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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: Z*Net: 16-Jan-93 #9303
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon Jan 18 00:08:53 1993



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 Z*NET: ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE  Copyright (c)1993, Syndicate Publishing
    Volume 8, Number 3    Issue #487    January 16, 1993    File:93-03
 
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  Publisher/Editor..........................................Ron Kovacs
  Writer............................................Michael R. Burkley
  Contributing Editor........................................Ed Krimen
  AtariNet Coordinator\Telecommunications...................Bill Scull
  Contributing Editor...................................Dr. Paul Keith
  Z*Net News International Gateway - New Zealand............Jon Clarke
  Z*Net News Service\AtariUser Magazine-Publisher\Editor.....John Nagy
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                                 CONTENTS
 
      () The Editors Desk..............................Ron Kovacs
      () Z*Net Newswire..........................................
      () IAAD Conference Highlights...................GEnie ST RT
      () Reader Commentary...............................Len Stys
      () Computer Etiquette.............................Mel North 
      () Online Games For Forem and Turbo BBS.................Wiz 
      () The Unabashed Atariophile.............Michael R. Burkley
      () Z*Net Computer Calender.......................Ron Kovacs
      () Intel Modem SysOp Offer.................................
 
 
 
 ######  THE EDITORS DESK
 ######  By Ron Kovacs
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 Thanks again for downloading another edition of Z*Net.  There are a few 
 Atari specific items to talk about...
 
 Atari Explorer Magazine was released this week.  The November/December 
 1992 edition contains a lot of information about the Falcon030, Hard 
 drive back-up software, articles from Peter Donoso, Ron Robinson, Rob 
 Schilling, Jerry Davis, Mark Jansen, BJ Gleason, Travis Guy and Scott 
 Sanders.  ALso, look for Lynx game reviews from Clayton Walnum.
 
 Atari is attending the NAMM show and Z*Net's Dr. Paul Keith is on hand
 capturing the information.  Look for an article and or news stories here 
 next week in Z*Net.
 
 
 
 ######  Z*NET NEWSWIRE
 ######  Industry News Update
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 APPLE POSTS EARNINGS
 Apple Computer has reported record revenues for its first fiscal
 quarter, which ended December 25, 1992.  Net revenues for the first
 quarter of fiscal 1993 were $2 billion, a 7.4 percent increase from the
 $1.863 billion reported in the first quarter of the prior year.  Net
 income for the first quarter was $161.3 million, as compared to the
 prior year's first quarter net income of $166.0 million.  Earnings in
 the first quarter of fiscal 1993 were $1.33 per share as compared to
 $1.36 per share earned in the first quarter of fiscal 1992.  Gross
 margin was 40.5 percent of net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 1993
 compared to 43.7 percent of net sales in the prior year period.
 
 
 PUBLISHER'S POWERPAK ANNOUNCED BY VENTURA
 Ventura Software announced the introduction of its Publisher's PowerPak,
 a limited-time promotion aimed at providing individuals and corporate
 publishing departments with all the software tools needed for
 professional desktop publishing - in a single box.  Publisher's PowerPak
 includes four newly-released Ventura Software products: Ventura
 Publisher 4.1 for Windows, Ventura DataBase Publisher 4.0 for Windows,
 Ventura AdPro 1.1 for Windows and Ventura PicturePro 1.1 for Windows.
 
 
 HAYES SETTLES WITH MULTI
 Hayes has announced that a settlement has been reached with Multi-Tech
 Systems.  This settlement concludes the litigation which was begun in
 December, 1988, when Multi-Tech initiated patent litigation over the
 Hayes '302 patent in the United States District Court, Minneapolis,
 Minn.  As part of the settlement, an undisclosed amount of money was
 paid to Hayes and Hayes has agreed to make certain modifications to its
 White Paper with respect to TIES modems.  All claims in connection with
 the litigation in Minnesota have been dismissed by both parties.  All
 other terms of the settlement are confidential.
 
 
 CONSUMER ACTION ALERTS US CONSUMERS
 Consumer Action is alerting consumers to new federal safeguards that
 took effect last week which will make it easier for people to complete
 pay phone calls.  The safeguards, approved by the FCC last July,
 prohibit blocking long distance company five-digit access codes at pay
 phones and some hotel/motel phones.  The FCC also now requires long
 distance companies to provide toll-free "800" or "950" numbers for
 callers to reach their services.  Public phones (such as pay phones and
 hotel room phones) are already prohibited from blocking calls made using
 these access numbers.  Consumer Action offers the following advice for
 people trying to reach their chosen long distance company when calling
 away from home:  The first thing you should do is look on the phone for
 the name of the long distance company that serves it.  If you see
 another company's name, you can still reach your long distance company
 by dialing its access number.  For example, you can reach the three
 largest long distance companies by dialing these numbers: - AT&T, 102880
 or 1-800-CALL ATT - MCI, 950-1022 or 1-800-950-1022 - Sprint, 103330 or
 1-800-877-8000.
 
 
 SOFTIMAGE ACQUIRES RIGHTS
 Softimage announced this week the acquisition of the source code for
 Eddie Paint, a paint software product developed by Discreet Logic as a
 companion to Eddie, a 2D digital editing and morphing software package.
 Source code for the Eddie package was also purchased last month from its
 developers, Animal Logic Inc. of Sydney, Australia.
 
 
 IBM TO SELL BUILDING AND LAND
 IBM has announced that it will sell its building and land located at
 6450 Guadalupe Mines Road in Southwest San Jose.  The 86,000-square-foot
 building, which sits on 130 acres of land, is used primarily as office
 and laboratory space.  It is a satellite building of IBM ADSTAR's San
 Jose site, located on Cottle Road.  IBM said the sale of the building
 and land is part of a continuing effort to reduce expenses.  Employees
 and projects now residing in the building will be relocated to other
 buildings in the San Jose area.
 
 
 LABVIEW DEMO CD NOW AVAILABLE
 A free demo of the LabVIEW graphical programming software for Sun
 SPARCstations is now available on compact disc from National
 Instruments.  The demo CD features an online guide (that describes the
 fundamental LabVIEW concepts for developing instrumentation programs),
 an overview of the system, and hand-on examples.  Photos available.
 For more information contact: Holly Reams, National Instruments, Phone:
 512-794-0100 Fax: 512-794-5732.
 
 
 BSS OFFERS FREE TECHNOLOGY
 The AMULET BBS, the first specializing in leading edge technology such
 as Virtual Reality/Worlds, Nanotechnology, Artificial Life, Cyberpunk
 lifestyles and Biotechnology.  The AMULET BBS is entirely free and open
 to the public.  AMULET BBS Data line 1-310-453-7705 (8N1, up to 9600bd).
 


 ######  IAAD CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
 ######  Copyright (c)1993, Atari,GEnie,Atari Roundtables
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
  On behalf of the Atari ST Roundtable, I welcome all of you to
 this IAAD Real Time Conference.  Tonight I would like to welcome Dorothy
 Brumleve, the president of the IAAD. The IAAD is the four year old
 association of Atari Developers which are dedicated to the ATARI
 platform.  I don't want to give anymore details at this time since one
 of the purposes of this RTC is to become more familiar with the IAAD.
 There are three of the four other board members here tonight:
 
 J.ALLEN27 (Jim)  POTECHIN (Nathan)  NEVIN-S (Nevin)
 
 All four will be in talk mode and if you wish you can direct your
 comments to any member.  Welcome Dot, do you have a few words to begin
 this evening RTC?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Certainly, thanks, Brian!  The IAAD is an
 organization of third-party hardware and software developers supporting
 the ST family of computers.  Many of our members are assembled here
 tonight.  If you have a question for a specific member, please let Job
 #11 (BRIAN.H) know that.  Our Board members are prepared to answer any
 questions you may have about our organization and the Atari market in
 general.  Most of the Board is here tonight, too.  I am the President,
 and our Board members are Nathan Potechin of DMC.  Jim Allen of Fast
 Technology, Nevin Shalit of Step Ahead, and Chet Walters of WizWorks!
 Our organization is now in its fourth year.
 
 <[Andreas@AEO] AEO.2> For the Codeheads!  Hi! I was wondering what the
 status of Calligrapher3 was and the situation with supporting
 SpeedoGDOS!  In case they are not here I have a SECOND question ready!!!
 
 <[IAAD John] J.EIDSVOOG1> We uploaded the press release for Calligrapher
 3 a couple of hours ago.  The demo for Calligrapher 3 is in the hands of
 the sysops and is being considered for the Treat of the Month. (I hope I
 didn't spill any beans here).  As for SpeedoGDOS, we've asked Working
 Title UK about whether they'll be supporting it.  I imagine they will
 wait until its actually released before deciding.  Calligrapher already
 has its own outline font system at no extra cost and that might be a
 determining factor.
 
 <[Bad IAAD Dog] CODEHEAD> BTW, did we mention that Calligrapher 3 now
 bypasses GDOS entirely?  (Which means it's _much_ easier to install and
 configure...)
 
 <[Andreas@AEO] AEO.2> For Jim Allen can you comment on the Tiny Turbo
 for the F030?
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> The Falcon030's expansion port is very much
 like a 68000 chip so all we'll need is an adapter board to allow the ST
 model to plug right in!!
 
  What is the difference between the IADA and IAAD?  It is
 confusing to me.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Brian, the IAAD is a group of developers.
 The IADA, the Independent Association of Atari Dealers is a group of
 dealers.  Another difference is that we thought of our name first. ;-)
 I am a member of both, as I have a VAR business as well as developing my
 own software.
 
  Do they have overlapping members other than yourself?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I don't know of any other than myself, Brian.
 
 <[D. Stuart] AEO.7> Dorothy:  Any prerequisites for membership?  And are
 there any plans for IAAD to come out with a magazine or some other
 media?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Dave, the qualifications for membership
 include registration as a commercial Atari developer and a commercial
 product.  Applicants are expected to hold all information gained through
 member discussions in confidence.  And they must be admitted by a vote
 of the Board.
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> May I interject for a moment please Dorothy?
 The main thing that we do as IAAD members is to help each other and by
 so doing, help ourselves and strengthen the market at the same time.
 The level of cooperation and communication within the IAAD is
 unprecedented in the industry.  I had that prepared. Could you tell? ;-)
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Dave, we don't have any current plans for a
 publication.
 
 <[jdb] JOE.WATERS> What specific accomplishments can be attributed to
 the IAAD over the past 3 1/2 years?  Also, approximately how many
 members are there now?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> JD, we have over 50 members.
 
 <[jdb] JOE.WATERS> Also, Nathan, as a registered Apple developer I think
 that I can take issue with the "unprecedented in the industry" comment.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Nathan, suppose you discuss some of our
 accomplishments? (and defend your "unprecedented" claim ;-)
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> Congrats on being a registered Apple Developer 
 JD. ;-).  I don't recall an organization such as the IAAD, meeting
 online on a regular basis, for any other computer platform. :-)
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Apple devs aren't nearly this friendly on as
 wide a scale ;-)
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> The IAAD was responsible for a fairly nice piece
 of marketing, a small booklet that contained information on many of our
 products.  This booklet was enclosed with Atari computers from the
 warehouse, as well as provided as an insert.  It was done at cost and
 was a very effective and positive accomplishment.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> We've acted as an information source,
 bringing the attention of developers to various opportunities for user
 group shows, working with Atari, etc.  We've helped several new
 developers get up and running, too.  We support the developers so that
 they can provide better support of their products.
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> We share information, probably our most valuable
 asset.
 
 <[Keith] K.BROOKS1> Is Calligrapher 3 available now John?  Warp 9 3.61
 bombs Speedo in mid-print at least on the beta I am using of Speedo.
 Talk about FAST!!
 
 <[IAAD John] J.EIDSVOOG1> Calligrapher will probably start shipping next
 week.  The demo will be released any minute now.  We'll have to do some
 testing of SpeedoGDOS if there's a problem.
 
   I would like to know what changes are planned for the future
 for the IAAD?  Is there any advertising or other strategy planned?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Jim is head of our marketing committee.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> We are planning a new IAAD product flyer,
 which thanks to some low printing costs will really quite nice, and
 available to all the dealers so people can quickly get an overview of
 all the neat stuff available for the ST!!!
 
 <[Rob] R.ANISKO> Hi, two quick techie questions.  Is there a hardware/
 software fix (a la 50/60hz switcher) to allow ST's to use a higher sync
 speed, so as to work in color on VGA/multisync monitors properly?  Is
 there a way to increase the khz?  (between the ST and monitor?)
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Hmmmm, the ST's color output is at 15Khz,
 which is too low for typical multisyncs.  You need to buy a multisynch
 that can operate that low....OR....buy a CrazyDots or ISAC card (blatant
 IAAD product plug).  No way to get around it.  There is an Amiga product
 called Flickerfixer that does what you want, but no one ever did one for
 the Atari. Of course you can get a Falcon too!!  That works with
 multisyncs.
 
 <[Rob] R.ANISKO> OK, and 2) some programs check graphics MODE (a Falcon
 no-no no doubt) rather than screen size - so say using a virtual screen
 won't work in some modes - any way to "fake" a graphics MODE?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I can say that, for programs that look for ST
 resolutions, the Falcon offers these resolutions, so you needn't give up
 your old software on that account when upgrading to the Falcon030.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> You could I suppose.  The ones that check look
 at a low address variable, and do it through an OS call, so a little
 patch program could be made to "fake" what ever mode you wanted.  Hmmm,
 wonder why no one's done that?
 
 <[jdb] JOE.WATERS> Dorothy, you stated that the IAAD has about 50
 members.  Has the IAAD considered relaxing its commercial tier
 registration requirement?  This would allow many more people who
 actively write software to come on board.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> No, we haven't, JD.  We require the
 registration status because some of our discussions pertain to matters
 covered by non-disclosure.  We also are interested primarily in
 encouraging commercial development.
 
 <[jdb] JOE.WATERS> I suppose it is difficult to keep the different
 subject matter separate.  But an "associate" membership with reduced
 privileges might be one way.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Nathan, would you care to add something here?
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> We have also made a solid effort to acquire new
 members in the recent past.  There are many commercial Atari Developers
 that were not aware of GEnie (oh my) and were not really aware of the
 IAAD.  As this changes, our membership grows.  As well, new developers
 are coming on board and we fully intend to welcome them and make them
 feel at home.  I cannot pass up the opportunity to mention that the
 largest center of Atari people online in the world is right here on
 GEnie.  Atari themselves, Atari Developers and Atari computer owners
 from many parts of the world congregate right here. (Blatant GEnie
 plug.) :-)
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> People who aren't doing software/hardware
 development for commercial reasons don't need the help we predominantly
 offer anyway.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> JD, Jim had a cogent comment in there, too.
 Our discussions would largely be of interest only to folks like
 ourselves who are actively trying to market commercial offerings.
 
 <[Curious Cat] MIKE-ALLEN> I have always been impressed by the quality,
 if not quantity, of the software in the Atari market as well as the
 support.  My Q is can one really make a living in the Atari market? 
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Well, Mike, _I_ can't. ;-)
 <[IAAD Member] NEVIN-S> Nope.  
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Hey we only want serious questions here Mike
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> But I do hope that will change with the with
 the Falcon's release here.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> 100,000 Falcons could change the whole picture
 in a hurry ;-

 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Not many developers in North America _are_
 doing Atari software as a full-time activity.  But many would love to
 drop their day jobs!
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> And hardware is barely a winner either.
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> It's not easy Mike. As you've probably guessed,
 none of us can really excel until Atari puts some additional computers
 on the Dealers shelves
 
 <[Curious Cat] MIKE-ALLEN> To the CodeHeads:  How goes things with
 CodeHead products in re: the F030?  I am especially interested in W9,
 MDD and Callig3.
 
 <[IAAD John] J.EIDSVOOG1> Hmmm.... well Charles is the one with the
 Falcon.  We're looking at it and have fixed some minor bugs in Desk
 Manager and MaxiFile.
 
 <[Bad IAAD Dog] CODEHEAD> Calligrapher 3 is fully compatible with the
 Falcon, and with MultiTOS.  MultiDesk is compatible with the Falcon's
 built-in ROM TOS, but not (at the moment) with MultiTOS.  Warp 9 is
 "under construction."  Early reports are favorable.  
 
 <[Curious Cat] MIKE-ALLEN> Good news about Callig3.  Would one really
 use MDD with Multi TOS?
 
 <[IAAD John] J.EIDSVOOG1> MDD with MultiTOS?   Hmmm...There is a
 mechanism for launching ACCs from MultiTOS.  Actually....yes.  MultiDesk
 will still be useful with MultiTOS.  The current method of installing
 desk accessories in MultiTOS is less than optimal, in my opinion.  It
 works with many ACCs.
 
 <[18] Lyre] AEO.3> First and foremost, I would like to thank all of the
 IAAD members for attending and sharing your experiences and information
 with us.  I have a couple of questions.
 
 Lexicor:  How is the development of Leonardo Board progressing?  And do
 you have a *tentative* release date?
 
 <[IAAD Lexicor] J.COLE18> Leonardo is being developed by Dover Research
 otherwise know as Jay Craswell of ISAC fame.  We were going to market it
 when it was ready with full software support.  When/if that ever happens
 is not up to us.  Currently, we have no plans to announce a release
 date.  The cards are finished and only need a 24 bit VDI, something Jay
 is having some trouble in getting.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Dover has the hardware all set, and awaits a
 24bit VDI.  There are some folks in Germany who happen to have one all
 done and running on another board.  So they are talking to each other
 about working something out. No promises, and this is purely off the
 record, but Jay IS working on the situation!!!
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> By the way, Jay is also responsible for the
 Moniterm board for the Atari.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> And his current ISAC (for MegaST) and AlberTT
 (for the MegaSTE/TT) boards...either one only $299 while they last!!!!!
 
 <[18] Lyre] AEO.3> Thanks.  Next question....Dragonware:  I noticed that
 you announced the release of D_GRAPH on the bulletin board.  Could you
 tell me a little more about it?
 
 <[IAAD Chris r] DRAGONWARE> D_Graph is a GDOS, FSMGDOS, and SpeedoGDOS
 application.  It makes graphs.  It will export the graphs in various ST
 graphic formats.  It will make vertical line graphs and horizontal line
 graphs with or without projection graphs.  Pie and bar graphs Stairstep
 pie graphs, 3D graphs and 2D graphs and will import tab separated data
 files from just about any data base.  It will export in IMG, Color IMG,
 CVG, GEM, MAC, PI3 , PC3 ,and SPC.
 
 <[18] Lyre] AEO.3> Thanks Chris.  My next question is for NewSTar - the
 producer of Straight FAX!  I was wondering how the response to Straight
 FAX has been?
 
 <[IAAD Member] C.S.SMETON> Thank You, The STraight FAX! has been going
 though a few changes lately. NewSTar Technology Management (the company
 that developed the STraight FAX! is now marketing it with help from Toad
 Computers in Severna Park, MD.  Toad is providing technical support and
 marketing advice on the software and is aggressively marketing the
 product overseas.  We are trying to contact all STraight FAX! owners to
 re-register with NewSTar so that we can provide them continuous support
 during our transition.  We also apologize for any delays in shipping
 updates, etc. from the previous marketer.  The re-registration is free -
 - just send your info to us - details are in Category 4, Topic 24.
 
 <[jdb] JOE.WATERS> Dorothy, a while ago you seemed to imply that the
 widespread release of the Falcon is just around the corner.  Is this
 true?  I get conflicting reports.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> OK, JD...Let me read this. ;-) At the
 Dateline Atari! RTC last Friday, JD, Bob Brodie said that the Falcon's
 release in the US would probably be delayed until March.
 
 <[jdb] JOE.WATERS> Any estimate of initial quantities?  Thanks, I'll
 check that info. That's all for me.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I wasn't happy to hear this, of course, but I
 am hopeful they will have the minor problems he described ironed out by
 then so that there will be a smooth entry into the US/Canadian market.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> I hear there are warehouses full of Falcon
 boxes out in Sunnyvale!!!
 
  Thanks JD!! Dot,  What is your vision of the future of Atari
 ST(E)/ Falcon? Is there a future for the ST(e) itself?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> There's a future for _my_ STe.  ;-) Jim, no
 need to fuel the rumor mills. ;-)
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> I believe we have a few people here from Atari
 tonight.  Perhaps they are in a better position to respond with
 accuracy. :-)
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Bob, could you comment on Atari's plans for
 the STe?
 
  We have no plans at present to discontinue the STE line.
 We feel that it is the perfect entry level machine.
 
 <[Bill@Atari] B.REHBOCK> The Falcon will eventually replace the STe,
 just as the STe replaced the 512 color ST.
 
  However, we will of course, weight that against the markets
 interest in the STE after the Atari Falcon030 is widely available.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I guess it would be safe to say that STEs
 will be available for quite a while?
 
  Thanks Bob, Bill. A question for Dr. Bob. Tell about the
 current and future plans for your MGV, eg Falcon, new modules, etc.
 
 <[IAAD Dr.Bob] W.PARKS3> Ahh... MVG is currently under re-construction.
 It is advancing from a strictly monochrome application to a full VDI-
 compliant Color graphics editor. (note: I've been told to explain what
 MVG is...  strange that  this isn't well known already ;-) With the
 advent of the Falcon's new video modes, we've been working overtime to
 support the True-color and 256 color modes as well. MVG, as it is
 available now, have several external modules on separate disks.  These
 are also all being rewritten to accomodate the new color support.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> You'll be supporting TGA then, Doc?

 <[IAAD Dr.Bob] W.PARKS3> I think it would be best for to check out CAT#7
 topic 5 for further details OR...... better yet... just about ANY RTC
 here on Mondays or Wednesdays. (am I taking too much time? I see the
 red light blinking;)
 
  Wow sounds fantastic!! Thanks for the info.  If any of the
 developers want to add a pitch or something at the end please let me
 know.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> For the Ultimate in speed....buy TURBO030 from
 Fast Technology.....508-475-3810
 
 <[D. Stuart] AEO.7> Any IAAD person ... I would be content with $20k -
 $30k per year regarding 'making a living' on the ATARI platform.  I
 could probably do that easily on the INTEL, but my preference is for the
 ATARI!  It is just a superior piece of hardware and could be a much more
 widespread one - given the proper marketing.  Or so it would seem! And
 what would be the best development tool currently?  TT or FALCON?
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Hmmm...Nathan, you work with both. This one
 is yours. ;-)
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Lattice C and Devpac from HiSoft are
 unquestionably the BEST in development software!!!  That would depend
 upon your application.  DynaCADD uses Lattice C from HiSoft. Calamus
 uses Turbo C still.  :-) We use the TT at this time.
 
 <[D. Stuart] AEO.7> What about hardware?

 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> The HiSoft tools are being "Falcon'd" as we
 speak! Pure C is also a powerful package from Gribnif, that gives you
 what you need!!
 
 <<[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I think Dave would like us to choose the
 Atari platform: TT or Falcon for current development. Actually, I don't
 see why you wouldn't support all Ataris, that would greatly increase
 your potential customer base. 
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> The Falcon holds vast new opportunities in
 multimedia related pursuits, there will be lots and lots of neat things
 you can dream up.  So if they sell enough, making $30K/yr won't be too
 hard to accomplish.
 
 <[D. Stuart] AEO.7> Well, I was thinking in terms of the complete ATARI
 line, but asking after what machine would be best to do it on!
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I think it's important to own the latest
 hardware, but also to have a variety of beta testers using different
 systems.
 
 <[D. Stuart] AEO.7> It would seem reasonable to use the FALCON provided
 the end results will run on a ST 1040!
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Don't look at it that way, the Falcon will be
 a whole NEW market, and have a whole NEW audience, the best
 opportunities are in making the best of the new machines super duper
 attributes!!!
 
 <[Curious Cat] MIKE-ALLEN> For GRIBNIF:  What is the future of NeoDesk
 under TOS 4.x?  I assume you'll find things that Atari has left out.
 Any REMOTE chance of English Docs for Pure C?
 
 <[Dan - IAAD] GRIBNIF> Mike, NeoDesk 3.03 (which is now ready) does work
 with MultiTOS but you'll have to wait for NeoDesk 4 for some of the
 really hot new features of MultiTOS to become apparent.  As for Pure C
 docs in English, no, unfortunately the agreement that Pure Software has
 with Borland Germany does not permit this.  However, I have not found
 this to be a major drawback, as I (like most Atari programmers) have
 lots of other sources of info.
 
 <[Curious Cat] MIKE-ALLEN> Thanks, Dan. One more.  I understand that
 there was a mention of the F030 on last weeks Computer Chronicles.  I
 missed it, although I understand they said the F030 delivery was July -
 did any one see CC and are there any comments?
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> I think we'll have to ask in the BB and see if
 the episode you saw originated in the twilight zone. :-)
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I believe Hutch has an announcement regarding
 his products...
 
 <[IAAD Member] FAIR-DINKUM> We've got a couple of announcements.
 
 First, at long last, Crossword Creator II now has a FINAL quality print
 driver for HP printers... DeskJet and LaserJets included.
 
 Next, Cyberdrome-The Hoverjet Simulator has a brand new revision 1.1
 available which includes enhanced hallway graphics in the memory mines
 and a new X-Weapon.  Great stuff.  Both are available for just $5 for
 registered users.
 
 Lastly... Hopefully, next month we will have a significant announcement
 of a MAJOR new product which will be of great interest to all Atari
 programmers out there.  Stay tuned.  Thanks to all.
 
 <[IAAD Mark] M.OBRYAN1> Thanks. We offer a universal MIDI librarian,
 called Omni-Banker ST, that supports scads of different instruments from
 over 50 manufacturers.  Scads is defined as >350+ as of version 1.7.
 Principle features of Omni-Banker are its ease of use, it's ability to
 run as a DA, so you can load & audition new sounds without leaving your
 sequencer, and support of lots of gear that's not popular enough for
 anybody else to do it.
 
 Check out our listing in Atari's new International Software catalog, or
 give us, Paradigm, a call at (616) 372-5972.  Thanks. Dorothy.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Glad you mentioned the International Software
 Catalog, Mark.  I think it's an excellent resource for all Atarians!
 
 <[IAAD Chris r] DRAGONWARE> DragonWare is looking for good application
 software to market under the DragonWare name.  Interested developers
 please send GE-Mail to DRAGONWARE.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Call Overscan Chris...they need a US
 distributor.
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I believe all of the present Board members
 have some final words. ;-) Nathan, you're on!
 
 <[IAAD Board] POTECHIN> Thank you. 

 As you can determine from the many and varied questions and answers
 tonight, the IAAD is made up of members from all aspects of the
 development community. Dorothy mentioned the membership requirements
 earlier.  A complete list of the IAAD members is available in the
 library for your downloading pleasure.  ALL members are available right
 here on GEnie on a regular basis to offer complete and responsive
 support to all of their product line.  We invite your questions and
 answers and thank you all for attending this evening. Jim? 
 
 How'd I do Dorothy? ;-) Thanks for hosting us Brian.
 
 <[IAAD Member] J.ALLEN27> Thanks for coming, we're all over the RT BB
 so anytime you need help just scream and one of us will be there!!
 
 <[IAAD Prez] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I'd like to thank Brian. It's been a strange
 and hectic RTC and he's done a fantastic job, all things considered.
 I'd also like to add that any developers interested in joining our group
 may apply to PERMIT$ in GEMail.  We welcome information from user groups
 and others who would like to communicate with many devs at once.
 
  I wish to thank you Dot and ALL of the other developers for 
 attending tonight RTC.  I also wish to thank all the attendees for their
 questions and patience.  In frenzy mode ...now!
 

 
 ######  READER COMMENTARY
 ######  Falcon030 Bundle -- Marketing Importance
 ######  By Len Stys
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 The Falcon030 personal media computer will most likely sell in mass
 quantities for the purposes of multi-media and home computing.  Atari
 will have a lot of competition in these areas from Apple, Commodore,
 IBM, and the many PC clone manufacturers.  The competition is fierce and
 will continue to get worse as Commodore lowers the price of the Amiga
 1200.  The "power without the price" slogan will no longer sell
 computers for Atari because clone manufacturers can sell computers for
 less.  They do not have the added cost of advertising and supporting the
 computers that they sell.  The Falcon030 and any other personal computer
 that Atari manufactures needs an advantage.  And the only advantage that
 Atari can possibly offer is support.
 
 Atari's system designers worked hard to make the Falcon030 "exciting",
 "fun to use", and "different than the ordinary boring PC."  Atari's
 management must have felt that another ordinary boring PC would not cut
 it in the world today.  And they are right.  If a company plans to
 release a non-PC clone computer on the market, the computer better be
 pretty damn special.  But this is not enough.  In order for the computer
 to be a success, the company has to give the consumer something more.
 Something that very few computer manufacturers are giving consumers.
 This something is support and it should be given to them along with the
 purchase of their computer.
 
 Atari is presently planning to bundle the Falcon030 with eight
 applications.  These are: Audio Fun Machine, FalconD2D, System Audio
 Manager, ProCalc, Talking Clock, CalAppt, BreakOut, and LandMines.
 There is nothing wrong with this software.  The problem is that Atari is
 missing some very important things in this bundle.
 
 The Falcon030 is easy to use and will be a great attraction to people
 that know very little about computers.  The consumer will purchase the
 Falcon030, hook it all up, and then turn it on.  The next thing that he
 or she will do is sit in front of the monitor and stare.  But what if
 the consumer purchased a Macintosh or Amiga instead?  He or she would
 hook it all up, turn it on, and then place the "Tutorial" disk into the
 computer and the computer would teach them how to use it.  I am not
 aware of any "Tutorial" disk included in Atari's bundle that will teach
 the inexperienced computer user how to use the Falcon030.  I remember
 when computer buyer guides were comparing the Amiga 500 to the Atari
 1040STe, they recommended the Amiga over the ST for the beginner because
 of the "Tutorial" disk.  The reviewers commented that even though the
 STe had a graphics operating system, most people did not know how to use
 it.  If one of the Falcon030's markets is the home computer market, it
 would only make sense to include a tutorial disk.
 
 The software that Atari is presently planning to include with the
 Falcon030 is gadget software.  This software is nice to play around
 with, but you cannot do anything productive with it.  The home computer
 user will want to start seeing REAL uses for the computer as soon as he
 or she purchases it.  The "Atari Works" package that includes a word
 processor, database, and spreadsheet would be a perfect productivity
 package to include with the new computer.  The computer would be fully-
 functional unlike other personal computers that are sold without
 productivity software.  In the past, Atari would have sold this package
 separately from their computers.
 
 As soon as the home computer user gets tired of using the software that
 was included with the computer, he or she will want to make their own
 software.  A programming language that a user can write programs with
 only seems natural to include with a personal computer.
 
 The Falcon030 bundle is also missing an Atari product catalog.  Remember
 the 800XL?  A full-color computer and hardware catalog was included with
 it.  The catalog let you know about other Atari products and informed
 you of what hardware you could buy for your new computer.  If you
 purchased a 1040 STe today, you would see a sketch of the hardware
 available for it inside of the user manual.  I do not know about you,
 but the laser printer sketch inside of this manual does not make my
 mouth water for it.  A full-color system and hardware catalog would make
 even more sense if Atari bundles the "Atari Works" package.  The user is
 going to need a printer and if he or she sees an Atari printer in this
 catalog, they might be interested in getting it.
 
 What software is available?  This is going to be the question on the
 minds of almost every new Falcon030 owner.  The including of the
 "International Software Catalog" with the Falcon030 bundle would also be
 a very smart move.  The catalog will impress the new Falcon030 owner
 with the many software titles available for their computer.  The catalog
 will also increase sales of Atari's loyal third-party developers.  Atari
 could include the software catalog as a "thank you" to developers for
 being there when the company needed them.
 
 The Falcon030 could be bundled with ten sheets of paper listing all of
 the Atari user groups in North America.  The present user groups in the
 North America are extremely small and unless something is done by Atari,
 there will not be any user groups left.  The including of a list of user
 groups in North America would let Atari user groups know that Atari
 cares about them.  The including of this list would also be a "thank
 you" to user groups for sticking around all of this time.  The list
 would have to be updated since the last list because many user groups no
 longer exist.  The same thing can be done for Atari Dealerships in North
 America.  There are very few dealerships left and a list of "Official
 Atari Dealerships" would certainly help those that have remained so
 long.
 
 In the past, Atari has always included a subscription card for Atari
 Explorer Magazine.  In the future, it would be nice to see Atari include
 subscription cards for ALL Atari magazines.  Most of these publications
 have been around for the longest times, even when other magazines left
 because there was no money to be made with Atari.  I believe that Atari
 owes it to these publications for sticking around even when they were
 not making any profit.  The adding of subscription cards would also
 benefit Atari.  How many people do you estimate will sell their Falcon
 when they have four different Atari subscriptions?  Atari could also do
 the same for online computer services that support Atari.
 
 Since many recent Atari owners are complaining that they are having a
 hard time getting their computers fixed under the 1-year warranty, Atari
 may want to include a "Customer Satisfaction" sheet.  The sheet would
 explain how Atari will pick up the owner's computer from them free of
 charge and repair it within one week.  Commodore has a similar warranty
 system and I do not see why Atari cannot match it.  The GE Service Deal
 does not seem to be happening and until it does, this seems like a good
 way to satisfy customers.
 
 Since many of the new Falcon030 owners will be inexperienced with
 computers, Atari could include a sheet of paper with an "Atari Support"
 1-800 phone number on it.  The phone number will give people the support
 that they need.  This is the advantage of buying a Falcon030 computer
 over a PC clone.  A helpful Atari representative on the other line will
 help the Falcon030 owner with anything they need.
 
 A gift catalog can be included that shows Atari shirts, sweatshirts,
 hats, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, pins, etc.  Sierra sells tons of
 these things every year and there is no doubt that Atari can do the
 same.  Atari Corporation can receive a lot of exposure with people
 wearing a Falcon bird on the front of a shirt with the words "Atari
 Falcon Computers."  The same thing with bumper stickers.
 
 The Falcon030 could also be shipped with demo disks.  How many of you
 invite friends over to see your Atari computer?  If Atari included a
 fantastic demo of the Falcon030's capabilities, I'll bet every Falcon
 owner would be showing everyone what their bird can do.  All it takes is
 one very impressive demonstration to make a sale.  One of the demos
 could advertise the Atari Lynx.  A person that never thought of buying
 the Lynx can suddenly become interested in it because of one good demo.
 
 And lastly, the Falcon030 bundle could include a blank floppy disk.  How
 many times have people purchased computers without thinking of buying a
 blank floppy?  Atari can show the new Falcon030 owner that the company
 thinks of everything.
 
 Atari Corporation will be delayed in shipping large quantities of the
 Falcon030 until March.  Maybe Atari can use this time to make the
 Falcon030 bundle just as impressive as the Falcon.  A very good product
 without the right kind of marketing is the same as a terrible product.
 
 FALCON030 "SUPPORT" BUNDLE CONTENTS:
 
 Falcon030 and accessories         System and Hardware Catalog
 User Manual                       "International Software Catalog"
 Tutorial Disk                     North American User Group Lists*
 Audio Fun Machine                 Official Atari Dealership Lists*
 FalconD2D                         Magazine Subscription Cards*
 System Audio Manager              Computer Network Information*
 ProCalc                           Customer Satisfaction Sheet 
 Talking Clock                     Registration/Warranty Card
 CalAppt                           Atari Support 1-800 Number
 BreakOut                          Atari Gift Catalog
 LandMines                         Falcon030 Demo Disk
 Language Disk                     Lynx Demo Disk
 Multi-TOS                         Blank Disk
 "Atari Works"
 
 * = a disclaimer may need to be included stating that the organization
     is independent of Atari.


 
 ######  COMPUTER ETIQUETTE
 ######  By Mel North
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 The following are a few points of general BBS etiquette.  If you wish to
 maintain your welcome on whatever system you happen to call, it would be
 to your advantage to observe these few rules. (Sysops - feel free to
 download this & display it on your BBS)
 
 1. Don't habitually hang up on a system.  Every Sysop is aware that
    accidental disconnections happen once in a while but we do tend to
    get annoyed with people who hang up every single time they call
    because they are either too lazy to terminate properly or they labor
    under the mistaken assumption that the 10 seconds they save online is
    going to significantly alter their phone bill.  "Call Waiting" is not
    an acceptable excuse for long.  If you have it and intend to use the
    line to call BBS systems, you should either have it disconnected or
    find some other way to circumvent it.
 
 2. Don't do dumb things like leave yourself a message that says "Just
    testing to see if this thing works".  Where do you think all those
    other messages came from if it didn't work?  Also, don't leave whiney
    messages that say "Please leave me a message".  If ever there was a
    person to ignore, it's the one who begs someone to leave him a
    message.  If you want to get messages, start by reading the ones that
    are already online and getting involved in the conversations that
    exist.
 
 3. Don't use the local equivalent of a chat command unless you really
    have some clear cut notion of what you want to say and why.  Almost
    any Sysop is more than happy to answer questions or offer help
    concerning his system.  Unfortunately, because about 85% of the
    people who call want to chat and about 99% of those people have
    absolutely nothing to say besides "How old are you?" or something
    equally irrelevant, fewer Sysops even bother answering their pagers
    every day.
 
 4. When you are offered a place to leave comments when exiting a system,
    don't try to use this area to ask the Sysop questions.  It is very
    rude to the other callers to expect the Sysop to carry on a half
    visible conversation with someone.  If you have a question or
    statement to make and expect the Sysop to respond to it, it should
    always be made in the section where all the other messages are kept.
    This allows the Sysop to help many people with the same problem with
    the least amount of effort on his part.
 
 5. Before you log on with your favorite pseudonym, make sure that
    handles are allowed.  Most Sysops don't want people using handles on
    the system. There is not enough room for them, they get silly games
    of one-upmanship started, it is much nicer to deal with a person on a
    personal basis, and last but not least, everyone should be willing to
    take full responsibility for his actions or comments instead of
    slinging mud from behind a phoney name.  Also when signing on, why
    not sign on just like you would introduce yourself in your own
    society?  How many of you usually introduce yourselves as Joe W
    Smutz the 3rd or 4th?
 
 6. Take the time to log on properly.  There is no such place as RIV, HB,
    ANA or any of a thousand other abbreviations people use instead of
    their proper city.  You may think that everyone knows what RIV is
    supposed to mean, but every BBS has people calling from all around
    the country and I assure you that someone from Podunk, Iowa has no
    idea what you're talking about.
 
 7. Don't go out of your way to make rude observations like "Gee, this
    system is slow".  Every BBS is a tradeoff of features.  You can
    generally assume that if someone is running a particular brand of
    software, that he is either happy with it or he'll decide to find
    another system he likes better.  It does nobody any good when you 
    make comments about something that you perceive to be a flaw when it
    is running the way the Sysop wants it to.  Constructive criticism is
    somewhat more welcome.  If you have an alternative method that seems
    to make good sense then run it up the flagpole.
 
 8. When leaving messages, stop and ask yourself whether it is necessary
    to make it private.  Unless there is some particular reason that
    everyone shouldn't know what you're saying, don't make it private.
    We don't call them PUBLIC bulletin boards for nothing, folks.  It's
    very irritating to other callers when there are huge blank spots in
    the messages that they can't read and it stifles interaction between
    callers.
 
 9. If your favorite BBS has a time limit, observe it.  If it doesn't,
    set a limit for yourself and abide by it instead.  Don't tie up a
    system as a new user and run right to the other numbers list.  There 
    is probably very little that's more annoying to any Sysop than to
    have his board completely passed over by you on your way to another
    board.
 
 10.Have the common courtesy to pay attention to what passes in front of
    your face.  When a BBS displays your name and asks "Is this you?",
    don't say yes when you can see perfectly well that it is misspelled.
    Also, don't start asking questions about simple operation of a system
    until you have thoroughly read all of the instructions that are
    available to you.  I assure you that it isn't any fun to answer a
    question for the thousandth time when the answer is prominently
    displayed in the system bulletins or instructions.  Use some common
    sense when you ask your questions.  The person who said "There's no
    such thing as a stupid question" obviously never operated a BBS.
 
 11.Don't be personally abusive.  It doesn't matter whether you like a
    Sysop or think he's a jerk.  The fact remains that he has a large
    investment in making his computer available, usually out of the
    goodness of his heart.  If you don't like a Sysop or his system, just
    remember that you can change the channel any time you want.  Besides,
    whether you are aware of it or not, if you make yourself enough of
    an annoyance to any Sysop, he can take the time to trace you down and
    make your life, or that of your parents, miserable. 
 
 13.Keep firmly in mind that you are a guest on any BBS you happen to
    call.  Don't think of logging on as one of your basic human rights.
    Every person that has ever put a computer system online for the use
    of other people has spent a lot of time and money to do so.  While he
    doesn't expect nonstop pats on the back, it seems reasonable that he
    should at least be able to expect fair treatment from his callers.
    This includes following any of the rules for system use he has laid
    out without grumping about it.  Every Sysop has his own idea of how
    he wants his system to be run.  It is really none of your business
    why he wants to run it the way he does.  Your business is to either
    abide by what he says, or call some other BBS where you feel that you
    can obey the rules.
 
 BBS COMMANDMENTS
 
 1.  Thou shalt remember thy name and password.
 
 2.  Thou shalt check thine facts and name thy sources that all may
     verify.
 
 3.  Thou shalt not POST IN ALL CAPS!
 
 4.  Thou shalt use thy real name.
 
 5.  Thou shalt not monopolize a topic.
 
 6.  Honor thy moderator.
 
 7.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's password nor handle.
 
 8.  Thou shalt not post messages that are stupid, worthless, or lack
     meaning.
 
 9.  Thou shalt use the English language properly.
 
 10. Thou shalt spell thy words correctly.
 
 11. Thou shalt not use a "handle" unless thine computer is a portable.
 
 12. Thou shalt delete thine olden messages.
 
 13. Thou shalt help other users.
 
 14. Thou shalt not post anonymously when offering criticism.
 
 15. Thou shalt keep thy foul language to thyself.
 
 16. Thou shalt not occupy thy favorite system with thine arguments, for
     Verily, I say unto thee that thou shalt make a fool of thyself.
 
 17. Woe be unto the user who attempt to crash a system, for he or she
     shalt be cast out from the sanctuary of the hobby and must repent by
     doing 40 days and 40 nights of penance of voice-only communications.
 
 18. Thou shalt first dial modem numbers during the day by way of voice
     line to assure correct numbers.
 
 19. Thou shalt not beg for E-Mail.
 
 20. Thou shalt not post messages while drunk, stoned or bent out of
     shape.
 
 21. Thou shalt confine thy messages to those of friendship, requests for
     assistance, aid to the needy, advice, and advancement of thy hobby;
     and thou art obligated to repel any who wouldst transgress upon
     those commandments.
 
 22. If thou doth promise to reply to a message and thou doth not, then
     surely thou shalt spill coffee into thy keyboard and burn out thy
     central processing chip.
 
 23. Thou shalt not giveth any false information when applying for
     membership, for verily it is written that whosoever shall do so will
     surely be found out and thy welcome on all boards will be terminated
     forever and ever.
 
 24. Thou shalt log on properly and in accordance with the system rules.
 
 25. Thou shalt observe length limits.
 
 26. Thou shalt not upload "worm" programs.
 
 27. Thou shalt not ask stupid questions that are already fully explained
     in the topic or instructions.
 
 28. Thou shalt not exchange copy protected software thru the BBS.
 
 29. Thou shalt not violate applicable state/federal/local laws and
     regulations affecting telecommunications, or ye shall will feel the
     wrath of thy judicial system.
 
 30. Thou shalt not hack.


 
 ######  ONLINE GAMES FOR FOREM/TURBO BBS
 ######  Compiled by Wiz at Turbonet 100:210/2  Fnet 642  Fido 1:262/25
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 

 Name                       Version      Authors Name
     Source BBS               Key File/Price     Support Status
 --------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 Axolotl Football           V9.9B        Axolotl Tyrant
     Axolotl 1-916-638-9923   No/Donation        Active
 
 Axolotl Basketball           Delayed    Axolotl Tyrant
     Axolotl 1-916-638-9923                      Active
 
 Air Defense                V3.6         Darel Schartman  / Fnet 224
     Flash 1-314-275-2040     Yes                Active
 
 Assassin                   V1.51        Kevin MacFarland / Fnet 248
                              Yes/$25            Active
 
 Bloodfest                  V1.19
 
 Bond (James Bond)          V2.06        Dave Tomesch/Thomas Wong *MAIL*
 
 Casino                     V.91
                              No                 Inactive
 
 Conflict                   V???         Bobby Shaughnessy *MAIL*
 
 Continental Battles        V4.0         Shawn Zweers / Fnet 623
     Radio STation 1-416-934-6801                Active
 
 Conquest                   V7.0         Chris Gregory
 
 Cows                       V9.0         Axolotl
     Axolotl 1-916-638-9923   Yes/$15            Completed
 
 Crapz                      V1.0
 
 Darklord's Castle          V2.0         Troy Hammack *MAIL*
 
 DDST                       V1.25        Bill Miller / Fnet 18
     ///Turbo Board Support 1-416-274-1225       Completed
 
 Eidolon                    V1.24        Viszier / Fnet 661
                              No                 Inactive
 
 Final Frontier             V1.54        Jeff Bath / Fnet 8
     Universal ST 1-414-496-0724                 Active
 
 Fool Time                  V0.1(A)      Dozer / Fnet 642
     Hero's Haven 1-304-733-5626                 Active
 
 Forem Wrestling Federation V1.50        Shawn Smith *MAIL*
 
 Galactic Empire            V2.41        Bill Mountney/Bill Coffman *MAIL*
 
 Golf                       V3.02        SHAREWARE / Fnet 181
     NovelConcepts 1-713-729-7555
 
 Koldwar                    V1.0         Same as Golf
                              No/Shareware       Completed
 
 Lits                       V2.40        Daron M Brewood / Fnet 1008
     STun 44-61-429-9803      Yes/$30
 
 Mindbind                   V2.00        The Wonderer / Fnet 652
     Pengoland 1-818-708-8576                    Active
 
 Mount Neverest             V8.30BT      Odisseas Kosmatos
                              Shareware          Active
 
 Movie Madness              V1.4         Christian D Carroll / Fnet 345
 
 Never Ending Tale          V3.0         Jason Elite / Fnet 38
     AArdVarKs From ~MarS~    No                 Active
 
 NFL Picks                  V??          Doc Holiday / Fnet 224
     Flash 1-314-275-2040     Yes                Active
 
 Outer Sphere               V0.8         Wiz  (BETA Version) / Fnet 642
     Hero's Haven 1-304-733-5626                 Active
 
 Overlord                   V1.26        Doc Holiday REQUIRES KEY!
     Flash 1-314-275-2040     Yes/$15            Active
 
 Shadow Storm               V0.97.C      Wiz  (BETA Version) / Fnet 642
     Hero's Haven 1-304-733-5626                 Active
 
 Space Empire Elite(local)  V11.00       Doc Holiday / Fnet 224
     Flash 1-314-275-2040     Shareware          Active
 
 Space Empire Elite         V11.34       Same as above SEE
     Flash 1-314-275-2040     Shareware          Active
 
 Spacer                     V4.36        Thomas Wong *MAIL*
 
 Space Ship of Death        V1.1         David Barker / Fnet 689
     Speedy's Raceway 1-513-353-4098             Inactive
 
 Space Ship of Death        V2.07        REGISTERED VERSION
     Speedy's Raceway 1-513-353-4098             Active
 
 Space Trader Elite         V2.08        Jurgen van den Handel / Fnet 336
                              No                 Inactive
 
 ST-STock Market            V1.19.7      Shawn Zweers / Fnet 623
     Radio STation            Yes                Active
 
 The Complete Chess Player  V1.5         Lionel K Gamache
                              No                 Inactive
 
 Time Raider                V0.1         Greymoon / Fnet 642
     Hero's Haven 1-304-733-5626                 Active
 
 Viet Nam                   V???         Don Liscombe / Fnet 66
     The Bre(/\)ery 1-416-683-3089               Inactive
 
 Warlords                   V1.0         *MAIL*
 
 Wizzards                   V3.55        Hawkmoon / Fnet 538
     The Dragon's Lair 1-803-788-7806
 
 Word Score Plus            V3.7
 
 World Leag Axolotl Fball   V2.3         Axolotl Tyrant
     Axolotl     1-916-638-9923                  Active
 
 World War                  V1.0
 
 A blank spot usually means...

 I have NOT verified the operation of ALL of the above programs.  I do
 have most of the above programs available online for download at my BBS.
 If anyone knows of an online game that I have missed, please send me a
 copy of it via Fmail to node 642 (send to sysop or Wiz).  If there is a
 newer version of any of the above online games, please send me a message
 stating what the newest version is.  I may also respond with a request
 for a copy of the file..
 
 Hero's Haven 304-525-3339 HST - V42Bis - 14.4 - 24Hours - Fnet 642
 

 
 ######  THE UNABASHED ATARIOPHILE
 ######  By Michael R. Burkley
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 Some people see deadlines as times when you turn your projects in.
 Other people see deadlines as times when you begin frantically to do the
 work needed to get your project started (let alone completed).  Where do
 you generally find yourself?  This column is due on Thursday evening
 (sometime before 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time).  I have to add the Eastern
 Time part because if I had my choice it would be sometime as close to
 the International Dateline as possible.  Normally I'm still downloading
 files as of Thursday night, and then frantically trying to write useful
 descriptions of them.  Can you guess what type of person I am?  There's
 really no need to guess, you know!  I'm up late on Saturday nights, too!
 
 And so it's Thursday evening and I'm still downloading files.  I guess I
 have to quit and finsh off this column.  This time (I don't know why!) I
 guess I'll get it in on time!  I hate to quit downloading files when
 there are new ones available to tell you about (just wait 'till next
 week when I tell you about SilkMouse 3!), but sometimes I just have to
 do it.  Oh well, I just _guess_ I'll have to live with that!
 
 Here are most of those files...
 
 3DICNS_2 is a series of NeoDesk 3 icons by Dan Dreibelbis (dated Jan.
 -------- 10, 1993) that allow your icons to have that 3-D look--click on
 one and it looks like it depresses into the desktop.  These are designed
 for a mono monitor, but should also work in color.  Some of the icons
 are for SuperBoot, Knife ST, UNdel.TTP, Balgus, Multi Viewer Graphica,
 and more.
 
 APPLIER v.1.0 by John Eidsvoog (dated Jan. 7, 1993) is a small utility
 ------- that increases the power and flexibility of the installed
 application feature of Atari computers.  Normally you can only "install"
 one application at a time (you can only specify one type of document
 that, when double-clicked on, will start a specified application).
 Applier enhances the installed application process in two ways.  First
 of all, it allows you to install more than one application for a single
 file extension.  Up to eight different applications can be invoked for
 each extension.  Secondly, Applier allows you to include commands on the
 command line along with the document's filename.  Read the directions to
 see how you can use the amazing power this little utility gives you!
 Color or mono.  ST/STe/TT compatible.
 
 BRODIE4 is a transcription of the Jan. 8th real time conference with Bob
 ------- Brodie which occurred on the Atari Roundtables on GEnie (the
 *official* information service of Atari Corporation).  In it Bob talks
 about the delayed Falcon production , the new delivery dates of
 the Falcon and the bundled software that will come with it, MultiTOS,
 SpeedGDOS, and more.  An interesting read.  The same file was reprinted
 in last week's edition of Z*Net Online Magazine.  So, beware of 
 duplication!
 
 BSTAT244 is B/STAT v.2.44.  It is a statistical analysis and business
 -------- graphics spreadsheet program.  Data can be entered from its own
 spreadsheet or others.  It will load DIF, ASCII, PRN, WKS (Lotus 123)
 and SYLK files.  It requires a minimum of 1 Meg of RAM (more is better)
 and a double-sided drive or hard drive. B/STAT will use GDOS if
 available but it is not required.  This program is complicated, but
 powerful.  Docs included.  Color or Mono.  ST through TT compatible.
 SHAREWARE.
 
 CARRIER is a Cybersculpt model (.3D2) of a spacefaring fighter carrier.
 ------- While I hope this particular model isn't in our near future
 (though I wouldn't be surprised), I do hope that we soon make it out
 into space in a big way like this.  Multiple "Spinhabs" rotate to
 provide artificial gravity, and they each rotate in a different
 direction to cancel out their torque.  You can view this from within
 Cybersculpt or Phoenix (even the demo).  Color only.
 
 CAUTILS by Craig Anderton is a series of test sequences created to aid
 ------- him in his musical endeavor, and his is allowing them to be
 distributed to make your life easier, too.  I don't really know what
 this program does (when I sing or play I usually just make "a joyful
 noise"), but it seems to do lots of things such as allowing you to tune
 multiple intruments (it seems to be MIDI instruments indicated), allow
 you to easily "flag" particular MIDI programs when listening to then,
 tune your guitar, bass, or other string instrument, and more.  Docs
 included.
 
 CD_AUDIO v.1.00demo by Nima Montaser is a stand-alone program that plays
 -------- audio compact discs from a CD-ROM drive (presently the Sony
 DCU541 and the NEC machines [not yet tested]).  It will allow you to
 Play, Pause, STop, and Eject your CD (gracefully, of course).  This demo
 is fully functioning, but several delays are incorporated in this demo
 to urge you to register (only $12).  GEM based, ST/TT compatible, this
 program will work in all resolutions.  SHAREWARE.

 DIEDGE_1 is a collection of all the messages from the GEnie Atari Round-
 -------- Table concerning Diamond Edge, the Hard Drive maintenance and
 repair software from Oregon Research.  The dates run from Oct. 25, 1992
 to January 7, 1993.  I liked the demo of this program so much I bought
 the program.  I like the program even better!
 
 DMASND12 is DMA-SOUND (The STE DMA Sound Sample Player) v.1.2 by the
 -------- author of The Recipe Box and many other programs, Anthony
 Watson (dated Jan. 15, 1993).  The STE DMA Sound Sample Player allows
 you to play stereo or mono sound samples at 6khz, 12khz,25khz, or 50khz
 using the hardware built into the STE/TT/Falcon computers.  Naturally
 older ST's which do not have this hardware will not be able to use this
 program.  The program itself only uses 15K of RAM, though memory usage
 overall varies with each sample played. The only limit to the length of
 sample playable is the RAM you have available in your machine!  It will
 play signed sound samples only.  Install it as an application and just
 click on a sound sample and listen away!  SHAREWARE.  Extensive docs.
 
 EPS is the EPS 16+ Disk Wizard v.1.0 Beta by Steve Quartly (dated Jan.
 --- 1, 1993).  This program is designed to be used with EPS & EPS 16+
 disks as a disk manager.  It's functions include: Directories; Printing
 Labels; File Deletes; Formatting disks; Changing Disk Labels, and
 Copying Files/Disks - using the .EFE & .EDE standard.  I am sorry about
 one thing though,  I have not the _slightest_ info on what the EFE & EDE
 standards are (well, I do think it has something to do with music).  The
 docs, while complete, assume you know what it's all about!  Oh well.
 SHAREWARE.
 
 EXPAND12 is Expand-o-matic the Automatic File Extractor (Well, semi-
 -------- automatic) v.1.2 by Andrew Cullum (dated Dec. 20, 1992).
 Expand-o-matic is a shell for dealing with a variety of compressed
 formats.  Just give this shell the name of a compressed file of any type
 and it will automatically extract it for you, choosing the appropriate
 decompression routines (you must supply the archive utilities).  You can
 use your file selector to select the files or take advantage of NeoDesk
 3.02 or TOS 2.06 and just drag the file onto the program icon.  Now this
 version will support wildcards (uncompress all files, all files with a
 .ZIP extension, or whatever), will auto create folders into which to
 un- compress your files, and more.  This program can make your uncom-
 pressing a breeze! Docs included.  Color or mono.  Good-Deed-Ware.
 
 FUTILBIN is the binary versions of the GNU file utilities version 3.1.
 -------- All of these TTP utilities will run either under MiNT or TOS.
 Comments by Eric R. Smith (the author of MiNT) are included (dated Nov.
 5, 1991).
 
 GREP is GNU's grep and egrep version 1.5, compiled with gcc 1.37.
 ---- Included in this file is the complete manual page.  GNU e?grep is
 based on a fast lazy-state deterministic matcher (about twice as fast as
 stock Unix egrep) hybridized with a Boyer-Moore-Gosper search for a
 fixed string that eliminates impossible text from being considered by
 the full regexp matcher without necessarily having to look at every
 character.  The result is typically many times faster than Unix grep or
 egrep.  (Regular expressions containing backreferencing may run more
 slowly, however.)  I have NO idea what this does!!
 
 HSC140 is Ian's Heat-and-Serve C v.1.4 by Ian Lepore (dated Dec. 10,
 ------ 1992).  This is Ian's personally updated and enhanced version of
 Sozobon C 1.0 and 1.2.  This is a K&R (ie, non-ANSI) C compiler for the
 ST.  Everything you need is included in this archive.  The GemFast v.1.8
 programming library is here as well!  Don't you just _hate_ installing
 programs?  This compiler has an automatic installation process!  This
 will work from a floppy or hard drive system.  There are lots of other
 features as well.  The compiler speaks English instead of technish!  The
 MAKE utility is desktop friendly.  The compiler controller now works
 with a RAM disk, making work vastly faster.  Finally, because of lots of
 "tweaks" the assembler is 50-100% faster than before.  Extensive docs
 are included.  I'm assuming that this will work with all TOS's and any
 resolution, but I'm not sure, as the author doesn't say.
 
 IGSED25 is the Instant Graphics and Sound Editor v.2.5 by Anthony S. Rau
 ------- (dated Jan. 9, 1993).  This utility will allow you to quickly
 create screen and (add new) sound files to the Instant Graphics!
 terminal program.  Instant Graphics! is an .ACC or Emulator for
 Interlink and other terminal programs that will bring a whole new
 concept in online graphics and sound to you!  With this you can see
 online graphics and hear sound and MIDI music over the modem (fly those
 planes around the screen!)!  Now IGS will let you create colorful and
 fast graphics for use on a supported BBS. This file has new sounds for
 you to use, excellent docs, a demo that details the power of IGS, and
 the full program itself.  Also included is the most recent version of
 the Instant Graphics terminal program by Larry Mears (v.2.17, dated Jan.
 26, 1992) and MicroEmacs, an excellent text editor for use with IGS.
 Color only.
 
 JAKEVIEW is Jake's Picture Viewer (and Converter) v.1.0 by Neil Davis
 -------- (dated Jan. 7, 1993).  JakeView is a easy-to-use GEM based
 utility that will allow you to load and view Tiny, Spectrum (.SPC/.SPU),
 Degas, Neochrome, IFF, IMG, XIMG files and view them (some formats in
 color or mono, others mono only).  It also allows you to convert these
 formats into Degas, Tiny, or NeoChrome format.  Have you ever noticed
 how often your Spectrum pictures are full of annoying dots?  This
 program has a fix for that.  Color only.  ST/STe compatible.  Docs
 included.
 
 LOWERUP by Gordon R. Meyer (dated Jan. 10, 1993) is a simple GEM based
 ------- utility that will take your ASCII text file and convert all of
 the lower case letters to upper case, and save the output as a new file.
 Docs within program.
 
 MENUMAKER v.2.4 by M.J. Matts (dated Aug. 17, 1992) is a utility for GFA
 --------- Basic that was written to speed up the production of source
 code for GEM drop-down menus.  It is well done and produces code that is
 _easily_ merged into your GFA Basic program.  This version includes the
 author's own "FRONTEND" interface (much like the "Zest" interface by
 David Becker except this supports both color and mono).  LOTS of other
 features as well, including keyboard calls for all commands.  Now you
 can save code as GFA v3.x making use of SELECT & CASE commands.  While
 this has been done, you can still save the code in the old format to
 keep v.2 compatability.  Color or mono.  Docs included.  This seems to
 be just the thing for you GFA Basic (versions 2.0 & 3.6) programmers.
 SHAREWARE.
 
 Serial Fix v.1.1 by Medical Designs Software (Bill Penner and Bruce D.
 ---------------- Noonan, M.D.) is a "must have" program for all of you
 with high speed modems.  Serial Fix was written as an upgrade to the old
 TurboCTS program, written by Bill Penner, long ago, as an attempt to fix
 the old RTS/CTS problem.  The problem the ST/STe/TT has, occurs when a
 high speed modem is used in conjunction with ZMODEM or any near-
 continuous flow transfer program is used to send data.  The ST/TT
 sometimes has problems properly recognizing when the modem deasserts CTS
 (telling the ST/TT that the buffer is full and don't send any more data)
 resulting in the ST overflowing the modem's buffer.  This results in bad
 data being sent which results in CRC errors, packet size problems, and
 other data transmission errors.  Serial FIX is a replacement for
 TurboCTS and will work with all versions of TOS (1.0 through 3.06).
 Serial FIX supports FOUR forms of handshaking:  (1) XON/XOFF, (2)
 RTS/CTS, (3) BOTH RTS/CTS AND XON/XOFF, and (4) NONE.  The desired
 handshaking mode is set from the RS232 control panel or other program as
 you currently do now.  The new fix is a REAL fix to the RTS/CTS problem.
 Previous fixes (like TurboCTS) only fixed the symptoms of the problem.
 This file included an AUTO folder program and a CPX, either of which may
 be used.  This version fixes two bugs found in v.1.0.  Docs included.
 
 SORTS is two .BAS Quicksort subroutines by Chris Roberts of DragonWare
 ----- Software (dated Jan., 1993).  These VERY FAST routines are useable
 on a number of Basics.  They work on TrueBAsic, Hisoft, GFA, Omecron,
 PC, GW, ST and more.
 
 TOS206IN is a message taken from the Usenet newsgroup.  It details (by
 -------- ASCII text and ASCII graphics) how to install TOS 2.06 in a
 1040ST without the TEC board.  It seemed to work for the author of this
 post, but there are no guarantees when 'hacking' your computer.  The
 cost was about a dollar (plus the TOS 2.06 ROMS!).
 
 TRANSCENDENCE by David Brown (dated Nov. 5, 1992) is a demo of a new
 ------------- SHAREWARE BBS program.  This demo has limits on the number
 of message bases and allows you to use only one partition of your hard
 drive.  Actually, it is the full version minus a "key" which you get
 when registering.  From what I can tell, this is a very comprehensive
 BBS program.  The docs are very comprehensive, and judging from the
 update history, the author is very diligent in maintaining his program.
 
 UPS_PRGS are two programs by Oscar Steele (of Purple Mountain Software)
 -------- that might be useful to you if you do a lot of shipping through
 UPS.  These GEM based programs will allow you to calculate what UPS zone
 any zip code is and to figure out the price of shipping any package to
 its destination.  The program is set up for Washington State being the
 origination point, but the GFA source code is included so you can modify
 that information for your own location (as well as updating the pricing
 schedule).  Docs included.  SHAREWARE.
 
 XB32_GFA is the XBIOS(32)/dosound() MusiX Player by M.J.Matts (dated
 -------- 1992).  The GFA Basic 3 source code is included along with LOTS
 of music files.
 
 XSCHEM28 is XSCHEME: An Object-oriented Scheme, v.0.28  by David Michael
 -------------------- Betz (dated Jyly 24, 1991).  XScheme is an
 implementation of the Scheme programming language with extensions to
 support object-oriented programming.  XScheme follows the "Revised^3
 Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme".  Some knowledge of the LISP
 language would be helpful in using this language.  Docs included.
 
 ZNET9302 is the January 9, 1993 issue of Z*NET.  Always read with great
 -------- interest.
 
 Until next week!

 --Michael

 All of these files can be found on one or more of the following on-line
 services:  GEnie, Delphi, The CodeHead BBS (213-461-2095), Toad Hall
 (617-567-8642), and The Boston Computer Society's Atari BBS (617-396-
 4607).

 
 
 ###### THE 1993 Z*NET COMPUTER CALENDAR 
 ###### Schedule of Shows, Events and Online Conferences
 ###### ----------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 ### 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.
 
 
 ### January 19-22, 1993
 CD-ROM Development Workshop from Multimedia Publishing to Data Archival.
 UCLA Extension Bldg, Los Angeles CA.  (310)825-3344, (310)206-2815 (fax)
 
 
 ### February 2-4, 1993
 ComNet '93 in Washington, DC.
 
 
 ###  February 6, 1993
 The Great Connecticut Trading Fair, an Atari swap meet for Atari
 computer users and owners, premiers in Stamford this year.  Sponsored by
 ACT Atari Group, an organization consisting of seven Atari user groups
 from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, this one-day event will be
 held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Benedict's Social Hall, Sound View
 Avenue, Stamford.  Some commercial exhibitors have tentatively signed
 up (Gribnif, Joppa, BaggettaWare, Derric Electronics and Danbury
 Electronic Music), but center stage is reserved for Northeastern Atari
 user groups and individual traders.  Bargain hunters will find plenty of
 ST and 8-bit hardware, software, peripherals and accessories, new and
 used.  Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12.  Traders
 can rent a table for as little as $10.  Contact Brian Gockley, 18
 Elmwood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605 [Phone (203) 332-1721; E-Mail
 B.GOCKLEY (GEnie) or 75300,2514 (Compuserve)]; or Doug Finch, 46 Park
 Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 [Phone (203) 637-1034; E-Mail D.FINCH7
 (GEnie) or 76337,1067 (Compuserve)].


 ### February 18-19, 1993 (NEW LISTING)
 IEEE Computer Faire at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville,
 Alabama.  Attendees include: WordPerfect, MicroSoft, IBM, HP, Silicon
 Graphics and many others.  At the 1992 show, admission was free to the
 20,000 that attended.
 
 
 ### 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 15-16, 1993
 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the New York Hilton Hotel in New
 York City.  Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing,
 software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's
 leading manufacturers.  In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile
 Systems Solutions Conference series.  Featuring over 80 leading industry
 experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to
 build or improve your world of mobile computing.
 
 
 ### March 16-19, 1993
 Image World - Washington DC at the Sheraton Washington.
 
 
 ### 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.
 
 
 ### March 30 - April 1, 1993
 Intermedia 93 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose CA.
 
 
 ### May 3-5, 1993
 Digital Video New York/MultiMedia Exposition at the New York Sheraton 
 in New York City.
 
 
 ###  May 4-5, 1993
 The 3rd Annual Networks and Communications Show returns to the Hartford
 Civic Center.  Companies such as Intel, Microsoft, DEC, DCA, IBM, and
 MICOM will be exhibiting.  For more information, contact:  Marc Sherer
 at Daniels Productions, 203-561-3250; fax: 203-561-2473.
 
 
 ###  May 11-13, 1993
 SunWorld '93 exposition and conference, held in San Francisco at the
 Moscone Center.  The second annual event is the largest trade show in
 North America dedicated to the Sun, SPARC and Solaris industry.
 SunWorld '93 will feature a full day of in-depth tutorials, which are
 being developed in association with Sun Educational Services, to be 
 followed by three days of conference sessions and an exposition.  The
 three-day exposition will feature more than 175 leading vendors in the
 industry including Adobe Systems, AT&T, Computer Associates, Hewlett-
 Packard, Informix Software, Insoft, SAS Institute, Solbourne, SPARC
 International, Sun Microsystems, SunPro, SunSoft and WordPerfect.  For
 more information about attending SunWorld '93 call Lynn Fullerton at
 (800) 225-4698 or to receive information about exhibiting contact David
 Ferrante at (800) 545-EXPO.
 
 
 ###  June 22-23, 1993
 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim,
 California.  Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing,
 software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's
 leading manufacturers.  In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile
 Systems Solutions Conference series.  Featuring over 80 leading industry
 experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to
 build or improve your world of mobile computing.
 
 
 ### 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.
 
 
 ###  October 7-8, 1993
 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Chicago Mart/Expo Center in
 Chicago, Illinois.  Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing,
 software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's
 leading manufacturers.  In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile
 Systems Solutions Conference series.  Featuring over 80 leading industry
 experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to
 build or improve your world of mobile computing.
 
 
 ### October 27-29, 1993
 CDROM Exposition at the World Trade Center, Boston MA.
 
 
 ### October 27-29, 1993 (NEW LISTING)
 EDA&T Asia '93.  The Electronic Design and Test Conference Exhibition
 at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taiwan.  Exhibit space
 is still available.  For more information contact: Betsy Donahue,
 Chicago, fax: 708-475-2794.
 
 
 ###  November 7-10, 1993
 GeoCon/93, an international conference and showcase for software
 products developed outside the U.S. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel,
 Cambridge, Mass.  The conference program will include three days of
 workshops on topics of interest to overseas developers entering the
 U.S. market.  Workshop presenters will discuss such issues as how to
 negotiate distribution and licensing contracts, setting up a business in
 the U.S., manufacturing and fulfillment, technical support, packaging,
 research sources, and how to market through direct, retail, and catalog
 channels.  For additional information, contact Tom Stitt, associate
 publisher, Soft letter, 17 Main St., Watertown, Mass. 02272-9154;
 telephone 617-924-3944; fax 617-924-7288, or Colleen O'Shea, director,
 Soft letter Europe, 2 um Bierg, 7641 Chirstnach, Luxembourg, telephone
 35.2.87119; fax 35.2.87048.
 
 
 ### November 15-19, 1993
 COMDEX Fall '93. Las Vegas Nevada.
 
 
 If you have an event you would like to include on the Z*Net Calender,
 please send email via GEnie to Z-NET, CompuServe 75300,1642, or via
 FNET to node 593 or AtariNet node 51:1/13.0.  Show listings are also
 published in AtariUser Magazine.

 
 ######  INTEL FAXMODEMS NOW OFFERED IN SYSOP PROGRAM
 ######  Announcement
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 After PC Magazine's most intensive modem evaluation in years, the Intel
 14.4EX tied for "Editors Choice" honors with AT&T.  The AT&T modem is
 more than double the price of the Intel 14.4EX, making Intel's modem the
 clear winner.  Intel has combined this technology with our award winning
 SatisFAXtion modems to bring you a new line of faxmodems.  The best of
 the bunch will be offered at special pricing to Sysops.
 
 1) SatisFAXtion Modem/400 - an internal V.32bis, coprocessed faxmodem
    with a V.32bis modem, Smart Line sharing and Smart UART.  Supports
    CAS compatible applications.
 
 2) SatisFAXtion Modem/400e; an external V.32bis faxmodem.  Supports CAS
    and Class 1 fax interfaces.
 
 Common features of the 14.4EX, SatisFAXtion Modem/400 and 400e:
 
 -V.32bis/V.32 speeds of 14.4K, 12K, 9.6K, 7.2K and 4.8Kbps.
 -V.42bis, V.42 and MNP 5 data compression and error control.
 -Automatic speed optimization.  The modem monitors line noise and falls
  back and/or forward to insure the maximum throughput.  These speed
  changes happen in less than 200ms!
 -Adaptive handshaking.  The 14.4EX samples the phone line BEFORE the
  connection is made to maximize throughput.
 -Quick connection option.  The modem can be configured to connect with
  other Intel modems in as little as six seconds (vs the normal 12-16
  seconds).  Even if you're connecting to a non-Intel modem, the
  connection time can be cut to eight seconds.  (NOTE: noisy phone lines
  will affect the performance of this option).
 -Automatic leased line restoration.  In the event of carrier loss on a
  leased line, the modem can be setup to automatically attempt to
  re-establish the connection.
 -Small form factor.  Our external high speed modems are packaged in the
  same metal case as our 2400bps modem, reducing space requirements.
 -Free communications software from Crosstalk.  Each modem comes with a
  free copy of "Communicator by Crosstalk".
 
 This is the full $99 retail package which includes 13 terminal emulators
 and 8 file transfer protocols - including ZMODEM.  Status lights display
 connection speeds between 1200 and 14,400bps and when error control and
 data compression connections have been made (externals only)
 -Maximum DTE rate = 115.2Kbps
 
 TO QUALIFY FOR THIS OFFER:
 
 []  You must currently be operating a bulletin board system.
 []  Purchase is for bulletin board use only  -- not for resale.
 []  The modem must be used on the BBS at least one year before removal.
 []  Bulletin board must display a message on user sign on declaring an
     Intel 14.4EX or SatisFAXtion Modem/400 (or 400e) in use.
 
 NOTE:
 
 o  Due to local market approval requirements, this offer is only
    available in North America.
 
 o  This is a special limited offer from Intel.  Intel reserves the right
    to discontinue or alter the offer at any time.
 
 PAYMENT TERMS:
 
 We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Cashier check or money
 order.
 
 SHIPPING AND HANDLING (please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery): $15/unit
 
 OTHER CHARGES:
 
 State sales tax must be included where applicable (or provide a tax
 exemption number).
 
 --------------------------------------------------------
 SYSOP ORDER FORM -- INTEL MODEMS    (Effective: 7/31/92)
 
 NAME _____________________________________
 COMPANY __________________________________
 MAIL SLOT_________________________________
 ADDRESS___________________________________
 CITY____________________STATE____ZIP______
 
 SHIPPING ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE):
 ___________________________________________
 ___________________________________________
 ___________________________________________
 Voice phone number: _______________________
 BBS phone number(s): ______________________
 
 Name and address of your BBS:___________________________________________
 How long has your BBS been in operation?________________________________
 Hours of BBS operation:_________________________________________________
 If you are a member of a network (eg. FidoNet,Usenet, etc.) list
 addresses: ________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________
 Average number of calls per month:______________________________________
 BBS software used:______________________________________________________
 Processor used on BBS computer:_________________________________________
 Brands and speeds of modems you now use:________________________________
 Account number, name and password for Intel (so we can log into your
 system for verification):_______________________________________________
 
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
            MODEL                          LIST      SYSOP     TOTAL
                                           PRICE     PRICE
            14.4EX (ext)                   $549       $269    ________
          * SatisFAXtion Modem/400e (ext)  $549       $279    ________
            SatisFAXtion Modem/400 (int)   $499       $249    ________
 
                          SUB TOTAL (Quantity X Price)        ________
 
 (Limit 4) *Available the end of August
            STATE SALES TAX (Subtotal X State Tax %)          ________
            (or enter tax exemption number here)
            SHIPPING & HANDLING ($15/unit)                    ________
     (Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery)
                          TOTAL                               ________
 
 CREDIT CARD NUMBER:
 
 VISA:_______________               MASTERCARD:_______________
 AMERICAN EXPRESS:_______________   EXPIRATION DATE:_______________
 
 --------------------------------------------------------
 My signature below shows that I have read and understand the terms of
 this agreement.
 
 []  You must currently be operating a bulletin board system.
 []  Modem purchased is for bulletin board use only  -- not for resale.
 []  The modem must be used on the BBS at least one year before removal.
 []  Bulletin board must display a message on user signon declaring an
     Intel 14.4EX of SatisFAXtion Modem/400 (or 400e) in use.
 
 PURCHASER SIGNATURE:__________________________
 
 FAX THIS FORM AND CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO:
 
           INTEL SYSOP SPECIAL OFFER           at (503) 228-9707
 
             *OR*
 
 MAIL YOUR ORDER TO:
 
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           PO BOX 10723
           PORTLAND, OR  97210
 
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           **--DELPHI SIGN-UP--**       **--GENIE SIGN-UP--**
        ============================|============================
        To sign up for  DELPHI call | To sign up for   GENIE call
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