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Article #42 (55 is last): 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 ----------- 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! [----------------------------------------------------------------] |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. 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