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From: aa596@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Date: Wed Sep 12 08:51:38 1990

(Reprinted with permission from the NOAH Newsnotes Newsletter)

The weekend of August 22-23 at the Duesseldorf Atari Fair, ICD introduced
their exciting new AdSpeed ST accelerator to a crowd of over 50,000. The
reception was exceptional. The features are numerous:

     AdSpeed is a 16 MHz 68000 cached accelerator that switches between 16
MHz mode with a 32K cache (16K data & instruction cache with 16K cache tag
RAM)...and a true 8 MHz mode with the cache off. This allows full
compatibility with *all* software in the normal mode PLUS compatibility in
the high speed mode. AdSpeed will not keep you from any of your software.

     The unbelievable part is that the speed can be changed on the fly with
a simple desk accessory. As we demonstrated at Duesseldorf, you can be
running an application like calamus with a document loaded and pull down
the DA to chance speeds at any time! AdSpeed QINDEX times are as good or
better than all other 16MHz 68000 based accelerators.

     AdSpeed ST is smaller than all the others and will fit in all ST
models with no jumper wires needed. (The old CPU must be removed and a
socket installed.) AdSpeed uses SMD technology with a multilayer PCB and
highly integrated logic to keep the performance up and the size down.

     AdSpeed ST has been tested with and is fully compatible with Spectrum
512 in the 8 Mhz mode! We have also successfully tested AdSpeed ST with
Calamus, Omikron BASIC, and other software.

A maintenance update of WordPerfect 4.1 for the Atari ST is scheduled for
a Summer 1990 release. The update includes several feature enhancements and
support for large screen monitors.

     Using a set of common rules, the Auto-Hyphenation feature can be set
to automatically hyphenate words. The Auto-Hyphenation feature can be
turned on or off, and the position of the hyphen can later be changed by
inserting a hard hyphen.

     The look feature in List Files will now show the document in a
standard GEM window, allowing the use of scroll bars to move up and down,
as well as right and left. In addition, you can directly import or export
files between WordPerfect 4.2 for the IBM PC and WordPerfect 4.1 for the
Atari ST.

     The maintenance update also provides support for several new printers.
An additional print disk is sold seperately and provides improved support
for PostScript printing. The Post Script printer drivers offer several
point sizes for each font. Available fonts include Helvetica, Times Roman,
Avant Garde, Bookman, Hevetica Narrow, New Century Schoolbook, Palatino,
Zapf Chancery, and Courier. The additional PostScript print disk is
available for $10 by itself or for an additional $2.50 if ordered with the
maintenance update.

     Registered WordPerfect users may obtain the maintenance update for a
$12.50 shipping and handling fee by calling (800) 222-9409, or by writing

WordPerfect Corporation
Atari Products Division
P.O. Box 731
Orem, Utah 84059-0731

Word is that the latest batch of STe's coming off the assembly line do not
suffer the same DMA problems that many of the inital machines did. This is
good news, as this problem could trash a hard drive when the problem
surfaced. It seems that Atari is being very good about exchanging the
faulty STe computers for working versions. Still no word yet on a TOS 1.6
to 1.62 upgrade offer, however. We'll keep you posted.

920,000 BAUD?
Yup, the new Megatalk board supposedly can support baud rates up to
920,000 baud. The board, from none other than Dave Small and Gadgets by
Small, was designed primarily as an extension to his Spectre GCR emulator.
The board has two serial ports (one supporting Appletalk) and a Mac SCSI
port, allowing the Spectre GCR to now properly run Mac MIDI software, as
well as allowing a user to hook-up Apple Laserwriters, A Mac hard disk, or
connect to a local area network. The board, which is designed to connect to
the Mega ST's expansion bus, is expected to retail for $299.00.

There have been many, many rumors surrounding Atari and a pending move for
the company out of Sunnyvale. The reasons stated have been the time
difference between the Pacific US and Europe. Moving to somewhere in the
Eastern US would allow easy travel to Europe. As of now, no solid word on
where Atari wants to move to, but some insiders have claimed Boston, while
others have already ruled that location out.

The GEnie information system has recently announced a new user billing
system. Called Star*Services, it offers unlimited access to certain hobby
or informational Roundtables (bulletin boards) within the system for a
monthly $4.95 fee. Any service that is free on the system is listed with an
* preceding it, hence the name Star*Services. The free boards and services
include such things as the on-line Grolier Encyclopedia, E-Mail, Hobby
boards, single-player on-line games, and much more. This service also
lowers the hourly charge for 2400 baud access to non-free services (such as
the ST Roundtable) from $10.00 to $6.00 per hour, so if you use GEnie for
more than an hour a month, you'll begin to see savings from this new
policy. The service becomes active on October 1st. Any GEnie user not
signed onto Star*Services by then will no longer be able to access GEnie.

Well, it looks like Atari US's new president, Elie Kenan, has started to
settle in. He has spent the last few months reviewing the currently dismal
state of affairs for Atari US, and is now preparing to correct the
situation. Those that have met him are very optimistic that his presence
here in the US is the start of good things for Atari, and are confident
that he can once again restore Atari to some measure of respect in the
computing community. As always, time will tell, but keep your eyes open, as
the rumors of a major advertising blitz may be more than just rumors...

32Mhz TT!
Seems the current version of the TT at the FCC is a true 32Mhz machine! It
also seems that the next version of the TT, the tower configuration that
will come with Unix and X-windows, will also be built to a true 32Mhz
specification. If this is true, it would mean that Atari is serious about
playing with the big boys in the upscale Unix workstation market. The
current desktop version of the TT should be here soon. When the next
version of the TT will be available is anyone's guess, however.

NOAH Newsnotes
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