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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Atari Explorer Online: 3-Oct-92 #9216 Date: Tue Oct 20 19:05:08 1992 ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE MAGAZINE ------------------------------ Published and Copyright (c)1992, Atari Corporation 1972-1992 - 20 Years Of Service 1196 Borregas Avenue Sunnyvale, California 94088 AEO STAFF ~ Editor In-Chief......................................Ron Kovacs ~ Contributing Editor...................................Ed Krimen ~ Contributing Writer...................................Bob Smith ~ Research/AtariNet Coordinator........................Bill Scull EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ~ President, Atari Corporation........................Sam Tramiel ~ VP Software Development.........................Leonard Tramiel ~ Developer Relations Manager........................Bill Rehbock ~ Director, Marketing Services.........................Don Thomas ~ Director of Communications...........................Bob Brodie ~ Corporate Director, International Music Markets....James Grunke ~ Atari Explorer Magazine............................Mike Lindsay ~ AtariUser Magazine....................................John Nagy ----------------------------------------------------------------------- October 3, 1992 Volume 1, Number 16 Issue #16 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- | | | TABLE OF CONTENTS | | | ||| The Editors Desk...........................Ron Kovacs ||| UseNet/Internet Flow Control................Ed Krimen ||| WAACE Atarifest Info....................Press Release ||| The Amateur Atari Press....................Tim Duarte ||| Access Charges/Modem Fees Update..................... ||| AtariWatch Calendar.................................. ||| GEnie Flow Control..........................Ed Krimen ||| Eidsvoog In Conference..........................GEnie ||| GEnie RT News........................................ | | | THE EDITORS DESK | | | By Ron Kovacs | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- This is the last regular weekly release. We are returning to BI-WEEKLY issues with issue #17. We understand the need for providing the best information on a timely basis, but due to the NEW projects and product Atari is developing at the present time, it is difficult to produce AEO issues. However, we will return to a weekly format in a few months, so stay tuned! The next AEO issue will be released on October 17, 1992. | | | USENET/INTERNET: FLOW CONTROL | | | Compiled by Ed Krimen | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- BOSTON COMPUTER SOCIETY SHOWS FALCON030 --------------------------------------- -=> In: comp.sys.atari.st -=> From: email@example.com (Don Peters) -=> Date: 25 Sep 92 19:07:28 GMT Steven Selick did an excellent job of reporting on the introduction of the Falcon 030 at the recent meeting of the Boston Computer Society. I was also there, and have a few additional comments. - there were about 125 in attendance in the hall - there was one Falcon in the lobby demoing a MIDI application. The fellow using it said he was from Dr. T, and just got the machine two days ago. It had 4 meg. - there were 3 Falcons near the front stage. All looked like production machines. - the term "personal integrated media" was mentioned several times, and will probably be used many times in the future by Atari - speedwise, the Falcon is equivalent to a 25-30Mhz 386 machine - a 19.2K bps modem is now being implemented for the Falcon - with a box, the Falcon will be able to do CD photo applications (nothing on who will make the box or what will be in it) - one of the demos shown on the projection screen was a 20 channel equalizer. Bill Rehbock was adjusting the channels in real time so the adjustment effect could be heard. - the two games to come bundled with the Falcon, Land Mines and Breakout, will utilize true color mode - voice mail (from a NeXT programmer) and video phone applications "are coming" - James Grunke mentioned that after spending $400 on a monitor and $800 for an adapter, one could use all 8 stereo channels at once, making the cost about $300 per channel. (assumes a $1300 Falcon) - why only 16 bits for true color? They felt 16 bits was sufficient and challenged anyone to see the difference between it and 24 bits in real world images - Atari will "definitely" have a US 800 number for user help (didn't say when though) - a little box to interface the DSP to the phone line is being developed and should be available by the first quarter of 93 - in many respects the Falcon is more powerful than the Video Toaster, containing 98% of its functionality. The cost of the Falcon plus any associated software/hardware will be less in cost than the Video Toaster itself. - a 1 Meg Falcon is a viable system, since the operating system takes only a small amount of RAM (from Bill Rehbock) (he didn't say how much, but I believe he did use the word "miniscule". - 386DX and 386SX boards are now being worked on in Germany (I think he said 486 also) - the Spectre board will fit within the Falcon, for those who are worried about the lack of an external drive - the Falcon docs, with DSP info, are available to anyone for $80 - just send the check to Atari - the Motorola DSP assembler and linker is being shipped to Falcon developers - video recording will be possible with external hardware (they said it would have taken too much extra hardware to include direct video input on the Falcon) - the audience was generally passive during the presentation, but the Tina Turner video was so impressive that it got a round of applause (no, you can't get it - its heavily copyrighted we were told) - Bill Rehbock, one of Atari's Falcon technical experts, mentioned to me that he has a Compuserve account and generally manages to answer his mail every nite At the end of the formal presentation, everyone gathered near the front stage to see the 3 Falcons doing a slide show in true color. One monitor, an Atari 1435, looked especially good. One slide of a baby surrounded by stuffed animals looked so good I was tempted to reach out and touch the fuzz! In summary, yes I was impressed, and I plan to buy one when they are generally available (a developer friend of mine already has his order in). And no, I didn't win the Falcon door prize either (sigh...) ======================================= USING FALCON DSP AS MODEM? -------------------------- -=> In: comp.sys.atari.st -=> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David G Gaxiola) -=> Date: 25 Sep 92 20:33:45 GMT In article <19ubkhINN8hi@golem.wcc.govt.nz>, email@example.com (Craig Shore) writes: |> It is suppost to be possible, but what i'm wondering is just what |> does this DSP port have in the way of output/input... what does |> it connect up to? |> A more precise question would be how can it deal with all the phone |> like taking it off hook, putting it back on hook etc etc? |> Craig. From Atari's presentation to the Boston Computer Society last night, it was pretty clear that having the DSP act as a modem will be not only possible but a selling point for the Falcon. From what was said, it appears that all is needed is a small adapter from a standard telephone jack to the DSP's input port plus the right software and you have yourself a 19.2kbaud modem. This makes sense since a modem just processes signals in a very specific manner and the DSP is just a powerful processor which happens to be able to do some operations more then others. So, with an adapter costing far less then a comparable modem would cost, you can have your Motorola 56k do all the work of a highspeed modem with error correction and data compression. When new data compression standards come out and superceed the current crop of V32bis and MNP 5 standards for compression/ correction, all you need to do is load new software. The problems with taking a phone on and off hook would be handled by the adapter box, which shouldn't be much of a problem. --David Gaxiola ======================================= ATARI FALCON AT BCS SHOW - EYEWITNESS REPORT! --------------------------------------------- -=> In: comp.sys.atari.st -=> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Lavi) -=> Date: 25 Sep 92 21:48:10 GMT Wednesday, September 23rd, 1992. BOSTON--Atari Corporation debutted its Falcon 030 to the American public at the Boston Computer Society's general meeting in the New England Hall. Over two-hundred members filed into the hall, where a large, fifteen foot videoscreen projected Falcon 030 GENLocked video directly, audio was directly output to the hall's amplified system. Three working Falcon's sat atop tables in front of the stage. After initial opening and welcoming proceedings with an award to visually-impaired computing leaders, Mike Newhall, Director of the BCS Atari ST Users Group, introduced the Atari Corporation presentation. Sam Tramiel, President and CEO of Atari, began the presentation of the Falcon 030 by stating Atari's new goal of Personal Integrated Media for consumbers. He stated that Atari had gone through transitions and consolidation, and now was poised for growth. He diagrammed a map of the market Atari is interested in, which looked like this: +--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+ |Personal Computers | Traditional Entertainment/Video Games| | Apple|Nintendo,Sega | |Business------------------+-------------------------------------Home| | Microsoft,IBM|Phillips,Cable TV,Sony | |Multimedia | Interactive TV | +--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+ In the corners were market categories, each box had some companies that represented the market for examples (I've put in some I remember). Tramiel noted that a lot of the market categories were overlapping, and companies have begun to enter into new markets. Tramiel outlined a lot of statistics showing market penetration of television, CD players, personal computers, etc. into American households. Now the industry can provide computers that can handle current consumer audio and video, Atari wants to deliver a full functioned computer for a reasonable price. Atari wants to tap the market with the Falcon series of computers, which exceed stereo CD audio quality capabilities, which come fully equipped (just open the box and plug it in), have an existing software base (the entire Atari ST/TT series library), and which are priced well (the Falcon 030 costs the same amount of money as all the video/audio augmented hardware add ons required on personal computer other platforms alone). Richard Miller, Vice President of Research and Development was the next to speak. [I noted his British accent and asked him if he was from Atari UK when I spoke to him after the presentation. He came from Perihelion, which was involved in the Atari Transputer Workstation OS, and then did a brief stint at Atari UK. By the way, he said the ATW is a dead project.] Mr. Miller led the development of the Falcon 030 system architechture, and he envisioned a computer that his mother could utilize. She didn't want a PC, or a Mac, she wanted a computer that could make tea, answer the telephone, turn on the lights, and mail her letters. Miller then stated that customers want the most sophisticated technology, highest quality, and lowest price. "You can never under estimate the consumer," Miller said, so the computer should be just as good as the consumer's CD player or television at audio and video, respectively. With a CD player as low as $100, a color television as low as $200, and a FAX machine as low as $200, etc., consumers want the same performance and combined price for a computer that can do all of these things. The Falcon 030 achieves this for consumers with its power at a low price. The Falcon's power comes from its distributed processor architecture: - CPU: Motorola 68030 (32 MHz) central processor unit - GPU: Blitter graphics co-processor (16 MHz): 64 million pps - DMA: DMA engine: fast memory access to/from SCSI, audio, peripherals - DSP: Motorola 56001 (32 MHz/16 MIPS) Digital Signal Processor unit Optionally available is the: - FPU: Motorola 68881/2 Floating Point mathematic co-processor unit - 3rd party: 286/386SX CPU for IBM PC emulation Atarians are used to the CPU/GPU/DMA from the ST/TT series computers. The new Blitter has some new functions and runs at twice the speed of the STE Blitter. Chip sockets for the optional processors are on the Falcon 030, I believe. SACK (of Germany) is working on the 286/386SX emulation now. The digital signal processor (DSP) performs functions entirely in the digital domain, providing an answer to analog signal processing's problems. Immediate applications of DSP are audio processing: sixteen band graphic equalization, echo, reverb, chorus, flange, compression, distortion, surround sound, pitch shifting, synthesis of sound/music, speech generation and speech recognition. [Most exist already on the Falcon, Atari is working hard on the speech recognition, according to Tramiel.] DSP also loans itself to these areas: array processing, optical character recognition, video compression and decompression, etc. Atari will utilize the DSP's high performace mode to create a virtual 19.2K baud modem and a virtual 9600 baud full-duplex FAX. Future Atari Falcon applications include an all digital telephone answering machine and voice-mail for the home. [These too, are being worked upon by Atari, developers, and other 3rd parties.] The video section of the Falcon 030 is capable of: VESA video output at 72Hz, 640 by 480 pixels, Genlock, digital Chromakey, video overlay, PAL and NTSC broadcast signals, 1/2/4/8-bit graphics, and overscan. [Sorry, he went quickly there, and I'm not 100% sure of all of the definitions of some of the features.] These video capabilities loan themselves to these applications: television picture in picture, video effects, CD Photos (just add a CD ROM player). The audio section of the Falcon 030 is capable of: 16-bit digital audio at 50kHz, eight-track digital recording and playback, stereo 16-bit CODEC, an input for an external microphone, and a headphone output jack. The Falcon 030 also has the following output ports: stereo audio out, SCSI II port, DMA port, DSP port, MIDI IN/OUT ports, LocalTalk LAN port, RS-232-C port, and two enhanced joystick ports (for lightguns, etc.). The Falcon030 contains MultTOS operating system in a four meg ROM and is available with 1, 4, or 14 megabytes of RAM. Bill Rehcock, Director of Application Software, showed the audience bundled software with every Falcon030. He stated that the Falcon030 has been in developer's hands since May 1992. Some of the things that the Falcon 030 can do is address the needs of the consumer who wants to create video and audio, as evidence he cited "America's Funniest Home Videos" and the popularity of the camcorder. The Falcon030 loans itself to home video titling, video presentations for business or education, etc. The first piece of software demonstrated was Falcon D2D, a basic audio sampler and waveform editor which can sample directly to the hard drive for recording. Sample waveforms may be loaded and graphically edited, spliced, etc. Then waveforms may be arranged into a small cue list sequencer for flexible playback. The second piece of software was the Audio Fun Machine, basically a digital audio effects processor. There were two, full color equalizers (one for left and right input each) which were adjustible filters manipulated with the mouse. Using the external microphone input, you can apply the 10 band EQ filters in realtime as well as add the following effects: "surround sound" ambience, concert hall reverberation, phase shifting, distortion, etc. You can also edit the effects waveforms. The third piece of software demonstrated was the System Audio Manager, where one can assign sounds/samples to system events, each function key, and any key on the keyboard. The sounds play without any system slowdown, you can use Atari samples from the D2D program or import Microsoft Windows *.WAV files and Mac sounds. Additional bundled software mentioned: CALAPT - a calendar and appointment scheduler program [a la Portfolio, I imagine], ProCalc - a full-featured scientific calculator, Talking Clock - displays time and announces the time at user set intervals, and two games: Landmines and Breakout. The Falcon 030 can output to the VCR directly the user's own 3-D animations (via Lexicor software, etc.), titles, etc. to create home videos. "The Falcon 030 is the only 16-bit true color computer in its class," said Rehcock. With a low cost telephone line interface (on the way, 1st quarter 1993, by a Scottish company: it'll be the size of a cigarette box and it will have international telephone ports on it, according to Tramiel) this can lead to FAXing and low-cost videophones through the Falcon 030. The Falcon 030 uses the GEM desktop, based on Digital Research's DRI GEM, for its graphical user interface. The icons are now animated and color, the desktop is customizable. [From what I saw, animated means this: when you select an icon, it does not reverse itself to show it is highlighted, it changes to a new icon. Eg: the trashcan opens, the file folder has a file pop up, the disk opens its shutter, etc.] With the OS in ROM, there is no possibility for virus corruption of the OS or wait for the entire OS to boot off of the hard drive. MultiTOS is preemptive multitasking with adaptive prioritization, so as to make the current user process appear to have no slow down. It is compatible with existing software [as long as they didn't use illegal OS tricks!], it allows for messages and pipes: this yeilds interprocess communication. It uses a hierarchical file system with loadable drivers for compatiblility with UNIX/Mac devices, the forthcoming Atari CR-ROM player, etc. MultiTOS will have other disk extensions for future expansion. James Grunke, Director of International Music Marketing, was the last to speak at the presentation. He outlined this period as historic for music and Atari: 1985 - Atari Corporation was the first to realize the potential of MIDI and placed MIDI IN/OUT ports on their ST series of computers. 1986 - Atari was the computer company to market directly to musicians, it places an advertisment in Keyboard magazine. 1987 - Atari was the first computer company to attend the NAMM convention. (NAMM = National Association of Music Merchants, I believe.) Atari computers were also the first to directly synchronize to SMPTE time code. Today, Atari still holds fifteen percent share of the music market. The OS has rock solid timing, essential for music and MIDI sequencing. With features like stereo CD audio, the DSP Motorola 56001 chip, the SCSI II port for access to samplers/hard drives, and true color video, the Falcon 030 has standards that musicians want. The Atari ST/TT series of computers also has a mature music software base. Where a Max IIci with 5 Mbyte RAM (street pricing) plus software ($1000) costs $2500 per stereo track, the Falcon 030 4/65 with 4 Mbyte RAM and 65 Mbyte hard drive at full list price ($1299) costs $849 per stereo track. With an additional hardware expansion to bring system capabilities up to eight stereo tracks, which includes XLR inputs plus DAC and clock chips, the Atari system comes to $1699 + $800 HW expansion: it costs $312 per stereo track. The demonstration concluded with a summary of specifications, pricing, and availability: dealers will recieve a demonstration Falcon in November, but the real production rollout of Falcon 030's will be in January, 1993. Atari will begin a regional rollout, when that is completed national advertising shall follow. Sam Tramiel said that back in 1987, Atari sold 10,000 units a month and ran into the Japan/US dynamic RAM troubles. Atari never came back in the US market, it developed and expanded the European market since then, but now Atari wants to come back into the US market with the Falcon 030. A question and answer session followed: the LAN port is Localtalk, which is hardware identical to AppleTalk, it is not ETHERNET, but that will probably be addressed by 3rd party developers. DVI boards are currently being worked on by 3rd party developers, hopefully under $500.00. ASEUB digital interfaces can be done: a chip for digital bandwidth offload may be necessary in an external interface. Video overlay is accomplished with a 3rd party GENlock device, it can be controlled down to the pixel. The DSP port will be able to access external analog to digital chips, the port can support one megabyte per second data rates. Atari readied a demonstration of the Falcon 030's video capabilities. Approximately 2-3 minutes of a music video had been sampled into the Atari and saved to the hard drive previously. The Falcon 030 was able to pull off the 92 megabytes of video data off of the hard drive and display the video as 24 frames per second in full screen, true-color mode with CD stereo audio IN REAL TIME. This elicited quite an applause from the audience. There was no compression involved, performance was based solely on the Blitter and 030 processors. When asked about the reason for Atari's choice of 16-bit true color as opposed to 24-bit color, the response was that the eye can see about one million colors, and 24-bit allows 16 million colors: the 16-bit color was a good compromise for the real world and brought Falcon expense down without cost to performance. MS-DOS 3.5" floppy file compatibility was confirmed. When asked about Falcon developers, Atari reported that there had been an overwhelming response from old ST developers who were coming back to Atari, interestingly, a lot of NeXT developers are coming over as well. Some Amiga developers claimed they'd rather develop on the Falcon 030 than the A4000 platform. Atari said they'd like to get into universities, but would have to come in through the "back door" with Desktop Video and Desktop Radio and music applications. Inexpensive third party frame grabber and scanners are coming. The Falcon is Logitech Fotoman compatible. Atari envisions the Falcon to have 98% of the Video Toaster capabilities soon, and for significantly less than the Video Toaster alone. You will be able to use multisync VGA monitors on the Falcon, but make sure that they can "go down" to NTSC broadcast specifications for true-color modes. MultiTOS will be partially disk based for extensions, the OS is a 4 Mbyte ROM containing all of the languages/keyboard layouts to further enhance compatiblitity throughout the world for developers. The 1040ST style case was used for production expediency, it's a darker grey/light brown color with dark grey keys. But Sam Tramiel said this was the "beginning of exciting, different machines... more birds" in the Falcon series. [New Atari computers will be named after birds, videogame consoles after cats. Eg: Lynx, Jaguar (which probably will be based on the Falcon and have all of its resolution modes, plus some peripheral compatibility, ie: joysticks, lightpens, Atari CD-ROM, etc).] Atari was asked about customer support and service for the hardware: Atari is working to re-establish old dealers and will have a 1-800 toll free number. When pressed about Falcon 040s, the audience was told "before you see 486's emulated on the Falcon 030." The Q&A session ended here, and Atari gave away a door prize: a Falcon 030! I followed up to Sam Tramiel and asked him a few things, Atari is talking to Kodak about Photo CD development, Phillips wants development of an Atari Falcon of a CD-I card (but no mention was made of who would do these things). Atari is working on an inexpensive CD-ROM player, connected via the DMA or DSP port as opposed to SCSI II. [This concludes my report, but I have another report based on the BCS Atari ST user group's visit by Bob Brodie and Bill Rehbock with two Falcons the next day. It's coming! I tried to keep this article in a formal style, but I dropped out of it towards the end. I hope you appreciate my efforts, I'm sure 99% of the information is correct, as I heard it, and have pointed out places where I wasn't sure of things, so this should be a legitimate guide for you learn about the Falcon.] ======================================= FALCON AT BCS ATARI ST USER GROUP MEETING! ------------------------------------------ -=> In: comp.sys.atari.st -=> From: email@example.com (Mark Lavi) -=> Date: 25 Sep 92 23:06:32 GMT Thursday, September 24, 1992. CAMBRIDGE--The Boston Computer Society's Atari ST User Group followed up to the previous day's American introduction of the Atari Falcon030 computer with a visit from Bob Brodie, Director of Communications, and Bill Rehbock, Director of Applications Software, of Atari Corporation. They were in the company of two Falcon 030's, much to the delight of the user group. Basic specifications and configurations were covered as follows: Configurations: Atari Falcon 030 - (1 meg RAM, no hard drive) = $799. Falcon 4/65 (4 meg RAM, 65 meg hard drive) = $1299. Also available: (14 meg RAM, (65 meg HD?)) = ???. Processors: M68030 (16 MHz CPU), M56001 (32 MHz DSP), Blitter (16 MHz GPU), and DMA. DSP specs: M56001 (16 MIPS or ~ 96 MOPS = Millions of operations per second). 26 pin __________[8-bit bus for instructions] DSP Serial Port / ---------------=>[Motorola 56K DSP Chip]----------=>(SSI out) (SSI in) \ \_[RAM] 32kWords, 25 nanoseconds. 2 More about the DSP port: a Sony/Phillips I S port (sound DMA) CODAC coder (digital to analog (DAC) and vice-versa). One megabyte per second IN and OUT simultaneously, this allows for expansion of stereo inputs for digital sampling or additonal MIDI ports, etc. Video: True 16-bit color = 65,000 colors, VGA graphics. Video to older ST monitors (SC1224) with adapter inteface (coming), Output: to newer ST and TT monitors, to NTSC televisions, and to VGA Upgrades: Dealers will be able to upgrade a 1 Mbyte Falcon 030 to 4 or 14 MBytes with a board from Atari (coming). The 2.5" IDE hard drive can be replaced easily (for repair/upgrade). Compatible: Falcon 030 is more compatible with Atari ST software than the Atari TT because it has a Blitter. All 14 Mbytes of RAM are unified memory to the video and cpu via MAB bus: thus no TT/ST RAM segments. Bus specs: (as best as I can recall!) COMBEL / GLUE / Blitter (chips for memory functions) - 32 bits wide. VEL (Video chip) via MAB bus - 32/16 bits wide. (All memory can be thought of as a huge video buffer or memory can be accessed as video and instructions at the same time, I believe.) DMA (handles SCSI II ports, Audio, etc.) chip bus - 16 bits wide. M68030 CPU - 16 bits. TT Has TT RAM burst mode, can execute programs twice as fast due to advantages: its 32MHz M68030. Larger chassis accomidates for expandible VME cards, etc. 3.5" Hard Drive can be easily replaced/upgraded, it has better potential capacity the the Falcon 030 2.5" HD. Falcon Finally has a fan in there! Cheaper than TT. Has STE enhanced advantages: 15-pin joystick ports (accepts lightpens) has two pins for analog signals? (Mistakenly left off of the Mega-STEs and TTs.) Localtalk: LAN is 100% hardware compatible with AppleTalk LAN (but s/w protocol has to follow to use it!). HD Yes, they are unlimited on the Falcon. New Atari HDX tools are Partitions: coming for the Falcon. Genlocking: 3rd party GENlock devices exist (Atari used the JRI device). In order to do desktop video overlaying, here's the hardware hack: ---=> RGB ] Atari--[OUT]---=> Composite ]----------=>[Genlock] [Video ] Video ---=> Overlay bit ] [ Box ]<=---Video-------[Source or] Signal--[IN]<=--- Vertical Sync ]<=----[ ]<=---Dot Clock---[Camcorder] <=--- External Dot Clock] / [to Monitor] The Genlock Box contains an Analog Multiplexer and Raster Scale Chips. The Atari just "paints" an area in "overlay bit" color, which the Genlock box recognizes and uses the external dot clock to sync the video signal to that overlay area via the multiplexer which can set each pixel (raster) on the screen. Thus, the Genlock just patches in the video signal onto the Atari signal and then outputs it to the monitor. Some more work (and chips) are needed, so the image can be scaled and moved around, requiring some more I/O from the Atari to the Genlock box for true scalable, movable pictures in a GEM window. On the way stuff: SLM804 and Third party companies are already working on DMA to SCSI link to use SLM605: the Atari Laser Printers, so Atari has left them to do it. German 3rd party company is working on adding buffer RAM into SLM804 interface for extra performance. Atari UNIX: is completed, but 030 performance was slow. When it comes on the 030 it will be text-based only. They are waiting for 040 to have a full blown windowed Atari UNIX. FSM-GDOS: It is really coming!! (November, hopefully.) Atari worked with QMS originally, but that didn't turn out well. So, Atari approached Bitstream. The new Bitstream Speedo scaler is faster than QMS's scaler, will work with Post Script Type I and Bitstream fonts. Bitstream fonts are plentiful (800+) and available (like Egghead S/W) in IBM-PC 3.5" floppy format, which can be read by any Atari floppy drive. Bitstream is updating their font packaging to say Atari compatible. SUTRA: (Working title only!) An Atari multipurpose application, much like Lotus Works: it has a database, wordprocessor, spreadsheet, etc. Spectre: Dave Small has his Falcon 030, he's tinkering! Frame Matrix Frame (from a third party in Germany) has achieved eight Grabbing: frames per second through the cartridge port, a nice hack. This area will be refined and improved now that the Falcon exists. Touchscreen: Already exists on the ST, should be further developed on Falcon. [Aok, that's a summary of everything that happened. Forgive me for any errors, especially the misspelling of Bill Rehbock on the previous BCS General Meeting report where Atari debutted the Falcon 030 to the public -- I didn't run the ======================================= UNDOCUMENTED AT# COMMANDS IN SUPRA ROMS --------------------------------------- -=> In: comp.dcom.modems -=> From: Peter.Tobias@p13.f2004.n241.z2.fidonet.org (Peter Tobias) -=> Date: 23 Aug 92 11:35:24 GMT For the Supra you have to replace "#" with "+f" (for example: AT+FMDL? AT+FMFR? AT+FREV?). Some of the commands may not work with some rom versions. Rockwell commands: #BDR select baud rate #CLS select data,fax or voice #FPP Packet protocol (voice). #MDL? Identify model. #MFR? Identify manufacturer #REV? Identify revision level #TNS Tone generator #VBS Bits per sample (ADPCM) #VBT Beep tone timer #VCI? Identify compression method (ADPCM) #VL Voice line select (ADPCM) #VR Voice receive (ADPCM) #VRA Ringback goes away timer (originate) #VRN Ringback never came timer (originate) #VSD Silence deletion tuner (voice receive, ADPCM) #VSP Silence detection period (voice receive, ADPCM) #VSR Sampling rate selection (ADPCM) #VT Voice transmit (ADPCM) #VTD DTMF/tone reporting capability (from the Rockwell Modem Designer's Guide for the RC144AC) ======================================= SUPRA NEW ROM (ORDERING INFO) ----------------------------- -=> In: comp.dcom.modems -=> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Johnston) -=> Date: 28 Sep 92 06:40:18 GMT Maybe this will save somebody a few minutes of long-distance connect time. First time Supra BBS users should try to log in using their full name as written on their warranty registration; this saves data entry time when ordering. Note also that the following doc mentions a forthcoming "Voice" firmware upgrade that will cost about $70. This seems more likely to be useful than the $20 Caller ID version of the ROM, so it might make sense to get the free ROM upgrade now at wait. Please note that this is NOT being posted on behalf of Supra or even with their permission. I always end up wasting a few $$$ worth of phone time reading BBS instructions ... so here is at least $2 worth (at v.32bis and my literacy level ;-) ). WELCOME TO SUPRA's V32/bis FAXMODEM ROM ORDER SYSTEM Supra has designed this system to be as easy as possible for you to use. But in order to protect your priviacy, we do have some rules. 1. You must logon to the bbs with your first, last, city and state as we have it in our database. 2. You must enter your zip code and serial number in order to see your address information. If we have not entered it correctly, you can not see the address information, but you can give us all of the information and we will correct it. 3. If you are not in our database, or our information is incorrect, you can still order the rom, but you must give us all of your information, including your serial number. 4. Only one set of rom's per serial number can be ordered. If you have multiple modems, you will have to make multiple orders and provide each serial number. 5. The database that is on the BBS is a copy of our real database which is on our Altos. As such, any changes that are made to your record on the Altos WILL NOT show up on the BBS. Only new records are moved from the Altos to the BBS. Dear SupraFAXModem Owner, I would personally like to thank you for recently purchasing a SupraFAXModem V.32/ V.32bis. You have chosen a modem that has quickly become the market leader due to its excellent performance, wide range of features, and economical price. In fact, you may have seen some of the SupraFAXModem's recent accolades: Byte Magazine, Jerry Pournelle, User Column, July '92 "Recommended." MacWorld Magazine, Tom Negrino, Review w/4 Star Rating, August,1992 "I strongly recommend the SupraFAXModem V.32bis." PC Magazine, John C. Dvorak, Inside Track, September 29, 1992 "The Supra 14.4 fax modem is the one I've been using recently ... " Hot Sellers List, Merisel (2nd largest U.S. computer distributor), August 1992 #1 Best Selling Modem You, our customer, have helped make the modem the success it is today. To show our appreciation and to make sure that you have the best performing product possible, we are offering you a free upgrade to our latest modem firmware. We have made several enhancements since you purchased your modem and this upgrade will bring you to the level of what we are shipping today. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this upgrade because it will enhance your modem performance and give you access to many new features. Detailed information on the enhancements are provided latter on. There are two options for upgrading your modem. Please read each description and then make the appropriate selection in our online ordering system. OPTION #1 - FREE This will give you the free upgrade to all of our basic enhancements as detailed latter on. Upgrade will be shipped via U.S. Mail within 10 days of receipt of your order. OPTION #2 - $19.95 + $5.00 UPS BLUE Shipping = $24.95 outside US $15.00 US AirMail shipping = $34.95 This will give you all of the basic enhancements and the new Caller ID feature ($49.95 retail). Caller ID allows your computer to know who's calling you before the modem even answers the phone. In the near future, you will find applications that support this feature in many ways. We have included more details and a list of potential applications on the back of this letter. Your order will be shipped within 3 days of receipt via UPS Blue Label (2 day) service or US AirMail if outside US. It can be ordered using Visa, MasterCard, or COD (there is a $5 COD charge). Our European customers can order the rom from us now, or from Supra Gmbh in Germany in a month for a reduced shipping cost. Again, I encourage you to take advantage of the benefits these upgrades offer. You should act quickly because the offer expires November 30th. Sincerely, John Wiley President P.S. Please look for the upcoming Voice firmware upgrade ($69.95) in December. ======================================= | | | WAACE ATARIFEST INFO | | | Press Release | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- GENERAL INFO: The Washington Area Atari Computer Enthusiasts (WAACE) extend to you our personal invitation to attend AtariFest '92. The premier east coast Atari show will be held this year on the 10th and 11th of October in the exposition facilities of the Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11976 Sunset Hill Road, Reston, VA 22070. This fine convention facility is located just a few miles west of Washington, DC about midway to Dulles International Airport. Those of you who have attended prior shows know what to expect, and we ask that you spread the word to others. To those who have attended previously the associated Washington area user groups extend a heartfelt "Welcome Back". Admission is a paltry $5.00 per day, or you may obtain a two day pass for $8.00. Top rank vendors and developers will be exhibiting their wares. Codehead, Gribnif, ICD, DMC Publishing (formerly ISD), Joppa, MegaType, Missionware, Toad, and over 40 others will be in attendance. Free seminars are scheduled, along with many demonstrations in our demo rooms. A gamer's paradise is in the works, and for music aficionados, a great MIDI room featuring live performances, demonstrations, and special deals from local music stores. Want to check out the Falcon? See it here in yearling plumage and flying! Door prizes? You betcha. You've got to plug in to this event! For additional general information you may call Russell Brown at 703-803-6126, or contact Ken Fassler or Betty Burchell at 301-229-1886. HOTEL INFO: The Sheraton Reston has made special provisions for 'Fest attendees. Greatly reduced rates of $59/day (single or double occupancy), and $66 (triple or quad) are being offered. These rates are available from October 8th through the 11th, but you must mention AtariFest '92 to be eligible. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-392-ROOM, or 703- 620-9000. Rooms are going fast so make those reservations soon! DIRECTIONS: VIA Plane... Fly to Dulles Airport and complimentary hotel shuttle. Via Train... Take Train to Washington Union Station then transfer to the RED Metro train marked "Shady Grove" and go to the Metro Center stop. Transfer to the Orange Metro train marked "Vienna" and get off at the West Falls Church Stop. Catch the Metro Bus marked "5S" and "Reston/Herndon". Get off at the stop marked "Colt's Neck Road and Sunrise Valley". Proceed to the Sheraton Reston Hotel. Via Auto... Take the Capital Beltway, I-495 to Exit 12W to Washington Dulles Airport. Take the Washington Dulles Toll Road (Rte 267) Exit. Follow the Dulles Toll Road to the Reston Parkway, Exit 3. Turn left at the Traffic light onto Reston Parkway. Turn left again at the 2nd light onto Sunrise Valley Dr. Follow Sunrise Valley Dr. to the Sheraton Reston on the left. BANQUET: The Banquet will be Saturday night with cocktails at 6:30 pm and dinner at 8:00 pm. The WAACE Banquet has always been a great place to meet and dine with the Atari worlds most famous developers authors, and just plain folks. For tickets contact Bob Janice at GEnie R.Janice or phone (703) 222-0318. Hurry, tickets are going FAST! VENDORS: The following Vendors are scheduled to attend the 1992 WAACE AtariFest. Lexicor Software eSTeem Joppa Computer Products Gribnif Rising Star Computers MegaType Missionware Software Codehead Unicorn Pub.(A.I.M.) WizWorks! Step Ahead Software SKWare One Mars Merchandising Taylor Ridge Books CompuServe D M C Publishing Maxwell CPU Barefoot Software ST Informer Debonair Software Accusoft ST A B C Solutions Fair Dinkum Compucellar West WizzTronics BaggettaWare Oregon Research D.A.Brumleve Dragon Software Current Notes Computer Studio Clear Thinking FAST Technology Toad Computers J M G Software ( WHO'S NEXT ? ) Call DTACK (Ken or Betty )about consignment opportunities at (301) 229-1886 !!! PUBLICITY: In addition to our print magazine advertising and the on line services, and, as a means to say hello to our Atari friends in foreign lands, the WAACE AtariFest '92 is reaching out around the world on the international shortwave radio bands. You may hear our advertisements by tuning to the broadcasts of Radio New York International (RNI) in the 41 meter band at 7435 KHz between the hours of 0100 and 0500 UTC on the 7th 14th, 21st, 28th of September, and on the 5th of October, 1992. In the United States, these hours translate to 9:00pm until 1:00am EST, on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of September, and on the 4th of October, 1992. SEMINARS: For many years now the WAACE show has included a seminar series as a way to educate as well as to entertain our audience. The offerings listed below reflect the desire of the WAACE committee to help Atari users get the most out of their computers. Enjoy. WAACE Seminar Schedule - Ver 2.0 Saturday - 11 October 1992 1100 - The 30 Second Commute - Don & Carole Terp The authors of a new book tell how they run Read Mountain Press out of their home with the help of Atari computers and DTP hardware and software. Look for their new book. 1200 - Tele-Media on the Atari Platform - Charles Smeton, Joppa Software The developer of STraight FAX describes how techonological advances in Digital Signal Processing and semiconductor design are bringing "Power Without The Price" to FAX, Voice Mail, and Caller ID services using Atari's ST/STe/TT and Falcon 030 computers. 1300 - Professional CADD Using DynaCADD - Sheldon Winick The owner of Computer STudio, who is also a registered architect, will demonstrate why he chooses DynaCADD on a TT/030 to fulfill his high- powered CADD workstation requirements. 1400 - A Few Little Extras for Your ST - Steve Cohen - Wizztronics Want to switch between TOS ROM sets? How about selecting which cartridge to run using software? Or maybe you have more than one printer. 1430 - EditTrack Gold - Jeff Naideau, Barefoot Software Professional musicians demonstrate MIDI sequencing as used in live performances and studio work. 1500 - Fun with Calamus SL - Mario Georgiou, DMC Software DMC's DTP expert offers entertaining hints and kinks for getting the most out of your Atari based workstation for Desktop Publishing. Whether you use dot-matrix, a laser printer, or four-color film separations you'll want to attend this seminar. 1600 - The Online Experience - Using the major services Representatives from Compuserve, GEnie, and Delphi tell how to get computer help and enrich your life in general by using the online services. 1700 - STReport The publisher and staff of the liveliest online magazine with news and views for the Atari user. Sunday - 12 October 1992 1100 - Professional MIDI with Cubase - Mike Cloninger, Computer STudio This seminar will describe the wide-ranging capabilities of Cubase 3.0 as used with a TT/030. Additional MIDI gear will include several KAWAI keyboards, a ROLAND drum machine, and various effect processors. 1200 - Souping Up Your Old ST - Panel Jim Allen, Dave Small, and Dave Troy with the latest on accelerators, network cards, memory add-ons, and disk drives for getting some extra mileage out of your old ST computers. 1300 - Getting the Most from Your Modem - Telecomm Software How to choose the best telecommunications software. Terminal emulations file downloading, text capture, and scripting capabilities will be discussed by authors and users of telecommunications programs. 1400 - Meet Atari's Falcon030 (Panel Discussion) Developers who have been fortunate enough to have access to the newest line of Atari computers will describe the machines and their capabilities. 1500 - Meet the Atari Press Question the folks who bring you the news. Meet with the publishers and staffers of AIM, Current Notes, and any others who happen to be on hand. CONTACTS: Phone... Russ Brown at 703-803-6126 for General info. Bob Janice at 703-222-0318 for Banquet Info. Ken Fassler at 301-229-1886 for Vendor Info. Online contacts are: CIS: Richard Gunter 70117,2565. GEnie: R.BROWN127 Delphi: JDBARNES Internet: Johnbarnes@enh.nist.gov From everyone making preparations for the WAACE AtariFest 92, we wish all our friends around the world the best of everything. SEE YOU AT THE FEST!!! | | | THE ATARI AMATEUR PRESS | | | By Tim Duarte | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- The following article is reprinted in Atari Explorer Online by permission of AtariUser magazine. It MAY NOT be further reprinted without specific permission of AtariUser. AtariUser Magazine, 249 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 332 Glendale, CA 91203 Telephone/Voicemail: 818- 246-6277, FAX: 818-242-2129 Andy Eddy gave us an overview of the commercial Atari press. But there's a whole other world of publishing that many Atari users are not familiar with--an entirely different level of Atari support called the Atari "Amateur Press." The Amateur Press consists of small newsletters on the various subdivisions of Atari products and interests. They are usually brief, averaging only 8 to 16 pages, but they contain interesting and useful information that you won't find in the professional magazines. Each newsletter varies in content, but most of them contain similar parts: hardware and software reviews, game solutions and tips, reader-submitted letters, question and answer columns, "how-to" projects, programming tips, classified ads, and more. Don't expect to receive a full-color pages from the amateur press. Most newsletters are created with desktop publishing software and the printed pages are usually photocopies. Remember, amateur publishers do not have large budgets or paid writers. What they do have is a network of highly informed and highly motivated readers who each take their participation in the newsletter very seriously. While this often makes the coverage uneven or quirky, it is seldom boring, at least to others who share the particular bent of the specific publication. The following are Atari-related newsletters, with a brief description and contact information: APE (Atari Portable Entertainment) Clinton Smith, 2104 North Kostner, Chicago, IL 60639. Subscription: $6 for 5 issues (1 year) AU's Lynx Columnist Clinton Smith provides a comprehensive newsletter for the Lynx gaming system. It's published quarterly, with a special Christmas issue. Clint packs 16 pages with news features, detailed solutions, strategies, and tips, step-by-step instructions on how to find "easter eggs" in the games, and more. APE is the leading newsletter in the Lynx community. Classic Systems & Games Monthly Jeff Adkins, 11 Windsor Attica, NY 14011. Subscription: $16.50 for 10 issues (one year) ($1.75 for sample). Jeff and his staff not only write columns about the 2600, 5200, and 7800, but they tackle Intellivision, Colecovision, Odyssey 2, and other classic games systems as well. CS&GM issues are large (July was 18 pages) and published monthly. A "game of the month" is showcased in each issue, and just reading the reviews makes you want to set up and revive your old game systems and join in on the fun. Digital Press Joe Santulli, 29 Cupsaw Ave., Ringwood, NJ 07456. Subscriptions: $6 for 6 bi-monthly issues (one year). "Gaming as a Way of Life." Very similar to CS&GM, Joe and the staff at DP cover all classic systems and the July/August issue was 22 pages. The difference is that coverage of new systems, such as the Sega Genesis and Nintendo, also fill the pages. The newsletter also has its own distinct personality, which comes across as a friendly, yet punchy style. Columns worthy of note are the Worst of/Best of software articles. Take It With You Perfection Applied, 454 West 1010, North Orem, UT 84057. Subscriptions: $18 for 6 bi-monthly issues (one year). This newsletter is geared toward the palmtop computer user. Not only does it provide Portfolio coverage, but also covers the Sharp Wizard and Hewlett Packard 95LX. Time-saving tips, useful tricks, and how to's are featured. 2600 Connection Tim Duarte, P.O. Box 3993, Westport, MA 02790. Subscription: $6 for 6 bi-monthly issues. Would you believe there is a newsletter that is devoted to supporting the ancestor of all videogame systems -- the Atari 2600? I should know, I'm the publisher and editor! My latest, issue #11, featured an interview with Warren Robinett (author of Adventure), the solution to Crossbow, a story on rare and collectible games, and more in its eight pages. The Lynx Phil Patton, 131 Dake Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Subscriptions: $12 for 12 monthly issues (one year). Phil's newsletter provides coverage for the portable Lynx, Atari ST, and oddly enough, gaming on the IBM PC. Other columns include Ask the Wiz Kid (a question and answer column), ST Action (game column), and Ramblings of an Amoeba (the IBM column). The Shape of Gaming to Come Darren Krolewski, 12311 Conservation Trail, Utica, MI 48315. Subscriptions: $5 for 6 bi-monthly issues (one year). Darren's newsletter focuses on many of today's newer systems, including the Lynx. Also, the newsletter discusses where the industry is headed. Virtual Reality was featured in a recent issue. Darren also publishes a "closet classic" review once and awhile. ZAP! Terence Micharoni, 142 Justin Ave., Staten Island, NY 10306. Subscriptions: $6 for 6 bi-monthly issues (one year). Terence provides coverage of the cartridge-based Atari systems, as well as the 8-bit computer games. He also supports a large number of non-Atari classic systems, too. The head-to-head game system comparisons, such as the Atari 5200 vs. Colecovision or the Atari 2600 vs. Odyssey 2, are quite interesting to read. ZAP! recently expanded to 10 pages. I'm sure there are other newsletters out there, and I apologize for those I missed. Newsletters start up and cease publishing quickly. If you know of other Atari-related newsletters, send the addresses to AtariUser magazine so we can do a followup in the coming months. If you're interested in obtaining some of the newsletters above, but are unsure about a subscription, many of the editors will send a sample issue. Include a dollar bill or a few postage stamps when requesting a sample. Remember, these amateurs are not publishing to make a profit; they publish because they enjoy it and regard it as a hobby. If you send a check or a money order for a subscription, make the payment payable to the editor/publisher's name, not to the newsletter itself. Most banks refuse to accept any check payable to the newsletter because it is not a registered, legal business. The Atari Amateur press is a reliable source of information for niche subjects that don't get much coverage in the professional Atari magazines. Find your niche and take some time to check out the newsletters that match you. You won't be disappointed. BIO: In real life (away from producing his own newsletter about the Atari 2600) Tim Duarte teaches 8th grade English and History in New Bedford, MA. Some of the specialty "magazines" are "electronic," existing only as a text file to be downloaded or read online via modems. For our purposes this month, we'll look at the "hard copy," or printed newsletters. We'll also narrow our view to exclude "club" publications for now. What lies ahead for the Atari Amateur Press? There's still room for more newsletters. How about a newsletter devoted to the Atari 5200? 7800? 8-bit computers? If you think you'd like to start up a newsletter, write to an editor. Most of them are happy to help out and give advice to newcomers. | | | ACCESS CHARGES/MODEM FEES - UPDATE | | | From CompuServe | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- Here is some additional information provided by CompuServe to help clarify the issues surrounding Access Charges and "modem fees". In July 1991, the FCC released a decision that Enhanced Service Providers (ESPs) such as CompuServe would not remain "exempt" from the payment of usage-sensitive commom carrier-type access charges if they want to use any new service offerings made available under the FCC's Open Network Architecture program. This means that new communications arrangements (whether new technology, further unbundling, or different arrangements of existing technology) made available under ONA would include payment of usage-sensitive carrier access charges. By this action, the FCC decided in effect to preserve the access charge "exemption" (in FCC terminology) only for the current access arrangements used by CompuServe and other ESPs. This has the practical effect of locking ESPs into what will likely be less desirable or outmoded service arrangements in the not-too-distant future. The FCC's written decision in CC Docket No. 89-79 was issued on July 11, 1991. This FCC reference is FCC 91-186 and it is reported at 6 FCC Rcd 4524. It is a near certainty that CompuServe will want to take advantage of certain new federally-tariffed service features designed for ESPs in the future. These may include, for example, service arrangements made available for the first time through the deployment of an Integrated Services Digital Network platform in the next few years. In order to do so under the FCC July 1991 decision, ESPs would have to pay usage- sensitive access charges that would raise local line costs by approximately 300% over present costs. On August 26, 1991 CompuServe filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the July 11 decision. Other parties moving for reconsideration include Prodigy, ADAPSO (now the Information Technician's Association of America, BT North America, GENIE (GEISCO), National Data Corporation, Citicorp, Information Industry Association, and the California Bankers Clearinghouse Association. These reconsideration petitions are still pending before the FCC. Therefore, the FCC has a decision to make that will determine whether ESPs must pay much higher common carrier-type access charges in order to obtain any new service arrangements made available in the future. On April 30, 1992, the House Telecommunications Subcommittee sent a unanimous letter to the FCC discouraging the imposition of carrier access charges to ESPs under any circumstances. On May 18, 1992, Chairman Sikes responded by stating that some of the offerings made available under federally tariffed ONA services may be offered by the states, and that ESPs could still avoid the carrier access charges by using state tariffed services. Sikes added that the line between Interexchange Carriers and ESPs is blurring, so that it is more difficult to justify any extension to the current access charge "exemption." CompuServe believes there are a number of problems with Mr. Sikes' approach: ONA was the FCC's promise for a fair treatment of ESPs after structural separation (separate corporate entities) was no longer required for local telephone companies to provide enhanced services themselves. The FCC said that it would require the local telephpne companies to make new features and fucntions available on an unbundled and nondiscriminatory basis. However, ESPs cannot justify paying the much higher common carrier-type access charges for federally tariffed services. Sikes' position that information providers look to the states for ONA features and functions is troublesome because national information service providers such as CompuServe need nation-wide uniformity in the telecommunications services they use. As far as any blurring of the distinction between carriers and ESPs, historically ESPs have been treated as end users not subject to carrier access charges. Sikes' comments suggest that ESPs will be treated like carriers for application of carrier access charges under new federally tariffed services. Thus, rather than ensuring that ONA benefits ESPs as originally intended and treats them fairly, this approach would force the ESPs to accept the higher access charges imposed by the carriers. It is important to note that the recent remarks of Commissioner Barrett are not the primary impetus for CompuServe's FCCgram program. The main reason is the decision pending before the FCC in CC Docket No. 89-79 relating to the pricing of future service arrangements under the ONA program. Nonetheless, Barrett's comments are relevant to this point since he states that the access charge issue should be -- and is likely to be --reviewed by the FCC. Thus, CompuServe feels it is important that members continue to make their voices heard in an effort to get legislation passed to address this issue, at the same time that CompuServe and other ESPs continue to urge the FCC to grant their pending petitions for reconsideration. UPDATE The FCC has taken some action to reconsider some aspects of the access charge pricing issue within its Open Network Architecture proceedings. Here's a copy of the press release from the FCC: ADDITIONAL COMMENTS SOLICITED WITH RESPECT TO ISSUES RAISED IN PETITIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION OF THE PART 69/ONA ORDER CC DOCKET 89-79 Released: August 14, 1992 On July 16, 1992, the Commission adopted a Memorandum Opinion & Order on Second Further Reconsideration, FCC 92-325, released Aug. 6, 1992. That decision addressed the Docket 87-313 price cap new services test issues raised in petitions for reconsideration of the Part 69/ONA Order, 6 FCC Rcd 4524 (1991). It did not address the other issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration of the Part 69/ONA Order. These issues include the pricing standard for basic service elements (BSEs), the elimination of bundled feature groups, and maintenance of the status quo with respect to access charge treatment of enhanced service providers (ESPs). Before acting on the remaining issues raised by the petitions for reconsideration, we give parties an opportunity to update the record in light of intervening events, such as the effectiveness of federal ONA tariffs. Interested parties should file comments on the request by September 30, 1992, and reply comments by October 30, 1992, with the Secretary, FCC, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. A copy should also be sent to Mark S. Nadel, Common Carrier Bureau, FCC, Room 544, 1919 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20554, and to the Commission's contractor for public service records duplication: Downtown Copy Center, 1114 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Copies of the petitions can be obtained from the Downtown Copy Center at (202) 452-1422. We will treat this proceeding as non-restricted for purposes of the Commission's ex parte rules. See generally, 47 C.F.R. 1.1200-1.1216. For further information contact Mark Nadel, Policy and Program Planning Division of the Common Carrier Bureau, at (202) 632-6363. | | | ATARIWATCH CALENDAR 1992-1993 | | | Schedule of Shows and Events | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- /// October 4th The Washtenaw Atari Users Group (WAUG) will sponsor Atari ShowOFF '92 in Southfield, Michigan as part of a larger trade show, The Michigan Computer Festival, which will include IBM, Macintosh, Commodore, and Atari hardware & Software Items. Atari dealers and music stores have committed to attend the show, as have Atari users groups from Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario. They plan to make an impression on the other-brand visitors. Up to 3,000 people are expected Sunday, October 4 from 10 til 4 at the Southfield Civic Center, on Evergreen between 10 Mile Rd. and 11 Mile Rd., just off the I-696 exit in the Northwest suburban Detroit area. Contact WAUG at (313) 971-6035 or (313) 451-0524 (BBS). /// October 10th-11th The Washington Area Atari Computer Enthusiasts are currently planning the 1992 W.A.A.C.E Atarifest, which has traditionally been the largest East coast Atari show. The '92 event will be held on Columbus Day weekend, October 10th and 11th, once again at the Sheraton Reston hotel in Reston, Virginia. The show will feature shopping bargains, demonstrations, tutorials, seminars, and social events. The 1990 and 1991 editions of the show attracted 2,000 visitors. Charles Hoffmann is now Acting President of WAACE Inc., and can be contacted via GEnie at address S.HOFFMANN, by phone at 703-569-6734, or by US Mail at 5908 Bayshire Road, Springfield, VA 22152-1146. /// October 24 The Houston Atari Safari at the Houston Marriott Astrodome, 2100 South Braeswood. Guest Speakers include Bob Brodie, CodeHeads and Double Click Software. Arrangements have been made with the Marriott Astrodome for a special room rate for Atari Safari Attendees. The normal room rate is $79.00. Make your room reservations by October 12th and identify yourself as an Houston Atari Safari attendee and you will qualify for the show rate of $59.00. Reservations can be made by calling the Marriott at 713-797-9000 or calling the national Marriott number of 800-228-9290. For more informationand times call Bill Kithas 713-855-0815 or Harold Gailey 713-988-3712. /// November 16th-20th Fall COMDEX, the biggest computer trade show in the USA. Atari will again have a major presence at the Las Vegas, Nevada show. The Falcon line of computer is expected to dominate the Atari booth, with outstanding demonstrations for the dealer and distributor attendees to consider. /// January 1993 The Winter Consumer Electronics Show comes to Las Vegas, Nevada. CES is an electronic playground, with everything in the way of high tech toys for kids and adults. Game consoles and hand-held entertainment items like the Atari Lynx are big here, and Atari will attend with a hotel suite showroom. Contact Atari Corp for more information on seeing their display at 408-745-2000. /// February 1993 NAMM is the largest conclave of musicians each year. Held in Los Angeles at the Anaheim Convention Center, the variety of sights at the National Association of Music Merchandisers is wilder than at Disneyland, just next door. Atari was the first computer manufacturer to ever display at NAMM in 1987, and has become a standard at the shows. A trade show for music stores, distributors, and professionals of every strata, entertainers are seen everywhere at NAMM. Contact James Grunke at Atari Corp for more information at 408-745-2000. /// March 1993 CeBIT, the world's largest computer show with 5,000 exhibitors in 20 halls, is held annually in Hannover, Germany. Atari traditionally struts its newest wares there, usually before it's seen in the USA or anywhere else. In '93, the Atari 040 machines should be premiering, and this is the likely venue. Third party developers also use this show to introduce new hardware and software, so expect a wave of news from CeBIT every year. Atari Corp and the IAAD coordinate cross-oceanic contacts to promote worldwide marketing of Atari products, and this show is an annual touchstone of that effort. Contact Bill Rehbock at Atari Corp for information at 408-745-2000. /// September 18th-19th, 1993 The Glendale Show returns with the Southern California Atari Computer Faire, V.7.0, in suburban Los Angeles, California. This has been the year's largest domestic Atari event, year after year. Contact John King Tarpinian at the user group HACKS at 818-246-7286 for information. | | | GENIE: FLOW CONTROL | | | Compiled by Ed Krimen | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- Some messages may have been edited for correct spelling, grammar, and irrelevant material. TT IN DEMAND ------------ -=> In the "Flaming - Debating - Discussions - Rumors" category (18) -=> from the "Atari systems vs Other systems" topic (22) Message 45 Tue Sep 29, 1992 S.WINICK at 06:36 EDT Actually, TT030 demand is higher now than ever. The TT030 in fact was our best selling Atari system last month, and is running well ahead of the Mega STe this month as well. With only a few MegaSTe's left in stock, I fully expect the TT030 to remain our best selling machine at least until an entry level product a little more enticing than the 1040STe arrives (can you say "Falcon" ;-). But lets clarify one point yet one more time. Atari's initial model Falcon030 is N-O-T in competition with the TT030, and will N-O-T replace it as Atari's high end professional workstation. The TT030 is a much more powerful package for most high-end professional applications. It offers features and conveniences that are simply not available on the Falcon. The Falcon030 is an excellent and exciting entry-level consumer product that will hopefully generate as much interest as Atari's original ST line when they were first introduced. Don't try to read anything sinister into Atari actually having stock available on a certain product. I realize that can frequently be an unusual situation, but it really does happen on occassion.... ;-] And yes, Atari has indeed dropped the prices dramatically on the TT030's RAM expansion boards. They conducted a survey of dealers (yes, they also really talk to us on occassion) and after analyzing current market pricing for RAM, determined that their RAM board prices were indeed out of line and making the TT030 uncompetitive in today's marketplace. They also made a slight adjustment in the price of the base machine as well to compensate for competitors' recent price reductions, making the TT030 extremely competitive pricewise; feature-wise, it eats the competition for lunch!! ;-] Sheldon (Computer STudio - Asheville, NC) ======================================== FALCON ON PCTV LIVE! -------------------- -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Atari Falcon 030 Computer" topic (20) Message 188 Sat Sep 26, 1992 AD-VANTAGE at 18:56 EDT I just caught Bill Rehbock and the Falcon in a segment of "PC TV Live"! The piece was very positive with Bill describing market targets, showing the new desktop and demoing some of the audio software included with the Falcon -- very impressive. He even plugged Playboy Germany stating they use an Atari DTP package to publish the magazine. :-) The moderator gave me the impression he would have liked to have shown more (so do I) but they ran out of time. Bill and the Falcon did a fine job! -- Ron ---------- Message 189 Sat Sep 26, 1992 K.HOUSER [Kevin MQ Def] at 19:35 EDT So where can one get "PC TV"? I've never seen any shows like that. Is it on PBS? --Kevin ---------- Message 192 Sat Sep 26, 1992 AD-VANTAGE at 22:46 EDT "PC TV" is shown on the MEU (Mind Extension University) cable channel in my area, though I understand some PBS stations pick the show up. I believe one of the PC magazines produces the show. Bill mentioned PC emulation capability was a $150 add-on and emphasized it was hardware (not software) emulation -- no 486SX comments as far as I recall. -- Ron ======================================== FALCON UNVEILING AT BCS ----------------------- -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Atari Falcon 030 Computer" topic (20) Message 195 Sun Sep 27, 1992 R.LUCKEY [FALCON-MAD!] at 04:58 EDT I was present at both days the Falcon was shown at the BCS (the big official "unveiling" and the ST SIG meeting the next night), and am EXTREMELY enthusiastic about the machine and the possibilities it offers to developers with fertile imaginations. The new hardware *REALLY* expands the capabilities of our favorite computer. The real-time Tina Turner video played off the hard disk was stunning: full motion video in the center of the screen, while selected still images were repeatedly blitted around the border at breakneck speed, while CD quality audio was playing! What a toy! Wowie Zowie! Bill Rehbock mentioned that the audio capabilities of the DSP can be exploited to produce a synthesizer which out-performs the DX-7, and apparently Atari is considering bundling that software (when it is finished) with the Falcon!! And get this: the machine should also be able to be used as a low-cost video phone (!!!), an application that I think Bill said may be ready to show at the next Comdex! For us boring business users, Atari is developing a MS Works-type integrated application. It reads Excel files, and lets you do ridiculous things like add voice annotations to cells! Nice going, guys! It's obvious to me that with the regular ST software continuing to mature as it is (at THIS point mainly from European developers), and with all the possibilities that the new machine brings I'll have very little to complain about, unless it's that my IBM or Mac buddies who haven't seen what the Falcon can do may THINK my cute little machine is just a toy. Remember, the present Falcon is the *BOTTOM END* of a projected line of new machines. And with the emulation capabilities, if we really need to use DOS or Mac software, we can. No, the whole world isn't going to dump all their clones and Macs and come running to Atari, but I'm sure this new hardware is going to get enough developers excited about working on it that we'll see lots of really great applications coming out in the next year. It has incredible potential. How fully that potential blossoms is going to depend largely on how the marketing is done, on dealer development and maybe on production capabilities, (in my opinion). But regardless of how many OTHER people end up purchasing one, I'm sure the people that DO buy one will have a ball, and I intend to be one of them! Wouldn't it be nice to see these babies really take off? Yeah..... ======================================== THE CARTMASTER -------------- -=> In the "User Groups and Shows" category (11) -=> from "The Northern CA Atari Expo" topic (11) Message 20 Mon Sep 28, 1992 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead] at 03:14 EDT C.Rose, The Cartmaster is the device you are looking for. It allows you to switch between up to four different cartridge devices. It may have been sold at the Best Electronics booth, but the company that makes it is: Wizztronics (516) 473-2507 P.O. Box 122 Port Jeff Sta., NY 11776 I have one and it works as advertised. John ======================================== FALCON VERSUS PERFORMA ---------------------- -=> In the "Flaming - Debating - Discussions - Rumors" category (18) -=> from the "Atari systems vs Other systems" topic (22) Message 40 Mon Sep 28, 1992 S.DANUSER [Soul Manager] at 03:08 EDT There has been some hubbub about the new Macs beating the Falcon in terms of performance and price. The following Montgomery Ward ad was in today's paper: Apple Macintosh Performa 400 Computer 4 mb RAM 80 mb hard drive with 512K VRAM 16 mhz 68030 microprocessor includes Clarisworks & AT EASE Apple Macintosh Performa 14" Color Display Monitor .39 dot pitch The computer's sale price of $1449 does not include the monitor (sale priced at $329). If this is the Mac model that's supposed to compete with the Falcon, then Atari doesn't come off too badly. With the 4/65 model listing at $1399, the video and sound hardware of the Falcon makes a far better value. Keep in mind that Atari is also bundling software with their machine, which includes the sound stuff, a database, and a couple games. If they threw in a halfway decent word processor (they do own WordUp, after all), they'd have a killer package. Yes, street prices will be lower for the Mac, but the same holds true for the Falcon (when there are actually some on the street). Just offering some perspective. Soul Manager ======================================== THE LAST ST USER WITHOUT A HARD DRIVE ------------------------------------- -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Hard Disk Information" topic (9) Message 59 Tue Sep 29, 1992 R.KOHORN at 00:38 EDT I have the feeling that I am the last ST user who doesn't have a hard drive (embarassing to admit). However, now I think the time has come to take the plunge. But I am ingorant!! I admit it!! This is what I want to know. With the new LINK device, can I buy ANY SCSI hard drive and use it with my 1040 (unmodified - another confession!) and tos 1.0 and then later use it with a Falcon? Also, can I boot with any hard drive or is my computer unable to boot off anything other than drive A. Thanks in advance. Ron ---------- Message 61 Tue Sep 29, 1992 S.WINICK at 06:30 EDT Ron, You really should at least upgrade the TOS in your trusty 'ol 1040 to TOS1.02 or 1.04 if nothing else. TOS 1.0 was REALLY slow at most everything. You might even be able to find a used set of 1.02 or 1.04 at a very reasonable price for someone who has upgraded to a newer version. But your 1040 should work just fine with a hard drive anyway (those disk reads and writes will definitely be a lot faster with a newer version of TOS though). With ICD's Link Host Adapter, any standard SCSI drive can indeed be used with your 1040 connected to the DMA (ACSI) port. For use as a true SCSI device with a TT030 or Falcon, merely replace the Link and ACSI cable with a true SCSI cable and you're in business. Both machines do use different cables though, so be sure to get the correct one at the appropriate time. You will be able to boot the system from your new hard drive just fine. Several online dealers make their own line of external hard drives, myself included. Contact any of us you desire in E-mail if you'd like additional information or specific pricing. Sheldon (Computer STudio - Asheville, NC) ======================================== NO FALCON PDS? -------------- -=> In the "Hardware" category (4) -=> from the "TURBO16-30 from Fast Technology" topic (11) Message 29 Sat Sep 26, 1992 J.ALLEN27 [FAST TECH] at 20:40 EDT While we're at it, the Falcon does NOT have a PDS..."Processor Direct Slot"... as Atari has eluded to, and I'm quite disappointed in that too. There is an expansion connector, but it mimics the 68000 chip, was designed to make ATSpeed installation easier, and is NOT suited for accelerators...and the Falcon is a putt putt on top of it all. Just when I get to think that Atari may have wised up, they refresh my memory. ======================================== SUPRA ROM UPGRADE INFO ---------------------- -=> In the "Telecommunications" category (8) -=> from the "High Speed Modem Help" topic (10) Message 155 Sat Sep 26, 1992 SUPRATECH at 18:19 EDT >> Supra LED crash when hanging up You need to order the new roms, which fix this problem. The problem is that the modem has several processors and tasks that are running at the same time. We found that under certain DTR toggle times, the modem would lockup, as one routine was waiting for another running routine to erase a flag. The 1.2H/J roms fix this problem. We have sent upgrade notices to all US customers. If you sent in your registration card, then you should be receiving this soon. If you did not, or you want the roms sooner, you can order them by calling our BBS (503-967-2444). There are 2 sets of roms, one is free and the other one has caller id for 19.95+5 blue shipping. If you would like, I can ULed a file explaing the new features/ enhancements. Mark ======================================== USED SYSTEMS ------------ -=> In the "Items for Sale - New or Used" category (27) -=> from the "ST Hardware for sale!" topic (2) Message 201 Mon Sep 28, 1992 S.SCHAPER [Meneldil] at 23:43 EDT Why are people selling old used systems for more than a new Falcon? ---------- Message 202 Tue Sep 29, 1992 REALM [Joey] at 00:44 EDT You can't buy a Falcon yet...:-) The TT is still better suited for several applications such as DTP and CADD work. Some people would rather buy a $800 STe package with a Hard Drive, Monitor and Software over a base Falcon for $799. Just because the Falcon is scheduled for release doesn't make the other systems any less useful. Most of its features won't improve word processing, inventory, databases, spreadsheets or accounting-type applications, etc. They can all be done just as well on a mono STe for half the price. Now if someone where selling the STe for $800 by itself then I would have to wonder.:-) But most everything I've seen are complete systems. Plus you can ask whatever you want, doesn't mean you'll get it.:-) ======================================== | | | EIDSVOOG IN CONFERENCE ON GENIE | | | Re-edit by Ron Kovacs | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- Monday Night Round Table Conference Host - Lou Rocha Sept. 28, 1992 Guest Speaker - John Eidsvoog, CodeHead Technologies <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> Our guest tonight is John Eidsvoog of CodeHead Technologies. John is going to allow discussion on ANY CodeHead products so get your questions ready. <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Ok, thanks for coming everyone. We'll try not to bore anyone with things you're not interested in so feel free to ask question about any product, but bear in mind that I may not answer the question if it's not one of ours. <grin> Fire away. <[Swampy] D.D.MARTIN> Can you explain your postscript support for AV and can type 1 fonts be used? Gradient fills available? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Avant Vector will import EPS files Encapulated PostScript, that is. It seems to do quite a good job of covering most variations of EPS files but there's no program I know of on any platform that can truly handle everything that's thrown at it. For one thing, AV will not do color... another thing is that it treats gradient fills in the same way that Outline Art does... It turns the gradient into a series of areas of different intensity. This is a less-than-desirable method of handling it, but that's the way that it works. We are beta testing a new version of Avant Vector called Avant Font. It loads many (or most) type-1 fonts and allows editing and saving in Calamus CFN format. We don't yet know when the release date will be for Avant Font, but it looks pretty good so far. <[Swampy] D.D.MARTIN> Can't save as Adobe type 1? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> No, unfortunately. (I don't think). I may be wrong. <[Olivo] O.CONTRERAS1> Is it possible to write Extend-O-Save modules in anything other than assembly language? C or Pascal would be nice. <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> We are currently working on a module to do just that. That is, we think that we can do C, but currently have no plans for Pascal. The C package will come with an .O file which will be linked in with your C code. All you'll have to do is write about 3-5 routines and link them in (without INIT.O). We're also looking into making it possible for GFA too, but that might not be possible. <[Olivo] O.CONTRERAS1> Are there any specific brands of C that you're going to support? When do you plan on releasing the new module? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> I got a good start on the C module the other day, but haven't had a chance to finish it yet. It should work with any C dev system, since the .O file will be in standard Alcyon linkable format. The routines will be very simple. One each for kick-in, kick-out, periodic, and an optional routine for configuration. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> Thanks Olivo. John, can you tell us about CodeHead plans for WAACE? Anything special coming up? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Well, I've been trying very hard to finish MIDI Spy, which has been hanging over my head for ages now. I'm still not sure if I'll make it. Unfortunately, Charles won't be there. He's going to be on tour at the time. Tomas will be there with me. We will probably have a pretty good price on Calligrapher but it's not set yet. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> I am very very impressed with Megapaint. Do you have plans for a future upgrade? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> We're also very impressed with MegaPaint, but it doesn't look like it will have a very good future. The sales of MegaPaint have been quite pitiful. One of the reasons is that the German exporter has set the price too high for us to discount it sufficiently for dealers. Another reason is that it is monochrome only and these days people are moving more and more to color. I've expressed these concerns to Tommy Software, but they are not too interested in continuing development on the ST version. It's a shame because MegaPaint is one of our most-used tools in-house. We couldn't get along without it. Only a select few really will ever know the true power of MegaPaint. <[Olivo] O.CONTRERAS1> Did you ever come up with Calligrapher Lite? I saw it listed in a catalog for $49. I thought only Gold and Pro were available. <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> We will not be offering Calligrapher Lite (unless something changes). Currently, Lite is already being marketed through Atari UK and Atari US. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> John, what are you planning to demo at WAACE? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Well...we don't really have anything special planned. Our usual demos these days at shows are done on a TT with a high res screen. We specialize in showing Calligrapher, MegaPaint, Avant Vector, Genus, etc. One thing that I've enjoyed doing is having someone print the alphabet in their block printing. We then scan it with MegaPaint, auto-trace it with Avant Vector, load each object into Genus and create a Calamus font. It's really interesting to be able to type into Calamus and see your own manuscript appear. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> John, I asked you last week about the Falcon... What do you HOPE it will do for the developers? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> The best way the Falcon can help the developers is to be mass produced so that there are enough potential customers for developers to be able to invest their resources in the development of new and exciting products. I know that's what WE'RE hoping for anyway. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> Do you have any comment or reaction to the rollout at the Boston Computer Society? I hear it went well but to a smallish crowd. Even Sam was there... <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> It sounded like the BCS rollout was a local success but what is really needed is some wide exposure such as would provided by a major review in Byte Magazine. Let's hope the Atari people are doing their homework along these lines. <[Network 23] R.MARTIN22> WOW! It's incredible that it's that easy to make your own fonts! Back to E-O-S, you requested module ideas... I'd like one that segments the screen to blocks, removes one, and shuffles the remaining blocks around. I guess you can tell I'm really looking forward to E-O-S! ;-) <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Yes Rod, That's one of the modules I've thought about doing also. I have a few different module screensavers for the PC and there are a lot of good ones already written for Windows. Too bad we can't obtain some of the source code <grin>. <[chris] DRAGONWARE> John can Extend-o-Save park the Stacy and turn off the backlight? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> I got your mesage from your phone call the other day. It would definitely be possible to do such a module. There is no existing code in Warp 9 to handle this, but it could be done in a module. I don't think there's been any documentation on turning off the Stacy's backlight but if I can obtain it, I'll give it a shot. The hard drive parking code is already in HotSaver and would be simple. <[Quiet Mike] M.ALLEN14> Hi John, I would like to see some more extensive source code examples for E-O-S. For example moving an object around the screen. <I'm twitching awaiting my W9 upgrade.> My first ST programming effort may be an E-O-S module. <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Well, as for moving things around the screen code for implementing such a thing would not be specific to Warp 9 although there are some restrictions to what can be done during the vertical blank (when the routine is called). One nice thing about Extendo being in Warp 9 is that the VDI calls handled by Warp 9 can be called even though it would not normally be safe to make normal VDI calls from an interrrupt. <[Quiet Mike] M.ALLEN14> Is there a list of VDI call handled by W9? Did you get my XXXL T-shirt order <grin> ga. <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> I'm embarassed to say that I've haven't read the entire developers docs that Charles prepared. I'm not sure if it lists the VDI calls that are safe or not. Basically, if you try something and it doesn't crash, it should be OK. I got your shirt order and left you E-Mail about it today. <E.GOODMAN1> This question may have been asked (I just joined) but do you know if there will be access through GFA Basic? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> We're working on that. I'm not sure if we'll be able to pull it off or not. It would involve just writing a few PROCEDURES without linking them into GFA's startup code. We'll know soon if it will work. I suspect that it will work as long as you stay away from some of the internal GFA calls. <[Rob] R.QUANCE> John, have you seen any software that you would like to distribute along the lines of Corel Draw? With the new graphic formats available (Falcon), it would be a nice addition the the Codehead line. <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> So far, I'm not aware of anything along those lines. There is allegedly some very exciting software coming from Germany. Unfortunately, I didn't go to Duesseldorf this year, although I don't think that the software was very far along in the short time they had access to the Falcon machines. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> Rob, are you talking about EPS output? <[Rob] R.QUANCE> Corel does have EPS (color) as well... <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> One more thing I'm sure that a Corel-type program on the Falcon could run rings around that slow Corel dog under Windows. <[Fred nelson] N5424> Been out of town for three weeks. When I got back I see the new Warp9 upgrade. Put my disk and check in the mail tonight! <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Great, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. We hope to have more modules available soon, but there are only so many hours in the day. <[Olivo] O.CONTRERAS1> Will you be uploading new modules here or offering them for sale? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> So far, our plans are to release all modules for free, although it's possible that a module might come along that is unique and powerful enough to warrant a purchase price. I doubt it, though. <[Olivo] O.CONTRERAS1> I'm dying to see a flying toasters module! Have you or anyone else written one? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Flying toaster! Everyone wants flying toasters. <grin>.... Well, certain things that can be done on the Mac and Windows are more difficult under GEM because Extendo must operate from within an interrupt when there are major restrictions on the types of calls that can be made. For instance, a module daren't do any disk access. This makes it difficult to write a module or module manager that would allow random modules to be called. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> Can I ask if you are aware of any plans by the International Association of Atari Developers to help Atari Corp with the Falcon campaign? Does IAAD ever offer advice to Atari Corp? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Well, we do have plenty of advice both privately, and among ourselves although it seems that most of it doesn't make it to Atari. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> John, we have a couple of other developers here tonight. Mind sharing the podium on this question? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> Maybe Dorothy can shed some light on this question. Or perhaps Jim. Speak up, friends. <[Baaad Dot!] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Yes, we do. I'm glad you asked. I hope Atari does. I'm looking forward to supporting hundreds of thousands of Falcons any minute now. <J.ALLEN27> The Falcon is a VERY different computer, it's not a new generation ST, it is aimed at a much different market, and requires a different set of support SW. So the sky's the limit on what might be done, and where the opportunities are. <[Ringo] LEXICOR2> It would be nice if ATARI had a private meeting with all developers and dealers so that a proper plan can be made. <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> There's a bright future on the other side of the curtain. All they need to do is open the drapes and let the light in. <[Lou] L.ROCHA1> OK Thanks Dev's. John Eidsvoog, thanks for coming by tonight. Would you like to wrap things up for us? <[CodeHeadJohn] J.EIDSVOOG1> OK. In spite of the havoc we just had in trying to make our point, I'd like to point out that the developers are all excited about the possibilities presented by the impending release of the Falcon. 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