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 Welcome to the Atari SIG's 16/32-Bit Computers Support Area!
 
 The 16/32-Bit Computers Support Area has something for everyone, from the
 first-time ST(e) or TT buyer to the experienced and advance users and
 programmers of these lines of Atari computers.
 
 The 16/32-Bit Computers Support Area is run by individuals and is no way
 affiliated with Atari Corporation.  The "Atari" name, logo, and any other
 Atari products mentioned here are copyrighted by Atari Corporation.  The
 16/32-Bit Computers Support Area is made possible by CWRU, INS, NPTN, and
 you, the user who contributes time and information.  This area is
 maintained by the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG.  It can be accessed by
 users around the world for free by using "telnet" at their college or
 business by one of the following Internet addresses:
 freenet-in-a.cwru.edu, freenet-in-b.cwru.edu, freenet-in-c.cwru.edu
 (129.22.8.32, 129.22.8.51).  The Cleveland Free-Net can also be accessed
 by the phone number: 216/368-3888 at either 300, 1200, or 2400 baud
 (sometimes even greater).
 
 Once you have connected to Free-Net, you should enter the system as a
 visitor if you are not a registered user and apply for an account.  The
 system will not allow you to post to a bulletin board or sign your name
 to a directory without an ID.  Type "go atari" at the main menu and you
 will be sent to the Atari SIG.  From there, select option 6 for the
 16/32-Bit Computers Support Area menu.
 
 Here is a small overview of each section and their contents:
  
     1. About this Support Area
             - What you are reading now.
 
     2. ST(e), TT, Falcon030 Descriptions
             - Tech specs and further info on the current and past
               lines of Atari 16/32-bit machines.
 
     3. Reference Desk...
             - An area that includes subscription information for Atari
               magazines, vendors and developers listing, and
               Frequently Asked Questions.
 
     4. 16/32-Bit News
             - The latest Atari news, keeping you up to date on whats
               happening in the ST(e), TT, Falcon and other new projects
               marketplace.
 
     5. Bulletin Board
             - General chatter area to discuss anything from your
               new perfect PD program find, to what to do when your
               disk drive dies.  All we ask is that you keep it clean
               and respectable.
 
     6. Usenet: comp.sys.atari.st
             - An international Atari ST computer newsgroup (bulletin
               board) that hundreds of users post to and read from.
               Since the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIGOps do not maintain
               this newsgroup, you must be careful when posting to it.
               The posting of profanity or illegal material to this
               newsgroup may result in the loss of Free-Net access.
               Read the Usenet rules in the Atari Library under the Usenet
               submenu.
 
     7. MIDI Application Forum
             - A forum for all musicians, a place to discuss the use
               of MIDI and similar technology with the Atari line of
               computers.
 
     8. Programming/Developing Forum
             - A forum for all programmers, professionals or wannabe's,
               covering every aspect of the trade, if you would like to
               discuss coding, hardware hack's or similar topics this
               is the place to do it.  Led by a professional developer
               Peter Haller.
 
     9. Product Summaries
             - see below
 
    10. Product Review
             - see below
 
    11. File Area
             - Devoted to helping you keep up with the latest in shareware
               and public domain offerings, and also access to those
               classics and must-have pieces of software.  Help files on
               how to get files delivered via e-mail directly to your
               freenet mailbox for downloading at your leisure.  A request
               board where you can ask others for help locating a certain
               file.  And a help board in case you get stuck in the
               confusing world of file transfer's, this is the place to
               turn for assistance.
 
    12. Online Magazines
             - Get your latest copy of the online magazines here, shortly
               after their release!
 
    13. 16/32-Bit User Directory
             - Be sure to add your name to this directory.  This is where
               members can look up other members of the SIG.
 
 Finally, don't forget to use the main Atari SIG menu.  There are several
 boards there that are relevant to the 16/32-bit computers as well,
 including the Atari SIG's General Bulletin Board, the Wanted & For Sale
 Board, the Voting Booth area, the Atari Library area, the Help Line
 (Q & A) board, and the SIG Directory Services.
 
 
     REVIEWS & SUMMARIES INFORMATION:
     -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
 
     In order to avoid confusion, please follow these instructions
 when contributing a review or summary.
 
     When entering the subject of a review or summary, do the
 following:
 
     SUBJECT: name of title / application / commercial,p.d.,or shareware
 
     The name of title is almost self-explanatory, all you do is write
 the name of the title you are reviewing or summarizing.
 
     You then press " / " to separate it from the next bit of information
 that you will provide to the user.
 
     The name of the application in which the title belongs to.
 For example, if it is a game, you would enter "Game".  If it is
 for desktop publishing, you would enter "DTP".  Or if it is for
 music, you would enter "Music".  The user looking for a review or
 a summary may be looking for a title to be used in a specific
 application and does not wish to read through all the other reviews
 that does not deal with that application.
 
     You then press " / " to separate it from the next bit of information
 that you will provide to the user.
 
     If the title is commercial, public domain, or shareware.  The user
 looking for a review may be looking for a certain program that does not
 cost anything for him to use such as public domain.  Or the user may
 be looking for a program where he can get it now and then send the
 author money for his or her work later.  The user may only want to read
 reviews or summaries for commercial software titles and not read
 articles on p.d. or shareware programs.  By putting "commercial",
 "p.d." or "shareware" to the end of the subject, you are giving the
 user needed information automatically without having him or her guess.
 
     The summary and review should also be very informative.  You should
 mention what it is about, what you like about it, what you don't, etc.
 Write a summary or review as how you would like to read a summary or
 review provided by other users.
 
     Also, if you wish to contribute summaries or reviews that have been
 printed in a user group newsletter, online magazine, or publication,
 you must first get permission to reprint it here.  You must also give
 them proper credit.  By not giving them credit, you are breaking the
 law.
 
     Each contribution that you give will be delayed until it is
 validated by one of the Atari SIGOps.  This should take less than
 48 hours.
 
     And lastly, if you take a review or summary from this section and
 have it reprinted in your newsletter or any other publication, please
 include this necessary information unless the review or summary posted
 here was taken from another source:
 
     Name of article
     Author's name
     Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG
     telnet freenet-in-a.cwru.edu
     (216)/368-3888
     type "go atari" at any menu
 
     Thank you and please do your part in making this area a success.
 The 16/32-Bit Computer Support Area is only as good as you make it!
 
     If you have any comments or suggestions on how to make the
 16/32-Bit Computers Support Area better then please send them to the
 Atari SIG (xx004) mail box.  The Atari SIG Operators would love to hear
 from you!
 
 Thank you,
 
 Bruce Nelson (aa789)
 Atari 16/32-Bit Computers
 Support Area SIGOp
 Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG
 
 and all your
 Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIGOps
 
 
 


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