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From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Edited-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Sat Nov  1 17:32:46 1997

From: (Ernest R. Schreurs)
Date:  Thu, 21 Aug 1997 23:25:45 GMT

It has been two years since we produced the POOLDISK, a CD that
contains about 2300 public domain / shareware / freeware diskettes
for the XL/XE in ATR format.  We are currently working on a new
version, the POOLDISK II.  This CD will contain even more diskettes.
We gained acces to a stack of diskettes with Dutch software, and
we are sure that there are lots of other disks out there that we do
not have in our private collection.  So we need your HELP!!!!

Actually, you can do yourself a favor.  If you happen to have any
disks that we do not already have, it would be greatly appreciated if
you would send us or E-mail us a copy of it in the ATR format.  A
regular copy of an 8-bit disk is fine too of course.  We will then put
that disk on the next POOLDISK.  Then, if you obtain a POOLDISK
from us, it will contain all the public domain / shareware / freeware
diskettes that you own.  This will provide you with an excellent
backup of all your disks, and in the mean time, you can share all this
software with all other classic Atari users.  So, this is sort of like
having all your disks written to a CD for free!  Well, you have to pay
us for the cost of the CD of course, but, since we sold a lot of
copies of our first POOLDISK, we have recovered all our cost
(investment in hardware, software, photographs etc.) so we can produce
this next POOLDISK real cheap.  Our original POOLDISK was sold
at US $ 35, but we can produce the second POOLDISK much
cheaper.  We have not yet set a fixed price,  but the POOLDISK II
will be sold at half that price or less!  Note that this price is not
fixed yet, as we are still considering the option to make it a
double-CD.  But rest assured that this CD will be real cheap.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has
purchased our first POOLDISK, for through their support, we can
create this second POOLDISK at these astonishing prices.

So, send us ALL the PD / shareware / freeware that you have,
If you want to verify whether or not we already have the program
or disk you want to send to us, feel free to ask, just send us a note.
If you are a librarian, or know one, contact us!  We can create a
separate directory on the CD to identify that these disks come
from your usergroup.  This is THE chance to create a permanent
backup copy of your library.

If you have photos of rare 8-bit items or other material that would
be interesting to put on this CD, contact us!  Any other suggestions
are welcome too!  Any rare 2600 stuff is equally welcome!

Make sure you do not miss this opportunity to participate in this
project.  Don't disappoint us, make my mailbox full with ATR's.
The more people participate, the faster we can produce this
CD.  We are planning on releasing it before the end of this
year, maybe even in time for Christmas.  So help us please!

Send E-mail to or by regular mail to

Ernest R. Schreurs
Kempenlandstraat 8
5211 VN  Den Bosch
The Netherlands

Michael Current,
8-bit Atari FAQ and Vendor Lists,
Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, telnet:// (go atari)
St. Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts,

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