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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 13-Aug-93 #933 Date: Sat Aug 14 13:22:23 1993 SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing August 13, 1993 No. 9.33 ========================================================================= Silicon Times Report International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. 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Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (AUGUST 13) ATARI IN THE NEWS This is a GREAT TIME for Atari-related announcements. First, the alliance between ATari and IBM for the new Jaguar, and now Gribnif Software announces GENEVA, their new multi-tasking environment. See the GENEVA press releases in LIB 15 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) or go to the Gribnif section/library in the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for additional info. NEW JAGUAR AREA IN ATARI 8-BIT FORUM With the announcement from Sunnyvale on the new JAGUAR Multimedia Entertainment System, we've added a Message Section and Library to the ATARI8 Forum. We invite you to join us in sharing news and views of what promises to be an exciting machine. GO ATARI8 for Section 15 [Jaguar]. TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FALCON ... ANSWERED BY ATARI CORP. Download file 20Q_01.TXT from LIBRARY 15 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) for the first 20 QUESTIONS file of questions submitted by the members to Atari Corp and answered by Bob Brodie, James Grunke and Bill Rehbock. AGITATION PUZZLE GAME Download file AGIT.ZIP from LIBRARY 2 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) for Agitation. Agitation is easy to learn, tough to solve. This is the most indescribably difficult, infuriatingly impossible program you could choose to run! * create custom puzzles * upload and share * point and click puzzle solving * multiple cheat, peek and help modes * watch the computer solve puzzles * custom graphics and dialogs * check out the other puzzles here online! mono freeware B/STAT VERSION 2.46 NOW AVAILABLE Download file BSTAT4.LZH from LIBRARY 5 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for version 2.46 of B/STAT. B/STAT is a shareware statistical analysis and business graphics program. It requires a 1 megabyte machine and double sided drive at a minimum. B/STAT makes use of GDOS or SPEEDO GDOS if installed but requires neither. This is version 2.46 of B/STAT and offers some improvements in graphing over earlier versions. B/STAT may be registered online by GOing SWREG and selecting ID # 263. OREGON RESEARCH JOINS ATARIVEN! Message Section 12 and Library 12 have been established for online support of Oregon Research's products. Please read OREGON.TXT in Library 12 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for an overview of the company. Also, be sure to check out the other files in the Library for in-depth information on their entire product line. NEW SOFTLOGIK DEMO IN ATARIVEN Download file FLAGS.LZH from LIBRARY 11 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for Sample EPS (Adobe Illustrator) files of the new Flags of the World clipart collection now being sold by Soft-Logik Publishing. The archive contains four flags. THE PORTFOLIO FORUM ON COMPUSERVE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL SUPPORT SITE BY ATARI CORPORATION "GO APORTFOLIO TO ACCESS THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM" "ENJOY CIS' ATARI FORUMS WHERE CENSORSHIP IS A DIRTY WORD! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > From the Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""" Here we are in another week closer to mid August.... The time of the year that's ever so famous for big changes at many computer companies. Seems it occurs at this time of the year to allow for things to settle down in time for the big fall show COMDEX. A rather disturbing rumor came in from Europe.... seems Atari Europe, in particular Germany has their annual lease still unpaid for over a month. In addition all but one magazine in Germany that covers the Atari platform is left. "By all rightful reason, the salvation of Atari the Falcon, has missed its mark terribly." an interested observer was recently overheard saying. In any case for those of you who are satisfied with your computer system of choice, by all means continue to use them as long as they provide the benefits they were originally purchased to provide. The IAAD/Lexicor thing is apparently about to become ugly. It seems there are a number of rumors circulating of further information releases and of discovery lawsuits being initiated. In our opinion, the whole IAAD affair should have and could have been totally avoided. Its a shame certain egos simply _had_ to be massaged. Shame on them all. Ralph..... """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! ** STReport ** NOW AVAILABLE FOR ELECTRONIC HOME DELIVERY DIRECT TO YOUR (E-)MAIL BOX STReport will be E-Mailed to any GEnie subscriber who requests it as an archived (in LZH format) attached file. Instructions for downloading an attached file are provided on page 200 on GEnie (Type M200). 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ST-REPORT """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS """"""""""""""""" Computer Products Update - CPU Report ------------------------ ---------- Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Issue #33 By: John Deegan MICROSOFT-MOTOROLA PACT RUMORED - Microsoft Corp. isn't confirming such a pact has been reached, but officials term as reasonable reports of a deal under which Motorola Inc. would buy the rights to use Micro- soft's Windows NT operating system. Motorola officials also declined to comment on the report, saying only its PowerPC project was on schedule. LIGHTNING COMPUTERS PROMISES '486 66MHZ UNIT FOR UNDER $1,000 - Lightning Computers is offering a new 66MHz system with an IBM-made motherboard and CPU, 170MB drive and SVGA card and monitor for $999 with the trade-in of any working '286, '386, Macintosh or Amiga system. Company President Richard McCabe said the Lightning Omniflex 486/66 also includes 16K internal cache and math coprocessor (25.811 MIPS), a low-power consumption "green" motherboard manufactured by IBM, seven ISA bus slots and 2MB of RAM, expandable to 16MB. The company can be reached at 800/347-4486. OKIDATA UNVEILS PRINTER - Okidata has introduced the OL400e, its new compact, full- featured LED/laser-class page printer. With a suggested list price of $699, the 4-pages-per-minute OL400e is designed for use specifically by individual PC users. The printer has a footprint measuring only 1.25 square feet. The OL400e offers a 4 pages per minute print speed and a 32-bit RISC processor running at 16MHz. Its 300 dots-per-inch resolution, coupled with a new microfine toner, is designed to produce crisp output of text and graphics. DCA READIES NEW MACINTOSH TO MAINFRAME PRODUCT - Digital Communica- tions Associates (DCA) will begin shipping its new Macintosh connect- ivity products in a few weeks. MacMainFrame 3270 and MacMainFrame 3270 Gateway are the first Avatar-inspired software products to be released since DCA acquired Avatar Technologies Corp. last December. MacMainframe 3270 will retail at $425 while the MacMainFrame Gateway software will sell for $2495. NeXTStep SALES EXCEED EXPECTATIONS - NeXT Computer Inc. and its master distributor Ingram Micro announce NEXTSTEP, NeXT's objectoriented software, has greatly exceeded both companies' sales expectations. Ingram Micro is a master distributor of NEXTSTEP, fulfilling demand from VARs and resellers in North America. NEXTSTEP Release 3.1 for Intel processors is NeXT's object-oriented software that runs on industry-standard Intel 486- and Pentium-based PCs. NEXTSTEP Developer provides visual application construction tools and reusable application objects for the development of NEXTSTEP applications. NEXTSTEP has received customer and industry accolades for dramatically speeding the development of custom applications. VIRGIN AIRLINES TO INSTALL INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS - Virgin Atlantic Airlines has placed a $19 million order with Hughes Aircraft Co. for an interactive in-seat entertainment and communications system. The Hughes-Avicom system, which features high-resolution video screens located in consoles or seatback on the aircraft, has been installed in the first-class areas of Northwest Airlines, Swissair and China Air, but the Virgin order represents the first time it will be in every seat of a plane. The system allows passengers to choose from services including on- board duty free and mail-order shopping, Super Nintendo video games, 20 channels of stereo audio entertainment and 15 channels of movies and other video entertainment such as music videos, sports, documentaries, destination city information and flight information. PC'S TESTED FOR SPACE TRAVEL - The effects of zero gravity on the ability to use PCs in space are being determined through a collaborative testing venture between PC World magazine's Test Center and the National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA). NASA will use the results of the specially-designed tests to evaluate and recommend various PC models for future use in space. Customized PC testing software, developed by PC World's Test Center in San Francisco, will be used by NASA personnel at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to measure the ability of PC users to use both internal and external pointing devices during zero- gravity space flight. Tests are to be performed this week during three zero-gravity simulated space flights on board NASA's specially-equipped McDonnell Douglas KC-135 airplane, which NASA uses to test computer and electronic equipment and products for space travel. NASA and PC World Test Center personnel will analyze data as users on board the KC-135 put an IBM Thinkpad Notebook with an internal pointing device through its paces. Use of the Thinkpad with a Microsoft "clip-on mouse" will also be studied. "When astronauts conduct scientific research in space, it's essential that the PCs they depend on are functional, easy-to-use, and problem- free," says Greg Smith, director of the PC World Test Center. "Using test software is the best way for NASA to ensure that products work best under zero-gravity conditions." The PC World/NASA collaboration came about after representatives from the Lockheed Engineering and Science Company, a NASA contractor, read about PC usability tests that the PC World Test Center had recently performed on board a simulated airplane flight at the American Airlines Test Center outside Dallas, Texas. TEXAN ARRESTED ON PORN CHARGE - Police alleged an Abilene, Texas, man they have arrested is a key figure in an reputed nationwide computer pornography ring. Lodged in the Lubbock County Jail, 30-year-old Terry Kimbrough is charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation and interstate transportation of obscene material. U.S. Customs officers said that Kimbrough was involved in a national child pornography ring called "the Kiddie Pornography Computer Bulletin Board." Last March, customs agents served 30 warrants in 15 states across the U.S., targeting alleged child pornographers who were using computers to transmit and receive material. ______________________________________________________ > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" PEOPLE... ARE TALKING ===================== On CompuServe ------------- compiled by Joe Mirando Hidi ho good neighbors and neighborettes! Let's get right to all of the news and helpful hints available from the good folks on CompuServe... there's always lots of interesting "STuff", so let's see what's out there... >From the Atari Productivity Forum ================================= Michael Vacca posts: "I have been using Compuserve with my IBM clone and the Compuserve Information Manager for Windows. Is there any software similar for use on my Atari 520ST?" Mike Mortilla tells Mike Vacca: "Check out Quick CIS (QCIS). The program has it's own section here, too." Sysop Brad Hill tells Mike: "There is no version of CIM for the Atari platform. Many Atarians use Jim Ness's QuickCIS, which can be downloaded from the library of this forum. It's a highly automated message retrieval and posting program which enables you to read and reply to forum messages and Email offline. It is not as powerful an interactive navigator as CIM, but it's more automated for regular forum activities, and saves a bundle of money. The program is supported by Jim Ness in section 14 of this forum. If you have any other questions about how it works, or how to get it, just ask! You may also know that the current issue of CompuServe Magazine devotes its cover article to a review of various navigation programs for different platforms." I can vouch for this, folks, QuickCIS is a great way speed up all of your on-line processes... if you don't already have it, check it out! Mary Keegan asks: "Can you please tell me the program I need to explode the Arc Files I have downloaded. I have tried everything, but the correct procedure." Good old Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Mary: "Download the file ARCLZH.TOS or it maybe ARCLZH.PRG. It has the program to explode ARC files." Shawn Laughlin tells Mary: "If I remember correctly, you can download ARC_LZH.TOS for FREE in the PRACTICE forum (GO PRACTICE). The nice folks over there will point you to the proper library." Sysop Keith Joins jumps in and tells Mary: "The various compression utilities aren't available in the Practice forum or the Help forum. The only thing they have is a file that gives the names and locations of these utilities for each computer type." David Hagood asks: "Does anyone know if MultiTOS is shipping YET? I ordered it via CIS about a month and a half ago with the assurances that "Yes, its shipping now, if you order on Monday it will get there by Friday." My mistake; I didn't ask which Friday!" Sysop Bob Retelle tells David: "A friend of mine who works at an Atari dealer here in Michigan has said that they've had MultiTOS in their store for some time now. (He's also the one who discovered a virus on one of the SpeedoGDOS disks) I don't know what to tell you about your order though.. have you called Atari Customer Service..?" Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells David: "The best thing is to call Atari voice to find out what happened. (408)-745-2000. Multi-TOS and Atari Works are shipping ... dealers should be able to get it through Pacific Software." Chris Gray interjects: "...Multitos was on the hard disc of my Falcon when I got it a couple of weeks ago. And a short while later I received a version on floppy from Atari themselves." Charles Smeton tells David: "I saw copies of MultiTOS, Atari Works and Speedo GDOS for sale at Toad Computers the other day. I would expect that most all dealers that are Falcon approved have these as well. FYI Toad Computers can be reached at 1-800-448-TOAD" Ralph Kalatucka asks for help: "I have apparently disturbed or destroyed the index at the head of a floppy disk (I believe it is called the File Allocation Table) I have a third-party Double-sided drive that does not recognize a "change of media" when I swap disks. Normally its no big deal, but I put my foot in it this time. I boot up with GDOS for easy draw, but my drive #2 has a disk with only text in it. I draw a technical drawing (I do this at work) and go to do a "Save As..." and see I have the wrong disk still in drive B. I change disks and save, and the damn thing re-writes that old directory to the new disk, and now I cannot access over 500 K of technical drawings. Is there a program I could buy or could I pay someone to recall my data? (Granted, not all the drawings are valuable, only the most recent ones)" That busy guy, Albert Dayes tells Ralph: "If you have Diamond Edge or hard disk sentry, you might want to test the floppy with it. Another problem dealing with disk changes is if the serial number is the same. But if you copied a directory from the wrong disk to the current list things are not so bright. Unless you want to use a sector editor and check each sector and try to figure it out that is near impossible. Since the data is binary it would be almost impossible to recover something. I hope you have some backups for your most important work." John Damiano posts: "I can tell you that from the standpoint of perception my Mega ST with 16 mhz upgrade DOES feel faster then my 486DX50. I use them both almost every day. I doubt it really is faster of course but it feels like it. It does have a screen accelerator also though. Both those add on products only add 150.00 to the cost." Kirk and Joanne Sattley post: "After a couple years of faithful service, our SLM804 has suddenly turned ornery. The behavior is that, after a print command is given, the paper is fed up to the point where it pauses before starting its trip along the drum; the green "ready" light goes out, the red "wait" light comes on, then the sheet feeds through without anything being printed on it, and whatever driver we're using reports an error. The TEST.PRG from Atari reports: IRQ went LO premature at 00000020, in Band #2 Status: 02 [Status 02 is defined in the manual as "Ornery printer".] 1) Is there anything we can do ourselves to resuscitate the printer? 2) Is there anyplace in New England that can repair an SLM804? 3) What phone number at Atari can we call to discuss the matter? Heartfelt premature thanks to any experts who can advise us ..." Atari Dev. Support (J.P.) tells them: "Ornery printer is a catch all status code which the controller returns when it does not know what the problem is. I don't think you can make much use of this information. If you are getting no print there are four probable problems listed in the SLM service manual of which three can get pretty involved and you need to be a technician or electrical background to tackle. You can check if the drum and the shell roller are making secure contact. or that there isn't toner accumulated between the two. You can try Computer Zone in Attleboro, MA for service (508) 699 0430. Atari customer service is at 408 745 2098. If you're looking for service manuals for the SLM you might want to try B&C here in CA at 408 986 9960." Kirk and Joanne reply: "Thank you exceedingly for the good information and the prompt response on our troubles with the SLM804. Thanks especially for the customer service number for calling direct. The printer seems to have ESP. When the print started looking flakey a couple months ago, we ordered a drum replacement kit (from Computer Zone); as soon as the kit arrived and we put it on the shelf near the printer, the print quality became even and solid again. And now, the day after your message arrived, the printer started working normally, and has continued for two days! But as soon as it gets ornery again, I'll be on the phone." Peter Joseph asks: "As long as you're here talking about manuals, I have a question. I recently bought a second hand MEGA ST4, MEGAFILE 60 and SLM804 Printer. Unfortunately, manuals weren't included. How can I get manuals for these machines? Second question. My other computer is a 1040ST. It has TOS 1.4 in it. Can I use TOS 1.4 in the Mega? The Mega has TOS 1.2, and there are definitely missing things compared to 1.4. I looked inside and the ROM set is just 2 chips just like my ST. What about it? I would appreciate answers to these questions from you or anyone else reading this post. Thanks in advance." J.P. tells Peter: "The Mega 4 and SLM804 manuals you can get from customer service at Atari (408 745 2098), the Megafile 60 we may or may not have. Manuals are 5.00 each with shipping and handling 3.50. TOS 1.4 comes in two hardware configurations, 2 chip and 6 chip sets. If both your computers have 2 chip ROMs you can interchange the TOS." Peter tells J.P.: "Thanks for the info! I'm probably going to put TOS 2.xx in the Mega at some point, but until then I have to at least have 1.4. Re: the manuals. You telling me that the two manuals are gonna cost me $17?! Anybody out there got used manuals for a Mega ST4, SLM804, and Megafile 60? :(" John Damiano tells Peter: "This is a great chance to get a TEC board from Codehead and upgrade to a switchable 1.02/2.06. The best option IMHO. Especially since you STOLE the dang thing." John Amsler posts: "I've got a MegaSTe with an external DS/DD floppy drive and an external Maxtor 120Mb HD. The HD, of course, is plugged into the DMA port via The Link. I'm thinking of augmenting or replacing the external floppy with a floptical. Could I simply daisy-chain a floptical to the external HD? If so, would I have to adjust the "terminating resistor" on the floptical so The Link would work in the new configuration? Or would I have to buy a second Link to use with the floptical?" Albert Dayes tells John: "If your hard disk case has a SCSI outlet you can connect your floptical directly. Just continue the SCSI chain. The other issue is to make sure both ends of the SCSI chain are terminated correctly. MegaSTE -> LINK -> Maxtor 120meg -> floptical" Chris Gray adds: "Make sure the middle of the chain is connected properly, not just the two ends. The _last_ drive in the chain needs a block of terminating resistors on it (you already have them, trust me). Intermediate drives must _not_ have this resistor block present." Albert agrees: "That is correct. Only the ends of a SCSI chain need to be terminated." John Damiano adds: "It gets confusing with Atari stuff in that you an have several devices chained to the DMA buss but each one can be a separate SCSI chain. So you end up with term. resistors on two or more devices." John Amsler asks: "Now that -- I'm guessing here -- Jim Allen won't be making any more of the TinyTurbo030 boards for the MegaSTe, is there any other company that makes a board that allows one to switch back and forth between a 68000 and a 68030?" Nathan Potechin at DMC asks John: "What gave you the idea that Jim Allen would not be producing TinyTurbo boards for the Mega STe? Your guess is inaccurate. Perhaps you should contact Jim directly at (508) 475 3810 or on GEnie at J.ALLEN27 for the latest up to date information about his products." Lars Borgh sends out an S.O.S.: "This is an emergency! I have a problem with a 1040 ST. The disk drive isn't acknowledged by the system! The hard disk (Megafile) is working but disk A and B isn't "connected". When I switch on the computer without the hard disk , the disk spins and the light comes on for a while, but nothing happens on the desktop, the disk just keep on spinning. Could it be the DMA or the sound chip that's defective? I have tried another disk drive but no change, it's still the same. Does anyone know what it can be, I'm a little bit stuck here and in Sweden there's a lack of repairing services." Albert Dayes tells Lars: "It almost sounds like some loose chips ( glue, mmu and shifter are most likely). You might want to re-seat those three chips mentioned above and see if that does the trick." Lars asks Albert to clarify: "Thank you for the suggestions. I have pressed every chip on the board. My english isn't at all perfect, by "re-seat" do you mean that I shall lift up the chips and then press them back in place?" Albert explains: "That is basically what I meant when I said "re-seat" the chips. >From the Atari ST Arts Forum ============================ John Amsler posts: "I've read ST-Report every week for several years now, and I hate the idea of missing an issue! (Personally, I think they should stick to LZH, because that's what everyone seems to have. People shouldn't be forced to spend additional TIME and MONEY downloading an extra de/compression utility that's 100K or more. Of course, people are probably better off having a ZIP program, but they shouldn't be _forced_ to get one; that smacks of "Big Brother" knowing what's best for everyone and contradicts the basic American spirit of _individuals_ deciding how to live and what to do.) After having spewed that out, I must say I LOVE ST-ZIP versions 2.2 and 2.3!!" On the subject of STReport's multi-platform leanings, Sysop Ron Luks posts: "I've talked to Ralph at great length about the increase in the PC content in STReport. As you have said, some Atari-only owners have complained about PC content matter. Conversely, Ralph has recently been uploading the same issues to more PC-oriented forums and the reception has been quite enthusiastic except for comments like "great magazine, but why do you have to put all that Atari clutter in it?"... There is still a significant number of Atari owners and enthusiasts out there, but many, many of them now ALSO own PCs. The audience for STReport encompasses a wide range of people and I think Ralph is trying very hard to present a publication that appeals to the broadest cross section. As in any endeavor, its impossible to completely satisfy everyone. I share Ralph's opinion that the worst thing we can do is to isolate Atari owners from the rest of the computing community. That only serves to reinforce two bad attitudes: 1) That its either Atari or nothing. (This often leaves Atari owners without adequate options in the real world) 2) To the rest of the PC community that Atari's 'aren't a REAL computer' when, in fact, an Atari can sometimes be the BEST solution to a specialty situation. Atari Corp, itself, gave up that attitude that Atari computers are the only solution for every computing need a long time ago and today you can find non-Atari computers in use at the company HQ. I don't think that message has been fully accepted by all the Atari enthusiasts yet." Dazzz Smith tells Ron: "I'm not disagreeing on the issue of multi platform owners in the states, the situation isn't quite as prevalent here in Europe I suspect, which is why some people are complaining. I appreciate Ralph's need for a larger market, but if that's the case then why not produce a general on-line mag? If he wants to he can get machine specific editors to produce the other half of the mag. I am a great believer in reality, I even sometimes switch it on to check its still working. :-) But you cannot expect Atari only owners to download a large file one third of which (guess-timate) is PC specific and come away satisfied..... I'm not disputing the reality of the situation Ron, merely voicing some concerns, as someone who uses an Atari for home and also for running a business I don't need to read about Wildcat BBS software, general news I don't mind (I'm an information Junkie) but PC specific press releases are just a wasted download to me and many others, and no one could accuse me of being a gung ho Atari enthusiast.......if they did i'd fight em over it. :-)" David Hagood asks: "Has anyone downloaded the copy of Soundlab and tried it out? I can't get it to run on my TT: it crashes every time. I'd think an STE compatible program wouldn't die on a TT..." Greg Kopchak asks David: "Are you using the 24BIT.PRG with Sound Lab? The current version of Sound Lab does not run on a Falcon. I haven't tried it on a TT. I'll check with Damien tonight and let you know." David tells Greg: "Tried using 24bit.prg (and throwing away 20MB of memory), didn't work. Tried ST high rez, TT medium rez. Didn't work. Tried unloading MiNT. Didn't work." >From the Atari Vendors Forum ============================ Darryl Ross asks for help: "I live in Charlotte, NC and need find a dealer who can work on an Atari ST. I'd also like to know the names of any publications that have ads for Atari ST software." Albert Dayes tells Darryl: "There should be a store in your state. Computer Studio comes to mind. You can download the file VENDOR.DAT in the (GO ATARIPRO) forum since it lists dealers and developers of Atari products." Nathan Potechin of DMC helps out: "Computer Studio is located in Asheville, North Carolina. He is an excellent, full-service Dealer. The owners name is Sheldon Winick. Their telephone number is (704) 251-0201." Matt Seitz asks: "Could someone tell me the tech. support number and hours for Codehead?" Albert Dayes tells Matt: "The number is (213)-386-5735 or fax (213)-386-5789. Hours I would assume would be normal PST time hours." John Eidsvoog of CodeHead Technologies tells everyone: "Yes, CodeHead's phone number is (213) 386-5735, FAX 386-5789, M-F 9A-1P Pacific time." Bob Bunce asks about using PageStream: "I... had a problem with TIFF importing. I am running PageStream 2.2UK on a 1040STFM upgraded to 2.5Mb. I recently scanned in a logo at work on a Mac via Photoshop 2.0 for a friend to put into WordPerfect on his PC. Yesterday I thought I'd have a go at putting it into PageStream. But when I imported it, it came out reversed out, ie the white was black and vice versa. Why should this have happened?" Mark at Soft-Logic Publishing asks Bob: "What version of the TIFF import module are you using? We are currently on version 2.2.3 of the TIFF module. YOu can check the version by importing a TIFF graphic. You should be able to download the latest modules up here in the library." Bob tells Mark: "I'm using version 2.2.0. I'll download the new version and see if it makes a difference." Mark, being the good guy that he is, tells Bob: "Wait and download the newest DRIVERS.LZH file I will be uploading today. That way you're assured to get the latest." >From the Atari Portfolio Forum ============================== Craig Davis asks Don Thomas at Atari about one of the latest games for the LYNX: "My son has a Lynx and would like to purchase Gordo 106. Could you give me a brief description that I can pass on to him." David Stewart chimes in and posts: "I just got Gordo 106, and I'm really happy with it (although I am *very* bad at it!) It is about a lab monkey that was given intelligence by a nuclear experiment ... you run about (and jump and climb and throw) and release bunnies from cages. You also battle the humans through six levels, which are split into many segments. There are also some random-seeming "dungeon" levels where you can get stuck ... The graphics are really good ... not quite as cartoon-esque as Dinolympics, but very good ... lots of neat details. Unfortunately, the game doesn't seem to have a level-select password (or maybe just haven't gotten far enough to find one). I'd say it's mostly like Scrapyard Dog, among the Lynx games that I've seen, although Gordo is more difficult than that game." Barry Hildress tells us: "I have a viewer up that can get approximately 75 characters across on the Portfolio. Check out BLPM*.ZIP in the utilities library if the small font is readable to you then we can talk about an editor. (A TSR is out because of the space the character set takes would not leave much room for anything else.)" Well folks, that's it for this week. 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"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" NOTICE: SPECIAL NOVA CARD UPDATE ======================== Announcement from Lexicor Software Corp. ---------------------------------------- As of Monday 19th July 1993, the Special NOVA Deal offered by Lexicor Software for the NOVA Graphics Card is over. The NOVA Mega and the NOVA VME 16M will now both have the same price of 599.99 U$D. The price for the SUPERNOVA has not changed and will cost: 999.99 U$D The 32K Graphic Card is only available on Special Order and will cost 429 U$D both the Mega and the VME. For these Card's there may be an added handling Price. Shipping cost are excluded from these prices. Technical Specifications ------------------------ NOVA Megabus 16M ---------------- Maximum Frame Rate : 90Mhz Video RAM : 1 Megabyte RAMtype : DRAM Maximum Color's : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit) Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1024x768 in 256 Color's Maximum Resolution (15bit): 768x512 Maximum Resolution (24bit): 640x400 Virtual Resolution : YES Automatic REZ Switch : YES Upgradable : YES VDI for 24bit : YES VMG : YES HARDWARE Accelerator : NO NOVA VME 16M ------------ Maximum Frame Rate : 90MHz Video RAM : 1 Megabyte RAMtype : DRAM Maximum Color's : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit) Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1088x832 in 256 Color's Maximum Resolution (15bit): 800x600 Maximum Resolution (24bit): 640x480 Virtual Resolution : YES Automatic REZ Switch : YES Upgradable : YES VDI for 24bit : YES VMG : YES HARDWARE Accelerator : NO SUPERNOVA --------- Maximum Frame Rate : 135MHz Video RAM : 2 Megabytes RAMType : VRAM Maximum Color's : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit) Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1280x1024 Maximum Resolution (15bit): 1024x768 Maximum Resolution (24bit): 800x600 Virtual Resolution : YES Automatic REZ Switch : YES Upgradeable : YES VDI for 24bit : YES VMG : YES HARDWARE Accelerator : YES For more information check our previous releases on the NOVA Card. The Virtual Resolution are programmable via the VMG. The VDI of the NOVA has proven to be very compatible with our Software and many other Software applications as well. There is also a NOVA Special disk available soon that has some NOVA Specific program's on it, including NOVA Mines, the game, and the special Calamus SL driver that will enable Calamus SL to run in 15/16bit in 15/16bit color mode. Yat Siu Lexicor Software Europe LEXICOR SOFTWARE CORP. 1726 Francisco ST. Berkeley, CA 94703 Phone 510-848-7621 FAX 510-848-7613 _______________________________________________________________ > NVN WANTS YOU! STR InfoFile Another Network Supports Atari! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" NVN - THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK! =============================== The Atari computer platform has support on yet another top notch telecommunications service! National Videotex Network (NVN) maintains an area just for our favorite computers. 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Join the gang! <GO AMERICA>. 12. Amiga Forum now available for Amiga and Desktop Video enthusiasts! 13. NEW Email enhancements are on-line. Including personal mailing lists! ____________________________________________________________________ > MOTIVE PLEASE! STR FOCUS! The Badgering never ceases! """"""""""""""""""""""""" WILL THE REAL REASON PLEASE SIGN IN? ==================================== AN OBSERVATION.... by R.F. Mariano Dear Readers... Below we present a one sided exchange of messages (if you wish to call it that..) As an example of how the seemingly systematic and deliberate practice of baiting and badgering may possibly be fine tuned to a science. Craig Thom, a sysop for Darlah, of the infamous Nathan & Darlah Show, head sysop of GEnie's STRT, has apparently taken on the job of creating some sort of controversy on Compuserve. As anyone can plainly see, he is being ignored and has been ignored since the apparent attempt began. Further one can note the process began with an interrogatory directed at Lee Seiler which he too, ignores. Certainly MR. Thom can realize that many, if not all, the CIS members deserved to know he was a GEnie sysop visiting the Compuserve Areas. Else, they might get a totally different impression as to what his intentions might be. #: 41398 S8/Hot Topics 18-Jul-93 22:41:50 Sb: #41187-#IAAD statement Fm: Craig S. Thom 71773,11 To: LEXICOR Software 75300,763 Lee, did you ever post here, as you did on GEnie, that your flag problems were due to you calling at 9600 baud, where no flags are active, and that this was due not to the action of anyone involved in the STRT or GEnie management, and that it was not due to any problem with GEnie's software? It was a mistake, and errors were made, but they were all on your end. All your speculations about the lack of free flag status were proven false, weren't they? #: 41399 S8/Hot Topics 19-Jul-93 06:22:18 Sb: #41398-#IAAD statement Fm: STReport - Ralph 70007,4454 To: Craig S. Thom 71773,11 My, My.... ANOTHER................ GEnie sysop!!! There is 1 Reply. #: 41400 S8/Hot Topics 19-Jul-93 07:25:04 Sb: #41399-#IAAD statement Fm: Craig S. Thom 71773,11 To: STReport - Ralph 70007,4454 Not in the STRT, though, and that has absolutely nothing to do with the questions I asked, does it? #: 41414 S8/Hot Topics 19-Jul-93 21:43:59 Sb: #41401-IAAD statement Fm: Craig S. Thom 71773,11 To: STReport - Ralph 70007,4454 You still haven't explained how my status on GEnie changes in any way the message that Lee left there. You can read it yourself, ST RT, Category 25, Topic 10, Message 159. Sorry, Ralph, your attempts to divert the topic aren't working. #: 41435 S8/Hot Topics 21-Jul-93 06:50:58 Sb: #41401-IAAD statement Fm: Craig S. Thom 71773,11 To: STReport - Ralph 70007,4454 (X) That's interesting. My original response to this message has been deleted. I assue you did it, since I was not notified that it had been done. (That should be "assume"). Again, you have brought up my status on GEnie without explaining how it changes the message that Lee left there. You can read it yourself, ST RT, Category 25, Topic 10, Message 159. The message is from Lee, and explains how his flag problems were the result of calling in to a 9600 baud node. Will this message be deleted, too? #: 41440 S8/Hot Topics 21-Jul-93 20:07:52 Sb: Disappearing messages Fm: Craig S. Thom 71773,11 To: Jim Ness 75300,3155 Well, I've responded to Ralph's last message to me twice, and both times the response was deleted. That's interesting. As an experiment, I won't leave it TO Ralph this time, to see if he is the one doing the delete. Ralph, please explain how my status on GEnie affects the message that Lee left there and I summarized here. You can read it there yourself, ST RT, Category 25, Topic 10, Message 159. Could it be that you are trying to avoid the real topic? How quaint, we now find Mr. Thom, in his apparent zeal to create a controversy of some type, is busy trying to drag in another of Compuserve's members. He tried to bait Seiler, Mariano and now attempts to draw Jim Ness into his one-sided crusade. tsk. tsk. tsk. Nowhere does Thom mention the special circumstances revolving around his relationship with Lexicor's Seiler. Seems there was a whole hullabaloo in the Lexicor areas in the STRT it was pretty nasty until Thom was asked to cease his activities. Of course, this latest episode is ever so innocent and merely an attempt to clear up some * CONFUSION * (Remember that word?) its a favorite of the infamous Nathan & Darlah Show. "Everybody is so... *CONFUSED *" and _they_ have clear visions galore. In any case, rather than give Mr. Thom, Darlah's sysop, an opportunity to create his controversy on CIS he was continually and politely ignored. As for this article its merely here to point out the obvious. Ignoring Craig Thom's head games and to explain the deleted messages. Nice try Craig.... but NO CIGAR! .....NEXT!!??!! Read on McDuff..... _______________________________________________________________ > ATARI UNITED! STR InfoFile An Overview...... """""""""""""""""""""""""" WHAT IS THIS ATARI UNITED! THING? ================================= When ATARI UNITED! was first announced in an online conference on DELPHI, some DELPHI members had questions, which I'm sure others share, about the intent, focus and reasoning behind ATARI UNITED!. A bit of history about the development of this organization might help begin to answer those questions. ATARI UNITED! was born out of the suspicion that more Atari TOS computer owners exist than most in the active Atari community realize. Patti and I have both had many experiences in which we have come into contact with owners who had no idea that a thriving Atari community still existed. We have both been responsible for bringing ST owners 'out-of-the-closet' and renewing their use of their machines. And, of course, with every renewed Atari owner comes some degree of new spending on equipment and/or software. ATARI UNITED! has been organized with the intent of searching out these isolated owners on a nationwide scale, with the hope that these users will expand the active userbase. And as a result will promote new business for our loyal developers. ATARI UNITED! seeks to repair the disintegration of communication between users and developers in the Atari market, especially because of the demise of many printed Atari-specific magazines that all too often are an owner's only link to the community. A late night conversation about the dismal state of the Atari market in the US led to a discussion about ways that it could be improved, independent of direct Atari Corporation involvement. Obviously, we concluded that the creation of a nationwide database containing information about users, dealers and developers was the first step in rebuilding the lost lines of communication. This has become the first priority of our fledgling organization. While it is being compiled, other projects are and will be developed, so that our database can be utilized to its full extent when more complete. Atari user groups have always been a valuable means of keeping the Atari community together, and it was obvious that user groups were the best place to begin compiling information. Bob Brodie, Director of Communication for Atari Corporation, and former User Group Coordinator, was contacted, provided an outline of our purpose and plan of action, and asked for a list of user groups that could be used in the effort. He was happy to provide us with the necessary information, and so, the work began. The name ATARI UNITED! was chosen, and again, Bob Brodie was contacted. Permission to use Atari's name was granted, so long as the organization was used to support Atari products and their users. As this was the very foundation of the organization, an informal agreement was quickly reached, and ATARI UNITED! became our official name. It was further determined that AU! should be a not-for-profit organization, similar to the general form that Atari user groups have taken over the years. ATARI UNITED! does not exist to bilk Atari users out of their money. Actually, we'd prefer that their money be invested in hardware and software, so loyal developers can make a living. We intend to make all ATARI UNITED! services and projects as affordable as possible. Registration is free of course, and many of the other benefits we will be able to provide will be free of cost to the user also. ATARI UNITED!'s first project beyond the database is a quarterly DiskMagazine. It will be geared to provide developer news, product reviews, game hints, help columns, and a few surprises. Eventually, program demos might be included, so a taste of what is up and coming can be given as wide an audience as possible. While similar things are now available in the online magazines, it is important to realize that most of the Atari community members are not 'modemized', and that many TOS computer owners have no real link with the rest of the market. So, it is not so much a matter of duplicating what already exists, as a matter of distribution where that kind of information is so desperately needed. Kinda like being modern technological missionaries! The potential for ATARI UNITED! is enormous, for both the developers and the owners of TOS computers. With better channels of communication, developers will be able to sell more products, encouraging them to continue investing in the TOS market. We, as users, will continue to be able to purchase new products, and find support for the old. One particular benefit for user groups will grow as the database of TOS computer owners grows. User groups who register with ATARI UNITED! will have their contact information made available to anyone who inquires about TOS support in their area. User groups will also periodically be given access to information about local users contacted by us. Just as the developer and the user can be connected, so too can user groups and users. It's all a part of strengthening the communication channels throughout the entire market. In addition to communication between groups and owners, we can also help on the individual level. When an owner has a problem with his/her system, or with a piece of software, it is often helpful to contact someone nearby with the knowledge to solve the problem. Even if a user doesn't have a 'problem' per se, the exchange of information and ideas can only benefit the community. Some users are lucky enough to have a local dealer, but for many, 'local' is a term that can mean several hundred miles. All of those in that predicament will be able to locate owners nearby. Just consider us a friendly dating service for your Atari computer! Some of our future projects are not far enough along to be openly discussed, but there are some exciting possibilities out there. It is important that we don't take on too much too quickly, only to find that we can't handle our first priorities. Too often a well-intentioned enterprise fails while trying to do too much all at once. Instead, we want to grow slowly with the aid and support of everyone involved in the Atari community. With this in mind, the number of staff at ATARI UNITED! is being kept very small. We have received many offers from users volunteering to help with our project, and we are encouraged by all the offers. But in these early stages, it is essential that our focus be maintained. Too many people with too many ideas would only serve to dilute our efforts at this point. However, as we grow, we will be adding to our little group, to better serve the Atari community. ATARI UNITED! intends to succeed in its effort to strengthen the Atari community. Time and money have already been expended to that end, and we are fully ready to expend more. But, it'll take the cooperation and support of TOS computer owners all across the US to make ATARI UNITED! the best it can be. To help us help all of you, register now, while you are thinking about it! Together, we will make the Atari community stronger! Gordie Meyer ATARI UNITED! To register: Complete the registration form below, and send to: ATARI UNITED! P.O. Box 691 Mountain View, CA 94042-0691 or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Name (Last, First, MI): _________________________________________ Mailing Address: _________________________________________ _________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________________________________ Computer Model: ___ 520 ST ___ 520 STe ___ TT ___ 1040 ST ___ 1040 STe ___ F030 ___ Mega ST ___ Mega STe Computer Serial Number: (OPTIONAL)________________________________ User Group (if a member):_________________________________________ =======For further information, contact:======= Patti Barbiero Gordie Meyer P.O. Box 691 P.O. Box 1982 Mountain View, CA 94042-0691 or Ames, IA 50010-1982 (415) 903-9787 (515) 232-1627 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org __________________________________________________________________ > MOTIVE II STR FOCUS! What is really going on? """""""""""""""""""" YET ANOTHER DARLAH RT SYSOP SHOWS UP ON CIS! and REOPENS A CAN OF WORMS! The STRT's "PROVOCATEUR CLIQUE" and its "HEAD GAMES" have yet to come to a halt! by R.F. Mariano Normally, an immediate response to the Lou Rocha, (ST Lou and Darlah sysop on GEnie in the STRT), posts in the CIS message area would've occurred. But actually, he didn't post to me! He posted to "all". NOT ONCE BUT TWICE! A little grandstanding eh? Or, more accurately, some very "expert coaching" appears to be taking place here. My, my could this have been a well planned incursion? Further on in this article, please find my reply to Rocha's obvious absurdities. He truly fails to address the real problems which are; a)- the total loss of credibility the IAAD has suffered and the OBVIOUS COVERUP of why they really expelled Lexicor. b)- the unjust manner in which the Lexicor matter appeared to be handled. c)- disclosure of the board members who actually participated in the "ouster vote" of Lexicor. d)- the less than candid attitude exhibited by the IAAD and its current "officers". Instead, he seemingly finds the time to accuse (as usual) STReport of wrong doing etc.. The is exactly "the way it was" in GEnie's STRT for the last three years. I guess since we refuse to offer any type of sacrificial presence there in the GEnie STRT, they (Nathan & Darlah Show Sysops) are eager to go elsewhere and 'pay to agitate.' #: 41851 S14/ST REPORT 11-Aug-93 23:40:42 Sb: #Correction! Fm: Lou Rocha 71351,72 To: ALL With regard to the IAAD issue that Mr. Mariano has editorialized in STR932, it is unfortunate that his latest tirade is based on his own misreading of a message that has been publically available for some time. Mr. Mariano wrote: We checked on the ST$ address D.A. Brumleve wanted Lexicor to send its defenses to... it's a cumulative address for ALL the STRT sysops on Genie including Atari personnel. That's incredible! Should Lexicor be required to send its statement of defense to the charges made by the IAAD to these NON-IAAD members?? ST$ lists out as STRT Sysops! Something is not quite right with all this. In fact, it reeks! >From the official IAAD response uploaded to this message area exactly one month ago (July 12, 1993) by the same D.A. Brumleve, President of the I.A.A.D.: If you wish to respond to the Charge, please reply to PERMIT$ via GEMail. You will be informed of the outcome of the Board's investigation when it has been completed. For those who may be interested in knowing, PERMIT$ is the group mail address for the I.A.A.D. board members. I checked that with D.A.Brumleve tonight to be sure. If Mr. Mariano thinks that something reeks, perhaps he should look elsewhere for the cause. In the meantime, I certainly hope this correction will be properly addressed in the next issue with the appropriate apology to the I.A.A.D. and D.A. Brumleve. Lou Rocha, Concerned Reader. #: 41858 S14/ST REPORT 12-Aug-93 04:11:04 Sb: #41851-Correction! Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763 To: Lou Rocha 71351,72 For the record: Lexicor was never instructed to use any special address, I responded to the IAAD pres, in private and mr. Cole18 who is the proper corporate person also responded with a request for specific information in order to make a response. At no time did lexicor ever receive any thing remotely resembling a specific and detailed or understandable charge, In fact as already stated the whole process was conducted in secret, for obvious reasons. it would not have made any difference what we did in fact, the whole process was and is a gross violation of the very foundation on which the USA was founded. No amount of monday morning quarterbacking by IAAD or others wishing to attack Lexicor will change the fact that what was done was wrong from beginning to end. it all started with lexicor offering competitive graphics cards, and ended with one flag now removed and suggestions that the offering of proofs that there was a problem, some how being twisted into a terrible crime of some sort. I have yet to see any one support secret accusations, secret proofs, secret accusers etc...as reasonable and fair? I have yet to see any claim that any valid pass word was ever published, nor have I see any proofs that one or more of the supposed judges were not Lexicor competitors.....you know; "like having the judge at your trial being the father of your alleged victim....." Just a few comments. Lee@Lexicor #: 41865 S14/ST REPORT 12-Aug-93 08:37:09 Sb: Correction! Fm: Lou Rocha 71351,72 To: ALL Good morning Lee. I certainly do not intend to rekindle the issue, nor to debate it with you. I don't have any more information than what I read in public and from that source it was evident that Mr. Mariano's latest editorial was based on one grossly incorrect statement. What you are saying suggests that he is even more incorrect. It is only my intention to see that _his_ error is corrected. On the rest of your message, please understand that I am not in a position (nor is it my intent) to discuss Lexicor's affairs. I have not done so on either service in the past and will definitely continue in the same manner. Sincerely, Lou #: 41872 S14/ST REPORT 12-Aug-93 14:49:29 Sb: #41851-Correction! Fm: LLOYD PULLEY 72637,745 To: Lou Rocha 71351,72 Lou, It's always good to see so many current and ex GEnie sysops over here. I hope you show up more often. Now for your post #41851 - first a minor, but important point. Don't you believe in copyright laws? Or don't they apply to Canadians. I believe STReport gives permission to reprint articles to anyone as long as they also include the name of publication, issue number, date and author's name. I didn't see the date or name of publication in your post. >>With regard to the IAAD issue that Mr. Mariano has editorialized in >>STR932, Also, STReport says that if you want to edit what you reproduce from its issue, you have to get permission. Did you get permission to post only PART of Ralph's editorial? Printing part of a total is called editing. If I was Ralph, I'd ask the sysops to have your post deleted because of your copyright infringement - but I'm sure that would lead to another Genie sysop claiming 'censorship on CIS', so it isn't worth it. Now for your complaint. If you're right, then STReport should correct the minor error in its next issue. STReport should let its many readers know that the same group that held a 'McCarthy type trial' on Lexicor wants Lee to send his response (if he chooses to issue one) to the same board members who conducted the original witchhunt and kangaroo court. That way they can have another secret meeting and give an 'unbiased' (gag) report on Lee's response. Side issue - Lee's nicer than I am. I'd tell the IAAD and their 'secret' tribunal where they could put their group and trial - and it'd be in a place that would make sitting down very difficult. This isn't the first witchhunt that the IAAD has held. I remember them accusing several INNOCENT developers of leaking 'confidential' information to STReport. And the amusing thing is that they never once got the right one(s). One of our leaks is still a member in good standing with the IAAD. But the IAAD has never let facts and justice stand in their way before, so why should they start now? I find it humorous that the IAAD still thinks it still has some power and standing in the Atari community. Most users could care less if a developer is part of the IAAD and the developer community has shrunk so much, that the few remaining developers gain very little information from belonging to the IAAD (according to several developers I've talked to). IMO, this is a classic example of the lake shrinking to a pond, then the pond shrinking to a mud puddle - and the few remaining big fish are forced to attack each other to survive (at least until they can get established in the PC market - I believe that Calamus is being ported to the PC isn't it?). Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. In reply to Rocha & friends.. Permit$ ..... Now let's see... it also includes those employees of Atari who are sysops on GEnie too or, at least it used to. Perhaps there's been more changes to "fit the need". Oh! Is Lou Rocha not also a sysop on GEnie in the Darlah RT? eh... Mr. Lou Rocha or, is that ST-Lou????? Is he really concerned?? If yes, that's good. In fact, its unbelievably good! Unfortunately, his "concerns" take on the appearance of being either misguided or misappropriated. Unlike other countries, here in the USA people are regarded INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. The IAAD had Lexicor already guilty and then ...subsequently demanded, in what appeared to be the ultimate expression of insidiousness, that Lexicor prove themselves innocent! If Lou Rocha is really concerned? Shouldn't he, like many of the users watching this matter slowly unfold, be concerned that Lexicor was afforded every legal right allowed by the laws of the country under whose jurisdiction both the IAAD and Lexicor fall? As for REEKS.... sorry, those comments and opinions stand pat. In fact, had Rocha not had something "cynical" to say, there possibly would have been no need for this article. Something does indeed REEK and its the manner in which the IAAD conducted itself in the Lexicor matter. Actually, as a result, of Rocha's activities he's re-opened the whole can of worms. The "reek factor" is now to a point where it becomes necessary to explain why the term "reek" was employed. Its because far too many of our confidential sources throughout the platform have clearly stated "there is much, much more to this IAAD/Lexicor matter than is being told." It might be added, after asking questions "around the platform", it becomes rather obvious that something serious is "not quite right". Additionally, has anyone noticed the "more than obvious" silence coming from Sunnyvale relative to this IAAD/Lexicor matter? Normally, the "good director" would have _plenty_ to say about most everything. Particularly controversial matters and especially those involving Nathan/Darlah/IAAD/Lexicor/STReport. Further, it is now becoming quite evident that certain "other possibly financially debilitating events" could be adversely effected by the IAAD's actions and/or unknown reasons for the Lexicor expulsion. The IAAD/Lexicor affair most certainly does REEK & STINK of coverup! The way Lexicor was apparently "done" is an utter and total disgrace. The charges revealed to the public in no way shape or form approach the severity of the punishment dealt out by the IAAD. But then.. if the IAAD had something REAL to hang its "hat" on perhaps they couldn't reveal the entire matter for fear they'd place Atari's defense, in a court case brought against Atari by William Yerger, in jeopardy. After all, Lexicor's Seiler is testifying on Atari's behalf in that proceeding. Naturally, if the IAAD were to accurately reveal their true reasons for taking action against Lexicor it would not sit well with Atari. Could this be the reason for Atari's silence about this festering sore? Could it be Atari has a great deal more at stake here than just a court case? Yes folks, the plot thickens... It would be a crying out loud shame if the IAAD's actions eliminated Lexicor's Seiler as a credible witness for Atari and it cost Atari the Yerger court case. Its incumbent upon the IAAD to furnish the REAL reasons for their expulsion of Lexicor and stop playing games with the truth. Must slimeball politics come into play in everything that goes on in this platform? Its apparent by these events that the IAAD is the real and serious loser in this matter. If Rocha feels he must defend his friends, for whatever reason, that's his right and privilege. However, it must be pointed out that they too are able to come to CIS and post. Their obvious silence is deafening. How very typical his behavior is. I might add, it was totally expected of him to come to CIS attempting to represent himself as a "plain old faithful" reader of STReport. When in fact, HE is one of the leading critics of STReport in Darlah's GEnie STRT and the most vociferous debater who continually attacked Lloyd at every opportunity. However slight. Rocha claims to have pointed out an error in our last editorial. That was a purposeful omission designed to bring out truth. Now, we find Rocha trying to slur STReport even further by stating in his second post to "ALL"; we are "even more incorrect" by what Lee Seiler is saying. Unfortunately, Rocha is apparently "confused" again. Seiler said to us "although the IAAD statement said they (the IAAD) had advised Lexicor to send their defensive statements to PERMIT$, (forcing Lexicor to use GEnie), they (Lexicor - Seiler & Cole) were never told to do so." But then Rocha shines the shine of the "provocateur clique" .. ie.. if we can blame STReport, "let's do it" type mentality. The old, kill the messenger thing again. Let's see, since the IAAD itself wouldn't dare to or simply avoided responding to the outcry of injustice, railroad, kangaroo court etc.. Apparently, in fear of the truth becoming known. Other methods were put into play to obtain a viable response from them. Therefore I purposely put the ST$ error in my editorial to hopefully disentangle a truthful response from the IAAD itself. How dare I expect something as fair and just from the current officers of the IAAD. Look who appears; LOU ROCHA, GEnie STRT Sysop!! Maybe, just maybe his conscience will remind him to tell the WHOLE TRUTH. WHO actually receives the mail sent to the Permit$ address?? NAME names please. The IAAD demanded Lexicor send its defense statements to PERMIT$. While Rocha is possibly in a sincere truthfulness mode, will he also name the board members of the IAAD who actually VOTED on expelling Lexicor?? The rumor is ..only three board members actually participated in this "vote". The rumor indicates it was Dot, Nathan and Jim. IF ...Mr. Rocha, is sincere and wishes to actually "clear the air" then let's see if he'll put the whole IAAD/Lexicor affair in the sunshine and allow the users/readers to decide if the manner in which Lexicor was "done" was fair and just or, should be reversed with great haste. Incidently, when Lexicor was asked if they'd accept re-instatement, Lexicor clearly stated they'd decline on the advise of counsel. They said their lawyers has advised them that being a member of such a group would make them, as a member, jointly and individually liable for any and every decision made by it's board of directors. As such, Lexicor will not consider re-instatement to be in its best interests. Rocha shows up on CIS accusing and carrying on and amazingly, he appears right on the heels of the Craig Thom affair. Thom, another of the GEnie Darlah/Atari RT sysops was very busy trying to agitate and annoy anyone who would jump to the occasion by making all kinds of wild and unfounded accusations against CIS. Of course, nobody made mention of the fact that dear old Craig and STReport go a long way back and have never seen eye to eye. Nor has anybody made mention of the hullabaloo raised in the Lexicor areas by Thom where he carried on about Lexicor's business practices until he was told to cease by a higher authority. In reality, if GEnie's STRT is where the action is.. they can have it! They seemingly THRIVE on grief, backstabbing, baiting and hate filled debate. Especially those Atari RT sysops who go to other services trying to create the same, tension filled atmosphere as found in the GEnie Atari RT. Will they ever learn? I doubt it. Is Rocha a member of the IAAD? NO! Does he represent them? NO! Is this perhaps something to pay attention to? NOT REALLY! Is there something unseen in the proverbial woodpile? VERY POSSIBLE! Nah..... there is no scheme here, no ulterior motivation, no setup at all. Rocha is merely a concerned reader........ YEAH... Right! NOT! Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine ps; it STILL REEKS!! Only worse now... Thanks Lou.. for re-opening the whole thing ..<sigh> ___________________________________________________________ > OPENDOC! STR InfoFile Open Technology Will Simplify Sharing of Documents """"""""""""""""""""" WORDPERFECT CORPORATION AND NOVELL ANNOUNCE PLANS TO DELIVER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF APPLE'S OPENDOC TECHNOLOGY ON WINDOWS Open Technology Will Simplify the Sharing of Complex Documents in Multivendor Environments WordPerfect Corporation and Novell Inc. announced plans to deliver the implementation of Apple Computer Inc.'s OpenDoc technology for the Microsoft Windows platform in the second calendar quarter of 1994. OpenDoc, the technology that Apple recently discussed at its Worldwide Developers Conference, is an open software architecture that lets users create compound documents---documents that include information and media from many different applications. It lets developers write applications that can handle different kinds of information, yet are simpler to create and use. OpenDoc will interoperate with similar systems, such as Microsoft's OLE 2.0. With OpenDoc, a text paragraph becomes a software component that is usable wherever text is needed. Users can combine components from a range of applications into custom solutions. OpenDoc source code will be available to vendors who want to implement the architecture in their applications. OpenDoc provides WordPerfect Corporation and Novell Inc. with a controlling voice in the direction of this multi-platform document architecture for Windows. This technology provides "live" documents, which means the integration across multiple platforms is seamless and the services provided are unlimited. "We have always been committed to developing cross-platform applications for our customers, and we have always had the need to develop our software so that it can operate effectively under multiple system architectures," said Alan Ashton, president of WordPerfect Corporation. "We applaud Apple's efforts to provide in OpenDoc an open architecture that supports compound documents and collaboration across platforms, and we look forward to working with Novell to develop the Windows implementation." John Edwards, executive vice president of Novell's Desktop Systems Group said OpenDoc addresses many of the problems Novell customers have experienced in working with compound documents. "This new architecture will enable developers to provide end users with more powerful document creation and manipulation capabilities." Edwards continued, "We have committed to supporting OpenDoc in future Novell products, and it is a key building block in our AppWare development strategy." The AppWare blueprint, announced yesterday at PC Expo, is Novell's comprehensive, multi-layer, cross-platform development platform." "This announcement by WordPerfect and Novell represents a significant step forward in providing unparalleled flexibility and ease of use on the Windows platform," said David Nagel, senior vice president and general manager of the Macintosh Software Architecture Division and Advance Technology Group at Apple Computer. "OpenDoc technology will bring integration and interoperability to customers and developers on multiple platforms, ensuring a rich and streamlined computing environment." Most applications include text-editing capabilities. With OpenDoc, users can work in a more unified environment by taking their preferred text editor and using those editing tools to work with any type of data. This method of editing any type of content within a single document provides users with upgrade options to other text editors that meet their specific needs. Users can add and edit any kind of media in a document with nothing more complex than cut-and-paste or drag-and-drop actions. OpenDoc will allow developers to break existing applications into independent components that can be combined in a variety of ways. OpenDoc will provide faster development since components can be assembled into plug-and-play bundles focused on specific markets. Software developers can upgrade products more quickly by revising individual components rather than rewriting an entire application. "Borland endorses this new technology as another means of bringing power, flexibility and ease of use to our customers," said Phillippe Kahn, Founder and CEO of Borland. "Our focus on object technology is a natural fit for OpenDoc plug-and-play solutions. We're pleased to see new models of desktop computing emerging that will reduce the complexity of computing and bring new levels of power to PC users and grow the market." Developers for the Apple Macintosh and Windows platforms can begin coding for OpenDoc later this year. Implementation of OpenDoc on additional platforms is expected shortly after the Windows and Macintosh release. _____________________________________________ > INSIDE SPA! STR InfoFile All About SPA and what it offers """""""""""""""""""""""" WHAT IS THE SOFTWARE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION? ============================================ The Software Publishers Association (SPA) is the principal trade association of the microcomputer software industry. Founded in 1984 by 25 firms, the SPA now has more than 900 members, which include the major business, consumer and education software companies and smaller firms with annual revenues of less than $1 million. 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The price was not a true representation of the company according to Sam Tramiel. It was so cheap that on May 17, 1993 when the stock was trading at 94 cents on NASDAQ, Sam and Leonard both bought four million shares of the Atari stock from their father, Jack Tramiel. On May 28, 1993, the same day the announcement of the cancellation of the stock split was made, the stock rose to 2.50. Also on the same day, the announcement of the Jaguar deal was made. Within three days the stock had jumped to 4 3/8. Was it just a coincidence that both announcements came shortly after the stock xfer?? Do you? - Las Vegas, NV WHY ARE CERTAIN DEVELOPERS UPSET ABOUT FALCON VIDEO? ------------- Amidst claims of defective, missing a vital part and simply general disgust, a number of long time developers are making their thoughts known about the Falcon's Video output. Its seems, according to one dev, that all it will take to fix is the inclusion of an inexpensive part. Yet it is not being done and the remark that "we are not in the business of fixing things for third party developers" is the alleged answer from the company. Seems the overlay bitmask in the interlaced mode is like shooting dice. You have a 50/50 chance of the screen coming up scrambled! Another dev who also asked to remain un-named said it all when he said "So where is all this NEW software they were harping about? The Falcon is not selling well at all." """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" :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). Wait for the U#= prompt. Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN. 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