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Article #24 (44 is last):
From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.nwsltr
Subject: CAIN Newsletter: 15-Apr-94 #0102
Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Date: Wed May 25 12:52:54 1994


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                        \ April 15, 1994  Vol.I No.2 /
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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}.cwru.edu (129.22.8.32 or 129.22.8.51)
  _________________________________________________________________________
      216/368-3888 | 300/1200/2400+ baud | type 'go atari' at any menu
  _________________________________________________________________________

                                   Covering:
           XE/XL/800/400,FALCON030/ST/TT/ST(e),PORTFOLIO,LYNX,JAGUAR

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

  Publisher/Editor
   Voting/Conferences.........Mark Leair        aa338@cleveland.freenet.edu
  Assistant Editor
   SIG Manager/Jaguar Area....Len Stys          aa399@cleveland.freenet.edu
  8-Bit Support Area..........Michael Current   aa700@cleveland.freenet.edu
  8-Bit Technical Forum.......Craig Lisowski    aa853@cleveland.freenet.edu
  16/32-Bit Support Area......Bruce D. Nelson   aa789@cleveland.freenet.edu
  Portfolio Support Area......Fred Horvat       ap748@cleveland.freenet.edu
  Lynx Support Area...........Barry W. Cantin   aa852@cleveland.freenet.edu

  Contributor.................Eric Kaljumagi
  Contributor.................Rob Cupples       cupples@iastate.edu

  _________________________________________________________________________
  Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG Internet E-Mail: xx004@cleveland.freenet.edu
  _________________________________________________________________________
  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 ..............................................New CAIN FTP Site
                                               Accessing Free-Net from Delphi
                   Lynx & Jaguar Support Areas Accessible from Video Game SIG
                                                                   -Atari SIG

Atari News..........................................Tempest 2000 Press Release
                                                         Lynx Offer from Atari
                                                                  -Atari Corp 

8-Bit Computers Support Area ..........8-Bit Support Area News, Product News,
                                         Bulletin Board Messages of Interest,
                                                   8-bit Tutorial, Commentary
                                                             -Michael Current

16/32-Bit Computers Support Area ......16/32 bit Computers Support Area News,
                                                     16/32 bit SigOps Needed,
                                                        ST Roundtable Report,
                                16/32 bit Bulletin Board Messages of Interest 
                                                             -Bruce D. Nelson

Portfolio Support Area ........................Using Nickel Cadmium Batteries
                                                                 -Fred Horvat

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

Jaguar Support Area ................................Jaguar Support Area News,
                                                              Jaguar Reviews,
                                  Jaguar Bulletin Board Messages of Interest,
                                                           Jaguar Commentary,
                                                                    -Len Stys

Articles of Interest/Reviews..............................Tempest 2000 Review
                                                                 -Rob Cupples

Upcoming Atari Shows......................................Atari Show Calendar
                                                            SAC '94: A Review
                                                                  -Mark Leair


Voting Issues and Results............Reader and User Opinion Poll Information
                                                    Last Month's Poll Results
                                                            This Month's Poll
                                                                  -Mark Leair

Online Atari Conferences.....................Conferencing with the Atari SIG,
                                               Conference with Atari United!,
                                      An Upcoming Conference with Jeff Minter
                                                                  -Mark Leair

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

CAIN Newsletter Supplement....................Distribution Problems Continue
                                                                   -Len Stys


>From the Editor
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

We are proud to report that circulation of the first issue of CAIN has been
a success!  One can obtain CAIN on Delphi, American Online, Genie,
Compuserve, and other popular services.  Furthermore, the first issue was
the second most downloaded file on Delphi's Atari section as of April 6,
1994.  We appreciate the downloads as well as the encouraging e-mail.  Keep
those letters coming!  Finally, besides obtaining these issues via e-mail
or the Atari SIG, one can now obtain these issues by Anonymous FTP!  I'd
like to personally thank Andrew Heller for providing us with this FTP site.
See the Free-Net news section for further details.

Welcome to another information-packed issue!  In 8 bit news an Atari 8 bit
emulator for the IBM PC will soon be available from Branch Always Software.
For an overview and an interview with the author, Darek Mihocka, see the
Atari 8 bit Support Area.  Still haven't bought those rechargeable batteries
for your Portfolio?  Portfolio editor, Fred Horvat, may change your mind
with his article in the Portfolio Area.  In 16/32 bit news, Bruce Nelson
explains what "online magazine" support is out there for the avid 16/32 bit
user.  Who says its too late for Easter Eggs?  The Lynx Area features a new
Easter Egg as well as information on a portable game newsletter that will
soon be available on the Atari SIG.  The Jaguar section contains a list of
most wanted games for the Jaguar to be voted on!  It also includes the
latest Jag Info and a review of Tempest 2000!  Finally, check out the Atari
SIG conference sections for details on two upcoming conferences!  If you
still haven't received your Free-Net id, these two conferences will
definitely convince you to register for yours today!

                                                  -Mark Leair

>From the SIG Manager
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

There is a lot of information available to Atari users thanks to the
active members of the Atari Community.  I do not believe that users of
any other system (computer or video game) has as much information available
to them as we do.  There are FAQ lists, software lists, user group lists,
developer lists, magazine lists, BBS lists, and even record high score
lists.  Each list is a FANTASTIC source of information and I would hate
to see where we would be without them.  Every time I read one of these
information listings, I think to myself how great the person is that is
maintaining it.  I am sure everyone feels the same way.

One of the things that we have been trying to do with the Cleveland
Free-Net Atari SIG is to make it a great information source.  As I said
before, information is the future.  Those who have it are in great shape,
those that do not are lost.  We have managed to collect a number of these
information listings for everyone to use.  The members of the Atari
Community worked hard on these information listings and it is only right
to make them as accessible as possible.

The following are some of the information listings that are available on
the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG.  If we are missing any that you have,
please send them to the Atari SIG.

8-Bit Magazines (World) ***Atari SIG--Michael Current***
8-Bit Vendors and Developers (World) **Atari SIG--Michael Current***
8-Bit Magazines, Vendors and Developers (North America) **Atari Classics**
8-Bit User Groups (North America) **Atari Classics**
8-Bit Bulletin Board Systems (North America) ***Atari Classics***
8-Bit Frequently Asked Questions ***Atari SIG--Michael Current***

16/32-Bit Magazines ***Atari SIG***
16/32-Bit IAAD Member Listing ***IAAD***
16/32-Bit Vendors & Developers ***GEnie ST RTK***
16/32-Bit Applications Software List ***Heiko Hartmann***
16/32-Bit Games Software List ***Heiko Hartmann***
16/32-Bit Frequently Asked Questions ***David Paschall-Zimbel***
16/32-Bit User Group List ***Atari United***

Lynx Frequently Asked Questions ***Robert Jung***
Lynx Game Cheat List ***Peter Hvezdak***
Lynx High Score List ***Jim Leonard***
Lynx Robert Jung Game Reviews ***Peter Hvezdak***
Lynx ComLynx List ***B.Tribble***
Lynx R.J. Lynx Awards ***Robert Jung***

Jaguar Frequently Asked Questions ***Robert Jung***
Jaguar Game Cheat List
Jaguar Record High Scores Reported ***Atari SIG***
Jaguar Developer List ***Atari Explorer Online***

Who's Who in the Atari Community ***Atari SIG***
Other Free-Net Atari SIGs ***Atari SIG***

The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG thrives on information and if you have
any, contribute it!  Also feel free to just send the Atari SIG any updates
that you may have of the information listings you maintain.

If you haven't already applied for a Free-Net account, what are you
waiting for?  The Atari SIG has many exciting things planned, but you
can't be a part of them if you do not have a Free-Net account!  And it is
very easy to get one!  Just log on the system as a visitor and apply
for an account!

Finally, I wrote a rather long commentary article that is included in the
CAIN Newsletter supplement.  It is about problems that still seem to
exist with Atari's distribution.  I received the impression from Atari
representatives in the last couple of weeks that there is no problem with
the distribution of the Jaguar.  I wrote this article to point out that
there are problems and they should be considered.

By the way...  If you aren't from Cleveland, the city has a new Baseball
stadium called Jacobs Field.  The baseball park is unbelievable.  I would
even dare to say that it is the best in the world.  The Indians don't
look bad either this year!  If you are visiting Cleveland and have some
time, go to a game!  You'll enjoy yourself!

Thank you and I hope to see you on Free-Net soon!

Len Stys, SIG Manager


Free-Net News
-=-=-=-=-=-=-
                                New CAIN FTP Site
                                -----------------

The CAIN newsletter is now available for Anonymous FTP at
"akh104.rh.psu.edu".  The newsletters are presently kept in the /pub
directory.  The newsletters will use the following naming convention:

     cainMMYY.txt.z

MM = The 2-digit numeric month.  For example the month of April is 04 and
     the month of September is 10.

YY = The 2-digit Year.  Example: 94 = 1994.

Presently the newsletters are compressed with gzip.  FTP the file in Binary
Mode.  After receiving the file, enter ' gzip -d cainMMYY.txt.z ' at a Unix
shell prompt to uncompress the file.

CAIN would like to thank Andrew Heller for providing us with this FTP site.


                         Accessing Free-Net from Delphi
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To access the Cleveland Free-Net from Delphi, do a

GO INTERNET

at just about any prompt. In the Internet area, select Telnet. It'll ask
you for the address which is, of course, freenet-in-a.cwru.edu. (If that's
busy, try nextsun.ins.cwru.edu). Then log into freenet in the normal manner
and GO ATARI.

The Delphi user must have registered for internet access ($3.00/month extra).
In the Internet area, a user can sign up for the access, use it, then
un-signup. It'll cost $3.00 for just the current month.



           Lynx & Jaguar Support Areas Accessible from Video Game SIG
           ----------------------------------------------------------

The Cleveland Free-Net Video Game SIG has just released a new version of its
SIG and has begun sharing the Lynx and Jaguar Support Areas with the
Atari SIG:

   <**** Cleveland Freenet Video Game SIG ****>
       <*********** (go vgame) ***********>

  1 About The Video Game SIG
  2 General SIG News
  3 General Talk, Suggestions, Etc.
  4 General USENET Video Game Newsgroups
  5 Nintendo
  6 Sega
  7 Atari
  8 Multi-Media Systems
  9 Classic Game Systems
 10 Other Game Systems
 11 Computer Games
 12 Arcade Games
 13 Pinball Machines
 14 Video Game SIG Directory Services
------------------------------------------------
h=Help, x=Exit Free-Net, "go help"=extended help

Your Choice ==> 7

     The Video Game SIG
  //--------------------\\
            ATARI
  \\--------------------//

  1 Lynx Support Area
  2 Jaguar Support Area

  3 USENET: alt.games.lynx
  4 USENET: rec.games.video.atari

  NOTE: Lynx & Jaguar Support Areas are maintained
        by the Atari SIG.  (Type GO ATARI for more)

------------------------------------------------
h=Help, x=Exit Free-Net, "go help"=extended help

Your Choice ==>


Atari News
-=-=-=-=-=

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
  CONTACT:  Lynn Thompson, (408) 764-0740
            Karen Magill, (617) 494-8202
            Cunningham Communications, Inc.
 
            Bill Rehbock, (408) 745-2000
            Atari Corporation
 
  Atari Ships Tempest 2000 for New Jaguar
  Game Garners Industry Awards; Flies Off Retail Shelves
 
  SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - April 13, 1994--Wednesday Atari Corp. (ASE:ATC)
  announced it is shipping Tempest 2000 for Jaguar, its award-winning
  64-bit game system.    Tempest 2000 was recently awarded "CES Game of
  Show" (Electronic Games Magazine), "Game of the Month/March" (DieHard
  GameFan) and "Game of the Month/March" and "Editor's Choice Gold
  Award" (Electronic Gaming Monthly).
 
  The original Tempest is one of the most popular video games in arcade
  history. With Tempest 2000, players get four games on one game
  cartridge:  the original Tempest, Tempest Plus, Tempest 2000 and
  Tempest Duel.
 
  "Tempest 2000 is the hottest selling title on Jaguar today," said
  Peter Roithmayr, senior buyer at Electronics Boutique.  "We sold over
  60 percent of our Tempest 2000 stock within four days; most sold in
  the first two days of shelf life.  Tempest 2000 is in very high
  demand because the popularity of the Jaguar has far exceeded the
  gaming industry's expectations."
 
  "Tempest, by itself, is worth the price of the Jag -- Tempest 2000 for
  Jaguar is further proof that the next level of gaming has arrived,"
  said Dave Halverson, DieHard GameFan.
 
  Tempest 2000 players venture through 100 unchartered galaxies filled
  with "Demon Heads," a very aggressive and deadly enemy and "Warp
  Bonus Tokens," which count toward bonus levels and a free instant
  "SuperZapper," a player's defense which can destroy everything on the
  screen.
 
  "We are pleased to offer Jaguar players Tempest 2000, which has
  already captured the attention and praise of the industry's leading
  game publications, " said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari Corp.
  "Tempest 2000 has hit the ground running -- Jaguar's 64-bit
  technology has allowed us to make one of the industry's most
  exciting, challenging games even more outstanding."
 
  Tempest 2000 features two-player cooperative play and more than 30
  minutes of pure CD-quality techno-rave soundtrack.  In addition:
   -- Powerful 3D polygons provide realistic parallax star fields
   -- Particle displays deliver realistic explosions
   -- Melt-O-Vision graphics provide stunning graphic effects
   -- Cycle shading gives players accurate depth perception
 
  Atari Tempest 2000 is immediately available through all
  Atari-authorized retailers for $59.99.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 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.
 
  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


LYNX OFFER FROM ATARI

NOTICE: PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS OFFER TO FRIENDS!

 Atari Corporation is looking for ways to reward onliners for their
 dedicated support of our products. We have come to appreciate the
 volume of great ideas, suggestions, criticisms and compliments. We
 know you are buying our products already, but we think you deserve a
 little more.

 The followng offer is available to members of all popular online
 services including the Internet and public access BBS's. It is also
 available to readers of popular online magazines who choose to
 support their readers by reprinting this offer. Look for other online
 offers soon.

 SPAN:         Good from 3/1/94 to 6/1/94
 OFFER:        Buy a Lynx, get 2 carts free.
 BONUS:        Free Scorpions CD Single to first 100 orders!
 DESCRIPTION:  Buy a Lynx game system for only $99.99 and
               receive your choice of TWO game carts free.
               ($80 value. That's like getting the Lynx for
               just $20!)
 CHOOSE FROM:  Any of Atari Corp's existing stock of Lynx
               titles. (List follows.)

 WHAT IS A LYNX?

 Atari(r) Lynx(tm) is the ultimate portable video game machine. It
 delivers over 4,000 colors, up-to 8-player connectivity potential,
 16-bit graphics engine, 3.5" diag. playing screen, hardware scaling,
 headphone jack, right/left handed controls and lots and lots of
 cartridges to choose from. ...Arcade video game fun everywhere you
 go.

 Note: If you already own a Lynx, use this one to ComLynx with
       family members or put it aside as a gift
 ... (keep the free carts for YOU!)
 ... or form an alliance with a friend and split the costs!

 Terms subject to change without notice. Offer valid only to North
 American locations.

 HOW TO ORDER ATARI CORPORATION OFFERS: (It's easy)

 1) Fill out the order template below.

 2) a. Fax order to 408/745-2088. (BEST METHOD)

    b. EMail (PRIVATELY) this order to:

        Don Thomas <75300.1267@compuserve.com> or
                   (75300,1267 on CompuServe)
        Bob Brodie  or
                   (BOB-BRODIE on GEnie)

    c. Call your order to 408/745-2098 (9-5 PST)
       Note: Phones are often jammed with excited Jaguar
             callers. Please be patient!

       FULL NAME TO SHIP:
         ADDRESS TO SHIP:
   APARTMENT, SUITE, LOT:
   CITY, STATE, PROVINCE:
             POSTAL CODE:
        DAY PHONE NUMBER: (    )
      NIGHT PHONE NUMBER: (    )
     ONLINE SERVICE USED:
  ONLINE USER I.D./ADRSS:
          (NOT PASSWORD)

 ----- Complete if first order in 12 months -------
     NAME ON CREDIT CARD:
  MASTERCARD/VISA NUMBER:
         EXPIRATION DATE:
 --------------------------------------------------

 EDIT ORDER BELOW:

    DESCRIPTION           QTY      EACH    EXTENDED
 ==================================================
 1  Lynx complete          1   $  99.99    $  99.99
 2  ??????? cartridge      1      $$.$$        FREE
 3  ??????? cartridge      1      $$.$$        FREE
 4
 ==================================================
    SUB TOTAL ............................ $  99.99
    CALIFORNIA TAX (8.25% if applicable).. $   x.xx
    SHIPPING & HANDLING* ................. $   4.95
 ==================================================
    TOTAL (U.S. funds) ................... $ xxx.xx


List of Atari Corp. Lynx Titles
"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

 $49.99
 ======
 BATMAN RETURNS
 NINJA GAIDEN III
 PITFIGHTER

 $39.99
 ======
 A. P. B.                                STEEL TALONS
 AWESOME GOLF                            S.T.U.N. RUNNER
 BASKETBRAWL                             SUPERSKWEEK
 BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE        TOKI
 BLUE LIGHTNING                          TOURNAMENT CYBERBALL
 CALIFORNIA GAMES                        TURBO SUB
 CHECKERED FLAG                          VIKING CHILD
 CRYSTAL MINES II                        WARBIRDS
 SWITCHBLADE II                          XYBOTS
 HARD DRIVIN'                            DRACULA THE UNDEAD
 HOCKEY                                  POWER FACTOR
 HYDRA                                   DINOLYMPICS
 KUNG FOOD                               DIRTY LARRY, RENEGADE COP
 LYNX CASINO                             WORLD CLASS SOCCER
 NINJA GAIDEN                            JOUST
 ROADBLASTERS                            GORDO 106
 SCRAPYARD DOG                           JIMMY CONNORS TENNIS
 SHADOW OF THE BEAST                     LEMMINGS
 N. F. L. FOOTBALL                       MALIBU BIKINI VOLLEYBALL
 PINBALL JAM

 $34.95
 ======
 BASEBALL HEROES                         RAMPART
 RAMPAGE                                 RYGAR

 $29.95
 ======
 CHIP'S CHALLENGE                        BLOCKOUT
 ISHIDO                                  ELECTROCOP
 MS. PAC-MAN                             GATES OF ZENDOCON
 PACLAND                                 GAUNTLET THE THIRD ENCOUNTER
 PAPERBOY                                KLAX
 SHANGHAI                                ROBO-SQUASH
 TODD'S ADVENTURE IN SLIME WORLD         ROBOTRON 2084
 XENOPHOBE                               ZARLOR MERCENARY


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8-Bit Computers Support Area
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8-Bit Support Area News
-----------------------
Michael Current

The Info-Atari8 Digest has returned!

Thanks to Mike Todd and Mike Jewison for taking the initiative to get it running
again, and good luck at bringing it back to full functionality.
(More on that in a bit.)

If you're not familiar with it, the Info-Atari8 Digest is the Internet
mailing-list dedicated to our favorite 8-bit computers.  It contains the
same message base as found on the Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.atari.8bit,
but because it is distributed by e-mail it can reach many people who do
not have Usenet access.  You'll often see me refer to the two groups as
one, the comp.sys.atari.8bit/Info-Atari8 Digest discussion group.

Option 11 in our 8-Bit Computers Support Area always contains at least
6 months of the Digest, forming a useful archive of comp.sys.atari.8bit
postings.

The Info-Atari8 Digest has a long and storied history, only a portion of
which I am familiar with.  It presently is mailed from
info-atari8@naucse.cse.nau.edu, a machine at Northern Arizona University,
but that wasn't always the case.  When I came across the Internet in 1989
it came from a machine at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.  Sorry,
I don't remember that address exactly, but it was the same machine that
was the original huge FTP site, simtel.  Before that, the original
address for the Info-Atari8 Digest was info-atari8@score.stanford.edu.
Who remembers those days?

When the Digest was at its two previous sites, it worked like this.  Every
posting made to comp.sys.atari.8bit on Usenet appeared in the Info-Atari8
Digest, and every mailing sent to the digest address was posting to
comp.sys.atari.8bit.  Unfortunately, when the Digest was moved to its present
site in early 1990 this mechanism did not survive the transition.  Ever
since then the Usenet->Internet direction has worked, but the Internet->
Usenet direction has not.  People would post questions on Usenet, and Digest
subscribers would mail their responses and see their responses in the
Digest, then wonder why the original questioner didn't see it.  Mass
confusion, and my original motivation for creating the 8-bit Atari FAQ List.

Digest subscribers now overcome this by sending their mailings instead to
comp-sys-atari-8bit@cs.utexas.edu, a site that will take any mail and
post it to any newsgroup for you.  This technique works, but it's only a
stop-gap solution.

Adding to the confusion was the INFO-A8 Listserv on BITNET.  This was
a secondary distribution of the Info-Atari8 Digest for persons on BITNET
but not the Internet (and two steps removed from Usenet).  Probably due
to the fact that most BITNET sites have since connected to the Internet,
I don't believe INFO-A8 exists anymore.

With new maintainers Mike Todd and Mike Jewison on the job, I have full
confidence that the Info-Atari8 Digest situation will soon be finally
resolved.

Good luck to you both!


8-Bit Product News
------------------

 From: darekm@microsoft.com (Darek Mihocka)

I've seen various posts recently talking about an
8-bit emulator for the PC and where to get it.
The one I'm working on, PC Xformer (an MS-DOS
port of ST Xformer) is not in beta testing
or yet available anywhere, so claims about
it sightings should be taken with a grain of
salt. It read one post about an emulator
that requires SuperVGA 640x480x256 mode.
That is not PC Xformer. So let's lay some
rumors to rest.

I did show an early version of PC Xformer about
2 years ago at the Chicago Atarifest and I will
be showing a more complete version of it next
month at the Sacramento Atarifest and passing
out some information about it. Since most people
would never be caught dead in Sacramento,
MAIL me (not email) your name and mailing
address and I'll send you that info:

Darek Mihocka
14150 N.E. 20th St. #302
Bellevue, WA  98007

Here is a quick summary of what PC Xformer
does and major changes from ST Xformer:

- runs on any 286/386/486/Pentium or
non-Intel processor that emulates at
least a 286.

- full speed emulation on roughly a 386/20.
286s will run slower. A 486/66 emulates 8 times
faster than normal. Fast enough? 
An option allows you to slow down to roughly
normal speed.

- requires a VGA card only, not a SuperVGA,
since it uses 320x200x256 mode. Overscanned
programs don't go beyond 320x200.

- GTIA, DLIs, and PM/G are supported.
(unlike ST Xformer which didn't support any
of those graphics features due to the slow
speed of emulation and crippled graphics of an ST)

- at the moment, no support for using the
Xformer Cable. Transfer your 8-bit files to
the ST using the Xformer Cable and then use
those files on the PC, or use SIO2PC.


Other info (such as a compatibility list,
beta testing info, etc) will be mailed out
later on, so send in your mailing addresses.

I don't read this newsgroup on a regular basis
so please send questions by mail.

- Darek

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|  Views expressed are always my own.  |
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EDITOR'S NOTE:  PC Xformer is a DOS application that will run under Windows,
OS/2 2.1, and Windows NT.  It only requires 640K RAM.  PC Xformer will ship in
June 1994 at a retail price of $39.95 U.S.  However, BraSoft will soon offer a
special introductory price around $29.95 if purchased by the end of June.
Furthermore, a demo version will be available within the next few weeks.
Finally, for more information on this emulator, consult the "8-bit Tutorial"
below.  -ML



 From: RG9@VAX.YORK.AC.UK

            SUPPORT FOR YOUR ATARI 8-BIT FROM RICHARD GORE.
            ----------------------------------------------

  YORKY 256K Memory upgrade:
  -------------------------

        Yes, its still available but in dwindling quantities. The Yorky 256k
memory upgrade simply plugs into the PBI port of your 800XL or a 64k internally
upgraded 600XL and gives you 256k of XE type compatible bank switched memory.
You don't have to open your machine or do any soldering, its supplied ready
to be plugged in and used. An A4 manual and a double sided disk of support
software are included in the price.

    Price:  #50 plus #2 p&p (UK), #3.50 (EC), #5 (worldwide).

             (also for US customers $90 fully inclusive).

  I also hope to have ready very soon, a new version of the Yorky with a PBI
feedthrough to allow the connection of another PBI device like the Black Box.
More details will be supplied when everything is finally sorted out.

  SOFTWARE:
  --------

JAWBREAKER - The classic Pac-man style game originally sold by Sierra-On-Line.
             This version includes two mazes which were originally sold as
             separate games as well as a new pause function and improved
             joystick control.

MOUSEKATTACK - Another classic game from Sierra-On-Line. This game has you
               trying to plumb the levels of Rat Alley. A very addictive game
               featuring a one or two player (simultaneously on screen) mode,
               new pause feature and improved joystick control.

  Both games are available on disk, tape or Rambit Turbo tape (state which)
and are supplied with a printed manual.

  Prices:  #4.50 each   or  #6.95 for BOTH  (UK p&p included)

        (overseas please add #2 for airmail shipping)
        (US dollar prices $10 each or $18 for both fully inclusive)

For further details or to order contact:

RICHARD GORE, 79 SPROTBROUGH ROAD, SPROTBROUGH, DONCASTER, DN5 8BW, ENGLAND

Telephone: (0302) 784642   weekends only please.

E-mail: RG9@UK.AC.YORK.TOWER  or  RG9@UK.AC.YORK.VAX
        (Non-JANET users invert UK.AC.YORK.xxx  to xxx.YORK.AC.UK)

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SOFTWARE Authors, have you written any games or utilities for the Atari 8-bits,
new or old? If you have and you have the rights contact me now and we can
hopefully arrange to get them (re-)marketed!

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 From: RG9@VAX.YORK.AC.UK
 Date: 14 Mar 1994 07:11:23 -0600

This posting is being done as a service by Richard Gore on behalf of RAMBIT.
All replies should be sent to the address given at the end of the posting.

We are pleased to send you details of our PARALLEL PRINTER PORT for the Atari
XL/XE computers, connecting to the parallel bus interface (XL) or enhanced
cartridge port (XE). The P.P.P. is designed to enable you to connect EPSON
compatible printers such as Panasonic KX-P1081, OKI-82, MP-165 etc. and print
at their designed speeds, ie not slowed to serial speed.
 The P.P.P consists of a compact unit which plugs directly into your computer
port and outputs through a standard female 36way centronics socket connected to
the printer using the lead supplied with the printer (possibly!).

The software necessary to drive the unit is best incorporated into your OS on
EPROM so accessed by normal legal IO calls. Your system is so adapted as to
allow use of your utilities (provided they only make standard use of the OS,
99% do) whether cartridge, disk or tape without any alteration of them.

                TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS.

 Power for the unit can be taken from the printer on pin 18 of the connector,
or from the computer as desired. Should your printer be non-standard parallel,
quite possibly we can advise on tailoring to its specification!

Alteration of your cable, ie change of plug or reposition of individual wires,
will only be necessary if it has no male 36way centronics plug on its computer
end and/or full 36 wires present.

                SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS.

PRINTER:- does it output +5volt on pin 18 to the cable? If not check pin 47 of
your XL pbi, wiring of this may be necessary.
       :-printer signals as follows, SELECT and BUSY both active high,
        ACKNOWLEDGE and STROBE active low; differences will require tailoring at
no extra cost!
CABLE:-fitted with male standard 36way parallel (centronics) plug at computer
        end.
COMPUTER:- for supply of EPROM driver details of your existing OS will be
        required and may involve fitting of a DIL socket to hold it. Kit also
lends itself to being fitted inside your computer or having printer lead
soldered too it.

 Prices all inclusive, Overseas +10%. Sterling only, cheques or postal orders
made payable to Rambit.

 KIT WITH EPROM for XL or XE ....#20

prices for ready assembled by negotiation.

We aim to satisfy and consequently will do our best to give technical support,
answer genuine queries and will be pleased to accept your comments. We will also
update/re-record on receipt of out original disk/tape with return postage.

Address: RAMBIT, 16 THE GREEN, THURLBY, BOURNE, LINCS., PE10 OHB, ENGLAND

telephone  (in UK): 0778 424450

Additional comments by Richard GORE:
Dave Richardson the man behind Rambit is very technical and I'm sure he won't
mind me saying has difficulty in writing using non-technical jargon. The above
posting sounds pretty complex but what he is saying is he has available a
printer interface that plugs into a PBI on the XL or XE and can be tailored
for non-standard printers.
I also know he has experimented with using these kits to get two computers
interconnected and I think has created an RS 232 interface.

If you are at all interested in such projects I suggest you write to him at the
address given above to find out more.


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