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Article #357 (730 is last):
From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 26-Mar-93 #913
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Tue Mar 30 23:28:22 1993



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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"
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      CeBiT  is on right  now, its  over this coming wednesday.   Reports are
 slowly trickling in about the public response to the "biggest" computer show
 in Europe.   But  little is  coming across about  Atari.   Other than a  few
 reports  of some irate overseas calls coming into the states about rumors of
 further delays.  Atari needs to come away from  this show clearly "strutting
 its stuff".  If this is not the case they had no business being there trying
 to  woo the european market while busily neglecting the best market there is
 in their own backyard.

      But  first, we need to see the "promised products" shipping in the USA,
 in quantity, with proper promotion and advertisement.  Else, the only dealer
 types they'll  attract are the  loyalist types.   Atari needs  them but they
 also need the full  spectre dealers that'll provide the gateway for  them to
 break into the computer marketing mainstream and be taken seriously.

      'Til now and still, Atari computers are not, in the USA, looked upon as
 a serious, powerful  productivity computer.   This is Atari's  fault and  no
 body  else's.  The lack of  advertising and constant flow "rational reasons"
 for not  advertising and  promoting the computer  line and the  company have
 served to make them appear as though they don't care to be taken  seriously.
 While  _I_ KNOW  Atari wants  to be  taken seriously,  they must  take every
 effort  to make this known to  the overall US marketplace.   They never have
 and  as long as  there are people  out there willing to  help apologize away
 their lack of advertizing, for whatever reason, they never will.

      Advertizing doesn't only  mean promoting a particular  product, it also
 means  promoting the  COMPANY.   Have they ever?   Nope.   It  a key  to the
 gaining of  real marketshare.    Tell people about  themselves, their goals,
 ideals, and then....  the product lines.   Atari  needs to  be known  about.
 They are not.

      They are in Germany now, at CeBiT..  "the biggest computer show in  the
 world" will anyone in the USA know??  Its doubtful.  Only  those who care to
 know because  they care  about Atari will  take the  effort to know.   Atari
 should be allocating the type of funding  being spent to indulge in  Germany
 toward a "Get to know Atari" campaign in the USA instead.

      The US marketplace is still the biggest in the world and the  market is
 always ready  for a  new, innovative  product that'll save  time, money  and
 produce  solid results.  Can  Atari provide that  product?  I  think so, but
 does Atari?  Time will tell.  Especially by their adverts and promos.

                         Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine



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                        STR'S "BELIEVE IT?  OR.. WHAT?"
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                  "There is no comparison!  The Atari Falcon
                     is far superior to the PC platform."


                                                   Sam Tramiel, 08/92

 About the scathing Forbes Magazine Critique of Atari;

      "My new  office, which has  a better view  than my  old one, is so  far
      quite  satisfactory.   And Richard  Miller is  in my  old office.   The
      Forbes  article was a  mish-mash and misconstrued article  full of half
      truths.  We  are anxiously awaiting the release  of the Atari Falcon to
      bring  us  back to  the  forefront.   The  article  has  given us  some
      laughs, but otherwise has not affected us."

                                                   Sam Tramiel, 08/92

 About marketing plans and the future....

      "As  I  said before,  all  marketing  announcements  will  be  made  at
      Duesseldorf.  I will not comment on future models of the Falcon.

                   WE ARE TALKING TODAY ABOUT A MACHINE.....
                      WHICH WILL BE SHIPPING NEXT WEEK."


                                                   Sam Tramiel, 08/92


 A fantastic observation, considering the date it was made...

      "I've just returned from Asia, where I saw the first Atari Falcon
      production coming off the lines.  Let's hope this new offering will
      make it in North America.  I know that the specs are great."


                                                   Sam Tramiel, 08/92

 Again, the dates of the statement conflict with the facts now known....

      "We have not  yet even given the machine  to the FCC.  And we  are only
      applying for Class  B approval.  According to our  "experts", it should
      pass Class B."

                                                   Sam Tramiel, 08/92


              "......  We are not working for Wall Street but to
          make money for our shareholders and only think long term."


                                                   Sam Tramiel, 11/92

 psssst.
               FYI.... The Shareholder's equity is fine.... NOT!

                      The Stock is hovering around $1.12 

                      CHRISTMAS '92 has COME and GONE...
 AS HAS...

                        JANUARY 1993, FEBRUARY 1993...

                            FALCONS    ....anyone?

                   By the Way.... Does the Falcon work well
                                     with
              any... of the SLM Laser Printers??  NOPE!  NOT YET!
   

 Better yet... 

               Which _MAJOR_ US Software Developers & Publishers
                                      are
                 producing NEW Software for Atari's FALCON???

                 Besides, who _needs_ a CARTRIDGE PORT anyhow!




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 > CPU STATUS REPORT                 LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS 
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                  COMPUTER PRODUCTS UPDATE - CPU REPORT
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                 Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
  


                                Issue #13
  
                             By: John Deegan
  
  
    NINTENDO LOSES AT SUPREME COURT - Nintendo of America lost this week 
 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear its claim that add-on 
 hardware letting players experiment with video cartridges to essentially 
 invent new games violates federal copyright laws.
  
    This means a win for Lewis Galoob Toys, because the company can 
 continue selling its "Game Genie," an add-on that plugs into the 
 Nintendo Entertainment System and cartridges, allowing use of a code 
 to change up to three elements of a given video game at a time.
  
  
    TI OFFERS NEW PRINTERS - Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced a new 
 family of printers for IBM PC/compatible and Apple Macintosh users.
  
    The new line of microWriter LED page printers consist of three 
 models: microWriter PS23, microWriter PS65 and the microWriter, which 
 offers LaserJet compatibility.  TI says the printers now are available 
 through its global network of distributors and dealers.
  
  
    INTEL SHIPS PENTIUM - Intel Corp. this week began shipping its much-
 awaited Pentium microprocessor, the next generation computer chip that 
 provides improved processing speed and performance.
  
    The fifth-generation chip performs 112 million instructions per 
 second, making it five times more powerful than the original Intel '486 
 chip.
  
    "The Pentium processor will run all the current software without mod-
 ification and with a substantial performance improvement," said Paul 
 Otellini, senior vice president with Intel.
  
  
    DELL CUTS PRICES, STOCK TUMBLES - Dell Computer Corp. this week an-
 nounced it was cutting prices by as much as $300 on selected 486-based 
 systems, causing the company's stock to tumble.
  
    The firm cut prices from $50 to $300 on six Dimension systems, affec-
 ting more than 60 hardware configurations. Dell said the price cuts were 
 made possible through savings in component and manufacturing costs.
  
  
    NEC GOES WORLDWIDE WITH NEW CHIP - NEC Corp. says that next month it 
 will begin selling worldwide its next-generation chip, offering a memory 
 16 times that of widely sold 4-megabit chips currently on the market.
  
    NEC Vice President Yuichi Haneta as saying it will be the first 
 company to sell the 64-megabit DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, 
 targeted for use in supercomputers, high-definition television sets, 
 multi-media products and office workstations.
  
    Recently, NEC joined other companies in announcing the development of 
 an experimental 256-megabit DRAM and said it had applied for about 100 
 different kinds of patents on the new chip.
  
  
    APPLE INTRODUCES MULTIMEDIA CD-ROM PRODUCT - Apple Computer Inc. this 
 week introduced PowerCD, its first CD-ROM-based multimedia product.

    PowerCD is a three-in-one player for CD-ROM, photo CD and audio 
 compact discs. Available as an external device, the portable PowerCD 
 drive will offer users access to Macintosh CD-ROM titles on their 
 computer, as well as full support for Kodak Photo CD formats and the 
 ability to play audio CDs when connected to a television or Macintosh 
 computer.
  
    Applications include business presentations, reference databases, 
 photo archives, learning programs and entertainment.
  
    The unit is lightweight, battery-operated and completely portable. It 
 has a built-in SCSI port to enable users to connect their Macintosh 
 desktop or PowerBook computer and use it as a CD-ROM drive.
  
  
    HAYES CUTTING PRICES 17% - Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc. says it 
 has taken action within its distribution channel that is expected to 
 lower the street prices by up to 17% on its Optima products.
  
    "The price reductions are intended to make the fastest CCITT standard 
 modem of 14,000 bit/s more affordable," Hayes said in a statement from 
 Atlanta, "and to encourage more business users to take advantage of the 
 benefits of fax capabilities in a modem."
  
    The Optima line includes data and fax modems ranging from 2400 bps to 
 14,000 bps.
  
  
    SONY DEVELOPS 1.5-GIGABYTE 2.5" DISK TECHNOLOGY - Sony says it has 
 developed a technology capable of creating a 2.5-inch hard disk, which 
 can hold 1.5 gigabyte of data. The firm has already produced a prototype 
 version of the disk. It is reported that the technology is the combina-
 tion of a Mini-Disks and a compact disk (CD).
  
    Sony's latest 2.5-inch original hard disk technology is called the 
 Pre-Embossed Rigid Magnetic, or the PERM. The disk has embossed tracks 
 or grooves on both sides of the disk. Basically, it uses the same 
 mastering and stamping process as that of a music CD.

    Sony claims that it is a totally new technology. A prototype 2.5-inch 
 hard disk prototype has already been developed, which has 5,000 tracks 
 per inch and can store 200 megabytes (MB) of data. The disk measures 10 
 by 7 by one centimeter in size.

    The grooves on the disk prevents noise, which is usually created by 
 the friction between the tracks. With narrower grooves, Sony is 
 preparing to produce a disk with 15,000 tracks per inch in the near 
 future. This disk will hold 1.5 gigabyte of data.


    ELECTRONIC MONITORING LEADING CAUSE OF JOB STRESS WORLDWIDE - Job 
 stress, some of which is caused by computers, is a worldwide phenomenon 
 affecting tens of millions of workers, according to a report issued by a 
 United Nations agency.

    Electronic monitoring by employers is a leading cause of job stress. 
 According to the findings of the U.N.'s International Labor Organization 
 (ILO) job stress is also rampant in developing countries where companies 
 are doing little to help employees cope with the strain of modern 
 industrialization.

    Vittorio G. Di Martino, a job stress specialist for the ILO, said 
 major factors in the stressful nature of a job are not only the demands 
 of the work, but also the lack of control many workers have over their 
 jobs.

    For instance, repetitive work is not necessarily stressful, but when 
 a worker is required to keep up with a machine, anxiety levels increase.

    Workers in many countries are being subjected to new pressures, 
 including electronic eavesdropping by superiors, as the use of computers 
 spreads throughout the world. Employees in airline offices, government 
 agencies, insurance companies, mail-order houses and telephone 
 companies, often find their work quality, quantity and length and 
 frequency of breaks being electronically monitored by their bosses.

    "This may be reassuring for the employer, but not for the worker," 
 said the report, "Job Stress: The 20th Century Disease."



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 Hey there, folks!  It's been another busy week on Compuserve.  The
 questions just keep coming (luckily, so do the answers).  Y'know, it always
 amazes me when, after all the years that the ST has been on the market,
 someone comes up with a new "twist".  Sure, it's not a common occurrence,
 but it does happen.  Well, I guess that's one of the things that keep us
 computer folks young, huh?

 Let's see what kind of new stuff we can learn this week...




 From the Atari Productivity Forum
 =================================



 Ted Broussard asks about a popular word processor from "that other"
 platform:


      "I have  noticed various files dealing  with WordPerfect.  Is this word
      processor available for the ST? If so, how can I purchase it?"


 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine, being the helpful guy that he is,
 tells Ted:


      "Yes there is Word Perfect for the ST.   Its only 4.1 and its not being
      upgraded  any longer by  Word Perfect.   You should  be able  to find a
      used one for a good price."


 One of the many nice things about a "stock" ST/STe/Falcon is the ability to
 utilize fairly high quality sound right out of the box.  On the DOS
 platform, to get anything more than a squeaky beep, you must go out and buy
 a sound board.  Of course, where there is hardware, there must be software
 to make the most of it.  Michael Smith tells us:


      "I'm  looking  for a  startup sound  program  for  the auto  folder (of
      course) that's small, simple, and to the point.

      I've installed  Superboot 8.0 for only  it's capabilities  of playing a
      startup Digisound  but that's a bit  overkill and  Superboot slows down
      the boot process considerably.

      Does anyone  know of a  startup up sound  program that isn't  extremely
      difficult to  configure,  ie: renaming  the  sound  file 20  times  and
      rebooting  to  get  it  right,  and works  on  a  Mega STe,  preferably
      supporting the DMA sound."


 Geoff Larsen tells Michael:


      "Gooday mate. I  am a registered  user of  Superboot and till  recently
      found it very useful, but it does slow down the boot!!!!!!

      Try MOUSEBOOT it is great, easily reconfigured and mouse driven  as the
      name  suggests. It  has sound  capabilities but  i don't  know how good
      they are as I don't use them. (slows down the boot).....

      It was  on a  disk off  Atari ST  Review (the  one with  1st Track  and
      Striker in  bold letters on the front.   If this does  not mean a thing
      to you or if you  do not get that mag. were ever you live and it is not
      on CIS then let me know and I will upload it for you."


 Gee, was I the only one that noticed Geoff's accent?  I'd place him as
 being from New Zealand.  The fact that people can communicate via a service
 like CompuServe from all around the globe so quickly, and at such a small
 price, still amazes me.

 Last week, Michael Smith mentioned that:


      "QCMsg  is working VERY nice.   No  complaints and even on  a Mega STe:
      the fussiest of the ST family..."


 That led Haj Baxter to post:


      "I'm  curious what  you mean by  the Mega being  the fussiest  ST.  I'm
      interested in moving up from my  Ste 4meg To a Mega (because I wanted a
      place to  install a hard drive and I thought the  higher Tos would give
      me _less_  glitches than I usually  run into[I already switched from an
      St Fm]) not more. I _attract_ glitches, bombs, Tos error alerts, etc."


 Michael explains the situation to Haj:


      "The Mega  STe is a  GREAT machine, don't let me  lead you astray.  The
      operating  system, however,  has  some incompatibilities  with  current
      software that I believe 1.62 and below didn't have.

      I think  it's mainly  on account  that some  developers may have  taken
      short cuts  in programming (I'm not a programmer so this is probably an
      incorrect statement).

      I found that one program from the  old days (actually two now  that I'm
      thinking about  it) won't  work.  The  one is BaseTWO  (didn't like  it
      anyway!) and STRaider (a game).

      I didn't have any incompatibilities with my 520STFM with TOS  1.04.  It
      worked very well but didn't have  the horsepower or the hard drive when
      I needed it most.

      Now the software I  use has to have  a "passed the 2.05  or 2.06"  test
      before I purchase or download.

      I've heard STalker works great so I just ordered that today.

      If I had  to do it today, tho, I'd upgrade  to a TT.  It makes sense to
      go  with an  030 machine  (esp  with MTOS  coming)  and the  ability to
      expand above 4 meg of  ram (which is seriously becoming a limitation!).
      I've heard the TT has better compatibility than the MSTE."

 Geoff Larsen adds:


      "I  have a MEGA STe  and I have  to agree  it is fussy, but  I have not
      purchased a program  in the last twelve  months ( game or  application)
      that  has not worked first up.   Some P.D. (a lot of these people don't
      have developer packs from Atari) and older software (whose  programmers
      chose to ignore Atari's warnings about do not use memory  areas) do not
      work.  All in all  I have  only had  problems with  ten or  so programs
      and I found plenty of replacements...


 Allan Higgins asks for some help:


      "Greetings. I need  some advice. The sound went  on my 1040ST. I am not
      sure  whether  the problem  is  my computer  or  my  monitor (an  SM124
      monochrome). Any suggestions on how to locate the problem?"


 Geoff Larsen offers a suggestion:


      "Take your 1040  over to one of your mate's  house and plug it into his
      monitor. If it does not work then it is the 1040."


 Mike Mortilla pops in and bursts that little bubble with a dose of reality
 and offers a suggestion of his own:


      "Here in  the States, not all  of our  mates houses have STs.  They are
      far and  few between!  As for the  problem, I  can help  much, but  the
      SM124 is  easy to disassemble (remove the case from). You might want to
      download the  MONO MOD  file  from the  libraries here  as it  explains
      opening the case.  You don't have to expand  the screen (which  is what
      the file is  intended to do) but once  opened, you can check to see  if
      the slip on connector to the speaker has come loose.

      I've been tempted to add an  earphone jack to mine, but  never have the
      time. You could plug  in a comparable speaker to the connector and  see
      if it works (careful  running with the  cover open, but it can  be done
      and is explained in the file too.) Hope this helps.

      To find  the  file, search  the  libraries  for keyword  mono,  screen,


      expand and/or mod and you should be able to find MONO MOD. Good luck."


 Jonnie Santos posts the thought that went through my mind:


      "Please warn him about the flyback transformer...  Ouch!!!"


 Mike tells Jonnie:


      "I've opened  my SM124  plenty of  times and  never got  zapped, but  I
      tend not to touch anything  that even looks like it's  made of metal! I
      did, however, learn a  very good lesson  at my father in  laws house  a
      few years ago...

      He's  a research chemist and  inventor and invented  a device with very
      high voltage,  which he  was showing  me. He  turned away  for about  3
      seconds and  I decided to  touch the  shiny thing to  see if  its warm.
      It was, with  about 17,000 volts! Fortunately it  had very low  amps or
      I'd be part of his compost heap!

      But a friend of  mine took  the full load at  a major theater here.  He
      was  not himself  for  about  a year,  and  now is  *the* most  careful
      technician you'll *ever* see."


 Jonnie adds:


      "Yeah, I just  mentioned it because I  was taking a class on  repairing
      PC's and  the instructor mentioned  some astronomical high voltage from
      the transformer  (and about  double that  for a  color unit).   Also  I
      remember years ago when I  used to do sub-ass'y work for Elgar Corp you
      could get  even a little  bite from those  liquid filled  capacitors we
      installed.   These were the same caps that in the polarity was backward
      they'd pop  the little red  rubber plug and blow  a fog  cloud into the
      shop  -  the  tech  doing  the testing  (when  the  wrong polarity  was
      discovered) was a bit punchy for the remainder of the day..."


 And what good is a potentially dangerous piece of electrical equipment if
 you can't use it for things that it was never intended for?  Michael Smith
 adds:


      "you know what's really cool?

      An  old, cracked fly back with the lights in  the room turned off.  You
      can see the arcing inside the flyback! A  nice light show.. just  don't
      try to touch it with your tongue!!"


 While these guys are watching the pretty lights (I'm just mad cuz they
 wouldn't let me watch too), Ron Luks and Jeff at Intersect Software discuss
 whether or not the Falcon's SuperVGA and TrueColor modes are what people
 expect them to be.  Jeff posts:


      "One of  the modes for SVGA is 640  X 480 X 256  colors, VGA is only 16
      colors in  that mode.   The  VGA standard we  are used  to (in the  PC)
      contains several other resolutions and color  combinations.  So we  can
      say that the Falcon has a SVGA mode (one of them). 

      I just got the  literature for a Falcon dealer and my eyes widened when


      I read the SVGA support claim on the Flyer."


 Sysop Boss, Ron Luks tells Jeff:


      "If  this rather obscure SVGA mode is enabled, I  still do not think it
      is reasonable or proper  for Atari to claim SVGA support.  Most  people
      using computers  have  a distinct  understanding  of  what SVGA  is  (a
      higher resolution than the  Falcon030 is capable of) and using this  in
      their advertising would be very very wrong.

      I would  certainly hope  that Atari  Corp does  not use this  "almost a
      loophole"  to generate  more FAlcon sales  at the  expense of  a misled
      public.

      The only word I can think of for such a tactic would be 'sleazy."


 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Ron:


      "There's  been  considerable  discussion  on  UseNet  about  this  very
      thing...

      Atari uses the terms  SVGA, "True Color" and VME rather loosely, in  my
      opinion...  but  any  mention of  the  idea  that those  are  more  for
      "marketing"  than  completely truthful  is  an  open invitation  to  be
      flamed most severely..."


 Jonnie Santos tells Ron:


      "If it says SVGA then I  better be able  to plug in an NEC3FGx and  get
      terrific res...  It will be interesting to keep up on this detail."


 Charles Smeton posts:


      "There has never  been an exact  definition of SVGA  as many  different
      vendors support what  they call SVGA. There  is an IBM standard  called
      XGA,  but this  is not  the same  as the  various  SVGA graphic  cards.
      Standard  VGA  supports 640  x  480 x  16 colors  and 320  x 200  x 256
      colors. Most SVGA cards have 640  x 480 x 256 color modes, 800 x 600  x
      256 color modes and even  1024 x 768 x 16 color  modes.  Some VGA cards
      support more than  256 colors at one time.  There are 32768,  65536 and
      even 16+ million (24 bit) cards.

      Atari's use of the term "True Color" refers  to the fact that there  is
      no color pallet in  these graphic modes.  The colors of each  pixel are
      defined by  the RGB  values in screen  memory. In  pallet based  modes,
      the color  of pixels is defined by the RGB values  in a color register,
      the  index of the  color register  is what is  stored in screen memory.
      "True Color"  means that  the color  of the  pixel  is what  is in  the
      screen memory. It does not mean that there  are any specific number  of
      colors available at one time."


 Bob Retelle tells Charles:


      "The problem  is, there is also an "industry definition"  of True Color
      which  defines  it   as  being  indistinguishable  from  the   original
      object... which occurs with the human  eye at approximately 16  Million


      colors.  Anything which displays fewer  distinct colors (as the  Falcon
      does), cannot display a True Color image.

      Of course, Leonard Tramiel  SAID the Falcon has  True Color, so I guess
      the rest of the industry is wrong..."


 Larry Green jumps in and posts:


      "Surely this  Truecolour/16  million colours  is going  a bit  far.   I
      think that  I am  right  in saying  that  16  million is  *the*  number
      because  that is  all humans  can see  (so why have  more).   The sound
      spectrum is the  same, musicians don't have  to use every freq to  make
      decent music, neither does the Falcon to produce decent  graphics.  The
      Palette  of  colours  are  smaller  but the  screen  can  only  show  a
      percentage of these to produce *Truecolour* images.."


 Bob Retelle puts the issue in its proper perspective:


      "The Falcon might have  "decent" graphics, but they are NOT "TrueColor"
      graphics.

      A telephone  might deliver  "decent" sound,  but who  would misuse  the
      term and say it has "Hi Fi" sound...?

      Likewise, do  you  think  it  would  be  acceptable for  a  cheap  tape
      recorder to be advertised as having "CD quality sound"..?

      Same thing...

      "True  Color" is,  as  you  suggested, the  point where  the  human eye
      cannot  tell the difference  between the  computer generated  image and
      the "real" object.

      The  colors are  the "true"  colors as  seen in  nature.   They're  not
      "close", or "decent", they're "true".

      If a computer  can't deliver 16M colors,  then it cannot  deliver "True
      Color" images.   They  might be "Nice  Color", or  "Decent Color",  but
      they're not "True Color" images.

      What the Falcon has  is "palletteless color".. that  does not equate to
      "true color".  It  could, if the  hardware was capable of  16M separate
      shades...

      Actually TrueColor IS well defined..   better than most people's  ideas
      of what SuperVGA means.

      Images  created with  16M colors or  more are  TrueColor, those created
      with fewer are not.

      I agree that  32K colors is  pretty good... the problem I  have is with
 advertising a computer has a feature, when it really doesn't...

      It  would be  like advertising the  ST comes  with "High  Density" disk
      drives  because 720K  is higher  density  than say,  a 360K  drive...  
      while the industry accepted definition of High Density is 1.44  Megs or
      higher.

      The problem  is misuse  of terms...   heck..  we could  claim the  GTIA
      modes on the 8bit Atari 800 were "True Color" otherwise..."


 Jim Ness posts:


      "I  remember a  long discussion, when  the Falcon  was first announced,
      about what the term True Color really meant.

      Atari's claim was that it  was when you could not tell  a screen from a
      photo, based  on color  only.  People  like yourself said  it was  16.7
      million colors.  And, nobody really could point to a written spec.

      I agree with  you - the market has  come to expect 16.7 million colors,
      when the term  True Color is stated.   Probably because that's  the way
      PC video cards are marketed these days.

      Atari (and Lexicor) are  probably right, to the extent that True  Color
      was first intended to  mean photo-quality, without  reference to 16-bit
      or  32-bit capability.    But,  like a  lot  of other  things  in  this
      industry, the definitions have changed over time."




 From the Atari ST Arts Forum
 ============================



 Steve Holt asks about the availability of utility programs for the ST:


      "I'm looking for utilities  for the Atari, similar  to PC Tools for the
      PC.  PC Tools  does lots  of  things, but  in particular  it  undeletes
      files,  checks  and  repairs disk  problems,  prunes  and grafts  whole
      directories,  does HD  backup with  various compression  options,  etc,
      etc. Is there anything like this or like Norton for the Atari?"


 Myles Cohen tells Steve:


      "Part of  what you want  to accomplish can be  achieved with a  program
      called DLII...You can find it in ATARIPRO..."


 Geoff Larsen adds:


      "If you have the money "Knife  ST" and "Diamond Edge" are probably your
      best bet. They will  do most of what you want. "Knife ST"  is available
      from  Atari in a pack with seven other useful programs and accessories.
      The  Pack  is  called  "An  Introduction  to   Programming  Utilities".
      Contents are:

                                     WERCS
                                FONTKIT PLUS 2
                                   KNIFE ST
                                     SAVED
                                 ATARI ARCHIVE
                                     STREE
                              DESKTOP CALCULATOR
                                 DESKTOP CLOCK

      The Pack is priced at about $45.00 Australian (can't find my 
 calculator so you will have to convert it to US$ or whatever.){$0.71A
      to $1.00 US approx.}"


 Brian Gockley of ST Informer fame tells Steve:


      "There is a program called ST TOOLS that does what you ask.

      Indeed it is (available for downloading), I think that's where I got
      it.  If it's not there, let me know and I'll put it up."


 Jamie Sacadura posts:


      "Thanks to Sysop, Bob Retelle, I've been able to test WINREC, a german
      direct-to-disk recording program, by  Andreas Biner.  It works fine and
      its very easy to  use although German (once you`ve selected the  number
      of seconds to record,  otherwise it does nothing).  But the size of the
      Samples !!! - 10 sec of MONO sampling at 50 Khz results in 1 Mb file!!

      As  for FRACTAL,  a french assembler program/CPX  to benchmark fractile
      generation,  it  seams to  indicate  that  programs  that  use the  DSP
      processor are going to be very fast on Falcon.

      The predefined  fractile takes  42 to  36 sec  in different  True Color
      resolutions to be generated  and using  the DSP it only  takes 10 to  6
      sec ,  although the final  fractile results weren`t  quite the  same. I
      didn`t like also, not  being able to see the fractile being  generated,
      somehow one gets a "cheat" feeling of that.

      On my  "old" MegaST2  it takes 86s  to generate the  same fractile,  in
      color  or monochrome  (strange,  exactly  the  same time  on  different
      resolutions and color modes).

      I`m still  waiting to  see  my first  TRUE  COLOR  image on  my  Falcon
      (something with more than  256 colors on screen) although using GEMVIEW
      (nice program) i`ve been able to  see PC 256 color Gifs  and quite nice
      they where.

      I  would  appreciate if  someone  (Bob?)  could  locate  and upload  on
      Compuserve, the program "Mandelbrot Fractile"  by R.J. Ridder  that Ron
      Robinson mentioned  in AEO205. It seems  the program  can generate TRUE
      COLOR Fractals and animate them!


      Finally  a word of  disappointment. -  don`t use it  as another nail in
      ATARI`s coffin, Ralph :).   ATARI doesn`t still seem to have a  clue on
      how to  impress new  (and future)  owners of  Falcon. The  two games  -
      LANDMINE and  BREAKOUT  would have  shamed  my  Spectrum 48K  and  show
      nothing of Falcon`s capabilities. Breakout doesn`t even  work correctly
      in True color and only  the sound is fair. As for Landmines, it doesn`t
      even  have  sprites (only  squares  and  numbers  1,2,3),  so much  for
      showoff. They  seem like two  programs some kid has  put together in  a
      couple of days using  Basic. What am i saying!  The kid would  no doubt
      came out  with something  better.    Oh  well, thank God  for shareware
      developers!!"


 Bob Retelle tells Jaime:


      "Thanks for that detailed report on the Falcon programs..!

      I'll see if I can  locate that Fractile program you mentioned.. (I  may
      have to  wait until I can  fix my ST's  keyboard.. the "C" key  stopped
      working  this week..  it's over  6  years old,  so  I guess  that's not
      bad...!  I  logged into the  atari archives and  discovered I  couldn't
      "Change directories..!   argh.!  And my PC  isn't set up  to do  UseNet
      stuff yet...   :(


      I had wondered about  the choice of those two games to include with the
      Falcon.. thanks  for the descriptions of  them..  you're  right that it
      would  be  nice  to  give  something  that  truly  did  demonstrate the
      features of the Falcon though.

      It's been so  long since the Falcon was  announced, it would  have been
      nice  if  something else  had  been  developed in  the  meantime to  be
      included..

      Breakout  was  probably  done  because Atari  owns  the  trademark  and
      wouldn't have  to pay anything  for it, but why  Landmines..?  I  think
      you're right.. isn't that right out of the  1980 edition of "101  BASIC
      Games"..?"




 From the Atari Vendors Forum
 ============================



 Clive Parker gives us a bit of information about Dave Small, the creator of
 Spectre GCR, the Mac emulator for ST computers:


      "According to UK sources  Dave is hard at work on Falcon GCR, a totally
      internal  GCR board  for the  Falcon.   Rumor has  it that  it  will be
      faster than a  Quadra(!) although I'll  believe it when I see  it.  BTW
      Dave, if you read this then any chance of a Falcon GCR for review?" 


 Tim Myers joins in and posts:


      "I doubt that  the Falcon GCR  would be  that fast.  The Falcon  itself
      would have a job keeping up with say a Quadra 800. !"


 Dan Rhea posts:


      "I don't know Tim, Dave seems to have  a talent for getting more out of
      Atari hardware  anyone I  know of.   He's  truly one gifted  individual
      (with a top notch team working with him too)."


 Sysopmeister Ron Luks tells us:


      "After reading that message, I picked  up the phone and gave Dave Small
      a call.

      He confirms that he is working both on ver 3.1  and a Spectre GCR board
      for  the new  Falcon.   Talking with  Dave is  one of the  nicer little
      pleasure  I have  in  this  job and  if  the Atari  market  disappeared
      tomorrow, I'd like  to keep his phone number  around.  He's one of  the
      most interesting personalities I've run across  in this business and  I
      anxiously await his first novel. [grin]"




 From the Atari Portfolio Forum
 ==============================



 Robert Rice posts:


      "I need to  convert my Portfolio phone book  into a format which I  can
      import into  a PC  based  application.   Is  there  an program  in  the
      library  which  will do  this?   Basically,  I need  to convert  into a
      database type format."


 Sysop Marty Mankins tells Robert:


      "I am not aware of  a program to convert the phone  book.  But, if it's
      not that  big,  you  can do  it  by hand  by  making  it into  a  comma
      separated format.

      Commas separate each field of data.  Now the record looks like this:

                               Perfection Applied
                               222-0120
                               454 West 1010 North
                               Orem, UT 84057

      After converting it to comma separated, it should look like this:

      "Perfection Applied", "222-0120", "454 West 1010 North", "Orem, UT
      84057"

      It's a little time consuming, but it works."


      BJ Gleason, sysop and programming maniac, tells Marty:


      "I just wrote a program to convert the .ADR file, and have uploaded it
      to LIB 3 under the name ADR2CD.ZIP...."


 Marty Replies to BJ:


      "What a pal.  That's perfect.   How long's the program been  out there?
      I hope it was recently, so I don't get egg on my face."


      Knowing BJ, the "electronic ink" wasn't even dry on Robert's first
 message when BJ finished writing the program.... Now, if I could only talk
 him into writing a program that prints up nice crisp 20 dollar bills...


      Well folks, that's it for this week.  I hope you found something
 worthwhile in this week's column.  If not, go back and read through it
 again.  Yeah, that means you, fella.  That's right, you.  Go on, the rest
 of us haven't got all day.

      Okay, he's gone back up to the top of this column so the rest of us
 can finish up.  Ya see how just one guy can gum up the works?

      Well, at any rate, I'll be back (said in my best Arnold
 Schwartsenegger voice) next week.  So tune in again to listen to what they
 are saying when...


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 invite  you to  participate in  the  Fourth Annual  Blue Ridge  AtariFest in
 beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.  Show dates and times are:


                      Saturday July 24, 1993  10am - 6pm
                      Sunday   July 25, 1993  Noon - 5pm


 Just as in  previous years, we have arranged  for FREE Booth space for Atari
 developers!!  (We're only requesting the donation of a door prize).

 We can  promise both  developers and  show-goers an  energetic and  exciting
 show with as enthusiastic a crowd of Atarians as you'll  find anywhere, plus
 the support of Computer STudio in the mall.

 We're once  again taking  over the  Courtyard Shop  (mall) area at  Westgate
 Shopping Center for the show (location  of Computer STudio), plus the use of
 vacant store  spaces for  seminar sessions.    Seminar sessions  will be  45
 minutes in length, and developers are welcome to conduct a  seminar on their
 product  line  or approved  topic  of  their  choice  (seminar sessions  are
 limited, so first come, first served).

 This year's  show dates  also coincide  with Asheville's  annual Bele  Chere
 street festival, when downtown  Asheville is closed to vehicular traffic and
 becomes  what must  be  one of  the largest  street  fairs in  the  country.
 Westgate  Shopping  Center  is one  of  the  primary  Park-and-Ride  shuttle
 centers for transporting people to and from downtown, and we've arranged  to
 have the shuttle service  pick up at the front entrance of the mall and drop
 off at the rear entrance, so  everyone taking the service from Westgate WILL
 walk through the AtariFest  exhibition area sometime during  the day.   This
 will be  a great opportunity  to showcase Atari  and Atari related  software
 and  peripherals, and  introduce  them to  people  who aren't  already Atari
 owners.   Bringing in NEW blood  is the key to the growth  of this platform,
 and  this will  be our  opportunity to  begin that  process  with a  captive
 audience.

 Additional  discussions  of the  show,  as  well  as  confirmations of  your
 participation, are welcome in GEnieMail and in the Blue Ridge


 AtariFest topic 13 in Category 11 here on GEnie.

 Hoping to hear  from you  soon.  Happy Atari  Computing.  It's  happening in
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 Where: Westgate Shopping Center - Asheville, N.C.

 Take any  major highway  into Asheville  (US 19-23,  US 26 or  I-40) to  the
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                              When: 24-25, July 1993
                            Time: 10:am to 6:pm SAT
                                 12 Noon 'til 5pm SUN

 Points of contact:

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      GEnie:  S.WINICK                   GEnie:  C.ALLEN17
      Computer STudio                    Internet:  CALLEN@UNCA.EDU
      Westgate Shopping Center           phone:  (704) 258-3758
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      (704) 251-0201

 or the Blue Ridge AtariFest topic on GEnie (Atari Roundtable, Category 11,
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 Reservations should be made immediately, as July is the height of our
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             (reservations are a must during this time of season):

 Mount Pisgah:
      About 20  miles southwest  of Asheville  on the  Blue Ridge Parkway  at
 mile post  408.6 (National Park Service). 690 acres. Elevation 5000'. One of
 the nicest  campgrounds in  Western North  Carolina.  67 tent  sites, 70  RV
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 Lake Powhatan:
      4 miles south  of Asheville  on State road  191, 3.5  miles west on  FR
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 nature trails; bicycles. 14-day stay limit.

      While in the  area, you might  want to  consider a little  sightseeing,
 and  include a visit to  the Biltmore House  here in  Asheville (the largest
 single family  residence ever built in the U.S.--its a "castle"). A visit to
 the Biltmore  can be a  full-day's activity  as you  will want  to view  the
 house, visit the winery, and walk some of the grounds and gardens.

 Hours:

           The House 9 am to 6pm         The Gardens 9am to 7pm
                          Conservatory 9am to 5:30pm 
           The Winery Monday-Saturday   11am to 7pm Sunday 1pm to 7pm

      Other areas of interest include; the  Thomas Wolf home (adjacent to the
 Raddison), the Blue Ridge Parkway and  Folk Art Center. A drive  up the Blue
 ridge  Parkway to  enjoy the higher  elevations and incredible  views of our
 mountains.  Perhaps  a hike  up  to  Mount  Pisgah and  look  back  down  to
 Asheville(you can see Mt. Pisgah from  most anywhere in Asheville).  A short
 drive  from  Mt. Pisgah  will take  you to  Sliding Rock  (for those  of you
 travelling with kids  who are still kids  at heart), the Cradle of  Forestry
 (first forest school in the country),  waterfalls, trout hatchery, etc.  For
 the adventurous,  white water  rafting   on the  Natahala River near  Bryson
 City (approx one and a half hours from here).

      There's  obviously  loads more  to  see  and  do  around Asheville  (in
 addition to the Blue Ridge AtariFest and a  visit to Computer STudio :-). If
 any of  y'all would  like maps  and additional  tourist info of  the area  I
 might suggest contacting the Chamber of Commerce:

                      Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
                              151 Haywood Street
                                 P.O. Box 1010
                              Asheville, NC 28802


                        704-258-6111 FAX: (704)251-0926




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                      :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:
                       _________________________________

        Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                       Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
                 Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                           Wait for the U#= prompt.

                   Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

 GEnie costs only $4.95 a month for unlimited  evening and weekend access  to
 more  than 100  services  including  electronic mail,  online  encyclopedia,
 shopping, news, entertainment,  single-player games, and bulletin boards  on
 leisure and professional subjects.   With many other services, including the
 biggest collection  of files to download and the best online games, for only
 $6 per hour.

 MONEY  BACK GUARANTEE!   Any time  during your first  month of membership if
 you are not completely satisfied, just ask for your $4.95 back.

        GEnie Announcements (FREE)

  1. Spring Fling is coming -- special events and new options......
  2. RTC 3/28 - How to HIRE the PERFECT EMPLOYEE...................HOSB
  3. Association of GEOS Developers RTC 3/28 at 8:30PM Eastern.....GEOWORKS
  4. Commodore Amiga Exhibits at Upcoming 4th Annual NYC Show......STARSHIP
  5. HURRY - join up, grab these games before it's too late........SOFTCLUB
  6. The Return of Oscarmania. Join us live for the awards at......SHOWBIZ
  7. One-on-one Veterinary Consultation in.........................PET
  8. Surprise, surprise, surprise in the...........................FLAGSHIP
  9. Decide if the Pro-Lifers have gone too far in.................RELIGION
 10. Who's been LOOKING AT your Credit Report - Find out at........TRWCREDIT
 11. Continuing Education COURSES Online.  REGISTER Today..........CALC
 12. EPCOT Center's American Adventure has be re-done - RTC in.....FLORIDA
 13. CheckFree Software - $19.95 - means no more hassles...........CHECKFREE
 14. PC Aladdin Help Desk now available 7 days a week in...........PCALADDIN
 15. Get GOVERNMENT CONTRACT Information: Download the CBD.........AFSB3


                            HAPPY BIRTHDAY DARLAH!


           GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
              Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission


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 > FLASH 2.1 SHIPS! STR InfoFile    The Cream of the Crop is on its way!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""



                        ==============================
                                   FLASH II
                        ==============================


 Now shipping version 2.1!
         
 FROM:
 MISSIONWARE SOFTWARE
 354 N. Winston Drive
 Palatine, Illinois 60067-4132
 United States of America
 phone 708-359-9565

 Missionware Software is pleased  to announce the release  of version 2.1  of
 Flash II.    This  is  our  second  update  in the  past  year.    Flash  II
 originally went up for sale  in April of 1992.  Version  2.0 was our   first
 release, followed a few months later by version 2.01.  Version   2.1 fixes a
 number of problems  discovered by our customers  and beta  testers over  the
 past few months.  It's also our first  full upgrade,  and as promised, it is
 being sent out  to all currently registered  customers *for free* on a brand
 new disk. We'll be sending these  disks out during the next couple of  weeks
 in order of  serial number. Those with low  numbers will get  their upgrades
 first. If you haven't   received your upgrade by the middle of April, please
 contact us to   make sure you are  properly registered.  In addition to  the
 enhancements listed below,  this upgrade is  being   sent out  with our  new
 installation  program.  You'll need to reregister (on  your disk only!) this
 version of  Flash II.  Future maintenance  upgrades will  be handled  online
 (you'll  be able  to download  a  patch file)  so  it's imperative  that you
 properly register your new version.

                            * * * * * * * * * * * *

 Flash  II is  the update  to the  most popular  Atari ST  telecommunications
 program ever!  It's available exclusively  from Missionware Software and  at
 an affordable price!   Flash II is completely  rewritten by Paul Nicholls of
 Clayfield, Australia.  But don't  let that fool you!  Flash  II has the same
 look and feel  as previous versions of Flash...plus  a slew of  new features
 to boot! And it's  just as easy  and fast to use for  the telecommunications
 beginner  or pro!   Take a  look below  for just  some of what  Flash II can
 offer you now...

 All macros use the familiar Flash DO script format!

 You  can program up to 20 individual and separate  macros for each  BBS plus
 an additional 10 global macros!

 Supports the following terminal types:
 TTY, VIDTEX, VT52, ANSI, VT100, VT101, VT102, VT200, VT300 & PRESTEL.

 Includes Automatic Answer mode!

 Includes full featured GEM text editor with:
 merge,  block   commands,  cut   &  paste,   search  &   replace,  paragraph
 reformatting;  user  tab settings,  page  width,  full  keyboard cursor  and
 delete control and more!

 Includes  Silent Line  for background file  transfers!   Zmodem now supports
 the selection of AutoStart  and Streaming options.  If you prefer to  use an
 external Zmodem  protocol with Flash II, you can now force Flash II's Zmodem
 autostart mode to  off.  For BBS'  that don't support "streaming", this  too
 can now be turned off.

 New  version  written   in  assembler!    Fast!      Now  supports  "Install
 Application".  You can create  a DO script that can be  used to launch Flash
 II  from the  desktop and  force it to  dial up and  go online  for you, all
 automatically!   A new  "BReak" script  command is added  which permits  the
 sending of a terminal  break to the host computer while a script is running.

 Missionware  Software's  upgrade  policy  remains  the    same  for  the new
 Version  2.1!   We  will  continue to  upgrade  any old  version  of  Flash!
 (copyright Antic Software) for  just $30 US, plus  $4 shipping and  handling
 (US and Canada), $8 worldwide.  Or,  you can purchase Flash II,  version 2.1
 outright,  for  only  $49.95  US  plus  the  shipping  and  handling charges
 applicable to your area.

   To order, or for more information, contact:

                             Missionware Software
                             354 N. Winston Drive
                           Palatine, IL   60067-4132
                           United States of America
                              phone 708-359-9565


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 > CT FEST'93 STR SHOW NEWS    
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                             THE CT ATARIFEST '93!
                             =====================


                   JUNE 12 & 13, AT THE WINDSOR COURT HOTEL
                      WINDSOR, CT. (JUST ABOVE HARTFORD)


      Free Parking!
           Low Room Rates!
                More Vendors!
                     More Floor Space!

      Yep, that ACT Atari Group is  running another major NorthEast  computer
 event.   Last  year's  successful CT  Fest  had over  700  attendees,  which
 merited  a larger  location, so we've  moved a  mile away (exit  42 on I-91)
 into bigger  and better  quarters.   We're just  as convenient  to reach  as
 ever, and  only  two  hours from  Boston  or New  York!  The new  hotel  has
 excellent  room rates  ($35.00 per room),  free and  plentiful parking, easy
 access from Interstate 91,  I-95, I-90, I-84, I-80, an in house Sports  Bar,
 a bigger  ballroom and  is located  just 1  mile from  Bradley International
 Airport (free shuttle service for hotel guests).

      We expect that an even greater number of vendors  this year, surpassing
 the  excellent  turnout  of the  past  shows.   We  already  have  tentative
 commitments from  A&D Software,  Gribnif Software,  Barefoot Software,  Toad
 Computers,  Computer  Studio,  Baggetaware,  Derric Electronics,  E.Hartford
 Computer   Repair,  MegaType   Software,   Wizztronics   and  GFA   Software
 Technology.   Last year  we had FOURTEEN  user groups, this  year we  should
 have even more (We also expect an exciting 8 Bit contingent)!

      We'll have  our  annual  New England  Lynx  Competition, with  multiple
 Comlynxed competitions  underway at  all times.   Last  year's winners  took
 home prizes  ranging from  games to  accessories to  complete Lynx  Systems!
 Bring your best player and join the fun.

      We'll have  the Portfolio  Corner,  staffed with  industry pundits  and
 filled with every  imaginable palmtop  peripheral! Last  year we  had a  few
 Portfolios disassembled  at the  booth, a  real insight  into surface  mount
 technology!

      For those  of you  with an  eye towards  seminars, we'll  have them  in
 abundance, last  year's question  and answer  session with  Bob Brodie  drew
 standing only crowds! In addition, we  had John Eidsvoog's walk  through the
 Codehead  graphic tools,  Jeff  Naideau  of  Barefoot Software  showing  off
 EdiTrack Platinum,  Dave Troy of  (Guess[ribbet]) Computers  and many,  many
 others.

      And  to top things  off, come  out and  see the  Falcon 030 in  all its
 glory.  By then we  expect to see some rad new  programs out and some really
 excitement!  All  in all, we hope to  have the best Northeast show yet,  and
 we look  forward to your participation.   Make your  plans now for the  most
 exciting Atari Weekend this spring!

      For further  information, call Brian  Gockley at  203-332-1721 or  Doug
 Finch at 203-637-1034.  We  can also be found on GEnie  in Category 11 or on
 Compuserve in the  Atari arenas.   E-mail can  be directed  to B.GOCKLEY  or
 D.FINCH7 on GEnie or to 75300,2514 or 76337,1067 on CIS.


     _____________________________________________________________________



 > COMPUNEWS STR InfoFile       "Informing the Community"
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                                PMC'S COMPUNEWS
                                ===============


      Please help us in saving our planet's resources by spreading this news
 release anywhere and everywhere.  It is our goal to educate and assist the
 growing computing community.  Thank you for assisting us.


 CompuNews (TM): Informing the Community
 CompuCycle (TM): Saving the Environment

 March 22, 1993

 Bellevue, WA  
 Purple Mountain Computers (PMC)  has released CompuNews, a free newspaper to
 all  Amiga, Atari ST,  Mac, and  PC users.   CompuNews  currently has  a 31%
 newshole and features an interview with  Insite Peripheral's Bill Sousa  and
 the Floptical Technology Association's Jim Milligan, PageMaker 5  news, info
 on Connect (a new  online magazine), a piece  on Microsoft, and a beginner's
 tutorial on MIDI.

 PMC's  is also spearheading  a massive campaign to  educate and assist users
 in recycling  in  the computing  environment.    CompuNews (TM)  is  helping
 spread the word about this  program dubbed CompuCycle (TM).   The CompuCycle
 (TM) program encompasses computer books, software, and magazines.

 CompuCycle (TM)  lets users  buy, sell  and trade their  unwanted items  for
 ones they do want.  Trial testing of the CompuCycle (TM) program has been  a
 success.   All computers  are supported  including PC, Mac,  Amiga, Atari ST
 and 8 bit, Apple, Commodore 64, CP/M, and others.

 Book  topics include  a  wide range  of  subjects including  programming and
 tutorials.   CompuCycle  (TM)  has an  inventory  that includes  over 10,500
 computer books/magazines  and 1,100  programs.   Warehouses  are located  in
 Washington and California for quick delivery.

 We believe  that everyone  can benefit  from this  program.  Users  will pay
 less  for software  and can  turn unused  programs and  books  into cash  or
 wanted items.  And society will  benefit from the utilization of our current


 resources, instead of wasting new ones.

 Thousands of books are listed on disk to  conserve paper; this disk  catalog
 is available for  just $1.   Users can  receive CompuNews  (TM) for free  by
 contacting us and giving pertinent information:

 (name, address, computer type):


                     Purple Mountain Computers, Inc. (PMC)
                         15600 NE 8th St. Ste. A3-412
                              Bellevue, WA  98008
                                (206) 399-8700

                             GEnie E-mail: PMC.INC
                             CompuServe: 72567,302



 Looking for News
 ----------------
 We welcome  any press releases  or news information that  any individuals or
 organizations would like to supply to us (put us on your mailing  list).  We
 will include such information in upcoming issues.


 Company Backgrounder
 --------------------
 Purple Mountain Computers,  Inc.   is an environmentally conscious  company.
 Our group includes a college  student, office manager,  housewife, engineer,
 and a receptionist.   We are striving to make  a difference in the world, to
 make a change for the  better.  We want to make sure that there will  be new
 resources for everyone's children in the years ahead.

 Thank you for helping us save our planet!



            ______________________________________________________




 > CURRENT NOTES DEALERS STR InfoFile               Where to find it...
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                      ATARI STORES CARRYING CURRENT NOTES
                      ===================================
                                                          

                                 (March, 1993)

      A number  of people  have asked  where they  can obtain  CURRENT NOTES.
 This  Atari-focused   magazine   is   available  by   direct   subscription.
 Subscription prices  are  $27/year ($48/2  years)  and  can be  obtained  by
 sending your  check or money  order to CN Subscriptions,  122 N Johnson  Rd,
 Sterling, VA 20164. Subscriptions can be started by  using your VISA or  MC;
 call (703) 450-4761. 

      CURRENT NOTES  can also  be purchased  directly from  stores that  sell
 Atari  computers ($3.95/issue).  Below are 50 dealerships,  listed by state,
 where you can obtain CURRENT NOTES. The list of available  retail outlets is
 smaller than  in previous  years because  of the  decline in  the number  of

 Atari dealerships.  If your  local dealer  is not  listed here, ask  them to
 carry CN.


 CANADA:
   MICRO-DEL, 3090 DES FORGES, TROIS RIVIERES, QUE G8O 1V5
   QUAY COMPUTERS, 615 8TH STREET, UNIT #205, NEW WESTMINSTER, BC V3M 3S3

 ALASKA:
   FAR NORTH ATARI COMPUTER, 59 COLLEGE RD, #217, FAIRBANKS AK 99701

 ALABAMA:
   FAR COMPUTER CO., 2134 WARRIOR ROAD, BIRMINGHAM AL 35208

 ARIZONA:
   COMPUTERS PLUS, 9A CRESTVIEW PLAZA, JACKSONVILLE AR 72076

 CALIFORNIA:
   B & C COMPUTERVISION, 2730 SCOTT BLVD, SANTA CLARA CA 95050
   COMPUTER LITERACY BOOKSHOP, 520 LAWRENCE EPXY, #310, SUNNYVALE CA 94086
   COMPUTER LITERACY BOOKSHOP, 2590 N. FIRST ST, #100, SAN JOSE CA 95131
   COMPUTER LOGIC, 973 FOOTHILL BLVD, #4, SAN LUIS OBISPO CA 93401
   COMPUTER ZONE, 60 E. HERNDON, FRESNO CA 93710
   COMPUTERTIME, 8040-D GREENBACK LN, CITRUS HEIGHTS CA 95610
   MICROWORLD (ZEPHYR), 1514 UNIVERSITY AVE, BERKELEY CA 94703
   MID-CITIES COMP/SOFT, 9406 FLOWER ST, BELLFLOWER CA 90706
   SAN JOSE COMPUTER, 1278 ALMA CT., SAN JOSE CA 95112
   THE COMPUTER NETWORK, 1605 WEST GLENOAKS BLVD., GLENDALE CA 91201
   WINNERS CIRCLE, 2618 TELEGRAPH AVE, BERKELEY CA 94704

 COLORADO:
   RUN PC, 524 W. LAUREL #2, FORT COLLINS CO 80521

 DELAWARE:
   NEWARK NEWS STAND, 70 EAST MAIN ST, NEWARK DE 19711

 FLORIDA:
   ABCO COMPUTING (ST REPORT), 1209 SKYE DR. W, JACKSONVILLE FL 32205
   COMPUTER ROOM, 981 W. COMMERCIAL BLVD, FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309

 ILLINOIS:
   COMPU-SELLER WEST, 220 1/2 W. MAIN ST, ST. CHARLES IL 60174
   MARS MERCHANDISING, 1041-B E. ST. CHARLES RD, LOMBARD IL 60148
   SOFTWARE PLUS, 731 W. DUNDEE RD., WHEELING IL 60090
   SOFTWARE PLUS CHICAGO, 6212 N. WESTERN AVE, CHICAGO IL 60659

 MASSACHUSETTS:
   COMPUTER ZONE, 28 E. WASHINGTON ST, N. ATTLEBORO MA 02760

 MARYLAND:
   ADVANCED TECH. NETWORKS, 16220 FREDERICK RD, GAITHERSBURG MD 20877
   TOAD COMPUTERS, 556 BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS BLVD, SEVERNA PARK MD 21146

 MICHIGAN:
   POWER COMPUTERS, 41811 GARFIELD, CLINTON TOWNSHIP MI 48038

 MINNESOTA:
   LR DATA, 2676 E. COUNTY RD E., WHITE BEAR LAKE MN 55110

 MISSOURI:
   COMPUTERS PLUS, 3453 SOUTH CAMPBELL, SPRINGFIELD MO 65807
   SYSTEMS FOR TOMORROW, 1316 S. NOLAND, INDEPENDENCE MO 64055

 NEW JERSEY:
   SOFTWARE SPECTRUM, 386 SOMERSET ST, NORTH PLAINFIELD NJ 07060


 NEW MEXICO:
   PAGE ONE, 11200 MONTGOMERY NE, ALBUQUERQUE NM 87111

 NEW YORK:
   LITTLE COMPUTER SHOP, 59 CENTEREACH MALL, CENTEREACH NY 11720
   SOFTWARE HOUSE, 6720 PITTSFORD-PALMYRA RD, FAIRPORT NY 14450
   VILLAGE COMPUTER, INC., 687 BROADWAY, NEW YORK NY 10012

 OHIO:
   B & G ELECTRONICS, INC., 15729 MADISON AVE, LAKEWOOD OH 44107

 PENNSYLVANIA:
   COMPUTER GARDEN, WEST SIDE MALL, EDWARDSVILLE PA 18704
   HOME COMPUTER STORE, 12008 BUSTLETON AVE, PHILADELPHIA PA 19116
   SOFTWARE ETC, 2870 DEKALB PIKE, NORRISTOWN PA 19401

 RHODE ISLAND:
   SOFTWARE CONNECTIONS, 101 W. NATICK RD, WARWICK RI 02886

 TENNESSEE:
   SOFTWARE CITY, 6940 LEE HIGHWAY #106, CHATTANOOGA TN 37421

 TEXAS:
   ALL SYSTEMS GO, 7271 WURZBACH, #108, SAN ANTONIO TX 78240
   COMPUTER DISCOVERIES, 12801 MIDWAY RD, #109, DALLAS TX 75244
   MEGABYTE, 909 MELBOURNE, HURST TX 76053

 UTAH:
   J & J COMPUTERS, 2150 EAST 6400 S., MURRAY UT 84107

 VIRGINIA:
   L & Y ELECTRONICS, 13670 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY, WOODBRIDGE VA 22191

 WASHINGTON:
   XANTH CORP., 14100 NE 20TH ST. #105, BELLEVUE WA 98007

 WISCONSIN:
   KAMTECH COMPUTER CENTER, 1004 S. ONEIDA ST, APPLETON WI 54915
   NEW DIMENSIONS COMPUTER CNTR, 9026 W NATIONAL AVE, WEST ALLIS WI 53227



          __________________________________________________________


                                        
                                        
 > DMC NEWS! STR InfoFile                  "Berthold Fonts made available!"
   """"""""""""""""""""""



                      DMC ANNOUNCES BERTHOLD FONT SERIES
                      ==================================


 Press Release

 Toronto, Ontario                                       March 20, 1993

 DMC  Publishing is  pleased  to announce  the  availability of  341 Berthold
 fonts for use  with all versions of  Calamus and the newly upgraded  Outline
 Art  3.0. These  original,  copyrighted fonts  are  packaged in  45 families
 containing the indicated number of typefaces:

       AG Book Rounded (8)       AG Old Face (6)       AG School Book (4)


       Augustea (5)              AK Grotesk (21)       Ariston (3)
       Arkona (2)                Barmeno (4)           Baskerville (13)
       Bellevue (1)              Berliner (2)          Block (6)
       Boulevard (1)             Bodoni Antiqua (11)   Bodoni Italic (11)
       Bodoni Old (12)           Boton (8)             Caslon (8)
       Catull (4)                Christiana (7)        City (6)
       Colossalis (4)            Comenius (4)          Cosmos (4)
       Concorde (18)             Cremona 8)            Daily News (8)
       Delta (9)                 English Script (6)    Formata (25)
       Garamond (14)             Gerstner (8)          Imago (8)
       Jaeger Antiqua (8)        Lo-Type (5)           Nofret (16)
       Normande (3)              Poppl Laudatio (12)   Poppl Pontifex (10)
       Poppl Residenz (2)        Post Antiqua (2)      Post Mediaeval (3)
       Script (2)                Walbaum Book (12)     Walbaum Standard (6)

 PRICING
 =======

  The fonts are sold by title as indicated above. Pricing is based on the
  number of typefaces in the font family.

                       1 typeface     $ 39.95 US   49.95 CDN
                       2 typefaces      79.95 US   99.95 CDN
                       3 typefaces     119.95 US  139.95 CDN
                       4 typefaces     149.95 US  179.95 CDN
                       5-7 typefaces   179.95 US  209.95 CDN

 ORDERING
 ========

 For further  information  or  to order  by  telephone  using  your  VISA  or
 Mastercard  please  call  DMC  Publishing  at  VOICE  416-479-1880   or  FAX
 416-479-1882.

 If  you have  a modem,  you  may  order by  email in  any  of the  following
 services:

                              GEnie email to: ISD
                        Compuserve email to: 76004,2246
                         Delphi email to: ISDMARKETING

 Payment  may  also  be  made by  check  or  money order  and  mailed  to the
 following address:

                                DMC Publishing,
                          2800 John Street, Suite 10
                               Markham, Ontario,
                                Canada L3R 0E2

 Thank  you for  your interest  in our  Calamus products  and  please do  not
 hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

                                Nathan Potechin
                                DMC Publishing

 Note: Sample previews of  all of the above  original typefaces are available
 for downloading in our library 30 in CVG file format.


                   ________________________________________




 > WILGA TO GIVE TALK STR FOCUS! Dan Wilga to give talk on Desktops to come.
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""




                GRIBNIF'S WILGA TO DISCUSS 'DESKTOPS OF FUTURE'
                ===============================================


      WATERBURY, Conn. (March 24) --  A leading designer of  software for the
 Atari  will presents  his views  about the  "Desktops of  the  Future" in  a
 seminar Monday, March  29 at the  Silas Bronson Library,  267 Grand  Street,
 Waterbury.

      The session,  featuring Dan Wilga  of Gribnif  Software of Northampton,
 Mass.,  maker  of  NeoDesk,  CardFile,  Convector  and   other  best-selling
 programs  for the ST platform, will  begin at 7  p.m. in the library meeting
 room.  The program, open to the  public, is sponsored by ACT  Atari Group, a
 network  of seven computer  clubs in  Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
 There is no admission charge.

      Mr.  Wilga  will examine  the  evolution of  Graphical User  Interfaces
 (GUI) and their  role in making  personal computers more  accessible to  the
 average user. Wilga  will explain how the Atari  GUI differs from  IBM's and
 Apple's, and what computer  users can expect  from the likes of  Falcon's 3D
 Newdesk, voice activation, MultiTOS, and more.

      The educational  seminar is part of a new series sponsored by ACT Atari
 Group.  The  Bridgeport, Conn.-based  organization,  which  is  the host  of
 Connecticut  AtariFest '93  (June 12-13) and  a winter  "swap meet" program,
 plans to hold quarterly sessions throughout the state.

      The Bronson Library is  located in downtown Waterbury, just blocks from
 the junction  of Route  8 and  Interstate 84.   For  more information  about
 "Desktops of the Future," contact:

                                Brian  Gockley
                               18 Elmwood Avenue
                             Bridgeport, CT 06605
                             [Phone (203) 332-1721
                           E-Mail B.GOCKLEY (GEnie)
                                      or
                           75300,2514 (Compuserve)]

                                  Doug Finch
                                46 Park Avenue
                            Old Greenwich, CT 06870
                             [Phone (203) 637-1034
                            E-Mail D.FINCH7 (GEnie)
                                      or
                           76337,1067 (Compuserve)].

                    ______________________________________




 > NVN WANTS YOU! STR InfoFile       Another Network Supports Atari!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""



                       National Videotext Network (NVN)
                       ================================


                                        
      National Videotext Network (NVN) has recently  added an Atari ST  Forum
 to  it's growing lists of available  services.  The  Atari ST Forum is ready


 and waiting for you!
   
      Order  an extended  NVN Membership  of 6  or 12  months, pay for  it in
 advance  and receive  a  bonus in  connect  time  at no  additional  charge.
 Choose from two subscription plans: 
  
 6-Month Membership
 ------------------
      Pay just $30 for a 6-month Membership and  receive a usage credit  that
 entitles you  to $15 of connect-time in the Premium services of your choice.
 Your total savings using this plan would be over $20!*
  
 12 Month Membership
 -------------------
      Pay  $50 for  a full  year's  Membership and  get  even more  free time
 on-line.   We'll   give  you a  $25 usage  credit to  use  in your  favorite
 Premium services or try out new ones. You could save as much as $45.*
  
      For  more information about  either of  these plans, give  us a call at
 1-800-336-9096.
  
                                                                            

                                NVN HIGHLIGHTS
                                ==============
  
 For the newcomers....

  - Introducing a great new tool to make your JOBSEARCH more effective.
  - Amateur Radio comes to NVN!  Old-timers and newcomers, visit the Ham     
    Shack.
  - The secret of *fast* sales prospecting...
  - Attachment Capabilities are now in Email!!!
  - Subaccounts are now blocked from Premium Plus services...
  - Go Treasure Hunting with the folks in the Numismatic Collectors Forum.
  - Why wait an extra day to see U.S. Gov't product/service procurements?.
  - The NVN On-line Billing Service is Back - with Enhancements!
  - Shake the Last of the Winter Blues the EAASY Way!
  - What are eight *advantages* of searching online for information?...
  - NVN's Movie Forum presents....You Pick The Oscars contest...
  - Tell the best FISH STORY and WIN time on NVN!
  - Introducing the Mental Health Forum with a registered Psychiatrist on    
    board!
  
                            -=* 9600 BAUD USERS *=-
                  $6/hour non-prime time - $9/hour prime time
  
                       You can join NVN one of two ways.
                By voice phone 1-800-336-9096 (Client Services)
                                      or
                        via modem phone 1-800-336-9092.

       ________________________________________________________________




 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"
   """""""""""""""""""""


 - Sunnyvale, CA                                 FALCON DUE IN APRIL NOW?
   -------------
  
      Our snoop  is hard  at work.   Seems  the cadre  of Atari  guys are  in
 Germany trying to drum up business  for Atari.  Meanwhile, back in Sunnyvale


 the  passing of the third week in March went  meekly by with nary a whimper.
 Now, according to our sources, the delay may reach into mid or late April. 


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 From Delphi's Atari areas...

 51041 24-MAR 20:31 General Information
      RE: Enough is enough... (Re: Msg 51011)
      From: WAYNEDUNHAM  To: SCARPAD

 Scarpad,
   Unfortunately running a 386-40 is not as fast as a 16mhz Atari.  I've
 seen plenty of them and they are painfully slow compared to the ST.  IMHO!
                Wayne



 51045 24-MAR 20:42 General Information
      RE: Enough! (Re: Msg 51042)
      From: ABARBIERO    To: ETAT

 There is a difference here, you now stated your purpose for a new computer
 is based on the installed userbase, and acceptance.  If that is what you
 require for a computer, then you are making the right choice.  To me, a
 computer is a tool.  The best tool to fit the job is the right one. Wether
 or not a brand of tool is popular means little to me.

 I am not raving on (I am not sure what that term means) about anything,
 just facilitating the information flow around here.  Atari has some
 interesting news ahead, and I firmly believe that they will be able to
 maintain a higher profile in the industry and produce useful hardware and
 software for their users.

 Atari has managed to produce or get produced some high visibility software
 for the Falcon030, and some games that may actually produce some
 merchandising... as we all know... that is what sells product and makes
 money!


 Andreas@AEO


 51046 24-MAR 20:43 General Information
      RE: Enough! (Re: Msg 51025)
      From: ETAT         To: ABARBIERO

 Why does anyone have to lie about Atari?  When they are their own worst
 enemy. My next computer will be one like my friends and neighbors own, a
 PC.

 Why, because I don't want to invest in the Titanic or Atari which are both
 gone. Only Atari users who are dogmatic refuse to acknowledge it.  Wouldn't
 it be nice to own a computer that you could get local support and service
 on?

 My old ST will hang around for two reasons.  Now and then I may want to
 drag it out and play with it.  The second reason is because I couldn't get
 anything out of it if I decided to sell it.  Sorry Atari, I'm not going to
 be a buyer anymore....and you are the reason.


 51047 24-MAR 20:44 General Information
      RE: Enough! (Re: Msg 51035)
      From: ABARBIERO    To: SMHALLACK

 What chip is that?  Lemme know what the problem is and I will try to
 rectify it for you.  Bob Brodie has swapped jobs a few times, and has had
 several other huge projects dropped on his lap... I am sure it was an
 oversight.

 Andreas@AEO


 51049 24-MAR 20:50 General Information
      RE: Enough! (Re: Msg 51046)
      From: ABARBIERO    To: ETAT

 support is a phone call away... software, hardware, and the rest are
 available the same way most PC people buy things... via mail order.

 Cilivization just came into stock over here in the US, STeve's software has
 it in stock, he is sending me a review copy.  Street Fighter II should be
 around also, and I have a review ready for the next AEO.

 Andreas@AEO


 51055 24-MAR 21:02 General Information
      RE: Enough is enough... (Re: Msg 51015)
      From: LMCCLURE     To: DAVIDNIELD

 The section in STR that was talking about no cart port or DSP was referring
 (evidently) to a 'cut-down' entry-level Falcon. I sincerely doubt it would
 be clocked at a faster speed than the current Falcon030.

 If they had been talking about a '040-based or faster '030-based version of
 the Falcon, I might have bought that the cart port might have been
 eliminated due to emission problems. Although, supposedly the TT had
 finally been certified for Class B, was clocked at 32Mhz, and had a clock
 port (but never having seen or heard of a Class B TT for sale, I cannot say
 that supplies very convincing evidence). 

 Not to mention that emissions would be of little concern when it comes to
 machines sold in the UK. From what I understand there is no regulation of
 computer emissions there (and if there is, it is *certainly* less stringent


 than in the US).


 51056 24-MAR 21:13 Applications
      RE: GCR (Re: Msg 51016)
      From: LMCCLURE     To: DAVIDNIELD

 Given that typically a Spectre GCR with ROMs can be purchased used for
 around $300-$350, it would almost certainly be less expensive than an
 equivalent Mac, especially equipped as your ST is.

 I am not certain if System 7.0 is supported by the Spectre software yet, so
 you may wish to consider that.

 Frankly, if you go with a real Mac, I would choose the LCIII over the Color
 Classic, and use a basic VGA monitor for the video if cost is an issue. The
 prices are the same, but a monitor for the LCIII is extra...but for that
 difference, you get a much faster machine, the option of a larger screen,
 and higher video resolution.

 Frankly, you may want to go with the Spectre for now. Try it, see if you
 like it, and if you do, but you decide you need a 'real' Mac, resell it for
 perhaps $50 less, and consider it 'rent' on a trial Mac. 



 51058 24-MAR 21:29 General Information
      RE: Enough! (Re: Msg 51049)
      From: ETAT         To: ABARBIERO

 Who are you kidding with this "support is a phone call away" flak?  I don't
 see any Atari Dealers in this state and I sure don't see any software or
 magazines in the bookstores at the mall.  Get real fellow, that story is as
 old as my aunt Martha... I don't go for all the garbage put out on here. If
 you want to keep spouting the same ole garbage please sprinkle some sauce
 on something on it to make it more palatable. Only the wild eyed fanatics
 believe Atari will survive the computer wars. Too bad it had to die, but it
 was a self inflicted wound that got them.


 From CIS' Atari Fora..

 #: 83304 S1/Forum Business
     19-Mar-93  13:52:35
 Sb: #83256-Is Atari an Orphan??
 Fm: Dan McNamee (Atari) 70007,5166
 To: Peter J. Joseph 71540,3347

 Peter,

     At first the only Falcon030s to ship will be 4/65 units.  When we 
 increase production there will be other configurations available, one of
 which, I am told, will be a 4meg no hard drive.  I do not know when this
 will happen, though.

 Dan




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