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Article #289 (730 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Atari Explorer Online: 8-Aug-92 #9211 Posted-By: xx004 (aa400 - John J. Lehett) Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Wed Aug 12 15:04:34 1992 -------------------------------- ** ** ** ----------------------------- -------------------------------- ** ** ** ----------------------------- -------------------------------- ** ** ** ----------------------------- -------------------------------- ** ** ** ----------------------------- ------------------------------- ** ** ** ---------------------------- ----------------------------- *** ** *** -------------------------- ---------------------------- *** ** *** ------------------------- ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE MAGAZINE August 8, 1992 Volume 1, Number 11 Issue #92-11 Published and Copyright (c)1992, Atari Computer Corporation 1972-1992 (20 Years Of Service) ~ Editor In-Chief......................................Ron Kovacs ~ Contributing Editor...................................Ed Krimen ~ Contributing Writer...................................Bob Smith ~ AtariUser Magazine Editor.............................John Nagy ~ Atari Corporation....................................Bob Brodie | | | TABLE OF CONTENTS | | | ||| The Publisher's Workstation............Bob Brodie More Atari News! ||| The Editors Desk.......................Ron Kovacs Rumor Update - FNET ||| The Z*Net Newswire............................... Atari and Industry Update ||| GEnie News..........................Jeff Williams RT Conference Schedule ||| Epic Reviewed....................Andreas Barbiero Software review ||| Connecticut Atarifest 1992....................... Final update to next weeks event! ||| Line Noise: GEnie.......................Ed Krimen Messages and News from GEnie ||| The Joy Of Serial Cables................Bill Graf ||| The Joy Of Kids and Computers...........Bob Smith ||| The Mysterious TT................Andreas Barbiero Questions and commentary about the TT ||| AtariUser ST Boards..................John Lockard Listing of Atari ST boards around the world.... | | | THE PUBLISHER'S WORKSTATION | | | by Bob Brodie, Director of Communications, Atari Corporation | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- This is an exciting time to be an Atarian! This coming week will culminate all of the excitement that has been building since the CeBIT Show in March. Atari gave the first public glances of the Falcon 030 in CeBIT, and has given a few private showings since then. GEnie will host Sam Tramiel in a live online conference on Wedensday, August 12th. Sam promises to give all the long awaited details on the Falcon in this conference. Be sure to be there!! If you're not a member of GEnie, we have GEnie sign up information at the end of this article. Sam will follow up on this conference with another live online conference the following night on Delphi. This marks the first appearance by Sam on Delphi, and is eagerly looked forward to by the membership of the ST Advantage area there. Between the two conferences, I'm confident that a large amount of information will be given to the userbase as the shipping of the Falcon comes closer. For those of you without access to either of these fine pay services, we'll be issuing transcripts of both conference in the FNET, via the Atari Explorer Online Conference. We've added even more nodes to the conference, presently over 70 bbs's are participating in the fast growing AEO Conference!! Contact me at Node 706 if you're interested in participating in the Atari Explorer Online Conference. This coming weekend is the 2nd Annual Connecticut Atarifest, being held this year in the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT. I look forward to seeing all of our east coast Atarians at this show. Show organizer Brian Gockley has been a tireless worker in getting this show moved up to the next level from last years small event. I predict that this years show will serve as a launch pad to make the CT. Atarifest one of the premier shows in the US! Over 40 vendors have taken booth space in this show, and moving it from Bridgeport to Hartford places the show at a major airport for easy access, and makes it a step closer to the New England Atarians. Brian has gotten fabulous rates for attendees that are staying at the Sheraton, and the hotel is right next to the airport. This all shapes up to making the show VERY attractive, for locals and out of towners alike. Atari is providing show stock for a portion of this years event, making it even more attractive for developers to come to. I'll be there, and giving at least one seminar as well. Be sure to stop by and say hello!!! Since this show will follow so closely on the heels of Sam Tramiel's online conference, it's only natural to expect that the Falcon will be a hot topic of discussion at the show. Please be sure to stop by and share your thoughts about this exciting new product with me. I'm VERY excited about the Falcon!! It will be wonderful to talk with each and every one of you about this fabulous new computer. The next week shapes up to be even more exciting. On the heels of Atari's disclosure of the Falcon's specifications, comes the Duesseldorf Atari Messe. This show promises to be a showcase for developers that have developed new applications designed to take advantage of the Falcon's capabilities. Even Atari is expecting to have a few surprises presented to them by the developers that have been working feverishly on Falcon products. Knowing that the machine is coming is terrific, but it's even better to be able to see new applications so quickly after the introduction of this new machine. The Duesseldorf Atari Messe will be the beginning of our rollout of the Falcon to the Atari Community. Just as the Duesseldorf Atari Messe is the site of the Atari rollout of the Falcon, prepartions are underway for the rollout of the Falcon to the North American marketplace. The North American rollout will commence at the Boston Computer Society, on September 23rd. Atari is working closely with the BCS for this meeting. Bob Grenoble of the BCS predicts that they will have close to 1,000 people in attendance at this user group meeting. Since the New England Hall where the BCS meets only hold 600-700 people, BCS has made arrangements to have the presentation shown via video in an ajoining room. We're very excited to be returning to the Boston Computer Society. The last presentation we made there was in 1985, when the ST was launched. The next major Falcon presentaion will be at COMDEX, held in Las Vegas from November 16-20. Atari has again secured a prime spot in the Sands Convention Center for this annual event. While our plans are preliminary at this point, I expect to see a coming together of the developers and our exciting new hardware showcased at COMDEX. Atari is VERY excited about this years COMDEX! We have made special arrangements to obtain passes to this years event far in advance of the normal time. They are already in my office, and you may obtain your passes for COMDEX by writing to me via EMAIL or at the office in Sunnyvale. These passes will allow you access to this trade only exhibiton for FREE, as special guests of Atari Corporation. The passes are good for the entire exhibition, the entire week. If you've ever wanted to attend this showcase of computing, this will be there year to do it! Don't let the opportunity to utilize these free passes slip by! Atarians with musical inclinations should be certain to pickup the September issue of KEYBOARD Magazine. There are a couple of articles in this issue of special interest to Atarians. The Keyboard Clinic feature is "Just Say Notator" with a in depth article on this fine product from C-Lab. This is part one of this particular clinc. Keyboard indicates that they will pick up the rest of the clinic in a couple of months. Geoffrey Ryle, in his computers online column, gives great Atari coverage on the TT030 benefits in music. Geoff also gives a well deserved plug to Warp 9, from CodeHead Technologies. With all these great things going on, it truly is a great time to be an Atarian!!! I hope to see lots of you online this week on GEnie, our offical online service, for Sam Tramiels Conference. Thanks for reading Atari Explorer Online!! | | | THE EDITORS DESK | | | By Ron Kovacs | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for reading another edition of Atari Explorer Online Magazine. Contrary to rumors being released via ST Report Online Magazine this week and last, the Atari Explorer Online Conference is enjoying high productivity and healthy discussion. There are over 75 FNET nodes carrying the conference along with future support for the AtariNet Network. Stay tuned for further details. If you are interested in getting the conference on your local BBS system, please send email in FNET to node 706 and request conference 20448. Z*Net PC Online Magazine was recently awarded the second runner up of the 1992 Quill Awards for Technical/News Online Magazine. We are pleased to be recognized and appreciate the support from all those that votes for us. The Quill Awards are presented by the DiskTop Publishing Association. For more information on the DPA, read last week's edition of AEO. | | | Z*NET NEWSWIRE | | | Atari News and Industry Update | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- CONSUMER ALERT! - MAIL ORDER TT PURCHASERS CAUTIONED Atari's Director of Communications reports that he has recently had a number of complaints about a certain mail order firm based in Florida. It seems that this particular firm, which does not have authorization to purchase TT030's directly from Atari, has been taking orders AND PAYMENT of TT030s and TT030 monitors. In one case, the user reporting this to Atari indicated that he had been awaiting delivery of a PTC1426 monitor for TEN MONTHS after he had paid for it. Another user purchased a TT030, and after demanding his money be returned, was given a number of *bad checks* before finally settling for a portion of his money back, and a Mega STE. Atari's legal department will be advised of this situation, and their advice sought. Atari has ample stock of TT030's and TTM-195 monitors. They are no longer carrying the PTC1426 monitor. If you are buying mail order, please be certain that you are purchasing your TT from an authorized Atari dealer. If you're wary, ask if the dealer will ship COD. MAXWELL MOVES EAST Maxwell C.P.U., the developers of Silhouette, Fractal Fantasy, Expose and Megstenders, have moved east. Having resided in Colorado for the past four years, Maxwell has moved to Maryland for professional reasons - jobs. Moving to Maryland is offering some great opportunities for Maxwell. While having resided here only 3 weeks, they have already participated in two Atari shows and are preparing to display at the Connecticut and WAACE shows. Furthermore, there is an abundance of Atari dealers in this area not the least of which is Toad Computers. Maxwell CPU, 1533 Meyer's Station Rd., Odenton, MD 21113, Phone: (301)261-0637. GXR SYSTEMS CHANGES NAME - From Email Please be advised that I have changed my GEnie address from the long- suffering
to the new, improved, . Without the brackets, of course. Mail addressed to R.GRANT11 will still reach me, but as of August 31, 1992, the address will list as Not Available or something...in other words, the account will be closed. I'm still active on GEnie, of course (though not as vociferous as I used to be), but the name change reflects the fact that my computer pursuits are becoming more and more a professional activity, and since the business pays the VISA bill......well, time to hang up the numbered moniker. APPLE'S SUIT NOT RECONSIDERED! A federal judge has decided that he will not reconsider most of Apple Computer's copyright infringement suit against Microsoft and Hewlett- Packard that he had previously thrown out. The core of Apple's four- year-old suit sought copyright infringement damages from Microsoft's operating system and Hewlett's New Wave software, which give the basic commands for personal computers. Apple claims the graphical interfaces in those programs infringed on Apple's visual displays for its Apple Macintosh personal computer. Walker had thrown out most of Apple's case earlier this year, but agreed on May 12 to an Apple request to reconsider his ruling based on additional information. Apple had been seeking $5.55 billion in damages from Microsoft, which dominates the computer software industry. DISNEY AND ELECTRONIC ARTS FORM ALLIANCE WITH FUTUREKIDS Walt Disney Computer Software and Electronic Arts have formed separate marketing alliances with FUTUREKIDS, the world's largest chain of children's computer schools. FUTUREKIDS ia a privately held company based in Los Angeles, and operates 152 franchised learning centers and provides instruction in approximately 1,200 locations throughout the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Indonesia. XEROX RECEIVES TOP HONORS Xerox took high honors as its copiers topped a national user preference survey administered by an independent research firm. The Xerox 5090 duplicator and the 5065 work-group copier have been named gold medalists in their respective classes in the Summer 1992 issue of "Hanson's Guidelines." "Hanson's Guidelines," an industry rating guide published by Perceptual Evaluations, and is the copier industry's recognized authority in ranking copier performance based on user preference. Perceptual Evaluations is based in Setauket, N.Y. HOUSE PASSES BILL The US House gave final congressional approval this week to a measure that attempts to further curb "indecent" television and radio programming. The bill would direct the FCC to extend to midnight its current 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ban on such programs. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., was adopted by the Senate without debate. Previous efforts to restrict programming on commercial television and radio, such as a 1988 amendment by Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., have been overturned by the federal courts, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., predicted the same fate for the Byrd amendment. The House, by voice vote, approved the Senate changes in the bill and sent it on to the White House for President Bush's expected signature. NOT VERY INNERPRIS-ING Battle Squadron will not be appearing for the ST any time soon. Innerprise US has decided to drop the ST altogether. Some of you might remember them changing their minds about releasing Sword Of Sodan a few months back. Battle Squadron was the only other thing in the works for the ST. Both of those games are out on the Amiga and Genesis, and they're not exactly blockbusters, but still, it's always annoying to see somebody drop us again. - From August 1992 ST Gamers Digest MICROPROSE KNUCKLES UNDER Proof positive that letter-writing campaigns do work! Microprose UK was deluged with letters from ST gamers who wanted to play Civilization on their machines, so they gave in. Look for Civilization sometime around October '92, 1 meg required. - From August 1992 ST Gamers Digest MARC FEST 1992 The Midwest Atari Regional Council, a coalition of Midwestern users groups, will present MARC Fest '92 at 7pm on August 11, 1992 in Collinsville, IL, just east of St. Louis. The event will feature speakers D.A. Brumleve, a developer of commercial software for children and an astute observer of the Atari scene, and Ron Robinson, a frequent contributor to various ST-related magazines who is currently on the staff of Atari Advantage. A swapmeet will round out the evening's activities, and participants are encouraged to bring their software and hardware cast-offs. MARC Fest '92 will be held in the Collinsville Quality Inn at the intersection of I-55/70 and Illinois Route 157. Please contact David Pintar of EAUG (East Alton, IL) at 618 345 5979 for further information. | | | GENIE NEWS | | | By Jeff Williams | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- This is a brief note to let you know about some of the exciting Realtime Conferences coming up in the next several weeks in the ST Roundtable on GEnie. On Monday, August 10th, ABC Solutions will be on hand to talk about Publisher 2, the first major upgrade to the Timeworks Desktop Publishing application. Publisher 2 is NOT the same old DTP program anymore. On Wednesday, August 12th, we will have Sam Tramiel (President of Atari Corporation) as our special guest. Mr. Tramiel will be giving all of us the first official preview of Atari's new Falcon 68030-based computer system! You will get to hear directly from Atari all about the machine that has Atari, Atari developers, and Atari users so excited. Please come and get you own questions answered by Sam Tramiel. This will be a busy conference with a lot of people eager to ask their questions. In order to accommodate as many of you as possible, I'll be asking each guest to ask only one question during each of their turns. But you can have as many turns as we have time to allow. On the following week, Wednesday, August 19th, meet and greet the new publisher of Atari Advantage Magazine, Neal Symms. With the former publishers of Atari Explorer moving over to Atari Explorer magazine, subscribers to Atari Advantage will be happy to know that the magazine will continue. Publisher Neal Symms will let us know all about his plans for Atari Advantage. Further down the road, on Wednesday, September 3rd, we'll have the Fair Dinkum Software Realtime Conference. Fair Dinkum will be announcing a new product to their line of Atari software offerings, so don't miss this one. All of these conferences begin at 10:00 pm Eastern time. And join us on our regular informal conferences each Monday (DTP) and Wednesday (ST General Interest) at 10:00 pm Eastern. For folks needing general or specific help with getting the most out of GEnie, the ST Roundtable, and your Atari computer, stop by on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm Eastern for the ST Help Desk RTC. I hope to see you soon! Regards, Jeff Williams Atari ST Roundtable | | | EPIC -- A SCI-FI EXTRAVAGANZA | | | By Andreas Barbiero | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- "A legend is born, a supremely advanced one-man starfighter of awesome destructive capabilities that, in the right hands will wreak havoc amongst inter-galactic transgressors - that legend is EPIC." That's what the box says. Is it true? Is this a game that actually lives up to the hype on the packaging? Yes, and no. EPIC is one of the rare games that isnt so much a game as it is a simulator of what it actually would be like to do what the game is about. Some games only remotely let you feel like you are really doing whatever it is you are supposed to be doing. Killing aliens is one of the oldest scenarios in the blasting pixels genre, and on the movie screen too. This game bridges the two nicely. From the moment you boot up the first disk and the credits scroll by like in a feature film, to the first strains of the "Mars, bringer of War" soundtrack, you get the feeling that you are sitting in a darkened room with a twenty foot high screen in front of you. But this is more than a $45 graphics demo. YOU are the hero, and the game lets you know it in no uncertain terms. The game revolves loosely around the old "Battlestar Galactica" TV show. The human race is forced to bridge vast distances of the galaxy to avoid certain doom, not from the Cylons this time, but from the Rexxon Empire. The local sun is about to go super-nova, which will eliminate the entire human populated area of the galaxy, and humankind is forced to remove itself to Ulysees 7, some 260 light years away from the eventual supernova. The manual goes into some detail about how this is to happen and how Man undertakes this huge adventure. (dare I say 'epic'? Naw...) And the entry screens show it in stunning 3D vector animation, the likes of which have never been paired up with a game this good. So, to make a long story short (and it is a LONG story) you are the pilot of one of three Epic starfighters, leading the rest of the fleet into battle. There are eight scenarios which are smoothly linked with animated segues which contain sights of the battle fleets, aliens talking (a kind of 'third person' movie scene) and your EPIC ship doing victory rolls, with other fighter craft being launched in the background. Some of these are 'SOLO' missions, fighting through mine fields, striking deep into the heart of enemy camps, the basic Star Wars type stuff. Enemy fighters move with almost intelligent tactics, the feeling of actually flying around a fleet in the big battle scenes is stunning. You see other friendly fighters battling and dying around you, as you hunt down enemy ships with one eye on the weapons display and one eye on the ever present timer, ticking off the seconds till the scenario has gone too long. Another counter ticks off the percentages of the mission completion. This is the real enemy in some missions; getting, finding, killing enough to complete the mission in time, is more deadly than any of the shooting kind. You might think that I am speaking like one who is in love with this game, yes I am. BUT (there is always a BUT) there are a few problems with this program. The controls are a bit touchy. I found the mouse to be the best, the program requires one hand on the keyboard and the arrow keys won't let you line up the computer sights accurately enough. The manual, while wordy (and interesting enough) doesn't tell you the first thing about flying your ship. In the first mission you have to blow away the single enemy fighter and enough mines to get the counter to 100%. Then you have to fly towards the planet till the 100% turns red, otherwise you are standing (floating) around while the game tells you that you have lost. There is really nothing out there that can KILL you. Refueling is accomplished by either capturing a fuel ship in the battle area, which is almost impossible, or by pressing ENTER on the keypad. This also gives you full access to the complete panoply of weapons, and recharges the shield. There is no real way to capture the fuel scoops in the missions (this is also not mentioned in any way HOW to do it in the manual) and meet the timing deadline, so the enter key it is. Once you master the weapons (I recommend using photon 4) just shooting enough enemy spacecraft or buildings is all you need. In this way the game fails, while the feeling of flying and fighting it excellent, swapping weapon control is awkward with only the return key to scroll through them, a function key for each one would be better. And without the threat of imminent death, even from the elite forces of the enemy, the brooding tension of game play loses a bit. The sounds are excellent, the graphics are wonderfully smooth, clean and fast. Game play is good, except for the aforementioned defects, and Ocean gets an A+ for mood. But (there is that 'but' again) a little more sense of mortal danger would be better. I appreciate a game that requires thought rather than a manic joystick, but there are a few more things to pound out to really ice the cake. I give it an overall 92 out of 100. If you would rather play a game that has a bit of thought behind it, and would like to play a simulation of what a starfighter might actually be like, this is it. I recommend it highly. Consider this the trainer for whatever magic Ocean has in store for us to follow up. It's great but it can only get better!!! This article may be reprinted as long as it appears in its entirety and with this message. (c) Andreas Barbiero Originally printed in the BAAUG newsletter. 3691 Eastwood Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054 BBS- 408-986- 0215 | | | CONNECTICUT ATARIFEST '92 - SHOW UPDATE | | | Final News and Update | | | -------------------------------------------------------------- More exhibitors have added their names to the list of hardware manufacturers, software developers, retail dealers and regional Atari user groups that plan to participate in Connecticut AtariFest '92 on August 15 and 16. The show, sponsored by the ACT Atari Group and several user groups throughout the Northeast in cooperation with Atari Corporation, will be staged at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport in nearby Windsor Locks, Conn. The following exhibitors and demonstrators plan to participate: ABC Solutions Publisher ST2, First Word, First Graph, tbxCAD, Kuma's KSpread4/Lite. American Radio Relay League Learn about operating a phone-less BBS, how to send and receive faxes and files via HAM radio. Application & Design Software Universal Item Selector, Universal NETwork, networking consultation and affiliate of MacDonald Associates, publisher of ST Informer. Atari Computer Corporation Where it all started, evolving from 'Pong' to a 'Power Without the Price' company. Desktop publishing, MIDI, Portfolio and Lynx specialties. Falcon is next. Atari Interface Magazine Flagship monthly of Unicorn Publications that is by, for and about official Atari user groups throughout the world and their computers. BaggettaWare Educator Albert Baggetta demonstrates children's drawing programs and assists in a desktop publishing experiment as we create a newsletter at the show. Barefoot Software (Hybrid Arts) Producers of Genedit, Easy Score, SMPTE Track, SMPTE Mate, MIDI Plexor Ludwig; music software. Branch Always Software Emulation specialist and creator of GEMulator (ST-to-PC operation), 8-bit, Apple emulators and cables. CodeHead Software Midi Spy, TOS Extension Card, Megapaint II Pro, Hot-wire, G+Plus, LookIt/PopIt, etc. Compo Software Publisher of That's Write, Write On, CompoScript and C-Font software packages. Computers Etc. Atari dealership of Fairfield, Connecticut. Carries full ST/TT/Mega/ Portfolio lines. CAF '91 co-sponsor. Computers a la Carte Lawrence, Mass., computer dealer with extensive line of SCSI drives, external modems and peripherals. Derric Electronics Hamden, Conn., dealer with discounted Atari products, printers, monitors, modems, laptops, supplies, etc. East Hartford Computer Repair How-to demonstration by repair/upgrade expert focuses on memory & speed upgrades for 8- and 16-bit Ataris. Some on-the-spot upgrades by appointment. GEnie General Electric's online subscription service with many Atari Roundtables, restructured bulletin boards, niches for every interest. Goldleaf Publishing Creators of Wordflair, distributors of Retouche, Didot Line Art and the Image Speeder System. Golf in Connecticut Author-programmer Brian Harvey explains how he used Calamus & dbMAN programs to publish and market his own golfing guide. Gribnif NeoDesk, STalker, STeno, CardFile, X-Boot, Arabesque Professional and Convector Professional and leading importer of Atari software. ICD Hard drive systems, host adapters, accelerator boards and software for ST/TT. Provides tech support on GEnie with 'ICD' at page prompt. Joppa Software Maker of STraight FAX! which turns ST into send/receive FAX machine, and drivers for FAX use from Calamus, Pagestream and GDOS programs. KMT Computers Full-service computer store with offices in Connecticut and Massachusetts. LaSalle Music & Sound One of the premier Hartford area music centers, LaSalle is also the newest Atari dealer in Connecticut. Maxwell CPU Expose, Fractal Fantasy and Silhouette, a bit-image and vector graphics drawing program that now uses FSMGDOS and supports 19" monitor. Megatype Software Creator of font creation/conversion programs like Font Designer, Bitmaker and Fontverter. Maintains hand-crafted PageStream and Calamus font libraries. PLI Black hard drives, removable cartridge drives, 3.5" optical drives storing 120 MB of data per cartridge & more. Pro Musica / Oktal New England sales representatives for Atari, Oktal and other top companies. SKWare Makers of the Seurat paint program and Colorscan. Soft-Logik Publishing PageStream 2.2, popular desktop publishing system for ST/STe/TT. Typeface library boasts 600 PostScript Type 1 fonts, lots of graphics. Step Ahead Software Tracker/ST 3.0, a sophisticated package featuring address book, mail merge and label printing. Nevin Shalit, GEnie Pagestream RT Sysop & president of IAAD, to demonstrate. Steinberg/Jones What desktop publishing systems do for text, Cubase does for music. Compose, read, write, tape and control instruments with Cubase & MIDI. Taylor Ridge Books Publisher of Clayton Walnum's C-Manship Complete! and his recently- released ST Assembly Language Workshop, Vol 1. GEM Program due out soon. Thin Air Labs Demonstrations by BJ Gleason, author of over 100 utilities for the Portfolio including PBASIC 4.9, FTMENU and PREAD. Toad Computers Toadfile hard drives and accessories for Ataris. Makes Little Toad 20MB hard drive for light use. Wizztronics Designer of The Cartridge Port expander, which allows for the installation of multiple cartridge devices. The following groups will display home-grown user talents through intriguing demonstrations and will provide show goers hands-on assistance: ASTMUM .................................. Montreal, PQ AUGOGH .................................. Hartford, CT BCS ..................................... Boston, MA BASIC ................................... Brooklyn, NY CCCC .................................... Central Connecticut DBUG .................................... Danbury, CT FACE .................................... Fairfield, CT LIAUG ................................... Long Island, NY MACH1 ................................... Vernon, CT NAACC ................................... North Attleboro, MA NVACUS .................................. Nashua Valley, STARR ................................... New Haven, CT SAAUG ................................... Scranton, PA SSAG .................................... South Shore/Boston, MA WACO .................................... Westmoreland, PA WMAUG ................................... Western Massachusetts Other Atari developers, dealers, technical experts and speakers who plan to appear but have not signed final agreements will be listed in updates the week of August 10 to 15. Ticket prices: $5 one day, $8 both days. ATARIFEST DINNER TO INCLUDE FAMILIAR MUSICIANS Connecticut AtariFest '92 will present an "AtariFeast" Saturday August 15 at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport. In fact, when the curtain comes down at the end of the first day of the computer show, several activities will continue through the night. Registration for the event in the Windsor Locks, Connecticut, hotel will take place both days between 9 and 10 a.m., when the main ballroom doors open for business. Visitors to the AtariFest will have until 5:30 p.m. to do their window shopping, select some bargains and take in the many seminars scheduled. The ballroom doors will close for the night at 6 p.m. That much of the schedule is identical for August 15 and 16. On Saturday, visitors are invited to a 6 p.m. cocktail reception (cash bar) in the mezzanine foyer of the hotel, right outside Amelia's lounge. The hour-long get-together will be followed by a special dinner-dance in the club, which overlooks the airport terminal. The dinner-dance will feature a deli buffet and entertainment provided by professional musicians. The dinner menu will include: soup of the day; two specialty salads; platters of cold roast beef, ham, turkey, salami, Swiss and New York cheddar cheese; sliced tomatoes, lettuce, gherkins, olives; assorted breads and rolls; dessert of the day and coffee. A cash bar will be operated by Amelia's staff. Between 9 p.m. and midnight, names well known in Atari circles will take to the bandstand to show another facet of their talents, and to provide the live entertainment. Professional musicians John Jainschigg and Peter Donoso of Jainschigg Communications and former editors of Atari Explorer Magazine will join Fadi Hayek of Sam Ash Music Stores to offer sounds hot off the MIDI. During the buffet, recorded electronic works performed by Atari user-musicians will be played for your listening pleasure. JD&H have invited other Atari musicians on the scene to join them for an informal "jam session" during the evening. The cost of the buffet dinner-dance is $25 per person. Those planning to attend should make reservations as soon as possible because of the limited seating available. Tickets will be sold at the registration desk or door only if any are unsold the morning of the dinner-dance. U S E R G R O U P D I S C O U N T -- L A S T C H A N C E ! ! If you're a member of one of the following Atari User Groups, you're entitled to a $1 discount when you attend Connecticut AtariFest '92. The following PARTICIPATING user groups plan to exhibit their skills, software libraries, hardware and other resources at the show. Every member of these groups will be given $1 off the price of a single-day ticket, if they are part of the member list submitted to Connecticut AtariFest by an authorized club official. User group officers should send a club roster to show officials who must receive it no later than August 10, 1992. The following groups are eligible: ASTMUM - Montreal, Canada AUGOGH - Hartford, Connecticut Boston Computer Society (Atari) BASIC - Brooklyn, New York Central Connecticut Computer Club D-BUG - Danbury, Connecticut FACE - Fairfield County (Conn.) LIAUG - Long Island, New York MACH1 - Vernon, Connecticut NAACC - North Attleboro, Mass. NVACUS - Nashau Valley, Mass. STARR - New Haven, Connecticut SAAUG - Scranton, Pennsylvania SSAG - South Shore (Boston Area) WACO - Westmoreland, Pennsylvania WMAUG - Western Massachusetts If you belong to one of these PARTICIPATING USER GROUPS, make your membership work for you. Ask your User Group president, vice- president, secretary or membership director to send us a valid membership roster immediately. When you check in at CONNECTICUT ATARIFEST '92, you'll receive a $1 discount if your name is on the list. Tickets sold at the door are priced at $5 for a one-day pass, $8 for both days. If you're planning on visiting the show both days, make a room reservation now. Bookings at the host Sheraton Bradley are picking up, and you'll want to be close to the action, which extends into the evening on Saturday. For Sheraton reservations, call (800) 325-3535 or (203) 627-5311. Directions to the hotel and related travel information is available in the Atari library section of this service. STUMP JOCKS AND WIN A PORTFOLIO Radio Giveaway to Promote Hartford Atari Show Whether you're an experienced computerist who uses MS-DOS files or a beginner who needs a computer on the factory floor or in a desert wildlife refuge, a Hartford area radio promotion might help you get what you need -- for free. WHCN Radio (106 on the FM dial in the Hartford area) in cooperation with ACT Atari Group, sponsor of the upcoming Connecticut AtariFest '92 at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport, will give away five brand-new Atari Portfolio computers during the week of August 10. The powerful palmtop computers will be awarded to winners of a trivia contest hosted by 106-WHCN radio personalities "Picozzi & the Horn" during the weekdays leading up to the August 15 & 16 Atari computer show. The giveaways will serve to publicize the AtariFest which features more than 40 exhibitors, educational demonstrations, contests, a desktop publishing center and more. Some attenders who have only seen Atari ST/Mega/TT and 8-bit computers in action will want to visit the booth reserved for Portfolio demonstrations. The Portfolio is a unique "palmtop" category computer weighing less than one pound that uses MS-DOS (IBM compatible operating system) commands and is expandable to 640K RAM. The Portfolio contains built-in text editing, spreadsheet (Lotus 1-2-3 compatible), address/phone directory with auto-dialer, calculator and diary functions. Another important advantage that the Portfolio has over limited "organizers" and expensive laptop models is its power system that runs on three AA alkaline batteries for six to eight weeks of normal operation; many laptop units will run on internal power for only a few hours before requiring a recharge. The Portfolios will be awarded as part of a regular game feature of the 106-WHCN morning team Picozzi & "The Horn." Each day the duo, known to their Connecticut and western Massachusetts listeners as "resident 'HCN couch potatoes and Hartford 'kings' of television trivia," will be challenged by telephone callers who try to "Stump Picozzi & The Horn" with TV trivia questions. The game is usually played in the morning "drive time" slot. As they award the Portfolio prizes to trivia quiz winners, the radio "jocks" will also dispense some information about the Portfolio and Connecticut AtariFest '92, which will open in the Hartford area the Saturday and Sunday following the contests. The promotion might also occur during two other Picozzi & Horn regular contests: "Dead or Alive" and "Elevator from Hell." If you live in the Hartford, Connecticut/Springfield, Massachusetts region, keep your radio dial tuned to 106 FM during the week of August 10 and bone up on TV trivia. With any luck, you could be the owner of a new Portfolio computer from Atari. For more information about Connecticut AtariFest '92, contact: Brian Gockley, Chairman Doug Finch, Vice Chairman Connecticut AtariFest '92 Connecticut AtariFest '92 GEnie: B.GOCKLEY GEnie: D.FINCH7 CompuServe: 75300,2514 CompuServe: 76337,1067 18 Elmwood Avenue 46 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06605 Old Greenwich, CT 06870 (203) 332-1721 (203) 637-1034 | | | LINE NOISE: GENIE | | | Compiled and Edited by Ed Krimen | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- Some messages may have been edited for content, correct spelling, and grammar. OH, JUST YOUR EVERYDAY FALCON SPECS ----------------------------------- -=> In the "Atari Magazines" category (15) -=> from the "Atari Advantage - Feedback" topic (5) Message 93 Sat Aug 01, 1992 AD-VANTAGE at 13:25 EDT /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// A T A R I A D V A N T A G E M A G A Z I N E /// /// Contents -- June/July 1992 /// /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// FALCON'030 REVEALED! -- The next generation of home computer is """""""""""""""""""" on the way and the Falcon'030 leads the pack with power and features. FALCON'030 at a GLANCE: * Motorola 68030 Microprocessor running at 16MHz, multi-tasking capable * Motorola 68881 or 68882 16MHz Floating point co-processor * Motorola DSP 56001 Digital Signal Processor (DSP) * 1 to 16MB of memory and 512KB of ROM * 16 bit BLiTTER Graphics co-processor running at 16 MHz * Enhanced Broadcast TV quality Video -- "True Color" 320x200 resolution, 32,768 colors or 640x480 resolution, 256 colors from a 264,144 color palette -- VGA or Video 320 or 640 by 200 or 400 resolution, 2, 16, or 256 colors from a 262,144 color palette -- Standard STe video modes with a 4096 color palette -- RF modulator and VGA monitor connections -- Overscan support -- Genlock and multi-media capable -- Graphics overlay and video tiling -- Enhanced high speed 16MHz Blitter graphics co-processor -- STe horizontal scrolling * "CD quality" stereo sound -- Stereo 16 bit Analog to Digital inputs -- Stereo 16 bit Digital to Analog outputs -- Eight channel stereo DMA sound engine with 16 bit PCM digital record/playback with up to 50KHz sample rates -- Stereo 8 bit STe compatible PCM sound -- ST compatible 3 channel PSG sound -- Multiplexer to connect Codec, DSP and DMA sound engine -- Stereo microphone inputs and headphone outputs connected to a 16 bit stereo codec -- DSP digital audio connector, up to 1MHz data transfer rate -- Built-in monophonic speaker * 1.44MB floppy drive * Built-in IDE 2 1/2" hard drive interface (drive optional) * SCSI II peripheral interface (hard drive, tape drive, etc.) * Mega STe/TT compatible local area network (LAN) interface * Enhanced modem/RS232 port * ST and STe compatible joystick/controller ports * Built-in "processor direct" expansion connectors * On board real time clock and battery backed up RAM * MIDI input and output * Parallel printer port * Enhanced keyboard controller allows 300 DPI mice CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW -- Atari expects to have over 80 Lynx """"""""""""""""""""""""" titles available and 2 million cats sold by the end of the year. COLUMNS """"""" == Editors Desk ...... Just a few words from the humble staff. == Rumor City ........ What's new and what's not. == MIDI Notes ........ Discover the world of MIDI. == EuroGames ......... Reports from our European correspondent. == Lynx Line ......... Hints, tips, and reviews on those hot games. FEATURES """""""" == New & Improved .... New and improved products announced == Briefs ............ Late breaking news == Events ............ What's coming up? REVIEWS """"""" == Abaresque Professional.. Powerful bitmap/vector illustration tool. == Multiplay .............. Math exploration, discovery and practice. == Blues and Jazz ......... Blues, jazz and rock keyboard skills. == MEGA Check ............. ST/TT finance management. == WARP 9 - v3.60 ......... Software screen acceleration to the max. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A closing note from Darren Meer: There is one area of transition that I need to tell you about -- that being the world of magazines. This issue is not only historical in its content, it also marks the last issue of "Atari Advantage" Mike and I will be involved in. We have been asked to join the "Atari Explorer" staff and bring our style of coverage and production values. "Atari Advantage" will be left in the hands of a very capable and extremely energetic group of writers and users who will introduce themselves in next month's issue. We are really excited about the opportunity to join "Explorer", and feel confident that the Atari market will be well served by both magazines for a long time to come. If any of you have any concerns as to how this affects your subscriptions, articles or advertisements, please don't hesitate to call or write us to express your feelings. We want you to get your money's worth and will do what ever we can to make sure your do. And finally, we want to thank all of you who have waited so patiently for this issue to arrive. Between the Falcon coverage and negotiations with Atari, our schedule got completely thrown out of whack. Those things along with the intense Murphy field that has been hovering over our offices, combined to make this an especially memorable issue for us as well (he said with a big twisted smile). RjR 8/92 ---------- Message 102 Mon Aug 03, 1992 C.PUBLISHING at 23:46 EDT Hello everyone! My name is Neal Symms, and I am the new editor-in-chief of Atari Advantage magazine. I just uploaded a press release to the library, so please download file #25153. I tried to make it to the conference this evening, but found it empty when I arrived. :-( Our account name will be changing soon to the more familiar AT-VANTAGE as soon as GEnie says we can have it. In the mean time, you can reach us here at C.PUBLISHING. We're working hard to get the next issue out the door and to put the magazine back on a timely schedule. You can look forward to the next issue which will have the second half of our Falcon preview including the internals pictures which didn't make the current issue due to legal problems with Atari. >:-( We are also looking for writers and reviewers! If you know how to use a pen, word processor, or crayola crayon (tm) you may have a future at Atari Advantage! :-) :-) Seriously, though, we are looking for knowledgeable Atari enthusiasts who like to see their name and efforts read worldwide. We'll upload more information later. Thanks for your time. We like to hear any and all comments. We look forward to setting The New Standard for Atari magazines. The staff at the NEW Atari Advantage ====================================== MORE FALCON INFO (AS IF THE PREVIOUS STUFF WASN'T ENOUGH) --------------------------------------------------------- -=> In the "Flaming - Debating - Discussions - Rumors" category (18) -=> from the "Atari 'Falcon' Project" topic (20) Message 171 Thu Jul 30, 1992 RJROBINSON [ Ron ] at 23:23 EDT Jim, I may get shot for pointing this out, but I hate to see anyone with false expectations. The Falcon does not have SIMMs. There appear to be very good reasons for this. Of course Atari could make a liar out of me with a last minute board tweak :-) The info I have shows memory in the Falcon consisting of surface mount DRAM on both sides (16 per side) of a 2" X 4" daughter board connected to the main board by a pair of connectors. This board is smaller than a pair of SIMMs, but when maxed out looks to be capable of holding up to 16 MB (?possibly more?). The setup reminds me of memory expansion used in some of the laptops. Looks like a great opportunity for after market vendors to me :-) Considering the keyboard style case, built-in supply, hard drive, and with all the other goodies in the birdie, there just isn't much vertical room for big, clunky SIMMs ;-) I hope people will think about this before flaming Atari for not using SIMMs if it turns out to be true. I agree with your comments on the basic design and have the opinion that Atari has effectively quadrupled the overall computing horsepower/ buck with the Falcon. It will take some time for the software developers to hit the wall running this critter. -- Ron ---------- Message 231 Tue Aug 04, 1992 RJROBINSON [ Ron ] at 23:07 EDT Just a reminder, the Advantage article was presented as a "Preview" of the computer. Several of the final specifications were yet to be decided when the article was pulled together. Other information was collected from several sources -- often this information was not consistent even when from people "in- the-know." On the other hand, Atari read the article before printing, and hired the two guys in charge of pulling the issue together. This happened even *after* Atari read the article. Me thinks that is a good sign :-) There was confusion over the empty socket. A couple of sources indicated a 386SX chip could drop into the socket. Sort of a potential built-in "AT- Speed" perhaps? This feature was to my knowledge not verified before press time. There is one "Processor Direct" via two connectors, looked like enough pins for all the CPU bus signals, interrupts, etc. were available. The memory board connectors could be a handy second expansion port as Jim mentioned, very much a hardware hackers dream. Since several people have requested the specs from the preview article, I'll repost them here. Apologies to those who read them again. The next issue may have photo's of the insides for all to see. Atari requested the photo's be held until the formal intro in Germany this month. I suspect Atari Explorer will also contain detailed info on the new computer in the next issue. [The original message included the same specification listing that is in CAT 15, TOP 5, MES 93 printed above.] ====================================== LEXICOR AT GLENDALE ------------------- -=> In the "Lexicor Product Support" category (25) -=> from the "Lexicor - Newsletter" topic (10) Message 153 Tue Aug 04, 1992 LEXICOR2 [Ringo] at 00:14 EDT Lexicor Software will be attending this year's GLENDALE show, September 12 & 13. We will have many new surprises for all. Ringo ------------ Message 154 Wed Aug 05, 1992 LEXICOR [Lee] at 04:06 EDT Many surprises is not the half of it! You will see Atari animations running of top-of-the-line graphics systems. You will see top-of-the- line graphics running on Ataris. You will see animations on video tape, on assorted computers, etc. and so on. There will be some new toys and two new versions of Chronos, V1.50 and V2.0. You will see 24bit slide shows from the TT and have a chance to see and run the new Falcon030 using LEXICOR programs! How's that for starters? Lee ====================================== PRE-PURCHASE MEGA STE QUESTIONS ------------------------------- -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Mega STE" topic (14) Message 53 Sat Aug 01, 1992 D.GLISH [DAVE GLISH] at 09:46 EDT I am considering getting either a Mega STe or a Falcon when it comes out. I have a few questions about the Mega STe. I have heard that if you get a Mega STe without a built-in hard drive you can't use an external hard drive for booting. Is this correct? Also are the newer Mega STe's shipping with the HD disk drives? If so do they have TOS 2.5 or 2.6? ---------- Message 54 Sat Aug 01, 1992 S.WINICK at 10:29 EDT Dave, Don't go by the 'rumors'. Most of the time they're simply NOT true. Contact any reputable dealer and get the straight facts -- and get the Mega STe configured exactly the way you want it. The Mega STe is an excellent machine -- and DEFINITELY works just fine with an external hard drive. If your external is a typical 3.5" SCSI mechanism, it can also be removed from its external case and installed inside the Mega STe as well. All recent shipments of the Mega STe are coming with a high density floppy drive -- but -- the operating system is still TOS 2.05. The high density drive should be de-activated unless the machine is upgraded to TOS 2.06. If the system is delivered without an internal hard drive, the correct jumpers should be installed by the selling dealer (if not already done at the factory) so an external hard drive will work properly. Select a quality dealership to purchase your new equipment from and you shouldn't have any problem with it being configured properly. Sheldon (Computer STudio - Asheville, NC) ====================================== POST-PURCHASE MEGA STE QUESTIONS -------------------------------- Message 55 Sat Aug 01, 1992 D.GILLOGLY1 [FunkyKitchen] at 12:19 EDT Hello all -- I'm the proud owner of a Mega 4STE. However I can't get anything to work. I can't call out on the modem. I haven't been able to get Notator to work. I tried turning off the on the Control Panel. I'm basically clueless on this stuff. I've never worked w/ a HD before. I need your help, folks. Thanks. P.S. I'm running a Mega STE w/ 4 megs'o'ram, a 1.44 hi-dens drv,& 50mgHD. Do I have to re-format my DD disks? -- FunkyDan ---------- Message 56 Sat Aug 01, 1992 S.WINICK at 20:53 EDT FunkyDan, Call the dealer you purchased the MegaSTe from and ask for a little support in getting the system up to full speed. You made an excellent choice in that system, but as you've already discovered, it offers a host of new features that may require a little re-learning of how everything must be set up to run properly. Make sure you have TOS 2.06 in the system if the high density drive option has been activated -- otherwise you'll be facing problems and aggravation. The Mega STe's have been shipping with the high density drives but with TOS 2.05 installed. Dealers should either deactivate the high density option or upgrade the system to TOS 2.06 and change the AJAX controller chip for proper operation. But..... some dealers apparently are not doing that since we're hearing of so many problems from end users. You do NOT need to reformat your DS/DD diskettes; they should work just fine the way they are. Enjoy your new system. Sheldon (Computer STudio - Asheville, NC) ====================================== WHERE, OH WHERE IS LEONARDO? ---------------------------- -=> In the "Lexicor Product Support" category (25) -=> from the "Leonardo Board" topic (17) Message 38 Thu Jul 30, 1992 REALM [Joey] at 01:53 EDT Bill, I'm not sure if any of the cards will work with a SC1224? I just called about a month ago and checked on the Crazy Dots, I think it was $899 for the 256 color board and $999 for the 15,000 color board, both were 16 million total colors. There are some files in the library on the Gribnif cards. From what I can tell there are several Matrix models. I think the one I have retails for about the same price as the Crazy Dots. Everything on the Matrix is in German. A minor pain but after the first couple days it really doesn't bother you any more. The ACC that came with it allows you set everything down to the MHZ of the scan rates. You can set your resolution and scan frequency to whatever your monitor can handle. Possible you could get it to work on a SC1224 since everything's adjustable down to the pixel. I'm still waiting for the Leonardo myself but as you can see, I'm not very good at waiting either.:-) Of course there's always... the Falcon.:-) ---------- Message 39 Thu Jul 30, 1992 LEXICOR [Lee] at 03:36 EDT Bill, Thanks for your message and consideration. If you think you are tired of waiting, think how we must feel? Frankly, I would not blame you if you did take a hike to another platform, and in fact, in a way we have. We have become Silicon Graphics developers in order to stay in business. Without that market and the income it will produce we would have to call it quits. I know this will sound a bit contradictory but although most developers are reporting declines in business of up to 50% in the past months, and in spite of the fact, ours has steadily grown. The plain truth is that at the moment the ATARI market is in deep trouble. This is not restricted to just the US. I have heard that one of the largest German developers, 3K, is in serious financial trouble and may vanish in as little as 3 weeks. If you want to help, this would be a good time. May I suggest that you write to "Jack Tramiel" at ATARI and tell him in a simple, straight, honest, non-complaining one-page letter what you are considering and what you think he can do to help you. Things have changed but unless you and others don't take a moment and write to Jack he will only hear what those around him want him to hear. I cannot tell you what to write or even if doing will do any good. What I can tell you is I have done all I can. I don't think that any more letters, suggestions, or direct pressure will make the least bit of difference at ATARI. Now I haven't given up and assure you and all our very loyal customers that we will do everything we can to support the existing users and their Ataris. Lee ---------- Message 40 Thu Jul 30, 1992 J.COLE18 [John Cole] at 17:54 EDT Bill, Leo is close, but not finished yet. We are waiting for two things, an AMD chip and an Atari VDI. As soon as we get those, off they ship! ;-) Till then, we are working on other projects, like Spectrum animation support in Chronos and Mona Lisa. ;-) John @ Lexicor ====================================== BUSY, BUSY, BUSY ---------------- -=> In the "Flaming - Debating - Discussions - Rumors" category (18) -=> from "The Soapbox: Editorials about Atari" topic (2) Message 190 Wed Aug 05, 1992 TOWNS [John@Atari] at 02:24 EDT Things are VERY busy around the office right now. As you know, the Dusseldorf show is less than 3 weeks away. Take away a week in Germany to prepare for the show, and that leaves two weeks. Not much time and lots of stuff to do. -- John Townsend, Atari Corp. PS. I think I have been working 60-80 hour work weeks the last three weeks or so. July has been a very long month! ;-) ====================================== | | | THE JOY OF SERIAL CABLES | | | By Bill Graf | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- When I first started playing around with projects that had to connect into the joystick ports of my first ATARI computer, an XE 130, I discovered how neat Radio Shack Joystick Extension Cables were they come about 10 feet long and have D9 connectors made on to the ends [one male and one female]. You just chop off the proper end, with enough cable for your project, strip back the outer covering and connect up the 9 wires however you wish. Now joystick ports don't use all the pins but these cables have all 9 wires. So when I decided to make two serial cables for the Portfolio, I naturally used extension cables Part # 270-1705, one reason is that they provide a nice neat connection in proportion to the size of the PF serial adapter. My only problem seems to be I always have plenty of male ends left over. No big deal since the cost is only $5.49 for the whole cable. The other parts needed are D25 female ends and covers Part #'s 276-1548 & 276-1549 respectively. I always use the solder type, however a crimp type D25 connectors are available. Only use about 3 to 3-1/2 feet of cable to limit resistance and prevent interference [the cables are unshielded but I have had no problems with them]. The wire colors are generally as follows, however, since nothing is certain in this world, you should always check the pin to pin continuity. PIN 1 = BROWN PIN 2 = RED PIN 3 = ORANGE PIN 4 = YELLOW PIN 5 = GREEN PIN 6 = BLUE PIN 7 = GREY PIN 8 = WHITE PIN 9 = BLACK NOW TO MAKE A SERIAL CABLE FOR A PRINTER OR A MODEM CONNECT THE D25 as follows: MALE D9 COLOR WIRE IN CABLE connect to FEMALE D25 PINS* PIN 1 = BROWN ---------------------------->PIN 8 ALL PIN 2 = RED ------------------------------>PIN 3 PIN 3 = ORANGE --------------------------->PIN 2 OTHER PIN 4 = YELLOW --------------------------->PIN 20 PIN 5 = GREEN ---------------------------->PIN 7 PINS PIN 6 = BLUE ----------------------------->PIN 6 PIN 7 = GREY ----------------------------->PIN 4 LEFT PIN 8 = WHITE ---------------------------->PIN 5 PIN 9 = BLACK ---------------------------->PIN 22 EMPTY * Some applications will need a gender changer or a male D25 could be substituted. NOW TO MAKE A NULL MODEM CABLE TO CONNECT THE PORTFOLIO SERIAL PORT WITH AN ST, MEGA, OR AN IBM or COMPATIBLE PC or XT CONNECT THE D25 AS FOLLOWS MALE D9 COLOR WIRE IN CABLE connect to FEMALE D25 PINS PIN 1 = BROWN (NOT CONNECTED AT ALL) PIN 2 = RED ------------------------------>PIN 2 PIN 3 = ORANGE --------------------------->PIN 3 PIN 5 = GREEN ---------------------------->PIN 7 PIN 4 = YELLOW -------------) PIN 4----) & connect together| | jumper wire PIN 6 = BLUE ---------------) PIN 5----) connect 2 pins PIN 7 = GREY ---------------) PIN 6----) & connect together| | jumper wire PIN 8 = WHITE --------------) PIN 8----) connect 3 | pins PIN 20---) PIN 9 = BLACK (NO CONNECTION AT ALL) That's it, put the hoods on the D25's and you're in business, BUT, check the connections with an ohm meter or battery and bulb circuit tester before to try it, No guarantees if you blow up your gear, but it works for me! ..........Bill Graf GEnie E mail ABGRAF - (This file downloaded from GEnie - 1990) | | | THE JOYS OF KIDS AND COMPUTERS | | | By Bob Smith | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- Have you ever watched your child explore something unknown or foreign to him or her? Especially, if they don't know their being observed? Children are the most natural when they are left to themselves. My two little girls, ages 13 and 9, each have their very own Atari 8- Bit computers. Jenny, my older one, has an Atari 800XL and also peripherals and loves to draw. When she first received her computer, the various game disks got the usual major workout. She learned how to reach levels on Boulderdash that I didn't even know existed and Pacman and his family were no match for her and soon she moved on. The more she tried, the more she wanted and she started to teach herself the concept of programing. Well, this led to two new areas that she is now exploring. One is learning how to write programs in 'Basic" and the other is drawing. She had found a book titled "Atari Basic" by James S. Coan and Richard Kushner among my dusty archives and then proceeded to devour it. She is learning the rudimentary skills that she will need to become the world's greatest Basic programmer. (A father's poetic license here.) Jenny has actually progressed well into the book and to think that she actually uses some of this newly received skill in her school computer class. Although her school uses one of those other unmentionable computers, she has been able to use the principals that she has taught herself to her advantage in class. Somewhere along the way, Jenny's considerable artistic talent came to the surface and she suddenly realized the benefits of having a computer in the painting and drawing area. She came to me one day and asked I had a good drawing program by the name of "Atari Paint". Not wanting to disappoint her, I proceeded to do a search of my 8-Bit library and lo and behold, I found it. When I mentioned it to her that I did indeed have it, her face lit up as only a 13 year old face can. For those of you that have never experienced the pure happiness and gratitude of a child, it's a treat that words do not do justice to. At any rate, she proceeded to put in her new found treasure and looked at the demo that's included and her eyes went wide with anticipation. Now came the moment of truth, she was going to paint her Rembrandt. It didn't quite turn out that way the first time, but she kept at it and the progress was quite measurable. She figured out how the program works, but needed help in understanding graphics. You guessed it, back to dad she came and the next request was "Daddy, do you have any graphics books that I can use and read?" This request came with the full complement of fluttering eyelashes, hugs, kisses and the "pleading, don't let me down, Daddy look". Back to the achieves I went and came up with two excellent books, "Compute!'s First Book Of Atari Graphics" and "Atari Color Graphics" by Joseph W. Collins. When told of these, she gave me the usual hug, kiss and thank you and in a flash she and the books were gone back to her computer. In writing this piece, I had to sneak the books out of her room for the titles and author information. If she catches me with them, I'm on restriction for a week. Her progress has been excellent and I truly expect to see her "Rembrandt" one of these days very soon. My other daughter, Beth, at age 9 has become the wizard of the games department and I will hear her in happy delight as she defeats some villain or other and the triumphs clearly register in her face. Beth is also showing strong signs that she will closely follow in her sister's footsteps and possibly produce her own masterpiece in the near future. Obviously, all of this talent stems from their father. (Self serving comment from the proud papa.) I better get ready for another raid on the Atari archives as Beth gets older. Yes, there is joy in kids and computers!!!!! | | | MYSTERIES OF THE TT | | | By Andreas Barbiero | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- Although available for quite some time now, the TT remains a bit of a mystery to some. We are all aware of the statistics, they have been quoted heavily in the trade magazines, newsletters and have been debated almost unto death on the BBS networks. I hope to answer many questions that are constantly posed to me and those that are posted on the various online services. A processor by any other name... Many nasty battles have ensued over whether or not the TT is a match for the newer Clone machines. Direct comparisons are not easy to make between the 80486 and the 68030 as they are used in their respective computers. A computer is no more definable on CPU alone as a car is no more definable by just its engine size. Of course the larger the engine the more powerful it is, but does that necessarily mean that a more powerful engine makes for a faster vehicle? There is a very interesting parallel between performance auto buffs and computer enthusiasts in this manner. Which is better a 302cid or 305cid? A 80486 or 68030? The natural answer is 'it depends' on the car, on the computer, and, basically the system in which the processor is employed. Avoiding the problem. I am not going to attempt to explain the intricacies of the myriad of PC systems here. I'll let that go to someone else with a stronger stomach than I have for the mind bending plethora of ways to get that little C: prompt on the screen. This is not to say I won't attempt a few basic comparisons, but this will not be a PC VS TT article; I'll let you decide that one for yourselves. The heart of the ST's big brother. The TT is a 32Mhz, 68030 MHz computer with expanded graphics resolutions and other custom hardware bits jammed in. That off-white case holds a great deal of power for your ST applications. But the machine that exists today is different that was originally intended when it was first announced, and while it is an excellent machine with the next generation of technology, there are a few weak spots. When Atari decided to up-rate the clock speed to 32MHz from the original 16MHz a few things had to be done to make this work, and not all of them work as well as they could. A doubling of clock speed should result in an increase in performance of about 60 to 80% On my Mega STe with a 16MHz clock rate, I can see an increase of anywhere from 65 to 120% in rated operations done by indexing programs. Now, the cache in the MSTe helps it push the performance envelope a great deal, and being only 16K, one wonders what a nice 32K or 64K cache could do. There is a limit to the usable size of a cache, and a point where the gain in speed would not be proportional to the expense and effort to put one in. I have to laugh when I read of 512K caches on clones... there is only a fractional increase in real system speed once the cache 'hit' percentage rises to around 90%. Any more bogs down the memory access, I guess the more DOS you can fit on the cache, the faster it will run. On the TT the up-rated clock speed only results in about a 40% increase in speed!! This is due to the small 512 BYTE (256 byte data and 256 byte instruction) cache contained on the chip itself. So one would think that a LARGER cache, say about 128K of VERY fast RAM would enhance the performance significantly. In fact I know of at least one person who is attempting to create just such an item. Lets hope all this can be fixed easily, as it will eat up the distance between the TT030 and the MAC Quadra. The 040 is another matter, it has a rather substantial cache on chip which should preclude these hacks in the future. Data, data, everywhere, but not a drop to byte! It would seem the 16MHz past of the TT is still evident, most of the busses run at 16MHz and require the CPU to be synced to them. This seems to be a very PC like method of doing things. I have worked on 386s which ran at very respectable speeds, but resulted in lost performance when forced to squeeze data through busses and band-widths a fraction of the CPU's size. The TT uses a method of interleaved data rates in order to feed the video ram and utilize ST and TT ram. 64Bit wide ram is supplied, up to 4 megabytes, for the ST or 'slow' ram. This wide ram is interleaved down into 32 bit and then 16 bit for the 030 to chew on and run video and audio. Dave Small, in the genesis of his SST had to address the same dilemma as Atari. In the ST, ram is split between the video and processor, and that is the major bottleneck which keeps the ST down to the prehistoric speed of 8 MHz... video is one heck of a leech! It requires fully half the speed of the CPU and memory! Remember back to the 8bit days when you could turn off the display to garner about 20% increase in speed? No? Buy an old Atari 800, or just take my word for it! In this case you'd be doing yourself and injustice by taking my word. Not that my word is no good, but the 8bit was a great piece of equipment, and like the ST, was better than the competition, whether or not they knew it. How then to run software intended for the ST on a TT? Isolate it! The TT can add RAM to the ST-ram side by the addition of a daughter board which contains its own MMU chip. If you count the slots on these cards, and substituted 1 Meg SIMMS, a 16Meg ST system could be born!! I know of no-one who has done this, but it should be possible. I suspect the 4 meg limit on the ST is gotten from the MMU and that nasty video/processor ram contention. OK, so what's TT ram then? TT-RAM is a way of placing aside more ram for higher speed and burst mode access. Bust mode allows the TT (or the 030 actually) to grab four long words of data in about half the time required for the normal memory fetch. With a larger cache the access of the relatively slow memory chips would also be enhanced, where's that cheap 10ns RAM when you need it? TT ram is controlled by MMU equipped daughter boards and there are boards which will allow you 128 Megs of TT RAM. Try to fill that up with the info tucked away in your little black book! The 030 can address up to 4 Gigabytes directly, but the power draw of the quantity of the SIMMS required would be prohibitive, and for the most ambitious home user any more than this at the present time is a little outrageous. Even at a cheap $30.00 a megabyte, we are talking about $3,840.00 for memory alone. A bit about processors... The TT uses an advanced DMA system allowing it to map 8 bit devices from its' 32 bit bus, just like the ST converts data out from the 68000's 16 bit bus. This is good since the 030 is a bit slow with the interrupts for stuff like floppy access. The DMA is great for this type of thing, allowing the processor to get on with its schedule without having to wait for the 8 bit devices to catch up, one bit at a time. The Falcon's specs call for some pretty wild DMA sound engine band-width. An 8 channel stereo DMA, running at 16 bits indicates a real 32 bit bus. (two 16 bit outputs!) Hooked up to the DSP 56001 - 1 Megabit/sec output some really fast high quality sound should be available. Lets just hope that this speed can be used for other applications like REAL high speed modem emulation, (with a small box holding the protocol chips interfacing the phone line) or high speed printing. 1200+ DPI can chew up a lot of memory, and a DSP driven output line could really speed data transfer and crunching. There is no blitter on the TT, the old ST blitter would just slow things down on the 030. The blitter helps greatly when you have to move data to DMA control, and a 16 bit blitter, like that on the Falcon, could help out greatly. Put it in, Take it out! SCSI is supported on the TT, a NCR5380 chip backs up the SCSI port on the TT. This should allow you to use ANY SCSI device available. ICD announced a similar system for the ST line, including a revision of MetaDos, the CD-ROM driver, to let you use any PC style CD-ROM. With this software the TT should be able to do the same. A standard MAC HD can be plugged in and run directly this way, which allows a more stable supply of hard drives for those out of range of an Atari dealer. I would like to see direct support of floptical style 3.5in disk drives. These optically guided drives can utilize 720K and 1.44 meg floppies like any other drive (maybe even 2.88) and support the use of $20.00, 20 meg floppies. A very inexpensive way to combine an external high density drive and Syquest style power in a single unit. As these devices are SCSI, it would not be hard to implement them. The Falcon is quoted as having the SCSI II standard, as I must confess a bit of ignorance about this, this successor to the SCSI family has support for the older standard and allows double the data rates. Sure beats those cheap IDE drives included on clones. Now that the 1.44meg floppy upgrades have been rectified, a new standard has emerged with TOS 2.06/3.06; the ability to read/write standard PC style 1.44 disks. Great for those of you who need to transfer files back and forth to PCs, and the new generation of Atari word processors fully support reading and writing Word Perfect 5.1 files as well as some of the other popular PC word processors. Pretty Pictures. The TT supports all the old ST graphics modes as well as a few new ones. 320 X 200 X 256 colors, 640 X 480 X 16, and an outstanding 1280 X 960 in monochrome. This is nice, but not up to the GIF crazy PC world standards. The Falcon supports a 320 X 200 X 32,768 color, 640 X 480 X 256, and several other combinations out of an 18 bit color palette (262,144 colors) while I would have preferred to see 1280 X 960 in at least 16 bit color (65,5536 colors) that would be much more expensive. With all the extras mentioned before either machine should be able to handle such graphics power. But since we don't have all the really intimate details on the Falcon's graphics expendability, I won't kibitz about what I don't know about yet! The TT graphics power is substantial, I have seen 3D animations scream by under realtime control. And with the dozens of VME graphics boards available, in the never ending contest on who can display the prettiest pictures, the TT (and its little brother the Mega STe) can keep up with the PC crowd without straining your wallet or sanity. This hopefully was a clarification of some of the mysteries of the TT. There are more things to discuss, like the VME slot and LAN ports, but I'll leave that up to more enterprising individuals to take on. I touched on the Falcon here and there, and after some more information is available I can go on about that machine. The 68030 is a powerful chip when backed up by the appropriate support hardware. The command structure should support a great deal of 68000 coded software, giving the TT and Falcon a great deal of the ST's more notable software legacy, and allowing potential upgrades the ability to ease into another world of user-friendly power computing. If you have any addendum or corrections to this article please feel free to drop me a note! Delphi: Abarbiero Mail: BAAUG 3691 Eastwood Circle Santa Clara, CA 95054 | | | ATARIUSER BBS LISTING | | | By John Lockard | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------- I started a list of ST bulletin boards back in the spring of 1987 as a message with only ten bulletin boards on it. It's now grown to some 400 bulletin boards of the probably 1,000 ST boards in operation today. The listing here in AtariUser is a reduced version of the list I publish quarterly, as the main file contains more baud rate, bulletin board software, and PC Pursuit out-dial information. The Spring 1992 edition of this list will be uploaded on Atari Corporation Online bulletin board and available on some FNET boards in the last week of March, and will eventually be posted on most major services and boards. I check and update the list every three months because I have found that about 11% of the boards in that time have gone down. Yep, about one half the numbers on this list won't work next year. Since most are run as a hobby, BBS systems come and go, due to whim or hardware changes (or failures). Many of the numbers in this list have FNET numbers attached. This means that they can network with other boards to exchange files and messages. FoReM and Turbo boards have access to FNET, and also some Express boards can do FNET in addition to their own special network. Citadels or Stadels have their own network called CitaNet that exchanges mainly messages. Michtron software doesn't network except for limited exchange of private electronic mail, although recently an MBBS Network file was released and available on CompuServe and GEnie. Some systems listed here are multi-line, in which case the main number is the only one listed. Please help my list grow and stay accurate. Let me know if your board isn't here, or if any of these are gone. Your help will make the next list better. I can be reached at Atari Corporation Online and other FNET boards on the Z*Net news conference and on some CitaNet conferences. PC Pursuit users can reach me by typing C PURSUIT at the "@" prompt. Of course, you can even use a post card! Provide whatever information you can, including bulletin board names, phone numbers, baud rates supported, and bulletin board software and version number to: John K. Lockard 4 Red Oak Circle Johnson City, TN 37604-7616 Notes: A - Board Supports: 300, 1200, Or 2400 Baud. B - Board Supports: 9600, 14400, Or 19200 Baud. C - Reachable From A PC Pursuit Out-dial. Software: E - Express F - Forem M - Michtron O - Other R - Remote Access S - Stadel/Sanctum T - Turbo W - Wildcat = United States = ================= STATE PHONE CODES BBS NAME ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Alabama (205) 722-0900 A..T H.A.U.G. 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