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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Z*Net: 31-May-91 #9123
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Reply-To: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Date: Thu Jun  6 18:23:08 1991


        ==(((((((((( ==   Z*NET INTERNATIONAL ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE
        =========(( ===   -----------------------------------------
        =======(( =====   May 31, 1991                 Issue #91-23
        =====(( =======   -----------------------------------------
        ==(((((((((( ==      (c)1989-1990-1991, Z*Net Publishing
 
                       Publisher/Editor: Ron Kovacs
                        Senior Editor: John Nagy 
          Terry Schreiber, Jon Clarke, Mike Mezaros, Drew Kerr,
         Keith Macnutt, Ron Berinstein, Mike Scheutz, Mike Brown

 
                                 CONTENTS
 
         THE EDITORS DESK................Ron Kovacs and John Nagy
         Z*NET NEWSWIRE..........................................
         Z*NET BBS MESSAGE BASE REPRINTS......................BBS 
         MIDI CITY.................................Drew Reid Kerr
         INSTALLING THE JRI RAM+ BOARD...............Ben Hamilton
         HIGH RESOLUTION..........................Nathan Potechin
         LOGIC COMPUTER SHOW..........................From UseNet
         Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF......................Ron Berinstein
         GENIE CONFERENCE CALENDER..........................GEnie
         CHICAGO ATARIFEST BY ATARI....................Mike Brown
         Z*MAGAZINE ARCHIVES...........................Ron Kovacs
 
 
 
 
 =======================================================================
                             THE EDITORS DESK
                             ----------------
                       by Ron Kovacs and John Nagy
 =======================================================================
 
             ** See NEW Copyright and Reprinting Information **
                    ** at the end of this edition. **

 
 While discussion continues in a number of locations about the wisdom or
 importance of MAC and IBM inclusions in Atari online magazines, Z*Net
 reminds our readers of our solution: Z*NET PC.  Although we do feature
 a few "other brand" newswire items in Z*NET ATARI ONLINE each week as a
 reference point, the bulk of such material can be found in our OTHER
 online magazine, Z*NET PC.  After only two months of publication, Z*NET
 PC has gained a notable and growing following.  If you want PC news and
 reviews in depth and in volume, you'll find it in Z*NET PC, not in Z*NET
 ATARI.  We figure you should get what you want when you want it.
 
 Z*Net PC is edited and compiled by Ron Kovacs and Mike Mezaros, former
 publisher/editor of the Atari online magazine BetaZine.  Currently,
 ZPC issues are available  on GEnie in the IBM RT and on CompuServe in
 the IBMNEW Forum.

 On another topic, every month Z*Net receives or sees dozens of user
 group newsletters.  Many of them reprint articles from our online
 magazine, and we are glad to see them use us.  However, often the
 articles are reprinted without any credits.  As the Z*Net Newswire is a
 copyrighted feature which a growing number of publications are paying to
 carry, proper credits and copyrights MUST be displayed.  We've seen our
 newswire items appear in many newsletters with no credit, or worse,
 appearing to be original work of some club member who just downloaded
 it.
 
 If your non-profit club or organization produces a newsletter with less
 than 500 circulation, please, feel very free to use any article in Z*NET
 (except for a very few that have special notices in them forbidding
 reprinting).  But PLEASE, don't edit the work to make it say something
 it didn't in the original, and DO include the copyright information,
 including author's name and the issue of Z*NET that it was originally
 printed in.  And occasionally, it would be nice if your newsletter told
 your membership a bit about us and how they can read us each week...
 hopefully on your local BBS.

 Organizations or publications with 500 or more circulation or
 publications for profit must obtain specific reprinting permission from
 Rovac Industries, Inc.  Contracts for continuing inclusion of the Z*Net
 Atari Newswire and/or Z*Net PC Newswire are also available.  Contact Ron
 Kovacs at 908-968-2024, the Z*Net BBS at 908-968-8148, or by mail at
 Rovac Industries, P.O. Box 59, Middlesex, NJ  08846, GEnie at "Z-NET",
 CompuServe at 71777,2140.

 
 
 
 
 =======================================================================
                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE
                              --------------
 =======================================================================
 
 
 BRODIE BEGINS FNET PRESENCE FOR ATARI
 Manager of User Groups Services and general Atari globetrotter Bob
 Brodie has begun participation in the FNET BBS system, talking to users
 world-wide via the Z*NET ATARI CONFERENCE within FNET.  FNET is a system
 of many hundreds of interlinked private bulletin board systems that
 share messages and files though automated overnight phone calls.  The
 Z*NET conference is currently the most popular of many conference topics
 available to each FNET BBS, and processes hundreds of messages each
 week.  Brodie has been giving aid and setting rumors straight while
 generally enjoying the new forum.  See a related story with excerpts
 from Z*NET messages in this issue of Z*NET.
 
 
 CALAMUS UPGRADE: $69.95 IN JULY
 Word from ISD's Nathan Potechin is that Calamus S, the modular
 replacement for the current Calamus 1.09N, will be available as an
 upgrade in July for $69.95 (U.S.).  Watch Z*Net Newswire for the
 announcement as to exactly when it is ready.  Nathan continues to
 encourage owners of the older versions to upgrade NOW to 1.09N ($29.95
 from any older level) rather than to wait and pay the whole $100 to get
 Calamus S.  Calamus S contains every feature 1.09N has plus dozens of
 new features and it is totally modular.  You can choose to purchase
 whatever additional modules you might require ie; the new vector line
 art module for use within Calamus, PKS Write word processing module, a
 paint module, etc.  Nathan expects 2 dozen new modules for Calamus
 before the end of this year.  Other features of Calamus S include
 working in up to 7 windows, 10,000th if a point text increments,
 rotation of all graphics, anchoring a picture to a word, text style
 attributes allowing global document restyle of tagged text, and lots
 more.  Calamus S is the monochrome version, SL is the 4-color separation
 version.  All modules (except color specific ones) will freely
 interchange between S and SL, allowing most users to buy S now and
 decide to move to WYSIWYG color in SL if and when they have the need.
 
 
 DYNACADD TT DELAYED AGAIN FOR MORE FEATURES
 Planned for release this week, the release of DynaCADD for the TT is
 being delayed.  A recompiled TT version that takes full advantage of the
 TT's capabilities, DynaCADD TT features include: hidden line removal,
 bi-directional 3D DXF, 3D faces, compatibility with ray tracing and
 rendering packages on other platforms, etc.  Says Nathan Potechin of
 ISD, "We have held back the release of the TT version of DynaCADD for
 ONE additional month.  In addition to the long list of features already
 added to the not yet released new TT version of DynaCADD, we have
 decided to go even further.  Now being added are: A Compiled Programming
 Language, a fully integrated multi-document editor, configurable command
 line interpreter, a script language and non-graphical properties.  We
 had initially thought to add these features later but finally decided to
 do it all now.  It will be worth the wait, of that I can assure you....
 While 16 million colors aren't that relevant in CADD, we will run with
 every configuration from VGA on up.  We WILL USE the built-in math
 coprocessor."
 
 
 ATARIUSER 2ND ISSUE SHIPS LATE
 The newest and largest circulation Atari magazine, AtariUser, shipped
 its second issue this week.  This month, 35,000 copies were circulated,
 and 40,000 are planned for next month, a circulation totaling more than
 all other US Atari magazines, newsletters, and newspapers taken
 TOGETHER.  This month, features include a major comparison among
 Document Processors by Jim Pierson-Perry, a LYNX Resource Guide, a
 Viewpoint from Nathan Potechin, the Z*Net Newswire, and the regular
 columns covering the ST, TT, MIDI, 8-BIT, LYNX, and Portfolio.  The June
 AtariUser was delayed for over two weeks by an error of the printer, who
 lost the original film for most of the issue.  Publisher Steve Lesh says
 that his Quill Publishing Company that produces AtariUser has been
 assured that "it can't happen again".  The July issue of AtariUser
 should be shipped to dealers, user groups, and bookstores by the 22nd of
 June, and future issues before the 18th of the month.  Call 800-333-3567
 for subscription and distribution details.
 
 
 START SALE RUMORS
 STart Magazine remains suspended and unsold as of this writing.  No
 official word has been released as to who may be bidding for what, but
 sale efforts continue with a number of parties.  Atari itself is said to
 have contacted Antic Publishing owner Jim Capparell in hopes of the
 purchase of the subscriber base and the Atari portion of the Antic
 Software Catalog operation.  If this happened, ATARI EXPLORER would gain
 between 9,000 and 14,000 subscribers.  Other rumors include varied
 negotiations with both UK and German publishing concerns who want a US
 foothold.  Although nothing is concrete, it would appear that STart
 subscribers and perhaps even creditors may indeed see something come of
 what was once the largest and most respected Atari support magazine.
 
 
 SOFTSOURCE OPENS ON GENIE
 With a minimum of pomp and circumstance, the long-awaited SOFTSOURCE
 KNOWLEGEBASE opened this week on the GEnie Telecommunications Service.
 The database of "all" Atari hardware and software is planned to include
 demonstration versions of most applications, downloadable right from the
 database.  User can now search for listed products by category of
 product, keywords in the description, price range, release date,
 languages supported, and more.  While the search format is arcane and
 user unfriendly, most Atarians can make use of the system by referring
 to the Softsource Manual and category lists that are available in the
 GEnie ST RT library.  Several hundred entries are now in the database,
 which was conceived and announced nearly two years ago.  Dan MacNamee of
 Atari is in charge of the project, which is also to spawn a CD ROM disk
 with every known product and demo on it, for real-time use at dealers.
 The concept is to allow users to compare and actually see and use major
 applications before choosing the right one for their needs and budget.
 
 
 OFFICE FOR MACINTOSH
 Microsoft announced shipment of The Microsoft Office version 1.5 for the
 Apple Macintosh which combines four business applications in a single,
 economical package, contains updates of two popular Macintosh
 

 IBM CHAIRMAN BLASTS MANAGERS
 John Akers, chairman of IBM blasted some of his managers earlier this
 month, confirmed after articles appeared in the Wall Street Journal and 
 the New York Times, IBM confirmed this week.  IBM blamed its problems on
 the recession.  Privately however, Akers told IBM managers the company
 had "too many people standing around the water cooler waiting to be told
 what to do."  Akers is 3 1/2 years away from IBM's mandatory retirement
 age of 60 and is beginning to talk in terms of his legacy.  "The fact
 that we're losing market share makes me goddamn mad.  I used to think my
 job as a (sales) rep was at risk if I lost a sale.  Tell them theirs is
 at risk if they lose one," the Wall Street Journal quoted Akers as
 saying at a management meeting.  Akers went on to state, "I'm sick and
 tired of visiting plants to hear nothing but great things about quality
 and cycle time and then to visit customers who tell me of problems.  If
 the people in labs and plants miss deadlines ... tell them their job is
 on the line, too,... The company has too many sales representatives
 popping out for coffee with their customer and calling it a call."
 
 
 VISUAL BASIC BEST OF SHOW AT COMDEX
 Comdex Show organizers, Interface Group and BYTE magazine editors,
 selected the Visual Basic programming system as the most exciting new
 product which will have the most industry impact.  The Visual Basic
 system was introduced May 21, 1991, at a press conference and will be
 available in June 1991 for a suggested retail price of $199.  German and
 French versions are scheduled to ship in August, with other language
 versions to follow.

 
 
 
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                        Z*NET BBS MESSAGE REPRINTS
                        --------------------------
                         Z*NET BBS (908) 968-8148
 =======================================================================
 

                 FNET NODE 593    Conference Code: 20448
 
 
 Conf : Z*Net Atari Online Magazine
 Msg# : 3645  Lines: 20  Read: 6
 Sent : May 29, 1991  at 3:37 PM
 To   : Flash
 From : Bob Brodie
 Subj : Re: <3409> EA dropping the ST
 
 In message 593/4/3409, Flash writes: 

 > News just in.. Electronic Arts is going to be dropping the ST line..
 > I hope everyone does not follow now that Word Perfect and EA have
 > dropped us.
 
 That's incorrect.  Electronic Arts has merely split their efforts
 between their subsidaries.  That is, EA-USA is going to handle *all* of
 the MS-DOS stuff.  While EA-UK will handle all of the *68000* based
 stuff, like Mac, Amiga, and of course, the ST!  EA tells me that their
 ST products are selling Mostly in Europe, but they are indeed selling!
 
 The thing that has a number of people confused is that they pulled the
 plug on their affiliated labels program.  That means they will no longer
 publish Lucasfilm, and other companies (CinemaWare, etc).  Those
 companies will have to publish their own stuff now.
 
 regards,
 
 Bob Brodie
 
 
 Conf : Z*Net Atari Online Magazine
 Msg# : 3644  Lines: Extended  Read: 8
 Sent : May 29, 1991  at 3:30 PM
 To   : BILL WHITEMAN
 From : Bob Brodie
 Subj : Re: <3523> AtariUser

 Replies: 3653  In message 593/4/3523, BILL WHITEMAN writes: 

 >  In message 593/4/3398, MIKE MEZAROS writes:
 >  > >>
 >  > Mike,
 >  >
 >  > If there is a cover price of a dollar, how does one call it free?
 >  > Confusing to me, but again, there must be something I am missing
 >  > here.
 >  >                       Bill
 >  > >>
 >  > Me too, Bill, but I'm just going by John's article in Z-Net.
 >  > According to that, the $1 cover price was only for bookstores who
 >  > understand the concept of carrying a free mag. Computer dealers
 >  > were supposed to give it away for free, regardless of cover price.
 >  >
 >  > Similarly, at Rutgers our university paper has a cover price of 10
 >  > cents, But you are not supposed to pay for it.  The cover price is
 >  > there due to legal technicality having to do with postal rates (for
 >  > alumni subscribers).
 >  >
 >  >  ///Mike - Z*Net SysOp
 > 
 > Mike,
 > 
 > I have read in other places that there are stores charging the $1.00
 > for the magazine.  I also understand that is ok with the publishers of
 > the mag.  Do you happen to know what the official word is on this?
 > Should they be charging for it?
 > 
 >                         Bill
 > 

 It's really a California thing.  We have a number of magazines that get
 passed around for free, via bulk drop offs at computer stores, and even
 user groups.  But if you want them to send you the magazine - one copy,
 to your home each and every month...you gotta pay for it!
 
 regards,
 
 Bob Brodie


 
 
 
 =======================================================================
                                MIDI CITY
                                ---------
                             by Drew Reid Kerr
 =======================================================================
                      GEnie D.KERR1    DELPHI DRKERR
 
 
             THE SOUND OF NO MUSICIANS PLAYING -- AN EDITORIAL
 
 
 One thing we Atari musicians have been saying for quite a while is boy,
 how lucky we are.  Yes, we have four big music software manufacturers
 keeping us rolling in good bytes -- C-Lab, Steinberg, Hybrid Arts and
 Dr.T.  Computer game manufacturers in the States may have ditched us,
 word processing software programmers may have dropped us, and we get
 very little ink in the mainstream media -- but as long as the Atari has
 two built-in MIDI ports, we'll get prime treatment.
 
 Don't get too comfortable....
 
 You don't have to own a sampler to know that Digidesign of Menlo Park,
 CA announced in December that it has stopped supporting the Atari line.
 This means the discontinuation of Sound Tools and Sound Designer for the
 Atari.  This package is probably the best sample editing program on the
 market.  It also functions as a sampling unit itself, storing data in
 the Atari hard drive and providing the ability to mix samples from
 various sources.
 
 I spoke with Digidesign Product Specialist Bob Haskitt, who explained:
 "For what we do, the Mac lends itself better."  Digidesign's vision is
 to have a complete studio functioning from the computer using multiple
 card slots.  "Atari didn't have the capability of handling multiple
 slots," says Haskitt.  "We asked ourselves, 'Is it worth it to start
 from scratch?'  The answer was no."
 
 SampleCell, the Mac-supported unit, exemplifies the Digidesign plan.
 Each card slot will serve a different musical function.  For example,
 one card will handle sequencing, while another will provide a 4-track
 system.  An additional card would provide another four tracks and so on.
 Digidesign is now an "all-Macintosh" company.
 
 Haskitt said that Sound Designer was "always a steady seller."  On the
 other hand, Sound Tools didn't do too well in the United States because
 "customers found Megas too tough to find."  Sound Tools sold well in
 Canada and Europe.  I should note that Sound Tools is probably one of
 the most commonly used programs used with dance music and film scores
 and soundtracks.
 
 No doubt, this is a severe blow to Atari musicians.  A fellow who calls
 himself "Midi Mike" sent me piece of e-mail about this, noting there has
 been much discussion about this in GEnie's MIDI BB.  I haven't found it
 myself, but Haskitt said he'd be interested in hearing what musicians
 said.  Send him a fax at 415-327-0777.  Midi Mike said that everyone's
 turing to GenWave, which I think is made by Hybrid Arts.
 
 As if that wasn't enough, Atari has not advertised in Keyboard magazine
 for about six issues.  I was used to seeing the full-color ad on
 Keyboard's inside back cover every issue, usually featuring guitarist
 Lee Ritenour.  Keyboard is the most widely read keyboard player's
 magazine in the world -- keep this in mind.
 
 I've addressed this question on the Atari Corporation category in GEnie
 and the response from Atari's Bob Brodie was the ads would be returning
 soon.
 
 How soon is soon?  If Atari has one real foothold in the U.S., it's with
 musicians -- and now they stopped advertising to them?  Let's say some
 kid who's been playing piano picks up Keyboard to get an idea of what's
 a hot computer.  No Atari ad means Atari probably wouldn't enter his/her
 mind.  Another potential Atari user lost!  Software companies see no
 Atari ads... you know the story... it's not very encouraging for them or
 us.
 
 If you believe in your Atari's abilities, as a musician, as a computer
 buff, or even a tech head, let them know you want them to support your
 computer!  Let them know you want advertising back in Keyboard pronto!
 Are you on GEnie or CompuServe?  Put some messages on their part of the
 bulletin board!  Send a note to Bob Brodie.
 
 I do not want my computer to be a dinosaur.
 
 
 MIDI NEWSWIRE
 
 
 YAMAHA'S HOT BOX
 What's 370 x 254 x 67 mm in measurement (at least that's what the stat
 sheet says) and is flying out the door of music stores across the
 country?
 
 It's the Yamaha RY30 Rhythm Programmer (drum machine, to us simple
 folk)!  I wrote in my last column that new drum machines and modules
 seem to be coming out thick and fast.  From my reports, this one seems
 to have jumped to the number one slot, even over most keyboards!
 
 For around $480, this baby seems to be aimed at slaying Roland's R-5 --
 it's $10 cheaper, has a slot for more sounds, has a pitch wheel, and has
 the ability to store two waveforms on one pad!  In plain English, this
 last feature means you can take the attack of one percussion waveform
 and mix it with the decay of another!  We're talking customization!
 
 On-board memory contains 96 voices, 100 preset patterns (which are
 incredible), 100 user patterns and 20 songs.  Full velocity sensitivity,
 four outs, no effects.
 
 But has Yamaha stopped there?  No-o-o.  Their TG 33 synthesizer module,
 which combines FM and vector synthesis and sells for under $500, is
 selling like hotcakes too.  About half the preset patches sound like new
 age stuff, while the other half mimic real instruments.  A very good
 buy.
 
 Taking a bath when suddenly an incredible bass riff comes washing into
 your head?  Yamaha has that licked too -- its QY 10, which is about the
 size of a paperback book, is a little mini-recorder with built-in
 sounds.  For $320, you can take it anywhere and figure out songs in the
 most unlikely places.  You can dump SY 77 and maybe SY 55 data into it.
 
 Yamaha doesn't own a piece of me, but they are coming back this year to
 musicians with a vengeance!
 

 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
 The Emu drum module, Procussion, is off to a moderate start with its
 $800 price tag... the Alesis drum module, the D4, will now be out in
 September... although the Emu digital piano module, the Performer, has
 great sounds, the price is scaring people away.  For a slightly higher
 price, musicians can buy the Roland U220 sample player module and get
 the piano and more.... similar story for Roland's new JD 800 synth with
 the programming levers built on top -- it's easy to program but too
 pricey... the Korg Wavestation is dropping in price.  Was once $1800,
 now can be found for $1400.  The module should be out this summer....

 
 
 
 
 =======================================================================
                      INSTALLING THE JRI RAM+ BOARD
                      -----------------------------
                             by Ben Hamilton
             Sysop of Virtual Reality BBS, Copperas Cove, TX
 =======================================================================
 
 
 SIMM module memory upgrades are rapidly becoming the new "standard" for
 memory upgrades to computers, and JRI (John Russell Innovations) of
 California have brought the SIMM upgrades to the 520ST and 1040ST with
 the introduction of their RAM+ Board.
 
 Many computer supply companies, are recommending JRI's upgrade, so I
 took advantage of the recommendation and ordered JRI's "Type C" board.
 The Type C is designed for many ST models, including the 520/1040ST with
 RAM chips under the keyboard, the 520/1040ST with RAM chips under the
 power supply, and the old-style 520ST without internal floppy drive.  I
 assume that they also provide other models of the board for each type of
 ST.  A quick call to JRI (the number is listed at the end of this
 article) should answer any questions you might have.
 
 When I called JRI, I talked with John Russell himself, who knew which
 type of board I needed, and he recommended that he do the installation,
 which costs an extra $50.  If you feel uncomfortable opening your ST and
 if you have little or no experience with a soldering iron, then this is
 indeed best left up to a qualified electronics technician.  I used to
 work for an electronics repair shop, and although I don't have any
 "official" training, I felt that I was qualified to do the installation.
 I couldn't do without my ST, as it runs my BBS, so I was really "forced"
 to do it myself anyway.
 
 After a little thought, I also decided not to try to find a better
 price, but to go ahead and order the SIMMs directly from JRI.  One meg
 x 8 SIMMs are $50 each from JRI, which is a quite reasonable price.  I
 have heard that they sell for as little as $38, but I was worried that
 they would be somehow incompatible with the upgrade board.  JRI's docs
 to the board mention that low-profile, 120ns or faster chips are
 required.
 
 John suggested that he send the board and modules by UPS Blue, and I
 received them in UPS's usual timely fashion.  The board sells for $125,
 and each SIMM (you need two for 2.0 or 2.5 meg and four for 4 meg) was
 $50.  Shipping and COD was an extra $10 total.
 
 After I received the board, I read the included instructions several
 times to familiarize myself with the procedure.  Of course, I hadn't had
 my ST apart yet, so I didn't know which type of motherboard I had.  PC-
 board artwork is included in the instructions for each type of ST
 motherboard.
 
 The installation procedure is fairly simple, once you do it and realize
 what you've done!  Everything is included in the installation kit, right
 down to the wires, the solder, and the cable ties.  Installation
 involves removal of the ST Shifter chip, which is moved into a new
 board.  At this point, a second chip can be installed which allows your
 ST to support a 4,096 color palatte.  A floppy disk is included in the
 kit which has several demos for the new color support.  I did not elect
 to get the extra chip from JRI (which costs $25) because this computer
 is dedicated to my BBS, and I have no need for the extra colors there.
 But installation and support of the chip is easily done by just popping
 in the new chip to the board socket.
 
 Next the boards (the one that holds the Shifter and the one that holds
 the SIMMs) must be secured by a supplied heavy gauge stranded wire.
 Convenient grounding points are provided on each board.  I felt
 uncomfortable securing the RAM board only with the grounding wires, so I
 placed a piece of cardboard (the same cardboard that earlier supported
 the boards under shrink-wrap during shipping!) between the RAM board and
 the ST motherboard.  I didn't want to take the chance that any of the
 contacts on the underside of the RAM board might touch any of the
 motherboard contacts.
 
 After the boards are mounted, a few wires must be run from the RAM board
 to the motherboard, and each connection is well-documented in the 
 instructions.  Some of the connections require that various resistors
 are removed, and wires are run from the pads where the resistors used to
 be.  This is perhaps the most unnerving part of the installation -- once
 you clip those resistors, you have the feeling that there's no turning
 back.  Another of the connections goes directly to the MMU, which I
 believe is the ST's memory management chip.  This is also documented,
 although the instructions fail to even casually mention that two of the
 chips in the ST resemble each other, the MMU and the other chip, and
 since I'm a novice, I'm unfamiliar with the other one.  But fortunately,
 the instructions also include the possible Atari part numbers of each
 chip, so I was able to determine which one was the MMU by its number.
 
 After installation was complete, I put it all back together and fired it
 up.  Viola!  About one hour's work, and I now have a 1040ST with 2.5
 megabytes of RAM!  And I can upgrade to 4 meg with the addition of two
 more SIMMs and a few more changes to the installation.  Instructions for
 changing to 2.0, 2.5, and 4 meg are included in the documentation.
 Upgrading to 2.0 or 4 meg requires the disabling of all of the internal
 RAM, and these instructions are also included.  The floppy disk contains
 a memory tester TOS program, and the remainder of the programs deal with
 the 4,096 color option.
 
 If you're living with your ST with only 512K or one meg of RAM, I hope
 you decide to upgrade soon, and I give you my personal recommendation
 for the RAM+ Board from JRI.

 -Ben Hamilton, Sysop of Virtual Reality BBS, Copperas Cove, TX
  817-547-1734  1200/2400/9600/14.4K bps HST-DS v.32bis/v.32/v.42/v.42bis
  Fnet #422, Fido-Net 1:395/6

 JRI (John Russell Innovations)
 P. O. Box 5277
 Pittsburg, CA 94565
 415-458-9577



 
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                             HIGH RESOLUTION
                             ---------------
                   Viewpoints from the Atari Community
                            by Nathan Potechin
 =======================================================================
 
 
 ** Reprinted from the June 1991 AtariUser Magazine by permission.  No
 further reprinting of this article is permitted except by permission of
 Quill Publishing, 818-332-0372.  Subscription and distribution
 information for AtariUser is available at 800-333-3567.
 
 
 [Nathan Potechin is President of ISD Marketing, Inc., a Canadian company
 that has represented such products as VIP Professional, Masterplan,
 STAccounts and Accounts 2.0, as well as Ditek's Calamus family and 
 DynaCADD.  Nathan is also Vice President of Ditek International and
 President of the IAAD.]
 
 
 Atari Corporation's performance over the past few years in continental
 North America has been discussed by better writers than I.  It's matter
 of record.  What I'd like to share with you is what some of us have been
 doing about it, ad give you a better understanding of what it means to
 be a registered Atari Developer in 1991.
 
 Back in September 1989, a large group of Atari Developers got together
 to have a meeting at the WAACE User Group Show in the Washington, D.C.
 area.  The result was the formation of the IAAD (Independent Association
 of Atari Developers).  Since its inception, I have had the honor to
 serve as President of this association.  The immediate goal of the IAAD
 was to help all of our members to help themselves.
 
 Our group of Atari Developers contains people from widely diverse
 backgrounds.  We have Engineers, programmers in a large variety of
 languages, marketing types, hardware gurus and software gurus, all
 united by one common goal--survival.  Profit is nice too.  We are an
 unusual bunch in that we chose to develop for the Atari platform,
 instead of jumping on the bandwagon of the more prolific platforms.  "I
 love my Atari" is quite often a fact of life with this group.  This
 personal feeling is indicative of our own natures, and not a measure of
 Atari's success--where reality rears it ugly head.
 
 The fact is, by sharing or pooling our collective knowledge in terms of
 advertising, marketing, channels of distribution, trade shows, user
 group shows etc., many of our members can receive valuable assistance.
 And share we do, in a manner unprecedented in the computer industry.
 
 Some years ago, Atari had substantially greater geographic dealer
 representation and market penetration in North America.  Then the
 erosion set in, making harder and harder to justify basic overhead, let
 alone development costs.  Meanwhile, the European Atari community was
 doing fine, thank you.  That's not to say that the International Atari
 subdivisions were creating "streets of gold", but they were doing better
 than we were here.  So one avenue that was available to assist North
 American developers was to supply the contact information from those of
 us with worldwide representation to those with little or none.  This was
 done, and it made a difference.  It wasn't a cure or a sure thing, but
 it meant a lot to some developers.
 
 A major difference in the market and product mix has occurred over the
 past few years.  As the Atari platform develops, the hardware becomes
 more sophisticated.  This is a natural progression, offering a challenge
 to developers to keep abreast or take advantage of the latest
 technology.  Products such as two I proudly represent, DynaCADD and
 Calamus, use that technology to offer viable, professional workstations
 that can not and will not be ignored.  A classic example, and one I
 enjoy whenever possible, is demonstrating Calamus to someone that
 deigned to condescendingly offer a few minutes of their precious time to
 see what this "Atari toy" could produce.  Two minutes is more than
 enough time to create a page using features their DTP software probably
 does not have, showing them screen representation that has been WYSIWYG
 for over two years, and then output to Atari's SLM804 or SLM605 in
 seconds.  The usual DTP person usually plans their coffee breaks around
 about output time.  Products like Calamus on the Atari are a real eye
 opener for them, and you may correctly have guessed that this is the
 single most enjoyable part of my job.

 Consider the above paragraph a preamble of what is to come.  I have just
 returned from CEPS (Corporate Electronic Publishing Show) in Chicago.
 Without a doubt, this show saw the most professional exhibit that Atari
 ever created.  Do not confuse this with "most expensive", "largest"
 etc., because it was not.  But it definitely was an excellent
 representation of Atari desktop publishing workstations.  The brochure
 was their most professional to date.  The Atari booth location, situated
 directly between Linotype/HELL and Ventura, allowed us to show the folks
 at Linotype a few things about their imagesetters that they previously
 had not known or acknowledged.  I can assure you that now, they know.
 It also gave us the opportunity to realize just how busy we were
 compared to Ventura's booth.  I notice things like this.

 Others will begin to notice the change as well.  July 1991 will see the
 release of the next generation of Calamus, Calamus S and SL, as well as
 approximately 2 dozen separate modules.  Before the end of this year,
 DynaCADD will be available on the TT, Amiga, Mac, and IBM under Windows
 3.0, with a UNIX version close behind, all file compatible.

 I have been professionally involved with the Atari Computers since
 August 1985.  I was there when my 520 was starving for "anything" that
 it could run.  I was there through the drought.  And I'm definitely
 going to be here when Atari finally and firmly establishes it presence
 and credibility as a professional workstation, once and for all, in
 North America.  Personally and professionally, I can't wait.

 Nathan Potechin

 [AtariUser Magazine offers this space each month to members of our
 community, to express themselves on matters of interest to Atari Users.]
 



 
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                           LOGIC COMPUTER SHOW
                           -------------------
                                from UseNet
 =======================================================================
 
 
 Here in Zurich there has been the anual logic computer show.  There have
 been several new very interesting products to see, in particular a
 series of new Unix machines in the "popular" class.
 
 The first I've seen is the Mac with A/UX 2.1.  It isn't yet a SYSV, and
 there are some compatibility problems, but the BSD and SYSV libraries
 are included, and the integration of MultiFinder and Unix with X Window
 11R4 is really impressive.
 
 I find they are really on the good way.  I've been there during about
 15-20 min, and Dr. Antonov, the Unix Guru there, I think, explained to
 me every detail with enourmous enthusiasm.  Althougth I don't have a
 Mac, and the price of A/UX 2.1 is to high for me (not to speek about the
 X Win., wich is not bundled with), his presentation was fantastic.
 
 The second system I've seen is the Amiga 3000UX.  It was also really
 impressive!  The OpenLook interface operated exactly the same way as the
 Sun's OpenWindows 2.0 we have at school, and the price was really
 interesting too.  The Commodore port of SYSV is the most complete I've
 seen for this class of machines.  It comes with everything, from the
 networking capabilities to the BSD lib. and util. and OpenLook.  The guy
 there is a student of economical computing at the Univ. ZH (his name is
 Blatter), and he let me  "play" with the machine, showed me an xterm
 connection with another non  Unix Amiga, and so on.
 
 At last I came to the Atari boots and I couldn't belive my (x)eyes.  The
 Unix machine was there and there was nobody around it!!!  The windowing
 interface looked great.  I went there and tried some commands out in a
 csh, as the cd, ls, and so on.  Then came a man, and with an impolite
 voice asked me :"kann ich Ihnen helfen?" (can I help you?) and stand in
 front of me so that I could not see the screen!
 
 The message was clear: Take your hands off my machine and get out of
 here!  I asked him some details about the new machine (btw: how can an
 Atari laser work with Unix w/o stopping the processor?  I think it is
 impossible by soft) and his answer were allways very expeditive and
 short.  Absolutely no enthusiasm from his side!  The only thing he
 wanted was that nobody put his finger on the keyboard! (he maybe was
 afraid that somebody typed "rm -r /" or something like that).
 
 Anyway he stood all the time with his shoulder between me and the
 screen!  His name is Mr. Mester, from Atari Germany.  I personnaly find
 that if they sent some young guy involved in the devloppent of ASV,
 instead of this (edited), it would be much better.  (Sorry for title on
 this bandwidth, but he was really *edited*!)
 
 If this is the Atari policy I think I'll buy an Amiga 3000 UX, wich is
 btw ready and can be bought w/o problems (Atari Developer machine will
 be out in August!!!). 
 
 Ok, that's all!  I'm sorry to write something like that, 'cause I was
 really excited at the idea I could see the ASV jewell, but it wasn't
 what I expected.  I hoped that I could write a good description of what
 I would see, but I didn't see very much...

 Ciao --- Rick

 Opinion expressed here are mine, and I'm proud of them !!!
 

 

 
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                           Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF
                           --------------------
                            by Ron Berinstein
 =======================================================================
 
 
 LHA130.ARC is the newest LHA variety, well suited for making and
 unmaking .LZH files.  LZH11319.LZH is the latest optimized LHARC
 version, also well suited for .LZH files, and now well suited for use
 with Charles F. Johnson's ARCSHELL (ARCSH25.ARC).  UNLZH172.ARC has also
 been known as a reputable, very fast .LZH extractor.  XLHARC12.LZH still
 another variety.  And those looking for files that will self extract
 might well be interested in SFX_LZH.LZH.   And interesting also is
 PFXPAX.LZH, a runtime LZH compressor.  Then again, there are also some
 good old standbys like LHARC060.LZH, and LHARC102.ARC.  Others like
 FASTLZH2.LZH (other versions as well).
 
 .ARC files as well can be changed to the smaller .LZH format too!  Many
 folks use ARCLZH30.LZH for exactly that.  And while on the subject of
 .ARC files... Which .ARC file program should you use to uncompress a
 software file that has folders in it?  Of course, easy answer.  You all
 knew the answer right away, right?  ARC602.TTP will do it!  And now
 ladies and gentleman arm yourselves with your compressors and extractors
 and proceed to the next paragraph, wherein you will find plenty of
 chances to use them!
 
 O_LZHLST.LZH  is a verbose file lister for .LZH files.  Using it you
 will be able to tell in advance just what that .LZH file contains.
 
 DCR_TMAG.ARC  DC Real-Time Magnifier will give you 8X magnification of
 the screen!  Get close up where it counts; fat-bits in programs that
 don't have them!  Great for paint programs.  Move the mouse and the
 screen is updated in real-time!  100% assembly. ST, STe and TT
 compatible.
 
 Calamus Users Alert:

 WINDSORD.LZH   Strong strokes, solid serifs characterize this unique
 face.  Converted from the Mac Type 1, using the great MegaType
 utilities.  Enjoy!!  For Calamus only...
 
 UPPERWES.LZH   You've seen the New Yorker magazine; you remember the
 unique typeface used for the logo. Well, thanks to David Rakowski and
 his Mac, you can now have that same typeface to create your own New
 Yorker magazine!  Converted from the Mac Type 1 using the great MegaType
 utilities.  For Calamus only...

 UNCIALDS.LZH   A CELTIC looking font, this one reminds you of St.
 Patrick and the Emerald Isle.  Converted from the Mac Type 1 using the
 great utilities from MegaType.  For Calamus only...
 
 RECYCLE.LZH   A Calamus font converted from the Mac Type 1, Recycle
 consists of various recycling symbols in place of letters.  I don't
 think everyone will want this, but if you do any work where you need to
 indicate recyclability, you'll want this font.  For Calamus only...
 
 GALLERIA.LZH   You've seen this typeface around, in various logos, among
 other things. Converted from the Mac.  For Calamus only...
 
 A New ALaddin!

 ST_ALAD.ARC  ST Aladdin v1.23 - Latest version of this excellent GEnie
 navigation program.

 TRANSLIB.ARC  The MIDI TransLibrarian is a shareware desk accessory for
 the Atari ST that allows you to load and save System Exclusive data from
 any MIDI device.
 
 DUALFORM.ARC  Dual Form creates discs that can be used on both single,
 and dual sided drives, but does so in a unique way.  It creates a folder
 called, "side 2" on the disk.  Single sided drives can read everything
 except that folder.  Double sided drives get to read everything.
 
 F_FEED.ARC   ACC & PRG (just re-name) to send a form feed to the
 printer.  Handy for starting a new page with files printed from the
 desktop and some other programs.  GFA 3 source included.

 STWEL41.LZH   ST Writer Elite 4.1 - Bug fixed, if file ended in ^Z,
 print to disk would not terminate.  New Feature - Print device defaults
 to Printer, but if changed will remain on that setting.  Fully
 configurable to color, default file specifier, tabs, format line.  3
 fonts in TT med and high res, just update files.  Use UNLZH 1.7x to
 decompress!
 
 STW_GS41.LZH   ST Writer Elite 4.1 Spanish and German versions.  See
 description of ST Writer Elite 4.1 , English version, for changes.
 
 BMAKER19.ARC  - Book Maker takes ASCII files and generates POSTSCRIPT
 code for use with UltraScript to print the file in "Book format"  (four
 pages per sheet of paper -- two pages per side). - Options include page
 numbering, Cover Page creation, multiple fonts and more.  Fixes
 pagination with pt. sizes less than 10, and includes PRINT QUEUE for
 BATCH printing.
 
 Tis' the day of the Indianapolis 500!

 INDYCAR.LZH   It's that time of year in Indiana when the Indy cars start
 to run in the Indianapolis 500, so the author of this file thought he'd
 sample some of the sounds of the race.

 RECERCAR.ARC  This is a big piece for HUGE pipe organ.  Comprises three
 files: READ.ME (more about the music) an .MTS file (Atari Master Tracks
 Pro format), and a .MID file (Type 1 MIDI file--no expression in the
 tempo).
 
 Ok, become a "beta tester" - Now's your chance to give important
 feedback to a developer.  Download BENCH.LZH for the info.

 BENCH.LZH  The NBM benchmark program.  Tests your machine through five
 specific routines, including math, memory fetch/store, disk drive read/
 write and dialog box draw.  Results of tests on many machines are
 included.  More results are needed.  If you have results that are not
 yet included in the database, you are requested to help participate.
 
 DBLEFEAT.LZH  This accessory from Claus Brod(author of PoolFix_CB) will
 disable the growing and shrinking box effects associated with GEM
 windows and dialog boxes; it will also allow redirection of drives - a
 program that always looks for files on drive A can be redirected to
 another drive!  Full English documentation included.  Shareware.
 
 GEMVW104.LZH  Updated version of GemView!  Even newer than the previous
 very recent upload!
 
 ENG_DRAC.ARC  English AND color version of Drachen.  Drachen is a
 Shanghai type game.  Quite popular and worth the download...
 
 STREE104.ARC  STree lets you search your drives for files meeting a
 specification - wildcards, attributes, size, date & time and bytes
 within a file - and then manipulate the matching files just like the new
 TT desktop.  This new version fixes some occasional compatability
 problems.
 
 Well SORT these out!

 FILESORT.LZH  A simple way to sort ascii lists and stuff... simply feed
 it to this program and voila!  This program, Filesort v1.0, is FREEWARE.
 It is great for BBS sysops who need to sort a list of whatever, as well
 as for anyone who uses ASCII lists!  BTW, this program will sort
 ANYTHING ascii!  It is even fun to sort text and try to figure out what
 it was!! ha!
 
 DIR15.LZH  Utility to sort/search for files with several criteria or
 masks.  Works on folders, files, and partitions.  GFA BASIC 3.5 source
 included.
 
 ELFBOO.ARC   ELFBOOT is a new startup utility for the ST, which is
 offered as shareware by Elfin Magic Software.  Put it in your AUTO
 folder.  The author boasts that this program compares to commercial
 offerings!  It offers GEM-like mouse control! 

 FMC.LZH   FMC.PRG means forced media change, or this small .prg will
 force TOS 1.0 to recognize a disk change by simply pressing .
 (Apparently some versions of TOS 1.0 didn't do that.)
 
 SUNMOON.LZH  Sun_Moon.lzh is a PD program showing rise/set times of the
 sun and moon for various selectable cities.
 
 The above files were compiled by Ron Berinstein co-sysop CodeHead
 Quarters BBS (213) 461-2095 from files that were either directly
 uploaded to CodeHead Quarters BBS, or downloaded from GEnie, Compuserve,
 and Delphi online services.
 

 
 
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                        GENIE CONFERENCE CALENDER
                        -------------------------
                                from GEnie
 =======================================================================
 
 
 DTP CONFERENCE AND FREE TIME OFFERED
 
 Monday June 3, 1991, the ST RT on GEniw will host it's first DTP
 conference with Ron Grant, New SysOp, and offer free time during the
 conference to the attendees.
 
 
 WIN FREE PAGESTREAM FONT DISKS DURING "FONT NIGHT" IN THE SOFTLOGIK 
 ROUNDTABLE!  
 
 This coming Tuesday, June 4th, will be "Font Night" in the SoftLogik
 RoundTable.  We'll be having our first monthly PageStream Conference and
 the theme will be "Fonts for Atari and Amiga PageStream."  All
 PageStream users (and other interested parties) are invited to join our
 panel of Font Masters to ask questions about the fonts they create.  The
 font makers will discuss the various disks they offer, what programs
 they use to create their fonts, where they get their inspiration for
 fonts, and much much more.  Learn what "hinting" is, how to get the most
 out of your PostScript and Non-Postscript printer (as concerns fonts),
 and more!
 
 Each of the font creators has donated a high-quality PageStream font
 disk for this event, and we'll be randomly selecting winners of these
 disks throughout the evening.  In addition, one lucky winner will
 receive every Adobe Type 1 font in the SoftLogik RT by US Mail -- no
 downloading time or expense!  These Adobe fonts can be printed using
 PageStream 2.1 which is currently available for the Commodore Amiga and
 will be available very shortly for the Atari ST. 
 
 Tuesday, June 4th, from 9:45 to 10:45pm Eastern Time.
 
 The SoftLogik Real Time Conference Room on GEnie. Type "M385;2" or
 "SOFTLOGIK" (without the quotes) at any GEnie prompt.
 
 In addition to the team of SoftLogik Sysops, we'll be joined by Safari
 Fonts President Jay Pierstorff, Cherry Fonts President Todd Johnson,
 font creators Dennis Palumbo, Bernie Lagrave and others..!
 

 
 
 =======================================================================
                      CHICAGO COMPUTERFEST BY ATARI
                      -----------------------------
                              by Mike Brown
 =======================================================================
 
 
 Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts, in cooperation with Atari Corp.,
 present the Chicago Computerfest by Atari, November 23 and 24th 1991.
 Show hours will be 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days.
 
 1: Chicago - My kind of town.
 
 Chicago is known by many names- "The Second City", "The Windy City" and
 so on.  Chicago is in the heartland of the nation, bordered on the east
 side by Lake Michigan, and the west side by one of the busiest airports
 in the world, O'Hare International.
 
 When you bring your family with you to the Chicago Computerfest, they
 will have plenty to do and see if they tire of the show itself.
 
 2: Show concept
 
 The Chicago Computerfest has been brewing for over a year; The first 
 thoughts about sponsoring an international computer show began after our
 highly successful "Atari SwapFest" held in June, 1990.  With help and
 support from Greg Pratt, Bob Brodie and others at Atari Corp. we began
 the process of putting this show together.
 
 I think that you will be impressed by the "polished" appearance of the
 facility that we have chosen - the facilities and services provided to
 participants at this show are the same that have been provided to larger
 computer oriented shows, such as the Softsource show that was held the
 Ramada O'Hare this past April.
 
 We are confident that this broad reaching publicity will improve the
 demographics of our show compared to other Atari-focused shows of the
 past.  As Atari's Bob Brodie said, "...we must quit feeding on
 ourselves...".
 
 The Exhibits area
 
 The standard exhibitor booth will be professionally piped and draped,
 the booth will be clearly marked with a professionally printed sign and
 will contain one 8' draped table and two chairs.  One 115 volt / 20 amp
 electrical outlet will be provided upon request (please note power
 requirement on contract form) to each booth.
 
 Additional power may be ordered at $55.00 per drop (consisting of two
 outlets).  Telephone service will be provided to exhibitor booths if
 needed (requires that the exhibitor have a Ramada room number to charge
 calls to).  Please give at least 60 days notice prior to the show
 opening date if you will be requiring additional power or telephone
 hookups.
 
 In addition to the above, we are able to provide items such as display
 cases, and special lighting for booths.  Storage service is available
 for exhibitors prior to, and during the show.  Please contact us for our
 special services rate list.
 
 The Gaming area
 
 Last year, I had the good fortune to attend the GenCon (North America's
 largest "Gaming" convention) in Milwaukee as a guest of the MilAtari
 user group and Atari Corp.  Atari made a very strong showing at GenCon -
 many people who didn't even know that Atari made computers (or had
 thought that the company was out of business) were exposed to the 50+
 machines available for use.
 
 All of the latest Atari ST games were available for attendees to play,
 and two full MIDI-maze rings drew a staggering number of attendees day
 and night, the entire run of the show (a week) into this unique real
 time multiplayer game.
 
 By special arrangement with MilAtari, and through the cooperation of
 Atari Corp. we will bring the excitement of GenCon to the Chicago
 Computerfest!  There will be two full MIDI-Maze rings with ongoing
 competitions.  The "open gaming" will allow attendees to reserve an ST
 system and select a popular game title of their choice to play.  There
 will be LYNX competitions for fun and for prizes.
 
 Admittance to the gaming area will require the purchase of a general
 admission ticket, and the "gamers" will have to gain entrance through
 the exhibits area - that means additional potential sales and exposure
 for YOU.
 
 The Learning area
 
 The space adjoining the main convention hall will be configured as a
 "classroom" setting.  This area will be available for developers to
 teach, in a "hands on" environment, the use of their products.
 
 Atari Corporation will provide a number of complete ST systems, overhead
 LCD screen Projector, and PA system to be used for this teaching area.
 The room will be set up classroom style with the "instructor" at the
 head of the group.
 
 There will be an additional charge for attendees to participate in these
 class sessions, advance registration (due to the limited capacity) will
 be required.
 
 The Seminar area
 
 There will be 3 seminar rooms available to attendees.  Each room will be
 capable of seating an average of 50 persons per room.
 
 These rooms will be available at no additional cost for exhibitor use
 during the course of the show for group product demos and Q & A
 sessions.
 
 Other Attractions
 
 Other special events planned for the course of the show will be: a
 Welcome Reception Friday night in the 9th floor Penthouse Ballroom,
 (sponsored by Atari), A Saturday Night Banquet (we are assured that the
 food WILL be edible!) in the Grand Salon (A number of famous guest
 speakers are planned to speak at the Banquet), a MIDI conference, and
 conferences sponsored by Atari to educate dealers on technical aspects
 of the Atari ST/TT line.
 
 There will be a general Q & A session in Salon A-B-C both days with
 Atari Corp.  It is expected that Bob Brodie will give his usual fast 
 paced talk about "The State of Atari".  Seating capacity for the
 presentation is approximately 300.
 
 About the show facility
 
 The Ramada Hotel O'Hare is situated just outside the northeast gate to
 O'Hare International Airport, near the intersection of I-90, I-294, and
 I-190.  There is complementary shuttle service provided for hotel guests
 from all airport terminals.
 
 We have negotiated a highly competitive $60.00 a night (plus tax) rate
 based on double occupancy, for Computerfest attendees.  Please use the
 inserted reservation card for other rates.  It is necessary to use the
 special Ramadareservation card to obtain these discount prices.
 
 The hotel accepts: American Express, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club,
 Eurocard, Mastercard, Multicard and Visa.
 
 The hotel is a modern "Barrier Free" design allowing access to the show
 facilities by all attendees.
 
 Planes, Trains and Automobiles
 
 Public transportation is available to downtown Chicago as well as the
 greater Chicago area.
 
 Chicago's Union Station offers Amtrak service to/from the continental
 USA and Canada.
 
 A number of rental car agencies are based in the immediate area.
 Because of the large number of companies - prices are very competitive.
 If you wish us to check prices for you, please indicate the class of
 car and extras that you desire, and we will be glad to send you
 information via GEmail.
 
 Driving to Chicago Computerfest by car is easy- the show site is just
 Northwest of the intersection of I-190, I-294, and I-90.  The Ramada can
 be reached by taking the Higgins road exit off of I-90 and turning north
 at Mannheim Road - the hotel can be found at the Northwest corner of
 Higgins and Mannheim road.
 
 Fees and admissions
 
 Admission to the Chicago Computerfest by Atari will be $6.00 per day at
 the door.  A two-day ticket set will sell for $10.00.  The Learning
 Seminars will require advance registration and an additional fee; as
 soon as our program is set, we will send all of the details.
 
 If you have a question or suggestion, please don't hesitate to contact
 us in writing, via my GEmail address (M.BROWN56) or via the show hotline
 number.  We are eager to help and serve you - tell us what you need!
 
 How to reach us
 
 Chicago Computerfest by Atari 
  C/O LCACE 
  P.O. Box 8788 
  Waukegan, IL  60079-8788 
  24hr Hotline- 708-566-0682
 

 
 
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                           Z*MAGAZINE ARCHIVES
                           -------------------
                              June 11, 1986
 =======================================================================
 
 
 WHAT IS ZMAG??  (1986) 
 
 
 MSG#: 1621    Lines=16         Recv
 SENT:JUNE 10,1986   AT 10:03 PM
 TO: WODEN-SYSOP         
 FROM:RICHARD SCHRAUDNER  
 SUBJ:ZMAG?
 
 Zmag seems to be a GREAT idea.  When I think back to my early atari
 days, up all night keying in Compute programs & now fully immersed in
 the "mainstream" of computer technology, I'm amazed at the oportunitues
 to learn & enjoy.  Zmag seems to fill an additional void that goes
 beyond an individual board or even network.  I'll D/L some more as time
 allows & get it up to the Fun house (a bit hard to get to during
 available hours). Thx & looking forward actually meeting.
 
 
 Message #   :243
 Date & Time :06/08/86 23:27:26
 Subject     :HELP/OPINION
 To          :RON KOVACS-SYSOP
 Sent by     :THE SOCIALIST
 
 First of all you must have some weird control stuff in your main menu
 which is screwing me over something bad over here... Jus' doesn't look
 right in ASCII.
 
 Now for the "who asked you?" Department.  Very honestly, I think this
 BBS is going downhill and I think something should be done about it!
 First off, why cant you be indepentdant?  Why must you be in a big
 interstate network, have a big interstate magazine extending all the way
 to Chicago, and be so damn stuck up.............I mean, you're still the
 same but you seem to want to jump on the bandwagon, and as a result this
 BBS isnt just a BBS, it is a collection of BBS's all the way around the
 tri-state area.  I am beginning to feel like I'm on some big timesharing
 thing like Compuserve or something.  My suggestion, drop the whole thing
 and stop catering to all these stupid BBS's and user groups.  I have
 never heard of BAT, or even BAUD, before a month or so ago.  And I don't
 care.  I also don't care wut BBS's are in this great Network which in my
 opinion is a fluke..............This ZMAG concept is full of (edited)
 and will never last.
 
 Note:  What the heck happen to this guy... 
 

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