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Article #227 (730 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Z*Net: 10-Jan-92 #9202 Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current) Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Mon Jan 13 00:17:11 1992 | (((((((( | Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (( | January 10, 1992 Issue #92-02 | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (((((((( | Copyright (c)1992, Ron Kovacs, Rovac Ind. | | Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, NJ 08846 | (( | | (((((( | CONTENTS | (( | | | * The Editors Desk............................Ron Kovacs | ((( (( | * Z*Net Newswire........................................ | (((( (( | * Canadian Atari Users Convention..........Press Release | (( (( (( | * Perusing GEnie...............................Ed Krimen | (( (((( | * Generic Double Sided Disk Drive.......James Lacassagne | (( ((( | * Z*Net Software Shelf....................Ron Berinstein | | * Delphi Top 100 of 1991....................Gordie Meyer | ((((((( | * ...................................................... | (( | * ...................................................... | ((((( | | (( | | ((((((( | ~ 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 | | ~ News Contributor.......................Terry Schreiber |----------| | ONLINE | $ GEnie Address....................................Z-NET | AREAS | $ CompuServe Address..........................75300,1642 | | $ Delphi Address....................................ZNET | | $ Internet/Usenet Address..................status.gen.nz | | $ 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:Pacific .(INTERNETfirstname.lastname@example.org)(649) 3585-543 | | * Z*Net:South Jersey.....(FNET 168).CCBBS.(609) 451-7475 | | * Z*Net:Illinois (Garage)(FNET 621).......(618) 344-8466 | | * Z*Net:Florida (Twilight Zone)(FNET 304).(407) 831-1613 | | Fido Address 1:363/112 ======================================================================= * THE EDITORS DESK by Ron Kovacs ======================================================================= Just a quick note this week about last week's release. An archiving error occurred and the closing credits and 12 files were missing after unarcing the issue. The error was found and a small attempt was made to correct the issue, but additional problems started after that. If anyone is interested in seeing the complete listing, please call oour BBS for the file. Z*Net will be released on Friday evenings/Saturday mornings until further notice. Commitments have placed themselves on publishing day and will from time to time cause the issue to be released on Saturday. However, we will make attempts to keep the Friday release date. FNET readers should stay up to date during the next few weeks for news about BBS changes and re-locations. STeve Rider, FoReM BBS marketeer, is moving to California from Massachusettes. His BBS, Full Moon, FNET NODE 204 will be moving with him. Also, look for AtariBase to hit FNET in th next few weeks. ======================================================================= * Z*NET NEWSWIRE ======================================================================= ST-INFORMER BREAKUP: NEW MAGAZINE TO DEBUT The editorial staff of ST-INFORMER, a popular monthly Atari tabloid- format publication, walked off the job on Monday, January 6, 1992, and plan to create their own rival Atari magazine. According to Mike Lindsay, Oregon-based editor for ST-INFORMER since its inception nearly four years ago, the breakup is the result of a long-standing disagreement over ownership of the magazine. Publisher Rod McDonald has asserted sole ownership, while Mike and others had believed that the magazine was a three-way partnership. Rather than prolong the dispute, Mike, Darren Meers (layout), and many of the staff writers have decided to leave ST-INFORMER and create their own new Atari magazine. Plans are far from complete at this time, but Lindsay says that they may have a premier issue as soon as February. Mike also indicated that although he has no evidence that ST-INFORMER will not continue to publish, his new magazine will voluntarily honor all ST-INFORMER subscriptions in the event that McDonald does not choose to stay in the Atari marketplace. Of concern to many in the Atari community is the question of whether the fragile developer and dealer base can sustain yet another competitor for their limited advertising dollars during recessionary times. Subscribers, writers, and advertisers are asked to be patient while things settle. Z*Net will have more on this story next week. ATARI PRESIDENT PRATT RESIGNS! Greg Pratt has left as President of Atari Corporation (U.S.) for a new position with Creative Labs, Inc., makers of the "Sound Blaster" series of sound cards for MS-DOS computers. After seven years with Atari and even more years before that with the Tramiel family at Commodore, Greg Pratt will leave the president and general manager responsibilities to a group of people within Atari including Sam Tramiel and Augie Ligouri, and there are no immediate plans to replace him. Greg was chief financial officer for many years at Atari, and was named President in November 1990 after the departure of Elie Kenan of France. Pratt gave a rousing talk on the future of Atari at the Chicago Computerfest by Atari in November, 1991 (reprinted in Z*NET issue #9151), in which he indicated personal enthusiasm for the company. The agenda and goals outlined in his talk will continue uninterrupted, according to other Atari officials. Those close to Pratt inside Atari are both saddened by his decision to leave the company as well as personally happy for Greg, as the opportunity offered by his new position is very attractive and challenging. This move had been planned for "some time" according to Atari sources, and corporate direction and planning remain unchanged. Vice President of Sales Don Mandell will continue to supervise the sales organization, with marketing by Bill Rehbock, James Grunke, and Art Morgan under the direction of Sam Tramiel. A consolidation of the Atari U.S. accounting with Atari corporate accounting has been made, returning to the way the company operated in 1985. Pratt assisted in this change before his departure. An official press release from Atari Corporation on the entire matter is expected soon. ATARI ANNOUNCES NEW PURCHASE PLANS Atari Canada this week released details on the new purchase plans. The packages which include an educational institute, registered company employee purchase programs and non-profit agencies. The pricing structure, options and flexible payment plan ensures that a computer is within the budget of anyone even in these economically troubled times. Financing is underwritten by Commcorp Financial Services Inc, formerly Norex. CIBC Leasing Inc is owned in part by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Structuring is done on a lease plan with 24, 36 or 42 months with payments made by automatic bank withdrawal. On completion of all lease payments you own the equipment for $10.00. You may buy out the lease anytime before expiration for the discounted payment stream (balance of payments less unearned interest), plus applicable PST and GST, with no additional fees. In a conference call with Atari Canada's Geoff Earl (General Manager) and Murray Brown (Western Canada Sales and Marketing Rep) we learn the plan has met with favour by dealers. Dealers can only profit from the program. The sale of several hundred units are possible just from one contact. The idea is to have one key person in the company or organization involved as an administrator to handle the transactions. This person would receive as an incentive, a Portfolio for any sales above $15,000.00. With most companies realizing the advantage of computers in the workplace, some are offering incentive plans. A major westcoast city is offering a $500.00 rebate towards a computer system for any municipal employee. A west coast telephone company is offering a $300.00 rebate to its workers on any DOS compatable system. School boards are also the latest to jump on the bandwagon and realize that the workplace is not the only place that computers belong. The students of today have better equipment at home than most schools and probably know more than the teacher about computers. Atari Canada has assembled some very good promo material available for this plan. Flip charts and brochures are available and your local representitive will be pleased to help you with your presentations. For more information please contact Geoff Earl at Atari Canada (416) 479-1266 or your local Atari dealer. In a similar move, Atari US will shortly announce an arrangement with Business Credit Leasing Corp to provide "Atari Financial Services" to companies and individuals. The plan is to be available through dealers, who can call 1-800-328-5371 for more information. ATARI CORP SALE RUMOR QUASHED The backstreets of the Atari community were abuzz with the word that Atari Corp was being, in fact had already been sold by the Tramiel family. However, official comment this week from Sunnyvale (after the Pratt announcement) is "Absolutely not." While recent stock position, debt/asset adjustments, and personnel changes may have triggered the rumor, we have been assured that Atari is moving ahead, not for other parties to see, but to advance the company for the current ownership. Long range planning and medium range projects are continuing at full speed, further reducing the likelihood of any change of ownership at Atari. NEW ST BOOK ANNOUNCED - Press Release CONTACT: TAYLOR RIDGE BOOKS (203) 643-9673. FIRST THERE WAS C-MANSHIP COMPLETE. NOW THERE'S THE ST ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE WORKSHOP! Taylor Ridge Books has announced the release of The ST Assembly Language Workshop, Volume 1, a novice's guide to assembly language programming on the Atari ST line of computers. Written by Clayton Walnum, the author of C-manship Complete, The ST Assembly Language Workshop, Volume 1 teaches the basics of assembly language programming, starting with assembly language theory and building up to full-length programs. Covered in the 260-page book are the most-used 68000 assembly instructions, programming style and technique, file handling, printer output, system clocks, color palettes, screen flipping, loading pictures, and more. A complete 68000 instruction reference is also included. When it's released later this year, Volume 2 of the series will cover GEM programming, with Volume 3 tackling various advanced topics. After studying all three volumes, readers will have developed the skills needed to write virtually any type of program on an ST. Even after reading only volume 1, the novice assembly language programmer will be able to write full-featured TOS programs. The ST Assembly Language Workshop, Volume 1 comes with a disk containing all sample programs and assorted additional files. It is priced at $24.95, plus $3 shipping and handling and can be ordered at the address or phone number above. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. ATARI SELLS MILLIONTH LYNX GAME CARTRIDGE Atari Corp announced it has sold it's one millionth game cartridge at the Las Vegas Winter CES Show, for the Lynx video game system. The Lynx, which is the leading color portable and the only system priced less than $100, has a library of 40 games. Atari's Entertainment Division President Larry Siegel said, "Consumers have responded to the value presented by the system and the games. With 75 titles available by the end of the year, we'll sell a million more." Atari's top selling title for the year was the award winning Ninja Gaiden, followed by Warbirds and Blue Lightning. Blue Lightning, an aerial combat game, expirienced a surge of sales during the Persian Gulf War. Warbirds, a World War I dogfight game, is the first Lynx title to be in the top five games on the Software Publisher's Association listing of best selling games. By year end, 75 games will be available for the Lynx, including: Super Skweek, Lemmings, NFL Football, Baseball Heroes, Basketbrawl, Pit Fighter, Vindicators and Hockey. LATEST LYNX UPDATE In 1992, the largest color portable software library will get even bigger with traditional role playing, classic arcade and more original titles for the Lynx. Third party developers continue to contribute great games to Lynx players. Telegames, Inc. has reached an agreement with arcade giant Tradewest Inc. to publish Double Dragon and Super Off- Road, two number one arcade games. This new long-term relationship brings Lynx players the best of Tradewest and the best of the arcades. In addition, several other third party developers have contracted to program titles which will be brought out under the Atari name. These companies include: Loriciel, US Gold and Color Dreams, Inc. TELEGAMES BREWS UP STORM Following up smash hits Qix and The Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge, Telegames will bring out The Guardians: Storm Over Doria, and Krazy Ace Minature Golf. Up to four players can ComLynx in The Guardians, due in March. The Guardians, legendary heroes each with a unique set of attributes, must locate the Master of Mystical Arts, Quellin, who has kidnapped Doria's Prince Creshin and stolen hia crown - the crown that controls the weather. As a Guardian you will have to travel across and under Doria to find and defeat Quellin through mystical and physical combat before Doria is doomed to eternal winter. There are 15 different monsters, 30 magical spells and an internal clock that will vary responses and activities based on time of day and day of week. In Guardians, you can talk to anyone on the streets and use a command menu to perform functions such as get, open, break, talk, etc... The Guardians will be available in March and has a suggested retail price of $44.95. DOUBLE DRAGON/SUPER OFF ROAD Double Dragon, a two-player game due in July, is regarded as one of the greatest fighting games of all time. The twin brothers in Double Dragon, masters of the material arts, must fight their way through the streets and outskirts of the city to defeat the Black Warriors and the evil Shadow Boss. In Super Off-Road, a four-player mud-flinging dirt circuit race, there are 8 different stadium tracks and 16 configurations to race on. Super Off-Road will be available in August. Both have a suggsted retail price of $39.95. SHADOWSOFT JOUSTS FOR SUPERHERO STATUS Shadowsoft Inc, which recently brought out the classic Robotron with Williams/Bally, will put Joust on store shelves in April or May and will introduce two original titles; a puzzle game and a superhero title. Dave Dies, President of Shadowsoft commented that the Lynx is a great system to write games for. "We expect to release 3-4 games for the Lynx and expect them to do very well. This is a great system to work with because it has excellent hardware scaling and rotation and we plan to write games for it as long as possible." According to Dies, the company is looking to license several other titles for the Lynx. NEW ATARI 14" FLAT SCREEN ST MONO MONITOR To premier at the National Association of Music Merchandisers show (January 17-19), the SM147 will be a 14" paperwhite monitor with a flat screen. About the same dimensions or even a bit smaller overall than the long-standard 12" SM124, the new bigger screen monochrome monitor will feature a tilt/swivel base and retail for $259.95 (suggested). The new monitor will not have a speaker. The SM124 will probably be discontinued, with the SM147 becoming the standard high resolution monitor for the STe series. ======================================================================= * CANADIAN ATARI USERS CONVENTION Press Release ======================================================================= The following is an announcement as printed from the front cover of the Toronto Atari Federation (TAF) newsletter, the PHOENIX, for January 1992, issue #80. It has been reprinted in the interest of all those in the Atari community, from users to developers, from programmers to dealers. CAUC V.3 (The Third CANADIAN ATARI USERS CONVENTION) On April 4th and 5th, 1992, ATARI CANADA and the TORONTO ATARI FEDERATION (TAF) will host what may be the most exciting Atari event in North America in 1992. To be held at the Skyline Hotel, the 1992 Canadian Atari Users Convention will feature the most outstanding developers in the Atari world with some of the latest programs and program updates. Local dealers will exhibit the latest hardware and peripherals, and user groups from across Canada and the United States will be on hand to share Public Domain and Shareware programs and exchange knowledge. Door prizes throughout both days of the show, special show prices and several major door prize packages will add to the excitement. Facilities will include a 15,000 square foot convention area, an additional 7,000 square foot display and exhibit space, and seven different meeting rooms that will host a wide range of seminars, demonstrations and mini-concerts. On Saturday evening, a formal banquet will bring together local users with major figures in the present and future course of Atari. This is the third major convention that the Toronto Atari Federation has hosted in recent years. As one of the largest user groups in Canada, if not in North America, TAF has consistently helped bring the best and most contemporary computer technology to Toronto users. With membership of approximately 300, TAF will provide the core of volunteers that make an event like this possible. However, other user groups will also be invited to participate, to help stimulate exchange of information among the various Atari groups in this region and to help broaden the base of support for this special event. Atari Canada General Manager Geoff Earle has said that this April event could easily surpass the recent Chicago convention, both in attendance and participation by developers and programmers. Basing their participation on the successful Chicago model, Atari Canada will assume many of the initial costs, including facilities and advertising. TAF will coordinate activities and provide volunteer help. TAF President John R. Sheehan, SJ, noted, "The enthusiasm of our members is the reason we felt this was a good time for a show. So many members had been asking about a show, and volunteering to help, that we felt we really could present a spectacular two-day event. We couldn't try it without our volunteers, but with their help, this April will see the most exciting Atari show Toronto has ever seen!" Packets for dealers and developers are being prepared and should be mailed in January. Information packets for user groups will be available at around the same time. The Skyline Hotel will be offering special room rates to participants, and special travel plans should also be announced shortly. To be placed on the mailing list for Convention information, please send your name, address, and affiliation (developer, user group, dealer, etc.) to TAF's mailing address: Toronto Atari Federation 5334 Yonge St., Suite 1527, Willowdale, Ontario, CANADA M2N 6M2 ======================================================================= * PERUSING GENIE Compiled by Ed Krimen ======================================================================= From the "Technical Questions to Atari Corp." topic (4) in the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14): Message 59 Sun Jan 05, 1992 B.REHBOCK [Bill@Atari] at 03:01 EST AJAX itself is capable of 2.88. It does require a little bit more support circuitry and higher clock rates. 2.88 megs is _not_ plug and play in the TT or MegaSTE. 2.88 Meg floppy drives are not being announced for the TT or MegaSTE by Atari. -Bill @ Atari ---------- [Ed's note: Atari's Ajax chip will replace the current Western Digital 1772 floppy drive controller to give the Mega STE and TT 1.44meg capability. Some TT's are now shipping with the chip, 1.44meg drives, and TOS 3.06. Current owners of Mega STE and TT machines await Atari's 1.44meg floppy drive upgrade kit.] From the "Antic Publishing's Demise" topic (11) in the "Flaming, Debating, Discussion, Rumors" category (18): Message 100 Sun Jan 05, 1992 T.MCCOMB [=Tom=] at 13:47 EST 05-Jan-92 04:31:26 TO: STart subscribers Fm: Lawrence Estep-AEL If you are one of the many who has subscribed to STart magazine and never received it or tried to cancel your subscription and never received a refund, The San Francisco District Attorney's Office Consumer Complaint Unit is trying to build a case against Antic Publishing. They would like anyone who has had a problem getting a refund to file a complaint with them. You can do this by calling (415) 553-1814 and tell them you would like to file a complaint against Antic Publishing and they will send you a form to fill out. Or you can write them at: Consumer Protection Unit San Francisco District Attorney's Office 732 Brannan San Francisco, CA 94103 ============================= I got the above of another service. Looks like its time we socked it to Antic! -Tom From the "Avant Vector" topic (23) in the "CodeHead Software" category (32): Message 191 Tue Jan 07, 1992 C.F.JOHNSON [CodeHead] at 16:18 EST GREAT NEWS! At long last, the wait is over and the first shipment of Avant Vector EPS is on its way to us! If you've been waiting for your order, or to upgrade to the EPS version, your wait is nearly over. Even better -- Trade iT has apparently improved the EPS importing capabilities of Avant Vector EPS enormously, so that it can now import many Mac and PC style Encapsulated Postscript files that previously didn't work. The new version of Avant Vector is also well under way, with its Adobe Type 1 font support and font editor, text effects, and a _lot_ more. We expect the shipment to arrive by next week; we'll post another announcement when we have it in our hot little meathooks. - Charles From the "Calamus" topic (2) in the "ISD Product Support" category (16): Message 264 Sun Jan 05, 1992 ISD [Nathan] at 11:34 EST SAK...The Multi-media module for Calamus SL will allow you to directly connect your video camera through an interface to the TT into Calamus SL. More on that module when it is finished. I have used the monochrome version some months ago but I am still waiting for the completed color version. Cranach Studio will accomplish all your re-touching requirements and then some. Again, more on this as it nears release. From the "XBoot - The AUTO and DA Manager" topic (11) in the "Gribnif Software" category (17): Message 30 Sat Jan 04, 1992 OUTRIDER [Terry @ T2] at 02:25 EST I do think that most _quality_ software for the ST is underpriced, but "Power Without the Price" is so firmly etched in ST users' minds that it's difficult getting across to many of them that ST software developers generally like to have food and shelter like everyone else, and they don't spend hundreds of hours programming because they owe it to userbase. :^( - Terry - From the "Mega STE" topic (14) in the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14): Message 125 Sun Jan 05, 1992 R.MARTIN22 [NETWORK 23] at 00:32 EST I saw an article in GEnie's LIVEWIRE that said the Mega STE's could display 4096 colors at once. Is this true? If so, would the new TOS 2.06 for the STE allow the 4096 color resolution mode on the STE's as well? Live And Direct, Rod Martin, Network 23 Software Written at 4:46 PM on 4/Jan/92. --------- Message 126 Sun Jan 05, 1992 R.JOHNSON [Robert] at 01:59 EST Rod, No, a 'just out of the box' Mega STe will not display 4096 colors at once. At least mine doesn't. From what _I_ can tell, all they (Atari) did was allow you to choose 0-15 shades of each color on the STe machines instead of the 0-7 on the older ones. Wow. :-( When I got my 1040STe I thought 'Hot Dawg!!" more colors. I guess that's what I get for thinking. When I got the Mega Ste I knew better. Notice that I _still_ got it though. No if Atari would upgrade our color capabilities so we could have something close to 'the other guys' VGA output. Just dreaming I guess. ---------- Message 127 Sun Jan 05, 1992 J.ALLEN27 [FAST TECH] at 03:51 EST It is 4 or 16 colors at once out of a palette of 4096 colors. 2 or 4 bits per pixel to store the color value for each pixel. This value is run through a lookup table of 12bit numbers to select the "actual" color that shows up on the screen. ---------- Message 129 Sun Jan 05, 1992 M.ABDULKAREE [ASX] at 16:21 EST More colors would mean a larger amount of data to be moved around.. and even the fast BLiTTER would not be able to handle that many colors without experiencing a slowdown. We also would needa new VDI driver and given the software written, almost nothing would've worked! From the "CodeHead Quarters BBS" topic (19) in the "CodeHead Software" category (32) Message 19 Mon Jan 06, 1992 G.NORTON at 22:38 EST I have heard rumours that the Codeheads are developing or purchasing the rights to send/receive fax/modem software...can you comment on this. Thanks. Graham Norton Wizard Computer Systems ---------- Message 20 Tue Jan 07, 1992 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead] at 21:35 EST Graham, Our French distributors have some FAX software that we were considering importing but it may not be up to our standards. We're now considering writing our own. John From the "G+PLUS, from Codehead Software" topic (3) in the "CodeHead Software" category (32) Message 116 Sun Jan 05, 1992 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead] at 10:55 EST Gunner, We will not be upgrading G+Plus to replace FSMGDOS. This would be too major an undertaking, while not being able to substantial improve FSMGDOS. The original GDOS was small and had some glaring problems so it was begging to be improved. FSMGDOS was done correctly and we're not known for fixing things that aren't broken.
John ---------- From the "Beckemeyer Development ST Software" topic (34) in the "Software Libraries and Other Utilities" category (2): Message 156 Thu Jan 02, 1992 D.BECKEMEYER [David @ BDT] at 03:23 EST Hard Disk Sentry is a software package for ST/TT systems that diagnoses and repairs TOS disk partitions. It runs numerous tests on the FAT and the directory and file structures. It also includes a low-level surface anaysis disk test program. Hard Disk Sentry is also a disk optimizer. It will unfragment all the files and folders on a disk, thus speeding up file accesses. It is fully GEM based and is automatic and easy to use. The current version is V1.23. The upgrade policy is to either send in the disk with a $10 fee to: Beckemeyer Development PO Box 21575 Oakland, CA 94620 Or register on the free support BBS (510) 530-9682 and download the latest version of the program. An all new manual is in the works. When it's finished, the new manual will be available to registered Sentry owners for $15. Message 161 Tue Jan 07, 1992 A.MASON4 [Anna] at 21:56 EST What is the current cost of Hard Disk Sentry and is it more useful on the larger hard drives (as opposed to the smaller ones like the MegaFile 30 that I have). While I know nothing about diagnosing/repairing disk partitions, I am interested in its ability to unfragment files and folders. Thanks. Anna ---------- Message 162 Wed Jan 08, 1992 D.BECKEMEYER [David @ BDT] at 00:34 EST Anna, Hard Disk Sentry has a suggested retail price of $49.95. You don't need to know anything about diagnosing/repairing disks because Hard Disk Sentry will automatically test the disks and fix any problems it finds. Fragmentation can affect performance on almost any sized hard disk, even as little as 5MB. In can actually affect a 20MB or 30MB drive more than a larger drive because the larger drives tend to have faster seek times. Unfragmentation reduces the amount of read-write head movement required to access the files, which is what seek-time refers to. From the "CyberSculpt" topic (5) in the "Lexicor Product Support" category (25): Message 182 Tue Jan 07, 1992 E.WELLS at 01:31 EST The user or recently commented here in the LEXICOR section that there was nothing happening on the atari to make an amiga user take notice is forgetting something. While there may already be a host of high end graphic cards available for the Amiga, it's the software that generates the graphics. I seriously doubt that there is an software package on the Amiga platform that comes near the sophistication and power of Phase-4. Granted, I'm not an Amiga user (nor do I want to be), I don't just read Atari magazines. I read PC based as well as MAC and Amiga publications. There are some interesting graphic apps occurring on the PC and Mac areas, but nothing like Lexicor. And as Lexicor matures, I think you'll see people taking note. As for the Amiga, well, I check those all the time, and with the exception of the toaster and a few other devices of similar function, I haven't seen one piece of software that really made me take notice. So, while nothing on the Atari Platform may make Amiga users take note (look again), there certainly isn't anything on the Amiga that I can't get righ here at home. EHW (HG) wow, what a tirade(did I spell that right?) From the "Quick ST 3 - Now A CodeHead Product!" topic (31) in the "CodeHead Software" category (32): Message 137 Wed Jan 01, 1992 C.F.JOHNSON [CodeHead] at 23:05 EST I just found and fixed another bug in Quick ST -- the bug that appears when you draw bezier curves in Touch-Up or PageStream. (The screen fills up with random lines.) Uncovered and slain. FSM GDOS presents a few other problems for Quick ST. The first maintenance update of Quick ST will be compatible with FSM GDOS, but it won't do anything to accelerate FSM screen output. This update will also include the Mysterious MultiDesk Reinstallation Technique (or MMRT, recently revealed in the "Technical Info" topic), so that Quick ST can be installed as a HotWire autorun program for vastly increased performance, without having trouble when you change your MultiDesk accessories. One of the main reasons Turbo ST gets better benchmark numbers on some things is that it runs as a desk accessory -- and thus grabs its vital trap vectors after everything else has installed. This means that it intercepts and handles screen output calls _first_, with no extra overhead. Installing Quick ST as a HotWire autorun program gives you the same minimal overhead, since HotWire doesn't run Quick ST until all accessories have completely finished loading. (The GEM desktop's autorun feature will sometimes run a program before all accessories have loaded, which can lead to unpredictable problems.) When will we release Quick ST 3.06? No dates yet. It's going to take a little while. There's a lot involved in getting truly familiar with this code. It's excellent code; Darek has done a good job of commenting things and keeping it readable. But there's a _lot_ of it. - Charles ---------- Message 141 Thu Jan 02, 1992 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead] at 11:13 EST There's one other point I'd like to stress about benchmarks and Quick Index results. Some people seem to get upset because something caused their system to slow down by x%. If for instance, the addition of a resident program causes your Quick Index results to change from 1000% to 999%, it has NOT slowed your system by one percent. It has slowed your system by one percentage _point_. In this instance, it has actually only reduced your operating speed by .1% (a tenth of one percent). An index of _990%_ would be a reduction of one percent. The bottom line is, can you actually notice a slowdown or a speed-up when you use your computer. It's likely that some of the fixes we apply to Quick ST may produce lower Quick Index results. This is the price we must pay for elimination of bugs and increased compatibility. Whatever changes are effected, you should know that we will strive to make things as fast as possible, as always. John P.S. Hey guys, stop with the multi-thousand dollar figures, already . It's quite depressing since I just totalled our personal incomes from CodeHead for 1991. The sum isn't even half of your lowest figures. :-( Luckily, CodeHead is just a hobby for both of us...one to which we devote 16 hours a day. From the "TURBO16 from Fast Technology" topic (11) in the "Hardware" category (4) Message 92 Fri Jan 03, 1992 G.ANDERSON at 21:12 EST Ok Jim, I gotta ask . Exactly why is your 030 adapter board so much faster than a stock TT? Both are running the same CPU, both have fast RAM available, and both are using what's basically the same version of TOS.... What did you do? Gregg ======================================================================= * GENERIC DOUBLE SIDED DISK DRIVE by James Lacassagne ======================================================================= Purpose: This document is a description of the hook-ups and modifications that I found necessary in adding a 3.5 inch double sided drive to my Atari 520. It is intended solely as a guide to anyone who is interested in saving a few dollars by using an "industry standard" drive in place of the Atari SF314. Warning: This installation seems to function properly for my system, but I cannot guarantee anything. Also, the only way that a saving will result is if a suitable power supply is already available, or can be obtained at a very low price. Requirements: 1 3.5" Double Sided Drive w/ Installation kit @ $130 (The Unit I used was a Toshiba ND-352 which came with a multi-purpose mounting kit. BE SURE that the unit is XT compatible!! (720 K etc)) 1 5v/12vdc Regulated Power Supply @ $ 25 (The supply must be capable of supplying 5V.+/-5% @200 mA and 12V.+/-5% @300 mA. I saved some money here by using the same supply that I used for adding a 5 1/4 in. drive as described in numerous articles in magazines and on Bulletin Boards.) 1 34 pin Card Edge Connector @ $ 3 (Yes, This is the "industry standard" used on all XT's and Clones. I got mine at Radio Shack. 1 Standard Atari 3.5 in Disk Drive Cable @ $ 8 (Preferably, one of the After Market types 6' or so in length.) 1 Disk Drive Case @ $ ? (This is optional--I still haven't found a good cheap one, but the drive seems to work fine.) Procedure: There are two ways to proceed with this project depending on whether you want the new drive to be A or B. The Drive B method is the simpler, so I will start with it. Cut the Standard Drive Cable in half (Save the other half for another project--maybe!) Strip back about 2" of the outer insulation from the cable. Do Not cut off the shield wire (a layer of wire woven around the multiple conductors in the cable). Carefully unweave the shield, and twist it to form a wire of its own. Since the 34 pin connector that I used was designed for ribbon cable, some ingenuity is required here. Each pin on the connector ends in a V shaped stud designed to separate the ribbon cable wire and cut only its insulation when the cover is forced in place. Since most of the wires in the cable go to the top row of the connector (the even numbered pins) and the shield goes to the bottom row, along with the wires from pins 3 and 7 of the Atari connector, I divided them accordingly and routed them above and below the connector cover. Very carefully, I pushed each wire far enough into the corresponding Vstud to hold it in place. I then forced the cover down, forcing the wires the rest of the way into the V. By trial and error I found that the two ground wires (pins 3 and 7) in the cable did not provide a sufficient ground path, causing unreliable drive operation. I overcame this by (gasp!) tying the shield to ALL of the odd numbered pins on the connector. (That's what the twisted shield wire is used for.) Carefully lay it over the bottom row of Vstuds before putting the connector cover on. The Connections Follow: (NOTE: the colors mentioned are for an Atari Cable You should check if you are using an After Market Cable.) 34 pin conn. Atari conn. Signal Color 2 * media chng 4 N/A in use 6 N/A d4 sel 8 4 index yellow 10 5 d0 sel green 12 6 d1 sel violet 14 N/A d2 sel 16 8 motor on brown 18 9 direction orange 20 10 step grey 22 11 wrt data pink 24 12 wrt gate lt. blue 26 13 track 0 lt. brown 28 14 wrt prot lt. green 30 1 read data red 32 2 side 0 white 34 * rdy/med ch (any 3 logic gnd blue odd) 7 logic gnd black Assemble the Disk Drive and Adapter kit. It should have come with a power cable adapter with a std XT connector on the end. You can either buy a mating connector or cut it off and splice directly to the wires. (Generally, pin 1 (red) is 5V, pin 4 (yel) is 12V, and pins 2&3 (blk) are Ground.) The Installation Kit may refer to a jumper on pin 34, but this can be ignored. Now, the only modification to the drive can be made. On the Installation Kit PC Board, a Jumper must be soldered between pin 2 and pin 28 of the Drive Connector. (This is the one that actually connects to the Disk Drive. It is identical in pin layout to the Std connector, with pin 2 on the top left as you look at it.) This connects the Media Change signal on pin 2 to the Write Protect signal. (Thanks to Analog2 for pointing me in the right direction on this one.) These are both open collector, active low signals, and can be safely wired together. (wired or configuration) This should be all that has to be done to make the drive work. Simply plug the cable into the OUT connector of the first drive or the 1040, and away you go. If you have a 520 and want this to be drive A, the procedure is the same, except DO NOT CUT THE CABLE IN HALF. Instead, strip a 3-4 in. section in the center of the cable, Cut and unweave 1/2 of the shield. Lead the wires over the Vstuds as before, but cut the wires from the Atari connector pins 5&6. (computer end) Pin 5 wire is connected to the Std connector pin 10 and pin 6 wire is connected to the remaining end of pin 5. (The part that will go to the second drive.) This brings the ds1 signal to the ds0 pin on the second drive, just like Atari does it. You can cut off the remaining pin 6 wire if you like, since it doesn't get used. Don't forget to attach the shield to the odd number connector pins. If you have understood and followed my directions, the drive should function properly. If not, there is not much that can cause damage. My version will read and format and write to double and single sided disks without any problems. If you encounter any difficulty, I can be contacted through Delphi as JIMSL or Compuserve No. 72257,1613. Atari, Radio Shack, and Toshiba are Registered Trademarks. ======================================================================= * Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF by Ron Berinstein ======================================================================= Wow, so far 1992 has been a very busy year for this Atari fan! And, it apparrently as been for uploaders as well. Here is a glimpse at just some of the files that have been posted since the ball in Times Square dropped, and the last of the fire crackers sounded. Oh, yes, I cheated, I also added some of the files that just got into the 1991 catalog by being uploaded in the last few days of the month... However, I know you'll forgive me, 'cause who had the time to do anything with them in 1991? UPMAKR.ARC Update Maker v.0.1 will compare 2 versions of an application and create a binary file listing all the changes between the two. It is intended for creating the data you would need to write a program that updates one version of an application to the next version when much of the code remains unchanged or only a few patches are needed. Docs & example included. DEMOLITION MAN 2.0, a new version of the commercial-quality puzzle game by Clayton Walnum. The program now features three levels of difficulty, as well as an x-ray button that gives you a quick look at everything hidden on the board. If you can defeat the AGONY level, you're definitely a Demolition expert! Low or High Rez. Shareware. SPICE.LZH This is a port of the SPICE circuit analysis program for the Atari ST It's from Germany. There is an English manual in this distribution. SUP_CARD.ARC A little free form database. Seems like it would be great for storing notes, info on articles, etc. It seems to work well. PGS_AP_D.ARC PageStream Appendix D is an on-line resource to enhance the functionality of PageStream. This provides a dynamic window containing the control sequences and descriptions of PageStream special characters contained in Appendix D of the doc. (Ap'dix 2 in older doc). Click on the special character you want to select & the info. passes on to Pagestream. FULCRUM.LZH This is a flyable demo of Mig-29 Fulcrum - a jet fighter simulation. It is probably only wise to D/L this one if you are real familiar with the ways these programs tend to work as there are no docs included. N_DESKTP.ACC 1.4 N_DESKTP.ACC changes the background pattern of the desktop. The standard fill pattern can be replaced by any standard VDI fill pattern. This is version 1.4. NBM12.LZH NBM, v1.2 - adds the NBMG graphics tests. NBM will benchmark your ST/STe/TT, allowing you to compare the efficiency of your system with that of others. The built-in Compare function lists results obtained from various hardware setups. Also includes a Print function, so that you can print your results. SAT404.LZH The Satellite Prediction Program was just updated to Version 4.04 for tracking satellites. STOS14.ARC Patch program to update STOS for TOS 1.4. This will work with BOTH STOS BASIC and the COMPILER. It is for TOS 1.4 ONLY and will NOT update STOS for the STe, although the README file does give useful information for the do-it-yourself hacker. NT_COMP.LZH For all the previous JUKEBOX downloaders who have read the doc files and saw the references to the file that would convert MOD files to SEG files, but, that file was impossible to find... well it WAS FOUND! This plays and converts .MOD files to .SEG files. SEG files take practically NO CPU time but are much much longer files. WHATIS.ARC Guess WHATIS! WHATIS is now up to 5.5. CLASSIFY.ARC This is an update to L. Siwicki's Classified Ads program for Michtron BBS verison 3.0. This program works more like a real newspaper's classified section, broken down in to various ad catagories (ex. Autos, Music, etc;). PROCALC.LZH The shareware version of Atari's new NoteBook's calculater. DISKDIAG.ARC Examines your hard disks and warns you if it finds problems. Run it when you have problems accessing files or folders on a disk. You should also run it occasionally to detect problems before they become serious. Automatically checks all the hard disks on your system. If it finds problems, it will report information about the problems and stop. MCHREF11.ARC A program that provides often used technical information and calculations in one package. Contains info on drill sizes and designations, Screw thread info including clearance hole sizes, English- Metric conversions, Gear Calculations, Geometric Calculations. SHREDR+ V3.0A CCSHREDR+ v3.0a from DO NOT STAMP Software. This shareware utility will totally & completely delete files by overwriting them with random characters. Full GEM interface, .GTP compatible, command line support. Uses Maxifile III for multiple file selection. Many more features! This minor update improves memory allocation. Works on all ST/TT030 & in all rez. AREA CODE LOCATOR V3.0A from DO NOT STAMP Software. This prg/acc identifies every telephone area code in North America, along with local cities, time zone, and local time. This minor update adds and corrects some city listings as well as fixing a memory allocation bug. Freeware. Works on all ST/TT030 machines in any resolution. LQEFFECT.LZH This peripheral programmer for LQ printers allows access to 90%+ of the internal effects. Did you know your Epson 500(+) has two character effects (shadow and outline), multiple international character sets, extended character graphics support ? OK maybe so, but now you can use them as well as the olde standbys (Master select), justification, margins. RAYVIEW4.ARC Viewer for 512 color GFA Raytrace uncompressed (.SUL) pics. Now alerts if run from mono, Alerts TT & accelerated users. Includes source in v3 .GFA and ASCII format for anyone who wants to enhance or turn this into a full fledged slideshow. Color only 8mhz mode on ST's/STE's/Mega STE's. Not for TT's. MEGACHEK.ARC The FINANCE MANAGER! (now runs on 512K machines) v 1.1a. Color or Mono (mono highly rec'd) TT OK in ST RES'S. MEGA-Check is a program which will allow you to manage & answer questions about your personal finances with a full GEM interface. Pay any bill, print checks, handle multiple checking acc'ts, report generator, imports ASCII data, PayMinder Alarms + More! MOUSE EYES DB_EYES is an AUTO-FOLDER (tsr) program that places a pair of vigilant mouse-watching eyes on the screen. Each eye follows the mouse, where ever it may go, visible or not. Extra features: eye blinks when mouse button is depressed. (they also blink when you poke at them with the mouse) CALAMUS BORDER MAKER Decorative border maker accessory for Calamus. Comes with 5 borders with a way to get many more - up to 100! Can run as an accessory or as a program. TWO VERSIONS OF ST ZIP Contains two versions of ST_Zip; a full GEM version and a much smaller TTP version together with DOCS in French, English & German. FUJWATCH This places a rotating or rainbow Fuji symbol into your desktop's menu bar and also replaces the desktop's boring busy bee with an animated ticking clock! It takes up only 5K of memory and runs from the auto folder or desktop. Complete instructions enclosed and it works in monochrome, bigscreen mono, ST medium and low and TT medium resolution. This version of FUJWATCH is Squishable and fixes a bug that might crash the machine if the VBI list was full. New PRG is 6010 bytes while the old one was 6001 bytes. This is Questor LZHed. CREDIT CARD CALC. It's interesting to find out just how much a credit card company can make from "interest" charges if you make low payments (relative to your balance), hence this program. The program will tell you how many payments over how many years you'll be making, and what the total amount of interest you'll pay will be. Very simple to use, and it might just wake you up as far as using those credit cards. THE RETURN OF TEXT ADVENTURES! These are two text adventure written with TADS (Text Adventure Development System). They are every bit as good as some of the text adventures put out by the late, great Infocom. They are shareware, but completely playable. (The donations will get you maps and hints from the authors.) They do not require TADS to use, however. If you are interested in TADS, the shareware version of it is available in the GAMES database. Text adventuring seems to have become passe' lately, but they are still some of the most intriguing and mind- confounding games you'll ever find. If you miss Infocom, these games will bring back fond memories. They are full of the same kind of humor that filled Zork with so much fun. You will enjoy them. UNNKULIAN UNVENTURE #1 and UNNKULIAN UNVENTURE #2 are the two games. PUZZLEPUZZLE This is a puzzle game from Germany. It runs in mono only. The object is to assemble a jigsaw puzzle, which, when complete, becomes another jigsaw puzzle piece in a larger puzzle, which, when complete, becomes another puzzle, and soon, and so on. Nicely done art, digitized from originals. This one was done by the folks at Tommy Software, who also did MegaPaint, now being distributed in North America by the CodeHeads. Tommysoft's skill at programming is apparent in both this one and MegaPaint. 2 GERMAN MONO GAMES contains two monochrome-only shareware games from Germany. They are derived from a popular commercial game called ESPRIT. All the docs are contained within the games themselves, and are in German. These were obtained via Internet. OXYD, THE ORIGINAL and OXYD2, THE SEQUEL are the games. 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. ======================================================================= YEAR IN REVIEW: 1991 DELPHI TOP 100 DOWNLOADS OF 1991 Compiled by Gordie Meyer ======================================================================= This is a list of the top 102 ST Advantage Utility Database downloads from Jan. 1, 1991, until about December 10, 1991. The list is in ascending order, from the lower number of downloads to the highest number of downloads. It is interesting to note that the file with the highest number of downloads was uploaded on November 20, 1991. Which means it had only been available for 13 days when this list was compiled! This points to the recent increases in usage in the ST Advantage on DELPHI. The value of $1/hour downloads is obviously making quite an impression on many ST users. BOOTSECTOR TECHNICIAN 8-JAN-1991 45 CAL 6.0.2 18-NOV-1991 45 DATA DIET DEMO 8-OCT-1991 45 IBM-COMPATIBLE FORMATTER 7-JUL-1991 45 MAXIFILE 3.0 NEWS 20-MAR-1991 45 SQUEEZE IMAGE 1-APR-1991 45 ST INIT 3.1 30-AUG-1991 45 TLC SHOWER 17-MAR-1991 45 FORM DO IT 1.2B 22-JUN-1991 46 ST TOOLS (DISK UTILITY) 24-APR-1991 47 VDOS PROQUEUE 3.0 8-OCT-1991 47 LZH 1.1316B 26-MAR-1991 48 SHOW STATS OF YOUR ST 5-NOV-1991 48 ST TOOLS 1.1 23-MAY-1991 48 FUJIDESK TT 3-FEB-1991 49 MEGACOPY.LZH 30-MAY-1991 49 MONITOR MAGIC 4-JUL-1991 49 SFX FORMAT LZH TO TOS 27-JUN-1991 49 DMJ GIF 3.0 18-NOV-1991 51 NEW DEFAULT NEODESK ICONS 30-JUL-1991 51 SQUEEZIM.LZH 8-APR-1991 51 TALKING FORMATTER 5-FEB-1991 51 AREA CODE LOCATOR V3.0 12-OCT-1991 52 BIG_STE EMULATOR 21-FEB-1991 52 CALENDAR 5.1 13-MAY-1991 52 FLOORMAT III 9-JAN-1991 52 ICNEDIT FOR KAOSDESK 9-JUN-1991 52 MORE NEODESK 3 ICONS 30-JUL-1991 52 ZIP SHELL 2-JUL-1991 52 DC RIGHT DC 6-APR-1991 53 DUCK31.PRG - COMPUTER DELAY 15-JUN-1991 53 EDISK 2.1 19-JAN-1991 53 FUNCTION ALERT 27-APR-1991 53 DABBEL FEATURE 3-JUN-1991 54 PRGFLAGS 4-APR-1991 54 SHOWMEM4.ARC 5-JUL-1991 54 GERMAN MULTI ACCESSORY 1-SEP-1991 56 NOTEPAD 8-FEB-1991 56 FLOORMAT 3.5 1-APR-1991 57 NEODESK 3 ICONS 19-AUG-1991 57 UNARJ 2.20 BY HEINZ OZWIRK 23-OCT-1991 57 ACC.PRG 1.3 8-MAY-1991 58 DC DIRECTORY DUMP 17-FEB-1991 58 REQUEST LH5 SHELL 3-DEC-1991 58 SNAPIT 26-FEB-1991 58 TLC FORMATTER II 19-MAR-1991 58 DIRECT-DRIVE 3-JUN-1991 59 DOUBLE CLICK MAGNIFIER 12-JUN-1991 60 HDFREE PRO 2.1 4-JAN-1991 60 KAOSDESK - OTHER FILES 60 UNIT CONVERSIONS DA 22-OCT-1991 60 DC DRIVE UTILITIES 28-JUL-19911 DC-NOSTICTION.ARC (Count: 62) DC-DISK-STATS.ARC (Count: 60) HOT SAVER 1.5 17-MAR-1991 62 SUPER BOOT - OTHERS 6-MAR-1991 62 CALENDAR 4.5 17-FEB-1991 63 CHAOS DISK COMPACTOR 28-JUL-1991 64 D_VIEWER 1.0 18-FEB-1991 65 DC ASCII DUMP 19-MAY-1991 65 DC POPBAR 1.2 21-SEP-1991 65 DCRTCALL.LZH 15-MAY-1991 65 MAD FORMATTER 5-FEB-1991 65 ST HARD DRIVE COLD BOOTER 23-MAY-1991 65 2 COLUMNS 4.0 13-JAN-1991 66 DCDSKINF.ARC 2-MAR-1991 66 DC FUNCTION KEYS 12-FEB-1991 66 STE MONOCHROME EMULATOR 25-MAY-1991 66 ELF BOOT 3-JUN-1991 67 FORMDOIT 1.0A 17-FEB-1991 67 PUMPUP FORMATTER 1-SEP-1991 67 SUPER BOOT - SOUNDS 6-MAR-1991 67 VIEW 11-MAR-1991 67 300 DPI SCREEN DUMP 9-JAN-1991 68 NEODESK PATCH PROGRAM 25-APR-1991 68 DC SALVAGE 29-JUN-1991 70 PFX PACKER 7-JAN-1991 70 LOW REZ SWITCHER 18-JUN-1991 71 DC LIGHT OFF 30-AUG-1991 72 DC MAX TRACK 19-JAN-1991 72 DC MOUSE WRAPPER 3-JUN-1991 73 DC POPBAR 5-MAY-1991 74 GERMAN TRANSLATOR 1.6 11-NOV-1991 74 ST ZIP V.09 30-JUN-1991 74 ARCSHELL 2.6 28-JUL-1991 75 GIF CONVERTER 18-FEB-1991 75 IMAGE VIEWER 19-MAR-1991 78 UNERASE 8-FEB-1991 78 MEMFILE 3.0 4-FEB-1991 80 HDWAIT2.ARC 18-AUG-1991 83 DISKFIX 11-MAR-1991 84 DC TOPPER 14-APR-1991 90 DC RUN REZ 1.0 6-SEP-1991 93 DC BOOT IT 27-APR-1991 98 LHARC 2.01E 25-SEP-1991 101 CONTRL.LZH 22-FEB-1991 106 VIEW GIF 1.2 18-FEB-1991 106 XCONTROL 22-JUN-1991 113 LHARC 11318 8-APR-1991 114 SUPER BOOT V7.0 6-MAR-1991 115 MULTIARC 1.35 14-APR-1991 118 LZH201I 20-NOV-1991 142 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To sign up for DELPHI service, call (with modem) (800) 695-4002. 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