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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Z*Net: 15-Mar-91 #9110
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Reply-To: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Edited-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Date: Thu Mar 28 11:47:04 1991


Also thanks to Ed Krimen.

        ==(((((((((( ==   Z*NET INTERNATIONAL ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE
        =========(( ===   -----------------------------------------
        =======(( =====        March 15, 1991       Issue #91-10
        =====(( =======   -----------------------------------------
        ==(((((((((( ==   Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.
 
 
                             EDITORIAL STAFF
          Ron Kovacs...........................Publisher/Editor
          John Nagy...............................Senior Editor
          Terry Schreiber......................Assistant Editor
          Jon Clarke........................Contributing Editor
          Ron Berinstein....................Contributing Editor
          Mike Schuetz......................Contributing Editor
          Dr. Paul Keith..............Special Assignment Editor
          Keith Macnutt...............................Columnist
          Todd Johnson................................Columnist
          Nor Scavok..................................Columnist
          Mike Mezaros......................Contributing Editor
             


                                 CONTENTS
 
    EDITORS DESK......................................Terry Schreiber
    Z*NET NEWSWIRE...................................................
    CEBIT '91 NEWS.........................................Tom Harker
    ATARIUSER MAGAZINE UPDATE...........................Press Release
    Z*NET NEW ZEALAND FEATURE..............................Jon Clarke
    Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF...............................Ron Berinstein
    DIAMOND BACK II UPDATE..............................Press Release
    CHIC MOUSE ANNOUNCED................................Press Release
    FOREM BBS UPDATE......................................Steve Rider
    HOW TO PROTECT YOUR WATERBUFFALOS....................Todd Johnson
    PACIFIC NORTHWEST ATARIFEST.........................Press Release
    CALAMUS TUTORIAL - PART V...........................Geoff LaCasse
    PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE................................Keith Macnutt

 
  
 EDITORS DESK
 ============
 by Terry Screiber
 
 
 As of late we have been running reviews and listings of new Public
 Domain and Shareware software available on GEnie.  Many people have
 responded with their gratitude in keeping them advised of just what is
 available online.  We try to keep most of this available for download on
 the Z-Net BBS and Atari West in Canada for all to share for a short time
 period as space permits.
 
 Please remember that Shareware is exactly that "Share Ware" you share in
 the development costs.  Shareware authors are important to the Atari
 community and should not be treated as second class citizens because
 they do not have a commercial program on the market.  You might find the
 next program they write might indeed be commercial and carry a high
 price in comparison with shareware pricing.
 
 Z-Net is supporting these authors with free advertising and reviews and
 we hope you - our loyal readers - will indeed support these developers
 in return.  If a program is worth having it is worth paying for.
 
 GETTING SOME ZZZ'S
 
 You may notice that we have again switched back to a Friday night
 release.  We polled the masses, pulled out the stops and grabbed the
 whips to get you Z-Net back to a Friday night release.  Z-Net is also
 available hot off the keyboard through the Z-Net BBS (908) 968-8148 New
 Jersey or Atari West BBS (604) 274-7944 British Columbia for those of
 you who just can't wait.
 
 Also available are Z-Net PC and Z-Mag (the Atari 8 bit resource) online
 magazines.  These are sent out regularly to Fnet members involved in the
 crossnet.  Sysops wishing to participate should note the following:
 
     Base                Lead Node           Crossnet Code
 
 Z-Net (Atari ST)           593                 20448
 Z-Mag (Atari 8 bit)        593                 10593
 Z-Net PC (PC Users)        593                 30593
 

 
 
 Z*NET NEWSWIRE
 ==============                 Latest Atari and Industry News Update
 Compiled by the Z*Net Staff
 

 ST "GEMULATOR" IN PROGRESS FOR IBM
 Darek Mihocka of Branch Always Software (Quick ST) has confirmed rumors
 that he has a functional 68000 emulator working on an IBM platform.  He
 calls it the GEMULATOR, and it requires a 386 or higher CPU.  So far,
 GEMULATOR does not include emulation of the Atari ST hardware or video,
 so it is NOT yet an ST emulator.  Darek says that further development of
 the Gemulator will wait for this summer after he completes and ships
 Quick ST version 3.  Darek hints that the ST emulator, when completed,
 will be intended to run under 32-bit Windows (from MicroSoft, Darek's
 "real" employer), which is not yet even scheduled for release.  Most
 Atarians recall when Darek created the "ST Transformer", an emulator of
 8-bit Atari computers for use on the then-new ST line.  Atari was not
 amused at Darek's intention to use the copyrighted Atari operating
 system, in file form, which was required for use with the ST
 Transformer.  An agreement to allow Public Domain distribution was
 worked out in that case, based in part on the free distribution of the
 8-bit OS that Atari itself had promoted via its own "Translator" disk
 for later modle 8-bit Ataris.  Atari also permitted third party
 companies to create and sell derivative "translators", weakening their
 claim against use by Darek and his followers.  However, this time
 around, Atari has been much more careful in limiting non-ROM use of the
 ST TOS operating system.  Mihocka may be in for a legal battle of
 serious proportions if he expects to distribute an emulator that relies
 on what simply must be defined as a pirate file: TOS (1.0 or higher) on
 a disk.

 
 ATARIUSER MAGAZINE NEEDS A PORTFOLIO COLUMNIST!
 AtariUser, the new FREE MONTHLY all-Atari product magazine, needs a
 Portfolio expert and enthusiast to write and manage its continuing
 Portfolio column.  See the AtariUser Magazine Update in this edition
 for contact information.
 
 
 APPLE STRIKES BACK AT SCHOOLS AND ATARI NEW ZEALAND
 Apples distributor in New Zealand CED, hit back this week at claims that
 they are over charging the education sector for their products.
 Responding to the criticism from Alex Davidson the Managing Director of
 Software Supplies (the New Zealand Atari distributor) Mr Crowe of CED
 said "At $NZ1895 the Macintosh Classic are as inexpensive as any machine
 on the market".
 
 
 IN SEARCH OF NEW MICROSOFT GM(CEO) FOR NEW ZEALAND
 An interesting item in this weeks computer pages reveals that Microsoft
 Australia has been in search of a General Manager for several months for
 their impending New Zealand operation due to open on the 1st of July
 1991.
 
 
 PC DEALERS DROP AMSTRAD
 Readers in the UK, Australia and New Zealand will be familiar with the
 name Amstrad.  This week saw Home and Business Computers and the
 Personal Computing store drop this well known brand name from their
 inventory quoting high prices, poor support, low profit margins.  (SIC:
 sounds familiar)
 
 
 PC SOFTWARE SALES INCREASE
 The SPA, (Software Publishers Association), announced this week that
 North American software sales for fourth quarter 1990 increased to an
 estimated $1.3 billion, measured at retail.  This is an increase of 22
 percent over fourth quarter 1989.  International sales of U.S. software
 firms grew 70 percent over the same period.  The overall growth rate for
 both domestic and international sales was 36 percent.  Among the
 findings submitted:
 
 - MS-DOS sales increased 18.1 percent
 - Macintosh sales were up 12.5 percent
 - Windows applications sales increased 198.0 percent
 - Desktop Publishing sales posted a 68.2 percent gain
 - Database sales increased 65.8 percent
 - MS-DOS Education software sales increased 33.3 percent
 - MS-DOS Entertainment increased 30 percent
 - Word Processors remain the largest ($248 million) software category
 - Microsoft Windows sales increased 198 percent in the fourth quarter,
   and 157 percent over the entire year.
 - Microsoft is the second largest computer format
 
 
 MOTOROLA INTRODUCES CACHE/MEMORY UNIT
 Motorola introduced a 64 Kbyte cache/memory management unit (CMMU), the
 88204, a pin-compatible upgrade for the 88200 CMMU, to support its 88100
 RISC microprocessor.  Motorola is the only company to have implemented
 64 Kbytes of high-speed cache memory and memory management capabilities
 on a single chip.
 
 For more related PC industry news, read Z*Net PC Online Magazine 
 released every Saturday and available on the Z*Net PC Conference in
 FNET and on the Z*Net Online BBS.
 

 

 CEBIT '91 NEWSBREAK
 ===================                 Captured from GEnie ST RT Library
 Copyright (c)1991, Tom Harker of ICD, Inc.
 Permission for this release to be distributed or reprinted is granted
 but only in its entirety.
 
 
 March 13, 1991

 Things are really heating up here today in Hannover, Germany at the 1991
 version of CeBIT which is the largest computer show in the world.  Atari
 surprised everyone with their announcement and demonstration of two
 exciting new 68000 based computers.  The following was described to me
 by Atari engineers as the were demoing the equipment.  I have written
 this because I felt it newsworthy and an important boost to the moral of
 Atari users everywhere.  I make no guarantee for the accuracy of this
 information but I have tried to get as much detail as possible.  The
 computer names used are only "internal" Atari names and may be changed
 before release of the products.
 
 ST Notebook

 This is said to be the smallest 68000 based computer in the world.  Its
 size rivals any PC Notebook style computer that I have seen.  It is
 about 1/2 the size of my laptop computer and maybe 3/4 of an inch thick.
 Features include:

 o A built in mouse device that consists of three buttons.  The large
   center button is direction and possibly velocity sensitive to simulate
   mouse movement in direction and speed.
 
 o A laptop size keyboard, possibly a little smaller than standard.  The
   tactile feel was good.
 
 o 512K ROM capability.  It looked like TOS 2.05 was shown in the
   prototype.  This prototype did have a very professional and finished
   look to it.

 o 1 megabyte or 4 megabyte RAM versions available.  Uses pseudo-static
   RAM.

 o 2 1/2 inch form factor internal hard drive.  20 megabytes was
   installed.  Presently up to 60 megabytes is possible.  Probably an IDE
   (AT) interface.

 o External ports include midi in and out, 1 serial, 1 parallel, 1 combo
   either floppy drive OR ACSI, 2 RAM card slots (128K cards shown, said
   to support up to 4 megabytes), 128 pin computer direct port (all
   address, data lines, CPU control,etc.), modem connector (for optional
   internal voice/fax modem), keypad/mouse port.  Of course to maintain
   the small size, nearly all connectors were shrunk and non-standard
   types.
 
 o An excellent gray-tone LCD display.  It did not appear to be backlit
   which would make sense for the battery life.  This was said to be
   greater than 10 hours before recharging.  With less hard drive use, it
   would be longer.
 
 o The replaceable battery pack shown was very small and contained about
   eight AA alkaline batteries.  If Ni- Cads were installed, the
   universal power supply would also recharge them when connected.  When
   the battery pack goes down, the notebook is automatically put in a
   halted state that is maintained for weeks until recharged.  Internal
   Ni-Cad batteries will maintain the halted state of the computer for
   about 5 hours if the battery pack is removed from the computer.

 o Atari has a few choices to transfer data to and from the computer.
   Connect an external floppy drive.  Transfer over the serial ports with
   a modem or direct.  Transfer over the parallel ports at around 20
   Kbytes/sec.  Connect an ACSI device such as a hard drive externally or
   possibly ACSI to ACSI communications.

 ST PAD

 This is similar to ST Notebook and shares most of the features but has
 a futuristic interface.  A touch sensitive LCD display with a pointing
 device was shown for mouse type functions and handwriting recognition
 for input.  Physically, ST Pad looked like the "Etch- a-Sketch" drawing
 toys that we grew up with minus the X/Y knobs. No keyboard was attached
 and there is not an internal hard drive. The OS software and large
 amount of scratchpad RAM were said to have Artificial Intelligence
 features to allow ST Pad to actually learn your handwriting style!
 (Good luck with mine.)

 ST Pad looked like it needed more time for completion but ST Notebook
 looked like something we may actually see sometime this summer or fall.
 With this exciting new innovative line of computers and Alwin Stumpf
 (from Atari GmbH) heading up a new world-wide marketing campaign, it
 appears that this time Atari really may be backing the promise with the
 product.

 
 MORE CEBIT RUMORS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/HOPES...
 
 Although Z*NET has not received final reports from several
 correspondents at the Hannover CEBIT computer show, early comments
 include more hints and announcements of new hardware from Atari.  Spied
 or discussed were: CDAR-505, a new CD-ROM player to be released SOON;
 "ATARIFILE 200", a Megafile with 200 meg hard disk (the clumsy name will
 be changed, but the "Megafile" moniker will be abandoned soon as well);
 TT030 machines with 28 meg of RAM and 1.2 GIGABYTE hard drives,
 available this fall; UNIX for the TT030; IBM emulation for the TT; and
 more.  Stay tuned... next week we should have a much more complete look
 at what might be the most encouraging show in Atari history.
 


 ATARIUSER MAGAZINE UPDATE
 =========================                          Press Release
 
 
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - USER GROUPS TAKE NOTICE!          3/14/91
 
 ATARIUSER MAGAZINE INTRODUCTORY CLASSIFIED AD RATE, FREE DISTRIBUTION
 AND USER GROUP OUTREACH
 
 
 AtariUser, a new FREE all-Atari support magazine to debut in April 1991,
 is offering an introductory CLASSIFIED AD special rate for the first
 issue, and FREE bundles of the magazine for user-group distribution.
 
 The standard classified ad rate is $25 for 25 words (about four lines),
 and $1 a word thereafter, but for all ads mailed by APRIL 1, 1991,
 ATARIUSER offers a special rate in the MAY issue of only $15 for 25
 words (plus $1 a word thereafter) as space permits, first come, first
 served.  This is an excellent opportunity for advertising hardware for
 sale, for small software developers, and for clubs or PD libraries.
 PLUS, all classified advertisers will receive the first issue of
 AtariUser magazine by mail.
 
 AtariUser is a 40 to 50 page monthly magazine to be distributed without
 charge in most Computer Stores and by Atari User Groups.  Major
 Bookstores and Newsstands will sell AtariUser for $1.00.  The minimum
 initial press run for the "MAY" issue, to begin distribution by April
 20, is 30,000 copies.  All Atari Computer Products will be supported in
 AtariUser, including the Atari ST, STe, Mega/STe, TT030, Portfolio,
 8-bit 800/XL/XE, and LYNX/2600/7800 Game Systems.  AtariUser will
 concentrate on useful and timely news and information, with heavy
 emphasis on identification of available hardware, software, and
 resources.
 
 While the distribution plan is already comprehensive, ATARI USER GROUPS
 are asked to help by IMMEDIATELY contacting Quill, the publisher of
 AtariUser.  Registered user groups can get AtariUser in quantity, mailed
 FREE, directly to a club officer for free distribution to the membership
 and community.  Clubs could, for example, insert a sheet in each
 AtariUser distributed from their local outlet to tell readers about
 their local club as a membership outreach.  Think about arranging
 distribution at schools, libraries, etc. too!  Clubs are also asked to
 identify dealers and bookstores in their areas that the clubs believe
 would distribute AtariUser Magazine.  
 
 AtariUser will publish a national User Group register and a Bulletin
 Board System register in the coming months... be certain that your
 groups or BBS's are represented by contacting QUILL PUBLISHING and by
 registering your club with Atari Corporation.
 
 Classified advertising requests MUST BE POSTMARKED by April 1, 1991, to
 be eligible for the special rate in the May issue of AtariUser.  Be
 CERTAIN to include your check, payable to "Quill Publishing", and
 include a return address.
 
 User groups must request distribution copies by mail or by phone not
 later than April 8th in order to receive quantities of this first issue
 of AtariUser Magazine.  Indicate how many 50-copy bundles are desired.
 NOTE: We cannot ship to a Post Office Box!
 
 Introductory single sample copies of AtariUser monthly are available by
 mail for $1.00 each, and preferential home delivery by mail is available
 for $12 a year (12 issues).
 
 Contact:
 AtariUser Magazine/Quill Publishing
 113 W. College St., Covina, CA  91723
 818-332-0372 - Editorial and business.
 818-332-2869 - Fax.
 818-332-5473 - Direct advertising line.
 
 At Atari Corporation (for User Group Registration):
 Atari USA
 Bob Brodie, Manager of User Group Services
 1196 Borregas Ave, P.O. Box 3427, Sunnyvale, CA  94088
 408-745-2052
 
 
 
 Z*NET NEW ZEALAND FEATURE
 =========================
 by Jon Clarke, Contributing Editor
 
 
 LAPTOP PLUS AIR TRAVEL EQUALS BUY A FRIDGE OR GO GOAT FARMING IN INDIA
 
 
 "I brought a laptop to work on the move " the add read.  So well why not
 I said.  A few dollars later I had a Toshiba T1200 laptop and now there
 was no reason for me not to have my notes up to date or be online to the
 Bank from where ever I was in the country.
 
 I wanted a STacy but like all good things you have to wait for, they
 were not in the shops at the time.  So armed with this little T1200 I
 was ready to take on the world.
 
 Well nearly UNTIL ........

 I decided to venture to Australia with it.  "Now what could be wrong
 with that?" you say.  I asked the same question myself.  Armed with my
 tickets and bags I ventured off to the airport at 6.30am still half
 asleep and a sore head from the night before.  Now that last thing I
 needed was any hassles.  I tend to get a little cranky when the
 unexpected hits me at this time of the morning.
 
 "Good Morning Sir" the ticket attendant said "do you have your passport
 and tickets?"
 
 "Yes" I replied "here they are."
 
 "Any more baggage Sir?"
 
 "No.  I am taking this onboard" motioning at my laptop.
 
 "Thank you Sir, seat 3J, have a good trip", came the reply.
 
 Good I thought that is over now where is the cafe so I can have some
 breakfast.  Half an hour later, the inner man satisfied I went in search
 of the Customs area so I can get a Customs Declaration on my laptop. (If
 you do not do this the tax hungry guys make you pay duty on it on your
 return to New Zealand) Having found that they were in the boarding area
 and I still had 30 minutes before boarding.  I thought I had better get
 it done so I can get some duty free cigarettes for the next few days and
 then hop on the plane and sleep.
 
 This is what happened to me last time, with out a word of a lie.
 
 (CO = Customs Officer , JC = ME)
 
 JC: I would like a Customs Declaration for this please.
 CO: What is that Sir?
 JC: A Toshiba laptop, you know a "PAGE TEN" like in the TV adds.
 CO: I do not watch TV Sir.
 JC: It is a portable computer.
 CO: May I have your passport and boarding tickets please.
 JC: (for the 3rd time, I dig into my suit) Here you are.
 CO: Going on holiday Sir?
 JC: No, business.
 CO: Place it in here please Sir. (pointing to a XRAY MACHINE)
 JC: NO WAY.
 CO: Please do as you are asked SIR.
 JC: If I do that, the Xrays will wipe my hard disk and I will lose all
     my data.  Sorry I will not do that.
 CO: Ah yes, I heard that. Can you please open the bag and run it for me.
 JC: No problem. (ahh the batteries were flat) Do you have a power point
     I can plug it into?
 CO: No we do not, hang on Sir. (He return a few minutes later)  There is
     one in there (pointing to one of the holding rooms)
 JC: Thanks. (Well we plug it in and the fire it up).
 CO: It works.
 JC: (With a look of disbelief and a tone to match) Of course.
 CO: Thank you Sir here is your Declaration.
 JC: Thanks..
 
 Now it's time to enter the final departure area.

 CO: What do you have there?
 JC: (OH NO, not again) A laptop computer. I have just got a declaration
     from that chap over there.
 CO: OK, may I see it Sir.
 JC: Here you are (and I feel like letting them EAT it).
 CO: That is fine please put your briefcase in there Sir. (Another Xray
     machine.  Did I mention I a case full of floppy disks with the Banks
     Cash Management software on?)
 JC: (As I am about to answer the final boarding call is given)  Sure! I
     need another trip to Australia next week!

 Well after a restless trip with no duty free cigarettes and wondering if
 the floppy disks were dead or not we arrived in Sydney.  After leaving
 the plane and heading to the entry point marked "Flight crew and New
 Zealanders" I was quizzed again on the floppy disks.  At this point I am
 considering raising goats in India rather than computing!

 Now with all this in mind, guess where I am going this weekend?  You
 guessed it to Australia !!              I must keep my cool
                                  I must keep my cool
                            I must keep my cool
 Now say this 200 times when waking up on Sunday morning and I must
 remember to take some forms for a computer course to drop off to the
 dedicated Customs Officers.
 
 

 
 Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF
 ====================
 by Ron Berinstein
 
 
 CodeHead Quarters  BBS
 1610 Vine Street
 Hollywood, CA  90028
 
 
 "XXXXXXX is Moving!" The post card read.. "Due to current economic
 conditions and the need to compete with large discount computer
 stores.."  What it actually said was that one of the two stores in the
 company was "Moving" to the address of the other store.
 
 Then, there was this paragraph in a recently uploaded shareware file's
 "Read_Me" section, "Note: This may sound a bit desperate, but after 250+
 downloads on GEnie alone, and only TWO registrations, I am at wits end.
 I am ready to hang it up and convert it to the IBM and MAC. (I am not
 kidding either!)"

 As I see it, as Atari users we have to take a stand.  This column will
 do it's part in posting news and tips about current software releases,
 but, we as Atari supporters must due our part to help support the
 authors of the programs that we use.  We must be the ones held
 responsible if folks decide to,"hang it up" because nobody will step
 forward with a $10.00 shareware fee.  There still exists a good group of
 developers willing to create software for us, but, if the retail market
 will not support them, and the shareware market will not support them,
 why shouldn't they move on to a computer that they don't like as much,
 but, will help to put food on their tables?
 
 Take a moment now to review your auto folder, your root directory and
 your program files.. Take out your checkbook, and send in the shareware
 fees for the programs that you've been using.  You'll sleep better, and
 so will those that receive the checks!  Certainly a small price to pay,
 for the great rewards that our ours because of the work done by these
 developers.
 
 Under the heading:  "What you see is what you get, or, is it?"
 
 GEMINI12.LZH (shareware DM50-)  version 1.2 of GEMINI the popular German
 desktop replacement system was uploaded by the authors this week.  The
 file (twice the size of the last version) provides VERY well documented
 directions in English.  Small or large Icons can be yours at a click of
 a button, sorting, viewing, selecting, etc. can all be yours.  This
 program is not a program launcher though, and the authors state that it
 is still in development.  It is, however, in it's present state very
 complete, and well thought out. 
 
 STTOOLS.ARC (Shareware $10)  ST Tools v.1 is similar to PC Tools for MS-
 DOS machines.  An analysis of the Fat tables and disk structure yields a
 window filled with a disk tree and another with the root directory
 contents.  A hex dump, editing, sorting, and more are possible choices.
 
 DISKFIX2.LZH provides hope for those that encounter the old, "Data on
 the disk in Drive A: may be damaged" alert box, and for those that find
 garbage in their file selector.  This program might well work for your
 floppies, and, although not fully tested yet on hard drives, might help
 those with problems.
 
 VIEW.LZH (shareware $5)  VIEW picture viewer doesn't provide color
 cycling yet, nor will it work with monochrome monitor emulators, but, if
 you install it in your desktop.inf file with the install program
 provided it will allow you to view many ST picture formats including,
 Neo, Degas, Art Director, Spectrum, Tiny, and Doodle.

 Under the heading:  "What's the Big Deal?"

 STEBIG.ARC is Working in Low Res. it will provide a virtual 1280x960x16
 color STE driver.  Uses the STE's hardware for fast scrolling.  An auto
 folder program that must run after GDOS if GDOS is installed.
 
 Under the Heading:  "Draw your own Conclusions."

 TT_M_PEN.ARC is the German TT Plot program called Magic Pen.  Still
 being developed, but, it works in all ST/TT resolutions and in TT low
 you can use 256 colors.  TTMP_IMG.LZH provides a sample that can be
 viewed on a TT.
 
 F16.ARC and ACURA_NX.ARC are both very well executed drawings using
 Outline Art.  One of a F16 jet, the other of the new sports car.  Both
 require Calamus.

 VEKTOR.PRG is a self extracting file that runs a very nice 3D graphics
 demo from Europe.  Requires a 60hz to 50hz converter though so that your
 monitor screen doesn't continue to scroll.
 
 ANCOOL.ARC is a very well received 4096 color STE demo. Low Res.

 MICRON.LZH (shareware $15) provides four very complete fonts.  The
 Micron font family provides a headline font similar to Eurostyle
 Extended or Microgamma.  Converted using the Calamus Font Editor.
 Outline Art Compatible.
 
 Under the heading:  "Mr. ST goes to Wall Street"

 BIGBUX13.ARC (shareware $1-20)  will help you manage your money.  Unlike
 any other ST program.  Over twenty different areas are explored, and
 this version proves better than the past one by providing better mouse
 control, choosing to redraw the original screen colors, and it has an
 enhanced the Earned Interest Table.
 
 FCALC25.LZH contains the new version of FINCALC.  It fixes lots of bugs
 in the prior version's print routines.  This program is designed to
 calculate for you, monthly loan payments, and 2.5 gives one the added
 ability to determine what the figures will be if you make extra monthly
 payments. (Btw, for those who wish to make extra payments, you can come
 by my place! ) UNLZH should be used to uncompress this file..

 Under the Heading:  "What the **** is this?"

 WHATIS.ARC  File Identifier v.4.5 will inform you about the file types
 of those that have any of the 80 different file extensions covered.  An
 easy to use ".ACC."  (That means accessory.) 

 RESIST.ARC  is perfect for the home electronic hobbyist.  It will ID the
 color codes on resistors.

 BATTERY.ARC  provides an easy to use information program with several
 Degas diagrams that will tell you everything you might want to know, and
 more, about batteries.

 ARC_LIST.ARC (Shareware $5)  will tell you exactly what is in an .ARC or
 .LZH file.  The archive lister will handle Arc'd subdirectories, and,
 will list comments in .LZH files.

 Under the heading:  "Well who could figure that?"

 APROCALC.ARC lets anyone figure anything that they want to figure!  A
 full functioned desktop calculator that provides an online information
 screen, will let you calculate scientific and trigonometric functions,
 and also will allow you to use it as a full math calculator in binary,
 octal, decimal, or hex.  Ten memories, 50-level parenthesis, 10 digit
 floating point display with two digit exponent, 16 digit decimal
 display. ACC or PRG.  My only adverse comment: it sure is small, and it
 is a bit hard to read the display boxes and the information screens.

 READ_ICD.ARC was inadvertently left out of last week's ICD booter update
 file.  It is now available.  And, HDUTIL.ARC corrects some problems with
 v.4.01.  This is version 4.02 and must be used with v.5.1.0 of the ICD
 boot software.

 >> Warning:  FRMDIT11.ARC  apparently will not work with MaxiFile, and,
 FEMFLEX.LZH promises to show three female body builders, but only one
 "developed" due to an apparently bad file.  I personally am looking
 forward to perhaps seeing a corrected upload next week!

 And Now for My Favorite Program of the Week.. One filled with lots of
 Individual Personality..
 
                       * Drum Roll Please *

 ETASTRO.ARC  will fill you in on every bit of your own character, or,
 that of anothers.  That's right, input your Zodiac sign and read on!
 Your life story flashes before your eyes!  At least it is interesting
 reading, but beware, there are some typographical errors.  I assume the
 rest of the content of course to be 100% accurate though!  

 The above was compiled by Ron Berinstein co-sysop CodeHead Quarters BBS
 (213) 461-2095 from files that were either directly submitted to
 CodeHead Quarters BBS, or obtained form the download libraries of GEnie,
 Compuserve, and Delphi online services.
 
 


 
 DIAMOND BACK II UPDATE
 ======================                             Press Release
 
 
 Oregon Research Associates is pleased to announce that it will assume
 the distribution and support of Diamond Back II effective immediately.
 The change in distribution reflects our continuing commitment to the
 Atari ST and Diamond Back II owners.  "By having direct control over the
 marketing, distribution, and support functions, I can personnally
 guarantee the continuation of the high level of product support that
 Diamond Back II owners deserve", says Bob Luneski the President of
 Oregon Research Associates and author of Diamond Back II.
 
 To celebrate this occasion, Oregon Research Associates will release a
 major new version of Diamond Back II.  The new version includes
 significant speed optimizations, many new backup and restore options,
 and added support for backup/restore of Spectre 3.0 partitions.  Oregon
 Research Associates also plans the release of a comprehensive disk
 optimization and repair program in Q2-Q3 1991.
 
 Current owners of Diamond Back I or Diamond Back II may obtain the
 upgrade to Diamond Back II V2.20 by sending your original disk and $7.50
 to:
 
 Oregon Research Associates
 16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy., Suite 162
 Tigard, OR 97224
 Phone: (503) 620-4919
 FAX:   (503) 639-6182
 
 Additional Information:
  
 For undisclosed reasons, I have canceled Data Innovations license to
 distribute Diamond Back II.  The effective date of cancellation is March
 8, 1991.  On this date, North American distribution and support of
 Diamond Back II will be made by my company, Oregon Research Associates,
 and overseas distribution will be made by SofTrek (distributors of
 TurboST).
 
 There will be no patch program available for this upgrade, you must send
 in your original disk to Oregon Research to receive the upgrade and
 obtain a Diamond Back II owners registration number.  Upgrade orders
 will be shipped on March 16, 1991.
 
 What you get for your upgrade fee:
 
 1) V2.20 of Diamond Back II including many new features and updates to
    the utility programs and the addition of several new utility
    programs.
 
 2) A User Registration number
 
 3) A completely new Oregon Research Diamond Back Manual (done the way I
    wanted it in the first place) and Oregon Research license agreement.
 
 4) Product support from Oregon Research Associates.
 
 I have been advised to and am requiring that original disks be returned
 to obtain the upgrade for the following reasons:
 
 1) From a legal standpoint, your current user license is from Data
    Innovations and is slightly different from the standard recommended
    user license.  The only way for me to ensure that you have agreed to
    Oregon Research's license agreement (and therefore eligible for
    support) is to distribute upgrades complete with new manuals and
    disks enclosed in sealed envelopes with opening the envelope
    generating implied consent to the agreement.  A lawyer made me do it.
 
 2) Having a tightly controlled distribution of the first version of
    Diamond Back II distributed by my company (V2.20) is the only way for
    me to accurately develop a registered user data base.  Data
    Innovations has refused to provide me with a registered user list and
    I therefore have NO idea who are legal owners of the program.
 
 3) I am implementing a registered user/disk serialization program and
    will be implementing new program support proceedures.  Your owner
    registration number will be required to obtain user support, no
    exceptions.  I am very sorry that it has come to this and I know it
    doesn't relate to anyone participating in this forum, but I receive
    many more support requests than can be accounted for by program
    sales.  If I am to continue to provide the level of program support
    that I pride myself on giving (and that you have come to expect),
    then I must restrict that support to those who deserve to receive it.
 
 A complete description of the new support proceedure will be included
 with the upgrade, however I will present a brief summary here.
 
 1) Oregon Research Associates will only provide product support for
    Diamond Back II versions 2.20 and above and you must provide your
    user registration number to obtain said support.  This implies that
    you must upgrade to V2.20 and receive a registration number to
    receive support.  No exceptions.
 
    I am very sorry, but from a liability standpoint I must have legal
    proof that you have agreed to the Oregon Research license agreement.
    In addition, the situation created by an unknown user base leaves me
    no alternative other than this to develop a registered user base and
    to ensure the continuation of the high level of service you deserve.
 
 2) The excellent product support that I have always given will be
    provided via phone, FAX, US Mail, or E-MAIL directly to me at
    B.LUNESKI1 on Genie or boblu@tekgen.BV.TEK.COM on Usenet and your
    name and user registration number will be required to receive said
    support.  Diamond Back II product support will no longer be provided
    in an open forum.
 
    I will no longer answer specific usage questions or provide direct
    product support in the open forum (Cat 2 Topic 42).  Instead, I would
    like this forum to become a place where users can discuss Diamond
    Back II and the different applications of the program and assist each
    other with minor issues.  I will continue to closely monitor this
    forum and post comments when I feel clarification is required, or
    general capability information is requested.
 
 3) All general product questions will be answered directly via one of
    the mechanisms in 2) However, if you have a more serious problem or
    believe that you have found a bug, there is a new troubleshooting
    procedure form that will walk you through a series of steps that will
    resolve 99% of the problems and provide the necessary diagnostic
    information for me to solve the rest.
 
 I continue my 100% commitment to providing the highest quality product
 and product support available.  I hope that the last two years of
 support and product evolution (10 upgrades with all but the move from
 V1.04 to V2.00 free) demonstrate my commitment.  These measures are
 required because I have no other choice.  The combination of no
 verifiable list of legal owners and the necessity to protect against
 legal exposure make these policy decisions an absolute business
 neccesity.  I am attempting to make the transition from Data Innovations
 to Oregon Research Associates as painless as possible and am very sorry
 for any temporary inconvienince that this may cause.
 
 On behalf of myself and Oregon Research Associates, I thank you for your
 patience and continued support,
 
 Bob Luneski
 
 
 
 THE CHIC ULTIMATE MOUSE
 =======================                             Press Release
 
 
 The Atari mouse was good in it's day. But there comes a time when every
 Atari owner lusts for a sleeker, faster, more powerful rodent.  How
 about one that tracks faster, rolls smoother, has more responsive
 buttons and costs less than most game software?  Well, we found it, and
 you can order one for yourself too!  But lets just go over a few more
 features:
 
 Resolution: 290 DPI (This means it moves the cursor farther across the
 screen with a smaller travel across the desk than the Atari mouse)
 
 Tracking Speed: 500mm/sec.
 Size: 108x60x30 mm (4-3/8 x 2-1/2 x 1-1/4")
 Cable: 3 feet
 Weight: 164g (5.7 oz.)
 Ball: Anti-Static Silicone Rubber Coated
 Life: 1,000,000 Cycles
 Encoding System: Opto-Mechanical
 Other: DB9 Female, 2 button (Atari ST)
 Guarantee: One year

 Sound good?  We are positive that you'll be pleased with the Chic
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 FOREM BBS UPDATE
 ================
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                           FoReM Update Form

   Use this form to get access to the latest versions of FoReM ST
     as compiled by Bill Turner at Billboard BBS FNET node 185
       The charge is $40 for one year of access to updated
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 Current owners of FoReM, send completed form and $40 payment to:

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 FoReM is sold to new customers by STeve Rider at Full Moon BBS.  New
 customers who buy FoReM from STeve Rider also receive one year of access
 to new versions of FoReM as if they had also paid the $40 update fee to
 Bill Turner.  FoReM is sold for $79.95 including shipping anywhere.  To
 purchase FoReM complete this form and mail it to:
 
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       20 Cargill Ave
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 HOW TO PROTECT YOUR WATERBUFFALOS
 =================================
 Copyright (c)1991 by Todd Johnson
 All Rights Reserved
 Permission granted to reprint this article in its entirety only.
 
 
 With the advent of new font conversion and manipulation utilities comes
 the need for an added awareness of how copyright laws apply to software
 and in particular, the very fonts that you convert.  For example,
 MegaType's FontVerter program gives you the ability to convert Calamus
 format fonts to PageStream format and vice versa, and while this ability
 is a benefit to the desktop publisher it can certainly be a headache for
 font publishing companies.  This isn't to say that font publishers
 disapprove of FontVerter.  Not by a long shot!  It effectly increases
 the market potential of their products.  But the abuse and infringements
 of proprietary copyrights becomes more prominent and more often than
 not, these abuses have not been intentional.  The abusers probably
 didn't realise they were doing anything wrong.  This article explores
 the various situations and circumstances and explains the rights of all 
 involved.  It is not specifically aimed at owners of FontVerter, it
 applies to all font manipulation utilities including full scale font
 editors.
 
 The part of the copyright law that pertains most to converted fonts is
 called "the derivitive works clause".  In layman terms it says that
 whoever owns the original font has the right to control the destiny of
 anything derived from it.  A common myth is that the newly converted
 font is a new product created by the person who converted the old one.
 This just ain't so.  If you've converted one of my Cherry Fonts for
 Calamus into a Pagestream font, I still own all rights to the new
 Pagestream version and it is subject to all the terms and conditions of
 my copyright and license agreement.  The same applies to all other font
 publishers.  Some font publishers amend the usual copyright with a
 license agreement that binds the purchaser to additional regulations.
 It's important to read these to make sure you are even permitted to
 convert the font.  My license states that you have my blessing to
 convert the Cherry fonts that you've purchased to run on whatever
 platform you need but they are still Cherry Fonts and you may not sell
 or give away the new models.
 
 How does this apply to public domain (PD) fonts?  The term "public
 domain" means that there is no pending copyright.  We all own the
 software.  The author's name may be stamped on the file but that author
 has reserved no rights whatsoever.  We may do whatever we want to that
 font.  And if you want to convert it and call it your own product,
 that's your problem.  No harm has been done other than your own little
 white lie.  Lying in this manner is not illegal, it just upsets those
 who deserve the proper authoring credit.  I've seen this happen
 countless times to the dozen or so PD fonts that I released years ago
 for Publishing Partner.
  
 A closely related brother of PD is Freeware.  The difference is that
 Freeware fonts have a valid copyright pending.  Somewhere in that
 software is the legal phrase "Copyright 1990 by Joe Flintstone.  All
 rights reserved."  Yet this software is given away free of charge thanks
 to the unbelievable generosity of Joe Flintstone.  Exactly the same
 conditions apply to his fonts as they do to commercial fonts.
 
 Shareware fonts are similar to Freeware fonts except that their license
 agreement states that you may (or must) freely distribute the fonts but
 you must buy them if you actually use them.  Again these fonts must be
 treated with the same regard as commercial ones.
 
 There are other problems that have to do specifically with the nature of
 fonts.  Copyright law (presently) doesn't protect the actual design of
 the font.  We are all free to draw our own versions of Helvetica with
 complete disregard for paying its designer any royalties.  The name
 HELVETICA though, is a "trademark" which belongs to the Linotype
 Corporation so if we want to offer our own version we had better name it
 something else or we will have to answer to Linotype's lawyers.  If you
 want to call your font Helvetica, simply call Linotype and ask how much
 they charge to license the name.  I recommend sitting down in a
 comfortable chair before placing the call.
 
 Here's another scenario.  Say you bought "WaterBuffalo Bold" from Mr.
 Flintstone's font company and you didn't like the way the uppercase "W"
 looked like a set of horns, so you tweaked it up a little.  As far as
 the law is concerned, that new less-horny version of WaterBuffalo Bold
 is still Mr. Flintstone's and you may not call it your own.  What about
 if you tweak most, or even ALL of the font!?  NOPE.  Plain and simply,
 you've created a "derivitive work".  My advice is to start your font
 editor with a clean slate and start drawing if you want to create a font
 you can call your very own.
 
 There you have it.  Everything you ever wanted to know about the mating
 habits of Water Buffalos.  I've probably forgotten about some important
 circumstances, and for that I can only apologise.  If you need serious
 legal advice, talk to a lawyer (I recommend sitting down for that too), 
 not me.

 
 
 
 THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ATARIFEST
 ===============================                  Press Release
 
 
 Vancouver, Canada is hosting the first ever Pacific Northwest Atari
 Festival over the weekend of June 15th. and 16th. 1991, to be held at
 the Steveston Senior Secondary School, in the beautiful suburb of
 Richmond, B.C. (where Vancouver International Airport is located.)  The
 proximity of at least three other major cities within a comfortable
 driving distance ensures that a sizable collage of Atari enthusiasts
 will be in attendance.  It will be a show you won't want to miss.
 
 This colossal event will sport dozens of notable Atari luminaries such
 as Bob Brodie from Atari USA, and the famous Atari Canada Booth.  It
 will bring notable developers such as Nathan Potechin from ISD Marketing
 Darek Mihocka from Branch Always Software, and many many others.
 
 Guest lectures and seminars are being held on both days, and a handful
 of events, contests and draws are being offered.  Atari Canada will be
 setting up a Lynx network to keep the kids among us entertained and they
 will also be offering mini-concerts spotlighting their Digital Music
 Consultant, Tim Brecht.
 
 The festival site will be the Steveston High School where the gymnasium
 and 3 additional large rooms, including two tiered-seating lecture
 theatres, will accommodate the show activities.  Admission to the Fest
 is $5.  (Canadian) per day and includes your entry for the many door
 prizes.
 
 Vendors interested in booth information are invited to contact Terry
 Schreiber by VOICE at (604)275-7944 or by FAX at (604)872-7061 or by
 GEnie e-mail: T.SCHREIBER1. Advertising space in the show program may be
 purchased by anyone.  Press passes are being offered by pre-arrangement
 only.
 
 
 Information for Americans, about Canada
 Copyright (C)1991 Todd Johnson
 
 THE METRIC SYSTEM
 Yes, coming to Vancouver will force you to have to deal with the metric
 system.  It's really not that big of a deal but there are some crucial
 items you should be aware of: The speed limits here are posted in
 kilometers per hour.  Kilometers are 6/10 of a mile.  Our highway limits
 are usually 90K or 100K.  That translates to 55 MPH and 60MPH.  In the
 city, our speed limits are generally 50K (30 MPH), The cops don't buy it
 when you plead ignorance.
 
 Our temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius. Zero is freezing, 100
 is boiling, 20 is room temperature.  You can expect the Vancouver
 climate in June to be approximately 15 to 25 degrees (60-75 degrees
 Fahrenheit.)

 You'll see other differences if you go to buy a few litres of gas or a
 300 gram package of coffee, but we're sure you won't have any problems
 dealing with that.  If you need additional information, please don't
 hesitate to call.
 
 DOLLARS VS. DOLLARS
 Since show goers will be approximately an even mixture of Americans and
 Canadians, you can expect to see both American and Canadian dollars
 being used at the festival.  A word of warning; Canadian attendees won't
 be carrying American dollars, and American attendees may not be carrying
 Canadian dollars.  We recommend that you be prepared to accept both
 Canadian funds as well as American funds for purchases of your products.
 Call us for current exchange rates, or any other information you feel
 you'll need to make this show your success.  At publication time, the
 Canadian dollar is worth 86.7 US cents.
  
 GAS
 If you're driving into Canada, make sure you fill up with gas before you
 enter Canada.  Our gas prices are much higher than you might expect.
  
 CIGARETTES
 If you smoke, make sure you bring enough of your own brand of cigarettes
 with you.  Canadian cigarettes don't taste anything like American
 cigarettes and again, local prices are likely higher than you are used
 to.

 
 
  
 CALAMUS TUTORIAL PART V
 =======================             HLP file, Clipboards, and Printing
 Copyright(c)1991 by Geoff LaCasse
 GXR Systems, Vancouver, B.C.
 
 
 Last session I explained the rudiments of text Cut and Paste. This
 session, I would like to provide a more complete break-down of the
 available commands, where they can be used, and what are the
 possibilities.
 
 Although Calamus text should be written and proofed in your favourite
 word processor, occasionally, changes need to be made to a file after it
 has been imported.  In its present form, however, Calamus's Text Editor
 offers few commands similar to those in Word Perfect, Word Plus, etc.
 The Text Editor was designed for quick data entry and simple text and
 text style replacement (the latter will be explored in a later session).
 The Text Editor does include the Cut and Paste function for more radical
 surgery on text.
 
 Load your file from last session.  But instead of selecting LOAD
 DOCUMENT from the FILE menu, hold down the ALTERNATE (ALT) key and press
 l.  Calamus's file selector will appear.  Load your file from the last
 session.  Calamus includes keyboard equivalents (shortcuts) for some of
 its icons and commands, indicated by a small button shaped icon on the
 top icon line to the right of the SIZE icons and below the number 1.  If
 you move the cursor to FRAME, f2 will appear.  Other shortcuts include
 f3 for TEXT, and ALT-e for OPEN TEXT EDITOR. f1-f10 represent the
 function keys along the top of the keyboard.  F1-F10 are SHIFT plus the
 function keys.  Alt-e opens the Text Editor even if you are in FRAMES
 mode.  This saves editing time because you no longer have to move from
 FRAMES to TEXT to use the Text Editor.

 These keyboard shortcuts are embedded in the Calamus.hlp (help) file in
 the SYS folder.  (The .HLP file also provides the useful icon
 descriptions in the upper right corner of the screen.)  Print out
 Calamus.hlp from the desktop (when you have the chance).  The file
 consists of numbered lines, each equivalent to one icon or command.  On
 their far right are keyboard letters, which provide the keyboard
 shortcut when used in combination with ALT.  Function keys are prefaced
 by f or F followed by a number from 1 to 10.  Session 10 will discuss
 ways to customize the keyboard shortcuts.  For the time being we will
 use the default settings which came with the program.
 
 With your document on screen, let's practice cutting and pasting text.
 Select TEXT, then TEXT CLIPBOARDS, click on the first (left) frame, and
 place the text cursor at some point in the text.  Drag (hold down the
 left mouse button and move the mouse to the right and down) the cursor
 until you have highlighted several lines of text (you may want to do
 this in a closer view: use Size icons).  Calamus has 5 Text Clipboards 
 designed to capture text, and distinct from Frame Clipboards (which
 capture frames and their contents).  Text clipboard size is limited only
 by system memory, although only the first few characters will be shown.
 The Cut and Paste commands are the 5 icons located below the Text
 clipboards.  We used the top 2 icons--CUT TEXT FROM FRAME (scissors
 shape) and PASTE TEXT FROM CLIPBOARD (to its right) to cut highlighted
 text from and to a frame (review).
 
 The other icons are (right to left, bottom row): COPY TEXT TO FRAME,
 COPY TEXT TO CLIPBOARD, and DELETE TEXT IN CLIPBOARD OR FRAME.  The 2
 icons on the right on the bottom row work similarly to those immediately
 above but leave the original text untouched (whether in frame or
 clipboard) by making a copy.  Highlight one of the clipboards (they do
 not have to be selected in any order), highlight text in one of the
 frames, and click on COPY TEXT TO CLIPBOARD.  The original text will be
 left untouched and an exact copy will be placed in the clipboard.  Place
 a new insertion point elsewhere in the text, and select COPY TEXT TO
 FRAME.  Text will be copied into the frame, and the clipboard original
 left untouched.  Place text in another clipboard and paste it back to
 the same position.  To DELETE TEXT, highlight a clipboard containing
 text and select this icon.  Alternately, highlight text in a frame, de-
 select any clipboards, and click on DELETE TEXT.  Deleted text can't be
 recovered.  Cut and Paste is a simple procedure but should be practised
 (differentiating between the copy and cut icons can be a problem
 initially).  Save constantly when Cutting and Pasting.  Calamus has been
 known to crash at this point (my Mega 4 STE does so repeatedly).  Saving
 a document, however, does not save text in the clipboards (next
 version).
 
 Printing a Calamus file is a simple procedure.  Press ALT-p or select
 PRINT from the FILE menu.  PRINT brings up a dialogue box: Print
 Document/Printer Settings.  Select your print options (or leave at the
 default settings) and print the document.  Calamus .CDK files can only
 be printed from within Calamus.
 
 The dialogue box is divided into 2 halves.  The top half will be blank
 if you haven't previously selected a default printer driver.  Click on
 LOAD DRIVERS.  If your Calamus.set file was correctly set up, a list of
 printer drivers will appear (if not, reinstall your Calamus.set file:
 see session 1).  If your printer is not on the list, select the closest
 match.  I used a HP LaserJet II driver until a DeskJet driver became
 available.  If no close match exists, check your local bulletin boards
 or phone ISD.  Your selection will become the default driver for this 
 and future sessions (until changed).

 Once a driver has been selected, printer options will appear.  These
 include Resolution, Page format, Paper feed (not available for some
 printers), and Output.  Default values include the highest resolution of
 the printer (300 x 300 dots per inch in the DeskJet; 240 x 216 dpi in an
 Epson), Letter, and Parallel.
 
 The bottom half of the dialogue box includes information on pages to be
 printed (From/To: default is page currently on screen), # of Copies (1),
 Scaling (100%), and Orientation (Automatic).  Ignore the others for this
 session.  Don't change # of Copies, it doesn't work correctly.  Click on
 PRINT at bottom-left of dialogue box.  Print times will vary.  My
 DeskJet prints a full page in approximately 5 minutes, the Atari SLM804
 Laser in 10 seconds.  Change Resolution to lower output (i.e. 150 x 150
 for the DeskJet) by clicking on its right side button.  Change Scaling
 to 50% by selecting and erasing the old, and typing in 50.  If you press
 RETURN printing will begin (bypassing PRINT button).  Printing should be
 much faster for dot matrix printers, in particular (although Atari laser
 users may not notice much difference).  Document files are not printer
 specific, and printer drivers can be changed at will by clicking on LOAD
 DRIVERS.  Once printing is finished click on OK in bottom right.  This
 returns you to your on-screen document.
 
 Quit Calamus (use ALT-q).  Save Document if you want to save what you 
 have done, Abandon if not.
 
 Next session will be a question and answer period for those with
 problems arising from the first 5 sessions.  Questions should cover
 material in the past 5 sessions.  Questions can be sent to T.SCHREIBER1
 or Z-NET on GEnie or to Sysop Node #505 on FNET.
 
 
 
 PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE
 ====================
 by Keith MacNutt

 Rate Hard Drive
 ICD, INC
 1220 Rock Street
 Rockford, IL 61101-1437

 Ever wonder just how fast your hard drives are?  You read the spec sheet
 when you bought your drive and it gave an expected rating expressed in
 ms( milli seconds - thousandths of a second).  From that rating you
 either bragged to friends or stated with conviction, that as soon as you
 could afford a faster one, you would be up there with the big boys.
 With the release of hard drive rate program your dream drive may just be
 in your case at this very moment.  Up until now, most people had no
 choice but to believe what the manufacture stated in their brochures and
 ads.  Rate hard drive gives you, the ST user, the chance to test your
 hard drives and come up with a bench mark rating.  This rating is not
 the be all, end all test that everyone should count on to state with
 conviction just who they think makes the fastest drives.
 
 HOW IT WORKS
 
 Rate hard drive when run, starts all scsi ID 0 logical unit and proceeds
 to check all the hard drives it can find connected on all the SCSI and
 lun connections except ID's 6 (reserved for real time clock) and 7 where
 it reads lun 0 only.  As the program finds and tests the hard drives, it
 prints out the manufacturers identification under the device name and a
 rating in  ms for the speed.
 
 THE TESTS
 
 The data rate test takes one megabyte of data, and in 100 sector
 continuous calculates the number of K/s that can be read in one second.
 
 The average access test tells the drive to read the innermost sector and
 then the outermost one.  This is repeated 50 times, but each time the
 head is stepped out one from the centre and in one from the outside.
 This action cause the head to travel a shorter and shorter distance
 until it meets in the centre.  From this data the program removes the
 time it needs to read the sectors and calculates the average time for
 head travel.
 
 CONCLUSIONS
 
 There are a few other test programs that will also do tests like RATEHD,
 but from reading the doc file that comes with this program, the people
 at ICD are sincerely trying to give the ST community a way to evaluate
 one hard drive against another.  As I stated at the beginning of this
 review, this is only a general test and does not give 100% accurate
 ratings, but comes very close.  If you haven't installed TOS 1.4 in your
 machine, it may not be the hard drive's fault for being slow, but
 instead your machine's Operating System.
 
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