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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.time
Subject: STix - July 1991
Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Date: Wed Mar  2 12:52:11 1994





                               STix
                            ----------
ST Information Exchange                                  JULY 1991

       A Monthly Publication of the ST Information Exchange



[---------------------------------------------------------------]
|                        IN THIS ISSUE                          |
|                        -------------                          |
|                    From the Editor's Mess                     |
|                                                               |
|                           PD Picks                            |
|                                                               |
|            GEnie's "End of Time"  by  Steve Balch             |
|                                                               |
|                 _WordPerfect_ Classes Begin                   |
|                                                               |
|                         Nibbled News                          |
|                                                               |
|                     00: The Laugh Track                       |
[---------------------------------------------------------------]


>From the Editor's Mess

     A month has gone by since the STix Newsletter began 
publishing again.  As promised, you are now the proud owner of a 
July issue.  A lot has happened over that month, some good and 
some bad.  Let's start with the bad and work toward the good.

                        INFO-1: Bad Signs

     Last month's editorial concerned the decline of Atari stock
at Info-1, a store that has been Oklahoma City's Atari outlet for
many years.  I was a bit peeved that half of the Atari display
area had been turned over to IBM Windows programs.  Once bought,
little Atari software seemed to be replaced by new (or old)
releases.
     Another trip to Info-1 in June showed another bad sign,
posted on the front door: Atari software was on clear-out sale.
When asked, an unnamed Info-1 person claimed it was just 
time to face facts.
     I must be a little unclear on the facts.  Atari has 
released its new line of STe and Mega STe computers.  The TT is 
being classified by the FCC for American use.  All of the 
magazines I read show new software developments: Lexicor's new
graphic packages and Goldleaf's publishing software come to mind.
Atari Corporation is introducing new dealership plans and gearing
up advertising for the coming year.  The Portfolio, a continuing
top seller, is being expanded with new memory cards and palm-size
hard drives.  The STix user group has 70 members, and there are 
many more non-member Atari users out here.  Are these the facts I
am to face?
     To give them credit, Info-1 is a business.  And, like any 
computer store, money is not made on the sale of systems.  The 
money is in the software and support afterward.  The majority of 
people walking into Info-1 probably already own IBMs, and thus the 
preponderance of IBM books, soft and hardware.
     Still, this seems a low blow to the Oklahoma Atari community.  
It disappoints those STix members who trek to the store once or 
twice a month before meetings and find shrinking stock.  If no 
attempts to keep abreast of Atari developments are made, then an 
attempt to keep software stock fresh would be appreciated.

                   STix Newsletter: Good Signs

     I recently became a member of Cleveland Freenet.  Based at 
Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, Freenet is much like 
GEnie and Compuserve except in one respect: Freenet is, like its 
name suggests, free.  Although Freenet has a regular phone number, 
calling through the Internet system even defrays long distance 
costs.
     The Atari SIG on Freenet is growing steadily.  Message bases 
are increasingly used.  Review and Help areas are filling up.  
And, a call was put out for user group newsletters.  Seeing that 
as my cue, I signed up as a contributor.
     What does this mean?  It means STix Newsletter is now in 
ASCII format.  It is posted on Freenet so that others can see what
is happening in Oklahoma.  (Notes are added to the ASCII version 
as to what can and cannot be used or distributed without 
permission.)  I figure this is one other way to build a network of 
support for Oklahoma Atari users.

                      The Editor Takes a Bow

     It is now official.  I will be leaving in July for the 
Washington, D.C. area.  As much as I'd like to stay here and edit 
the newsletter, enjoy the low cost of living, and continue 
visiting my mother monthly, I cannot.  There are no jobs for me 
here.  The chance to go to Washington is something I cannot miss.
     The newsletter will continue, however.  John Cummins, with 
some assistance from anyone he can rope into the work, will carry 
on.  And, I hope to still help out as I can.  (After all, John
didn't know about the new ASCII STix Newsletter, so someone will
have to create them, right?)  So, don't look at this as losing an
editor; look at it as gaining a Washington correspondent!

                                                 Until next month,

                                                  Michael D. Lewis


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PD PICKS

Club's Library Grows!


     During a recent trip to Canada, Moh Severson, STix's club 
librarian, added considerable to the club's PD and shareware 
software collection.  Moh acquired _Current Notes Library's_ 
SyQuest Catridge # 1 which contains approximately 44mb of 
material.  Everything has been compressed and put onto 42 double-
sided diskettes for member's use at club meetings.
     Following is a list of most of what Moh acquired, mostly from 
documentation provided with the cartridge.  In future newsletters, 
we hope to spotlight certain particular programs or disks.  In the 
meantime, however, see what catches your eye here.  Information 
about _Current Notes_ is included on the disks for those who wish 
to order directly.  Enjoy!

                     CURRENT NOTES ST LIBRARY

                 CNCART 1: JULY '89 TO JUNE '90.

       CN#   K  Disk Name
       ==== === ==========================================

CA01 - ADVENTURES 
       362: 150 A DUDLEY DILEMMA
       363: 146 TARK
       364: 150 RAPTURE & SUSAN (R)
       365: 165 RING & PORK

CA02 - ADVENTURES
       366: 338 THE ADVENTURE GAME TOOLKIT (AGT)
 
CB01 - APPLICATIONS
       370: 171 NORAD
       380: 112 THE REVOLUTION HANDBOOK
       424: 108 MICRO RTX DEMO

CB02 - APPLICATIONS
       440: 156 STAR 2000
       441:  85 TCOS V1.2
       452: 163 MONOCHROME PAINTING PACKAGE
       455: 199 INVENTORY PRO, V3.0
       ---:  85 ARCHIVER

CD01 - DEMOS
       459:  84 ATARI CASH REGISTER
       386: 304 JIL2D(tm) DRAFTING PACKAGE
       456: 344 PAGESTREAM DEMO, V1.8

CD02 - DEMOS
       420: 199 .ACCESS DEMO
       450: 173 MASTER TRACKS JR. DEMO V1.10

CG01 - GAMES
       387: 108 EMPIRE MAP COLLECTION
       388: 249 BREACH SCENARIO COLLECTION
       426: 331 MEAN 18 COURSES

CG02 - GAMES
       438: 370 GAME DISK NO. 27: Gilgaled
       356: 210 BOLO
       429: 192 GAME DISK NO. 25: GranPrx

CG03 - GAMES
       373: 120 STRIP BREAKOUT (R)
       390: 256 GAME DISK NO. 21: PileUp
       391:  99 GAME DISK NO. 22: Super Breakout
       446: 205 PILEUP V2.1

CG04 - GAMES
       389: 201 GAME DISK NO. 20: Startrek
       360: 179 BERMUDA RACE II
       428: 176 GAME DISK NO. 24: Orbit

CG05 - GAMES
       348: 153 GAME DISK NO. 18: Trivia
       359: 131 PENTIMO
       383: 169 THE AMERICAN PASTIME BASEBALL SIMULATOR

CG06 - GAMES
       447: 132 BLOBBRUN & VIRTUE

CH01 - GRAPHICS
       368: 694 VIDI-ST NO. 1

CH03 - GRAPHICS
       417: 685 SATURN

CH04 - GRAPHICS
       394: 688 SPECTRUM PICTURES NO. 8: Cars & more

CH05 - GRAPHICS
       392: 679 SPECTRUM PICTURES NO. 6: People

CH06 - GRAPHICS
       371: 197 BERTHOLD'S PICS NO. 2
       393: 565 SPECTRUM PICTURES NO. 7: Space

CH07 - GRAPHICS
       410: 247 SPECTRUM COLOR CLIP ART

CH08 - GRAPHICS
       369: 383 VIDI-ST NO. 2
       408: 148 ANI ST

CP01 - DTP
       442: 646 CLIP ART NO. 14: ANIMALS

CP02 - DTP
       353: 147 PRINT MASTER ICONS NO. 3
       354: 152 PRINT MASTER ICONS NO. 4
       416: 197 CLIP ART & TIME WORKS BORDERS
       431:  67 KIDPUBLISHER PROFESSIONAL DEMO
       457: 167 PUBLISHER ST BORDERPACK

CP03 - DTP
       357: 192 PAGESTREAM FONTS NO. 1
       358: 232 CALAMUS FONTS NO. 1

CT01 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS
       381: 169 VANTERM V3.8
       347: 201 MOTERM ELITE 1.41
       449: 198 HAGTERM ELITE & MINIBBS

CU01 - UTILITIES
       374: 163 CODEHEAD UTILITY COLLECTION
       385: D. C. SOFTWARE SHAREWARE SAMPLER

CU02 - UTILITIES
       375: 182 DAREK MIHOCKA UTILITY COLLECTION

CU03 - UTILITIES
       376: 251 NEODESK ICON COLLECTION

CW01 - WORD PROCESSING
       372: 124 MAGNIWRITER ST
       401:   2 ST WRITER V3.4
       430: 238 ST WRITER ELITE, V3.8

REMEMBER:  Many of these programs are shareware.  Please support 
shareware authors.

-----------

_WordPerfect_ Classes Begin

     Word Perfect training sessions will be held at the Saturday 
STix meetings starting July 13th.  Saturday meetings are held the 
second Saturday of each month starting at 2 p.m. at the Nicoma
Park City Hall.  Carolyn Lumry will teach the classes beginning
at 2 p.m. and continuing until the meeting closes or the day's
topic has been thoroughly covered.
     The first session on July 13th will cover the basics of Word 
Perfect for the Atari ST.  Included will be information of the 
program's major strengths and uses, an overview of its commands, 
as well as some configuration tips for various ST and printer 
combinations.  These basics will not be covered in future 
sessions, so try to attend this first meeting.
     These sessions may be the perfect way to learn a few new Word
Perfect tricks or share some of your own tricks.  If you use
another word processor, here is a chance to compare WordPerfect's
capabilities to your favorite's.

-----------

GEnie's "End of Time"

Part 1 of 2              Copyright 1990-91 by Steve Balch


     GEnie (General Electric Network for Information Exchange), a 
commercial online communications service which supports several 
areas of interest to Atari ST owners, announced an enhancement to 
their services for personal computers.  In an announcement in the 
Sept./Oct. 1990 issue of _GEnie Livewire_, the bimonthly 
publication sent to GEnie subscribers, GEnie introduced "The End 
of Time" and the availability of "GEnie Star*Services," a flat-
rate service that includes unlimited, non-prime-time use of a 
number of existing online products and services.
     At a flat-rate of just $4.95 (U.S.) per month you gain 
unlimited access to such services as: GEmail, the electronic mail 
service; news, weather, and sports; various hobby, leisure, and 
human interest bulletin boards (sorry, the computer RoundTables 
are NOT included, and neither are the file areas of some of the 
Bulletin Boards [BB's] that ARE included in the flat-rate 
service); the single player online games (Black Dragon, et. al.); 
travel services such as American Airlines' EaasySabre; the GEnie 
Mall and the stores and services therein (and you will have to PAY 
for the producxts you buy, sorry); and, of course, the GEnie 
Administration and Information areas (such as the PC ALADDIN, ST 
ALADDIN, Genie Users BB's, billing and rate information, terminal 
set-up, local access phone numbers, and the online manuals).
     The services and products included in the Star*Services flat-
rate are indicated in the new menus with an asterisk ('*') 
preceding the description.  The keywords for these services also 
start with an asterisk and are in the 8000 series page numbers.
     If you wish to access GEnie for only the flat-rate $4.95 per 
month and not pay $6.00 per hour connect time charges, be sure to 
stay within the 8000 series page numbers or use only those 
keywords that are prefaced with an asterisk.  It is quite possible 
to use GEnie extensively and still stay within the flat-rate 
Star*Service areas.  (ALADDIN ST users should stay with the older 
numbers, those below 8000, when using GEnie.  The 8000-series 
numbers, at this time, seem to merely be "pointers" to the older 
page numbers.)
     A current and complete list of all GEnie services, including 
Star*Services, is available online by using the keyword *INDEX 
(turn on your capture buffer and select option 2 from the menu).
     GEnie eliminated the $29.95 sign-up fee.  At the same time, 
GEnie announced the introduction of new rates, effective October 
1, 1990.  The new rates include access at 300, 1200, or 2400 bits 
per second at $6.00 (U.S.) per hour, reduced from $10.00 (U.S.) 
per hour.  These are Non-prime-time rates applicable to all
services and products not included in the Star*Servies flat-rate,
except those that require a separate subscription fee or are surcharged.
     The various computer RoundTables (RT's) and all of the file 
libraries (including the libraries of the BB's included under 
Star*Services) are NOT included under the flat-rate plan.  Prime-
time rates for 300, 1200, and 2400bps connections are billed at 
$18.00 (U.S.) per hour.  Note that the Star*Services flat-rate is 
NOT applicable during prime-time hours, which are defined as 8 
a.m. thru 6 p.m., MOnday thru Friday (except holidays and other 
special days as indicated).
     Communications surcharges may apply to connections made from 
some locations or thru come communications network services.  
Fortunately, the Oklahoma City area local access number is NOT 
surcharged.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Sorry to cut Steve's article short.  It was so 
chock full of info, and I thought it best to halve it.  Next month 
Steve tells how to sign on to GEnie and discusses what 
Star*Services has for us Atari users!

-----------

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.


Atari Warps into the 23rd Century

In an agreement with Walter Koenig (who plays Chekov in _Star 
Trek_), Atari is providing the actor with a Mega STe4 and SLM605 
laser printer.  John Eidsvoog of CODEHEAD Software has already 
started helping Koenig get the maximum use out of his new system.  
Koenig and the computer will be featured in a print ad campaign 
geared to coincide with the release of _Star Trek VI: The 
Undiscovered Country_ in December.

CODEHEAD Utilities 4 Released

The latest collection of utilities, number four, has been released 
by CODEHEAD Software.  The two disks have 1.5mb of software 
including 21 new or upgraded utilities, 7 shareware programs, and 
7 demos of upcoming or popular CODEHEAD software. The disks are a 
steal at $34.95!  A must for either the casual or power user!

-----------

00: THE LAUGH TRACK

-- provided by Steve Balch

>From "IS TECH NEWS"  Vol.6 No.1, April 1991
Via "SNAPDUMP"  Vol.5 No.6, June 1991
 
Just For Fun

The Motorola Lunch Bunch is proud to announce it's latest 
development...

The DARK Computer

The Dark Computer is a technological breakthrough destined to 
eclipse the recently announced "light" computer. The Dark Computer 
is the result of years of study, research and development in the 
dark. It is faster than the light computer because dark travels 
Faster than light.  (Proof:  Before light gets anywhere, dark is 
already there.)

The Dark Computer uses the newly discovered subatomic particle, the 
dark quark.  Our research has determined that two dark quarks 
combine to form the basic elementary particle of darkness, the 
offon. Three dark quarks combine to form the elementary particle of 
management, the moron. The Dark Computer requires very little power-
-so little, in fact, that it is completely powered by a single lunar 
cell (similar to a solar cell, but more efficient in high-dark 
conditions).

Some of the unique hardware features of the Dark Computer are:

Multiple shift registers for left-shift, right-shift and night-shift 
operations.

One biggabyte of memory composed entirely of shadow RAM with a fully 
dissociative outta cache.

Music synthesizer with demonstration tunes such as "Moonlight 
Sonata", "Dark Eyes" and "In the Still of the Night".

Sidereal-time clock with a granularity of 28 days (known as 1 lunar 
tick).

A DGA (Dark Graphics Adaptor) display composed of one million (1000 
x 1000) DEDs (Dark Emitting Diodes). These are similar to LADs 
(Light Absorbing Diodes) in the same way electron-flow resembles 
hole-slow theory.

Optional Interface to the MLB Digital Holstein (we're really milking 
this!). With a Digital Holstein connected, processor output 
increases to 32M Complex Orthogonal-Weighted Floated Operations Per 
Second (32M COWFLOPS).

The MLB Dark Computer is especially useful for applications such as 
blackhole research, dark-side-of-the-Force computations, blindfold 
tests, vampire tracking and mushroom management. Military 
applications include SDI, Stealth research and RFP (Request For 
Proposal) generation. The Dark Computer is Powerful enough to handle 
computations on matter, anti-matter and doesn't matter.

Don't be left in the light!


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|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    |
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|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.                                                      |
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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
                         John Cummins           address or give it
               Hospit'y: Bill Puckett           an officer.
               Comm.   : Bill Hallman

STix Newsletter                                          July 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'





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