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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 9-Apr-93 #915 Date: Sun Apr 11 23:12:05 1993 *---== STReport International Online Magazine ==---* """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" from STR Publishing """""""""""""" April 09, 1993 No.9.15 ========================================================================== STReport International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205 ~ 6672 R.F. 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"""""""""""""""" - The Editor's Desk - CPU Report - PORTFOLIO NEWS - ST BOOK CANCELLED! - CeBIT Reports - PC SALES WAY UP! - POWERBOOK PRICE DROPS - Twilight Parallel - ATARI LASER CANCELLED! - PEOPLE ARE TALKING - DEALERS IRKED! - STR Confidential -* REVOLVING DOOR HITS HARD! *- -* MAJOR INTERNATIONAL PIRATE BBS BUSTED! *- -* "FALCONWAIT" -> NO FALCON030'S FOR THE USA?!? *- =========================================================================== STReport International Online Magazine The Original * Independent * Online Magazine -* FEATURING WEEKLY *- "Accurate UP-TO-DATE News and Information" Current Events, Original Articles, Tips, Rumors, and Information Hardware - Software - Corporate - R & D - Imports =========================================================================== STReport's BBS, The Bounty, invites BBS systems, worldwide, to participate in the Fido/NEST/Atari F-Net Mail Network. 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CALL: 1-800-848-8199 .. 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 (April 9) MANY NEW FILES IN ATARIPRO! Lots of new files in the Libraries of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO). Type BRO LIB:ALL to check out the most recently entries!! PARTICIPATE IN GO GRAPHICS DIRECTORY! The Atari Forums will be participating in the fifth update of GO GRAPHICS, a picture catalog of some of the finest GIF images available for download from CompuServe! We'll be compiling our listing for inclusion by mid-April. Be sure to upload your new GIF pictures as soon as possible! VERSION 2.20 OF GEMVIEW Download file GVIEW2.ZIP from LIBRARY 14 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) for version 2.20 of GEMVIEW: The "view anything fully" GEM graphics file viewer. VERSION 1.0.1 of PICSWITCH The long-awaited update to PicSwitch is available for download as file PICSW1.LZH in LIBRARY 14 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS). This version is completely overhauled, with an easy-to-use enhanced-GEM interface with customizable windows, Mac-like controls, and pop-up menus. Supports 20 different image formats, now including GIF, IMG, Spectrum, Prism Paint, PCX, and IFF. REVISED PRINTER DRIVERS FROM SOFTLOGIK SoftLogik has made the following two files available for download from LIBRARY 11 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN): PS2299.ARC - PostScript printer driver for ImageSetters and Color PostScript printers version 2.2.99. This is a temporary driver that fixes problems with v2.2.11 printing to Linos and Color PS printers. PS2211.ARC - Newest PostScript printer driver version 2.2.11. This driver is good for users printing to PostScript lasers. For users needing to print to Color PS and high-rez imagesetters, you should use the v2.2.99 driver. NEW CARD GAME FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO Download file 4CORN1.ZIP from LIBRARY 4 of the Atari Portfolio Forum (GO APORTFOLIO) and try your hand at this card game. The goal is to place the KINGS, QUEENS, and JACKS only in their proper places on the game board. Requires PBASIC. 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!" """""""""""""""""""""" Here we are, peering into April's second week and still, the suspense rages. Will there be a major inflow of much needed cash? Will the Falcon030 or any of its successors ever make it to the USA's computing marketplace? Tough questions for sure, no doubt, they will be answered very shortly for the procrastination cannot go on much longer without reaping dire results. One major question that seems to be answering itself is; are there sufficient dealers to bring the Falcon030 into a prominent place in the US market? Of course, with the number of actual dealers in the USA being kept under "tight wraps" by Atari, there is only speculation. However, educated guesses say the dealers are quite disenchanted at this time at what some, long time, dealers call an extremely "lame - one sided" dealer agreement being presented to them by Atari. Most dealers are quite upset with the new ADA dealer agreement. As such, the dealer response is and has been rather pathetic as far as Atari is concerned. And rightfully so, according to certain dealers who feel the agreement is a sign of things to come. With the information coming out of Europe that the Book is now cancelled along with the Laser Printers, the handwriting on the wall is becoming quite clear. Knowing the "game machine" thrust in Sunnyvale is quite high, and having heard that the Falcon thingy is an offshoot of the game machine R&D, and now hearing they are hinting at new game machine consoles this year.. it wouldn't be surprising at all if they put the computer thing to sleep and concentrated on the development and sales of truly exotic game machines. After all, we know the Jaguar is "right around the corner" and we also know who is in charge of its development. Seems as though someone in Atari's upper management has perhaps commented that if the US dealers don't like the "new ADA deal" and either won't or don't sign the new dealer contract, "we don't have introduce the Falcon in the USA at all!" (What a Guy!) Pretty cool, if that's not a death wish ...there is nothing closer. When is Atari's leadership going to learn they are heads of a company whose immediate survival depends on how well they learn to respond positively in the marketplace. If they don't stop with the punitive, elitist nonsense, it will be all over but the sobbing. As each week goes by, the term "Katzenjammer" comically or pathetically applied, whichever is more appropriate at the moment, seems to ring true with a louder and louder knell. Where _are_ the Falcon030s already??!! What's with the constant cockamamie lame brained delays? During his online conferences Sam said the company was going to change. What he didn't tell us was whether it would be for the better or the worse. We all now know the answer to that question. They've actually gotten better! Sure have. At coming up with more creative stories to excuse their continued litany of crippling delays. I'd hate to see what would be happening if they did have thousands of dealers scads of inventory to ship. In any case, the Atari stock sat for a day in the eighties. Cents.... that is. And now is hovering around a dollar. 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 Robert Glover R. ALBRITTON STReport Staff Editors: """"""""""""""""""""""" Dana P. Jacobson Michael Arthur John Deegan Lucien Oppler Brad Martin Judith Hamner John Szczepanik Dan Stidham Joseph Mirando Steve Spivey Doyle C. Helms Lloyd E. Pulley, Editor Emeritus Contributing Correspondents: """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Michael Lee Richard Covert Scott Birch Brian Converse Oliver Steinmeier Tim Holt Andrew Learner Norman Boucher Harry Steele Clemens Chin Neil Bradley Eric Jerue Ron Deal Robert Dean Ed Westhusing James Nolan Vernon W. Smith Bruno Puglia IMPORTANT NOTICE """""""""""""""" Please, submit letters to the editor, articles, reviews, etc... via E-Mail to: Compuserve.................... 70007,4454 Delphi........................ RMARIANO BIX........................... RMARIANO FIDONET....................... 112/35 FNET.......................... NODE 350 NEST.......................... 90:21/350.0 GEnie......................... ST-REPORT """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STR'S "BELIEVE IT? OR.. WHAT?" <>###############################<> "There is no comparison! The Atari Falcon is far superior to the PC platform." Sam Tramiel, 08/92 About the scathing Forbes Magazine Critique of Atari; "My new office, which has a better view than my old one, is so far quite satisfactory. And Richard Miller is in my old office. The Forbes article was a mish-mash and misconstrued article full of half truths. We are anxiously awaiting the release of the Atari Falcon to bring us back to the forefront. The article has given us some laughs, but otherwise has not affected us." Sam Tramiel, 08/92 About marketing plans and the future.... "As I said before, all marketing announcements will be made at Duesseldorf. I will not comment on future models of the Falcon. WE ARE TALKING TODAY ABOUT A MACHINE..... WHICH WILL BE SHIPPING NEXT WEEK." Sam Tramiel, 08/92 A fantastic observation, considering the date it was made... "I've just returned from Asia, where I saw the first Atari Falcon production coming off the lines. Let's hope this new offering will make it in North America. I know that the specs are great." Sam Tramiel, 08/92 Again, the dates of the statement conflict with the facts now known.... "We have not yet even given the machine to the FCC. And we are only applying for Class B approval. According to our "experts", it should pass Class B." Sam Tramiel, 08/92 "...... We are not working for Wall Street but to make money for our shareholders and only think long term." Sam Tramiel, 11/92 psssst. FYI.... The Shareholder's equity is fine.... NOT! THE STOCK IS HOVERING AROUND $0.81 CHRISTMAS '92 has COME and GONE... AS HAS... JANUARY 1993, FEBRUARY 1993... FALCONS ....anyone? By the Way.... Does the Falcon work well with any... of the SLM Laser Printers?? NOPE! NOT YET! Wanna bet there won't be? Better yet... Which _MAJOR_ US Software Developers & Publishers are producing NEW Software for Atari's FALCON??? Besides, who _needs_ a CARTRIDGE PORT anyhow! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS """"""""""""""""" Computer Products Update - CPU Report ------------------------ ---------- Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Issue #15 By: John Deegan COMPAQ SUPPLIES DOS 6 - Compaq Computer Corp. says it will start sup- plying its new desktop and portable computers with the new Microsoft DOS 6 at no extra charge, replacing the MS-DOS 5 version currently included on Compaq PCs. IBM OFFERS PC-TO-MAINFRAME LINK - The IBM Programming Systems unit says it will offer a Windows-based client/server application to link PC computers to mainframes via a graphical user interface. The program, to be available in August, is called Current OfficeVision/Multiple Virtual Storage Workgroup. APPLE CUTS PRICES ON CERTAIN POWERBOOK DUO NOTEBOOKS - Apple Computer announced today it has reduced prices in the United States on selected PowerBook Duo notebook computers from 10% to 18%, effective immediately. IBM UNVEILS NEW VALUEPOINT UNITS - IBM has unveiled 40 new low-priced PCs in its PS/ValuePoint line. The new models are powered by Intel's '486 microprocessor and can be converted to Intel's new Pentium micro- processor. The models range in price from $1,080 to $3,579 and are said to "offer enhanced graphics, truer colors, more power and a broad ability to upgrade." HP UNVEILS NEW LASERJETS - Hewlett-Packard has announced two new net- work laser printers that can work concurrently with PCs, Macintosh computers, Unix-based workstations and multiple networks. Both printers can print at 17 pages-per-minute at a 600 dots- per-inch resolution, four times the effective resolution of most office laser printers, says HP. The HP LaserJet 4Si printer costs $3,749 and replaces the HP LaserJet IIID and HP LaserJet IIISi printers. The new printer includes 2 meg of standard memory, expandable to 36 meg, and two expansion slots for op- tional HP JetDirect interfaces. The HP LaserJet 4Si MX printer sells for $5,499. Its standard 10 meg memory is expandable to 26MB. The printer also includes Adobe's PostScript Level 2 language, a LocalTalk interface and an HP JetDirect Ethernet interface that can be connected to as many as 10 different network operating systems simultaneously. BACKLOGS - Reports say that PCs are selling so well that IBM has a $1 billion order backlog for its ThinkPad 700 notebook computers; Apple Quadra servers and PowerBooks are also on back order; the wait for some Compaq computers is about a month; AST Research has an eight-week back- log; and other companies have similar delivery problems due to component shortfalls. IATA URGES BAN TO LAPTOP COMPUTER USE DURING AIRCRAFT TAKE-OFFS AND LANDINGS - Business travelers who spend airborne time using their laptop computers to write a report or crunch numbers on a spreadsheet may soon have to find another way to occupy their time while jetting from one city to another. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today from Geneva, Switzerland that it will warn its 213 member airlines to not permit passengers to use electronic devices, including laptop computers, during aircraft take-offs and landings. The move is viewed as a precautionary measure until further research can provide more conclusive evidence as to the possible interference with navigational equipment caused by passengers' use of electronic devices while airborne. It is feared laptop computers and video games interfere with aircraft autopilot systems. Some airlines already restrict the use of electronic devices during flights. COMPUTER INDUSTRY LAYOFFS CONTINUE - While some other U.S. industries are slowly recovering, the computer industry laid off more workers in March than any other industry segment according to a study conducted by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Of the 30,428 layoffs nationwide in March, 9,030, or nearly 30%, were in the computer industry. IBM Corp. was the leader with 4,500 employees dismissed during the month, followed by Wang Laboratories Inc., which laid off 3,300. Other industries particularly affected by layoffs are aerospace, re- tail and health care. New York state led the nation in the number of layoffs in March, followed by Massachusetts and California. GATES WARY - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates says that while he welcomes the Clinton administration's support for a nation-wide high- speed data network, he is wary of too much government involvement. Speaking to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Seattle recently, Gates said there is intense interest in the software and computer industry in developing program and hardware for such a network, but that he is concerned individual companies will use their influence with the government to promote their products and services over those of their competitors. Gates said, "It is very positive to have politicians who understand the potential for technology. Then again, generally, government involve- ment is subverted by special interests. I do believe the government has to be very careful how they get involved." Both President Clinton and Vice President Gore have said they want to link the nation with a fiber optic cable system to allow information to flow rapidly throughout the country. Gates said it would be better to let private industry and the market place decide how the network will be designed and built. Said Gates, "There's no shortage of commercial money to build these networks and do these applications, no shortage at all." The government would do the most good developing the network for education and funding long-term research projects, he said, and "if it's done the right way, I think it can be a very positive thing." ___________________________________________________________ > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" PEOPLE... ARE TALKING ===================== On CompuServe ------------- compiled by Joe Mirando 73637,2262 Howdy neighbors! I hope this past week has treated you well. It was nice to finally have some warmth and sunshine (although the forecasters are calling for rain all weekend). And speaking of rain, I'd sure like to see the silver lining to this cloud: Atari stock is now at 13/16ths per share. That's... hmmm, let's see... 81 1/4 _cents_ per share! I hope these guys decide to do something before the stock hits negative numbers. With the Falcon coming out, um, _R_eal _S_oon _N_ow, perhaps now is the time to make a killing "in the market"... On to other things. Let's take a look at the questions that other people are asking (Hey, that sounds like a Danny DeVito movie... Other Peoples' Questions). Well, anyway, let's take a look: >From the Atari Productivity Forum ================================= If you have a hard drive, sit back for a moment and remember the fun you had choosing it. We all had to decide how much storage space we needed, whether to by one ready-made or to build our own, which host adaptor to use, what software, and so on and so forth. I don't know about you, but when I got my first hard drive, there weren't many people around with the experience I needed. Luckily for Sergio Caplan, there are many more of us now to draw on for experience. He posts: "Am looking for a hard drive for my atari st 1040. haven't the slightest idea where to begin looking..... any help would be appreciated. please email any ideas, clues or hints. I don't care if I find new or used." Lee Zion tells Sergio: "You will find two "main" sources of "ready to run" hard drives for the Atari 1040ST, Supra and ICD. Both have built in "plug and play" interfaces as well as software for the non-standard Atari hard drive port to the standard world hard disk driver card. Local (depending on where you live) and mail order vendors for both are still around. If you are the "tinkering" type, you can build your own. All it takes is a hard disk, a power supply, a driver card, Atari to standard interface, a case to put it all in and of course software to boot the hard disk. I have been using a 120 meg Supra Hard Disk for two years and have been quite happy with it. Several others here in the forum have put their own drive together from parts. For sale notices are posted frequently both here and in Atari Arts for systems including hard drives. If you give more detail about what you have in mind, I'm sure you will find advise here." Meanwhile, from the "Just looking for something to talk about 'till the Falcon arrives" department continuing a discussion about what true-color really is (and whether or not the Falcon really has it), Thomas Worthington posts: "Look, the human eye can only see about 10 million colors under perfect conditions using 1 meter square areas of non-active pigment. No one can tell me that they can tell the difference between 16 million colors and 32768 on a squinty little SVGA monitor. This is just advertising hype." Perhaps what we should do is just drop all the catch-phrases and just compare the Falcon against as many other machines as possible. That way people don't end up arguing that their machine is better because they spell the term "true-color" instead of "true-color". At this point, I don't care if they call it "Shirley"... just ship the darned thing and make it the best that it can be. And as if the constantly slipping delivery dates of the Falcon weren't bad enough, Atari has now decided that ALL dealers (old as well as new) MUST submit new Dealer Agreements. Travis Guy of Atari Explorer Online posts: "Director of Communications Bob Brodie has been unbelievably busy of late. One item of note, Bob asked me to enlist as many of AEO's readers as possible to get this word out: Any dealer who plans on selling Atari Falcon030s MUST turn in a signed Authorized Dealer Agreement to Atari. So if your dealer was planning on getting Falcon030s from a distributor, and felt that they didn't have to sign the Dealer Agreement - they (and you) will be in for a great disappointment. Please pass this around. --==--==--==--==-- Some dealers who plan on buying Falcon030s from distributors feel that they do not have to sign and return the Atari Dealer Agreements. Wrong! Distributors are under obligation to NOT supply dealers without ADAs. If you plan on purchasing a Falcon030, please contact your local dealer and ask if they have sent in their ADA to Atari." Interesting, to say the least. I wonder if Toys R US, Child World, and KMart are also going to be filling out these Dealer Agreements... as a matter of fact, I wonder if any of them are going to carry the Falcon. Hey, I know! They can put them in the areas that used to be set aside for the Lynx! Dazzz Smith must have been reading my mind when he posted: "Hmmm, sounds restrictive to me......" Oh, by the way, some of you may raise an eyebrow or two (or three) at the mention of another magazine within these pages. I'd just like to say that the staff of STReport have a large amount of respect for Travis and his people. They do a fine job. And as Travis said, the main point here is to get the word out to dealers about the new agreement. Thanks Travis! On the subject of the Falcon in the US, Toli Vavaskos asks: "Could you explain why you don't get Falcons in the States? In Europe they are properly available (at least the 4/65 ones plus a 4/120 variation)." GOOD QUESTION! Would anyone "in-the-know" care to explain? And can we do without the "party line" for a while? >From the Atari ST Arts Forum ============================ Phil Payzant tells SYSOP*Ron Luks a few kind words when seem they are needed the very most... Unlike elsewhere, CIS maintains the mature, censorship free areas we all crave.. "Ron- Sometimes I feel a little embarrassed that I don't contribute more to this forum's daily activities. I'm a semi-lurker, albeit one who looks in several times per week, and I must say this is one of the most open, thought provoking and _balanced_ forums I see on this system or anywhere else. Sure, there are occasional wild and (in hindsight) amusing swings into the entire gamut of opinions and emotions ranging from negative to positive, pessimistic to optimistic (I heard a good definition of an optimist the other day: a pessimist defines an optimist as someone who has no idea what is really going on) and serene to incendiary. Geoffrey's opinions are interesting, and one must speculate (as Jim Ness did) how he came by them. He may be wrong (and definitely _is_ wrong regarding being "canned" by you and your staff) but I appreciate the opportunity to at least read his opinions without fear that they might have been stricken from the message base because they don't fit some ill-defined and misconceived policy. As long as there's no profanity or bigotry, I want to hear (see) what he has to say, just as I also want to see the responses, flaming or otherwise. Let the whiners continue. Let the apologists continue. And let the rest of us enjoy the interplay. Roll on, and good work Ron. I have a good time here." .__ |__) |hil John Amsler asks: "I've used the utility PI3TOTIF.EXE with great effect on my friend's IBM clone (386/40). Is there a utility that does the inverse function -- i.e., convert from TIFF to PI3?" Good ol' Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine gives John an option that is much easier than running around looking for a program that may or may not work. He posts: "One way is have a snapshot desk accessory installed. Load the TIFF into a paint program and display in full screen mode. Take a picture ALT-HELP (is the method my snapshot acc uses) and then save it in PI3." Dazzz Smith tells John: "Gemview 2.2 handles TIFF files I think John, it outputs to a number of different formats as well." After Sysop Ron Luks posted: "The staff here really tries to be helpful here and I am satisfied of their (our) honest good intentions and efforts. I hope the majority of the members agree with me." Tim Myers tells Ron: "I do ! People have varying opinions and points of view. Its reading those opinions etc that increases knowledge among us and helps us to see things in a different light. Sometimes those pieces of information complete pictures for us, and sometimes reveal a side we hadn't considered. There is nothing wrong with criticism. If someone considers it unjust you can be sure they will say so, but everybody's viewpoint is valuable and equally valid whether it is accepted of not. If someone is convinced that Atari is the greatest thing in the world then fine, but there are people who hold an opposing view. To close your mind to an opinion because it disagrees with you own is foolish perhaps ignorant. Long live informed debate. I think you guys do a good and pretty non-intrusive job as it should be." >From the Atari Vendors Forum ============================ Tim Shaw asks the CodeHeads: "Will Warp 9 work with my new Falcon? Cheers P.S. I guess you guys already know that Maxifile won't delete folders?" Charles F. Johnson of CodeHead Technologies tells Tim: "The current version of Warp 9 is not compatible with the Falcon. However, we have a version in-house that's about 90% complete, working in all Falcon modes except true-color. We should be ready to announce the update fairly soon, depending on when (if?) the Falcon is released here in the US. Yes, I'm aware that MaxiFile doesn't delete folders on the Falcon; this is because Atari changed the way the GEMDOS Delete() call works. (Without telling developers, of course.) Again, this is fixed already in an in-house version; more news soon." A few weeks ago Mike Mortilla mentioned that he had a problem with his mouse cursor and that he thought that Warp9 could have something to do with it. Well, it turned out not to be Warp9. So Mike posts: "I reported a mouse cursor bug to you a week or two ago. It now appears that the cause is a different program and *not* Warp 9. Thanks for answering my note and for making Warp 9 so sturdy." Charles Johnson thanks Mike: "Thanks for getting back to me on that. I'm glad to hear it wasn't Warp 9's fault." >From the Atari Portfolio Forum ============================== Russ LaForce asks Ron Luks: "Have you heard about AA lithium batteries. They cost twice as much but are suppose to last 3 times longer. Popular Science had an article about them recently. I have not used any yet. As I recently bought a bunch of alkalines. When my supply gets low, I plan on trying lithiums. One drawback is lithium batteries containing too much lithium may explode. This drawback appears to have been resolved. Another drawback is that they are not rechargeable. I did see some in a Walgreen's Drug Store. Are there any guinea pigs in this forum. Most of the time when I use my Port, I have it connected to an AC adapter and am able to get 2 months on a set of batteries." Ron replies: "I'm familiar with Lithium batteries but I would have to take exception to that claim of 3x the battery life. Yes, its longer than alkalines, but not 3x. They are also more expensive than alkalines and I think that you will find the extra cost just about covers the extra life." Sysop Marty Mankins tells Russ: "In some devices, the Hi Energy Lithium cells provide 3x the life. It's amazing how long they have lasted in a flash unit and they last about 2.5 times as long in the Portfolio. For the price, they are not the best value, but for not having to worry about battery changes for a longer period of time, it's a good deal." Sysop BJ Gleason posts: "If we start talking about what we have in the shed... TRS-80 Model I ZX80 ZX81 PC-1, 2, 4, and 8 [Radio Shacks Pocket Computers] Dec Rainbow PC Jr HP 150 And probably a few more that I am forgetting right now..." Not to be outdone, Sysop Marty Mankins tells BJ: "That's an impressive list. I didn't know you had the Zeos PPC? Here's my list; 2 Portfolios Sharp PC-3000 Sharp Wizard OZ-9600 Sharp Wizard OZ-8600 Psion Series 3 256-s HP 95LX 1Mb model IBM AT (6MHz 286) 386sx/16MHz clone 486/33 DX clone That's it for now." Have you ever wanted to take your Portfolio on the road and telecommunicate while you were away from your desktop model but didn't want to lug around an external modem? Thomas Wallentin asks: "Is there a company that installs a modem into the serial interface?" Sysop Ron Luks tells Thomas: "I've been told that Megabyte computers (Texas) will make this installation for you for a $50 charge (in addition to the cost of the modem and the serial interface if you don't already own them). You can find their address in the libraries here." Well folks, that's it for this week. Have a safe, happy, and computer enhanced Holiday. And make sure you saunter on back here next week, same time, same station, kick your shoes off, lean back, relax, and listen to what they are saying when... 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DELPHI- It's getting better all the time! *********************************************************************** > CT FEST'93 STR SHOW NEWS """""""""""""""""""""""" THE CT ATARIFEST '93! ===================== JUNE 12 & 13, AT THE WINDSOR COURT HOTEL WINDSOR, CT. (JUST ABOVE HARTFORD) Free Parking! Low Room Rates! More Vendors! More Floor Space! Yep, that ACT Atari Group is running another major NorthEast computer event. Last year's successful CT Fest had over 700 attendees, which merited a larger location, so we've moved a mile away (exit 42 on I-91) into bigger and better quarters. We're just as convenient to reach as ever, and only two hours from Boston or New York! The new hotel has excellent room rates ($35.00 per room), free and plentiful parking, easy access from Interstate 91, I-95, I-90, I-84, I-80, an in house Sports Bar, a bigger ballroom and is located just 1 mile from Bradley International Airport (free shuttle service for hotel guests). We expect that an even greater number of vendors this year, surpassing the excellent turnout of the past shows. We already have tentative commitments from A&D Software, Gribnif Software, Barefoot Software, Toad Computers, Computer Studio, Baggetaware, Derric Electronics, E.Hartford Computer Repair, MegaType Software, Wizztronics and GFA Software Technology. Last year we had FOURTEEN user groups, this year we should have even more (We also expect an exciting 8 Bit contingent)! We'll have our annual New England Lynx Competition, with multiple Comlynxed competitions underway at all times. Last year's winners took home prizes ranging from games to accessories to complete Lynx Systems! Bring your best player and join the fun. We'll have the Portfolio Corner, staffed with industry pundits and filled with every imaginable palmtop peripheral! Last year we had a few Portfolios disassembled at the booth, a real insight into surface mount technology! For those of you with an eye towards seminars, we'll have them in abundance, last year's question and answer session with Bob Brodie drew standing only crowds! In addition, we had John Eidsvoog's walk through the Codehead graphic tools, Jeff Naideau of Barefoot Software showing off EdiTrack Platinum, Dave Troy of (Guess[ribbet]) Computers and many, many others. And to top things off, come out and see the Falcon 030 in all its glory. By then we expect to see some rad new programs out and some really excitement! All in all, we hope to have the best Northeast show yet, and we look forward to your participation. Make your plans now for the most exciting Atari Weekend this spring! For further information, call Brian Gockley at 203-332-1721 or Doug Finch at 203-637-1034. We can also be found on GEnie in Category 11 or on Compuserve in the Atari arenas. E-mail can be directed to B.GOCKLEY or D.FINCH7 on GEnie or to 75300,2514 or 76337,1067 on CIS. _____________________________________________________________________ > MAJOR PIRATE BBS BUSTED! STR Spotlight SPA Spearheads Investigation! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" RUSTY & EDIE'S BBS NAILED! ========================== FBI raids major Ohio computer bulletin board; action follows joint investigation with SPA. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, on Saturday, Jan. 30, 1993, raided "Rusty & Edie's," a computer bulletin board located in Boardman, Ohio, which has reportedly been illegally distributing copyrighted software programs and files. Seized in the raid on the Rusty & Edie's bulletin board were computers, hard disk drives and telecommunications equipment, as well as financial and subscriber records. For the past several months, the Software Publishers Association ("SPA") has been working with the FBI in investigating the Rusty & Edie's bulletin board (BBS), additionally, a major part of the investigation involved downloading numerous copyrighted business and entertainment programs from the board (BBS). SPA's investigation commenced shortly after the receipt of numerous complaints from SPA members reporting their software was being illegally distributed to the public through Rusty & Edie's pay BBS. Rusty & Edie's bulletin board (BBS) was among the largest private (PAY) bulletin boards in the country if not the world. It boasted of 124 nodes available to callers and over 14,000 subscribers throughout the United States and several foreign countries. Up to the day it was busted, the board had recorded in excess of 3.4 million phone calls, with new calls coming in at the rate of over 4,000 per day. It was set up and established in 1987 and had continually expanded to well over 19 gigabytes of file storage comprising 100,000 plus files available to subscribers for downloading. The BBS had paid subscribers throughout the World. The United States and several foreign countries, including Canada, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom were among those in the system's records. A privately owned and operated computer bulletin board, better known as a BBS, permits personal computer users to call and access a host computer system by a modem-equipped telephone to exchange information, including messages, files, and computer programs. The systems operator (Sysop) is generally responsible for the operation of the bulletin board and determines who is allowed to access the bulletin board and under what conditions. For a fee of eighty nine dollars per annum, subscribers to the Rusty & Edie's bulletin board were given access to the board's contents including the "hot" file area where many popular copyrighted business and entertainment packages could readily be found. Subscribers were able to "download" or receive these files for use on their own computers without having to pay the rightful copyrighted owner anything for the software packages. "The SPA applauds the FBI's swift action today," said Ilene Rosenthal, General Counsel for the SPA. "This action clearly indicates the FBI recognizes the harm theft of intellectual property causes to one of the U.S. A.'s most vibrant industries. It clearly demonstrates a trend that the government understands the seriousness of software piracy." The SPA is actively working with the FBI in the investigation of computer bulletin boards, and similar raids on other boards are expected shortly. Whether the programming is copied from a software package purchased at a neighborhood computer store or downloaded from a bulletin board thousands of miles away, pirated software adds greatly to the overall cost of computing in general. According to SPA's figures, in 1991, the software industry lost $1.2 billion in the U.S. alone. Losses, internationally, are several billion dollars more. "Many people may not realize that software pirates cause prices to be much higher, in part, to make up for publisher losses from piracy," says Ken Wasch, Executive Director of SPA. In addition, they ruin the reputation of the hundreds of legitimate bulletin boards that serve an important function for computer users." The Software Publishers Association is the principal trade association of the personal computer software industry. Its over 1,000 members represent the leading publishers in the business, consumer and education software markets. The SPA has offices in Washington DC, and Paris, France. CONTACT: Software Publishers Association, Washington Ilene Rosenthal, 202/452-1600 Ext. 318 Terri Childs, 202/452-1600 Ext. 320 _______________________________________________________________________ > BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST'93 STR SHOW NEWS "The Summertime Atari Event!" """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" 1993 Blue Ridge ATARIFEST """"""""""""""""""""""""" FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION """""""""""""""""""""""""" The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) and Computer Studio invite you to participate in the Fourth Annual Blue Ridge AtariFest in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Show dates and times are: Saturday July 24, 1993 10am - 6pm Sunday July 25, 1993 Noon - 5pm Just as in previous years, we have arranged for FREE Booth space for Atari developers!! (We're only requesting the donation of a door prize). We can promise both developers and show-goers an energetic and exciting show with as enthusiastic a crowd of Atarians as you'll find anywhere, plus the support of Computer Studio in the mall. We're once again taking over the Courtyard Shop (mall) area at Westgate Shopping Center for the show (location of Computer Studio), plus the use of vacant store spaces for seminar sessions. Seminar sessions will be 45 minutes in length, and developers are welcome to conduct a seminar on their product line or approved topic of their choice (seminar sessions are limited, so first come, first served). This year's show dates also coincide with Asheville's annual Bele Chere street festival, when downtown Asheville is closed to vehicular traffic and becomes what must be one of the largest street fairs in the country. Westgate Shopping Center is one of the primary Park-and-Ride shuttle centers for transporting people to and from downtown, and we've arranged to have the shuttle service pick up at the front entrance of the mall and drop off at the rear entrance, so everyone taking the service from Westgate WILL walk through the AtariFest exhibition area sometime during the day. This will be a great opportunity to showcase Atari and Atari related software and peripherals, and introduce them to people who aren't already Atari owners. Bringing in NEW blood is the key to the growth of this platform, and this will be our opportunity to begin that process with a captive audience. Additional discussions of the show, as well as confirmations of your participation, are welcome in GEnieMail and in the Blue Ridge AtariFest topic 13 in Category 11 here on GEnie. HOPING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. HAPPY ATARI COMPUTING. IT'S HAPPENING IN ASHEVILLE! Where: Westgate Shopping Center - Asheville, N.C. Take any major highway into Asheville (US 19-23, US 26 or I-40) to the I-240 loop, then take the "Westgate/Hilton Inn Drive exit" into the Westgate Shopping Center parking lot. When: 24-25, July 1993 Time: 10:am to 6:pm SAT 12 Noon 'til 5pm SUN Points of contact: Come for a day or come for the weekend, but do come and enjoy yourself. Great Smokies Hilton Resort Hilton Inn Drive (704)254-3211 Toll-free reservation phone number 1-800-733-3211 Radisson One Thomas Wolf Plaza (704)252-8211 Rate: $62.00 per room (1-4 people) ====== Additional Hotel / Motel Information =========== Days Inn I-26 and Airport Road (704)684-2281 I-40 Exit 55 (704)298-5140 Econo Lodge US 70 East, I-40 Exit 55 (704)298-5519 Holiday Inn 275 Smoky Park Hwy (704)667-4501 Toll-free reservation phone number 1-800-HOLIDAY Red Roof Inn I-40 and US 19-23 Exit 44 (704)667-9803 Toll-free reservation phone number 1-800-843-7663 Budget Motel I-40 Exit 44 (Enka-Chandler) West Asheville Exit (704)665-2100 Best Western Asheville Central 22 Woodfin St (704)253-1851 ========= Local Bed & Breakfast lodging Information ========= Aberdeen Inn 64 Linden Ave (704)254-9336 Albemarle Inn 86 Edgemont Road (704)255-0027 Applewood Manor 62 Cumberland Circle (704)254-2244 The Bridle Path Inn Lockout Road (704)252-0035 Cairn Brae B & B 217 Patton Mountain Rd (704)252-9219 Carolina B & B 177 Cumberland Ave (704)254-3608 Cedar Crest Victorian Inn 674 Biltmore Ave (704)252-1289 Corner Oak Manor 53 St. Dunstan (704)253-3525 Cornerstone Inn 230 Pearson Dr (704)253-5644 Flint Street Inn 100 & 116 Flint Street (704)253-6723 The Lion and The Rose 276 Montford Ave (704)255-7673 The Ray House B & B 83 Hillside St (704)252-0106 Reed House 119 Dodge St (704)274-1604 The Wright Inn 235 Pearson Drive (704)251-0789] (1-800-552-5724) A more complete listing of Bed & Breakfasts can be obtained through the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Reservations should be made immediately, as July is the height of our tourist season. =========== CAMP GROUNDS ================ (reservations are a must during this time of season): Mount Pisgah: About 20 miles southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 408.6 (National Park Service). 690 acres. Elevation 5000'. One of the nicest campgrounds in Western North Carolina. 67 tent sites, 70 RV sites. For reservations: P.O.Box 749, Watnesville, N.C. 28786; phone (704) 235-9109. No showers. Groceries and restaurant. Nature program. 14 day stay limit. Lake Powhatan: 4 miles south of Asheville on State road 191, 3.5 miles west on SR 806. 30 acres. 98 tent/rv sites. Reservation available thru Mistix 1-800-283-CAMP. Disposal station. No showers. Swimming; lifeguard; fishing; nature trails; bicycles. 14-day stay limit. While in the area, you might want to consider a little sightseeing, and include a visit to the Biltmore House here in Asheville (the largest single family residence ever built in the U.S.--its a "castle"). A visit to the Biltmore can be a full-day's activity as you will want to view the house, visit the winery, and walk some of the grounds and gardens. Hours: The House 9 am to 6pm The Gardens 9am to 7pm Conservatory 9am to 5:30pm The Winery Monday-Saturday 11am to 7pm Sunday 1pm to 7pm Other areas of interest include; the Thomas Wolf home (adjacent to the Raddison), the Blue Ridge Parkway and Folk Art Center. A drive up the Blue ridge Parkway to enjoy the higher elevations and incredible views of our mountains. Perhaps a hike up to Mount Pisgah and look back down to Asheville(you can see Mt. Pisgah from most anywhere in Asheville). A short drive from Mt. Pisgah will take you to Sliding Rock (for those of you travelling with kids who are still kids at heart), the Cradle of Forestry (first forest school in the country), waterfalls, trout hatchery, etc. For the adventurous, white water rafting on the Natahala River near Bryson City (approx one and a half hours from here). There's obviously loads more to see and do around Asheville (in addition to the Blue Ridge AtariFest and a visit to Computer Studio :-). If any of y'all would like maps and additional tourist info of the area I might suggest contacting the Chamber of Commerce: Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce 151 Haywood Street P.O. Box 1010 Asheville, NC 28802 704-258-6111 FAX: (704)251-0926 *********************************************************************** :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT: _________________________________ Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo) Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). 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The Windows R/T is independent and is not affiliated with Microsoft Corporation. +----------------------------+ +-----------------------------+ | "Open Windows" RT Meeting | | Windows RT Help Desk | |----------------------------| |-----------------------------| | Thursday, 21:30 ET | | Mon., Tues., Wed. & Friday | | RTC Room 2 | | 21:30-00:30 ET RTC Room 2 | +----------------------------+ +-----------------------------+ Voted Best New RT on GEnie, 1993 The Windows RT is proud to Welcome Berkeley Systems, Inc. Makers of: "After Dark for Windows" and "Star Trek, the screen saver" Online Support Area Windows Bulletin Board Category 27 Pick Item 1 from the Windows Menu and type 'SET 27' in the BB GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission *********************************************************************** > FALCONWAIT?? STR FOCUS! A TRUE EXERCISE IN PATIENCE! """"""""""""""""""""""" DELAYS?? WHAT DELAYS? ====================== ATARI EXPERIENCING DELAYS? NAW, ITS AN ILLUSION! Since the bird watching ("FalconWait") "countdown" began, users have been keeping a 'peeled' eye out for the anxiously expected arrival of the Falcon030. Unfortunately, it has yet to make the retail scene in the USA... YET. Mind you now, the word is, at this time, "sometime" this month. In an attempt to keep everything in the proper perspective, we have done a little looking around in an attempt get a 'feel' for the users attitudes and mood swings relative to "FalconWait". Early on, before Christmas of last year, 1992, as you can see... the tolerance level for "FalconWait" was quite high. from GEnie.... Category 4, Topic 36 Message 82 Tue Dec 15, 1992 S.JOHNSON10 [Steve] at 01:19 EST C.MACLEOD2 - No, Sam Tramiel said LIMITED AVAILABILITY in 10/92 and shipping in QUANTITY in 12/92-1/93. To me, the quantity shipments still seem to be on schedule (i.e. only the limited shipments have been delayed so far). ------------ .....hope is still optimistically high in February of this year.... from Genie.... Category 4, Topic 15 Message 84 Tue Feb 16, 1993 STEVE-J [FunkPopARoll] at 03:59 EST For those who may not have heard, Atari announced a few days ago that the Falcon030 will be shipping in the U.S., (and presumably Canada), during the first week of March. ------------ ....as time progressed to get shorter, the confidence level in Atari goes on the wane.. and "FalconWait" becomes more anxious. from GEnie Category 4, Topic 15 Message 149 Fri Feb 26, 1993 C.WORTON [Charlie] at 22:53 EST Yeah, Sean, well, to each his own. Had an uncle who used to swear by GM cars as well. Still does, too. The fact that many other products are demonstrably superior in virtually every parameter never changed his mind. But a lot of other people did change their minds, and GM is in a major hole right now. You just keep on believing that Atari is the best. As long as they're around, I expect you'll be happy enough. 'Course, they may not be around for long... The performance of the new Macs is exceptional, and the value (dollars spent vs. performance realized) is very high. The GUI is superior to windows (not surprising, considering Apple's been improving it for ten years now) and the price for a functional machine is right in there with the dos boxes. Apple has also been running multipage advertisements in PC Mag stressing ease of expandability for the Mac (if you can use a plug, you can expand a Mac) and I doubt those ads are going unread. FunkPopAroll (or whatever), I suspect that if you check the archives on GEnie you'll discover that the Falcon originally had an early shipping date (limited quantities) of spring, 1992. That slipped to summer, then fall, then January, now March. And I doubt very much that March is going to happen, either. (Well, okay. March WILL happen. The Falcon won't - at least, in March.) If Atari was capable of introducing the machines at the time that they originally suggested they could, they would be a leading edge company. But the Falcon, as was the TT before it, is a year late. In that year, the world of computing has changed dramatically. A year ago, the Falcon was a hefty contender. But the competition has increased capability, and decreased price. Is the sole presence of a DSP chip in the Falcon enough to make someone choose it over the Mac - taking into account the relative market shares of the two manufacturers? The Falcon is no longer the value that it was a year ago. Kind of a shame... ......Charlie ------------ ....now, with the "March first" date long gone, the confidence level in Atari begins to wear very thin... "FalconWait" begins to take on larger than real proportions... from GEnie Category 4, Topic 15 Message 203 Sun Mar 07, 1993 C.WORTON [Charlie] at 13:07 EST Re discussing computers in the appropriate topic: good point. One problem: I cannot locate any topic which lends itself to Apple Mac machines. Can someone educate me on this point? Richard Bush, Atari is not profitable; they are losing money - a lot of money - every quarter. Were they profitable, I would not be nearly as concerned. Companies with dwindling cash resources are exactly the candidates that need to increase their levels of advertising. Unfortunately, they are also the candidates that can afford it least. And due to their lack of experience in advertising, they will make mistakes in media buys; and due to their lack of prior exposure, the initial hit of advertising is less impactful on the public then the same buy would be a year down the road. But there is more at issue here then the matter of advertising. There is the matter of a product to sell. Reason with me; the STe is a dated design, is not expandable, and in general does not offer good value for the money to the first time computer buyer. Those buyers are more likely to move in the direction of Macs, IBMs, or Amigas. Atari has (had?) a spectacular product in the Falcon030, but they have yet to bring it to market. Meanwhile, competitors ARE bringing their competitive products to market, capturing the limelight and reducing the impact of the Falcon, should it ever appear. And there is more at issue here then a product to sell. There is the matter of manufacturing capability. Since the Federated Stores debacle, Atari has been forced to sell its own factories, thus becoming dependent on outside manufacturing capability. Not only is this more expensive, it would appear from the latest delay that they can't even pick a competent manufacturer. (they blamed the January - March delay on unacceptable quality control problems. I don't buy it; I think that there was something else at work, more likely a major flaw in the machine design. But lets take them at their word.) If Atari succeeds later this month in producing the Falcon030 in quantity, and does a spectacular job of marketing the machine, they might still pull it off. The point is, they need LOTS more then an ad campaign. They need Falcon030s, in brightly colored boxes. Then a distribution network, probably direct mail (Fedex, whatever.) THEN an ad campaign. Regards, Charlie ------------ ..wishful thinking is taking over where good judgement should prevail. Folks want Atari's Falcon to be shipping so desperately they appear to be seeing things... Falcons shipping in the US? Where from one Tramiel residence to another? "FalconWait" is now becoming a full time occupation for some... from GEnie Category 4, Topic 15 Message 257 Sun Mar 14, 1993 D.FLORY at 22:51 EST Latest word is Falcons are being manufactured at a rate of around 350/day. I'd like to hear 3500/ day but what the heck. They are actually being shipped in the US now. (-: Happy Bytes :-) Dave Flory, ALERTsys*Cop 18:21 PST - 03/14/93 ------------ .. the head Doctor waits patiently.. for the promised Falcon from GEnie Category 4, Topic 15 Message 343 Thu Apr 01, 1993 JERRYP [Chaos Master] at 18:01 EST Still waiting for a Falcon ------------ ... Concerned users try to give stability to an otherwise very shaky situation. Opinions are running in all directions.... "FalconWait" now is becoming a rather touchy subject.... from GEnie Category 4, Topic 15 Message 348 Sat Apr 03, 1993 G.ANDERSON at 19:17 EST Jerry...... let me try again. I don't think it'll do any more good than the last time but I'll give it another shot. Gregg ------------ ...from all corners of the globe, the dissatisfaction rises.... to untold heights as "FalconWait" becomes the search for the "Bird of Paradise". from CIS... #: 38526 S17/Community Square 05-Apr-93 14:02:44 Sb: #38506-platforms Fm: GST Software Products 71351,332 To: Atari Interface 70007,4640 Pattie > He told Bill and I after he told many, many reg. > developers. He held hours of meetings showing off the system to > representatives of companies who made Atari software before we were > able to talk to him. We, as developers in the UK, were told that the Falcon would *definitely* ship last summer with timescales that match your comments. This I guess would have been some months before you were probably aware of the machines existence - although that depends on how soon you knew about it. Tony ... on more fronts than anyone would care to compute, the attitude is now becoming one of extreme dissatisfaction and fear of impending failure on the part of certain developers and dealers. "FalconWait is now at the point of being an exercise in futility. from CIS #: 38527 S17/Community Square 05-Apr-93 14:58:16 Sb: #38519-platforms Fm: SYSOP*Ron Luks 76703,254 To: GST Software Products 71351,332 Tony! Glad to see you back online. You've been awfully quiet for a long time and we missed you. Yes, your experience (holding a product up while waiting for hardware or software from Atari Corp) is exactly what I was referring to in my message. A lot of companies make business commitments based upon a two-way relationship with Atari Corp (or other computer makers) and when the computer maker doesn't ship a product on time, it affects the fortunes of all. We were told the Falcon would be available in October 92, November 92, December 92, January 93, (a jump), then first week of MArch 93, then the third week of March 93, then finally "10 days later." That would make it approx April 3rd. It looks to me like Atari has missed every single one of the promised target dates and the Falcon is still not shipping in the USA. I didn't hear of any big news released at CEBIT and I am starting to talk to big developers (with pre-paid orders in the big 5-figure range) who are starting to panic because Atari isn't shipping ANY hardware in the USA. In the latest case, the software is ready to ship but without Atari hardware, its useless and the software developer is at his wits end and fearful for his entire business. ... let the truth be known... or, at least from user's viewpoint. The opinions of the normal, everyday user is far more vital than all the editorials about "FalconWait". Meanwhile.... the _waiting_ continues. from CIS #: 38551 S1/Forum Business 06-Apr-93 07:09:56 Sb: Falcon Fm: Geoffrey Larsen 100236,1053 To: All Hi there I know I said I was leaving the Atari forums, and I have. I am not down loading any of the messages from any of the atari forums. However that does not mean that if I come across a bit of information that may be of use to all of you I won't pass it on. So if you have any questions about what I am going to say you will have to contact me through the mail system. Ok here is the plot, as you may remember from the other day I had the use of a Falcon (we have a car down here called a Falcon, I hate the name. But it is too late now). I was on it for about two hours. The 65 Meg h/d was fine, there is a drive light on the floppy on the side (were you can't see it), however the drive light on the front of the machine flickers when the h/d is working and remains lit when the f/d is operating, a little confusing at first but you soon get used to it. The floppy looks very add on-ish the way it is mounted, however it does the job. The picture quality of the still's displayed from the h/d was amazing, all the more so as we only had an EGA monitor there. Interestingly it displays all resolutions on the EGA monitor, but the flicker makes some of them unusable. I was able to run the latest version of Pagestream UK and in Falcon mode (don't ask me what resolution it was) the screen size was bigger, but slower than in ST medium res. The resolution controls are very straight forward, they are controlled by selecting the number of columns 40/80 and then the number of colors, I think from memory it was 4,16,256,?,Truecolor. Then you had the ST Low, Medium and High, high res. ST will run on an EGA monitor the picture is very clear, but the flicker is bad. There is an ACC supplied that allows the recording of sound directly from the mic input (top sample rate was 55Mhz. or thereabouts) and then the sounds can be assigned to system events and the key board. Having the sound assigned to system events is a nice touch but a cat scream every time you open a window becomes a tad tedious. Fortunately the internal speaker can be turned off from the control panel. An adaptor is supplied to connect the SC1435 or SM147 monitors. I presume that the VGA monitors are a standard IBM configuration. It look's like the Falcon I was using was a pre-release, as in the one that locks up if an ST program does a sound call. I used a program called "Powermonger" and the first thing it does is a sound call (lock-up), "Llamatron" bit of graphics hits the screen then a sound call (lock-up), then just to prove it I tried "Secret of Monkey Island" sound call (lock-up). So I suppose all I'm saying is that the machine is great but obviously Atari has made some mistakes and they obviously don't want to tell us about it. Mistakes are something u make but u sure as heck don't want to tell anybody about it if u can get out of it. Anyway it may be prudent to make sure that the Falcon u buy is not a pre-release one, unless u have no intention of running ST software on it. Rumor has it that Atari has or is in the process of fixing the problem for the release. Now, as I remember, there was a problem with the DMA chip in the first STe's, and Atari sold them (I think they marked the boxes with a red dot or something), anyway a mate of mine bought one, and then he purchased a h/d. Talk about problems, unreal. Still, between Atari and Supra, they fixed the problems. So be patient and hopefully you will receive a Falcon that will run your ST software as well. ** Geoff of OZ ** So there you have it. Opinions, anxiety, high hopes, utter frustration and of course, dismal disappointment in find that Sam's words about the Falcon030 being "on time" meant absolutely nothing. Atari has the "whole ball o wax" on the line with this effort. Else they'll revert to being a Game Machine Company for real. Devoting their resources to the design and manufacture, and in house marketing of game machines like the Lynx and its carts. And soon... the Jaguar. It rumored there are those in Atari who are writing scripts for telephone sales people. And then, there are those who are writing "hints" for the game carts. ____________________________________________________________ > CEBIT REPORTS STR FOCUS! Reports from CeBIT'93 """""""""""""""""""""""" REPORTS ON CEBIT ================ From the Genie ST Roundtable Cat. 11, Posts 40-51 Compiled by Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. >From Bill Rehbock of Atari - Here is a short overview of what I found to be the highlights of CeBIT. It is certainly not all-encompassing, but I think it does convey the level of excitement in Europe over the Falcon. I personally would like to thank all of the developers that pulled together and produced the fine Falcon software that was shown at the Atari stand. -Bill Rehbock @ Atari MultiTOS, SpeedoGDOS, Atari Works Normen Kowalweski from Atari Germany drew large crowds while demoing the latest software offerings from Atari. Many of the developers were displaying their software running with MultiTOS and SpeedoGDOS. People were very excited to hear that the products have been released to the factory and that Falcons would be soon showing up with MultiTOS and Speedo pre-installed. Blackmail - Digital Optical Analog DOA is negotiating with several large European distributors (including Compo) for distribution in Europe. Their Falcon-based voicemail system is currently undergoing FCC Certification and is expected to be available publicly by the end of May. DA's Vektor - Digital Arts Digital Arts is the programming team that produced Retouche and Didot. DA's Vektor is a key-frame animation package that can perform 3D manipulation to 2D vector graphics, type, and bitmapped pictures. It's presentation graphic abilities exceed those of Macromind Director and Micrografix Designer. It retails for less than $200. Profiler - Application Systems Heidelberg Profiler is Application Systems Heidelberg's new programming tool for their Pure C and Pure Pascal environments. It is a quality application used for debugging and optimizing programs. TruePaint - HiSoft Falcon-optimized True Color Paint Package that retails for $60.00. It has a huge variety of import and export formats as well as simple animation capabilities. Diamond Back/Diamond Edge - Oregan Research Bob Luneski's sanity-saving hard disk utilities were shown with full Falcon SCSI and IDE support. Photo Studio - Eurosoft Photo Studio is a low-cost retouching package from France that is optimized for performing special effects and retouching on previously scanned or PhotoCD images. Compo announced that it would handle distribution of True Paint outside of France. Chagall - Trade It Chagall is a mid-level true-color painting package from Germany that has a very advanced feature set, including high-end filtering, masking, and tinting. They hope to have the details for North American distribution worked out quickly. Superbase4 - HiSoft/Oxxi Superbase4 should be ready for official alpha release within two or three weeks. The new version has full SpeedoGDOS support and support for imbedding a wide variety of graphic data formats into your database. It retains compatibility with Superbase Professional and allows importing forms from Superbase Amiga. The report generator is one of the finest I've seen on any platform and has the ability to add graphics to the output such as placing boxes around totals. Falcon/VME - Rhothron Rhothron showed a VME expansion connector that plugs into the processor direct slot. The cable to the VME connector comes out of the Falcon through the space at the cartridge port. They were showing it working with the TKR Crazy Dots 32-bit true color board. ColorDISC PCD - Color Concepts Color Concepts demonstrated all aspects of PhotoCD, including a PhotoCD module for Calamus SL. Phillips, Kodak, and Toshiba were all very impressed and surprised that we had such a full implementation of PhotoCD on the Falcon. No other platform has complete support for interactive/Portfolio PhotoCD yet. MPEG Decompression - Brainstorm Brainstorm demonstrated 12 frames per second on-the-fly MPEG video decompression using MPEG video clips from Star Wars, Michael Jackson videos, news clips, etc. This is the same company that wrote the JPEG routines for Atari. The JPEG routines (320x200 decompression in less than one second) will be available to developers at the end of April. VROOM - Lhankor Lhankor showed an extremely fast Gran Prix racing game optimized for Falcon. The game was still running in 16-color mode with PSG sound, but they intend to release it in September with all new 256 and true color artwork and digital sound. Overscan Titler/Genlock - Overscan/Compo One of the main features of the huge video wall was the Overscan Video Titler. The titler makes full use of SpeedoGDOS and works with all ST's, but is optimized for the Falcon's overscan, overlay bit and color capabilities. The final product will be shipping at the end of April and there will be a NTSC/YC version as well as PAL/YC version. Papyrus - ROM Software Papyrus shipped the latest version of their high-performance wordprocessor that now includes advanced table creation and calculation abilities. Papyrus has full color support and is in the same league as Microsoft Word for Windows and WordPerfect for Windows or the Mac. They signed up a yet-to-be announced North American distributor while at the show. The product is scheduled to be available in North America in about 6 weeks. InShape - Alexander Thomsen With my urging, and the support from Normen, InShape has spent the last seven months rewriting their key-frame video rendering package. It can be used to create photo-realistic animations using CAD 3D objects and multiple light sources and cameras. It allows the user to be the movie director, adjusting the positioning of everything in the scene and directing the movement of objects. Xenomorph (Phoenix) - Lexicor Lexicor had their German distributor demonstrating Phoenix, Lexicor's scene rendering package. Phoenix is unique in the fact that it integrates with the original Cyber Control desk accessory that was written by Tom Hudson in 1987. Using Cyber Control and Phoenix, a user can write complex scripts to automate the movement of objects in between recording frames. This allows the user to easily create animations of things like roller coasters shot from the perspective of a rider in the first car. Cubase Audio - Steinberg Steinberg showed Cubase Audio, their Direct-to-Disk recording system that requires only a Falcon. Cubase Audio was the hit of the Frankfurt Music Messe, where Yamaha allegedly were extremely upset because Cubase Audio for Falcon would not require Yamaha's several thousand dollar CBX-D5 as it does on the Mac and PC. Cubase Audio allows the user to integrate CD-quality digital audio along with MIDI data in the familiar Cubase user interface. Musicom - Compo Another big hit at the Video Wall was Musicom, a consumer-oriented direct to disk recording system. Musicom has many fun-to-use features, including Karaoke. Armin Hirschteter, the author of Musicom (as well as singer and musician) demonstrated the Falcon and Musicom to crowds of well over 200 people at times, completely blocking all four aisles at the corner of our stand. Digitape - Trade It Digitape is another multi-track direct-to-disk recording system. It has a unique modular approach, much like putting stereo components together. Digitape allows the user to create multi-track master tapes that allow the user to record on to two tracks while playing back mixed-down previously recorded tracks similar to how one creates professional recordings with conventional tape equipment. Humans, Llamazap, Road Riot 4WD, Raiden, Space Junk - Atari Corp. All of the Atari project games were very well received by show attendees. During the Video Wall demonstrations, members of the audience were allowed to play Llamazap on the video wall using a Falcon Controller that was fitted with a 25 foot long cable. There were also nightly gaming "contests" on the video wall after the show. PAMS Net/F - PAM Software PAM Software is taking advantage of the improved parallel port and now supporting low-cost parallel port Ethernet adapters with their network. Bionet Falcon - Biodata Biodata showed their network running on the LocalTalk hardware built-in to Falcon. 32 MHz Accelerator w/ram expansion - GE Soft GE Soft showed a very impressive hardware accelerator that plugs into the processor direct slot on Falcon. It enables the Falcon to run at speeds comparable to a TT. The card can accept up to 128 megabytes of TT ram using commonly available SIMMs. When populated with expansion ram, you must use an external keyboard however, as there is not enough room inside the Falcon's case for everything. Falcon Speed - Compo Falcon Speed was displayed on the Atari stand as well as the Heim Verlag Software Distribution booth. The version they were showing operated many times faster than most PC's running windows, because of the fact that they take advantage of the Falcon's video architecture. During the course of the show, they announced that they got full color support running and would be shipping the color version within a few weeks. (The current version does run in Windows color modes, although it displays in dithered black and white, as on many PC laptops.) The Video Wall Events There were regular showings at the video wall, hosted by Armin Hirschteter(sp?), author of Compo's Musicom. The demonstrations were produced by Armin, Compo and Team Computer Video Productions of Germany. The show integrated the Falcon's Video Titling, as well as Digital recording and DSP abilities. Klaus Kramer from Team had a remote controlled camera attached to the stand and was able to direct it at Armin or people in the crowd. Musicom was used to record Armin's guitar playing and then affect it using Flanging, delay and other effects. Next, This One's for You by Elton John was played back from the hard disk and the Karaoke effect was used to remove the vocal. Armin would then sing along with it instead and the audience loved it. Toward the last half of the fair, as everyone's confidence was built up, small alterations to the script were added. Klaus Kramer from Team had created an little animated character that would comment on Armin's singing during using the titling software from Overscan, which really drove home the Multimedia aspects of Falcon as Armin interacted with the little creature on the video wall. Theo Breurs from Compo also served as a shill in the audience, asking people whether or not they thought it was really Armin singing. When he found someone that said "no," that person was offered the chance to sing instead, with the lyrics being scrolled on the screen using Falcon. The script to the show was altered slightly after we saw Digital Equipment's Alpha PC demo two booths away, comparing the speed of the 150MHz Alpha against a Mac Quadra and a 66 MHz '486 PC. DEC established that a reliable benchmark of the overall performance of a computer was how fast it could calculate and display a 256 color Mandelbrot set. The Mandelbrot set is the most popular example of a class of mathematics called Fractals. When the data is plotted, beautiful pictures are generated on the computer's screen. DEC showed that the Quadra took 12 seconds to create the display, the '486 took 8 and the Alpha took only 5 seconds. On our video wall, 60 feet away from DEC's demonstration, we showed the same thing being done by a low cost home computer in 4 seconds - in 16-bit true color, to the irritation of Digital Equipment. I do apologize about the delay in a posting of the full show report, but as you should be able to surmise, things get a little hectic after coming back from a 13 day road trip :-) Question from Nathan Potechin at DMC - Bill ... Was Calamus not displayed in the Atari exhibit at CeBIT, he asks with some trepidation wondering if I should have jumped on an airplane after all? The last I heard, they had two workstations? Question from WAYNED - When they say "full color support" how high a resolution/colors does that go up to? Also which processor/speed was the Falcon Speed shown at the show? Lots of things in your message that sound great, especially (to me) the Accelerator, Vme, Mpeg, and the speed of doing the Mandelbrot calc's. I'm not all that up on Mpeg and Jpeg. I have been reading that you need a newer pretty fast CD-Rom in order to do realtime Jpeg work. I was wondering how Mpeg fits into that scenario. I.E. with a reasonable CD-Rom will the Falcon be able to do realtime Jpeg work and Mpeg? <hopefully not showing my ignorance too much!> Answer from Wilfred Kilwinger at Atari - Nathan...DMC was on Cebit with two stations. Bill probably didn't have the time to meet with them and since DMC was in 2 other booths at the fair as well it was hard to meet with them anyway. I found myself walking between hall 1 and 7 (Atari) several times to meet with them and I was not able to find the right person. The distance between both halls was approx 1 Km (so good for my health anyway) Wayne...They showed 80286 at 16 Mhz. Since the 68030 and the rest of the system is used at the same time they claim the speed of a 386SX. The system has a Norton factor 12. It supports up to 8Mb memory, is compatible with Windows 3.1. They were working on a Windows 16 and 256 color driver. Currently it only supports CGA, EGA and VGA monochrome. Answers from Bill Rehbock from Atari - Nathan, Yes, Calamus was shown, in one of DMC's cool black and red tower cases with a TT inside. It was also featured in a segment on the video wall (how the Falcon could be used for doing CD Inserts and DTP in general.) I apologize about the omission, but I produced it off of my list of workstations that were using Falcons. BTW, Klaus, Harold, and the rest of the programming team at DMC are really excited about Falcon. :-) Wayne, I think Falcon Speed will even be able to emulate a PC 16-bit true color board as well as 640x480x256 colors. Bob from Compo may feel free to jump in :-) JPEG and MPEG are file formats and have nothing to do with CD-ROM per se. As a matter of fact, the dealer demo disk we are putting together is a 128meg Magneto/Optical with a couple of PhotoCD files on it. (The dealer demo disk will be ready during the month of May.) ________________________________________________________________ > DEALER PARTNERSHIP? STR FOCUS! A FAIR & EQUITABLE AGREEMENT? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" DEALER PARTNERSHIPS? A FAIR & EQUITABLE AGREEMENT? YOU BE THE JUDGE! Its somewhat disheartening to find Atari trying to whip the users into a band of evangelists out to "pressure" their local dealers into signing an agreement that appears to NOT be in the dealer's best interests. After hearing from a number of highly concerned dealers this past week, STReport decided that since Atari is bringing this plea forth into the public eye, it would be nice if the users had an idea as to why the dealers are reluctant to sign on the dotted line. POSTED ALMOST EVERYWHERE, one can find the following post. Where Atari is seemingly trying to involve the Userbase in its dealer negotiations process. #: 38629 S10/Atari Expl Online 08-Apr-93 15:01:11 Sb: Atari Dealer Agreement Fm: Atari Explorer mag - AEO 70007,3615 To: ALL For those of you who don't read AEO, I'd like to take the opportunity to repost part of my editorial from the current issue. It deals with an important message from Bob Brodie that needs to go out to all prospective Falcon030 dealers (if you've read AEO already this week, please bear with me): --==--==--==--==-- Director of Communications Bob Brodie has been unbelievably busy of late. One item of note, Bob asked me to enlist as many of AEO's readers as possible to get this word out: Any dealer who plans on selling Atari Falcon030s MUST turn in a signed Authorized Dealer Agreement to Atari. So if your dealer was planning on getting Falcon030s from a distributor, and felt that they didn't have to sign the Dealer Agreement - they (and you) will be in for a great disappointment. Please pass this around. --==--==--==--==-- Some dealers who plan on buying Falcon030s from distributors feel that they do not have to sign and return the Atari Dealer Agreements. Wrong! Distributors are under obligation to NOT supply dealers without ADAs. If you plan on purchasing a Falcon030, please contact your local dealer and ask if they have sent in their ADA to Atari. --Travis Guy Atari Explorer Online To ALL genuinely concerned Atarians; Please allow yourselves to have an open mind for a moment. Read the following and then you make the decision as to whether you are willing to push your dealer into this "NEW" dealer agreement. The very first question one must ask themselves is; "What's wrong with the agreement my dealer already signed with Atari?? Why must my dealer sign a new agreement? The answer to that question might be ... because the new agreement has certain clauses in it the older agreements didn't have or are worded much differently. A number of _authorized_ dealers have already called STReport to make their feelings known. First about their outrage over the non- arrival of the Falcons and secondly to point out the real problems with the new dealer agreement and why they will not sign the "thing" as some have called it. Go to your dealer and ask whether they feel the NEW dealer agreement is truly a "partnership" between Atari and the Dealer or, is it a "hooray for me and the heck with you type agreement"? If your dealer feels the agreement is fine, then by all means possible, encourage that dealer to sign. If however, the dealer is reluctant to sign ask why. Find out why, STReport has a full and complete copy of the NEW Dealer Agreement. Its been read and re-read. As a result, we've found a number of clauses and statements in the agreement that are .... well, we'll let you decide. Right at the very beginning one finds this jewel of a statement; BACKGROUND A. Atari markets high quality consumer electronics products in North America. In its endeavors to sell and promote its products, Atari has established a high quality image and goodwill among consumers and in the consumer electronics industry. (Really Now, ... what a HOOT!) (WHERE'S THE FALCON!?!) B. Atari desires to appoint dealers to sell its products. Dealer desires to be appointed as an authorized Atari dealer for one or more Atari product lines, as hereinafter specified, and hereby warrants and represents to Atari that it shall satisfy each of the requirements set forth in this agreement at all times during its term. C. Based upon the foregoing, Atari and Dealer have agreed as follows: Note: presented herein will be selected clauses that reflect a rather one-sided situation pointed out to STReport at the time the agreement was sent to us and the points of contention were pointed out. D. Inventory Requirements and Minimum Purchase Targets. (i) Dealer shall maintain reasonable quantities of back-up inventory for all Atari products which it displays. (Does Atari do this itself? AND.. Why should the dealers be subject to further local taxation, inventory, use etc., and storage/insurance costs?) 5. Orders and Shipments. ....... B. Atari shall endeavor to fill accepted orders within a reasonable time. HOWEVER ATARI SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, WHETHER INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM ANY FAILURE TO FILL ORDERS (WHETHER RESULTING FROM PRODUCT DISCONTINUATION, SHORTAGES OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES), DELAYS IN SHIPMENT OR DELIVERY OR ANY ERROR IN THE FILLING OF ORDERS. (Hmmm, gives the dealer a great deal of protection... ) 6. Exclusion of Implied Warranties and Remedies for Defective Products. A. All implied warranties with respect to Products or parts sold by Atari to Dealer, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, HEREBY ARE EXCLUDED. B. Unless considered unenforceable or unlawful under applicable law, Atari's liability, if any, to dealer for any allegedly defective Product or part shall, under any legal or equitable theory, be limited to repair or replacement of the Product or part at Atari's option, and ATARI'S LIABILITY, IF ANY, TO DEALER FOR DAMAGES RELATING TO DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS OR PARTS SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED DEALER'S PURCHASE PRICE FOR THE PRODUCT OR PARTS IN QUESTION. (No Comment <sigh>) 7. Changes in Products, Parts or Policies. Unless otherwise provided by applicable law: A. Atari may at any time add, change or cease making available any product or part without advance notice to Dealer, and Atari shall not be liable to Dealer for failure to furnish Products or parts of the model design or type previously sold, or for failure to incorporate modifications in any Product previously purchased by dealer. (This one is a biggie! READ IT CAREFULLY AT LEAST TWICE. Not obliged to carry parts?? Not obliged to update dealer inventory? How is a dealer to support his customers with this type of agreement? Besides which aren't there laws in the USA about keeping adequate parts on hand for all products sold for a minimum period of years after the product is discontinued?) B. Atari may at any time change consumer warranty or service policies without incurring any liability to Dealer. (JUST WHAT IS ATARI'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ITS DEALERS?) 12. Mutual Release and Limitations on Future Claims. A. Except as reserved herein, in consideration of their mutual execution of this Agreement, Atari and Dealer agree to and do hereby release each other of and from all manner of action and actions, cause and causes of actions, suits, contracts, controversies, damages, claims and demands whatsoever, known or unknown, in law or in equity, whether under laws or regulations of federal, state, or municipal governments, under the common law or otherwise, which such parties or their respective successors or assigns ever had, now have, or which they or any of them hereinafter can, shall or may have against the other party by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever from the beginning of time until the date hereof. Atari reserves its rights against Dealer for payment with respect to any outstanding invoices. B. Except as provided herein, both Atari and Dealer agree that any action hereafter arising out of the relationship between Atari and Dealer, including any action for alleged breach of this agreement, shall be barred unless commenced by the aggrieved party within one (1) year after the cause of action relating to such matter first accrues. The aforesaid one (1) year limitation shall not apply to any actions asserted against Dealer by Atari regarding payment for purchased Products. So now that you've read some of the clauses that are offensive to many of the US dealers. (What's left of them) You may be able to draw some conclusions of your own as the dealers themselves have. They've stated; "Standard Boiler Plates" contain a great deal of material in them as a defensive measure against unscrupulous dealers, but this one seems to have a great deal of defensive material designed to protect Atari from suits etc., arising from their own actions or failure to deliver." It would appear the dealer and ultimately the customer is, apparently, about to be left holding the bag without due recourse. Only one question haunts us. Why are the loyal dealers who stuck by Atari through the continuing "lean" years being asked to sign a new ADA?? Isn't the one they already signed sufficient? Please Atarians, think twice before you go to your dealer, (if you are lucky enough to have one), asking that they enter into such an agreement without the full and complete aid of adequate, competent counsel. Contained below are some of the reactions to Atari's "recruitment action" >From Delphi's Atari Areas; 52216 8-APR 09:10 General Information RE: Falcon030 Dealer Agreement (Re: Msg 52201) From: OCS To: AEO_MAG > For those of you who don't read AEO, I'd like to take the opportunity > to repost part of my editorial from the current issue. I read it. And now that you posted this here again... > One item of note, Bob asked me to enlist as many of AEO's > readers as possible to get this word out: Any dealer who plans on > selling Atari Falcon030s MUST turn in a signed Authorized Dealer > Agreement to Atari. So if your dealer was planning on getting > Falcon030s from a distributor, and felt that they didn't have to > sign the Dealer Agreement - they (and you) will be in for a great > disappointment. Please pass this around. .. I would like to know since when it is the job of the potential buyer (here: AEO reader who wants to purchase a Falcon) to tell his/her dealer what to do to become an authorized dealer. Since when is Atari using the its customers as public relations or dealer support representatives? Isn't it the job of certain Atari employees to inform the dealers how to become an authorized dealer? Does right-sizing mean that Atari customers have to run the company themselves? Could it mean that in the future potential customers will be "enlisted" to put Falcons together in their garages? Something is _very_ wrong here. Oliver 52224 8-APR 19:54 General Information RE: Falcon030 Dealer Agreement (Re: Msg 52216) From: BIBLINSKI To: OCS Oliver, I think that announcement was directed at making sure the various dealers who do _not_ deal with Atari directly understand the new policies. When Atari went to using distributors, instead of restricting dealers to buy from Atari directly, they lost touch with parts of the dealer base. Dealers who buy from distributors may even be unknown to Atari itself. By utilizing the readers of an online magazine, Atari is attempting to get back in touch with any dealers who they've lost track of, and in touch with dealers they've never known about. Back when Atari required direct sales from them, some people said they were hurting the potential to build a dealer base. When they went back to using distributors, some people said it would bring on another wave of low-balling and unfair competition of mail order vs. storefront dealers. It seems they are trying to work out some kind of compromise, where everybody's happy. It may not be the best way to do things, but Atari is trying to utilize the best communications resource they have. Us. --Gordie Ed Note: -------- It never ceases to create amazement when its found that folks are stepping in for Atari and offering reasons and explanations in Atari's stead. The point is, if this is what Atari had in mind why wasn't it stated clearly in the, now infamous, "plea post" that was sent 'round the world? A wise and prudent man would allow Atari to say it like it is for once instead of muddying the waters with interpretations that may or may not be "on the mark". Nowhere in the plea did it ever say anything about lowballers or mom & pop stores or dealers who don't care to deal with Atari. While the intentions to clarify and assist are genuine, its time Atari began to come off with the straight and forward. You know, make product, promote product, advertise and sell product, ship product etc.. 52221 8-APR 18:58 General Information RE: Falcon030 Dealer Agreement (Re: Msg 52201) From: SCARPAD To: AEO_MAG Gee, now Bob and Atari Expect US to do THEIR work for them! Let them Advertise the DAMN things. Let THEM contact the dealers (What's Left). If THEY want to SELL machines! Unbelievable! Hey how many users they want to load up their trucks so they can ship em'? 52250 9-APR 02:33 General Information RE: Falcon030 Dealer Agreement (Re: Msg 52221) From: AEO_MAG To: SCARPAD (NR) Oliver and SCARPAD, I see nothing really wrong here. As Gordie pointed out, we are not talking about the "big name" dealers who stay in contact with Atari and/or distributors, but small mom-and-pop-type operations who, in the past, could pick up a few machines from a distributor (or a legit dealer who might cut a sweetheart deal) to resell to friends and clients - totally unknown to Atari Corp. Case in point. One of the contributors to the AEO Programming Journal is _very_ interested in the Falcon030. So much so, that he has drummed up about 12 "sales" in his town on word of mouth. He asked for, and got, a Dealer Agreement from Atari, decided that he couldn't afford some of the stipulations in it (I'm not sure I can go into specifics; I'll ask), and placed an order with a distributor. They started asking him questions, and, curious, he went to me. I passed his question up the ladder, and last Friday, I was asked to include the note in AEO. I refuse to read anything deeper or sinister into this. In my opinion, it is not a sign of trouble. And to answer both of you, if Atari were to ask me to assist in loading trucks, packing invoices - whatever! - to help get the machines out, I would. (I am _not_ an employee of Atari, and so would not be required to do anything like that, btw.) To me, being an Atarian means you help other Atarians. In any way possible. Atarians have always felt a special kinship with Atari Corp; a love/hate relationship that manifests itself in many ways. Some moan and groan about every perceived "wrong" Atari does/has done. Some stay clear of the politics and offer solutions to other's problems. How many of us have ever said, "Why, if _I_ ran Atari, I'd set things right." How many times have we said something similar?!? I've loved every Atari I've owned: Pong, VCS, 400, 1040, TT030. I hope I am returning a bit of that by offering my services to put together AEO. Sorry for rambling on, but I am a bit taken aback at this reaction. (I do not mean to offend anyone by saying that - I do not mean to devalue any opinion.) --Travis Guy Atari Explorer Online Ed Note: -------- Atari is a corporation in the business of MAKING MONEY, (Jack has said this many times), it is not a cult, a vocation of orders or, anything else it's represented erroneously to be from time to time. As such we the purchasing public come to expect certain actions from Atari, like when they say something is gonna ship... IT SHIPS! Over the years each new product's release was a "unique" experience but this "FalconWait" thing tops them all. The Moan and Groan statement... are you sure?? Could it possibly be because some have a small fortune tied up in Atari, its hardware and its, now quite bleak, future? Let's get real here and look at the BIG picture instead of pouring out self serving euphemisms. The bottom line is many people, Dealers included, have a lifetime's work and/or savings tied up in "things Atari", to be candid... those things are NOT portraying a very bright future at this time. 52260 9-APR 08:00 General Information RE: Falcon030 Dealer Agreement (Re: Msg 52250) From: OCS To: AEO_MAG (NR) Travis, > To me, being an Atarian means you help other Atarians. In any way > possible. Ahem, my car could use a wash... > Atarians have always felt a special kinship with Atari Corp; a > love/hate relationship that manifests itself in many ways. Some moan > and groan about every perceived "wrong" Atari does/has done. Some > stay clear of the politics and offer solutions to other's problems. To be honest, I don't really care about Atari Corp. and its fate. I am interested in buying great computers, and in 1985 it was Atari who seemed to offer the best deal for my purposes. I have invested a lot of money in hardware and software for this platform, and as a developer and author, I have put a lot of time and effort in supporting this platform. So I have certain interest in that this platform survives and prospers. IMHO, Atari Corp. is not really doing its best to ensure that there will be a future for this platform. > I've loved every Atari I've owned: Pong, VCS, 400, 1040, TT030. I > hope I am returning a bit of that by offering my services to put > together AEO. Sorry for rambling on, but I am a bit taken aback at > this reaction. (I do not mean to offend anyone by saying that - I do > not mean to devalue any opinion.) Wow, Pong! Wanna sell it? Seriously, I was not attacking _you_, but I still find it rather uncommon that Atari enlists potential customers to "educate" dealers. Like I said before, if they don't buy directly from Atari, they buy from a distributor, and so it shouldn't be a big problem for Atari to get in contact with them. Oliver In closing, (finally), the point of the plea post is well taken but of course, the method of its delivery and its perceived message rather than its written message carried a great deal more weight. While it may seem unfair, it's solely due to Atari's past performance. The lack of a professional approach to the problem of getting Dealers to respond to a NEW ADA should not have been brought to the users (read: Customers) at all. It should have been completely handled within Atari and through their marketing channels at a professional level as Oliver so adroitly illustrated. ____________________________________________________________ > THE TWILIGHT PARALLEL? STR FOCUS! Can Lightening Strike twice? """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" DOES HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF? =========================== by Ralph F. Mariano It's March 2cnd, 1981 and as you slowly flip through a few pages of the most recent edition of Barron's Magazine, you come across two intriguing articles in this issue that cause you to suddenly recall this is April, 1993! But.... in reality, the articles give you the impression you are reading about today's events in the business world with only a few of the company and player names changed. The main player's name is, hauntingly, the same. The names of the two articles that caught your eye and held your attention are; "The Gilbert Connection" and "Survivor of the Storm". Both articles written in 1981, are about stocks, bonds, finances, inter-company money exchanges and investigations of alleged improprieties. The names of Jack Tramiel, Manny Kapp, C. Powell Morgan, (architect of Atlantic Acceptance Corp.), Frank Kaftel and Irving Gould leap from the pages jogging your memory. The company names eerily read like a who's who in today's international financial circles. Some of which include; Morgan Guaranty Trust, First National City Bank (CitiBank), Ford Foundation, Princeton University and the U.S. Steel pension fund, all of which had lent Atlantic substantial sums of money who, in turn was heavily involved in Commodore Corp. Immediately, the impression was; "This was going to be some very interesting reading. It was indeed. Excerpts from Barron's March 2, 1981 The Royal Canadian Investigations Commission Commented; "On its most basic level, Atlantic Acceptance was a finance company. Powell Morgan didn't really start building the firm until 1958, yet a scant seven years later on the eve of its collapse it was doing over $175 million of business annually through a network of 91 small loan offices and 36 acceptance branches scattered throughout Canada. In the end it wasn't the company's some $95 million of consumer loan and sales finance accounts that did it in. The real culprit was a third category of receivables - some $55 million in industrial loans. These had been funneled largely through a trio of Atlantic subsidiaries into precariously financed and even fraudulent companies in which Morgan and often Tramiel, among others, had hidden interests. The transactions, so the Royal Investigating Commission said, "and the means taken to conceal them were complicated and executed with all the ingenuity that experienced accountants could employ." "Atlantic Acceptance's failure had its origins in fraud and concealment" ..."is rife with matter of fact accounts of stock manipulation, fraud and criminally creative accounting persued for the enrichment of Morgan and his colleagues, in enterprises ranging from Commodore to the Lucayan Beach Hotel and Casino In the Bahamas." "The Lucayan Beach Hotel is in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. When the roof fell in, Morgan died of leukemia before he could be thoroughly questioned by Canadian Authorities. This was exceedingly convenient for his associates, Tramiel included, whose own testimony in the affair - offered under grants of immunity - was replete with assertions that it was Morgan's idea and I did as Morgan told. Eventually, over $100 million was recovered for Atlantic Acceptance's senior note holders, but other creditors lost at least $65 million and possibly much more. There were bankruptcies galore and nine persons were charged with various crimes, but not Morgan or Tramiel. The latter managed to walk away from the disaster with the shell of Commodore. Irving Gould, Canadian Stockbroker turned financier, rescued Commodore from the wreckage of Canada's Equity Funding." The full and complete articles, "The Gilbert Connection" and "Survivor of the Storm" by Kathryne M. Welling are available on microfiche in most larger, full service, public libraries. Look up Barron's for the week of March 02, 1981. The financial entanglements are amazing! The articles point out how its tendrils reach into Germany (Hugo Oppenheim Bank and Sohn Naschf Berliner Privatbank) the Bahamas and back into North America, the Conrac Corp. and a host of other corporations both Canadian and US. This particular issue of Barron's contains a most enlightening and equally revealing series of articles whose contents draw parallels which appear to be, although unbelievably, similar to many of today's events. The difference, of course, is both the player's and company names. Well, some of them anyway. Do take the time to read Barron's dated March 02, 1981. You won't be sorry at all that you did. ___________________________________________________________ > NVN WANTS YOU! STR InfoFile Another Network Supports Atari! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" National Videotext Network (NVN) ================================ National Videotext Network (NVN) has recently added an Atari ST Forum to it's growing lists of available services. 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By voice phone 1-800-336-9096 (Client Services) or via modem phone 1-800-336-9092. ________________________________________________________________ > STReport CONFIDENTIAL "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips" """"""""""""""""""""" - Sunnyvale, CA REVOLVING DOOR ENDS 19yr CAREER! ------------- Mel Stevens, Atari's man of a thousand jobs, seen at every Atari Show worth it's salt, overseer of many of Atari promos and last, the best known Atari fireman throughout the years, is gone. Mel also known for his sense of humor, he made up the famous ZORRO card for Sig Hartman's retirement party, was always a smiling face but quick to fix the wrongs often found in the Atari community that may've hurt Atari's image. Perhaps, the "happenings" of late which seem to be too much for any ten good people to handle were a bit much. Shortly after hearing of Mel's departure there were other rumors of more layoffs having occurred and further Falcon delays circulating. - Hanover, Germany LASER PRINTERS & BOOK DROPPED! ---------------- I had a long (and fairly open) phone conversation with the head of the press agency that represents Atari in Germany, and got a lot of interesting information that I will incorporate in my CeBIT report for Current Notes. Don't miss the May 1993 edition! Here are some teasers: * 5000 Falcons shipped to Germany so far, 1800 of them sold. * ST Book DISCONTINUED * Atari laserwriter DISCONTINUED * NO AtariMesse 1993 in Duesseldorf * NEW VIDEOGAME CONSOLES LATER THIS YEAR Oliver Steinmeier - Chicago, IL GATEWAY SELLS & SHIPS 3000 CLONES A DAY! ----------- Gateway, a PC clone mailorder house advertised in most big computer mags, mentioned in their newsletter that they were sorry they had been having problems with customer service (answering the phone, returning calls)etc.. To fix the problem, they had just hired ** 600 ** new employees!! They now have over 2000 employees in their South Dakota USA location, and were shipping ** 3000 ** clones PER DAY. Imagine their shipping dock. Being mailorder, they ship most of these individually, not in truckloads. A separate shipping order for each of 3000 machines, each day. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON" """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > A "Quotable Quote" "THAT.... has a very familiar ring to it.." """"""""""""""""" "WE THE WILLING, LED BY THE UNKNOWING, ARE DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE UNGRATEFUL. WE HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR SO LONG WITH SO LITTLE, WE ARE NOW QUALIFIED TO DO ANYTHING WITH NOTHING." gathered by... 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