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WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (January 3)
"HIDDEN" TREASURES IN ATARI PRODUCTIVITY FORUM (GO ATARIPRO)
DO YOU HAVE THIS FILE? TURBO BOARD ST BBS. A shareware, full-featured
BBS system for your Atari ST. Featuring Doors, Crossnet message bases,
and FNET Network message bases. Compatible with Binkley Term, Fido,
Fidodooor, QBBS and Fido Mailer.
File: TURBO1.LZH in Library 2 ("Telecommunications").
DO YOU HAVE THIS FILE? RUNNER SEMI-REPLACEMENT DESKTOP. Runner allows
you to create your own menu, supports user-definable background pictures,
and operates in all three resolution modes!
File: RUNNER.ARC in Library 4 ("Utilities").
DO YOU HAVE THIS FILE? The Church Treasurer - a complete software package
dedicated to take care of your record-keeping needs. Fully configurable,
this program promotes efficient and friendly data entry and supports
numerous screen and hardcopy options. Many fun-to-use features included.
File: TREASU.ARC in Library 5 ("Applications").
DO YOU HAVE THIS FILE? CDBASE - an easy-to-use compact disk cataloging
database. It presents your collection using a graphic format and allows
you to view, edit, search and print lists.
File: CDBASE.ARC in Library 5 ("Applications").
FRENCH ANIMATION PROGRAM
Rob Rasmussen has uploaded an incredible little animation that is really
worth a look. It's in French, and has a rather awkward ending, but its
something that I found amazing in such a small file (68k). Try out
AWORLD.LZH now available in LIBRARY 17 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO
PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM CODEHEAD SOFTWARE
Some great new product announcements from Codehead Software in LIBRARY 16
of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN):
TEC.TXT - Upgrade your 520, 1040, or Mega ST to TOS 2.06!
QUICK.TXT - CodeHead Software assumes support of Quick ST 3!
MEGSLM.ARC - Patch to let MegaPaint print on US SLM804s
MEGMOD.ARC - Package of external modules for MegaPaint Pro
NEW VERSION OF ARCSHELL
Charles Johnson has uploaded his newest shareware version of ARCSHELL,
version 3.1, to LIBRARY 4 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO).
This version has significant new features and supports all the latest
versions of Questor's LHARC utility.
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> CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS
Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.
-- Low and Mid-Level Mac's Have a Successful Christmas Season
Because of their popularity, the prices for the low and mid-level Mac's
climbed during the Christmas season.
The two most popular choices were the Mac SE Model 40 and the Mac Plus.
Prices on both climbed $50-$60 during the Christmas season due to their
popularity. The Apple IIgs gained $45, while the Mac SE/30 jumped $100
in comparison to their pre-Christmas prices.
-- Super Nintendo Nearing the 2 Million Mark
According to Nintendo of America, the Super Nintendo Entertainment Sys-
tem, in four months of retail sales, is set to break the 2 million unit
It is reported that Nintendo had set a goal of selling 2.2 million units
this year and according to the company, "The Super NES will outsell all
competitors close to 2-to-1 by the end of 1991,".
-- Analysts Say Sega's Genesis Beat Nintendo in Christmas Sales
Analyst John Taylor of L.H. Alton & Co said that Sega's $150 unit out-
sold Nintendo's $190 unit by a 2-to-1 margin in the final week before
Sega said it sold 1.6 million Genesis systems this year and that the
company was sold out of product just prior to Christmas after having to
air ship extra units in from Japan to meet demand.
Sega President Tom Kalinske estimates Genesis has 56% of the smaller 16-
bit market now while Nintendo holds 31%.
Some analysts feel that Nintendo made a mistake in not making the system
compatible with the existing 8-bit game unit.
-- Nintendo Gets Monopoly
Parker Brothers' Monopoly has introduced a version for Nintendo's Game
Boy system. It will be demonstrated Jan. 9 at the Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas.
The $29.99 game can be played by one to four people and the players can
take on up to eight computer opponents, each with a different skill
-- New Chip Speeds Battery Charging
QuickSaver, a rapid charge battery controller chip from Integrated Cir-
cuit Systems, is designed to recharge nickel-cadmium (NiCad) batteries
safely in 20 minutes rather than a couple of hours.
Nickel cadmium batteries are popular not only in portable computers but
in cellular telephone, cordless power tools, and other devices.
According to Integrated Circuit Systems, QuickSaver also enhances NiCad
reliability, prolongs battery life, and ensures a full charge every
-- "Stoned III" Virus Only on Novell 5.25" Disks
According to a statement issued by Novell Inc., the "Stoned III" virus
was accidently shipped on some of its Network Support Encyclopedia
disks. The encyclopedia provides technical reference information
directly to network service organizations on a subscription basis and is
not resold through distribution channels. It is available on CD ROM,
5.25- and 3.5-inch disks. However, only the 5.25-inch disks were
-- Cray Computer Looses Initial Contract
Due to Cray Computer Corporation missing a December 9th demonstration
milestone, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory cancelled its
order for the initial Cray 3 supercomputer with Cray Computer Company
and excercised its option to buy a Cray C-90 from Cray Research Inc.
Because of this action, Cray Computer Corp. will not realize the appr.
$30 million revenue on this 1992 contract and will be seeking another
Cray Computer Corporation was spun off of Cray Research to develop the
Cray 3 supercomputer with the parent company supplying the initial $98.6
-- For the Man that Has Everything, a $54,000 Clock
Hewlett-Packard's (HP) new HP 5071A, a $54,000 atomic clock, is being
heralded as the most precise time piece in the world. HP says the clock
will only lose a single second in a time span of 1.6 million years.
The new clock is not totally foolproof. HP estimates one failure every
ten years, and only warranties the clock for five years.
Atomic clocks provide the accuracy necessary for astronomy, the space
program, radio and television signals, and communication companies.
-- Healthline Settles with SPA
After a surprise audit by the Software Publishers Association (SPA) on
August 6th, Healthline Systems has agreed to pay a cash settlement to
Lotus Development, Microsoft, Symantec, Wordperfect, and Wordstar
International, all SPA members. Healthline also agreed to accept a
consent decree barring illegal copying of copyrighted software.
-- SPA Involved in Divorce Action
After a divorce judge recently ruled that a man give copies of his soft-
ware to his wife, the man contacted SPA for help in convincing the judge
that this would be illegal, immoral, and unethical.
SPA intervened and got the ruling vacated. However, the man is probably
not too happy with the results, as the Judge changed his ruling so that
the man had to turn over the originals of the software to his wife
instead of the illegal copies.
> FREEZE DRIED TERMINAL STR FOCUS "Absolutely, THE VERY BEST!"
Excerpts from included DOC File;
by Aaron Hopkins
compiled by R.F. Mariano
commentary by R.F. Mariano
FreeZe Dried Terminal was written by a BBS (Bulletin Board System)
addict. It was written because the "best" of all available Terminal
Programs just wasn't good enough for my use. The original purpose was to
write a more usable terminal program just for my personal use, but as it
grew and developed, I gave it to a few friends and they enjoyed it so much
that my goal became developing it enough to the point of perfection, at
which time I would release it. But as I worked on it, I discovered that
it never could be quite perfect, and at some point I would have to stop
and say "This is it, I'm going to release this if it kills me." You see,
I am a bit of a perfectionist. FZT can never be perfect, and never will.
There will always be things to change, new features to add. I started
FzDSTerm in mid-August, 1990 and it has taken me over a year to get this
far. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I and my Beta-testers do.
Let me start out with the correct way to pronounce FzDS, the acronym
for FreeZe Dried Software. Whenever saying the name it is pronouced
"FizzDizz and FizzDizz Software." The software group is dedicated to
bringing you the finest available programs with a reasonable price. It
was started by the authors of UBBS, Brian Hauer and Sean Price. It was
originally FDS Software, but when we were told that FDS is a brand of
feminine hygiene products we promptly changed the name.
A partial list of the powerful features offered:
o Colorful, Intuitive non-GEM user interface with full mouse control and
keyboard commands for most selections.
o True 19200 baud input handling. Use your high-speed modem as it was
meant to be used.
o VT-52, ANSI, UBT-Graphics, Instant Graphics, and more.
o Any external protocol can be installed under easy-to-use shell:
Currently installed protocols include Z-Modem Batch, Y-Modem Batch,
Y-Modem G Batch, F-Modem Batch, X-Modem 1k, X-Modem CRC, X-Modem
o Any protocol can be set up to Auto-Start receiving or sending.
o Full Featured Auto-Dialer With 45 slots, redial, and chain dialing.
o Auto-Logon Sequences for each BBS to get you on with few keystrokes.
o Auto-Macros for each BBS to perform repetitive tasks for you.
o 40 Macros with the ability to perform any script command or keyboard
command, chaining macros, and much more.
o 5 extra Macros for each BBS to hold your personal information, such as
Handle, Password, etc.
o Full Featured Capture Buffer, including block commands to save, ASCII
send, etc. a block of text.
o Full Featured Text Editor.
o Flash!(tm) FULL Compatibility -> .DO Script Files.
o Full Featured Disk Commands, including Format Floppy and an LZH/ARC/ZIP
o 1000 Character Type Ahead Buffer.
o Several built-in fonts and the ability to load standard .FED 8x8 Font
o Affordable Registration Price ($25)
o Fully usable Demo, with only non-essential commands disabled and no time
o Complete In-Depth Documentation.
FzDSTerm requires at least 1 Meg of RAM to run; I cannot say that FzT
will even boot with under a Meg, much less function properly. You will be
warned if FzT cannot use the current resolution, and only resolutions of
640 by 200(400/600/800) by 4(Mono/16) colors can be used at the moment.
(To my knowledge this only includes ST Medium and ST High, and possibly
some of the new graphics cards.)
Why Do I Need a Good Terminal Program?
Modems (short for MOdulator/DEModulator) are devices which allow one
computer to communicate with another through standard telephone lines. To
use a modem, you will need a few things. First, you need something
capable of connecting to the modem to allow the user to interact with
whats going on with the modem. Also, you need a modem and appropriate
connectors (RS-232 cable, etc.) Lastly, and the most importantly, is the
software to allow the modem to communicate with the computer and the user.
This is referred to as a Terminal program. You can have the most
expensive computer and the fastest modem, but if you don't have a good
terminal program you are nowhere.
Many people have had a terminal program that they've been using for a
long time, and that they're happy with. They're happy, thats all that
matters. I was happy with my 8-bit for a long time, I was sure that it
could handle all that I needed to do. But then I saw an ST over at a
friends house, and it could do all that I NEEDed to do, plus much more.
It was faster with a better user interface, and had the extras that made
computing easier and more interesting. This same idea applies to Term
programs, something else may work for your NEEDs, but does it do all that
There have of course are a lot of other programs out there and many
have things about them that nothing else can touch. But most, if not all,
trade one feature for another. If you want true 19200 baud
communications, you might have had to sacrifice something else. If you
wanted IGS graphics, you would have had to put up with a completely
featureless terminal. If you wanted a feature packed program, you would
have had to sacrifice ease of use or speed. Its a trade-off. But
FzDSTerm has everything I or any of my beta testers have ever needed,
wanted, or thought of, all in a very fast, easy to setup and use package.
Your archive (or disk) should contain:
FZDSTERM.PRG The FzDSTerm Main Program (Demo versions are named
"FZT_Dxxx.PRG", where xxx is the version without
the decimal point.)
FZDSTERM.DOC This documentation
REGISTER.DOC Registration information
PRINT.ME Registration Form
CONV2FZT.PRG Converter for Interlink and Flash files to FZT
format CONV2FZT.DOC Docs for Converter
XYZ201.TTP X-Modem, Y-Modem and Z-Modem protocals v2.01
XYZ201.DOC Documentation file to go with XYZ201.TTP
FZDSXFER.TTP Beta Test Version of the FreeZe Dried Protocols
FZDSXFER.DOC Documentation for the FzDS Transfer Protocols
NOTE: Other, unlisted programs or documentation may be included for your
It will also (eventually) create the following files:
FZDSTERM.CFG The configuration file
FZDSTERM.NUM The default autodialer directory
FZDSTERM.MAC The default macro set
Next week, we will have more on this superb terminal program. As we
were going to press with this item, there are updates and modifications
being conjured up to further enhance this powerhouse terminal program. As
a staunch Flash and Interlink user, I went to many different terminal
programs that have been offered to the Atari marketplace but always went
back to the "old favorites". Folks, this terminal program has it all!
I've changed over and am I ever glad I did.
FZD has so many features and options that one can find something new
most every time one boots the program. You OWE it to yourself to check
this terminal program out completely before you go for any long bux on the
"fancy". This baby is FANCY, STRONG, FLEXIBLE, FAST and... the author is
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> The Flip Side STR Feature "...a different viewpoint"
A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT
by Michael Lee
Due to illness, STReport was not published last week. So this week, you
get two weeks' worth of my column. Here's some odds-and-ends in which to
end the year.
From Hal Dougherty on CIS...
I just got Best Electronic's Catalog in the mail today. They have
EVERYTHING for the ST. I have three broken monitors and the service
manual was $40. That's high for the size of the book, but where else
can you get one. After I fix the monitors they will more than pay
for the book.
I have learned so much because I can't just take my stuff to the
local repair shop and pay money to get it fixed. So far I have fixed
everything on my ST's.
The manual I got was just the service manual for the Goldstar
Monitor. If you need a service manual for any ST product call Best
Electronics at: 1-408-243-6950
They have any Atari manual or part you might need. Be sure to get one
of the new catalogs. It is full of pictures of Atari stuff that was
only made in limited quanities.
How safe is it to move a hard drive? - From Cat. 4, Topic 39, Msgs. 217,
218, 222 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
From Fred Koch....
HDs can be safely transported. Just park the head, which should be
done automatically when the power is turned off, and pack it in some
cushioning, such as bubble wrap and a box, and take it along. I
transported mine for a two day trip with no problems, and to and from
user group meetings ocasionally with no problems. The greatest danger
seems to be dropping one or otherwise producing a hard shock which
might cause the head to hit the drive.
After all, many portables have HDs in them and they are transported
all the time.
From Joe Meehan...
Several people were I work were on the ill fated air liner that had a
malfunction and the pilots had to try and land it without rudder
control, they did great, but it still crashed, killing many people.
Our employees made it out fine. Several months later we recieved a
shipment, our laptop computer. It was a little ragged looking and had
been fire damaged, but -it still worked- including the hard drive, we
still had all the data.
The moral of this story is, stay out of plan crashes, but if you are
in one, don't worry about your hard drive.
From Steve Johnson...
I take my hard drive on a 80 mile road trip every now and then when I
visit my parents with no ill effects whatsoever. And that's a HD
where some of the internals are just lying in there unmounted (well,
the host adaptor anyway!)! I wouldn't worry too much about it...or
get a Stacy.
Craig Beaumont - A happy ST owner on CIS...
I have been using a 1040 ST over 20hrs/wk every week for the past 5
years for business and music....
I live in a rural coastal community 1.5 hrs from a well-stocked Atari
store but I have done most shopping by phone/mail. I have found so
many stores selling/servicing Atari that I've always been happy with
How much would you pay for a 4 Meg simm upgradable Mac or DOS
w/Genlock, Stereo Digital sound, 4096 color palette w/mouse,
joystick, light gun, Midi, printer, serial and HD ports? Under $550
for an STE...a low-end Atari.
Lotus 123-using friends marvel at the speed and features of my LDW
Power. Cost - slightly over $100. Keboard Mag's report on C-Lab's
Notator, pg 122 Jan 92 issue "...isn't just the best Atari sequencer
around. For ease of use and sheer # of features it outstrips just
about every other sequencer we know about.".
This doesn't sound like a machine that's " far too limited..expensive
for the pitiful few features.."....My prejudice is obvious as I'm
love with the "hobby toy computer" that helps me earn a six-figure
How to upgrade your MegaSTe's hard drive - From Bob Brodie (Atari) - Cat
14, Topic 40, Msg 157 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
Look underneath the Mega STE where the hard disk is situated. There
is a single screw under here that has to be removed in order for you
to get to the Hard Disk. You can also access the roms, ram, and host
adapter as well from this spot. Just lift up the hard disk and take
it out of the case.
Any standard 3-1/2" hard disk will fit in the bracket. I have a
Seagate 60 meg unit installed in my demo unit. Before that, I had a
105 meg Quantum. Both formatted fine with the latest version of Atari
Hard Disk Utilities.
Do you own a Moniterm monitor and want to know where to get it fixed?
From Chris Kehoe - Cat. 4, Topic 25, Msg. 82 & 85 - from the ST Round-
table on Genie...
I've had my Moniterm Viking 2/91 for just under a year now. Just this
last month it developed a blooming problem (that's where the screen
display grows bigger and duller, then shrinks back down to it's
normal size and brightness).
When I called the people at Moniterm they told me they no longer
service their monitors and gave me the name & number of ALX
TECHNOLOGY in Mountian View, CA (415) 964-9365.
Alex, the guy at ALX told me that Moniterm is going under and that he
will most likily be handling all their west coast services. So I
drove my monitor to his place and watched Alex check it out.
Apparently my power supply was going bad. No big deal cause Alex had
the parts on hand. Anyway, this guy had at least 20 or 30 large
screen monitors, all being repaired in his shop and he seemed to have
a good deal of spare parts laying around too. His card says "HIGH-
RESOLUTION MONITOR SALES & SERVICE" and from the looks of his shop,
he knows his stuff. As I was leaving his shop he mentioned the
possibility of him buying out the rest of Moniterm's parts stock so
if anyone needs their Moniterm serviced, I would think this is the
guy to talk to. Check it out.
...my monitor is still under warranty so I don't know his charges. He
said if he billed Moniterm by the end of the year he should get paid
but he also said that since they are under going a lot of changes
there's always the possibility he won't get paid. He said, "Oh well,
in that case I'll just eat the charges." WHATTA GUY!! He definitely
made an impression on me. If I ever have to buy another monitor, I'm
calling this guy first.
Anyway, while I was there he explained what the possible problem
areas were for my monitor's behavior. With the monitors cover cracked
(taken off) he showed me two possible fixes. One was so simple
anybody could do it if they knew what to do. It had to do with a
connector not seated well enough. All he did was applied a little
pressure on it and the screen started blooming....
Comments about Powermonger from C.JANES1 - Cat 9, Topic 26, Msgs 24 & 26
- from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
A Warning to Anyone Interested in the "sequel" called "Powermonger"!
Rumor has it that there is a sequel to Populous called "Powermonger."
My wife and I purchased Powermonger for our AtariST and were
disappointed with it in several ways.
First, it is incorrect to think of Powermonger as a sequel to
Populous. The game's play deals with guiding armies in mideval battle
rather than in world creation and God vs. God conflict. There is no
"raising land" here. Of course, this is OK as a type of game in
itself, but don't be mislead into thinking it's a more challenging
version of Populous (which the both of us love).
Secondly, we wish we could lower the programmers' salary $1 every
time we had to battle with the game's interface while precious game
time went by. Info windows would not close and the mouse click would
often be interpreted as a request to open more windows (the routine
to determine if the mouse was over the "close" box is very limited.)
We once wasted five minutes (count 'em 300 seconds!) just duelling
with these rebellious windows while our army was ambushed! Gee, what
Other "playability" flaws included moronic minions who couldn't nego-
tiate their way out of a paper bag let alone around lakes or streams.
This is an important point to make because the game will eventually
require you to control several separate armies via slow carrier
pidgeons. This locomotion incompetence greatly detracts from the
enjoyment of the game.
In closing, we'd like to say that this is not (in our opinion) a
"sequel" to Populous although, on its own, it is an interesting
concept. Also, using Bullfrog's own words, "if the game ever stops
the magic is broken." In this game, the battle you will have just
trying to interface with the game kills any hope of creating "magic."
Two thumbs down for Powermonger.
Reply from Drew Kerr...
"Powermonger" was never seen as a sequel to Populous (Populous II
is). They may be spiritually related, and look superficially a little
bit alike, but they are completely different games...I personally
think it's quite something!...
If you have some patience, there are some excellent strategies to
getting around this game and conquering other armies....
Comments about Knightmare from R.EIDAL - Cat. 9, Topic 9, Msg. 19 - from
the ST Roundtable on Genie...
Hey! Knightmare's out! I just got a copy of it last night and began
playing it. Unfortunately I only had an hour or two to play, but so
far I like it a lot. The interface is very similar to Captive, so if
you played that game you'll have no trouble with Knightmare. The way
you use weapons is a little different, some weapons have more than
one way to use them.
It's more of a quest game than is Captive, and there are four quests
to solve. The graphics are better than they were in Captive, and
although all my adventuring has been out of doors so far, the
atmosphere is just as claustrophobic. Apparently there is a tele-
vision show in England titled Knightmare, and this game has some sort
of tie-in with it.
I think this game is going to be pretty difficult. I'm stuck already
- four trolls are after me and I can't kill them no matter what I do.
At the beginning of the game it's VERY easy to die. Even the cute
little rabbits hopping around are Killer Bunnies. Looks like
Knightmare will have many, many hours of play in it.
If you're having trouble finding it, here's the phone number for
Mindscape (in England): 0444 246333. Perhaps they can help.
Some interesting info about the STe/MegaSTe from Mike Drysdale (Team
Computers) - Cat. 14, Topic 4, Msg. 47 - from the ST Roundtable on
EVERY STe (again STe) is ready for TOS 2.06. Just remove the old TOS
and plug in the new chips. No boards or modifications are needed.
EVERY MEGA STe and TT (that's MEGAe or TT) is ready for a 1.44 (or
2.88) floppy drive. Install the Ajax chip, a 1.44 (or 2.88) mech, and
flip dip switch #7. Yes it will still read, write, format, 360K
(single-sided) and 720K (double-sided) disks as well as other
perverse and extended format disks (IBM, SPECTRE, Mac, Etc).
If you have an ST or STe (the older stuff), adding a 1.44 floppy will
will much more complex. AND MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE AT ALL.
Owners of older STs (NOT e's) who want TOS 2.06, go directly to
Codehead (do not pass GO).
If you want to have some fun right now, MEGAe owners ONLY, flip dip
switch #7 (it's under the hard drive) and go to format.
From John J. (Atari Explorer) - Cat. 14, Topic 30, Msg. 54 - from the ST
Roundtable on Genie...
The "wonderful MIDI issue of Atari Explorer" will be released a week
prior to the NAMM show (i.e. around January 10th) to a select group
of music stores and specialty dealers. The rest of the MIDI issue
will be released at NAMM and thereafter (which is proper, since it's
a February issue).
Meanwhile, on or about January 5th, the wonderful "Terminator" issue
of Atari Explorer will be released. Issue contents include:
"T2 Portfolio" -- a philosophico-technical exegesis of James
Cameron's vision for high tech and moral responsibility.
"Liquid Metal" -- an interview with Lee Seiler on Terminator 2 SFX,
with a tutorial on how to create "liquid metal" weirdo-creepo sci-fi
effects on your ST.
Then, for you Star Trek, The Undiscovered Country fans, we have an
interview with "Walter Koenig, Atari User". Way cool -- he's a bright
guy and has had a really interesting career.
And for music/movie fans, we've got extended interviews with Dave and
Don Grusin (the former wrote the score for Bette Midler's new film:
For the Boys).
Tech folks will enjoy the premieres of TWO new programming series:
The first, by BJ Gleason, on "Portfolio Programming" (*everything*
you ever wanted to know ...), and another, by Steve Yelvington, on
"Serial Programming," in which we'll eventually cover EVERYTHING on
Also look for extended reviews of CardFile 3, Dorothy Brumleve's
KIDPRGS, D.E.K.A., Data Diet, eSTeem PILOT, and P.A.M.
And then, for you just general Atari tech fans, we've got THE MOST
COMPREHENSIVE EXPLANATION OF HOW THE ST BOOK WAS DESIGNED, STRAIGHT
FROM THE MOUTH OF THE GUY WHO DESIGNED IT (Tracy Hall).
So relax, folks. Don't worry. Be happy. Sure, we've had some
production problems, but they're over now.
Some helpful hints from John Spande for you TT/MegaSTe owners - Cat. 28,
Topic 2, Msg. 85 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
I'd like to pass along a helpful hint to those of you who are
concerned about putting heavy monitors on top of the TT/MSTE but
haven't space to put it elsewhere. (I believe the Codeheads traced
some problems with their TT to flexing of the motherboard due to
weight on the case).
I discovered a CPU Stand made by FELLOWES (stock no 40704) which I
got a OfficeMax for $20. It is welded steel rod construction (like
shopping carts) which is very sturdy and allows good access from all
sides (large cartridges might call for a minor modification with a
hacksaw). Best of all it clears the top of the computer by just 1/8
inch so overall it would raise your monitor only about 1/2 inch over
what it would be if you put it directly on the computer. Overall it
is about 3 inches wider than a TT/MSTE.
A person asked about 2.88 meg floppy drives for the ST. Here's a reply
from Norm Weinress - Cat. 4, Topic 17, Msg. 42 - from the ST Roundtable
2.88 meg drives are still very expensive and so is the media. It is
not likely tht they will be competitive for at least a year. On top
of that, there is no way to extend the capability of the older ST
line to handle handle them. Maybe (if you have lots of money) you
want a 20 MByte floppy (they exist), although at that point you've
got a low capacity Syquest.
Have you wondered what's happened to the '030 accelerator from Fast
Tech? Here's Jim Allen - Cat. 4, Topic 11, Msg. 83 - from the ST
Roundtable on Genie...
The marketing effort on the 030, other than some noise here on GEnie,
has been concentrated on direct marketing to the most likely
customers...professional Dynacadd and Calamus users. We've made an
arrangement with ISD, and their registered customers get a big price
break. But even with the break this kind of product is a serious
purchase and has appeal only to those who can justify the expense. To
folks using Calamus and Dynacadd in business, the savings of time,
the 5-10 fold increase in productivity, can be translated directly
That's why we haven't been plastering ads all over, and whooping up a
storm...that's not how you reach the intended customers.
We have been shipping 030's, and have a healthy backlog, principly in
Germany where we've gone after the lino-type houses with direct mail
The big $1199 to $1999 board is just not a "mass-appeal" product. The
Tiny030 will be, and I'm working with another company to make the
board an Atari/Amiga device, with some cost reduction measures taken.
It just takes time to get projects like this off the ground. I'm
looking forward to the Tiny030 being a big hit, and filling in the
space btween the $379 T25 and the $1199 T030-cache only.
In this business, with an expensive unit like an 030, there are alot
of folks interested, but only a certain percentage will actually buy.
We're concentrating active marketing on the most likely customer
But folks listening who need a T030 can have one ;-)
Until next week.....
> GEMULATOR? STR Spotlight "Why emulate the ST?"
WHY DO I NEED THE GEMULATOR?
Compiled by Michael Lee
Here's a post about the Gemulator by Darek M. (Brasoft) - from Category
19, Topic 15, Msg. 1 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
As many of you know, we are developing an emulator allow Atari ST
software to run on PC clones.
You may be wondering why this topic is in this category, why not in
the PC roundtable. Well, considering that the whole idea of Gemulator
was suggested to me by Atari ST users, and it will be used by existing
Atari ST users to run ST software, it seems only appropriate to
discuss it in an ST roundtable.
Since only people attending my demo at the Chicago Atarifest got to
see the 8- bit and ST emulators, a lot of rumors have been circulating
about Gemulator. I would like answer questions people may have about
it in this topic.
In the Novemeber issue of the BraSoft News, there was an Emulator
Survey which asked various questions about your potential use of
Gemulator. A lot of good ideas and suggestions have resulted from this
survey, and so I'd like to continue this by asking for your input
I'd like to start off by answering some of the most frequently asked
questions about Gemulator.
Q: why emulate the ST?
A: from a computer junkie's point of view, my answer is, "because it's
there". This was the same reason why I wrote the 8-bit emulator. it
was a challenge in programming. With 5 years of experience writing
6502 emulators, it was time to move up to emulating the 68000.
There are real reasons from the users point of view why this is de-
sirable as well. First, the PC clones of today in general have faster
CPUs and better graphics and larger disk drives than the ST. After
all, the ST has hardly been improved upon since 1985, while PCs and
Macs have leapfrogged in power and dropped in price.
Early attempts at making the ST and PC compatible, such as PC Ditto,
didn't prove very successful. Software only emulation of the 8088 on
the ST was slow, and the ST's graphics were unable to emulate EGA and
VGA graphics, not to mention simple 80 column text mode.
However, by reversing that, i.e. emulating the 68000 on a PC, you can
take advantage of the PC's ability to emulate the 68000 in real time,
and to emulate the ST's graphics without loss of quality. That is the
whole idea behind Gemulator, and through email and at Atari shows
people have been coming up to me and saying "you wrote the 8-bit
emulator, why don't you do an ST emulator." And so I am.
Q: is it hardware or software?
A: Gemulator emulates the 68000 and the ST's hardware entirely in
software. The only hardware required is a plug in card that contains
two sets of sockets for ROM chips. You plug in one set of TOS ROMS, or
two sets (i.e. two different versions of TOP), or, depending on how
compatibility with Mac emulators goes, a set of TOS ROMs and a set of
Q: wouldn't it be faster to put a 68000 chip on a card?
A: yes, in some cases, but this would increase the cost of the
product, as well as place a limit on features. By emulating the 68000
in software you gain two big advantages. First, the 68000 can be
emulated at full speed on a 386, and on a 486 emulation is at about
double the speed of the 68000. As PC clones get even faster and
cheaper, this will allow Gemulator to run even faster.
Putting an 8 MHz 68000 on a card puts a limit on the speed. The other
advantage is that if you run Gemulator on a multitasking OS like
Windows, you can multitask several different 68000 programs at once.
Again, a hardware implementation would mean only running one ST
program at any one time, and you would have to use something like
MultiGEM or Revolver to fake multitasking.
However, a software implementation of the emulator has one drawback,
which depending on your point of view is or is not a drawback.
Gemulator requires a 386 or a 486 to run on. It will not run on an
8088 or 286. The results of the Emulator Survey so far show that less
than 10% of the respondants have such a machine. Everyone else either
already has a 386 or is going to buy a 386. The 8088 died off years
ago with 6502 based machines.
Q: how compatible is Gemulator?
A: that remains to be seen. It does not yet fully emulate all of the
ST's hardware, so only some 68000 code runs on it right now. However,
because the ST and PC have such similar graphics, and virtually
identical disk formats, many of the compatibility problems that I
faced with the 8-bit emulator will not exist. The problem with Xformer
was that the 8-bit disks and ST disks were not compatible at all, and
the 8 bit was also capable of generating better graphics with more
colors that the ST, not to mention sound.
Q: what about sound and MIDI?
A: I am evaluating the Sound Blaster Pro card. It supports stereo
sound and MIDI, and so PCs equipped with such a card would be able to
emulate the ST's sound and MIDI capabilities. Like I said in the
newsletter, I am not commiting to this yet.
Ok, enough for now, I'll let someone else put in a few words.
- Darek @ BraSoft
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> QUICK ST STR FOCUS "THE TRANSITION"
CODEHEAD AND QUICK ST
Compiled by Michael Lee
Here's a post about Quick ST by John Eidsvoog (CodeHead Software) - from
Category 32, Topic 31, Msg. 102 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
It seems that we need to spell out exactly what obligations we have
regarding Quick ST, and what obligations we don't have.
On January 1st, 1992, CodeHead Software will begin handling future
development and support of Quick ST. This will include doing our best
to fix all bugs and improve the software in any way we can.
We will update previous versions of Quick ST and any version of Turbo
ST for $20 and proof of original purchase. Send in your QST disk or
Turbo ST disk with $20 and we will send you an update. If you do not
have your original disk, contact us and we'll try to help you.
The initial version of the program we'll be releasing will be 3.06.
This version will be essentially the same as 3.05 developed by Darek,
but will contain a couple of bug fixes to solve a crashing problem
with FSMGDOS and Calligrapher. If is up to each individual to
determine whether the upgrade is worth $20 to him.
Future plans for Quick ST include follow-up bug fixes, further
possible speed improvements, interface design, and possibly some other
surprises. It is not known at this time how updates will be handled
for those who update from 3.06. As always, we will attempt to be fair.
CodeHead Software assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY for losses or unfilled
orders incurred while Branch Always Software was handling Quick ST.
In light of the comments and attitudes we've viewed lately from some
users, we've actually had some second thoughts about following through
with the take-over of Quick ST. It seems that some of the customers of
Branch Always are not aware of the way we do business at CodeHead
Software. Perhaps this is due to the history of Quick ST, which
started out as a shareware program and then was sold commercially at
$19.95. Support for software often parallel its cost.
Even at its current price of $34.95, Quick ST will be the cheapest
program in the CodeHead catalog (along with G+Plus and CodeHead
Utilities). But we will still treat it as one of our own programs,
including accepting suggestions and bug reports and responding to user
questions in a timely fashion and treating them with respect.
In turn, we expect the owners of Quick ST to treat us with the same
respect. Do not complain about previous experiences over which we have
no control. If you have bug reports, offer them as factual, un-
emotional, well-documented reports that will help us to determine the
cause of the problem. If you have suggestions, let us know, in a
If these simple guidelines are followed, I think Quick ST will have
found a new and permanent home where it can grow to match the high
standards of CodeHead Software.
> SCANLITE STR Review "...much needed and LONG overdue.."
THE SCANNING ACCESSORY/PROGRAM
by Doyle C. Helms
(STReport STaff Editor)
Scanlite is a much needed and LONG overdue program for the Atari ST/TT
computers. Before the advent of Scanlite, hand scanner users were limited
to one major piece of software that would allow a hand scanner to be used.
Touch-Up. Sure, the 'other' hand scanner manufacturers included their own
scanning software but it was limited at best. With Dr. Bobs Scanlite
accessory ALL the major hand scanners are supported in one package.
The included documentation is about the shortest and most concise set
of instructions I have seen in a commercial piece of software. The
program disk comes in a glossy folded piece of cardboard with the
instructional documentation printed inside. Is the Dr. Cheap? NO! The
required instructions are ALL there and it would be a waste of good paper
to have included anymore verbose documents. There are some included
graphics that point out essential menus and options with their appropriate
uses. A few extra notes and hints are included on the disk as "README"
The program performs as advertised. This program/acc is not a
do-everything-under-the-sun nor is it advertised as one. This prg/acc is
a accessory that allows a user to use a hand scanner and then save the
image for further manipulation in a DTP program or whatever. Scanlite
does not have any editing abilities (ergo- ScanLITE). Scanlite allows
hand scanning from the MIGRAPH hand scanner, DATASCAN, GENSCAN and the
GOLDEN IMAGE scanner.
Once Scanlite is invoked (either as an ACC or proram) the user is
presented with a selection menu which allows the choice of the DPI to scan
with. The choices are 100, 200, 300 and 400 DPI. The user also has the
option to begin the scan, save the scanned image, exit the program or go
to a configuration menu. The configuration menu is really important when
you first install Scanlite. After the initial set-up the configuration
option is rarely used. Important note; you MUST use the configuration
options the first time or you will experience severe emotional problems
that may require psychological help to avoid further hair pulling.
Let me digress for a moment. My first encounter with Scanlite was not
a joyous occasion. Upon opening the newly acquired software package in
which I received THE Tray and COALESCE(ah, but that is another review...).
I slipped the disk in drive A and copied the appropriate files to my hard
drive. I then rebooted (to install Scanlite as an ACC) and thought I was
well on my way to scanning nirvana. I called up Scanlite and then hit the
"SCAN" selection on the menu and nothing happens. The scanner does NOT
even grunt or twinkle. Hmmm...? I then try again and again and again.
Nothing. Where did I put Dr. Bobs phone number? I then go to old
faithful (Touch-Up) to ensure my scanner was still operational.
Everything worked fine. Gotta be a bug in Scanlite! Right? Wrong!
I then got out the neat little documentation that accompanied the program
and began to read. The doc's mentioned the configuration and setting up
the PROPER scanner for proper operation. If the proper scanner is not
chosen then it will not work! Simple enough. Well after clearing the
hair from the keyboard which I had removed from my head moments before I
called up Scanlite and selected the configuration menu. The default
scanner was set for Golden Image. I then set the selection for Migraph
and returned to the main menu. I selected SCAN and viola! Positive
results. Moral: ALWAYS READ THE DOCUMENTATION FIRST! I'm one of the
brightest and most intelligent people I know (barring Carl Sagan of
course) and I let this happen to me. Ashamed is an understatement. If
you believe the last statement please call me at 1-800-BUY-SWAMP here in
Now that I have thoroughly embarrassed myself and shown my inability
to read the simplest of instructions... allow me to continue.
The configuration menu also includes selections for the following:
1. Save the scanned image in compressed format or use the
standard format. I haven't used a program yet that requires
the "standard" format. All programs so far have been
compatible with the compressed format.
2. Time out setting.This allows the user to set the amount of
time the scanner will allow for inactivity before switching
off. The timer setting is based on a 8Mhz speed. So if you
have a 16Mhz machine, a 30 second setting will be in reality a
15 second time out value. I think you get the flow of reason.
3. "W" or "B" setting. This setting allows for the user to select
the background color of the scan, White or Black.
4. "O". Video plane setting to display the image scan on
multiplane (color) systems.
5. Lastly, you choose to save these settings for use the next
time Scanlite is called.
There is also a second configuration program that is run external of
Scanlite. The program is called SL_PREP.PRG. This program is for
configuring the memory buffer that is used by Scanlite. The user is NOT
required to use the buffer set-up, but many applications use up all
available memory and none is left for Scanlite ACC. In other words the
buffer set-up will set aside a predetermined amount of memory that
Scanlite will reserve for itself regardless of what the "other"
applications may do.
I have found the program to be extremely useful for general scanning
for pleasure and for serious DTP applications. I have found NO flaws
(bugs). I have been using the program for several weeks with many
applications. Dr. Bob is to be commended for this fine piece of
programming. Scanlite has special hooks to allow communication with a
sister program "COALESCE". This "hook" allows COALESCE to receive the
scanned image from Scanlite, whether called as an ACC or program for use
in combining to half-scans
into one seamless image.
Rating: 10 (out of 10).
Recommendation: Buy it! (if you have a hand scanner)
The program/ACC was tested on a Mega St 2 w/TOS 1.4 and on a Mega STE4
w/ TOS 2.05 - Note for MSTE users, TURN OFF the cache if using the 16Mhz
mode. This applies not only to Scanlite but to Touch-Up and COALESCE
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> STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date...
THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM
by Judith Hamner 72257,271
BJ Gleason has uploaded ver 1.1 of his Pbread program. PREAD1.ZIP
offers searching and a built-in help screen. ALICE.ZIP, also uploaded by
BJ, contains the complete text of Alice in Wonderland in Pbread format.
David Stewart has uploaded UFOREA.ZIP which contains two more Pbread files
for the entertainment of UFO fans. Another entertaining offering comes
from BJ. OPCODE.COM is in Pbread format and gives some amusing variations
for three letter machine codes. This should be a hit with assembly
Also on the light side is a fortune cookie program from BJ Gleason.
COOKIE.COM will give you a dose of wisdom every time you re-boot if placed
in your autoexec file.
PFDIAL.ZIP is a dialing queue manager written by Robert L. George.
This program will allow you to dial and edit telephone numbers.
CRYPT.ZIP by Don Messerli will be a boon to Port users who carry
sensitive data. The file contains editor hooks to encrypt and decrypt
documents. It uses passwords and is more secure than the previously
uploaded CODE utility by David Stewart.
In response to a user request, we have TIMECA.ZIP. This worksheet
will do running calcualtions of time in minutes and seconds.
PowerBasic users will appreciate BJ Gleason's POWED.ZIP. This file
contains an editor for PowerBasic. It allows editing and compiling of
Portfolio programs on the PC.
If you are looking for old gold in the forum libraries, LIBINF.TXT
could help. This file is a list of the most popular files in the library,
based on download count. Also included is a scorecard of the most
prolific uploaders in the forum.
Several useful programs have been uploaded recently. SCRMOD.ZIP by
David Stewart will display your current settings for external and internal
screen modes. TIMESE.COM is a PowerBasic program which will dial the
Naval Observatory in Washington DC and set your system clock to the
WORLD.ZIP contains a world map in PGC format and a Pbasic program to
display the map and print the current system time. ALARM.ZIP is an alarm
clock for the Portfolio. This program by BJ Gleason will keep the Port
running until the user exits it. JOG12.ZIP by Tim Salami does simple
calculations for joggers.
MKPG12.ZIP contains a new version of the PGX creation program by Don
Messerli. The program creates animations to be viewed with PGfliX. Among
the new features are partial second delays, random delays, and repeat
features. We have several new animations uploaded this past week.
TREE.ZIP by Don Messerli is a simple Christmas greeting. Don Thomas has
re-done his EYES.ZIP, PM.ZIP, and T2.ZIP to take advantage of the latest
features of MKPGX and PGfliX.
David Stewart has written CGASHO.ZIP to allow those with CGA monitors
to view .PGC and .PGF files on their desktop machines. PA08.TXT contains
issue #8 of Portable Addiction, uploaded by BJ Gleason.
The programming marathon has finally ended. Congratulations to
marathoners BJ Gleason, Don Messerli, and David Stewart for an excellent
job. They exceeded the goal of having at least one program added to the
forum library every day in November and December. As a result, the forum
library now contains over 600 files.
RESET.ZIP is a utility by David Stewart which will allow you to reset
the default file for one application without having to delete permdata and
lose the other applications'. PSSWRD.ARC is a password security for the
Port by Jim Ness. It will require a password to exit once the program has
been started. This will restrict access to the Port. It can be run from
the autoexec.bat to protect in the event of a reboot.
PLIB.ZIP by BJ Gleason is a collection of PowerBasic routines that
allow access to special Port functions. ASCII.ZIP is a code table which
would be of use to programmers.
The collection of PGC graphics files keeps growing. TARGET.PGC is a
humorous composition by Don Thomas of Atari. PATTRN.ZIP and PATT2.ZIP are
collections of background patterns by Don Messerli. ASL.ZIP is a Pbasic
program from BJ Gleason to show the letters in the American Sign Language.
Don Messerli has also provided a collection of animal pictures in
Don Messerli has created a new version of PCSHOW to view PGC files on
your desktop. PCSHO1.ZIP supports CGA as well as EGA and VGA. Atari ST
owners will be able to adapt Degas images to the Port with STGRAB.ARC. The
program will also display PGC images. STCHEK.ARC will check the PGC files
to see that they are clean and optimally compressed.
From the workshop of BJ Gleason comes SF.ZIP. Showfile 1.0 is a file
viewer which serves as a front end for PREAD. This stand alone version
can be used for viewing normal text files on the Port. There is a good
library of files available in Pread format. BJ has uploaded DOSINT.COM, a
DOS interrupt listing. PEMPIR.COM is a Space Epic. DICT2.ARC is a Pread
compressed version of the spelling dictionary, POORSPl.ARC. SNARK.COM
contains Lewis Carroll's "Hunting of the Snark". "Through the Looking
Glass" is in GLASS.ZIP. Both uploaded by BJ Gleason.
On a humorous note, MURPHY.ZIP contains Murphy's laws applied to
computers and HIST.ZIP is a history of the world as told by students'
test papers. Both were uploaded by Don Messerli. George Campbell has an
introduction to DOS in DOSDOC.COM.
Two new games arrived this week. Hangman is contained in two files:
HANGEM.COM and HANGEM.TXT. The text file can be edited to create your own
word lists. FINDME.COM will appear to fans of "Where's Waldo". You have
to seek out the unchanging letter out of 128 on the rapidly changing
David Hayden's comparison of 5 Palmtop computers from the December
Mobile Office is available. PLMTOP.COM is in Pread format. PLMTOP.TXT is
an ASCII version. Marty Mankins has also uploaded a comparison of several
palmtops. See COMPLM.TXT for his opinions.
Robert Kelsoe has uploaded DISPTM.COM, a PowerBasic program to display
the current time and give an audible countdown to each minute. This is a
useful companion to the time setting program TIMSE.COM which will set the
Port from the Naval Observatory's atomic clock.
RLE.ZIP is a viewer for RLE weather maps by BJ Gleason. Another
program of interest to pilots is WCA.COM. This is a PowerBasic version of
his flight computer.
David Stewart has written a trig program. TRIG.ZIP will give the
sine, cosine and tangent of an angle.
If things get a little too quiet, HORN.ZIP will play the Sailor's
Hornpipe through the Port's speaker. To really impress people in the line
at the gas station use your Port with LOTTO.ARC to pick the winning
numbers for your ticket.
> STReport's Editorial Page "Saying it like it really is."
From the Editorial Dep't.
Toasting in the New Year
by Dana P. Jacobson
It's hard to believe that 1992 is here already. I hope that the start
of this new year finds everyone healthy; it seems that most of the
STReport staff has been down and out with the flu lately. I think that
last week was the first time in ages that an issue didn't see the light of
day. I initially wanted to make a few predictions for the new year, but
somehow I couldn't see myself come up with too many.
I'm sure we'd all like to know ahead of time how Atari will fare in
1992, how the users will fare, what we can expect, etc. etc. Maybe my
optimism has waned a bit; or I've adopted a wait and see attitude - I
really don't know yet.
So, what I thought appropriate at this time, instead, was to take a
few topics from last year and make some recommendations or observations so
that perhaps a new year can help to provide some insight as to how things
can progress smoother.
Throughout this past year, there has been a lot of public and behind
the scenes controversy about some of the content of STReport. STReport
will continue to be for the Atari user. If this means that controversial
editorials continue, then that's what will be done. Some readers will
call this Atari-bashing, but it really isn't. _Someone_ has to bring
controversial issues to light; it's pointless to attempt to maintain a
rose-colored attitude. I find that controversy is an effective means to
affect change. It might not happen right away, but it will happen.
There has already been some behind the scenes attempts (mostly positive)
to try and affect some changes in STReport. I'm sure that we'll hear a
lot more as time goes on - we do listen!
Perhaps our editorials will take on a slightly different tact, but I
doubt we'll see a 180-degree turnaround. In an editorial earlier in the
year, I explained the attitudes dealing with "killing the messenger".
We'll continue to report, and editorialize" about those events, people,
etc. that we find to be informative to our readers. Let's hope that the
news for 1992 will be all positive so STReport can write it that way!
There was a lot of discussion in the past year about user groups, and
user group shows. I hope to learn in the near future that we'll see a
resurgence of user groups and user group activities. I hope to hear that
Atari finds a way to free Bob Brodie up enough so that he can help out in
this area. Last I heard, Bob still had that "role", among his many
others. Perhaps Bob can initiate an "official" Atari user group
newsletter on a monthly or bi-monthly basis to keep user groups informed
of current topics related to user groups. Or, another idea might be
a regular column specially directed for those user groups who might want
to include it in their regular newsletters. Before Start magazine folded,
I believe Bob had started a regular, albeit short-lived, column. Maybe it
can be resurrected for user groups. I expect that I'll get some E-Mail
from Bob thanking me for adding on a few more "duties" to his already
jam-packed schedule! Sorry, Bob.
User group shows are probably one of the biggest events that the users
have come to depend. The prospects for 1992 need to be addressed so
planners know where they stand and they can begin the early stages of
putting on another event. So far, I haven't seen any public messages that
any show for this year has been tentatively scheduled. The user group
show has always been a successful event where users and developers can get
together and talk, sell, buy, meet, party, etc. Let's hope that this
trend continues this year.
This is an election year, so I would imagine that the economy will
make a miraculous "recovery". If this happens, perhaps we'll see more
dealers and more (and new) products in the near future. Perhaps in its
infinite wisdom, Atari will find the means to let the general populace
know that the Atari line of computers does exist, and that it's a very
worthwhile investment. I also hope that our developer base remains
successful, and grows.
Speaking of developers, one thing that I would like to accomplish this
year is to inform our readers who our developers are. And in addition,
who the people at Atari are. I know that most of you know the names and
most of the products, but do we know _who_ these people are? If it can be
arranged effectively, I plan to talk with various developers, people at
Atari, magazine editors/staff, and some of the highly visible vendors who
you may want to learn more about. Wouldn't it be interesting to learn
more about such folks as Jack Tramiel, Bob Brodie, the CodeHeads, Jim
"Fast Tech" Allen, John Barnes, and more? If there's someone you'd like
to learn more about, let me hear your suggestion. The only stipulation
that I have is that this person(s) must be an active (and "visible")
member of the Atari community. I can reached on Delphi (DPJ), on GEnie
(D.JACOBSON2), Toad Hall BBS (617-567-8642) or the Bounty Atari ST BBS
(904-786-4176). If all else fails, drop me a letter to STReport at the
address listed at the top of this issue! I think we'll all find these
Most importantly, I hope that we all find 1992 to be an interesting
and fruitful year, both personally and Atari-related. We at STReport will
continue to strive to keep you informed of all the news and events,
directly and indirectly Atari related, for the coming year. I hope that
you'll join us and make this a joint endeavor.
Until next time...
> STR Mail Call "...a place for folks to be heard"
From the FNET Network
Conf : Atari 16/32 Bit
Msg# : 25140/25170 Lines: Extended Read: 2
Sent : Dec 26, 1991 at 9:33 AM
Recv : Dec 28, 1991
To : Ralph Mariano
From : Top Gun at TOP GUN SYSTEMS #1-NODE #475
Subj : Re: <25070> TRUTH!
In reply to:
- Sure! Atari NEEDS to sue. Atari SHOULD sue. In fact, Atari should
- clobber _anybody_ who has, does and might bad-mouth them. Yup, that
- type of thinking falls right in line with the "overall" perception the
- computer marketplace has envisioned of Atari... Sour Grapes! Darek
- Mihocka has been supporting the Atari platform from the very beginning.
- He has been a strong holdout in our area... as opposed to other devs who
- "bailed" early etc..
WOW RALPH!... What a guy! Been around since God was a child in the ATARI
arena...been an ATARI CLUB PRESIDENT back in the 8 through the ST days...
Been a developer with them... been to just about all the shows (COMDEX)
here in Vegas since I can't remember how long... and I want to add a VERY
BIG 'DITTO' to your comments... I have some inside information I received
at the show this year...
1. - Yes, Atari has apparently been out to butcher the little guy
(dealer/user/and all) since TRAMIEL's took over the company. Didn't use
to be that way when Nolan Bushnell started the company, but is definitely
2. - Atari has been after the $$$ since Tramiel took over and remember the
first thing he did when he purchased the games division? Fired 800
people! SAD huh? Oh well $$$ is the key.
3. - Atari moved systems hardware sales to the Europeans because of the
strength of the $$$ over there, while promising to release NEW hardware
into the US market (ya right!), and then when the hardware wouldn't pass
FCC, the promises went out the window and the hardware went to Europe.
4. - THIS YEAR'S PROMISES FOR NEXT YEAR! In addition to the new graphics
gamers, Atari SAYS they will be introducing the 040 as well as about 3
more NEW machines still "on the benches".
5. - Atari is DYING for DEVELOPERS for the NEW stuff, and guess where they
are probably going to get them... (remember ya gotta have hardware!),
that's why they are psuedo pampering the US market developers, in hopes of
trying to bring this market back up, while still pumping in Europe.
6. - Sad thing is that I don't believe the users (LONG TIMERS) can stand
much more of this, because we are NOT STUPID! The real downside to this
is that we have one of the FINEST machines EVER built in ANY arena, just
look at the overall architecture... and we have to be held captive by the
very entity WE CREATED with OUR support systems... not through any grace
of ATARI... SAD SITUATION but true... WE ARE THE ONES HOLDING THE US
MARKET IN PLACE... not ATARI!
I AM AN ATARIAN 'FOREVER'!
... but can someone do something
about the CORPORATION? <little grin>
TOP GUN SYSTEMS #1-LAS VEGAS (NODE #475) 702-363-6066
From the FNET Network
Conf : Atari Technical
Msg# : 9089/9092 Lines: 10 Read: 2
Sent : Jan 02, 1992 at 11:59 AM
To : Scott Standiford
From : Electron Beam at Bloom County 75 Silicon Valley
Subj : Re: <9087> COMPANIES AND MISTAKES
In reply to:
- Am I being overly optomistic or un-realistic? Possibly, but so what?
Yes you are being overly optimistic and unrealistic. And the 'so
what' comes down to simple behavior modification. By apologizing for and
ignoring Atari's mistakes you are rewarding their incompetent management
for their behavior. You, like all of us, want them to improve. The only
way we can contribute toward that end as individuals is to not reward them
for their incompetence. They need to learn from their mistakes. And if
nobody points them out they never will...
From Delphi Atari ST Area
31-DEC 00:12 General Information
TT RAM boards
From: TURBONICK To: ALL
Last month at the Chicago Computerfest, I bought a TT, but did not
take it home with me because I also bought extra RAM for it (2MB of ST RAM
and 4MB TT RAM), and the dealer said he would not be able to get the
daughterboard(s) until after the show. Well, I still don't have my TT. I
talked with the dealer today (actually my wife did because I have a bit of
laryngitis), and he says that he still does not have the boards. He also
said that some Atari sales guy said that they have the boards. Why aren't
they shipping them? Does anyone know? Have these boards been in short
'Course, with the amount of clutter around here, I don't know where I
could set up the TT anyway :-/ (I have computer desks on order - yes,
even for the old 8-bit, my wife will be happy...)
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> STReport CONFIDENTIAL "Reporting ABOUT Atari...not FOR Atari!"
* "Rumors - Tidbits - Predictions - Observations - Hot Tips" *
Mr. Supersnoop has been buzzing all 'round the west coast during the
past two weeks. Most of what he found were indications of an "obvious and
strong rebirth of Atari." He was told by one dealer in the SF Bay area;
"The product flow has been greatly enhanced." "The selection of computers
available would satisfy even the most demanding customer." "Dealers are
once again becoming abundant nationwide and are well stocked." "The
bundles (package deals) of software and hardware are moving quite well",
he heard from a number of satisfied dealers. He also noted that while he
was testing a new program on a brand spanking new class B TT, the TV
across the room was carrying a NEW, never seen before, highly animated
Atari advertisement for the "Atari Family of Fine Computers" where they
emphasized "A computer for every budget!" Hmmm.. that was on a National
Network TV channel! He gleefully noticed.
As the ad proceeded, a loud bell began ringing in the background. Our
snoop dutifully struggled to turn the TV sound down. As he reached for
the control... he woke to the familiar sound of his trusty old alarm
clock. Well.. some people do have "nice dreams"! Let's, all of us, hope
this dream comes to pass.
> A "Quotable Quote"
"'TIS BETTER TO REMAIN SILENT AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL..
...THAN TO OPEN ONE'S MOUTH AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT!"
....Ziggy "The Zigster" Zircon
(Homey's best buddie)
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