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Article #39 (55 is last): From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.time Subject: STix - June 1991 Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Date: Wed Mar 2 12:43:29 1994 STix ---------- ST Information Exchange JUNE 1991 A Monthly Publication of the ST Information Exchange [---------------------------------------------------------------] | IN THIS ISSUE | | ------------- | | From the Editor's Mess | | | | PD Picks | | | | Club Election Results | | | | Nibbled News | [---------------------------------------------------------------] >From the Editor's Mess ---------------------- Surprised? It has been quite some time since STiX has put together a newsletter. Getting this newsletter probably surprises you as much as finding out I was editor surprised me. A couple of months ago, I mentioned I was interested in the job. "I might be able to do it," I said. "Give me a couple of old newsletters and the programs I need, and I'll see if I can." And they handed me the club's PageStream, some fonts, some image files, and patted me on the back. Instant Editor -- Just Add Software. Now, out of excuses, I present the first of a monthly newsletter. I would like to thank everyone involved with the effort for their patience. I would like to especially thank John Cummins, the other editor (no head honcho in this outfit!). He let me borrow his monochrome monitor so I could finish putting this little paper together. (Actually, I think he loaned it knowing I'd be really embarrassed to not have something ready by the time he came to get it. Am I right, John?) John and I hope the newsletters will be as informative and up-to-date as a monthly publication can be. They will definitely get larger as we discover the direction we want them to take. I would like to get input from you, the readers, too. What would you like to see here? Software reviews? Hardware tests? Atari rumors? Maybe you have an article you'd like us to use? You can reach us at the Saturday meetings, since we usually attend those. Also, you can contact us through John's BBS in Stillwater: Erbid's Place (405) 377-5819 Stillwater, OK 24 Hours 96/24/1200 Baud Just leave a message to either Erbid (the SysOp) or James Bond-007" (me). ---------- INFO-1: Throwing in the Towel? An Editorial Comment Although I didn't make it to the May meeting, I did make my monthly journey to Info-1. What I saw disturbed me. It seems that Info-1 has removed half of Atari's display area, replacing it with IBM Windows software packages. All that remained of Atari software was some aging games, a few applications, and a small selection of hardware (Magic Sac, a mouse, etc.). Just a month before, Info-1 had moved its STacy display unit next to the software shelves. Although the best place to show a computer probably is next to its software, the STacy is now gone. All that remains is a lone unit in the display room which looks like it is slowly being dismantled and sold in parts. When I leafed through the magazines, it seemed to me that many new items were being released for the ST. The European mags had their usual glossy pictorials of many new games. ST Informer spoke of recent developments in desktop publishing software. Why was Info-1 decreasing their Atari stock? It is the last bastion for Atari users in Oklahoma City. I hope to ask them the next time I visit the store. I hope to be able to relay either better news or a good explanation in the next newsletter. Until that time, I have to say if Info-1 is throwing in the Atari towel, it will be a sad thing for Oklahoma City. Despite rumors, I have never had a problem returning bad software or getting assistance there. Although mail-order is often cheaper, recent experiences have made me appreciate checking out at least the box before a purchase. (More on that, perhaps, in my next editorial.) Losing Info-1 as an outlet can only further frustrate Oklahoma Atari users starved for the latest software and hardware. (Where else can you find a selection of Atari magazines like Info-1 has?) Let us hope this is a problem with space limitations and not the tolling of a bell. ---------- So ends the gloom and doom. On to the news and events! Your editor, Michael D. Lewis PD Picks -------- This will be a monthly column devoted to spotlighting public domain and shareware programs. The programs may not necessarily be new, but the person who contributed the information has found them particularly useful. These programs can usually be located on a BBS near you or at a STiX meeting. Filenames may vary. DCRTCALL.ARC This program from Double Click allows you to press the right mouse button to call a file selector. It will also call custom file selectors such as UIS and Little Green. DCPOPBAR.ARC Another Double Click product. By pressing the right mouse button, the user gets menu bar selections at the location of the mouse. PAPACNT.ARC The Paperless Accountant. A small program which helps you keep track of checking, credit, and loan accounts. It allows you to customize the entry notations (I changed Heating Oil to Natural Gas, for example). A good feature is the option to have cashflow charted by bargraph. Being "paperless," it is a good program for someone like me who only cares to supplement his checkbook figuring. MOUSER.ARC Those drop-down menus bothering you while you're working at the top of your document? MOUSER will not allow the pointer to enter the menu bar until the right mouse button is pressed. RAMBABY.ARC An upgrade of the INTERSECT RAMDisk. RAMBABY allows you to allocate your ramdisk's size through a desk accessory. Could be handy when you need that extra few K to download from your favorite BBS or to print your work. SUPRBT70.LZH SuperBoot, a program which allows you to choose programs and desk accessories at boot-up, has been upgraded. The latest version, 7.0, still allows you to define function keys for various program startups and more. Added are frills such as digitized sounds played at the same time a picture is displayed during boot-up. Club Election Results --------------------- Officers for the year of 1991 were elected a couple of months ago. Although it is no longer news, here is the list of those elected (or appointed . . . heh heh) to STiX posts. President Steve Balch Vice President Fred Hoipkemeier Secretary Kenneth Love Treasurer Carolyn Lumry Librarian Moh Severson Editors Michael Lewis John Cummins Hospitality Bill Puckett Communications Bill Hallman Belated congratulations (or condolences . . . heh heh) to everyone. Here's to another good year for STiX. Nibbled News ------------ The following informative tidbits were taken from various sources. Two of the sources were the online electronic magazines Z*NET INTERNATIONAL and STREPORT. For those of you with modems who cannot find these on a BBS near you, it would be worth your time to convince a SysOp to carry them. STart Magazine Finished? STart Magazine, published by Antic Publishing, announced that publication will cease until the magazine is sold. Twenty thousand subscribers will be given substitute subscriptions to other publications. STart was the only "slick" commercial, independent magazine produced in the United States. Remaining are Atari's bi-monthly Atari Explorer, the newsprint mags ST Informer and AtariUser, and various user group publications. Atari VP Speaks Up Richard Miller, the Atari Vice-President of Research and Development, recently answered questions for GEnie users in an online conference. His first comments were directed toward the concern for high-density (1.44mb or so) floppy drive mechanisms. Although no machines have been shipped with such mechanisms, he pointed out the announcement that inexpensive upgrades will be available in the near future. Miller did say that Atari will be offering hard drives up to 600mb before year's end. The new Atari laptop, the ST Book, should be shipping after the Dusseldorf Atari show and will cost around $1500. Miller confirmed that Atari is developing a palmtop computer. Miller announced that the Mega STE received FCC Class B approval on May 15, 1991. New STs on the Way The Mega/STe computers are coming! The new 16mHz, TT-styled machines are now shipping to the U.S. and Canada at new reduced prices: $1,699 retail for a 2 meg RAM, 50 mbyte hard drive unit. A Mega/STe 1 may become available at or below $1,000 that would have only one meg of RAM and no hard drive, allowing the user to upgrade as he desires later. ST Package for Schools D.A. Brumleve of KIDPRGS announced that his company offers an ST package designed for preschool through Grade 1. The package includes a 1040STe, 11 programs, mouse and mousepad. The programs include public domain and commercial software specially modified to suit the needs of the classroom setting. He presented it at the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Des Moines, April 18-20, and it was well-received by onlookers. Interested teachers and directors of preschools, day care centers, at-risk programs, or Kindergarten-Grade 1 can contact Brumleve at 217-337-1937 to request information and literature. MULTIGEM Arrives Are you a power uslways looking for that extra modification, gadget, or patch that will squeeze an extra nanosecond of speed or add another use to your ST? If you have seen the higher-end Macintosh machines, then you may have been envious of their multi-tasking ability. REVOLVER and various other switching programs are nice, but they are not true multi- tasking. Now there is MULTIGEM. MULTIGEM uses the accessory slots of the desktop for programs. Up to six programs may be loaded at a time. If the program is written for MULTIGEM then it will actually run along with other programs. Otherwise, MULTIGEM will load multiple programs in separate windows and allow you to switch between them. Reports are that MULTIGEM works on all STs and TTs, although only with the original desktop. Desktops which replace GEM generally are not compatible. MULTIGEM and an accelerator board could make a very productive combination. [----------------------------------------------------------------] |The _STix Newsletter_ is a monthly publication of the ST Infor- | |mation Exchange (STix). STix is a place for people who own or | |are interested in Atari ST, Mega ST, STe, and TT line of compu- | |ters to meet and discuss common interests. Any use of brand | |names, company names, logos, and other proprietary items associ-| |ated with companies mentioned in the _STix Newsletter_ are | |intended as a means of identifying said companies and are not | |meant to infringe upon the owner's rights. All articles are the| |sole property of the authors and reflect the author's views. | |Articles do not necessarily reflect the views of _STix News- | |letter_, ST Information Exchange, its officers, or its members. | |Attempts have been made to give proper credit wherever it is | |necessary. | [----------------------------------------------------------------] STix Officers: Pres. : Steve Balch _STix Newsletter V.P. : Fred Hoipkemeier is always looking Sec. : Kenneth Love for articles. If Treas. : Carolyn Lumry you would like to Lib. : Moh Severson contribute, you News Ed.: Michael Lewis may send it to our Hosp't'.: Bill Puckett address or give it Comm. : Bill Hallman an officer. STix Newsletter June 1991 -- Michael Lewis "Now that you're dead, your usefulness ar224/ CWRU Freenet to me has ended!! But I'll keep your shoes. HA HA HA!!" -- Lightning Bug 'J-Men Forever'