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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 6-Mar-92 #9210
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Wed Mar 11 01:41:34 1992



 | (((((((( |         Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine
 |      ((  |         -----------------------------------------
 |    ((    |         March 6, 1992                Issue #92-10
 |  ((      |         -----------------------------------------
 | (((((((( |         Copyright (c)1992, Rovac Industries, Inc.
 |          |         Post Office Box 59,  Middlesex,  NJ 08846
 |    ((    |
 |  ((((((  |                        CONTENTS
 |    ((    |
 |          |  * Z*Net Newswire........................................
 | (((   (( |  * Perusing CompuServe......................Mike Mortilla
 | ((((  (( |  * The Michelangelo Virus......................Ron Kovacs
 | (( (( (( |  * Atari Forums Celebrate 10th Anniversary..Michael Naver
 | ((  (((( |  * Perusing GEnie...............................Ed Krimen
 | ((   ((( |  * New Products At ACE '92..................Press Release
 |          |  * KidPublisher Upgrade Announced...........Press Release
 | (((((((  |  * PDC Updates..............................Press Release
 | ((       |  * Sudden View Update........................News Release
 | (((((    |  * MIST Atarifest IV........................Press Release
 | ((       |
 | (((((((  |  ~ 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
 |          |  ~ Features Editor.........................Dr. Paul Keith
 |          |
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 |  ONLINE  |  $ CompuServe Address..........................75300,1642
 |  AREAS   |  $ Delphi Address....................................ZNET
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 |          |                     Fido Address 1:363/112
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 * Z*NET NEWSWIRE
 ======================================================================


 HAUG AT IEEE COMPUTER FAIR
 The Huntsville Atari Users Group participated with Ralph Rodriquez of
 Atari Corporation in the IEEE Computer Fair.  Rodriquez showed off
 Atari UNIX at the event.  Dealers in Huntsville, Robbins and AB Stevens
 showed Atari solutions to music with HAUG.  The booth was showing one
 of the largest presentations of Atari applications.  20,000 people are
 reported to have attended.


 ATARI TO ATTEND HAWAIIAN SHOW
 Atari Corps Mike Groh will be in attendance at the Hawaiian User Group
 Show.  Also in attendance will be Impact Marketing.


 CENTER FOLD AD BY ATARI APPEARS
 LA Computing Magazine, with 1,500,000 subscribers contains a center
 dual page full color advertisement by Atari Corporation.  The ad offers
 a Desktop Publishing bundle for $2999.00 which contains the following:
 MegaST2 with 50 Meg hard disk, SM147 Monitor, SLM605 Laser Printer,
 Migraph Hand Scanner, and choice of PageStream or Calamus.  Along with
 the full screen shots of Atari software, there is a full listing of
 dealers from across the country participating in this special offer,
 they are:

 B&C Computer Vision           California         408-986-9960
 Butler Computer               Washington         206-941-9096
 Caves Creek Computer          Washington         206-783-0933
 CompuSeller West              Illinois           708-513-5220
 Computer Center of Davie      Florida            305-583-6028
 Computers Etc.                Connecticut        203-336-3100
 Computer Rock                 California         415-751-8573
 Computer Studio               North Carolina     704-251-0201
 Digital Imagining Systems     Florida            305-756-0446
 Computer Warehouse            California         916-971-9812
 IB Computers                  Oklahoma           503-485-1424
 IB Computers                  Oklahoma           503-297-8425
 Jenkins Computer              Texas              800-880-6938
 Manny's Computer              New York City      212-819-0576
 Mid-Cities Comp/Soft          South Carolina     803-788-5165
 Music Arts                    Florida            305-581-2203
 Run PC                        Colorado           303-493-5565
 San Jose Computer             California         408-995-5080
 Team Computers                Michigan           313-445-2983
 Toad Computers                Maryland           410-544-6943
 Winner Circle Systems         California         510-845-4814


 NEW FAX MODEM PROGRAM
 Joppa Software Development's "STraight FAX!", will work with Class 2
 compliant send/receive FAX modems and SendFAX modems (in send only
 mode).  The first showing will take place at the upcoming Toronto TAF
 show April 4-5.  Also, a GEnie online conference is scheduled on
 Wednesday, March 25, 1992.


 ICD LAUNCHES ROUNDTABLE ON GENIE
 ICD is now taking another step forward in providing technical support
 to its many customers by opening a product support RoundTable on GEnie.
 The ICD RoundTable will be hosted by Douglas N. Wheeler.  Several other
 ICD employees will also frequent the RoundTable sharing their own
 expertise.  The ICD RoundTable can be found at page 1220 or accessed
 with the keyword ICD from any GEnie page prompt.


 MICHELANGELO MAKES UNWELCOME DEBUT
 The long-awaited Michelangelo virus struck around the world Friday,
 though it did not appear to be the data disaster that some had
 predicted.  State Department official reported Friday that the virus
 had struck IBM-compatible computers at three U.S. missions: Toronto,
 Canada, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and La Paz, Bolivia.  The problem was
 fixed before any damage could be done.  The State Department's
 computers in Washington were not affected by the virus.  New York state
 authorities reported at least three machines infected with the virus,
 but all were caught before they could go off.  Egghead Software said
 that sales of anti-virus software were running 3,000 percent ahead of
 last week.  The virus caused damage in at least eight computers in
 Japan in the early hours of March 6, and China's Ministry of Public
 Security said it had found "fewer than 10" infections during a survey
 of computer centers nationwide.  In Poland, considered a haven for
 computer software pirates, computer owners lined up at software stores
 to buy anti-virus software Thursday.   NASA had 200 infected computers,
 and the destructive virus had also been found in computers installed in
 Senate offices.  See related story elsewhere in this week's edition.


 SPA REACHES SETTLEMENT
 The Software Publishers Association announced that a settlement has
 been reached in a software copyright infringement suit filed against
 Cato Corp., by Lotus, Microsoft, Symantec, and WordPerfect.  The
 lawsuit was filed on Wednesday Sept. 25, 1991, and Cato Corp.
 cooperated fully with the plaintiffs in providing an inventory of all
 of the commercial software then in use on all of its personal
 computers.  Cato Corp. has agreed to a monetary settlement in the
 amount of $50,000.  Cato has also agreed to the entry of a permanent
 injunction that will prohibit further copying and require them to
 obtain software only from authorized suppliers.  The Software
 Publishers Association also has distributed free of charge self-audit
 materials designed to help businesses, government entities, and
 educational institutions manage their internal software practices.  To
 obtain a copy of the SPA Self-Audit Kit and SPAudit, a software
 inventory management program, companies should write to: SPAudit,
 Software Publishers Association, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700,
 Washington, D.C. 20036.




 ======================================================================
 * PERUSING COMPUSERVE                                 by Mike Mortilla
 ======================================================================


       Ignorance of the law excuses no man;
       not that all men know the law,
       but because 'tis an excuse every man will plead,
       and no man can tell how to refute him.

             from Table Talk - Bible, Law
                   by John Selden [1584-1654]


 We're going to narrow the focus of this column just a 'bit!'  For one,
 were not going to cover uploads, but do look for this information
 elsewhere in these issues.  Also, we are going to limit the scope of
 the messages to Atari specific matters.  At the present time there are
 issues under discussion in both Atari and other forums which are quite
 controversial.  Until it is determined who's interest is best served by
 covering these issues, we will keep our fingers on the pulse.  But in
 the mean time, we hope users of CompuServe and other services will pay
 close attention to the Rules posted on their respective services.

 Also,a brief comment about shareware.  Shareware authors have
 contributed a great deal to the Atari community and deserve something
 back.  We don't have to send in our life savings, but these folks have
 really provided some excellent programs and continue to do so.  Let's
 really dig into our conscience and pockets and at the very least
 donate to some of the names we see when we boot up our Ataris!  We know
 who they are.  Besides, you can sometimes get free updates on the
 original programs!  And thanks, all you shareware authors!!!

 In the ATARIPRO forum:

 The first thing to catch our eye was a series of messages about
 Japanese word processing.  It seems there is a lack of programs which
 allow Japanese users to work in certain areas of their language!
 Specifically, hiragana and katakana (for those who know about such
 things).  Also in this thread, we learn that some Japanese keyboards
 have two space bars.  That would handy for those who are all thumbs
 .  The discussion came direct from Japan.  CIS sure gets around!
 Where else could you talk to someone in the orient for $12 bucks an
 hour?  Welcome to the global community.  Our Japanese connection tells
 us that the Atari is thought of as a music sequencer and little else
 on those islands.  The US Atari market doesn't look so bad compared to
 that!  Hopefully, with the release of the Notebook, Atari will start
 getting the recognition we all know it deserves.

 We promised increased coverage about networking Ataris, but must be
 somewhat cautious here.  There is an old adage which goes: Write what
 you know.  This author knows very little about networking and the
 discussions sometimes get into pin outs, chip specific, etc.  I can't
 offer too much insight into that area, so I'll cover whatever I *do*
 understand about networking.

 One member tells us that he has a number of clones (even a 486 33s w/
 Windows accelerators) and prefers the TT to those machines.  He sells
 both Ataris and clones, claims both have strengths and weaknesses
 (even warts ), but still the TT is TTops with him!  Nice to hear.

 Jeff at Intersect Software says that Atari has announced that all
 future machines and currently designed models (Mega STE and TT) will
 have industry standard SCSI ports.  ASCI is being phased out as non-
 professional.  Jeff continues, "The printer port is just that, a
 printer port and Atari shouldn't be held accountable for non-standard
 applications using the printer port.  The serial port does not have a
 "crippled serial port interrupt structure".  Thru use of an inexpensive
 68901 MFP chip the maximum baud rate to Keyboard, Midi and Serial Port
 is limited to something under 31K baud.  Now that inexpensive V.32bis
 modems are available k baud or higher serial port setting is a
 potential FUTURE problem."  Not everyone agrees with all of this, but
 in the absence of personal knowledge and information, we'll defer to
 the experts at Intersect.

 Those net-workers trying to de-arc WEAVIN.ARC have learned that they
 must unsqueeze it with the obsolete USQ.COM (live and learn..) and it
 appears that this program is in the ATARIPRO library now.

 Here's something Atari users will find absolutely fascinating...

 A message was posted re: #Atari.archive.umich.edu - John Barnes reports
 that "The mysterious looking string in the message title is the address
 of one of perhaps THE foremost source of Atari-related material on the
 Internet.  This Sun work station at the University of Michigan has been
 faithfully collecting everything from power tools for Atari programmers
 to games to archives of online magazines.  The advantage of being able
 to transfer these files, many of which are too large for CIS, via FTP
 is very substantial indeed.

 Other archives for MS-DOS and Macintosh material are also active in the
 same institution.

 As a consequence of budget pressures the University of Michigan
 authorities are expected to close these archives down very soon.  While
 the labor is carried out by volunteers, one must suppose that the
 hardware maintenance and communications charges represent an attractive
 target for cost cutting.

 While this is not the only FTP site for Atari material, it appears to
 be the most powerful.  If the community is to have access to a resource
 of this kind it is essential to find a new home for this material
 immediately.  It is hard to say how soon other archive sites will find
 themselves in the same position.

 The story is being told on the comp.sys.atari.st news group on the
 usenet and in the Info-Atari16 newsletter on the Internet.  Those of
 you who have access to either of these should keep your eyes on this
 situation.  Anyone who could provide a server for anonymous FTP for
 this material would be performing a real public service.

 The folks who run these archives have asked for letters of support from
 the community, unfortunately I do not have the mail addresses with me
 at the moment."  Who could have guessed!  We'll keep an eye on this
 baby, too, and when the address appears, we'll pass it on.

 Now we're all fans of Atari, but none of us are Atari fans .
 It seems that forum SYSOP Keith Joins woke up his system (using a 6
 month old power supply from Best) one morning and... POOF! ...no more
 fan.  4 megs in a Mega ST.  Well, the discussion got hotter than his
 Mega.  Apparently, some members have disconnected their fans and ran
 for months without them.  Others suggested fans sitting atop the
 computer, others mentioned that if you had air conditioning going, it
 might be enough to cool those jets.  But the discussion did mention
 that dreaded tool of destruction: The Soldering Iron!  Some of us are
 cowards when it comes to opening the computer case.  The monitor, fine;
 the hard drive, fine; but the CPU! Never!  Off to the service center.
 But these simple technical discussions can really save us, time, money
 and visits to the shrink! We hope Keith's Mega is 'way cool, dude.' ;]

 Not to mention any names... but a member related quite graphically how
 much he hated the hardware he purchased from a certain third party
 vendor.  Based on what he had to say, it is perhaps a good idea to
 visit the Community Square from time to time.  Maybe all the time!  Any
 Bozo (oh dear, is Bozo a registered trademark?)... any baboon can
 invest in a plastic mold and advertising.  But let the buyer beware!
 If that cheapo case you bought is off by a 1/4 inch in the wrong
 direction... .  Irregular shipping and defective products (some
 had to be filed so the user wouldn't cut himself!) are bad enough, but
 after what these members called this stuff, it should smell terrible
 and fit comfortably into the commode!  And this is from a company which
 advertises all the time.  What you can save in not ordering this from
 them could pay for your CompuServe service for a long time to come!

 Those using TTs got a little less, and then a little more than they
 bargained for.  Some TT users woke on the morning of February 29 to
 find that according to their TT, it was March 1!  Maybe it had
 something to do with the International Date Line?  Anyway, at least one
 user reports that he manually changed it back to February 29, and lo
 and behold, the very next day he booted up to find it was February 30!
 What fun: The 29 was a Saturday, and March 1 was a Sunday.  At least
 the TT put the extra day right where we needed it.  Not all TT users
 experienced the extended weekend, but we hope that by next Leap Year
 we'll see many more TTs in circulation.

 Speaking of dates, by the time you read this, March 6 will have come
 and gone.  And with it may also go files from so many hard drives
 connected to PCs.  We won't dignify the author(s) of this poor
 practical joke (read virus) but a word of caution is in order here.
 There have been viruses found on Atari computers, but we haven't heard
 of any very serious and certainly none that could erase your hard
 drive.  But, if your running an Atari and using a PC emulator, you
 could be infected!  Same goes for MAC and other emulation!

 We and other forum members have noticed a relatively huge increase in
 recent weeks in Atari's advertising budget.  Combined ads and services,
 etc, with other manufactures (big names like Fostex!) are encouraging
 signs that our favorite computer company is not on the rocks!  Even the
 stock price is climbing! 

 As a final note in the ATARIPRO forum, we tried to get the laser
 printer (HPLJ II emulation) to accept a screen dump directly with an
 array of PD utilities but still get pages and pages of jumbled text.
 We haven't given up, but are running out of paper in the process.  What
 we learned, however, is an interesting tid-bit from Boris.  Two weeks
 ago I mentioned him and enclosed his name in quotes.  He has told me
 that in Russia, that means the name is fictitious and it's the same as
 "removing a mask."  Fascinating!  We won't be using quotes in that
 context anymore!  So much for rushin' through our writing....

 The MIDI forums on CIS are really exceptional.  The Atari user
 involved with music can learn a lot about their favorite programs, and
 much more.  The members don't always agree on controversial issues
 (and there are a lot of controversial issues when the talk turns to
 art!) but the tone generally remains professional.  And when it comes
 to information which requires highly specialized training or
 experience, you'll find that the members and SYSOPs there are always
 ready, willing and able to get involved.

 The issues discussed in the MIDI forum cover a wide base, and we could
 easily devote many thousands of words to it. But alas, our focus must
 remain on Atari and related matters.  Anyone interested in music should
 at least visit the MIDI forums.  There are also areas devoted to
 Classical Music, Recording and Composing, and, of course, MIDI.

 One of the really interesting things under discussion this week was...
 speed!  It has been stated more than once that the ST/Mega and TT
 series "seem" and "feel" faster than MACs, IBMs, and Amigas when it
 comes to MIDI and other applications.  But they are running at close to
 the same speeds, respectively, in Mhz.  So what's the big deal here?
 Stefan Daystrom over at Hybrid Arts (he wrote the SMPTETRACK and other
 great programs) tells us that (he starts by quoting a previous
 message):

 > It is also very fast in MIDI applications (as Stefan as pointed out).
 > I wonder if that's because the MIDI port is built in and the system
 > doesn't have to address a periferal (how the heck do you spell that)
 > equipment.

 (Stefan's reply)

 "That's part of it (in comparing it, say, to an MPU-based MS-DOS
 system).

 But another very major part (especially in comparing it to a Mac) is
 that the Atari OS lets the programmer do many things directly (write to
 the screen, access allocated memory, talk to the MIDI port, etc) that
 the Mac programmer has to go through many layers of operating system
 overhead to do (or else Apple promises to make the software not work on
 the next OS version!).  All that OS overhead on the Mac takes a _lot_
 of processing time!"

 Well, that overhead didn't go over our heads, and it's nice to know
 that there is a reason the Atari seems so much faster.

 As we write this, it is two minutes to midnight, Thursday March 5, and
 something tells us to get it uploaded before the airwaves get clogged
 with the sound of hard disks crashing.  May all your crashes be soft
 ones. :-)



 ======================================================================
 * THE MICHELANGELO VIRUS   Compiled from various reports by Ron Kovacs
 ======================================================================


 The virus has been dubbed Michelangelo because it is due to activate
 computer erase commands on March 6, the birthday of Renaissance genius
 Michelangelo Buonarotti.  Origin of the virus is unknown, but it is
 said to have been spread worldwide by software producers and
 maintenance firms.  It is said to be most widespread in Asia and the
 United States.

 The Michelangelo posed a much greater threat because it destroys
 information stored on a PC's hard disk, including the instructions that
 allow PCs to do basic things such as print letters.  Michelangelo has
 been detected in PCs throughout the world.  In the United States, as
 many as 400,000 IBM-compatible PCs are believed to be infected.

 The virus was discovered in computers at the U.S. Senate in Washington
 Wednesday.  An in-house computer system in the Senate sent every screen
 a message Wednesday indicating that "Michelangelo" had been discovered
 in several offices.  Employees were warned to duplicate their computer
 programs and other data.

 Illinois Secretary of State George Ryan said Friday, staff in his
 office discovered traces of the Michelangelo virus lurking among the
 state's vehicle records database but destroyed them before the virus
 could do any damage.

 The virus hit computers at a small business in Frankfort, Indiana,
 Wednesday.  It was probably hit a few days early because the
 computers' time system had been off.

 Press reports from Uruguay said the virus had already wiped clean the
 memory banks of a vital military intelligence computer there.

 The Michelangelo virus struck at least 10 computer networks in Paraguay
 and two systems in Argentina, but most South American computer users
 took steps to keep the timed killer from wiping out information stores.
 No cases of virus destruction were reported in Brazil and Venezuela,
 where thousands of companies changed their electronic clocks and used
 anti-virus programs provided by IBM dealers to clean the systems.
 Press reports said at least four Brazilian banks had found the virus in
 their systems but had destroyed it with the anti-virus program before
 it could activate.

 Dataquest announced the results of a recent survey showing that 7
 percent of the end users surveyed had experienced the Michelangelo
 virus during the fourth quarter of 1991, and a surprising 15 percent
 reported at least one outbreak of Michelangelo by January 1992.  In
 addition, survey respondents reported a significant increase in virus
 encounters, with more than 2,500 occurrences in 1991 vs. 756 in 1990.
 During the first three quarters of 1991, two viruses -- Stoned and
 Jerusalem -- accounted for the majority of the computer virus
 incidence.  The results of the preliminary survey indicate that 48
 percent of the sites surveyed have experienced at least one outbreak of
 Stoned (also known as Marijuana or New Zealand), while 37 percent
 encountered Jerusalem (also known as Israeli or Friday the 13th).

 Despite the current publicity on viral contamination, 81 percent of the
 survey respondents had identified diskettes as the primary source of
 infection.



 ======================================================================
 * ATARI FORUMS CELEBRATE A TENTH ANNIVERSARY          by Michael Naver
 ======================================================================

 Reprinted with permission from CompuServe Magazine.  This article may
 not be reprinted without the written permission of the author and
 CompuServe Incorporated.  Copyright (c)1992.


 As veteran Atari forum members tell the story, it was a classic example
 of the generosity and closeness of the Atari forum community on
 CompuServe: one member, immobilized in a body cast for three months,
 keeping in touch with the outside world through messages from his
 colleagues on the Atari ST forum.

 It was perhaps the most dramatic but otherwise characteristic example
 of the loyalty that Atari forum members express as they mark the tenth
 anniversary of Atari forums on CompuServe (GO ATARINET).

 Looking back on it now, the auto accident victim, Dave Groves, then an
 assistant "sysop," said that his online companions "meant more to me
 than I can express.  The time and closeness spent with the staff and
 our members made the forums a wealth of information and a home away
 from home for me."

 During his recuperation, Groves' forum colleagues "stood by me through
 thick and thin.  They were my sole contact with reality and provided me
 a very warm and positive family to replace the one I never had outside
 of CompuServe."

 This sense of family has characterized the Atari forums from the
 beginning, in the fall of 1981, when the original (and current)
 administrator, Ron Luks, along with two other pioneers, started the
 Atari 8-bit forum.

 "Atari computer users have been the underdogs of the computing world
 from day one," Luks explained.  "The popularity of the online forums
 was a result.  We were the only place people could go to get support
 for our machines.  You tend to develop an intense loyalty to the
 machines and to each other."

 The family spirit is matched by a strong independent streak.  "We
 support the products, and at times have not been very popular with the
 company," says Luks.  "Our current relations with the company, however,
 are the best in years."

 Luks remembers his own introduction to Atari.  "I was a stock and
 options trader in a Wall Street brokerage firm back in 1981," he said.
 "I was walking past a computer store in Manhattan planning to buy an
 IBM PC.  I saw the Atari 800 running a game called Star Raiders."

 "I was so mesmerized by the game that I walked in off the street and
 took the computer home, figuring I would play with it until I got a
 serious machine.  But that old 8-bit did everything I needed, so I
 never bought the IBM."  With his modem and CompuServe introductory
 pack, Luks soon was telecommunicating in an Atari section of the
 Popular Electronics Forum.  A few months later the first Atari forum
 opened on CompuServe, called informally "Sig*Atari."

 A second pioneer, Michael Reichmann, of Toronto, remembers that
 CompuServe was sponsoring a promotion in Toronto.  "I said, 'Hey,
 online information, that sounds neat.'  I bought a 300-baud modem and
 got hooked," Reichmann said.  "There was something very clubby about
 the Atari community in the early '80s, something unique," he recalled.
 "If you had an Atari, you knew you had a great machine, but the rest of
 the world didn't.  It was a small, tightly knit group of a few hundred
 people, and 80 per cent us hung around Sig*Atari to exchange ideas and
 information."

 At the time Reichmann was a vice president of the Canadian Press news
 agency.  "My background was in photography, so graphics were important.
 Back in '81 the Atari 800 was the whiz-bang graphics computer.  What
 was terrific about CompuServe was being able to get in touch with Atari
 software developers all around the United States and Canada.

 The third founder, Steve Ahlstrom, of Littleton, Colo., recalls that
 "all of us were discovering not only the computer but also the power of
 telecommunications.  We came from vastly different walks of life, but
 we became close because of our common interest."

 Ahlstrom served as an assistant Atari sysop for five years, where he,
 too, found business opportunities writing Atari software.  Later he
 became administrator of the Amiga forums, where he can be found today.

 Ahlstrom was not the only Atari forum pioneer to branch out to other
 CompuServe forums.  Groves' dramatic story is another example.

 A resident of Miami, Fla., Groves was driving home from his job as a
 bank vice president when he fell unconscious at the wheel, the result
 of faulty diabetes medication.  He hit another car on the expressway at
 65 miles an hour.  After his 3 months in a body cast, he spent 9 months
 in therapy.

 So profound was the experience that Groves three years ago established
 the Diabetes and Hypoglycemia Forum on CompuServe (GO DIABETES) to
 share the kind of information that could prevent accidents like his.
 For Groves the Atari ST is still his computer of choice. "I use it for
 heavy duty business applications, which surprises some people.  It is a
 serious business machine."

 Newer forum members, people who were not present at the creation of the
 8-bit or ST forums but who have become loyal Atari ST users, cite the
 same community spirit as a plus.  Bill and Pattie Rayl, of Ann Arbor,
 Mich., met in college and got an Atari ST as a wedding gift three years
 later.  The following year, 1987, they joined CompuServe.

 "Our CompuServe experience has meant making a lot friends and business
 contacts," Pattie said.  The couple produces a nationally distributed
 magazine for Atari users called Atari Interface.  Also, they're the
 unofficial sponsors of twice-weekly online conferences -- Thursday
 evenings for Atari 8-bit users and Sunday evening for ST users.  "The
 sysops have been great to us," Pattie said.  "They take a hands-off
 approach, and let the users do their thing.  I really like that."

 Another enthusiast is Jim Ness, a West Chicago, Ill., motor equipment
 salesman.  In 1986 he bought an Atari 520 ST, which he described as a
 "basic but very competent machine with a color monitor and disk drive
 that sold at K-Mart for about $500."  Ness began spending time in the
 Atari ST forum. "I knew that if you could find a group of people who
 used the machine, you could find software, plus advice on how to use
 your computer."  That's how things turned out.  Ness became a "hobbyist
 programmer" and wrote an automated access program for the Atari, called
 QuickCIS.  "Most people who regularly visit Atari forums use it," he
 said.  Ness finds the forum managers "very good, very friendly, very
 helpful.  If that weren't true, I wouldn't have been a member for five
 years."

 Assisting Luks as forum sysops are Mike Schoenbach, assistant manager;
 Dan Rhea, Bill Aycock, Keith Joins, Bob Retelle, David Ramsden and John
 Davis, ST sysops; Don LeBow and Bob Puff, 8-bit sysops; and Marty
 Mankins, Judy Hamner and B.J. Gleason, Portfolio sysops.

 What's ahead for Atari? No one knows for sure, but Luks noted that
 since the days when Atari was on the cutting edge as a low-cost, high-
 powered graphics computer, there was a dearth of new products for
 several years.  Now, significant products are being released.  As they
 are available, Atari's loyal band on CompuServe will be ready.

 Michael Naver is a contributing editor of CompuServe Magazine.



 ======================================================================
 * PERUSING GENIE                                 Complied by Ed Krimen
 ======================================================================


 -=> In the "Hardware" category (4)
 -=> from the "68030 Accelerated ST's" category (5)

 Message 1         Sat Feb 15, 1992
 C.STANFORD                   at 01:28 EST

 As an owner of a FastTech '030 40mhz (cache only version) accelerator
 board I thought I'd let you all know what its like in the fast lane.
 Your mileage may vary depending on your configuration, but with my
 setup, MegaST4, ISAC high-rez video board, Quantum lps105 Hard disk the
 over all speed-up is IMPRESSIVE, especially in ISAC 16-color mode.

 Keep in mind I had a T16 installed previously.

 ISAC 1024x768x16

 Quick index
                   T16             '030
 textbios          42%              217%
 String            49%              423%
 Scroll             5%                5%
 GemDraw           99%              199%

 I don't really want to get into posting a bunch of benchmarks but I
 felt that these help illustrate how SNAPPY ISAC feels in 16 color mode.
 Now if something can be done about the scroll speed it would be perfect.
 Using with Calamus, Avant Vector, Touch-UP and Fontvertor I'm seeing a
 speed-up from 2 to 4 times faster than a T16 (16mhz 68000) doing real
 work.  Screen re-draws in Calamus are simply amazing!  I've also noticed
 that speed is addictive after a couple of weeks with the '030 going
 back to a standard ST is simply unbearable.  Hang on to your old ST as
 there's plenty of life left in it with an '030 accelerator!

 Regards,
 Carl Stanford M-S Design
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 -=> In the "Software Library and Other Utilities" category (2)
 -=> from the "Benchmarking the ST/STe/TT" topic (31)

 Message 22        Sun Mar 01, 1992
 LEOTAYLOR [LEO]              at 12:03 EST

 OK George, here are results from a regular customer not associated with
 Gadgets in any way!

 Hardware:  MONO 520 (circa 1986) in a homemade wooden tower
            2.5 Megs of piggy back ST memory
            SST 40 MHZ with 4 MEGS of 70 nsec FASTRAM
            Wait States 2,1

 Software:  NBM version 1.1 beta (SET FOR HIGH RAM)
            QINDEX 2.2           (SET FOR HIGH RAM)
            No accessories
            No AUTOS except the SST four and QUICKSTE 3.3

 Results:   MATH ROUTINES        2.31   714%
            MEMORY ROUTINES      2.21   722%
            DIALOG BOX DRAW     10.66   453%
            TOS VERSION ID       0206
            RUNNING IN TT/ST RAM  TT
            CPU MEMORY   1054%
            CPU REGISTER 1000%
            CPU DIVIDE   1239%
            CPU SHIFTS   4279%
            TOS TEXT      516%
            TOS STRING   3718%
            TOS SCROLL    208%
            GEM DIALOG    562%
      Compared to MONO TOS 1.0

 While I have your attention, here are some "REAL LIFE" examples.  They
 are NOT done in a scientific manner so don't everyone complain that I
 didn't turn off accessories, didn't use standard files, etc...

 LDW POWER to reset my expense report:  before 62 sec, after  12 sec
 WORDPERFECT to scroll QUICKBRN.FOX:    before 42 sec, after   7 sec
 WORDPERFECT to search QUICKBRN.FOX:    before  6 sec, after 1.5 sec

 Leo Taylor
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 (Gadgets by Small RoundTable)

 -=> In the "MegaTalk for the Atari ST) category (8)
 -=> from the "MegaTalk" topic (2)

 Message 177       Wed Mar 04, 1992
 DAVESMALL [Dave]             at 04:35 EST

 I'm re-testing some MegaTalk software that I'm a teensy concerned about
 to make sure it can ship.  The boards are ready; the PAL's have been
 swapped.  I need to polish up some documentation (Sandy definitely
 wants some interludes in there, I don't want to write 'em -- GRIN!)
 But manuals take little time.

 So, basically, it's looking good.

 We planned on having it OUT long ago ... except the PAL thing and the
 CMOS SCSI chip thing and this thing and that thing made its time frame
 interfere with the SST, and the SST had to get priority.

 Now that SST is shipping, back to work.

 -- thanks, Dave / Gadgets
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 -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14)
 -=> from the "Atari's Service Agreement with GE" topic (26)

 Message 4         Wed Feb 26, 1992
 TOWNS [John@Atari]           at 21:45 EST

 Atari started to offer a 1 year warranty on it's computer products in
 November 1, 1991.  The GE Service Agreement is currently in the
 implementation stages.  Once the program is completely up and running,
 we will provide our dealers and end-users will all of the information
 on how to use this program.

 So, please.. don't call your GE Service Center and bug them about this.
 You will be wasting your time and a phone call.  Just give us some time
 to make sure that the plan is implemented correctly.  We want this plan
 to go off without a hitch.

 -- John Townsend, Atari Corp.
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 -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14)
 -=> from the "Atari's New TOS 2.06: topic (8)

 Message 68        Sat Feb 29, 1992
 J.KUDRON [JIM]               at 16:11 EST

 I just returned from having my Mega STe upgraded to TOS 2.06 along with
 the 1.44 floppy drive, and it seems pretty solid.  I had a slight
 problem formatting my first HD disk, but I put the disk aside,
 formatted the other ones from the box, and then the problem one
 formatted just fine.  (The problem one would not format-I thought that
 it was a bad disk).

 Another curious thing, when I checked a disk with MaxiFile and the
 Atari desktop, a _blank_ disk showed 6xx,xxx bytes used!  After I
 re-formatted this disk, I got 1.4 meg free space.

 I'll play around a little more and let everyone know of any other
 problems.

 Now to bug the CodeHeads to update MaxiFile to support 1.44 formatting!

 Jim Kudron
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 -=> In the "Atari TT" category (28)
 -=> from the "TT RAM" topic (13)

 Message 177       Mon Mar 02, 1992
 M.STUEVE [Marlo]             at 00:46 EST

 I finally found the program to copy the TT TOS into TT RAM.  It gives a
 noticeable speed increase.  I've uploaded it to the library as
 TTROMRAM.ARC.  The following are some Quick Index numbers:

                                         Quick TT      Quick TT
                Before      w/ROMRAM      alone        w/ROMRAM
                ------      --------     --------      --------
 TOS Text        108          119           254           264
 TOS String      120          147           558           586
 TOS Scroll       54           54            55            55
 GEM Dialog      704          947          1594          1843

 These numbers are useful for comparison only.

 The program and doc-file are entirely in German, but there's no real
 trick to using it.  It will use 512K of TT-RAM in exchange for the
 extra speed.

 Marlo Stueve
 5th Crusade Software
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 ======================================================================
 * NEW PROGRAMS AND HARDWARE TO DEBUT AT ACE 92           Press Release
 ======================================================================


 The Atari Canadian Exposition, ACE '92, to be held in Toronto on April
 4th and 5th, will be the site of a number of new programs for the
 Atari computer, as well as the first time users in North America will
 get to see new Atari hardware and peripherals that have long been under
 development.

 Although specific details are not presently available, Atari has long
 promised that any new hardware that will be shown at the upcoming CEBIT
 Show in Hanover Germany (which opens on March 11) will also be shown in
 Toronto.  Atari has not yet released specific details of what that will
 include, but at a February 20th meeting of the Toronto Atari
 Federation, both Atari Canada General Manager Geoff Earle and Atari
 U.S. Director of Communications Bob Brodie indicated that there will be
 exciting new computer products to be shown.

 One definite star will be the Atari ST Notebook, a small laptop
 computer with a 40 meg hard drive and an estimated battery life of ten
 hours on a single charge.  One was available at the recent TAF meeting
 for users to try out, and it created great excitement.

 But Atari won't be the only company making announcements and
 demonstrating new developments at ACE '92.  ISD Marketing will host a
 workshop at which features of the new Calamus SL will be not only
 demonstrated but taught, and FLASH II, the long-awaited communications
 program will be available for purchase, as well as being the subject of
 demonstrations.  ABC Solutions promises that not only will they have
 upgrades for First Word Plus and Timeworks Desktop Publisher, they will
 be releasing a new CAD program by a local Toronto developer.

 Darek Mihocka will be present to demonstrate his long-discussed
 GEMulator, the program that will let Atari programs run on DOS-based
 machines, and Dragonware will be showing (and selling) an internal
 battery modification for the STacy.  Additionally, this new company in
 the field of software development will be showing off 5 programs,
 including one that manages GDOS and FSM-GDOS set-up.  Joppa has hinted
 that they will have a new program, as has WizWorks, and Fair Dinkum has
 definitely announced it will have Cryptographer ready for public
 demonstration and distribution.

 Dorothy Brumleve, rightfully famous for her children's productivity
 programs, has announced that MULTIPLAY, a brand new program of "Math
 Exploration, Discovery, and Practice" will make its debut at ACE '92.
 A math program for ages 5-11, it is adaptable to the child's age and
 ability, and features games, drills and puzzles.  Additionally, there
 will be an upgrade for KidPublisher to version 6.4.  (The upgrade will
 be FREE to those who bought 6.1 at the last TAF Show in 1990.)

 Clear Thinking will not only have EdHak 2.3, but will have
 Metapsychology Primer available.  And speaking of new things,
 Advantage, the new Atari magazine, will not only have 6 subscriptions
 available as door prizes, 1,000 copies of the new publication will be
 available at no charge to the first 500 people entering the show each
 day.

 Press releases and announcements are still coming in, but ACE '92 seems
 to be the place to make announcements and show off what Atari
 developers and creators have been doing over the winter.  To see what's
 new and exciting in the world of Atari computers, ACE '92 is obviously
 the place to be!

 For an up to date list of those attending, exhibitor kits, display
 advertising rates, Talent Show entry forms or any other ACE
 information, contact ACE '92, c/o Toronto Atari Federation, 5334 Yonge
 St, Suite 1527, Willowdale, ON M2N 6M2.  For faster response, call Paul
 Collard, Exhibit and Volunteer Coordinator (416) 477-2085, or John R.
 Sheehan, SJ, TAF President, (416) 926-1518.  GEnie J.Sheehan14.  TAF
 BBS: (416) 235-0318, TAF InfoLine and Voice Message: (416) 425-5357.



 ======================================================================
 * KIDPUBLISHER PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE ANNOUNCED            Press Release
 ======================================================================


 D.A. Brumleve is very pleased to announce a major upgrade to:

 Kidpublisher Professional: A Desktop Publishing Program for Young
 Writers for ages 5-11


 Kidpublisher Professional is a desktop publishing program for children.
 Most children use the program to write and illustrate stories and
 reports, but it can be used to print any kind of document requiring
 both text and graphics (posters, personal letters, etc.).  It includes
 a WYSIWYG word processor and drawing screen.  Printouts have a picture
 on the top half of the page with 7 lines (32 columns) of text at the
 bottom.  Four font styles are built into the program, and a teacher or
 parent may design an additional font using any DEGAS-compatible drawing
 program.

 The previous version (6.2) worked quite well, so this upgrade (6.4)
 involves added features rather than bug fixes, though we have also
 worked on memory conservation and other improvements which will be
 invisible to the user.  The new features include the following:

 Kidpublisher Professional now contains a built-in coded font set.  The
 child types a message in a normal font and then can convert the text to
 code by simply selecting the coded font set from the FONT dialog.  A
 decoder card is included in the package.  The code used is self-
 decoding: a child who receives a message written in the coded font set
 can type that message into his own computer and then load the coded
 font set to _read_ the deciphered message as well!  Kids really enjoy
 this feature.

 Children who use both our Kidpainter and Kidpublisher Professional have
 asked us time and time again to add the MIRROR option to Kidpublisher,
 so we have.  The drawing portion of the program will now automatically
 create mirror-images (horizontal, vertical, or both) as the child draws
 with the FREEHAND, LINE, BOX, and CIRCLE drawing tools.

 Children can use Kidpublisher Professional to print a title page
 without graphics.  The title and author's and illustrator's names are
 automatically centered, and the title itself is underlined.  Teachers
 have asked for a date on the title page, and we've added this facility.
 The date is derived from the system clock and presented to the child
 for editing as part of the TITLE option sequence of dialogs.

 Using the included Installation Program, parents and teachers can
 choose whether or not to allow each of these new features.  If the
 TITLE option is permitted, parents and teachers can choose whether the
 date will be presented in European (5 March 1992) or US (March 5, 1992)
 format.

 The package contains a red disk, a 28-page parent/teacher manual, a one
 -sheet children's manual, extra labels, and a decoder card.

 These enhancements make Kidpublisher Professional more powerful and
 more stimulating than ever before.  Registered users may upgrade their
 copies for just US$5 (plus $1 shipping).  The list price for the new
 version is US$40.

 This upgrade will be ready to ship on or before March 15.  An
 announcement is on its way to registered users.  We do accept
 MasterCard and VISA; please include your expiration date.  Personal
 checks in US$ should include $3 for postage.

 D.A. Brumleve
 P.O. Box 4195
 Urbana, IL 61801-8820 USA
 VOICE: 217 337 1937
 FAX: 217 367 9084
 GEnie: D.A.BRUMLEVE
 CIS: 71451,1141
 Delphi: DABRUMLEVE

 [Please note that version 6.4 is available in the English language
  only.  The current Dutch, Icelandic, and German versions are 6.3.]



 ======================================================================
 * PDC UPDATES                                            Press Release
 ======================================================================


 Budget Desktop Publishing Program

 It's easy to get swept away just by looking at $300 Desktop Publishing
 programs with features like auto-kerning and vertical justification.
 However, there are a lot of people out there that don't need that kind
 of sophistication and don't have the money to spend.

 Enter EASY TEXT PLUS, a new entry-level Desktop Publishing program for
 the rest of us.  At just $69.95, EASY TEXT PLUS is a no-frills Desktop
 Publisher that still offers good quality output on 9 pin, 24 pin, and
 laser printers (including the Atari SLM804 and HP Laserjets).

 EASY TEXT PLUS comes on two double sided disks (single sided version
 available) and will work with all configurations of Atari ST's right
 down to a color 520 ST with 1/2 meg.  Clip Art and text (ASCII and
 First Word) can be imported.  A complete 88 page printed manual is
 included.  Support is top notch from a desktop publishing expert.  EASY
 TEXT PLUS is completely GEM based utilizing the menu bar, dialog boxes,
 and a host of GEM functions.

 Some features include justified text, word wrap, 36 different graphic
 fill patterns, clip art can be clipped to size, and keyboard equivalent
 commands.  EASY TEXT PLUS is available at finer Atari dealers across
 the North American continent, drop by your local dealer for a demo.  Or
 download a functional demo of your local BBS or online network (GEnie,
 Compuserve, etc.)

 AT A GLANCE:

 ~ Import graphics and text
 ~ Keyboard alternative commands
 ~ Text editing with word wrap
 ~ Undo functions
 ~ Full graphic drawing functions
 ~ 9-pin/24-pin/laser printer support

 Online user special: $25 off!!

 Yes, get EASY TEXT PLUS for only $44.95, this offer ends March 31,
 1992, don't miss out!

 TO ORDER

  When ordering specify printer type:
 [  ]  HP Deskjet/Laserjet
 [  ]  Bubblejet
 [  ]  NEC P6
 [  ]  Atari SLM804 Laser
 [  ]  Atari SMM804 Dot Matrix
 [  ]  Epson Compatible 9-pin Dot Matrix
 [  ]  Epson Compatible 24-pin Dot Matrix

 Disks are double sided (add $5 for single sided disks).  Add $4 for
 shipping/handling.


 TX2  The Text Processor

 Tired of plain-vanilla text files?  Do you need to write a quick
 letter?  TX2 is the answer.  TX2 is an advanced, yet easy-to-use text
 file viewer and editor.  It offers a variety of features:

 ~ Special effects (bold, italics, colors, sizes)
 ~ Use pictures in your text!
 ~ Compatibility with all ST/TT's
 ~ Resolution independent (even works on Image Systems 24" monitor)
 ~ Fast smooth  scrolling
 ~ Bookmarks
 ~ EDM or GEM menu selection
 ~ Keyboard Alternates
 ~ Context sensitive help
 ~ Word wrap

 TX2 is a tried and proven program, having undergone a lot of beta
 testing.  It has also been used for quite some time by GEnie Lamp,
 GEnie's ST magazine.  A full manual and help system are available
 directly via the program; you can look up instruction in seconds via
 the Search function.  You can create your own printer driver to print
 the special effects to your printer.  Easily install TX2 to act as a
 file viewer from the GEM Desktop or an alternative desktop (such as
 NeoDesk).  Combine Neochrome, DEGAS, or PUT graphics in your text file
 to produce easy-to-understand documentation for your own programs.
 David Holmes, the program author, is very active on GEnie and is
 planning on updating TX2 as often as necessary to satisfy users.  So
 get rid of the old used editor you're using and start fresh with TX2
,
 the best in text processing for only $24.95!

 Online Special

 Order before March 31, 1992 and receive TX2 for $19.95 and get FREE
 Shipping!

 To Order, Add $4 shipping/handling to $24.95 after March 31, 1992


 KUMA QUALITY SOFTWARE

 PDC is the exclusive distributor for the Kuma Software (for Atari ST,
 Amiga, and IBM) and Book (Amiga and Atari ST) line.

 Atari ST products include:

 K-Data - $79.95
 This is a Powerful and Professional database.  It has an easy-to-use
 GEM interface and:

   ~ 32 MegaByte maximum file length
   ~   6 simultaneous open windows
   ~ comprehensive printer configuration package
   ~ compatible data with K-Graph 3, K-Spread 4, and K-Word 2

 K-Word 2 - $69.95
 Looking for a beginning word processor? K-Word is an easy-to-use word
 processor that fully uses the GEM environment.  Features include:

    ~ spell-checker
    ~ mail merge
    ~ compatibility with a wide range of printers
    ~ 4 simultaneous windows open
    ~ definable function keys
    ~ on-screen Help menus
    ~ headers and footers
    ~ multi-copy printing

 K-Resource 2 - $69.95
 This is the perfect resource editing utility.  Built in functions
 include:

   ~ Icon/Image editor
   ~ Simultaneous edit of any number of resources
   ~ Output files for C, Pascal, Modula 2, Fortran 77
   ~ Auto Snap and Size

 K-Graph 3 - $79.95
 Ready to produce some outstanding great-looking charts?  Do it the
 quick 'n easy way with K-Graph 3.  A graphic desktop-like environment
 allows you to easily produce line, scatter and area graphs, pie charts,
 stacked, horizontal, 3D and normal bar charts, and XY graphs.

 Features include:

   ~ Statistics
   ~ Math and Logical expressions
   ~ Auto Axis Scaling
   ~ Log Scales
   ~ IMG or Metafile output for use in other programs

 K-Roget - $79.95

 This Thesaurus makes full use of GEM as a desk accessory.  Access it
 from any GEM word processor or program.  Express yourself more clearly
 by using a variety of words.  The comprehensive dictionary contains
 over 150,000 words and phrases.  Phonetic misspellings are trapped and
 corrected alternatives are suggested by K-Roget.

 Special

 Order before March 31, 1992 and receive 50% off the prices listed above!
 To Order, Add $4 shipping/handling


 XTRA-RAM DELUXE PRICE REDUCTION

 PDC has reduced the price of the very popular Xtra-RAM Deluxe upgrade
 board which uses SIMM chips to upgrade your ST up to 4 megabytes!  Due
 to price reductions on components and a larger purchase we are able to
 offer the board for just $99.95, that's a $40 savings!  And even though
 UPS and the post office have increased their rates, we have been able
 to maintain the same $6 shipping cost.  The money back guarantee is
 still in effect so if you're planning on upgrading, don't wait, order
 the Xtra-RAM Deluxe today!

 PDC
 4320-196th SW  Ste. B-140   - Check/money orders
 Lynnwood, WA  98036
 206/745-5980 - Questions/Visa-MasterCard Orders
 206/347-8766 - FAX
 GEnie: PDC.SW
 CompuServe: 72567,302



 ======================================================================
 * SUDDEN VIEW UPDATE                                      News Release
 ======================================================================


 For immediate release:
 For more information, contact: Rod Coleman 800-421-4228

 Sudden View In Final Release

 Reno, Nevada - March 1st, 1992 -   According to Rod Coleman of Sudden
 Incorporated, the final release of Sudden View has just been shipped to
 dealers.  After several months in Beta test, 126 changes and
 enhancements have been made to produce the final version for the Atari
 ST.  It now supports Moniterm and TT high resolutions, as well as 8 X 8
 font on monochrome monitors.

 Sudden View is remarkable for its fresh approach to editing
 fundamentals.  It uses something called Virtual Control, which allows
 the user to have the feeling of virtually touching his text as he edits
 and arranges it.

 Sudden View's most obvious feature is its ability to dynamically scroll
 text and move text blocks.  These functions occur in real time and in
 direct response to the user's movements.  The program responds quickly
 enough to move the text as the user moves his hand.

 Even though Sudden View only edits ASCII files, they are internally
 indexed so that the user can display any part of the file instantly.
 This is true whether the file is two Kbytes or two megabytes long.

 Another difference is that Sudden View has no "Insert" or "Replace"
 modes.  Editing action is cursor-position dependent, allowing the user
 to just place the cursor and type.  If the cursor is over a space to
 the left of any text, it will insert; otherwise it will replace.

 All deletes and changes are kept in a twenty-element buffer stack so
 that the user can restore something that was deleted some time ago.
 This buffer stack also works in concert with Dynamic Text Arrangement
 as a scratch pad.

 Sudden View has no margin bar, yet can support as many different
 formats as the user wishes.  Each line is its own format.  Therefore,
 the format conforms to the user's actions, and not the other way around.
 It is also very flexible in setting and adjusting word-wrap.

 The Power Menu is another unique feature of Sudden View.  It is a
 multiple-level menu system that can be keyboard- or mouse-activated.
 Even though it is as fast as normal power key combinations, it requires
 no memorization.  Learning it is very natural.

 Quick Find in Sudden View allows the user to do a partial-key dynamic
 search for any character string.  It searches as the pattern is being
 entered at over 100,000 characters per second.  Normally, the string is
 found before the user completes the pattern entry.

 Sudden View's copy, cut, paste, and move features are its real
 strengths.  It defines four different types of text blocks which can be
 selected and manipulated without using any menus.  The block types are
 Character, Sentence, Field and Line.  They allow for a very direct and
 powerful arrangement of text.

 The user can drag a Sentence through a paragraph as it dynamically
 re-formats in real time.  A group of Fields or a column can be deleted,
 replicated or moved as the user directs.  The text becomes an extension
 of the user's thoughts; control is virtual.

 Since Sudden View presents a significant number of new concepts, a
 Student version is available at $24.95 suggested retail.  It has all of
 the standard features and complete one-hundred page manual as well as
 occasional study breaks for learning the program.

 The Master version has several extra features for the advanced user but
 no study breaks.  Owners of the Student version can upgrade to the
 Master version for $40.00, or both versions can be purchased initially
 for a suggested retail of $64.95.  Sudden View files are not copy
 protected.

 The Student version is available from Atari ST dealers now.  Either
 version can also be ordered directly from Sudden.  For more information,
 contact Rod Coleman, Sudden Incorporated, 5081 South McCarran Blvd.,
 Reno, Nevada, 89502, or call 800-421-4228 for orders or 702-827-2996
 for support or other questions.



 ======================================================================
 * MIST ATARIFEST IV                                       Announcement
 ======================================================================


 Mid-Indiana ST (MIST) is pleased to announce confirmed dates for their
 fourth annual Atarifest, to be held on Saturday, July 25, 1992.  The
 show will run from 10:00am to 5:00 pm.  MIST Atarifest IV will continue
 to build on the successful formula of our previous three shows.

 MIST Atarifest IV will be held in the same quality location as last
 year's show, the Castleway Conference Center at 6385 Castleplace Drive,
 Indianapolis, Indiana.  This air-conditioned and fully carpeted
 location on the north side of Indianapolis has ample parking and is
 close to several major highways, many fine restaurants and hotels, and
 the largest mall in Indianapolis.

 MIST Atarifest IV will be an excellent opportunity for you to buy and
 sell hardware and software.  Public admission to the fest will be $3.00
 and will include a raffle ticket to win one of the many hardware and
 software items donated by attending vendors and developers.  Additional
 raffle tickets will available for purchase.  Last year over 50 items
 were given away.

 Vendors may purchase booths (8' x 8') at $50.00 each.  User groups may
 purchase booths for $10.00 each.  There will be a limit on the number
 of user group booths available.  Plans are underway to offer seminars
 as well as our ever popular Midi-maze and Lynx tournaments.

 Last year over 500 individuals and 30 vendors attended MIST Atarifest
 III.  We anticipate similar success this year.  Packets will be going
 out in the next month with more information detailing MIST Atarifest
 IV.  However, if you wish more information now or want to insure
 display space at this year's show, contact Dan Ward via GEnie
 (D.WARD10) or give him a call at (317) 254-0031.

 We look forward to seeing you on July 25, 1992!




 ======================================================================
 * I-KOEN DESIGN GUIDE TO PAGESTREAM 2                    Press Release
 ======================================================================


 The I-Koen Design Guide to PageStream 2 is the complete reference guide
 for PageStream publishing.  The Guide has reference charts for fill
 styles, halftone screens, line styles and object effects at 300 and
 1200 dpi.  It includes samples of PageStream fonts and standard
 PostScript fonts.  Character set comparison charts for Soft-Logik,
 PostScript and Compugraphic fonts show you which characters are
 available in each type of font.  Keyboard reference charts for Dingbats
 and Symbol fonts make selecting symbols easy.  There are also text
 size, style, tracking, leading, reverse type and baseline shift
 samples.  The I-Koen Design Guide also includes a reference to writing
 macros and lists keyboard equivalents.

 The I-Koen Design Guide to PageStream is printed on durable stock in a
 20 page letter-sized booklet.  It will be available March 20, 1992.

 USA: $6.95 US; Canada: $7.95 Cnd (includes GST)
 International: $8.95 US (sorry, no checks for international orders)

 I-Koen Design
 P.O. Box 107
 Lazo, B.C., V0R 2K0, Canada

 Pay by check, money order or Visa. Sorry, MC, Amex and Discover are not
 accepted at this time.  Please include the following information:

 Name (if VISA, include name on card):
 Billing/Mailing Address:
 Visa # (if applicable):
 Expire Date:
 Signature for Visa orders:

 Don't forget the other I-Koen Design publishing products...

 RADICAL TYPE   ---   The Atari and Amiga DTP Magazine
 Radical Type is the only magazine dedicated to Amiga and Atari
 Publishing.  Each issue has tutorials and hints for PageStream and
 Professional Page beginners and experts.  Radical Type has reviews of
 fonts, clip art, books and other DTP related products, plus the latest
 Amiga and Atari desktop publishing news.  Whether you use PageStream,
 ProPage or Saxon Publisher, you'll find help in Radical Type.

 Subscription Rates: 1 year (6 issues)
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 * MULTIPLAY                                              Press Release
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 D.A. Brumleve is pleased to announce a _new_ program:

 Multiplay - Math Exploration, Discovery and Practice for ages 5-11

 Multiplay is designed to help children commit basic addition and
 multiplication equations to memory and to offer opportunities for the
 discovery of math patterns.  Among the multitude of basic math drill
 programs, Multiplay is unique in the freedom of choice extended to both
 the child users and their parents or teachers, in its open-ended,
 and in the opportunity for creative thinking and expression.

 The program consists of a Main Screen and three play screens: the
 Pattern Screen, the Puzzle Screen, and the Make Puzzle Screen.  Each
 screen's primary component is a grid.  The x and y axes form the
 elements in an equation and the grid square at which they converge is
 the solution to the problem, the "answer square".  The parent or
 teacher can choose whether the grid deals with the elements 0-9, 0-19,
 or 0-29 (limited to 0-19 on a 520ST).  There is also a choice of
 whether the program will offer multiplication or addition or both.

 On the Pattern Screen, the child clicks on a square and sees the full
 equation, answer and all.  The answers remain highlighted (until the
 child turns them off), so the child can go clicking about the grid,
 guessing at each answer before it is shown -- and using neighboring
 answers as an aid to the guess.  The patterns involved in the concepts
 of multiplication and addition and the relationships between
 neighboring and analogous equations can thus be discovered and
 internalized.  A TEST option facilitates the play of various games and
 helps children keep track of their progress; the test option can also
 be used to assist children in the discovery of patterns.

 The Puzzle Screen offers a game for one or two players.  Children can
 play the built-in puzzles or the ones they have made themselves on the
 Make Puzzle Screen.  Players take turns clicking on squares and then
 typing the answer to the problem displayed.  The score is the sum of
 the player's correct answers.  Thus, children who choose to tackle 29
 x 29 -- and do so successfully -- will have a much higher score than if
 they had chosen easier problems.  Each successful answer causes the
 computer to fill in all the puzzle squares which have the same color as
 the answer square.  As the squares are filled with color, a picture is
 revealed.

 The Make Puzzle Screen allows the child to make and save his own
 puzzles.  Puzzle design is a challenging undertaking in and of itself.
 A separate editor program allows parents and teachers (and older
 children) to delete unwanted puzzles.

 Multiplay, like all commercial kidprgs, is accompanied by an
 installation program which allows the parent or teacher to configure
 the child's disk to suit his/her needs and interests.  The adult can
 pick and choose the options which will be available to the child and
 rerun the installation program to add options as the child's skills
 increase.  This grow-as-you-grow approach allows Multiplay to appeal to
 children throughout a wide age range.  In fact, Multiplay appeals to
 beginners and math wizards alike!

 The Multiplay package contains two green single-sided disks, a 28-page
 manual, a one-sheet children's manual, and extra labels for your
 child's copies.  The recommended retail price is US$40.

 The program will be available on or before March 15, 1992.  We do
 accept MasterCard and VISA; please include your expiration date.
 Personal checks in US$ should include $3 for postage.

 D.A. Brumleve
 P.O. Box 4195
 Urbana, IL 61801-8820 USA
 VOICE: 217 337 1937
 FAX: 217 367 9084
 GEnie: D.A.BRUMLEVE
 CIS: 71451,1141
 Delphi: DABRUMLEVE


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 * FCC UPDATE                                             by Ron Kovacs
 ======================================================================


 The Justice Department proposed measures to forestall invasion of
 privacy fears connected with court-ordered surveillance over digital
 telephones.  Law enforcement has been stymied by the difficulty in
 obtaining court-ordered surveillance over digital telephone lines.

 FBI Director William Sessions has proposed that telephone companies
 integrate their technology so that law enforcement agencies can obtain
 more easily court-ordered wire tapping over digital lines.  Telephone
 companies did not have an immediate response to the proposal.

 Digital technology uses different channels for voice and signal
 transmission.  Traditional analog telephone technology uses one
 channel for voice and transmission signal.  Each digital channel can
 carry hundreds of voice conversations, and it's currently impossible to
 segregate the conversations to be monitored by law enforcement agents.
 By law, the government must have a court order each time it taps a
 telephone line.  The FBI uses court-ordered surveillance primarily
 against terrorists, kidnappers, drug cartels and secret criminal
 organizations.

 ---

 To speed customer calls to an increasingly wide range of commercial
 information services, BellSouth Telecommunications announced plans to
 introduce a new three-digit calling option.

 BellSouth's proposal for a significant break from the traditional use
 of three-digit numbers for services like 411 Directory Assistance was
 in response to a request by Cox Newspapers.  BellSouth's plan would
 make 211, 311, 511 and 711 available in the company's local calling
 areas in the region, but not on a long-distance basis.

 ---

 The Supreme Court declined to let the government institute a ban on
 material it considers "indecent" from television and radio broadcasts.
 The court, without comment, let stand a lower court ruling that the
 First Amendment allows the government to limit but not totally bar
 indecent material from the public airwaves.

 The Federal Communications Commission traditionally has allowed
 material deemed indecent - but not pornographic - to air between 10
 p.m. and 6 a.m.  The government had believed children were unlikely to
 be exposed to material broadcast during those hours.

 The government appeal was opposed by the three major television
 networks and groups including the American Civil Liberties Union,
 National Public Radio, People for the American Way and the Reporters
 Committee for Freedom of the Press.

 In 1988, Congress passed a regulation to require the FCC to enforce its
 ban on indecent broadcasting at all times.  That ban was to take effect
 Jan. 31, 1989.  But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
 Columbia Circuit struck down the FCC regulation and the congressional
 statute that mandated its enforcement as violations of the First
 Amendment freedom of speech protection.

 Since 1927, federal law has prohibited the broadcast of any "obscene,
 indecent or profane language."  But the nation's definition of
 "obscenity" has changed, in large part due to Supreme Court decisions.
 While the court has said obscene language does not have First Amendment
 protection, other less offensive language - which the government
 categorizes as "indecent" - has full constitutional protection.

 In 1975, the FCC defined "indecency" as a level of language less
 objectionable than obscenity that "describes, in terms patently
 offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the
 broadcast medium, sexual or excretory activities and organs."

 Three years later the Supreme Court upheld the FCC's finding that a
 daytime radio broadcast of comedian George Carlin's "seven dirty words"
 act was indecent.



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 * MODIFICATION TO THE ST POWER-ON RESET DELAY TIME        by Jeff Rigby
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 The following modification will cause the ST to be in a Halt condition
 for apx 14 sec following turn-on.  This allows a Hard Drive time to go
 through its initialization.  The modification will not affect reset
 timing (.3 sec).  It's relatively simple in that it requires the
 replacement of only one resistor (in the 520 & 1040 series).

 If you have a Hard Drive for your ST you presently have to turn on the
 HD, wait until it stops making noise (initialization...about 14 sec) and
 then turn on your computer.  With the circuit modification below you can
 now turn both on at the same time (idiot proof).

 520ST and 1040ST

 All computers have reset circuits and a circuit to perform a reset after
 the computer has been turned on (allowing the power supply to
 stabilize).  In the ST these two reset circuits are in one chip, a 556
 timer IC (a 556 is two 555 timers in one package).  Both circuits use
 the same timing components for a delay of .3 seconds.  One circuit holds
 the reset low for .3 sec after the reset button has been pushed and the
 other holds the reset low for .3 seconds after power turn-on.  This
 second circuit (power on reset) is the one we are going to change.

 Basically we are looking at a 22Uf cap charging from B+ through a
 resistor (12k).  When the voltage on the cap reaches trigger level the
 555 timer turns off allowing the reset line to go high.

 The formula for Time T with Cap C and Resistor R is as follows:

             Resistor = R
             Cap      = C   T= (1.1)*R*C
     Time (hold down) = T

     For a stock ST
                    R = 12k
                    C = 22Uf
                    Thus:   T=(1.1)*(12000)*(0.000022)
                            T=.29 sec

 Ok now for your computer....

 Turn on your Hard drive and count the seconds until the activity light
 goes out.  Mine is about 14 seconds.  This time is what you need to
 determine the value of the resistor you are going to add to your ST.
 For a time of 14 sec we use the following formula to determine the
 resistor we need.

         R= (14 sec)/(1.1)*(0.000022)
         R= 578k

 Look in your ST for a Chip that has the number 556 on it (NEAR THE RESET
 BUTTON).  Off pin 8 you will find a resistor with the color bands;
 brown, red, orange (12k).

   520ST  R83
   1040ST R9

 Cut this resistor loose and install a 560K resistor; green, blue,
 yellow.

 Now reassemble and check.  Extremes of temperature can affect the timing
 of this R reassemble and check.  Extremes of temperature can affect the
 timing of this RC circuit.  I have found that a very cold computer (40F)
 can knock almost two seconds off the circuits reset time.  Also, the
 22Uf cap is manufactured with a tolerance of 20%.  A 20% difference can
 make a 4 second difference in your calculations.  You may want to
 install a variable resistor in place of a fixed resistor.  If you are
 like me, you can't wait for your computer to come on and you will want
 the min wait time that still allows the HD to initialize properly.  The
 variable resistor will allow you to set the time to the nearest second.
 Use a 360K resistor in series with a 500 K pot.

 The above modifications require some technical skill and should be done
 by a service center or a qualified person.   Intersect Software makes
 no guarantees regarding the reliability of the above modifications. You,
 as always, perform the modifications at your own risk.

 This technical note may be freely copied as long as the credits remain
 intact.

 Jeff Rigby
 Intersect Software
 3951 Sawyer Rd.
 Sarasota, Fl.  34233


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