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Article #262 (730 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Atari Explorer Online: 1-May-92 #9201 Posted-By: xx004 (aa400 - John J. Lehett) Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Sat May 2 02:05:04 1992 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- * * * ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE * * * * * * ------------------------------ * * * * * * ------------------------------ * * * * * * May 1, 1992 Issue #92-01 * * * * * * ------------------------------ * * * * * * * PREMIER EDITION * * * * * * * The Official Atari Online Journal * * * * * * * * * * * * (c)1992, Atari Corporation * * * ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Publisher: John Jainschigg Editor: Ron Kovacs Contributing Editor: John Nagy Contributing Editor: Bob Brodie Contributing Editor: Craig Anderton Contributing Editor: Mark Jansen Columnist: Mike Mortilla Columnist: Ed Krimen Contributor: Jon Clarke Columnist: Ron Berinstein | | | CONTENTS | | | | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- THE PUBLISHER'S WORKSTATION ............... John Jainschigg THE EDITOR'S DESK ...............................Ron Kovacs Z*NET NEWSWIRE .......................................Staff Latest news, industry-wide. AE ONLINE NEWSROOM ...................................Staff News from the pages of Atari Explorer Magazine 1992 SHOW SCHEDULE ..............................Bob Brodie Scheduling a User-Group or Dealer Show HYPERLIST FOR PORTFOLIO RELEASED .......Atari Press Release DEALER PROFILES ..............................Maria Bernard Are music dealers leading a new Renaissance? HOW TO PUT YOUR BARE SYQUEST ................ Erik Williams Hands-on: Installing a Syquest in a Macintosh HD case. BRUMLEVE ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPGRADES.....General Press Release WHAT'S NEW ONLINE -- THE SOFTWARE SHELF .... Ron Berinstein GAME HELP .......................................Ron Kovacs SOFTWARE BONUS!.............................John Jainschigg An audio phone-dialer accessory for the ST! | | | THE PUBLISHER'S WORKSTATION | | | by John Jainschigg | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- Up until five minutes ago (Thursday, 4/30/91, 10:10.21 PM EST) this column was called "The Publisher's Desk," and I was staring at that rubric, trying desperately to think up something that would serve as an introduction to the premier issue of Atari Explorer Online. Like as or not, the thing that had me stymied was the fact that, once again (and again, and again) I was trying to write yet another (and another, and another) plain, old, Introductory Message. And (surprise! surprise!) that's not the point of this exercise, at all. The purpose of Atari Explorer Online is to get more info about Atari to you, more quickly -- and in a more dynamic way -- than can be managed by standard printed resources. As Editor/Publisher of the printed edition of Atari Explorer Magazine, the Official Atari Journal, I have to overcome relatively enormous obstacles in order to get information out to the world at large. The awesome logistics of large-scale print production, among other cosmic forces, conspire to erect barriers of time and place between me and my readers. Not so, here. The same equipment -- namely, my Atari TT030 workstation -- that serves as the "head end" of Atari Explorer's Editorial/Production system, serves as the entire "means of production" for an online magazine. The result is that, by means of AE Online, we're going to be able to forge a closer kind of contact between Atari Explorer and its readers, and get more useful information off OUR Atari workstations, and onto YOURS. Thanks for downloading our premier issue! Now, engage your brain and tell us what you think! Comments and questions can be addressed to me on GEnie (EXPLORER) or CompuServe (76004,1616). And a personal reply is guaranteed. | | | THE EDITOR'S DESK | | | by Ron Kovacs | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- Here we are, a new online magazine with a little of the old mixed with the new. If you were a reader of Z*Net Atari Online Magazine, you will see a new direction take place before your eyes. Some of the old staff has made the move, and the Z*Net Newswire remains intact, though some of the columns have changed their titles. Since the announcement of this change last week, there have been mixed reviews about the content and direction of the publication. I cannot directly address any of these messages since we've just completed the compilation of this edition, and the direction will be determined as issues are released. Feedback is encouraged as it has been in the past. Contact information is included at the end of the issue. There are also areas established on GEnie, CompuServe and FNET. An Atari Explorer Online Magazine Conference was recently started in FNET to distribute and discuss AEO contents. Just a note on Z*Net Atari Issues. All past issues remain available on the services and on the Z*Net BBS. An index and supplemental issue will be released in a few weeks to wrap up all loose ends in the publication. Thanks for downloading our premiere edition, the next edition will be available in two weeks: May 15, 1992. Late note: Mike Mortilla and Ed Krimen will appear in the next edition with their regular columns. | | | Z*NET NEWSWIRE | | | Latest Atari News and Industry Update | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- NINTENDO TRIAL GOES TO THE JURY On Monday April 27, 1992, attornies representing Atari and Nintedo presented closing arguments in the landmark Atari vs. Nintendo case, which revolves around allegations that Nintendo attempted, through unfair means, to monopolize the US video games market. Sources at Atari expect a quick decision on the trial, now in its 3rd month. ATARI GAMES' TENGEN EXCLUSIVE US DISTRIBUTOR Tengen, subsidiary of Atari Games Corp., announced it will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Domark entertainment software titles for play on the Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear video game systems. Titles scheduled for U.S. introduction this summer include "Prince of Persia" "Super Space Invaders," "James Bond 007" and "Mig 29." Atari Games is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Atari Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif., and should be referred to as Atari Games. MITSUBISHI UNVEILS COLOR MONITOR Mitsubishi announced a new version of its Diamond Scan 16 with more features but a lower suggested retail price. The Diamond Scan 16 features a larger screen size in a compact enclosure, on-screen color calibration and greater autoscanning capability. Suggested retail price for the monitor is $1,299, down $200 from the previous version. MICROAGE ANNOUNCES FIRST WIRELESS EMAIL NETWORK MicroAge Computer announced the first industry strategy to provide 24-hour wireless communication to "virtual offices" anywhere. The wireless network will permit notebook computer users to receive electronic mail anytime across North America and in other parts of the world. AT&T EasyLink is the first public electronic mail vendor to connect with SkyTel, and the Safari computer is the first fully featured computer able to receive wireless messages from SkyTel. SkyTel simulcasts to 75 percent of U.S. residents, and 95 percent of those living in U.S. metropolitan areas. Its two satellites reach 125 earth stations supporting over 410 transmitters. HIGH-TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS RELAXED The US government lifted many of the restrictions on high-technology exports to former Warsaw Pact countries. The Commerce Department said in a statement that goods affected by the measure included computers, semiconductors and aviation equipment. Permits for exports of 2 to 3 billion dollars annually were no longer needed, it added. | | | AE Online NewsRoom | | | | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- Batman Returns! On Tuesday, April 27th, sources inside Atari confirmed that final release to production had been granted for the Atari version of the Lynx videogame card Batman Returns, based on the upcoming blockbuster film from Warner Bros., starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Feiffer, and Danny DeVito. The game will be on dealer shelves starting June 20th, simultaneous with the film's national release. Batman Returns is one of the most complex and ambitious Lynx video games to date. Released on 256K card, it follows the plot of the movie closely, and features sound and graphics taken from designs made for the film. Programmed by Eric Ginner and Jerome Strach, with animation by Susan G. McBride (et al.), and music by Bob Vieira and LX Rudis, the game was produced under the supervision of John Skruch, of Atari Entertainment, Sunnyvale. Though details of the cartridge are still under wraps, a full preview appears in Atari Explorer Magazine's May/June issue, on newsstands next week. Rehbock on MultiTOS: The Tech View One of the highlight's of April's ACE '92 show in Toronto was the first public demonstration of Atari's new MultiTOS -- a fully- multitasking version of the ST/TT operating system. According to Director of Application Software, Bill Rehbock, who demonstrated the system to excited crowds, MultiTOS "is a high-performance, pre-emptive multitasking kernel with adaptive process prioritization, in a system optimized to favor the user-interface, and to comply as transparently as possible with current applications." In a subsequent conversation, Rehbock elaborated as follows: "First of all, MultiTOS is definitely not a task-switcher. It allows multiple applications (referred to as "processes"), both TTP and GEM, to execute concurrently, each taking a portion of CPU time, as under Unix. That means you really can be downloading a file, sorting a database, and typing on a word processor, all at the same time. And the programs you use don't have to be especially "aware," either of MultiTOS or of each other, for this to happen. "Since most programs spend a relatively large portion of their time awaiting AES event input, MultiTOS is designed to reclaim CPU time that would otherwise be spent in this fashion. Thus, even without altering process priorities, MultiTOS manages to increase overall throughput. More sophisticated forms of adaptation further allow MultiTOS to adjust process priorities to optimal levels. However, if a user finds that MultiTOS' own decisions aren't working well for a certain combination of applications, a utility allows him to graphically review how much CPU time each process is being offered and how much it is using, and alter priorities at will." The result is that, from the user's perspective, MultiTOS seems to perform at a rate similar to single-tasking TOS. MultiTOS allows as many processes to run concurrently, and as many windows to be open, as memory permits. It can employ the 68030 Memory- Management Unit's (MMU) hardware-based memory-protection capability to prevent accidental memory trespass and restrict how much memory each process occupies. Well-behaved applications can set their own boundaries, using Malloc() and Mshrink() calls; while badly-behaved applications can be restricted deliberately, by the user. Even in the absence of an MMU (i.e., when MultiTOS is running on a 68000-based ST), features have been incorporated to permit indentification and graceful shutdown of rogue processes, avoiding system crashes in all but the most severe cases. File- and record-locking is now automatic at the TOS level -- another reason why current applications don't need to be rewritten to run under MultiTOS. Output from TOS (i.e., non-GEM) applications is piped automatically to the window-manager, and output is displayed in its own window. A variety of Inter-Process Communication (IPC) facilities are supported, including piping and forms of shared memory, as well as a brace of options by which processes may "spawn" child-processes, and control their operation. Though a portion of MultiTOS will be built into ROM in future Atari computers, the bulk of the operating system is RAM-loaded. According to Jack Tramiel, Chairman of Atari Corp., MultiTOS will be made available in some form for all ST systems (though hardware memory-protection will not be available on systems lacking a 68030 with MMU), and will be incorporated in future Atari products. A pre-release version of the OS has already been sent to developers, along with a reworked Developer's Kit and MiNT-kernel utilities package. Commercial release is expected in Winter. (For further information, developers should contact Bill Rehbock, Director of Application Software, Atari Corp., 1196 Borregas Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089, (408) 745-2082). Cubasics Newsletter for Cubase Creative Input, of San Pedro, CA, is celebrating the first anniversary of Cubasics, the Official Bimonthly Newsletter for Cubase and Cubeat users. Cubasics features interviews with Cubase-using musicians (check out the interview with Genesis' Chester Thompson, reprinted in the May/June issue of Atari Explorer Magazine), tutorials, new product information, commentary, and bug reports, and can help keep serious Cubase users up and running productively. US Subscriptions are $32/year (six issues, $36/year Canadian, $42/year other foreign, including postage). For further information, write to Creative Input, 4029 S. Pacific Ave., Suite #4, San Pedro, CA 90731. Yamaha Digital Recording System Yamaha Corp. has announced the CBX-D5, an affordable hard-disk digital recording system offering 2-track simultaneous recording and 4- track playback (with future track expansion to be announced). The CBX-D5 contains an integral 100 MB hard disk, allowing the recording of approximately 10 minutes of stereo digital sound. Recording time can be increased by daisy-chaining additional SCSI-compatible hard disk drives. Sampling frequencies of 44.1 and 48 KHz are supported, for true CD- quality audio recording. An onboard Digital Signal Processor (DSP) stage provides reverb and modulation effects, and a Digital Equalizer (DEQ) offers multi-band parametric equalization for each channel, controllable in realtime. The unit features 16-bit A/D and 18-bit D/A converters for analog I/O, and can output AES/EBU and SPDIF, allowing pulse-code modulated audio transfer to digital audio equipment. Yamaha's proprietary "Y2" (MEL2) digital audio data-transfer standard is also supported. The CBX-D5 is designed to be controlled by an Atari ST running Steinberg's Cubase/Audio software (Apple Macintosh and Digital Performer also supported). While recording, the CBX-D5 controls its built-in hard disk, directly. However, when editing, the ST can access the CBX hard disk via its own SCSI host adapter. Overall control of the CBX-D5 is via MIDI, and the unit provides a MIDI THRU port for convenience. Cubase/Audio provides simultaneous playback/control of sequenced data, and control of CBX-D5 functions. A price for the CBX-D5 has yet to be announced. Cell Biology Animations for ST A large library of color animations of the important processes of cell and molecular biology has been released for distribution by Bio- Animate Productions, of London, Ontario, Canada. Each animation is many frames long and several involve striking 3D representations of chromosomes, ribosomes, molecules, etc. Developed by university faculty, the animations have already been adopted by a number of high schools, universities, medical schools, veterinary schools, and agronomy colleges. Appropriate both for group presentation and individual review, the initial set of about 30 animations in the Bio-Animate series costs $299 CAN (single-user price; site- and school-board licenses also available). (For further information, Bio-Animate Productions, 487 Piccadilly St., London, Ont., N5Y 3G6 Canada, (519) 433-7145). Crazy Dots Adapters Gribnif Software has announced immediate North American availability of Crazy Dots 15, a video display adapter for Mega ST's, Mega STe's, and TT's that drives a variety of VGA, multisync, and other high-end displays. Crazy Dots 15 supports resolutions up to 1,664 x 1,200 pixels, and can display up to 32,768 colors or grey levels at once. The most comprehensive of its many modes offers this full color pallette, at a resolution of 1,280 x 800. Crazy Dots 15 is available in two models: a Megabus version that connects to the Mega 2 and 4 ST's on-board bus connector; and a VME model that plugs into the Mega STe/TT VME slot. Crazy Dots employs Tseng Labs' ET-4000 graphics controller, and includes 1 MB of display memory. Suggested retail price for Crazy Dots 15 is set at $999.95. Owners of Crazy Dots 8 can upgrade for only $199.95. Meanwhile, Gribnif has dropped the price of Crazy Dots 8, from $999.95 to $849.95. (Gribnif Software, P.O. Box 350, Hadley, MA 01035, (413) 584-7887) Cryptographer, from Fair Dinkum Fair Dinkum Technologies has announced the release of The Cryptographer, the latest addition to their line of word-puzzle and educational software. The Cryptographer lets users encrypt and decode secret messages. A variety of coding systems are built-in, and the program lets you design custom encryption methods at will. Cryptographer also offers an "intelligent assistant," that helps solve cryptograms. Text files of virtually any length can be quickly encoded or decoded, and finished cryptograms may be printed or saved to disk. A bonus program, Crypto, Jr., that incorporates many of the features of The Cryptographer but offers a simplified interface designed for kids, is included. ($29.95) Fair Dinkum has also announced the release of upgrades to its popular Word Search Creator (now in version 1.03), which now offers higher- quality and Crossword Creator II (now in version 1.04). For a limited time, Fair Dinkum is waiving the usual $5.00 upgrade fee. Registered users need only send their original program disk, plus SASE, to Fair Dinkum, in order to receive upgraded versions. (Fair Dinkum Technologies, P.O. Box 2, Los Alamos, NM 87544, (505) 662-7236) I-Ken PageStream 2 Guide I-Ken Design, of St. Louis, publishers of Radical Type, the magazine for Atari and Amiga DTP, have announced the release of a 20-page quick reference guide for PageStream 2. The guide contains samples of popular fonts, character set and command tables, and other hard-to-remember details; and includes mini-tutorials on drawing tools, object effects, and other topics. ($6.95) The company has also announced Idea Forms One: a set of PageStream 2.1 templates for a wide variety of printed matter, including stationery, manuals, periodicals, reports, certificates, calendars, and other special formats. The collection comes on three disks, and includes a 24-page manual. Idea Forms 2: Business Forms, is due out in the Fall. ($34.95, I- Ken Design, 5452 Southfield Ctr. Drive, Box 220, St. Louis, MO 63123). Dr. T's Audio/Video Production Kit Dr. T's Music Software has announced availability of their new Audio/Video production kit for the ST. The combined package includes the Omega sequencer, Hitman cue-sheet production tools, and the Phantom SMPTE synchonizer. Omega features direct support for the Fostex R8 MIDI automated tape recorder. ($(tk), Dr. T's Music Software, 100 Crescent Rd., Needham, MA 02194, (617) 455-1454). MIST Atari Fest IV On Saturday, July 25th, the Castleway Conference Center of Indianapolis will host the Mid-Indiana ST (MIST) Atari Fest. Sponsoring user groups for the event include Atari ST Computers in Indianapolis (ASCII) and Mid-Indiana ST (MIST). Last year's show attracted over 30 vendors and 500 attendees, and visitors raved that it was one of the best one-day shows in the nation. Cost to vendors is just $50.00 per booth ($10.00 for user groups), for the entire day, including electricity, a computer system, and a free "business-card sized" ad in the MIST Atari Fest IV Program, as well as a display placard for the booth, bearing your company name. Interested vendors should contact Dan Ward, President, Atari ST Computers in Indianapolis, 1752 Alimingo Drive., Indianapolis, IN 46260. Rumours of Dancing Sources close to Atari Explorer confirmed that Editor/Publisher John Jainschigg and Managing Editor Peter Donoso were planning to appear, along with a slew of very high-tech synth gear, guitars, and a couple of very large amplifiers, at the Connecticut AtariFest, August 15th and 16th, in Hartford. "Yeah, man .. since the release of our album, 'Welcome to the (Not Just a Game) Machine,' last year, we feel like we've lost touch with the small club and user-group show audience," said Jainschigg. "So we thought it would be a good idea to rediscover our roots, do a small tour of Atari shows in the Bridgeport area, and like ... party until everybody's ears bleed." Mr. Donoso concurred: "People hear Atari music systems in the hands of really competent, famous musicians, all the time." He said. "We think it's important, however, for audiences to realize that Atari computers, plus very large amplifiers, can even make essentially talent-free, chopless blighters like ourselves sound good! It's remarkable what an algorithmic composer, a decent sequencer, plus lots and lots of wattage can do!" Brian Gockley, organizer of the AtariFest, was quoted as saying: "All I wanted was a little dancing. That's all. There's nothing to do, at night, at these AtariFests. So I asked them, and now, all of a sudden, they've got a truck, and an entourage, and I've got security problems, and they're demanding backstage, full-service catering and a suite at the hotel. I don't know what's going to happen. I ... I'm not responsible. No further comment." | | | 1992 SHOW SCHEDULE | | | by Bob Brodie | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- Since my coming to Atari, one of the details that I have tried to handle has been the scheduling of shows. Ever since the very first Atarifest was held, people have always wanted to bring Atari to their town. With no one coordinating the show schedule, things had been chaotic. Hopefully, I've brought a modicum of sanity to the schedule. The rules are basically simple: 1) Please do not schedule a show within 30 days of another show, unless you expect to host a regional event. That is, if you're not expecting to draw developers from all over North America to attend your show, just the people in your area, then we'll consider a date closer than 30 days apart. 2) If you are interested in having a show, please contact me BEFORE you announce the date. There might be other events that would prohibit (or hinder) our presence at your event. 3) Shows in the same region of the country should be more than 90 days apart. For example, let's say that a group in Chicago, and a group in Milwaukee both are planning a show. Scheduling them within a month of each other is poor planning. The cities are only a couple of hours drive apart. There will not be the same sense of excitement about a show that is coming on the heels of another show. Both areas are capable of orchestrating a show, though. So in order to maximize effectiveness, the shows need to be more than 3 months apart. 4) In the event of a conflict with a corporate trade show, if Atari is attending the trade show, the trade show will have priority. Usually, we know about the dates for the major shows way in advance. Sometimes show organizers will throw us a curve though, like last years Fall COMDEX. 5) Promotional dealer events and user group visits are different than shows. If your group, or your dealer wants to schedule a promotional appearance by Atari, we'll be happy to consider a date, with respect to the rest of the show calendar. It doesn't make sense to me to visit a group in the Los Angeles area close to the same point in time that we're doing the Southern California Atari Faire (The Glendale Show). Come to the show, instead!! 6) Atari reserves the right to make all judgement calls about which user group/dealer shows Atari will, or will not participate in. Atari reserves the right to determine to what extent Atari will participate in any show, including financial assistance, promotional assistance, or the loan of hardware for use during the show. The points listed here are guidelines, they are flexible according to the needs of Atari, or the situation surrounding an event. Cooperating with these guidelines enhances the possibility of having a successful event! Here's what the schedule for the rest of 1992 looks like at this time: May No user group events scheduled at this time. June 14th- Milwaukee Area ST Users Group Show- Milwaukee, WI July 18th- Blue Ridge Atarifest- Ashville, NC 25th- MIST Atarifest IV- Indianapolis, IN August 15th-16th- Conn. Atarifest, Hartford, CT 21st-23rd- Dusseldorf Atari Show- Germany 20th-30th- GENCON- Milwaukee, WI September 12th-13th- Southern Calif. Atari Faire, Glendale, CA 22nd-25th- Fall Seybold, San Francisco, CA October 10th-11th- WAACE Atarifest, Reston, VA November 16th-20th- Fall COMDEX, Las Vegas, NV December 12th-13th- Northern Calif. Atari Expo, San Jose, CA (PROPOSED) As you can see, the schedule for the rest of this year is pretty full. I have also gotten some feelers for an event in Houston for the fall, as well as inquiries about a show in Chicago as well. I've even been asked to attend a user group meeting in South Africa!! (Bet you didn't know you could buy an Atari in South Africa, did you?) If I've somehow missed your event, please fill me in! I can be reached as follows: US Mail: Atari Corporation 1196 Borregas Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1302 att: Bob Brodie Director of Communications Voice: 408-745-2052 FAX: 408-745-2088 GEnie: BOB-BRODIE CompuServe: 70007,3240 Delphi: BOBBRO FNET: Node #319 Thanks in advance for your cooperation! | | | ATARI PRESS RELEASE: | | | Hyperlist Database For Palmtop DOS PC | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- Contact: Don Mandell Don Thomas Phone: (408) 745-2000 OR (408) 745-2000 Fax: (408) 745-2088 (408) 745-2088 SUNNYVALE, CA (March, 1992) -- Atari Computer Corporation has released a new software application for the Portfolio handheld computer. Hyperlist is a unique filing system which revolutionizes the way data may be organized in the Portfolio. Often described as an "outliner" or "database", Hyperlist provides the opportunity to create extensive lists, then attach "child" lists to each item in the "parent" list. On paper, the data flow resembles an organizational or flow chart. "This new system on the Portfolio opens many doors of opportunity", states Donald A. Thomas, Jr., Marketing Manager at Atari Computer Corp. "The software is easy to use, powerful and flexible; all at the same time." Hyperlist has been in development for almost an entire year. A hand picked team of BETA testers worked with early versions to assure that a wide variety of uses could be applied by using the finished product. Specific target markets include education, sales, medicine, law and general purpose. Students and educators enjoy Hyperlist for the ability to easily establish timelines. Each entry at the top reveals expounded details as it is selected. Class schedules and assignments can be arranged by due date, instructor or course study. Research materials can be collected in an impressively organized manner with references to sources, authors, dates or topics. Salespeople depend on Hyperlist to sort through parts by category, region or client. Established price lists and component specifications are instantly recalled by use of logical prompts created by entries on each level of the list. The Medical Community benefits by creating functional patient reference logs or developing custom reference notes on medicines, dosages and drug interactions. Attorneys find refuge in Hyperlist by recording step by step case procedures logical notation. HomeMakers store recipes, home businesses log business contacts, big businesses create departmental reporting plans... Hyperlist seems to do it all. Hyperlist is one of many optional applications developed specifically for the Portfolio computer by Atari. The Portfolio computer is about the size of a videocassette and weighs less than one pound. Often regarded as the ultimate organizer due to five powerful built-in programs, the Portfolio rivals the productivity of other palmtops or notebooks for a fractional price (299.95 MSRP). Other optional software titles for the Portfolio include Finance, Dos Utilities, Chess, Instant Spell, PowerBASIC and more. Over 700 files exist in the public domain for the Portfolio and are accessible on CompuServe and GEnie on line services. Hyperlist is value priced at only $49.95 manufacturer's suggested retail price and is available from Portfolio resellers. Portfolio is available from better computer dealers throughout the world. Most dealers will be happy to order it if they are out of stock. For more information on the Portfolio and its applications, contact Don Thomas, Portfolio Marketing Manager, 1196 Borregas Ave., Sunnyvale,CA 94088. (408) 745-2000. Atari is a registered trademark; Portfolio and ST are trademarks of Atari Computer Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their manufacturers | | | DEALER PROFILES | | | Atari Music Dealers: a New Renaissance | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- The Dealer Nearest You As Atari continues to grow its business in important vertical markets such as music and DTP, a new class of local Atari dealer is making a bigger-than-ever impact on the marketplace. Music stores -- like Goodman Music and Manny's, profiled here -- form an increasingly-important subset of the present Atari dealer base. In learning to adapt to the rapid pace of technological change that began overtaking the music industry as much as a decade ago, music retailers have developed aggressive and flexible systems for building a customer base, making sales, and growing with customers over the long haul. Nowadays, most large-scale retailers have blazed trails into the home market, education, institutional sales, rentals, and consultation, in addition to the core business of selling instruments to professionals. In short: music stores have learned to specialize in innovation, and to provide the kind of hands-on expertise required to sell new -- and sometimes intimidating -- technology to a wide creative audience. That makes them natural outlets for the kind of cost-effective and innovative technology Atari offers. As Atari continues to raise its profile in the music industry, many retailers are making Atari hardware and software an increasingly prominent aspect of their business; selling Atari equipment not only to their musical clientele, but to a growing mass audience, eager to adopt Atari solutions for word processing, DTP, and other applications. We at Atari Music applaud our specialty dealers for helping us reach out to the consumer. Readers, we urge you to seek out your local Atari Music or other Atari dealer, and see what a "one stop Atari shop" can do for you. They'll be grateful for your support. James Grunke Corporate Director, International Music Markets Atari Corp. | | | Goodman Music | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------------------- For Goodman, Investing in the Customer is Good Business by Maria Bernard Since opening his first store in Van Nuys, CA, in 1977, Joe Goodman has made it a practice to adapt swiftly to changes in music technology. Now, Goodman Music's six stores form a powerful chain specializing in electronic keyboards, recording and audio equipment; an organization with the muscle to sponsor large-scale trade shows and seminars, outfit superstar road tours, and provide the systems integration and consulting expertise required by SoCal's hot recording, video, and movie industries. But the attitude that's doubled Goodman's business every two or three years is one of home-grown respect for the customer, coupled with a real delight in retailing. "From the beginning, we've specialized in keyboards." Goodman says. "We sold a few guitars, but very early on we switched our focus to keyboards and electronics. As soon as electronic drum machines and samplers and music applications for computers came out, we turned our focus that way. At first, we made some attempts to adapt PCs for music use; but they really weren't intended for that kind of thing. Our full emergence into computers as both a strong music-store item and a full consumer item came when we became Atari dealer, just two or three years ago." "Luckily, because we were already specialized in electronics, we didn't have to go through radical staff changes to sell Ataris. People who can sell complex digital recorders and keyboard workstations have the simultaneous ability to sell music-related computers and software. But we couldn't have predicted how fast the market would actually take off. Our initial intent was just to sell computers to professional musicians, but we quickly found out that computers and musical instruments are very appealing to the hobbyist and non-professional." "Effectively, we've become a full-service computer dealer -- obviously focusing on music, but serving a broad general market as well. The nice thing about selling Atari systems is that the product line makes it easy for customers to grow with us, and for us to grow with the customer. It's great you have an entry-level product, such as the Atari 1040 STe, that someone can use as part of a $1,000 introductory home studio system; and that this product is essentially the same component that serves the needs of the biggest recording studios in the world: it's all a continuum." "Sure, we have a lot of famous customers: on any day you'll find people like Stevie Wonder, Ray Manzanarek, Paula Abdul, and Janet Jackson in our stores. And it's wonderful to see these people outfit a world tour with Atari and other equipment we provide. But, honestly, it's just as exciting to see a 16-year-old hobbyist go home with a bunch of boxes that we've taught him how to put together, and that we'll continue to service and support. We love to see our customers develop -- and a certain percentage of them actually have gone on to start impressive careers." Goodman's Professional Project Studio Show, held April 11th and 12th at L.A.'s Beverly Garland Hotel, attracted almost 2,000 producers, engineers, editors, and musicians. The show featured exhibits and hands- on demonstrations of the latest multitrack and disk-based recording and computer and digital music systems, from Atari and other manufacturers. Many exhibitors at the show commented on the enthusiasm of the attendees, and their strong product knowledge. Yet Goodman is still wary: "The almost endless availability of new technologies has, in some ways, created confusion for the end user. This show makes it possible for everyone from hobbyists to top professions to view virtually all of their options and make the right purchase decisions." And for Joe Goodman, that's an investment worth making. Goodman Music 4227 Lankershim North Hollywood, CA 91602 (Five other locations) (818) 760-4430 (818) 760-4636 | | | Manny's Music | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------------------ After all these Years ... Still Growing with Atari Manny's Music is a landmark for Big Apple musicians. Their main showroom, located in the midst of New York's famed 48th Street "strip," still dominates the block as it has for 65 years. But over the past three years, a new department has begun to dominate the interior of Manny's, itself -- a department focusing on advanced technology and state-of-the-art music applications. Run by Peter Levin, Manny's computer department does a brisk business in Atari products, of which Manny's was, for a time, the only seller on the "strip." Used to responding to the demands of eager Atari customers, Levin's department maintains a full stock of hardware and major musical applications, including the C-Lab and Steinberg/Jones products that currently define the state of the art in Atari sequencing. "Over the past three years, our business has more than tripled." Says Levin. "We serve a wide range of customers, from your average MIDI guy with a home studio to some of the biggest names on the New York scene. As a result, we've had to become experts not only in the music end of Atari, but in the more general sense, as well. I pride myself on the fact that people can call or come into Manny's and actually get straight answers -- whether they need help choosing a sequencer, or partitioning the hard drive on a Mega STe. We've doubled the staff devoted to music computing. And our AudioTechniques facility, around the corner, offers one-stop, fully-authorized service center for the Atari line." "We've recently expanded and renovated our MIDI room, here in the store; combining MIDI and computer equipment together so that we can effectively demonstrate different system configurations. And we've instituted a program of manufacturer demonstrations and seminars, here and at AudioTechniques, that have really helped get the word out about Atari, both about music and productivity applications. Recent seminars have featured visitors from Atari itself, Steinberg, C-Lab, ISD, Step- Ahead Software, and Goldleaf, among others." "We're very enthusiastic about building Atari's business in the New York area." Levin adds. "We've always advertised in cooperation with Atari, and plan to do more in the future. And we've got some interesting ideas for low-and-no-cost promotion that we'll shortly be putting into effect. Sure, money's always an issue," Levin concludes. "But that's Atari's strength: somebody on a relatively tight budget can get world- class software and a fantastic computer from Atari, and get change back on their dollar." Manny's Music 156 West 48th St. New York, NY 10036 (212) 819-0576 (212) 391-9250 | | | HOW TO PUT YOUR BARE SYQUEST INTO A MAC HD CASE | | | by Erik Williams, Copyright (c) 1992, Sunfox Productions,Ltd. | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- One of the nice things about the Atari TT030 computers is that nice SCSI port that sits on the outside of the case right behind the casing for the internal hard disk. SCSI stands for "Small Computer System Interface" and is the TT030 owner's gateway to a host of SCSI peripherals that can hang off that port. One of the most common uses for SCSI is hard disks. In fact, most of the hard disks in use today are SCSI hard disks, like the Quantum LPS120, the Seagate 157N, and of course, the Syquest 555. However, for any of the Atari computers other than the TT030, getting that SCSI hard disk to talk to the Atari is not easy at all. For these computers, these SCSI hard disks must learn to talk to the Atari in the Atari's language, i.e. there is a need for a conversion between SCSI and ACSI ("Atari Computer Systems Interface") or DMA. So how does one get these SCSI drives to talk to an ACSI port? This is done using a "host adaptor", ICD's host adaptor being probably the most popular of all the manufacturers. You hook your hard disk to the host adaptor, and then hook the host adaptor to the DMA port. Once the connections are in place, viola! The Atari has a hard disk! Often, it is not as simple as this because often one has to deal with the terminator pack on the hard disk, the setting of ID jumpers if the drive in question isn't the only drive in the system, and so forth. Now if this seems real complicated, it can be! There are a lot of "plug 'n play" hard disks available out there that just need you to hook the plug to the ACSI (DMA) port on your Atari, do a little setting up of the software to your tastes, and that is the last you need to deal with the whole setup. However, the TT030 owners have some options now that are unavailable to owners of the STs, STes, and MegaSTEs, a built-in SCSI port. The first option is to simply go out and buy a Macintosh-compatible hard disk, available from any of the vendors in MacUser or MacWorld. Then all you have to do is unpack the drive, attach the power cable and the SCSI cable, turn it on, and format the drive to an Atari compatible format (finding the software to do this might be a little fun, but Atari's HDX 5.0 is available on GEnie and probably from your local dealer as well). The second choice is the one that this article is aimed to deal with, namely those TT030 owners who have already had their homebrew ACSI hard disk subsystems that want to convert their hard disks to pure SCSI. There are several reasons to do this: 1) Hooking the hard disk directly to the SCSI port eliminates the overhead of having to send the data through the host adaptor, convert it over to ACSI, and then send it on to the computer. This results in a noticeably faster transfer time. 2) If you have an Atari laser printer, getting the hard disks off DMA and leaving the printer as the only DMA device lightens the DMA load and can solve timing and loading problems that may have been affecting your system. When I first got the TT030, I had nothing but problems with the laser until I put it as the first DMA device in the chain, even though its ID was higher than the hard disks... something that is usually regarded as a no-no. Now the laser is fat, dumb, and happy on DMA! 3) SCSI is polled first, then DMA...so bootup and ID arbitration is much easier. This prevents ID conflicts with DMA devices (like the laser printer) and establishes the hard disks as the first devices in the chain (which is what you would want for a boot device). Something that isn't mentioned in the TT030 documentation (but should be!) is that the TT030 is itself a SCSI device (hence the reason SCSI is polled first) with an ID of 7. This can often lead to more reliable hard disk operations. 4) OK, the enclosures looked a whole lot better than my old two bay enclosure! They are also smaller and much easier to manage than the old, clunky enclosure. 5) In my case, the fans in the enclosures are also much quieter than my old enclosure...I can actually talk on the phone when the computer is running now! So if you have decided that you want to convert that homebrew hard disk subsystem to pure SCSI, here is how you go about it. I'll focus on the Syquest 555, because that is what I have, but the basic ideas are also usable if you are moving a fixed drive to a Mac enclosure to get the pure SCSI benefits. As with any project that mucks about with things electrical, I cannot take responsibility for your hair standing on end if you happen to shock yourself. Seriously, if you have any problems doing electrical projects, get a qualified technician to do the upgrade for you (I know what I am doing and I still received a jolt from one of my enclosures). It won't cost much and you'll still be around to enjoy your SCSI drives. If you are brave enough to continue on, here we go! Step 1 ==> Acquire the Mac enclosures! This isn't as easy as it sounds, because it is the rare Macintosh dealer that will sell you the enclosures alone. I found my two enclosures from Mac's Place out in Redmond, Washington, and I can highly recommend their service and their products. The best thing to do is get a copy of MacUser or MacWorld and call around to see who has the best price. I'll warn you right now, the prices for the enclosures alone are darned stiff but you do get all of the mounting hardware, the SCSI cable, the works. How stiff depends on what you want from the enclosure. I got a pair of black Syquest enclosures that were on sale at $89 a piece (I converted both of my Syquests) mainly because no one had bought them and no one in the Mac world seemed interested in the enclosures. Both had a good sized power supply, all the cabling I could need, and all the mounting hardware I could use. The typical enclosure has a port on the back for the power cord and two Centronics-style SCSI ports on the back to facilitate easy daisy- chaining. Also, the average prices I got for the enclosures, cables, mounting hardware, etc. was $125. Shop around for the best deal. When ordering the enclosure, make absolutely sure the person on the other end of the phone knows exactly what kind of enclosure you want. There are Syquest specific enclosures and fixed-disk specific enclosures. Make sure they send you the right enclosure for the job. Step 2 ==> Now you have the case, mount the drive! With a Syquest, you need an open-faced enclosure for obvious reasons. My enclosures did not come with any documentation for mounting the drive in the enclosure, but it is fairly obvious if you take the time to figure out what is going on. You might wish to make all of the connections to the drive before mounting it in its final resting place as the space is very tight inside the enclosure. The first thing I connected was the 50-pin ribbon SCSI cable to the drive itself. Usually, the ribbon cabling is notched and will only go in one way to prevent you screwing up the drive. The next thing that needs to be done is to set the drive's ID using the jumper pack. If the Syquest is your only drive, the ID requires no jumper and you can proceed to the hooking up the power connector. If you do need to set the ID of your drive, then consult your documentation for the correct positioning of the jumper. Make sure that you do not put the jumper on the two pins closest to the SCSI cabling, the ID pins start at the next position. Below is a simple diagram: Looking at the back of the drive, power connector to your left: P T C B A ------------------------------------------------- | | | | | | | | . | . | . | . | . | . | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- FLAT | | | | | | | SCSI POWER | . | . | . | . | . | . | CABLE | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- The SCSI ID is set using the A, B, and C set of pins and connecting the jumper pack vertically to both pins in the patterns recommended by your drive's manual. Chances are that the ID will already be set if you are just moving your drive from DMA to SCSI, but this is mainly for the benefit of those who are building their own Mac Syquest from scratch. Finally, connect up the power connector and mount the drive. There should be four holes in the enclosure case that correspond to the four screw holes on the bottom of the Syquest. If your enclosure came with four spacers, attach those to the bottom of the drive, and then use the little screws on the other side of the metal floor of the enclosure to secure the Syquest in place. The idea is that these screws will be flush or slightly set into the base flooring and it will not impede sliding the whole assembly into the outer shell of the enclosure. Before buttoning up the drive, make sure that the wiring from the power supply is insulated against active power sources, that none of the cables are crimped too badly, and put unused connectors in a safe place (my enclosure has a pushbutton SCSI ID switch and a busy light that were unused (though I would like to know how to connect up the push- button switch...anyone who figures it out, please write it up!), the cables of which were routed out of the way). As soon as everything looks safely positioned, slide the drive/power supply assembly into the outer enclosure and secure it using the remaining screws. Connect the drive to the computer using a 25-pin to 50-pin SCSI cable. This is a standard Macintosh hard disk cable, so finding one should be easy (in fact, most enclosures come with this cable). You are almost ready to go! Step 3 ==> Getting the drive to work with SCSI! I had an ICD host adaptor with the old DMA enclosure, so I had to get the ICD software to realise that my boot drive is now on SCSI and not on DMA. ICD owners, you will need to keep the ICD host adaptor connected to the system and powered up in order to use the utilities (otherwise, switch to Atari's HDX 5.0 which doesn't have this limitation, but their utilities are not as powerful as the ICD utilities). I am not sure what you have to do with Atari's or Supra's utility packages, so refer to your documentation about how to do this step. If you have an ICD, you will need to write a new bootsector to the boot drive to force the new drives to boot from SCSI. If you already have an internal hard disk formatted under the ICD utilities, you can probably skip this. My two drives are the only SCSI drives available to me (my TT030 came without an internal hard disk to save some buck$). If you do not have that bootsector, then just reinstall the booter using the ICD HDUTIL. From that point on, the new SCSI drives will act just like the familiar DMA drives that you have been using before the upgrade. Step 4 ==> Deciding what to do with the old ICD host! Now that your drives are on SCSI, the ICD booter will work with the SCSI drives in a normal fashion and you now have to decide whether or not you are going to keep the ICD host adaptor connected or not. The ICD booter will run without a host adaptor connected, but the caching of the booter will be disabled and your performance will be the same as the Atari or Supra drives. Also, the booter is the only program in the ICD utilities package that will run without a host... all of the others will generate a bus error if you try to run them without the host adaptor connected. I feel that ICD should offer the TT030 owners who have bought the host adaptor a dongle or some way to be able to take the host out of the system when the drives are converted to pure SCSI. I still have my old enclosure that I have to power up the host just to use the utilities. I think that most ICD owners wouldn't mind seeing a pass-through cartridge as a protection measure rather than the ICD host itself. I hope ICD considers allowing a pass-through cartridge dongle option for the TT030 owners who do this type of upgrade (or go out and buy a Mac hard disk). They could require proof of purchase of the TT030 and the ICD host adaptor to qualify for this option and require that the host adaptor not be sold as a condition of using the utilities. At the very least, I wouldn't mind seeing an ICD enclosure for just the host adaptor, sort of like the laser controller box. ICD, if you are reading this, please consider these ideas! You have to make your own choice in what to do with the old ICD host adaptor that isn't needed after the upgrade. Personally, I like the ICD utilities enough to justify having the hassle of powering up the host each time I use the computer. Now that you have pure SCSI hard disks, enjoy the new speed and convenience of these drives. The difference in access speed was definitely noticeable and the overall benefits made the upgrade well worth my while. If you need any help with the upgrade or have some questions that I did not cover in this article (though it is six pages, I don't know how much I could have missed!), please contact me using the network addresses at the bottom of the article. Don't be afraid to ask questions...there is no such thing as a stupid question! Happy accessing! :) *** ** by Erik Williams ** *** SunFox Productions, Ltd. (c) Copyright, 1992. *** ** Erik Williams @ FNET 304, FIDO 1/363:112 ** *** SUNFOX @ GEnie [Publisher's Note: if you're in the market for a fully SCSI-compatible drive for your TT030, and don't have the time or wherewithal to "roll your own," you may want to consider one of the broad line of TT030- compatible peripherals produced by PLI, Inc. One of the world's largest manufacturers of Macintosh SCSI peripherals, PLI is now supporting the Atari with a full line of high-capacity, high-speed hard drives, removable-media systems, DAT (Digital Audio Tape) backup and streaming tape units, and even magneto-optical drives -- all ready to "plug and play" with your TT030. Drives come with full manufacturer warranties, extensive burn-in and testing, and complete support and repair services. PLI Inc., 47421 Bayside parkway, Fremont, CA 94538. (800) 288-8754] | | | BRUMLEVE ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPGRADES | | | Press Release | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- 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. [Please note that version 6.4 is available in the English language only. The current Dutch, Icelandic, and German versions are 6.3.] 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-endedness, 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. An 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 | | | WHAT'S NEW ONLINE - THE SOFTWARE SHELF | | | by Ron Berinstein | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- So, even though the headlines are always talking about the new (old) problems that face the people who live now in what was Russia before that name formally went out of business, I have always had only one thought immediately come to mind whenever Russia was mentioned. For some that first thought may well be Stalin, or Marx, for others the cities of Moscow and/or St.Petersberg with the remarkable architecture that forms the skyline. Being a James Bond fan, my first thought is really none of the above, but rather I think of the classic, "From Russia with Love." Little did I know then that in my future I was to read of Atari PD/Shareware Software sent to us from Russia with love! Yes, that's right, now you can still capture those file descriptions written by uploaders that boast of yet "another fine program from the UK," but, according to at least one uploader on Compuserve, you can now boast that you've downloaded yet,"another great program from Russia!" TRK40.LZH Driver program for a 40 track drive. Track_40: another program from Russia. It is a driver for 40 track disk drive. Just run it and follow prompts in plain English. Runs on TT (as if you were using 40 track drive with TT) in TT rez and includes source code in pure assembly (yep, Russians speak assembly). RD_SPE.LZH ReadSpeed tells you your floppy drive speed. Read-Speed: more s/w from Russia. This one is easy. You run it, it tells you how fast your floppy drive is. In English. Politically correct programming: works on TT in TT rez. BOOTIN.LZH BootInst installs smart boot sector; helps booting.. BootInst: another great program from Russia. This one will install smart boot sector on your floppies. When booting from such a floppy, you are asked to enter time and date, some other options. And, you can tell it to continue booting from *DRIVE B*. Works on TT in TT rez. All prompts in English. Just run and see. AFORMA.LZH A_Format: floppy disk formatter from Russia. A_Format: floppy disk formatting utility from Russia. It has some interesting options, and works on TT in TT rez. Sorry, no 1.44 disks yet. So you ask, "how do the formatting programs designed our side of the statue of liberty compare?" STTOPC.ARC CCST-TO-PC is a small dos utility (IBM Computers or clones) that will read a disk formatted on the old ST operating system. (before 1.4) and transfer files from the ST disk to the IBM. You must put the destination path as well as the file name for each item transfered. It makes the switch from one machine to the other easy. THIS IS A PRG. FOR IBM MAC_READ.TXT Introducing MacRead, the new file converter. MacRead is an ST/TT program that reads files from Mac HFS formatted disks and copies them, extremely quickly, to ST disks, for use in ST software! HFS is Apple's current disk format, much faster and more flexible than the older MFS format. If you use Macs & STs, or Spectre GCR, the Mac emulator, MacRead is for you.. WRTBT502.ARC WRITEBOOT 5.02 Writeboot will create an executable boot sector on a floppy that can set the floppy drive step rate, set the boot screen to ST med. resolution, bypass the harddisk autoboot, set a T2x to high speed, wait for all hard disks to become ready, change the MSTE/TT boot delay time, or clear a boot sector. Select HELP from the main menu for more info. Someone went thru a lot of trouble for this one. A Stripper Formatter? Yes, that's right! Why be bored while waiting for your disks to format? Use this little "utillity" and off comes the old info on the disk while off come the lady's colthes on the screen. STRPFM30.LZH This format utility is a bit different... That is, she loves to be formatted on both sides, and she takes every bit off! Strip Formatter is a format utility that is fairly simple in nature, and "nature" is sort of it's main subject! Background music and configurable format options. Rated R -P.S. it will need a bit of memeory to operate, so if you get the error 008 alert box, loose some of your regular resident activity. One thinks of MANYGOGO.LZH as a sequel for this kind of activity. It will put up to seven windows (if you activate it seven times and "lift" ech image off of the original) of dancing nude Go Go Girls on your screen. However it is not the only program that will open seven windows for you. 7UP207.LZH Shareware text editor from Germany. Runs in TT medium, ST rezzes. Allows seven windows open at once, math calculations, rectangular text blocks, uses GDOS monospaced fonts. Lots more. TT Compatible. However, ALL DOCUMENTATION, MENUES, AND DIALOGS ARE IN GERMAN! And on a sad note I must admit that although James Bond seems never to make mistakes, it is ashame that I do. I can't even claim that it was any monumental plot that would have crushed any of the leading crime fighters of today, no, I can only claim that I was taken in by a simple little plot devised either to gain upload time, or just to be devilish. LZH201M.APP was uploaded a few days ago with the file description "LHarc v2.01M by Thomas Quester. Self-extracting." No doubt the uploader of this file had honestly d/l'd it from someplace else that had also been fooled. And why not? Actually, for some time now I have felt that Quester would have to petition the courts to extend our language, and add new letters in order to accomodate his continuous flow of new LZH201 versions!
In actuality a super sluth compared the file to version K and found that only the version letter and the date was different! So, beware of M and stay with K! By the way, on GEnie someone was nice enough to post a version of K compressed with LH1 Lharc formula for folks that do not yet have LH5. This brings to mind an explanation that might be long overdue.. I have recently tried to include in the column all the names that the same file has been posted under on the various boards/services. But, how does one tell which is where? Well, though not always the case, the eight character filenames (not counting the extention) are either on CodeHead or GEnie, (sometimes they are on Delphi, but rarely) The programs that have words as there names, i.e. CHANGE FREQUENCY PROGRAM are always going to be found on Delphi, and the six character names (plus extention) are almost always on Compuserve which limits the characters in their filenames to six plus the extention. It's not a K or an M, nor is it a maid or a butler, but it will pack your files for you.... EXEPAC.LZH Three small GEM utilities to pack/unpack/rename executable files. Packing of 50% + is achieved and the result is also an executable file. Unpacking on-the-fly is very fast as the embedded run -time unpacker is 100% Genst2 Assembler. The Unpack utility reconstructs the original file. So far no bugs have been reported. This release is a Shareware/Donation-ware! STCP43.LZH Compress is a compression utility similar to Arc and LHarc popular in the UNIX world. Compress only compresses individual files though. Compress is based on a Lempel-Ziv algorithm similar to that of LHarc. Compression rate is better than ARC and only slightly worse than LHarc (LH1). This is invaluable for dealing with compressed files (w/ a .Z ext.) from Unix. And if you are one of those eager to learn more about Usenet but don't know how, here is your chance. Obtaining information on the Unix sites that will allow you access is as easy as downloading these files. NIXPBL.LZH NIXPUB is a montly updated list of public access UNIX sites across the Unites States. If you want an easy access to Usenet, many of these systems provide it. Some require a fee, some are free. This version contains telephone #, System name, location, baud rates, hours, and some other information. NTINFO.LZH This arc contains 3 articles about the world-wide electronic message network known as Usenet. These these articles should be helpful for those looking to find out more about what Usenet is. To access Usenet, look for the NIXPUB long or short listings. These list public access UNIX sites and bulletin boards with access to Usenet and Internet email. Well enough of this hard line serious approach! Let's lighten up and take a look at some recent games people like to play! :) NUKE102D.LZH StarNukers version 1.02D! The new version now includes support for ST High resolution monochrome as well as ST Medium resolution color. Also fixes a few minor bugs. TT Compatible in ST resolutions. JOUTE.LZH TWO YER OVER THE MODEM TANK GAME This shareware combat game allow you to play only over MODEM. However this game supports a one player mode just to see and understand the concept of the game. You should see this game to believe it! Created and programmed by Raymond Hill. TT Compatible. Joystick required. CAMPAIGN.LZH Completely playable demo (one level) of Empire's action/ strategy WWII tank battle game. From ST Format May '92, and BAAUG's library! YAHTZEE By far, some feel it is the best PD Yahtzee game ever. A definite keeper for family games. four players, good sound, GFA compiled, good graphics..if you play this game more then once you'll see its well worth the 'donation' requested by the programmers. Color only! ZEST KENO ZeST Keno allows you to play and analyze hundreds of Keno games in a very short time. Test your favorite numbers, try out custom number combinations. Text and graph options for the results! Freeware! Monochrome only! VOLFIED This is a demo of a Qix-type game for the ST. It is much like Qix except that it is much harder to master. Good graphics and sound make a fun game. NOTE: Besides the Volfied.prg, there are 3 other files. These must be put in a folder called DATA in order for the demo to function. ROBIN HOOD GAME BY B. KOLBE This is a shareware role-playing game called Robin Hood, written by Barry Kolbe. This game runs in ST Low- Resolution and even includes a few sound effects. You must use all of your skill and cunning to rescue the Maid Marion and save the kingdom. "LEANDER" GAME DEMO This is the demo version of a new platform game from the UK, called "Leander". Leander is a typical run-jump-duck- climb-slash kind of game, played with the joystick. CHANGEHZ.LZH CHANGE SCREEN FREQUENCY This little program allows you to change from 50 to 60 Hz and back without rebooting or using the control panel. This can be useful for running some of the imported games on your USA Atari. Dave Small's SST and the CodeHead TEC has inspired many upgrades in order to insure compatibility. MGWRITER.LZH MGWRIT.LZH Updated version of MagniWriter ST which is designed to work with Dave Small's SST, and CodeHead's TEC. Large print for low vision, handicapped individuals, but also can be used by children. Works in all resolutions on ST, STE, TT. STWEL47.LZH New version of ST Writer designed to work with Dave Small's SST AND CodeHead's TEC on ST computers as well as on STe, TT. 1.44 Meg floppy disk formatting is supported. Fully configurable for Tab, Background Black/White screen, default file specifier, format line settings. Use Quester LZH format to unarc. Some additional files that will assist word processors. HP_2_1.ARC HP_2-->1.PRG is a flexible file printing utility that uses the HP DeskJet 500 & LaserJet III landscape mode to print two 66 line by 80 column 'pages' of text on a single sheet of paper. Options are provided to allow selection of number of lines per 'page', left margin setting, whether or not to include a header, and prior to print, character translation. CUSTOMIZABLE PRINTER ACCESSORY "PCAG", Printer Control Accessory Generator, Shareware from SilkWare. Given a short text file (example supplied), PCAG generates a desk accessory specifically for your printer. Send any commands you want to the printer from the desktop or any GEM application. This is the Unregistered version, fully functional, but there are some commercial interruptions. EDWIN.ARC EdWin is the new, Super-Mini freeware version of EdHak. It is the beginnings of the new 'all-assembly' version and can only edit one window of text with limited commands. Since it only uses 11k it's great for quick notes or programs like SMPTE Track... Can be used as an .ACC or .PRG | | | GAME HELP | | | by Ron Kovacs | | | --------------------------------------------------------------- Occasionally we will share a hint, fix, update or clue to shareware or commercial game. This time out I will pass along the passwords to access the different levels of the shareware game Mutant Camels. The game is available on the online services for download. Type these codes in just as they listed below. The higher the level, the more difficult it is to play. Level 2 - SIETCH TABR Level 3 - OLLANTAYTAMBO Level 4 - NEWCASTLE EMLYN Level 5 - DROMEDARIA_ZOOPHILIA Level 6 - THIS IS BASKINGSTOKE Level 7 - OCCAM ii Level 8 - SMOKE ME A KIPPER | | | SOFTWARE BONUS! | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------------------- An Audio Tone-Dialer Accessory by John Jainschigg The first step in phone communication is ... dialing the phone. Sensibly enough, therefore, your Hayes-standard direct-connect modem contains a full-featured tone-pulse phone dialing subsystem. To initiate a data call, all you have to do to is send the modem an appropriate "command string," (e.g., "AT DT 555-1212") and let it do its stuff. Dialing and connection are automatic. An additional feature -- exploited by many "Rolodex"-type programs -- lets you use the modem's dialer to initiate voice calls on an attached telephone. Normally, the modem's dial-connect algorithm can't be interrupted. But by appending a semicolon (';') to the dial string (e.g., "AT DT 555-1212;"), you can tell the device to start dialing, then return immediately for further commands. At this point, you can lift the receiver of the phone, wait for dialing to finish, and bring the modem offline with an "AT H". Sounds simple, right? The only hassle is that you have to wait for dialing to conclude before issuing that "hangup" command. But since the duration of dialing can be predicted from the contents of the dial string, popular phone-base programs implement this useful feature in elegant and transparent fashion. Not! Actually, phone-base packages tend to do a pretty lousy job with modem-based autodialing. Most handle the matter of that tricky "AT H" by imposing a uniform delay that can be tweaked by lucky users until the system works most of the time. Some programs (anybody remember "DeskCart"?) don't even bother with user-configurable delays. Instead, they make you manually send an "AT H," by clicking an on-screen button. And of course, if you don't own a Hayes-compatible modem, you're out of luck. My question is: if you're autodialing voice calls, why use a modem at all? Instead, let your Atari ST dial direct, by generating the required tone-pairs with its GI sound circuitry! Each key on a 12-key telephone keypad produces a pair of tones: the lower tone indicating row, the higher, column. Play the proper tone-pair into the telephone mouthpiece, and you've dialed the associated number. The program in Listing 1 is a 12-number audio speed-dialer, set up as a desk accessory. Only two functions are really significant: do_dial() provides row and column tone-data for each character in a phone number string; and tone() actually manages GI-chip tone production. The program expects to find a data-file called DIAL.ASC on the root directory of your boot disk. DIAL.ASC can contain up to twelve name/number pairs, each on a line by itself, and separated by a comma (e.g., John Smith,555- 1212(Return)). The names will appear on the dialer's control panel buttons, and can be dialed with a single mouse-click. Just remember to turn up the volume on your monitor, and hold the mouthpiece of your telephone close to the speaker. How did I figure out what frequency-pairs to use, you may ask? I just wrote a little program that let me play notes on the GI chip, picked up my telephone receiver, and played around with it until I'd identified the row and column fundamentals. The phone system, I'm happy to say, is fairly tolerant: having a frequency a few 'cents' (hundredths of a semitone) out of whack doesn't seem to bother it in the least. [Source code and a compiled version of the desk accessory are appended to this issue's Atari Explorer Online .LZH file.] | | | ATARI EXPLORER MAGAZINE | | | Subscription Information | | | -------------------------------------------------------------- Founded in 1982 by Atari Corporation, Atari Explorer, the Official Atari Journal, has long been the magazine Atari computer and game system owners turn to for definitive customer service and product information. 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