. Now, at last, we are hearing from the principals who were most adversely affected by the hysterical accusations, condemnations and punishments. If our (STReport) bringing out another side of the scenario makes some people uneasy.. perhaps they have good reason to be uneasy. Its sad to be witness to certain individuals in our small community who seem to feel they "know what's best for us" along with "what we should or should not know". Of course, to watch 'respected' members of the community trying to sway public opinion through 'name calling' and posturing is very sad and unfortunately, not very original or even remotely responsible. This week, we present to you the second article of six from the AUA expose series written by Derek Signorini. After this series is completed, we shall begin our probe into the politics, 'behind the scenes' power brokering and arm twisting that has been occuring for the last two years. This series too, will provide the users with another "illuminating experience". Thank you for your ongoing support! Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STReport's Staff DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU! """""""""""""""" Publisher - Editor """""""""""""""""" Ralph F. Mariano PC DIVISION AMIGA DIVISION MAC DIVISION ----------- -------------- ------------ Roger D. Stevens Charles Hill R. ALBRITTON STReport Staff Editors: """"""""""""""""""""""" Lloyd E. Pulley Sr. Dana P. Jacobson Michael Arthur Lucien Oppler Brad Martin Judith Hamner John Szczepanik Dan Stidham Joseph Mirando Steve Spivey Doyle C. 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Pulley, Sr. -- Shortage of 3.5" Diskettes A sharp increase in the size of hard disks and the simultaneous release of major programs by IBM and Microsoft Corp. has resulted in a worldwide shortage of 3.5-inch diskettess. Although diskette manufacturers have increased production, the shortage is expected to last through the end of the year. Although the supply of 720k diskettes have been effected, 1.44mb disk- ettes are even in shorter supply. Microsoft's updated Windows program and IBM's new OS/2 both introduced at the same time is said to have contributed to the disk shortage. Windows 3.1 is delivered to consumers on seven 3.5 inch, 1.44MB floppies. OS/2 2.0 takes 21 disks. -- Sega Announces New $99.99 Packages Sega of America Inc. announced Thursday a new $99.99 suggested retail packages for both top-selling Genesis and Game Gear product lines. Sega will continue selling its industry-leading, 16-bit Genesis system with "Sonic The Hedgehog" at $129.99(a), and its Game Gear system which will feature "Sonic The Hedgehog" software in early July at $129.99. As a result of strong retail sales in the first half of the year, Sega also announced that it has increased its 1992 forecast to 5 million Genesis units and 1 million Game Gear units. Sega also announced the Sega CD, a CD-ROM peripheral for Genesis. Sega CD introduces real video, stereo sound and animated graphics to create awesome breakthrough video games. With the new $99.99 Genesis package, a consumer can purchase the Sega CD-ROM peripheral at $299 and create a complete home multimedia system for a $399 retail value. -- Nintendo Announces New $99.95 Package for Super Nintendo Nintendo of America Inc. this week announced a new configuration for its market-leading 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The new configuration, the "Control Set," comes packaged with the Super NES control deck and one hand controller with a suggested retail price(A) of $99.95. Players still will be able to purchase the current Super NES Super Set, packaged with two controllers and the SNES stereo cable as well as the hit software title Super Mario World, with a suggested retail price of $149.95. Nintendo also announced the release of 75 new game titles for the SNES in the second half of 1992 and projects sales of more than 6 million Super NES systems in 1992, adding to the 2,100,000 systems it sold following introduction in the last four months of 1991. -- AT&T Offers 3 Megabit Speeds On Copper Wire AT&T's Paradyne unit said it can run three megabits of data per second on a four-wire copper cable, meaning phone companies will be able to offer multimedia services on existing telephone networks. In addition, Paradyne said, CAP technology can provide T1 data rates of 1.544 million bits-per-second on ordinary two-wire copper cable, the same type of cable found in most homes. The technology emerged from Bell Labs. -- IBM Makes World's Smallest Transistors IBM Research scientists reported this week that they've made the world's smallest transistors. The experimental devices are so small that the active area of a single one is just 1/75,000th of the cross-section of a human hair. According to the researchers, these new transistors can be further reduced in size by another factor of two. The previous smallest transistor was 20 times larger. This size in the future will permit memory-chip fabrication in the realm of four gigabits and beyond. -- Tandy & Casio to Work on Pocket Unit Tandy has announced this week that Tandy Corp. and Casio Computer Co. Ltd. have agreed in principle to work together to design and market a new family of pocket-sized electronic units that use electronic pens rather than keyboards. The two firms expect to set the pace for the emerging market of hand- held portable information devices by combining technology and distri- bution systems. -- 40,000 Electronics Industry Jobs Lost in First Quarter In the first quarter of 1992, the U.S. electronics industry experienced another 40,000 jobs lost, causing the industry to be at its lowest em- ployment level in eight years. Employment was down 1.7% from the quarter ending in December 1991. -- AST Donates Computers To Rebuild LA AST is joining the technology coalition formed last week by former base- ball commissioner Peter V. Ueberroth to help the "Rebuild LA" extra go- vernmental task force. AST is donating desktop and portable personal computer systems to the task force. 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ZIP/ZOO .HOT file for HotWire 24259 CSTEX4_2.ZOO B.ZAWALSKI1 TeX for Atari; V4; File 2 of 8 24258 DBWRITER.LZH D.BECKER8 dbWRITER Version 1.4 Mono freeware 24255 MRELIZA2.LZH P.LEFEBVRE Mr. Eliza - The Talking Psychiatrist 24254 8MM_2VCR.LZH P.LEFEBVRE Transfer 8mm Movies to Videotape 24253 XPTCHART.LZH S.SAMUELS Sample Color Pallettes 24252 TILING2.LZH S.SAMUELS 2nd of 3 Tiling Tutorials 24250 PRINTPAR.LZH P.LEFEBVRE Parallel Port File Printer Prog/Acc 24249 PRINTSER.LZH P.LEFEBVRE Serial Port File Printer Prog/Acc 24248 AEO_9202.LZH DARLAH Issue #2 of Explorer Online 24247 BATHVIEW.LZH GRMEYER BathPlug - for Bath BBS in the UK 24246 1SPOOL.LZH GRMEYER First Spool - printer spooler 24245 ANIMTOOL.LZH GRMEYER Animation Tool application 24242 FAZE_SRC.LZH R.GLOVER3 Assmebler source to DMJ's Faze prog. 24241 PLAYSPEL.LZH D.A.BRUMLEVE B.Ware's Play Spell spelling arcade 24240 CSTEX4_3.ZOO B.ZAWALSKI1 TeX for Atari. Part 3 0f 8 24239 RED.LZH A.HEYDUK1 Redacteur 3 - Word Processor 24238 CSTEX4_1.ZOO B.ZAWALSKI1 TeX for Atari, v4, Part 1 of 8 24237 STW48GS.LZH B.NOONAN GERMAN,SPANISH ST WRITER ELITE 4.8 24235 PFINDR13.ARC P.HULSE2 BBS file locator utility 24234 RAYTUTOR.LZH S.SMITH65 GFA Raytrace tips and tutorial doc 24230 PERF.ARC S.CRANDALL1 A collection of performance tests 24229 ONTIME22.ARC T.SAVINO DA Clock/Date/Calendar/Planner/Memos 24228 HPENVEL.ARC R.FOSTER1 Envelope printer for DeskJet 24227 3D_ICONS.ARC D.DREIBELBIS replacement icons for NEOdesk 3 - 3D GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission *********************************************************************** > THE FLIP SIDE STR Feature "... a different viewpoint.." """"""""""""""""""""""""" A Little of This, A Little of That ================================== by Michael Lee For the last two weeks we visited Delphi, this week we visit the Vendors area of CIS. Also included are two posts from the Jerry Pournelle Roundtable on Genie that I thought you might find of interest. ---------------- Soft Logik and PageStream information from Soft Logik... IS SOFT-LOGIK ABANDONING THE ATARI ST/STe/TT No. While we don't have any major announcements at this time, we are not abandoning this market. We pre-announced too many products before and this generates a lot of grief, so we're getting away from that....Minor and major updates to the ST will continue for as long as our users continue to support us. Several import modules are on the way, including Calumus text, Arabesque bitmap, ThatsWrite text, STAD bitmap and GEM/3. These modules should be available in a month. We are also working on a CVG module. Some people have even asked where is HotLinks for the ST? HotLinks actually started on the ST over 2 years ago, but we ran into several problems, most of them related to the lack of multitasking. PageLiner and BME will not be ported any time soon. HOW COME ART EXPRESSION IS ONLY BEING WRITTEN FOR THE AMIGA? Not every thing that happens on one machine will happen on the other. With Outline, Arabesque, AvantVector... there really isn't room for another program in the small ST market. PAGESTREAM SUPPORT FOR THE NEW COLOR GRAPHICS BOARDS? On the Atari, PageStream 2.1 already supports 256 colors if you can display them. PageStream 2.1 Atari is 100% VDI. IMPORTING MULTIMEG SCANS? PageStream 2.1/2.2 supports embedded EPS comments. (This is not documented.) You must have your TIFF's separated into 4 EPS files, then import an FPO. This was created to work with our local imagesetter's spin system used with Quark. The spin system is linked to a Hell or Scitex scanner and will create 4 eps on to a Mac system, (cyan, mangeta, yellow, black). It will also create a very small eps with a tiff header that you use for position only, and rough draft printing. PgS will send the small FPO eps when printing "no separations" but when you print 4-color seps it places special comments into the postscript file that tell a downloader to merge in the external files. You don't even have to have the huge scans anywhere near PgS. APPLETALK PRINTING UTILITY FOR THE MEGASTe/TT? The project was put on the backburner due to a lack of interest from potential customers. We have put over one man year of work into the project already, and committed to it when it looked like Atari might sell a large number of MegaSTe and TT systems (the only Atari computers with AppleTalk ports). However, Atari has moved hardly any systems and there are only a few potential customers. Such is life when you hook your sleigh up to a falling star and not a shooting comet. If you want to purchase this utility (to print to your PS printer across the very fast AppleTalk port), give us a call and tell us you're interested. If there is enough interest, it might change burners. POSTSCRIPT LEVEL 2 SUPPORT? PS level 2 printers are available now, but PageStream does not yet support them. Level 2 will add better memory cleanup, better pattern fills, and more compatibility problems. A question from Mark Hammond... I recently got my upgrade to Avant Vektor, which allows me to import/ export EPS graphics, and for some reason I was under the impression that PS2.1 would display EPS's on screen from AV. But no joy, i'm still faced with a blank box. Is this correct? and is it likely to be remedied ? Answer from Michael at Soft Logik... There is an updated import module on the way which will import Avant Vector EPS files as objects, just like Illustrator EPS. I don't think it has been released yet, but it shouldn't be long. A hint from Charles Johnson at Codehead Technologies... Here's how you can get your Avant Vector EPS files to display on screen in Pagestream: Load the EPS file into a text editor. (Avant Vector's EPS files are just ordinary ASCII text.) At the top of the file, you'll see a line that reads: %Creator: Avant Vektor Change this line to: %Creator: Adobe Illustrator and Pagestream will now display the graphic. ---------------- MegaTalk Questions from Simon at GST Software... Thanks to people for the advice about getting Spectre 3.0 for use with 6.0.7. It works like a treat on my ST! At work I have a TT which has only got an internal SCSI drive; I see from the Spectre 3.0 release notes that only ACSI devices are supported. Is there a version (perhaps a Beta version Dave?) that supports the internal TT SCSI device and perhaps TT memory? Answer from Mark at Gadgets by Small... Support for the TT SCSI port (and internal SCSI drive) is a feature that is planned for version 3.1 of Spectre. Dave has been working on it (3.1) since the SSTs shipped. I do not know the exact status other than to say that 3.1 has NOT yet gone into beta testing. Question...Is MegaTalk shipping... Answer from Mark at Gadgets by Small... Unfortunately, MegaTalk is not yet shipping. I don't know the reason for the delay. I try and remember to ask Dave about it the next time I chat with him. Answer from George Richardson at the Merlin Group... Unfortunately, I have no idea what has been holding up the release of Megatalk. The hardware was assembled almost a year ago. In fact, it sat around so long that Gadgets lost the PAL code I sent them and I had to send it to them again. This is what caused the "Bad Pal" snafu that Dave mentioned some time ago. I've been using one on and off for more than a year now. Outside of the Beta testers who have them, I don't know when anyone else will see them. Comments from Steven Gold... When I spoke to Dave a week ago he informed me that the final release of the software was ready and was going to the disk duplicator this coming week sometime. I would guess that would mean that he is ready to ship. ---------------- A testimonial from Greg Wageman... A brief testimonial: My wife, Susan works at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California. She uses Macs for a number of purposes there, including managing the catalog of the Museum collection, writing and printing newsletters, making labels for exhibit cases, etc. She desperately needed to catch up on some work for an exhibit that's scheduled to open next week, but since she commutes, it isn't conve- nient for her to bring the Mac home; besides which it has an internal hard drive (heavy) and is networked... So I offered to buy her a Spectre GCR so she could work at home, since I've had a monochrome monitor for years. This past Saturday afternoon, we drove to our dealer (B&C Computervisions in Santa Clara) to get one. They were out of the Mac 128k ROMs, but fortunately another near- by dealer, San Jose Computer, had a couple of sets. Armed with the above, we returned home. After about an hour of reading the manual, installing the ROMs in the GCR and then carefully following the instructions in the *excellent* manual.... it came up! The first time. And what's more, all of the software she needed (Microsoft Works in particular) ran, the system (6.0.5) ran, all her floppies were read- able. In short, it was the simplest, most trouble-free installation I've had the pleasure of doing. Thanks, Dave (if you're listening), Sandy, and all the fine people at Gadgets by Small, Inc. (See? All those newsletters you sent us weren't for nothing!) ---------------- Question from Beth Jane Freeman about her hard drive delay at powerup... ..Mine takes over a minute to get up to speed. Any advice as to how to rectify this? I turn on the drive first then the screen and floppy drive (drive B). Then I wait and turn on the computer itself. Is it all right to put the modem on top of the hard drive? My Prometheus modem has started acting strangely, not dialing, disconnecting, and other weirdnesses. Answers from ICD... If it takes that long you may want to test the power supply. That doesn't sound right. Oh, and there shouldn't be any problem with the modem. Is the phone cable secure? ---------------- Question about the new Supra v.32bis modem from Tim Yuhl... When I send my Supra v.32bis modem an AT command, I usually like to include reset, so that the modem is in a known state. For example, ATZS0=1 to reset the modem and turn on auto-answer. The Supra never sees the S0=1, however. I seems to get lost during the reset. Other modems that I have used will see the other set-up commands after the reset. Any plans to change this? Answer from Jim Ness... Most recent feature-packed modems have a problem with ATZ followed by any other command. It takes up to two seconds to complete the ATZ command. Also, it seems as though if you are trying to reset to power- on defaults, you would want to start with a clear command buffer. The way I get around it is to use &D3, which resets the modem whenever the DTR line goes away. And, I have my term programs toggle that line at the end of a call. Then, the modem is reset for the next call, if any. Won't work for all situations, but it's a good compromise. Answer from Kenny, Supra Tech Support... Like Jim said, the new modems actually takes about 5 seconds to reset themself after receiving the atz. Because the atz is the reset command the modem does it immediately upon seeing it. This is the way all of the newer modems I have used work. As the modems become more "feature" packed this is going to happen, there is simple more to be done now. I don't see this as something that is going to change. It will probably just get worse. Another question for Supra from Brian Dhatt... You say that the MNP 10 has not been implemented. When it is, will it be in a free upgrade? The advertising for this modem clearly states MNP 10 is included, so I hope the upgrade will be free. Answer from Ken at Supra... Yes the MNP10 will be a free upgrade. ---------------- Question from Neil Bradley about Double Click's DC Xtract... Any idea as to when you will be getting a new version of DC Xtract that will be using the Questor LZH format? Also, what is the chance of putting the Encryption/Decryption functions into DCX? Answer from Mike at Double Click... A new version of the DC Utils will be out in (at most) 3 months, which will have the newest version of DCX+... Another question from Neil Bradley... You haven't answered my question about DC Extract yet. Will the new version that is coming out later this summer support the "Questor" LZH method of LZH? Answer from Mike at Double Click... YES! The new LZH and ZOO 'high' compression methods are supported. And other enhancements as well. ---------------- Question about NEWDESK from Ian Braby... I recall, some time ago, reading a thread which concerned the limits imposed by the desktop on the DESKICON.RSC file (64K) and NEWDESK.INF (??K) to the effect that it is possible to get "System out of memory" errors from the desktop (with 3Mb+ free) because you can only assign so many files to icons, a number which is well within the 64K limit of the .RSC file. There were ways around this suggested, but I can't find the reference and can't remember what they were, but I'm now getting "out of memory" when attempting to Save Desktop and don't know what to try. TOS is 2.05, DESKICON.RSC is only 44000 bytes and NEWDESK.INF is 4202 bytes. Any suggestions? Answer from Bill Aycock... Your NEWDESK.INF file can only be 4192 bytes long at the very most. Even one byte more will produce the out of memory error. John Townsend at Atari did some research on this, and indicated that it would NOT be a simple matter to produce a 'patch' to expand the limit (to 8K at the least, preferably to 16 or 32K... the extra memory used wouldn't be significant in these days of 4+ meg machines). However, he said the limit would be addressed in some later release of TOS. In the meantime, all you can do is keep your NEWDESK.INF smaller than the limit. If you're feeling adventurous, you can edit NEWDESK.INF to trim it some. (For example, find an icon you've assigned to a specific application, and remove the path from the real filename. Then the icon will be assigned to that filename in any folder.) ---------------- Question about Superbase Professional from Ian Braby... ...can you please let us know the cost of upgrading from SB Personal 2 to SB Prof 3, pending the arrival of Pro 4 for the Atari ST? Answer from Pat at Oxxi... The delay in answering is because we didn't really have an upgrade price for this upgrade -- but I have got a price fixed now. From either Personal version to Pro 3 is an $85 upgrade cost. This is only available through Oxxi in the US, unfortunately, since there is no price for the UK fixed for this upgrade. The upgrade includes full product, manuals and all. If you wanted to order it online by credit card, you would probably want to leave the info in E-Mail to me. You can also order by FAX or mail: Oxxi, Inc. P O Box 90309 Long Beach, CA 90809-0309 USA FAX: (310) 427-0971 ---------------- From John Cole at Lexicor about Lexicor's future in the ST market. Cat. 4, Topic 37, Msg. 218 - From the Jerry Pournelle Roundtable on Genie... You are entirely correct about porting not always meaning compati- bility. However, Lexicor will maintain file and data compatibility between the UNIX SGI versions and the TOS Atari versions of our software. This will give a low cost alternative to expensive graphics workstations by allowing offline work to be done at home or office on the inexpensive Atari's and final rendering or building on the SGI machines. As long as Atari cooperates and conducts business in an honest fashion, Lexicor is handing them a pot of gold! If not, then we will give serious consideration to other platforms while continuing support for the Atari line as long as possible since we do feel a debt to the loyal people who have invested in Atari and Lexicor. We need our customers, we don't need Atari corp :-) ---------------- For the folks who think that Atari is the only company that has problems here's a post from W.SMYSER (an Amiga owner) - Cat. 9, Topic 7, Msg 154 - From the Jerry Pournelle Roundtable on Genie... A definite onion should go to Commodore. Not because of their continued non-existent advertising, or their joke of a customer support department (even their registered dealers have trouble getting support). No, this onion is for their AmigaDOS 2.04. After it came out, they were covering their but for software that didn't work right with the line "Developers used programming practices which violated reserved memory locations. We now use these locations which is causing the incompatibility" So why is it that most of the hardware problems were with Commodore's own stuff. (Duh.. they don't follow their own rules?) ---------------- Until next week..... *********************************************************************** IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= STReport International Online Magazine is available every week in the ST Advantage on DELPHI. STReport readers are invited to join DELPHI and become a part of the friendly community of Atari enthusiasts there. 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To find the SprintNet node nearest you, type GO USING ACCESS. *********************************************************************** > AIM Magazine STR FOCUS! "A magazine produced by people who care...." """"""""""""""""""""""" Earning Respect - What Does It Take? ==================================== by Dana P. Jacobson A wise old relative once told me that you don't _get_ respect, you must first _earn_ it (sorry, Rodney!). If you were fortunate to attend the recent formal conference on Delphi Tuesday night, you learned a little more about Atari Interface Magazine, and its editors, Pattie and Bill Rayl. If you didn't attend, you may have already read the conference transcript in this issue. Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of that transcript yet to pull a few quotes to which I'd like to comment, so we'll rely on my memory (shudder!) and go from there. I don't remember the question that was asked of Pattie, but her answer didn't sit well with me, knowing full well that what she said was probably more true than many would admit. Pattie stated that she would _like_ to say that Atari Interface Magazine (AIM) is a success, but that she doesn't feel that way because AIM hasn't gained the respect which she feels that it's deserved, or earned. She added that many people still view AIM as a newsletter, from which AIM has its roots (nee Michigan Atari Magazine). I thought a lot about Pattie's remarks, and I saw _some_ truth in what she was referring to and how she might come to that conclusion. It bothered me, however, that people might still consider AIM in this fashion; and I count myself as one who _used_ to think that way until a couple of years ago. I also used to feel the same way about another magazine who's roots originated from a newsletter: Current Notes. Both magazines started out as the means to facilitate the needs of numerous user groups in a specific geographic area by putting together one newsletter to accommodate all the involved groups. What a great idea! In time, these newsletters evolved into something that outgrew a newsletter format: magazines. The same premise remained, however, and these magazines were still considered the user groups' "newsletter", just in a different perspective. From there, both magazines grew even more, and their readership went beyond their "local" areas. Today, both magazines are available internationally! So, why is it that AIM is regarded as a less-than-serious venture? It's too bad that I didn't have the opportunity to talk with Joe Waters and see if he felt the same with regard to Current Notes. Is it because of AIM's 'roots'? Do you have to be published by a big-money publisher and have glossy covers and full-color pages to be regarded as a _real_ magazine? Do you have to have a large well-paid staff of writers, editors, layout and graphics artists? Do you have to have a circulation of 100,000 minimum to be accepted? Do you have to have mega-millions in advertising revenue? I mean, what makes a magazine successful, and worthy of "respect"? Look what we have available today, and what we've lost in the last few years. Notice anything that sticks out? The "money" magazines are all gone. The glossies are all gone. The big publishers are all gone. I'd be kidding myself and you if I didn't mention that certainly the current Atari market played a big role in the loss of some of these magazines, or perhaps all of them. But, who remains today? Correct, the folks who started out from user groups and grew into something bigger! Forget about content for a minute (not that we should ignore it), but determination and survival in today's market and economy certainly shows me that these people deserve a lot of respect for what they are trying to do: keep the remaining Atari users informed about the Atari world around us, and succeeding! You may not read AIM or Current Notes. You may not like what they have to say all of the time. You may not appreciate that an issue may be a week late on occasion. You may disagree with an editorial slant. You may not appreciate that user groups are involved with articles or reviews. And, there may be other things that you don't like. But, one thing that magazines like AIM have earned over the years, is our respect. Every scheduled month, you can expect an informative issue from these people. If they're missing something that you feel is needed to supplement the magazine, let them know! Let's see if we can determine 'why' AIM might not be getting the respect it deserves. I won't bother discussing the superficial appearance of the magazine. Personally, I don't care if a magazine has color glossy covers and/or pages; I care for what's printed inside. First of all, AIM is published by Unicorn Publishing, by both Bill and Pattie. They _own_ Unicorn; they publish AIM. The magazine is printed by outside printers. The Rayls don't have any regular staff on the payroll; everything you see inside that magazine is submitted to them from "regular" contributors, press releases, contributions from user group members from over 110 participating clubs, or written by either of the Rayls. Everything is on a volunteer basis. That means that they don't pay the writers. Does this mean that the magazine doesn't warrant our respect? Absolutely not. I want to comment on the "over 110 participating clubs" comment I made. AIM has over 110 user groups who have members that subscribe to AIM, at a discount, and are recognized within AIM's pages. AIM represents to these user groups, at the least, a supplement to a user group's newsletter. Most user groups don't produce a newsletter anymore because of time, financing, or other reasons. AIM serves to become that newsletter with no requirement that the groups provide support in the form of articles or reviews. For all intents and purposes, AIM is the newsletter for these groups. In addition to the user groups, AIM is circulated throughout the United States and parts of the world via bookstores and dealers. AIM is not "just a user group affiliation", as it started out as Michigan Atari Magazine in the early days. Yet, it is important that these 110+ user groups receive the magazine and are able to have articles included within AIM's pages. AIM provides a lot of useful information within its pages. There are plenty of product reviews, articles of all types, product announcements, and more - like all of the magazines we've come to know over the years. Do articles or reviews with a user group member's name attached to it make that article any less worthy of note? Nope. Do articles have to be written by "big-name" writers? Nope. What does it take? Let's take a look at the contents of April's issue. There were stories about the three major online services: CompuServe, Delphi, and GEnie written by respective SysOps. There was an April Fool's piece. There was a telecommunications overview. There were two articles about 8-bit BBSs (one described how to write one!). There were reviews of Turbo BBS, FreeZe Dried Terminal, MaxiMiser and MaxiDoor, Menu Plus, Knightmare, and Blackjack Plus 3. There was an article on how to program in MCL for MichTron BBS. There was an article on a modification for Spectre GCR. And there were some more articles related to the 8-bit machines (something very few magazines write about anymore!). There are 31 different advertisements in this issue, so there is advertising support. There are graphics. AIM maintains an ST and Spectre public domain library, similar to that of Current Notes. In the center of each issue is information about the user groups that participate in AIM's program. So, perhaps you understand my concern with Pattie Rayl's statement. I understand why she said it, but I thought that AIM "outgrew" its newsletter origins and became "one of the guys" in our sparse group of available magazines. Maybe AIM has to prove something to you, but I've been convinced for a few years now. Now that dealers are hard to come by, I've subscribed. When that runs out, I'll renew and take advantage of my user group's newly formed participation in AIM's great offer. Personally, I feel that AIM has earned the same respect that many of us have accorded other magazines, past and present. If you haven't seen AIM yet, I recommend that you do. If there's no dealer or bookstore readily available to you, write or call for a sample copy; it will gladly be sent to you. If you've seen AIM in the past, pick it up again and renew interest. If you belong to a user group and a newsletter is missing or sporadic, check into AIM's user group offer. You can't beat it; and you'll be happy that you did. Unicorn Publications 3487 Braeburn Circle Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (313) 973-8825 _____________________________________________________________ > WARP-9 UPGRADE INFO STR FOCUS! ONGOING STRONG SUPPORT FROM CODEHEAD! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ****************************************** * * * Warp 9 Release Notes * * Version 3.60 * * * * - Online Update Version - * * * * By Charles F. Johnson * * Copyright 1992 CodeHead Technologies * * Release date: May 29, 1992 * * * ****************************************** ED Note: Contained herein are excerpts from the "readme" file that's with the new upgrade. Welcome to the first update for Warp 9 -- our new version of Quick ST, formerly from Branch Always Software. This update fixes every bug that has been reported in the two months since Warp 9's original release, adds some important new features, and best of all...has even more SPEED! IMPORTANT - Updating MultiDesk Deluxe ------------------------------------- If you have an original Warp 9 master disk (as I'm sure everyone reading this does), you've already upgraded your copy of MultiDesk Deluxe to version 3.4 with the patch program supplied on the Warp 9 disk. You should be aware that there is now a patch available to bring MD Deluxe up to version 3.4a, which fixes a small bug that crept into version 3.4. This patch has been posted on the major online info services (GEnie, Compuserve, and Delphi). If you don't have access to one of these, give us a call at the number listed below and we'll make arrangements to get the patch to you some other way. And now, without further ado, it's time to describe the: --> NEW FEATURES!!! <-- Support for VDI and Line A Raster Copy -------------------------------------- Warp 9 3.60 now handles the VDI and Line A "raster copy" calls, which are often used for window scrolling. If you don't have a blitter chip in your machine, you'll see a dramatic speed increase in most scrolling applications, including Word Perfect, STeno, and Calligrapher; in fact, Warp 9's raster copy routines are very nearly as fast as a hardware blitter. If you do have a blitter, the difference will not be as noticeable; but it's still slightly faster. Warp 9's raster routines are optimized to avoid unsightly color flashing when scrolling windows on a color monitor. Our tests show that the new raster copy routines make scrolling about 30% faster in Calligrapher, two times faster in Word Perfect, and three times faster in STeno. Other programs will show similar improvements. --> CRUSHED BUGS!!! <-- Bugs and Other Undesirables --------------------------- As usual, we try and try to test things as thoroughly as possible, but as soon as a program gets into general circulation the bugs start crawling out. Here's a list of all the bugs reported in Warp 9 3.50 that are FIXED in version 3.60: 1. Problems with text display in ST Writer Elite, particularly when using the "Hi-Res" option. 2. Problems in C-Lab's Notator MIDI sequencer. Slurs and ties drawn in the notation editor did not display correctly. 3. The Cubase MIDI sequencer simply did not work with Warp 9 at all. (See the section titled "Compatibility with Cubase" above.) 4. Problems with FONTGDOS, the "bit-map fonts only" version of FSMGDOS from Atari. 5. Problems with FSMGDOS's new bezier curve functions. (See item 11d below.) 6. Running a TTP program from the desktop disabled Warp 9's mouse effects. 7. An obscure problem with the WARP9.DAT file caused a weird "jerky mouse cursor" effect. 8. Entering CAD 3D's "Superview" mode caused strange things to happen. 9. The Interlink terminal program had an ugly fill pattern for its desktop background. 10. Using the "bold" text style for GDOS fonts resulted in incorrect horizontal character spacing. 11. There were several bugs (inherited from Quick ST) in Warp 9's line drawing functions: a. Warp 9 would only draw the first segment of some diagonal polylines. b. The start points of a polyline drawn in XOR mode would be inverted, leading to "gaps" in the line. c. Diagonal lines at certain angles in replace mode would be drawn one pixel off from their true screen locations. d. FSMGDOS provides the ability to draw bezier curves, by changing the way v_pline is called. (I sure wish Atari had had the sense to simply add a new VDI function instead...) Warp 9 3.50 did not handle this correctly, but 3.60 does. Word Perfect, MultiDesk Deluxe, and Warp 9 ------------------------------------------ We recently discovered a bug in Word Perfect that can cause crashes if you use both MultiDesk Deluxe and Warp 9, and try to open a nonresident accessory while Word Perfect is running. The bug is patchable; we've been circulating a program that fixes either the 08/18/89 version or the 04/18/91 version of Word Perfect to avoid this problem. The patch is available on GEnie, Compuserve, and Delphi; if you don't have access to one of these info services, give us a call and we'll get it to you another way. New Version of the Warp 9 Customizer ------------------------------------ This upgrade package also contains a new version of the Warp 9 Customizer, the program that lets you edit fonts and fill patterns for Warp 9. There are no new features; this new Customizer simply fixes some minor bugs in the original version. CodeHead Technologies Update Policy ----------------------------------- At CodeHead, we update all of our software frequently; but due to postal expenses we are not always able to notify our users. The easiest way to find out the latest version number of any CodeHead Technologies product is to call us at the number below, or to contact us on GEnie, Compuserve, or Delphi. Update prices vary, depending on several factors such as whether a new manual is included. Again, it's probably best to contact us at the address/phone number listed below, before sending disks or money. CodeHead Technologies P.O. Box 74090 Los Angeles, CA 90004 Voice: (213) 386-5735 Fax: (213) 386-5789 BBS: (213) 461-2095 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Please, remember that software theft hurts EVERYONE. If you have a legitimate copy of our software, please accept our sincere thanks for purchasing our product, and don't bother reading the next paragraph. If you don't have a legal copy of this program, you might want to give some thought to the consequences of your actions. We will not continue to produce software for the ST if we can't make a living at it -- especially now, with the Atari ST's market share at an all time low. If you steal a copy of any of our programs (by using it without buying it, or allowing others to use it without buying it), besides breaking a federal law, you're also quite literally stealing the food right out of our families' mouths. Is that the kind of person you want to be? Think about it. Editor's Note: """""""""""""" I immediately installed this upgrade today and found the scrolling in WPerfect to be the fastest I've ever seen while in WPerfect. (I use WPerfect extensively) In fact, this update absolutely gave my entire system a real super boost! If you were thinking about getting Warp-9, think no more.... ACT! Its a superb addition to any Atari ST/STe/TT system. I highly recommend this program. It works! __________________________________________________________ > USR Sportster FAX/MODEM STR InfoFile Only the very Best! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" U.S. ROBOTICS SPORTSTER FAX/MODEM ================================= In addition to the ever popular Dual Standard HST 16.8bps US Robotics modem, U.S. Robotics has announced a fabulous line-up of FAX modems designed to fit the needs of computer applications worldwide. USR's Vice President of marketing said; "The USR Fax/Data-modem affords USR's dealers an opportunity to offer products that will be attractive to every customer, including products for the home office, entry-level, small business and portable use. Among the first of these new products now shipping will be the WORLDPORT PALMTOP FAX/DATA modem & SPORTSTER high speed fax products. All of U.S. Robotics Fax/Data modems which include 9600 bps Group III fax and data speeds ranging from 2400 bps to 14,400 bps. The new Sportster and WorldPort fax products are designed for ease of use. The included fax software is intuitive and user friendly, even for complex operations such as broadcast, or group faxes, performing background operations and sending delayed faxes with a specific darte and time for transmission. The fax products include these features, phone books to store frequently used phones numbers and fax groups, logs that record both incoming both incoming and outgoing faxes and quick fax or express fax capabilities for short faxes. What sets these modems apart from others is the high quality and USR reputation for high speed reliability. No other modem manufacturer is able to make the claim of this reliability and affordability. Computer Based Fax has several advantages over stand-alone fax machines including cost savings and increased time efficiency. According to the International Computer Facsimile Association, it takes approximately 10 minutes to send a conventional document via fax (time includes printing a document, retrieving it from the printer, walking to the fax machine, feeding the document and waiting forthe transmission to be completed). In contrast, sending a document via a computer based fax takes approximately one minute or... one TENTH of the time. SPORTSTER FAX MODEM PRODUCTS Sportster 14,400 Fax: Fax/Data modem including $549.00 MSRP 14,400 data capabiltiy and Gruop III Fax. Sportster 14,400/PC Fax: Internal versionof the $499.00 MSRP Sportster 14,400 Fax for IBM PC and Compatibles. Sportster 9600/PC Fax: Internal version of the $439.00 MSRP Sportster 9600 Fax. Portable FAX/DATA Products WorldPort 9696: A portable Group III Fax Modem with $699.00 MSRP CCITT V.32 9600bps data capability. WorldPort Palmtop Fax/Data Modem: A portable $249.00 MSRP send-fax modem with a 2400 bps data channel, designed for palmtop computers. Converts ASCII text into fax format without fax software. COMING SOON! An in-depth review of Straight Fax being used with the Sportster! _____________________________________________________________ > JUMPERS! STR InfoFile QUANTUM DRIVE SETTINGS """"""""""""""""""""" QUANTUM DRIVE SETTINGS ====================== by Robert Dean From the time I bought my Quantum LPS105S last year it didn't have any documentation with it, I thought that perhaps I should share this information with anyone else out there owning on of the Quantum Pro-Series Hard Drives. This information applies to the following drives: JUMPER SETTING DESCRIPTION/FUNCTION ------------------------------------------ SS OFF* Self-seek Test disabled ON Self Seek test enabled. This test is initiated when power is applied to the drive. The test will continue until power is removed. On most drives, the LED remains on during the test (a flashing LED indicates a drive error). EP ON* Parity checking is enabled. The drive generates parity information and performs parity checking of data across the SCSI bus. OFF Parity checking disabled (Parity information is generated, but not checked). WS OFF* Wait/Spin disabled. Drive motor power is applied when system power is applied to the computer. ON Wait/Spin enabled. Drive motor power is applied when the host a start/stop unit command. This option permits unit power sequencing so that the computer's power supply, in a multi-device system, is not overloaded. ProDrive SCSI Address Jumpers ----------------------------- A2 A1 A0 SCSI ID# ------------------------------------------- OFF OFF OFF 0 OFF OFF ON 1 OFF ON OFF 2 OFF ON ON 3 ON OFF OFF 4 ON OFF ON 5 ON* ON* OFF* 6* ON ON ON 7 * indicates the factory default setting for these drives. Note that the drives are shipped as SCSI device #6. For ICD and Supra host adapters (and maybe other, I don't know) this address is reserved for the clock. Also, my SLM804 was shipped as device #7. I highly recommend the ICD brand host adapters and running ICD's HD software to identify SCSI devices already connected before configuring your new hard drive. If you connect a ProDrive to your system with the default settings, you will get a message from the HD utilities telling you no SCSI device present. Also ensure that you disable parity checking, and if using multiple drives ON THE SAME HOST ADAPTER/CONTROLLER, remove the termination resister packs from all except the LAST drive in the chain. Hope this helps, would have saved me a lot of heartburn last summer to have this information on hand... _________________________________________________________ > TRACKER/ST AND GEMVELOPE! STR InfoFile Gemvelope & Tracker..HEAVENLY! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ===================== PREFECT MATCHES THROUGHOUT HISTORY: Antony and Cleopatra Romeo and Juliet Ginger and Fred Bonnie and Clyde Sonny and Cher Tom and Jerry and now.... ========================= TRACKER/ST AND GEMVELOPE! ========================= Step Ahead Software, Inc. and Synergy Resources are proud to announce the release of new versions of Tracker/ST and GEMvelope!, and are further pleased to announce that a working demo version of GEMvelope! will be included free of charge in future packages of Tracker/ST. The teaming of Tracker/ST and GEMvelope! is truly a match made in heaven for Atari owners who need to maintain a mailing list, and want to print perfect mailing labels and advanced, bar-coded envelopes. The new version of Tracker/ST, v3.04, has a command which lets the user quickly cut the current name and address to the Atari Clipboard. Then, the user simply pastes the address into GEMvelope! for perfect envelope printing using a variety of different typefaces. GEMvelope! v2.84 has a host of new features as well, including a user-definable import function. Working closely with Step Ahead Software, Synergy Resources has created a default setup which imports standard Tracker/ST export files. In this way, Tracker users can export their names, and then print out envelopes for any entry at any time, without having to run Tracker. GEMvelope's powerful new Browse command lets you scroll through all of the names from an export file and quickly select which name should be printed on the envelope. In addition, the program allows you to print envelopes continuously or one-by-one from an export file. All new packages of Tracker/ST include a slightly modified working program version of GEMvelope! The new Atari Font GDOS (not FSM GDOS) is also included on the disk, as are three fonts, and printer drivers for HP LaserJet and DeskJet printers (SLM owners can use the SLM.SYS included with their printer). In addition, each copy of Tracker/ST will come with a coupon for 33% off the full program and accessory version of GEMvelope! The accessory version of GEMvelope lets you print envelopes from within Tracker, without exiting to run the GEMvelope! program. It's truly a joy to use Tracker/ST's unique QuickLetter function, and then effortly switch to the accessory version of GEMvelope to print out a clean, gorgeous envelope. Upgrading to Tracker/ST v3.04 is free for owners of v3.0 or above. Registered users on GEnie may receive their updates through e-mail, and those without GEnie accounts may upgrade by sending a check or money order for $5.00 (to cover shipping and handling) to: Step Ahead Software 496-A Hudson Street, #F39 New York City, NY 10014 212-627-5830 GEnie Address: NEVIN-S Upgrades from Tracker/ST v2.0-2.51 are $30.00, and may be purchased by check, money order, and all major credit cards. All registered owners of Tracker/ST will soon be receiving a flyer announcing a special offer for the complete program and accessory versions of GEMvelope! for only $20--a huge 33% savings. For those of you who can't wait, please contact: Synergy Resources 754 N. Bolton Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46219-5902 317-356-6946 GEnie Address: R.RICHARDS2 Tracker/ST and GEMvelope! Truly a match for the ages.... __________________________________________________________________ > BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '92 STR SHOW NEWS Southeast Summer Showplace! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '92 ======================== Press Release - May 28, 1992 FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION -------------------------- The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) and Computer STudio invite you to participate in the third annual Blue Ridge AtariFest on Saturday, July 18, 1992. The show will take place in the Courtyard Shop area of Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville, North Carolina (Home of Computer STudio). Exhibitor's who have already made a committment to attend include: Atari Computer Corporation (Mike Groh) ...... ABC Solutions (Peter Zalesak) ............... Publisher ST2, First Word, First Graph, tbxCAD, Kuma's KSpread4/Lite CodeHead Software (John Eidsvoog) ........... Midi Spy, TOS Extension Card, Megapaint II Pro, Hotwire, G+Plus, LookIt/PopIt, etc. Computer STudio ............................. Visit a 'real' Atari Dealership in the mall DSA (Robert Dytmire & David Munsie) ......... GP Graphics Engine - New product unveiling! Goldleaf Publishing (John Fox) .............. Wordflair II, Didot, Retouche, Sherlook, etc. KAUG (Knoxville Atari Users Group) .......... P/D Library Disks KAUG (Seminar by Erik White) ................ "Beginning MIDI" Lexicor Software (John Cole) ................ Desktop Video Software Reed Mountain Press (Don Terp) .............. Desktop Publishing Seminar Software Development Systems (Scott Sanders). NewDesk Icon Editor CPX, Printer Utilities Pak STReport/ABCO Computer (Ralph Mariano) ...... Seminar on current events in the Atari marketplace. Step Ahead Software (Nevin Shalit) .......... Tracker ST (Nevin is Current IAAD Pres.) Willard Productions (Clifton Willard) ....... Professional Desktop Video WorldComm (Ralph Roberts) ................... Author of several computer books incl. "Computer Viruses" and hint books Several additional Atari developers have also expressed an interest in the show but have not yet made their committment. The list is obviously still growing! For additional information, please contact: Sheldon Winick Cliff Allen, Show Coord. GEnie: S.WINICK GEnie: C.ALLEN17 Computer STudio Internet: CALLEN@UNCA.EDU Westgate Shopping Center phone: (704) 258-3758 40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D Asheville, NC 28806 (704) 251-0201 or the Blue Ridge AtariFest topic on GEnie (Atari Roundtable, Category 11, Topic 7). _____________________________________________________________ > Atari Advantage STR InfoFile "The NEW Kid on the block!" """""""""""""""""""""""""""" /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// A T A R I A D V A N T A G E M A G A Z I N E /// /// Contents -- May 1992 /// /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ATARI ADVANTAGE MAGAZINE ======================== ARTICLES //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == Toronto Atari Computer Expo ... Canadians turn out in force to see what's new and exciting in the world of Atari -- and have fun to boot! COLUMNS //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == Editors Desk ..... Just a few words from the humble staff. == Rumor City ....... What's new and what's not. == PORT-ability ..... How to get the most from Atari's small 'puter. == MIDI Notes ....... Discover the world of MIDI. == EuroGames ........ Reports from our European correspondant. == Lynx Line ........ Hints, tips, and reviews on those hot games. FEATURES ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == New & Improved ... New and improved products and upgrades. == Briefs ........... Late breaking news, == Events ........... What's comming up? REVIEWS //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// == The Atari MegaSTe ......... A powerful machine you can afford. == The TOS Extension Card .... Upgrade your Atari to TOS 2.06. == NewDesk ................... 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""""""""""""""""""""""""" APPLE UNVEILS NEW NEWTON TECHNOLOGY =================================== Previews the Industry's first PDA Device CHICAGO--May 29, 1992--After months of industry speculation and anticipation, Apple Computer, Inc., today provided the first glimpse of its Newton technology. This new technology will be the core of Apple's first major new product line since the popular Macintosh personal computer was introduced in 1984. Shown today at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show, Newton devices fall into an emerging new class of products that Apple calls Personal Digital Assistants--devices that use digital technology to bridge the gap between personal computers and consumer electronics. Newton is also the first new technology announced from Apple's new Personal Interactive Electronics division, which has been chartered with extending the company into new growth areas, where Apple has unique technology and business advantages. "The possibilities for vendors and customers in this emerging market are enormous," said John Sculley, Apple's chairman and CEO. "The convergence of digital technology and information represents the biggest opportunity for Apple and other vendors in the personal computer, consumer electronics, telecommunications, entertainment, and publishing industries since the advent of personal computers. And Apple is poised for success with multiple projects and technology that will come to fruition over the next several years. "Newton is a technology that exemplifies the best of Apple's strengths: using leading-edge software technology to allow people to do things more easily and efficiently," he added. Newton is an entirely new technology from Apple that will be the basis for a broad array of new products. To assist in the proliferation of Newton technology, Apple is licensing Newton to selected vendors to use in their own versions of Newton devices. Last March, Apple announced such a relationship with Sharp Corp. of Japan. Sharp has licensed Newton technology from Apple for its own future products, and will also jointly design and produce the first commercial product version of Newton technology for both companies, due out early next year. The first Newton products will be electronic notepads that intelligently assist the user in capturing, organizing and communicating ideas and information. These products will be small, portable devices that allow freeform notetaking, drawing, calculating, scheduling, and communicating. Newton's revolutionary new hardware technology offers performance capabilities similar to a high-end personal computer, and because of its unique software environment, is very easy to learn and use. Breakthrough New Technologies Groundbreaking technology from Apple has been under development for more than four years and has provided the basis for a number of core technologies in Newton. Newton Intelligence: Newton will actively assist users in their day-to-day tasks. As the device is used, it will learn more about the user and actually propose solutions to help them work more efficiently. For instance, if a user wanted to schedule "lunch with Jane", they would simply write "lunch Jane Thursday". Newton technology would know that lunch normally means noon, and that Jane in the individual's address book is Jane Green, and that Thursday probably means this Thursday. A Newton device would then suggest this to the user, by opening their calendar to Thursday and scheduling lunch from noon to 1 p.m. with Jane Green. Recognition Architecture: The goal for the recognition architecture is to make using Newton products as easy as using a pencil and paper. Newton products will be able to read a user's handwriting, transform it into text as they write, and quickly refine and scale drawings or sketches. Newton technology allows the user to write in a natural and freeform manner because it does not limit the user to writing in boxes or on lines on the screen surface. This Newton technology is different from other pen-based operating systems because it is based on the simultaneous use of several recognition technologies, rather than forcing the user to choose one at a time. The benefit to the user is a higher recognition factor and greater adaptability to personal style. Information Architecture: Newton devices will provide users with a single repository for all of the little pieces of information they would typically accumulate in various forms (phone numbers, business cards, directions, meeting notes, birthdays). Because of the advanced object-oriented data structure, Newton products will then allow users to organize the information so that they can easily access it in any variety of ways. For instance, a user could view the information for everything that relates to a specific client, a specific week, or a specific subject such as "Jane Green". Communications Architecture: Newton technology was designed from the ground up to take great advantage of communications. These new products will foster easy communications between various Newton product users in meetings, on the street corner, or during lunch. Newton devices will have built- in wired and wireless communications capabilities. For instance, two Newton users could compare calenders or exchange business cards. Newton users could also fax a letter, check electronic mail messages or connect to a satellite news service to obtain current news or stock information. Hardware Architecture: Newton technology is based on a new breed of powerful RISC processors optimized for high performance, low power consumption, and low cost. The Advanced RISC Machines, Ltd. (ARM) RISC processor Apple has chosen, the ARM 610, gives Newton products the equivalent power of leading desktop computers, yet consumes less battery power than a small flashlight. In addition, the Newton architecture allows users to add intelligent cards to increase the amount of information the products can access and store as well as add more specific functions. Both Apple and third party companies will provide a variety of intelligent cards to give users choices for specific needs. Industry Leaders Announce Support The first group of a number of major companies have announced support for Newton technology and have committed to development of future complementary products. Representing many industry segments, the range of products expected will be focused in the general areas of 1) communications products--to enhance the use of Newton devices in a mobile environment; 2) content products--to offer users a wide spectrum of interesting and personal information for their Newton products; and 3) compatibility--allowing users to use Newton devices easily in parallel with existing computer systems. Motorola, Pacific Bell, Random House, SkyTel Corporation and Traveling Software, Inc. today all made announcements in conjunction with Apple. Availability The first Newton product from Apple will be available in English- language versions in early 1993. Newton-based products from Sharp Corp. are also expected to be available in the same timeframe. Pricing will be announced at the time of delivery. -30- Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks and Newton is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Morotola is a trademark of Motorola, Inc. Pacific Bell is a registered trademark of Pacific Telesis. RANDOM HOUSE is a registered trademark of Random House, Inc. Sharp is a registered trademark of Sharp Corporation SkyTel is a registered trademark of SkyTel Corporation. END Apple Press Releases 5/29/92 _________________________________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date... """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM """"""""""""""""""""""""" On CompuServe! by Judith Hamner 72257,271 David Stewart has uploaded his long awaited library of graphics routines. PGRAPH.ZIP contains the Turbo Pascal source code reprinted from David's Re:Port newsletter. Another wish has been granted. Mike Barney has uploaded ARCBAT.ARC. This file contains a batch file which will uncompress and load an ARC'd file into one of the Port's built-in applications. The file can be re-compressed after exiting. This is a great way to save precious space on your 128k ram card. The archive file also contains fake.com and the arc and de-arc programs which are needed with the batch file. Why not visit the "Wish List" section and leave your request? Our talented forum members have been very kind in granting wishes. Coming attractions: Gerd Arnold has completed translation of the Becker & Partner brochure featuring German products for the Portfolio. I'll be uploading it as soon as I finish editing. ______________________________________________________________ > The UNTOLD Story! STR Spotlight PITTSBURGH.... Finally, the TRUTH! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" THE UNTOLD STORY OF PITTSBURGH, PA ================================== ======= PART II ======= [This is part 2 of a 6 part story concerning the Atari arena in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. You are encouraged to read all 6 parts in their entirety. If you missed Part I, you are encouraged to read Part I before reading further.] ATARI ELITE/PACE ---------------- Here we are, in 1986, with a brand new 68000 platform hitting the market. It was a prosperous time, and usergroups were popping up like dandelions. PC magazines had extensive coverage of the ST and Atari was really the talk of the town. Times were good. I can remember vividly the BYTE magazine cover with the Atari ST on it! Almost every major PC magazine had coverage of the ST -- the NEW KID on the block. In Pittsburgh, the PACE organization was the only organization around. Their membership was rumored to be around 400-500 at that time, and their meetings drew a mere 100 to 150 people. These were mostly 8-bit people, or as you would call them, prospective ST buyers. Yet, they were strong and mighty. Stepping back a few months, the president of PACE in 1985 was John Karlovich. His Vice President was Bill Roberts, and his treasurer was Steve Kotula. From what I am told, PACE was booming, and these three guys just came into office. PACE was making a ton of cash selling blank disks at the time, and from what I am told, that year, PACE would gross nearly 25,000 dollars in sales and memberships. They were big and strong. It appears that a little greed was present within the organization and that the disk librarian was not keeping very good records and that another fellow made off with a 500 dollar "loan." Well, the officers John, Bill, and Steve wanted to get the books in order because they wanted to begin the long process of incorporating the organization and in order to do so, the books had to be complete and concise. From what I am told, the 500 dollar loan was eventually paid back, but they could not get an accurate account of just how many disks were being purchased and sold. I have also been told that the secretary of the organization at the time had not taken any minutes at all of the meetings for nearly a year. This would not paint a pretty picture of an organization that aspired to be a corporation. Since the ST was new the three officers had an idea and suggested making two meeting dates during the month: one for ST, and one for 8-bit. This apparently did not go over too well and there were some bad feelings. Karlovich, Roberts, and Kotula saw that the ST would lead to the death of the 8-bit and that it was time to move on. Others did not share this view. Note: Now at this time in 1991, Bob Brodie has more or less buried the 8-Bit line. In many of his appearances, he has mentioned that the 8-bit is dead and that the STe or TT was the way to go. In 1986, 3 men saw this day coming and made a courageous decision. A few months passed and PACE was planning an "Atari Extravaganza" which would welcome visitors from Atari Corp. to Pittsburgh. This was an Atari only show that is similar to the shows we see today such as WAACE and Glendale. Karlovich was in contact with Atari Corporation's Neil Harris and from what John has told me, Neil was uncooperative and would not send any promotional items to Pittsburgh, so John went over his head to Sig Hartman. Sig, on the other hand, was very enthusiastic, and supposedly sent to Pittsburgh boxes full of Atari logo frisbees, T-shirts, and other items. The show was a great success, and Atari made its presence known in Pittsburgh. However, the 3 officers had a dilemma to solve with the records and the policies of the PACE organization. I am told that they three got up and spoke to the membership during a subsequent PACE meeting and expressed that if the conditions of the organization were not cleaned up, they would leave. Well, the problems were not corrected, and Karlovich, Roberts, and Kotula (along with a few others) left PACE and formed a new organization called the Atari Elite. Anyone can see that at this point, there would be bad feelings. The 3 officers of PACE left disgruntled, and behind them was an organization with a booming business but poor financial records. They left to form an organization that would later be dubbed as "competition" to the PACE group. Why they were viewed as competition was beyond me, since a usergroup's first and primary function was support for the user and not to make money. PACE viewed the new Elite as a threat to their existence as they still do this day. It is very unfortunate that this was and is the case. A metropolitan area such as Pittsburgh could have thrived on having more than one group -- each offering a different atmosphere as the two groups Atari Elite and PACE did. But instead, there began a battle that neither organization could win and the casualties of the war were the users in the area. I would rather not elaborate on some of the things that were said about each organization only to say that everything that anyone has ever told me about statements coming from PACE were derogatory toward Elite and that what Elite members said about PACE were hardly as harsh. After all, the Atari Elite was in no way financially threatened by PACE. Their attitude was completely different as you will learn, so their motives were not one of survival of the organization, but rather of betterment of the ST. Just the other day, a gentleman called the AUA BBS and had a few questions he needed answered. I called him on a friday afternoon, and he and I spoke for a while about the conditions in the Pittsburgh area. He mentioned that a few years back, when he first purchased his ST, he was looking to join an ST organization. He said that he had received information from both Elite and PACE and of the two, he was impressed with Elite and was planning on joining. However, he had received a call from a high ranking PACE officer at the time and was told by the officer "the horrors that were taking place with Elite." You see, he, as with other stories that have been told to me firsthand by other ST members in the area, was painted a picture of darkness and gloom surrounding the Atari Elite. He said that he was told that the Atari Elite practiced piracy and that their BBS was a pirate board. I must stress that this was told to me by a man who did not know me, nor did he know that I was involved at anytime with the Atari Elite. Why would a high ranking officer tell this man these lies? What was his motive? I then told the gentleman that in my four year experience with the Atari Elite I had never encountered any evidence of piracy or that the BBS had any commercial software for download. As I have told many people who heard these "horror" stories, this simply was not the case. I had never seen any evidence of such behavior -- period. Now, one could easily say that I may be naive and at that I offer that for the better part of 2 years, my experience with the group was one of complete dedication and had there been any "ring" of piracy present, I would have been the first to know. Again, another question. What made the Atari Elite so believably felonious? Many have suggested that the name "Elite" was synonymous with software piracy. To this, I offer that the word "elite" in the computer place was not first associated with piracy until the late 1987 period -- almost 2 years after the formation of the Atari Elite. It is ridiculous to accuse them of piracy because of their name. Now, I have a question. If they, the Atari Elite, were this band of pirates as they have been accused of, do you think they would publicly advertise something as criminal as software theft? I think not. And worse, they are accused due to hearsay, and never has anyone found any first hand knowledge of computer software piracy with the group. Instead, no one really has stopped to hear as to why Karlovich chose the name "elite." If you look up the word "elite" in a dictionary, you will be surprised to find that there is no mention of software piracy anywhere. That definition was never considered when Karlovich dubbed the name to the organization. Instead, he wished to portray the group as "the best of the best...the Atari Elite." And, that is what the group was. They had some of the brightest people in the area as members -- many of whom either knew how to program, solder, or telecommunicate as well as some of the most avid gammers that I had ever met. Unlike the PACE organization that had always given me the air of "family" style computing, the Atari Elite members were not afraid to get their hands dirty inside the ST. The recruitment process and restricted membership of the Atari Elite served this purpose. There would not be those who came to the meetings to breath air. If you wanted to be a member of the Atari Elite, you were told up front that you were expected to participate. You simply did not come to meetings to view. You acted and you did things such as software demos, technical demos, sing and dance, and even run for pizza. You simply were not a bump on a log. And, you were rewarded. To coin a phrase, "read on, McDuff." The Atari Elite had a very unique membership structure. There were 5 basic levels of membership. You see, the officer's of the Atari Elite wanted to encourage group participation and wanted to get away from the customary type of organization. So, they offered membership tiers that an individual would be rewarded for performing tasks for the organization. The five levels were called "Club", "Key", "Knight", "Software Master", and "Khan." Each level had pre-requisite chores that had to be completed. For example, to move from "Club" to "Key", you had to write 2 software reviews, perform 2 Demo's at the organization's meeting, and perform 2 miscellaneous duties such as stuffing envelopes or carrying equipment to and from the meetings. The higher the level, the more you had to do^AP To become a "Khan", you had to have written 5 reviews, performed 5 demos, and done some really heavy work, in addition to all of the requirements of the previous levels. In exchange, each level had particular advantages and incentives. The higher you were in the group, the greater your discounts were at a few local software dealers who extended their services to the group. Also, if you needed hardware repaired or hardware in general, it was also offered at a greater discount for higher levels. Also, if you were high level, you had first crack at beta testing hardware sent to Atari Elite by vendors. You also had privileges over and above those on lower levels. When I left the Atari Elite, I was at the "Khan" level. I was the only member in 4 years to attain that level from the bottom, and to my knowledge, I was the last. The founders of the organization were all "Khans" so the total number was I believe 7 when I left. There were several people in the organization on the move up -- a lot of talented people who wanted to see the Atari ST thrive. I am sure that they are still working hard on their projects as you read this in order to attain higher levels in the group. My high level in the group allowed me to see everything that was going on. I was not a founder, but I built many of the structures that exist today in the group. I did most of the PR stuff, and did layouts on nearly all of the club's literature. If there was a problem, I had first crack on it, or was given the responsibility to "pass the buck" to someone in the group. Up until the time I attained Khan status, I was "Sergeant of Arms." I oversaw group attendance and made sure that everyone had paid their dues. I also was in charge of the membership database and kept the Khans up-to-date on total membership figures. So you see, Atari Elite was a very well structured organization. The level breakdown promoted group participation. Meetings always had "fresh blood" giving demonstrations on new and exciting hardware and software. The newsletter was always full of reviews from members -- good and bad. The group thrived. Sure, there were those members who to this day are still sitting at "Club" level, and this is their choice. But the group was very active, and had a lot of active ST users. Now, I must dispel a vicious rumor that was started by myself in order to create an image of the organization. In most of our literature and our media hype, we boasted that the group was very large. So much that the PACE organization estimated that the Atari Elite was 300 members strong. This figure is over 3 times larger than the actual figure. At no time, and even in the heyday of the group, had membership exceeded 100. And, now that the ST is dying a slow death, membership is dropping rapidly. You see, I feel that PACE was either misinformed and they used the number to their advantage when they spoke of the group saying things such as "over 300 pirates" or that "the Atari Elite was stealing members." Atari Elite was such a threat to PACE that they accused Elite of "stealing" members. This is an interesting concept that probably reverts to the days of slavery in my honest opinion and is ridiculous. If people left PACE to join Elite, it was because they saw through all of the slander and realized that the Elite was a good organization with growth. Elite must have offered them something over and above what PACE offered it's membership. Could it have been the energy at the Elite meetings that drew people? Or perhaps was it the "mystique" of the group that drew members! I don't really know and can only say that meetings were fun, everyone was someone, and you left there knowing more than you did before you came. Elite even held a "meeting after the meeting" at various pizza pubs or restaurants where members could meet to just socialize. This brings up one of the most controversial issues surrounding this subject. The Atari Elite had a software review library. Now, before you draw any conclusions, please read on. The software library was available to members and was used so that the Atari Elite members could see the software before they bought it. The officers of Atari Elite often told stories about how they would buy something sight unseen and the software turned out to be terrible. They, the officers, did not want to see the ST community "ripped" off and offered the library as a solution. Needless to say, the PACE organization used this as their pry bar. PACE insisted that this did nothing but lead to widespread software piracy. Others said that the library was nothing but a haven for software theft. Atari Elite argued that the library was strictly watched and was a boon for the Atari ST user in the area -- a user saw the product before he bought and did not get stuck purchasing something he did not like or could not use. There were many "dogs" published for the ST and I for one do not enjoy wasting 30-40 bucks on junk... Now, many will say that I am stupid to believe that no one copied the software when they got it home. In all honesty, I can say that I have no first hand knowledge of this happening. While I was not in the home of any member when they had software from the library at home, I can not say that this did not happen. However, Atari Elite took every possible legal measure to insure against this practice by having members sign a waiver stating that they would not copy the software. As far as I know, this waiver was drawn by a paid lawyer, and was legally binding. So, if someone was copying the software, they were breaking the law and the Atari Elite had no way to enforce such actions. Secondly, Atari Elite had always preached against software piracy. I can not remember a meeting that went by without it's mention and warnings. It was a constant policy of the officers to warn against software piracy. Thirdly, and to the best of my knowledge, Atari Elite did not place packages in the library that strictly prohibited such actions. They always obeyed the wishes of the publisher. This brings us to the ethics and moralities of software libraries. What gives companies such as Wedgewood Rental, or RiteWay computers the green light to rent software, (at a profit to boot), while a small non-profit organization did it to service its members and the community? Something is definitely wrong here. Another fact that has never been told is that the Atari Elite has several pieces of software in that library that were donated from the publisher for the explicit use in the library. It is sort of like telling your son that he can go fishing, but he can't real in anything that is on the end of his line! My feelings regarding software libraries is still mixed, however. I don't know if I am simply raw from the experience that left me in the predicament that you will read about during the PACE show in 1990, or if I am really upset because I know the real reasons that Atari Elite had the library while others insisted they knew better. At this time and date as I sit and write this article, I am convinced that those who condemned the library, were those who were; 1) Mis-informed about what was actually going on. 2) Misled as to the intentions of the Atari Elite. 3) Completely ignorant of the TRUE facts surrounding what tension really existed in Pittsburgh. ==================================================================== Permission to Re-Print is granted as long as no part of this work is changed in any way and credit is given to the Author and the AUA. ==================================================================== > STReport CONFIDENTIAL "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips" """"""""""""""""""""" - San Francisco, CA HYBRID ARTS MIDI SUPPORT CHANGED! ----------------- Hybrid Arts MIDI product support and continued development is now handled by Barefoot Software, Inc. Think of it as a new name for the MIDI software division of Hybrid Arts. The separateness of Barefoot Software, in its focus on only the _MIDI software_ products of Hybrid Arts, will result in increased resources for support and continued development for these products, including SmpteTrack and EditTrack (Platinum versions now in development) and GenEdit (v2.0 available). The address and phone number are as follows: Barefoot Software, Inc 19865 Covello St Canoga Park CA 91306 818-727-7143 voice (new FAX and BBS numbers to be announced shortly) In case you've called the old Hybrid Arts numbers and gotten a "disconnected" message, don't panic. It's typical telephone company fun; there's _supposed_ to be a forwarding "number has changed" message there. The correct number to call for sales, customer service, and tech support is 818-727-7143. Please pass this information on to any Hybrid Arts users you know. For legal reasons, we were not able to pre-announce this change, and thus it will take some time before print sources (magazines, etc) will be able to publish our new contact info. We are thus relying on telecommunication and word of mouth to spread the word as quickly as possible. Thank you. GO MIDIAVEN (MIDI A Vendor Forum) to get to Hybrid/Barefoot's online support area (section 12 in MIDIAVEN) here on CompuServe. - Sunnyvale, CA REVOLVING DOOR ACTIVE AGAIN! ------------- Oh my, those pesky "rumors" again. The WEST COAST CRYSTAL BALL is showing a few notables are obviously missing from the "hallowed halls". Where is Don Mandel (Professional Systems Group) and Ted Mack (Dealer Service & Parts)? How many others left last friday along with them in this the latest layoff? - Sunnyvale SAM SEZ IT ALL! --------- :TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS: After lengthy consideration, I decided to present this year's message to you in a direct, straight-forward way. I am quite displeased with the company's 1991 results, and hope that this message accurately coveys my dissatisfaction, and the corrective actions we have implemented. Net sales were down from $411 million in 1990 to $258 million in 1991. This represents a 37% sales decline. While the computer industry, as a whole, experienced a fall off, I do not believe it justified our poor performance or alleviated me of any blame. As Chief Executive Officer, it would be hypercritical of me to discuss sales or operational short comings in the third party. My desk is where the buck stops, and it is also the place where corrections and positive alternatives emanate. Please be assured that new directions are now in place. At the outset of 1991, we recognized that major competitive market changes would negatively affect Atari's sales and profits for the year. In anticipation of these competitive actions, we began to reduce our costs. Measures were taken to carefully monitor worldwide inventories. As the year drew to a close, the results of our efforts had begun to appear. Inventory was $81 million for 1991 versus $114 million a year earlier. The 29% reduction of inventory is a step in the right direction, but we still plan to reduce inventory levels further. In addition to these corrective measures, our advertising programs were refocused to target specific audiences and reduce costs associated with broad based promotions. Research and development projects were redefined as well and are now focused on high volume production. Although our company is continuing to go through a difficult period, the past year was not totally bleak. There were a number of positive highlights. Combining an advantageous real estate market, our reduced 1991 production requirements, and our long range plans, we sold our Taiwanese manufacturing facility and realized a gain of $40.9 million. This transaction significantly strengthened our balance sheet. We improved our cash position, reduced debt and increased shareholder's equity. The usual start-up problems were encountered in our move to independent subcontractors, however, these problems, for the most part, are behind us. As I noted in my message last year, we reduced the retail price of the Lynx to $99. As anticipated, unit sales increased over 1990 by 80%. This increase, together with the 42 software titles now available, is positioning this product as a major contender in the portable category. For the upcoming Christmas market we will have about 75 titles. In a number of countries throughout Europe and in the U.S., we introduced new advertisements and T.V. commercials during the 4th Quarter. These new consumer messages proved successful and will be carried forward in 1992. Our software development continues to be strong and we are licensing some major titles, such as "Batman Returns." As we previously stated, for the last few years we have been involved in a lawsuit against Nintendo, alleging violations of anti-trust and monopolistic practices. The trial finally commenced in February 1992, and continued until April 27, 1992. The jury could not decide two of the three claims so the court granted a mistrial on those two claims. Considerable effort, management time, and money have been involved in the presentation of our case. As post trial motions are still being considered, we are unable to comment further. A great deal of attention was focused on research and development throughout 1991. In our opinion, this research will result in the leapfrog development of a highly advanced family of personal computers. These new systems are compatible with our flagship ST computers and will use TOS (The Operating System) which has been refined for this family. We have combined advanced technology in the areas of video, audio, speed and versatility, in order to have a line of computers that will offer consumers exceptional power at very competitive prices. We expect to reap the benefits of this design for years to come. On the video game front we are developing an advanced console which will have superb video and audio capabilities. This product is now being debugged and is code named "Jaguar." I am very excited about this platform, and I feel it will mature into a very successful video game system. The financial statement that follows is not our usual, full color annual report. Instead, you will find a reproduction of our Form 10-K. I will apologize for its frugal appearance, but not for the money we have saved. Atari is building for the future. Our marketplace is worldwide, and I believe that the many economies throughout this extensive area are recovering for the recessions that have continued to plague sales efforts. With the inception of our advanced products on the horizon, we are positioning ourselves to aggressively increase our global presence. 1991 was a challenging year. Because of the changes, progress, and developments that we accomplished, I am very optimistic about Atari's present strength and its future in the world marketplace. As I look forward to the year ahead, I would like to thank our shareholders, suppliers, employees, customers and end-users for their continued support. _____________________________________________________________ > STR Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" """"""""""""" STReport's MailBag """""""""""""""""" From Delphi FORUM>Reply, Add, Read, "?" or Exit> 38087 27-MAY 23:38 General Information RE: STR (Re: Msg 38002) From: MRJOSEPH To: RMARIANO The AUA story is an important one to tell, I agree. What I was getting at was that there are a few other stories that you were alluding to (via re- posting messages from Bob Brodie and pals from the F-NET). Setting user groups up for the kill is bad, but so is setting up developers, and online magazine editors. Tell THOSE stories, please. Chris Editor; Chris, I assure you, the entire story will be told. From every angle. The AUA expose is only the beginning. The manipulations, the E-mail threats, the cajoling, backstabbing, dirty politics and most of all, the attempts causing havoc and meyhem while fixing 'blame' elsewhere. In time, the truth will be known. Why? Because more and more leaders of Usergroups and users themselves are getting tired of the sniping against STR, its supporters and "anybody" who does not agree with the "party politik". The "favoritism", OBVIOUS by its obsessive manifestation toward certain usergroups and other 'entities' within the Atari userbase has grown to such monstrous proportions as to become a threat to Atari itself. This is an intolerable situation and must be brought to a stop. When Corporate little whigs try to 'control' all aspects of a marketplace or, all of public opinion, they soon cross the forbidden line. Onced crossed, its very difficult for them to pull back and return to normal. Egos are running high. The practice, depicted in its very worst scenario, is the Karen Silkwood story. The true story, not the movie. She was aware of certain things and when she was about to reveal them.... well the rest of the story is a matter of record. As will this current situation become. The "Fun & Games group" out west will have to answer to everyone they have approached either 'pro or con' in the last two years. Oddly enough, had they all applied the same amount of time and energy to the promotion, production & sale of machines they'd probably be better off financially. And with far more respect in the computing community. <sigh> Its seems they've perfected the old adage of spinning their wheels and going nowhere. Actually, it becomes more and more believable when people come forward and speak their minds as is occuring these days. In all probabilities, the men at the very top have no idea abut what is really happening at the street level. After all, when a certain midline warrior often brags about "filtering everything" going Sam's way, how can we trust that any of the customer's views make it his way unless they are extremely lauditory. Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine from CIS #: 62942 S6/Hardware specific 24-May-92 01:05:32 Sb: #62938-#TT/Sparc Fm: SYSOP*Bob Retelle 76702,1466 To: Atari Advantage 70007,3615 (X) Albert, from what I understand, the VME slot in the current line of Atari computers will only support slave devices.. the internal CPU is the only master device on the bus. That's ok for video cards and modems, but coprocessors, transputer boards or any intelligent peripherials that depend on taking over the bus are out... So you have to take a rather large grain of salt when you hear about all the "thousands of VME cards" you can use with an Atari. BobR from GEnie Category 25, Topic 10 Message 139 Thu May 28, 1992 LEXICOR [Lexicor] at 00:48 EDT Notice to ALL: I have just finished reading the threds relating to the AUA in topic 15 #7. Without making any political statements or siding in any way I feel that the AUA is a valued resource and should be supported. Furthor I feel that what ever may or may not have happned between members of the AUA it's officers and others is now in the past. As many of you know I have often said that "you should put your money where your mouth is" and while it is true I have found my foot lodged there, I must now go on record........... I'll now pledge help to the AUA in the form of an offer of $300 dollars to help the AUA get back on it's feet. This pledge will be honored at any time that an authorized officer of the AUA makes a request for redemption of this pledge. This pledge carries no strings. I suggest that other prominent members of the ATARI comunity match my offer. If those like STreport are truly interested in the general wellbeing of ATARI users then here is an oppertunity to show it. Further I suggest that Gribniff, ISD, AIM, TOAD and all the rest step forward and lend a hand. Bear in mind that if the current interest in ATARI computers and related software and services continues to decline we the venders and ATARI its self will have no customers to sell goods to. By offering unconditional help you reaffirm and put somethi back in to the atari comunity. It is not enough to just sell goods and services, it is not enough to sell news or be critical of ATARI or some aspects. In closing, I suggest that all the former AUA members slip just one dollar in to an envelope and send it into AUA, Why? Because you can only benifit from this gesture of trust. Best of Luck AUA! 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