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Article #29 (214 is last): From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.zmag Subject: Z*Magazine: 15-Nov-86 #2.7 Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Date: Mon Jul 5 09:41:13 1993 ___________________________________ Zmagazine November ___________________________________ November 15, 1986 Issue 2.7 ___________________________________ Publisher,Editor in Chief:Ron Kovacs ___________________________________ Zmag Staff: Assistant Publisher:Ken Kirchner Software Reviewer: Eric Plent Coordinator: Larry Mihalik ___________________________________ Zmag Headquarters (New Jersey) The Syndicate BBS Post Office Box 74 Middlesex, NJ 08846-0074 (201) 968-8148 300/1200 24 Hours ___________________________________ Xx Zmag 11/15/86 This week........... <*> Zmag crosses the Atlantic into Sweden!! <*> CompuServe Watch <*> New Zmag Systems List <*> Bruce Kennedy Returns <*> Computer Laws Signed <*> Editor Notes <*> Comdex Opens and closes this week. <*> Next week in Zmag <*> Zmag Systems List updated and more...... ___________________________________ Xx Zmag Invades Sweden EasyPlex on CompuServe Date: 09-Nov-86 13:30 EST From: Lennart Olsson [76254,467] Subj: ZMAG now in Sweden! ---Ron--- I enjoy ZMAG very much myself so I have fed it into my BBS here in Sweden. Do you mind having a Swedish BBS in your ZMAG BBS listing? Currently though, its impossible for U.S. citizens to reach us. Although our modem supports 1200 V22 and 2400 V22bis, the telephone lines don't. As there are different standards for 300/300 (and we use CCITT instead of BELL) I don't think many users can come through successfully from U.S. We call our BBS - Sorman Information eXchange, SIX. It runs on a Mac+, and carry general computer news and sections for Mac, Atari 8-bit, and Atari ST. The number is +46-470-22183. P.S. We intend to be the best Atari BBS in Scandinavia. (I think we already are, even if we haven't been online for more than 3 weeks...) Thanks for a nice Atari magazine, Lennart Olsson (SIX sysop) EasyPlex Date: 13-Nov-86 12:55 EST From: Lennart Olsson [76254,467] Subj: Sweden calling... Hello again Ron! I AM posting ZMAG on our BBS here in Sweden. It's ok by me for you to publish the previous letter. About our BBS...We are still "in the starting position", i.e. we are trying out the easiest maintenance procedures, system lay-out etc. I have only posted messages about our existence on a few other BBSs, so we have only about 10 users in this phase. (3 Atari users). However, the goal is to be the best BBS here in Sweden. Therefore it requires a certain amount of planning and preparations before we open up "for real". The BBS is completely free of charge. It is sponsored by a company. At the moment you can't establish a good link to us because the lines around here aren't too good. We are working on that. Next week a representative for the Swedish Telecommunications company will visit us and look into our problems. If everything goes right we will be able to receive calls on 300 bps CCITT, 1200 bps V22, and 2400 bps V22bis. Also there may be a possibility to reach us through packet switched networks, e.g. Tymnet and Telenet. We start out using Red Ryder Host on a Macintosh Plus. I hope we can get a machine with several channels simultaneously sometime. If anyone would like to try the noisy phone lines to Sweden the number is: +46-470-22183. (The modem can sense 300 CCITT, 1200 V22, and 2400 V22bis). I have to quit know, but I'll be back. Thanks for a good ZMAG Ron. Best wishes, Lennart Olsson ___________________________________ Xx Antic Analog Blues Part 4 Well, as usual ANTIC did it again. The "Tech Tips" in the back of the December issue is bad enough and stolen enough to make me put this up here. First, although they credit "the sysop of the Atlantis BBS" for much of the stuff, a lot of it comes directly out of our book ("Inside Atari DOS", published by COMPUTE). Other pieces of the "tips" came from COMPUTE, ANALOG, the Atari DOS 2.0s manual, and (to be fair) ANTIC itself in earlier days. COME ON ANTIC! We don't mind seeing this stuff for the umpteenth time (after all, there are always new users who don't have 5 years of back issues), but don't go making out like this is brand-new, hot-off-the-press, exciting discoveries. Okay? Second, whatever you do, please DON'T take their advice about "ERROR 164". They give a pair of POKEs which, supposedly, will allow you to load a file which has bad file numbers. The ONLY time you should use this is when you are reading (for example) old MyDOS disks (or others of that ilk) where the file numbers were purposely omitted. If your file is REALLY damaged and DOS tells you so via error 164, you have about one chance in 1024 that the sector link is correct, so "LOAD"ing the file (as they recommend) is almost surely suicide. And "SAVE"ing the result can only be asking for trouble. I would never attempt this process on anything but text files. Even then, I would strongly recommend getting a sector editor and learning how to use it. This patch to DOS method is a sure way to ruin. Third, I can't figure out why anyone would want to put their disk directory out on the disk in a text file (virtually all commercial programs allow you to read the directory, and the code to read it from BASIC is essentially identical to the code to read a text file.. only the OPEN mode number is changed). However, if you can somehow find a use for it, here is a MUCH shorter and easier method of doing so than ANTIC's version: 10 OPEN #1,8,0,"D:DISKDIR" :REM (or any file name) 20 OPEN #2,6,0,"D:*.*" :REM (or *.BAS or whatever) 30 TRAP 50 40 GET #2,X : PUT #1,X : GOTO 40 50 END This relies on a little known "feature" (a feature is a documented bug) of DOS 2 and most of its derivatives. If you OPEN a file for output BEFORE you open the directory, you can do this kind of copy. Neat feature: the new disk directory file will not appear in the text file list! (Maybe not so neat if you were counting on it being there. Oh well.) Enough. Just hate to see stuff readily available in most every reference work appearing as if it were news. I bet that between "MAPPING THE ATARI" and "Your Atari Computer", all but one or two of the "tips" in ANTIC are in already copyrighted material. Enough said? Bill Wilkinson OSS and COMPUTE! and other sundry places. 73177,2714 ___________________________________ Xx MAGAZINES-ON-A-DISK As retailers devote less space to low-priced software in favor of high -profit hardware, a new distribution channel is emerging --subscription -based software magazines. While major publishers like Compute! and Antic publications have hopped on the bandwagon in the past year with magazine and disk combinations for the Atari 520 ST, the king of the field is Uptime. First published in 1984, Uptime gives subscribers a disk of 10 Apple II games and utilities in addition to reviews, ads and articles. The venture, based in Newport, R.I., should reap more than $1 million this year, Publisher Bill Kelly told Soft*Letter, a monthly newsletter that analyzes trends and strategies of the software publishing industry. Kelly has added a Macintosh edition and plans to unveil a PC version, although no release date has been set. More than 30,000 subscribers pay Kelly $66 for the Apple version or $90 for the Mac edition. While early issues were largely Kelly's work, he has built a network of 300 freelance programmers to write Uptime. In-house editors clean up the code and test all programs before publication. Keeping an ear on readers' needs is part of Kelly's success. His surveys show the Apple II readers want home and education programs, while Macintosh users want business applications. "The most important factor is the variety of programs," he said. "The magazine format is definitely seductive," said Soft*Letter publisher Jeff Tarter. "As the magazine idea catches on, moreover, we'll probably see a proliferation of special interest editions from various publishers -- desktop publishing utilities and fonts, for example games from major entertainment software developers and 1-2-3 add-ons. It's a sensible way to sell software and disk magazines may even turn out to be a primary distribution channel for a whole category of small programs." For information, contact: Uptime 401/847-2455 or Soft*Letter 617/868-0157. ___________________________________ Xx COMDEX OPENS IN LAS VEGAS The 8th annual Computer Dealers Expo -- Comdex/Fall -- opened this week with the keynote address delivered by William C. Lowe, president of IBM's Entry Systems Division. Lowe addressed the problems of small systems manufacturers and resellers in a speech called "Turning Challenge into Opportunity." Running through Friday, Comdex/Fall is largest dealer-oriented computer show in the world. Sponsored by the Interface Group, it showcases new products and advancements for potential distributors, as well as seminars dealing with the retail industry. As in past years, the show is too large to fit a single site, so exhibits were scattered among the convention center and four area hotels -- Bally's Grand, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Riviera and the Sahara. With some 1,200 exhibitors registered, the show does not appear to have suffered the slump affecting lesser exhibitions. One possible reason for the popularity of this year's show is two specialized all-day seminars that were set for Thursday. Focusing on CAD/CAM and desktop publishing, they dealt with all aspects of retailing these advanced computer applications. Meanwhile, there are a few notable absences from the show. Apple, Ashton-Tate and the Commodore Amiga appear to have left room on the main showroom floor for Atari. Atari, last year the only major name consigned to the West Hall, is this year in the Convention Center East Hall with the rest of the larger companies. Of course, IBM is expected to be a show standout, but third-party vendors appear to be equally divided between IBM and compatibles and Apple Macintosh-support. ___________________________________ Xx ATARI ANNOUNCES STOCK OFFERING Atari Corp. has begun an intial public stock offering of 4.5 million common shares. The Wall Street Journal reports that the shares should raise about $52 million. Atari plans to use the proceeds to help pay its debt with Warner Communications Inc., which sold Atari to Jack Tramiel for $240 million in notes. After the offering, managed by PaineWebber Inc., Atari will pay Warner $36.1 million and issue to Warner 7.1 million shares or 25 percent of the 28.3 million Atari shares outstanding. At that time, Tramiel and family members will own 53 percent of Atari's stock. ___________________________________ Xx Zmag Calender Nov. 17-18 Boston, Westin Hotel Copley Place, Dataquest's "Electronic Publishing Market Analysis Conference," featuring industry speakers. For details, call 408/971-9000. Nov. 17-19 Cambridge, Mass., Hyatt Regency, "Strategic Issues in Managing Information Technology: Achieving Significant Improvements in Productivity and Effectiveness," sponsored by Decision Support Technology. Admission is $995. For more details, call 617/354-6400. Nov. 21-23 San Diego, Intercontinental Hotel, Society of Telecommunications Consultants conference. For more information, contact STC at One Rockefeller Plaza Suite 1410 New York, NY 10020, or call 212/582-3909. ___________________________________ Xx CompuServe Watch #: 173722 S0/General 10-Nov-86 21:10:21 Sb: #ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 To: KEITH 76703,4061 (X) I seem to remember a write-up for a chip addition to the Indus GT which converts the drive to read CP/M. My kids are all studying using an (oh my) Apple at school. Is it possible to add an Apple chip to the Indus GT to trick the Atari into thinking it is an Apple? This modification would be a bonanza for backing up the well entrenched Apple program for schools. It also would save a lot of Atari fans by providing a system for homework for the price of a modified dedicated disk drive. Bruce Kennedy 72327,1500 #: 173782 S0/General 11-Nov-86 03:28:20 Sb: #173722-#ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 To: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 (X) The reason that Indus can put CP/M into the drive is that CP/M is a "generic" operating system that does not really depend on any particular type of disk drive, screen size, keyboard layout, etc., etc., etc. (Well... CP/M _does_ have a bias toward 80-column screens, but it is not as rigid about this as Apple is about....but read on.) In other words, the Indus drive _BECOMES_ the computer and the Atari becomes simply yet another terminal hooked to yet another CP/M computer. Normal environment in the CP/M world, where graphics are generally unheard of. CP/M is pretty much a strictly 24-lines- of-80-characters-ASCII-only system. Enter the APPLE: As quirky as the Atari may be about its graphics, the APPLE II is quirkier! And if you ain't got Apple graphics, you ain't got an Apple. How do you propose to emulate an Apple's display on an Atari? It would be like putting a standard audio cassette tape and stuffing it into your video recorder. The two just do not mix. Summary: forget it. An Atari cannot be an Apple. An Apple cannot be an Atari. It is only throught the medium of generic systems (e.g., CP/M, where graphics, sound, disk sizes, etc., etc. matter not) that these machines can be even faintly compatible. (Even here, though, the Apple does _NOT_ use a standard floppy disk drive...Apple CP/M disks are NOT compatible with any other CP/M disks. The INDUS CP/M adaptation IS compatible with several popular CP/M brands.) 'nough said? #: 173791 S0/General 11-Nov-86 09:03:53 Sb: #173782-#ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: Bernie Bildman 70045,665 To: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 (X) Bill, As an aside I just bought the MIDI DJ, which is a MIDI sequencer with disk drive. It IS the Indus drive (now marketed by Natioal Logic) with RAM chip and ROM within allowing the completely different function. Nice little machine. Bern #: 173803 S0/General 11-Nov-86 12:21:09 Sb: #173791-ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 To: Bernie Bildman 70045,665 (X) I knew they had it in the works. Nice to see they finally finished it. #: 173834 S0/General 11-Nov-86 18:12:55 Sb: #173782-#ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 To: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 (X) THANKS, BILL. THAT RESPONSE IS A GOOD ONE FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF ZMAG. MY LAST EFFORT AT STUPID QUESTIONS LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF REEVEKEY, A PUBLIC DOMAIN KEYPAD CUSTOMIZER. THIS TIME OUT, WE CAN CLOSE THE BOOK. THANKS FOR THE DETAILED RESPONSE. 72327,1500 BRUCE KENNEDY #: 173958 S0/General 12-Nov-86 21:14:40 Sb: #173834-#ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 To: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 (X) I have seen numerous references to it, but I don't know what it is, so... I give up: What is "ZMAG"? #: 173964 S0/General 12-Nov-86 21:26:42 Sb: #173958-#ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 To: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 (X) ZMAG IS A COMPILATION OF MESSAGE DOWNLOADS, REVIEWS, SUGGESTIONS, ESSENTIALLY AN ELECTRONIC VERSION OF A CLUB NEWSLETTER. THE IDEA IS TO NETWORK NATIONALLY TO PULL THE ISSUE TOGETHER. LOCAL CLUBS THEN WILL HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH MATERIAL FOR A SOLID LOCAL NEWSLETTER. WHEN THERE IS A LOT OF HOT NEWS GOING ON, IT IS A GREAT WAY TO DOWNLOAD ALL THE HOT RUMORS FROM ONE PLACE, IF YOU HAVE A DEDICATED EDITOR. WE DO, IN RON KOVACS HERE ...SEE DL7 "ZMAG", AND IN CHICAGO IN CLINTON SMITH. SMITH'S WORK IS BEING UPLOADED HERE BY TIM OROSZ. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ZMAG, BILL. TALK TO KEITH LEDBETTER ABOUT THE IDEA, TOO. HE HAS A SET OF ALL MY ORIGINAL ISSUES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A DISKFULL, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU A SET. BEKz 72327,1500 #: 174026 S0/General 13-Nov-86 13:25:54 Sb: #173964-ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 To: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 I won't ask for a diskful yet...let me see what is here, first. Speaking of DL7, did you see GOOFS.ANT (I think that's what I called it. Anyway, it is goofs in ANTIC mag.) You are welcome to ZMAG-ize it. Same topic: Did you look at the December ANTIC, at the list of "100 best Atari 8-bit products"? At least, that is what they claimed the list is. Actually, two of the items in the list are the 520ST and the 1040ST. (Hmmm....these are best "accessories" for an 8-bit machine??? Is ANTIC trying to tell us something?) And one of the items was "Picture Plus and Lister Plus". They counted that as two items. Admittedly, they were once sold separately, but now ANTIC sells them in "The Catalog" as a single item. Anyway, point is that there were only 97 items in their supposed list of 100 products. (Only Bill Wilkinson would be dumb enough to count them.) This all came about because I was curious as to how many "Catalog" products were in the top 100. If you count "Picture/Lister" as a single product, count is 13 out of 66, or about 20%. That is somewhat lower than last year's figure. Does that mean the ANTIC products are getting worse or that the other products are getting better? Personally, I suspect neither: I think ANTIC took a lot of flak from advertisers and decided to soft-pedal a bit. By the by, I never actually counted last year's list, so I could be wrong on my figures. If I can find Dec. 1985 issue, I will count and compare. (Nasty, aren't I?) Last p.s.: Atari products only got 5 of the 66 spots. I think that is too low, given 13 for ANTIC. "Print" all this in ZMAG!!!!! #: 173732 S0/General 10-Nov-86 22:30:46 Sb: #ZMAG CHICAGO BBS Fm: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 To: RON KOVACS 71777,2140 (X) Ron: Here are some additions to your national Zmag BBS List. The first two boards to carry a Zmag download section were the predecessor to Blue Moon, still run by Sysop Gerry Feid. The other board was Centari, run by Tim Siml, and at the time co sysoped by Alan Reeve ("REEVEKEY"). The concept never made it, so I made my own version just about the time Keith Ledbetter put out Express! I used it as a vehicle to spread the word about Express! and to help organize the hacking effort which was going on without much organization at the time. We put together some co-op programs/utilities which were pretty neat. Do you have the 80 column routine? The marquee program for reading the Zmag at club meetings? Well, let's talk. I will be putting together some of the early issues for you, since they still offer material you can use today in your current issues. zmag chicago bulletin boards: Windy City 312 775 2970 Blue Moon 312 457 2219 Claug 312 889 1240 Bruce Kennedy 72327,1500 #: 173929 S0/General 12-Nov-86 17:47:06 Sb: #173732-#ZMAG CHICAGO BBS Fm: Ron Kovacs [Zmag] 71777,2140 To: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 (X) Bruce, Thanks for the message, I have a few of your early Zmag issues. Clint Smith gave me info on starting Zmag locally and it has grown ever since. I have all the Zmag utilities and also the newest ZREAD16. If you any more info I would appreciate it. We are starting to gather good people who are willing to write reviews and also a person to help edit. Thanks for starting Zmag. I will ad those numbers to the list. Thanks! Ron #: 173955 S0/General 12-Nov-86 20:59:25 Sb: #173929-#ZMAG CHICAGO BBS Fm: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 To: Ron Kovacs [Zmag] 71777,2140 THE WHOLE IDEA WAS TO BRING SELECTIONS AND MESSAGES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. WE NEED A SERVICE LIKE COMPUSERVE AS A DEPOSITORY AND FORUM FOR DISTRIBUTION. YOU HAVE MADE THAT HAPPEN, RON. THE NEW OPPORTUNITY IS TO MOTIVATE THEM ISSUES WHERE WE ALL TURN LOOSE, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO RESEARCH A SUBJECT, LIKE BBS FOR BUSINESS, OR THE LATEST AND BEST IN NON ATARI MONITORS FOR THE XL AND 130. IF YOU SAW THE "IN SEARCH OF PERFECT RESOLUTION" ISSUE OF ONE OF THE EARY ZMAGS, YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN. MORE LATER. THANKS AGAIN FOR SOME FINE WORK AND DEDICATION. I KNOW HOW MUCH TIME IT TAKES. BRUCE "Z" KENNEDY PROVIDENCE RI BEKz 72327,1500 #: 174048 S0/General 13-Nov-86 17:55:55 Sb: #173955-ZMAG CHICAGO BBS Fm: Ron Kovacs [Zmag] 71777,2140 To: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 Bruce, You are one of the few who really understand what happens on a weekly basis. If you have any thing you would like to contribute, please do, There are a few readers who were reading your issues on my BBS back in January. They would surely like seeing your name again. I will print your messages in this weeks issue if I have the space. Thanks for starting a fine publication. I only hope I can continue providing good material. Talk soon Ron #: 173960 S5/Application pgms 12-Nov-86 21:17:17 Sb: #173933-#SPEEDCALC/SIDEWAYS Fm: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 To: Michael L. Wood 72347,2001 (X) YES IT IS CALLED SIDEPRINT, AVAILABLE FROM ATA A GLANCE. THEY RUN ADS IN THE ATARI BOOKS. 86 RIDGEDALE AVENUE CEDAR KNOLLS NJ 07927. WORKS, BUT ONLY HANDLES 75 SECTOR FILES. IF YOU WANT TO GET MORE OUT OF YOUR CONVENTIONAL PROGRAM, SET YOUR PRINTER WITH (ATARIWRITER) CONTROL O 27 CONTROL O 65, SAME TECHNIQUE CONTOL O IN FRONT OF EACH CONTROL CODE: 27 65 5 15 27 83 0. TINY TYPE GIVES YOU DOUBLE THE CELLS PER LINE, IF I REMEMBER RIGHT. BEKz 72327,1500 #: 173978 S5/Application pgms 12-Nov-86 22:57:47 Sb: #173960-SPEEDCALC/SIDEWAYS Fm: Michael L. Wood 72347,2001 To: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 (X) Thanks, Bruce... I need it for SpeedCalc spreadsheet application (i.e. multi column entries) without chopping data into PaperClip chunks. #: 174076 S0/General 13-Nov-86 22:20:12 Sb: #174026-ATARI FOR APPLE HOMEWORK Fm: BRUCE KENNEDY 72327,1500 To: Bill Wilkinson 73177,2714 WATCH FOR GOOF.ANT ET MESSAGE IN AN UPCOMING ISSUE OF RON KOVACS' ZMAG! THANK YOU FOR THE COPIOUS RESPONSE OF WIZARD OF THE ATARI OPERATING SYSTEM... BEKz 72327,1500 ___________________________________ Xx Computer Laws Congress and the president want to take a bite out of computer crime, and that's just what they will do with the enactment into public law (99- 474) of the Computer Crime and Abuse Act (S 2281 and HR 4718). President Reagan signed the bill into law late in October following numerous congressional hearings and compromises over a period of several years. Originally introduced in the Senate by Sen. Paul Trible (R- Va.) and in the House by Rep. William Hughes (D-N.J.), the measure will expand the protections against computer crime currently governed by the nation's first computer crime statute (18 USC 1030), enacted in the last days of the 98th Congress in 1984. This updated law will clarify specific portions of the first statute making it punishable for unauthorized users to electronically trespass into the federal government's computers or the computers of federally insured financial institutions with the purpose of intentionally destroying computer data or committing fraud via computer. In addition, the same offenses will be covered when the crime itself is interstate in nature, as well as permit prosecution of those who traffic in computer passwords belonging to others. Federal computer crime laws have notoriously lagged behind the technology. A majority of states have enacted their own laws, but computer crime transcends the boundaries of states, requiring an effective national law. This was originally in Zmag in October. The following is an additional Law just signed recently by President Reagen. American law is finally evolving to keep pace with the communication revolution created by the new technology, as President Reagan signed into public law (99-508) October 28th. the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (HR 4952 and S 2575). The measure has been called landmark legislation, since it is considered to be the most important privacy bill passed by Congress since the 1984 Cable Act and is perhaps the fourth most significant communications policy since the 1934 Communications Act, reports Communications Daily. Recognizing that we don't communicate exclusively by voice anymore, the new law will ensure privacy rights for individuals using high-tech forms of electronic communications, including cellular telephones, direct computer-to- computer links and electronic mail. Introduced in the Senate by Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and Charles McC. Mathias (R-Md.) and in the House of Representatives by Robert Kastenmeier (D-Wis.), the legislation updates the 1968 wiretap law and extends federal protections against wiretapping to other, newer forms of communication. Specifically, it imposes civil and criminal penalties on individuals who intercept an electronic communication or access a computer to obtain private electronic communications without authorization. It also requires law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant or court order to tap wires or obtain information in a private electronic communication. The measure received bipartisan support from a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including ADAPSO, the Electronic Mail Association, the cellular telephone industry, telephone companies and the American Civil Liberties Union. President Reagan supported the bill from its introduction. The few objections to the bill were centered around privacy protections granted to cellular phones, which operate by broadcasting radio signals from a car transmitter to large antenna some distance away. Conversations can be picked up quite easily by various radio receivers. The language of the bill was changed at the last minute so that eavesdropping on a cellular phone call is illegal only if it is "intended," as opposed to "willful." This will protect those who accidentally pick up a conversation. ___________________________________ Xx Editor Notes!! Due to a serious disk problem list week, a few columns of information have been lost. I send my apologies to Eric Plent our new Software reviewer, He uploaded two reviews this week and I moved them around and they ended up on a bad disk. Both articles will appear here next week. Also, the Basic Programming column was deleted. This will also appear next week. ___________________________________ NATIONWIDE ZMAGAZINE BBS SYSTEMS -------------------------------- Starting with this list each system will have a Zmag System number. If you leave a message or drop a letter to us, Please let us know which system you are reading Zmag on. |NEW JERSEY| ------------ 1. THE SYNDICATE BBS@@(201)968-8148 (New Jersey Zmag Headquarters) 2. THE LIONS DEN BBS..(201)396-0867 3. THE BACKSTAGE BBS..(201)944-1196 4. TEMPLE OF DOOM BBS.(201)656-6439 5. THE BOTTOM LINE....(201)991-5546 6. THE GATEWAY BBS....(609)931-3014 7. THE CAVE BBS.......(609)882-9195 8. EAST BRUNSWICK BBS.(201)254-6449 9. THE CULT BBS.......(201)727-2274 10.SURF CITY BBS......(201)929-9351 11.C.C.BBS............(609)451-7475 12.THE DEEP...........(201)583-5254 13.M.J.A.C............(201)469-4474 |CALIFORNIA| ------------ 14.THE W.C. SYNDICATE.(415)825-2952 |INDIANA| --------- 15.M.O.U.S.E. BBS.....(219)674-9288 16.ONE STONE BBS......(219)875-8205 |FLORIDA| --------- 17.THE CARINA BBS.....(305)793-2975 18.ATARI COMPUTER CLUB(305)734-6026 |NEW YORK| ---------- 19.NEW YORK CITY BBS..(718)604-3323 20.ATARI CONNECTION...(315)622-1952 |KANSAS| -------- 21.THE HELP BBS.......(316)683-7514 |OHIO| ------ 22.MEGA VISION BBS....(216)441-3816 23.THE BALLOON WORKS..(419)289-8392 28.PIRATE BUSTERS BBS.(216)545-4817 |MICHIGAN| ---------- 24.C.H.A.O.S. BBS.....(517)371-1106 |ILLINOIS| ---------- 25.RUNEQUEST BBS....**(312)430-4234 29.WINDY CITY.......**(312)775-2970 (Chicago Zmag Headquarters) 30.BLUE MOON........**(312)457-2219 31.C.L.A.U.G. BBS...**(312)889-1240 |WASHINGTON STATE| ------------------ 27.KNOTTS NOOK BBS....(206)631-8056 |TEXAS| ------- 32.HOUSE OF CHANCE....(915)757-0788 |SWEDEN| -------- 33.SORMAN INFORMATION EXCHANGE +(46)470-22183 |COLORADO| ---------- 34.SPRINGS*NET BBS................. 35.THE VAULT..........(303)796-0539 |COMPUSERVE| ------------ DATA LIBRARY 7......BRO /KEY ZMAG |DELPHI| -------- DATABASE |GEnie| ------- ** Denotes Chicago Zmag system, these systems may or may not carry New Jersey Zmag issues. @@ Denotes Chicago Zmag issues are available for downloading. Zmagazine & The Syndicate Bulletin Board Service Post Office Box 74 Middlesex, NJ 08846-0074 Attn: Ron Kovacs ___________________________________ XX Next week in Zmag!! November 22, 1986 Issue 2.8 ---------------------------- Software reviews by Eric Plent Antic Analog Blues Part 5, in the edition, Jack Lee responds to the article by Ken White, read last weeks issue for details. Info on December Zmag, and whats ahead for 1987. Basic programming function and user code definitions (continuing article). PD files for Atari 8 bitters. Info on whats available on CompuServe and Delphi. Supra Hard Drive?? You might have read the article in Antic, But let but I will tell you all the trials and tribulations of a Supra owner, and the problems to date. Zmag debuts in JACG newsletter. and more..... ___________________________________ Zmagazine New Jersey Edition 2.7 November 15, 1986 ___________________________________ Please contribute!!!