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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 04-Jan-91  #701
Date: Thu Jan 17 20:46:11 1991



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 > The Editor's Podium?


     This is the first issue of the New Year and to each  and every  one of
 you let's  work together in giving each other and Atari the support needed
 to continue bringing the best hardware for the  dollar to  the consumer in
 the computing  market.   After all,  its no  secret that Atari's computers
 have been and will  continue to  be the  very best  value for  the dollar.
 This issue  amplifies both  the varied opinions concerning the 'new' prod-
 ucts on the other platforms and the massive  ad campaigns  being staged by
 IBM and  Apple.  Are they really new?  Does advertising pay?  Are a few of
 the questions covered in this issue.

     On another subject, there has been a few "cute comments" that STReport
 should "change its name" because we have been offering coverage of Windows
 3.0 and offering an in-depth easily  understood explanation  of multi-tas-
 king.   (yes folks, more of the "Kill the Messenger" garbage)  Considering
 the sources its quite easy to dismiss the negative comments.   But  in all
 fairness it  should be  mentioned that  since the ST does emulate both the
 MAC and IBM rather well and  since WINDOWS  3.0 runs  fine on  the ST when
 using Supercharger  by Talon,  STReport has done nothing more than support
 those who are using  the emulation  benefits of  the ST.   Actually folks,
 that's the nice way of saying "hey guys, there's something for everyone in
 STReport".  As far as the name  change  goes,  STReport  is  our  name and
 that's that.   In  the future, it will still be STReport regardless of the
 platform or computer(s) we cover.  'Tis a  fond remembrance  of our humble
 beginnings.  There is no name change in STReport's future.

     This issue  marks the beginning of 1991 and a renewed push by STReport
 to help  ensure that  as many  folks as  possible find  the Atari Computer
 product line  and invest  in its  future.  Hopefully, we can count on your
 help to accomplish this task.

                            Thank you for your strong support,

                                        Ralph.........






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 > The Flip Side STR Feature?                    "...a different viewpoint"
   =========================




                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT
                    ==================================


 by Michael Lee


 Happy New Year!!   When I started this column,  I never dreamed that  I'd
 still  be  at  it  for this length  of  time.   The  column  has  changed
 considerably since it started and is still under metamorphosis.   There's
 a couple of things that I feel I should go over again.

 All of the posts are from the three major on-line  services,  CompuServe,
 Genie  and  Delphi.   There's  a lot of good  information  on  all  three
 services  but since I'm on Genie the most,  that's where the majority  of
 the posts come from.

 I attempt to keep the posts as close to original as possible but I do try
 clean up the worst spelling and grammar errors (not that I make any claim
 to be a grammarian),  just to keep them easy to read.  On occasion I will
 delete  some extraneous chit-chit that doesn't have anything to  do  with
 the topic being discussed,  i.e.,  "Do you drink Pepsi",  "I was watching
 Star Trek the other night...",  etc.  just to keep the column as short as
 possible.

 Finally,  I do my best to make sure that everyone gets proper credit  but
 on occassion,  I might misspell a name,  not know a person's "real"  name
 (just his on-line handle),  etc.   I apologize in advance if this happens
 to one of your posts.   It will be my fault, not Ralph's (he has kept his
 word and not edited my column whether he agrees with with it or not).

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

    From a series of posts by Norm Wierness on Delphi:
 I  like the TEACs because they are small (1 inch high),  quiet as can  be
 and only require 300 milliamps at 5 volts, no 12 volts required. And they
 go for $55 at the swapmeets,  even for 1.44 Meggers.   I hook them up  to
 ST's all the time. Nothin' to it!
 ...To connect TEAC floppies, connect all 34 wires straight through. There
 is  a set of jumper pins on the drive.  It comes from the factory with  a
 jumper  the  set marked "D0" which means it decodes itself  as  Drive   A.

 Just move the jumper plug to the set marked "D1" to get it to respond  as
 Drive B.
 ...(Ed  Note:  If you wish to make both drives external or to  place  the
 system into another case..) you just replace the ribbon cable from the ST
 motherboard with a longer 34-wire cable.  Put two 34-pin connectors on it
 and  daisy chain the cable to the two floppy drives.  Use the the  jumper
 plugs on the drive (one at "D0" and the other at "D1") to determine which
 is Drive A and Drive B.
 ...To mount 34-pin ribbon connectors, put them on the cable and hold them
 in  position with finger pressure.  Then slip them into a small vise  and
 tighten until snug while your fingers keep it in position.  Then you  can
 tighten the vise until the pieces are completely together.

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

    Question from Ralph Turner on Genie...
 I have a question concerning the permissible length of a SCSI cable.  The
 ICD  host adapter manual says the cable can be up to 18 feet long,  so  I
 thought I'd try it that long.  However,  I can't get the computer to talk
 to the drive mechanism...Have any of you ever made a real long SCSI cable
 successfully?  Do they need to be shielded?

    Answer by Doug Williams on Genie:
 Ralph,  the ANSI SCSI specifications say that an open-ended cable (that's
 what  the  ST uses) may be a 50-wire flat cable or 25-wire  twisted  pare
 cable and a maximum length of 6 meters (18+ feet).  Due to variations  in
 cable  impedance,  "implementations may require trade-offs  in  shielding
 effectiveness,  cable length,  the number of loads,  transfer rates,  and
 cost  to  achieve  satisfactory system  operation."  Basically,  SCSI  is
 designed to handle 6 meters cables, but is not guaranteed.

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

    From JR Wenzel on Genie:
 Some of the reasons that cartridges aren't very widely used are:

 o Cartridges are expensive to manufacture - ROMs, printed circuit boards,
 and  cartridge shells have to be produced and then assembled.  The  costs
 involved  add  up very quickly and with disks costing what they  do  most
 programs  wind  up  being released on disk in order to  keep  costs  (and
 prices) down.

 o The  cartridge port on the STs is limited to 128k - Large programs  are
 difficult  to  implement  within this limit.  While  it  is  possible  to
 accommodate  more  than  128k of data  on  an  ST  cartridge,  additional
 hardware is needed in order to implement it;  again increasing the  costs
 of manufacture.

 o Cartridges  often  tend to be bulky - This makes them  less  attractive
 than disks from a physical storage point of view.

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

    From J.Craswell of Dover Research on Genie...
 Starting Jan 1 1990 the offices of Dover Research will reopen to  provide
 users of the Atari market with new exciting graphics hardware products
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
 We will also be supporting/selling/mfging the Colour ISAC card from Image
 Systems. They will of course continue to sell and support the M24LMax and
 C21LMax monitor products. Basically the same folks who did the Atari work
 are now "The Pro's from Dover".  So expect the same service as before. Or
 better  since you will now have much more of their time!!  Hope  to  hear
 from you in 91! Call or write us at the following address. DOVER RESEARCH
 321 West 4th Street Jordan, MN 55352 (612) 492-3913

 P.S. look for some NEW products for the TT & MEGA/STE in 1991!!!!

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

    From Jim Ness on Genie:
 Prism  Paint  is  one  of the products which will  soon  be  released  by
 Lexicor.   Lexicor's main thrust will be animation and CAD graphics,  and
 as part of that, they need a paint program to create the frames. Prism is
 being  written  by  Robert  Birmingham,  who  previously  had  ART-ST,  a
 shareware paint program.

 David  Ramsden is also involved with Lexicor,  mostly in their  animation
 stuff.  You might remember David from STart Magazine.  I forget the other
 people involved,  but in general,  they were involved in Antic Software's
 Cyber series.

 Regarding Prism,  I asked Robert B. last Thursday about which art formats
 it can load.  IFF,  NEO, PI?, and PC? were all included.  In order to add
 super  high rez capabilities (ala TT),  he expanded the basic Degas  file
 format,  and created the .PNT format.  There are already some Prism  .PNT
 examples floating around.

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

    Question from Leland Dumas on Genie:
 What is the advantage of owning a mega Ste over owning a 1040 STe with  4
 megs of SIMMs?  It appears that there will be a serious price  difference
 so I would like to know why.

    Answer from JR Wenzel:
 Basically there are 4 advantages that I see:

    A built in LAN port
    VME bus expansion port
    An excellent detached keyboard
    Built in software switchable accelerater
    Built in hard drive

 Of  course this all depends on what you specifically want to do with  the
 system.  The  added  features lend themselves more  toward  business  and
 networked applications.

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

    From Todd at Soft-Aware (Informer II) on Genie:
 ...we  have  indeed been very busy working on the latest version  of  the
 program.  We  have been putting in many Loooooong hours of late  and  are
 doing  everything  we  can to make the program as bug  free  as  possible
 before it goes out the door.

 Yes indeed we are alive and well. You may have not heard much about Soft-
 Aware  or INFOMER II lately but all that is about to  change!   You  will
 soon be reading about INFORMER II in the pages of ST Informer  Mag.  (how
 appropriate) and seeing our ads there as well. Unlike other databases for
 the ST, INFORMER II is continuing to be supported and upgraded. There are
 many  new features in version 2.03 and much work has gone into making  it
 as  useful  and usable to all Atari Users  as  possible.  Including  that
 INFOMER  II  is now resolution independent,  with the  exception  of  the
 graphic  images,  this means the database you created on a color ST  will
 also work just the same on an STe or a TT!

 So  stay tuned,  INFORMER II will be shipping any day now.  When it  does
 there  will be an official announcement here along with a description  of
 the new features that have been added.

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

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 > "C" COMPLIERS STR Feature?       "..one compiler 'better' than another?"
   =========================





                       WHAT.. MAKES A GOOD COMPILER?
                       =============================



 by Richard Covert


     What makes one compiler  'better' than another?  Some things are
 subjective  and can only be decided by the  programer.  Others are tools
 which  all   programmers   will  use.  In  the  final  analysis,  it  is
 productivity.  A good compiler is complete enough and bug free enough to
 allow  you  to  write  error  free  code.  A bad  compiler  is one  with
 undocumented bugs, or a sparse library.  A good compiler contains enough
 tools,  such  as a GEM  Resource  Construction  Set, a  Debugger,  and a
 Library  Manger as well as the compiler  and  assembler,  to develop bug
 free code.

     Programmer  productivity  is based upon his past  experiences as
 well as his current  tools.  For example,  since I have  programmed in C
 under  UNIX  since  1982 and am most  familiar  with the  UNIX  'vi' and
 'emacs' editors, when I looked at C compilers for my Mega ST three years
 ago I chose the Mark Williams C compiler over the Megamax because it was
 closer to my UNIX development environment.  Other programmers might have
 chosen  Megamax  because  of  its  integrated   screen   editor/compiler
 environment.  Such choices are best left to the  individual  programmer.
 On the other hand, a source code debugger is a tool that all programmers
 could  use and such an  ommission  would  mean that a  compiler  is less
 useful than otherwise.

     As a fulltime UNIX X Windows  programmer I am now appreciate the
 integrated   Editor/Compiler   environment  provided  by  such  compiler
 packages  as the  Megamax/Laser  , the  Lattice/HiSoft  , and the German
 TurboC packages.  This environment allows the programmer to view several
 (generally  up to the TOS  limit of four)  files  simultaneously.  Under
 UNIX with X Windows  each  window is a separate  process and can run its
 own copy of the compiler as well as any other UNIX tool.  But under TOS,
 with its single  tasking  nature, the Editor must  control the  multiple
 editing  windows.  Thus,  while you can edit and compile  simultaneously
 under UNIX  XWindows,  under the ST Editors you can simply edit and then
 compile.  The older Mark Williams approach, being heavily based upon the
 UNIX EMACS  editor,  restricts  the ST  programmer  to a single  window.
 EMACS is quite useful on a UNIX machine with X WINDOWS (and thus you can
 run multiple copies of EMACS) the single tasking nature of TOS restricts
 EMACS  to a  single  copy.  A good  multiple  window  editor  is a  good
 approximation of the X Window environment.

     So, what  makes a good  compiler?  Well, a good  editor/compiler
 with multiple  windows is a must.  Second, the compiler  should be fast.
 Third, the compiler must be customized for the ST  environment.  Fourth,
 the  compiler  must  be  supported  by  the  developers   with  complete
 documentation.

     I suggest that the HiSoft Lattice C Version 5 compiler is a good
 compiler  because  of it  meets  the  criteria  above.  LC5  has a  nice
 editor/compiler  environment  with up to four editing windows open.  You
 can  compile  from  within the  editor.  LC5 is fast as witness  several
 benchmarks.  LC5 is  customized  for  the ST  environment,  and  LC5  is
 vigorously supported by the HiSoft Team in England.

     In fact, LC5's greatest strengths are its ST specific libraries.
 And one of the greatest  weaknesses  of the German TurboC is simply that
 that is hasn't been ported to English  yet!!  The single  most  valuable
 resource of a compiler is its manuals, and a German manual to an English
 programmer is worse then useless!




              ______________________________________________






 > Lattice C V.5 STR Review?                      "....a modern compiler.."
   ========================




             A   R E V I E W  O F  T H E   H I S O F T   L C 5
             =================================================



 by R. Covert


     The Lattice C Version 5 (LC5) compiler is a modern compiler with
 one of the  most  complete  libraries  available  for  the  Atari  ST/TT
 platforms.  LC5 is a complete ST  development  package  including  the C
 compiler,   a  full  screen  GEM  editor,  an   assembler,   a  resource
 construction  set, a global  optimiser and various library  manipulation
 programs.  LC5 complies  with the ANSI  Standard  X3.159 with the single
 omission of trigraphs.  This review is of the Version  5.06.02  compiler
 which I recently  purchased  at the  W.A.A.C.E  show in October and have
 since used for porting several programs from the UNIX  environment.  LC5
 is developed and supported by HiSoft of England.  JOPPA  COMPUTERS  also
 carries  the  LC5  package.  I would  recommend  registering  your  copy
 immediately and inquiring from HiSoft about the latest  version.  I have
 found HiSoft to provide excellent updates and are regularly updating the
 package.  Thus, your copy from  JOPPA  COMPUTERS  may have been  updated
 since Joppa received it!

 Review System

      I am  reviewing  the HiSoft  Lattice C compiler on a Mega ST with 4
 megabytes of RAM, TOS 1.4, the FAST TECHNOLOGY Turbo-16 accelerator, and
 a  monochrome  SM124  monitor.  I also use the Atari  color  monitor but
 prefer the monochrome  for everyday  editing.  I generally use the color
 monitor to construct color resource files and to verify the operation of
 my  programs  in low and medium  resolutions.  I am using a 130 megabyte
 hard drive system from ABCO  Computers Inc.  LC5 requires  approximately
 seven meagbytes on my system.  I use NeoDesk 3.0 (from Gribnif Software)
 as the GEM  Desktop,  and Micro C Shell  version  2.7  (from  Beckemeyer
 Software)  as my  CLI.  I also  use  the  Beckemeyer  C  Tools  and  the
 Beckemeyer MAKE program as part of my development environment.

 The LC5 Market

         Who is the LC5 compiler  targeted towards?  Well, the sheer size
 of the  compiler  tends to  encourage  the use of a hard disk drive, but
 HiSoft has adapted the LC5  Installation  for use with dual double sided
 double density  floppy based Ataris.  LC5 will compile in a 1/2 megabyte
 system but once again you lose  features.  So, you should  have at least
 one  megabyte  of RAM and two  ds/dd  floppies,  while the LC5  compiler
 really demands a hard disk drive.  The total LC5 package uses over seven
 (7)  megabytes of hard disk space when fully  installed  with all of its
 tools!  Atari 520ST users can not compile from within the LC5 editor for
 example.  At a USA  mail  order  price  of  almost  $200  (though  Joppa
 Computers  was  selling  it for $150)  LC5 is one of the more  expensive
 compilers available for the ST.


 The LC5 Package

         The LC5  Package  consists of the LC5  Manuals, an  Installation
 Guide, and the LC5 floppies as well as the registration card and various
 advertisements from HiSoft.

 The Manuals

         The LC5 package consists of three spiral bound manuals totalling
 XXXX  pages.  The first  manual is a  compiler  operation  manual  which
 describes  the LC5 Tools ( the full screen  editor,  the WERCS  resource
 editor,  the MONSTC  debugger,  and the  compiler ).  The second  manual
 documents the Standard UNIX Library as  implemented  in the LC5 package.
 The third manual  documents Atari ST specific  functions such as the AES
 and VDI functions.  The manuals  document the various ST specific header
 files  as  well  as all of the  functions  in the  LC5  libraries.  Some
 functions have code fragments documenting their use. The Manual a separate
 index in each Volume. I have found the index to be helpful in locating
 various Library functions and compiler options.

                           VOLUME I USER MANUAL

      I received the Version 5 First  Edition  March 1990 Volume I manual
 with my compiler.  Volume I includes a Table Of Contents  consisting  of
 an  Introduction,  EdC, LC, CLink, Batcher, WERCS, MonST2C, ASM, GO, The
 Lattice C 5 Tools.  There  are  fourteen  Appendices  covering  compiler
 errors, compiler  implementation, the assembler, GEM resource files, the
 libraries, and other compiler functions.

      CHAPTER ONE is the  introduction to the Lattice C.  There are three
 Lessons in using the LC compiler illustrated with screen shots.  Chapter
 One  contains  a Hints  and Tips to help you get the most out of the LC5
 package.

      CHAPTER TWO describes the usage of the EdC Screen Editor.  EdC is a
 proprietary  editor for the LC5  package  which is fully GEM based.  EdC
 supports up to four open GEM windows.  EdC allows the four windows to be
 tiled  in four  different  ways.  My  favorite  is to  have  them  tiled
 vertically  so that the title bar of each  window  is  visible.  EdC has
 complete  Search  and  Replace,  GoTo,  and  Find   functions.  EdC  has
 autoindenting  of lines as well as braces matching.  EdC can compile the
 source code.  All of compiler  option  switches are available  through a
 Menu Bar from within EdC.

     CHAPTER THREE  descibes the LC5 compiler  operation.  One uinque
 feature of the LC5  compiler is the use of  pre-compiled  header  files.
 Header files are ASCII text files which contain  constants  and external
 variable  declarations.  Header files are  generally  included in your C
 cource code files by use of the "#include"  preprocessor  operator.  LC5
 allows you to  precompile  these  header  files so that they are smaller
 then the normal  ASCII files and take less time to  compile.  All of the
 LC5 precompiled  header files are contained as normal  uncompiled  ASCII
 files in a separate folder named "headers".  The LC5 Floppies

     CHAPTER  FOUR  descibes  the LC5  linker  "CLINK".  Clink may be
 evoked  from "EDC" or directly  from the GEM  Desktop or from  "Batcher"
 program.

     CHAPTER  FIVE  describes  the  HiSoft  "Batcher"   command  line
 interpreter  program.  A CLI program  replaces the  standard GEM desktop
 and uses either MSDOS style or UNIX style commands.  Batcher is modelled
 after the IBM MSDOS CLI and uses DIR to list the directopy, COPY to copy
 files and other DOS style  commands.  All of the LC5 compiler stages may
 be run from Batcher.

     CHAPTER SIX is the WERCS REsource  Editor.  A resource editor is
 a program which  constructs  GEM objects.  A dialog box is a typical GEM
 object.  Other  objects are text boxes,  buttons, and radio keys.  WERCS
 will  constuct GEM RSC files for C as well as other ST languages.  WERCS
 has  several  unique  features.  WERCS  has  an  Image/Icon  Editor  for
 constructing bit mapped  graphics.  Wimage is used to convert  Neochrome
 or DEGAS Elite files into WERCS RSC  Images.  WERCS also has a TEST mode
 which allows you to test the operation of your dialog boxes and buttons.

     CHAPTER SEVEN covers the MonST2C binary  debugger.  MonST2C is a
 low level  debugger  which  requires  familarity  of the Motorola  68000
 assembly  language.  MonST2C  displays  several  one of  which  is the C
 source  code file,  another is of the  binary  listing.  You are  single
 stepped  through the C source file, but if you which to set  breakpoint,
 change C variable  values,  etc.  you must  modify  them  through  their
 binary  addresses.  This  requires a  knowledge  of the  Motorola  68000
 assembly language.


     CHAPTER  EIGHT  is for the LC5  Assembler.  ASM is a full  macro
 assembly  language   assembler.  HiSoft   recommends   purchasing  their
 DevpacST2  if you  plan  to  develope  assembly  language  source  code.
 Chapter Eight  describes the  operation of ASM but does not describe the
 implmentation  of the ASM  assembler.  thus, it assumes that you already
 know how to  program  in  assembly  language,  or that  you  have  their
 DeVpacST2 package.

     Chapter  Nine covers the Global  Optimiser  GO which is optional
 run after LC1 and before the Clink  linker/loader.  GO can optimise your
 code for either smaller code or for faster execution.

     CHAPTER  TEN covers the other LC5 Tools such as their  'hramdsk'
 reset-proof  ram disk.  Lcompact is a tool which  precompiles a standard
 ASCII  UNIX  header  file  that is  processed  more  quickly  by the LC5
 preprocessor.  Recompilation  is one way,  thus  you  should  save  your
 original  ASCII header files for later  modification.  Other Chapter Ten
 tools are for various  object  files.  Wconvert  convert  older  Digital
 Research or Kuma Resource Construction Set resource files into WERCS RSC
 files.  Wimage  converts  Neochrome and DEGAS Elite  graphics into WERCS
 images.

         LC5 comes on seven (7) double  sided  double  density 80 track 9
 sector 3.5" TOS floppies.  As such, it is the largest C compiler package
 available for the ST.  As a comparison,  the latest  Prospero C compiler
 is on three  SINGLE  sided  double  density  floppies,  while  the  Mark
 Williams  Version 3 comes on YY double sided  double  density  floppies.
 Rumor has it the the German  Turbo C compiler  is on five double  sided
 double density  floppies,  although I can't verify this.  The importance
 of the number of floppies is that the compiler has more tools and larger
 libraries  with more  floppies.  HiSoft has an additional  nice touch in
 that the  floppies  are stored in a HiSoft Disk Jacket  which has a hard
 cover.

     Volume II covers the standard UNIX style libraries. functions such as
 fopen, fclose, printf, and scanf are documented in this manual.

     Volume III  covers the  Atari ST specific AES/VDI libraries. Functions
 such
 as form_do, obj_draw, wind_set are documented in this manual.


                             The LC5 Compiler

     The LC5 compiler is a two stage compiler with an optional  final
 global  optimizer.  LC.PRG  is the  version  of the LC5  compiler  which
 incorporates  a full  screen  editor.  You can  develop  your  code from
 within  LC5.PRG and then  compile it while  running the editor.  The LC5
 editor allows up to four windows to be open simultaneously.


         THE LC5 TOOLS
         -------------
                                   WERCS

         WERCS  is  the  HiSoft  resource   construction  set  editor.  I
 originally  purchased  WERCS from  MIchtron  over two years ago and have
 found  it to be one of the best RCS  tools  available.  WERCS is used to
 build RSC files for use in C and other  languages.  The WERCS  manual is
 incorporated  in the  LC5  Volume  I  manual.  WERCS  has  several  nice
 features  including the ability to include DEGAS and NEOCHROME  pictures
 as icons  within your RSC file.  Another  nice  feature is the TEST mode
 where you can test your RSC file from  within  WERCS and see the  return
 values of various objects.  WERCS is a GEM program.

                                  MONSTC

         MONSTC is the Hisoft binary level  debugger for the LC5 package.
 MONSTC is based upon the  original  MONST  assembly  language  debugger.
 MONSTC has been  modified to display the C source  code in one window but
 you  manipulate  the  variables  at object  code  level.  You  should be
 familiar with the Motorola 68000  instruction  set to fully utilise this
 debugger.  Given that it is a binary (and not source)  code  debugger it
 is a very complete tool.

                                   GENST

     GENST  is the  assembler  supplied  with  the  HiSoft  DevpacST2
 assembler.  GENST  generates  binary  files in  GST-format  which can be
 linked with the LinkST  linker  included with the LC5  compiler.  LinkST
 will link only  GST-format  files, thus you would need to compile your C
 cource so that GST-format binary files are built.


                                  BATCHER

         BATCHER is a very limited  MSDOS style shell which allows you to
 run the LC5 compiler and editor  interactively.  Unfortunately  MSDOS is
 the  MAJOR  reason  why I don't  own an IBM PC and thus I  haven't  used
 BATCHER.  It may be of interest to Atari 520ST users as it allows you to
 use the LC5  package  with only 1/2 meg of RAM by running  each phase of
 the compiler from the shell.


                               INSTALLATION

     LC5 comes with a batch process  installation  program on Disk 2.
 You are prompted for the level of installation  desired  allowing LC5 to
 be installed  on machines  from the Atari 520ST to a full blown Mega ST4
 with hard drives.  I have  installed  LC5 on my Mega ST4 with TOS1.4 and
 the FAST TECHNOLOGY TURBO- 16 board as well as a 130 megabyte hard drive
 (from ABCO COMPUTERS) system.  Installation takes about 20 minutes for a
 full  blown  seven  megabyte  system!!  In  fact,  several  of  the  LC5
 Libraries are stored in compressed  format so as to reduce the number of
 floppies.  Without the compression, the LC5 package might easily consist
 of 10  floppies!!  Installation  consists of  answering  several  system
 configuration  questions  such as do you wish to  install a complete  or
 just  a  partial  system,  and  then  where  the  LC5  package  is to be
 installed.  After you answer the initial  prompts you simply  insert the
 correct  floppy as prompted on the Atari ST  monitor.  The  Installation
 program runs in medium and high resolutions.

                            ANSI Compatibility

         As mentioned  previously  the only feature  missing  from LC5 is
 trigraphs.  A trigraph is a three  character  sequence used to represent
 several ASCII  characters not found in other  languages.  The following
 is from the ANSI Standard:

                        2.2.1.1 Trigraph Sequences

         All occurrences in a source code file of the following sequences
 of three  characters  (called trigraph  sequences) are replaced with the
 corresponding single character:

         ??=             #
         ??(             [
         ??/             \
         ??)             ]
         ??'             ^
         ??<             {
         ??>             }
         ??-             ~

 No other trigraph  sequences  exist.  Each ?  that does not begin one of
 the trigraphs listed above is not changed.

         The  following  information  is  from  the  ANSI  RATIONALE  and
 describes why trigraphs were introduced.

                        2.2.1.1 Trigraph sequences

         Trigraph  sequences have been introduced as alternate  spellings
 of some  characters to allow the  implementation  of C in character sets
 which do not provide a sufficient number of non-
 alphabetic graphics.

         Implementations   are  required  to  support   these   alternate
 spellings,  even if the character set in use is ASCII, in order to allow
 transportation of code from system which must use trigraphs.


         The ANSI  RATIONALE goes on in detail  explaining  why trigraphs
 were introduced, but stated  basically some computer  terminals lack the
 TILDE  characters  and thus  another  method of  representing  the TILDE
 character is required  for those  machines.  The Atari ST has all of the
 required  keys and thus does not  require  the  trigraphs.  But,  HiSoft
 should  implement  trigraphs as soon as possible simply because the ANSI
 Standard requires it!!

                                   HITS

     LC5 has the BEST and most complete library  available for the ST
 (even better then the Turbo C compiler from  Germany!).  I will document
 in future  columns which are the best and most novel  library  functions
 and how to use them.  Briefly  though there are several.  First, LC5 has
 the ability to generate code to run on ANY Motorola 68000 processor from
 the 68000 (used in the ST line of computers)  through to the 68030 (used
 in the TT computers).  Also, LC5 has implemented code for all of the TOS
 1.4 and beyond  functions.  One nice touch is the extended file selector
 function  introduced in TOS 1.4.  The extended file selector  displays a
 message  above the File  Selector  Dialog  Box (i.e.  Save  FileName  ).
 LC5's  version  will  detect  the  TOS  version  at  runtime,  and  will
 automatically  display an additional  dialog box above the File Selector
 Dialog Box when run on pre- TOS1.4  machines.  Thus, the  developer  has
 access to the latest file  selector, and LC5  generates  code which runs
 the same on pre- TOS1.4 machines.  All this without additional work from
 the LC5 user!!

         Another  great  feature  of the LC5  package is the  ability  to
 compile  programs  which  can  detect  if they are run as a DA, as a GEM
 program or even as an AUTO  folder  program.  I do not know of any other
 ST compiler with this  feature!!  So, now you can write your programs as
 GEM  programs and then just rename them to ".ACC" and they can be run as
 a DA.  LC5 maintains an external  variable  which  contains the state of
 the program  (DA, GEM, or AUTO folder  program)  and can be used by your
 code.  LC5 even includes a small sample program  showing how to use this
 feature. LC5 declares an external variable which is set to indicate the
 type of program at runtime. A valuable tool for ST programmers!!


                                  MISSES

         Lattice C Version 5 has several glaring  omissions which almost
 overwhelm its otherwise fantastic features.  First, LC5 does not have an
 integrated  MAKE  utility.  Second,  LC5  does not  have a  source  code
 debugger.  Third, LC5 does not have a UNIX style shell.  Fourth, LC5 has
 a serious bug in the  editor/compiler  which  renders it useless for GEM
 programming.  I will describe each miss next.

         MAKE is a UNIX  derived  program.  Make  uses the  timestamp  of
 files to determine  which files need to be recompiled to regenerate  the
 final  executable  program.  MAKE uses a file called the  'Makefile'  to
 describe  the  relationship  between  the  source  code  files  and  the
 executable  files.  A 'Makefile'  must be constructed  for each project,
 but there are several  public  domain UNIX derived  Makefile  generators
 which can help automate the construction of a project specific Makefile.
 Once a Makefile is finished  you simply say 'make' and the MAKE  program
 will recompile and/or link only those files which have changed since the
 last make.  This  simplifies the  development  process and allows you to
 develop  smaller source code files.  Additionally,  MAKE can be used to
 generate other targets  besides  programs.  I routinely use MAKE on UNIX
 to format and  printout  documents  which might need to be  processed by
 'troff' and 'tbl'  before  printing.  So, MAKE can be used to manage any
 project based on the timestamp of files.  Not having MAKE with LC5 makes
 developing  large  projects  harder and more time  consuming.  LC5 has a
 limited Linking feature which allows you to use a Link Control File, but
 as this only tells the  compiler  which  files need to be linked to form
 the  executable,  it is less  useful than MAKE.  The Link  Control  File
 mechanism also does not recompile the source, it only links the binaries
 together to form the executable.

         Lattice C Version 5 does not have a source code level  debugger.
 LC5 instead offers the MONSTC  debugger  which is heavily based upon the
 HiSoft MONST  assembly  language  debugger.  MONSTC has been modified to
 display  a window  with  the C  source  code  but you can not  modify  C
 variables.  You step through the assembly  language window instead.  The
 value of a real source code debugger is once again demonstrated with the
 UNIX X WINDOWS  'cdb'  source code  debugger.  In it you can examine and
 change any C  variable,  single  step  through  your C  statements,  set
 breakpoints  (C statements to stop program  execution) and set levels of
 debugging  traces.  All of these features reduce the amount of debugging
 time.  Without such a debugger  the  programmer  is reduced to using the
 primitive   mechanism   of   inserting   debugging    statements   (i.e.
 printf(stderr,  "This is an  error.\n");  ) in the actual  source  code.
 Obviously  this is error  prone and time  consuming.  LC5 needs a full C
 source code debugger as soon as possible!

         Lattice  C does  not  offer a UNIX  shell as an  alternative  to
 compiling  from the GEM  desktop.  LC5 does offer a MSDOS  shell  called
 BATCHER but as I intensely  dislike MSDOS (that being the biggest reason
 why I still  own my Atari ST) I refuse  to use it.  A UNIX  shell  would
 allow you full use of a MAKE  program, but since LC5 doesn't have a MAKE
 program,  the lack of a UNIX shell is less  important.  Also,  since the
 TOS is a single tasking operating system, a UNIX shell is less useful in
 any case.  The  biggest  power of a UNIX shell  lies in its  ability  to
 'pipe'  output from one program into the input of a subsequent  program.
 Thus you could pipe a directory  listing into a printing  program  under
 UNIX.  Since TOS is single  tasking such an operation  usually  involves
 creating  temporary files and thus is slower.  Still, a UNIX shell would
 be a nice feature.

         Finally, the worst problem with Lattice C Version 5 is an actual
 bug in the  LC5  Editor/Compiler.  LC5 has a  version  of the the  first
 phase of the compiler  which loads the LC5 Editor.  You can then compile
 from within the Editor.  A normal development environment on a hard disk
 consists of many  different  directories  (folders  to STers).  One such
 folder  contains  the  LC5  binary   executable   files  (which  I  call
 H:\LC\BIN).  Other  folders  contain the LC5  Library and Header  Files.
 And  finally,  the source  code for a project is in its own folder  (for
 ease of development  and for backup).  I use many different  folders for
 my source code.  The bug rears its ugly head because the Editor does not
 maintain the paths  properly.  One feature of the Editor is that you can
 compile and RUN your  program  from  within the  Editor.  This is really
 handy when your program has many different  source code files as you can
 have up to four  files  open  simultaneously.  The bug is that  when you
 execute your program from within the Editor, the Editor uses its PATH as
 the current working directory of your program.  Thus, if you write a GEM
 program  which  loads a RSC file in the  same  folder  as the  program's
 executable,  it will fail when run from  within  the Editor but will run
 properly  from the GEM  desktop!!  This is because  the Editor  uses its
 PATH to open the RSC file.  The following documents the bug:

 H:\LC\BIN\LC.PRG                  -
  the folder/executable for the Editor/compiler

 G:\SRC\SAMPLE\sample.c    -  a sample C GEM program
 G:\SRC\SAMPLE\sample.rsc  -  a sample C GEM Resource File


 /* sample.c */
 #include 
 .
 .
 . other program code
 .
 .

 main()
 {
         rsrc_load("sample.rsc" ); /* load the RSC file into memory */
 }
 /* end of sample.c */


     This  program will fail to locate the  "sample.rsc"  file if run
 from within the LC5 Editor but operates  correctly from the Desktop.  If
 you copy the RSC file to the same folder as the Editor the program  will
 run  properly  from within the Editor as well.  This has caused some LC5
 users to develop ALL of their projects from within the Editor's folder!!
 This is undesirable because you can't separate your various projects and
 you may delete  files which you  shouldn't.  This is a serious bug which
 HiSoft is aware of but hasn't fixed yet.  This bug occurs  whenever  you
 try to open any file from within your program.



                                CONCLUSIONS

         I  recommend  the  Lattice C Version 5 compiler  in spite of its
 lack of a source  code  bugger  and in spite of the  editor  bug  simply
 because it is an ANSI C compiler  and  because  of the  strength  of its
 libraries.  Also, I have  found  Alex  Kieran of HiSoft to be a valuable
 resource.  I have written two letters to Hisoft  documenting my findings
 and have received  prompt  replies from Alex Kieran  personally.  I find
 that HiSoft has excellent  support and I have great hopes that they will
 soon  release a Source Code  Debugger as well as fix the Editor  bug.  I
 find that the WERCS RSC Editor is very  complete  and bug free.  The LC5
 Library is simply superb.

         I switched from the Mark Williams C compiler  (which does have a
 source code  debugger) to the LC5  compiler  mainly  because I needed an
 ANSI  compatible  compiler.  If that is your  requirement  then I highly
 recommend the LC5 package from HiSoft.

        Next week, I will start a series of articles showing how I ported
 a C Printing/Formatting program to the ST first as a TOS Take Parameters
 (TTP)  program,  and then in later  articles as a GEM based  program and
 finally as a Desktop Accessory/GEM program utilizing the auto- detecting
 feature  of LC5.  In the  process I will  describe  some of the many LC5
 Library functions which make the LC5 so fun to use.  Future columns will
 show  how  I  use  the  Beckemyer  Tools  to  enhance  the   development
 environment  by adding a true UNIX C Shell, MAKE , and other UNIX Tools.
 Later, I will show how the  Beckmeyer  MultiTasking  C Shell can be used
 with the  Lattice C  compiler.  I will first  document  various  Libraru
 functions  unique  to LC5 and show  how to use  them.  I will  work  you
 through the  development  of a GEM RSC file and present a skelton C file
 for use with  LC5.  Hopefully  I will be able to show just how  valuable
 the LC5 package is through an actual program.




         ________________________________________________________






 > DENNY HAYES STR FOCUS?    * EXCLUSIVE! *   "..if I single someone out.."
   =====================




                     THE PRICE OF COPYRIGHT VIOLATION
                     ================================



     STReport  has  obtained  directly  from  DENNIS  HAYES  his  very  own
     statements concerning his arrest and ultimate conviction for copyright
     violation.



 by Dennis "Denny" Hayes


 Part II
 =======

    Well, as I stated, that's the statement I wrote, but  was later advised
 not to  read, because  the government  doesn't like  you to say bad things
 about them.  I was charged with copyright violation which  carries a maxi-
 mum of  one year  in jail.  A charge of, what is called, structuring which
 carries 5 years max was added, which says  any money  transactions you do,
 can't look  as if  you intend  to not  pay taxes, whether you intend to or
 not.  And a final charge  of money  laundering which  carries 20  years in
 prison max,  because I bought things with my money, even though most of it
 came from my checking account, and into my  checking account  legally, and
 was on  bank records.   For  you intellectuals interested in the law, here
 are the charges, and the laws supporting them:


                                * * * * * *


 THE CHARGES LEVIED
 ------------------

 COUNT 1 - Money Laundering of Monetary Instruments:

    That from on or about October 1988, up to and including July  17, 1990,
 in the Southern District of Ohio, Dennis W Hayes, did knowingly, willfully
 and with intent to engage in conduct constituting  an attempt  to or evade
 or defeat  payment of  income tax (Ref 7201), conduct and cause to be con-
 ducted, financial transactions affecting interstate commerce, knowing said
 financial transactions were conducted with property, to wit: United States
 currency, and checks that were the proceeds of specific unlawful activity,
 that being  the infringement  of a  copyright.  This is a violation of USC
 1956(a)(1)(A).  Ref: 7201 Attempt to evade or defeat tax  (I wasn't charg-
 ed with this).

     Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any
 tax imposed by this  title or  the payment  thereof shall,  in addition to
 other penalties  provided by  law, be guilty of a felony and, upon convic-
 tion thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000.00, or  imprisoned not
 more  than  5  years,  or  both, together with court costs of prosecution.
 Ref: 18 USC 1956(a)(1)(A) Laundering of monetary instruments.

    Whoever, knowing that the property involved in a  financial transaction
 represents the  proceeds of  some form  of unlawful  activity, conducts or
 attempts to conduct such  a financial  transaction which  in fact involves
 the proceeds of specified activity with the intent to promote the carrying
 on of specified unlawful  activity, or  with intent  to engage  in conduct
 constituting an attempt to evade or defeat payment of income tax, shall be
 sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000.00 or twice the value of the
 property involved  in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisoned
 for not more than twenty years, or both.


 Comment:
     This is one of the laws pushed through under the  excuse that  we need
     to stop  the drug  dealing gangsters.   It's even under the controlled
     substance act.  But we see where they use it.

     In other words if you make illegal money,  it's one  violation, and if
     you do anything with the money you make, it's a greater violation.

     It's interesting  that an  attempt to  evade or defeat the tax carries
     only 5 years, but looking as if you might not  pay your  taxes carries
     20 years.   Actually  I've found that actually not paying it (IRS Code
     7202) also only carries a 5 year sentence.


                                * * * * * *


 COUNT 2 - Copyright Infringement:

     From on or about October 1988, up to and including  July 17,  1990, in
 the southern  district of  Ohio, the defendant, Dennis W. Hayes, did will-
 fully and for the  purpose of  commercial advantage  and private financial
 gain infringe  the copyright of Apple Computer Inc. of Cupertino, Califor-
 nia #TX1640052 protecting the computer program stored on  a 128K  ROM com-
 puter chip,  in that  the defendant,  Dennis W.  Hayes, did cause the pro-
 tected computer program to  be copied  onto blank  computer chips, without
 authorization of the copyright holder, in violation of Title 17 USC 506(a)
 and Title 18 USC  2319(b)(3) Ref:  Title 17  USC 506(a)  Copyright infrin-
 gement.

     Any  person  who  infringes  a  copyright willfully and for purpose of
 commercial advantage  or private  financial gain  shall be  fined not more
 than $10,000.00 or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.

 Comment:
     This  one  I'm  obviously  both  morally,  and legally guilty of, even
     though I was told I could only be sued by Apple.

                                * * * * * *


 COUNT 3 - Structuring Transactions to Evade Reporting Requirements:

    On and between June 8 and June 29,  1990, in  the Southern  District of
 Ohio, the defendant, Dennis W Hayes, for the purpose of evading the repor-
 ting requirements of USC 5313(a) requiring domestic financial institutions
 to report currency transactions of $10,000.00 or more to the United States
 Department of Treasury, did knowingly, willfully  and intentionally struc-
 ture and  assist in  structuring a  transaction with  one or more domestic
 financial institutions in that the defendant,  Dennis W.  Hayes, purchased
 and caused  to be  purchased with  United States  Currency, four cashier's
 checks in the amount of $9,000.00  each,  payable  to  the  Union  Bank of
 Switzerland, in  violation of  31 USC 5324, and 5322(a).  Ref: 31 USC 5324
 Structuring transactions to evade reporting requirement.

    No person shall for the purpose  of evading  the reporting requirements
 of section 5313(a) with respect to such transaction structure or assist in
 structuring, or attempt to structure or  assist in  structuring, any tran-
 saction with one or more domestic financial institutions.

 Ref: 31 USC 5322(a) Criminal penalties;
   A person  willfully violating this subchapter or a regulation prescribed
 under this subchapter shall be fined not more than $250,000.00, imprisoned
 for not more than one year, or both.

 Comment:
     To make  a law  that you  have to  tell the  government about all your
     financial transactions whether you pay your  taxes or  not, sure seems
     like a  violation of  the Constitutional right to privacy.  But from a
     moral point of view it's not a bad law, as long as  the information is
     used fairly  and evenly, but if past history is any indication, and as
     in this case, it will be used as a means to increase  the sentence for
     a crime  above what  the creators of the primary violated law intended
     when they laid down the sentence  for  the  violation,  and  any other
     purpose which suits the governments needs.

                                * * * * * *


 The following is the statement of damages from the Pre-Sentence Investiga-
 tion report:

    The primary victim in this case  is the  Apple Computer  Company.  How-
 ever, the  impact on Apple is unknown and may never be quantified.  Accor-
 ding to a representative  from Apple's  legal department,  the defendant's
 behavior is  not widespread.   Nevertheless,  Mr. Mark Aaker, attorney for
 Apple, suggested for each  counterfeit part  that Hayes  sold, potentially
 represents one  MacIntosh computer  not sold  by Apple.   The attorney was
 quick to point out, However, that he was unable to  produce the percentage
 of those  individuals who  would have  spent over $2000.00 for a MacIntosh
 computer had they not had the opportunity to buy the defendant's relative-
 ly cheap  set of  computer chips that would "convert the purchaser's inex-
 pensive computer" into one as powerful as the MacIntosh.

    A second victim impact  expressed by  the attorney  for Apple concerned
 the fact  that Hayes  has virtually  flooded the market with his fake com-
 puter chips.  As a result, this may cause Apple  a severe  service problem
 in the  future when  individuals, thinking they have actual Apple computer
 chips, begin to send the faulty ones in to Apple  for warranty  work.  Mr.
 Aaker indicated that at present such losses cannot be estimated.

    Finally, Mr.  Aaker related  that the  primary harm caused by Hayes was
 that he provided an opportunity for  others  to  do  the  same  thing, and
 therefore, advanced  "the bad  intent of others and facilitated additional
 fraud."   The US Government  was a  secondary victim  because of  lost tax
 revenue due  to the  income generated  by Hayes.  The government, however,
 has not charged Hayes with any tax violations.

 Comment:
     They admit they don't know if there were  any damages  to Apple except
     that if  I get away with what I did someone else might do the same, or
     that Apple might worry about repairing a part that only  cost them one
     dollar.  And I really don't understand how the government was damaged,
     since they didn't wait to see if I was going to pay  my taxes  or not,
     and they  took over $300,000.00 from me, which left me broke.  I'd say
     they were the winners.


                                * * * * * *


                              Hayes Summation
                              ===============

     In the past few months, I've seen so many laws  like these,  which the
 average person  doesn't know about, that when I now hear a person say, I'm
 doing nothing wrong, they can't get me for anything, I start to feel sick.

   To summarize, the lawmakers of  this  country  are  passing  laws, under
 false  pretenses,  in  an  attempt  to drastically increase the penalties.
 Thereby circumventing the penalties  written into  the original  laws, for
 violations of these original laws.

   Then in  an attempt to make the application of these laws fair, they are
 then structuring the  application,  to  suppress  the  normal  human moral
 opinions  of  both  the  law  enforcers, and defendants, while at the same
 time, using these same opinions to pass and enforce these very same laws.

    Your guilt and sentence is now decided by the prosecution,  who decides
 what you are charged with, with a little adjustment for your past history,
 and how much you are willing to help them nail (accuse &  convict) others.
 And with a big adjustment for your wealth and popularity.  And the democr-
 atic controls  of appeal  are by-passed,  by their  unaccountability.  The
 only hope  you have  is to  get your  attorney to attempt to negotiate the
 sentence down from the 1000 year  sentence you  start with.   And  you are
 supposed  to  feel  satisfied  with  a  big reduction to 26 years max on a
 charge that should have had a max of 1 to 5 years to start with.

    The investigators are just doing their job, and  the judge  then has to
 follow guidelines  he may  not even agree with.  Give it a few more years,
 and we can replace the judge with a computer.  You will  never be  able to
 replace the  system with  a computer however.  If you did, it would charge
 everyone with every law they violated,  and  over  75%  of  the population
 would be  sentenced to  over 1000 years in jail, and the average life span
 isn't up to that point yet.

     They look around, and say, but we are making life better for everyone.
 No, they  are making  life better  for the  people who  can hire a team of
 attorneys to guide them through the obstacles, and at the  same time dest-
 roying the incentive for anyone below them to be creative, take risks, and
 thereby improve society.  If they are really doing what they say, then why
 are recent  reports saying  the gap between the rich and the poor has tri-
 pled in the past two years.  And, they can't seem to understand why people
 take drugs  to escape,  or why the teenage suicide rate is up.  They can't
 understand why there is so much apathy in college today, yet they  can see
 what it has done to Russia.

     The students themselves in a two hour special on TV said why try, they
 tried to improve things in the 60's and they wasted  their time.   And any
 gains they  may have  made have  since been  taken away.  Look, I know the
 drive for one person to impose his wills on another, has always been here,
 and I  doubt that  it will  ever change.   We  don't understand, therefore
 like, anyone who is different than us, which  causes us  to want  to knock
 them down.  Why can't we let people alone unless they are hurting someone.
 And if they are really hurting  someone, make  them show  it, or  at least
 file a complaint.  Not just prosecute someone for breaking laws because it
 sounds like something to  do, or  that someone  is making  more money than
 another.

     If the  law is intended to protect the people, why do the charges, and
 the sentences depend so heavily on how much  profit the  individual makes,
 as if  the real  crime is making more money than the next guy, rather than
 on the damages caused.  Or  is the  system too  inept to  find the damages
 caused.   Under this  system, I  understand I  received an additional year
 because I made over $300,000.00.   If it  is your  idea, of  an attempt to
 make things fair, boy are you missing the boat.

    They get  away with  it because,  no one really cares enough, or is too
 scared to say anything until it affects them directy.  Well, give it time,
 and it will.  And you can take that to the bank.

    To make matters worse, my charge didn't even fit into the system.  When
 I was officially arrested, they tried to enter me into the crime computer,
 and there  wasn't even a category for me.  So they put me under miscellan-
 eous something.  The people charging, and defending me don't  even unders-
 tand the computer world.  Other than the word processors their secretaries
 use, they do everything with paper,  pencils, and  voice recorders.   They
 couldn't make  a rational  judgement on anything having to do with comput-
 ers, if their life depended on it.

    In my case, they had to  hire outside  help to  try to  explain to them
 what I was doing.  And I know for sure they still don't really understand.
 They use terms like rails for the plastic tubes which  computer chips come
 in.  They talk about the cost of repairing a computer chip as if it were a
 machine you could take apart, and fix.   They took  all the  logic chips I
 used in designing products, while I was in the design business, since they
 didn't understand the difference, and because  they looked  like the other
 ones I  had.   I even had a box of Atari floppy drives, and it seems their
 expert didn't know what they were, because they  had to  ask me  what they
 were.   This I  really can't believe, however.  It sounds more like a com-
 munication problem to me.   And  my attorney  told me  they didn't  have a
 precedent on  my crime to base anything on.  By the sentence, it appears I
 fit in with murderers, and drug dealers, somewhere.

    Let's see, I violated a copyright, and I did things  that made  it look
 as if  I might  be able  to try  to cheat  on my income tax which everyone
 knows was an attempt to hide my  finances  from  Apple.    And  I actually
 didn't file for a few years prior, although I made no money.

    The maximum  sentence for copyright violation is one year.  The maximum
 sentence for actually lying,  not paying,  and cheating  on your  taxes is
 five years.   And somehow I ended up with a twenty-six years charge, while
 Pete Rose, who actually  cheated, and  admitted it  got 5  months.  Hmmm..
 Must be  some new  kind of  math.   But I guess I'm not quite as bad as Al
 Capone, however.  He received 11 years.

    Now I've been sentenced to five years in prison, after which I  have to
 spend two years on probation, and I must see a psychiatrist for ten months
 of the two years.   What  this is  for I'm  not sure.   I'm  guessing it's
 because I  thought about  killing myself  a few years ago.  But if that is
 what they are worrying about, why do they want to  wait five  years to see
 if I'm  this nuts.  It makes me wonder who is really nuts.  Well I hate to
 bust their bubble, but  I've been  knocked down,  kicked, stomped  on, and
 rolled over  so much,  I don't  believe anything  they could do would ever
 again make me want to do that.  I have my moments when I really get upset,
 and now  I've got  ulcers, but  the more they stomp, the more determined I
 get to fight back.

    I was told, by my attorney, that I received an  additional two  to four
 of the  years for  deciding not to help them ruin other people's lives who
 were helping many and hurting no one.   In fact  I called  xxxx secretary,
 and told  her to  tell xxxxxxx  to watch what was said because the FBI was
 probably investigating..., they told me they could bring  additional char-
 ges against  me for  obstruction of justice.  I wonder what Daniel Webster
 would say about this use of the word justice.  xxxxxx, being  the xxxxx he
 is, called the FBI, and told them I had called, to make himself look good.
 The only thing I have left is my own self respect.  They have taken every-
 thing I  own, my money, my house, my car, and now the best part of my life
 (my daughters).  They will grow through the  most important  part of their
 life without  me.   I may  have made some mistakes, but I hurt no one, and
 helped thousands, and for  that they  want to  destroy me,  and my family.
 But I  am not  going to  help them, in any way, do the same to anyone else
 who is not hurting anyone, even people like xxxxxx.  If you  think this is
 really a free country, you need mental help.  You are free, as long as you
 are a puppet, and don't upset any of the big boys.

    Folks we may as well bend over when the big  corporations tell  us too,
 then spread  when they  tell us  too.  If you try to fight the system, you
 lose.  I wonder  if I  had a  copyright, and  Apple violated  it, if Apple
 would go  to jail.  But, I did have an emotional collapse a few years ago,
 and set myself up for it.  Though the fact that they could have  done what
 they did anyway, scares the hell out of me.

    I have  three wonderful  daughters.   Summer (13) who through my encou-
 ragement, has pursued her dream of  becoming a  gymnast, since  she was 6,
 and is  now a level seven on a 1 to 10 scale where a level 10 is preparing
 for the Olympics.  She will now have to quit, because my  ex-wife will not
 be able to afford it on her income without me.  She also runs straight A's
 in school even though she has only an average IQ, because I spend the time
 to help  her.   My ex-wife  isn't too  sharp in math, science, etc, so I'm
 sure these grades will drop.  She is also the most emotional, and I really
 don't know what missing me will do to her.

    The next  oldest is  Shanna (11).   She also gets mostly A's in school,
 but where Summer has to work  hard  in  gymnastics,  Shanna  is  a natural
 athlete, and  has been taking skating since she was 2.  I watched her do a
 Christmas ice skating show for  the  public  downtown  on  Fountain Square
 yesterday, and  she was  so good I had a hard time holding back the tears,
 knowing she will now probably have to quit.

    Now there's Maegan (8).  She's the artist.   She  doesn't seem  to like
 Athletics much, but give her a piano or keyboard, and she'll really surpr-
 ise you.  Fortunately, I don't think she will need to stop.  Piano lessons
 aren't that expensive.

    I have to grit my teeth to say it, but, "Merry Christmas, Merry Christ-
 mas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, and Merry Christmas."  That  is one
 for each  year I  must spend  in prison.  And don't let anyone fool you by
 thinking I'll  only get  a year  or two.   There  is no  parole in federal
 prison anymore.   You  get a  few months off for good behavior, but that's
 it.  And I'm told, if I agree to help them destroy the lives  of others, I
 might get  a little  more time  off.   I have  to report  to the prison on
 1/8/91 for five years.  But,  I'm told,  the least  I could  get is  2 1/2
 years, and  just to  save my  butt a  little I'm  not going  to do this to
 other people's kids.  I'm sorry if this makes me appear unpatriotic, but I
 don't feel too patriotic at the moment.

    Merry Christmas  again, and  see ya in a few years.  I wonder what com-
 puter systems will be like in five years.   The  way I  feel now,  I'm not
 sure I ever want to see one again.



                              Dennis W Hayes
                           7048-47 Waterview Way
                           Cincinnati, OH 45241
                            Phone 513-779-7998



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 > ATARI HERE TO STAY! STR FOCUS?               "Different strokes for...."
   =============================




                               ATARI vs IBM
                               ============


 by David Pischke


 -> GEM is fun?  Baloney.

     Whether GEM  is fun  or not is totally subjective.  You cannot tell me
 that I or any number of Atari users do not find GEM fun --  many do.   One
 person may  find a  roller coaster  ride terrifying, another may find it a
 wonderful experience.  That does not mean that either one is wrong.

 -> And  typical users do not need  to spend  hundreds of  dollars on
 -> utilities that simply make GEM  more usable.

     I haven't spent hundreds of dollars to make GEM more usable.   I spent
 $20 on  Quick ST  and $35  on NeoDesk.   Hardly  "hundreds of dollars".  I
 believe there is a package of utilities for Windows which  includes things
 such as  a screen  saver.   I understand the cost is about $50 -- approxi-
 mately what I spent on the  utilities that  I use  to make  life on  my ST
 easier.

 -> Baloney!  First of all, the open architecture of the PC machines allows
 -> anyone  to add  memory, add  a hard  disk, add a parallel interface,
 -> add a  graphics cards, etc. very easily ....


     Anyone can add memory to the TT easily, or add hard disks (it has both
 SCSI and DMA ports).  The TT also has a built-in hard disk.   The VME slot
 is there  so that  graphics cards and other devices can be added very eas-
 ily. It is my understanding that a company in Germany has already produced
 a card  cage which allows the use of up to twenty cards.  In addition, the
 TT has the most open architecture of any Atari computer.

 -> You are  not paying for features .. that will never  be used   (such as
 -> the STE's new and unused  joystick ports)

     You started  out comparing  the TT  to PC Clones.  Don't switch to the
 STe in the middle of your argument.  By the way, the TT does  not have the
 "new and unused joystick ports".

 -> What really  cracked me  up was  the comment that Windows was not com-
 -> patible with much software while the TT was.  It's more like the other
 -> way around by  his own  admission.

     I believe  his comment  was that quite a bit of software does not uti-
 lize the Windows interface, not that it was  incompatible.   If those were
 not the exact words, they were more likely than not the intended meaning.

 -> Comparing a PC that exists now to a machine that might one day actually
 -> hit the market is not fair ... I don't see a  TT on sale at my Atari
 -> dealer  so I  can't suggest  to anyone to delay purchasing another com-
 -> puter in the hopes that the TT might ship one day.

     The TT is at  dealers all  across Canada.   I  have seen,  touched and
 tested  it  with  my  own  hands,  and  I am an everyday Atari user -- not
 anyone special that would have any  special access  to a  TT.   Of course,
 being  an  expatriate  living  in  the  US, you wouldn't know about the TT
 shipping in Canada.

 I understand that the TT is available to the public in Europe as well.

 -> Folks, if you're going to comment, please research what you say.

 I'd suggest the same for you, Mr. Mihocka.


 Final comments:

     It doesn't surprise me that Darek Mihock bashes the Atari line of com-
 puters  in  favour  of  Microsoft  Windows and MS-DOS, considering that he
 works for Microsoft.  Can we really expect him to report objectively?

     Most all users will admit that Atari, the company, has not treated its
 developers,  dealers  or  user  base  with  what  can  be considered great
 friendliness.  However, by Mr. Mariano's own admission, the Atari  line of
 computers is "The best kept secret in the computer world".  He thinks that
 there is sunshine on the horizon and that the Atari market will re-materi-
 alise.

     I feel,  as I think he does, that the Atari is a great computer.  Many
 people love their Ataris and feel that it IS the best computer  out there.
 Do not  mix up  the bashing  of the  Atari company with the bashing of the
 Atari computer.

                                             Thank you for your time.




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 > STR Mail Call?                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
   =============



 30-DEC-1990 16:18:59                                     NEWMAIL
 From:   BOS1B::TRAHERNE
 To:     RMARIANO
 Subj:   ST Future(?)

 Hi Ralph.

     I met you at the Boston  AtariFest and  was quite  impressed with your
 candor and even-handedness concerning things Atari.

     Is Atari  dead in  the US?   On one end we have the folks like you who
 seem to see good things ahead for us,  but in  other areas  we have people
 telling us  (Current Notes) that all that's left is for the sod to be laid
 over the gravesite.  Then we  have  good  programmers  like  Darek Mihocka
 showing us how to us Windows on the IBM and telling us how obsolescent the
 TT030 is already.

     I realize that you probably hear this every  day at  least five times,
 but I  thought I'd  air my concerns as well.  By the way, I love ST Report
 and the timeliness of its reporting.  I really think that our  best weapon
 right now  is the  user group  - we've got to carry the flag forward or we
 don't stand a chance.  Keep up the good work!


 Dear Reader,
     Atari is far from  dead, they  are heading  toward new  and attainable
 goals that  will provide  a great  forward thrust for the US and worldwide
 market.  This is the new beginnings,  the  Mega  STe  and  the  TT030 will
 certainly be  very strong  in the  months to  come.  Thank you for reading
 STReport!
                                              Ralph.....




 Item    2939135                 90/12/30        06:37
 From:   D.SCHREIBER3                    David E. Schreiber
 To:     ST.REPORT                       Ralph F. Mariano
 cc:     D.SCHREIBER3                    David E. Schreiber
 Sub: Darek Mihocka

     Why in the world do you  continue to  publish those  articles by Darek
 Mihocka? I  can see  some vague rationale for the first one, as Darek is a
 high-profile Atari programmer and  he had  something to  say about Atari's
 claim to  offer "power  without the  price." But  he is going increasingly
 away from topics relevant to Atari users with his paean  to Windows (isn't
 it peculiar  that he  happens to work for Microsoft?) . I do NOT look for-
 ward to next week's promised article describing the marvels of IBM softwa-
 re. (I  wonder if  Microsoft products  will play  a prominent  part in his
 discussion.)

     I suppose you could maintain some  sense of  proportion if  you follow
 Darek's  articles  with  a  similar  series on the excellence of Macintosh
 products, then do a similar treatment on the Amiga, Unix, Etc., etc..

     What is obvious to every one of your readers is  that Darek  now feels
 he has  graduated from Atari into "the big leagues" with Microsoft and the
 IBM. His  articles are  little more  than boasting  - "Look  at me, little
 Atari people,  I have  gone way beyond you." I wish him well, but since he
 chooses to show near-contempt for Atari owners, I do not wish to hear from
 him. (As  a side  issue, I  mention a  similar attitude he displayed after
 leaving Canada for Oregon or Washington or wherever  he is  now. He wrote,
 "I have  left Canada  and hope never to return." It is a remark typical of
 his attitude - immature, self-preening and contemptuous.)

     Please do  not continue  the articles  by Darek.   They  are of little
 interest to Atari owners and they have a rather offensive edge to them.

     In Darek's current article on Windows, did you  notice how he was very
 dismissive of utility programs for the ST like HotWire,  DC Desktop,  etc.
 but singled out Quick ST for a special note of praise?  I wonder why Quick
 ST stands out in his mind head-and-shoulders above all the  others?

     I should have mentioned in my earlier message that I am a Canadian, so
 I viewed his remark about hoping never having to return  to Canada  with a
 Canadian's sensitivity. Darek benefited from an education payed for by the
 Canadian taxpayer, was allowed to attend  the University  of Waterloo, one
 of  the  best  computer  universities  in  North America, from which major
 computer companies regularly do bulk hiring.  It is  too characteristic of
 him to show no appreciation of what others did for him.

     (Sorry, that's  getting a  little too personal. We here at the Toronto
 Atari Federation, of which I  am currently  ST  Vice-President, have known
 Darek  for a  number  of  years  and,   while  admiring  his  considerable
 accomplishments, have also had to  put up with a certain degree of grating
 self-centeredness from him.)



 Dear Reader,
     Its a shame that a few folks perceived the windows series as a threat.
 The entire  effort was  to get  the userbase's  juices running and provide
 food for thought.  This it did and did well.  Not  only was  the entire ST
 userbase served  well, they  were given plenty of good information for use
 while enjoying Windows 3.0  with their  favorite IBM/MS-DOS  emulator.  No
 need to apologize, everybody gets worked up at one time or another.  Thank
 you for reading STReport.
                                                  Ralph....



 Item    9661860                 91/01/01        11:05
 From:   T.DIBIASE                       Tom A. Dibiase
 To:     ST.REPORT                       Ralph F. Mariano
 Sub: DEREK'S ARTICLE

 Dear STReport,

     I just wanted you to know that I really enjoyed this last  issue #652.
 The main  reason I  enjoyed it  was because of Derek's continuation on the
 IBM clones and Windows 3.0.   I  have enjoyed  my Atari  1040 for  about 2
 years now  but have always wondered if I would ever get another Atari if I
 was in the market for another computer.  You have to admit it, it would be
 nice to  be able  to go  anywhere and  by software  and see all the latest
 stuff for your computer instead of  having to  read about  it in  STart or
 STReport.

     After using  a windows  environment, I  would not want to have to take
 the time to have to learn DOS commands.  I  refuse to  pay for  the overly
 priced MACs  since not  only are  their computers expensive, but their ad-
 d-ons and software are sky high!  Now that  there is  Windows 3.0  for the
 IBM, there  is no  reason Not to take another look.  I was looking forward
 to seeing  the TT030  come out  and was  curious what  it was  going to be
 priced at.   The  other day  I got  an advertisement  from a computer shop
 saying that a 2MB TT with a 50meg HD was $2300 (when  they get  them!) and
 that was  with- out  a monitor!   Plus, I saw the graphics on the TT and I
 think they're outdated already!  With IBM, 800x600 or so graphics with 256
 simultaneous colors  is becoming  the normal  thing. With  the TT`s 256 on
 only 320x480 and only 16 on 640x480, it pales! Do they actually think that
 there will  be an enormous amount of graphics boards coming out for the TT
 to take care of this? Maybe a handful at most until a majority of  them go
 out of business!

     I've looked  around at clones and they are coming down in price daily.
 Anyway, now that I got off track! I think Derek's  article is  a breath of
 fresh air.   So  many Atarians  are so locked up into their computers that
 they are unwilling to see what else is out there.  I  wonder if  these are
 the same  people that will only buy one brand of car instead of looking at
 what the other models out there are offering at the same price.   It's the
 same with  computers, we should shop around and not only look at different
 configurations but look at other brands besides Atari!   I've  watched the
 Atari market  long enough  to know that things are not going to change for
 the ST/TT models much. Anybody foolish enough to  believe Atari's promises
 about that  are not much in tune with the rest of the world. Keep bringing
 articles like Derek's in your weekly report so we can see what else is out
 there and  COMPARE things  for OURSELVES  what we  need and  what we want.
 Let's open our minds a little to what we might really be missing out there
 if we were to only focus on Atari!

                                         Thanks, Tom D.


 Dear Reader;
     You sir, provide the breath of fresh cool air..  I am eternally grate-
 ful for you insight  and kind  words.   We need  more folks  like yourself
 helping others to appreciate the ST/TT Atari line of computers.  Thank you
 for reading STReport.  Kepp the faith..  Atari is alive and well.

                                                  Ralph....



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 > WINDOWS, WHY?  STR FOCUS?               "Atari users   ..hang in there!"
   ========================




                              MIXED EMOTIONS
                              ==============


 by M. Hill


     After reading Darek's series of articles  I  had  a  bad  taste  in my
 mouth.   I could  not believe  a developer  for the ST/STE/TT line of com-
 puters would be saying  the things  he was  saying!   Even if  what he was
 saying was  true, I  could not  believe he would take the chance of losing
 the support of the users out there.  And with the ST we know  you need all
 the users support you can get if you want your product to survive.

     Darek makes  a lot  of points,  some good,  some bad.   I really think
 someone who works for Microsoft should not be comparing the  ST and  a 386
 with Windows  3.0.   I have a Mega ST myself and a 286 with a VGA monitor.
 I work full time as a  C programmer  for a  company that  makes analytical
 instruments, so  I have  no stake  in anything  in either the Atari or IBM
 realm.

          I would like to comment on some of  Darek's points  and hopefully
          make some of my own.

     I use IBM's at work all the time.  We have 286's, 386's, and even some
 old XT's.  We use them for CAD/CAM, and Circuit  Design and  they function
 flawlessly for  this.  At work I use a 386 running SCO UNIX for my develo-
 pment system.  I also have a 386  at work  I use  for Circuit  Design, and
 some programming  with Turbo  C.   I feel  I have  a good knowledge of the
 IBM's and since I have been an Atari user since the 8-bit 800 came  out in
 the early 80's I feel I know a lot about the ST's.

     I do  not use  my AT at home much at all.  My wife uses it more than I
 do and she uses it to manage our Checking account.  I  just find  the ST a
 more enjoyable  machine to work with.  I love the GEM environment and feel
 it is ever soooooo much nicer to work with.  DOS just does not compare and
 windows is really a joke.

     Lets talk  a little  about Windows.  We have 3.0 at work and use it on
 our Desktop Publishing Station.  I set up Windows and Page Maker  since we
 had not  hired a  Technical Writer  yet.  I won't go into all the problems
 out there with configuring ANY IBM with software and hardware for it.  For
 the  typical  user,  playing  with Interrupts and working with Base/Exten-
 ded/Expanded memory is a real challenge.  ST's  are so  simple to  set up.
 You just plug em  in and fire em up.  Anyway back to Windows, when I first
 booted up  Windows I was impressed with the crispness  of the  VGA display
 and   the look  of Windows.   This  impression was  short lived though.  I
 started looking for the trash can, hmmmm where  was it???   Oh   well lets
 try to  copying some  files.   What! I  can't drag  actual file icons from
 window to window?  The File Manager is simply a joke.   I can  only assume
 Microsoft did this because of fears of being sued by Apple.

     I do  not want  to count the number of times the Technical writer came
 up to me with questions about why there were messages on the screen saying
 things  like  "Abnormal  Program  Termination"  and the machine would jump
 back to Windows or DOS or possibly lock up.   Now this  may be  because of
 Page Maker or Windows.  But this happens a lot to our Technical writer.

     Now Darek  talks about  Windows ability  to Multitask.   While this is
 nice in certain applications I  do  not  find  this  something  that would
 influence me to buy a computer.  Multitasking is nice for certain applica-
 tions but how many times does a typical user actually use multitasking for
 a practical  purpose.   I find Task Switchers more than enough for my tas-
 tes.   Revolver is  a BRILLIANT  task switcher  for the  ST.   Now the old
 ST/STE's do  not multitask, there are programs which give you this ability
 in limited fashions but none are worth bragging  about.   But you  have to
 remember that  these are  Atari's OLD systems.  Just like the XT's are the
 old models from IBM.  You  will not  find Windows  3.0 running  Page Maker
 on a  VGA monitor  on an  IBM XT.   Now  the TT  will run UNIX so there is
 multitasking if you want  it.   X-Windows is  a much  nicer environment to
 use than Windows from Microsoft.

     Now the TT will have GEM running on it and probably will not multitask
 GEM programs as is.  Either does an IBM multitask DOS   applications.  You
 have to  buy Windows  if you  want to  do that.   Well with the ST you can
 purchase Unix  and Im  sure someone  will come  up (Atari  maybe?) with an
 enhancement  like  Windows  that  when  loaded will allow you to multitask
 too.  Remember we have the memory now to do this.

     On another note, as for ease of use I just find it  so much  easier to
 be able  to access  all the memory I have in my ST in one sweep.  The 640K
 limitation on the IBM's is a real crutch in my eyes.  It makes  the system
 inherently complex  to the  new user and can cause some heartaches for the
 experienced user too.

     Now on the hardware side sure  Darek you  can buy  a 386  setup as you
 describe, BUT  where are  the Midi ports?  Where is the VME Bus?  Where is
 the Math Coprocessor?  Where is the LAN port?  Where is the built  in SCSI
 port?   Where is  Stereo sound?  This all comes with the TT and adds up to
 some bucks if you want to add this to your IBM system?

     I do not buy the statements like "What do I need with Midi Ports, or a
 VME bus,  etc".   In the  world of  computers you  just dont know down the
 road what you might want.  I dont know how many times I said  to myself "I
 will never  need more  than 512K".  Then I needed more so I sold my 520 ST
 and bought a Mega 2.  Then I said "I  will never  need more  than 2 megs".
 Well then  I started  messing with  DTP and  bought myself a SLM804 laser.
 Well soon my Mega 2 was a Mega 4.  To say  that just  because something is
 included  that  you  will  never  need  it  is absurd.  There are a lot of
 possibilities of things that could be  designed  for  ST  users  using the
 Midi ports  or the  VME Bus.   Now  a developer can say "Hey I can build a
 low cost Digitizer using the VME bus, and  I know  all users  already have
 the VME  bus on  their TT".   My philosophy is this.  "Hey, if you want to
 give it to me I will take it!"

     Now we all know Atari has it problems.  The fact that the ST's are not
 as popular  as we  know they  should be,  is fact one that Atari is having
 problems, but I ENJOY this computer and look  forward to  purchasing a TT.
 I have  my IBM 286 and wish I never would have bought it.  Darek, Ill sell
 you my 286 anyday.   Ill  buy one  of those  new AT  emulators for  the ST
 anyday.   Heck with  one of  those and the GCR I already own Ill be in HOG
 heaven!  And when I buy my TT I can plug that GCR right into it!

     Basically I wrote this to settle myself down and hopefully settle down
 the stomachs of all those Atari users out there that who in Bart Simpson's
 words "Had A Cow" after reading Dareks article.

     All I can say to you Atari users is hang in there.   We  have the BEST
 computer around  and hopefully  this will  be Atari's year.  With a system
 as powerful as the TT is we can not lose!



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 > WINDOWS, REALLY? STR FOCUS?                 "....Windows is nice but..."
   ==========================



                         A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP
                         ========================


 by Roger D. Stevens


     As a one time Atari ST user and avid fan of the machine, I sit down to
 write this  article as  a MS-DOS  machine user now.  I made the switch for
 business reasons.  Being a developer of database systems, I  was forced to
 target my  efforts to  the installed  base of  DOS machines  in use in the
 business environment.

     The recent rash of  comparisons of  GEM and  Windows 3.0  has prompted
 this article.

     I use a 20 Mhz 386 machine for program development.  I also do quite a
 bit of BBS calling just to remain current  in the  MS-DOS world.   Quite a
 number  of  the  boards  I  call  are part of the RIME network, a national
 network of message bases covering a myriad of topics.  I purchased Windows
 3.0  shortly  after  its  release  and  have  been  following  the windows
 conference closely for some time now.

     It seems there are basically two opinions of Windows 3.0 from users in
 the base.   They  either (1)  Love it,  or (2) Hate it.  The wide range of
 emotion here seems to  stem from  the fact  that for  some, it  works just
 great  and  does  everything  advertised,  while  others  have nothing but
 problems and heartache trying in vain  to get  it to  operate.   I make NO
 claims as  to 'guru'-hood,  but, I have installed Windows 3.0 on my system
 and have gotten it to do  everything I  expected of  it with  no problems.
 There is one area of dis-satisfaction, but more on that later.....

     From my  casual viewpoint,  it seems clear to me that those having the
 most the problems with windows are doing so because they  failed to follow
 the most  important rule... READ THE MANUAL.  Windows is far from a simple
 program that you just copy to the hard  drive and  go merrily  on your way
 using it.   Some  very diligent  study of  the manuals  is REQUIRED if you
 expect any semblance of success.   Windows has  some very  strict hardware
 requirements, especially  for the  'enhanced' mode.  Many users are trying
 to utilize these advanced features on 80286 and some 8088 machines when it
 just isn't  possible.   If you meet all the hardware requirements and have
 thoroughly read the manual, you should have no problems making  Windows do
 your bidding, on the other hand..............

     Windows 3.0  does what it was designed to do.  The colors and graphics
 are great, the multi-tasking is great,  the Windows  specific applications
 are super  (although EXPENSIVE),  but, it  does have  one major drawback I
 hate.  It seems it was  designed  with  the  assumption  that  users would
 gladly fork  out the money for the latest technology to use it effectively
 but they completely dropped  the ball  in the  communications area.   Many
 people, including  myself, who  have this type equipment gave up 2400 Baud
 communications long ago.  I use a Dual Standard HST and Windows absolutely
 chokes  on  anything  above  2400  Baud.   Sure, there are buffered UART's
 (16550's) out there to alleviate this problem but Windows was not designed
 to recognize  or use  this capability.   The result....constant errors and
 SLOW downloads while running my comm program in windows.

     It's nice to be able to load Windows and use some of the more advanced
 capabilities  of  my  machine  (beat  the  dreaded 640K DOS limit) but the
 hardware and software requirements are prohibitive for the 'average' user.
 The end  result is that I am just a 'casual' Windows user and drop back to
 DOS when I have some serious work to do.   I am  just more  comfortable at
 the command  line level  where almost anything can be done with a few key-
 strokes.  Windows 3.0 is a nice toy,  and in  some cases,  the ONLY answer
 for serious applications, but for this user - DOS is still the mainstay.





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 > ATARI IS... STR FOCUS?                          ...."to be or not to be"
   =====================




                        WHY IS ATARI THE CABOOSE??
                        ==========================


 by R.F. Mariano

     Advertising Bunky,  plain and simple! ADVERTISING!  Why just the other
 day, (how many times have you  read that  before?) I  was talking  with an
 avid IBM'er  who pointed  out the PS1 is a dog.  Since he was and is a fan
 of Atari too, he said that with a gleam in his eye.   I  felt he  was tel-
 ling me this to "humor" me so I asked for some basis for his opinion.

     Folks, He  quickly pointed  out that  this was not his opinion but the
 general consensus among the rather large IBM userbase.  Asking  a few more
 of the  more well  informed users  will produce  the most amazing array of
 answers conceivable.

     For example;
     ------------

          a - Its about as "good" as the PCjr was!

          b - The PC1 is a dead-end design.

          c - Its a GIANT backward step in technology!

          d - Its an insult to the intelligence of the consumer!

          e - Its IBM's best footshot!

          f - Advertising is selling it ...not quality!


     As one can easily see, the basic opinion is the PC1 is really no where
 near being the "Cat's Meow".  Why then is IBM making such a deep impact in
 the marketplace with this machine?  EASY! ----> ADVERTISING!  Everyone has
 seen at  least one  ad for  this "state of the art", "machine of tomorrow"
 that's available today.  The 1040ste  easily blows  this 'bucket  o bolts'
 away.  In fact, the 1040STe can almost do it while its turned off!

     Then comes the Apple babies.... or, is it Candy Apple babies?  Oh sure
 buy the Classic...  The Amiga and ST killer!   Excuse me while  I barf all
 over that  idea!   After all  the smoke  and double talk clears..  we find
 that the new "Classic" user has sprung for  a small  fortune and  is quite
 proud of his 'new acquisition'.  Let's bust his bubble, ask how easy it is
 to switch to a color monitor.  It cannot be done!  Amazing!  Another screw
 in the  head of  "Joe consumer",  it takes  a whole new system to go color
 from a Classic system in the "MAC-A-ROON" world.

     Getting back to reality, the complete Atari line of computers has more
 to offer  in the  way of  versatility, ease  of use and power than all the
 comparably priced systems available  today.   Why is  it more  folks don't
 know about this marvelous machine?  Atari's excellent line of computers is
 indeed this country's best kept  computing  secret!    Certainly,  its not
 meant to be that way...  but that's how it is.

     STReport  is  not  about  to encourage anything 'original' like "evan-
 gelism" (where have we read that  before?? ...Sam?)   All  we ask  is that
 each and  every one of you read the item in this week's issue from the AUA
 that carries a form letter to send  to  Byte  Magazine.    In  addition to
 sending a  copy to  Byte's editor, send a copy to Sam... Its a nice way to
 let Sam and the leaders at Atari know that we DO care and darn well care a
 great deal  about the  future of the machines we use and support!  So ple-
 ase, send that letter out ASAP to both Byte and Atari.




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 > BYTE LETTER! STR Spotlight?                   "Hey!  We're still here!!"
   ==========================




                      ATARI IS NOT GONE OR FORGOTTEN!
                      ===============================



     By now, many of you are aware of the recent  article that  appeared in
 the October  issue of  Byte Magazine which outlined "the top" DTP packages
 available.  The article outlined the IBM (and clones) as well as Macintosh
 platforms as  excellent mediums  for DTP,  but failed  to even mention the
 Atari ST and the fantastic DTP software available for it.  We are mad, and
 we are  rather tired  of the  ST being  the "forgotten" computer.  You CAN
 make a  difference here  by participating  in this  massive letter writing
 campaign that  is expected to be supported by a very large number of loyal
 Atari ST users.  Your help can make a difference!  This is YOUR  chance to
 be heard  and to  help correct  the problems  we are facing today: lack of
 recognition and lack of support!

     Take a moment to read the following letter  addresed to  the editor of
 Byte magazine.   Then,  with a word processor, add your name to the bottom
 of the letter, print it, sign it, and drop it  in the   mail.   This  is a
 great opportunity  for your voice to be heard!  You have over 1100 members
 of the Atari Users  Association behind  you, and  thousands of  others are
 expected to participate!  Don't wait, DO IT TODAY!

                                                             REVISION 2


        --------CLIP HERE-------CLIP HERE--------CLIP HERE--------



 Byte Magazine
 Attn: Fred Langa, Editor in Chief
 One Phoenix Mill Lane
 Peterborough, NH 03458


 Dear Mr. Langa,


      I  am  writing  to  you  in  regards  to your comparison of different
 Desktop Publishing packages reviewed  in your  October 1990  issue of Byte
 and to  express my disappointment and frustration in your complete failure
 to mention the Atari ST computer and its tremendous DTP abilities.

      I have been a long time Atari ST owner, and reader of  your magazine,
 and I  was very  disturbed to find that in your October issue you compared
 different software packages on  the IBM  and Macintosh  computers and com-
 pletely ignored the Atari ST.  This editorial decision continues your long
 standing tradition of ignoring the Atari  ST, even  in areas  in which the
 Atari ST excels.

      Although the  Atari ST  has been  available for  over five years, the
 coverage that you have afforded it has  been  meager  at  best.    While I
 realize that  the number  of Atari  ST's sold in the United States can not
 compare with that of the IBM PC or Apple Macintosh  (although this  is not
 true world wide), it is unfair to the people who own Atari ST's, or people
 who would like to purchase a  system  that  is  different  then  the above
 mentioned computers that you continue to ignore this 68000 based computer.
 How can a consumer make the right computer buying decision if they are not
 given all the facts about the systems that are available to them?

      I know  it would be overly ambitious to expect to see an equal amount
 of coverage that the IBM or  Macintosh receives,  However, I  would expec-
 tantly look  forward to  reviews of  major software and hardware packages,
 such as ISD's Calamus or Outline Art, Soft Logik's PageStream, Wordperfect
 for the  ST, Goldleaf Publishing's Wordflair, Borland's Turbo C, Migraph's
 Touch-Up, or the many, many other high quality  software packages,  not to
 mention hardware  upgrades such  as GBS's  Spectre GCR Macintosh emulator,
 Talon Technologies' Supercharger IBM  emulator, ICD's  Advantage Plus hard
 drive host adapter, Fast Technologies Turbo 16 accelerator, Moniterm's 19"
 or Image Systems 24" high resolution monitors.   These fine  products des-
 erve the fair, accurate and in-depth reviews Byte is so famous and respec-
 ted for.

     You may not be aware that hundreds of thousands of ST's have been sold
 in the  United States  and Canada,  and nearly  a million in Europe.  Your
 magazine could possibly increase its  readership  and  circulation  if you
 were to  dedicate a  monthly column to the Atari computer line and provide
 the much needed coverage of an excellent, affordable computer to users and
 prospective buyers who are starving for information.

     While I  will continue to purchase your magazine in the future it will
 be in hopes that you will begin coverage  of the  Atari ST  as you  do the
 other systems  mentioned, I encourage you to give fair and accurate cover-
 age to the Atari  ST line  of computers.   I  do hope  that you  will give
 Atari's new computers, the TT/030 and Mega STe, the same coverage that you
 have given the Macintosh, Amiga 3000, and Next computers recently.

     There are hundreds of thousands of  Atari ST  users world-wide waiting
 patiently to purchase a multi-coverage computer magazine that includes the
 ST/TT.  Please consider including the Atari ST/TT  computer lines  in your
 magazine.

                                             Sincerely,


                                             *YOUR NAME HERE*

       Supported and sponsored by the Atari Users Association (AUA)
                                    and
                         STReport Online Magazine



       --------CLIP HERE-------CLIP HERE--------CLIP HERE--------



 Questions or comments about this letter writing campaign should
 be addressed to :
                    The Atari Users Association
                    P.O. Box 123
                    Canonsburg, PA  15317
                    United States of America

 or by contacting:

     Brad Martin of STReport or Derek Signorini of the AUA on FNET or FIDO,
 or on GEnie as ST.REPORT, DC.SIGNORINI, or Compuserve as 72327,1060.   You
 may also  reach us  on the  AUA Online  BBS at 412-746-8699, or by calling
 the AUA Voice Line at 412-745-8930.  STReport  Online Magazine's addresses
 on the  services, its  offices and  phone numbers  (BBS &  FAX) are listed
 elsewhere in this issue.




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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL?            "BLOCKBUSTER ATARI NEWS FIRST!"
   =====================





 - Sunnyvale, CA                                    A STACY FOR THE MASSES?
   -------------

     It appears Atari might have been  listening  to  it's  user  base, and
 their complaints  about the  STacy portable.   The  STacy is  a great MIDI
 controller, but as a portable it leaves a great deal to be desired.  It is
 a little  on the  heavy side,  and is not setup for batteries, so you must
 plug it in.  There are optional carrying cases that  have a  built in bat-
 tery available,  but they  cost around $250 - $300, and they add even more
 weight to the current STacy.

     Atari has apparently rectified  these problems.   They  should soon be
 introducing a new portable, laptop ST.  This new computer will be based in
 part on the 1040STe, and have all the most features the STe  computer has.
 It will  be lighter  in weight,  and allow the use of batteries for an ex-
 tended period of time.  ST Report will bring you more news  on this devel-
 opment as it becomes available.




 - Sunnyvale, CA                              BIG TIME PROGRAMMING CONTEST!
   -------------

     According to  our ever  present sources,  the NEW  DEMO CONTEST that's
 open to all persons is creating quite a  stir.   Atari will  award a 32Mhz
 TT030 with  hard drive  to the  best, hottest, slickest DEMO created by an
 enterprising person.  Not only is this contest  designed to  bring out the
 best talents  in the  Atari community, it hoped that the results will blow
 away all the present demos by  a 'country  mile'.   Come'on folks  get the
 numbers a crunchin'!  There are many other great prizes too.




 - Sunnyvale, CA                          NEW DESK RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER?
   -------------

     Without  jumping  to  conclusions  or  assuming anything, there is the
 "distinct possibility" that NEWDESK will be made available (49.95?) to the
 Userbase  shortly...  the  time  frame  is not really important.  The real
 importance is the strong indicator that Atari is  really listening  to the
 wants and  desires of  the userbase.  This is an extremely positive indic-
 ator and one that should not be taken lightly.   Atari has  by all indica-
 tions so  far, turned  the corner  and is  on the right path.  Imagine for
 moment, the userbase and  Atari  working  together  to  bring  forward the
 innovations  derived  from  suggestions  from the sources available in the
 userbase.  Of course this would be along with those  normally available to
 Atari.   That's a development powerhouse folks.  NewDesk in the disk-based
 form will afford the entire userbase an opportunity  to see,  feel and use
 the latest  on their  current machines.   An  excellent aid in deciding to
 upgrade to a Mega STe or TT030.





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