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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.nwsltr
Subject: CAIN Newsletter: 24-Jun-94 #0104
Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Date: Sat Jun 25 11:54:51 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}.cwru.edu (129.22.8.32 or 129.22.8.51)
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         216/368-3888 | 300-14400 bps | type 'go atari' at any menu
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                                   Covering:
        7800/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
  Atari Classic Gaming Corner/
  Portfolio Support Area......Fred Horvat       ap748@cleveland.freenet.edu
  Lynx Support Area...........Barry W. Cantin   aa852@cleveland.freenet.edu

  Contributor.................Dag Johansen Esq. dagj@netcom.com

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  Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG Internet E-Mail: xx004@cleveland.freenet.edu
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  Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, P.O. Box 364, Mentor, OH  U.S.A. 44061-0364
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                               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 FTP Site
                                                       CAIN Atari Fun Fest 94
                                    Correction:  Login process for Next Users
                                                                   -Atari SIG

Atari News..........................................Summer CES Press Releases
                                                                 -Atari Corp.

                                                           CatScan BBS Update
                                                                  -Don Thomas

8-Bit Computers Support Area..........................8-bit Support Area News
                                                           8-bit Product News
                                                      April AC:  In the Mail!
                                                        Programmers Wanted...
                                                        D.G.S. Summer Special
                                                        Atari Classics Letter
                                    8-bit Bulletin Board Messages of Interest
                                                             -Michael Current

16/32-Bit Computers Support Area..............C-Lab gets Falcon030 technology
                                                     New files in the archive
                                                                   -Atari SIG

Portfolio Support Area .............................Portfolio Tips and Tricks
                                                                 -Fred Horvat

Atari Classic Gaming Corner..............................Atari 32-1 Cartridge
                                                                 -Fred Horvat

Lynx Support Area.............................................Lynx Commentary
                                                             -Barry W. Cantin

Jaguar Support Area..................................Jaguar Support Area News
                                                                  Jaguar News
                                                            Jaguar Commentary
                                                                    -Len Stys

                                                  Atari Annual Meeting Report
                                                           -Dag Johansen Esq.

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

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

Online Atari Conferences.....................Conferencing with the Atari SIG
                                       Conference with Jeff Minter Transcript
                                         Upcoming Conference with Fred Horvat
                                                                 -Mark Leair

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

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

June has arrived!  ...along with the hot weather, barbecues, and family
vacations, more Atari news from CAIN has arrived!  Stay tuned to CAIN
throughout the summer for the hottest Atari news!  This month there's a
special treat for Jaguar fans.  Check out the conference section for a
transcript of a conference the Atari SIG had with Jeff Minter, programmer of
Jaguar's Tempest 2000.  CAIN would like to again thank Jeff for attending last
month's conference despite the time difference (he's 5 hours ahead of us) and
him having the flu.

Next, don't forget about the CAIN Atari Fun Fest 94.  This is the first
Cleveland-area Atari Show in years.  The show will be held Sunday August 7th,
1994.  Furthermore, a show information conference has been scheduled for
Sunday June 26, 1994.  Please consult the Free-Net News and the Online
Conferences sections for more details.

Finally, I want to personally apologize to those Next Workstation users who
were not able to use the login procedure published last month.  A correction
has been printed in the Free-Net News section.  Please follow this procedure
as soon as possible since, like last month's process, it is subject to change
without prior notice.

Keep those letters coming in!

                                                    -Mark Leair
                                                    CAIN Editor/Publisher


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

This CAIN Newsletter issue is a little bit late mainly because I've been
holding it up.  I've been real busy the last couple of weeks.  First there was
finals and then there was graduation and then everything that follows
graduation.  I also had a few hardware problems that I had to take care of
before I could contribute my part to this newsletter.  And no, I didn't plan
for this issue to be released on my Birthday, it just happened that way. :)

Apple Computer is launching a new on-line service called eWorld.  This is
how eWorld is described by Walter S. Mossberg in the June 23rd issue of
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "The effect is to reduce the sense that this is a
typical computer environment, and to give users the feeling of a friendly
electronic community."  Mr. Mossberg continues to describe eWorld: "In the
same vein, navigation is done intelligently.  The opening screen depicts the
eWorld service as a town, with cartoon-like buildings representing key
offerings within the service.  You click with your mouse on a building and
immediately jump to the part of the service that it represents.  Click on a
library, for example, and you get to an on-line version of Grolier's
Encyclopedia.  Electronic mail is found by clicking on a post office."  And
finally, Mr. Mossberg explains what this system offers: "The service has a
decent, if mostly unremarkable, selection of content for a startup: news from
Reuters and USA Today, stock quotes, e-mail that connects to the Internet,
bulletin boards, shareware programs you can download, reference materials."
Apple is charging $8.95 a month for eWorld and gives two free hours of
connect time.  If you want to use it beyond that, it is $7.90 an hour during
business hours and $4.95 an hour on evenings and weekends.

The eWorld electronic city (community feeling) format is definitely
original... NOT!  The Cleveland Free-Net has had this format since the
beginning of its existence.  And it is for free!  I don't know who at Apple
thought of this idea, but I wonder if he/she had ever visited Free-Net???

Apple Computer has done it.  There are so many services that are now offered
for free that once had a price-tag.  Apple has made a service that is
presently being offered for free and is charging people for it.  I suggest the
name eWorld be changed to "Pay-Net."  What do you think?

OK... on to other news.  In the Jaguar Support Area part of CAIN Newsletter,
you will find a letter writing campaign.  This letter writing campaign will
insure the success of Jaguar if you participate.  If you remember, there was
a movement sometime ago called "Operation: A.C.T. Now" or Atari Community
Together Now.  This movement never died, it continues through these letter
writing campaigns.  Check it out.

Finally, there is an Atari SIG being established on the new Columbus Free-Net
by Atari activist Jeff Poling.  I hope to provide more information on this
Atari SIG in future issues of CAIN Newsletter.

                                    "Go Indians!"
Len Stys, SIG Manager
CFN Atari SIG


Free-Net News
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New FTP Site
------------

As CAIN reported last month, all issues of CAIN are now available on the Atari
Archive FTP Site at the University of Michigan.  They are located under the
"/Magazines" directory.  To get to this archive FTP to
"atari.archive.umich.edu".

Next, another FTP site has informed CAIN that it will carry the CAIN
newsletter.  This site is "micros.hensa.ac.uk" and the directory is
"micros/atari/tos/n/n153".

CAIN Atari Fun Fest 94
----------------------

                       Central Atari Information Network
                                   Presents
                          C.A.I.N. Atari Fun Fest 94
                      August 7, 1994 / 10:00AM to 5:00PM
                           Knights of Columbus Hall
                               7637 Chardon Road
                              Kirtland, OH 44094

              *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*
              *  THE FIRST CLEVELAND-AREA ATARI SHOW IN YEARS!!!  *
              *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*

                                Free Admission!

                              What to See and Do!

                          The New Jaguar Game System!
                          The LYNX handheld game unit
           Bring your LYNX and games to COMLYNX with other players!
                        The Falcon Multimedia computer
              Gemulator (IBM emulator running Atari ST Software)
                         8-bit computers and products
                       16/32-bit computers and products
                          Portfolio palmtop computer
                         Meet the editors of C.A.I.N.
                 Classic game systems 2600/5200/7800 and games
               Catalogs and brochures for Atari line of products
                   Atari products for sale / Plus Much More!

                        Table pricing per 8 foot table
                        $10.00 per table no electricity
                       $15.00 per table with one outlet
                     For more show or lodging info contact
                                  Fred Horvat
                                 P.O. Box 493
                          Chesterland, OH  44026-0493
                                 216-729-0761
                   Internet ID : ap748@cleveland.freenet.edu


Correction:  Login Process for Next Users
-----------------------------------------

Last month CAIN reported that users of Next Workstations are having trouble
telnet'ing into the Cleveland Free-Net.  A step-by-step login process was
published for those Next Users who wished to obtain an account on the
Cleveland Free-Net.  Unfortunately, the process failed to work after CAIN was
released.  Below is a process that is working as of 05/15/94:

To login as a Visitor:

At the "login:" prompt enter "fnguest".

This will log you into the Free-Net as a guest.  Guests can go anywhere on the
Free-Net and read about 90% of the message boards.  However, to gain access to
electronic mail, posting of messages on all the message boards, real-time
chatting, etc. one needs to obtain an account on Free-Net.  Below is the
correct process for obtaining an account as a Next User.

After logging into the Cleveland Free-Net as a visitor (using the above
process), do the following:

1. Enter "go tower" at any "Your Choice ==>" system prompt.
2. Select option number 7 for "Other Free-Nets".
3. Select option number 1 for "Free-nets in USA".
4. Select option number 10 for the "Rio Grande (El Paso, TX)" Free-Net.
5. Select option number 2 to login to the Rio Grande Free-Net.
6. Enter "visitor" at the "login:" prompt.

   After logging in and reading any "Messages from the Administration", you
   will see the main menu.

7. Select option number 6 for "teleport".
8. Select option number 6 for "Gopher Services from University of Minnesota"
9. Select option number 8 for "Other Gopher and Information Servers"
10. Select option number 2 inorder to "Search titles in Gopherspace using
    Veronica".
11. Select option number 13 to "Search Gopherspace by title word(s)
    (via PSINET) ".
12. Type in "Cleveland Free-Net" and press Return or Enter.
13. Select option number 28 for "Cleveland Free-Net " or
    Select option number 31 for "Cleveland Free-Net ".

    Once you logon to the Cleveland Free-Net you will receive the following
    prompt:

    Are you a:

    1. Registered User
    2. Visitor

14. Select option number 2.

    You will then be asked whether you wish to apply for an account, explore
    the system, or logoff.

15. Choose option number 1 "Apply for an account".

    From here, it's a matter of answering Free-Net's questions.


The above process is subject to change.  Please apply for an account as soon
as possible.  If you have any further questions you may contact CAIN by
Internet mail at "xx004@cleveland.freenet.edu".


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

For more information, contact:
Bill Rehbock, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAGUAR(TM) CD-ROM UNDER $200
Atari(R) reveals CD-ROM and outstanding CD software

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today plans to ship the anticipated
CD-ROM to stores in ample time for Christmas shopping. The CD-ROM is a
hardware peripheral compatible with any Jaguar 64-bit system and will
sell for $199.95 (MSRP). It enables the Jaguar to play a new
generation of impeccable CD-based video games and play audio compact
discs. ROM-based software in the CD-ROM allows the user to easily
manipulate audio tracks and numerous custom selections when playing
audio compact discs. The module includes state-of-the-art technology
to play the audio and video portions of CD+G encoded discs. It also
provides its own cartridge port so some applications may use the
cartridge and CD at the same time.

Mr. Richard Miller, Vice President of Engineering for Atari
Corporation, observed, "Compact Discs offer well over 700 Megabytes of
raw data storage and many times that number when the data is
compressed. The massive storage capacity of a CD provides enough data
space to incorporate complex digitized images, full motion video
sequences and CD-quality audio soundtracks into games. These things
are far from being fully utilized on home platforms and the Jaguar is
the perfect system to do just that."

Such complex images, sound and color are integrated parts of the
numerous CD software projects currently underway. Blue Lightning(TM),
scheduled for Christmas release, is a realistic high speed aerial
combat experience aboard your own fighter jet. It features high
quality sequenced graphics of landscapes and enemies within 36
separate levels. Using an optional cartridge, game players may save
and retrieve statistics such as mission status, high scores and
character information for their Blue Lightning missions. Similar
information for other CD software titles may also be saved on the same
cartridge.

Another of the planned CD releases for Christmas is Battlemorph(TM); a
true 3-dimensional experience in over 50 all-new virtual worlds.
Player chooses at will between fighter, tank or submarine with
complete 3D movement. The many features include texture mapped enemies
and structures. Play inside caves, underwater, on land and in the sky.
Work with the resistance to bring down the Pernitia Empire.

Anyone who enjoys a round of golf will love Jack Nicklaus Cyber
Golf(TM). This CD package includes True Color photos of Murfield Golf
Course with access to CD quality voice to help with each hole. Study
Jack Nicklaus' golf swing to improve your own game with full motion
video of him and other golfers. Also look  for the CD titles;
Highlander(TM), Creature Shock(TM), Demolition Man(TM) and an assortment of
third party products that will begin shipping fourth quarter 1994.

Thanks to the many talents of Mr. Jeff Minter; author of the
award-winning Tempest 2000(TM), Atari's new CD-ROM includes the Virtual
Light Machine(TM) (VLM). No other game system has VLM. VLM literally
looks at audio compact discs as they are played and spontanteously
produces a spectrum analysis of every incoming sound. This information
is assembled in a frequency map of the music and assigned complex
visual equivalents. Advanced 64-bit data processing makes it possible
for the translation to take place almost faster than the ear can hear
it so images are in perfect tune with the sound as it is played. The
result is a stunning light show. VLM is perfect for parties and every
other listening environment where audio compact discs are enjoyed.

Jaguar owners will enjoy VideoCD full-motion movies with an optional
MPEG video cartridge. No other home system offers simultaneous access
to cartridges,  compact discs and a 64-bit multimedia platform.

The ability to do so much more is another key reason major developers
are turning to the Jaguar. Mr. William Rehbock, Vice President of
Third Party Development, states, "Our success to attract more than 150
Jaguar licensees is due, in large part, to the tools we are able to
provide them. There are basic development tools and there are
peripheral options. Developers  are drawn to these elements. CD is
another option for them that enables them to choose the best media to
distribute each product. Ultimately this gives the consumer more
choices too."

"We have spent a lot of time to make certain we have packed the CD-ROM
full of technologies that our developers can grow into while keeping
the platform affordable for the consumer," affirms Mr. Sam Tramiel,
President and CEO of Atari Corporation. "It was important to keep the
price as low as possible. It was important to include all the features
of CD-ROM that developers need most to please their customers.
Finally, it was important to remain faithful to our 'Made In America '
foundation. The Jaguar is manufactured by IBM in the U.S.  The CD-ROM
will be manufactured in the United States by Philips.

"Based on feedback we have had so far, consumers want to support an
advanced gaming company that makes what it sells at home, " concludes
Mr. Tramiel. "We're going to give them what they want."

The Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia
home entertainment system. The Atari Jaguar and compatible software
titles have been awarded multiple awards for technical achievement,
design and innovation.

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks
or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact:
Bill Rehbock, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAGUAR(TM) CD-ROM UNDER $200

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today plans to ship CD-ROM to stores
in ample time for Christmas shopping. The CD-ROM is a hardware
peripheral compatible with any Jaguar 64-bit system and will sell for
$199.95 (MSRP). It enables the Jaguar to play a new generation of
impeccable CD-based video games and play audio compact discs. The
module includes CD+G technology and it provides its own cartridge port
for applications that may use both cartridge and CD at the same time.

Look  for the CD titles; Blue Lightning(TM), Battlemorph(TM), Jack
Nicklaus Cyber Golf(TM), Highlander(TM), Creature Shock(TM), Demolition
Man(TM) and more that will begin shipping fourth quarter 1994.

Atari's new CD-ROM includes the Virtual Light Machine(TM) (VLM). VLM
literally looks at audio compact discs as they are played and
spontanteously produces a spectrum analysis of every incoming sound.
The result is a stunning light show. An optional MPEG video cartridge
will allow access to MPEG full motion video.

"We have packed the CD-ROM full of technologies that our developers
can grow into while keeping the platform affordable for the consumer,"
affirms Mr. Sam Tramiel,  President and CEO of Atari Corporation. "It
was important to remain faithful to our 'Made In America ' foundation
too. The CD-ROM will be manufactured in the United States by Philips.

"Based on feedback we have had so far, consumers want to support an
advanced gaming company that makes what it sells at home, " concludes
Mr. Tramiel. "We're going to give them what they want."

# # # #

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks
or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact:
Sandy LaBrec, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2000
Bill Nicholson, Phylon Communications, Inc. (510)656-2606

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GAMERS PLAY JAGUAR(TM) ON THE TELEPHONE
New System Based on Simultaneous
Voice & Data Communications Technology

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today that playing Jaguar games with
opponents over a single telephone line will be a reality in the 4th
quarter of 1994.  New technology, developed by Phylon Communications,
Inc.; leaders in advanced fax/modem/voice technology, permits two
users to play Atari Jaguar video games against each other. Utilizing
the same phone line, they may speak to each other as they play. The
game experience is truely shared by the two gamers although they may
be miles apart from each other.

The Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator uses headsets for the players to
hear each other speak as well as listen to the stereo benefits of the
game being played. Users will also have call waiting indications, both
at local and remote ends, to pause and resume a game due to an
interrupting call in the middle of a game. Thus, this product can be
enjoyed by the players without being a nuisance to others in the home.
"By offering our voice-plus-data technology to leading OEMs and
systems manufacturers, like Atari, Phylon is pioneering multimedia
communications technology on the dial-up network," noted Dr. Hamdi
El-Sassi, President and CEO of Phylon.

The first games planned to exploit the features of the Jaguar
Voice/Data Communicator are Doom(TM), Club Drive(TM) and Iron
Soldier(TM).

"Reports I have been receiving from Jaguar owners is that they are
ready for this technology. We have it and we are going to offer it
this Christmas," announced Mr. Sam Tramiel, President and CEO of Atari
Corporation. "By reviewing each game we have in development, we have
been able to make certain each one integrates every bit of power we
can put into it."

The Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator is compatible with  Atari Jaguar;
the world's first and only 64-bit interactive multimedia home
entertainment system. The Atari Jaguar and compatible software titles
have been awarded multiple awards for technical achievement, design
and innovation worldwide. The Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator is packed
complete with stereo headset and is engineered for user friendly, plug
'n' go operation. Future software options will enable the Jaguar
Voice/Data Communicator to access existing and upcoming online
services on the Information SuperHighway.

# # # #

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks
or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact:
James Grunke, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEMPEST 2000(TM) SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE ON CD
Atari(R) Announces Audio Compact Disc of Cartridge Soundtrack

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today that the popular soundtrack of
Tempest 2000 has been remastered for a new special edition audio
compact disc to be made available in the third quarter of 1994.

"A lot of people ask if Atari would ever consider releasing the
incredible soundtrack from Tempest 2000," states Mr. James Grunke,
Director of Music and Audio for Atari Corporation. "The music has wide
appeal to the large dance and rave audiences who love the techno style
of the Tempest 2000 music."

Although some of the specifications are being retained for the formal
release in a few months, Tempest 2000 Soundtrack will include new
versions of the music used in the actual game cartridge PLUS bonus
tracks of previously unreleased material. Tempest 2000 is Atari's
blockbuster 64-bit video game title compatible with the Atari Jaguar
game system.

Tempest 2000 Soundtrack will be available through Atari retailers,
select music stores, or directly from Atari's own Customer Service
Department. For more information, contact Atari by writing: Tempest
2000 Soundtrack, Atari Corporation, P.O. Box 61657, Sunnyvale, CA
94089-1657. Tempest 2000 Soundtrack will be priced under $15.

The Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia
home entertainment system. The Jaguar and compatible game titles have
been awarded multiple awards for technical achievement, design and
innovation.

# # # #

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be
trademarks or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact:
Sandy LaBrec, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAGUAR(TM) MANIA INSPIRES NETWORK GAMING
Atari(R) Announces Networking Games Available 3rd Quarter '94

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today that Jaguar owners will be
connecting their systems together and playing networked games within
the next 4 months. The network technology on the Jaguar can support up
to 32 simultaneous game players depending on the software. Networking
and Atari's new Voice/Modem for the Jaguar are two innovative ways
Jaguar owners can play complex games against each other with multiple
systems by Christmas '94.

"We are extremely excited about all of this," said Mr. Richard Miller,
Vice President of Engineering for Atari Corporation. "Now 64-bit
gaming can be an exciting multi-player experience as well as an
individual pleasure."

The Jaguar networking package enables network compatible Jaguar games
to be played on different systems up to 300 feet apart from each
other. The system uses standard RJ11 phone line cable and implements
reliable differential-pair  technology. The first network game
published by Atari will be Doom(TM). Many other titles will be announced
soon thereafter.

The Atari Jaguar is the world's first and only 64-bit interactive
multimedia home entertainment system. The Atari Jaguar and compatible
software titles have been awarded multiple awards for technical
achievement, design and innovation worldwide.

# # # #

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be
trademarks or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact:
Greg LaBrec, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2000

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAGUAR(TM) HITS ROAD WITH E.G.M. SuperTour '94!
Atari(R) Wows Serious Gamers With 64-Bit Energy!

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today that it has hit the road with a
summer long exhibition of the Atari Jaguar in many popular shopping
malls across America. The SuperTour '94 is the second annual tour
co-sponsored by Electronic Gaming Monthly (E.G.M.); an excellent
source of information covering the explosive world of video games. The
show tour is also sponsored by Hero Illustrated; the number one name
in comic guides.

SuperTour '94 offers an opportunity for merchants and enthusastic game
players to see, feel and hear the newest innovations in gaming
entertainment including the Atari Jaguar; the world's first and only
64-bit interactive multimedia home entertainment system. The Jaguar
and compatible game titles have been awarded multiple awards for
technical achievement, design and innovation worldwide.

"We want gamers to compare our system with others," states Mr. Sam
Tramiel, President and CEO of Atari Corporation. "The E.G.M. SuperTour
encourages those comparisons with side-by-side competitions and
demonstrations. Comparisons always sell more machines for Atari."

The E.G.M. SuperTour '94 is scheduled through September in shopping
malls from Charlotte and Orlando  to Los Angeles and Seattle; with
cities like Chicago and Denver along the way. The show attracts gamers
and comic collectors with a wide variety of contests, games and prizes
including a full-size professional pinball machine.

"We are getting flooded with calls," notes Mr. Donald Thomas, Director
of Customer Service for Atari Corporation. "Gamers want us to know
that they saw the Jaguar at some of the preseason shows and their
nearest store sold out already. They want to know where to find more."

The SuperTour '94 show schedule may be found in the most current issue
of Electronic Gaming Monthly. The announced tour stops include the
following cities:

   June 24 - 26         Lincolnwood Town Center      Lincolnwood, IL
   July 1 - 3           Rosemont Convention Center   Chicago, IL
   July 8 - 10          Northlake                    Atlanta, GA
   July 15 - 17         Atlanta Hilton and Towers    Atlanta, GA
   July 22 - 24         Aurora Mall                  Denver, CO
   July 29 - 31         Plaza Bonita                 San Diego, CA
   August 3 - 7         San Diego Convention Center  San Diego, CA
   August 12 - 14       Del Amo Fashion              Los Angeles, CA
   August 19 - 21       Glendale Galleria            Los Angeles, CA
   August 26 - 28       Vallco Fashion Center        Cupertino, CA
   September 2 - 4      Eastridge                    San Jose, CA
   September 9 - 11     Southcenter                  Seattle, WA

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks
or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact:
Bill Rehbock, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATARI(R) CELEBRATES 150+ JAGUAR(TM) LICENSEES
Expanded List Includes Prominent New Names

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today that the number of signed
licensed developers for the Atari Jaguar has surpassed 150. According
to Mr. William Rehbock, Vice President of Third Party Development for
Atari Corporation, "Each signature represents another developer that
is serious about the desire to develop Jaguar compatible peripherals
or software. Although a few may be focused on highly specialized
applications, the majority are in the business of dazzling video game
players.

"The newest list," adds Mr. Rehbock, "includes names such as 20th
Century Fox Interactive, JVC Musical Industries, Inc., Time-Warner
Interactive and Electro Brain Corp. These are exciting names to have
shown support in the way that they have. We welcome them and look
forward to accommodating  their needs as they intensify their Jaguar
development interests with us."

Names found among the recently inked pages include:

     20th Centrury Fox Interactive   Acid Software
     Alfaro Corporation Limited      B.S.A.
     Bando Svenska AB                Beris
     BitMotion Software              Bizzare Computing
     Brandlewood Computers Ltd.      Cannonball Software
     Celebrity Systems Inc.          Condor Software
     Cross Products Ltd.             DAP Developments
     Data Design                     Denton Designs Ltd.
     Diskimage                       Electro Brain Corp.
     Electrom                        Extreme
     Factor 5                        Flair Software Ltd.
     Frankenstein Software           Funcom Productions a/s
     Human Soft Ltd.                 i-SPACE
     iTHINK Inc.                     JVC Musical Industries Inc.
     Kungariket Multimedia           Lost in Time Software
     Malibu Interactive              Media Technology Scandinavia
     Merit Industries Inc.           Michton Inc.
     Miracle Designs                 Nebulous Games
     Neon-Buttner                    Network 23 Software
     NMS Software Ltd.               Odyssey Software Inc.
     Orion Technologies Inc.         Phoyx
     Rage Software Ltd.              Rainmaker Software Inc.
     Riedel Software Prod.           Scangames Interactive
     Selgus Limited                  Shadowsoft Inc.
     Sigma Designs                   Silmarils
     Sinister Development            Soft Enterprises
     Softgold Gmbh                   Software 2000
     Software Development Systems    Spaceball Technologies Inc.
     Steinberg Soft-und Hardware Gmbh
     Tantalus Entertainment          Tantalus Incorporated
     Twilight                        Time-Warner Interactive
     Visual Sciences Ltd.            Wave Quest Inc.

"Once again," observes Mr. Sam Tramiel, President and CEO of Atari
Corporation, "as I check with our developer support people I find that
they are assembling more batches of Jaguar development packages. It is
an extremely promising sight because these systems represent a lot
more consumer products in the months ahead. All of these people are
working hard and they sure are busy...

"...as they should be," adds a smiling Mr. Tramiel.

The Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia
home entertainment system. The Atari Jaguar and compatible software
titles have been awarded multiple awards for technical achievement,
design and innovation.

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks
or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact:
Greg LaBrec, Atari Corporation  (408)745-2015
Scott Stern, Norscot Group, Inc.  (414)241-3313

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAG-WARE(TM) DEBUTS FOR JAGUARTM AFICIONADOS Norscot Group, Inc.
releases Atari(R) Jaguar(TM) specialty catalog.

CHICAGO, Il. -- June 23, 1994 -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Atari
Corporation (ASE:ATC) announced today a new full-line gift catalog
especially for Atari Jaguar gamers. The catalog, shown publicly for
the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Chicago,
features nearly 20 popular consumer items fashionably adorned with the
licensed Jaguar logo. The Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit
interactive multimedia home entertainment system and is the only
system of its kind manufactured in the United States. The Jaguar has
been awarded multiple awards for technical achievement, design and
innovation.

Effective July 1, 1994, consumers throughout the world may order
products exclusive to the new Jag-Ware collection. Items range in
price as low as $2.95, but no item is more than $100 and include
watches, T-Shirts, waist packs, caps and more.

"We have been bombarded by Jaguar users asking for items they can wear
or give as gifts with the Jaguar logo on it," explains Mr. Greg
LaBrec, Director of Creative Services for Atari Corporation. "The
traditional and new Atari consumer has fallen in love with the Jaguar
and wants to show everyone that they've already moved up to the world
of  64-bit  entertainment  technology."

Offering apparel and gift items is new for Atari and is a reflection
of the growing popularity of the Jaguar system and Atari's commitment
behind it. The items selected in the 8-page, full-color catalog have
been carefully chosen by Atari with the advice of Norscot Group, Inc.;
suppliers of Corporate namesake specialty catalogs for nearly a
quarter century. Each item was chosen on merits of popularity,
durability and practical application. All items are protected by a
100% satisfaction guarantee and typically shipped within 48 hours as
long as they are in stock.

The Jag-Ware catalog will be mailed to existing Jaguar owners
registered with Atari Corporation within the next 120 days. Those
wishing to obtain a copy sooner may request one by mail by writing:
"JAG-WARE Catalog", Atari Corporation, P.O. Box 61657, Sunnyvale, CA
94089-1657. Catalogs will also be supplied with new Jaguar systems.
Additionally, modem users will find text based copies of the catalog
distributed in publications such as Atari Explorer Online and Silicon
Times Report.

Those wishing to place orders may call 1(800) 653-3313 toll free.
International orders accepted by calling (414) 241-3313. Faxed orders
accepted by dialing (414) 241-4904. Orders may be mailed to: Norscot
Group, Inc., 10510 North Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI  53092.
Money Orders, MasterCard, Visa and American Express accepted. Dealers
and Distributors should place their fall orders now.

Jaguar and Jag-Ware are trademarks of Atari Corporation. Atari is a
registered trademark of Atari Corporation.
------------------------------------------------------------

Contact:
Bill Rehbock
Atari Corporation
(408) 745-2000

ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY
9700 South Cass Avenue/Bldg. 900
Argonne, Illinois 60439-4832
Office: (708) 252-5765
FAX: (708) 252-5128
For Immediate Release

ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY EVALUATES JAGUAR FOR PROJECT

Argonne National Laboratory, a Laboratory funded by the Department of
Energy (DOE), is evaluating the use of Atari's 64-bit multimedia
Jaguar technology as part of its work in the AMTEX program's Demand
Activated Manufacturing Architecture (DAMA) project.  The AMTEX
program, the American Textile Partnership, brings together the entire
industry involved in textile products, from fiber to retail, with the
National Laboratory system. It is a technology transfer program
intended to increase industrial competitiveness. Argonne is tasked
with evaluating technologies in the broad area of Information  Access
Tools.

Argonne's exploratory studies of multimedia technology are a direct
response to the need to provide better and broader access to computer
generated information.  Manufacturers such as Atari have been
particularly successful in providing visual interfaces to computer
interactions.  These interface technologies can provide alternative
methods for accessing the information highway, even displacing the
traditional computer keyboard. Retailers and small manufacturers have
little time to learn complex computer systems.  The DAMA project needs
to find new ways for these companies to take advantage of the
electronic market information being generated by the larger companies.
Using this information American companies' can use agile manufacturing
and fast response as the key to regaining a competitive edge in the
marketplace.

The Jaguar technology's ability to recreate realistic visual images
combined with its price performance make it a natural vehicle to
explore new interfacing concepts.  The same 64-bit technology that
renders images at high speed can display high-fidelity renderings of
fashion lines at slower speeds. One application area is business
product marketing, where small retailers can view the work of American
designers, accessing it via home entertainment equipment. Another area
being explored is a FAX-based interface to DAMA for small businesses.
The goal is to eliminate the keyboard interface.

Technology transfer is very active at Argonne, "we are looking for
ways to utilize the research performed at Argonne by combining it with
the work done by industry" said Peter Korp, Assistant Scientist at
Argonne.

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  /  __  \ /      \|        |  Atari Jaguar Infosystem
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 ===========================================================
        CATscan BBS Trademark 1994, Artisan Software
 ===========================================================
 Thanks to the assistance Mr. Dana Jacobsen, CATscan has
 just been upgraded with new software. I am in the process
 of converting the files from the earlier version and I am
 nearly finished. The dealer referal software has been
 rewritten and I hope to have the product descriptions back
 up as early as tonight (6/5/94). Additional features will
 be included soon such as T-shirt lotteries and online
 ordering at full retail prices direct through Atari.
 (It is still better to buy through dealers!)

 CATscan(tm) BBS has been established as a Jaguar and Lynx
 clearinghouse of information. Callers are instantly
 registered and there are NO fees to join. CATscan supports
 over multiple Special Interest Groups and already has
 dozens of active users in just the first couple of weeks
 of operation.

 GEnie, CIS, Delphi, Cleveland Freenet users are best
 served on their services and, other than the message bases,
 will NOT find information or files exclusive to CATscan.
 In fact free ads (provided by Atari Explorer Online and the
 Cleveland Freenet) for GEnie, CompuServe, Delphi and the
 Cleveland Freenet have been integrated into the CATscan
 online environment.

 Here are the SIGs found on CATscan:

  1 scratching post...welcome all    2 CATnips..tidbits of news/info
  3 CATraps........PRs and awards    4 CATacombs...game tips/secrets
  5 CATerwaul...online mags/zines    6 CATcalls.........game reviews
  7 3rd party animals...licensees    8 CATscans......graphics & pics
  9 CATalog...buy/sell/rent/trade   10 adoption agency..dealer lists
 11 CAThouse...developer exchange   12 CAT's meow..........shareware
 13 litterbox....order from Atari   14 CAT fights.......debate arena
 15 top CATs 1......private arena   16 top CATs 2......private arena

 (Note: SIGs are named for anticipated interest and may
        not all be active at this time.)

 To get a Jaguar dealer in any state, sign on to CATscan,
 use the S command from the main menu to change SIGs,
 type 10 for the "adoption agency" (see above), then
 press I and follow the prompts.

 Currrent copies of Atari Explorer Online and STReport
 are provided as well as other appropriate downloads.
 Messages are censored! This BBS is NOT endorsed by
 Atari Corporation.

 To check out CATscan for yourself, dial 209/239-1552 with
 your computer modem.

 Special thanks to Tal Funke-Bilu, Travis Guy,
 Dana Jacobsen and Len Stys... all of whom have helped
 supply CATscan with up-to-date tips and information.

 --Don Thomas
   Atari Corporation

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8-Bit Support Area News
-----------------------

Recently I revamped the 8-Bit Reference Desk so that the menu choices
more directly reflect their contents.  I also made the Help-Line (Q &
A) board available here, so 8-bit users can post questions for Craig
and myself without leaving the 8-Bit Computers Support Area.  Here's
what the 8-Bit Reference Desk looks like now:

  <<< 8-BIT REFERENCE DESK >>>

  1 Frequently Asked Questions List
  2 Vendors and Developers List
  3 Atari Classics Vendor List
  4 Atari Classics User Group Listing
  5 Atari Classics Atari Bulletin Board System Listing
  6 Help-Line (Q & A)
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8-Bit Product News
------------------

AC Refunds

 From: poehland%phvax.dnet@sb.com
 Date: 27 May 1994 00:00:16 -0500

I thought folks might be interested to know I just completed calculating the
refunds for the first 100 AC subscribers who qualify under the policy
announced
in the April AC & have mailed the first list to Unicorn Publications.  They
will write the checks & send them back to me in bulk, & I will mail them out
to individual subscribers with a cover letter.

As usual in a situation where the business operations are split between 2
locations hundreds of miles apart, the logistics of this are awful.  Mailing
delays between me & Unicorn alone are estimated to consume 8 weeks.  The
processing of refunds will take all summer.  I suggest no one hold their
breath
waiting for their check!

With the final issue of AC now being delivered, the operation of AC under my
management is coming to a close.  Jim Hood & people from SLCC have definitely
committed themselves to continuing the publication.  Rumor has it they are
planning a July issue, but I haven't confirmed that.  Whether they continue
to publish after that will probably depend on how much support they receive in
the form of subscriptions.  The new subscription form was printed on the back
of the April issue of AC for those wishing to subscribe.

Interested parties may write to:

             Jim Hood
             Managing Editor
             Atari Classics Magazine
             5507 Langford Court
             Concord CA  94521 USA

for further information on the "new" Atari classics.  You can also try
him on GEnie: J.HOOD9 [Internet: j.hood9@genie.geis.com] but my
experience has been that he's not exactly a network denizen so
probably a snailmail letter will be more effective in reaching him.

I've been working behind the scenes for the past 4 months with Jim & with
Bob Woolley to make the management transition as smooth as possible & to
assist those fellows in the startup of their venture.  These arrangements
are purely on a personal level & are not connected in any way with the actual
business operations of either the present AC or the "new" AC.  The present
publication is definitely ceasing existence as a business entity, & the
effort by the people in California is an entirely new & independent operation.
This is confusing to many people.  The easiest way to envision what's
happening
is to look at it as if the present body of AC has died, but the spirit of it
is being preserved & transferred to another vessel (sounds like an episode
from
Star Trek!) where hopefully it will live again.

Some portion of the present Staff may transfer over to the new management, &
I've offered my services to them as a Consultant.  Bob Woolley, who was a
Reviewer on the Staff of the "old" AC, has taken an active role in the "new"
AC, tho in exactly what capacity remains to be seen.  Both Jim & Bob have
expressed a strong desire to preserve as much continuity between the old
& new publications as possible, & I'm doing all I can at my end to assist
that effort.

I sincerely hope that all of you will subscribe to the new Atari Classics &
give Jim Hood as support as you can.  You all know our market & our user
base have continued to decline.  I honestly feel that if the California effort
fails, the last vestige of the Atari 8-bit community & market in the USA will
go down the drain.  Really people, this is our last chance.  Think about it.

     - Ben Poehland
       Managing Editor
       ATARI CLASSICS Magazine

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Fine Tooned Engineering unveils MARS 8 Project

                        4/28/94

 PRESS RELEASE

 Fine Tooned Engineering
 unveils MARS 8 Project.


 FTe will be introducing a "new"
 product for the Atari 6502-based
 800XL's that is simply "out of
 this world".  The MARS 8 has been
 described as an all-in-one "wonder-
 board", that has had well over two
 years of R&D invested in it's making.

 Once installed, you won't ever need
 to peek "under the hood" of your
 800XL again.  This enhancement will
 allow your Atari 8-Bit to have more
 memory than a Mega4!  The memory has
 an option for battery backup and may
 be used with 256K, 1MB, or 4MB SIMMS.

 We even threw in SpartaDOS X, The
 R-Time 8, MAC/65, Action!, Basic XL,
 and Basic XE, just so you can show
 your friends the "raw power" that
 these machines are capable of!

 The price structure and availability
 is as follows.

          The MARS 8 Project
          (for 800XL's only)

  Level         Options         Avail

 "Galaxy     The MARS8 board    May 94
   Plus"     w/ SpartaDOS X
                R-Time 8
  $139.95       Basic XL w/TK&RT
              & 256K (exp to 4mb)

 "Cosmic        MAC/65 w/TK     Jun 94
   OSS"         Action! w/TK&RT
                Basic XE
              & Toon-a-Matic (c)
 add $69.95        Option

 "Stellar       X-press!        Jul 94
   Sysop"       D-Ram Battery Bkup
              & Toon-a-Matic (c)
                   Option
 add $79.95

 "Twilight     All of the above!
    Zone"       complete with   Aug 94
                 easter eggs...
  $249.95 (everything)

     Order a "Galaxy Plus" before
     5/31/94 & recieve a "Cosmic
     OSS" upgrade voucher towards
     the "Twilight Zone" model.
    (which will be released 8/94)

 The $139.95 for the Galaxy Plus
 is an introductory offer.  We
 have "working" prototypes, and
 these little beasties are "costly"
 to manufacture.  Due to the unique
 nature of the MARS 8 Project we
 have decided to release it early,
 without any idea of how many of
 them to produce.  We are commited
 to this price until 6/1/94.  This
 is a very "cool" product, and we
 hope that the Atari Community feels
 the same.  We will offer a 30 day
 money-back guarantee on this first
 run of boards, knowing that once
 you plug it in, you won't want to
 take it back out!  It would have
 been nice to have this product
 "reviewed" by a magazine such as
 Current Notes, but we will be
 shipping the first boards at the
 end of May. (which means July issue)

 All prices and features are subject
 to change, as we have REALLY gone
 out on a limb to let everyone know
 what's happening...

 As far as the SpartaDOS 3.2f
 SHAREWARE is concerned, people have
 been at two extremes.  One side
 which is complaining about "no code"
 being modified and/or SpartaDOS
 ownership conflicts. While the
 other side has balanced out all
 the "bad vibes" from the first group.

 FTe is commited to doing everything
 that we can to keep the end-user
 as happy as possible.  It should be
 obvious that a tremendous amount of
 energy has been placed with getting
 the MARS 8 Project off the ground.

 We are simply going to get this
 Project finished and out-the-door
 before any significant amount of
 time will be spent on SpartaDOS 3.2f

 Hopefully, it will do well enough
 so that a few more people can be
 put on staff, to get even more
 "cool" products out so that we can
 put a few more people...

 (I think you get the idea!)


 On that note, I hope everyone enjoys
 this "no code modified except for
 copyrights" SHAREWARE release of
 DiskRX version 1.9

                      Mike

               "Just your normal?
                8-Bit kinda guy"


             Fine Tooned Engineering

                  PO Box 66109

             Scotts Valley, CA 95067

                  (408)Get-REAL
                      (438-7325)
                       or

                  (800)For-6502
                      (367-6502)
                   (orders only)

 P.S. A few "personal" messages that
      need to be included...

 His "Electronic Highness" will have
 the Express Pro! BBS set up by the
 second week of May.

 Greetings to ABBUC... (A PAL is on
 the way)

 Additional greetings to NWPAC & DACE.

 All mail has been read, and yes, our
 new brochure will be sent out REAL
 soon...

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April AC: In The Mail!

 From: poehland%phvax.dnet@sb.com
 Date: 18 May 1994 16:40:33 -0500

Hello peoples.  I just received word from our publisher that the April issue
of AC was mailed out yesterday.  A little late, but it's on the way at last.

As usual, our European & Pacific readers with Airmail service will get their
issues first, probably the end of this week or beginning next.

The rest of us in the USA/Canada will have to wait till the post
office has fed & rested their tired old pack mules.  I'm guessing it
should begin to appear in mailboxes around Memorial Day (provided the
mules are in a good mood).

This final issue of AC will contain a new subscription form, so those who
wish to continue receiving the mag under our new management will be able to
re-up.  You'll also find all the gory  details on policies for
subscription refunds.  Unlike some other mags which withered slowly &
then died miserably on the vine, this final issue of AC under the present
management will go out with a touch of flash & sparkle.  For those of you
who felt the December issue focused too much on hardware, you'll find
the wide diversity of topics in the April AC a refreshing change of pace.
We are publishing 36 pages instead of the usual 32, & there's a special
4-page insert containing material submitted by the new management.  So you'll
get a chance to sample the flavor of what those SLCC guys intend to print.

Back issues of AC mag & disk are still mostly available for those who
missed out, although one isue is sold out & some others are running low.  The
good news is that our publisher is providing a few more back issue copies of
the April issue than I anticipated, so those are temprorily plentiful even
tho many have already been spoken for.

Back issues of mag & disk are $5 per item postpaid anywhere in the world.
The following stock is still available:

Mags: Dec'92, Apr'93, June'93, Aug'93, Oct'93, Dec'93, Feb'94, Apr'94
Disks: Feb'93, June'93, Oct'93, Feb'94.

Cash or check to:  Ben Poehland
                   Managing Editor
                   Atari Classics Magazine
                   179 Sproul Road/Rt. 352
                   Frazer PA  19355

Be sure your check is made out to me & not to the magazine.

If the "new" AC achieves success it is possible the remaining stock of
back issues will be transferred to the new management at some
unspecified future time.  For at least the next few months however,
the back issue stock will remain with me.  I recommend interested
parties should purchase back isues now while they're still available,
as our future is now in a very fluid state & nobody can predict what
the rest of this year holds for us.

Hmmm... it occurs to me this is the last time I'll be making an announcement
about an upcoming issue of the magazine.  *sigh*  Can't help feeling a little
somber, like something is passing out of my life or whatever.  Oh well,
there's
just no swimming against the tide......

     - Ben Poehland
       Once An Alchemist
       Once a Magazine Editor....


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Programmers Wanted ....

 From: mbitdc9306@newi.ac.uk (David Davies)
 Date: 12 May 1994 12:05:14 -0500

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-
                 SOFTWARE, PROGRAMMERS AND IDEAS WANTED!!!
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-
Authors:

Have you written a program that you would like to sell commercially but don't
have the resources to do a decent job of it?

Have you written a program with the potential to be a commercial success but
don't know quite what to add to it?

Do you need to improve the graphics or music for a game in preperation for
commercial release?

Have you already had a program released commercially in the past and still
have the copyright (or bought it back from the original publisher)?

In short, do you want to make some extra money out of your hobby?

Then why not talk to us? The Atari Classic Programmer's Club was devised to
help programmers of all experience levels develop their skills and realise
their full potential. We offer good royalty rates and help with all parts
of programming a utility or game.

We are also short on advanced programmers to work on projects that are waiting
to be started. All services are available free to those who take on a project.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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If you have any questions or have anything you think we might be interested in
then you can e-mail me at:

MBITDC9306@newi.ac.uk

or write to:

The Atari Classic Programmer's Club
Pen-Tyddyn
Capel Coch
LLangefni
Anglesey
Gwynedd  LL77 7UR
WALES

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D.G.S Summer Specials!

 From: dx107@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Dean Garraghty)
 Date: 7 May 1994 05:25:42 -0500

                            D.G.S SUMMER SPECIALS!
                           ========================

Dear All Atari Classic Users,

It's time for some good offers again! First up is a special offer on our
own magazine, the Atari 8-bit News-Paper. We have now produced 3 issues of
this, with the fourth currently in production. We have about 45 sets of these
back issues left, which we would like to clear out of the way to make room
for stocks of later issues. Three issues would usually cost you about $15,
but you can get all 3 back issues now for just ** $8 ** the set! That price
INCLUDES Air Mail shipping from the U.K to the U.S.

Next offer. We have found 2 brand new copies of Atari Macro Assembler on
disk. These are brand new and still shrink wrapped. We need them out of the
way. They can be yours for just $10 each, which INCLUDES surface mail
shipping from the U.K to the U.S. Bargain! E-Mail us first to reserve one.

Next offer. We would like to promote some of our less popular (but
excellent of course!) software. Here's the offer: get Digi-Studio (our
digitized sounds and music system on 2 DS disks with a 44 page manual),
along with Print-Filer (a great utility for printer users which allows you
to capture text/graphics, etc. from your favourite packages and save them
to disk rather than print them, and then later mix them together to produce
a single file which will print independently of the original packages),
along with the last 3 issues of our magazine (as described above) for
the bargain price of just ** $25 ** INCLUDING Air Mail from the U.K to the
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There should be a bargain here for everyone! Here's how to order:

Send CASH in US$ along with your order (don't forget your name and address!).
Also send your E-Mail address so that we can confirm your order arrived.
You must reserve a copy of Macro Assembler by E-Mail first and wait for us
to confirm it before you send your money. For the other products just send
your order. We have plenty in stock! It costs 50 cents to mail a letter from
the US to the UK. Other countries: Canada - The 3 back issues cost 5 UK
pounds, Macro Assembler is 7 UK pounds, the Digi-Studio/ Print-filer/
News-Paper offer is 15 UK pounds. Pay by Canadian Money Order drawn in UK
pounds (you can get these from your post office). Other countries: enquire
prices by E-Mail.

Our details:

D.G.S
62 THOMSON AVE
BALBY
DONCASTER
DN4 0NU
ENGLAND

E-Mail: dx107@cleveland.freenet.edu
        Note: I can only read/send E-Mail at weekends. Don't worry if it takes
              a few days for me to reply!

Phone: +44-302-855-026


Dean Garraghty.
1 May 1994.


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Dean Garraghty Software (D.G.S.) - dx107@cleveland.freenet.edu
D.G.S., 62 Thomson Ave, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NU, ENGLAND.
Phone (in UK): (0302) 855026 / International: +44-302-855-026
D.G.S -- Supporting the Atari 8-bit!!


The following letter was posted in hardcopy to the DGS News-Paper on
June 13, 1994:

Dean Garraghty, Editor
D.G.S. News-Paper
62 Thomson Avenue
Balby, Doncaster
ENGLAND  DN4 0NU

Sir:

     In the editorial on page 3 of issue 18 of the News-Paper it is stated that
Atari Classics magazine "has been offered to a user group based in California.
 ... Offering it to a user group is, in my opinion, not a good idea."  The
impressions created by these statements are not indicative of the facts.
Please permit me to set the record straight.

     Atari Classics was founded upon the results of a worldwide user-sponsored
mail campaign which was organized in late 1991 and completed in the spring of
1992.  The publication was intended as a serious effort which required a
minimum of 500 subscribers to be financially viable, a fact which campaign
respondents were informed of.  About 1700 direct mailings were made, from which
615 positive responses were received.  It was on the basis of those 615
positive responses (115 in excess of the campaign committee's goal), that I
was asked by the committee's chairman to undertake the business foundation of
the magazine.  Under my management AC published nine issues (including four
software disks), eight of which were undersubscribed.

     AC was in effect a contract between the campaign committee and the user
community which was clearly spelled out in the campaign literature, of which
the essence was "Give us your support and we'll give you a magazine".  The
committee delivered on virtually all of its promises, but the community failed
to honor its end of the bargain.  It was on the basis of declining support
from the very community which spawned the publication that the decision was
made in early 1994 to shut it down.  (This is not meant as criticism of the
community, it is merely a statement of fact.  It is my opinion that the
abandonment of the 8bit platform was already in a fatal accelerating tailspin
even during the period when AC was starting up, and that process merely
continued-- with devastating effects even among the ranks of people who
participated in the mail campaign and initially supported the magazine.
Correspondence from former subscribers in response to mailouts of renewal
forms clearly shows a pattern of migration to other platforms, mainly the PC.)

     In stating that AC was "offered" to other parties you imply that the
essential elements of any serious publication, i.e. its subscriber list and
treasury, were hawked to the highest bidder.  No such thing ever occurred.
Because I view the failure of AC as a breach of the contract between the
campaign committee and the community, it was always my feeling that the
resources of the enterprise should be dissolved and dispersed back to the
community.  During the chaotic early months of 1994 I was approached by no
fewer than three parties, all with strong ties to commercial interests, who
expressed interest in acquiring the resources of Atari Classics.  I was
appalled at the cavalier manner in which these interests viewed AC, with utter
disregard for the uniqueness of its origin.  I informed all these parties, in
no uncertain terms, that the demise of AC was not going to be an opportunity
for a feast by commercial vultures at the expense of the magazine's paid-up
subscribers.

     During that same period I was approached by Mr. Bob Woolley, of the San
Leandro Computer Club (SLCC) in California.  Mr. Woolley strongly supported
the mail campaign in 1992 and continued supporting the magazine in 1993-94 as
a member of its Staff.  Like me, he was distraught by the prospect of AC's
impending demise and wanted to explore ways of saving it.  From those
discussions there emerged two realities with conflicting elements: 1.) the
original concept of AC as formulated in 1991 and delivered in 1992 is
untenable and should be dissolved; 2.) enough support might still exist to
make it desirable to conduct a referendum on continuing the AC idea, albeit
under a more modest/compact business environment.  The present policies of AC
are aimed at satisfying both of these objectives.

     The following items represent the true facts concerning AC:

1.) The publication called Atari Classics ceased publication as of May 1994.
2.) The operational organization (staff) of the magazine have been dismissed.
3.) The financial resources of the magazine are in process of being dispersed
    back to the community (first batch of refund checks mailed out 6/12/94).
4.) The primary resources of the publication (its treasury and subscriber
    list) have not been offered or transferred to anyone.
5.) An entirely independent effort, led by Mr. Jim Hood of the SLCC group
    in California, is underway to revive the AC concept in the form of
    another magazine.  The new publication may, or may not, be called
    Atari Classics (it probably will be, though).
6.) In addition to being current president of SLCC, Mr. Hood is also a
    professional graphic artist who operates a hobby magazine with an
    established base of 6,000 subscribers.  Publishing being his livelihood,
    AC will not be either an amateur effort or a part-time concern for him
    (as it was with me).
7.) The final (April) issue of AC assisted Mr. Hood's effort by publishing a
    new subscription form and unedited material submitted by him as a sample
    of the flavor of his proposed new publication.  The response he receives
    will constitute the desired referendum to loyal readers on the AC concept.
8.) Permission has been granted for the new publication to use as much of
    the intangible assets (magazine name, logo, features, policies, etc.) of
    the old magazine as it deems appropriate.  This request was granted in
    response to expressions of desire on the part of Bob Woolley and Jim Hood
    that the "new" AC should maintain as much identity and continuity with the
    "old" AC as possible.
9.) It will be up to the new magazine's management to assemble a staff, build
    their own subscriber list, and manage their own treasury.  I am serving
    in an advisory capacity to that effort but am not actively participating
    in it.
10.) During its existence AC derived 90% of its support from readers in the
    US and Canada.  While the UK/European market may equal the US/Canadian
    market in number of users, the proportion of those users able/willing
    to buy a subscription is significantly lower.  Insofar as my activities
    stem directly from a mandate by the community of loyal AC supporters,
    I take very seriously my obligations to that community, to act in their
    behalf.  To offer the resources of AC to any party in the UK/Europe,
    especially one with obvious commercial interests, was simply unthinkable.
11.) In an editorial in issue 17 of the News-Paper, it was stated that "We
    are now the only Atari publication that offers some form of payment for
    submissions."  It should be pointed out that AC always paid a $25 cash
    stipend to authors of major feature articles (the last author payment was
    mailed in May) and gave a 2-issue extension to subscriptions of readers
    who submitted minor articles.  This policy will be continued by Jim Hood
    in the "new" Atari Classics.
12.) Alan Hitchen's reference (on page 10 of issue 18 of the News-Paper) to
    "The sad news about the demise of Atari Classics..." is premature.  AC
    *the magazine* may be defunct, but AC *the concept* is not.  Let us first
    see how many subscription orders are received by Jim Hood before we plan
    the funeral.  Rather bad form, to be already digging the grave while
    the corpse is still warm and twitching.

Respectfully submitted,

Benjamin L. Poehland
Managing Editor
ATARI CLASSICS Magazine

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