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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.nwsltr
Subject: CAIN Newsletter: 10-Mar-94 #0101
Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Date: Wed May 25 12:50:48 1994

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     The Official Online Newsletter of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG
  The Cleveland Free-Net Community Computer System is accessible worldwide!
       telnet freenet-in-{a,b,c} ( or
      216/368-3888 | 300/1200/2400+ baud | type 'go atari' at any menu


            CAIN Online Newsletter Published and Copyright (c) 1994
                              by Cain Publishing

   Voting/Conferences.........Mark Leair
  Assistant Editor
   SIG Manager/Jaguar Area....Len Stys
  8-Bit Support Area..........Michael Current
  8-Bit Technical Forum.......Craig Lisowski
  16/32-Bit Support Area......Bruce D. Nelson
  Portfolio Support Area......Fred Horvat
  Lynx Support Area...........Barry W. Cantin

  Contributor.................Ethan Larson      ALMO@UWYO.EDU

  Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG Internet E-Mail:
  Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, P.O. Box 364, Mentor, OH  U.S.A. 44061-0364

                               Table of Contents

>From the Editor .........................................The CAIN Newsletter
                                                                  -Mark Leair

>From the SIG Manager .....................The Cleveland Free-Net & Atari SIG
                                                                    -Len Stys

Free-Net News ..................................Temporary Machine Name Change
                                                    Increased Internet Access
                                              Atari SIGOp positions available
                                                                   -Atari SIG

Atari News.................................Jaguar Developer List News Release
                                                                 -Atari Corp.

8-Bit Computers Support Area ..........8-Bit Support Area News, Product News,
                                         Bulletin Board Messages of Interest,
                                            Commentary, & Information of Need
                                                             -Michael Current

16/32-Bit Computers Support Area ................16/32-Bit Support Area News,
                                                             -Bruce D. Nelson

Portfolio Support Area .............................Portfolio Support is Here
                                                                 -Fred Horvat

Lynx Support Area ......................Lynx Support Area News, Product News,
                                         Bulletin Board Messages of Interest,
                                            Commentary, & Information of Need
                                                             -Barry W. Cantin

Jaguar Support Area ..................Jaguar Support Area News, Product News,
                                         Bulletin Board Messages of Interest,
                                            Commentary, & Information of Need
                                                                    -Len Stys

Reviews/Articles of Interest ...........................Jaguar Rai-Den Review
                                                                -Ethan Larson

Upcoming Atari Shows......................................Atari Show Calendar
                                                                  -Mark Leair

Information Listing of the Month.............Who's Who in the Atari Community
                                                             E-Mail Directory
                                                                    -Len Stys

Voting Issues and Results............Reader and User Opinion Poll Information
                                                                  -Mark Leair

Online Atari Conferences......................Conferencing with the Atari SIG
                                                                  -Mark Leair

General Information of Need........................How to Contribute to CAIN,
                                                             Article Requests
                                                                  -Mark Leair

>From the Editor

Welcome to the premier issue of CAIN!  As an extension to the Cleveland
Free-Net (CFN) Atari SIG, it is our hope that this newsletter will provide
news, reviews,  and feature articles on Atari products.  Importantly, we
hope to use this newsletter as a "communication-link" to those whom normally
do not, or cannot log onto CFN's Atari SIG.  Finally, as an extension to the
Atari SIG, we hope to provide feature articles, such as commentary and
tutorials, that are normally not found in other publications.  If you are
interested in contributing to this newsletter, please read the section
entitled "General Information of Need."

We have planned a very special first issue.  First off, the Atari SIG has
received a face-lift!  Major Improvements have been done to the SIG.  Read
about these improvements in each support area.  Next, Michael Current
brings you information on a new 256K upgrade in his Atari 8 bit Support area.
In Lynx news, Donald Thomas, Jr. of Atari Customer Services tells us what
users can do that claim they should have received a free game from Atari.
Read the Lynx Support Area for the latest developments.  Last but not least,
the Jaguar section is packed with news, reviews, and commentary on this new
high-end game machine.

As this is our first issue, let us know how we are doing.  Please send any
comments or suggestions to "" or use the U.S.
mail address found in this newsletter's header.  It is our utmost desire to
provide a newsletter that is informative, easy to read, as well as

Mark Leair, Editor/Publisher
CAIN Newsletter

>From the SIG Manager

If you aren't familiar with the Cleveland Free-Net, it is a large, multi-user
computer system that provides free public community telecomputing.  The
computer system is arranged as an "electronic city" where users can choose
from many topics of interest by either a menu system or by "go" commands.
As computers become more popular in homes, the "Free-Net" community computer
systems may one day be similar to public libraries.  The difference being
that anyone can access a city's Free-Net from anywhere.  Many Free-Net
systems are popping up throughout the world.  Don't be surprised if one pops
up in your neighborhood in the future.

Since the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG was started in 1986, it has evolved
from a simple few option menu SIG to a complex (but easy to use) multiple
level menu SIG.  In fact, it has evolved so greatly in the last few years
that it has become the largest computer SIG and one of the largest SIGs on
the Cleveland Free-Net.  One of the major evolutionary advancements happened
on February 25, 1994 when the Atari SIG Operators released a new version of
the Atari SIG.  The new version includes enhancements of the already popular
"8-Bit Computers Support Area", a restructured "16/32-Bit Computers Support
Area", an improved "Lynx Support Area", a new "Jaguar Support Area", an
expanded "Atari Library", and a new "CAIN Online Newsroom."  The changes made
were so great that the new version took the Atari SIGOps over two months to

The main goal of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is to offer the most
support possible to Atari users.  The Atari SIGOps work to reach this goal
by providing as much information online as possible and by making this
information easily accessible.  As in the CAIN acronym, INFORMATION is a big
part of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG and this newsletter.  This is
important because the world is reaching a point in time where information
is everything.

"You get what you pay for"

Isn't that a silly statement?  If you are a regular user of the Cleveland
Free-Net Atari SIG, you realize how silly that statement is.  There is a lot
of quality support for $10/hour?  $8/hour?  $5/hour?  $3/hour?!  $2/hour?!
Try $0/hour!  No tricks.  No con.  Nothing.  There is not even a Free-Net
registration fee!  And I better start wrapping this article up pretty soon
before I start on the "there is no such thing as a free lunch" statement.
That statement is even more ridiculous!

The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is going full force.  And because it is
going full force, it can now be the mother to other Free-Net Atari SIGs.
There are over twenty Free-Net systems in existence and only three of them
have Atari SIGs.  Most of them have IBM SIGs or PC SIGs.  Half of them
have Apple and Commodore SIGs.  But only three of them have Atari SIGs.
Do you live near one of the following cities?

Dillon, Montana; Buffalo, New York; British Columbia, Canada;
Columbia, Missouri; Dayton, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; Mount Pleasant, Michigan;
Erlangen, Germany; Battle Creek, Michigan; Peoria, Illinois;
Elyria, Ohio; Medina, Ohio; Ottawa, Canada; Champaign-Urbana, Illinois;
Tallahassee, Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio; Victoria, British Columbia, Canada;
Wellington, New Zealand; Youngstown, Ohio

Each of these cities has a Free-Net community computer system.  And there
are seventy more Free-Nets just getting started in other cities.  Why not get
a few friends together and start an Atari SIG?  The Cleveland Free-Net
Atari SIGOps would be glad to help you get started.

Finally, I hope you enjoy the new version of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari
SIG.  All of the Atari SIGOps have worked hard on it for your benefit.
I have _never_ worked with a group of individuals that are more committed,
hard working, and determined than my Co-SIGOps.  And get this--they don't
even get paid for what they do on Free-Net!

Len Stys, SIG Manager
Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG

Free-Net News

IMPORTANT!!! Temporary Internet Machine Change

INTERNET MACHINE CHANGED TEMPORARILY: The machine that handles internet
connections will be changed to ( sometime
during the next couple of days so we can upgrade kanga.  Please send any
problems with roo to xx999.

Cleveland Free-Net Adds More Internet Lines!

The Cleveland Free-Net has expanded its Internet access by upgrading the
existing computer and by adding a newer computer called  The Cleveland Free-Net is now capable of handling 105
Internet connections up from 20 a month ago.

ST/TT/Falcon030 Programming and MIDI SIGOp Wanted

The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is in need of two 16/32-Bit Atari SIG
Operators.  The first is a Programming SIGOp that knows how to program in
a few languages (preferably C and Assembly) and is knowledgeable somewhat
about the hardware aspects of the Atari 16/32-bit computers.

The second is a MIDI SIGOp that is knowledgeable in the area of music making
and Atari computers.

Each SIGOp will be responsible for his or her area on the Atari SIG.
The present Atari SIGOps feel that these two areas are very important to
users and the future of Atari computers.

Anyone interested should be willing to hold the position for a minimum of
one year.

The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is taking very large steps to become one of
the greatest Atari information sources in the United States if not world.
If you are interested in helping the Atari SIG accomplish this goal, please
send e-mail to the Atari SIG at

Atari News


     Atari  Corp. (AMEX: ATC) announced today that its award-winning Jaguar
64-bit game system has attracted 86 top developers, publishers and
licensees since its introduction in November 1993.

     Among the 48 new partners announced today are ReadySoft Inc., publisher
of "Dragon's Lair," "Dragon's Lair II" and "Space Ace"; Bullfrog Productions
Ltd., developer of "Populous" and "Powermonger"; Imagineer, publisher of
"Wolfenstein 3D (SNES)"; Jaleco, a leading manufacturer of arcade games and
home video games including "Super Bases Loaded" and "Pro-Sport Hockey"; and
Sculptured Software, developer of "Mortal Kombat" for Acclaim.

   "The innovative technology unleashed by Jaguar challenges us to change our
approach to developing software," said Glen Williams, technical director,
Williams Brothers Development, one of the newly signed software developers.
"With Jaguar, game developing is no longer a matter of working within the
machine's capabilities, but of living up to them."

   Since Jan. 1, 1994,  Atari  has signed 48 new partners.  These are:
    Accent Media Productions
    Anthill Industries
    (ASG) All Systems Go
    Argonaut Software Ltd.
    Audio Visual Magic
    Bethesda Softworks
    Bjorn Joos/Kris Van Lier
    Black Scorpion Software
    Borta & Associates
    Bullfrog Productions Ltd.
    Clearwater Software
    Computer Music Consulting
    Delta Music Systems Inc.
    Domark Group Ltd.
    Duncan Brown
    EZ Score Software Inc.
    GameTek Inc.
    Genus Microprogramming Inc.
    H2O Design Corp.
    ICD Inc.
    Imagineer Co. Ltd.
    Limelight Media Inc.
    Manley & Associates Inc.
    NMS Software Ltd.
    PIXIS Interactive
    ReadySoft Inc.
    Rest Energy
    Sculptured Software Inc.
    Software Creations
    Team Infinity
    Team 17 Software Ltd.
    Technation Digital World
    Teque London Ltd.
    Virtual Xperience
    Visual Concepts
    Williams Brothers
    WMS Industries

    "We are pleased the industry's most innovative, successful software
companies continues to join the Jaguar team," said Sam Tramiel,
president of  Atari.   "Jaguar is the world's most powerful multimedia
video game system.  Consequently, this platform offers leading
developers and publishers unprecedented creative and commercial
    "Atari  has used cutting-edge technology to push Jaguar's system
architecture beyond the industry's next natural stage and leaped ahead
of its competitors in the process," said Lou Viveros, president of
V-Reel and Viveros and Associates, a leading video game consulting firm.
"Our games will require creativity and flexibility in the development
process and outstanding system performance during game play.
Consequently, the decision to develop for Jaguar was an easy one."
    V-Reel will develop and market Arena Football exclusively for
Jaguar.  This represents the first license of the Arena Football League
for home video game systems.  V-Reel also plans to develop Horrorscope,
a Jaguar fighting game based on the 12 characters of the Zodiac.
    Atari  Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia home
entertainment system and is the only video game system manufactured in
the United States.  Jaguar was recently named the industry's "Best New
Game System" (VideoGames Magazine), "Best New Hardware System" (Game
Informer) and "1993 Technical Achievement of the Year" (DieHard
GameFan).   Atari  expects to deliver its Jaguar CD-peripheral mid-year
at a suggested retail price of $200.
    Atari  Corp., based in Sunnyvale, manufactures and markets 64-bit
interactive multimedia entertainment systems, video games and personal
computers for the home, office and educational marketplaces.
    NOTE:  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
     CONTACT: Terry Valeski of  Atari,  408-745-2000; or Lynn Thompson
of Cunningham Communication, 408-764-0740, for Atari.

  | to the readers of:                                                    |
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  |                            CAIN Newsletter                            |
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  | New Users Sign Today!  Connect by modem: 216/368-3888 or              |
  |                        Telnet to:,  |
  |                                                                       |
  | You can log on as a visitor to explore the system.  At the opening    |
  | menu ("Please enter 1 or 2:"), enter "2" to log in as a visitor.  At  |
  | the next menu, enter "2" again to explore the system.  You will then  |
  | read an opening disclaimer and a login bulletin, then be sent to the  |
  | main Free-Net menu.  Once inside, type "go atari".  Follow the menus  |
  | to read Atari-related discussions, reviews, news, and information.    |
  | In order to post messages, send e-mail, vote, chat online, and sign   |
  | a user directory, you need a Free-Net account.  Apply for a Free-Net  |
  | account by entering "1" at the second menu instead of "2".            |
  |                                                                       |
  | All new registered users receive "free" accounts which will not       |
  | require payment for the usage of the system.                          |
  |                                                                       |
  | The Cleveland Free-Net has an Atari SIG comparable to other systems.  |
  | The Atari SIG carries _ALL_ Z*Magazine issues.  Z*Net & ST Report     |
  | from 1989.  All Atari Explorer Online issues.  The latest and         |
  | greatest Atari news.  "Support Areas" for all Atari users.  Multi-    |
  | User Chat, Voting Booth, Wanted & For Sale, User Directories, and     |
  | even direct access to Atari related Usenet newsgroups.                |
  |                                                                       |
  | No charge for registration or usage of this system!  Register today!  |
  |                                                                       |

8-Bit Computers Support Area

8-Bit Support Area News

The big news is the addition of full access to Usenet's comp.sys.atari.8bit
right within the Support Area!  More than ever, this is THE place for online
8-bit Atari support.

Also, our new 8-Bit Technical Forum has recently opened, run by our new
8-bit Technical SIGOp, Craig Lisowski (BRiTiSH).  Craig has exciting plans
for his area, plus his expertise on our favorite 8-bit machines is
extensive.  Support the 8-Bit Technical Forum!

In addition, probably worthy of mention here in this issue of the CAIN
Newsletter is the 8-Bit Computers Support Area's recent completion of our
Z*Magazine collection project.  You'll find all 210 or so issues, every
last one of 'em, right here in the Atari SIG.

In case you haven't visited recently, here's our menu today:


  1 About this Support Area
  2 The Atari 8-Bit Computers
  3 Reference Desk...
  4 8-Bit News
  5 Bulletin Board
  6 Usenet: comp.sys.atari.8bit
  7 Technical Forum...
  8 Product Summaries
  9 Product Reviews
 10 File Area...
 11 Info-Atari8 Digest
 12 Z*Magazine
 13 8-Bit Computer User Directory...

8-Bit Product News

 The Yorky 256k plug in memory upgrade for the Atari 800/600XL computers.
This memory upgrade simply plugs into the PBI port on the back of your XL
and gives you 256k of bank switched XE compatible memory. It is supplied with
a printed manual and a disk of support software.

        Current price is #50 (UK pounds) plus #2 shipping.
                                              #5 shipping if outside UK

     (Current price in US dollars including worldwide shipping = $85)

  A PBI feedthrough port is completed, we have tested it on the Rambit PPP
printer interface and all works well - now all that remains is for testing on
a Black box. Once testing is complete I will announce the availability and
new price structure.
  Rambit (a company run by a friend of mine) have available a printer
interface that plugs into the PBI port and also the knowledge and schematics
for interconnecting two computers via the PBI. I will post more details as a
service for Rambit when I have them.

Due to a really pathetic level of support from the community (ie zero sales)
we have decided to create a double pack called 'Maze Mania' featuring two
games (details below) and offer them at a give away price. The two games are:

 1) JAWBREAKER    Guide a pair of chomping teeth around a maze eating as much
                  candy as you can, but don't forget that important dental
                  hygiene. This package includes two separate mazes
                  originally sold as individual games as well as a pause

 2) MOUSEKATTACK  Plumb all the levels of Rat Alley but watch out for those
                  giant rats. Classic arcade action for one ot two players
                  (on screen at once) with improved joystick control and a
                  pause function.

 This double pack is available NOW on disk, tape or Rambit Turbo tape!

 PRICES:  UK (inluding p&p) #6.95 per pack.

          Worldwide (including shipping)  #10 or $18  per pack.


We also have several more games in the pipeline - more details will be
released when we are closer to their completion.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
If there are any software authors out there with products finished or nearly
finished we would be very happy to consider marketing them. This applies
to new software and old games so long as you have the rights to them.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

For more details or to order write to:


  or e-mail RG9@UK.AC.YORK.VAX   or   RG9@UK.AC.YORK.TOWER

   (for those outside the UK you may have to invert the
   (part to                                            )

   Telephone enquiries can also be accepted over the weekend period from
7pm on friday evening to 4pm on sunday afternoon.

   In the UK phone (0302) 784642,  outside the UK refer to your phone book
on how to dial internationally, and ask for Richard.

8-Bit Bulletin Board Messages of Interest

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