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Article #115 (730 is last):
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 12-Jan-91  #9102
Date: Sun Jan 20 17:04:55 1991



        ==(((((((((( ==   Z*NET INTERNATIONAL ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE
        =========(( ===   -----------------------------------------
        =======(( =====        January 12, 1991     Issue #91-02
        =====(( =======   -----------------------------------------
        ==(((((((((( ==   Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.

       PUBLISHER/EDITOR: Ron Kovacs        SENIOR EDITOR: John Nagy
      CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Jon Clarke, Terry Schrieber, Mike Schuetz


                             *-- Contents --*
                             ================

                    Atari Moves Entertainment Division
                          Atari Fires Sales Reps
                Sam Tramiel To Speak In Online Conferences
                         Atari CES Announcements
                     Z*NET Conference Members Listing
                              Z*Net Newswire
                            Z*Net New Zealand
                           Z*Net Atari Newswire
                 Atari Product Annoucements and New Games




 EDITORS DESK
 ============
 by Ron Kovacs


 This week Atari attended the Winter CES in Las Vegas and will be once
 again attending the Winter NAMM show.  We will have full reports from
 NAMM, Vancouver next week, and some coverage of CES this week.  We have
 compiled reports from Atari press releases at CES.

 Z*Net Conference members are listed this week and we encourage you to
 support these systems.  We are publishing the list in an effort to cut
 down on long distance calling by our readers.  If these systems are
 local, call them, if you know of a BBS that is carrying our publication,
 please let us know so we can update our BBS listing.

 Look for Z*BREAK releases, if required from Vancouver during the week
 ahead.




 Z*NET ATARI NEWSWIRE
 ====================


 ATARI RELOCATES ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION
 Atari announced that it has relocated the firm's entertainment division
 to the Chicago Area.  The relocation was made in conjunction with the
 appointment of Lawrence Siegel as president of the entertainment
 division.  Siegel was previously vice president of software development
 for Atari.  Atari's announcement of the new $99.95 Lynx at the Consumer
 Electronics Show in Las Vegas is already having an impact on its
 entertainment division.  The new Atari Entertainment Division will be
 located at 330 North Eisenhower Lane, in Lombard, Illinois.


 ATARI FIRES ALL SALES REPS
 In a move that signals a major reworking of rthe marketing plan for
 Atari, the company fired all of their full-time sales representatives
 last week, and let most or perhaps all of their contracted rep firms go
 as well.  This action follows the prior week's departure of sales VP
 Bill Crouch after a review of sales figures.  Atari had only six full
 time staff representatives, and at least some of them are being
 considered for other positions within the company.  The reasoning for
 the move is said to be that the reps are not generating sales beyond
 that which can be had more efficiently by sales through national
 distributors.  Pacific Software is offering one-day shipping of Atari
 1040STe's, monitors, hard drives, and software, and may very well carry
 the Mega STe when it enters the market in February.  Atari plans to beef
 up its in-house sales support in order to "hand-hold" with personal
 service, albeit on the phone, the high-end dealers who will also be the
 initial primary outlets for the TT.


 CES PRIVATE SHOWING OF THE ATARI PANTHER
 There were no press releases about the new video game to come (shortly?)
 from Atari at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (see related
 coverage in this issue).  Nevertheless, the PANTHER, said to be a 68000
 CPU game box unrelated to the ST computer line, was shown privately by
 Atari's Leonard Tramiel to select developers during the huge Las Vegas
 entertainment product show.  Details?  Sorry, all we could get from a
 source within Atari about the Panther was "Nice kitty, kitty..."


 ATARI TO ATTEND VANCOUVER SHOW
 In Canada this week Atari was preparing for the Pacific Rim Computer and
 Communications Show held each year in Vancouver.  Atari has transported
 it's large booth out to the westcoast in anticipation of a larger show
 than previous years.  Z-Net will be bringing you first hand reports from
 the show as well as interviews with some of the notable Atari
 personalities attending.  Look for special Z*BREAK updates next week and
 a full report in next issue.


 SAM TRAMIEL TO "SPEAK" ON GENIE, COMPUSERVE CONFERENCES
 Atari CEO Sam Tramiel is scheduled to be the featured guest in an online
 conference on GEnie telecommunication service on January 30, and shortly
 thereafter, on a similar conference on COMPUSERVE.  The GEnie appearance
 will reprise Sam's conference of last year when a record number of
 people attended the live on-line question and answer session.  It will
 occur as part of the regular Wednesday night "RT CONFERENCES" held each
 week at 10 PM Eastern, 7 PM Pacific time.  Sam may tip his "listeners"
 to his plans for new products in the ST and game product lines for 1991.
 More live conferences are planned as well, with other notables from
 Atari including the head of the UNIX development group.


 SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR PORTFOLIO
 Atari and third-party developers have unveiled 14 new software titles
 for the Portfolio.  Software programs for the Portfolio include:  Power
 Basic, by PC-SIG is a full-fledged powerful basic compiler that allows
 users to write application programs for the Portfolio that can be
 tailored for specific needs.  Portfolio Stock Tracker, from Lifestyle
 Software, keeps track of users stocks, bonds, annuities, options, cash,
 mutual funds, treasury issues, warrants, real estate, hard assets, autos
 and any other investments the user defines.  The program allows for
 hardcopy printout.  Atari Turbo Translator, from Organised Solutions,
 can translate approximately 1,000 phrases and 2,000 words into six
 languages (English, Swedish, German, Italian, Spanish and French).
 Personal Finance, from Bytesize Software, is an easy-to-use tracking
 program that allows input and sorting by category.  This software
 package can also be used to record time/expenses for attorneys or anyone
 who must keep an hourly time sheet for billing.  Scientific Calculator
 contains approximate scientific transcendental functions.  With this
 program, users no longer need to carry a scientific calculator in
 addition to their organizer.  Portfolio Bridge Baron, from Lifestyle
 Software, is for people who want to learn how to play Bridge or improve
 their game strategy.  It includes 91 challenging deals as well as a
 variety of both elementary and advanced declarer strategies.  Portfolio
 Wine Companion, from Lifestyle Software, allows users to catalog their
 wines, choose just the right wine for the occasion and track their wine
 cellar value and composition.  This package has been a strong seller in
 the PC world.  Portfolio Astrologer, from Lifestyle Software, uses the
 three main astrological calculation bases (Placidus, Koch, and Equal
 House), to provide a complete natal chart, influences, a planetary map,
 daily data and even the interpretation of the data.  The program allows
 for hardcopy printout.  Chess, has all the strategy and challenge the
 game is known for.  Assisting in the design of this Portfolio game was
 the renowned chess and computer chess authority, David Levey.  Hyperlist
 performs outline functions with main topic headings and subheadings.
 Hyperlist is ideal for anyone who must manage a tight schedule or
 prepare a presentation on short notice.  The Portfolio Diet/Cholesterol
 Counter, from Lifestyle Software, lets you monitor your caloric intake
 as well as fat consumption for a total dietary evaluation according to
 official U.S. government RDA guidelines.  U.S. Traveler's Guide, from
 Organised Solutions, is a complete guide to most major continental U.S.
 citys (including Canada).  24-Hour phone numbers, emergency services,
 restaurants, hotels, transportation, and entertainment listings are all
 at the user's fingertips.  The Traveler's Guide is ideal for both novice
 and seasoned travelers.  European Traveler's Guide, by Organised
 Solutions, is a complete guide to most major European cities.  It offers
 the same features as the U.S. version of the Traveler's Guide and is
 certain to be as integral to European travelers as their passports.  The
 Spell Checker/Dictionary/Thesaurus can be run in an interactive mode
 with the Portfolio's ROM-based editor or as a standalone program that
 can be used for a text-based file that was previously saved.


 ATARI INCREASES DEALER SUPPORT
 Atari Entertainment has announced that they will significantly increase
 its promotional activities and dealer support program during the first
 half of 1991.  The specifics on the new creative and media campaign are
 being finalized but that the advertising for the first six months will
 focus on the use of cable and syndicated television and targeted spot
 radio in key markets as well as game and entertainment publications.
 First ads will highlight the Lynx's new retail price of $149.95 and will
 feature Atari's offer of a free second game cartridge with each system
 purchased.  The offer will also be tied to dealer support activities
 which will include counter cards with tear-off pads, dealer roto and
 newspaper advertising support, as well as radio.  For dealers who don't
 have the floor space necessary to devote to the kiosks and pedestals,
 Atari will offer countertop and slotwall displays.  These displays
 feature self-running tapes that demonstrate the color, graphics and
 sound capabilities of the Lynx.


 ATARI LYNX GAME LIBRARY AT 16
 Rampage and Rygar, were among the five latest additions to the expanding
 library of single- and multiple-player games for the Atari Lynx.
 Rampage, from Bally has a suggested retail price of $34.95.  Road
 Blasters from Atari Games has a suggested retail price of $39.95.
 Zarlor Mercenary, an Epyx original, will have a suggested retail price
 of $34.95.  Rygar, the 1989 coin-op Game of the Year from Temco, has a
 suggested retail price is $39.95.  Ms. Pac-Man, a coin-op smash hit from
 Namco, Ltd., suggested retail price is $34.95.  The other Lynx games at
 prices of $39.95 include, California Games from Epyx, Paperboy from
 Atari Games, Gauntlet and KLAX from Atari Games.  At $34.95,  Xenophobe
 from Bally Manufacturing, Todd's Adventures in Slime World from Epyx,
 RoboSquash from Atari Games, Blue Lightning from Epyx, Chip's Challenge
 from Epyx, Electrocop, an Epyx and Atari collaboration, and Gates of
 Zendocon from Epyx.  For complete information on Lynx, Atari's home
 video game systems and growing family of video game software, contact
 your local video game dealer or call/write Lawrence Siegel, President,
 Atari Entertainment Division, 330 N. Eisenhower Lane, Lombard, IL 60148;
 (708) 629-6500, FAX (708) 629-6699.


 NEW LYNX ACCESSORIES
 Atari announced a complete line of Lynx accessories.  The accessories,
 which were designed to enhance the portability of the handheld video
 game system, include a traveling case, a carrying pouch, a sun visor/
 screen guard, and a cigarette lighter adapter.


 ATARI TO EXPAND LYNX GAME LIBRARY
 With the 16 new releases, on-the-go video game enthusiasts will have
 more than 30 games available for their Lynx portable systems.  Many of
 the 16 games scheduled for release take full advantage of the Lynx
 features, with some allowing up to eight players.  The new titles, which
 have a suggested retail price of from $29.95 to $39.95, will be on
 dealer shelves during the first and second quarters of 1991 and include:
 World Class Soccer, an Atari Games original, Ninja Gaiden, 1990 Arcade
 Game of the Year from Techmo, Blockout from California Dreams, Xybots
 from Atari Games, Shanghai from Mediagenic, Warbirds an Atari Games
 original, NFL Football, Vindicators from Atari Games, Grid Runner an
 Atari Games original, Turbo Sub another Atari Games original, Checkered
 Flag, A.P.B., Scrapyard Dog, and Tournament Cyberball 2072, from Atari
 Games.


 NEW GAMES AVAILABLE FOR 7800
 Eight new action-packed video games for the Atari 7800 home video
 entertainment system are now available bringing the total to nearly 40
 games.  The new, full-color games include:  Ikari Warriors from SNK,
 Planet Smashers, MotorPsycho, and BasketBrawl all Atari Games originals,
 Mean 18 Ultimate Golf from Accolade, Mat Mania Challenge from American
 Technos, Ninja Golf and Alien Brigade, Atari Games originals.


 ATARI MIDI SOFTWARE AVAILABLE
 There are more than 35 sequencing programs available for the Atari
 Computer systems.  Some of these include: C-Lab Notator from C-Lab,
 Pro-24 from Steinberg/Jones, Tiger Club from Dr. T's.  Notation and
 printing software includes:  Copyist DTP from Dr. T's and EZ Score Plus
 from Hybrid Arts.  Library and Patch Editing software include:  Super
 Librarian Pixel Publishing and GenWave from Interval Music Systems.  The
 Educational platform is covered, including:  Electronic Courseware
 Systems and The Ear from Steinberg/Jones.




 Z*NET NEWSWIRE
 ==============


 NATIONAL INTRODUCES ETHERNET BOARDS
 National's Computer Enhancement Group introduced three adapter cards
 that connect Apple Macintosh computers to 10BASE-T (twisted-pair)
 Ethernet local area networks early this week. These new products expand
 National's EtherNODE family of cards for PCs and Macintosh computers.
 Here is a breif listing of the new baords introduced:

 EtherNODE-16NB-TP
 A 16-bit NuBus adapter for all models of the Macintosh II
 EtherNODE-16SE-TP
 A 16-bit board for the Macintosh SE expansion slot
 EtherNODE-32SE/30-TP
 A 32-bit DMA board for the Macintosh SE/30 processor-direct slot (PDS).


 AMERICAN VIDEO SUES NINTENDO
 American Video filed a $105 million damage lawsuit against Nintendo
 charging the Japanese companies with violations of antitrust laws.  The
 suit states that Nintendo dominates the home video entertainment
 business with an 80 percent market share, and that it is using its
 monopoly power to cause the bankruptcy of the San Jose firm.  In the
 complaint filed January 8, 1991, American Video stated that Nintendo
 ships 60 million Nintendo cartridges per year from Japan to the United
 States with a retail value of about $3 billion.


 COMMODORE ANNOUNCES CDTV PLAYER
 Commodore announced the launch of the CDTV player, the industry's first
 compact disc-based consumer Interactive Multimedia player at the winter
 CES show.  The new player is expected to be available through audio/
 video retailers, department stores and software outlets in the United
 States and United Kingdom in the first quarter of 1991.  Applications
 currently planned include products from Disney Software, Grollier,
 Lucasfilm, Guinness, Psygnosis, Cinemaware, Accolade and Music Sales.
 The retail price of the CDTV player will be $999 and CDTV titles should
 to range between $30-100.  This announcement was made by Commodore's
 Chairman Irving Gould and Nolan Bushell, General Manager.


 COMMODORE LAYS OFF 10%
 Commodore announced earlier in the week that it intends to reduce the
 company's work force in the United States by about ten percent or 250
 to 300 people of it's 3,000 employees worlwide.


 RECORDABLE COMPACT DISC UNIT
 Kenwood will demonstrate a prototype for a home compact disc unit that
 will record on blank disks at the Winter CES Show.  The LZ-13, a CD-WO
 (Write-once) unit that is capable of producing recorded disks from
 various sources.  The disks can be played in any CD player in the same
 way as a conventional CD.


 SIG HARTMANN JOINS LDW
 Logical Design Works announced the appointment of Sig Hartmann as
 executive vice president.  Most recently an executive vice president
 with Televideo.  Before working with Televideo, Hartmann served in
 executive vice president positions with both Commodore and Atari Corp.
 Logical Design Works, Inc. is based out of Los Gatos and specializes in
 exporting computers and electronics into Eastern Europe.




 Z*NET NEW ZEALAND
 =================
 by Jon Clarke, Contributing Editor


 This week we cover a few items of interest from hardware hacks to the
 greatest games from 1990.  Also with the increased quality in PD
 software I have enclosed a partial list of Public Domain software houses
 in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  I will conclude this
 listing in next weeks Z*Net International On-line issue.

 I would like some feed back from the readers if I am be so bold as to
 ask.  Last year I did several items on communications.  I have had
 several requests from people to continue in this vain about global
 communications in the Atari Arenas.  How ever I need to know a few names
 there in the USA, Canada and Europe for the Public Data Network
 Carriers.  If you are familiar with your local carriers can you please
 drop a note to me at the following address's.

          GEnie      : J.Clarke6
          Compuserve : 72000,3555
          UseNet     : Jon_Clarke@kcbbs.gen.nz
                       STT@kcbbs.gen.nz
                       72000.3555@compuserve.com.us
          Fido-Mail  : Zone 3:1xx  _ALL_SYSOPS   Jon Clarke

  or direct to the Z*Net fnet conference and make it attention to Ron.



  Top 10 Simulation games for year ending 1990
  ----------------------
  in the United Kingdom.

  Ranking         Title                       Software Company

    1             F19 Stealth Fighter         Microprose
    2             Kick Off II                 Anco
    3             Sim City                    Infogrames
    4             Wayne Gretzky's Hockey      Mirrorsoft
    5             3D Tennis                   Palace
    6             Greg Norman Golf            Gremlin
    7             Fighter Bomber              Activision
    8             Debut                       Pandora
    9             F29 Retaliator              Ocean
    10            Cricket Captain             D&H Games


  Top 10 Shoot-'em-Up games for the year ending 1990
  ----------------------
  in the United Kingdom.

  Ranking         Title                       Software Company

    1             Xenon 2                     ImageWorks
    2             Blood Money                 Psygnosis
    3             R-Type                      Activision  [my Favourite]
    4             Thunder Strike              Millenium
    5             Turrican                    Rainbow Arts
    6             Simulcra                    Microstyle
    7             Wings of Death              Thalion
    8             Rotox                       US Gold
    9             Saint Dragon                The Sales Curve
    10            Anarchy                     Psygnosis

  Please Note : Not all these games are available in the USA.


           Atari ST Public Domain software houses across the 'pond'.
           =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                    This week letters A-P next week P-Z.

 If you are looking for some public domain software, below is a list of
 some companies you may like to contact and see what they have available.

  Name             Address                         POST CODE   Country

  Advent          Po Box 414 ,              Norwich    NR1 4NX  ENGLAND
  Alpha Computing 32 Meadow Drive, Halifax, W Yorks    HX3 5JZ  ENGLAND
  Atari Advantage 56 Bath Road,          Cheltenham   GL53 7HJ  ENGLAND *
  Awesomedemos    3 Mason Road,  Seaford,  E Sussex   BN25 3EE  ENGLAND
  B Soft          33 Corsham Road,  Calcot, Reading    RG3 5ZH  ENGLAND
  Budgie UK       5 Minster Close,  Rayleigh, Essex    SS6 8SF  ENGLAND *
  Computer -      Ashlaw  House ,   Euximoor  drive
  Connections     Christchurch , Wisbech ,    Cambs   PE14 9LS  ENGLAND
  Demo City       15 the Wynd, Dunshalt, Capar,Fife   KY14 7HE  ENGLAND
  Demo Club       23 Alma Place , Spilsby ,   Lincs   PE23 5LB  ENGLAND
  ElmSoft         PO Box 17 , Loughton ,      Essex   IG10 2EE  ENGLAND
  Entertainment - 11 Calbourne Drive, Calcot,
  Soft            Reading,                     Berks   RG3 7DB  ENGLAND
  Floppyshop ST   45 Provost Grahan  Ave.,  Aberdeen  AB1 8HB  SCOTLAND
  Freaks P.D.L    29 LeapValley Cres,Downend,Bristol  BS16 6TQ  ENGLAND
  Goodman -       16 Conrad Close,  Meir Hay Eastate
  P.D.L           Longton,Stoke-on-Trent,Staffordshire ST3 1SW  ENGLAND *
  HAL Computing   15 Regents Terrace,          Leeds   LS6 INP  ENGLAND
  Kad-Soft        2 Ebor Paddock , Caine ,     Wilts  SN11 0JY  ENGLAND
  LAPD            80 Lee Lane, Langley,Heanor, Derby   DE7 7HN  ENGLAND
  Metroplis       38 Howick Park Drive ,  Penwortham   PR1 OLV  ENGLAND
  MPH             10 Chandlers Court, Eaton, Norwich   NR4 6EX  ENGLAND
  MT Software     14 Lanes End,Totland,Isle of White  PO39 0Al  U.K
  PG 6 Publishing Po Box 54,                Stafford  ST16 1DR  ENGLAND *
  Paradise Compt. 9 Westfield Crescent,     Brighton   BN1 8JB  ENGLAND

  * = known to be suppliers international mail order PD. The turn around
      time via airmail is very quick, 10 days from NZ to UK to NZ.
      Please note : All these software houses will supply P.D software
      internationally. Remember to ask for a PD catalogue and prices.



 Double your ST's joystick ports.
 --------------------------------

 Some games on the ST like Gauntlet , Leathernecks and others require
 you to have four joysticks to play the game to the max.  Below is a
 simple and easy way to do this.

 All you need is : 1 x D25 plug like your printer plug [ST end]
                   2 x D9 plugs [like the current joystick/mouse plugs]
                   18 inches of multi-core cable.  [Min. 6 wires]

 Printer Plug [D25]         Joystick 1 [D9]         Joystick 2 [D9]

        1   --------------------   6
        2   --------------------   1
        3   --------------------   2
        4   --------------------   3
        5   --------------------   4
        6   --------------------------------------------  1
        7   --------------------------------------------  2
        8   --------------------------------------------  3
        9   --------------------------------------------  4
       11   --------------------------------------------  6
       24   --------------------   8
       25   --------------------------------------------  8


 Looking at the Printer Plug [D25]     Looking at the Joystick Plug [D9]


                     1 1 1 1
   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3                     1 2 3 4 5
  ----------------------------                  -----------
  \. . . . . . . . . . . . . /                  \. . . . ./
   \. . . . . . . . . . . . /                    \. . . ./
    \______________________/                      \_____/
    1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2                       6 7 8 9
    4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5

 [If you have any problems refer to your Atari Hand book for pin outs]


 Hardware protection from Virus's for the ST's floppy disk drive.
 -------------------=============================================
 If in doubt write protect it!

 As we all know the safest way to stop a virus is to write protect our
 disks.  But the only time we do not do this we catch a virus.  Here is a
 hardware write protect switch, similar to what the Atari 8 bits used on
 the Atari 1050.  This will work with any Atari drive internal or
 external but remember doing this project will void any and all
 warranties you may have on your Atari ST.  I nor Z*Net take any
 responsibility for this and or any damage caused to your system when
 proceeding with this project.

 So please proceed with caution.

 You will need the following : A DPDT Switch [smaller the better]
                               About 6 inches of 2 core wire
                               Soldiering Iron
                               Soldier
                               Drill
                               Phillips screw driver
                               Pliers.

 Because there are so many different disk drive configurations out there
 I will not bore you with a 101 and one ways to remove the case/housing
 your drive, but only say this.  If you have an internal drive _BE
 CAREFUL_ you do not disturb anything on the ST's motherboard.

 Ok Lets do it .. Remove the case surrounding your drive.  Now remove any
 metal casing there maybe.  You might need the Pliers to twist the little
 metal tabs so it can be removed.  Done that?  Good now this is what we
 want to do.  Find pins 8 and 14 on the Drive cable.  Look below at the
 diagram for help to find them.  When you locate them make sure you can
 indentify that they are really pins 8 and Pin Outs on Disk Drive Port
 14.

                                  Now we have gone this far we now need
  ____________________________    to find a place on the outside case we
 |                            |   can drill a hole and fit our small
 |          11    12          |   switch.  Do this with care as a wrong
 |                            |   hole will be a horrible sight for a
 |       9            8       |   long time to come.  Have the hole
 |                   /*       |   drilled, fit the switch into it.  Make
 |    7     13   12 /     6   |   sure it is a flush fit and looks OK.
 |                 /          |   Remove the switch.  Solder the two
 |       5     14*/    4      |   wires to the plug and solder the other
 |                            |   wires at the other end to pins 8 and 14
 |         3       2          |   to the disk drive port or to the ribbon
 |             1              |   cable connector. (what ever is easier).
 |____________________________|   Please make sure you are careful not to
                                  overheat any of the components !!!

 Now mount the switch back into its hole and replace the system to how
 you found it.  Make sure you have no spare parts left over!  Time to try
 it.  Place a _blank_ disk in the drive and select the format option from
 the desktop on your ST.  Now depending which way you have wired the
 switch you should get an error saying the disk is write protected.  To
 make sure you have done everything properly remove the disk and make
 sure it is NOT_WRITE PROTECTED.  Try again to see which way the switch
 should be for write protect and which position is un-write protect.  I
 would suggest you mark these positions to save any future worries.

 A thought for the day :

 "PRACTICE SAFE COMPUTING! WEAR A WRITE PROTECT TAB!"    J.Towler 1989




 OPERATION DESERT SHIELD
 =======================

            Saudi Arabia, Desert Shield and the State of Atari
            --------------------------------------------------
 by Scott Lapham


 Some of you may remember me from the articles I wrote on the WAACE
 AtariFest this past October.  Well, I'm back with another article.  This
 time about a trip I took to Saudi Arabia from November 13th to December
 21st.  No, I'm not in the military and I didn't go there for a vacation.
 (Just for the record, I did my time in the military when I was drafted
 in 1969.)  I do work for the U.S. government but as a civilian.  (Yes,
 there are civilians being sent to Saudi Arabia.)  Luckily, though, I had
 a specific job to do and was able to do it and come back in a relatively
 short time.  The following are some observations I made while there
 regarding Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Shield and our favorite
 computer.  (Please don't sue me if I got any facts wrong; I was only
 there 5 weeks and didn't know how reliable my sources were!)

 Saudi Arabia:

 I must admit, Saudi Arabia is a lot different than any other country
 I've ever visited.  And of the 20 years I've worked for the government,
 I've spent 16 years at locations other than the United States.  Like
 most places, there are good and bad sides to life in Saudi Arabia.
 (Although what I consider bad might not be what the average Saudi (male)
 believes.)  As you probably know, women there have it a bit tougher than
 our women.  Not only can't they drive cars or wear western style
 clothes, they have to sit in the back of the bus on public
 transportation, can only sit with men in restaurants that have special
 "family" rooms, and have to have written permission from a male member
 of their family to travel outside of the country.  I imagine it would
 take some getting used to if an American woman married a Saudi and moved
 there.  But then there is the "reverse tax" that Saudi citizens enjoy.
 There is no federal tax, state tax, sales tax or any other tax that I
 know of in Saudi Arabia.  Instead, the Saudi government gives their
 citizens money every year.  (Hence the term, "reverse tax".)  It works
 out to about $30,000.00 per family member per year.  Is this incentive
 to have children or what?  (I may be wrong, but I think only male family
 members get this bonus.)  It's a way of spreading around the vast
 revenues oil brings in annually.  (Currently about $300,000,000.00 per
 DAY!)  I think I'm in the wrong business!  Please, if there are any
 Saudi citizens out there reading this, I'm not saying Saudi Arabia is a
 bad place to live.  It's just different.

 Operation Desert Shield:

 The troops seem to be in very good spirits, considering what the future
 may hold for them.  They're pretty confident too, that no matter what
 happens, we'll come out on top and quickly.  And, as has been reported
 in the news here, a lot are getting impatient and feel we should do
 something or get out.  I guess only time will tell.

 One of the reasons spirits are so high over there is the mail.  They get
 tons of it every day.  And not only from the people they know.  They get
 an unbelievable amount of mail addressed to "Any Soldier".  And believe
 me, it's appreciated.  Three cheers to all of you out there that have
 taken the time to write to people you've never met.  It means a lot to
 them to know that America is behind them.  I saw dozens of posters and
 banners that were made by grade school classes, scout troops, college
 fraternities and sororities, etc., etc.  They hang on the walls in chow
 halls, offices, hallways or where ever they'll fit.  They're a constant
 reminder that they are being thought of back home.  If you've been
 thinking of writing to "Any Soldier" and haven't yet, please do.  It
 doesn't take long and it'll mean a lot to a guy or girl far from home.

 A note on the American military versus the Saudi military:  It was
 learned while I was there that a Saudi officer, equivalent in rank to a
 U.S. Army/Air Force colonel (O-6), makes more money than an American
 4-star general (O-10).  Plus the Saudi gets a free car (usually a
 Mercedes) and a free house (usually BIG).  Oh well, money and status
 symbols aren't everything.

 ATARI in Saudi Arabia:

 Believe me when I say that Atari has a strong presence in Saudi Arabia.
 At least in the parts that I was in (Riyadh, mostly).  Any shop that
 sold any type of electronics, sold Atari products.  There were "Atari
 only" stores.  The Fuji symbol was everywhere.  OK, the prices aren't so
 hot for some items, but we're talking about one of the richest countries
 in the world.  What do they care about prices?  I saw more Atari
 computers there than all the other brands put together.  And I mean the
 entire line from 2600 game machines to Mega4's and even Atari PC's.

 Here's what they cost in a very large electronics store in a very large
 (200 plus stores) mall in the capital city of Riyadh:

  Product          Cost
   Name       Rials  Dollars   Note

 2600          145    38.66   Includes 64 games*
 2600          220    58.66   Includes 192 games**
 65XE          550   146.66   Includes 2 programs
 65XE          390   104.00   With Arabic/English keyboard
 520ST        1990   530.66   Includes 25 programs***
 1040ST       2990   797.33   Includes 25 programs***
 Mega2ST      5400  1440.00
 Mega4ST      7200  1920.00
 SM124         650   173.33
 SC1224       1500   400.00
 PC3          4400  1173.33   With color monitor
 Portfolio    1530   408.00
 32K Card      300    80.00
 64K Card      480   128.00
 128K Card     730   194.66

 Above is using 3.75 rials to 1 dollar.
 None of the ST's came with monitors.
 *-These come in a normal looking cartridge that has 8 dip switches that
   you set to choose which of the 64 games you want.
 **-You don't need a cartridge to play these games.  All 192 games (all
   different) are BUILT IN to the machine!
 ***-All 25 programs come in identical packaging.  Hmmm.

 As you can probably guess, all the "freebies" with the 2600's and ST's
 are questionable as to their legal status.  (Bet you didn't even know
 there was 192 different games for the 2600!)

 As these machines, cartridges and programs are sold out in the open
 almost anywhere, I suspect copyright laws are not enforced in Saudi
 Arabia.  (Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.)  You can, though, buy legal
 copies of programs for Atari computers in most stores.  It's just that
 the "other" ones are so much cheaper and easily available.  (No, I
 didn't buy any.)

 The sales people I talked to are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their
 STe's and TT's.  They said they'll sell them as fast as they can get
 them in.  No matter what the price.

 That's all I've got for now.  Glad to be back in the good old USA.  And
 hope to be able to write another article about Atari real soon.  This is
 fun.

 Cheers.




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 PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE
 ====================
 by Keith MacNutt


        KXPSET V4.2
        by Bill Aycock
        2310 North Elm ST.
        Greensboro, NC 27408


 In this weeks article I'd like to cover a printer utility that I found
 on a local BBS about a month ago.  At that time I had just upgraded from
 a 9 pin printer that I had use for about 4 years on the 8 bit and then
 on my two ST's, to a PANASONIC 24 pin KX-P1124.  Looking through the
 manual I began to realize that even though the printer was easy to use
 and set up, there must be a utility that could make the job even easier.

 KXPSET was just the program I had been looking for.  It was not only
 easy to use, but took up very little memory (about 23k if used as a
 accessory).  At a glance I saw programmable features I didn't even think
 my printer could do.

 On the opening screen, all features are laid out in columns and with
 similar features grouped together.  Under the first column and in the
 first box is the NLQ on and off feature.  The default for this is
 "neither" so that printers without NLQ could also be supported.

 Super/Subscript section lets you print in normal, Superscript or
 Subscript.  In the later two the printing is about 2/3 as tall as normal
 print.

 Font selection allows you to choose one of the built in fonts which
 include bold ps, courier, prestige, sans serif or script.  For those
 printers that don't support these fonts, a default feature can be used
 instead.

 Next comes setting the pitch, with a choice of 6 possible values.  The
 settings are 10,12,15,17,20 or proportional spacing.

 Line spacing sets the amount of paper feed between lines, with settings
 of 6 or 8 lines per inch or set the amount in 60ths, 180ths, or 360ths
 of an inch.

 Print options contain settings for italics, emphasized, double strike,
 double wide and double high.

 Next comes a choice between uni or bi-directional printing.  Uni-
 directional will give you better quality printing but be slower then bi-
 directional.

 Half speed mode setting may also improve output and make the printer a
 lot quieter.

 Re-initialize sends a command to the printer setting it to the same
 values as if you just turned it on.  This features is nice in that if
 you just ran another printer program you may have left the printer in an
 unknown state.

 Form feed does just that, form feeds your paper to insure that you will
 start on a new sheet of paper.

 The word processing option sets the printer into special modes that
 will:

 1) center each line
 2) justify by stuffing each line with spaces so that all lines are of
    equal length
 3) right align which pushes each line to the far right

 There are included in the next feature, a list of 3 pre-defined or 6
 custom slots that can be pre-programmed and saved for later use.  These
 slots save the users settings under a title, and can contain different
 selections for each one.

 Page setup button brings up a dialog box containing individual on/off
 boxes to set page length, skip over perforation an right and left
 margins.  Beside each of these features is a type in line that allows
 the user to set the parameters for each function.  The lower half of
 this menu contains settings for
            1) no tabs
            2) tabs every.. up to 32 horizontal or 16 vertical tab stops
            3) set these tabs, allows you to pull up a screen to enter
               these settings.

 The final step consists of clicking on the send commands button which
 takes you back to the desktop if you have set the program up properly.
 If not, just review your settings and make the necessary changes before
 exiting.  A final note, if you have generated any new preselected
 definitions in the Custom setup boxes, please save these to the program
 before you exit or they will be lost.

 Overall this has got to be one of the best printer setup programs I've
 come across to date.  Not only will it work on 24 pin, but most Epson FX
 compatible 9 pins should also be able to use this program.  If you are
 using a 9 pin printer the documentation states all the features the 9
 pins will not support.


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