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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: Atari SIG: 28-Oct-90 #103 Date: Wed May 25 12:46:21 1994 - / \ / \ / \ / \ ___________/ \__________ \ / \ October 28,1990 Vol.I No.3 / \ / ______________________________________________|______________ /________________ __________-_____________/ /___|_|_|_________ CLEVELAND FREE-NET _________| |___________/ /____|_|_|_________ ________| |_________/ /____/__|__\________ ATARI SIG ________| |________/ /____/___|___\_______ ______| | | |_____/ /____________________________________________________________/ / / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ -___________________________________________________________- // ______ _______ \\ // / \ / \ \\ () /________\ ON-LINE NEWSLETTER /_________\ () /|| | ______ | | _______ | ||\ //_________||ATARI ||_________________________|| ATARI ||____________\\ -\|| || ST || || XE || ||/- \| ||______|| Supporting the ||_______|| |/ |\ /|________|\ /|_________| _/| ||\_ /____________\ Atari XE, XL, 800 | / || || \__| /|\ ___ | | |\___/| / || || _|____________| ST(e), Mega ST(e) | ___________ ____ || || | \| ///////// | | __ | || || \ ____________ _ TT, Stacy, Portfolio |___________| | __ | || || ///////// | \ |____//// | _| LLLLLLLL LLL| _ & Lynx systems |LLLLLLLLLLL| | __ | |LLLLLLLL LLL||'| |LLLLLLLLLLL| |____| |_[____]_____| - |__[_____]__| \_-/ (aka C.A.I.N. - Cleveland Atari Information Network) __________________________________________________________________________ 216/368-3888 | 300/1200/2400 bps | type 'Go Atari' at any menu __________________________________________________________________________ Atari SIG, P.O. Box 21815, Cleveland, Ohio, 44121 ___________________________________________________________________ Contents Words from the Editor...........................Len Stys What is going on at the Atari SIG...............Mark Leair How to access the Atari Usenet boards...........Doug Wokoun What was in the letter to Elie Kenan............Len Stys Reprint of Z*Net Atari (only) related news bits for the last two months............... ______________________________________________________________________ Accessing Free-Net by Internet- IP address: "freenet-in-a.cwru.edu". ____________________________________________________________________ Sending Atari SIG e-mail from Compuserve or other systems through Internet: >INTERNET: firstname.lastname@example.org __________________________________________________________________________ Sending Atari SIG e-mail from BITNET systems usually found in colleges: xx004%cleveland.freenet.edu@cunyvm ______________________________________ Words from the Editor Two more months have gone by and there has been MAJOR chaos going on everywhere. The biggest news is the departure of Elie Kenan, Atari's new leader has just become old news. Everyone seemed to have hope for Atari because of him, including myself. About four months ago, I sent Mr. Kenan a package to encourage him to think about relocating to Cleveland. It was my duty as a Cleveland Atarian and it seemed to me as a major contender. I also included in this package information on what you and I both wanted to see improved at Atari. In response, Bob Brodie sent me a letter stating that Elie Kenan was impressed by the proposal and that Cleveland was being considered. I also believe in response to my letter was the major improvements in Atari that we had requested. It seems too coincidental that everything mentioned in the letter is being worked on or has already been accomplished by Atari. When Mr. Kenan was asked how he is going about to reconstruct Atari, he had said he listens to what their customers want or what they would like to see. It is a shame that he is supposely no longer with Atari U.S. especially because I see almost everything that we requested, fullfilled. He seemed like someone who didn't do what he wanted but what WE wanted and that is what makes a great company- after all, who buys their products anyways?? So what did I write in this letter to him? You are about to FINALLY find out... it is being reprinted in this newsletter. Is Atari still going strong however? It seems so. The Fall COMDEX is coming up and everywhere you go, you hear the same thing, THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL. It has been rumored that Atari will come back to the U.S. market place like no other computer company has ever come back before starting at this show. In an attempt to bring Atari users together, the Atari SIGOps had agreed to let the Atari SIG become a link between the four user groups in the Cleveland area. We were willing to open a new section on the Atari SIG specifically for the Atari user groups of Cleveland. What we had hoped to accomplish was: 1) User groups to increase communication between other user groups. 2) Provide each user group a bulletin board for the user group members. 3) Have a representative from each user group provide monthly information on the date and time of the next meeting and what the group has planned for their next meeting. 4) Increase user group population. 5) Give other user groups ideas on what to plan for their next meeting. 6) Allow anyone to read from these boards and encourage them to check out the user group. 7) Possibly get users together from all user groups to have a national Atari show here. 8) Recognition by everyone for existing- including potential future Atari users. I had sent a proposal to all four user groups about three weeks ago. I have not heard anything from the user group Presidents but one proposal had returned to me due to an incorrect address given to me by one of the user groups. I also heard a response from B&G stating that they would like for me to take back what I said about Atari Dealers in the first newsletter and then they will consider STance having a bulletin board with other user groups. I won't take back what I had said but I will explain myself later in this editorial. If you are a member of a user group here in Cleveland and would like to see a bulletin board for your user group, I would recommend contacting your user group President. However, three weeks is still a short time and your user group may be just trying to get everything together. I would like to take this time to clear up some confusion that has been brought up by Joe Adato from B&G Electronics. Joe had commented that in the first newsletter, I had wrote in an article a statement that claimed almost half of the Atari Dealers throughout the U.S. over charge their customers. Joe says that B&G Electronics, an Atari Dealer here in Cleveland feels strongly against this and that what I had stated was a common misconception. He said that when you own a store front, you have to pay for having a store front, this includes paying electricity, gas, phone bills, employees, and taxes. The dealership then provides for users what mail-order cannot such as look at before you buy, help, and many other things in exchange that you pay for the store front bills. It is a fair exchange and I have no argument with this. However, I was looking at the little "extras" involved that are commonly overlooked by everyone- including Atari Dealers. For example, a dealer may have a BBS and they think is a nice thing to have for their customers, so they add the cost of the BBS on to the products that you buy from them. Another example might be for a dealer to have enough hired help so that when you walk into the store, you do not have to wait for the salesman to get done with another customer. They then add on the cost of having that employee there for you (so you don't have to wait) on to the product that you are going to buy. The list can go on and on according to what your dealer thinks YOU want them to provide "extra" for you. Soon, your dealer is charging you for everything they think you want and you have no other choice but to pay for these "extras" because they are an Atari monopoly in town. My article's main point was to show how the Atari Advantage package could benefit us. I believed that it could increase dealership and with increased dealership- the price of products will be lowered due to competition. You would be able to choose what "extras" your Atari Dealer should or should not provide. If your Atari Dealer has extra employees so you don't have to wait, you can say to yourself, "I don't like to wait and my time is valuable so I'll pay the extra $5 for that employee to help me as soon as I walk in." But if you would be willing to wait instead of paying the extra $5 then you can go to another Atari Dealer who doesn't have as many employees and charges $5 less for that disk drive. The more people going to the Atari Dealer who provides or doesn't provide the "extra" will tell both Atari Dealers what YOU want. But as long as there are very few Atari Dealers, they decide what "extras" you want. The point wasn't to attack your Atari Dealer. It was to state that more Atari Dealers will benefit you, the consumer. Competition will not only let you choose what "extras" you like but it will also make sure that you aren't being taken advantage of. I had phoned several dealers across the U.S. and price compared. Some dealers were charging a certain price while others were charging as much as 25% more- this is what caused me to make the statement that almost half the Atari Dealers over charge. Even though I explained how a dealer may over charge, I don't believe I had to. As for more news with the Atari SIG, since we are considering adding new sections on the Atari SIG, you are encouraged to tell us WHAT YOU WANT on the Atari SIG. Just write to the Atari SIG account (xx004) and state what you would like to see on the Atari SIG and if you can help maintain it. If it is pretty sensible and seems like a good idea, you may be seeing it in the Atari SIG in the future. This newsletter will be lacking articles about different topics and different authors but it will give you the latest Atari news during the last two months. The reason for the lack of authors is the lack of time. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ What is going on with the Atari SIG By: Mark Leair The user base of the Atari S.I.G. is rapidly growing! In the coming weeks be prepared to see users of the S.I.G. jump in numbers! Why recent increase in users? Well, there are many reasons, but some key events initiated this. When Freenet version 2 was implemented it gave access for people all over the world. Freenet is tied into the Internet Networking system that allows anyone anywhere in the world who has access to a networking machine to call any other networking machine anywhere in the world. There are a large number of Atari enthusiasts all over the world that are present on the Internet. A greatdeal o them meet on a Usen newsgroup (bulletin board) known as com.sys.atari. Recently, some of the sysops were able to posts some messages on this board to attract users to The Atari S.I.G. and freenet. The response has been great! The majority of the users with "al" id's on the Atari S.I.G. are network users calling out of state! Other sources include various users groups. Once again we're attempting to attract some of the most avid Atari users here in Cleveland to our service. So far we've had some great response. Last month's STance users group was a great success. Special thanks goes to Jim Haynes who put on a very informative presentation of the Cleveland Freenet and the Atari S.I.G. He showed the enthusiastic Atarians the many features of Freenet's largest computer S.I.G. including the Conference system. Last but not least, one of the biggest features that has attracted the most people is the conference capability. The Atari S.I.G. has been meeting on channel 1040 every sunday at 8pm EDT since the second week the multi-chat was implemented on Freenet. This makes the Atari Conference one of the longest running computer conferences! Thanks goes out to each and everyone who has met on these conferences! Let's keep up the great work! Mark Leair ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Usenet Atari boards now available to read on Free-Net! How to access the Usenet Atari boards by Doug Wokoun Type 'Go Teleport' and select option 4, Usenet groups. Wait for the system to process and give you a menu of major headings available. Type "Go comp.sys.atari" and the system will give an error message, but will still take you to the Atari boards. Select whichever one you want to use and you will be in the bulletin board server, able to read messages from that usenet group, but not post. There is a way to post however: Taken from: -Newsgroups: freenet.sysops.letters -From: ad094@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Alex Lai) -Subject: How to post to Usenet from your community account -Date: Fri, 26 Oct 90 20:06:47 GMT "Yeah!!!! We finally got Usenet! :) The number and topic of Usenet available to us are quite limited and VERY "PG-13", but it's better than nothing. Currently, we can only read Usenet, but can't post to it. However, there's a way around this. Say you read something in alt.tv.simpsons and you desperately want to respond. What do you do? you send email to: email@example.com ^ ^ replace "." with "-" This will work with any newsgroup. Just substitute the "." with "-". and "@ucbvax.berkeley.edu" at the end. For example, if you want to post to alt.tv.simpsons you would send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org REMEMBER: Once you post to Usenet, there is NO WAY to delete the message. As soon as it's sent, it gets posted automatically to just about every Usenet site around the world. Use common sense w/ this. Also, your message won't appear right away. It takes a little time. You might want to have a list of usenet newsgroup addresses in your alias file. This will make it easier for you to post to your favorite Usenet newsgroups. Note: This information is provided by me, Why? Because I'm such a nice guy :) INS and CWRU do not endorse nor discourage the use of this mechanism." That's it! Doug Wokoun - (aa384) - - - - - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THE LETTER TO ELIE KENAN... What did it say??? (The following passage has been talken from a good sized letter to Elie Kenan that was sent about four months ago.) The last thing I have to say pertains to Atari's future. As you know, Atari has been criticized by everyone including Atari users themselves. The last bit of hope everyone has for Atari remains in you. If you do not succeed in reconstructing the company soon, there will be no Atari users left, no Atari publications left, and no user group support left in the United States. As of now, the Atari user size in Cleveland is dwindling to an all time low. Atari has to prove to people and to themselves that they can make an incredible product that can keep up with the future. How do you need to help reconstruct the company? The first thing that needs to be taken care of is the Atari TT. The Atari TT is Atari's future. If Atari doesn't make this computer better than the Commodore Amiga, they can forget about competing in this computer market. The Amiga is already on dealers' shelves and they are being sold. The TT is not. IBMs and Apple Macintoshs are both very well known as BUSINESS computers in the U.S. Atari is not. This means that in order for people to want to take a chance and go with Atari, they have to be influenced by a very powerful computer at a reasonable price and it has to be a lot better than the Amiga, IBM, and Macintosh. I think you know this but I just want to make sure you don't forget it. The next thing that seemed like a very good idea but was rumored for about a year now was the Power Pack now called the Atari Advantage. The Atari Advantage package was to consist of the Atari 520STfm and a lot of software. The reason it seemed like a very good idea to me was because it would attract the Nintendo kiddies who are getting tired of video games and believe me- there are many. The only two things that worried me about this package was the fact that it would consist of the 520STfm not the 520STe. The STe is the latest in Atari technology. Atari shouldn't be playing with producing old technology when they have new technology sitting on their lap. Can you imagine what would happen if Atari released the Atari 520STfm in the Advantage package and Commodore decided to release a package of their own consisting of the Amiga 500? The Atari Advantage package would be dead and the reason for this is that the Amiga 500 has better graphics and sound. If Atari would release the 520STe in this package instead, I don't believe you would have to worry about Commodore trying to steal any of the home computer market away from you. With 6 joystick ports, stereo sound, 4,096 colors, fantastic graphics and MIDI, the Atari Advantage package would have no other choice but to be a hit. The next fact that worried me was that the Advantage package would include ONLY games. Parents will not think twice about getting the Advantage package for their kids if their is productivity software included. Productivity software such as a word processor, a database, and a spreadsheet will convince parents that it will not only be used for games but school as well. With productivity software, you may also get adults to buy it who are afraid of the complicated IBM and Macintosh. I believe if there is a home computer market boom again and Atari does sell the STe with productivity and game software, it will be very successful. What about dealers? They shouldn't get hurt by the package because of several reasons. The stores carrying this package probably won't carry all the extras such as hard drives, monochrome monitors, and modems. People will have to go to Atari dealers to get these things. Dealers will also have the Mega, Stacy, TT, and Portfolio to sell. The third thing that needs to be taken care of is a new Atari Explorer magazine. I have just read that Atari doesn't plan on releasing a new Explorer magazine as they promised when the publication was terminated. I have no idea how Atari plans on making their computers a success here in the U.S. without it. If I was a prospective computer buyer and saw over five Amiga publications and one Atari publication - STart, I wuld go with Amiga. You must get the Explorer magazine back in publication for the new Atari Advantage owners and for the new 1040 STe owners. You have to rebuild the Atari kingdom in the U.S. and I don't think you can do it without the magazine. The fourth thing that people are waiting for is a Mega STe. The Mega STe computers could be sold by Atari dealers in the U.S. as professional compter systems. The systems look professional and dealers will need something more powerful to sell if you do decide on including the STe with the Advantage package. What would you call this new Mega system that is enhanced to have similar features of that of the STe? Call it the Atari "Mega Plus" or the "Mega +". You may even want to consider altering the Mega Plus(+) to make it better than the STe that is already out. This computer could be sold for a price between the STe and the TT. The Atari Stacy Portable should also be altered to be STe compatible. One of the best features of the new STe is that it has a stereo port on the back for musicians. I am not sure if the Stacy has this feature but it should. The Stacy might also one day be shipped with a color LCD screen. When that day arrives, you as might as well be prepared and have it so that it can take advantage of the 4,096 colors. There was also a rumored ST Portfolio. If Atari does release an ST Portfolio, please make sure that it has a full size screen and not the 8x40 screen of the Portfolio now out- that is probably its major fault. I think I mentioned all the major problems I and Atari users from across the U.S. see in Atari. The minor problems that may change to major problems are of the following: TOS 1.6 problem- Atari should ship new TOS 1.62 to new STe onwers at no charge. The Lynx- a great portable game system but only in ONE toy store- Toys'R'Us. I hope Atari can get them in more stores by Christmas. Stacy hard drive problems? Fixed? Atari Dealer support- shipments late with poor relations. The press release of products way before it is ready for production. The Atari employee revolving door. It seems as if anytime there is a new important employee at Atari, he is gone within the year. If he or she wasn't good to begin with then he or she should never have been hired. *** Please note that other information was included along with this but was mentioned throughout the entire letter in different places. The Cleveland Lynx-Up was one of them and what we were trying to accomplish at the Atari SIG Mini-Expo. *** ELIE KENAN'S CHECK LIST! / \/ Make TT better than the Amiga 3000 and the best it can be. << the TT is upgraded from 16 to 32mhtz.>> / \/ Get the Atari Advantage package out. << news is- it will be released at Fall COMDEX >> / \/ Get a new Atari Explorer magazine back. << TCP BBS has just informed everyone that the Explorer magazine is indeed coming back. >> / \/ Get a Mega STe out and make it better than the regular STe << Word is the Mega STe has been created and is ready for production with a new desktop to make it look even more professional. >> / \/ Have Stacy with stereo ports << If they didn't have them before, they sure do now. >> __ | | |__| Atari should ship new TOS 1.62 to present STe owners. << No word yet >> / \/ Get the Lynx in more toy stores << A few weeks later, the Lynx appears in all major toy stores in Cleveland. >> / \/ Stacy hard drive problems fixed? << Stacys do not presently have any more problems with their hard drive. >> / \/ Better Atari Dealership shipments and support << B&G Electronics has informed me that their shipments are coming in strong and they are overall having better support. >> / \/ The correction of press release of products way before prodution. << I have heard little about the TT, Mega STe, and Advantage package besides inside rumors. No official statments as like the past. >> / \/ Cleveland Atari Lynx-Up << It may have given Mr. Kenan an idea for the Lynx-Up at their last major show in California. >> ||| / | \ The Atari employee revolving door << OOOOooops!!!! I guess that didn't work out too well, now did it? >> I recently sent a letter to Jack Tramiel of Atari (a little over a week ago). The letter I sent him expressed anger that he would let the company go downhill so far as to let Atari's stock hit under $2. In this letter, I told him similar things to what I had told Elie Kenan- I guess you could say, I told him how we wanted Atari ran... I believe it may get through, I tried a pretty good way. JACK TRAMIEL'S CHECK LIST! __ | | |__| The TT- to make it so affordable that it shocks the entire industry. << I claimed to him that Atari was producing fair technology at a fair price instead of power without the price much like why he said he left Commodore in the first place- to get away from sitting around a table to find out how much money they can make. >> __ | | |__| A recession- take advantage of it. << This might be a chance for Atari to get into the business market by supplying low-cost powerful computers with a low-price. >> __ | | |__| Advertise Atari' computers << Advertise but stress Atari's major strength- power without the cost in a time of economic uncertainty. >> __ | | |__| Contact a local Atari Dealer here in town << The chance of the TTs being used by a major hi-tech organization. >> __ | | |__| Make sure the Atari Advantage package has been market researched on the chance of succeeding and if it does, release it << Atari has a chance on controlling the home computer market IF they market the 520STe in the appropriate way. >> __ | | |__| Market: STe as home computer Mega STe as profesional computer TT as business and university computer __ | | |__| Make sure hardware for the Atari Advantage package can only be obtained at Atari Dealers to insure dealer growth across the nation. __ | | |__| Release the Atari CD-ROM player nationally << It could be used to really get the TT into the business market and if the Atari Advantage package takes off, perhaps CD-ROM games will be created for it. >> / \/ Get Atari Explorer magazine back into publication << As with Elie Kenan, I told Jack to work on getting the Explorer magazine back as well. >> __ | | |__| Make sure televised commercials are being produced to advertise the Lynx for Christmas season plus make sure a fantastic multi-player football game is released. << A football game would be perfect. Everyone I know owns a football game for every game system they have. It may really sell especially in football season. >> Again, do I have a right to tell Atari how we want Atari ran? Or even how I personally would like to see it ran? Yes, when I have an investment in the company, I do have a right- we all have a few hundred invested and if its not in stock, it's in our Atari computer and hardware. *************************** * ____ __ ___ * * / \ / |\ | | | * * TWO MONTHS OF IMPORTANT * * / ATARI NEWS|- | * * /___ / \ | | |__ | * * * *************************** ZNET August 31,1990 #535 => GLENDALE SHOW SETS UP SURPRISES September 15 & 16 will bring the largest collection of Atari exhibitors ever to Glendale, California. The vendor list is firming up, and next week we will have a new all-confirmed compilation of those who are coming. The Southern California Atari Computer Faire, Version 4.0b, is being managed by John King Tarpinian, who can be reached for last minute bookings or other information at (818) 246- 7286. Atari has let it be known that they have some very special things planned for this show, and even Elie Kenan, new General Manager at Atari, has taken part in coordinating the advertising for the show in major papers and on radio. Bob Brodie and many other Atari employees will be attending. A first for any show will be a LYNX-LINK PLAYOFF, similar in concept to the Midi-Maze competitions that have been popular at many events. Prizes for those competing in the continuous multi-player LYNX games will include , of course, Lynx game units and lots of game carts. Late word says that Portfolio developer Xetoerix will display a remarkable 20 meg hard drive for the palm size Portfolio computer. New seminars being planned include a hands-on HOTZ MIDI TRANSLATOR session and a pair of PORTFOLIO "classes". Look for more detail next week in Z*Net. => ATARI STE FIXED Sources close to Atari have let it known that the hard drive operation problem in the Atari STe computers has been eradicated completely in the new production machines now leaving Sunnyvale. Since no official statement has as yet been made by Atari regarding the resolution of the nasty DMA problem, Z*NET has asked Bob Brodie to investigate and make an official respons to our inquiry about it. We hope to have the last word on this and on the handling of exisiting machines by next week. => ST-WORLD SENT THE FRAUDULENT FAX A joint statement is expected shortly from Atari Corp and former ST- World Magazine owner Richard Tsukiji, explaining that investigation of the "Bob Brodie FAX" incident has determined that the fax was in fact sent from the ST-World offices, but from persons unknown. The FAX in question falsely purported to be from Atari Manager of User Group Services, Bob Brodie, and urged a boycott of World of Atari shows. ST-World Magazine offices were closed and Tsukiji was allegedly out of the state on July 2, 1990, when the FAX was sent. Tsukiji is said to suspect that disgruntled former ST-World employees sent the damaging FAX. Tsukiji transferred ownership of the magazine to several employees for the sum of $1.00, bypassing other employees and editors who had expected to take over the ST publication. => ENVIROMENTAL ATARI Delta Controls, a major supplier of heating and air-conditioning units for large office complexes has developed new software for the Portfolio. Using the Portfolio's serial interface and connecting to the buildings environment system, the user is supplied with all programming data such as area temperatures, run cycle time, duty cycle time, on/off times for each floor and/or rooms. The unit can even tell if it is functioning properly through it's own self-test mode. The temperatures can then be adjusted to maximum efficiency for occupancy and energy conservation. Data can then be stored in the Portfolio and transfered to a PC via the card drive for storage or further analysis in a graphical representation of the building. => LYNX OWNERS UPDATE Are you tired of scanning through page after page of Nintendo stuff in video game magazines just so you can find a little Lynx news? Don't you wish there was... oh,I don't know...a newsletter that was devoted solely to Lynx news and game tips. Well now there is. APE (Atari Portable Entertainment) is a quarterly newsletter that covers the Lynx exclusively. The June Premiere issue features Summer Consumer Electronics Show news, Lynx Game Secrets, tips and hints for California Games, Blue Lightning, Chip's Challenge, Electrocop, Gates of Zendocon, and Gauntlet 3. The editor of APE is Clinton Smith. Smith is an avid Atari game player and has written several reviews for Atari Explorer and has some coming up in STart. If you're interested in subscribing now, (you'll receive the free Premiere issue automatically) send your Check or money order for $6.00 to: APE SUBSCRIPTION 2104 NORTH KOSTNER CHICAGO,IL 60639 CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS MUST BE MADE OUT TO CLINTON SMITH. Z*Net September 7, 1990 #536 => DAVE SMALL QUITS ST-WORLD A regular contributor to ST WORLD MAGAZINE, Dave Small has now announced that he will no longer submit articles for that magazine. Dave, the well liked developer of the SPECTRE Mac Emulator for the Atari ST, told Z*NET that he felt that he didn't want to continue his association with the Oregon-based magazine since finding out that "The FAX" came from ST WORLD. Dave had assisted in the investigation to determine the source of the FAX that falsely purported to be from Atari's Bob Brodie and urged a boycott of World of Atari shows. => SPECTRE 3.0 COMING SOON Gadgets By Small is getting ready to release version 3.0 of Spectre, the MacIntosh emulator. Discussions in the Gadgets area on GEnie are positive and we encourage everyone to stay up to date by reading Category 7, Topic 68 in the Gadgets Roundtale on GEnie. Read more on the soon to be released version in the Spectre Update in this issue. Category 7, Topic 68 Message 1 Wed Sep 05, 1990 STACE [RT SysOp] at 01:20 EDT Dave has given the O.K. to go ahead and "divuldge" some of the "goodies" that will be in Spectre version 3.0. First of all, as of this writting, Spectre version 3.0 is still in beta test. It is VERY close. The remaining bugs are few and very minor in nature. On the other hand, the added features are too many to count on both hands and feet! <grin> IMPORTANT!! PLEASE!! DO NOT CALL GADGETS TO REQUEST SPECTRE VERSION 3.O OR TO ASK ABOUT THE "STATUS" OF SPECTRE 3.0. Spectre 3.0 is NOT ready yet...it is getting real close but telephone calls requesting information about the availability of 3.0 will only tie up the valuable time needed to get 3.0 out the door. All registered users will be notified via the next issue of the Gadgets Newsletter when Spectre 3.0 is ready to ship. The upgrade price to Spectre 3.0 has not been set yet. OK...that out of the way, here are some of the "goodies" you will find waiting for you in the next revision of Spectre software! * Spectre now supports up to 16 HD partitions * The Spectre "function key" keyboard mapping has been changed as to support the added HD partitions as well as to "standardize" Spectre's other various key functions! Example: Color mode Scrunch and Scroll modes have been moved to CONTROL-F1 and CONTROL F2. * Alternate-Control-Delete does a Warmboot back into Mac mode * Alternate-Control-RightShift-Delete does a coldboot into ST mode (You see...standardization was the key word with this release!) * Keypad and arrow keys now function the same as a Mac Plus * Sound Manager (used in System 6.0+ and HyperCard) now works (HyperCard now has sound!!) (Currently, Sound Manager does not work in 832K mode) * Serial port advanced control call for setting baud rate works (CDC Connect now works) * Aync LaserWriter driver now supported (Print thru the serial port to a PostScript laser printer!) * Spectre code now works with 68020 and 68030 CPUs. * Mac mode *Spectre* disk formatting now supported * Aladin format disks now supported * DOS Mounter and Apple File Exchange now work (Use MS-DOS disks in Mac mode) * New HD formatter (now called OOP instead of ACK) provides several different improvements: 1) PARAM RAM/CONFIG PAGE settings are saved WITHOUT the need for programs like Disk Param INIT 2) New partition format now works properly with Disk First Aid, Disk Express II and Mac HD backup programs * MegaTalk option added to the Spectre menu * User selectable vertical blank interupt allows support of many MIDI programs that rely on screen for timing, etc. * Spectre menu page has complete redesign and new layout * The Mac's RESTART menu option now works properly * System's 6.0.4 and 6.0.5 now work 100% properly * Numerous "clean-up" bug fixes to the Bus handler and serial drivers allow many problem programs to work. Grammatik Mac now works. PageMaker 4.0's print PostScript to disk now works. Many HyperCard stacks that locked up before now work. Welp...believe it or not..there is more!! The README file that accompanies the beta 3.0 release is 9 1/2 single spaced pages long!! Have I got news for you! Check out these new keys now supported in Spectre 3.0! ESC - Same as keypad Clear (this results in a true ESC code) UNDO - Same as Command-Z (normally UNDO menu entry) DELETE - Same as Command-X (normally CUT menu entry) INSERT - Same as Command-V (normally PASTE menu entry) HELP - Same as Command-? (normally HELP menu entry...if available) CLR/HOME - Same as Command-C (normally COPY menu entry) Or how about this: Alernate-Control-Clr/Home - Parks ALL hard disks You CAN toggle sound off in Mac mode!! Just use the SOUND CDEV to turn the volume down to 0 and no more sound!!! If Spectre doesn't actually PLAY the sound you don't get any CPU slowdown! --Doug @ Gadgets Z*NET September 22, 1990 #538 => 32 MHZ! PLUS NEW DESKTOP FOR THE TT, MEGA STe? Leonard Tramiel officially announced last weekend that the production TT030 computer would indeed have a 32 Mhz 68030 CPU, a fact reported by Z*NET over a month ago. It is expected to perform about 1.7 times faster overall than the "prototype" 16 Mhz TT's that have been sold to some developers. Another new announcement was that GEM has been totally re-written for the TT. The resulting desktop is much more versatile and pleasing to look at and work with. Developers with the old TT's are being offered both the CPU and desktop upgrades. Z*Net had an opportunity to see the new GEM and found it to be remarkably like NEODESK in appearance and operation. We talked to Gribnif Software's Rick Flashman, who confirmed that while Gribnif had no hand in the design of the TT desktop, Atari acknowledged that the public acceptance of NEODESK influenced their design concepts. Custom editable icons for any program, programs on the desktop, "live" icons that allow dragging a data file to an application to simultaneously load the application and the data, and a fancy new Control Panel are some of the features of the new desktop. It will NOT be adapted by Atari for the ST line of computers, but the new Control Panel is to become standard with the STE computers. It features clever images including a turning head wearing earphones to graphically show stereo balance, etc. Further, it is said that the MEGA STe idea is still alive at Atari, and that if it is ever committed for production, the MEGA STe will probably carry the new desktop, as the Mega line will then be seen more as "small TT's" than as "big STe's". It was observed that perhaps Atari could have left Gribnif to design a TT NEODESK, but as another developer sagely explained while pondering the fact that his own hard drive host adaptor would be unnecessary on the new TT, "It's the third party developer's place to patch holes we find in existing hardware, not to dictate where we want the holes to be in future hardware." (See a more complete look at the new TT DESKTOP later in this Z*NET.) => BBS EXPRESS IS SOLD The popular BBS program, BBS Express! ST, was purchased from ICD, Inc. by Rick Taylor, a longtime Atari enthusiast and programmer, but new to the commercial scene. Written by the well respected Keith Ledbetter, and marketed by ICD since its inception, Express will now be marketed under Rick's new "T-Squared" software company. Rick is a longtime Express sysop, and has shown to be a fine programmer with his BBS utilities such as "ChatPerfect" and "Quotes." Although popular, BBS EXPRESS hasn't been updated since 1987 the commercial scene. Written by the well respected Keith Ledbetter, and marketed by ICD since its inception, Express will now be marketed under Rick's new "T-Squared" software company. Rick is a longtime Express sysop, and has shown to be a fine programmer with his BBS utilities such as "ChatPerfect" and "Quotes." Although popular, BBS EXPRESS hasn't been updated since 1987. New development is expected to begin almost immediately on an update, but no specifics are known (even by Rick) at this time. The new support BBS number for Express is (714) 357-6806. However, it may be a few days before the conversion from personal BBS to support BBS is complete. => THE FLASH PREMIERS WITHOUT ATARI Reported in Z*NET a few weeks back, the new TV series "THE FLASH" is to have Atari computers featured in many scenes... but on the premier episode last Wednesday, the only computers seen were... old IBM PC's. It may be that the pilot episode was filmed some time before the rest, and that Ari'willbe sen on later sho. queson tt com to mind "who will see them"? "The Flash" is slotted against THE SIMPSONS and COSBY. Can you say "Cancelled"? I knew that you could. * ATARI SIG EDITOR'S NOTE: Atari may be waiting for the week of Fall COMDEX to promote their computers on Flash. It would hardly make sense to promote the ST or TT so that people will just think it's just a regular generic computer being used. Z*Net September 28, 1990 Issue #539 => BRODIE PASSES 1 YEAR Z*Net congratulates our former Z*NET correspondent who has just passed his one-year anniversary at Atari Corporation. Bob Brodie, Manager of User Group Services since September 1989, went to Atari after being both a staff writer for Z*Net and President of ACAOC, the Orange County, California user group. He was also instrumental in the organization of the original Glendale Atari Shows. In a year, Bob has become the most sought after public speaker for Atari, and the most respected source of information about Atari. Thanks for everything, Bob! => FOSTER LEAVES ATARI Frank Foster, formerly Atari's music division head, left the company early in September. Frank came to Atari from HYBRID ARTS, a respected software development company that lead the way for early MIDI applications on the Atari. Although there is no official statement from Atari regarding his departure, it is believed to have been a mutual decision of Frank and Atari. It is known that Foster did not agree with some of the new policies of the new administration at Atari, and had recently failed to follow through on sales appearances and other commitments. Friends of Foster have said that he has moved on to a graphics company, a field Foster has had considerable experience and success in even while at Atari. His departure leaves Atari with no individual directly in charge of MIDI development and music industry support. => ADVANTAGE PACKAGE TO TRY AGAIN AT COMDEX As Atari prepares for COMDEX, November's big Computer Marketplace of the World, the ATARI ADVANTAGE is being once again prepared for presentation. The Las Vegas, Nevada, show draws hundreds of thousands of people, and thousands of vendors to show their wares. Atari has said that they will have the TT READY FOR SHIPPING by the November show, and now, the focus is widening to cover the 520ST system (or possibly an STe?) bundled with an array of software for a blockbuster price. This time for SURE...? => COMPUTER SHOPPER DROPS ATARI The editor of the largest computer magazine in the world, COMPUTER SHOPPER MAGAZINE, told his writers and contributors this week that his magazine will end its regular Atari coverage with the November, 1990, issue. Editor in Chief, Bob Lindstrom, said that it was a hard decision, and one that was just made in the last 30 days after considerable market and supplier research. Earlier rumors of their dropping Atari were neither based on fact nor were they an influence on the final decision. Computer Shopper is moving more and more towards being MS-DOS only, with Amiga and even MAC coverage under careful scrutiny now. Shopper will probably continue to run major stories covering Atari products when it is warranted, such as when major new hardware is introduced. => WAACE SHOW A GO Next weekend the WAACE show will include Atari reps and many Atari developers. This is one of the premeire east coast Atari shows and one of the longest regular events for Atari enthusiasts. Please make an effort to attend this show next week! Z*NET October 12, 1990 Issue #541 => START MAGAZINE ADDS Z*NET NEWSWIRE Beginning with the December, 1990 issue, the popular Z*NET NewsWire will be presented within STart Magazine each month. STart's Tom Byron and Z*Net's Ron Kovacs recently signed contracts that make Z*NET the exclusive news column in the well known monthly ST specific glossy magazine. STart features the largest circulation of any domestic Atari magazine, and has recently added the subscribers of ANALOG and ST-LOG to their rolls. Z*Net will provide about three pages of news bits and news stories for each issue of STart. Says Tom Byron, Editor of STart, "Its a natural progression. Z*Net has the reputation and track record for solid news reporting." Z*Net Publisher Ron Kovacs adds, "This is a chance for Z*Net to reach a wider audience, beyond the modem users and user-group members who already get the Z*Net News Services." It is expected that the added recognition and credibility that the merger of efforts will bring to both publications, will further increase the quality and quantity of Atari news presented in all media ventures of STart and Z*Net. Z*Net is already a regular part of the news coverage of a number of magazines worldwide, including PD JOURNAL of Germany and soon ST USER of Great Britain. The Z*Net User Group Newsletter Supplement also goes to nearly 4,000 readers in the USA, Canada, Panama, New Zealand, Australia, and England. => STEREO COLOR MONITOR Released to dealers this week was a new color monitor to compliment the STE's stereo sound. The SC1435 is the latest edition to Atari's ever growing line-up of computer products. With the release of the STE line's stereo sound capabilities it was a natural to follow it up with the SC1435. The monitor is not a re-structured SC1224 as was first thought but of a completely different design. Z*NET October 19, 1990 Issue #542 => ELIE KENAN LEAVES RESIGNS ATARI US AND CANADA; GREG PRATT NAMED MANAGER Story by John Nagy for Z*NET It is official: Atari employees have confirmed that the widely praised and respected new General Manager for Atari USA, CANADA, and FRANCE has resigned from the position. Elie Kenan, who just weeks ago was discussing future plans for ATARI with developers at the WAACE and GLENDALE Atari Shows, has returned to France where he will continue to work as France's General Manager. Mr. Kenan has declined to accept the appointment for the USA and Canada. Some developers and others have suggested that Kenan may have simply gone to the already scheduled Atari show in France, and that as such, there is no truth to the story of his departure from Atari USA and Canada. Others have said that, until Atari makes a formal statement, nothing should be said or discussed. This position may be partly due to a hope that Elie's decision is not final and that the public should be spared the anguish of the truth until it is proven to be unreconcilable. For whatever good intent or self deception may be causing these comments, it remains a verified fact: Elie has turned down the appointment as General Manager of Atari USA and Canada. Although the complete reasons for Kenan's departure, after so much public exposure and acclaim, may never be completely known, it is said by those close to the situation that the "official" comment from Atari will be that Kenan found the USA to be too large, too culturally different from the Socialist France he is used to. However, it is known that after the WAACE show in early October, Kenan went alone to examine sites in the Boston area. Kenan had preliminary reports done earlier for a possible relocation of Atari USA to the Boston area, and speculation is that he had found some sites that he wished to seriously consider. Shortly after returning to Sunnyvale, Kenan met with Jack Tramiel, his long time friend and the Chairman of the Board for Atari, the man who hired Kenan to come to Sunnyvale from France. The subject matter of that meeting is unknown, but Kenan then returned to France after some hasty farewells to Atari employees. It is suspected by some that Kenan's change of heart may have been prompted by some refusal by Tramiel of the control and free hand he had been promised in the re-shaping of Atari in the US. On Friday, October 12, 1990, Greg Pratt was introduced to ranking employees as the new General Manger for Atari USA. Pratt is a longtime Atari officer from the Finance department who also ran the ill-fated Federated Stores operation near the end of that affair. Pratt had, for a time, been attempting to procure a leveraged buy out of the troubled Federated Stores from Atari for himself and other investors. While Pratt is thought by many at Atari to be a competent replacement for Kenan, reaction has been widespread and uniform - shock and fear of what this may mean for Atari is being expressed among employees and developers who met with Kenan and had high hopes for his plans at Atari. A depression has set in at Atari Corp. that will most certainly now spread to every corner of the Atari community. Z*Net has heard from several sources that Jack Tramiel is travelling to France to try to talk Kenan into changing his mind. If he succeeds and Kenan does come back to the USA, it may signify a momentous event: the first time that the iron grip of the Tramiel family has been pried open by an outsider. If Kenan can be persuaded to return to Atari USA, his power will be more consolidated and unquestioned than before, and he may be even more effective. Only time will tell. Z*Net will continue to follow this story and will bring you special updates if the facts merit. => VP JIM FISHER QUITS ATARI The Vice President of Atari (USA) for Advertising and Marketing, Jim Fisher resigned from Atari last week. It appears that Fisher's decision was made before it was known that Elie Kenan was leaving, and was not influenced by that event. No details have been officially released, but it is said that Fisher's resignation was entirely his own idea. Fisher had recently taken a more active part in preparation and planning of advertising for Atari, moving from a marketing-only orientation. A successor has not been named. => ATARI PHILADELPHIA PLANT FORMALLY DEAD In March, 1990, Atari announced that it would purchase an old Commodore plant in Philadelphia, PA, to build liquid crystal display units. In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer dated September 30, 1990, it was announced that the deal had fallen through and that another company has arranged to buy the facility. It would have been a $5.2 million dollar plant, with 200 jobs, but Atari dropped the deal before financing was arranged. The article says that it was unknown why Atari backed out. => NEW TOS LEAKED TO PIRATES A file being known as "TOS 2" has been circulating on private bulletin boards for several weeks. Loaded as an AUTO file with TOS 1.4, this program provides an early version of the new TT Desktop which will operate on an ST. While the idea of using it is attractive, Atari reminds users both that the file is a STOLEN, PIRATED file that belongs to Atari, and that it is an early version that is known to be incomplete and unstable. Use of "TOS 2" is both illegal and unsafe to your system data. Please do what you can to eliminate "TOS 2" from distribution. The completed new GEM and TOS will NOT be called TOS 2, by the way. It is being called "TOS 030" in the USA and "TOS 3.01" by the press in Germany, and will come in chip form for the TT only, although it is expected to be compatible with the STe machine design. If Atari produces a future STe based MEGA computer, it is expected to also feature the new TOS/Desktop, and to share the TT case and hard drive design. If ever built, a MEGA STe would also be card-compatible with the VME bus of the TT, and might be running a 68000 at 16 Mhz. => ATARI TAIWAN INDICTED Atari's Taiwan subsidiary has been indicted in Taiwan for allegedly using pirated copies of common software programs, according to a recent UPI report. A criminal indictment for copyright infringement was handed down against Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp and two employees earlier this month. The indictment followed a court-ordered search of the company in April that turned up several suspected unauthorized copies of Ashton Tate's dBase III Plus software and Lotus Development Corp.'s Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program. According to the UPI story, Atari said the unauthorized programs were used by two employees without the company's knowledge and against its policy. The company accused the BSA of blowing the case, which involved less than a dozen pirate copies, far out of proportion. "Being a computer company, we are very sensitive to the software community," said August Liguori, vice president of finance. "We fight this kind of (piracy) all the time. It would be foolish for us to cheat our own peers over a few hundred dollars." => CHICAGO ATARIFEST V2.0 ====================== Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts are proud to present "Chicago AtariFest" to be held November 11th (Sunday) 1990 at the American Legion Gurnee Post located at W. Grand and Il. Rt. 21 (just 1 mile east of I-94 and the "Great America" theme park). The show will open to the public at 10:00 AM and will run until 4:00 PM. General admission will be $2.00 in advance, $3.00 at the door. Children under 6 will be admitted free with a paying adult. All paid admissions will have a chance at one of several valuable door prizes to be awarded at various times during the day. For more information on advance ticket sales and general show information, please contact LCACE at P.O. Box 8788, Waukegan, IL 60079-8788. A special show message base is available on the Python BBS, (708) 680-5105 300/1200/ 2400 24hrs. These Z*Net News bits have been taken from Z*Nets that had important news concering Atari in them. It is to save you time from reading each issue just for the main news. 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