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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 5-June-92 #823 Date: Sun Jun 7 20:18:49 1992 *---== ST REPORT INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ==---* """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" from STR Publishing """""""""""""" June 05, 1992 No.8.23 ========================================================================== 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 (June 5) UPCOMING CONFERENCE We are pleased to announce another real-time online conference! Please join us on Thursday June 11th @ 10:00 PM Eastern Time in the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) for our conference with John Trautschold of MissionWare, the folks who bring us FLASH II! John will be happy to answer your questions about the sequel to the popular telecommunication software! NEW IN ATARI VENDORS FORUM (GO ATARIVEN) NEW FILES IN THE MAXWELL C.P.U. LIBRARY (LIB 6). Please download: SILDEM.INF - Information file describing Silhouette V1.37, the two demo versions offered (ST, TT versions), new features, future features and purchase information. S137TT.LZH - SILHOETTE VERSION 1.37 DEMO <TT VERSION>. Contents include Silhouette, a help file readable from inside Silhouette (help key), and information file. S137ST.LZH - SILHOETTE VERSION 1.37 DEMO <ST VERSION>. Contents include Silhouette, a help file readable from inside Silhouette (help key), and information file. NEW ICD HOST ADAPTOR UTILITIES, NOW IN LIBRARY 7 Codehead Technologies has uploaded a free patch program for WARP 9 owners. See the file W9 UPGR.LZH now available in LIB 16. 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!" """""""""""""""""""""" My goodness, the games people play, why all the smoke and mirrors when a little truth would go a long, long way? It appears that there are those concerned with the "summer slowdown" and thus are bent on creating some action on the majors. But must it be done at Atari's expense? Atari has enough to do without becoming involved in "favoritism" and other light headed shenanigans. A rather large number of our European readers have already expressed their aggravation at the 'new exclusive rule' applied here last week in the States. Many of these good folks are on either the FNET or subscribe to Compuserve's European affiliates. The question most asked is "where do WE get FontGdos from?" To the majority I responded that I only knew of two other outlets for the files in question and directed them to nodes 706 and 593 in the FNET. In my opinion, Atari should not allow itself to become involved in this sort of nonsense. Before this business of exclusive was tendered to the users... the ramifications, all of them, should have been taken into consideration. Its obvious this was not done. While I have no problem with the exclusive availability of Atari Explorer and its online edition on GEnie. The manner in which the files from the ST Format magazine disk were handled was atrocious. It has created ill-will for ST Format and certainly has not won friends for either Atari or GEnie. Additionally, the making _exclusive_ of system files is an outrage. Are people who have been members of CIS, Delphi and BIX expected to DROP their memberships with these services? I think NOT. While I am aware that many people out there expected a vivid display of outrage by myself and my staff over this, the latest "event". I feel its better left alone as the actions themselves speak far more loudly than any words from any of us. The userbase is quite capable of seeing through the facade and distractive chicanery. Odds are, when the smoke clears, the users will have made themselves heard from all point of the globe. This is what needs to be done, nothing more and nothing less to be sure. ATARI NEEDS ALL THE FRIENDS IT CAN GET. They must have the consumer's support and positive response, else all is lost. Hopefully, they'll reign in those who are unwittingly trying their best to alienate users. On another front, Silhouette 1.37 is available and the demos are on all the services at this time. Also included is a special TT version. The software developers around the world are waiting patiently for Falcons to arrive. Word has it that they beginning to arrive in developer hands as we speak. Although not in large numbers, the machines are real and arriving. 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. 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NODE 350 NEST.......................... 90:19/350.0 """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS ================= Issue #23 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. -- Zeos Unveils New Color Notebook Zeos International Ltd. started taking orders this week for its new color notebook computer. The notebook will be price at $3,295 and based on the 25MHz Intel Corp. 386SL microprocessor and incorporating a passive-matrix VGA color liquid crystal display made by Sharp Corp. According to Zeos President, Greg Herrick, the Zeos notebook will be targeted at competitors' similar offerings. -- Apple Expanding Mac Sales Lines Moving into more traditional retail outlets, Apple Computer Inc., is launching a pilot program this summer to sell selected Macintosh LCII and the Classic II computers in 56 locations of electronics chain Silo, and in office product superstores Office Depot and OfficeMax. Last month, Apple said that it will start selling some of its products at The Office Center at Sears stores. The selected Macintosh LCII and the Classic II computers have been cus- tomized to include applications software and one year of toll-free telephone support and one year of on-site service. -- 'Sub-Laptop' Market to reach $54.4 Billion by 1998 Researchers at Market Intelligence are predicting the market for "sub- laptop" computers will grow from $7.26 billion this year to $54.4 bil- lion in 1998. Researchers forcast that pen computers will be the fastest growing part of the market with an annual growth rate of nearly 85% for the next six years, with U.S. shipments of pen computers increasing from 97,900 this year to 1.27 million next year and 12.2 million in 1998. -- Motorola and Samsung to Join Forces Combining Motorola's exerience in wireless communications with Samsung's experience in PC development, the two companies have signed an agreement to jointly develop by year's end a palmtop computer capable of wireless communication. The palmtop computer will use a pen to enter data instead of a keyboard, which will offer users, especially those working in the field in such areas as sales, deliveries and public safety, higher productivity. -- Sun Hires NeXT Inc. Founder One of the founders of NeXT Inc., engineer Guy "Bud" Tribble, has been hired by workstation maker Sun Microsystems Inc. Tribble said he resig- ned at NeXT to become a vice president of SunSoft Inc., a software sub- sidiary of Sun Microsystems. Last December, Sun hired Bob Glass away from Apple for the company's "human interface engineering" team. Since then, it has added Bruce Tognazzini of Apple, Annette Wagner of Apple, Frank Ludolph of Apple and Xerox Corp., Hal Shubin of Digital Equipment Corp., and some engineers from Hewlett-Packard Co. and small software companies that did business with IBM. -- Hayes and Rockwell Agree Hayes has announced it has settled its dispute with Rockwell over the use of the Hayes escape sequence -- +++ --- which is used in conjunction with a one second delay at the beginning and end of string, to switch modems into a local state. Under an agreement announced this week, Rockwell has taken a license which will allow users of modems incorporating Rockwell chipsets to use the Hayes escape sequence with guard time without infringing on Hayes' patent for the technology. The Rockwell license is the latest step in a series of discussions between Hayes and other modem manufacturers over the use of the patent, known as the Heatherington '302 patent. The escape sequence first appeared in Hayes' Smartmodem range of modems in 1981 and, since then, has become a defacto industry standard. Hayes caused a stir in the modem marketplace a few years ago when it announced it was seeking patent fees from other modem manufacturers over the use of the technology. Dennis Hayes, Hayes' president and co-founder, said that the licensing deal confirms Hayes' position over the escape sequence. "When a major corporation like Rockwell comes to the table and obtains the use of this patent, it further confirms the importance of the technology to the industry. By licensing Rockwell, we're making it easy for all modem manufacturers to use this standard technology," he said. Hayes said that the whole escape sequence affair, which has resulted in legal action against some US modem manufacturers is a lot more than merely an intellectual rights matter. "Rather, it's an acknowledgment of industry standards and practices and Rockwell's support for such standards. Our business charter is to enable customers to build the very best products and this agreement is just another step towards that goal," he said. *********************************************************************** :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT: _________________________________ To sign up for GEnie service: Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo) Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt. Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN. 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""""""""""""""""""""""""" A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT ================================== by Michael Lee This week we will start out with a quick post from Dave Small and then visit the Productivity area of CIS. There was so much good information in the CIS Productivity area, that I had to break it into two parts. The second part will be next week. ---------------- From Cat. 4, Topic 44, Msg. 174 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... We at Gadgets have been closed down for two weeks plus. For those of you who don't get over to the Gadgets RT, my son Eric was hit by a car, and spent much hospital time with a broken upper leg. After surgery, he is recovering fast -- they do at age 10! -- and is even back in school, with a steel rod in his leg. If you've been trying to get ahold of us, that is where we've been. I'm sorry, but I needed to sleep down at the hospital, and here it's been get-up-three- times-a-night type stuff. Eric's up and around and with any luck it'll be a memory in a month. We were very lucky. Many kind people here on GEnie and elsewhere took time to send cards and email to Eric; thanks to all of you who did!! We're slowly getting back to normal here. There's an enormous pile of incoming FAXes to fill, for instance, and the telephone messages... sigh. A large number of SST's are being built up now and will be shipped shortly. We've discovered some rather nice things now that we have experience with widely varied machines and all this helps the SST work out quite well. ---------------- Guess who's back in the States and in the ST market? Alan Page, the original author of Flash. The following are a few posts and comments from Alan on CIS... I spent a year in England and was out of touch with CompuServe for the whole time. The company I was originally working for broke apart a couple of years ago. The whole thing just fell apart. The company in England fared a bit better, but just couldn't overcome the recession. When they couldn't pay me a decent salary (not even enough to cover rent) I bailed out. I have been learning to program Windows recently. ....I have signed a contract for a program on the ST, but I don't wish to announce what it is quite yet, because the design is not yet well worked out. ....It's been a rough few years. For a while, I was actually selling the photo-mugs and t-shirts in a shopping center in England, cause the company couldn't sell the systems and otherwise could not afford to pay me. ...I am working on a program at the moment. Contract is signed. I did apply for a job as technical support for a local PC software company a while back, got an interview, but no job. I think they wanted a lot more PC and MAC experience. ....I spent the first 3 months of this year learning Windows. I wrote a couple of programs, one which I released PD and which was picked up for inclusion on a multimedia CD-ROM 'magazine'. I have to tell you that I find Windows far easier to program than GEM and a lot more powerful. Drawing in a window in GEM involves a lot of extra code to handle overlapping windows, scaling and transforming coordinates, and hiding and showing the mouse. In Windows, just set the origin and scaling to what you want it to be and draw to the window. Windows takes care of overlapping windows and hiding and showing the mouse. And because it is done at a low level, it is a lot more efficient than GEM. e.g. the mouse is only hidden when it needs to be. Windows user interface resources are easier to hook into and vastly more powerful. Most user interface resources are actually windows in themselves. In fact, you can create a powerful text editor, just by placing a multi-line editable control in a window and adding a menu bar. Windows user interface is also much more standardized than GEM. In GEM, every program has a different idea about cursor keys and function key. It's a real mess. Windows has a powerful Help system with hypertext. Many Windows programs use this to give you full help on using the program. By contrast, few GEM programs have much of a help system at all. Not to mention _far_ better documentation and software tools, object linking and embedding, interprogram communication, multitasking, outline fonts, and multimedia. There are many more examples, but you will have to take my word for it as someone with experience with both systems. GEM is like beating your head against the wall. Windows is challenging because there are hundreds of features to learn. Once you understand it, it is vastly more powerful and yet still easy to use. All the nonsense that GEM puts you through is done for you by the OS, as it should be. Windows is not popular just because it is on the PC and is pushed by a large company. OS/2 (original edition) is on the PC and was pushed by a large company and it certainly didn't take the world by storm. Why is GEM _not_ going to take the world by storm? GEM is still largely unchanged. While the GEM desktop has had a number of improvements, the underlying operating system has remained fairly static. By contrast, Apple, Microsoft, and IBM have poured vast re- sources into enhancing their graphical user interfaces with outline font technologies, interprogram communication, multitasking, hypertext help systems, device drivers, object linking and embedding, hyper- media, etc. I believe that software drives hardware purchases more and more now, and not vice versa. I think there is a smaller percentage of hardware junkies out there that will buy a piece of wonderful hardware and worry about software later, or even write it themselves. A lot of graphics and sound cards on the PC are being pushed because they enhance Windows and Windows Multimedia. Just try to sell a sound or graphics card that won't work with Windows. People who think that new hardware from Atari (with the same old GEM) is going to sell like hotcakes are putting the cart before the horse. GEM is still sadly lacking in documentation. The GEM programmer's guide in the Atari developer's kit is little more than a bare listing of function calls with perhaps a few dozen pages that really deal with programming. The sample source code is pathetic. They are still using the original DOODLE source code from DRI as an example. Can't they do a little better than that? Tim Oren's GEM programming series probably has more really useful information about GEM than the entire Atari developer kit. You can get dozens of books that lead you step-by-step through how to program for Windows. And they include complete source code for a number of useful applications. ....It's not that you can't write powerful GEM programs. But you have to go through so much extra work re-inventing features that should be in the operating system. And you have to do it with second-rate docs and tools. ---------------- Question from Robert Aries... A friend of mine is running a small business, and has been using an Atari ST for mostly word-processing stuff. He needs to find some software that will do payroll stuff for him (i.e.,keep track of a small database of employees and print out checks). Also, he is using Word Writer ST but wants to find another word processor- One that's WYSIWYG but allows mail merge and has better reformatting capabilities. Any ideas, or are we going to watch another Atari owner bail? Answer from Boris Molodyi... I don't know about payrolls, but may be ST Accounts from ISD can help here. I hope somebody will answer that. As for WYSIWYG word processor with mail merge, there are a few. Major players are WordFlair/WordFlair II, with WordFlair II having built-in drawing, database and spreadsheeting features, and full FSM GDOS (outline scalable fonts) WYSIWYG. You can use old GDOS fonts as well. Then there is That's Write, as WordFlair it's distributed by Goldleaf. It uses, currently, only bitmapped GDOS-like fonts, and has quite good mail-merge features. Output on Atari laser is _very_ fast. And I mean _very_. And finally, Calligrapher family, distributed by CodeHead. The very fact of CodeHead distribution says something. :-) This one has really powerful mail merge, drawing, text bending, etc. tools. It uses hinted outline fonts and standard GDOS fonts...From what I know, it's program comparable with such as MS Word and latest WordPerfect. Another question from Robert Aries... Thanks for the recommendations, I've passed them along to my friend. He tells me that the WP software he gets must be very simple to use as his secretary is not especially computer-literate. Calligrapher looks good but may be overkill for his needs. I suspect that something similar to Word Writer but with better re-formatting would be just fine. (I could never get the reformatting in WWriter to work myself!). Reply from Boris Molodyi... Well, I guess that Write On (lite version of That's Write) or Calligrpaher Junior (if CodeHeads release it) could be OK. Then, 1st Word Plus is a nice program (not too feature laden, tho ;-) Seriously, I've seen Write On adverised for well under hundred bucks, and if you do not need big spell-checker and index-building, it should be just fine. Reply from Ian Braby.... If you really just need something fairly simple, but which includes a decent spell-checker, my money would be on 1stWordPlus. If you _really_ want to go cheap - get 1stWord from a PD source (why not here?!) and just forego the spell-checker. WordPlus does also add mail-merge, of course! Reply from Gary Gray.... Royal Software sells Payroll Master, 503-683-5361. I hope the phone number is current. I or your local dealer can order it through Pacific Software. 713-580-0133 ---------------- From Craig Harvey at Clear Thinking... The latest version of EdHak is 2.33. If/When the assembly version ever gets done, it will be 3.0. Please keep in mind that I started the assembly version almost a year and a half ago, so please don't hold your breath for it or put off upgrading to 2.3 if you haven't done that yet. ...A new spiral bound greatly expanded manual came out about a month ago. It now includes index, table of contents, info on all the new features since 2.0 (when the old manual was written), and some good "novice hacking" reference info. The manual is available for $5.00 US. If anyone who already has 2.30-2.32 wants the new manual, I'll throw in a 2.33 disk for free. Otherwise the disk is also $5.00 to registered users. The changes from 2.30 to 2.33 are very minor, but from 2.25 to 2.3 they are major. Outside the US, please add $3 for shipping. Note that if you have TOS 2.06 or 3.06, there is still a scroll bar bug I'm chasing down with the help of a couple people who have 2.06 like Paul Gee. I expect to have that fixed within a couple days. ---------------- From Greg Wageman.... I just recently installed the John Russell Innovations' "RAM+" board in my 1040ST. This board can be installed in a 512ST, 1040ST or Mega 2. It uses up 4, 1 Meg by 8 SIMMs. Installation is complicated, and not something I would recommend for the faint-hearted. Since Atari produced a whole bunch of different mother board revisions for the ST, there are a number of possible ways the board can be installed. The JRI instructions cover them all. Installation can require a moderate amount of resistor removal and soldering of wires, even though the board uses a pair of ribbon cables for most of its connections. One cable plugs into the shifter socket, the other is tack-soldered onto an existing RAM chip. Depending on your machine, upgrading the MMU may be required. I was lucky; my 1040 had a socketed shifter chip and the preferred MMU. Nonetheless, I had to remove one bank of the existing RAM chips because of excessive buss loading. On the plus side, this RAM expansion is small enough to fit inside the existing RF shielding without modification. The documentation is complete and clear. By adding a second shifter chip to the additional socket provided with the expansion, you can get a 4096-color palette (using the provided software patch). Like my hard disk, I don't know how I ever used the ST without 4 Megs of RAM! ---------------- Until next week..... *********************************************************************** IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= STReport International Online Magazine is available every week in the ST Advantage on DELPHI. 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There is a fee of $39 when you join the 20/20 Advantage Plan, a one-time $19 signup fee and your first month's $20 fee. These connect rates apply for access via Tymnet or SprintNet (within the continental United States) during home time (7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays and all day weekends) or via direct dial around the clock. Telecom surcharges apply for daytime or international access via Tymnet or SprintNet. See Using DELPHI online for detailed information on telecom surcharges. For more information, call: DELPHI Member Services at 1-800-544-4005 DELPHI is a service of General Videotex Corporation of Cambridge, Mass. :IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: DELPHI INTRODUCES THE 10/4 PLAN. Effective July 1, 1992, all Basic Plan members will be upgraded to the 10/4 Plan and receive 4 hours of usage each month for only $10! For full details, type GO USING RATES. SprintNet home time to begin at 6:00 p.m.! Effective July 1, 1992, you may access DELPHI via SprintNet beginning at 6:00 p.m. local time without incurring a telecom surcharge. To find the SprintNet node nearest you, type GO USING ACCESS. DELPHI- It's getting better all the time! *********************************************************************** > CLEVELAND FREENET! STR InfoFile Great Atari Support! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" CLEVELAND FREENET ================= by J.J. LEHETT I have been asked to expound on the topic of the Cleveland Freenet, and I shall indeed. The Cleveland Freenet is (as its name implies) a free system to the general users sponsered by Case Western University. I live about 5 hours from Cleveland, so as you can see, you don't have to be close to access it what you need is the ability to telnet there. For anyone who has this ability (usually easiest from a college computer lab) simply telnet to one of the following addresses: freenet-in-a.cwru.edu freenet-in-b.cwru.edu freenet-in-c.cwru.edu I would reccomend the 'b' address as a first try as it is normally the speediest, however if that address says that is has the maximum amount of users, try the others. At peak times, all the nodes may be in use so you may have to just keep trying to connect. Once on, if you have never been there, signon as a visitor (it will show you how), and take a look around, it has a fairly easy menuing system to guide you. If you like what you see, apply for an account. You will get an agreent in the mail to sign and send back, and in approximately 2 weeks you will have your very own freenet account. As stated, there are absolutely no charge for this service. What do you get once in? Well, quite a lot actually from USA paper articles to numerous computer and gaming sigs to access to the usenet news groups. The Atari SIG is relatively small, but we do have a dedicated group of folks on the system. We are currently undergoing a restructuring which should make the SIG more intuitive that I hope will be complete within the coming month. We have full information on the BART mail archive service to the umich atari archives that many of you have heard about but may not have been able to access. The postings as of late have been light, as the users we have seem to be more of the news oriented types (we do have fairly quick posting of any Atari developments, online mags and the like). Our groups of sysops form a varied knowledge base that is always available to attempt to respond to questions. If you have any questions about access or in general feel free to drop me a line. I'll stop now, don't want to turn this into a novel, but that in a nutshell is a beginner's intro to the Cleveland Freenet, its not a substitute for any of the pay services, but does indeed hold a special place for a number of us. Coming shortly after the restructuring will be scheduled real time conferences also, last month our conference speaker was Jeff Wiener, the maintaner of the atari archives and Umich... quite interesting. Whew... I'm done for now.. honest :) J.J. _____________________________________________________________ > SPAR SYSTEMS STR InfoFile NEW Product Info """"""""""""""""""""""""" Effective Immediately June 3, 1992 ------------------------- SPAR SYSTEMS P R E S S R E L E A S E FOR PRODUCT UPGRADES ------------------------- CALASSISTANT the online helper for Calamus has been updated to support Calamus v1.09N. The program interface and help files have been rewritten, as well as the manual -- now 40 pages. Including: * Print function. Used to output the help file to the connected printer. * The help text and image data are now displayed within a movable GEM window. You now have immediate access to CalAssistant while using Calamus! * A few of the topics discussed in the rewritten 40 page manual are: Calamus Frame Types; Calamus Frame Modes; Clipboards; Working With Text; Text Macros; Master Pages; Layout Tips, Special Design Effects; Layout Tutorial; Numbering Pages; Automatic Attribute Pickup; Reverse Type; Initial Cap, etc. * The manual includes an extensive index. * The pop-up menus and program interface have been redesigned. * Two text display size to choose from. * Supports TT 640x480, TT 1280x960, ST 640x400 and Moniterm. * Installs as a desk accessory or program. * The help text and image files are indexed into two separate data files. * And much, much more! The upgrade cost is $7.50 + $3.00 shipping, for the program diskette and new manual. If you have mailed in your registration card, you will receive a flyer shortly. If you have not yet mailed in your registration card, when upgrading please mail us your master diskette and registration card. The suggested retail price is still $34.95 + $3.00 shipping. New Calamus users will find CalAssistant indispensable! The online helper for Calamus SL is currently being worked on and will debut soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~ PAGEASSISTANT the online helper for PageStream 2.1 has been updated to v1.12C. The update includes some of the following: * The help text and image data are now displayed within a movable GEM window. You now have immediate access to PageAssistant while using PageStream! * The pop-up menus and program interface have been redesigned. * Two display text size are available. * Supports TT 640x480, TT 1280x960, ST 640x200, ST 640x400 and Moniterm. * A few help files have been rewritten. * Installs as a desk accessory or program. * And much, much more! Registered users may upgrade to the new version for $5.00, plus their master diskette. The suggested retail price is $49.95 + $3.00 shipping. Check or Money Order Only Mail to: Spar Systems 381 Autumn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11208 Phone: 1-718-235-3169 Dealers we will exchange your existing outdated CalAssistant inventory for the new package, free! You will have to pay the shipping cost however. Please contact us for more information. To our GENie users, we have not yet applied for a GENIE account flag, and therefore, for additional product information please call our office. All products are registered trademarks of their respective holders. ________________________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date... """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM """"""""""""""""""""""""" on CompuServe Judith Hamner 75300,2161 Another new game has been uploaded this week. Look for SGP.ZIP which contains a Starglider game for the Portfolio. MACPOR.ARC is a re-packaged version of MACPTX.SIT and MACPOR.SIT files. This file is in ARC format. The files describe the technique for connecting the Mac to a Portfolio. BJ Gleason is conducting a survey. Drop him a line and tell him what your favorite Port programs are. ________________________________________________________ > The UNTOLD Story! STR Spotlight PITTSBURGH.... Finally, the TRUTH! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" THE UNTOLD STORY OF PITTSBURGH, PA ================================== by DC Signorini (c) 1991, 1992, 1992 ======== PART III ======== [This is part 3 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 or II, you are encouraged to read these Parts before reading further.] AND THE SHOW MUST GO ON ----------------------- Another example of the "bad feelings" that existed between the two groups in Pittsburgh, Atari Elite and PACE, is concerning the annual PACE show sponsored by that organization. The first show I believe was in 1988. PACE would not allow the Atari Elite to have a booth at the show because they felt that Atari Elite was "competition" to PACE. Other usergroups were invited, but Atari Elite was not allowed to be represented. One of Atari Elite's members owned a retail computer store and was granted a booth at the show providing that he in no way promoted the Atari Elite. He agreed, and from what I understand, was forced to sign an agreement to this extent. He paid for the booth, and attended the show, while Atari Elite sat on the sidelines. The show was a success, however, PACE complained that the mentioned vendor did in fact "allude to" Atari Elite while at the show. The vendor denied the accusations, and rightly so, but was banned from attending any future shows. Plans for a show in 1989 hit the waves in Pittsburgh, again sponsored by PACE. This year, the said vendor was prohibited from the show and a new restriction was placed on the Atari Elite to further insure that they could not attend: Only Atari recognized groups were permitted to attend. Atari Elite was not recognized by Atari. Not because of their reputation, but rather because John Karlovich did not see a need to do so. His philosophy was that Atari had changed User Group coordinators so often, that once Atari Elite filled out the necessary forms, they would have to do it all over again for a new coordinator. I insisted to John at that time that I would take responsibility for doing so, but the President of the group had to be the one to submit the forms. Atari Elite went on un-registered. So, an argument took place as to whether Atari Elite was recognized or not. And, of course, because of all of the slander that had taken place up until now, Atari Corp. had a really nice picture of the Atari Elite to look at. This picture was unfortunately smudged a bit by un-knowledgeable and selfish individuals. Atari Elite, nonetheless, sent PACE money for a booth and awaited PACE's decision. PACE argued that because Atari Elite was not recognized, and the fact that they had a software rental library, they would not allow them to have a booth. Jim Laux, the treasure of Atari Elite, and myself visited them at their board meeting one evening to plead with them to let the Elite attend. Atari Elite had a lot of hard working individuals who could help PACE with the show, yet PACE wanted nothing to do with it. Jim and I left the meeting with a sharp "no" and were very disappointed. Atari Elite were the "bad guys" and could not play in PACE's reindeer games. At the Atari Elite board meeting that month, we discussed ways of how the Atari Elite could boycott the show. Should AE distribute flyers to everyone pulling into the parking lot of the show site? Do a direct mail to users and vendors? Plead to Atari for intervention? While our anger was evident, we all elected that we should passively let this water flow under the bridge and concentrate instead on building the organization instead of wasting energy elsewhere. A few wanted to actively pursue the "ninja" approach but it was voted down. Atari Elite would not attend the show. Period. The following is a re-print from the "Keeping PACE" newsletter that appeared during this time frame. It was captured from the PACE BBS and is believed to be presented here in its original form: ***** Written by the President of PACE in 1988 **** Your comments on Monday night helped me sort out where I think we should be going and I think you will be more comfortable with following approach. Let me start out with a couple of assumptions relating to the Elite and P.A.C.E., some of which are different or modified from the thoughts I had on Monday night. I do not believe that the Elite are ever going to be taken to court over the software rental. They will never be a big enough to be worth the trouble. They are probably organized as a corporation like we are but may pay out dividends. I doubt that they are a partnership. As a corporation the officers are protected. Their members are not at risk under either arrangement. If they are unlikely to be sued we are even less likely. We have already demonstrated that we are separate from them and through our normal course of business do enough to make that separation evident. We don't need to disclaim affiliation for the purpose of limiting our liability which makes any concerned that disclaimer would provide a form of advertisement moot. The legality of software rental is a matter of interest to the Atari community but talking about it will not cause them rethink their position on rental. Talking about the Elite is also an item of interest to the Atari community. It should be limited to reduce its advertising potential but need not be avoided. Our problem with the rental of software is that it is not compatible with the vendors we are trying to attract to the Show and has nothing to do with its legality. We have many advantages and capabilities that will always be attractive to a large group of users, if we keep doing what we have been doing. The Elite will draw a certain type of user but many people will be part of both clubs. We may be able to draw some of their members to our club. We are both going to be around. We are going to compete with each other which will keep us on our toes. Nothing we do will make them stop renting software or go away. We need to start looking forward to the next Show and making plans to avoid the problems we ran into at the last Show. What this all boils down to is that the real problem we have with the Elite is over the Show. Software rental is their gimmick and the Show is ours. The Show and software rental do not mix. They know that we can't have them at the Show and try to use this situation to their advantage. As long as we do the Show there will be a problem between the two groups at Show time. Our Show has the potential to be a moneymaker, provides tremendous benefit to Atari users and sets P.A.C.E. apart from other user groups. It is strategically important for P.A.C.E. to be able to put on this event. The only time P.A.C.E. and the Atari Elite can not peacefully co-exist is at the Show. We should find out whether we can expect to go through the process we went through last April. If both groups know sufficiently in advance that the Elite are not going to be invited to the next Show and their and our members have time to adjust and accept that fact, maybe the Elite won't be able to stir the pot as effectively as they did. On the other hand, if, for some reason, we can not exclude the Elite or if they are likely to do things that will make the Show less likely to be profitable for P.A.C.E. then we need to find out before we get too committed and are unable to make needed adjustments. We may as well see what their reaction to exclusion will be while the last Show is relatively fresh in people's minds. This is better than waiting until we are in the thick of trying to do all the work for the Show and are least prepared to handle it. I have written some additional paragraphs to the President's report that get us pointed toward discussing the next Show and that we intend to we will exclude software renters again. Regarding the response to Mark Spires, I would rather put something in the newsletter than appear to ignore him or have to answer him. What I have written is consistent with the request he made and is better than reprinting his entire letter. This also eliminates the need to for me to explain what is inaccurate in his letter. Hopefully we can change the focus from the last Show toward the next. I think the "Software Rental" article should still be used. I think it is timely with the activity on the BBS and might help people understand some of the issues surrounding software rental. The following is what I propose be added to the President' Report. Please give me a call if there is anything I overlooked or even if there is something that doesn't sit right. My trip was cancelled so I will be at the Monday night ST meeting. President's Report (additional paragraphs) Most of you know by now that we are planning on sponsoring another Atari Computer Products Show in 1989 and perhaps as early as February or March. In last month's newsletter I pointed our that we were not as successful as we would have liked in keeping an organization that rents commercial software from having representation at our last Show. The experiences of the last Show pointed out a few areas where we will improve on the handling of this issue. First, we didn't make our policies and rules well known to the members and potential vendors early enough before the Show. Second, we didn't provide sufficient incentives to those renting booths to ensure that only authorized organizations would be represented. There are many vendors who sell software and very few who rent commercial software. Those who sell software are more interested in attending a Show where there are no software renters than in attending one that is open to all types of organizations. We think we can get more software vendors to our next Show by being overt about our policy of excluding those who rent software. The sponsors of other Shows like ours outside of Pittsburgh have found it desireable to exclude specific vendors or certain classes of vendors like mail order or businesses without a storefront. We hope to find out whether similar restrictions in addition to excluding software renters would also benefit our next Show. By setting the criteria for booth rental and making this known to vendors, user groups and other organizations interested in our Show, we expect that we can get greater vendor participation and have a better quality Show for local Atari users than we can if we were to leave Show open to everyone. For the present the only type of organization we will exclude are organizations that rent commercial software and we will keep you aware of additional restrictions. In response to last month's President's Report, I received a letter from Mark Spires on the subject of his booth at the last Show. In his letter he said that he would appreciate it if I would clarify his intentions in this newsletter. He stated in the letter that he intended to gather names and addresses for the promotion of his own business and that he did not intend to promote the Atari Elite at the Show. ***** End of Reprint ***** Many of you may be wondering why the Atari Elite did not sponsor their own show? Well, there were many reasons. The most substantial reason was the fact that Atari Elite had very little operating cash. PACE had been around for many years and had a substantial budget built up. Also, revenues from previous shows were used and very little was derived from membership dues. Atari Elite simply did not have this convenience. Secondly, Atari Elite was already fighting a battle against the rumors started by certain individuals in the Pittsburgh area. It was felt that to overcome that would be difficult. And thirdly, Atari Corp. was frowning upon the Atari Elite because of all they heard from third party individuals. Without the support of the mother company, it would be nearly impossible to pull off a successful show. So, Atari Elite concentrated on internal affairs instead of show promotions. ==================================================================== 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. ==================================================================== > ONE-SIDED? STR Feedback THE REAL CAUSES & NOW... THE CONSEQUENCES! """"""""""""""""""""""" IS THE AUA SERIES UNFAIR? ========================= FORUM>Reply, Add, Read, "?" or Exit> J38274 1-JUN 23:52 General Information RE: STR (Re: Msg 38267) From: BIBLINSKI To: DPJ (NR) My only concern about all this is that we truly hear _all_ sides to the story. If 'bad' things are printed about someone, that person should have a chance to defend himself (or herself) in that same issue, if not the same story. Even in an objective story, things can be skewed to show someone in a bad light. It's all in how the story is told. So far, the series has been one-sided. It's all being told by a single person, whose credibility is unknown. And, for most of us, unknowable. Should I really believe him when he says there was no piracy being done in the Atari Elite? What proof do I have? What proof, besides his word, did he give? Maybe some kind of validatable proof will be presented in a future article. I hope so. So far, it all seems pretty straight, but I've known enough bullsh*tters in my life to be a little skeptical. I hope we'll read articles in future issues that will provide us with other points of view. Developers who felt they were ripped off, Atari personnel More? who were involved, disinterested observers... When I've heard it all, I'll draw my own conclusions. But, until I hear it all, I won't accept being told that the conclusion is obvious. --Gordie A REPLY FROM THE EDITOR ======================= Gordie; I can appreciate your observations but they lack the retrospect needed in attempting to be fair and to understand exactly what is going on. You see, this all began quite some time ago, first with the accusations being made in a school kitchen during an impromptu inquisition on a Sunday afternoon and second, with the public castigation (without proofs) of the Atari Elite Usergroup by some rather prominent individuals in the Atari community. Without a doubt, the current presentation is a well informed rebuttal to everything that has been presented publicly condemning both the AUA and the Atari Elite Usergroup. To continue, shortly thereafter, it became obvious that certain individuals found it necessary to hold the upcoming WAACE show "hostage" (under boycott) until their 'demands' were met. Namely, the barring of the Atari Elite Usergroup from attending! I am well aware that this series of articles may _seem_ one sided but truly, all one need do is read the entire accounts of the others as they were also present in their entirety in STReport. The conclusions to be drawn are very obvious. Should you believe him? Do you have any reason to NOT believe him? Other than the unfounded and unproven accusations of those in this community who seem to relish surrounding themselves in the "white robes" of pure innocence, there is absolutely no proof of wrong doing on the part of anyone in the Atari Elite Usergroup not now, not then, not at all. In fact, they established quite a track record in regards to providing excellent public relations for Atari Corp. with their documented multi media expositions to various large business communities in the Pittsburgh area. Actually, the series of articles are meant to present Derek Signorini's impressions of went on and how it effected the AUA. The bottom line is that there is sufficient information to lend serious credibility to his accounts. Especially where the inferences are made that deliberate and calculated efforts were undertaken to torpedo the AUA from the moment it was "assumed" to be part of the Atari Elite Usergroup. Also, it should be known that Atari Elite Usergroup initiated a number of legal proceedings relative to the unfounded accusations and indeed did become the object of a great deal of animosity as a result of taking a legal stand in protecting its good name and reputation. As an aside, the legal aspects of the entire matter had sufficient merit to be placed on the docket. However, due to the intervention of certain concerned individuals in the Atari Community, the matter was resolved and the lawsuits dropped. In closing it should be made clear that the AUA is/was and will continue to be an excellent organization. Its concept is fine, "In unity there is strength", the whole idea being to give the USERS a unified voice. Unfortunately there were/are those who feel such an entity is a threat. Those individuals have made themselves very well known through their continued efforts to muffle the 'questioning voices", the views of "those who oppose blind complacency" and finally, those who refuse to "follow the company line". The users are being shortchanged at every turn, they DO pay the bills, they DO keep the platform going, the SHOULD and DO deserve to have adequate representation in order to provide an independent, respected and informative interface with Atari and the other companies doing business in the Atari community. IN SUPPORT, THESE ITEMS ARE PRESENTED: From STReport # 4.18 05/04/90 - The Editor's Podium The PACE show in Pittsburgh last weekend had many things that can be said for it, most of which are not too complimentary. However, for now lets look at a few of the more positive comments made and heard at the show for the first time. During the STReport seminar a strong indicator of things to come in future was clearly illustrated. After polling the audience to see if any realized just what the indicator was, (most had no idea) the indicator was described. Atari has set a marvelous precedent with the STe. Not a soul in the hall realized the outstanding significance of the STe. It is the FIRST machine ever released by Atari (under the Tramiels) that is upgradable in the field. And further, it was indicated that this was designed into the machine at its inception. This landmarks the fact that Atari is listening to the users and has indeed begun to positively respond. Hopefully its not too late. The time is right for the userbase to continue its valuable input to Atari Corp. Never, in Atari's history have they been so responsive as now. Even though, the handwriting is on the wall, if they don't get the product out to market NOW the developers are not going to hang on to empty promises and broken dreams. The course of current events is truly unbelievable at this time, the software theft going on in the Atari arena is at what appears to be an all time high or, in our opinion the level is the same, its the brash, blatant manner in which they are going about their activities that is making it all the more visible. The final analysis is that Atari has to get off its duff and begin to ship machines in the USA ..in earnest. This business of "talk with no action" has really gone far enough. The userbase has, because of Atari's inactivity, received a far different message than most of us who are in closer contact with Atari have received. They feel that Atari has forsaken them and that its "free-for-all" time. This is sad. While a frustrated and deprived userbase is a very dangerous and volatile situation Atari continues to seriously procrastinate. This is now MAY 1990 and still NOTHING of note has hit the dealers. What the heck is going on out there? Another dealer has sadly closed his doors right here in Jacksonville, Fla. The userbase appears to be of the opinion that Atari is "not interested in the USA market and they (the users) are going to "get what they can" while the getting is good. This is Atari's fault plain and simple. Sure, time can correct this situation, but really, time is getting quite scarce. Five months into 1990 and we still wait... Ralph.... - From GEnie Atari RT Category 11, Topic 11 Message 95 Mon pr 30, 1990 BOB-BRODIE [AtariCorp.] at 19:21 EDT Jeff, The group in question did not have a booth. They did have members present at the show, I am told. What was incredible was the blatant way they discussed their practices *RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DEVELOPERS*!!!!! They had an obvious affect on the sales of software at this show. GRIBNIF sold about 1/10th of what they usually do. An example: someone bought a new paint program at the show from one of the software companies. About 45 minutes after making the purchase, he brought it back, requesting his money back. The vendor was surprised, as he gave an excellent price on the product, and it was still shrink wrapped. The explanation was that he wanted to return it because "his friend knew where he could get one for free." As far a future show for that area, good luck. I can't go to Atari and recommend we go back to that area. Word reached me before I got to the show about what was going on, and I was angry when I got there. Angry because these developers are my personal friends, angry because there are complaints about Atari not having a dealer (and now we know why!), and angry that the people at the show would be so cavalier in their attitude toward the developers. We all have to fight this type of activity any way we can. Here's what I did: I had gotten approved a very nice selection of door prizes for this show, a MegaFile 60, six sets of TOS 1.4, Gauntlet for the Lynx, Airball for the eight bit, AtariWriter 80 and an XEP-80. Quite similar to what I did for the MidWest Swapfest, except it was a 60 Meg HD instead of a 44 Meg removable. When I heard what was going on in that show, I decided to return all of the prizes to Sunnyvale. It is a shame, as perhaps some legitimate users might have won a nice door prize. But from what I saw, we just would have helped the wrong people out. So, all of the product came home with me, over $1000 worth of door prizes. I'm not going to go to Atari and ask them to support a group/show that doesn't support the developers and dealers that show upto support them. It just isn't right. BTW, I was in Rochester the day before, and I did give away everything to them that I planned to. They got the same prizes that I had planned to give at the PACE Show. that... was on GEnie JOe! Much more national than this! Wait to you read STReport this time around! The Elite MUST stop rentals NOW!!! Atari is demanding it! Your comments will be sent to Atari so they know whereyou stand......also, we are distributing the list to software companies who plan to not support people that endorse piracy. From STReport # 4.19 05/11/90 Dear Mr. Brodie (Atari User Group Coordinator), I am from Pittsburgh, PA and I own a business that has supported Atari since 1984. In 1982, I received my official Atari service training from Atari Dallas when Atari had three Regional service centers and gave diplomas. That was quite a long time ago. Since 1984, I have serviced Atari computers in the Pittsburgh Area. I also have been a member of PACE since 1984 and a member of the Atari Elite Organization since 1986. I am telling you that you know very little about the Atari dealers, the Atari User Groups, or the Atari people in the Pittsburgh, PA area. For the record, I believe that you have publicly reacted and spoke detrimentally about this area, and caused irreparable damage (of which you could care less about). All this was done prematurely, before you really could know the facts about everything. What you have verbalized to many has been oblique, biased, and without neutrality. The main reason why PACE's Atarifest show did not do well is because there were only two Pittsburgh area dealers at the show (one music dealer and one 8-Bit dealer). There has always been a lack of supporting dealers in the Pittsburgh area. This has been because Atari can not HOLD any dealers in this area. This problem has existed even years BEFORE any "software library" existed. The lack of dealers is NOT piracy related! I personally have known ALL the dealers that have come and gone. MOST of the dealers have had disagreements with Atari and MOST of them have discontinued their dealerships with Atari because of their problems with Atari. These are facts that only I could know, because Atari has gone through several corporate and personnel changes through the years. Since 1985, I have had the ONLY listing for the Atari name in the Pittsburgh Yellow pages (I have copies of all the ads). That means that since 1985, NO dealer has even considered advertising for Atari a real shame! Why? Because Atari can not consistently deliver product or offer consistent policy towards their dealers! The dealers that sold Atari computers are NO longer in business or supporting Atari. If there is little or NO Atari hardware being sold, how do you expect any software sales? There are NO software houses in Pittsburgh that sell Atari software (such as B. Dalton's, Software City, or Electronics Boutique). What is unreal, is the fact that most of the Atari computers in Pittsburgh just simply change hands because people can not find software or anything for their machines. I know that this is true because I continually get calls from many people that own Atari computers, who ask me these type of questions: "Where can I get rid of my Atari computer"? "Will you buy my Atari"? Or, "Can you sell my Atari computer for me"? NO dealers means NO new machines or dealer support. NO new machines or dealer support means a DECREASE in the user base. And a significant DECREASE in the user base in our area has meant a major DECREASE in the PACE Atarifest show attendance and performance. The logic is simple and undeniable. So who is to blame for this?! Certainly not PACE, and I feel that you, who represent Atari to the User Groups across the USA, have done an injustice to a good organization by denying them of their PROMISED door prizes for their show. How dare you punish a good User Group because you felt that the door prize would go to a pirate! By now, I wonder how many of your previous door prizes have been plundered by pirates in other areas of the USA. I hope that this does not send the wrong message to all the other User Groups in the USA. Your job at Atari is to SUPPORT the User Groups! I think that Atari needs a more knowledgeable and educated user group representative. Certainly not the Atari Elite Organization either. I have sold much more software to members of the Atari Elite Organization than to PACE. They are more aware of software availability due to their review library and to the European magazines that I sell (I have the receipts to prove this). I have been to most of PACE's and Atari Elite's meetings and I have heard the presidents of both user groups condemn piracy (especially the president of the Atari Elite, who in just about every other meeting "preaches" against piracy). I personally know at least 90% the members of both user groups and they are people of good integrity. Both groups are Non-Profit and provide many good services to their users. The software review library is a service that fills a software VOID in the Pittsburgh area. The Atari Elite organization has done much to support the very few local dealers in the Pittsburgh area and continually sends them customers. Both Atari Elite and PACE do not practice piracy at any of their meetings or condone it outside of their meetings. I attended the PACE show both days and I personally knew just about every one that attended the show. Every Atari Elite and PACE member that I had talked to at the show had purchased software - because I took the time to ask many of them individually. So who is to blame for this? If you want to blame people, then blame the pirates outside the user groups that want to flaunt their piracy in front of the vendors. What pirate that would have the gall to flaunt their bounty, would really NEED a user group or vendor anyway (except for bragging purposes and checking out the new stuff)? Pirates are everywhere, in and out of every user group, in the Pittsburgh area as well as any other area. If you want to blame a company, blame Atari for its inconsistent dealer policies and lack of product for the US market. If you want to blame one person, blame yourself for not supporting the Pittsburgh area - by punishing PACE or blaming the Atari Elite. I believe that you have made a serious mistake by blaming two of the Atari User Groups that down through the years have supported the Atari line of computers when others have not. This message is my only message concerning this, and it will be left by whoever will post it. Any person who posts this message is not responsible for these views in any way. This message is free for distribution anywhere and is not to be modified in any way. Mark Spires, At Your Service Pittsburgh, PA. AND THE OUTRAGE CONTINUES ========================= AutoBoss\Atari Elite Bulletin Board Electronic Mail System You have 1 piece(s) of mail waiting. Select> r Read mail [F]rom you [T]o you [B]oth: t Electronic Mail Sent : May 8, 1990 at 8:00 PM To : JOHN KARLOVICH From : LARRY HACKETT MAGE Subj : Pittsburgh Show I'm a little more than discouraged about the reviews i've been reading about the recent Pittsburgh show. As a representative of the Atari Elite, would you care to make a comment on the allegations that the Atari Elite actively encourages piracy and in fact rents atari commercial software? Also, please indicate what parts of the coorespondence you will allow to be posted on local BBS's in my area as well as Z-NET. Please respond at your earliest convenience to LARRY HACKETT (not Larry Hackett Mage, as I erroneously logged in as...) Please note that NO response would be taken as a "no contest" to the allegations. Thank You. Larry Hackett This message was sent to John Karlovich, President of the Atari Elite. We have reprinted it here for all to see the sad state of affairs a witchhunt can and will promote. While we do not for a moment believe that our colleagues at Znet would condone such nonsense, we can find it very easy to believe that an individual in search of the ever elusive "scoop" could perpetrate such a nasty deed. On behalf of all of us in the press corps. we apologize for the actions of this "overzealous" individual. From STReport # 6.20 05/18/90 - RENTALS.. OK? STR Spotlight What's the story, Jerry? =========================== THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND --------------------------- by Dick Biow A few years ago, I got some solid information about the legality of renting copyrighted software, as presented by the legal department of a multi-million-dollar software publisher. I'd wanted to write a story on software piracy for an ST-related mag. So I told the legal expert, "I want to rent a copy of your software from a rental house. I'll keep all records and turn them over to you. Then you take action against these rental chiselers, I'll testify, let the government jail them, and we'll accomplish some healthy goals." My great journalistic crusade never got started because, as the legal expert made clear, it was legal to rent software, just as long the rental materials supplied were original docs and original disks. The procedure is illegal *only* if pirate copies are supplied, which most renters are too smart to do. The publisher's legal staff that I contacted had hoped to lobby Congress to pass a bill making *all* software rental illegal. I doubt that such a bill has been passed by Congress, or every computer magazine in the U.S. would have featured the resulting change in copyright law by now. (I have not checked this recently with an attorney.) What does this all mean? It means that a bunch of self-righteous clowns have probably -- and most unfairly -- smeared members of a Pittsburgh Atari association, whose providing of rental programs may well be as legal as ambling across the street on a "walk" light. They've fed one another's indignation with blatant accusations based on ignorance. As a group, they owe apologies. As individuals, if they continue their accusations, they have a bit of a cause to worry about playing the part of defendants in slander suits. (I didn't have to consult an attorney to write this article. But *they* should have done so before playing with the possibility of slander.) How do we prevent such folly in the future? Let's get our facts straight before charging into the fray with loud allegations. If we feel that software rental should be made illegal (as I most certainly do), let's write letters to our Congressmen, not just to our favorite ST publications. We'll never gather supporters by raging at renters. And we'll certainly never persuade the renters to stop renting by accusing them unfairly of crimes! - SEZ WHO? STR SOUND OFF "Let he who is without sin cast...." ====================== READER MAIL OF NOTE =================== Dear Ralph, I am not a particularly good writer, but I feel there may be some facts that have been distorted a bit surrounding the Pittsburgh menagerie that must be brought to light. I have been following the messages and articles concerning the events that took place in Pittsburgh the weekend of April 28-29 in your publication and on GEnie and one very interesting comment was made in error. You see, I attended the show both days in Pittsburgh and you could say that I was in the right place at the right time to over hear a conversation between Gribnif and the vice president of PACE. Let me set the record straight, however, before I go on. I am not a member of either user group in Pittsburgh. I was a member of PACE, a while back, but let my membership expire for several reasons. I do however, have friends in both groups, and have a good friend who is an officer of PACE. That's why I ask that you not reveal my name. Well, let me paraphrase a message that appeared on GEnie and in your publication last week. It was mentioned that a certain individual had been speaking with Rick of Gribnif Software and had a purchased copy of version 1.0 of NeoDesk that he wanted to upgrade. Rick told him that the upgrade would cost $20.00 and the gentleman was offended by the price and stated that he could get it cheaper "somewhere else." Rick was taken back by this because he knew that NeoDesk could not be purchased anywhere for that price and immediately concluded that the individual was going to pirate the software. The funny thing about this is that all of the PACE representatives, such as Phil Hanze, Bruce Markey, and Jeff Solomon and even Bob Brodie have stated that this person was a member of the infamous Atari Elite club. Well, let me tell you that these people where either 1) Misinformed, or 2) trying to cover something up. The person we are talking about here is the Vice President of PACE, JG Thayne!!! Now, my question is this: What the heck is going on in Pittsburgh? Is someone is trying to 'frame' the Atari Elite and pin this entire piracy issue on that group when they can be no more accountable for the piracy problems than PACE?! If PACE was aware that their Vice President goofed, and I am told that even Bruce Markey, the President of PACE was aware of this situation, then why have they turned this event up side down and claimed that it was an Atari Elite member who made this comment???!!! Does it not seem a little strange that this story got twisted by 4 different people, all of which are members of PACE and want nothing more than to see the 'other group' go down in flames? Interesting is it not? In closing, I feel that I must make a statement here to all of the Atari people who have been following the events of April 28-29. Do not be too quick to make a decision to condemn the Atari Elite group in Pittsburgh until you have filtered through all of the facts and fantasies! It appears that a lot that we are seeing message wise coming from PACE may be a bunch of rubbish brought about to try to end a cross town rivalry that has been going on now for 5 years! Time will tell, however, and we will soon see who really is responsible for the deplorable situation in this city. Sincerely, NAME WITHELD AT WRITER'S REQUEST Donora, Pennsylvania From STReport # 6.21 05/25/90 PITTSBURGH SPEAKS! STR SOUND OFF A different viewpoint... ================================ STReport Reader Mail Call ------------------------- Item 4394729 90/05/22 19:43 From: J.THAYNE J. Gregg Thayne To: ST.REPORT Ralph F. Mariano Sub: My Response to Donora PA Dear Ralph: I would like to comment on the letter that you received from Donora, Pa. in the last issue of STReport. I feel that I have to comment since that he did not hear the ENTIRE conversation, and I want to set the record straight, so that Pittsburgh can move on to the real problems at hand. From now on, I will refer to the letter writer as Mr. X. While it is true that I had a conversation with Rick from Gribnif Software, the way that Mr. X paraphrased it left out a lot of the IMPORTANT things. Here is what REALLY HAPPENED... While at the North-East AtariFest I wanted to get my copy of NeoDesk upgraded to a more current version, since I can't use it with all the programs that I use. I went to the Gribnif table and talked to the gentleman there, which happened to be Rick of Gribnif Software. I asked him how much it would be to upgrade from version 1.x of NeoDesk to the current version that they were selling and promoting at the show. He told me that it would be $20.00. I ran back over to the PACE booth, where I was 90% of the show, and got my original disk, then went back to Rick. I said, "Here is my original disk, but I have the Docs at home, if you need, I can bring them in tomorrow if you need them, now what do I have to do?" He then informed me to fill out this card that he handed me, and that they would send me my new version in 2-8 weeks. I asked him why he could not just upgrade to the current version that they had there. He told me "We don't do it THAT way." I then explained that my friend had that done at a previous show within the last year, and he repeated the above, but in a way that I did not like. His tone was starting to get uppity. Since I really wanted the program at that time, and that I use the program often, I asked him if the $35 price was what they were charging to buy it new, and he answered "Yes". I then brought up the fact that there were several vendors there that had the product NEW and the new VERSION for a lower price. He then told me in a very harsh tone, "You can't find the program at a lower price." I then gave him figures from two of the vendors at the show, and said that I could go over there and buy it new for at least $5.00 cheaper than they were selling it new, and I would have it NOW. Not to mention the fact that I could do what a lot of the show attendees did, and tell the other vendor with the higher price that the other vendor had it at a lower price, and they would then match or beat the price, so I expressed that I could probably get NeoDesk for around $25.00. That would only be $5.00 more than the upgrade, and I wouldn't have to wait WEEKS to get the new version. After expressing my dislike for his policies, I then DID say, "I will just get the program (NeoDesk) at a lower price elsewhere." Now the last quote was what I said, and if heard without the previous conversation, it could be taken wrong, but if Mr. X was there for the ENTIRE conversation, then he would not have been misled. One final note about my experience with Gribnif is that while I was walking away from the booth, after saying that I would get the program at a lower price, I overheard Rick say a few nasty things about "that guy...", and I was not pleased. On to better things. I can understand the problems that the show had, and even some of the good things that happened, but the REAL problem is that we, as Atari Users, must UNITE and stop the petty wars, and get to the heart of the problem, and that being Atari. How can we as users try to gain new members when there is a shortage of Atari product in the U.S.A.? I have talked to the latest Atari Dealer that we HAD, and his reason for not supporting the Atari line of products anymore was "Problems with Atari." It was not competition from local or mail-order places, but it was the problems of Atari itself. I feel that until the users can stop their bickering, and focus their attention on the real problems, we will never get anywhere, and we may end up as orphaned computer users. We must let Atari know that we want SUPPORT, product and advertising. I can't remember the last time that I saw an ad in a MAJOR magazine for a ATARI computer. We need to let people know that Atari is more than just the game machine that they still think of. Atari has to get off their duffs and get on the ball. Atari does well outside of the U.S. but has problems here, I don't want to hear about the FCC and how strict they are, IBM and other companies don't have these problems when they sell their products both overseas and in the U.S. These opinions are my own, and in no way represent those of PACE, the Pittsburgh Atari Computer Enthusiast. And another note, I am the PACE Atari 8-Bit SysOp, and not ONE of the Vice Presidents. I was last term, but that was before the AtariFest. Thanks you for your time; J.G. Thayne Greentree, PA PACE 8-bit Sysop """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Editor Note: ------------ Amazing, here we are June, 1992 and the complaints appear to be the very same as they have always been! Guess it proves the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Aside from showing Gordie that there was indeed very heavy coverage (there's much more than this in subsequent issues) of the AUA/PACE/Atari Elite matter, the overall complaints from the users seem to be the very same things we are hearing today. Apparently, the new "wonder kinde" in Sunnyvale haven't done as well as they'd have us believe. <sigh> ________________________________________________________ > SILHOUETTE 1.37 STR InfoFile """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Date: June 2, 1992 Demonstration Version of; Silhouette Version 1.37 ======================= Thank you for your review of Silhouette, a powerful bit-image and vector graphics program with auto-tracing function that is offered at an exceptional price. Silhouette Version 1.37 is an update version for any registered Silhouette users with version 1.25 or higher. For registered users on GEnie and Compuserve, update versions are uploaded directly to users via electronic mail. Two versions of version 1.37 have been uploaded to the bulletin boards - an ST version and a TT version. The ST version will run on any ST or TT machine, but the TT version is for the TT owners exclusive use. HOW SILHOUETTE RUNS You must install GDOS at boot-up in order to run Silhouette. If you already have a GDOS program installed on your computer system, then Silhouette can share the ASSIGN.SYS file setup that is available. Place the files - SILOETTE.PRG, SILOETTE.RSC, HELP.SIL in the same directory path. The last file is the demo's help file. Silhouette will ask you if you want to load the file. #### THE HELP MENU IS ENTERED BY HITTING THE HELP KEY ####### Read the start of the help menu to get going. It is important to recognize that drawing functions are started with a single left mouse click, the object is shaped with the mouse buttons up, move with the left button down, and finished with a right mouse button click. Furthermore, there are many exciting features available through the CONTROL/ALTERNATE/SHIFT key combinations and other keys as well. Read the help file to learn them. Silhoette runs on any ST or TT with 1 MB or more of RAM, and in ST High or TT High Resolution. It will also run on the Moniterm monitor. Two versions of Silhouette are now available - an ST version and an exclusive TT version. THE ST VERSION TAKES ADVANTAGE OF AN INSTALLED MATH COPROCESSOR AND THE TT VERSION RUNS ONLY WITH A MATH COPROCESSOR INSTALLED. IMPROVEMENTS TO SILHOUETTE Through the developer support system at Atari Corporation, Silhouette's developer has acquired a TT computer. Silhouette has now been thoroughly tested on the TT as well as the ST. Also it has been tested in TT high resolution. Many features have been added to Silhouette since the last demo (version 1.07) was uploaded and many new features have appeared even since version 1.25. GEM file handling has been greatly improved. The creation and editing of bezier curves has been totally renovated. WITH SMOOTHING 'ON' AND SET TO 4 PT BEZIER, THE POLYLINE FUNCTION CREATES BEZIER CURVES. DEPRESSING THE LEFT MOUSE BUTTON AND DRAGGING THE MOUSE SETS THE END POINT AND CREATES A BEZIER SEGMENT. The use of Bezier curves in the auto-tracing functions has been improved. 'Polyline Edit' edits not just polylines but b-splines and beziers. Beziers, when edited, will have the tangental lines of the control points displayed. Graphics output is in the formats: SGF (Silhouette), GEM, GEM3, EPS, DXF and IMG bit-image. Graphics input is in the formats: SGF, GEM, GEM3 and MacPaint, IMG, DEGAS, TINY bit-image formats. Other New Features: - Full FSM support including conversion of FSM fonts to bezier curves. - GDOS Print function directly from Silhouette. - Conversion of Ellipses to bezier curves. HOW TO PURCHASE We are now shipping version 1.37 of Silhouette at a cost of $94.94 for the ST version and $103.95 for the TT version, plus shipping cost. Silhouette $100 Arasbesque + Convector $250 Avant Vector $500 Silhouette is an american made product that continues the philosophy of Atari Corp. - power at low cost. Current registered users can upgrade for $9.00 to the TT version. Silhouette is also becoming available through more Atari dealers. UPCOMING FEATURES - Interface support for ScanLite. Scan directly into Silhouette. - A Silhouette + Drawing Tablet package at far less than the cost of Avant Vector. - Silhouette version 1.5 - CVG, EPS Illustrator format, new advances in auto-tracing. Big improvements for just a $15.00 upgrade fee for current users (V1.25 or higher). For more information, assistance in running the demo program or to purchase Silhouette: Maxwell CPU 2124 W. Centennial Dr. Louisville, CO 80027 (303)666-7754, M-SaT., 8AM - 5PM _____________________________________________________________ > LYNX RATINGS STR InfoFile GAME RATINGS & REVIEW ANALYSIS """"""""""""""""""""""""" ---------------------------------------------- STAR*LINX BBS 602 464-4817 | | | | |G |C | | |L |P P| | GAME RATING & REVIEW SYSTEM | | | | |A |O | | |O P|A R| | | | |S |M |M |M | E | |N L|C E| O | --==May 3, 92 Standings==-- | | A |O |U |E |L | X | C |G A|K S| V | | G | N |U |S |P |Y | C | H | Y|A E| E | +------------------+ | R | I |N E|I |L |N F| I | A |T A|G N| R | | 5: Outstanding | | A | M |D F|C |A D|X E| T | L |E B|I T| A | | 4: Great | | P | A | F|A S|Y E| A| E | L |R I|N A| L S| | 3: Good | | H | T | E|L C| S| T| M | E |M L|G T| L C| | 2: Fair | | I | I | C| O|& I| U| E | N | I| I| O| | 1: Poor | | C | O | T| R| G| R| N | G | T|& O| R| +------------------+ | S | N | S| E| N| E| T | E | Y| N| E| |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|----| Klax |4.5|4.2|4.9|4.3|4.5|N/A|4.2|4.7|4.3|3.8|4.33| STUN Runner |4.6|4.8|4.0|3.2|4.6|N/A|4.8|4.8|4.4|3.2|4.22| Qix |4.3|4.3|3.3|3.6|4.6|N/A|4.3|4.3|4.3|4.3|4.11| Toki |4.4|4.4|4.4|3.6|4.4|N/A|4.2|3.8|3.8|4.2|4.11| Shanghai |4.5|4.0|3.7|4.6|4.5|3.6|3.7|4.4|4.5|3.9|4.10| Awesome Golf |4.5|4.2|3.7|3.2|4.7|3.5|4.2|4.5|4.5|3.2|4.00| Checkered Flag |4.3|4.4|4.0|3.2|4.4|4.2|4.1|4.1|3.6|3.3|4.00| Warbirds |4.1|4.5|3.2|2.9|4.4|4.7|4.1|4.1|4.1|4.2|4.00| Slime World |4.4|4.5|3.5|2.7|4.1|4.5|4.0|4.1|3.9|3.4|3.90| SuperSkweek |4.0|5.0|4.0|3.0|5.0|4.0|3.0|3.0|4.0|3.0|3.80| Chip's Challenge |3.3|3.4|3.2|3.5|4.4|N/A|4.0|4.6|4.2|3.4|3.77| Crystal Mines 2 |3.7|3.5|3.5|3.2|4.5|N/A|4.0|4.2|4.2|3.0|3.77| Robotron 2084 |3.0|3.0|5.0|4.0|4.0|N/A|4.0|4.0|4.0|3.0|3.77| Chess Challenge |3.6|3.3|2.3|2.3|4.3|4.6|3.6|5.0|4.0|4.3|3.70| A.P.B. |4.0|4.0|4.4|2.9|3.7|N/A|3.8|3.9|3.5|3.4|3.66| Blockout |4.0|4.1|2.8|2.8|4.2|N/A|3.4|4.2|4.1|3.4|3.66| Zarlor Mercenary |4.4|4.1|3.3|3.1|4.0|3.4|3.8|3.7|3.2|3.5|3.60| Road Blasters |4.0|3.6|3.6|3.6|3.2|N/A|3.3|3.7|3.1|3.6|3.55| Blue Lightning |4.2|4.2|3.2|2.6|3.7|N/A|3.7|3.5|3.1|3.2|3.44| Gates of Zendocon |4.1|4.0|3.4|3.3|3.6|N/A|3.4|3.5|3.3|3.0|3.44| Viking Child |4.3|4.0|3.6|3.6|3.3|N/A|3.3|3.6|3.0|2.6|3.44| California Games |3.8|4.0|3.0|3.4|3.2|3.8|3.3|3.5|3.4|2.9|3.40| Xenophobe |3.8|3.8|3.5|2.6|3.3|3.3|3.4|3.5|3.3|3.4|3.40| Electrocop |4.0|4.0|3.3|3.2|3.3|N/A|3.1|3.8|2.7|2.9|3.33| Ninja Gaiden |4.4|3.9|3.0|3.0|3.1|N/A|3.2|3.5|2.9|3.4|3.33| Scrapyard Dog |4.1|4.0|2.7|2.7|3.2|N/A|3.1|3.5|3.2|3.1|3.33| Hard Drivin' |4.0|4.0|3.0|2.0|3.0|N/A|3.0|4.0|3.0|3.0|3.22| Ishido |3.5|4.0|2.5|2.0|3.5|N/A|3.5|4.0|3.5|2.5|3.22| PacLand |3.7|3.5|3.0|3.5|3.2|N/A|2.7|3.5|2.7|3.7|3.22| Rampage |4.5|4.2|3.0|2.7|3.4|3.5|2.5|2.1|2.5|3.5|3.20| Xybots |3.0|3.0|3.0|3.0|4.0|3.0|3.0|4.0|3.0|3.0|3.20| Bill and Ted's |3.6|3.3|2.3|2.6|3.0|3.3|2.6|3.0|3.0|3.0|3.00| Ms. PacMan |2.8|3.0|3.1|3.1|3.3|N/A|3.0|3.2|2.7|3.2|3.00| Rygar |3.5|3.7|2.7|2.5|3.2|N/A|3.0|2.9|2.4|3.1|3.00| Turbo Sub |4.1|3.5|2.6|2.5|3.0|3.1|3.0|2.7|2.4|2.7|3.00| Gauntlet 3 |3.1|3.5|2.7|3.0|2.9|3.1|2.4|3.0|2.3|2.7|2.90| Paper Boy |2.4|2.4|2.4|2.0|2.6|N/A|2.2|2.8|1.8|3.4|2.44| Cyberball |2.6|2.0|3.3|3.0|1.3|3.0|2.0|2.0|1.6|2.6|2.30| Robo-Squash |2.5|2.5|1.9|1.9|2.0|3.0|2.0|2.2|1.8|2.3|2.20| ---------------------------------------------- A tip for invincibility for Slime World, thanks to the folks at STAR*LINX BBS: At the title screen with the Slime World logo that falls with a crash, do the following: 1) Press and hold Option 2 2) Press and hold Option 1 while holding Option 2 down 3) Move the joypad to the upper right, while holding down both Options After that, release your fingers, and if desired, turn the music back on. There is no indicator of your success, until you start playing. Things behave very strangely in multiplayer mode tho, so be warned! ___________________________________________________________ > FONTGDOS? STR Spotlight Where... is the FULL FSM Package?? """"""""""""""""""""""" FONTGDOS - GIFT OR NIGHTMARE? ============================= From FNET's STReport International Conference Date: 05/30/92 This message was posted on another service (GEnie) as a warning to those who think they are getting a full and complete version of FontGDOS. Be advised read this note below very carefully. """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Hello, Folks, A quick warning, don't use the FontGDOS package within Atari Explorer Online, issue AEO_9203.LZH. The DOCumentation file does not describe how to set it up properly (it refers to a SETUP program that's not included in the archive) If you try to set it up by copying the new GDOS into the AUTO folder, then rebooting, the system will hang up because of a missing EXTEND.SYS file. I did this on my hard drive, and ended up having to boot from disk to get the system back. I suggest waiting for the promised full version of FontGDOS. (Or perhaps someone will tell us how to create the EXTEND.SYS) Jim Burton """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Additionally, I might add the warning to NOT overwrite any previous file you may have (WordFlair owners) that have the same names. You may find that your existing versions of FSM may have some problems. Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine From GEnie's Atari RT Category 32, Topic 3 Message 78 Mon Jun 01, 1992 CODEHEAD [Charles] at 01:42 EDT David, No, there's absolutely no reason to switch from G+PLUS to FONTGDOS; in fact, there are some pretty good reasons NOT to switch. 1) FONTGDOS does some really screwy things; without getting too technical about it, essentially with FONTGDOS, Atari has abandoned their own workstation structures. Information that was formerly placed in these structures is now ... NOT placed in these structures. (This kind of stuff makes me crazy.) As a result, since Warp 9 relies heavily on these workstation structures, and the data it needs is NO LONGER THERE when FONTGDOS is installed, Warp 9's acceleration effect is cut just about in half when it's used with FONTGDOS. Argh and double argh. And there is NO WAY to fix this in Warp 9. 2) FONTGDOS does not allow you to change fonts without rebooting your computer. The CPX they call a "Font Manager" is really just an "ASSIGN.SYS" manager -- all it does is manipulate the ASSIGN.SYS file. If you change your installed fonts, you have to reboot to actually use the new font setup. G+PLUS is _still_ the only GDOS replacement that lets you change fonts without rebooting. 3) FONTGDOS slows down overall system speed by about 10%, which _is_ better than the old GDOS (although not by much). But G+PLUS slows things down by no more than 3% ... so G+PLUS is _still_ significantly faster. - Charles @ CodeHead Tech Sunday, May 31, 1992 10:27 pm ------------ From Compuserve's Atari Forum J#: 63330 S8/Hot Topics 02-Jun-92 11:04:03 Sb: #63323-FONT GDOS Fm: CodeHead Software 76004,2232 To: bob wilson 72355,1637 (X) Bob, We've gotten several inquiries from people asking if they should now replace their copy of G+PLUS with the recently released FONTGDOS. Well, despite the comment in the FONTGDOS documentation about how much "better" it is than the "GDOS clones" on the market, here's our perspective on FONTGDOS: There's absolutely no reason to switch from G+PLUS to FONTGDOS; in fact, there are some very good reasons NOT to switch. 1) FONTGDOS does some really screwy things; without getting too technical about it, essentially with FONTGDOS, Atari has abandoned their own workstation structures. Information that was formerly placed in these structures is now ... NOT placed in these structures. (This kind of stuff makes me crazy.) As a result, since Warp 9 relies heavily on these workstation structures, and the data it needs is NO LONGER THERE when FONTGDOS is installed, Warp 9's acceleration effect is cut just about in half when it's used with FONTGDOS. Argh and double argh. And there is NO WAY to fix this in Warp 9. If you continue using G+PLUS instead of FONTGDOS, Warp 9 will operate almost twice as fast. 2) FONTGDOS does not allow you to change fonts without rebooting your computer. The CPX they call a "Font Manager" is really just an "ASSIGN.SYS" manager -- all it does is manipulate the ASSIGN.SYS file. If you change your installed fonts, you have to reboot to actually use the new font setup. G+PLUS is _still_ the only GDOS replacement that lets you change fonts without rebooting. 3) FONTGDOS slows down overall system speed by about 10%, which _is_ better than the old GDOS (although not by much). G+PLUS, on the other hand, slows things down by no more than 3% ... so G+PLUS is _still_ significantly faster. 4) FONTGDOS is NOT compatible with "every program that uses GDOS" as the documentation states. In fact, I've been reading messages on GEnie complaining about _many_ GDOS programs that will not run with FONTGDOS. FONTGDOS does have a couple of features that G+PLUS doesn't. One is a new bezier curve drawing function (that no program currently on the market uses), the other is a font caching mechanism (and all programs that need this sort of thing have long since found their own ways to do it). It simply isn't worth giving up the speed and compatibility of G+PLUS just for these unused features. If you're a G+PLUS owner, stick with it; you made the right choice when you bought it, and it's _still_ the right choice. ________________________________________________________________ > FALCON!! STR FOCUS! MORE Falcon Specifications! """"""""""""""""""" BLACK with YELLOW Markings! =========================== These are the Falcon Specifications found in one of last month's german magazines: CPU: 68030 @ 16-33 MHz. RAM: 1, 4 or 14 mb configurations operating in page mode. ROM: 512 Kb internal, 128 Kb cartridge port. Ram: Cards 512k - 5 mb DSP: 56001 @ 32 MHz, 32 Kwords (96 Kb) of 0 wait state private RAM. 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