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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Subject: Z*Net: 13-Dec-91 #9152
Date: Sun Dec 22 00:03:04 1991




 | (((((((( |         Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine
 |      ((  |         -----------------------------------------
 |    ((    |         Decmeber 13, 1991            Issue #91-52
 |  ((      |         -----------------------------------------
 | (((((((( |         Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.
 |          |         Post Office Box 59,  Middlesex,  NJ 08846
 |    ((    |
 |  ((((((  |                        CONTENTS
 |    ((    |
 |          |  * Z*Net Newswire........................................
 | (((   (( |  * Perusing The Internet...................Bruce Hansford
 | ((((  (( |  * GCR Modifications....................George Richardson
 | (( (( (( |  * Perusing GEnie...............................Ed Krimen
 | ((  (((( |  * Selecting A BBS...........................Ken Buchholz
 | ((   ((( |  * Year In Review:1991 CIS Utilities...........Ron Kovacs
 |          |  * Z*Net Software Shelf....................Ron Berinstein
 | (((((((  |
 | ((       |
 | (((((    |
 | ((       |
 | (((((((  |  ~ Publisher/Editor............................Ron Kovacs
 |          |  ~ Editor.......................................John Nagy
 | (((((((( |  ~ Z*Net Newswire Ltd..........................Jon Clarke
 |    ((    |  ~ Contributing Editor.....................Bruce Hansford
 |    ((    |  ~ PD Software Reviews.....................Ron Berinstein
 |    ((    |  ~ Reporter....................................Mike Brown
 |    ((    |  ~ Assistant News Editor.......................Mike Davis
 |          |
 |----------|  $ GEnie Address....................................Z-NET
 |  ONLINE  |  $ CompuServe Address..........................75300,1642
 |  AREAS   |  $ Delphi Address....................................ZNET
 |          |  $ Internet Address.............75300,1642@compuserve.com
 |          |  $ America Online Address........................ZNET1991
 |----------|
 |  Z*NET   |  * Z*Net:USA New Jersey...(FNET 593).......(908) 968-8148
 |  SUPPORT |  * Z*Net:Golden Gate......(FNET 706).......(510) 373-6792
 |  SYSTEMS |  * Z*Net:South Pacific....(FNET 693).NZ....(644) 4762-852
 |          |  * Z*Net:South Jersey.....(FNET 168).CCBBS.(609) 451-7475
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 |          |  * Z*Net:Florida (Twilight Zone)(FNET 304).(407) 831-1613
 =======================================================================
 * Z*NET NEWSWIRE
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 CHICAGO SHOW NETS A PROFIT
 Atari Corp and L.C.A.C.E., the Chicago area group that co-sponsored the
 Chicago Computerfest by Atari, report that the event netted both parties
 a profit.  This is the first time that a show such as this was a
 cooperative effort with Atari on the financial level.  All previous
 shows were a straight donation position for Atari, who has provided
 equipment, transportation, personnel, advertising, and prizes for shows
 totalling near $100,000 in the most extreme cases.  Even after the costs
 of two large truckloads of hardware plus the transportation, food, and
 lodging of 25 Atari personnel for Chicago, it now appears that the show
 was at least a break-even proposition for Atari Corp.  The rush of sales
 of hardware at and after the show in the Chicago area that were spurred
 on by the show can't be measured in the show financial picture, but
 certainly add to the overall positive effects.  This cooperative effort
 paves the way for more of the same for Atari, while the groups who
 sponsor the events have a better bargaining position by using Atari's
 backing and organizational support.  If the profitability can be
 reasonably assured by the control Atari can exert on their co-op shows,
 the support of the developers and users who attend these shows now may
 be affordable.


 MORE PORTS FOR THE ST BOOK
 Atari Corp has shown two plug-in adapters for the upcoming ST BOOK
 notebook computer.  A "book-bus" to standard ST Cartridge slot unit will
 attach, when necessary, between any cart for the older series of
 computer and the new tiny ST BOOK.  A MIDI expander increases the MIDI
 capabilities of the BOOK by adding five standard MIDI jacks plus a SMPTE
 time code reference.  The MIDI unit is planned for OEM production by
 Atari only, meaning that third party software and hardware marketers can
 buy them from Atari, custom made, to include with their own package.
 This may allow for the possibility of internalizing the "dongle"
 required for some high-line MIDI applications into the unit itself.
 Atari won't sell the expander direct to consumers, but the market plan
 for the cart adapter is not final.


 PORTFOLIO DISK LETTER
 Another Portfolio newsletter, but with a difference:  "Open a window to
 productivity like you've never seen before with the only newsletter and
 diskette service dedicated solely to the Atari Portfolio" says David
 Stewart, editor of the "Re:Port Newsletter."  Re:Port, published bi-
 monthly, will give you insights into how the Portfolio works and
 provides at least two programs on disk (3.5" or 5.25") per issue.
 Re:Port also offers discounts on Portfolio products.  Newsletter/disk
 subscription, $50 for six issues.  Re:Port Newsletter, 1618 South Beech
 Court, Broken Arrow, OK 74012.


 PORTFOLIO PROLIFERATES DAILY AT CIS
 Don Messerli, David E. Stewart, and B.J. Gleason have been hard at work
 writing programs for the APORTFOLIO/Compuserve Programming Marathon.
 During the months of November and December, the three programmers made
 sure that there was at least one new program a day available for
 downloading.  Other members have been joining in to help them out, so
 there have been almost three new Portfolio files to download every day.
 By the end of the marathon, December 31, it is expected that there will
 be 600 files available in the Portfolio Forum on Compuserve.  The PBASIC
 Editor, a program to allow users on a PC to write programs using B.J.
 Gleason's PBASIC for the Portfolio, has been upgraded to version 2.0.
 The major improvement is that the editor now provides emulation for
 those "Portfolio Only" features.  You can now view PGC graphics, as well
 as Boxes, Sounds, and Menus on the PC.  This should help speed up
 Portfolio software development. The PBASIC editor is available on
 Compuserve in the APORTFOLIO forum as PBE20.ZIP.


 CHANGES AT ATARIUSER
 The January issue of AtariUser Magazine is going to press today, and
 editor John Nagy says it is the best yet.  Major changes in the layout
 reflect the move to more technical articles and longer features.  While
 the January issue holds more actual text than any issue before it, some
 "regular" columns will be rotated in and out as space allows.  Nagy
 stresses that 8-bit, Lynx, Portfolio, ST/TT, and MIDI coverage will
 continue as a permanent part of AtariUser.  Dealers and subscribers
 should see the magazine by January 1.  Quill Publishing Co., AtariUser's
 parent company, welcomes its two newest staff members, Matthew J.
 Sheldon and Brian Eliassian.  Sheldon, moving from a San Francisco based
 marketing firm, will head Comp! magazine's (Quill's PC oriented
 publication) marketing department.  Eliassian, traffic manager at the
 world-famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and long-time Atari
 maven, is taking over the Coordinating Editor position at AtariUser
 magazine.  He'll be handling the day-to-day office responsibilities for
 AtariUser.  Quill Publishing, 113 W. College St., Covina, CA  91723,
 (818) 332-0372.


 NATIONAL UNION BOYCOTT OF APPLE
 A national boycott of Apple Computer Inc. products is on, and John
 Barton, spokesman for the California union local that represents
 janitorial workers, says they're in it for the long haul.  Apple uses
 about 100 non-union workers every night to clean their Santa Clara
 headquarters.  The national union for janitorial workers doesn't like
 that.  The dispute has been going on for over a year, and now the union
 has decided to play hard-ball by issuing the national boycott.


 NEW Z*NET BBS OPENS
 Another FoReM BBS system is now open for callers in California.  Z*Net
 Golden Gate, (FNET Node 706) began operations this week and is available
 24 hours a day at 510-373-6792, HST 14.4 US Robotics Modem.  The SysOp
 is Bob Brodie, Atari's Director of Communications.  Other Z*Net support
 systems are located in New Jersey, Florida, New Zealand, Canada and soon
 in Hawaii.




 =======================================================================
 * PERUSING THE INTERNET (Atari ST)           Compiled by Bruce Hansford
 =======================================================================


 Date: 4 Dec 91 04:38:49 GMT
 >From: ...laidbak!tellab5!chinet!saj@cs.rochester.edu (Stephen Jacobs)
 Subject: ST book

 I played with the Book a bit in Chicago.  I'll agree with everyone else
 that the display is remarkably good.  People whio had used them for
 awhile seemed to be able to use the pointing device easily, but it sure
 felt strange to me.  Pricing was publicly discussed, with something in
 the general ballpark of $2000 being representative (a 'Portfolio Book'
 was also talked about, but I only have that third-hand.  About 50% more
 expensive.  MS-DOS).  There was definite talk about having the Book in
 retail channels by January, but since they clearly didn't have
 warehouses full of them NOW, I think an extra month would be a good
 guess.

 Steve   saj@chinet.chi.il.us

 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: 4 Dec 91 12:21:44 GMT
 >From: mcsun!uknet!mucs!p4.cs.man.ac.uk!milnern@uunet.uu.net
 Subject: Atari sales going up in UK

 Just thought I'd post this little of snippet of info I gleaned from one
 of the ST mags available in the UK.  Since the incompatability problems
 of the new entry level Amiga have come to light, many stores are angry
 with Commodore and are quoted as saying that they cannot afford to stock
 it anymore.  As a result of this ST sales are now topping Amiga sales
 for the first time since Adam etc.etc.

 NOTE: This is not a "my computer is better than yours" post.  The only
 reason I even mention the 'A' word was to give the reason for the
 increased sales.

 The down side to all this though is that since Atari flogged its
 assembly plant, they are having a LOT of trouble meeting demand in time
 for Christmas.  Can't they do anything right?

 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: 5 Dec 91 05:21:44 GMT
 >From: ....ohio-state.edu!rpi!pinelr@arizona.edu (Robert Jeffrey Pinelli)
 Subject: HELP: Mouse is flaky.

 (Corey Liu) writes:
 >My original ST mouse (1988) is acting flaky.  The pointer will only
 >move down when I direct it upwards or downward.  Right/left motion is
 >fine.
 >
 >I've noticed a gradual decay of its behavior over the past week where
 >it would move the pointer only down sometimes, but now it seems stuck
 >in the downwards mode.
 >
 >Is anybody familiar with this problem?  Is it just the untimely death
 >of my ST mouse?  Is it a virus?
 >...

 I know of a FREE fix for it that's almost guaranteed to work.  Try
 cleaning it.  Pop off that little slide cover over the ball and take the
 ball out.  Now scrape all that greyish back gunk of the x/y rollers and
 the pressure roller.  It may take a sharp object since it tends to get
 really packed on.  Since you didn't mention cleaning your mouse, I
 assume that it's been building up garbage in there since you've had the
 computer.  I've had the problem before and a good cleaning will usually
 do the trick.

 If in the even this doesn't seem to do it, then my next guess would be
 that one of the wires in the mouse cord is severed, most likely in the
 joint where the cord meets the mouse.  Try jiggling that junction while
 moving the mouse around and see if it sometimes works when you hold it
 in certain positions.  I've had this problem too, and my cord needed to
 be replaced.  I was lucky and knew someone who had a spare.  However,
 spares should be inexpensive and if you are handy with some simple
 electronics, you should be able to fix it yourself (at the expense of
 shortening the cord a little.)

 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: 5 Dec 91 22:10:03 GMT
 >From: mcsun!uknet!slxsys!ibmpcug!demon!news@uunet.uu.net (Iain Laskey)
 Subject: ST on stage

 You should go and see a Jean Michel Jarre concert.  Wall to wall Mega
 ST's!  The ST is the machine of choice amongst the music community with
 many appearing on stage.  Tangerine Dream even mention Atari and some
 Atari people on their album sleeves.

 I know a great many people in bands and ALL use Atari's and either
 Notator or Cubase for sequencing.

 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: Sun, 08 Dec 91 10:38:25 SST
 >From: "S. Suthipuntha" 
 Subject: SETTING SEEK SPEED FOR 1.44MB DRIVE

 Greeting from Singapore,

 I have installed a 1.44MB disk drive to my Mega 4 and have been asking
 for the program to set the drive seek speed or step rate to 6 that will
 work with TOS 1.4 but never receive any response.

 All along I have to boot the CLI program and type in the command line:
 STEP 6 to change step rate then exit CLI to GEM desktop.  Now I have
 found more convenience way of working with 1.44MB drive as follows:

 1.  Obtain the FCOPYPRO(fessional) program (no it's not a PD) and
     config it to have drive A: as Destination drive and set step Rate
     for A: to 6 and leave the step rate for B: at 3 and save this
     Configuration.  I have the 1.44MB drive inside the Mega 4 and have
     the 720KB external drive.  I have to set A: as the destination drive
     to be able to format the diskette in A: as the FCOPY will sensibly
     refuse to format the source drive.

 2.  Putting FCOPYPRO.PRG in the hard disk and set its to Auto boot under
     'Install Application' menu in TOS 1.4 or put it in AUTO folder for
     the older TOS.  The FCOPYPRO will boot up as an opening screen every
     time the computer is turn on its menu looks quite attractive anyway.
     FCOPYPRO will automatically set disk drive step rate to the correct
     6 and 3 and ready to format the new disk.  It just a matter of
     clicking QUIT button to go to other programs if you don't want to
     format disk or copy files between 2 drives.

 I know that this is not a perfect solution but it is easier than to go
 to CLI and exit.  I probably have to make do with COPYPRO until some
 kind soul would post the suitable SEEK6 program to the NET or the
 archive.

 Hope this would be useful to other netters who are facing the same
 problem like myself.

 Suthipuntha, School of Architecture,
              National University of Singapore
              AKISUJAR@NUSVM.BITNET

 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: 8 Dec 91 15:06:54 GMT
 >From: ....linac!att!cbfsb!cbnewsb.cb.att.com!hojo@arizona.edu
 Subject: CDAR-504 and IBM/Mac CDs

 (Dani A. Roloson) writes:
 > Has anyone used a CDAR-504 to read IBM or Mac CD's?  I am hoping that
 > I can just get a CD of IBM/Mac EPS clip-art, put it into the CDAR-504,
 > and import directly into PageStream 2.1.  Is it that simple?

 I have a CDAR504.  It will read the MS/DOS CD formats ok.

 You have to consider the following.

 1.  There is only 1 physical CD standard.  In a sense you can read any
     CD BUT

 2.  There is a logical standard that ATARI 'screwed up'.  A CD can
     contain many sections that may be music, data, and on big CD's,
     video.

 3.  The CDAR504 will only read the FIRST section.

 SO

 4.  you can PLAY (not READ) a music video. OR

 5.  read s single section data CD.  of these there are several
     standards.

 Bottom line.

 1.  I can read the PC CD-ROMS.

 2.  I can read the hypertext introduction to a MAC CD-ROM, but not
     access the next section.

 3.  Also, there are two popular ways of doing PC CD-ROMS.

   a. First, the CD-ROM is all "data", and you get a floppy with the
      access program written in the native language that it is sold for.
      Of, course , this usually means MS/DOS on a PC.
   b. Second, the CD-ROM contains the access programs and the data.

 4.  This leaves the Atari out in the cold.

 5.  What I did was hack a CD-rom driver into PC-Ditto I, and run as a
     real (but slow) PC.  Since PC_ditto-I has CGA only, this handles
     text based CD-roms quite well.  Data bases like "Computer library"
     work well.

 Howard Johnson
 ATT BELL LABS

 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\




 =======================================================================
 * GCR MODIFICATIONS FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE       by George Richardson
 =======================================================================
 Merlin Group, Inc. - Captured from CompuServe


 The Spectre GCR has a number of problems when used with an Atari TT.
 This is caused by the fact that the 68030 processor has begun to change
 the state of the address lines by the time the cartridge select line
 goes false, something that does not normally occur in the regular ST
 computers.  These problems can include the following:

   The defective ROM message at boot time
   Difficulty formatting GCR (Mac) floppies
   Difficulty to write to GCR (Mac) floppies
   Difficulty reading GCR (Mac) floppies

 The floppy problems can be detected by using the GCR test program
 included with Spectre.

 These problems may, in some lesser degree, occur on machines with 68030,
 68020 or 68000 accelerators.  They might also occur on machines that
 have heavy loading on the address bus, like a Mega ST with blitter,
 Moniterm card and GCR, or a GCR and 6 Eprom TOS set.

 There are three separate fixes that can be done to the GCR.  They should
 all be done to get best performance with the TT.

 I should note that these are only GCR hardware fixes; there are some
 problems with the TT and Spectre 3.0 that will be corrected by future
 Spectre releases.  An example of this is the problems using floppy disks
 with the 68030 caches turned on.  The current solution is to get one of
 the Mac desk accessories that allow you to turn off the caches so that
 you can use floppies when it's required.

 There are also some hardware problems with some TT's that are not caused
 by Spectre or the GCR.  You should run the floppy drive test on the GCR
 tester to determine if your drive and system is up to snuff.  If it
 doesn't pass, no amount of fixes to the GCR or Spectre software will
 help you.  Also, there is a small fuse in the power supply line to the
 cartridge port on TT's.  If this fuse is blown, the GCR cartridge will
 not function.  Check with a voltmeter to be sure the GCR is getting
 power.  Pins 7 and 14 of U4 are a good place to check with a voltmeter.
 Pin 7 is the negative side and pin 14 is the positive side.  There
 should be about 5 volts DC between these pins.

 The Fixes:

 There are three parts required for the GCR fix; no sustitutes please!
 any substitution of parts can produce side effects like the complete
 inability to use the GCR.

 There are three parts required:

 (1) 74LS04 chip (*not* an S04, ALS04, HC04, AS04, or 7404)

 (1) 100pf capacitor (35 Volt, monolithic ceramic, one of the little
     blue or yellow blobs.  *DO NOT* use a disk cap!)

 (1) 1K Ohm, 1/4 watt 5% tolerance resistor

 Ok, the first step is to trim all but pins 7 and 14 on the 74LS04 short.
 Note that I said *short*, not off.  If you cut off all of the thin part
 of the lead so that none off it protrudes below the base of the chip
 itself, that will do fine.  This is only so that none of the pins touch
 any of the pins on the chip we're going to solder it on to.  Pins 7 and
 14 are the power pins, and we'll use those both to get power from
 another chip, and to hold the 74LS04 onto the GCR.

 Now locate U4 on your GCR.  If you hold the GCR so that the gold
 connector is facing you and the disk connectors are on your right, U4 is
 the third chip in from the left on the top edge of the GCR.  We'll also
 use this orientation to locate the rest of the chips we'll be dealing
 with.  Now position the 74LS04 on top of U4 so that their pins line up,
 1 to 1, 2 to 2, etcetera.  This means that the notch or mark on the ends
 of both chips must be facing the same way.  Solder the 74LS04 chip's
 pins 7 and 14 to pins 7 and 14 of the U4 chip, so that the 74LS04 chip
 is riding piggyback on U4.

 Find U3, just to the left of U4. Cut the trace connected to pin 9 of U3.
 It's located on top of the board.  Then connect a wire from pin 8 of the
 74LS04 chip to pin 9 of U4.

 Find U2, just to the left of U3.  Connect a wire from pin 9 of the
 74LS04 to pin 9 of U2.

 Find U6, on the lower left side of the board. Cut the trace connected to
 pin 12 of U6.  This is on the top side of the board.  Then connect a
 wire from pin 10 of the 74LS04 to pin 12 of U6.

 Connect a wire from pin 11 of the 74LS04 to pin 11 of U2.

 Now the tough stuff.  Solder the 100pf capcitor between pins 2 and 3 of
 the 74LS04.  This can be done in such a way as to allow the capacitor to
 lie flat against the top of the chip.  Then solder the 1K resistor
 between pins 3 and 7 of the 74LS04.  Make sure that these parts don't
 touch any other pins on the chip.

 Connect a wire from pin 1 of the 74LS04 to pin 10 of U2.

 Then find U10, which is just to the left of U6.  Cut the trace that
 connects to pin 10 of U10, leaving the trace between pins 9 and 10
 intact.  All of these traces are on the underside of the board.  Then
 connect a wire from pin 4 of the 74LS04 to pin 10 of U10.

 Run the GCR test.  Boot Mac mode.  If you did everything correctly, you
 should now be running fine.

 On the off chance that you're not, but everything seems to be wired
 correctly, short out the leads of the capacitor and try it.  If things
 work better, try substituting a 120pf or 150pf cap for the 100pf.




 =======================================================================
 * PERUSING GENIE                                  Compiled by Ed Krimen
 =======================================================================

 Copyright (C)1991, Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari  Roundtables.
 May be reprinted only with this notice intact.  The Atari Roundtables on
 GEnie are *official* information services of Atari Corporation.  To sign
 up for GEnie service,  call (with modem)  800-638-8369.  Upon connection
 type  HHH  (RETURN  after  that).   Wait  for   the  U#=  prompt.   Type
 XTX99436,GEnie  and  hit  RETURN.  The system  will  prompt you for your
 information.


 40-FOLDER ALLOCATION
 ====================
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 14,  Topic 14
 Message 212       Sun Dec 08, 1991
 TOWNS [John@Atari]           at 15:09 EST

 Well, I think the manual is worded fine. The problem is that the method
 used to access folders is different from older versions of TOS.

 Starting with TOS 1.04, Atari changed the way the folder allocation
 works.  Prior to TOS 1.04, When you entered a folder, it would take up
 a slot in the folder count and never give it up.  Even if you stopped
 looking in that folder.  With TOS 1.04 and above, the scheme was
 changed.  Now when you access a folder, it takes up a slot in the folder
 count and when you are done with it, it is freed and the slot is
 available again.

 Basically, this means that there is still a limit.  But, in addition to
 the new method of folder allocation, we also raised the limit above 40.
 Basically, to run into the limit on a machine with TOS 1.04 and above,
 you would have to access ALOT of folders (imagine going eight folders
 deep on six or seven hard disk partitions at the _same_ time..  Most
 people will never do this.  And even if you do, you run FOLDRXXX.PRG and
 add some folders)

 I personally think FOLDER set to 800 is pretty extreme.  If you have TOS
 1.04 and a hard disk, I would recommend a FOLDR050.PRG or maybe 100
 (mine is set to 50) and you should be fine.

 BTW..  You will know on TOS 1.04 and above when you run into the limit.
 You will see a message telling you that you have run out of folders and
 to reboot with FOLDRXXX.PRG to allocate some additional ones.

 I hope this clears up some of the confusion.

 -- John Townsend, Atari Corp.
 ----------


 dBMAN
 =====
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 6,  Topic 16
 Message 177       Tue Dec 10, 1991
 B.REHBOCK [Bill@Atari]       at 03:27 EST

 Yes, they have fixed most of those annoying bugs.  I don't think that
 5.3 for the ST is ready for shipping just yet, but they DEFINITELY are
 dedicated to an Atari version.  I have been working with Charlie Seng
 and his main programmer for the ST and Amiga, Ben rather closely since I
 started at Atari just over a year ago.  I'm trying to convince them to
 put in some very high neat-o factor things into the Atari release, so
 GET THOSE UPGRADE DOLLARS INTO THESE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 The upgrade for TOS is as follows...
   Your current dBMAN version:         Development Sys.    Runtime Sys.
   ===========================         ================    ============
             5.2                          $45.00            $40.00
             5.1                          $70.00            $60.00
             4.0                         $105.00            $90.00
             3.0 or older                $140.00           $120.00

 The 5.3 TOS version will have support for netowrking that will work with
 and AtariNetworkingStandard Network. (Such as the A&D Universal
 Network).  Please contact VersaSoft and get you upgrades.

 -Bill Rehbock, Director of Technical Services (and 3rd Party Developer
  Coordinator, Atari Corp.)
 ----------


 LYNX SALES
 ==========
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 14,  Topic 3
 Message 160       Thu Dec 05, 1991
 TOWNS [John@Atari]           at 01:12 EST

 According to the several Good Guys stores and Software Etc. stores I
 went into this week.. the Lynx is outselling the GameBoy overall.  In
 two stores, I was told "Lynx is the hottest hand-held game system for us
 right now.  We are selling tons of them!"

 -- John
 ----------

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 36,  Topic 5
 Message 337       Mon Dec 09, 1991
 S.JOHNSON10 [Steve]          at 00:33 EST

 According to the current issue of Z*Net (issue #9151), when arcade
 conversion games are being developed for the Lynx, they actually go out
 and get arcade versions of the games to continuously compare their Lynx
 versions to.  Also, it mentions new game projects for the Lynx including
 Steel Talons, Shadow of the Beast, a combined Asteroids/Missile Command
 cartridge, as well as MANY others.

 Download file #21832 ZNET9151.ARC for all the poop!
 ----------

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 36,  Topic 5
 Message 338       Mon Dec 09, 1991
 TOWNS [John@Atari]           at 13:25 EST

 I am not sure how it is handled by Chicago.. but the way it has been
 done in the past (here in Sunnyvale) was that when a contract was
 reached for an Arcade conversion, part of the contract was that the
 original company provided an Arcade Unit for the period of development.

 In fact, those arcade units (most of the development is now handled by
 the Entertainment Div. in Chicago..  So we don't get to see the arcade
 units as much :-{ ) have provided endless hours of fun for those of us
 in Sunnyvale!
 ----------

 MULTIDESK
 =========
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 32,  Topic 5
 Message 31        Mon Dec 09, 1991
 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead]       at 13:09 EST

 Ken,

 As we've mentioned before, when someone disables MDD and a problem goes
 away, the problem is almost certainly within an ACC loaded (or MDXed)
 into MultiDesk.  We know of _no_ conflicts between MultiDesk itself and
 _any_ program.  You can easily test this by emptying MultiDesk of its
 ACCs (by doing a "Clear All" and setting your MDX path to a directory
 with no ACCs).  I'll be very surprised if anyone comes up with any
 conflict between an empty MultiDesk and any program.

 I also think your problem is probably something other than EdHak.  I've
 used several different versions of EdHak in MultiDesk with no problem.

 It's really quite impossible for us to be responsible for the behavior
 of all of the ACCs users might load.  It's as if we sell someone a van.
 If he loads it full of garbage and comes back to us complaining that it
 smells bad inside, there's not much we can tell him other than to empty
 it out.  

 John

 P.S. Desk Manager works fine on an STe.  But it will not handle your
 NEWDESK.INF file automatically (since it will write a DESKTOP.INF file
 instead).  You'll have to use the custom files option to handle
 NEWDESK.INF files.
 ----------

 STOS
 ====
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 3,  Topic 9
 Message 14        Fri Dec 06, 1991
 R.MARTIN22 [NETWORK 23]      at 01:12 EST

 John:

 Mouse problems are very indicative of how STOS refuses to work when it
 encounters a new TOS.  STOS accesses a table which tells it vital
 locations which seem to change from TOS to TOS.  Whenever a new TOS is
 released, Mandarin creates a new table which includes the new pointers
 and incorporates it into STOS so it will work with the new TOSs.  As far
 as I know, the latest TOS STOS currently works with is TOS 1.62 (the
 version I am using now).  There is a hefty upgrade to STOS coming down
 the pike soon (possibly before the end of the year) which adds about 100
 new commands...whether it will also include the tables needed for the
 TT's is anyone's guess, but I think there's a pretty good chance.

 When I get my next newsletter from STOS Canada Club, I'll let you know.
 If you want info on the STOS Canada Club, let me know and I'll fill you
 in!

 Live And Direct,
 Rod Martin, Network 23 Software
 Written at 12:06 AM on 5/Dec/91.
 ----------

 ATARI TT
 ========
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 14,  Topic 7
 Message 163       Fri Dec 06, 1991
 M.HILL13 [Mike]              at 23:22 EST

 So Bill Rhebok,

 What is the current time frame for Atari shipping Class B TT's to
 dealers?

 What are the major differences between the Class A and Class B besides
 the new tos and 1.4 drive?  Specifically is the motherboard a major
 change?  Any major hardware changes?

 Mike
 ----------
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 14,  Topic 7
 Message 164       Sat Dec 07, 1991
 B.REHBOCK [Bill@Atari]       at 04:18 EST

 TOS 3.06 and the 1.44 meg drives have absolutely nothing to do with FCC
 Class B machines.  The Class A machines with 3.06 and 1.44 meg drives
 have been shipping since the Chicago show.

 Right now, the expected schedule for delivery of Class B machines is Mid
 December to early January.  There is no functional difference between
 the Class A & Class B machines.

 By the way, I was just looking at my PLI (Peripheral Land Inc.) Atari/
 Macintosh/Next 88 megabyte removeable Syquest drive, and guess what?
 It's FCC Class A
 ----------



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 * 21 CONSIDERATIONS IN SELECTING A BBS                  by Ken Buchholz
 =======================================================================
 The Washington Towne Crier BBS, 708-803-0428


 BBSs are like mushrooms in spring - they seem to sprout up with every
 rain, and suddenly, without warning, disappear into thin air.  There are
 thousands of BBSs to use, and since you can't spend every waking hour
 BBSing, you need to be selective in the system you choose to use.
 Here's some helpful hints to guide you in selecting the BBSs you
 utilize:

 1.  The SYSOP.  You can tell a lot about the SYSOP without seeing the
 system in action.  As you log on, what is the flavour of the SYSOP's
 comments and prompts for answers?  If he/she nasty?  Does he/she give
 you the feeling that they believe they are God?  Does the SYSOP ask too
 personal questions, such as detailed information on where you work or
 live, your income or your sexual preferences?  If so, don't bother
 completing the logon sequence - hang up and take your business
 elsewhere.

 2.  Does the system provide adequate telecommunications support, such as
 a high enough baud rate?  Systems which don't provide at least 9600 baud
 today are probably going to be VERY slow in terms of user activity, and
 slow systems are dead systems.  Is the system constantly busy?  If a
 system is constantly busy, either the system has too many users, the
 system doesn't restrict session times, or the SYSOP is constantly taking
 his/her system down to play games, do their homework, etc.  Regardless
 of reason, find another BBS to frequent.

 3.  Does the SYSOP force you to suffer through endless screens of
 totally useless information, such as last N number of callers, lists of
 those who haven't uploaded enough (in the SYSOP's own opinion), lists of
 useless trivia such as "On this date in history..." and the like?  Are
 you forced to suffer through a seemingly endless list of "system
 messages" that date back more than a week or two?  Do it take more than
 15-20 seconds to log on?  If the answer to any of these questions is
 "Yes", forget this system and hang-up immediately.

 4.  Do the logon screens/prompts change frequently?  This can reek havoc
 on your attempts to fully automate your logon sequence via script files.
 And it illustrates just how much of a plaything the SYSOP considers his/
 her system to be.  Again, forget these systems and go elsewhere.

 5.  The name of the system:  If the SYSOP picks some space-faced name
 (Galacticom Gladiators or Space Base North, for example) or overly-
 cutesy name (Gina's Boutique or Dick's Doghouse), it will attract users
 of a similar mindset.  If this matches your mindset, continue to logon,
 otherwise hang up immediately.

 6.  Does the BBS' name change with the weather?  This is indicative of a
 SYSOP who is about as stable as Jello.  Get your desert elsewhere...

 7.  Does the system require users to maintain an upload/download ratio?
 If so, move on - there are too many systems around which don't have such
 restrictions to have to bother with those which do.  Again, move on...
 quickly...

 8.  Does the SYSOP allow "war-boarding", profanity and other trash?
 "War-boards" = "Kiddy-boards".  If you're a kiddy, great news!  For the
 more mature user, dial another number and don't look back...

 9.  Is the system well-policed?  For example, how old are the messages
 in the public forums?  If they are more than a month or two old, you
 really must reconsider the wisdom of using the system.  If they date
 back 4-6 months or more, boggie on... to another system.

 10. Is the system well organized in a logical fashion?  Are there
 different topical SIGs/forums/message bases, or is everything tossed
 into one big bucket?  Same goes for the File Libraries - are they
 organized into logical areas, or will you be spending time weeding
 through files of no interest to you to find those which are?  Again,
 there is no need to have to suffer through a mess when there are so many
 BBSs around which are well-organized and well-policed.

 Conversely, does the system have a SIG/forum/message base for absolutely
 everything under the sun?  Are the SIGs/forums/message bases splintered
 too much?  (Example: SIGs for DOS, Batch Files, Disk Utilities, Keyboard
 Utilities, Memory Management Utilities, etc., rather than a single DOS
 SIG/)

 11. Are the files online available for downloading packed with PKZIP,
 ARC or some other packer, or are they available ONLY in an uncompressed
 state?  Time IS money and uncompressed files take far longer to
 download.  The only general exception to this rule are GIF graphics.  If
 you can't get your downloads in packed format, look elsewhere.

 12. Privacy of YOUR information:  Does the system allow users to gain
 access to the personal and usually VERY private information about its
 users, or is this restricted - available ONLY if the users elect to make
 the information available?  If you don't have complete control over your
 own personal information, hang up immediately.

 13. What is the "theme" or purpose of the BBS?  If the purpose of the
 system is "stamp collecting" and you have no interest in stamp
 collecting, don't waste your time and that of others in trying to change
 the theme of the system.  Move on.  In contrast, if you ARE interested
 in stamp collecting, use the system to the max - its definitely in YOUR
 interest to support the system.

 14. What is the user activity in the public forums/message bases?  If
 there is little activity and the BBS has been around for more than 2-3
 months (i.e., the system is NOT just starting up and gaining
 recognition), move on.  Again, a slow system is a dead system.

 15. What is the age of the SYSOP?  Many youngsters 9-15 go through the
 stage where they absolutely MUST be the SYSOP of their own system.  Its
 genetic.  A FEW of these systems are run by mature young men/women, but
 most are just passing fancies and thus the systems will be online for 3
 months or less.  Especially when Mom and Dad decide to punish Junior for
 getting that D in Math.

 If you use such systems, just don't be surprised one evening when you
 call and the Ma Bell Electronic Lady tells you "The number you have
 reached has been disconnected."

 16. Does the system provide the transfer protocol(s) of choice for
 today?  For example, currently ZMODEM is the protocol most popular, and
 for good reason.  Does the system offer ZMODEM?

 17. Network mail.  So-called BBSs which offer network messages are not
 BBSs in the original sense.  Network BBSs tend to be "just another node"
 and don't have the local intensity and don't foster the spirit of
 comraderia that truly local BBSs do.  This is NOT to say that network
 systems are not worth using - quite the contrary.  If you need to get
 electronic mail to someone in another state and are too cheap to
 subscribe to CIS, GEnie, America Online, etc., and you don't mind
 exchanging electronic mail at a snail's pace, they are just your cup of
 tea!  But if you desire the spirit of a local system, network nodes are
 not going to satisfy you.  Personally I prefer local BBSs and Reach Out
 America - time is more valuable than money to me, so I pay the few cents
 to get my mail to someone instantly rather than wait a week to get the
 mail there and get the reply back.  Just personal preference...  But, if
 the network BBS is charging you for each message sent out on the
 network, go elsewhere, period.

 18. The spirit of the users.  What makes a BBS is the quality of its
 users.  If the users are mature, friendly, knowledgable and outgoing,
 the system will be hopping and you'll get the most from it.  If, on the
 other hand, the system fosters users who only want to logon and take
 downloads, forget forging any friendships or getting much help, such as
 answers to your questions.

 19. Hours of operation:  Is the system available 24 hrs/day, 7 days/
 week?  If not, forget it; the SYSOP isn't committed to running a solid
 system if he/she doesn't spring for at least ONE dedicated line, and why
 should you have to rearrange your life around the system's availability?
 Such systems never last very long.  Mushrooms in spring...

 20. Is the system easy to use?  In other words, are the commands logical
 and make sense?  Or are they Unix-like, cryptic and Greek?  If you need
 to download a manual to learn the system, forget it - go read a nice
 novel and get some enjoyment in life!  If you are on the system for 3
 min and still haven't mastered the commands, Alt-H and dial another
 system.

 21. Is the system free?  If not, be absolutely sure what you're going to
 be getting for your money BEFORE you ship the cabbage.  There are
 thousands upon thousands of BBSs which are free, and if a BBS is going
 to charge you for your use of the system, make darn sure they are going
 to be providing you with something than you can't get for free further
 down the road.  Also know that many of the BBSs which have attempted to
 go the subscription route have failed miserably and either folded
 altogether or have reverted back to being a free, public-access system.
 If the pay-for-use system you are considering goes back to being a free
 system, will you get your money back?  If the system goes offline
 permanently, will you get your cabbage refunded?  Chances are the
 answers to both questions are "No".

 Before you send in your money, the pay-for-use system should allow you
 some "free" connect time to investigate the system and the services it
 provides.  Unless you get some free time to investigate the entire
 system, move on.

 This is by far NOT a comprehensive list of considerations to make in
 selecting which BBSs you utilize, but it should provide you with some
 elementary considerations as a start.  The key to maximizing the
 benefits of using BBSs lies in being selective.  BBSs should be places
 to go for learning, for getting public domain and shareware files, for
 exchanging thoughts, for getting news and for making friends who share
 some common interests (such as computers).  But most of all, BBSs should
 be FUN.



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                           YEAR IN REVIEW: 1991
             COMPUSERVE TOP 50 UTILITY/APPLICATION DOWNLOADS
                          Compiled by Ron Kovacs
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                   CompuServe Atari Productivity Forum
                 November 30, 1990 thru December 1, 1991

 User ID        Lib   Filename         Bytes      Access   Date
 ===================================================================
 [74415 1727]    2    QWKCIS.TOS       74649       272     28-Apr-91
 [76703 4061]    6    WHATIS.ARC       19998       182     13-Oct-91
 [73637 1120]    4    DIRDRV.ARC       72960       181     31-May-91
 [76703 4061]    6    CAL.ARC          90240       137     12-Sep-91
 [76702 1466]    4    VKILLR.LZH       63792       136     12-May-91
 [76004 2232]    4    ARCS25.ARC       46815       134     22-Apr-91
 [71570 3142]    2    QCISHE.ARC        3513       131     06-Dec-90
 [74706 1743]    4    ARCSHL.ARC       47232       129     25-Jul-91
 [70007 1072]    6    CPX.ARC         100096       124     20-Jun-91
 [73657 1712]    4    MULT13.LZH       14592       112     12-Dec-90
 [74415 1727]    2    XYZ201.ARC       52992       106     29-Jun-91
 [73030 3562]    4    CALLTI.ARC        3712        92     08-Sep-91
 [70007 4510]    4    STZIP9.LZH       55680        88     07-Jul-91
 [71451 1764]    2    GEMXZY.LZH       22656        85     09-Jul-91
 [70007 1072]    2    TOS14F.ARC        2432        84     29-Jun-91
 [71450 1050]    2    ATABBS.TXT        5730        84     03-Oct-91
 [76004 2232]    4    FUNKAL.ARC        3558        82     27-Apr-91
 [71621 1712]    4    UZSHL.PRG        18774        82     23-Apr-91
 [72637 745]     6    FPPRNT.LZH        2048        80     18-Jul-91
 [75300 1721]    4    2COLUM.LZH       54016        76     19-Sep-91
 [73047 600]     2    EDHAKD.LZH       37632        71     10-Oct-91
 [76004 1764]    8    SIZZLR.ARC       10112        70     27-Jul-91
 [76537 1342]    4    TURTLE.ARC       64881        69     03-Jan-91
 [76702 1466]    6    TIMDRV.ARC         839        68     18-Jan-91
 [74435 1015]    4    ACC13.ARC         1276        66     21-Apr-91
 [73647 2735]    6    SPBT70.ARC      175793        64     03-Mar-91
 [100010 2106]   4    DOCDIS.LZH       53376        62     17-Aug-91
 [70007 4454]    4    XSHELL.LZH      228970        60     08-Jul-91
 [74415 1727]    4    LHA130.ARC       61184        57     07-Jul-91
 [76515 3561]    4    STUNAR.ARC       11687        56     08-Sep-91
 [76703 254]     2    MODMEC.ARC       95202        55     17-Aug-91
 [74370 22]      2    MODEMF.ARC        2048        55     20-Apr-91
 [73310 761]     5    CALPRN.ARC       13568        55     08-Oct-91
 [73637 317]     6    ELFBO2.ARC       71936        54     13-Jul-91
 [70731 2322]    4    EDMSHL.LZH       33792        54     07-Aug-91
 [76703 4061]    6    JAR.ARC           5928        54     18-Sep-91
 [100014 621]    9    HPTOGD.ARC       21888        51     05-May-91
 [72347 1623]    4    DCSQIF.LZH       17638        51     13-Sep-91
 [72417 3026]    4    BICYCL.ARC       24576        49     31-May-91
 [100016 1020]   2    RUFUS1.TOS      100480        49     17-Jan-91
 [73670 2200]    2    YMG125.ARC        9926        49     31-Mar-91
 [72347 1431]    4    FLMAT3.ARC      179200        48     25-Jun-91
 [73647 2735]    6    SUPBTA.PRG         718        48     18-Sep-91
 [100010 1100]   6    STREE4.ARC       51456        46     19-Jul-91
 [72355 1637]    5    GRAPH.LZH       134144        46     14-Jun-91
 [76703 4061]    6    BLINK.ARC        36334        45     09-Dec-90
 [76702 1466]    2    TRBCTS.LZH        5198        45     12-Jan-91
 [73030 3562]   10    ZEST.ARC         41216        45     06-Aug-91
 [72307 1502]    6    AREACO.ARC       55542        43     12-Oct-91



 TOP EDUCATION/LEARNING UPLOADS OF 1991 ON GENIE

 17415 CIRCUS.ARC               X D.A.BRUMLEVE 901127  126000    207   9
 17641 KV_FONIC.LZH             X K.KRESSIN    901218   52920    202   9
 21092 GNOMPLOT.ARC             X S.SCHAPER    910928   87296    158   9
 18599 RESIST.ARC               X E.TREMBLAY2  910311   15120    130   9
 20419 MATHQUIZ.LZH             X W.AUSTIN4    910805   27136    122   9
 20816 BAC.LZH                  X D.PANKE      910907   16512    120   9
 20591 CLASS_31.ARC             X G.WREN       910822   94592    104   9
 21368 JUPMOONS.LZH             X S.SCHAPER    911026   18816     97   9
 21192 URAMOONS.ARC             X S.SCHAPER    911008   29056     90   9
 20317 MSTRQUIZ.ARC             X M.ALLEN16    910728   48512     76   9
 20318 MSTRQUIZ.DOC             X M.ALLEN16    910728    7936     70   9
 18598 BATTERY.ARC              X E.TREMBLAY2  910311   60480     66   9
 21510 MRESISTOR.ARC            X G.RENNIE     911109   19840     65   9
 20592 CLASSDOC.ARC             X G.WREN       910822    2304     54   9
 20860 YBS_HAP.LZH              X R.QUANCE     910909   85376     41   9
 18337 COSMO.ARC                X T.RECHAK1    910220   27720     24   9



 =======================================================================
 * Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF                                by Ron Berinstein
 =======================================================================


 We are usually some of the last folks to go out, fight the lines, find a
 parking spot, search thru the endless amount of stock, and get a
 Christmas tree.  Not this year though, as if by magic, Margo returned
 home with one of the cutest, neatest, most perfect Christmas trees to
 ever be grown.  Just in case you have someone in your home that is just
 as persistent, I thought you might like a preview of just what you can
 choose from when considering items for under the tree.

 COALSCAN.ARC & SCANCOL2.ARC  are ARC files that contains demos (and
 text) for both Coalesce and ScanLite.  Coalesce is termed the 'Fastest
 Scrolling, Fastest working' Image merger in the ST arena.  Designed
 explicitly for merging two half-page scans into 1 full page.  (Coalesce
 is included with "The Tray" (tm) from WizWorks! or separately.  New
 features include "extended view" and "stretch".  ScanLite is something
 you don't want to be without if you have a hand scanner for the ST/TT!

 GEN_DEMO.LZH has a demonstration version of CodeHead Software's new font
 editor for Calamus typefaces, GENUS.  (The "Save Font" function is
 disabled.)  A text file is included which contains all the info you need
 to take the demo for a test drive.  Have a look; you'll quickly see why
 GENUS is the font editor of choice for the top Calamus type designers.
 Monochrome only.

 COMPO.TXT  from Goldleaf Publishing, Inc. is their announcement of its
 distribution of COMPO Software products.  Available now are "That's
 Write and Write ON," "the next generation in high end word processing."
 This text file describes them both, and more.  If you use your ST for
 word processing, this might be worth investigating.

 WSC_DEMO.ARC  is a fully function demo of the commercial prg.  WORD
 SEARCH CREATOR available from Fair Dinkum Technologies.  This DEMO is
 nearly identical to the full commercial version but you are limited to
 a maximum of 5 words.  Create word search puzzles for educational use or
 just plain fun the fast and easy way with WORD SEARCH CREATOR.

 MPNTDEMO.ARC contains the free demo of CodeHead's amazing graphics tool,
 "MegaPaint Professional."  The complete demo is divided between two
 archives.  Contained here is the minimum configuration required to run
 the demo.  At least one meg and mono req'd.  Use ARC602.

 MPNTDEM2.ARC  is the second part of the MegaPaint Professional demo.
 The complete demo is divided between two archives.  This archive
 contains dozens of optional support files to help you get more out of
 the demo.  They cannot be used without MPNTDEMO.ARC.  Use ARC 6.02 to
 decompress the folders and files directly into your MEGPAINT folder.

 MSPYPRES.TXT  is a press release announcing CodeHead's new MIDI Spy
 background recorder.  It is an uncompressed text file that can be read
 on-line.  Read all about it.

 MSPYDEMO.ARC  This is a free demo version of CodeHead's MIDI Spy
 recorder.  MIDI Spy is a unique MIDI sequencer that records and plays in
 the background.  It will record at any time no matter what you are doing
 with your computer.  Or you can have it play a list of pre-recorded MIDI
 files while you use your computer for other things.

 CAPTHOOK.ARC Captain Hook is a shareware program that allows you to
 "unhook" your resident programs to eliminate interference with the
 programs you run.  It is especially useful for eliminating conflicts
 with MIDI programs, but will help with almost any kind of program
 conflict.  Specially designed to work with CodeHead's MIDI Spy
 background recorder.

 EMBLEMS.LZH and also some subsequent files are collections of scanned
 woodcarvings from 19th century sources that go well on business cards or
 other material for professionals.  These nine were rather small, so they
 were scanned at 400 dpi.

 So, now go light a fire in the fireplace, put on some nice music, sit
 back and enjoy these shareware listings for your Christmas season.

 For music you might start with..

 DECKHALL.LZH  Deck The Halls, a traditional Xmas song done on a Yamaha
 PSS-790 with a big band beat! Edit Track II format.  Lharced with
 Quester lharc lh5 format.

 GRANDMA.LZH Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, a perennial Xmas
 favorite, with country rhythm added by Yamaha PSS-790.  Midi type 1 file
 compressed in lh5 format.

 For Serious Software prepare to unwrap these files..

 SUBCAL20.LZH is our annual update of Sub_Cal.  Features include systems
 of differential equations (with or without plotting) and unit conversion.
 The "old" features are: expression evaluation, definite integrals,
 differentiation, equation solving in intervals, linear and nol-linear
 equation sysyems and linear algebra, function optimization (general),
 function plotting, and MORE!

 ARCSHL30.ARC  Here's version 3.0 of Charles F. Johnson's popular ARC
 Shell, the program that adds an intuitive GEM point-and-click interface
 to ARC.TTP and LHARC.TTP.  ARC Shell 3.0 now features a greatly improved
 interface for Thomas Quester's LHARC programs, a "Group Extract"
 function, and more! Copyright 1991 Charles F. Johnson & Little Green
 Footballs Software.

 2COL103.LZH  2_COLUMNS will printout text files into 2 columns and save
 lots of paper.  Easilty modified for any printer.  Short and sweet!
 This is the most recent update.

 STWEL44.LZH ST WRITER Elite!  This fixes bugs in transform color and
 corrects some typos in the HELP area.  CODE OPTIMIZED FOR SPEED AND
 SIZE.  It now searches 20% faster.  WORKS ON ALL TOS'S, ST'S, TT'S, IN
 ALL RESOLUTIONS.

 For those who want to measure up this year..

 METRIC.ARC  MetriCon-- will let you toss out those pesky metric
 convertion charts! Use your ST/e/TT to convert between pounds/kilograms,
 inches/centimeters, and fahrenheit/Celcius.  Accurate up to six decimal
 decimal places.

 NBMG.LZH  This is beta v0.2 of NBMG, a proposed graphics benchmark
 addition to NBM itself.  Rewritten in Pascal, to overcome 68030
 incompatibilities.  TT Compatible in ALL resolutions.

 EPD10.ARC  The Extended Palette Driver 1.0 is a complete replacement for
 the driver that JRI shipped with their 4096 color card.  The EPD was
 written at the request of Prism Paint owners so they could access the
 larger palette.  Since The EPD patches all the necessary XBIOS and VDI
 calls to work with 4096 colors, other well written GEM applications
 should also benefit.

 Some Gifts for your computer screen!

 BEZTWIST.LZH   This LZHed (-lh1-) file has a .TTP program that displays
 twisting and turning bezier curves on your screen.  It includes source
 code.  This would be a nice screen saver module.  TT Compatible in ST
 Resolutions ONLY

 SILKFNT.LZH   This program designed to be run fron the desktop will
 replace all the screen fonts in your computer system.  The new font
 appears to be a little more designer oriented, and a bit lighter in
 weight.  I feel it is worth looking at.

 ADDAMS_F.LZH  The Addams Family is a lot of fun and so is this free
 Calamus font that mising a few parts here and there (he he he)....
 Download it have fun add letters add characters add cobwebs send me a
 copy... Created with GENUS!

 NEOWALL.LZH  This program reads in nine NEOchrome picture files,
 organizes them into a three by three grid and allows the user to scroll
 both horizontally and vertically over the images.  It demonstrates the
 fine scrolling capability of the STE.

 DARKSTAR.ARC  Fractal generating screen-saver.  Docs are in German, but
 it's easy to figure out.  I believe it only works in high resolution.

 ALADV140.ARC  will make your computer screen wiz to where you want it to
 wiz to!  This is Aladdin Version 1.4.This new version has some internal
 bug fixes, and adds some new features.  To mention a few of the new
 features, Zmodem Downloads for GEmail, New quote feature in the editor,
 and a new command line for getting new messages from GEnie.

 ALADOC14.ARC  Version 1.4 ST Aladdin Documentation. (ASCII) This file is
 formatted to print.  It is 83 pages in length, and you should just print
 it from the desktop.

 And for those of you looking for that unique little gift to give a
 software specialist..

 UNIX2D.LZH  UNIX2DOS converts UNIX text files to DOS/Atari ST format.
 Full ANSI C source code and AtariST executable included.

 MARROW.LZH  MARROW is a unique program, it enables you to use your mouse
 from within non-Gem programs...Marrow allows you to switch your mouse
 into 'keyboard mode' so that it will emulate the cursor keys, and then
 back again at the touch of button.. A very small program that is a must
 for every ST owner.

 And now, Gifts for the Whole Family!

 ORIGAMI.TOS  ORIGAMI: the art of paper folding.  I don't know how they
 did it but this demo allows you to fold paper!  The self extracting file
 contains the folders required to get things started.

 21.ARC   This is a blackjack game for one player against the dealer.
 The rules are RENO Casino style.  Totally mouse driven.  Written and
 compiled in GFA BASIC.TT Compatible ST Low Resolution ONLY (Color
 Monitor Required)

 GRAV_SCI.LZH  Several gravity simulations and games. Some German, some
 English.  Try Gravbahn with the .DAT files I included.  Monochrome
 emulator included.  Swing_by is more game-like.  2nd Star is really a
 binary eclipse light curve program, graphics.  Gravbahn is quite
 sophisticated, you can have numbers of stars, planets, etc.  Try to get
 double stars to orbit...

 AMMOTRAK.ARC  This is a very good high speed graphic game where you
 drive a rocket sled type vehicle.  Shoot at targets, then drive thru
 them to gain speed and fuel.   Doesn't work with a TT.  (Color)

 DUNGEONL.ARC  This is a PD version of DungeonLord - a new D&D adventure
 for the ST!  Great gameplay, digitized sounds, excellent 3-D graphics
 and 10 levels to conquer!  This game requires a color monitor and a
 minimum of 1 meg of ram.  Definitly worth downloading!!  TT Compatible

 KATRIX.LZH  ANOTHER GEnie LAMP FIND!   A commercial quality game called
 KLATRIX!  This shareware import combines Klax and Tetris.  Klatrix takes
 STOS to it's best with excellent graphics and sound.  This is a must
 download for all ST gamers.  Color only.

 PUSH_BOX.LZH  is a nicely done mono-only game from Germany.  Overhead
 perspective on a maze where you must push boxes to designated areas
 without boxing yourself in.  In English, no Deutsch required.  Includes
 multiple play levels.  ST/STE (and maybe more) compatible.
 Reccomendation: The LEVEL.LZH file within PushBox.LZH should be
 extracted into a folder named LEVEL.

 MAZE2.LZH   Find your way out of a 3-D maze.  Lots of options, built-in
 help, and more.  Nicely done.  This is from Germany, but is in English.
 Monochrome only.   ST/STE (and maybe more) compatible.

 For those with Michtron BBS's..

 NFL_YEST.ARC NFL Yesterday... Michtron BBS game for ver 3.0 MBBS.  Play
 against humans or computer.

 For those considering other BBS's..

 ST_KEEP3.LZH   Req. 512K RAM, hd, modem. Up to 32000 users, 32000 rooms
 (SIGs), 32000 messages per room, 255 floors, 255 doors (on-line games,
 other BBS's), and 15 Groups. File transfers - Xmodem CRC, Xmodem 1K,
 Batch Ymodem, Batch Zmodem, download ratio.  ANSI, VT-52, IG, ASCII
 graphics support.  Runs locally on color or monochrome monitor.  And
 More..

 And for those who insist on talking computer talk all the time!

 SCDOC20.LZH  is the archive of documentation files for Sozobon C release
 2.0.  This is the FIRST of THREE files.  Release version 2.0 follows.
 SCSRC20.LZH is for folks that want to study the source code of a
 compiler...  SCBIN20.LZH is version 2.0 of Sozobon C a reasonably
 complete, reliable implementation of K&R C with some ANSI extensions.
 It is 100% free (no shareware fee).  This fixes various bugs in earlier
 versions and introduces a new, extended object module format that allows
 long external identifiers.

 MINT09B.ZOO  is 9/91 version of MiNT, (Mint is Not Tos) the multi-
 tasking kernal for the ST.  Gives much of the functionality of Unix
 (given the right shell) including the ability to run multiple tasks
 (inc. 1 GEM program).  This version has a more powerful shell and should
 reduce the internal memory overhead & implements kernal-level support
 for symbolic links & Minix (tm).

 MNTLIB14.ZOO contains the C source code.

 MNTINC14.ZOO These .H files are necessary if you install the special
 MiNT c library with your GNU compiler, or if you intend to use the MiNT
 library source code with another compiler.

 CPXMDLS.LZH  -FILEINFO.CPX  pop-up menus handling corrected.  Press and
 holding mouse button works now.  Selection unpress mouse button.
 SYSTEM.CPX pop-up menus handling corrected.  Extended discription and
 data type (BIT).  NVDICONF.CPX   Must be rename, because a offical
 version of NVDICONF with the same CPX-ID is registered.  New name is
 CONFNVDI.CPX, CPX-ID: 'nVdi'.

 CLIPBRD.ARC   This is the Atari Clipboard CPX, freeware from Software
 Development Systems.  It gives users who want more flexibility when
 using applications that support the clipboard the abilty to define where
 you wish to place the files and allows you to clear them on boot-up.
 This is a pre-release version without file view. Requires XCONTROL.ACC.


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