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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.log
From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: Mar.09,1991 Atari SIG Expands Preview
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Reply-To: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Edited-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Date: Wed Apr 17 23:55:33 1991

On Saturday, March 9, 1991, the Atari SIGOps announced:

Atari SIG users,

    As you can tell, the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG has undergone some
changes.  There has been no formal announcement of it since it is not
completely done.  It shouldn't be fully completed until the end of next week.
But since we can't really wait that long to tell you about some of the areas,
we'll briefly explain to you some of the new areas and what it is for.

    The "Programming/Developing Forum" is probably the biggest jump into
helping a certain group of Atari users.  If you are a programmer or are even
thinking about programming for the Atari ST, this Forum is definetely for you.
It has been put together by Pete Haller, a knowledgable person when it comes
to programming and developing for Atari computers.

    The second area, which all you MIDI users should be using at this moment
but maybe couldn't find it is the Atari MIDI Forum.  This is located in the
Special Application Forums section.  It is probably realistic to say that
over half of you reading this message has done some type of MIDI work with your
ST.  This is why this section was put up and if you didn't use it, you'd be
missing out on some great future plans for that area.

    The third area is the "Product Info & Support Area".  This is where there
are many things yet to be done but should be completed shortly.  In this area,
there is an Atari Dealer listing, magazine directory, and separate areas for
each Atari system.

    The areas are:

    8-bit Computer Info & Support
    16/32-bit Computer Info & Support
    Portfolio Palmtop Info & Support
    Lynx Portable Info & Support

    In each of these sections are specific areas to help you, the user, in
choosing a product that is right for you.  But WE CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH the
importance of you contributing to these sections.  It was established by a
gamble that YOU would contribute to these areas.  These areas can be accessed
faster by typing the go commands for it:
    "Go Atari8"
    "Go Atari16"
    "Go Portfolio"
    "Go Lynx"

    YOU MUST take the time and write a review, a summary, or anything else
that you can give to these sections.  It can be the most valuable asset to the
Atari SIG and to you if everyone makes it worth something.

    The last biggest section that the Atari SIG has added to it is the
"Atari Computer Files" area.  This section supports the 8-bit, ST, and
Portfolio computer systems.  It will be a "dumb" file area using UUENCODED
files.  It will be a little harder to use than regular file areas on your
local BBS but there will be an advantage.  Users, like yourself, who get a
new program in their area of the United States, can upload it to this area
so another person can get the program who might live on the opposite side of
the country.  Of course, there are many Clevelanders that will be using this
area as well and the best stuff coming through FTP no doubt will be uploaded
to these areas.  There will most likely be a restriction of how many files
we will have there but there will atleast be something.

     The "Atari Computer Files" section is not complete and we don't expect
it to be finished until next week sometime.  So just be patient.  We need to
make sure an area of its kind is done the correct way so it can remain
easy to use even while being very busy.

     To those of you who are checking out the Atari SIG for the first time
due to an article in a magazine publication or a posting on your local system,
welcome!  This Atari SIG, as you will find out is very different and unusual
than what you have ever seen.  Be a part of the new and energetic force
determined to make your system, the best that it can possibly be.

Thank you.

Your Atari SIGOps


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