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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: Z*Net: 18-Dec-92 #9223
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Sun Dec 27 19:09:09 1992



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                       Z*NET: ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE
                       ----------------------------
 
    December 18, 1992          Issue #23          Volume 7, Number 23
 
             Copyright (c)1992, Syndicate Publishing Company

          ~ Publisher/Editor..........................Ron Kovacs
          ~ Senior Editor..............................John Nagy
          ~ Assistant Editor...........................Ed Krimen
          ~ Writer............................Michael R. Burkley
          ~ Writer.....................................Bob Smith
          ~ Z*Net News Service NZ.....................Jon Clarke
 
          $ GEnie Address..................................Z-NET
          $ CompuServe Address........................75300,1642
          $ Delphi Address..................................ZNET
          $ Internet/Usenet Address................status.gen.nz
          $ America Online Address......................ZNET1991
          $ AtariNet Address...........................51:1/13.0

      * Z*Net: News Service FNET 593  AtariNet 51:1/13 (908) 968-8148
      * Z*Net: Golden Gate  FNET 706  AtariNet 51:1/9  (510) 373-6792
      * Z*Net: S. Pacific   FNET 693  New Zealand

                             **--CONTENTS--**

        ### The Editors Desk...........................Ron Kovacs
        ### Z*Net Newswire.............................Ron Kovacs
        ### The Year In Review 1992 - Part Two.........Ron Kovacs
        ### Kodak Conference Highlights................Ron Kovacs
        ### Perusing GEnie..............................Ed Krimen
        ### Perusing The Internet.......................Ed Krimen
        ### IAAD Membership Listing.................D.A. Brumleve
        ### AtariNet Update......................................
        ### Customer Report............................Don Harris
        ### The Unabashed Atariophile..........Michael R. Burkley
        ### Software Versions..................AtariUser Magazine
        ### CDROM/Multimedia Title Hardware Vendors Listing......
 
  
 ######  THE EDITORS DESK
 ######  By Ron Kovacs
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 The entire staff of Z*Net wishes your family a very pleasent and Happy
 Christmas.
 
 There are some editorial comments at the beginning of a few articles 
 contained in this edition.
 
 
 
 ######  Z*NET NEWSWIRE
 ######  Latest Industry Update
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 ATARI RESPONDS TO ABCO COMPLAINTS
 Z*Net contacted Atari Corporation for their reaction to Don Harris's
 article.  According to Bob Brodie, Director of Communications, he
 contacted Atari's legal department regarding ABCO, and this is the
 statement that was made concerning ABCO Computer Consultants.  "It has
 come to our attention that ABCO Computer Consultants is conducting their
 business in a fashion that displeases some of their customers.  STReport
 International Online Magazine and ABCO Computer Consultants are both
 operated by Ralph F. Mariano.  Customers may wish to take this into
 account when reading STReport International Online Magazine, or deciding
 to do business with ABCO Computer Consultants.  ABCO Computer
 Consultants is not an authorized Atari dealer."  We were not able to
 contact Mr. Mariano on this issue.  (Editor Note:  The Harris article
 referenced in this news story appear in this edition of Z*Net)
 
 
 MAGAZINE REPORTS FTC PREPARING ACTION AGAINST MICROSOFT
 Business Week magazine, in its Dec. 28 issue, said FTC investigators
 were preparing recommendations to the agency on how to proceed against
 Microsoft, including splitting the company, erecting a "Chinese wall"
 between divisions or altering the way its software is sold to computer
 makers.  Investigators are focused on the aggressive tactics Microsoft
 has used to win its 95 percent share of the market in operating systems
 for personal computers running on Intel Corp. micrprocessors.  In a 250
 page report delivered to FTC commissioners in early December, the
 findings were that Microsoft maintained its hold on the market with
 overly aggressive licensing arrangements, the magazine said.  Reports
 have emerged in other trade publications, such as InfoWorld, that rivals
 have claimed Microsoft cut special deals with large customers who agreed
 to buy both operating sytem software and applications software.
 Allegations have also been reported that Microsoft dumped software at
 prices designed to drive others out of the market.  Microsoft offers
 discounts to makers of personal computers that agree to pay for a copy
 of DOS software for every personal computer they sell.
 
 
 DMC UPDATES CUSTOMERS
 In an open letter to registered customers of DMC Publishing, Nathan
 Potechin, President announced that a few mistakes were made in 
 communicating to some of their customers in Australia.  Due to the
 long holiday period coming, mailouts and further information will not be
 available until January 4, 1992.  Potechin when on to state in his
 release, "I am pleased to announce that I will extend the terms of all
 the promotions enclosed in our customer mailout.  As of right now, the
 40% promotional discount on all original typesetter fonts from AGFA
 Compugraphic, Linotype and URW, the ridiculous clearout prices on VIP,
 Masterplan and STAcounts, the dynamite sale prices on the Calamus Font
 Editor, Outline Art, Calamus 1.09N, the Clip Art, the User 2 Users disks
 etc. is hereby officially extended to January 31, 1993.  Please accept
 this extension as a token of our appreciation to you all, our Registered
 customers and allow me to take this opportunity to wish you all the very
 best through this holiday season and a very Happy New Year."
 
 
 STRAIGHT FAX CHANGES
 As of December 16, 1992, Joppa Software Development will no longer be
 marketing the STraight FAX! FAX Communication Software for the Atari ST,
 STe, TT/030 and Falcon030 computers.  All marketing rights and
 distribution will be handled by the developer of the software under the
 company name of NewSTar Technology Management, which is owned by the
 developer of the STraight FAX!  For more information contact: NewSTar
 Technology Management, P.O. Box 0122, Columbia, Maryland 21045-0122.
 
 
 FALCON GETS BLUE RIBBON AWARD
 The December 1992 edition of EQ, The Recording and Sound Magazine 
 awarded the Atari Falcon030 a Blue Ribbon award in their Second Annual
 Awards.  The awards are out together during the AES show.  EQ editors
 and contributors walked the floor of the event in search of new 
 equipment.  The AES show took place in San Fransisco. The "New Contender
 Award" when to Atari.  Worth noting, Atari was the only computer to win
 an award in the group of equalizers, harmonizers, rate converters and
 digital recorders.  Z*Net will provide more information on AES in future
 editions so stay tuned!
 
 
 PHOTO CD NEWS FROM KODAK
 NEW PIW ACCESSORIES PREPARE PHOTOFINISHERS FOR HOLIDAY
 Photofinishers and other users of Kodak Photo CD Imaging workstations
 (PIWs) can improve the processing of Photo CD orders with a series of
 PIW accessories and upgrades available now - just in time for the
 holiday rush - from Eastman Kodak Company.  The PIW improvements will
 dramatically boost PIW productivity, expand printing options and make it
 easier to clean dust or dirt off film before scanning images onto Photo
 CD discs.  "This holiday season promises a big increase in Photo CD
 orders, not just because of the usual surge in picture-taking during the
 holidays, but because many people will purchase Photo CD players as
 gifts," said Michael P. Morley, Kodak vice president and regional
 business manager, U.S. and Canada.  The pictures can then be viewed on
 TV using a Photo CD player, or can be input to a computer using a CD-ROM
 XA drive.  The disc also functions as a "digital negative" and can be
 used to make photographic-quality thermal prints.  Customers interested
 in more information about PIWs and accessories may call the Kodak
 Information Center at 1-800-242-2424, ext. 40.
 

 
 ######  Z*NET NEWS YEAR IN REVIEW - PART TWO
 ######  By Ron Kovacs
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 Last week we began the regular Z*Net tradition of looking back at the
 year in review.  As stated before, I am covering what we COVERED in
 Z*Net and Atari Explorer issues in 1992.  There will be other articles
 from our regulars and a few guests in the next few weeks.  Last week we
 covered December 1991 thru January 1992, this week we take you through
 February into May.
 
                          **--FEBRUARY 1992--**
 
 John King Tarpinian reschedules the annual Glendale Atari Faire one
 week earlier than originally announced.  The reason for the change was
 to distance the WAACE Atarifest for vendors and developers.
 
 General Videotex (Owners of Delphi) announce that they have purchased
 BIX, the online service developed by BYTE magazine.
 
 Bill Rehbock states, "The packaging is finally all done, the last
 revison of the disks is going to the duplicator and product should be
 showing up on shelves shortly. (Finally! :-)"  What he was talking about
 was the new GDOS - FSM.
 
 Atari places a full two-page ad in Discover magazine.  The first page
 shows a souped up ST midi machine and the second page reveals the Atari
 Portfolio PC.
 
 SST, the new accelerator board from Gadgets-By-Small begins shipping in
 quantity in four configurations.  Dave Small states, "If you see a box
 with an SR-71A Blackbird on the cover at the dealer, that's the SST."
 The MegaTalk board is said to be shipping shortly.
 
 Atari releases their new version of Hard Drive Utilities Ver 5.  Right
 on the heels of ICD's release of 5.4.5.
 
 Atari MGR, a network transparent window system originally written for
 Unix is released.  MGR requires 1 meg of memory and the MiNT
 multitasking system version 0.6 or better.
 
 Atari Advantage Magazine offers free advertising.
 
 Apple Computer asks for $4.37 billion as damages from Microsoft for the
 alleged infringement of Apple copyrights on parts of the screen display
 for its Macintosh computer.
 
 Radio Shack celebrates its 15th year in the computer business.
 
 San Francisco's law mandating the safe use of video display terminals
 in the work place was struck down by a judge.
 
 Lexicor announces the first full step of Phase-4 Software development is
 completed, paving the way for Rosetta, Chronos, Prism-Render and Prism
 Paint and also the 24bit Leonardo board is said to be nearly ready.
 Atari provided several advanced Atari computers for two new programmer
 -Authors working on some very high speed graphics.
 
 Atari announces their support of the CD-I standard.

 Scott Gershin, owner of Hollywood's SOUNDELUX post-production sound
 studio, was nominated for an Oscar for his work in sound on the "JFK"
 movie.  Scott did his work using Atari equipment for control of digital
 audio, using Hybrid Arts ADAP and other sound tools.
 
 The Toronto Atari Fair takes place with Bob Brodie in attendance.  Also
 on hand is the ST-Book.  Brodie refuses to discuss new products under
 development, ie: The Falcon.
 
 The Eastside Atari Users Group, under special agreement with Atari
 Corp., began selling Atari Lapel Pins during the year.
 
 The shareware PD scene gets three start-up/boot programs in one week,
 SuperBoot with Version 7.4, MouseBoot from Germany and STinit with
 version 3.4 from the UK.
 
 Software Development Systems (SDS) introduces the Newdesk Icon Editor
 CPX.

 GEnie's ST RT Bulletin Board consolidates all of the online magazines
 into one category.
 
 The Atari Base USA BBS returns with new BBS software and joins the FNET
 network.  Operating and receiving calls at (408) 745-2196.
 
 Atari contacts the Boston Computer Society and askes for a later date to
 appear to debut the latest new products.  Atari's intention was to have
 product available for sale shortly after the event.  Sources at Atari
 stated ,"In the past we have been guilty of showing vaporware.  The
 rescheduling of this event reflects our new committment to only show new
 products when they are close to production." 
 
 Atari hires seven new executives; Tony Serra, General Manger of Atari
 Australia, Scott MacDonald, Atari Australia controller, Gary Weiner,
 Corporate Vice-President of marketing and sales, new Atari Vice-
 President of quality assurance, Maxie R Smith, Lutz Lange, Sales Manager
 for Atari Germany, Dieter Pruess, Finance Manager for Atari Germany, and
 Richard Maunday, Controller for Atari UK.
 
 Atari signs seven million dollar advertising contract for the Lynx with
 Hal Rinney & Partners.  Plans called for a new nationwide campaign to
 begin in April 1992.
 
 Atari France, UK and Italy begin publishing periodicals aimed at
 distributors and customers.  These are slick, glossy full color issues 
 running up to 100 pages.  Contents include news about Atari developments
 in software and hardware, music applications and video games.
 
 Apple unveils The Apple Exchange Program, a trade-in program designed to
 help customers upgrade their computer equipment.  The program was
 targeted to business and institutional customers.
 
 IBM introduces the industry's fastest 386SX, powered by IBM's 386SLC
 microprocessor.
 
 Codehead announces in a message on GEnie that Atari has no plans for
 releasing TOS 2.07.  And in another message, Charles Johnson states,
 "Sorry to hear that Turbo ST seems to have a problem with TOS 2.06,
 guys.  The spanking new, heavily modified and debugged version of Quick
 ST won't have any problems with 2.06, of course, and the release date is
 probably not too far off now."
 
 Michtron resurrects in Delaware with new President Jim Dorsman.
 
 FSMGDOS rumors still circulate.  Bug fixes with printer drivers are
 repaired and problems with packaging persist, while interested Atari
 users wait for the latest word.
 
 An article in Electronic Engineering Times states that a Motorola
 executive said that they have dropped plans for a 68050, but are
 planning on a major change in a new chip and will call it the 68060.
 
 Computer Chronicles NAMM coverage is aired in late February with
 disappointing coverage of Atari at the event.  Less than 3 minutes of
 air time are given to Atari.  There was a very breif mention of the new
 Atari Music Division and peaks at some third-party products.  The focus
 of this episode was MIDI and covered a number of platforms.

 DragonWare Software announces the Stacy Internal battery kit.

 Compuserve hosts a special 24-hour conference in the Atari Portfolio
 Forum.  This was a non-stop conference in which prizes were given away
 like subscriptions to Atari Explorer, programs, and gift certificates.

 
  
                            **--MARCH 1992--**

 The Huntsville Atari Users Group participates with Ralph Rodriquez of
 Atari Corporation in the IEEE Computer Fair.  Rodriquez showed off
 Atari UNIX at the event which was attended by over 20,000 people.
 
 LA Computing Magazine, with 1,500,000 subscribers contains a center 
 dual page full color advertisement by Atari Corporation.  The ad offers
 a Desktop Publishing bundle for $2999.00.
 
 ICD opens a Roundtable on GEnie which is hosted by Doug Wheeler.
 
 The Michelangelo virus struck around the world though it did not appear
 to be the data disaster that some had predicted.

 Intersect Software states on CompuServe that all future Atari machines
 and currently designed models (Mega STE and TT) will have industry
 standard SCSI ports.  ASCI is being phased out as non-professional,
 according to Atari.
 
 The CompuServe Atari Forums celebrate their 10th anniversary.  To
 celebrate the occassion, CompuServe magazine runs an article about the
 forums and in it Ron Luks states in response to what's ahead for Atari?
 "No one knows for sure, but since the days when Atari was on the cutting
 edge as a low-cost, high-powered graphics computer, there was a dearth
 of new products for several years.  Now, significant products are being
 released.  As they are available, Atari's loyal band on CompuServe will
 be ready."
 
 Dave Small reports the status of the MegaTalk board and states, "I'm
 re-testing some MegaTalk software that I'm a teensy concerned about to
 make sure it can ship.  The boards are ready; the PAL's have been
 swapped.  I need to polish up some documentation.  We planned on having
 it OUT long ago ... except the PAL thing and the CMOS SCSI chip thing
 and this thing and that thing made its time frame interfere with the
 SST, and the SST had to get priority."
 
 John Townsend states on GEnie, "Atari started to offer a 1 year warranty
 on it's computer products in November 1, 1991.  The GE Service Agreement
 is currently in the implementation stages.  Once the program is
 completely up and running, we will provide our dealers and end-users
 with all of the information on how to use this program."
 
 D.A. Brumleve announces a major upgrade to Kidpublisher Professional,
 and announces Multiplay, a new math exploration, discovery and practice
 program.
 
 The Supreme Court declined to let the government institute a ban on
 material it considers "indecent" from television and radio broadcasts.
 
 Atari's warehouse personnel locate a number of Stacy Laptop computers
 and Atari makes them available to dealers for a limited time while
 supplies last.
 
 Apple announces a new Apple Macintosh LC II which integrates the color
 text and graphics, sound input, and optional Apple II software available
 on the original LC.  With virtual memory and the 16MHz Motorola 68030.

 
  
                            **--APRIL 1992--**

 Goodman's Music held a two-day MIDI show and sale at Hollywood's Beverly
 Garland Hotel.  Atari's Mike Groh attended the event that included
 significant support for Atari computers.
 
 Gribnif Software announces that their imported graphics card "Crazy
 Dots" will have a reduced retail price. The new Crazy Dots 15 will do
 32,768 colors or gray scales and the same resolutions.
 
 The popular and powerful point-of-sale and inventory control system for
 the Atari ST, Sales-Pro was updated by Hi-Tech Advisors to Version 6.10.
 
 Chris Latham, author of the Universal Item Selector and the Universal
 Network (marketed by A & D Software) forms a new company and announces
 that he will offer no further support of the earlier products.  Latham's
 new company PowerPoint Software, releases PowerNet.
 
 Atari still remains closed mouthed about its new Falcon.  Rumour has it
 that Atari has approached third party developers for the MS-DOS
 emulation add-ons.
 
 A new network for those BBS's that choose to support the Atari platform
 of home computers is announced.  The name of this new network is
 AtariNet and can be accessed by any BBS that uses any Fido compatible
 mailer/msg tosser.
 
 Over 100 people attended GLENCON 2, a "technical conference" featuring
 Charles Johnson and John Eidsvoog, better known as the CodeHeads of
 CodeHead Technologies.  The event is opened by an hour talk and question
 session by Atari's Bob Brodie.  Four out of five questions for Bob were
 asking for details that Bob couldn't give--yet.  WARP-9 was the other
 hot topic.  CodeHead took over QuickST as of January 1, 1992, and has a
 completely re-done package that is so different, it has a new name.  The
 balance of the conference featured an overview of line of CodeHead
 products, including HotWire, MaxiFile, MultiDesk Deluxe, CodeKeys,
 Lookit/Popit, Cherry Fonts, and the new graphics powerhouses MegaPaint,
 Genus, and Avant Vector.
 
 Collosal Cave gets packed onto a ROMCard for the Portfolio!
 
 Atari begins releasing several new ROMcards for the Portfolio.  The
 first one is Portfolio Chess, The Instant Speller, and a Limited Edition
 "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" Card, in conjunction with release of the
 movie on videotape.
 
 The 1992 Atari Canadian Exposition, or ACE '92, is held and a success.
 Sales were brisk, and 3000-3500 people attended the convention.  Also
 held was a talent show, dealer and developer meetings, a gala banquet
 and many seminars, but the "meat" of the show was the exhibitors; many
 dealers and developers were there.  Atari's new 68030 machines were
 demonstrated only to developers, not to the general public.  Bill
 Rehbock demonstrates MultiTOS.  There was a setup of Lynxes, 1040STes,
 Mega STes, TTs and STBooks on display.  There was also an "Atari museum"
 featuring old Atari hardware from the 2600 to the 800 to the XE Game
 System.
 
 Atari delays the release of their 1991 fourth quarter financial reports
 for several days past the March 31 deadline imposed by the Securities
 and Exchange Commission, then announced a poor quarter performance with
 a $4.4 million loss.  Atari President Sam Tramiel said, "The company has
 restructured its overhead and is focusing on the improvement of its
 balance sheet and the development of new products."
 
 Lone Wolf introduces a line of professional stage lighting and audio
 control system including MicroTap (which gives communications network
 capability of MediaLink), MidiTap and FiberLink (for show control
 equipment that do not integrate MediaLink), and the Virtual Stage
 (software/hardware to put all serial and MIDI control in a graphic
 window on Atari, MAC, or PC computers.
 
 Accolade announces that a preliminary injunction which was requested by
 Sega went into effect.  The injunction bars Accolade from further
 development, manufacture or sale of any Sega compatible products.
 
 Police crack a nationwide electronic network of young computer criminals
 who have made fraudulent credit card purchases and broken into
 confidential credit rating files.
 
 Gribnif Software announces the availability of Application Systems
 Heidelberg's Pure C in the North American Atari market.
 
 Atari and Rovac announce the merger of Z*Net Online Magazine and Atari
 Explorer to form Atari Explorer Online Magazine.  The new online takes
 the place of the popular Z*Net magazine and goes to a bi-weekly format.
 The publisher is John Jainschigg and Ron Kovacs is the editor.
 
 
 
                             **--MAY 1992--**
 
 The premier edition of Atari Explorer Online Magazine debuts.
 
 Attornies representing Atari and Nintendo present 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.
 
 Tengen, subsidiary of Atari Games Corp., announce that 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.
 
 The US government lifts restrictions on high-technology exports to
 former Warsaw Pact countries.
 
 Atari confirms that final release to production had been granted for the
 Atari version of the Lynx videogame card Batman Returns.
 
 A large library of color animations of the important processes of cell
 and molecular biology is released for distribution by Bio-Animate
 Productions, of London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 Fair Dinkum announces the release of The Cryptographer, the latest
 addition to their line of word-puzzle and educational software.
 
 I-KGFn Design announces the release of a 20-page quick reference guide
 for PageStream 2.
 
 Dr. T's Music Software announces a 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.
 
 Atari releases a new software application for the Portfolio, Hyperlist.
 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.

 After the release of a single AEO issue, John Jainschigg resigns as the
 publisher.  Bob Brodie comments in Issue #2, "This edition marks a
 significant change from our initial plans.  Atari has long planned to
 bring Atari Explorer back to Sunnyvale from the east coast.  We've
 always believed that having the staff in house would be more cost
 effective, as well as make access to the latest technology easier for
 our journalists.  The time for this move has come.  With the transition
 to the West Coast comes other changes as well.  Publisher John
 Jainschigg has decided to stay in New York, and will put out one more
 issue of the print version of Atari Explorer.  We had hoped to be able
 to convince John that California is a great place to be, but he loves
 New York."
 
 CodeHead Technologies announces exclusive representation in the US and
 Canada of Calligrapher, developed in Great Britain by Working Title.
 
 European press reports that Sack, the German developers of AT-Speed were
 working with Atari to develop DOS emulations as original equipment.
 
 FSMGDOS is still delayed, John Townsend reports via GEnie, "There are a
 number of issues that have to be settled before we can release a version
 of FSMGDOS to the retail channel.  Atari is not "bored" with the
 product, we aren't waiting for applications to appear that use it, nor
 is FSMGDOS broken under MultiTOS.  I am not at liberty to discuss the
 issues at hand.  But, please allow me to say that we are working on
 solving those issues and our first concern is with regard to our
 customers.  We want to make sure that everything is complete and in
 order before shipping the product."
 
 Atari Product Manager in the UK, Bob Katz, states, "The decision to
 produce STE-only games came from the top.  Sam Tramiel, boss of Atari
 US, wanted to produce STE-only games in a move to increase programmers
 awareness of the hardware potential of the machine.  Atari has acquired
 the rights to several major coin-op games for conversion for use on the
 STE only, taking full advantage of the machines custom hardware."
 
 ST Format Magazine reported that a cut-down version of FSM GDOS will be
 available for release in the UK in June and MultiTOS is still under
 development and is not likely to be available until late in 1992.
 
 Atari still insists that the Falcon030 is due for release in late autumn
 1992 and MultiTOS is unlikely to be included on ROM as part of the
 operating system.
 
 Director of Atari Service Ted Maciejewski and Don Mandell, Vice
 President of US Sales and Marketing are dismissed.  Art Morgan replaces
 Maciejewski.  James Grunke, Director of International Music Markets
 takes over Mandell's duties.
 
 FontGDOS gets released via Atari Explorer Online Magazine.  Along with
 FontGDOS, CPX files for use with XCONTROL, and accessories for those
 that prefer to use the standard .ACC files.  The entire package goes out
 exclusively on GEnie for downloading and appear later on the other pay
 services.
 
 Atari dealers start receiving Ajax upgrades after a period of
 unavailability.  Problems with the TOS 3.06 with 1.44 meg floppy disk
 drives and the Ajax controller have been resolved by a dealer-performed
 modification of the power supply and wire shielding on TT machines.
 
 Lexicor becomes a Silicon Graphics Iris independent vendor under the
 Iris partners program.  This means that Lexicor is licensed to port it's
 Phase-4 software products to the Silicon graphics platform.
 
 Hybrid Arts is acquired by Audio FX, a growing high-tech conglomerate in
 San Jose, CA.  The Hybrid Arts line of Atari hardware and software
 continue uninterrupted.
 
 SDS Software releases software drivers that will enable Atari ST and TT
 owners to use the Logitech digitizing video camera with their computers.
 
 Atari announces that Lynx systems and software sales are in line with
 projections to double the 1991 volume and by the end of 1992 there will
 be over 80 total games available.
 
 Atari announces that it will ship 24 Lynx titles during the summer
 season, followed by an additional crop of 15 titles for fall and winter
 release.
 
 Lexicor announces that MonaLisa will be their 24-bit graphics
 application.  Prism Paint is not being upgraded into a 24-bit
 application because the author walked out on them and refused to finish
 version 1.5 of Prism Paint.
 
 40 Falcons reach Germany and are distributed among developers.

 
 
 ######  KODAK IN CONFERENCE
 ######  Highlights captured from the CIS CDROM Forum
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
(2-6,P. McAfee [Kodak]) A request.  Please no private conversations,
 except for Steve and the Kodak folks online tonight.  Paul Wisotzke and
 Joel White, of the Kodak Information Center, are online.
 
 Let's get started.
 
 (2-9,Steve (Moderator)) I'm Steve Luper and I'm the Sysop of the CD-ROM
 Forum.  Rich Bowers is logged on but is sitting here with me so he isn't
 ignoring you.  We are very happy to welcome Paul McAfee and his cohorts
 with Kodak.
 
 Paul McAfee, how about giving us a brief introduction of yourself.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) I am public relations manager for Photo CD.  Scott
 Brownstein will be at my side in a moment.  I'll let Paul Wisotzke take
 this.
 
 (2-62,KIC PGS KODAK) Specifications for CD ROM Drives are available from
 the manufacturers.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) Scott just arrived.  Current drives can support
 either 150 or 300 Kbytes per second.
 
 (2-62,KIC PGS KODAK) We test only for Photo CD compatability.
 
 (2-58,Tom Lichtenberger) Hi Paul, glad to meet you.  I'd like to know
 what CD Roms are recognized/blessed by Kodak as being Multi-session
 compatible?  I understand the list is very very short right now, can you
 list the CD ROM's that are?
 
 (2-10,Joel White Kodak) The current drive list is available by mail and
 will be posted in library 7 of this forum.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) Tom, Joel Wisotzke will post the list in CD-ROM
 Forum.  You also can call KIC at 800-242-2424, ext. 53.  The list
 changes virtually daily (grows).
 
 (2-37,Todd Copilevitz) Thanks.  I want to use the photo cd with
 photoshop for desktop publishing.  What kind of resolution can I get
 from the CD, and will the plug-in module for photoshop handle pulling
 files off the CD?  The other question is regarding color balancing.  How
 much will I have to do for a color printer such as the CLC 500?
 
 (2-10,Joel White Kodak) We will be releasing a Photo Shop plug-in in a
 few weeks.  The plug-in will access images directly into PhotoShop.
 
 (2-27,Eric S. Michelson) What size images are scanned currently into
 CD's, what are my options?
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) Each image is available at all five resolutions,
 from 128 x 192 to 2048 x 3072, all 24 bit color.
 
 (2-8,Bob Cox) Will Kodak release to Desk Top Developers the format info,
 of the file PLAYLIST.PCD on the protofolio CD?  We want to develop a
 play program for PC's in windows.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) From Scott ... The format is available from
 Philips.  You need to ask Philips for the Photo CD specification.  That
 information is in the Photo CD spec.
 
 (2-39,Dan CCC) We need to know what "average" file sizes are so that we
 can archive stock images and then combine or manipulate them in
 Photoshop.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) The 2048 x 3027 is 18 MB in 24 bit color.
 
 (2-39,Dan CCC) What is the smallest?
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) The smallest is 128 x 192 x 24 bit = about 64K
 
 (2-21,Bruce Rubadeux) What is the EK position, as of today, for a SDK
 and LIC. availability for writing PCD.  Also address Philips CDD521 vs.
 EK equpt.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) We currently do not have a license or SDK for
 writing PCD.  The PHilips CDD521 and Kodak PCD 200 writers are made on
 the same assembly line.  However, there are differences in warranty and
 service and software (drivers) are totally different.
 
 (2-48,Scott Torroll) My question is on the availability of the access
  software, where and when?
 
 (2-62,KIC PGS KODAK) Access should be available thru many software
 dealers.  As well as directly from Kodak.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) Access is available now from Kodak for $39.95, and
 from stores.

 (2-7,Richard More) Will I notice a difference between ASA 100 film and
 ASA 1000 film?  Second can I use both slides and negatives?
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) Yes, you will see a difference.  Yes you can use
 both slides and negs, color and b&w.
 
 (2-23,Ron Kovacs - ZNet) What is Kodak's impression of the Atari Falcon
 030?
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) Scott hasn't seen it, but if it is Photo CD capable
 it must be good.
 
 (2-26,Steve Ranck) I work for a CD-ROM driver developer and we're
 having trouble getting one of our SCSI drivers working with a photo CD
 compatible CD-ROM drive.  What do you suggest we do?
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) KIC can help you work out compatibility issues.
 Call 800-242-2424 extension 53.
 
 (2-33,Bob Ledbetter) Hi, I understand Kodak has been working with Atari
 and the new Falcon030.  Can you brief us as to what, specifically is
 being done in the advertising area.
 
 (2-6,KODAK - McAfee) I am not aware of any co-advertising with Atari at
 this time.
 


 ######  PERUSING GENIE
 ######  Compiled by Ed Krimen
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 1024x768 GRAPHICS CARDS: $299!
 ------------------------------
 -=> In the "Hardware" category (4)
 -=> from the "Dover Research Corp. (AlberTT and ISAC)" topic (28)
 
 Message 196       Thu Dec 10, 1992
 J.ALLEN27 [FAST TECH]        at 02:58 EST
 
 Good news for folks, Jay has a supply of both ISAC boards for the MegaST
 _and_ AlberTT boards for the MegaSTE/TT and both are on sale for $299!!!
 
 Yes, just $299, and you too can enjoy hi-res color graphics!!! Just give
 Dover Research a call, or Fast Technology if you wish.
 ----------
 Message 198       Sun Dec 13, 1992
 J.GNIEWKOWSK [GE-Lamp ST]    at 03:00 EST
 
 I am interested in the AlberTT video board for my Mega STe.  The $299
 price tag sounds terrific, and I have a few questions:
 
 o What is the resolution for 16 colors (800x600)?
 o If I were to look in "Computer Shopper", what type of monitor would I
   be looking for?
 o How does NewDesk handle the increased screen size and palette?  Does
   it think it's working in a extremely large Lo Rez environment? (i.e.
   will I have a "Hi Rez" screen with a 16 colors?)
 
 I guess with my last question, I've seen the Moniterm monitor at work
 and would I have the same size/resoloution with 16 colors available?

 o How does software handle the larger screen size?

 Thanks,
 John E. Gniewkowski
 GenieLamp ST Editor
 ----------
 Message 199       Sun Dec 13, 1992
 REALM [Joey]                 at 05:01 EST
 
 John, the AlberTT is 1024x768 and looks just like ST Low to the
 computer.  Most real programs work with it right off.  I know Calamus SL
 and DynaCADD support it.  Most anything that runs in a window seems to
 work.  Prism Paint works.  You need a monitor that will handle the 1024x
 768 at 50mhz (Trying to remember for sure but I think it's 50?).  Don't
 forget to get one that will handle the other resolutions as well.  My
 cousin has a 17" and it's just about right, I wouldn't go any smaller
 unless it's a money problem then you might get away with 16".  The Icons
 get really tiny but your picture look sharper.:-)
 
 For $299, it's much better then the Moniterm which is 1280x960 in mono.
 Your trade off will be in the price of a large screen color monitor.  If
 your going to use it a lot, don't skimp, get a monitor that will handle
 the res.  You might ask Jim about the Toshiba it's a really nice unit
 and works with all the res's!  Basically all you do is plug the card in
 and put 1 program in your Autofolder.
 
 Hope that helps!
 ----------
 Jay Craswell                 Jim Allen
 Dover Research Corp.         Fast Technology
 321 W. 4th Street            P.O. Box 578
 Jordan, MN  55352            Andover, MA  01810
 612-492-3913                 508 475 3810
                              GEnie: J.ALLEN27
 ======================================
 
 
 FALCON IS A WINNER!
 -------------------
 -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14)
 -=> from the "Atari Falcon 030 Computer" topic (20)

 Message 85        Wed Dec 09, 1992
 C.FLUEGEL [Curt]             at 00:52 EST
 
 Well, I was talking to the keyboardist for Prince and the NPG today (his
 name escapes me, either Kirk or Morris) about Paisley Parks setup and
 his home personal studio.  He currently uses his MPC-60 to sequence and
 is going to add a computer sequencer soon.  Paisley uses all Macs to
 date, but he said he heard about this new computer from Atari that
 everyone is real excited about.  He didn't read it in magazines.  Word
 is spreading and people are getting excited.  Understandably, the
 majority here aren't into music, but it IS a multimedia machine.  And it
 is already being more than excepted; it won a blue ribbon from EQ
 magazine.
 
 Get hyped already!!  The Falcon is a winner!
 
 Curt...  I still want one!! (and a 100 to sell)
 
 P.S. EQ had an advertisment card saying you can get more Falcon info.
 Is this true?  If there is a glossy (I still have one for the STBook)
 who do I contact to get some for Guitar Center?
 ======================================


 DID SOMEONE SAY TURBO030 DEAL?
 ------------------------------
 -=> In the "ISD Product Support" category (16)
 -=> from the "Calamus S/SL" topic (20)
 
 Message 203       Mon Dec 07, 1992
 J.ALLEN27 [FAST TECH]        at 22:48 EST
 
 There is indeed a deal on TURBO030 boards for CalamusSL users, the board
 is 50Mhz, has TOS 2.06, has 4 Megs of 32-bit burst-mode TT-type RAM,
 expandable to 40 Megabytes max, comes with free installation in the US
 (or in Canada when I'm up there), a high-power 7 Amp replacement power
 supply, a general tuneup to the Mega (new 74AS373 chips, etc.), and has
 two options:
 
 A 50Mhz 68882 coprocessor for use with Dynacadd
 
 A Virtual memory driver which allows up to 128 Megabytes of "TT" ram to
 be simulated, and runs considerably peppier than the VM built into
 Calamus SL.
 
 The board runs 2-3 TIMES faster than the fastest TT configuration, and
 has a price of $1,495, with the VM and FPU add-ons $149.00 and $299.00
 respectively.
 
 Delivery is within two weeks of order.  Units are basically built to
 order.  Installations can be done overnight, for fast turn around, and
 free loaner units are available to keep you up and running while we
 operate on your Mega.
 
 The Turbo030 is compatible with virtually all the video boards available
 for the MegaST, and a few that aren't...yet ;-) Moniterm, ISAC,
 CrazyDots, Resolution, Matrix C32, C110, and M110 boards are all
 supported.
 
 Additional memory sizes...8, 16 (w/32 chips), 16 (w/8 chips), 32 (w/16
 chips), and 40 Megabytes are all available.  Prices are available upon
 request.
 
 We stand ready to serve your acceleration needs.  Any customer of DMC
 can be a customer of Fast Technology's.  We'll jump through hoops, we'll
 even EAT FIRE, whatever the customer requires!
 
 Thank you- Jim Allen, Fast Technology.
 ----------
 Message 209       Wed Dec 09, 1992
 J.ALLEN27 [FAST TECH]        at 01:48 EST
 
 The installation in any ST computer of an accelerator involves
 unsoldering the 68000 chip, and soldering in a socket. The accelerator
 is then plugged into the socket. There are some updates for the
 motherboard, basically to bring it up to snuff with the final releases
 Atari was manufacturing; they were learning as time went on.  It doesn't
 matter whether it's a T25 or a Turbo030, etc., they all require the same
 amount of effort.
 
 The little brother of the Turbo030 is the TinyTurbo030 which is
 basically a Turbo030 without any 32bit TT-RAM onboard.  It gives
 performance nearly equal to a TT and is available in either 40Mhz or
 50Mhz versions.  The 50Mhz version is required in order to use our
 Virtual Memory option.
 
 The Tiny030 has two versions: one for ST computers, all of them; and one
 for STE computers, both of them.  The STE version is a plug-in, unless
 you are unlucky enough to own an STE without a socketed 68000, in which
 case we'll put a socket in for you, then plug the board in. ;-)
 
 The prices are: $599 for 40Mhz, $699 for 50Mhz, $149 for Virtual Memory.
 These units will be available in a couple of weeks, we've been working
 on them for a while now.
 
 So you can go FAST and REALLY VERY FAST.  Whatever your needs are, we
 have a solution.
 ======================================
 
 
 ATARI ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL
 ---------------------------
 -=> In the "Lynx - The Game Machine" category (36)
 -=> from the "General Lynx Info and Discussion" topic (5)

 Message 83        Sun Dec 13, 1992
 M.POCHE [Mick]               at 14:21 EST
 
 Last night, while flipping channels on the TV, I happened to stop on the
 Travel Channel, and they were doing a story on ways to kill time in
 airports while waiting to board the plane.  The first thing they showed
 was the Lynx, although one of the original ones.  They showed a guy
 playing Blue Lightning, then showed some of the other games available
 (California Games, Klax, and Slime World).
 
 The next thing mentioned was the Portfolio, and showed the same guy
 doing some spreadsheet work, showed the RAM cards, and some other things
 on it.
 
 The only other thing shown was the Turbo Express, but it didn't get as
 much time as the Lynx, and there was no sign of the Game Boy or Game
 Gear!
 
 It was a pleasant surprise to see something with the Atari logo on it on
 TV, and I hope to see more.
 ======================================
 
 
 SOLID AS A ROCK
 ---------------
 -=> In the "Atari TT" category (28)
 -=> from the "Atari's TT" topic (2)

 Message 90        Mon Dec 07, 1992
 D.HARRIS8                    at 05:53 EST
 
 I've been looking at buying a TT but I've been told that "A LOT" of TT's
 being sold have defective memory boards in them.  Has anyone else heard
 or experienced this?  Should I save my money?
 ----------
 Message 91        Mon Dec 07, 1992
 B.GOCKLEY [Brian G.]         at 10:46 EST
 
 Hi Don, I've installed almost 50 boards, and only one was bad.  That's
 2%, which is pretty good.
 ----------
 Message 92        Mon Dec 07, 1992
 A.FASOLDT [Al Fasoldt]       at 19:53 EST
 
 Don, TT's are solid.  I have had no problems at all with mine.  They are
 made by Sanyo for Atari.
 ----------
 Message 93        Mon Dec 07, 1992
 S.WINICK                     at 20:37 EST
 
 Don, Does the person who is telling you this fable actually have any
 personal experience with a "lot" of TT's?  Why not check with actual
 owners and dealers who are using the product?  We sell a lot of TT030's
 -- it's our best selling Atari computer product!!  If they didn't work,
 they wouldn't sell -- and _I_ wouldn't sell them!
 
 Not only do I sell them, I actually USE them myself, at Computer STudio,
 personally, and in my Architectural practice as well.  The TT030 forms
 the basis for my DTP and CADD workstations, as well as handling all
 other business tasks.
 
 Like any quality dealer, we always test our TT030 equipment after
 installation of all dealer-installed options (things like those RAM
 boards you mentioned) before delivery to the customer.   If there were
 "A LOT" of TT's being sold with defective memory boards in them, I think
 I would know about it, as would the other dealers who actually sell the
 product.
 ======================================
 
 
 YOU KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO CLEAN UP WHEN...
 -------------------------------------------
 (Home Office/Small Business)
 -=> In the "Consumer Affairs, Personal Business" category (10)
 -=> from the "Space related jobs and subjects" topic (18)
 
 Category 10,  Topic 18
 Message 2         Tue Dec 15, 1992
 J.ATTARD [Janet(sysop)]      at 09:47 EST
 
 When you have to follow the cables to find your keyboard.
 ----------
 Message 3         Tue Dec 15, 1992
 LADY.LUCK [Nadine]           at 18:47 EST
 
 You know it's time to clean up when.....your mouse has =real= fur on
 it. :)
 ----------
 Message 4         Tue Dec 15, 1992
 DAVIDTURNER                  at 21:26 EST
 
 ...you have to feel of all 57 Dr. Pepper cans on your desk so you can
 tell which one you were drinking!  :)
 ======================================

 
 ######  PERUSING THE INTERNET
 ######  Compiled by Ed Krimen
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 FALCONS IN GERMANY
 ------------------
 -=> In comp.sys.atari.st
 -=> From: Peter_Missel@k.maus.de (Peter Missel)
 -=> Date: 3 Dec 92 11:09:00 GMT
 
 Hi everybody!
 
 Falcon 030 demo sets have been given to Atari dealers for about one
 month now, including microphone, stereo speakers, 128 MB MO-drive, and
 (of course) a 4/65 meg Falcon.
 
 Obviously, a considerable number of new dealers, as well as some
 warehouse chains that had taken Atari out of their program a few years
 ago, have signed dealer contracts for the Falcon line of products.
 
 "Small quantities", whatever this may mean, are promised to be shipped
 this year; full mass availability is planned for February/March 1993.
 (As said in a dealers' mail from Atari Germany.)
 ======================================
 
 
 WHAT ABOUT THE SO-CALLED JAGUAR?
 --------------------------------
 -=> In rec.games.video
 -=> From: rjung@aludra.usc.edu (Robert A. Jung)
 -=> Date: 6 Dec 92 17:58:03 GMT
 
 DISCLAIMER: The following is pure personal speculation, gleamed from
 news and tidbits heard in muted whispers in various places. There is no
 officiality about any of this, but it's fun to conjecture.
 
 In article <92341.013723TMK114@psuvm.psu.edu> 
 writes:
 
 >If the Jaguar/Lynx adaptor story has become an official rumor, then the
  Jaguar must be a real system.  Does my logic hold?  Is Atari really
  going to release the Jaguar sometime this decade?  (After all, we know
  that 'next year' is Ataris peak for 'once we finish the prototype and
  investigate marketing such a system')
 
 
 I think there's a near-certain probability that the Jaguar exists, and
 will be released in early 1993.
 
 To wit:
 
 * "Atari is working on a Jaguar/32-bit machine" rumors have been
 floating around for the _longest_ time now, especially in the video-game
 magazines.  If there was no validity to these rumors, Atari could easily
 fire off a letter to those selfsame magazines, telling them that there
 is no such beast, and would they stop focusing on imaginary machines and
 promote the Lynx instead.  B-)
 
 * People HAVE seen the Jaguar.  Sam Tramiel made a brief reference to
 development kits sent to people already (re: GEnie/Atari Corp.
 conference after the 1992 Winter COMDEX), for instance.  There have also
 been brief side-references to Jaguar sightings, such as the following
 from EGM, in an article about the Super NES Super FX chip:
 
 "The Nintendo chip will allow the Super NES to really take on Atari's
 Jaguar system, which is also based on RISC technology (although insiders
 who have seen both hint that the Atari hardware still surpasses
 Nintendo's software upgrade)."
 
 Most of the support for a Jaguar existence comes from #1, above.  Atari
 has never DENIED the existence of a next-generation video-game system,
 and has had plenty of opportunities to do so.  Reason #2 above promotes
 Atari's claim from being pure vaporware; if other people have seen
 prototypes of a Jaguar, they must exist in some form, right?
 
 >My stock of info about the Jaguar is very sketchy, and amazingly
  apocryphal, so I'd appreciate anything more concrete.  Note that in
  this case, recent rumors count as 'more concrete.'
 
 It's been sketchy because nobody has spoken much about it.  I think
 Atari got tired of taking flak for releasing specs for future machines,
 then getting trashed by the public when the product doesn't get
 delivered ASAP.  Their current strategy is to wait until the product is
 almost ready to roll, THEN trump it up.  There's some advantages to this
 -- look at the now-delayed Super NES CD player.
 ======================================
 
 
 NEXT DEVELOPERS PORTING SOFTWARE TO THE FALCON
 ----------------------------------------------
 -=> In comp.sys.atari.st
 -=> From: oyakea@warren1b.its.rpi.edu (Amalaye Oyake)
 -=> Date: 26 Nov 92 23:51:41 GMT
 
 To quell the rumours and myths going round here something fresh out of
 my mail box:
 
 *MAIL STARTS HERE *
 
 Date:         Wed, 25 Nov 92 23:55:36 EST
 From: H46CC%CUNYVM.BITNET@VM.ITS.RPI.EDU
 Subject:      Re: is it true-ATARI SUPPORT ?
 To: oyakea@rpi.edu

 (sorry, don't know how to quote previous articles, but...)
 
 It's true about NeXT developers on the Falcon.  At Comdex, two NeXT
 developers were showing their products for the Falcon.
 
 One was a voice-mail system (the company's name I don't remember and
 can't find in the Winter 92 NeXT Software and Peripherals Catalog).
 
 The other was Singular Solutions' A/D64x sound recording system (page
 55 of that catalog).
 
 Besides these developers, Kodak also signed a contract with Atari for
 the development of their PhotoCD system on the Falcon, bringing the
 power of multi-session PhotoCDs to the home (the software package is
 about $2-300, and the Falcon can accept about any CD-ROM drive
 available). 
 
 The reason that people are choosing to develop on the Falcon (coming
 from such a nice env as NeXTstep) is that the Falcon is the only other
 system on the market with as fully-integrated a DSP as the NeXT (with a
 faster DSP to boot at 32mhz compared to the NeXT's 25mhz) and is the
 lowest priced system with DSP of any system (DSP boards on an Intel
 machine run about $3-500 alone and the aren't full-functioning/fully-
 integrated DSP's).
 
 So, programmers wanting to use DSP and do so on a machine that should
 sell in relatively large quantities, would at least look at a Falcon.
 (And GEM/MultiTOS is a MUCH nicer and better Multitasking OS to work in
 compared to DOS/Windows (can't say OS/2 since I haven't used/programmed
 on it yet)!!!) Jarius Jenkins

 * MAIL ENDS HERE *
 
 Apparently some next developers like the Falcon.
 
 On the other hand, the guys on Amiga advocacy group have a discussion
 who needs a DSP?  They also call the 56001 DSP a cheap gimmick and claim
 one only needs a DSP board for their A1200 or A4000.  True, but at least
 there is a consistent DSP implementation across the Falcon line,
 something which no Amiga has.  And as seen, people apparently like this.
 
 January is less than six weeks away so all Falcon lovers may soon have
 their wish.
 ======================================
 
 
 ATARI 2600 MANUALS: PERFECT EXAMPLES
 ------------------------------------
 -=> In comp.sys.atari.8bit
 -=> From: AKH104@psuvm.psu.edu (Karll the Ghoul)
 -=> Date: 5 Dec 92 21:41:09 GMT
 
 Just a little thing I would like to share with everyone here:
 
 There is a nice, complex computer science course here at Penn-State for
 designing educational software for Xwindows and other systems, as well
 as other neato stuff for use in the real world at other universities.
 
 And well, heh, as odd things go, part of the course is learning to
 design user manuals.  The instructor went through hundreds of Atari 2600
 manuals learning how they did it since he always thought they were so
 simple!
 
 It became the outline for the class, and as such, the manuals for the
 programs they developed are very nice and easy to understand and have
 turned some heads!  Those who thought it was the dumbest thing one could
 do are very impressed that the format works. =)
 
 PS:  We have this AMIGA graphics design lab here.  Hmm, I wonder if
 Atari wouldn't consider approaching PSU with a FALCON lab. =)
 ======================================
 
 
 THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!
 ---------------------
 -=> In comp.sys.atari.st
 -=> From: mppi76@cd4680fs.rrze.uni-erlangen.de (Harald Schoenfeld)
 -=> Date: 14 Dec 92 08:56:59 GMT
 -=> Organization: Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen
 
 I can't believe it!  My FALCON was delivered on friday!
 
 So at least the "small" developers in Germany get their FALCONs now.
 Some hundred are to be delivered since last week.
 
 BTW: They were flown from Taiwan to Germany. :-)
 
 The first hard disk recording program was written in about 1 or 2 hours
 and works perfectly with 50kHz 16Bit stereo.  So forget all the PC
 SoundCards (with 25kHz that are only 6kHz in reality - as revealed by
 the German magazin ct last week. :-) )
 
 More to be reported soon...
 ======================================
 
 
 3200 DUTCH UNITS SOLD
 ---------------------
 -=> In comp.sys.atari.st
 -=> From: qsi@contrast.wlink.nl (Peter Kocourek)
 -=> Date: 9 Dec 92 03:05:36 GMT
 
 From: Erlend Nagel
 
 Hmmmm, are there really that few Atari users left?
 
 Not so!
 
 This weekend I read the Dutch Atari sales figures.  They sold 3200
 units, which is the same as the same quarter last year (yes, 3200 in
 just one quarter (the 3rd, so not even with Xmas)), and about as much as
 Apple has sold.  Keep in mind that these were just the Personal Computer
 sales, so 1040STE, Mega STE, and TT, not the Lynx.
 
 This is very good when considering that the market in the Netherlands is
 pretty rotten at the moment.  I think this is because Atari does not
 have that many competitors in the home market, except for those people
 that are willing to settle for a DOS machine which is not very suited
 for home use.
 ======================================
 
 
 PIRACY KILLING ST DEVELOPERS
 ----------------------------
 -=> In comp.sys.atari.st
 -=> From: boblu@tekgen.bv.tek.com (Robert Luneski)
 -=> Date: 15 Dec 92 21:15:26 GMT
 
 In article  ens@ccu.umanitoba.ca writes:
 >Software piracy is decidedly a grey area. Tom is far too poor
 
 Bull.  There is nothing "grey" about software piracy.  Piracy is a
 euphamism for theft.  If you use software that you have not legally
 obtained a license for use, then you have stolen it.  Period.  Nothing
 grey about it!
 
 >I have seen this scenario play out many times. It's illegal, yes.
 >But as bad as stealing 6 TVs? Get serious.
 
 You tell that to my son when I can't buy him shoes because software
 sales are down, and then I get calls for product support from three
 times the number of users than can be accounted for by legal sales.
 You would be surprised how many unique stories people come up with for
 why they don't know there registration number AND never sent in their
 card AND can't find their manual AND lost their orginal disk.
 
 It happens, it's real, it's illegal, and it is killing ST developers.
 
 Bob Luneski
 ======================================
 
 
 WHEN HAPPENS WHEN YOU RELEASE
 A MACHINE THAT'S NOT READY
 -----------------------------
 -=> In comp.sys.atari.st
 -=> From: FRACYON@dirac.physics.jmu.edu (Ali Fracyon)
 -=> Date: 15 Dec 92 16:27:22 GMT 
 -=> Organization: JMU Physics Dept.
 
 leo@dcs.warwick.ac.uk writes:

 > Apparently CBM's answer to the Falcon, the A1200 is now available in
   the UK.  The most likely release date for the Falcon would seem to be
   February.
 
 And don't forget the A4000s with their fans being put in backwards.
 
 ..wait a minute, I own an Amiga, I should be defending them...
 
 All good companies do it.  My friend just bought a HP that has the place
 of its '(' ')' and '{' '}' and maybe '[' ']' keys switched.
 
 C= has always had problems with missing chips or loose chips in their
 computers.  The official explanation was that their was a bump outside
 of one of their main warehouses and truck drivers that drove too fast
 over this bump knocked the chips out.  See, it can be explained.
 Really.
 
 Ali Fracyon
 Temperstorm, June '92, Compute's AmigaResource
 The Fly, October '92, Compute's AmigaResource
 ======================================

 
 
 ######  IAAD MEMBER LISTING
 ######  As of December 15, 1992
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 The IAAD is an organization of third-party hardware and software
 developers supporting the Atari ST family of computers.  Unique in the
 industry, the IAAD works to provide its membership with help in
 marketing, packaging, technical matters, and other issues of interest to
 third-party commercial developers.  This listing has been prepared to
 familiarize the public with our members and some of their products.  We
 hope you will find it useful.
 
 Each entry has the following format (when applicable):
 
     Member Name
     GEnie Address
     Company Name
     Mailing Address
     Phone(s)
     Product Names
 
 The listing is provided below in ASCII format.  An additional file is
 available in CardFile format.  Please note that the product listing is
 not comprehensive nor detailed, and new products are continually
 released.  Please feel free to contact individual members for
 information about their listed products.  For more information about the
 IAAD, contact any Board Member.
 
 IAAD Board Members:
 
  D.A. Brumleve, President
  James C Allen
  Nathan Potechin
  Nevin Shalit
  Chet Walters
 
 Member Listing:
 
 James C Allen
 J.ALLEN27
 FAST Technology
 14 Lovejoy Road
 Andover MA 01810 USA
 508 475 3810 (fax)
 508 475 3810
 Turbo25/TinyTurbo030/Turbo030/TurboRAM
 
 
 David Beckemeyer
 D.BECKEMEYER
 Beckemeyer Development Tools
 P.O. Box 21575
 Oakland CA 94620 USA
 510 530 0451(fax)    510 530 9637
 Hard Disk Sentry/Hard Disk Toolkit/SCSI Tape Kit
 
 Robert M Birmingham
 R.BIRMINGHA4
 13630 SW 101 Lane
 Miami FL 33186-2814 USA
 305 385 1942
 
 Dorothy A Brumleve
 D.A.BRUMLEVE
 D.A. Brumleve
 P.O. Box 4195
 Urbana IL 61801-8820 USA
 217 367 9084(fax)  217 337 1937
 Kidpublisher Professional/Super Kidgrid/Kidpainter/Multiplay/Telegram/
 Creative Discovery Packet/Learning Games Packet
 
 John Cole, Lee Seiler
 J.COLE18, LEXICOR
 Lexicor
 415 453 0271
 
 Phil Comeau
 P.COMEAU1
 Wintertree Software Inc.
 43 Rueter Street
 Nepean ON K2J 3Z9 Canada
 613 596 1575(fax Attn)  613 825 6721
 The GramSlam Grammar and Style Checker/Grammar Expert/Spelling Sentry
 
 Brad Cox
 BAREFOOT
 Barefoot Software
 19865 Covellow Street
 Canoga Park CA 91306 USA
 818 727 0632(fax)  818 727 7143
 SMPTETrack/EditTrack/GenEdit/EZ Score+/Hybriswitch
 
 Manfred Doewich
 CYBERCUBE
 Cybercube Research Ltd.
 126 Grenadier Crescent
 Thornhill ON L4J 7V7 Canada
 416 886 3261(fax)  416 882 0294
 CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 True Color High Resolution Graphics Card/
 CyReL SERENADE M16-1280 True Color High Resolution Graphics Card/
 CyReL VidiMix8 Desktop Video Module/CyReL Serial Mouse Manager/
 CyRel Palette Master
 
 Paul Dube 
 P.DUBE
 Elan Software
 550 Boul. Charest Est P.O. Box 30232
 Quebec G1K 8Y2 Canada
 418 683 9189(fax)  418 692 0565
 Solutions
 
 John Eidsvoog, Charles Johnson
 J.EIDSVOOG1, CODEHEAD
 CodeHead Technologies
 P.O. Box 74090
 Los Angeles CA 90004 USA
 213 386 5789(fax)  213 386 5735
 G+Plus/MultiDesk Deluxe/HotWire/CodeKeys/CodeHead Utilities/Warp 9/
 Calligrapher/MaxiFile/Lookit & Popit/MIDIMax/MIDI Spy/Avant Vector/
 MegaPaint/Cherry Fonts/Genus Font Editor/TOS Extension Card
 
 Robert Engberson
 COMPO
 Compo
 104 Esplanade Avenue Suite 121
 Pacifica CA 94044 USA
 415 355 0869(fax)  415 355 0862
 That's Write/Write On/C-Font/CompoScript/That's Address/Musicom/
 PC Speed/AT Speed/AT Speed C16
 
 Lauren Flanagan-Sellers
 WORDFLAIR
 Goldleaf Publishing Inc.
 700 Larkspur Landing Circle Suite 199
 Larkspur CA 94939 USA
 415 257 3515
 WordFlair II
 
 Rick Flashman, Dan Wilga
 GRIBNIF
 Gribnif Software
 P.O. Box 779
 Northampton MA 01061 USA
 413 247 5622(fax)  413 247 5620
 NeoDesk 3/NeoDesk CLI/STalker 3/STeno/XBoot/CardFile 4/Convector
 Professional/Arabesque Professional/XBoot III/Crazy Dots 8/Crazy Dots 15
 
 David Fletcher
 DITEK
 Ditek International
 2800 John Street Unit 15
 Markham ON L3R 0E2 Canada
 416 479 1882(fax)  416 479 1990
 DynaCADD
 
 George Geczy, David Thompson
 JMGSOFT, D.THOMPSON66
 JMG Software International, Inc.
 892 Upper James Street
 Hamilton ON L9C 3A5 Canada
 416 575 0283(fax)  416 575 3201
 HyperLINK
 
 Tyson T Gill
 T.GILL7
 GT Software
 12114 Kirton Avenue
 Cleveland OH 44135-3612 USA
 216 252 4272
 CardFile (distr. by Gribnif)
 
 Tom Harker, Doug Wheeler, Hans-Peter Labude
 ICDINC, DOUG.W, ICD.GMBH
 ICD, Inc.
 1220 Rock Street
 Rockford IL 61101 USA
 815 968 6888(fax)  815 968 2228
 The Link/AdSCSI Micro ST/AdSCSI ST/AdSCSI Plus ST/AdSpeed ST/AdSpeed STe
 FA-ST Hard Drive Kit/FA-ST Tape Backup/Cleanup ST/ICD Professional Hard
 Drive Utilities/ICD Tape Backup Software/Advantage Micro ST/Advantage ST
 Advantage Plus ST/STHA/Personal Pascal
 
 Doug Harrison
 D.S.HARRISON
 P.O. Box 66236
 Baton Rouge LA 70806-6236 USA
 Opus (shareware)/Lookit & Popit (distr. by CodeHead)
 
 Craig Harvey
 C.HARVEY
 Clear Thinking
 P.O. Box 715 
 Ann Arbor MI 48105 USA
 313 971 6035(bbs)  313 971 8671
 EdHak/Metapsychology Primer
 
 Harlan Hugh
 H.HUGH
 Power Thought Software
 116 Sumach Street
 Toronto ON M5A 3J9 Canada
 416 594 9355(fax) 416 594 9355
 INVISION Elite (distr. by DMC)
 
 John 'Hutch' Hutchinson
 FAIR-DINKUM
 Fair Dinkum Technologies
 P.O. Box 2
 Los Alamos NM 87544 USA
 505 662 7236
 CrossWord Creator II/Word Search Creator/Cryptographer/InfoDisk/
 Cyberdrome: The Hoverjet Simulator/Puzzle Pack
 
 Gene Kane
 GENEXRX
 Xerox Corp 
 101 Continental Blvd. M/S ESC1-257
 El Segundo CA 90245 USA
 310 333 2707
 Printer Drivers For Xerox Printers
 
 Deron Kazmaier
 DERON.K
 Soft-Logik Publishing
 P.O. Box 510589
 St. Louis MO 63151-0589 USA
 314 894 8608 or 800 892 8608
 PageStream/ImageClub Clip Art/ImageClub Fonts/Business Forms
 
 Alex Kiernan, David Link, Dave Nutkins
 HISOFT
 HiSoft
 The Old School 
 Greenfield Bedford MK45 5DE England
 +44 525 713716(fax)  +44 525 718181
 Devpac 3/HiSoft BASIC 2/Lattice C/HighSpeed Pascal/FTL Modula-2/WERCS
 Harlekin 2/HiSoft C/ProFlight/K-Spread/K-Comm/K-Word/K-Data (HiSoft
 products distr. by Oregon Research Associates)
 
 Gregory J Kopchak
 GREG
 It's All Relative
 2233 Keevan Lane
 Florisant MO 63031 USA
 314 831 9482
 It's All Relative/BookMaker/Forecaster3/AbbreviatorST/PhotoCD Conversion
 
 Bob Luneski
 ORA.TECH
 Oregon Research Associates
 16200 S.W. Pacific Highway Suite 162
 Tigard OR 97224 USA
 503 624 2940(fax)  503 620 4919
 Diamond Back II/Diamond Edge/Knife ST/Ultimate Virus Killer/DevPacST 3
 DevPacTT/HiSoft BASIC 2/Lattice C 5.5/HiSoft C/HighSpeed Pascal/FTL
 Modula-2/Tempus 2/WERCS/Harlekin 2/True Paint/ProFlight
 
 Henry Murphy, Carl Stanford
 H.MURPHY, C.STANFORD
 MS Design
 611 West Illinois Street
 Urbana IL 61801 USA
 217 351 6412(fax)  217 384 8469
 FontPak 1 & 2/Wheeler Quick Art CD-ROM/Wheeler Quick Art Image Disks
 
 Tom Nielsen
 ESTEEM
 eSTeem, inc.
 72 Shades Crest Road
 Hoover AL 35226-1014 USA
 205 987 9208
 eSTeem PILOT
 
 Mark T O'Bryan
 M.OBRYAN1
 Paradigm Software Products
 1369 Concord Place Suite 3-B
 Kalamazoo MI 49009-2201 USA
 616 372 5972
 Omni-Banker ST
 
 W. David Parks
 W.PARKS3
 Dr. Bobware / Wizworks!
 P.O. Box 45
 Girard OH 44420 USA
 216 539 5623
 ScanLite/MVG: MultiViewer Graphica/MVG Modules Disks 1, 2, & 3
 
 William Penner
 BPENNER
 Medical Designs Software
 3235 Wright Avenue
 Bremerton WA 98310 USA
 206 479 2157(bbs)  206 373 4840
 ECTStat/IOLCALC/MultiWriter/SERIALFX
 
 Mario Perdue
 M.PERDUE
 M.P. Graphics Systems
 P.O. Box 501289
 Indianapolis IN 46250-6289 USA
 317 335 3775
 Noids-II
 
 Nathan Potechin
 POTECHIN
 DMC Publishing
 2800 John Street Unit 10
 Markham ON L3R 0E2 Canada
 416 479 1882(fax)  416 479 1880
 Calamus 1.09N/Calamus SL & modules/Calamus Font Editor/The Guide to
 Calamus Desktop Publishing/Outline Art/INVISION Elite
 
 Roger Richards
 R.RICHARDS2
 Synergy Resources
 754 N. Bolten Avenue
 Indianapolis IN 46219 USA
 317 231 4158(fax)  317 356 6946
 GEMvelope!/SynthView DW-8000/SynthView K1
 
 George Richardson
 G.RICHARDSO1
 Merlin Group, Inc.
 96 Hoyt Street
 Kearny NJ 07032-3311 USA
 201 998 0932(fax)  201 998 4441
 
 Chris Roberts
 DRAGONWARE
 DragonWare Software Inc.
 P.O. Box 1719
 Havre MT 59501-1719 USA
 406 265 7300
 G Man/Satellite Locator ST/Smoke Art/Dragon Battery/Battery.ACC/Omikron
 Basic/FreeWay/DBRS ST/D_Graph ST
 
 Eric Rosenquist 
 E.ROSENQUIST
 Strata Software
 94 Rowe Drive
 Kanata ON K2L 3Y9 Canada
 613 591 1922(fax)  613 591 1922
 STalker & STeno (distr. by Gribnif)
 
 Nevin Shalit
 NEVIN-S
 Step Ahead Software, Inc.
 496-A Hudson Street Suite F39
 New York City NY 10014 USA
 212 627 5830
 TrackerST/Tracker For Windows
 
 David M Small
 DAVESMALL
 Gadgets by Small, Inc.
 40 West Littleton Blvd. #210-211
 Littleton CO 80120 USA
 303 791 0253(fax)  303 791 6098
 Spectre GCR
 
 Josh Snyder
 J.SNYDER7
 Cali-Co. Superior Software
 P.O. Box 9873
 Madison WI 53715 USA
 608 255 6523
 Mah-Jong Solitaire
 
 Gene F Sothan
 EFS
 Sothan Software / IB Computers
 9395 North Wall
 Portland OR 97203 USA
 503 286 8816
 IB Harddisk Backup
 
 John Trautschold
 J.TRAUTSCHOL
 Missionware Software
 354 N. Winston Drive
 Palatine IL 60067-4132 USA
 708 359 9565
 lottODDS/Printer Initializer/Flash II
 
 Melinda Turcsanyi
 M.TURCSANYI
 MUSICODE Software
 5575 Baltimore Drive Suite 105-127
 La Mesa CA 91942 USA
 619 469 7194
 
 Clayton Walnum
 C.WALNUM1
 Taylor Ridge Books
 P.O. Box 78
 Manchester CT 06045 USA
 203 643 9673
 C-manship Complete/ST Assembly Language Workshop/GFA Basic Toolkit/
 VDI Quick Reference/AES Quick Reference/TRB Shareware Companion
 
 Chet Walters
 C.WALTERS1
 WizWorks!
 P.O. Box 45
 Girard OH 44420 USA
 216 539 5623
 Image Cat/Mug Shot!/Coalesce Image Merger/Ma Hubbard's Cupboard/Mug Shot
 Data
 
 Sterling K Webb 
 S.WEBB7
 SKWare One
 P.O. Box 277
 Bunker Hill IL 62014 USA
 618 462 2171 (evenings) 
 Seurat/ColorScan/Auto*Art/PS-2GDOS
 
 Norm Weinress
 N.WEINRESS
 Weinress Consulting
 3236 Velma Drive
 Los Angeles CA 90068 USA
 213 876 7704
 D.E.K.A.
 
 Steve Whitney 
 S.WHITNEY
 655 South Fair Oaks Avenue I-103
 Sunnyvale CA 94086 USA
 815 968 6888
 
 James D Yegerlehner
 J.YEGERLEHNE
 Apprentice Software
 22205 Swan Road
 South Lyon MI 48178 USA
 313 437 0526
 Neural-network Construction Set

 

 ######  ATARINET
 ######  Network Overview - Updated December 15, 1992
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 So, you've heard about AtariNet.  This is a network for any BBS that
 supports the Atari platform of home computer.  There are already several
 bulletin board systems worldwide participating and more are joining.  A
 listing of the current BBS's that are participating and the echos that
 are available follow:
 
 Zone 51 AtariNet Headquarters
 Region 100
 Host 1 - Twilight Zone, Longwood FL, Bill Scull
          1-407-831-1613
 
 4  - Steal Your Face, Brick NJ, Ed Lynch              1-908-920-7981
 6  - MySTery BBS, Goose Creek, SC, David Blanchard    1-803-556-9730
 8  - Alien BBS, Burlington NC, Mark Cline             1-919-229-4334
 9  - Z*Net Golden Gate, Sunnyvale CA, Bob Brodie      1-510-373-6792
 10 - Atari Base, Sunnyvale CA, Robert Brodie          1-408-745-2196
 13 - Z*Net News Service, Middlesex NJ, Ron Kovacs     1-908-968-8148
 14 - Information Overload, Riverdale GA, Ed June      1-404-471-1549
 15 - Flightline BBS, Minneapolis MN, Craig Peterson   1-612-544-5118
 
 Host 4 - Hologram Inc, Old Bridge NJ, Dean Lodzinski
          1-908-727-1914
 
 3  - Assasins Grove, Oshawa Canada, Jeff Mitchell     1-416-571-6965
 4  - Aces High BBS, Matawan NJ, Richard Guadagno      1-908-290-1133
 5  - StormShadow, Pasadena MD, Robert Lovelace        1-410-437-0243
 
 Host 102 - Sunfox's Realm, Raleigh NC, Erik Williams  1-919-867-1844

 Region 200 - AtariNet Headquarters II
 
 Host 2 - AtariNet Nevada, Las Vegas NV, Terry May
          1-702-435-0786
 
 4  - Sports Line BBS, Henderson NV, Nick Hard         1-702-565-5271
 5  - Left Over Hippies, Toronto Canada, Lesley Dylan  1-416-466-8931
 10 - STarship, Lake Charles LA, Rich Tietjens         1-318-474-9432
 11 - The Choice BBS, Las Vegas NV, Mark Woolworth     1-702-253-6527
 12 - Thunder Hold, American Fork UT, Todd Harrington  1-801-756-2901
 13 - Conqueror Connection, Fort Hood TX, John Curtis  1-817-539-1469
 
 Host 201 - The DarkSTar BBS, Salt Lake City UT, Randy Rodrock
            1-801-269-8780
 
 5  - Acme BBS, Salt Lake City UT, Eric Nikolaisen     1-801-272-4243
 
 Host 202 - The Wylie Connection, Wylie TX, Wes Newell
            1-214-442-6612
 
 7  - Aaron's Beard, Dallas TX, Troy Wade              1-214-557-2642
 13 - The Wylie Connection, Wylie TX, Wes Newell       1-214-442-6612
 20 - Outland Station, Ft Worth TX, John Stiborek      1-817-329-1125
 21 - Psychlo Empire, Irving TX, Mark Corona           1-214-251-1175
 
 Host 203 - AtariNet Midwest, Indianapolis IN, Bill Jones
            1-317-356-5519
 
 1  - The Zoo BBS, Indianapolis IN, Bill Jones         1-317-356-5519
 2  - The Music Station, Webb City MO, Chris Richards  1-417-673-4926
 3  - The Maligned ST, Urbandale IA, Mike O'Malley     1-515-253-9530
 4  - The Crawly Crypt, Joplin MO, Jim Collins         1-417-624-1887
 5  - BLAST BBS, Bloomington IN, Steve Johnson         1-812-332-0573
 
 Region 300 - AtariNet Headquarters_III
 Host 3 - The Space Station, Canyon Country CA, Tony Castorino
          1-805-252-0450
 
 3  - Atari ST Connection, Fresno CA, Brian Watters    1-209-436-8156
 4  - Autoboss Atari Elite, Bunola PA, John Graham     1-412-384-5608
 5  - The Yakima Atari ST BBS, Yakima WA, Pat Moffitt  1-509-965-2345
 6  - FIDOdoor Support BBS, Vandenberg AFB, Bryan Hall 1-805-734-4742
 7  - cyberSecT BBS, Cheney WA, Chuck Aude             1-509-235-4875
 9  - The Mosh Bit, Vancouver WA, Mark Wallaert        1-206-574-1531
 10 - Target Range, Paramount CA, Alan Dietrich        1-310-634-8993
 11 - Sanctuary From The Law, Inyokern CA, Sean Price  1-619-377-3611
 12 - MASATEK, Torrance CA, Valeriano Meneses          1-310-518-9524
 13 - The Mind Keep, Citrus Heights CA, Jeff Fehlman   1-916-723-1657
 14 - Callahan's Place, Ashford WA, Brian Lane         1-206-569-2911
 15 - ST-Keep, Citrus Heights CA, Andrew Studer        1-916-729-2968
 16 - H.B. SMOG, Huntington Beach CA, Jim Thingwold    1-714-969-5486
 17 - Acey BBS, Yakima WA, Dick Grable                 1-509-966-8555
 
 Region 400 - AtariNet Headquarters IV
 Host 5 - The Brewery, Ajax ON Canada, Don Liscombe
          1-416-683-3089
 
 3  - Rather Digital, Sudbury ON Canada, Steve Barnes  1-705-560-3115
 
 Region 500 - AtariNet UK
 Host 6 - AtariNet NW England, Stockport Cheshire UK, Daron Brewood
          44-61-429-9803
 
 2  - STun NeST Central, Stockport Cheshire UK         44-61-429-9803
 3  - DigiBBS, Nykobing F Denmark, Flemming Nielsen    45-54-858385
 
 Region 600 - AtariNet Headquarters VI
 Host 501 - AtariNet Germany, Koeln Germany, Frank Brodmuehler
            49-221-248285
 
 8  - Apolonia, Essen, Peter Kaszanics                 49-201-237509
 
 Hub 100 - Hub AC, Aachen, Benedikt Heinen             49-241-408593
     101 - Firemark BBS, Aachen, Benedikt Heinen       49-241-408593
     102 - Dao-Lin-H'ay, Luegde, Joerg Spilker         49-5281-79372
     103 - AtariNET, Milano Italy, Magic.Alex Badalic  39-382-488-515

 Region 700 - AtariNet Headquarters VII
 Host 701 - Peace Counter Computers, Fort ST John BC Canada
            1-604-785-9512 
 
 Region 800 - AtariNet Headquarters VIII
 Host 801 - Znet South Pacific, Wellington New Zealand, Chris Thorpe
            64-4-4762853
 

               |||   AtariNet EchoList -- 31-Oct-92   |||
              / | \  Compiled by Terry May @ 51:2/0  / | \
 
 -> The following echo is _required_ for ALL AtariNet sysops.
 -> ONLY AtariNet sysops may have access to this echo.
 
 Echo Name        Description                      Moderator
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 A_SYSOP          AtariNet SysOps                  51:1/0  - Bill Scull
 
 -> The following echoes are _required_ for AtariNet moderators
 -> and hosts, but may be picked up by ANY AtariNet sysop.
 -> ONLY AtariNet sysops may have access to this echo.
 
 Echo Name        Description                      Moderator
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 A_ECHO           AtariNet echoes discussion       51:2/0  - Terry May
 A_TEST           AtariNet test echo               51:1/0  - Bill Scull
 
 -> The following echoes are available to all interested AtariNet sysops.
 -> These echoes can and should be accessible to all users and points.
 
 Echo Name        Description                      Moderator
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 A_4SALE          Atari products for sale/wanted   51:1/11  - E Williams
 A_ATARI          Atari general discussion         51:2/4   - Nick Hard
 A_BBS_ADS        Atari supported BBSes            51:2/0   - Terry May
 A_BBS_DOORS      Atari BBS doors (externals)      51:1/6   - D Blanchard
 A_COMMERCIAL_ADS Atari Commercial Ads             51:1/11  - E Williams
 A_DTP            Atari DeskTop Publishing         51:1/11  - E Williams
 A_EXPLORER       Atari Explorer Magazine          51:1/13  - Ron Kovacs
 A_FIDODOOR       FIDOdoor Support                 51:3/6   - Bryan Hall
 A_GENERAL        General discussion               51:2/4   - Nick Hard
 A_GRAPHICS       Atari graphics                   51:2/0   - Terry May
 A_PROGRAMMING    Atari programming                51:5/0   - D Liscombe
 A_SOUND          Atari sound/music                51:2/0   - Terry May
 A_TECH           Atari hardware tech talk         51:202/0 - Wes Newell
 A_BINKLEY        BinkleyTerm ST support           [ Gated from Zone 1 ]
 A_FIDO_ST        FidoNet ST discussion            [ Gated from Zone 90 ]
 A_IOS_HELP       IOSmail Support                  [ Gated from Zone 1 ]



 ######  CUSTOMER REPORT
 ######  The Continuing Saga of Caveat Emptor
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 [Editors Note:  In running the following article, we did a lot of
 talking and checking with our attorney.  But the facts are basically
 presented here in a somewhat humorous tone after a failed purchase.
 
 I do NOT want this to be taken as a firing of the rockets into a full
 magazine war as it is NOT the intention here.  There is a legit problem
 that needs attention and addressing.  There are no winners here.
 
 Some may take this as another attempt by Z*Net to throw darts at 
 STReport.  However, if this story was about Gribnif, Codehead, or even
 Zephyer you know it would have appeared.  What we are dealing with in 
 this article in NOT STReport, but a mail order distributor selling 
 hardware and a customer having a problem getting product paid for.
 
 As with ALL material published here, we allow editorial space for 
 response and encourage ABCO to do so.  We also hope that this matter is 
 addressed quickly and responsibly.
 
                                            - Ron Kovacs
 
 
 The Introduction...
 
 Hi.  My name is Don.  Some of you know me as Laser's Edge Graphic
 Design.  A sampling of my work has been on GEnie and on a few local
 bulletin boards.  I'm the one who gratefully received an honorable
 mention in the '92 Outline Art Contest with "Flowers of the Mind" (I
 like to tell people I was "one of the winners" in an international art
 contest).  I've been using and supporting Atari and its computers ever
 since the 1040ST first came out.  It was my first computer and I bought
 it for music sequencing and, yes (sigh), for games.  I later bought a
 Mega 4 ST with a 20mb hard drive and Atari Laser Printer to begin
 typesetting and desktop publishing, and also kept the 1040 for the kids
 to use (and, yes (sigh), for games).  I love the Atari computers.  I
 believe in Atari so much, that I have talked most of my family into
 buying Ataris (Ataries?) when they were ready to go computer hunting.
 My mother even started doing DTP so she could publish a newsletter where
 she works.  Even though she prefers Pagestream, whereas I am a devoted
 Calamus disciple, I don't hold it against her.  She does use an Atari.
 
 The Ecstasy...
 
 My mother decided she needed a hard drive and a faster computer to do
 her DTP more efficiently.  I most heartily agreed.  Working off of
 floppy drives is extremely inefficient, but it works.  Once you start
 working every day on it, though, a hard drive can save hours in disk
 access time alone and CPU speed is especially important when you start
 handling complex graphics.  Anyway, Mom told me she wanted a new Mega 4
 STe with a hard drive like she had seen in ST Informer, and asked if I
 knew where to get one.  She knew there was no Atari store in town, but I
 told her that I had been buying my laser printer cartridges from a guy
 who works out of the back room of his house, and who I thought was an
 Atari dealer.  So, I told her I would ask about pricing and, if the
 price was right, get her one.  She asked me if I wanted one, also!
 
 "MOM!  Do I WANT one?  Of COURSE I want one!"  I nonchalantly exclaimed.
 
 "Well then, get one for yourself, too!"
 
 WOW!  I had really been wanting a new TT (giggle), but my finance
 department said no.  And, of course, I wasn't about to turn down a new
 STe if it was offered.  So, with Mom's blank check in hand, I scurried
 over to the local Laser Printer Cartridge Supplier and Almost- But-Not-
 Quite Atari Dealer.  I managed to keep the drool from running down my
 lip and into my beard as I casually told him I wanted TWO, count 'em,
 TWO, not ONE but TWO brand spanking new never-been-used-before fresh-out
 -of-the-box Mega 4 STe's.
 
 We talked pricing, features, goodies, all the normal computer stuff, and
 wrote up an order for those TWO brand spanking new, never-been-used-
 before, etc., STe's.  He told me it would probably take a week to ten
 days to get them in.
 
 "Great", I said.  I was already anticipating the increase in speed I
 would experience while watching screen redraws in Outline Art (and the
 great sound of the games), not to mention the increase in hard drive
 space over my trusty 20 megger.
 
 Then my local Laser Printer Cartridge Supplier and Almost-But-Not-Quite
 Atari Dealer, whom I'll call Ralph, which could be but isn't necessarily
 his real name, asked if I would rather have a TT (giggle) if he could
 get it for the same price.
 
 "RALPH! Do I WANT one? Of COURSE I want one!"  I nonchalantly exclaimed.
 
 Ralph told me that the STe was a discontinued computer (I was later told
 that the TT [giggle] was also discontinued) and that I would be much
 better off with a TT (gig... well, you get the point).  And besides
 that, he said, the prices have come WAY down on the TT's.
 
 "What about compatibility problems with my music software, Notator."
 
 "Oh, there should be no problem.  It'll run great."
 
 The price wasn't exactly the same, but for the extra three hundred
 dollars (each) it seemed worth it.  So, we wrote up another order, this
 time for TWO, count 'em, TWO, not ONE but TWO brand spanking new, etc.,
 etc., TT's, with two megabytes of TT Ram, four megabytes of ST Ram (I
 had to run my Atari laser printer), a 50 megabyte internal Hard Drive
 and a 15 inch (I think) Magnavox color monitor.  He told me it would
 probably take two to three weeks to get them in.
 
 "Fine," I said, and wrote out the check for the full purchase amount in
 advance, up front, 100% down with no long term financing options.  I was
 elated.  That was Wednesday, September 23rd.
 
 The Waiting...
 
 I called to check on the progress every week to ten days.
 
 "Be patient," I was told.  I'm not going to settle for (Unpostable Word
 = UPW)!
 
 "What?" my inquiring mind wanted to know.  Does that mean that a lot of
 the TT's out there are (UPW)... well, not quite right?  I was glad I was
 going to get a good one, or two.  I continued to call every week to ten
 days.
 
 "Don't worry, I'll keep in touch.  I'll let you know when it comes in,"
 I was assured by my Local Laser Printer Cartridge Supplier and Almost
 etc., etc., etc.
 
 Three weeks passed.  My mom wanted to know where her computer was.  I
 called Ralph.
 
 "I placed the order Friday, and the good news is we got it in before the
 price increase.  We're in good shape!  Don't worry, I'm treating you
 right," I was told.
 
 October 22nd.  Four weeks.  Mom wanted her computer.  I called Ralph
 again.
 
 "We've got one ordered and I'm looking for the other one," Ralph said.
 "I'm not settling for no (UPW)!"  There it was again.  I was beginning
 to feel sorry for all those poor Atari users out there who did settle
 for (UPW)..er, something that wasn't quite right.  But why STILL looking
 for another one?  Are they that hard to find?  Is Atari out of business?
 Did I buy a pig-in-a-poke, or what?   I should have told him to forget
 it, but I didn't.  He had my (mom's) money.  I decided to call a bona
 fide Atari dealer just to ask a few questions, so, on October 23rd, I
 gave Sheldon Winick, of Computer Studio in Asheville, NC, a call.
 
 "Computer Studio.  May I help you?"
 
 "Good morning, is Sheldon in?" I asked.  I wanted to talk to the boss,
 the big man, the top guy, the head cheese.  I've learned if you ask for
 him by his first name the person who answered the phone usually thinks
 you're a personal friend, so they put you through faster.
 
 "This is he."  So much for the personal friend stuff.
 
 "Mr. Winick, this is Don Harris in Jacksonville, Florida.  I don't know
 if you remember meeting me over at Ralph's (which could be but isn't
 necessarily his real name) several months ago.  Laser's Edge Graphic
 Design?"
 
 "Yes, Don, what can I do for you?"
 
 I began to tell Sheldon the story of ordering the TT's, and asked him if
 he sold them and, if so, how much trouble he was having in getting them.
 
 "Oh, we sell them all the time.  No trouble getting them at all."
 
 I asked if he knew why Ralph might be having a hard time getting them.
 I was told Ralph isn't an Atari Dealer, so that might explain it.
 
 The Agony...
 
 I had read some messages in the MIDI RTC on GEnie about Notator not
 running on a TT, so I asked about compatibility problems with Notator.
 He said he didn't think Notator supported the big screen monochrome or
 color monitor, but that other MIDI packages had no trouble.  I felt dark
 clouds moving overhead, but figured I could keep my Mega 4 for Notator
 until it supported the TT.
 
 I asked about pricing.  Computer Studio's prices were higher than what
 Ralph wrote my order for, but that was for a different configuration
 with more RAM.  In fact, according to Sheldon, they don't even sell TT's
 in the configuration that I was supposed to be buying.  Gloom and Doom,
 those two sisters of despair, began to stir a large, boiling cauldron in
 the nether regions of my brain.
 
 November 3rd, six weeks.  Mom wants her money or her computer.  I called
 Ralph.
 
 "It's being shipped UPS Brown Label.  Be here in a few days.  I'm still
 looking for another one."  I didn't tell him mom wanted her money back.
 I knew she would be glad she waited when she got her new TT (giggle).
 
 November 12th, seven weeks.  Mom's mad.  Her 1040 ST broke down and she
 can't do her newsletter.  I called Ralph.
 
 "It'll be here next Tuesday.  They shipped it UPS Brown Label and it
 takes about a week.  Don't worry, I'm taking care of you.  I'll let you
 know.  I'll keep in touch... etc., etc."
 
 "That'll be good if it does, but now my mom's ST is not working and she
 can't work on her newsletter," I informed him.  I told him what it was
 doing.
 
 "Ah, (UPW).  Sounds like the power supply.  Just bring it in and I'll
 fix it."
 
 Right.
 
 I managed to get mom's ST running.  Seems it was the power supply on the
 external floppy drive, so I gave her mine.
 
 Next Tuesday, November 17th, arrived.  I called Ralph.  I spoke briefly
 and courteously to his answering machine. "Ralph, this is Don Harris.
 Please call me at ###- ####."
 
 Ralph called.  "Don Harris, please."
 
 "Speaking."
 
 "Don, here's where we are.  I have gone through six TT's already,
 and..."
 
 "What do you mean 'gone through six TT's' ?"
 
 "Oh, they weren't the configuration, or the price, especially, that
 we're looking for."
 
 "Well, I've talked to several dealers (NOTE: I lied. I only talked to
 Sheldon) and they said they haven't had any problem getting TT's."
 
 "Sure, but did you ask them the price?  They can get them, but you're
 talking long dollars here."
 
 "That's true, they were a little more.  But, here's where I am with it.
 My mom wants her money back."
 
 "That's impossible at this point.  I've got too many irons in the fire,
 too much going towards it.  Besides, I should have one if not both of
 them within ten days."  I thought I heard the faint refrain of an old
 familiar song playing in the background.
 
 "Well, it's like this.  My mom is mad, and I don't blame her.  We gave
 you almost four thousand dollars ($4,000!!!) over two months ago, and
 haven't seen anything for it."
 
 "That's nothing (NOTHING?!).  A custom deal like this can often go six
 to eight weeks.  I've had it take as long as three months before."
 
 "But you didn't tell me that.  You said two to three weeks."
 
 "Well that's something you just never know."
 
 We talked for a few more minutes with the gist of the conversation being
 that I would take delivery of the first TT if it came in, but I
 cancelled the order on the other one.  He said he could not return our
 money until he actually got the units in and then resold them, but that
 we would have the whole thing resolved one way or the other within ten
 days.  Advertisements for various and sundry Atari products that were
 announced as coming out "Real Soon Now", but never arrived, began
 scrolling across my memory monitor.  I decided to do nothing but wait a
 while longer.  Besides, it would all be resolved... uh, real soon now.
 
 More Waiting...
 
 November 24th, one week past next Tuesday.  If you're confused, that
 means that last Tuesday was the next Tuesday that was cited earlier as
 the delivery date.  So now it's one week later.  Okay?  Good.  Now,
 where was I?  Oh, yea.  I have spoken to several people about this
 situation.  I have, of course, been advised to hire a lawyer (you know
 what's black and white and looks good on a lawyer?  A Pit Bull! hahaha..
 Do you know what you... well, never mind.)  and sue the guy; call the
 Better Business Bureau, etc.  One friend said he could call his Uncle
 Louie in Chicago and he'd guarantee I'd get double my money back.  But,
 that didn't sound like a very Christian thing to do.  I might have to do
 something (something spelled L-E-G-A-L) in time, but I wanted to give
 Ralph a chance to come through.  I refused to believe that he was
 purposely trying to take me (and Mom).  I always try to believe the best
 about people until they give me reason to think differently.  I figured
 I'd give him the ten days.  Now, was that ten calendar days, or ten
 business days? 
 
 December 1st, another week past next Tuesday, which means it's been ten
 weeks since I ordered and paid for our computers.  Still with me?  Okay.
 It has now been two weeks since the latest promise of delivery, unless
 of course you subtract the Thanksgiving holidays, which means it has
 been twelve days, unless you only want to count business days, in which
 case it would be eight days.  So, I'm waiting until Thursday.  That
 would be at least ten days any way you want to count them.  If I haven't
 heard from Ralph, which could be but isn't necessarily his real name,
 I'm going to call him to see if he has my computer or my money, which I
 know he won't because if he did he would call me.  Right? I decided it
 was time to call my attorney to see what action should be contemplated,
 just in case Ralph didn't come through (I was still holding out hope he
 would).  I had to wait for him to get back to me (isn't that just like a
 lawyer?), but in the meantime, his secretary told me to go ahead and
 call the Better Business Bureau to see if they had received any
 complaints against Ralph and his business.  So, I called.
 
 The Bad News...
 
 Bingo!  The man I talked to said Ralph and his company have an
 "unsatisfactory" rating with the Better Business Bureau because of not
 responding to customer complaints.  I asked him if that was just one
 complaint, or many.  He said he didn't know, they just had the
 unsatisfactory rating down for that reason.  It would be interesting to
 see what my attorney had to say.  (Actually, I have a pretty good
 attorney.  When he told me he has no respect for lawyers, I knew he was
 alright.) Wednesday, December 2nd.  I talked to my attorney and
 explained the story.  He said we could, of course, sue him (I wonder if
 lawyers name their daughters "Sue") to get our money back, plus court 
 costs and attorney fees.
 
 He asked me if I thought Ralph, which could be but still isn't
 necessarily his real name, had in mind to take our money and never come
 through with the product at all, in other words, to defraud us.  "Well,
 I don't think so," I said.  "Or maybe I should say 'I don't want to
 think so.' " "Because if that's what it was, and we can show fraudulent
 intent, we can recover triple damages from him, assuming he has
 something to recover, that is."  He said that, because it was a special
 order, if the computers came in and they were right, we would be
 expected to accept them.
 
 That was fine with me.  We just wanted our computers.  He also said he
 didn't understand why Ralph could not give us our money back.  If he
 hadn't actually bought our equipment yet, then he should still have our
 money, unless he used it for something else.  We talked for a few more
 minutes and decided I should pull together some of the pertinent
 information to see which way to go.  I got the informatin on the check
 and the date it was deposited in Ralph's account (September 24th, the
 very next day).  I called Ralph, but his machine answered, so I just
 hung up.  I figured if anything had come in (i.e., a computer or two) I
 would have gotten a call.
 
 Still More Waiting...
 
 Thursday, December 3rd.  No phone call telling me the computers had
 miraculously arrived by UPS... which causes me to wonder.  Didn't Ralph
 say that one was "on the way" by UPS Brown Label?  Why, yes, I believe
 he did.  That's it.  It must be UPS' fault!  Either that, or it was one
 of the ones that he got in with a bad memory board and he sent it back.
 Didn't even let me look at it or touch it first.  I called Ralph after I
 got home from work and left a message on his answering machine.  He
 didn't return my call.
 
 Friday, December 4th.  Another call to Ralph.  Another brief but
 courteous message on his answering machine.  About 15 minutes later, he
 returned my call.
 
 "I've gotten two more TT's in and I've rejected them both.  I can't
 believe how many bad memory boards these things have in them.  No wonder
 Atari is in trouble.  But, I have another TT ordered from Washington.
 It's been fully tested and it's a good one.  I've also got two monitors
 on the way, one Magnavox and one CTX, so you should have one of your
 computers by next Wednesday (is this the same song?).  I can't wait to
 get you in one 'cause I know it's gonna blow your socks off.  I'll call
 you Monday or Tuesday and keep you up on the latest."
 
 If the TT's are truly having memory problems, then Ralph may really be
 doing me right by making sure I get a good one and most, if not all, of
 my fears may turn out to be unjustified.  If not, and these are just all
 excuses for non-delivery, then... well, we'll just have to wait and see
 about then.
 
 The Thickening Plot...
 
 On Monday, December 7th (Happy Pearl Harbor Day), I called DMC
 Publishing (formerly ISD) to upgrade my Calamus 1.09n to Calamus S
 (Yaaaayyy!).  I asked if Nathan was in so I could say "HI", but he had
 just stepped out to lunch.  About five minutes later, Nathan called me.
 Bright and early that morning I had been on GEnie trying to find out
 about the bad TT memory boards and had sent E-mail to Sheldon Winick
 asking him about the situation (I copied it to Nathan, which is how he
 knew about it).
 
 He basically told me that Sheldon's reply to my inquiry, which he agreed
 with, was that Ralph is not an Atari dealer, Atari will not sell him any
 equipment and the TT's are NOT having memory board problems.  He also
 told me about two new posts in the Mail Order RTC about Ralph that I
 might be interested in reading.  That night I got on GEnie again to read
 the Mail Order posts.  It seems three other people had been having
 problems getting satisfaction from ABCO (which could be but isn't
 necessarily... well, you know).  One of them, Joey Sherman, had been
 trying for almost two years to get something done.  I sent the three
 E-mail requesting details of their dealings with Ralph and ABCO,
 indicating that the information may be needed to bring suit against him,
 if it came to that. 
 
 Tuesday, December 8th.  Ralph called me.  No, he didn't have my computer
 or my money, so don't get your hopes up.  He had been on GEnie, read my
 posts inquiring about the TT memory board problems and wanted to explain
 everything to me.  He said that nobody is going to put what really
 happens on a public board such as GEnie, I guess because nobody wants
 anybody else to know how bad a shape Atari is really in (?).  He went on
 to explain the history of the TT and how the early ones were 16
 megahertz machines, not 32.  He said the motherboards have been
 redesigned numerous times and that is the source of the problems.  He
 assured me that he was looking out for my best interests; that he was
 only trying to get me a good machine.  I honestly appreciated that.
 Ralph is nothing if not convincing.  He is a salesman.
 
 Then I asked Ralph about the complaints against him in the Mail Order
 RTC.  He explained them away.  They have either been taken care of or
 else they were just misunderstandings.  I asked about the TT not being
 sold for residential use.  He said that laser printers are in the same
 boat, and there wouldn't be any problem because they weren't going to
 interfere with the neighbors' TV, which is the bottom line.  Ralph said
 my computer would be ready by the end of the week if not tomorrow,
 Wednesday, December 9th.  More music.  I reminded him of cancelling the
 second computer.  He remembered.  He said he'd have one ready and cut me
 a check for the second one by Friday (December 11th).  I quietly
 wondered if I should request a cashier's check.
 
 Friday, December 11th.  The big day.  The day Ralph said would be the
 finalization of this whole fiasco.  I have been on GEnie several more
 times, and gotten several more letters about this situation.  The
 consensus seems to be that there are plenty of TT030's available and
 they are not having memory problems.  I also found out that, because
 Ralph is not an authorized Atari dealer, Atari will not sell him any
 TT's.  That means that if he comes up with one, he will have bought it
 from someone else (not Atari), so it will be considered USED.
 Furthermore, according to the warranty, if anything goes wrong with it,
 I have to take it back to the authorized Atari dealer I bought it from,
 except that I won't have bought it from an authorized Atari dealer.
 Sounds like problems waiting to happen.  To really put the icing on the
 cake, the TT030's are not available in the configuration I ordered
 (4meg ST RAM/2meg TT RAM).  So, is there any way possible that Ralph can
 deliver what he ordered for me?
 
 I called Ralph and left another brief but courteous message on his
 machine.  I waited but he did not return my call.  I tried again several
 hours later.  He answered the phone.
 
 "Ralph, this is Don." 
 
 "Hello, stranger.  Haven't seen UPS yet today."
 
 "But we're going to get this finished today one way or another, right?
 
 "Either today or after the first of the week."
 
 I couldn't believe he said that.  "Well, I need it to be finished by
 Monday."  I was planning on seeing my attorney Monday.
 
 "Or what?"
 
 I started to tell him about the impending suit, but flagged.  "I'm going
 out of town next week, and I need to get this over with.  It looks like
 I might need the money to get some transmission work done on my car."
 That was true, I didn't lie.
 
 "Vacation, eh?  Where you going?"
 
 I gave a brief outline of my vacation, then said, "So anyway, I need to
 get it over with by Monday."  I wanted to reiterate that Monday was the
 deadline.
 
 "Well, I'll do what I can."
 
 Strangely enough, I didn't think anything would be any different Monday.
 But, I still could not bring myself to be unkind or threatening, or even
 to tell him about the suit.  I figured a letter from my attorney would
 be more convincing than I could be.
 
 The Moral...
 
 This was not meant to be an indictment of Ralph, which could be but
 isn't necessarily his real name, nor his business, which could be but
 isn't necessarily ABCO computers.  If anything, it's more an indictment
 of my consumer savvy, because first of all, I should never have agreed
 to pay the full price in advance.  I guess I have to consider the
 prospect that if it had been my four thousand dollars, I probably would
 have been a little more discerning.  Aside from that, any business of
 good repute should have a good enough record with its suppliers, or
 failing that, to have enough cash surplus to be able to get merchandise
 without having to make the customer pay full price up front.  I've been
 doing graphic design and typesetting for several years now and none of
 the printers I do business with hesitate to let me take the merchandise
 and wait for their money until I get mine from my client.  That's just
 good business.  If a store wants you to pay full price up front on
 promise of delivery, you should probably check out another source.
 Granted, the lack of Atari dealers makes that a little more difficult,
 but not impossible.  I guess the Better Business Bureau could have
 steered me away if I had been smart enough to call them before handing
 over large sums of money.  Then again, maybe all special orders, if this
 was one, are handled this way.  I don't know.
 
 Secondly, I should have heeded the voices of warning.  As B'rer Fox used
 to say, "You kin hide de fire, but what you gwine do wid de smoke?"  I
 chose to ignore the criticisms and complaints I had heard against Ralph
 and his business, thinking that it was just his endearing personality
 that people didn't like.  I thought that, though others had been burned,
 I would be a most notable exception and, as I raised one eyebrow and
 curled my lip into an almost- but-not-quite- noticeable sneer, I would
 be able to smile and say, "I haven't had any problems.  It must have
 been you."
 
 Is it too much to hope that Ralph has learned anything from this Episode
 of Caveat Emptor?  I can only hope he has.  I hope he has learned to
 give a more realistic time frame to his customers, or to at least expose
 the possibility of delay when they order through him.  A customer that
 has been told the goods he ordered and paid for will arrive in two or
 three weeks isn't going to be a happy customer when he's still waiting
 eight (or nine, or twelve) weeks later.  One valid maxim of business is
 "A Happy Customer is a Repeat Customer."  If that one is true, then it's
 logical that the obverse of that statement is also true.  You don't stay
 in business by ignoring legitimate customer complaints.  If the
 circumstances are beyond your control you bite the bullet and satisfy
 the customer!  If you don't believe in doing business that way then you
 have no business being in business.
 
 Copyright 1992 D P Harris
 

 
 ######  THE UNABASHED ATARIOPHILE
 ######  By Michael R. Burkley
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 It's nasty to be sick!  I put an exclamation mark at the end of that
 last sentence, but I certainly don't feel it.  For the past two days I
 have been alternating between the bed and the bathroom, happy with
 neither.  It's a busy season for me (obviously!), and I don't have time
 to be sick, but that doesn't seem to make me well!

 Last week I said that I would either talk about the adventures of my
 hard drive or share with you a list of all the programs I downloaded
 (or just read the discriptions of) this week.  I've decided to do the
 latter.  So here goes...

 BACKUP is a hard drive backup program that comes in a form useable on
 any ST and one particularly adapted to take advantage of the TT.  It
 supports the use of the Archive bit (so when you make a new backup you
 don't need to back up your WHOLE drive but only those parts that have
 changed).  It compresses the file using LHARC (which you need to order
 separately--see UTILITYS category). This program can keep you safe from
 the terror of a hard drive crash.  It also saves on the number of
 floppies you have to use through the compressing of the files.  GEM
 based and fast. Color or mono.  Docs included.  SHAREWARE.

 Blizschnell by Erin Monaco was reviewed two or three columns back?
 This program is a hard drive defragmenter and more.  The only thing I
 didn't like about this program was that you had to manually tell the
 program how to defragment your drive, but I mentioned that Erin was
 continuing to support this program with frequent updates.  Guess what?
 Blitzschnell now supports auto-defragmentation in the registered
 version.  If you haven't checked out version 1.45 of this program take
 a look!

 BORDERS1 is a series of eight .IMG drawings of various Christmas
 oriented scenes (secular) that you can use to frame a holiday message.

 DataBlaze v.2.00 by Sherry Mackiewicz Reulback (dated Dec. 11, 1992)
 is a mono-only program that takes full advantage of David Becker's
 "ZEST" interface.  DataBlaze is a desk accessory that allows you to
 forget people's e-mail addresses.  Simply put DataBlaze in the root
 directory on your boot disk, and call it from your favorite term
 program!  DataBlaze even types in the address for you!  The Search
 button helps you find who you're looking for.  Simply enter a first or
 last name, or part of one, and Blaze will show all people who match.

 Diamond Edge, the comprehensive program from Oregon Reseach that will
 allow you to maintain and repair the data on your hard drive(s) has
 released two patch programs this week.  The two patches will allow you
 to upgrade either your v.1.00 or v.1.01 of Diamond Edge to version
 1.02.

 ESCAPE_D is a working demo of Escape by PAC (Programs from Atari
 Consumers).  Escape is a 'crazy' text adventure and graphics game.  You
 must escape from your parents' home (Why? You just were released from a
 mental institution and your parents are keeping you at home to help in
 your "cure.").  Find clues located all over the property and try to
 escape.  Digitized graphics and sounds.  TOS 1.0--TT, one meg of RAM
 (at least), a DS drive and a color monitor required.

 FORUM36 is Forum 36 v.1.01 by Nathan W. Sienicki (dated Dec. 9, 1992).
 Forum36 is an advanced form of the popular tic-tac-toe game.  It
 utilizes a 6 X 6 grid in which each opponent must attempt to match four
 of his/her pieces in a vertical or horizontal row to win.  If you're a
 lonely bachelor(ette) or a latch key kid,  you can select the single
 player option and match wits with the computer.   Strategy in this
 version was purposely limited to allow a fighting chance for those
 under age eight.  The game's control panel has many features like bonus
 play, one or two player selection, game status and win displays, and
 the ability to clear the game status.  Gem Based.  Nice interface.  Low
 rez only.  Docs included.  This is a fun game.

 GemFast v.1.8 is a Public Domain GEM Bindings and Programming Library
 by Ian Lepore (dated Nov.3, 1992).  This huge library (just over one
 meg uncompressed) is full of high-level functions, excellent and
 extensive documention, and much more.  If you are a "C" programmer then
 this is for you.  I am not, and I have no idea what this is all about!
 Maybe someday!

 HERSANTA is a MIDI file of a Bebop version of "Here Comes Santa Claus"!
 Merry Christmas people! HO!HO!HO!

 Studio Manager v.1.00 by Up All Night Software (dated Nov '92) is an ST
 based Invoice and Accounting package for music studio management.
 Created by studio musicians to make their task easier, this demo of the
 commercial product is intuitive, easy to learn, and quick.  If you have
 a home or professional recording/midi studio this program is for you.
 It handles client invoice billing and accounts receivables.  This demo
 is save and load disabled.  Color or mono.  Any ST(e).

 Jekyll v.1.38 by Vincent Partington (dated Nov. 22, 1992) is a full
 duplex file transfer protocol that allows your modem to send files both
 ways and what's more: you can even chat with the other side at the same
 time and the CPS rate won't drop noticably. It can even go up if you're
 sending uncompressed files because Jekyll will compress them before
 sending and decompress them automatically when receiving!  This
 program is continuously being updated and being made better.  It also
 comes with a small terminal shell called Hyde. In order to use it the
 BBS you are calling needs to support it.  I would predict that any BBS
 that uses Jekyll will see a dramatic increase in the number of files
 uploaded, since it wouldn't take any more time to do so on the callers
 part.  ST/STe/TT compatible with at least one meg of RAM. Color or
 mono.  Docs included.  SHAREWARE.

 MDEMO is M for the ST by Eric Ameres, David Zicarelli, Joel Chadabe,
 John Offenhartz, and Antony Widoff (dated 1987, but it was just
 uploaded this week!).  This demo version (no save) of "M", an
 algorithmic composer for the ST allows you to do all sorts of things
 with your music (transpose, shift, create, etc.). Color or mono.  STe
 compatible.  Use with your MIDI keyboard.  Numerous sample files, docs,
 tutorial, and ordering info included.

 MT32DEMO is a disabled demo of a MT-32 Controller in an .ACC format by
 David Barr.  It is designed to allow you complete control over your
 Roland MT-32 synthesizer, even from within your favorite (GEM)
 sequencer.  It also is a patch librarian, and allows you to take a
 "snapshot" of your MT-32 setup and save it to disk!  No more time
 wasted trying to reconfigure the "mix" you spent so much time setting.
 You'll be able to restore any setup in seconds---even from within your
 sequencer!  You'll also be able to access many otherwise inaccessable
 features of the MT-32, such as four different reverb types and
 individual tuning or transposing of parts!  Color or mono.  Docs
 included.  STe compatible.

 PCSVIEW3 is the PhotoChrome Slideshow Utility by Douglas Little.  This
 viewer will allow you to load in the fantastic .PCS pictures created by
 PhotoChrome 3 and display them on your STe.  It will also load Degas
 Elite .PC1 and .TNY pictures (and the Ice-Packed versions of all
 three).  This version will allow you to display from a hard drive
 instead of just drive A.  Color only.  ST/STe/TT compatible.

 PCS_PICS is three .PCS pictures converted from the GIF format to the
 new PhotoChrome standard.  These pictures are fantastic!  A glowing
 dragon, a transformed death mask of King Tut, and a mirror-finished
 robot viewing a TV show.  This is only one file of the many .PCS
 pictures that were uploaded this week.  PhotoChrome v.3 will run on any
 color ST/STe/TT and produces stunning pictures (though the .PCS files
 are only accessable when using an STe or better.

 SCHLBOOK is a 10pt and 12pt Century Schoolbook GDOS font for 300 dpi
 devices and mono 90 dpi monitor.  The screen fonts are not optimized
 and rather ugly, but the printer fonts are very good looking.  All
 accented and diacritical characters are present.  It's good to see some
 GDOS fonts being produced again!

 SpaceWar: The Next Generation by Howard Jones (dated Nov. 1, 1992) is a
 modernised, colourful version of the classic (some say the first)
 computer game, SpaceWar!  Spacewar is a space-combat simulation game in
 which two spaceships duel around a central sun, shooting torpedoes at
 each other and jumping through hyperspace to (hopefully!) avoid danger.
 It is also a fun two-player game. This version features a range of
 gadgets for the ships, not just hyperspace, variable gravity,
 lightsource shaded ships, a gravitating particle system, real
 inverse-square gravity (rather than some lesser non-newtonian gravity),
 sampled sound and a Duel mode.  Excellent graphics.  This game is going
 in my library.  Color only, joystick controlled. Hard drive compatible
 (and it doesn't mess up your screen colors when you quit!).  Any
 ST/STe.

 SPX_V17 is a picture viewer for .SPX pictures.  .SPX stands for
 Spectrum Extended Picture Format.  .SPX pictures are Spectrum 512
 Pictures that can be up to 10 screens high and they can also be 640
 pixels wide on an STe instead of the limited 320 Pixel width that the
 ST is.

 STalky v.0.8 by Paul Lefebvre (dated Dec. 14, 1992) is a desk accessory
 that gives STalker a type ahead buffer.  The type ahead buffer is three
 lines and allows a total of 233 characters to be entered.  ST/STe/TT
 compatible.  Color or mono. Docs included.

 ST Sweep v. 2.0 by Bud Rasmussen (dated Dec. 5, 1992) is basically a
 directory/file manipulation program allowing access, to drives 'a' thru
 'p', and any directory/file on these drives. The main options of STS
 are:  Copy a file or copy all tagged files, Delete a file or delete all
 tagged files, Free space display on the current drive, Hex file
 display, Log to a new drive, Move a file or move all tagged files,
 Print a text file, Rename a file, Switch to a new directory, Tag a file
 or Tag all files, Untag a file or Untag all files, and View a text
 file.  ST/STe/Mega STe compatible.  Color or mono.  Docs included.

 BLRUT19 is the B.L. Rasmussen's Utilities v.1.9 (dated Dec. 5, 1992).
 This is a series of 26 utilities that are usable on any ST (TOS
 1.0-Mega STe) in any resolution.  Copy, move, sort, display disk info.
 or compare disks and files, format disks, output data for the screen or
 to your printer, show free RAM, display key ASCII code values, a sector
 editor, and much much more.  Docs included.

 TWKDEMO2 is a demo version of Tweak It! by Rich Hickey (dated 1988, but
 still supported as I know from talking with the author yesterday).
 Tweak It! is software that functions as a universal MIDI mixer and
 control panel.  It provides a set of 16 'faders' for each of up to 17
 MIDI devices.  These faders are user-definable.  You can use them to
 transmit program changes, MIDI volume and other controller messages, as
 well as system exclusive messages for altering patch parameters.  Some
 of the file functions have been disabled. Color or mono.  ST/STe
 compatible.  Extensive docs included.

 VWALKER is Vidi-Walker by Barry Summers is a vidi-digitized color .SEQ
 animation of the attack on one of those giant walker fighting machines
 from "The Empire Strikes Back.  Created using the vidi digitizer and
 cyberpaint.  The animation lasts about six seconds and is quite good.
 Use ANIMATE4.PRG to view.

 W9_374UP is the update patch for Warp 9.  It will take your Warp 9
 v.3.73 and transform it to v.3.74.  Thanks CodeHeads!

 W9_375UP is the update patch for Warp 9.  It will take your Warp 9
 v.3.74 and transform it to v.3.75.  Thanks AGAIN CodeHeads!

 ZNET9222 is the December 13, 1992 issue of Z*NET.
   (always read with avid attention!)

 Unfortunately, that's not all of the files I've downloaded this week.
 I've gotten 18 more!  There's a lot out there.  Grab your modem, log on
 and go for it!

 It's back to bed for me!  Take care.  May God bless.

 BIO:  Michael lives in Niagara Falls, NY.  He is a former Polyurethane
 Research Chemist and is presently the pastor of the Niagara Presbyterian
 Church.

 

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 1st Card           Logilex                          1.2
 1st Word           ABC Solutions                    3.2
 Arabesque Pro      Gribnif                          2.15
 Avant Vector       CodeHead                         1.2
 Calamus SL         DMC                              28.08.92
 Calamus            DMC                              1.09N*
 Calligrapher       CodeHead                         2.88/44
 CardFile 4         Gribnif                          4.02
 Chronos            Lexicor                          1.3
 CodeHead Utilities CodeHead                         4.0
 CodeKeys           CodeHead                         1.3
 Convector Pro      Gribnif                          1.00J
 Cubase             Steinberg/Jones                  3.015
 Cubeat             Steinberg/Jones                  2.0
 Crossword Crtr. II Fair Dinkum                      1.07
 Cryptographer      Fair Dinkum                      1.01
 CyberDrome         Fair Dinkum                      1.01
 DB Man             Versasoft                        5.2
 DC Desktop         Double Click                     1.2H
 DC Data Diet       Double Click                     1.0A
 DC Shower          Double Click                     1.0E
 DC Utilities       Double Click                     2.0G
 Degas Elite        Batteries Included               1.1*
 Diamond Edge       Oregon Research                  1.0
 Diamond Back II    Oregon Research                  2.5
 DynaCADD           Ditek                            2.04
 eSTeem PILOT       eSTeem                           2.0
 Flash II           Missionware                      2.01
 Fleet Street Pub.  MichTron                         3.0*
 G+Plus             CodeHead                         1.5
 G_MAN              DragonWare                       4.0
 Gemulater          Branch Always                    2.0
 Gemvelope          Synergy Resources                2.9
 Genedit            Barefoot (Hybrid Arts)           2.0
 Genus Font Editor  CodeHead                         1.85
 GFA BASIC          GFA                              3.6
 Glendale Show      HACKS                            6.0
 Hard Disk Accell.  Beckemeyer Development           1.2
 Hard Disk Sentry   Beckemeyer Development           1.3
 Hard Disk Toolkit  Beckemeyer Development           3.20.1
 Highspeed Pascal   Oregon Research                  1.6
 HotWire            CodeHead                         3.0
 HyperLINK          JMG Software                     2.0
 ICD HD Boot        ICD                              6.0.4
 Interlink          Intersect                        1.85
 INVision Elite     DMC                              1.13
 Kidpainter         D.A. Brumleve                    2.3A
 Kidpublisher Pro   D.A. Brumleve                    6.4EB
 LDW Power II       LDW                              1.0
 LDW Power          LDW                              1.1*
 Lookit             CodeHead                         1.2
 lottODDS           Missionware                      1.1.0
 Mah-Jong Solitaire Cali-Co                          3.0
 Mail-Pro           High-Tech Advisers               4.11
 Master Drummer     Zobozian                         2.1
 MaxiFile III       CodeHead                         3.0
 MegaPaint Pro      CodeHead                         4.0*
 MIDIMax            CodeHead                         1.3
 Migraph OCR        Migraph                          1.1
 MTC Shell/VSH      Beckemeyer Development           2.0
 MulltiDesk Deluxe  CodeHead                         3.4a
 Multiplay          D.A. Brumleve                    3.4B
 NeoChrome          Atari                            1.0
 NeoDesk 3          Gribnif                          3.02
 Notator            C-Lab/EMAGIC                     3.01
 Omni-Banker (MIDI) Paradigm                         1.6c
 PageStream         SoftLogic                        2.2
 Pha$ar             Pacific Software                 4.06*
 Pheonix 512        Lexicor                          1.0
 PopIt              CodeHead                         1.1
 PowerDOS           DragonWare                       1.03
 PowerNet LAN       DragonWare                       1.07
 Prism Paint        Lexicor                          1.5b
 ProCopy            Proco                            1.8*
 Quick ST III       Branch Always                    3.4*
 QuickTools         Branch Always                    1.0*
 Rosetta            Lexicor                          1.0
 Sales-Pro          High-Tech Advisers               6.2
 Satellite Locator  DragonWare                       1.0
 Seurat             SKWare One                       2.2
 Silhouette         Maxwell CPU                      1.37
 SMPTETrack         Barefoot (Hybrid Arts)           Platinum
 Spectre/GCR        Gadgets by Small                 3.0
 Spelling Sentry    Wintertree Software              1.0
 ST TOS             Atari                            2.06
 Stalk the Market   Quidnunc Software                2.0
 STalker 3          Gribnif                          3.02
 STe TOS            Atari                            2.05
 STeno              Gribnif                          2.00
 Straight Fax       Joppa                            1.6
 Sudden View        Sudden, Inc.                     1.0
 Super Kidgrid      D.A. Brumleve                    1.6
 Superbase Pro      Oxxi                             3.0
 Telegram           D.A. Brumleve                    2.5
 TouchUp            MiGraph                          1.8
 Tracker/ST         Step Ahead Software              3.04
 TT TOS             Atari                            3.06
 TurboST            SoftTrek                         1.8*
 UIS III            Application and Design           3.3
 Ult. Virus Killer  Oregon Research                  5.5
 Warp 9             CodeHead                         3.73
 Word Search Crtr.  Fair Dinkum                      1.05
 WordPerfect        WordPerfect                      4/91*
 WordUp             NeoCept                          3.0*
 WordWriter         Timeworks                        2.0*
 XBoot III          Gribnif                          3.00
 
 * Indicates that this is expected to be the final version to be
   supported.



 ######  CDROM/MULTIMEDIA TITLE AND HARDWARE VENDORS
 ######  From Optical Publishing Association
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 This list is provided as a public service only.  OPA neither endorses
 nor guarantees the performance of these companies in any way.
 
 
 There have been requests for a list of vendors from whom CDROM
 publications are available.  This list has been compiled in an effort to
 meet this need.  If you have dealt with other dealers not on the list,
 please let me know and they will be included on the next iteration.
 
 These vendors focus on CDROM titles and some also hardware and related
 products.  Many of the standard computer product mail-order houses (such
 as PC Warehouse and Mac Warehouse) are beginning to stock a limited
 inventory of CDROM products and they are worth a look as well.  And
 increasing numbers (as many as 4000 outlets around North America) of
 computer and software stores, and other outlets, now carry CDROM
 products on their shelves, in addition to these mail order sources.
 
 VENDORS:
 Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of this information,
 but mistakes are inevitable.  If information listed here about your
 company is incorrect, incomplete or missing, please let me know ASAP.
 Also please include 800 phone numbers and your CompuServe address,
 AppleLink ID etc.
 
 Rich Bowers - OPA 71700,3404
 ---------------------------------
 CDROM Title Vendors 

 BetaCorp Technologies Inc.
 6770-40 Davand Dr.
 Mississauga  ON  L5T 2G3  Canada
 Contact: John Bechtel
 416/564-2424      416/564-2432 (fax)

 Better Business Systems
 7949 Woodley Ave.
 Van Nuys  CA  91406
 800/829-9991, 818/373-7250, 818/376-1581 (fax)

 Bureau of Electronic Publishing
 141 New Road
 Parsippany  NJ  07054
 Contact: Larry Schiller
 800/828-4766, 201/808-2700, 201/808-2676 (fax)
 CompuServe 71261,3345
 
 CD-I (Philips hotline) (Basic CD-I info and nearby dealers)
 800/532-6363
 
 CD Marketing Corporation
 1200 Valley West Dr., Suite 120
 West Des Moines  IA  50265
 515/223-1230, 314/394-8685, 515/223-7749 (fax)
 
 CD ROM Inc.
 1667 Cole Blvd., Suite 400
 Golden  CO  80401
 Contact: Roger Hutchison
 800/821-5245, 303/231-9373, 303/231-9581 (fax)
 CompuServe: 71174,2463
 
 The CD-ROM Source
 5454 E. Fall Creek Pkwy.
 Indianapolis  IN  46220
 317/541-0222
 
 CD Xpress
 London  England
 Conatct:  Mushtaq Ahmed
 +44 (0)81 514 2741
 CompuServe: 100021,2631
 
 Compact Disk Products
 272 Route 34
 Aberdeen  NJ  07747
 908/290-0048, 908/290-8087 (fax)

 Compton's NewMedia
 722 Genevieve, Suite M
 Solana Beach  CA  92075-9846
 800/532-3766, 619/793-4813 (fax)

 Computability Consumer Electronics
 PO Box17882
 Milwaukee  WI  53217
 800/558-0003, 414/357-8181

 Computron Ltd. 
 7874 N. Lincoln Ave.
 Skokie  IL  60077
 Contact: Frank Harris
 708/982-5144 ext 2, 708/675-6286
 CompuServe: 76106,3221

 Consumer Products
 6913 18th Avenue Suite 190
 Brooklyn, NY 11204
 718-641-9493
 
 DAK Industries Inc.
 8200 Remmet Ave.
 Canoga Park  CA  91304
 800/DAK-0800, 800/888-7808, 818/888-8220, 800/888-9818 (tech support),
 800/888-6703 (TDD), 818/888-2837 (fax)
 
 EBSCO Electronic Information
 447 Old Boston Road, Suite 11
 Topsfield  MA  01983
 Contact: Tim Collins
 508/887-6667
 
 EDUCORP Computer Services
 7434 Trade St.
 San Diego  CA  92121-2410
 800/843-9497, 619/536-9999, 619/536-2345 (fax)

 Ellis Enterprises Inc.
 4205 McAuley Blvd. #385
 Oklahoma City  OK  73120
 800/729-9500, 405/749-0273, 405/751-8096 (BBS), 405/751-5168 (fax)
 
 ERM Electronic Liquidators
 37 Washington St.
 Melrose  MA  02176
 Contact:  Bob Simons
 617/662-9363, 617/665-4856 (fax)

 Erwin Computers
 Cherry Hills  NJ
 Contact:  David Chen
 609/751-6330, 609/751-1415 (fax)
 
 Euro - CD
 13 Cite Voltaire        
 75011   Paris  FRANCE
 Contact:  Christian Delacourt
 +33 1 40 09 80 30, +33 1 43 67 00 38 (fax)
 
 GROUPWARE
 7902 27th. St. W. #7A
 Tacoma WA 98466  
 Contact: Ismail Arslangiray
 800/373-0628 (Orders Only), 206/565-1735, 206/588-1588 (fax)
 CompuServe: 70274,423
 
 Highsmith Co., Inc.
 PO Box 800
 Fort Atkinson  WI  53538-0800
 Contact  Robert Cuellar
 414/563-9571, 414/563-7395 (fax)

 Insight Software
 1912 W. 4th St.
 Tempe  AZ  85281
 800/998-8037, 602/350-1155

 Light Years Ahead
 PO Box 561
 Wahroonga NSW  2076  Australia
 Contact:  Ian Eastman
 +61 2 477-6666, +61 2 477-6655 (fax)

 Max Systems (Mr. CD-ROM)
 123 S. Woodland St.
 Winter Garden  FL  34787
 800/444-MRCD, 407/877-3807, 407/877-3834 (fax)

 Maya Computer
 Waitfield  VT  05673
 802/496-6982, 802/496-8110 (fax)

 Micromedia Limited
 158 Pearl St.
 Toronto  ON  M5H 1L3
 416/593-5211, 416/593-1760 (fax)

 MPC Marketing Council
 (list of certified hardware products and CDROM titles)
 202/452-1600

 The Multimedia Publishing Studio (IBM)
 4111 Northside Parkway
 Atlanta  GA 30327-2150
 800/995-9999, 404/238-2102 (fax)

 New Media Source
 3830 Valley Centre Dr., Suite 2153
 San Diego  CA  92130
 800/344-2621, 619/438-2330 (fax)

 PC CompNet
 2060 Emery Ave., Suite 215
 La Habra  CA  90631
 800/524-3811, 310/947-9878, 310/947-1131 (fax)

 PC Info Systems
 PO Box 23591
 Columbus  OH  43223
 614/276-5736
 
 PCJ Computers
 323 Tennessee Nursery Blvd.
 Cleveland  TN  37311
 Contact:  Douglas Carpenter
 615/339-0235

 Pinnacle Micro
 19 Technology
 Irvine  CA  92718
 800/366-3632, 714/727-3300

 Profit Press
 2956 N. Campbell Ave.
 Tucson  AZ  85719
 800/843-7990

 Public Software Library (PSL)
 5925 Kirby Dr., Suite 209
 Houston  TX  77005
 Contact:  Nelson Ford
 800/242-4PSL, 713/524-6394, 713/524-6398 (fax)
 CompuServe:  71355,470

 QB Products
 1260 Karl Ct.
 Wauconda  IL  60084
 708/487-3333
 Comment: Specializes in CDROM caddies

 ROM-BO
 1300 Mohawk Blvd.
 Springfield  OR  97477
 800/533-DISK, 503/744-2656, 503/726-7413 (fax)

 Sole Source Systems
 8248 #B Ronson Rd.
 San Diego  CA  92111
 619/467-0661, 619/467-0666 (BBS), 619/467-0665

 Super Computer Products
 6415 Vineland Rd.
 Orlando  FL  32819
 407/352-1228

 Telemart
 8804 N. 23rd Ave.
 Phoenix  AZ  85021
 800/821-2033, 602/944-3045

 TigerSoftware Inc.
 800 Douglas Entrance, Penthouse
 Coral Gables  FL  33134
 800/955-1888, 305/529-3333, 305/444-5010 (fax)

 Todd Enterprises Inc.
 224-49 67th Ave.
 Bayside  NY  11364
 718/343-1040, 718/343-9180 (fax)

 UNI-ROM 
 5694 Mission Center #449 
 San Diego  CA  
 Contact:  Mike Drummond
 619/279-1139, 619/561-4253 (fax), 619/279-4774 (BBS)
 CompuServe: 72540,1444

 UPDATA Publications Inc.
 1736 Westwood Blvd.
 Los Angeles  CA  90024
 800/882-2844, 310/474-5900, 213/474-4095

 UP FRONT Multimedia Inc.
 13659 Victory Blvd., #123
 Van Nuys  CA  91401
 818/782-3683, 818/782-4411 (fax)



 ###### THE Z*NET COMPUTER CALENDAR 1992-1993
 ###### Schedule of Shows, Events and Online Conferences
 ###### ----------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 ### December 20, 1992
 Eugene, Oregon.  Atari SWAP MEET planned at the GATEWAY MALL MEETING
 PLACE.  The hours have not been finalized yet but tentively they will be
 10am - 5pm.  There may be a small admission fee this year (no more than
 $1.00) and there may be a table fee.
 
 
 ### December 24-25, 1992
 Christmas 1992!  Spend time with your loved ones!  Hope you bought an
 Atari product for your favorite person!
 
 
 ### December 31/January 1,1993
 New Years Eve, New Years Day!  Happy New Year!  Make those resolutions
 stick this time around!
 
 
 ### January 6-9, 1993
 MacWorld Expo in San Fransisco California, Sponsored by MacWorld
 Magazine.  Titled San Fransisco '93 at the Moscone Center.


 ### January 12-14, 1993
 Networld '93 in Boston, Massachusettes

 
 ### January 7-10, 1993
 The Winter Consumer Electronics Show comes to Las Vegas, Nevada.  CES is
 an electronic playground, with everything in the way of high tech toys
 for kids and adults.  Game consoles and hand-held entertainment items
 like the Atari Lynx are big here, and Atari will attend with a hotel
 suite showroom.  Contact Atari Corp for more information on seeing their
 display at 408-745-2000.
 
 
 ### January 15-18, 1993
 NAMM is the largest conclave of musicians each year.  Held in Los
 Angeles at the Anaheim Convention Center, the variety of sights at the
 National Association of Music Merchandisers is wilder than at
 Disneyland, just next door.  Atari was the first computer manufacturer
 to ever display at NAMM in 1987, and has become a standard at the shows.
 A trade show for music stores, distributors, and professionals of every
 strata, entertainers are seen everywhere at NAMM.  Contact James Grunke
 at Atari Corp for more information at 408-745-2000.


 ### February 2-4, 1993
 ComNet '93 in Washington, DC.
 
 
 ### March 1993
 CeBIT, the world's largest computer show with 5,000 exhibitors in 20
 halls, is held annually in Hannover, Germany.  Atari traditionally
 struts its newest wares there, usually before it's seen in the USA or
 anywhere else.  In '93, the Atari 040 machines should be premiering, and
 this is the likely venue.  Third party developers also use this show to
 introduce new hardware and software, so expect a wave of news from CeBIT
 every year.  Atari Corp and the IAAD coordinate cross-oceanic contacts
 to promote worldwide marketing of Atari products, and this show is an
 annual touchstone of that effort.  Contact Bill Rehbock at Atari Corp
 for information at 408-745-2000.
 
 
 ### March 13-14, 1993
 The Sacramento Atari Computer Exposition is to be sponsored by the
 Sacramento Atari ST Users Group (SST) at the Towe Ford Museum in
 Sacramento, California.  This show replaces the earlier scheduled, then
 cancelled Northern California Atari Fest for the Bay Area, to have been
 held in December 1992.  A major two day effort, the SAC show is being
 held in the special events area of the Towe Ford Museum, home of the
 worlds most complete antique Ford automobile collection.  As an added
 bonus, admission to the museum is free when you attend the Expo.  The
 museum is located at the intersection of Interstates 5 and 80, just 15
 minutes from the Sacramento Metropolitan Airport.  Contact Nick Langdon
 (Vendor Coordinator) C/O SST, P.O. Box 214892, Sacramento, CA 95821-
 0892, phone 916-723-6425, GEnie: M.WARNER8, ST-Keep BBS (SST) 916-729-
 2968.
 
 
 ### March 20, 1993
 Philadelphia, PA area group PACS is holding their 16th annual Computer
 Festival from 9 AM til 4 PM.  It will be a multi-computer show with
 Atari showings by the PACS Atari SIG's, NEAT, CDACC, and JACS clubs.
 The Fest is to be at the Drexel University Main Building, 32nd and
 Chestnut Streets in Pennsylvania.  Contact for Atari display: Alice P.
 Christie, 207 Pontiac Street, Lester, PA 19029, 215-521-2569, or 215-
 951-1255 for general info.
 
 
 ### March 21-24, 1993
 Interop Spring '93 in Washington DC.
 
 
 ### August 3-6, 1993
 MacWorld Expo at the Boston World Trade Center, Bayside Exposition
 Center and sponsored by MacWorld Magazine.  This event is titled Boston
 '93.
 
 
 ### September 18-19, 1993
 The Glendale Show returns with the Southern California Atari Computer
 Faire, V.7.0, in suburban Los Angeles, California.  This has been the
 year's largest domestic Atari event, year after year.  Contact John King
 Tarpinian at the user group HACKS at 818-246-7286 for information.
 
 
 ### September 20-22, 1993
 The third MacWorld Expo, titled Canada '93 at the Metro Toronto
 Convention Centre, sponsored by MacWorld Magazine.


 ### September 21-23, 1993
 Unix Expo '93 in New York City, New York.


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 please send email vai GEnie to Z-NET, CompuServe 75300,1642, or via
 FNET to node 593 or AtariNet node 51:1/13.0
 
 
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