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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 28-Feb-92 #9209
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Sun Mar  8 09:39:44 1992



 | (((((((( |         Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine
 |      ((  |         -----------------------------------------
 |    ((    |         February 28, 1992            Issue #92-09
 |  ((      |         -----------------------------------------
 | (((((((( |         Copyright (c)1992, Rovac Industries, Inc.
 |          |         Post Office Box 59,  Middlesex,  NJ 08846
 |    ((    |
 |  ((((((  |                        CONTENTS
 |    ((    |
 |          |  * The Editors Desk............................Ron Kovacs
 | (((   (( |  * Z*Net Newswire........................................
 | ((((  (( |  * Perusing GEnie...............................Ed Krimen
 | (( (( (( |  * Bits, Baud Rate and BPS..................Michael Banks
 | ((  (((( |  * Hawaii Atari Users Expo...............................
 | ((   ((( |  * Perusing The Internet...................Bruce Hansford
 |          |  * Dragon Battery Kit.......................Press Release
 | (((((((  |  * Perusing CompuServe......................Mike Mortilla
 | ((       |  * Z*Net Software Shelf....................Ron Berinstein
 | (((((    |  * Z*Net FNET Support Systems..................Ron Kovacs
 | ((       |
 | (((((((  |  ~ Publisher/Editor............................Ron Kovacs
 |          |  ~ Contributing 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
 |          |  ~ Z*Net Canadian Correspondent...........Terry Schreiber
 |          |  ~ Columnist....................................Ed Krimen
 |          |  ~ Columnist................................Mike Mortilla
 |          |  ~ UK Columnist...............................Mick Jarvis
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 * THE EDITORS DESK                                        by Ron Kovacs
 =======================================================================


 GEnie users should be aware of changes made (in process) in the Bulletin
 Board area.  The Z*Net Online Category #31 will be closed permanently
 and moved as a topic in Category 15, Atari Magazines.  According to
 GEnie's RT Chief Sysop Darlah Potechin, all magazine topics are being
 consolidated.


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


 ATARI BASE USA NOW OFFICIAL
 The Atari Base USA BBS is now operating and receiving calls at (408)
 745-2196, 24 hours a day.  A US Robotics DS 14.4K modem is online.
 There are currently over 15 FNET based conferences available including
 Z*Net Online Magazine issues.  FNET Node #319.


 ATARI POSTPONES BCS UNVEILING
 Atari has contact the BCS and asked for a later date to appear to debut
 the latest products.  Atari intention is to have product available
 for sale shortly after the BCS event.  Sources at Atari stated ,"In the
 past we have been guilty of showing vaporware.  The rescheduling of this
 event reflects our new committment to only show new products when they
 are close to production."  This also probably signals a dramatically
 reduced appearance of the new products at CeBit in March.  Instead of
 the major roll-out that was predicted, look for Atari to be showing the
 new machine privately to significant dealers and developers.  No new dates
 for the Boston event have been scheduled although Atari and BCS are
 conferring.


 NEW FACES AT CORPORATE
 Atari has recently hired 7 new executives in an effort to bolster the
 Atari's plans for a worldwide rebound.  These executives are: Tony
 Serra, General Manger of Atari Australia and former managing director of
 Commodore Computers in Australia, brings to Atari a wealth of experience
 in consumer and technical marketing; Scott MacDonald is also new to
 Atari Australia filling in the controllers position "Down Under"; Gary
 Weiner a senior level marketing specialist with over 20 years of
 industry experience has recently joined Atari in Sunnyvale as corporate
 vice-president of marketing and sales; another addition is the new Atari
 vice-president of quality assurance, Maxie R Smith, Smith brings a solid
 background in opto-electronics engineering and semiconductor engineering
 and will be a valued addition to Atari's manufacturing efforts; Lutz
 Lange, newly appointed sales manager for Atari Germany; Dieter Pruess
 and Richard Maunday, Dieter is Atari finance manager for Atari Germany
 and Maunday is the controller for Atari UK.


 NEW GLOBAL LYNX TV ADVERTISING PLAN
 According to the Wall Street Journal, Atari has signed an advertising
 contract for the Lynx.  This advertising campaign with Hal Rinney &
 Partners for $7 million, follows pre-christmas test marketing in Los
 Angeles.  The firm customized a UK television commercial for
 presentation in the US market and the LA tests were nothing short of
 spectacular.  Plans now call for a new nationwide campaign in APril.
 New television commercial developed by Hal Rinney will be used worldwide.


 ATARI MAGS AROUND THE WORLD
 Atari France, UK and Italy are now publishing periodicals aimed at
 distributors and customers.  These are slick, glossy full color issues
 running up to 100 pages.  Contents include news about Atari
 developments in software and hardware, music applications and video
 games.  "Atari News" has a circulation of 18 thousand, and is published
 by Atari Italy every two months using Calamus.  In England, "Atari
 Reports" has been sent to 4000 independent dealers.  "Atari Magazine"
 published in French and circulated in France, Belgium, Switzerland and
 French Canada.


 ANTIVIRUS FOR MACINTOSH
 Symantec announced that Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM) version
 3.0 recognizes and protects against the Macintosh virus MBDF A.  The
 MBDF A virus attaches itself to applications and system files, creating
 incompatibilities that can lead to a system crash.  Running an infected
 application quickly infects system files, which in turn infects
 additional applications when they are launched.  The MBDF A virus has
 been traced to the games "Obnoxious Tetris," "Ten Tile Puzzle," and
 "Tetricycle" (also called "Tetris-rotating"). Tetricycle has been
 identified as a Trojan Horse, a program that conceals a virus, which
 users should immediately delete.  To detect and repair infected files,
 users can download the new virus definitions file free of charge from
 the Symantec Bulletin Board at 408-973-9598, CompuServe, America Online
 or Applelink.  Users can also obtain detection and repair capabilities
 by ordering a virus update disk for $12 (includes shipping and handling,
 sales tax added where applicable) through Customer Service at 800-441-
 7234 in the United States and 408-252-3570 in Canada.


 HP PICKS 106 SCHOOLS
 Hewlett-Packard announced the recipients of its 1991-92 classroom
 calculator-program grants - 106 high schools in the United States and
 Canada.  The recipients will receive teacher-training and curriculum
 materials, along with graphing calculators and related equipment.  The
 hardware value of each grant is approximately $8,500.


 IBM PLANS TO SHUT FACILITY
 IBM plans to shut down an under utilized office facility in Franklin
 Lakes, N.J., but has no plans to lay off any of the approximately 800
 people working there.  The 650,000-square foot building, located in
 suburban Bergen County, about 40 miles from New York City, currently
 houses employees from about 16 different units, mostly performing sales
 support, finance, and administrative support functions.  IBM hopes to
 sell the building once it is emptied out.  No asking price was
 disclosed.  Most of the employees will be out of the building by the end
 of June, while one computer unit is likely to stay until the end of the
 third quarter.


 APPLE TRADE-IN PROGRAM
 Apple USA has unveiled The Apple Exchange Program, a new trade-in
 program which is designed to help customers upgrade their computer
 equipment more easily.  The program is targeted to business and
 institutional customers.  Apple Authorized Resellers can now offer cash
 to customers who trade-in selected Macintosh and MS-DOS-compatible
 computers and laser printers when purchasing new Apple equipment.  Trade
 -in dollars must be applied toward the purchase or lease of new Apple
 equipment.  Eligible trade-in equipment under the Apple Exchange Program
 includes selected Apple, Compaq, and IBM computers in addition to
 Hewlett-Packard laser printers.  For more information or to obtain the
 name of the nearest Apple Authorized Reseller, Apple customers may call
 800-538-9696.


 COMPUADD AND APPLE AGREE
 CompuAdd Computer announced earlier this week that it will sell and
 support the full line of Apple Macintosh computer systems through
 CompuAdd's rapidly expanding chain of company-owned computer stores.
 Effective March 1, the agreement with Apple Computer USA marks a major
 strategy shift for CompuAdd.  With few exceptions, the company's retail
 stores have marketed and supported only CompuAdd brand personal
 computers.


 IBM INTRODUCES THE FASTEST 386SX
 IBM has introduced the industry's fastest 386SX pc, powered by IBM's
 386SLC microprocessor.  The 20MHz PCs - Personal System/2 Models 56 SLC
 and 57 SLC - blaze through popular programs, such as Lotus 1-2-3 or
 AutoCAD for OS/2, up to 88 percent faster than the most popular 386SX
 competition.


 COMPUTERLAND TO ACQUIRE INFOMAX
 ComputerLand announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire
 its largest franchisee, Infomax of Concord, Calif.  Infomax is the
 largest computer dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area, with annual sales
 of $150 million.  The planned transaction, which is expected to be
 completed by April 15, would result in the integration of the
 ComputerLand business in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and
 Encino, Calif., into ComputerLand Corp.'s network of company-owned
 branches.  ComputerLand Corp. owns and operates 53 branches in over 40
 major metropolitan markets in the United States.




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


 -=> In the "CodeHead Software" category (32)
 -=> from the "TOS 2.06 Extension Card" topic (30)

 Message 248       Sun Feb 23, 1992
 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead]       at 12:54 EST

 Bob,

 The information that we've received is that Atari has no current plans
 for releasing TOS 2.07.  Of course, we can neither speak for Atari nor
 guarantee that 2.07 will not be released.  We can only offer their
 latest TOS.

 TOS 2.06 chips are available as a dealer item.  We also sell them for
 the same list price of $60.  Our package includes our TEC manual which
 documents the new features of TOS, and also our TEC Utilities disk.

 I don't know of any compatibility problems between 1.06 and 2.06 that
 would require a switchable TOS.  That doesn't mean that none exists.
 Personally, I think TOS switching is overrated and I see no reason for
 it other than a developer's need for testing (just my personal opinion).
 But obviously a lot of people see it differently and don't like to let
 go of their obsolete software.  These days almost all software is
 written correctly so that it's no longer TOS-specific.

 John
 ----------
 Message 30        Tue Feb 25, 1992
 J.ROGOZINSK2 [Rogo]          at 19:55 EST

 John,

 Just one or two more questions (I hope You hope _more_).

 1. Does the prices in message 223 (Bus Bridge version $155.00) include
 shipping and handling?

 2. I have a Mega2 with the 2 socketed TOS 1.4 chips.  Is the Bus Bridge
 version the one I want?

 These should be my last questions (Did I just here a big sigh of relief
 all the way from LA?) before I put a check in the mail.

 Thanks again,
 Joe Rogo
 ----------
 Message 32        Tue Feb 25, 1992
 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead]       at 20:47 EST

 Rogo,

 Shipping charge for the TEC is $3 US and $4 Canada.  Yes, the Bus Bridge
 version is the one you want.  Just be aware that you will be using your
 bus connector and will have a problem if you later want to add something
 that uses it (such as a Moniterm card, or some PC emulators).

 To All,

 We are currently awaiting another shipment of boards from Germany and it
 may be a week or more before we can ship any more.  This includes many
 orders that have already been waiting.  The orders have been sent out in
 the order they were placed.  If you haven't gotten a confirmation call
 from us, the chances are that you'll have to wait until the next batch
 arrives.  I thank you for your patience.

 The good news is that we have a goodly supply of ROM chips (thank you
 Atari)!  The remainder of the waiting orders for TOS chips went out
 today.

 John
 ----------
 Message 43        Fri Feb 28, 1992
 C.S.SMETON [Charles S.]      at 00:15 EST

 I just installed the TEC board with the Bus Bridge in my Mega ST and I
 noticed a "slow down".  Apparently, with TOS 2.06, Turbo ST is being
 disabled after the first program that is run terminates.  Running Quick
 Index shows that the "GEM Draw" speed reverts to the same speed as no
 Turbo ST installed.  Using MultiDesk, I can load in a new copy of Turbo
 ST and then all is fine until the next application terminates.  It seems
 that the Trap #2 (GEM AES/VDI) vector is being reset so that Turbo ST is
 not called.

 The BIOS tests do not slow down significantly, so the XBIOS/BIOS traps
 must not be affected by TOS 2.06.  I guess this is a good reason to buy
 Quick ST? :-) The board installed with no problems, even with a T-16
 accelerator installed.  I guess I will also have to upgrade Hotwire from
 2.3 to 3.0 since it also does not seem to work anymore.

 The right button does not bring up Hotwire from the Desktop.  This is
 reason enough to put the TOS 1.4 chips back in until I can get the
 upgrade.  Also, TOS 2.06 Desktop needs a wider text window to display a
 column of files (view as text) with the name and size visible.  Now with
 two windows on screen there is not enough width to see two columns of
 disk icons with two text windows side by side.  I guess this is a reason
 to get a large screen monitor and graphics card!
 ----------
 Message 44        Fri Feb 28, 1992
 T.MCCOMB [=Tom=]             at 00:40 EST

 Welp I justly installed  the ROMS in my STE (jumpers were a pain) and so
 far so good.  I love it and I havn't even read the manual yet.  Just
 exploring has got me excited.  One downer- apparently Turbo ST doesn't
 have any effect on 2.06, the system seems slow, and is unaffected
 whether the Turbo ACC is toggled on or off.

 -Tom Hurry with Quick ST guys!
 ----------
 Message 45        Fri Feb 28, 1992
 C.F.JOHNSON [CodeHead]       at 01:57 EST

 Sorry to hear that Turbo ST seems to have a problem with TOS 2.06, guys.
 The spanking new, heavily modified and debugged version of Quick ST
 won't have any problems with 2.06, of course, and the release date is
 probably not too far off now.  Our beta units are signalling A-OK.

 - Charles
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 -=> In the "CodeHead Software" category (32)
 -=> from the "HotWire! from CodeHead Software" topic (2)

 Message 54        Tue Feb 25, 1992
 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead]       at 16:16 EST

 To All,

 I'm sure that we will be repeating this information more and more (maybe
 twice a day ) as more people begin installing TOS 2.06 on their
 machines.

 PLEASE NOTE:  To install HotWire on any machine which uses a version of
 TOS containing the "Newdesk", you _must_ run TT_INST.PRG (or make the
 appropriate entry in your NEWDESK.INF file) and you must have version
 3.0.

 John
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 -=> In the "Sound and Music" category (10)
 -=> from the "Stereo Replay Cartridge" topic (6)

 Message 8         Mon Feb 24, 1992
 M.EVERHART2 [MIDIMIKE]       at 21:25 EST

 I need to contact MICHTRON and I understand they have been rejuvenated
 in NYC.  Does anyone know a phone # or address where I can reach them?
 ----------
 Message 9         Mon Feb 24, 1992
 D.A.BRUMLEVE [kidprgs]       at 21:36 EST

 JIM DORSMAN PRESIDENT MICHTRON (NEW)
 3201 DRUMMOND PLAZA
 NEWARK, DE  19711

 Well, gosh, CardFile didn't let me upload the telephone number, so I'll
 just have to type that in: 302 454 7946.

 That's the new MichTron you are looking for, Mike.
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 -=> In the "Software Library and Other Utilities" category (2)
 -=> from the "MultiGEM from Germany" topic (9)

 Message 175       Sat Feb 22, 1992
 K.CAVAGHAN2                  at 02:35 EST

 To all:

 I was on the phone today with Richard Benson, the president of Rimik
 Enterprises, and explained the situation to him.  He listened very well
 as I explained how upset I was that my Visa had been charged without the
 shipment of goods.

 Now, according to Mr. Benson (and please note: my memory), the last
 upgrade was just in the process of getting ready to ship (therefore the
 Visa charge) when a bug was discovered.  Instead of shipping buggy
 software, he elected to hold off shipping until a fix could be worked
 out.  This version of the upgrade was to make it Neodesk compatible.

 After several weeks, the bug was fixed but at the same time, a new beta
 version was produced.  Again, he elected to hold off shipping reasoning
 that Multigem users would be upset at having to upgrade so soon.  The
 newest version should be released in a couple of weeks.

 At the same time, I requested that he check out the topic here and state
 the company policy concerning upgrades and refunds.  I am hopeful that
 he will.

 As well, I pointed out to him that if some type of press release was
 made concerning the difficulties with this upgrade, perhaps some people
 like myself would not have been so upset.

 PLEASE NOTE: as I said, this is from MY MEMORY which is not always
 accurate :}.  Let's hope he joins us in person to present the official
 view.

 Kent Cavaghan
 OakSprings Software
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 -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14)
 -=> from the "Font Scaling Module -- The New GDOS" topic (18)

 Message 79        Sat Feb 22, 1992
 A.MASON4 [Anna]              at 17:17 EST

 We keep hearing that the new FSM/GDOS will be released to the general
 public (those of us who don't own WordFlair II) RSN.  Is there any hope
 at all of that becoming a reality.....

 Anna
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 Message 82        Sat Feb 22, 1992
 SGUBER                       at 20:56 EST

 Within the next two weeks, I will be putting a little program to
 generate calenders up as shareware.  It will have six different types
 of calender pages, and will use FMSGDOS as the method for selecting
 fonts and for the printing.  There are a few of use that really like
 FMSGDOS and will support it.

 Sol
 ----------
 Message 83        Sat Feb 22, 1992
 TOWNS [John@Atari]           at 21:18 EST

 Thanks for the nice comments, Sol.  They are appreciated.  As for the
 issue of FSMGDOS availability, I wish I knew what the holdup is.  I know
 that we had fixed some bugs a couple of the printer drivers a couple of
 weeks ago, but I have no idea what is happening with packaging, etc.

 Perhaps Bob Brodie or Bill Rehbock will be able to provide us with an
 update on what is happening with FSMGDOS distribution to the General
 Public.

 Believe me, I want you to have it as much as you want it!  I think it is
 a substantial improvement in the GDOS concept.  I also think that once
 it is available, we will start to see applications that will take
 advantage of its valuable features.

 So, please everyone.. don't give up on us.  I know it is _really_ late,
 but we will get it to you soon!

 -- John Townsend, Atari Corp.
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 -=> In the "ISD Product Support" category (16)
 -=> from the "Calamus S/SL" topic (20)

 Message 487       Fri Feb 21, 1992
 J.MEEHAN3 [>> Joe M << ]     at 05:25 EST

 My copy of SL arrived yesterday.  I had a rather large project to get
 done in a hurry, so as usual I did something stupid, I set up Calamus SL
 and went to work.

 Normally this would have spelled disaster.  A new program and a big job.

 Well I a glad to say Calamus SL came through.  With the new manual
 references, a much improved manual and a rather familiar interface, I
 was up and running in no time.

 I found many need useful features.  I also failed to find a few old
 features.  I would guess many of the old features are there I just have
 not found them.

 This thing is -FAST-.  I expected a noticeable slowdown, but on my TT it
 runs..  I was actually using the WYSIWYG display for editing!

 >> Joe Meehan <<
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 Message 532       Tue Feb 25, 1992
 M.PRAZOFF1 [Mark]            at 21:38 EST

 Here are some first impressions of Calamus SL.  The manual cover and box
 are very professional and exude class.  The manual itself is great.
 Thanks to Nathan et. al. for a job well done.  It actually goes well
 beyond the usual describe every feature style and actually tells you how
 to use the darn thing.

 To wander through Calamus SL is to experience a land once familiar (much
 like the 1.09N of childhood), yet around every familiar corner is a new
 doorway full of pleasant surprises.  Goosh, I make it sound like Dungeon
 Master SL...  The real strength of the program lies in the number of
 features which can be customized by the user.  Yet these numerous
 defaults are also what presents such a challenge to the new user.
 Please share your experiences of "set-ups for SL that work".

 So here are my first questions:

 1) How functional is SL in 2 Megs of memory?  I tried virtual memory,
    and when I went to print a one page document, the darn thing spent 10
    minutes writing hundreds of little files to my ever so slow Megafile.
    With no virtual memory, the same file spit out with the usual Calamus
    speed.  How do I set the defaults to get virtual memory only when
    required? (e.g. do the virtual memory size or available memory
    settings help?).  Does memory get saved or things speed up if one
    saves a monochrome colour setting file?

 2) Which of the three defaults did 1.09n use to measure its fonts?

 3) Screen size on my SM124 was bang on with 1.09N at 1:1; with SL it is
    about 20% too small.  A problem or something to set differently like
    screen resolution in the system parameters?  What should "minimal
    system memory" be for a Mega 2 STE?

 4) Does it now take two steps to make outline text?  First make text
    white and then add a black outline?  Or did I miss something?

 5) Shouldn't the first priority be to make an Outline Art export driver
    (OL.CXV) rather than a CVG driver?  Wouldn't that make Speedline
    function as advertised.  Doesn't OL Art work better with its own
    format rather than CVG.  Either export driver soon would be great.

 Well that covers questions for now...back to the program and the oh so
 wonderful manual.  Happy exploring to all.
 ----------
 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 16,  Topic 20
 Message 535       Wed Feb 26, 1992
 ISD [Nathan]                 at 15:57 EST

 On squishing, compressing or whatever....as you have now realized, you
 have only to change the name HOWEVER, by doing so, you remove the safety
 feature inherent within Calamus that checks the consistency of the
 program when loading... ie; viruses, dma problems, bad disk copies etc

 Calamus SL is correctly set to TT RAM.  Please leave it there Dave.  Its
 certain death otherwise. :-)

 Thanks to everyone on the compliments on the manual.  We do appreciate
 it.

 * FLASH * All 1.09N Printer Drivers work in Calamus SL.  Simply rename
 the file extension to .CDT.

 Yes, there are a few areas not yet in English.  I am confident that
 eventually we will get them all.  Please be patient.

 Mark...Dungeon Master SL ohmygod :-)

 1. What printer do you have? I would recommend more RAM.
 2. Designer.
 3. Use the SETUP in the new System module to measure the screen to your
    hearts desire.
 4. It now treats the text and the outline separately in order to be able
    to handle various color combinations.
 5. I am working on my error on CVG export.  I had not realized it wasn't
    available.

 And thats more than enough for now.  LIVE from Germany, I'm off to get a
 Pizza.
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 -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14)
 -=> from the "Atari Explorer" topic (30)

 Message 173       Thu Feb 27, 1992
 R.NOAK                       at 07:58 EST

 I just got the Feb ish of Atari Explorer with the included Atari Artist.
 Nice issue.  I was especially intrigued by the picture on page 37 (Atari
 Artist section) of what are obviously new, hitherto unseen Atari
 computers!  Could they be the new Falcon?

 In case you haven't seen this issue yet, I'll describe them for you.
 They look exactly like the TT030 and Mega Ste except that they have the
 hard drive bay on the _left_ side of the CPU bay.  The keyboard is also
 different, with the numeric keypad on the left hand side also, with the
 function keys on the right side.  I thought that this was odd, but then
 realized that Atari, in a bold, brilliant move had produced a _left-
 handed_ computer!  Think of it.  The first computer to target the 10% of
 the population that is left-handed.  That's over 20 million new users in
 the US alone!  Of course we now have to wait for the developers to
 produce left-handed software.....

 ;-) Randy @ Southlake, Inc.
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 -=> In the "Flaming - Debating - Discussions - Rumors" category (18)
 -=> from the "Atari "Falcon" Project" topic (20)

 Message 272       Sat Feb 22, 1992
 N.WEINRESS [Norm]            at 00:13 EST

 "Electronic Engineering Times"  is quoting a Motorola exec that they
 have dropped plans for a 68050, but are planning on a major change in a
 new chip (significant architecture changes) and will call it the 68060.
 There is very little known about it, but one presumes Apple is involved.
 They did say it would be backwards compatible with the family.  (Did you
 hear a great sigh of relief from Sunnyvale?)
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 -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14)
 -=> from the "SM147 14" Flat Screen Mono Monitor" topic (21)

 Message 9         Fri Feb 14, 1992
 M.MASTALER [Mike]            at 03:10 EST

 Hi Just bought today the first sm147 at my music dealers.  It looks
 great!  It's not made by Atari (but has their logo).  Dealer said it
 looks like a Goldstar.  The owners manual ? says it's a "super VGA".  I
 use Notator sequencer and it looks fantastic.  It's a non-glare flat
 screen and has NO SPEAKER.  As I type this, it looks like I'm at a
 drive-in .  List is $259; street prices are about 210-225 (I paid
 225).  These are the "real World" dimensions folks:

 This is the ACTUAL screen size, not the tube sizes:

      12" diag., 7 1/2 high, and 9 3/8 wide

 It doesn't sound big, but it looks great.  Also, it has a tilted, swivel
 base.  BTW, the box it came in had no Atari logo or anything, There's
 not even a mention of Atari in the manual, and i didn't get any warranty
 card.  This is being built by a jobber, obviously.  Anyway, it looks
 fine and I'm happy with it.  Now I got to go, can't see spending $6 hr
 selling Atari's products for them (even though they need some US
 marketing) (he-he).  Come over to the *MIDI bb; we have an atari cat
 there and it's free..         Cat. 3 Top. 6
 Mike
 ----------



 =======================================================================
 * BITS, BAUD RATE, AND BPS                          by Michael A. Banks
 =======================================================================


 Here's an excerpt from The Modem Reference, written by Michael A. Banks
 and recommended by Jerry Pournelle in Byte, The Smithsonian Magazine,
 et al.  The right to reproduce this article is granted on the condition
 that all text, including this notice and the notice at the end of the
 article, remain unchanged, and that no text is added to the body of the
 article.  Thanks!  --MB


 Taking the Mystery Out of Modem Speeds
 (Copyright, 1988, 1990, Michael A. Banks.  All rights reserved.)


 Modem transmission speed is the source of a lot of confusion, even among
 otherwise informed computer and modem users.  The root of the problem is
 the fact that the terms "baud" and "bits per second" are used
 interchangeably and indiscriminately.  I strongly suspect this is a
 result of the fact that it's easier to say "baud" than "bits per
 second," though misinformation has a hand in it, too.

 If you've ever found yourself confused by the relationship between bits
 and baud rate, or if you think that a modem's baud rate is the same as
 the number of bits or characters it transmits per second, please read
 this article carefully; I guarantee to clear up the confusion and
 disabuse you of any false concepts ...

 Bits per second (bps)

 Bits per second is a measure of the number of data bits (digital 0's and
 1's) transmitted each second in a communications channel.  This is
 sometimes referred to as "bit rate."

 Individual characters (letters, numbers, etc.), also referred to as
 bytes, are composed of several bits.

 While a modem's bit rate is tied to its baud rate, the two are not the
 same, as explained below.

 Baud rate

 Baud rate is a measure of the number of times per second a signal in a
 communications channel varies, or makes a transition between states
 (states being frequencies, voltage levels, or phase angles).  One baud
 is one such change.  Thus, a 300-baud modem's signal changes state 300
 times each second, while a 600-baud modem's signal changes state 600
 times per second.  This does not necessarily mean that a 300-baud and a
 600-baud modem transmit 300 and 600 bits per second, as you'll learn in
 a few lines.

 Determining bits per second

 Depending on the modulation technique used, a modem can transmit one
 bit--or more or less than one bit--with each baud, or change in state.
 Or, to put it another way, one change of state can transmit one bit--or
 more or less than one bit.

 As I mentioned earlier, the number of bits a modem transmits per second
 is directly related to the number of bauds that occur each second, but
 the numbers are not necessarily the same.

 To illustrate this, first consider a modem with a baud rate of 300,
 using a transmission technique called FSK (Frequency Shift Keying, in
 which four different frequencies are turned on and off to represent
 digital 0 and 1 signals from both modems).

 When FSK is used, each baud (which is, a gain, a change in state)
 transmits one bit; only one change in state is required to send a bit.
 Thus, the modem's bps rate is also 300:

 300 bauds per second X 1 bit per baud  =  300 bps

 Similarly, if a modem operating at 1200 baud were to use one change in
 state to send each bit, that modem's bps rate would be 1200.  (There are
 no 1200 baud modems, by the way; remember that.  This is only a
 demonstrative and hypothetical example.)

 Now, consider a hypothetical 300-baud modem using a modulation technique
 that requires two changes in state to send one bit, which can also be
 viewed as 1/2 bit per baud.  Such a modem's bps rate would be 150 bps:

 300 bauds per second X 1/2 baud per bit  =  150 bps

 To look at it another way, bits per second can also be obtained by
 dividing the modem's baud rate by the number of changes in state, or
 bauds, required to send one bit:

 300 baud
 ---------------  =  150 bps
 2 bauds per bit

 Now let's move away from the hypothetical and into reality, as it exists
 in the world of modulation.

 First, lest you be misled into thinking that "any 1200 baud modem"
 should be able to operate at 2400 bps with a two-bits-per-baud
 modulation technique, remember that I said there are no 1200 baud
 modems.  Medium- and high-speed modems use baud rates that are lower
 than their bps rates.  Along with this, however, they use multiple-state
 modulation to send more than one bit per baud.

 For example, 1200 bps modems that conform to the Bell 212A standard
 (which includes most 1200 bps modems used in the U.S.) operate at 300
 baud and use a modulation technique called phase modulation that
 transmits four bits per baud.  Such modems are capable of 1200 bps
 operation, but not 2400 bps because they are not 1200 baud modems; they
 use a baud rate of 300.  So:

 300 baud X 4 bits per baud  =  1200 bps
            or
 300 baud
 ------------------  =  1200 bps
 1/4 baud per bit

 Similarly, 2400 bps modems that conform to the CCITT V.22 recommendation
 (virtually all of them) actually use a baud rate of 600 when they
 operate at 2400 bps.  However, they also use a modulation technique that
 transmits four bits per baud:

 600 baud X 4 bits per baud  =  2400 bps
            or
 600 baud
 ------------------  = 2400 bps
 1/4 baud per bit

 Thus, a 1200-bps modem is not a 1200-baud modem, nor is a 2400-bps modem
 a 2400-baud modem.

 Now let's take a look at 9600-bps modems.  Most of these operate at 2400
 baud, but (again) use a modulation technique that yields four bits per
 baud.  Thus:

 2400 baud X 4 bits per baud  =  9600 bps
             or
 2400 baud
 ------------------  =  9600 bps
 1/4 baud per bit

 Characters per second (cps)

 Characters per second is the number of characters (letters, numbers,
 spaces, and symbols) transmitted over a communications channel in one
 second.  Cps is often the bottom line in rating data transmission speed,
 and a more convenient way of thinking about data transfer than baud- or
 bit-rate.

 Determining the number of characters transmitted per second is easy:
 simply divide the bps rate by the number of bits per character.  You
 must of course take into account the fact that more than just the bits
 that make up the binary digit representing a character are transmitted
 when a character is sent from one system to another.  In fact, up to 10
 bits may be transmitted for each character during ASCII transfer,
 whether 7 or 8 data bits are used.  This is because what are called
 start- and stop-bits are added to characters by a sending system to
 enable the receiving system to determine which groups of bits make up a
 character.  In addition, a system usually adds a parity bit during 7-bit
 ASCII transmission.  (The computer's serial port handles the addition of
 the extra bits, and all extra bits are stripped out at the receiving
 end.)

 So, in asynchronous data communication, the number of bits per character
 is usually 10 (either 7 data bits, plus a parity bit, plus a start bit
 and a stop bit, or 8 data bits plus a start bit and a stop bit).  Thus:

 300 bps
 -----------------------  =  30 characters per second
 10 bits per character

 1200 bps
 -----------------------  =  120 characters per second
 10 bits per character

 2400 bps
 -----------------------  =  240 characters per second
 10 bits per character

 Common speeds

 The most commonly-used communications rates for dial-up systems (BBSs
 and online services like CompuServe, DELPHI, and GEnie) are 300, 1200,
 and 2400 bps.  A few older systems--especially Telex systems--
 communicate at 110 bps, but these are gradually going the way of the
 dinosaur.  4800 and 9600 bps modems are generally available, but few
 online services or BBSs accommodate them.  This will be changing in the
 near future, however, with the cost of high-speed modem technology
 decreasing as the demand for it increases.

 Modems with even higher bps rates are manufactured (19,200 and up) but
 these are not used with dial-up systems; the upper limit on asynchronous
 data transmission via voice-grade telephone lines appears to be 9600
 bps.  The use of higher transmission rates requires special dedicated
 lines that are "conditioned" (i.e., shielded from outside interference)
 as well as expensive modulation and transmission equipment.

 If you found this article useful, you may want to pick up a copy of the
 book from which it was excerpted:

 THE MODEM REFERENCE
 by Michael A. Banks
 Published by Brady Books/Simon & Schuster
 In addition to explaining the technical aspects of modem operation,
 communications software, data links, and other elements of computer
 communications, the book provides detailed, illustrated "tours" of major
 online services such as UNISON, CompuServe, DELPHI, BIX, Dow Jones News
 /Retrieval, MCI Mail, the PRODIGY service, and others.  It also contains
 information on using packet switching networks and BBSs, as well as dial
 -up numbers for various networks and BBSs.

 You'll also find hands-on guides to buying, setting up, using, and
 troubleshooting computer communications hardware and software.  (And the
 book "supports" all major microcomputer brands.)  THE MODEM REFERENCE is
 available at your local B. Dalton's, WaldenSoftware, Waldenbooks, or
 other bookstore, either in stock or by order.  Or, phone 800-624-0023 to
 order direct.

 Want the lowdown on getting more out of your word processor?  Read the
 only book on word processing written by writers, for writers: WORD
 PROCESSING SECRETS FOR WRITERS, by Michael A. Banks & Ansen Dibel
 (Writer's Digest Books).  WORD PROCESSING SECRETS FOR WRITERS is
 available at your local B. Dalton's, Waldenbooks, or other bookstore,
 either in stock or by order.  Or, phone 800-543-4644 (800-551-0884 in
 Ohio) to order direct.

 Do you use DeskMate 3?  Are you getting the most out of the program?  To
 find out, get a copy of GETTING THE MOST OUT OF DESKMATE 3, by Michael
 A. Banks.  Published by Brady Books/Simon & Schuster, it is available in
 your local Tandy/Radio Shack, WaldenSoftware, or Waldenbooks store now.
 Or, phone 800-624-0023 to order direct.

 Other books by Michael A. Banks
 UNDERSTANDING FAX & E-MAIL (Howard W. Sams & Co.)
 THE ODYSSEUS SOLUTION (w/Dean Lambe; SF novel; Baen Books)
 JOE MAUSER: MERCENARY FROM TOMORROW (w/Mack Reynolds; SF novel; Baen
  Books)
 SWEET DREAMS, SWEET PRICES (w/Mack Reynolds; SF novel; Baen Books)
 COUNTDOWN: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO MODEL ROCKETRY (TAB Books)
 THE ROCKET BOOK (w/Robert Cannon; Prentice Hall Press)
 SECOND STAGE: ADVANCED MODEL ROCKETRY (Kalmbach Books)

 For more information, contact:
 Michael A. Banks
 P.O. Box 312
 Milford, OH  45150



 =======================================================================
 * HAWAII ATARI USERS EXPO
 =======================================================================


 On March 14, 1992, Honolulu will learn what Atari users have known for a
 long time...

 You don't have to be like everybody else to be good.

 The Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Hawaii are hosting an Exposition that
 will showcase the capabilities of the powerful Atari ST and TT computer
 systems.  We'll demonstrate Desktop Publishing at its finest and make
 incredible music controlled through the Musical Instrument Digital
 Interface (MIDI).  You'll discover why the ST is the perfect computer to
 manage your club or association, and you'll see demonstrations of
 Computer Aided Design, Home & Business Management software, Desktop
 Video, Educational software and more on this powerful and yet easy to
 use computer system.

 Don't think we've forgotten how to have fun.  We'll introduce you to
 MIDI-Maze; multi-player entertainment with no equal on any system.
 You'll discover just how far high-tech gaming has come with the latest
 software releases, and you'll have the chance to test drive the Lynx,
 Atari's amazing Portable Color Entertainment System.

 When the day is done you won't walk away empty handed.  We'll be
 awarding exciting door prizes all afternoon, and the biggest prize is
 yours for the taking:  An introduction to the power and performance of
 Atari Computer Systems.

 I've posted this notice here as an open invitation to those who may be
 coming to Hawaii during March.  This Expo is a first for ACE-HI and we
 hope to make it an annual event.

 ACE-HI has approximately 80 members and we have maintained steady growth
 for the past two years.  We conduct monthly meetings, publish a
 newsletter (ACE-HI Info) and operate a 2400 baud BBS (808-622-2533).  We
 are committed to keeping the Atari presence strong in Hawaii.

 If you have any questions or suggestions, please respond to R.BEATTY3 on
 Genie or 70317,3045 on CIS.




 =======================================================================
 * PERUSING THE INTERNET                      Compiled by Bruce Hansford
 =======================================================================


 Date: 17 Feb 92 16:48:53 GMT
 >From: noao!asuvax!cs.utexas.edu!usc!zaphod.mps.ohio-state.edu!
        magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu!dhbutler@arizona.edu (David Butler)
 Subject: Spectre GCR test: is it the drive or the floppy?

 >I don't know if my problem is related but recently I attempted to write
 >105 files to a floppy - after ejecting the disk and re-inserting it I
 >got a message that went something like "finder doesn't have enough

 This is not a Spectre problem but a Mac bug.  You should only get this
 error while using "Multifinder", and when copying large numbers of
 files.  The "Finder" then counts as a seperate program with "X" amount
 of memory.  The Mac OS dies when you try to copy too many files because
 it keeps the directory of each in memory (I think this is why it dies,
 but this is second-hand info, and therefore subject to great error,
 possibly), ever notice how the mac reads the files without going back to
 the directory tracks of the disk each time?

 A way around this is to open the system folder, and select the "Finder"
 icon.  Pull down "get info" from whichever menu it is under, and then
 edit the amount of RAM the Finder will get when using multifinder.  The
 box to edit this is in the lower right hand side of the dialog box.  It
 is usually set to 160, but setting it up to 200 can help.  I think I
 keep mine at about 320 most of the time.  Remember that the more memory
 you give the finder, the rest you will have for your other programs.
 Hopefully this bug will someday be fixed...

 Hope this helps...
 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: Tue, 18 Feb 92 15:34 N
 >From: 
 Subject: *.GEM and HPGL to *.IMG

 Yes there is such a conversion program from .GEM to .IMG.  It's a real
 great program called VECtoMAP which has a lot of additional features
 like turning the image by 90 degrees, changing the line thickness etc.
 This program takes .gem or HPGL Files as input and generates an .img.  I
 not sure if an English version is available but it is very easy to use
 (under GEM).  It's a German product.  Here is the address:

        APiSoft                         Tel: + 30  853 43 50
        Andreas Pirner Software         Fax: + 30  853 30 25
        Bundesallee 56
        D-1000 Berlin 31

 There seems to be an English (not American) distributor: Gate Seven
 Computers Ltd. London. The program only costs DM 50.- (about US $ 27.-)

 I hope this helps

 Roland Baumann
 Federal Institute of Technology
 Zurich, Switzerland
 E-Mail: baumann@czheth5a.bitnet
         baumann@vision.ethz.ch
 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: 18 Feb 92 11:28:45 GMT
 >From: mcsun!news.funet.fi!sunic!corax.udac.uu.se!tdb!m91der@uunet.uu.net
 Subject: MEGA-LEIF-CONVENTION

 -----------------------------------------------------
 -* Official invitation to the MEGA-LEIF-CONVENTION *-
 -----------------------------------------------------

 This is the official invitation to the enormous and already famous MEGA-
 LEIF-CONVENTION.  This is an international Atari and PC (other computers
 are also welcome) demo-convention held by Electra in Fyrisskolan/Uppsala
 /Sweden.  It begins at 18:00 (local swedish time) on Thursday the 16th
 of April, and lasts until 15:00 on Monday the 20th of April.

 In the basement of the school we have an old Physical-activities hall
 that'll serve as a silent sleeping room.  You'll also find free showers
 in the same area.  At about 5 minutes walk from the school you'll find
 the famous Fyrishov recreation centre, so bring your bathing clothes!
 At about 10 minutes walk in another direction you'll find the centre of
 Uppsala with restaurants, shops and Macdonald's.

 There will of course be loads of competitions too, that's the reason we
 hired an RGB projector!  And what will we do with the RGB projector
 before the compos?  We`ll show movies and demos on it of course!  The
 competitions (held by us and TOS Magazine) are:

 * best demo (1 Meg STE)
 * best picture
 * best music (modules and blip-blop)
 * othello/reversi tournament (your program will play against the others,
   you'll get the exact rules at the party)
 * best PC demo

 Prices in the different competitions:

 * first price in the Atari demo competition will be an Atari TT
 * in the PC competition we'll throw 2000 SEK (333 USD) at the winner
 * prices in the other competitions will be Quantum hard disks, a high
   speed modem, an Amiga, an Atari and a colour monitor.

 At the party we'll sell coke and you'll be able to order pizzas at
 special reduced prices.  You'll also be able to buy other computer-
 related items (SIMMs and empty disks for example) on the party.

 The following Atari crews has already decided to attend:

       Electra                         Omega
       The Carebears                   ULM
       The Respectables                Electronic Images
       Sync                            TEX
       Legacy                          Mystic
       The Blackcats                   Scum of the Earth
       Alcoholica                      Delta Force
       Synergy                         The Lost Boys
       Unit 17                         EPA
       The Syndicate                   Lazer

 PC-Crews:   Cascada                         The Codeblasters
             The Space Pigs

 This is absolutely not a complete list, we get new answers all the time.
 If there are enough good screens we'll compile a party-demo.  Also every
 good group must bring a lame demo for the ultimate lame demo.  People
 from outside Sweden can hire a monitor for about 150 SEK (25 USD).  The
 admission to the convention is 90 SEK (15 USD), for girls it's free.

 How do I get to the convention?

 If you come by plane to Arlanda (big airport outside Stockholm) we'll
 try to fetch you there.  If you arrive at Arlanda at such a bad time
 that we can't pick you up you could take bus number 801 to Uppsala
 central station or a taxi directly to the school (Fyrisskolan, Uppsala).
 Please remember that taxi is VERY expensive in Sweden.  If you come by
 train you will arrive at Uppsala central station.  If you have lots of
 luggage we'll try to pick you up.  However, if you feel like you could
 take a bus then try bus number 9, 12 or 13.  They all pass the school.
 You could also take a taxi, but it's expensive.  If you come by car
 please contact us and we will send a map.

 Please contact us ASAP and let us know how many monitors you want, if
 you want to be fetched and where you want to be fetched.

 Call Jesper: int+46 18 463347
   or Erik  : int+46 18 246777.

 Or send a E-mail to: t90_jesper@maja.teknikum.uu.se
                  or: m91jru@tdb.uu.se

 Or ordinary mail to: Jesper Rudberg
                      Flogstav. 63e
                      752 63 Uppsala
                      Sweden

 You could also contact me (Daniel Eriksson) on any of the below
 mentioned addresses.  I'm not a member of Electra, but since there has
 been some trouble posting to Usenet from our site lately (due to bad
 installation of tin) I posted the above text for Jesper.  If you want to
 arrange your arrival or reserve a monitor you SHOULD contact Jesper or
 Erik.

 ---
 Daniel Eriksson        Internet : m91der@tdb.uu.se
 Gardskarsvagen 6B      Fidonet  : 2:205/218 (The Assembly Room)
 814 93  SKUTSKAR       IRC      : DDF ('Daniel of Delta Force')
 SWEDEN                 Voice    : +46 (0)26 72901
 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: 23 Feb 92 17:59:41 GMT
 >From: noao!ncar!elroy.jpl.nasa.gov!usc!wupost!spool.mu.edu!agate!
        usenet.ins.cwru.edu!cleveland.Freenet.Edu!aq009@arizona.edu
 Subject: Atari Sues Nintendo!

 In a previous article, Rod.Fulk@f24.n228.z1.FidoNet.Org (Rod Fulk) says:

 >Ps, I believe the lawsuit probably is with atari games and not atari
  computers.. The difference being warner still owns atari games and it
  is not associated with atari computers anymore at all....


 No, but you are.  Let me try to clear things up a little.

 Atari Games can only make arcade games under the Atari name.  Anything
 else that says "Atari" on it is either made by, or licensed by, Atari
 Corporation.  This includes their computers and home video game systems-
 -they're products of Atari Corp., not Atari Games.

 Atari Games is no longer owned by Warner (although Warner may still own
 some stake, as it does in Atari Corp.).  Atari Games does not make the
 Lynx.  Atari Games does make Tengen game cartridges, though.  They use
 the name "Tengen" because they can't legally use the name "Atari" for
 any product other than arcade games.  Tengen/Atari Games did have a
 lawsuit against Nintendo because they felt that the lockout chip
 restricted the freedom of businesses to make cartridges for the NES-
 -Tengen went ahead and cloned the chip, and Nintendo counter sued.  I'm
 not sure of the status of this lawsuit.  However, since Tengen/Atari
 Games is separate from Atari Corp. (whose lawsuit this thread is
 concerned with), its lawsuit is also separate from Atari Corp.'s.

 Atari Corporation's lawsuit shares some similarities with Atari Games's
 lawsuit, though.  Atari Corporation's gripe is also somewhat involved
 with this lockout chip: Nintendo, since they were the only company that
 could "legally" produce cartridges for the NES, was able to force game
 programming companies to essentially agree to whatever terms Nintendo
 dictated.  One of these terms was, for a while, an agreement not to make
 a version of any of their NES titles for any other game system until two
 years had passed since it had first appeared for the NES.  So,
 essentially, games for any other system would be two years old once they
 became available.  Atari Corporation viewed this as restriction of trade
 across the entire video game industry--game makers were prohibited from
 making their own titles for anything but the NES, essentially.  By the
 time two years had passed, the games were too "old" to bother porting,
 and Nintendo's market share was so huge, there really wouldn't be much
 of a point in making a version for the other game machines.  So Nintendo
 built up a huge lead in market share at the expense of Atari and other
 manufacturers.  And now, Atari Corporation's lawsuit regarding this
 matter has gone to court, and hopefully we'll find out the results soon.
 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

 Date: 26 Feb 92 08:26:39 GMT
 >From: noao!ncar!elroy.jpl.nasa.gov!news.claremont.edu!jarthur.
        claremont.edu!cliu@arizona.edu (Corey Liu)
 Subject: Atari + Computer Chronicles = Ho Hum

 After a month of anticipating this episode (Tue, Feb 25) of Computer
 Chronicles on PBS, I have to say that I was disappointed by the coverage
 Atari received at NAMM.

 The Atari/NAMM segment barely lasted 2 minutes and 40 seconds (half hour
 show).  The segment 'featured' a very brief mention of Atari's new Music
 Divison, and mini-peaks at some 3rd party Atari based pacakages
 (Notator, Digital Master Workstation, Hotz Midi Translator, and Cubase).
 With two small interviews with Mike Pinder (Moody Blues) and Mick
 Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), that was the whole segment.  The only thing
 mentioned on Atari hardware was it being the only computer on the market
 with built in MIDI interfaces.

 This entire Computer Chronicles show was dedicated to MIDI music.  So
 what did the rest of the show feature?  A short look at some computer/
 music research occurring at Stanford; four in-studio guests
 demonstrating MIDI packages on Amiga, MS-DOS, and Mac platforms (no
 Atari); and the weekly 'Random Access' segment.

 Very disappointing show, especially considering that the NAMM
 correspondent even refferred to Atari as being "long the musicians'
 favorite."

 Oh well.  Guess this is already more coverage than Atari usually gets in
 the States....
 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\




 =======================================================================
 * DRAGON BATTERY KIT                                      Press Release
 =======================================================================


 For immediate release:         February 27 1992

 DragonWare Software Inc announces the long awaited Stacy Internal
 battery!  This two part upgrade for the stacy is 2.2 pounds!  The
 "Dragon Battery kit" will include a dealer installed cable and jack and
 one 2.2 amphour battery.

 On a stock Stacy this will give over two hours of use on one charge.
 The kit also includes a fast charge option that will charge the battery
 in about two to three and a half hours while you use the computer or sit
 it on a shelf.

 If you use the standard Stacy power jack the battery will be kept at top
 charge at all times after an initial fourteen hour slow charge or a
 quick charge!  The Dragon Battery Kit will have an SRP of $94.95, The
 Dragon Battery alone will have an SRP of $74.95

 For more information on the Dragon Battery kit for the Atari Stacy
 write:

 DragonWare Software Inc.
 P.O. Box 1719
 Havre MT 59501-1719
 406-265-9609



 =======================================================================
 * PERUSING COMPUSERVE                            by Michael D. Mortilla
 =======================================================================


     "To set the cause above renown,
      To love the game beyond the prize,
      To honor, while you strike him down,
      The foe that comes with fearless eyes;"

                     Sir Henry Newbolt - 1862-1938
                       from "The Island Race"


 The big news on Compuserve for Atari owners this week, was in the
 Portfolio Forum (Go APORTFOLIO).  Friday to Saturday from noon to noon,
 there was a very special 24-hour conference in this forum.  A non-stop
 conference in which prizes were given away on a very regular basis.
 Subscriptions to Atari Explorer, programs, gift certificates.  All you
 had to do was type /Roll 6,6 - and you were in on the fun!  Of course,
 you had to join the forum, but that is free.  There were many winners
 and lots of s.  It would be really exciting if more of this type of
 thing were organized on CIS.  It makes good sense from a number of
 perspectives and is millions of times safer than any lottery you might
 enter!  Bravo!  Cheers!  Hoorah!


 This week in the Ataripro we saw the following uploads:

 VTERM4.LZH - Latest version (4.0) of the Shareware term program VanTerm.
 ZAP62A.ARC - A Superzap file that will update Cal 6.2 to version 6.2a.
 QWKCIS.PRG - QuickCIS, v1.70b QuickCIS is a navigator for CompuServe.
 ATNINT.TXT - Article from the 13 Feb 92 issue of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 WAITHD.LZH - ST waits for the harddisk. Bootsectorprogram!
 38400.LZH  - Hardware modification to lock RS 232 on 38400 Baud!
 KCLI2.ARC  - KCLI 2.0 is a full featured CLI.
 GLOBEN.ZIP - An information package on GlobalNet Network for Sysops.

 In the Atari Portfolio forum:

 WP.PGC
  This is a .PGC file of the WordPerfect logo. Use PGShow to
  display. Created and uploaded by Don Thomas, Artisan Software.

 MICKEY.PGC
  A neat little screen .PGC file of Mickey Mouse. Use PGSHOW to
  view. Created and uploaded by Don Thomas; Artisan Software.

 DISNEY.ZIP
  These are 3 Disney .PGC files. Use PKZIP to decompress and PGSHOW to
  view files. Created and uploaded by Don Thomas, Artisan Software.

 BRLND.PGC
  BORLAND logo in PGC format. Use PGSHOW to view. Created and uploaded
  by Don Thomas, Artisan Software.

 CONHLP.TXT
  This file provides an overview on how to use the CompuServe
  Conferencing facility.  Written by Don LeBow.

 CONCMD.TXT
  This file contains a command listing of valid conferencing commands.

 In the ATARIPRO forum, there was some the usual bantering about printing
 with useful information on lasers, dot matrix, bubble jets and lino
 services.  The discussions were intercontinental (as they frequently are
 on CIS) with much of the discussion coming from England.  It's always
 amazing to get involved in a discussion with someone only to find that
 they are located in Japan, Scandinavia, Europe or Russia!  There is no
 doubt that when we colonize the Moon and other planets that we'll share
 information with those inhabitants, too.  I wonder if my ST will still
 be alive then?  I probably won't be... :-{

 In the learn-something-new-every-day department, we discovered that the
 Atari SLM 605 printer uses and Epson 6000 engine, so consumables are
 very reasonably priced!

 In screening the screen messages, we found that the new Atari monitor is
 capable of 1000x900 resolution!  At the moment, it appears that there is
 no big difference because the dots that appeared on the SM124 simply
 appear bigger on the new monitor, but users seem genuinely happy with
 the big picture.

 Another user tells us that "his friend" buys lots of "trashed" computers
 and parts from a number of sources.  He says he got a Mac Classic for
 $100!  Replaced the tube and was on his way.  The tool to open the case
 was $100!!  But it was simply a #4 Phillips screwdriver with an extra
 long shank.  Solution?  Get the same size from Sears and weld a long
 shank on it!  If only everything in life were that easy.

 Also under discussion was the sometimes elusive "archive bit."  What it
 does and doesn't do.  To paraphrase one forum member 'The archive bit is
 a means of identifying whether a file has been modified since being
 backed up.  This bit should be in the FAT directory, since only one per
 file is needed.  HD backup programs like Turtle have the ability to set
 the bit when they back up a file; allowing an incremental backup to save
 only those files that have been modified.  You can also "touch" the
 file, as with UIS or Maxifile, to force the bit to its "I haven't been
 backed up" setting.  Until TOS 1.4, MS-DOS and TOS used opposite
 meanings for this bit.  Obviously, the system convention could be taken
 as "if 1 then backed up" or the other way round.  The convention was
 changed in TOS 1.4, I believe, to conform to the same convention used in
 MS-DOS.  Although the backup programs use it, I don't know of any
 program that will display it.' Paraphrased is Mr. R. Gunter.  Sounds
 like he really knows his stuff, too!  Mr. Lee C. Zion, replies:
 "Both ST_Tools and Dshow the file attributes flags.  These flags
 indicate whether the directory entry is a FOLDER, VOLUME LABEL, HIDDEN
 FILE or has been ARCHIVED."

 We haven't even touched on networking, DTP, programming, music.. .
 Networking is really getting hot in the forum discussions, and next
 week, I'll try to focus on that area some more.  Just a quick note in
 the MIDIVENDOR forum, added to list of vendors "officially"
 participating were Hybrid Arts, PG Music, Music Quest and Magnet Music.
 Ciao, bella!




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


 Moreover a quiet week in the PD/Shareware department.  Perhaps folks are
 recovering from all those hours of watching their TVs.  After all giving
 that kind of attention to their favorite figure skater, or the downhill
 racers, or the slick bobsledders that all did such a magnificent job in
 the Olympics one might need a vacation!  I am happy to report though
 while the number of new postings was done this week, the quality was
 still up.

 Stay tuned to this channel for further reports, and in the mean-time,
 pay attention to what follows!  Enjoy..

 Under the heading of:  "Have you flipped out?"

 FLIPPED.LZH  has a game file called Flipped! which is a fun colored
 tiles game with about 100 levels.  The program is NOT TT Compatible, but
 who has a TT anyway? .  Color monitor is required.  (Program
 works with TOS versions up to 1.06 - possibly 1.62 but same has not been
 verified yet)

 ARRANGER.LST  will also "flip you out."  It is a nth-letter word
 arranger/rearranger/combinatorial program for fun so that you can solve
 puzzles in daily newspapers, or even win online games.  (not that anyone
 would use this program as an aid)   Up to 26-letter word support.
 Here is an example, you give the word "BUS", & your ST/TT will spits out
 SUB, SBU, UBS, & so on.  STOP gives you TOPS, POST, etc.  For three
 letter words something like a^2+b^2+c^2 = z was used as the formula
 ...GFA BASIC required.  TT compatible.

 ARKCON17.LZH   Arkade Controller 1.7.  Controls sending Forem files to
 games, command lines, data file creation, doc file viewing, game file
 viewing, utility programs for games, and more.  All set up with a simple
 setup script.  You can make customized menus easily.  Handles every game
 I have seen for BBS's (Except Michtron scripts).  Shareware.

 Under the heading:  "Here's something to talk about!"

 VTERM4.LZH   is version (4.0) of popular Shareware terminal program
 VanTerm.  This version fixes minor bugs, cosmetic display, (I hope it
 doesn't have any silicon in the program) changes, etc.  VanTerm supports
 XModem, YModem, CompuServe B, Shadow background.  Online help, external
 programs permitted (like utilities, protocols, etc.).  Full mouse
 operation with accellerator keys.

 UNFORM.ARC  contains UNFORM 3.0 which will convert a captured text file,
 or printed-to-disk doc file, to a form that any generic word processor
 can use.  It will strip extra CRLFs, remove the left margin from files
 printed to disk, & convert tabs to up to 99 blanks each or expand them
 to the next tab stop (every 2 to 99 spaces apart).  100% assembly
 language - 15 times faster than old version!

 AUTOCAP.LZH   might solve your problem.  Have you ever forgotten to turn
 on the capture buffer while online?  Well, fret no more because this
 little program goes into your computer's AUTO folder, and does it for
 you.

 SERPTCH.LZH   This program is a patch for MSTe TOS thru 2.05 and TT TOS
 thru 3.05.  (Versions since then do not need this)  It fixes 4 problems
 in the serial port.  By Allan Pratt at Atari; freeware.  The file comes
 with docs.

 MGASTE11.ARC   This is The MegaSTE Configuration Set v1.1.  It is a
 group of small programs that will allow you to set the Cache and Speed
 of the MegaSTE.  There is also a program called WHATAMI which will tell
 you the current status of your MegaSTE.  That is if you have forgotten
 where you keep your credit card bills!  

 Under the heading: "Seek the word and you shall find"

 DBWRITER.LZH   DBWRIT.LZH   has the first official release of dbWRITER.
 This word processor includes a 40,000 word dictionary, mail merge,
 custom interface, page preview, automatic columns, custom printer driver
 creation, fully configurable, comprehensive text block options & more!
 With a megabyte you will want the dictionary file also.  Freeware.
 Requires a monochrome monitor.  TT compatible in ST High.

 DBW_DICT.LZH   DBDICT.LZH  has the dictionary for dbWRITER word
 processor.  It does require at least a megabyte of memory though.

 JETLOP2D.LZH   is for the HP Desk Jet Printer, an envelope utility.  It
 allows you a choice of HP fonts for your return and send to address.
 Also it has a default return address that is editable.  Printing is fast
 and nice.  Works in Med & High Rez only, and gives you an chance to use
 some of those new words that the dictionary file has let you access!

 Under the heading: "Do programmers really have more fun?"

 MENUMA.LZH  features Makemenu V2.0 - Program that allows you to create
 "Drop-Down" menus for use within GFA BASIC programs - This much improved
 version 2.0 now has a "Autozest" type fron end together with much
 improved layout.  It is said to be a real must for all you budding GFA
 programers.

 C_LIBSA1.ARC   After popular request the uploader of these files put
 them together to give some programmers one less thing to worry about.
 form_ncenter() works just like form_center() but centers the object over
 a GRECT if desired.  form_nalert() is just like form_alert but again the
 alert is centerable and you can even use a custom icon.  Freeware
 (c)1992

 Want to be in even better form?  Take a look at this!

 LETM117.LZH   Let'em Fly Version 1.17.  This is like Form_Do It from
 Germany.  It is said to have more features though.  You can also use a
 RSC editor to construct replacements for alert and dialog box icons...

 LMF117.LZH   Microsoft Windows, can it be improved?  Well, this program
 adds a nice feature....  It lets you assign key commands for all dialog
 box buttons.  For example, in a box with Okay and Cancel, Alt-O will
 choose Okay, and Alt-C will choose cancel.  No mouse required.  For
 those who hate Microsoft Windows, this might make the experience a
 better one.

 Under the heading: "Don't wait for the cows to get out"

 ST_TAR.ARC   This is, for lack of a better term, a generic tape back-up
 program.  Perhaps it was originally written for a Zephyr(?) tape system.
 The program is supposedly configurable to work with other tape units.
 Docs are included.  ****** Not tested. *******

 And for those of you who collect demos..

 EDHAKDMO.LZH   EdHak v 2.30 demo.  Does everything the real version does
 but save to disk, or save new config. (so is limited to 4K buffer), but
 otherwise is fully functional as a file, disk, ram viewer.  About 20 new
 features including working as a capture buffer for Stalker (from
 Gribnif), using Atari clipboard for block saves/merges (and changes
 clipboard path anytime you want), etc.

 FGRAPHD2.LZH   Announcing the release of First Graph 2.0. First Graph is
 a professional graphing package, suitable for both business and
 scientific use.  Great also for your school assignments.  Data entry via
 speadsheet style table, or import DIF's.  Export in IMG or GEM
 Metafiles.  Many different graph types, including pie, line, bar,
 column, scatter, stacked, area and more.

 Under the Heading:  "Call 'em up and play something nice for 'em."

 PHONBOOK.ARC   This is a phonebook program that is really like a
 phonebook.  This program will dial your modem for you.  COLOR MONITOR
 REQUIRED...   TT Compatible

 B_TRAK23.ZIP  Accessory for the STE/MSTE/TT that plays your SoundTracker
 modules with up to 50 kHz samplerate!!  Written by the same Norwegian
 that wrote the Pro STE tracker (very famous in Sweden) and the fabulous
 STE-Demo "Songs of the Unexpected!!

 The above files were compiled by Ron Berinstein co-sysop CodeHead
 Quarters BBS (213) 461-2095 from files that were either directly
 uploaded to CodeHead Quarters BBS, or downloaded from GEnie, Compuserve,
 and Delphi online services.



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 * Z*NET FNET SUPPORT SYSTEMS
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 Node BBS Name                Telephone       City, ST, Cntry    Modem
 ==== ======================  ============    ================   ======
   5  Mile High               303-431-1404     Denver, CO, USA   DS 14.4
   8  Universal ST            414-496-0724     Green Bay, WI     HST 96
  18  ///Turbo Board Support  416-274-1225     Toronto, Canada   DS 14.4
  19  Autoboss/Atari Elite    412-384-5609     Bunola, PA        DS 14.4
  66  The Brewery             416-683-3089     Ajax, Canada      HST 96
  68  CFB Atari                                Toronto, Canada   HST 96
  74  HAUG BBS                205-722-0900     Huntsville, AL    2400
  78  The Stun Bolt!          801-968-3921     Taylorsville, UT  2400
 123  EastSide BBS            618-254-6077     Wood River, IL    HST 96
 133  Hologram Inc.           908-727-1914     Old Bridge, NJ    HST 96
 168  C.C.B.B.S.              609-451-7475     Bridgeton, NJ     HST 96
 181  NovelConcepts BBS       713-729-7555     Houston, TX       2400
 204  Full Moon FoReM Support 408-736-0563     Sunnyvale, CA     HST 96
 224  Flash BBS               314-275-2040     St. Louis, MO     HST 96
 304  The Twilight Zone       407-831-1613     Longwood, FL      HST14.4
 307  PayBax BBS              302-836-4816     Wilmington, DE    DS 14.4
 319  Atari Base USA          408-745-2196     Sunnyvale, CA     DS 14.4
 390  Bear's Den              803-574-6738     Spartanburg, SC   2400
 410  ACE Information Service 513-233-9500     Huber Heights, OH 2400
 422  Virtual Reality         817-547-1734     Copperas Cove, TX DS 14.4
 429  MASATEK                 213-518-9524     Torrance, CA      HST 96
 467  Sherwood Forest         718-522-0768     Brooklyn, NY      HST 96
 469  The Outer Region BBS    303-766-2778     Aurora, CO        HST 96
 479  Cave Creek BBS          206-525-7046     Seattle, WA       2400
 489  STeal Your Face         908-920-7981     Brick, NJ         HST 96
 497  Prime Time              805-987-6985     Camarillo, CA     HST 96
 500  Battlezone              410-969-0621     Glen Burnie, MD   HST14.4
 501  STormShadow             410-437-0243     Pasadena, MD      HST14.4
 504  Media 2000              410-360-1356     Pasadena, MD      HST14.4
 505  Z-Net Canada BBS        604-272-5888     RICHMOND, CANADA  HST 96
 508  The SenTinel BBS        403-782-7835     Lacombe, Canada   V.9600
 512  Fuji BBS                916-894-1261     Chico, CA         2400
 523  Leftover Hippies BBS    416-466-8931     Toronto, Canada   2400
 532  Bill's BBS              403-461-7546     Edmonton, Canada  HST14.4
 538  The Dragon's Lair       803-788-7806     Columbia, SC      DS 14.4
 546  Bear Swamp BBS          513-644-0714     Marysville, OH    2400
 576  The Loch BBS            818-766-5277     No. Hollywood, CA 2400
 592  The O-Mayer V BBS       213-732-0229     Los Angeles, CA   HST 96
 593  Z*Net USA: New Jersey   908-968-8148     Middlesex, NJ     DS 14.4
 595  Temple of Doom          403-436-0328     Edmonton, Canada  DS 14.4
 596  Super 68                206-859-9644     Kent, WA          DS 14.4
 602  Cartoon Haven BBS       719-574-7406     CO Springs, CO    HST 96
 610  The Songwriter's Den    908-859-5999     Phillipsburg, NJ  HST 96
 618  The Sword's Blade       613-724-1133     Ottawa, Canada    2400
 621  The Garage              618-344-8466     Collinsville, IL  HST 96
 624  Paradox                 314-631-5449     St. Louis, MO     2400
 633  The Dark STar BBS       801-269-8780     Murray, UT        DS 14.4
 635  STormbringer            307-638-7036     Cheyenne, WY      HST14.4
 642  Hero's Haven            304-733-5626     Huntington, WV    HST14.4
 643  The Ringworld           303-699-0402     Aurora, CO        HST 96
 647  E.H.C.R.                203-528-7693     East Hartford, CT 2400
 648  The Mosh Bit            206-574-1531     Vancouver, WA     HST 96
 659  The Wizard's Warren BBS 604-334-3809     Merville, Canada  2400
 669  Dateline: Atari BBS     718-833-0828     Brooklyn, NY      DS 14.4
 675  Motherboard             404-796-3805     Augusta, GA       2400
 678  A.C.O.R.N.              219-744-1396     Ft. Wayne, IN     DS 14.4
 680  The Revolution          702-644-8857     Las Vegas, NV     DS 14.4
 687  R.A.T. III              306-949-6105     Regina, Canada    HST 96
 690  Progressive Atari ST    503-686-3276     Eugene, OR        2400
 693  Z*Net South Pacific     644-4762-852     Wellington, NZ    HST 96
 701  Conqueror Connection    318-537-3129     Fort Polk, LA     2400
 705  Hacker's Haven BBS      512-653-3056     San Antonio, TX   V.9600
 706  Z*Net Golden Gate       510-373-6792     Sunnyvale, CA     DS 14.4


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 To sign up for DELPHI service, call (with modem)  (800) 695-4002.  Upon
 connection,  hit   once or twice.  At Password:  type ZNET  and
 hit .
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 To  sign up for GEnie service call (with modem)  (800) 638-8369.   Upon
 connection type HHH and hit .   Wait for the U#= prompt and type
 XTX99436,GEnie and hit .
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 To sign up for CompuServe service call (with phone) (800) 848-8199.  Ask
 for operator #198.   You will be promptly sent a $15.00 free  membership
 kit.
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