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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: ST Report: 31-Aug-90  #635
Date: Sun Sep 16 14:08:21 1990



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 > 08/31/90: STReport? #6.35  The Original 16/32 bit Online Magazine!
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     - Delphi START CO        - SEURAT NEWS!      - STR CONFIDENTIAL
  
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 > The Editor's Podium?


     The Show in Glendale is getting closer and promises to  be the "event"
 of  the  West  Coast.    If  at  all  possible, STReport highly recommends
 attending this show.  The Glendale show promises to be outstanding.  Atari
 is working very closely with the promoting of the show and of course, with
 the weight of Atari's reach, the calibre of promotion should be excellent.
  
     On another, more serious, note, last  week STReport  told you  we were
 made aware  of the  origination point  of the "PHONEY FAX".  We waited (as
 stated) all week to allow the person(s) involved to come forward and offer
 an accurate  accounting of  what actually  occurred.   This did not happen
 STReport therefore offers that..  The  "PHONEY FAX",  sadly, originated at
 the offices  of ST  World Magazine, formally owned by  R. Sukiji.  Sukiji,
 who has on a number of  occasions, publicly  stated he  "wanted Bob Brodie
 fired" was  unavailable for  comment.  While there is no proof as to whose
 hands the fax came from.. the location is quite accurate  according to our
 investigative sources.   Sukiji  recently sold  ST World Magazine for "one
 dollar and other considerations", this  was  reported  in  STReport  a few
 weeks ago.
  
     Finally, STReport  has it straight from Atari Canada, in the form of a
 service bulletin, that the STe DMA problem is,  at last,  fixed.   Now all
 that remains  is to see where Atari comes forward with a statement concer-
 ning the  DMA headache  and details  the serial  number run  so that those
 folks who have yet to obtain a hard drive are able 
 to get their STe computers brought back 'in line'.

            Thank you for all the encouraging mail and strong support,

                                         Ralph........






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 > CPU REPORT?
   ==========


   Issue # 81
   ----------


 by Michael Arthur


 Remember When....

     In December  1978, Epson Inc. introduced the MX-80 dot matrix printer,
 whose PCL  (printer control  language) became  a dominant  standard in the
 low-end printer market?


 CPU Systems Roundup?
 ===================


         Atari Germany, X/Windows for the ST, and TOS Multitasking
         ---------------------------------------------------------

     For several  years, Atari  ST Users  have dreamed  of an efficient and
 effective way to multitask ST applications. While Beckemeyer Development's
 MT C-Shell  and VSH  Manager provided an effective combination for running
 Desk Accessories and TOS programs concurrently, it could not multitask GEM
 applications.    As  such,  the  prospect  of a complete system that would
 multitask TOS and ST/GEM programs was still just a dream.

     When Atari announced MIDI-Tasking,  an operating  system hack designed
 to multitask GEM-compliant ST MIDI programs, ST Users believed their hopes
 realized.  However, Atari has said that while MIDI-Tasking can be used for
 multitasking other  types of  ST/GEM programs, that such use is not recom-
 mended.  And with some ST/GEM programs (such as Pagestream or ISD's Master
 Plan spreadsheet) can be run under MIDI-Tasking, many ST MIDI programs are
 incompatible with it.  This situation has left the spectre of ST multitas-
 king hanging just out of the reach of the ST Community.

     Recently, the first indications of yet another ST Multitasking package
 have appeared.  Atari Germany has apparently developed an X/Windows Server
 for  the  ST,  which  uses  a  "TOS Compatible" multitasking system called
 X/ST/Multi.  Below is a Usenet message that describes the X/Windows Produ-
 cts developed by Atari Germany, and some information on X/ST/Multi:


                         ----------------------

 bdt!unisoft!hoptoad!pacbell!pacbell.com!decwrl!uunet!mcsun!unido!laura!
 heike-fb!klute
 From: klute@heike-fbi.informatik.uni-dortmund.de (Rainer Klute)
 Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.st,comp.windows.x
 Subject: Re: Is there an X-Client for the ST?
 Keywords: X,Client,st
 Message-ID: <2393@laura.UUCP>
 Date: 10 Aug 90 06:46:14 GMT
 References:  
 
 Sender: news@laura.UUCP
 Reply-To: klute@heike-fbi.informatik.uni-dortmund.de (Rainer Klute)
 Organization: University of Dortmund, Germany

 In article ,roarment@faui09.informatik.
 uni-erlangen.de (Roberto Armenti) writes:
 > I once heard about such a thing named X/ST/Window or something
 > like this, but I never could get some info on that.

 Some months ago I asked Atari Germany about X/ST/Window. They sent me a
 high-glossing paper with some info.  In short:

 - X/ST/Window is an X-Windows server for the Atari ST, TT and ATW.

 - The whole X Windows System runs on an Atari TT under ATX (Atari Unix)
   and on the ATW (Atari Transputer Workstation) under Helios.

 - X/ST/window is based on X/ST/multi, "a multitasking operating system
   which is totally compatible with the TOS of the Atari ST" (literal
   translation from German). It allows discoupling of the time critical
   protocol processes from the graphical software.

 - The ST monitor acts as a window and shows only a part of a virtual
   screen. The dimensions of this virtual screen is limited by memory only.

 - Network access is done via TCP/IP

  (Note: TCP/IP is a LAN networking protocol standard created by the US
         Government, commonly used in Local Area Networks).

 Ah yes, and then they said it would be available at special computer
 stores by end of June 1990. Hmm, actually they said "90", not "1990". They
 don't mean 2090, do they? :-)

 --
   Dipl.-Inform. Rainer Klute      klute@unido.informatik.uni-dortmund.de
   Univ. Dortmund, IRB             klute@unido.uucp, klute@unido.bitnet
   Postfach 500500         |)|/    Tel.: +49 231 755-4663
 D-4600 Dortmund 50        |\|\    Fax : +49 231 755-2386

                         ----------------------


 CPU MacNews?
 ===========

    Ventura Publisher 3.0 Announced for the Macintosh, GEM, Windows 3.0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------

     Ventura Software recently introduced Version 3.0 of its Ventura Publi-
 sher  DTP (desktop publishing) program.  Completely rewritten, it  will be
 made available  for the  Macintosh, the IBM version of GEM, Microsoft Win-
 dows 3.0, and OS/2 Presentation Manager.  Among  other things,  VP 3.0 for
 the Macintosh will feature:

       - Built-in Spell Checker

       - Extensive support to undo/redo operations

       - A context-sensitive Help System consisting of 300 online menus

       - Extensive file import/export capabilities, as well as file/format
         compatibility with the GEM, Windows 3.0, and OS/2 versions of
         Ventura Publisher 3.0

       - Movable Dialog Boxes, with the ability to link Dialog Boxes


     Ventura Publisher  3.0 will  be available  for the  Macintosh, DOS and
 OS/2 in the Fourth Quarter of 1990.  Cost: $800.00....


             Apple Plans October Introduction of New Macintoshes
             ---------------------------------------------------

     Apple Computer  has announced  that it  will be  introducing three new
 versions of  the Macintosh  on October 15th.  As Apple has maintained that
 it would introduce "low-end" versions of  the Macintosh  before 1991, many
 analysts expect  these models  to eliminate  the Mac Plus, Mac SE, and Mac
 IIcx from the Macintosh line.  Here is a description of the  expected cost
 and capabilities of these new Macintoshes:

       - Macintosh Classic.  This Macintosh will reportedly come with a
         16 MHZ 68000 microprocessor, 2 Megs of RAM, and a built-in
         monochrome monitor.  It will also have a 40 Megabyte Hard Drive,
         a 1.4 Meg Floppy drive, and a Mac SE expansion slot.  Expected to
         resemble the Macintosh SE, it will cost $1500.00.

       - The Macintosh LC is expected to feature a 16 MHZ 68020, 2 Megs of
         RAM, and an 80 Megabyte Hard Drive.  Like the Mac IIci, it will
         have an 8-bit color video chip on its motherboard, enabling it to
         directly support a color monitor.  Also, Apple will include a
         NuBus Expansion slot.  Cost:  $3000 - $3500.

       - The Macintosh SI will reportedly have a 20 MHZ 68030 with a 68882
         math chip, 2 Megs of RAM, and 3 NuBus Expansion Slots.  It will
         come with an 80 Megabyte Hard Drive.  Many think that Apple will
         phase out the Mac IIcx with this computer.  Cost:  $5000.00.

     Apple is  expected to  position the Macintosh Classic and Macintosh LC
 towards the home/small business markets that it was criticized for neglec-
 ting in  the past.   Apple  is also targeting the Macintosh LC towards the
 educational market.  While Dataquest Inc. estimates that  65-70 percent of
 all computers  in K-12 Grade Schools are Apple IIs, the educational market
 has recently been dominated by IBM and IBM Clones....

     Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a NuBus  Expansion card that
 will emulate  the Apple  II.   But if true, this may spell the doom of the
 Apple II line of  computers.   The Macintosh  LC will  cost the  same as a
 similarly configured  Apple IIgs, and the Apple II Emulation Card may even
 emulate an Apple IIgs.  However,  many avid  Apple II  supporters have ex-
 pressed the  sentiment that  they would NOT buy Macintoshes if Apple aban-
 doned the Apple II line as an orphan....




 > CPU STATUS REPORT?       >>>> LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS <<<<
   =================



 - New York, NY                      IBM BEGINS SELLING THE PS/1 NATIONWIDE
   ------------

     IBM has announced that it will now begin  nationwide sales  and marke-
 ting    efforts  for  their  PS/1  home computer.  Authorized IBM Dealers,
 Dillards, and the 800 Sears Brand Central department stores will  sell the
 IBM PS/1 line. 

     In the  previous 60-day  test marketing period, IBM found that over 95
 percent of IBM PS/1 owners would recommend it to others, and that  the IBM
 PS/1 was  the first  computer of  75 percent  of its owners.  With over 70
 million American households without personal computers, IBM feels that the
 PS/1 will  sell strongly  in this  market.   Also, 75  percent of the PS/1
 Users bought the "high-end" version (Cost:  $2000.00) of  the PS/1, mainly
 because  of  the  credit/financing  opportunities  provided  by department
 stores....

     IBM has also introduced a  24-pin  dot  matrix  printer  for  the PS/1
 called (interestingly  enough) the  PS/1 Printer.   Cost:  $450.00, and an
 Automatic Sheet Feeder Option costs $200 extra....



 - Detroit, MI                      HYPER-PROTOCOL OUTGUNS YMODEM & ZMODEM!
   -----------

     Hilgraeve  Inc.  has  placed  a  new  file  transfer  protocol, called
 Hyperprotocol,  into  the  public  domain.   Formerly, Hyperprotocol was a
 proprietary standard  designed as  part of  Hilgraeve's Hyperaccess/5 ter-
 minal program  for DOS  and OS/2.   Developed  for high speed asynchronous
 modem communications, Hyperprotocol differs  from  standard  file transfer
 protocols in two ways:

     First, it uses a data compression algorithm to compress and decompress
 files as they are sent or received by the modem.  This  can increase modem
 data transfer  speeds by a factor of 2 or 3.  Second, this system also has
 built-in error protection, allowing files to  be transferred  in a contin-
 uous stream of data.  Most file transfer protocols (like XModem or ZModem)
 transmit files in segments called packets, which are inherently slower.

     Hyperprotocol's data compression makes  it  significantly  faster than
 ZModem,  currently  the  fastest  file  transfer  protocol.  However, some
 implementations of Z-Modem (including  Chuck Forsberg's  DSZ) support data
 compression.   Hyperprotocol is available on Compuserve and GEnie, as well
 as Hilgraeve's own BBS (313-243-5915).



 - Willow Grove, PA                        RG SOFTWARE INTROS VIRI SCANNER!
   ----------------

     RG Software Systems has  introduced Version  4.0 of  the Vi-Spy MS-DOS
 virus checker  program.   Vi-Spy 4.0  has a  small memory-resident program
 that scans a disk for viruses every time a disk operation is begun.  While
 this method  is commonplace  for Macintosh virus checkers, Vi-Spy's is the
 first such utility for MS-DOS.  Cost: $250.00.  RG Software Systems can be
 contacted at 1-215-659-5300.

     Vi-Spy 4.0  will also  detect and  kill the recent (and widespread) 4K
 virus.  This 4K Virus, after activating on September 22nd, will lock up an
 infected system,  but won't  damage any data on disks.  RG Systems says it
 can be detected WITHOUT Vi-Spy by checking the size of  COMMAND.COM on the
 system's bootup  drive, since the 4K Virus embeds itself in DOS-executable
 files.



 - La Palma, CA     INVENTOR GETS NEW PATENT FOR CONCEPT OF MICROPROCESSOR!
   ------------

     The US  Patent Office,  after 20  years of  deliberations, has granted
 Gilbert Hyatt  a patent  for the  microprocessor.   Mr. Hyatt successfully
 proved his claim to have invented the microprocessor in 1968.  This  was 5
 years before  engineers at Texas Instruments and Intel Corporation got the
 first microprocessor patents.   The computer  industry itself  is based on
 microprocessors, which  are found in practically all types of devices that
 use computer chips....

     Gilbert Hyatt could be entitled to enormous royalty  payments from the
 microprocessor  industry,  which  is  now  as  large as $5 billion a year.
 However, the scope of Hyatt's patent  has yet  to be  determined.  Meaning
 that attempts  to get  patent royalty payments will be fiercely challenged
 in court by many companies that make computer chips.

     Hyatt filed for a patent on the microprocessor in 1970.  If his patent
 for   a   "single-chip   integrated  circuit  computer  architecture"  (or
 microprocessor) is broad enough, he could gain tens of millions of dollars
 worth of  royalty payments.  But depending on the result of the inevitable
 lawsuits, he could get NO royalty  payments, and  lose a  lot of  money on
 attorney's fees.   However,  several Silicon  Valley patent attorneys feel
 that his patent should cover most types of microprocessors.   Meaning that
 he could  get royalties  on almost  ALL microprocessors manufactured until
 the year 2010....

     An aerospace consultant, Gilbert  Hyatt says  that he  will invest the
 money  gained  from  his  patent  in  funding American technology research
 efforts.  Interestingly, he also plans to use some of the money in his own
 private efforts as an inventor....






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                     DELPHI's ST Advantage 
                           presents 
                      A Formal Conference 
                             with 
                     Mr. Tom Byron, Editor 
                        START Magazine 
                        August 28, 1990



     Finally,  I  need  to  remind  everyone that the transcript resulting 
 from this conference is the property of DELPHI.  It may be freely   repri-
 nted and  distributed, but  we ask  that you  wait for  the final   edited
 version that will be  available _soon_  in the  databases.   If for   some
 reason, you  just can't  wait for the edited version, please contact    me
 (BIBLINSKI) immediately, so that I can provide you  with the  notice  that
 must accompany any reprint of this conference. 

 Gordie
     With that said, Welcome, Tom.  Do you have any opening remarks that 
 you'd like to make?  GA 

 TOMBYRON 
     No, we can get started.

 SCOTTJ
     Tom , why did you decide to fold Antic back into STart? Isn't 
 putting 8-bit info in STart a waste of pages since the 8-bits are dead? 
 Also does this merger mean that STart is in financial trouble?  We 
 all remember what happened with STlog & Analog. GA

 TOMBYRON
      A loaded question deserves a loaded answer.  The decision to fold   
 Antic into START really came down to a question of subscription 
 liability.  We couldn't just "kill" Antic.  Besides, the 8-bit market 
 isn't really "dead."  In fact, Antic magazine has over 7,000 active 
 subscribers.  There really still is a market out there.  Besides, the next
 issue of START (October) will be 124 pages.  I find that  pretty exciting.
 So from  now on,  we're the  complete Atari  resource.   We may even start
 including Portfolio and Lynx coverage.   On a side note, the Antic section
 is only temporary (about six months.) GA 

 bob
     What is going to happen to my DISK subscription to Antic? - GA

 TOMBYRON 
     Unfortunately, there will no longer be a disk included with your 
 Antic subscrption.  The type-in listings will remain. ga 

 Gordie
     How is the new ST disk going to change? GA

 TOMBYRON
     Beginning with the January 1991 issue, the START disk will be 
 straight double-sided, with only the largest programs ARCed.  It will 
 also include more PD and software demos and it will be twisted to 800K. 
 GA

 Gordie
     Will it be the same low price of $79.95 a year? ga

 TOMBYRON
     Believe it or not, there's talk of lowering that rate, though   
 nothing's been finalized.  ga
  
 Clay
     What in your view is the future of the ST in the US?  Hasn't 
 STart's circulation declined severely in the last couple of years?  
 Do you think Atari can recover?  ga

 TOMBYRON
     I really can't answer the first question very effectively.  
 Certainly the user base in the U.S. is extremely low and there's not 
 much of a base to work from.  Actually, though, START's circulation 
 hasn't fallen off that dramatically.  We're still holding steady at 
 around 12,000 subscribers and that's where we make most of our money.  
 And pick up any issue and you'll see that advertisers are still to be 
 found.  Can Atari recover?  Sure, if they get that TT out.  But they 
 better do it soon. ga

 Clay
     Yeah, you seem to have plenty of advertisers, which is more than I 
 could say for St-Log!   

 Gordie
     Speaking of ST-Log, did STart buy the mailing list from Flynt 
 Publishing? GA
  
 TOMBYRON
     Subscriber list, yes. GA

 Gordie
     So the former ST-Loggers might be getting a letter soon, maybe?  
 Not that I had an active subscription.  (Sorry, Clay.)  GA
  
 TOMBYRON
     Yes, they should have already received notification.  Actually, all   
 ST-Log subscribers were given choice of a refund or a subscription to 
 another ST magazine.  Many of them chose START. GA
  
 SCOTTJ
     Tom , do you know if or when Atari will ship the TT? I've seen a 
 few reports that it is already shipping in Europe. Can you confirm 
 this?   Also is the 32mhz TT rumor true? GA 

 TOMBYRON
     Atari is already getting some machines out to developers.  About 
 two months ago I asked Richard Miller (Atari head of R&D) to confirm a 
 report I read in a local newspaper that the TT would be on the   
 dealers' shelves before fall Comdex.  If developers are beginning to 
 receive TTs, and I know that some are, then a November shipping date 
 may very well happen.  I think that Atari knows that if they blow this 
 window of opportunity, they're not going to get another chance soon.  
 According to Leonard Tramiel, TTs will be shipping in Europe by 
 October.  And yes, the release version will be 32 mHz, but from what I 
 understand, that's clock speed only. GA 

 SCOTTJ
     Can you give us any names (of the developers)? 

 TOMBYRON
     I've been asked not to at this point.  No, I'm not an employee of   
 Atari, but when something's said off the record (i.e., specific names) 
 I respect the request to keep it off the record. ga 

 Clay
     Something I've always been curious about: was there a large overlap 
 between the ST-Log sub. list and yours? ga 

 TOMBYRON
     Apparently there was some overlapping.  However, since former ST-
 Log subscribers were given a choice (of receiving STart), I suppose 
 there weren't that many overlaps.  We're talking about 3,000 names.  
 ga 
  
 IDEA
     Do you know if Rick Miller came from Virginia? ga
  
 TOMBYRON
     If you're talking about the Richard Miller I referenced earlier, 
 no, I don't believe so.  He's British. ga 

 IDEA
     Just a thot... ga 

 Gordie
     I've got several things to ask about, so if anyone wants in, say 
 so. 

 CFJ
     Ask away, Gordie. 

 Gordie
     First, is Antic Software still around, and are they still 
 supporting STOS?  GA

 TOMBYRON
     Antic Software is indeed still around, but no, they are not 
 supporting STOS. ga 

 Gordie
     Care to comment on GFA?  GA
  
 TOMBYRON
     Antic is no longer supporting GFA either.  I don't know who's 
 handling that now.  I had heard GFA wanted to open their own office 
 here in the US, but I haven't heard any more. ga 

 Gordie
     Antic Publishing also publishes an Amiga mag.  I know you aren't   
 involved, but can you say how things are going with it? GA

 TOMBYRON
     Things are getting better there.  The Amiga Plus is finally 
 breaking even and will soon be a big money-maker for Antic Publishing.  
 Antic is also starting a new PC mag, in case anyone's interested. GA 

 Gordie
     I guess I wondered how it compares, reader-wise, with STart.  GA 

 TOMBYRON
     Actually, it's a little higher -- 14,000 subscribers at last count.   
 However, it's still only bi-monthly.  GA 

 SCOTTJ
     Why did Antic decide to produce an Amiga magazine? Antic used to be 
 one of the biggest Amiga detractors around. From 1986 to 1988 there 
 wasn't an issue of Antic and later STart that didn't slam the Amiga. GA 

 TOMBYRON
     Antic Publishing saw a business opportunity and went for it.  So 
 far, it's a gamble that's paid off.  Any statements made concerning the 
 Amiga in the pages of Antic and START do not necessarily reflect the 
 future business plans of Antic Publishing. GA 

 Gordie
     Me again.  Okay, first, I want to say I think your editorials are a 
 far sight better than your predecessor's.  They reflect a certain sense 
 of reality that was lacking.  Is that a reflection of your personal 
 attitude or is there something coming down from upstairs, too?  GA 

 TOMBYRON
     Since I took over the job of editor I've been given an amazing 
 amount of room from the "upstairs."  Some things I've tried worked, 
 others didn't.  I've always felt that that even though the ST market 
 may be "dying," I couldn't let START look like it was.  One of the 
 first things I did was make the editorial read like an editorial, i.e. 
 my opinion on issues that were important for the Atari community.  My 
 latest one on piracy hopefully made a point.  Besides, I'm a firm 
 believer in the power of the press. GA

 Gordie
     You seem to be more in touch with your readers.  I know you did 
 some surveying a while back.  Will that be a regular thing? GA

 TOMBYRON
     The survey we ran in the May issue was a tremendous success and 
 we've published the results in the October issue, due out any day. I 
 think we may run one again next Spring. GA

 Gordie
     I'll be watching my mailbox.

 SCOTTJ
     Can you tell us why Antic Publishing decided not to release the 
 "Phase 4" programs that they had originally announced? GA

 CFJ
     Sorry to interrupt, but I have to run.  Thanks for coming by, Tom.  
 See you all later. 

 TOMBYRON
     Antic Software has chosen not to pursue the ST market until it 
 becomes a growth market.  Besides, I believe Lexicor software is 
 marketing the Phase 4 project, so all is not lost. GA 

 Clay
     I understand that STart is now being produced using Calamus.  I was 
 wondering how well the system is working out and how exactly you've 
 implemented it. GA

 TOMBYRON
     We had some problems early on, but mostly they were due to the 
 attitude of the Art staff.  Our new art director actually has 
 experience with Calamus so things should begin to go a little more 
 smoothly.   With the November issue, START will 100 percent Calamused. 
 GA 

 SCOTTJ
     A followup on your reply to my last question:  You stated that 
 Antic Publishing will no longer produce new ST software. Is this a 
 temporary decision or a permanent one?  Also if Antic Software won't be 
 producing ST software anymore, for what computer system will it be 
 producing software? GA

 TOMBYRON
     Allow me to clarify.  Antic Software is a wholly owned subsidiary 
 of Antic Publishing and their situation is a little different from the 
 publishing.  Antic Software needs a growth market.  The ST market is 
 stagnant and from a business standpoint no longer a potential big money 
 maker.  But my original answer was less than complete.
     Antic does plan to release Flash 2.0 within the next several months 
 and they still have plenty of ST and 8-bit software in their inventory. 
 As for other platforms, Software is working on some very interesting 
 projects on other, more promising platforms, but nothing has been 
 solidly decided. GA 

 Gordie
     Speaking of software sales... (Nice segue, huh?) Have you seen any 
 kind of correlation between ST software sales and ST sales?  It seems 
 that while the software sales have been dropping by 15% or so annually, 
 the hardware sales are even worse.  (If Atari will release solid 
 figures.)  Which means that ST users actually buy more software for 
 their machines than do users of other platforms.  Make sense?  Or have 
 I confused you?  GA 

 TOMBYRON
     The ST owner tends to know why they bought their machine in the 
 first place, so therefore will buy the software to match their needs.  
 Charles Cherry once told me that Atari has sold about 2,000 STs a month 
 worldwide for the past couple of years.  These are hardly promising 
 figures and can lead to a less than productive market.  On the other 
 hand, there's lots of fantastic software out there, so if you own an 
 ST, you're pretty set.  Did I even come close to answering your 
 question, or are you as confused as I am? GA 

 Gordie
     Well, I was aiming at how much ST users buy, as opposed to pirate, 
 but I'll have to do some research with the SPA and Atari to come up 
 with something that has any meaning.  I think that on a percentage 
 basis, piracy is less a problem on the ST, today, than it is on other 
 format machines.  (But it was worse in the past.) GA 

 TOMBYRON
     The question of piracy is a difficult one to answer.  We're still 
 thinking of doing a story on the real effects of piracy upon the ST 
 community.  BTW, the SPA may not be much help.  They classify the ST as 
 "other computers." GA 

 Gordie
     The dreaded Rodney Dangerfield syndrome.  We get no respect. 

 Clay
     Tom, since you seem to have a good grasp of the Amiga side of 
 Antic's business, how would you compare the ST and Amiga markets?  I've 
 heard that the Amiga isn't in much better shape. ga

 TOMBYRON
     I wish I had specific numbers, but I believe what you surmise is 
 correct.  If you could see the letters Amiga Plus gets compared to the 
 letters START gets, you'd swear they were talking about the same 
 computer.  Like the ST, the Amiga is great hardware that lacks great 
 marketing. GA 

 Clay
     Thanks. 

 SCOTTJ
     Tom, are sure about Atari only selling 2000 ST a month? That's 
 pathetic.  I seem to remember Atari talking about having sold millions 
 of STs but if those sales figures you gave are correct , there's no way 
 Atari could have sold 4-5 million STs. GA

 TOMBYRON
     That sales figure was given to me by a reliable source, though 
 Atari hasn't released any official numbers.  However, they did confirm 
 the following breakdown: 400,000 STs have been sold in Germany; 
 120,000 in the U.S., 70,000 in France and 40,000 in the U.K.  With a 
 worlwide total of 1.5 million.  GA  

 SCOTTJ
     I remember seeing somewhere a figure of 500,000 STs sold in just 
 the U.S.  GA

 TOMBYRON
     Hmmm.  Maybe a call to Bill Crouch at Atari may clarify these 
 numbers. 500,000 is a bit high.  Believe me, START's circulation would 
 be much, much higher and there would be many more ST magazines out 
 there. GA 

 Gordie
     Okay, I suppose I'll wind this up with my favorite question.  If 
 there was _one_ thing you could change about Atari, what would it be?

 TOMBYRON
     One thing?  Only one thing?  Okay, I'd make an aggressive push for 
 dealerships, pure and simple, and I would bundle START in every ST sold.  
 GA 

 Gordie
     HAHAHA, but a valid point.  Well, I want to thank everyone for 
 being here tonight, especially you, Tom, and I'm looking forward to 
 seeing the "new" START!

 Clay
     Thanks, Tom.

 Gordie
     This CO is officially over!

 TOMBYRON
     Glad I could be here, and we ought to do this more often. 

 Gordie
     OKAY!





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 > TRUE GRIT STR FOCUS?            "One of Atari's finest...."
   ===================





                          TRUE GRIT - BEING FAIR
                          ======================



 by R. F. Mariano

     If one  were to  consider the  number of 'critics' one amasses when in
 the public eye, then in comparison,  anything  I  as  editor  of STReport,
 experienced was 'small potatoes' compared to the quantity of opinions both
 pro and con that literally  flew  through  the  Atari  community  when Bob
 Brodie decided  to hold  over the  door prizes  destined to go to the Pace
 Show for another 'more deserving' situation.

     Bob Brodie's decision, in this matter, was wholeheartedly  approved by
 the majority  of the users throughout the USA, and now that story is known
 by most  users, the  important points  to be  made should  be brought out.
 Although  STReport  has  been  critical  of Atari in many areas, where Bob
 Brodie is concerned he is, in our humble opinion, one  of Atari's greatest
 redeeming assets in this troubled, but soon to recover marketplace.
  
     When the  usergroups in the Phoenix, Arizona area received the goodies
 for their group meeting, Atari, through  Brodie, strongly  displayed their
 ongoing positive  attitude toward  usergroups.  Atari's Brodie has brought
 new meaning to the words "Usergroup Support" and  should be  applauded for
 doing so.   The  usergroup, as STReport has stated many times in the past,
 is the backbone of enthusiasm and support coming straight from  the users.
 In this  area, Atari  has proven  they lead the competition in recognizing
 the value of their active, enthusiastic userbase by showing their recogni-
 tion in more than one solid, positive way.
  
     It can  be said  in no uncertain terms that Bob Brodie has indeed held
 the situation together through some of the leaner times this  year and for
 this too, we say thank you for a job very well done.



                         A well deserved note.....


 A Delayed, but from the heart, Thank-You!

 Do I feel embarrassed!!   I feel lower than a flea on the belly of an ol' 
 yeller' dog.   After all of my complaining about Atari and their lack  of 
 support,  when they did offer support for our local ST users, I neglected 
 to thank them and their User Group Coordinator, Bob Brodie.

 Last May 12th, Bob interrupted his weekend with his family to fly over to 
 Phoenix and talk to our Atari users groups (PHAST,  SEVAC, NWPAC and some 
 folks from the Tucson club).  He brought with him a STacy, a STe (both of 
 which  hadn't been released yet),  a Atari 44-meg removable  hard  drive, 
 Portfolio and a Lynx to demo.   Not only that, but Atari _donated_ to the 
 club  an Atari Megafile 60,  several sets of TOS 1.4 (both 6-chip and  2-
 chip sets),  some 8-bit hardware and software and some carts for the Lynx.

 In  other words,  something for everyone.   All of this was  donated  for 
 PHAST  to  raffle  (thanks to the kind folks  at  the  PACE  show,  these 
 products were available for our club).

 Bob  took  the time to tell all of us about the new products  coming  out 
 from Atari,  showed us the Lynx TV commercials (something we hadn't  seen 
 yet in Phoenix) and in general,  talked about Atari without sugar coating 
 anything.  What he had to say might not have pleased everyone (especially 
 the  8-bit Atari owners),  but no-one could say that he didn't  'tell  it 
 like it is'.   After the meeting, Bob took the officers of PHAST to lunch 
 and then visited our local dealer, Computer Works.

 Thanks to Bob's visit,  instead of the 25-30 people that we normally have 
 at a meeting, we had over 90 people.  We had 8 people join or renew their 
 membership (our average membership is only 45-50, so 8 new members in one 
 meeting  is  extraordinary)  and were able to  replenish our  diminishing 
 checking account.   I don't know if the meeting was successful for Atari, 
 but it was for PHAST and the local Atari owners who came.

 The  officers  and  members  of  PHAST want  to  thank  Atari  for  their 
 donations.  We also want to thank Bob for taking the time out of his busy 
 schedule and coming over to visit with us (Of course, he came in May when 
 it was nice and cool.  He didn't dare come in July when it was 122 in the 
 shade...and  there wasn't any shade ).   And I personally  want  to 
 apologize for this delayed 'thank you'.  Bob, Thanks!!!


                           Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.
                  member of PHAST (PHoenix Area ST users)






        __________________________________________________________

   


 > ICD's AdSpeed! STR FOCUS?   AdSpeed ..a 16 MHz 68000 cached accelerator!
   ========================




                   ICD ROLLS OUT ITS MUSCLE ACCELERATOR!
                   ====================================

  
     Last weeekend at the  Duesseldorf  Atari  Fair,  ICD  introduced their
 exciting new  AdSpeed ST accelerator to a crowd of over 50,000. The recep-
 tion was exceptional.

 The features are numerous:
 --------------------------

     AdSpeed is a 16 MHz 68000 cached accelerator that switches  between 16
 MHz mode with a 32K cache (16K data & instruction cache with 16K cache tag
 RAM)... and a true 8 MHz mode  with  the  cache  off.    This  allows full
 compatibility with all software in the normal mode an 99+% PLUS compatibi-
 lity in the high speed mode.  AdSpeed will not keep you  from any  of your
 software.

     The unbelievable  part is  that the  speed can be changed "on the fly"
 with a simple desk accessory.  As ICD demonstrated at Duesseldorf, you can
 be running  an application  like calamus  with a  document loaded and pull
 down the DA to chance speeds at any time!

     AdSpeed QINDEX times are as good or better than all  other 16MHz 68000
     based accelerators.  

     AdSpeed  ST  is  smaller  than  all  the others and will fit in all ST
     models with no jumper wires needed.  (The old CPU must be  removed and
     a socket installed.)


     AdSpeed uses  SMD technology  with a multilayer PCB and highly integr-
     ated logic to keep the performance up and the size down.

     No shortcuts were taken.  With  this design  compatibility is assured.
     But would you expect less from ICD?


     ICD  fully  intends  this  be  to the most compatible and trouble free
 accelerator design available. ICD  taken  note  of  all  the  problems the
 others are  having (there are others besides T-16).  Blitter problems seem
 to be big with some.  Since ICD only has  about 5  blitter STs  in our of-
 fices, and  there seem  to be  some "experts" out there that have.. or had
 blitter problems with accelerators,  do  you  mind  sharing  your troubled
 blitters with  us?   ICD needs blitters that would not work at 16 MHz with
 other accelerators but work  fine in  a stock  ST computer.   Assuming you
 have replaced  the "bad"  blitter with  a new  model, ICD will pay $20 for
 each blitter that ICD can use.  Or $100 off the $299.95  retail price.. if
 you would like to purchase an AdSpeed ST directly from ICD.

 Please send your offers to:
                              ICDINC in EMAIL
                                    and
                Please include the brand name of the chip:
               i.e. SGS-Thompson, Ricoh, National Semi, etc.


  
     AdSpeed ST  has been tested with and is fully compatible with Spectrum
 512 in the 8 Mhz mode!  ICD has also  successfully tested  AdSpeed ST with
 Calamus, Omikron  BASIC, and  other software.  No blitters have caused any
 problems but ICD is still searching for some of the elusive "bad" blitters
 to test.   If  you have  one you would like to sell or trade, please leave
 ICD EMAIL.  Big screen monitors will be tested shortly.

     Quick Index 2.1 was  used to  run the  following benchmarks  (the same
     times also  result using Quick Index 1.5)  The computer under test was
     a USA version Mega 2 with TOS 1.4 using floppy disk drive A: 

     With the Blitter OFF and AdSpeed  ST in  16 Mhz  mode and  no resident
     software loaded.

                             CPU memory    164%
                             CPU register  204%
                             CPU divide    203%
                             CPU shifts    207%
                             DMA 64K read  100%
                             GEMDOS files  100%
                             Disk (RPM)    300

                             TOS text      161%
                             TOS string    158%
                             TOS scroll    114%
                             GEM dialog    166%

     With the  Blitter ON  and AdSpeed  ST in  16 Mhz  mode and no resident
     software loaded.

                             CPU memory    164%
                             CPU register  204%
                             CPU divide    203%
                             CPU shifts    207%
                             DMA 64K read  100%
                             GEMDOS files  100%
                             Disk (RPM)    300

                             TOS text      122%
                             TOS string    123%
                             TOS scroll    133%
                             GEM dialog    163%

     With the Blitter OFF and AdSpeed ST in 16 Mhz  mode and  Turbo ST 1.82
     loaded.

                             CPU memory    164%
                             CPU register  204%
                             CPU divide    203%
                             CPU shifts    207%
                             DMA 64K read  100%
                             GEMDOS files  100%
                             Disk (RPM)    300

                             TOS text      521%
                             TOS string   2001%
                             TOS scroll    144%
                             GEM dialog    461%

     With the  Blitter ON  and AdSpeed  ST in 16 Mhz mode and Turbo ST 1.82
     loaded. 

                             CPU memory    164%
                             CPU register  204%
                             CPU divide    203%
                             CPU shifts    207%
                             DMA 64K read  100%
                             GEMDOS files  100%
                             Disk (RPM)    300

                             TOS text      521%
                             TOS string   2001%
                             TOS scroll    137%
                             GEM dialog    438%

     With the Blitter OFF  and AdSpeed  ST in  8 Mhz  mode and  no resident
     software loaded.

                             CPU memory    100%
                             CPU register  100%
                             CPU divide    100%
                             CPU shifts    100%
                             DMA 64K read  100%
                             GEMDOS files  100%
                             Disk (RPM)    300

                             TOS text      100%
                             TOS string    100%
                             TOS scroll    100%
                             GEM dialog    100%

     With  the  Blitter  ON  and  AdSpeed  ST in 8 Mhz mode and no resident
     software loaded.

                             CPU memory    100%
                             CPU register  100%
                             CPU divide    100%
                             CPU shifts    100%
                             DMA 64K read  100%
                             GEMDOS files  100%
                             Disk (RPM)    300

                             TOS text      110%
                             TOS string    106%
                             TOS scroll    132%
                             GEM dialog    133%

               Thanks to Darek Mihocka for Quick Index 2.1.





                               .... to be shipping in September 1990.


 Editor Note:
     ICD, famous for their  superb Host  Adapter and  Mass Storage Devices,
 has indeed gone the extra mile in bringing out a new and highly compatible
 hardware accellerator for the Atari  ST  marketplace.    This  new product
 release demonstrates, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the faith ICD has in the
 future of  Atari's computer  lines.   Also, please  note ICD  has an Amiga
 acclerator 'ready  to go'  also.  ICD is truly staying on the cutting edge
 of development and support in the Atari computer marketplace.  This repor-
 ter would not be the least bit surprised to find ICD releasing a *_68030_*
 upgrade for the current run of Atari computers in the very near future. 




             ________________________________________________




 > DUSSELDORF! STR SHOW NEWS?         Teasers from Dusseldorf......
   =========================



                          TEASERS FROM DUSSELDORF
                          =======================


 ctsy of GEnie and Rolf Hilchner


          Back from the Atari show! Here are some highlights....

 The TT is ready to go!!! 

     Atari Germany has stated that there are 200 machines at their dealers!
 The TT  comes with a 32Mhz 63030. The operating system is called "TOS 030"
 and is downwards compatible to the ST TOS.  The TT is claimed NOT  to be a
 computer for textprocessing.... it is alleged to be much to fast for that!
 The TT comes with a memory managing unit,  a 256  Bit Cache,  which is in-
 tegrated on the chip (MC 68030).  

     For mathematical  operations the  TT can  be put  together with the MC
 68881,  MC 68882.  The TT comes with either 2, 6 or 8 MB of  main storage.
 The main  storage can  be upgraded with 4-Megabitchips up to 26 MB of RAM!
 The TT has one parallel, two  serial intefaces,  a MIDI  Interface and the
 Atari ACSI  DMA Channel  (for Harddisks,  Laserprinters and CD-ROM, etc.).
 The TT also has either two Highspeed SDLC Interfaces or one Highspeed SDLC
 Interface and  one interface for a slower LAN, like AppleTalk. Also a SCSI
 Interface was integrated with a SUB-D-Connector (25 Pin). 

     The Floppy-Controller:
 It can handle two 720KB 3 1/2 inch Floppies, one  is already  built in the
 TT.   A very fast (lower than 20 milliseconds) 40 Meg harddrive also comes
 with the TT030.  The Sound system now works with  8-Bit-PCM-Stereo  (Pulse
 Code Modulation).  

     And now, the screen resolution of the TT: 

     It can handle up to 4096 colors, resolution is from 320x200 (16 color-
 s) via 320x480 (256 colors) up to 640x480 (16 colors at a time).  Plus the
 super-high-resolution monochrome  mode with 1280x960 pixels. And, last but
 not least, the "Duochrome" mode, 640x400 pixel, like the resolution of the
 monochrome  Atari   ST,  programmable   in  two  colors  of  your  choice.
 Professionals may be interested in the internal VME-Bus (A24/D16, A16/D16)
 This port  permits one  to integrate the TT with other professional hardw-
 are.

     The second new product Atari debuted at Dusseldorf was the new SLM 605
 laserprinter, 6 pages per minute and smaller than the SLM 804.  

 Editor Note:
     The SLM  605, (Epson  Laser Compatible),  made for  Atari by Mannesman
 Tally,   is destined  to become  the "sweetheart  of the  industry" as its
 also made     for Zenith and a number of other well known manufacturers.

     There  was  nothing  very  new  at  the software side, except that GFA
 showed GFA-BASIC running under MS-DOS and UNIX !!!

 If you are interested, here some basic show statistics:

     Over 200 exhibitors from 16  countries,  inclusive  Australia  and the
 UdSSR were  exhibiting at  Dusseldorf on 20.000 square meteres.  More than
 50.000 visitors, Atari said had attended the show!   Other  products shown
 at  Dusseldorf  included  the  ATW  (the Transputer) the complete, and the
 elaborate PC line, the ST line  and the  Stacy, the  Portfolio, the CD-ROM
 and of course, the TT.


                Complete In Depth Coverage .....NEXT WEEK.




       _____________________________________________________________





 > Stock Market ~ STReport?              And The Band Marches On....
   =======================

                                                     THE TICKERTAPE
                                                     ==============


 by Michael Arthur


     On Monday, Atari stock went up 1/4 of a point.  However, on Tuesday it
 fell by 1 point, and dropped 7/8 of  a point  on Wednesday.   On Thursday,
 the price  of Atari  stock (by  going down  1/8 of a point), reached a new
 52-week low of $2 1/2 a share.  On Friday, the price  of Atari  stock went
 up by  1/2 of a point, finishing up the week at $3 a share.  Atari's stock
 price had gone down 1 1/4 points since August 17, 1990.

     Atari Stock lost 29 percent of  its value  this week,  while the value
 of Commodore stock dropped by 19 percent.  Also, Jack Tramiel's 36 million
 shares of Atari Stock, worth 153 million dollars on August 17th, were only
 worth 108 million on August 24th....


        Apple Stock was down 1 point from Friday, August 17, 1990.
            Commodore Stock was down 1 1/8 points from 8/17/90.
                 IBM Stock was down 1 point from 8/17/90.


                Stock Report for Week of 8/20/90 to 8/24/90

 _________________________________________________________________________
 STock|   Monday   |   Tuesday   | Wednesday  |  Thursday  |    Friday    |
 Reprt|Last    Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last    Chg.|Last    Chg.|Last      Chg.|
 -----|------------|-------------|------------|------------|--------------|
 Atari|4 1/2   +1/4|3 1/2     - 1|2 5/8  - 7/8|2 1/2  - 1/8|  3      + 1/2|
      |            | 163,800 Sls |269,000 Sls |            | 142,300 Sls  |
 -----|------------+-------------+------------+------------+--------------|
  CBM | 6      ----|5 1/2   - 1/2|5 1/4  - 1/4|4 5/8  - 5/8|4 7/8    + 1/4|
      |            | 176,900 Sls |            |182,300 Sls | 136,000 Sls  |
 -----|------------+-------------+------------+------------+--------------|
 Apple|36 3/4  +1/4|36 1/4  - 1/2|35 1/8      |34 1/2 - 5/8|35 1/2     + 1|
 36 12|            |             |      -1 1/8|            | 655,500 Sls  |
 -----|------------+-------------+------------+------------+--------------|
  IBM |102 1/4     |100 1/2      | 99   -1 1/2|96 7/8      |100 3/8 +3 1/2|
 10138|      +1 1/8|       -1 7/8|            |      -2 1/8|2,039,600 Sls |
 -----'-------------------------------------------------------------------'

       'Sls' refers to the # of stock shares that were traded that day.
       'CBM' refers to Commodore Corporation.
        '----'  means that the stock's price did not change for the day.


 (Note:  As of Wednesday (August 29th), Atari stock was at 3 5/8, with
         Jack Tramiel's 36 million shares worth $130.5 million....)





          _______________________________________________________





 > The Flip Side! STR Feature?           A different viewpoint.....
   ==========================




                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT
                    ==================================



 by Michael Lee


 If you're looking for one of the cheapest places to buy your 1-meg  SIMMS 
 for your STe,  MET has them for $50.00.  Their phone number is 1-800-766-
 SIMM.  (From N.Rechtman on GEnie)

                             ----------------

 The hard drive in the Stacy has an ID number of 0. If you connect another 
 drive to the DMA port, it must not only have a different ID, if _must_ be 
 ID  #1.  The  Atari hard drive software assumes that all ID  numbers  are 
 contiguous.....Anyway,  make  sure  the drive you connect is  ID  #1.  Of 
 course this means that if you use Atari HD software on another system you 
 must change the ID every time you swap the drive since the software  will 
 not   recognize ID #1 on your other system if there's no ID #0  connected.

 (From John Eidsvoog, GEnie)

                             ----------------

 For you who haven't had a chance to see it yet, there's a new ST magazine 
 on  the  market.   It's called "ST Journal".   It is published  by  Quill 
 Publishing,  owned by Steve Lesh and comes out bi-monthly.  ST Journal is 
 a slick-paper,  professional type of magazine that has a lot of attention 
 grabbing  artwork,  serious articles  on  programming,  hardware,  people 
 involved in the ST market and new ST product announcements.

 Like  most new magazines,  it is still suffering through   growing  pains.

 The  editing,  typography,  grammar and spelling throughout the  magazine 
 needs  a  lot of improvement.   The ST is known throughout  the  computer 
 world  as one of the premier MIDI systems but the MIDI section  currently 
 is just a new product announcement area.   According to Associate Editor, 
 Gantry Gappmayer, "The MIDI section is just a news section simply because 
 we have no writers for it and because it is so specialized that not  many 
 people  care  about it."  But I'm sure that most of these  problems  will 
 change and will be improved as the editors get more seasoning under their 
 belts.

 Originally,  it  was  supposed to come out monthly but due to a  lack  of 
 advertising,  it dropped back to 6 issues a year.  If you were one of the 
 original subscribers,  you will still get the 12 issues that you paid for.

 According  to  John  Nagy "All those who have already  subscribed  to  ST 
 JOURNAL for $29.95 will get 12 issues, regardless of how many months that 
 might take."

 There have been 2 issues of ST Journal and the third issue is expected to 
 be  available on Sept.  15th.   It's exciting that with all of  the  old, 
 established ST magazines falling by the wayside,  this company decided to 
 gamble on the ST market.

      If you wish to subscribe to ST Journal magazine, call or write
                                ST Journal
                            113 W. College St.
                             Covina, CA  91723
                               (818)332-0372

 A one year subscription costs $20.00 for 6 issues.  If you live in Canada 
 and some foreign country,  add $12.00.   The newstand price is $4.50  per 
 issue.

                             ----------------

 Here's how one person uses his ST....

 Atari ST and Megas are in use at Motown Records.  I've used Atari for the 
 Mitsubishi  Bank Of California to execute projects that couldn't be  done 
 on  their  slew of IBM machines.  I use an  ST  for  DTP,  screenwriting, 
 newsletter publishing, music composition, recording, and production (from 
 bright idea to packaged cassette at home,  how's that for fun?) and a lot 
 more.  (From GEnie)


                             ----------------

 Remember  the MegaTalk board that we discussed in this column  two  weeks 
 ago?   I know that most of you non-GCR owners wondered what good it would 
 be  for you.   Here's some comments from Dave Small (from the Gadgets  by 
 Small Roundtable on GEnie) about that....

 "Doug has software that does miracles with MegaTalk."

 "He  can currently dial into three online systems at the same time  using 
 the Stalker desk accessory (a terminal program D/A).  Or he can  transfer 
 files  at  really high speed between systems MegaTalking in  ST  mode.  I 
 forget the exact figures -- It was up in the megabit range, I believe."

 "MegaTalk is primarily aimed at the Mac emulation market,  of course, but 
 that  doesn't mean those chips aren't just begging to be turned loose  on 
 the ST."

                               -----///----- 

 Until next week.....




           ____________________________________________________






 > A Reply..STR FOCUS?              J. Tarpinian says....
   ==================




 Item    0805842                 90/08/26        17:55
 From:   JOHN.KING.T 
 To:     ST.REPORT   
 cc:     BOB-BRODIE 

 Sub: ST Report 8/24/90

 Ralph,

     I confess to being rather confused. You recently made a  commitment to
 support the  Glendale show  fully.   Yet in  your most  recent issue of ST
 REPORT, you have a pair of items that can only be interpreted  as "blasts"
 at the  upcoming GLENDALE  show.  Worse, both items could have been either
 eliminated as "news" items entirely  or  at  least  presented  in  a quite
 different ,  more positive  light had  you done  even the most rudimentary
 verification of the facts.   You  CERTAINLY haven't  forgotten or  lost my
 phone number, have you?

     First, this  week's ST  Report mentions  that Lee Seiler of Lexicor is
 "miffed" at being unable to provide "two days of working  seminars" at the
 Glendale show  simply on  a standby  basis.   What you  do not say is that
 Lexicor has decided to offer seminars in leu of buying a booth and thereby
 supporting  the  user  group  show.  While this situation and the "standby
 basis" may seem to suggest that Lexicor will  not be  permitted to  have a
 seminar until they have purchased booth space, that is incorrect.  Rather,
 what I told Lee was that  while I  would welcome  his presentation  on our
 speaker panel,  I would  have to  wait to  see if there were any openings.
 This is because Glendale has always given first priority to the firms that
 have chosen to purchase booth space with the show.

     Bob Brodie started that policy when he handled the show before he went
 to ATARI.   It  has always  worked well  for us,  and insured  that we all
 understood the  way the  show was handled.  I am sure that you can see how
 some exhibitors would feel if they paid to have their  products shown, and
 we let  Lee give a seminar each day to show his stuff at no cost to him at
 all.  Obviously, other developers would  want to  cancel their  booth, and
 just give  seminars as  well.   We have had several developers already re-
 quest this exact arrangement, and we have turned them down.  Seminars have
 never been  offered AS AN ALTERNATIVE to buying booth space and supporting
 a show.  While it is true that I wish  Lee would  purchase a  booth, it is
 not  true  that  not  purchasing  one precludes him from giving a seminar.
 What is true is that after  all the  other developers  that have purchased
 booth space  have indicated  whether or  not they  wish to give a seminar,
 then I will be able to determine what to do about Lee's request.  I should
 have that information on September 1.

     Lee Seiler  originally expressed  the intent to have a booth for Lexi-
 cor, but has told me since that he  was "talked  out of  having it".   His
 recent agreements with RIO DATEL should offer some exposure for his produ-
 cts at the show.  When John Nagy spoke with Lee about  a seminar,  Lee had
 not finalized his plans of how to display.  John told him directly that he
 "could not offer him seminars in competition with or as  an alternative to
 booth space",  and Lee  seemed to  understand.   Lee and John discussed at
 length the nature of what Lee  intended  to  present  in  his  proposed 40
 minute seminar  that might be presented twice (a far cry from the "two day
 working seminar" mentioned in ST Report).  Lee expressed his  desire to do
 a  talk  on  "color  perception  and computer color presentation", a topic
 fairly unrelated to his product, specifically in order  to avoid  the con-
 flict John  and he  discussed at length.  From the extended description of
 what Lee apparently told  you that  he planned  to present,  Lee must have
 changed his  mind completely  in the time between John Nagy's and my calls
 to him.  Oddly enough, even when I told him that I would have  to wait for
 a full  roster of  available seminars  before giving him a firm answer, he
 was still talking in terms of a non- product specific presentation.   I am
 frankly perplexed  as to  why he would develop such specific plans to pre-
 sent his product line so completely AFTER having been told both that there
 was doubt  as to  available time  for him AND after hearing in detail what
 the particular problem was.

     A possible way out of the problem would  be if  Lee's talk  were to be
 "sponsored", as  it were, by RIO DATEL.  This option would only be practi-
 cal once RIO DATEL confirms their spoken reservation with a check... which
 has not  been received  as yet.  Secondly, you present as news a bit about
 how B&C and San Jose computers  are miffed  at "getting  the COLD SHOULDER
 from  certain  atarifest  representatives  for having exhibited at the San
 Jose WOA show".  While you do not name me  or the  Glendale show,  2 and 2
 still makes  4, even  on the  West coast.   How sad it is that you did not
 make any attempt to verify this story before you ran  it. NO  developer or
 dealer has been discriminated against for supporting WOA shows.  John Nagy
 and I flew to San Jose  particularly for  the purpose  of selling Glendale
 booths to  vendors at  the WOA.   Mark, of San Jose Computers, did in fact
 contact me about coming to Glendale, and I had to  tell him  that the room
 we had  reserved for  Retailers was all spoken for.  Mark asked that I let
 him know if the situation changed, which I  agreed to  do.   The situation
 has NOT  changed since.   No  one at  B&C ever contacted me in any way for
 this show.  I am AMAZED that anyone at either store would generate such an
 ugly and  false story...  but not  as amazed as I am that you would repeat
 the story  WITHOUT VERIFICATION,  particularly when  you purport  to be in
 support of the user group shows that this sort of item defames.  One of my
 show workers did exactly as you suggested in your issue and called  B&C to
 aks about  "the whole story".  He was told that B&C "probably" wouldn't be
 coming because the local  dealers didn't  want dealers  from outside their
 area at  the show.  While that's not the whole story, it is radically dif-
 ferent than the reasons  you stated  in your  issue.   You really  need to
 correct
 this.

     Additionally, it has been a tradition of the Southern California ATARI
 Computer Faire (aka the Glendale Show), which is  sponsored by  LOCAL com-
 puter clubs,  to support LOCAL dealers.  As I say in my original promotion
 letter to LOCAL dealers, "We will limit this show to,  no more  than, four
 Southern California  Authorized ATARI  Computer Dealers...   We understand
 the policy of supporting our local dealers so  that they  can support us."
 Fortunately we  were able  to get  good LOCAL dealer support for our show,
 selling out of our  planned retailer  space.   Personally, I  feel that it
 benefits everyone  to have  LOCAL users  buy their  products from the same
 dealers that will later be available to give  them service  and continuing
 support, avoiding  the "mail  order syndrome" where the seller can offer a
 great price, but the LOCAL dealer  who lost  the sale  on price  must then
 support the user. 



 Editor Note:
 ============
     As requested  by Mr.  Tarpinian, we present his letter of concern.  As
 editor of STReport, I agree...  Mr  Tarpinian  should  be  concerned.   He
 should be concerned with the veiled illusion that STReport did not or does
 not verify.  We DID verify and found that the  folks in  question were and
 ARE still quite upset.  Lexicor and the Dealers mentioned wanted very much
 to support the show and they ALL verified  the information  presented.  In
 fact, the Lexicor information was supplied, in total, by them.

     Mr.  Tarpinian's  letter  seems  to  assume that this article was "not
 verified with him"...(Tarpinian) prior  to its  being released.   STReport
 chose  to  verify  the  story  with  those dealers and developers directly
 involved.  Mr. Bruce Carso of  B&C Computervisions  felt that  the cost of
 participating would  be prohibitive  and that  he would be "balked" in any
 case.  Mr. Carso emphasized however, his desire that the show be successf-
 ul.   But at  the same time pointed out that "Atari is loosing out because
 of some people's tactics."  Mr. Mark Dalldorf of San Jose Computer and his
 manager Paul,  confirmed the  report.   Additionally, it should be pointed
 out that there were other dealers who also felt they would be "balked".  

     In all fairness to the dealers mentioned they, one and all, emphasized
 the fact that they support Atari with energetic enthusiasm and hoped for a
 highly successful Glendale show.  STReport wants to see the  Glendale show
 be a terrific success, of this there can be no doubt, but at the same time
 any misunderstandings in the Atari community on the  west coast  should be
 cleared up by the show's principals as soon as possible.  





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 > SEURAT POWER! STR Spotlight?          "A MAJOR UPGRADE OF...."
   ===========================





                                S E U R A T

                           V E R S I O N   2 . 0


            A MAJOR UPGRADE OF THE POPULAR ATARI ST PAINT PROGRAM!


                           NEW FEATURES? I'LL SAY!


                          COMPRESSED PICTURE FILES!

       SEURAT now  reads and  writes DegasElite  Compressed format pictures
 (PC? files) in addition to the  original uncompressed  format (PI? files).
 But, there's even better news: SEURAT WORKS ON .IMG FILES, too! Read on...


                         ANTI-ALIAS and COLOR-EDIT!

       A powerful Anti-Aliasing tool that works only on the range of colors
 you specify without blurring your  picture,  and  a  unique  Color Palette
 Editor that  can create  and modify entire palettes with a few mouse stro-
 kes, using video-like commands for Tint, Saturation and Brightness! Frank-
 ly, I think it's more advanced than other programs' routines!


                    FULL GDOS (AND DEGAS) FONT CAPABILITY!

       SEURAT now  loads GDOS  fonts of  any size (without any need to have
 the GDOS program resident!) and DEGAS fonts, too.   Version  2.0 gives you
 more  control  of  text,  too:    Text Color, Text Style, Write Mode, Text
 Scaling (both enlargement and reduction), and for the first time, GEM Text
 Rotation (0,90,180,270 degrees).


                      SMOOTH CURVE DRAWING WITH SPLINES!

       Automatic splined curves can be drawn by mousing in a few (or a lot)
 of control points; SEURAT will construct a smooth  curve that  passes thr-
 ough all  the marked  points.   You can  produce splined filled figures as
 well as line curves.  Why not let your ST draw for you?!


                             IFF FORMAT BLOCKS!

       Screen blocks, up to and including  a full  screen, can  now be read
 and written in the DegasElite BL? file format (which is identical with the
 Amiga's IFF format, so images can  be  interchanged)  as  well  as  in the
 original SEURAT BK? file format.
                                     Big deal, block-files, you say?


                           WELL, THAT'S NOT ALL...


          ===>  IMG FILES IN A PAINT PROGRAM? YOU'RE KIDDING! <===

       SEURAT Version  2.0 also  reads and writes GEM's .IMG format side by
 side with Degas screen format pictures (when run on a  monochrome system).
 There's no  limit to  the .IMG  size, either!  In fact, SEURAT gives you a
 bigger full-screen workarea on an  over-sized  .IMG  file  that  ANY OTHER
 program.   (You can rapidly shift the screen window everywhere over an big
 IMG file with a simple mouse drag; no fiddling with window gadgets!)

       NO OTHER program for .IMG files gives you  the range  and variety of
 painting and  drawing tools,  block manipulations, fills, and brushes that
 SEURAT does (even though they might cost five or six times as  much)! Now,
 you can use the full resources of SEURAT to create images for your desktop
 publishing, using familiar tools and working  in a  familiar paint-program
 environment! Enjoy the best of both worlds!


      THE NEW SEURAT is BIGGER (and SMALLER) and FASTER and BETTER, TOO!

 SEURAT Version 2.0 comes as two functionally equivalent programs:

      1) SEURATV2.PRG for color monitor systems (low AND medium resolution)
      2) MONSURAT.PRG for monochrome monitor systems (high resolution)

 And you get BOTH of them for one very reasonable price!


       I call  SEURAT Version  2.0 the best performance-to-price-ratio pro-
 duct in the ST marketplace because you get (between the two monitor varia-
 tions) 535,000 bytes of program (representing 24,000 lines of code, whew!)
 so compactly compiled that SEURAT V2.0 gives you eight Paint  Screens when
 run on a 1-MEG ST, even with accessories loaded.

       More than  60% of the Version 2.0 code is new; there have been about
 200 detail improvements in existing routines for smoother  operation, such
 as a  rock-steady flickerless  mouse drawing  on the  Zoomscreen.  All the
 Block manipulation functions have been expanded  to handle  bigger blocks,
 faster! Too many (over 60) new commands and functions to list here!

       All program  operations are  much, much  faster.  Since there wasn't
 much I could do to improve the zoomscreen besides making  the mouse really
 flickerless, I had to settle for making it FIVE times faster!  Some of the
 operations are TEN to TWELVE times faster! 


      LATE-BREAKING FLASH! OK, OK! YOU WANT MacPAINT FILES? YOU GOT'EM!
             The MONSURAT.PRG also reads and writes .MAC images!


                          TRY IT; YOU'LL LIKE IT!

       If you liked the original SEURAT, you'll LOVE the new SEURAT! If you
 haven't tried SEURAT yet, you'll find an easy-to-use interface with a host
 of powerful features.  As for price, I believe the new SEURAT  Version 2.0
 to be the best performance-to-price-ratio product in the ST marketplace!


                     GEE! HOW CAN I GET THE NEW SEURAT?

                     The ONLY way is to send $25.00 to:

                              SKWare One, Inc.
                                P. O. Box 277
                        Bunker Hill, Illinois 62014

       (Please don't sent cash; a money order is the fastest way to receive
 SEURAT.  I have to wait for checks  to clear  and am  not equiped  to deal
 with plastic money.)

       You get both the SEURATV2.PRG (for color monitors) and the MONSURAT-
 .PRG (for monochrome monitors), complete new documentation on disk (30,000
 words), a  handy Command  Key to  print out for a desk reference, a set of
 tutorials for step-by-step learning, from starting up to  advanced techni-
 ques, folders  of color  fills, mono-fills, brushes, an assortment of GDOS
 and DEGAS fonts and more,  plus  an  assortment  of  new  SEURAT pictures,
 blocks and images, a two-disk set. 

       Requires a  one-meg ST  with double-sided drive.  Runs under Rainbow
 TOS (version 1.4) and the old TOS, too. 


                              ORDER YOURS TODAY!


 (As they say on the wine cooler commercials,"Thank you for your support.")


                                                 Sterling K. Webb


   and.....


  *********************** WATCH for THE IMAGE SYSTEM! *********************


      Coming soon from SKWare One, a  totally new  painting, drawing, image
 processing, pixel-bashing set of programs: The IMAGE SYSTEM!

      The IMAGE  SYSTEM is  not one program, but a COMPLETE SYSTEM of image
 programs.  The IMAGE SYSTEM contains  not one  but TWO  painting programs:
 the next  revision of  SEURAT (with STe support) AND a totally new kind of
 ST paint program, the COLORIMG.PRG.  

      COLORIMG will work with  mono-plane (bitmap)  .IMG files  on either a
 monochrome  OR  color  system  AND  with multi-plane COLOR .IMG files on a
 color monitor. It will produce (on an ST or STe) images in the four-plane,
 sixteen-color 640x480  low-rez format  used by  the 68030 ATARI TT, but it
 will allow those images to be created and viewed on  the ST  (or STe) that
 you have  now! (No  vaporware, this;  watch the  boards for  a viewer demo
 program soon!)

      The IMAGE SYSTEM will include the  PRINT_IT.PRG, an  out-print driver
 that produces the best nine-pin printing you've ever seen, besides support
 for higher-resolution devices, and color printer  output for  Spectrum 512
 pictures.

      There are  also a  host of  utilities for converting color Degas pic-
 tures to color .IMG files, even for patching multiple color Degas pictures
 into huge color .IMG files, and so forth.

       New tools  for a  new kind  of image.  When the Atari TT comes along
 with the capacity for higher resolution color, you could already  have the
 images to match its abilities...  (and have them NOW on an ST!)

       And... IF you buy SEURAT Version 2.0, you'll receive FULL CREDIT for
 the purchase price of this program toward the (as always)  very reasonable
 price of The IMAGE SYSTEM! (Is this a great country, or what?)

       The IMAGE SYSTEM: Watch for it!


                              S K W a r e   O n e
                                 P. O. Box 277
                         Bunker Hill, Illinois 62014






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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL?           "BLOCKBUSTER ATARI NEWS FIRST!"
   =====================




 - New York City, NY             CALAMUS 'CENTERPIECE OF DTP' AT DUSSELDORF
   -----------------

 Clearly, one  third of the fable Dussledorf show was centered around Ditek
 and Calamus.  Among the  myriad  of  fantastic  goodies  about  to journey
 across the  great lake  are, 300x600 dpi system of drivers and upgrade for
 the SLM 804, highly sophisticated additions to the Calamus line  that will
 raise the  DTP Atari to great levels.  Keep a close eye on ISD for the new
 goodies.




 - Rockville, MD                           GENIE OFFERS FLAT RATE OF $4.95!
   -------------

     The GEnie service, one of the leading online information services, has
 announced the introduction, effective Oct. 1, 1990, of a flat subscription
 rate of just $4.95  (U.S.) per  month including  unlimited, non-prime time
 access to more than 100 products and services.

     This new  monthly rate  will make  it possible  for GEnie service sub-
 scribers and members of their families to access a wide variety of popular
 products and  services on the GEnie service without the concern of running
 up costly fees each month as a result of hourly  access rates.   In making
 the announcement, Bill Louden, general manager of the GEnie service, said,
 "Our market research told  us that  the number  one thing  our subscribers
 wanted in an online information service was a flat monthly rate for acces-
 sing a wide variety of products  and services.   As  a result,  we will be
 launching, effective  Oct.   1, 1990,  our GEnie Star-Services with a sub-
 scription rate of only $4.95 per month," said Louden.  

     "Our new pricing structure on GEnie is similar to the concept of Cable
 TV where  viewers pay  a monthly  rate for  unlimited access to basic ser-
 vices, and  an additional  cost for  value added  services," he explained.
 "With this  new flat monthly rate for non-prime time access to over 100 of
 the GEnie service features, the online  costs of  many GEnie  service sub-
 scribers could be reduced," added Louden.

     The rate  for U.S. access to those GEnie service products/services not
 covered under the flat monthly rate has  been  set  at  just  $6  per hour
 during  non-prime  time  for  all  three access speeds (300, 1200 and 2400
 baud).  This is a $4 per hour reduction in the current 2400 baud non-prime
 time rate.   The  prime time  rate remains  at $18  per hour for all three
 access speeds.  Since more than 60 percent  of the  209,000 subscribers on
 the GEnie service have 2400 baud modems, this lower non-prime time rate of
 only $6/hour for 2400 baud access also will result in faster, more cost-e-
 ffective  software  downloads  on  the  GEnie service, which has more than
 85,000 files available for downloading.

     To access the GEnie Star-Services in Canada, the  monthly subscription
 rate is  $5.95 (Canadian), with a non-prime time rate of $8 (Canadian) per
 hour for all three access speeds.   Prime  time rate  is $25.00 (Canadian)
 per hour  for all  three access  speeds.   The $29.95  sign-up fee for the
 GEnie service also has been eliminated  for all  new subscribers effective
 immediately.  As a result, there is no real cost to subscribe to the GEnie
 service, except for the first month subscription rate of $4.95.

     After trying the GEnie Star-Services for  the first  month, if  a sub-
 scriber does  not like  it, he/she  can cancel  his/her membership and the
 GEnie service will refund the $4.95 subscription fee to them.  (This offer
 applies only  to first time new subscribers to the GEnie service, once per
 household.)

     "We feel this new monthly rate for non-prime access to GEnie will be
 eagerly accepted by many of our subscribers as they will no longer have to
 watch the clock when they are using the GEnie Star-Services," said Louden.
 "The GEnie service will now provide its U.S. and Canadian subscribers with
 the most extensive and cost-effective package of online services available
 today for a flat monthly rate,'' remarked Louden.  "GEnie's original motto
 of 'Stay  Online Longer  for Less'  is even  more appropriate now with the
 introduction of this flat monthly rate," he remarked.

     First operational in 1985,  the GEnie  service is  one of  the fastest
 growing  online  information  services  with  more than 209,000 individual
 subscribers. Available throughout the U.S. and  Canada, the  GEnie service
 also can be accessed in Japan, West Germany, Austria and Switzerland.





 - Sunnyvale, CA.                           NEW GOODIES FOR LYNX ANNOUNCED!
   --------------


             ATARI ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING NEW PRODUCTS TODAY:

 Lynx  Sun  Visor:  A  combination  screen  protector  and  sun visor which
 attaches to the Lynx using those 4 mysterious holes around the screen.
                       Part #: PAG3400  Price: $4.95

 Lynx Carrying Case (Large): Briefcase-style  carrying  case  for  the Lynx
 which has one large compartment to hold the Lynx and three smaller ones to
 hold the accessories you purchase. The cartridges are held in twelve slots
 built into the inside of the case's cover.
                     Part #: PAG3350     Price: $19.95

 Lynx  Carrying  Case  (Small):  Called  the "Pouch", this carrying case is
 similar in design to  carrying cases  for the  Gameboy, with  a large com-
 partment to hold the Lynx, and two smaller pouches on the side to hold the
 cartridges. Down the side  of the  pouch is  a area  designed to  hold the
 Comlynx cable.
                     Part #: PAG3375     Price: $14.95

 These should  be appearing in your local dealer's showcase soon, or if you
 can't wait, can be  purchased directly  from Atari  by sending  a check or
 money order  for the total order + tax (see state tax chart below) + $3.50
 shipping & handling (for orders under  $50,  for  orders  above  $50, call
 408-745-2367 for more information).

 Orders from the following states must add the appropriate sales tax:

 Illinois: add 5%          California: add 7.25%       New Jersey: add 6%
                           Massachusetts: add 5%

 Send your order to the following address:

                           Atari Corporation
                           P.O. Box 61657
                           Sunnyvale, CA  94089
                           Attn: Customer Relations

 All sales are final, for more information, call (408) 745-2367.





 - New York City, N.Y.                       LATEST SPECIFICATIONS REVEALED
   -------------------


                    TT Specifications:
                    -----------------

          Processor               68030
                                  32 MHz
                                  Optional math co-processor
          RAM                     2 MB (expandable to 8)
          ROM                     512K
          Floppy                  1.44MB 3.5 in.
          BUS                     VME
                                  ACSI internal bus
                                  SCSI internal bus with external connector
          Ports                   2 asynchronous RS 232
                                  2 synchronous RS 232C
                                  Parallel
                                  MIDI
                                  Stereo audio outputs
          Sound                   Digital 8 bit stereo sound
          Video                   ST and TT modes
          Features                Battery backed clock
                                  145 watt power supply
                                  latest TOS
                                  Optional Unix V 3.1




               Stacy Specifications:
               --------------------
          Prococessor        68C000
                             8 MHz
          Memory             1MB RAM
          ROM                256K
                             128K External Cartridge
                             32K Static RAM for LCD Display
          Storage            Internal 3 1/2 in. 720K micro floppy
                             Port for external floppy
                             DMA Port for optional internal Hard Drive
          Display            640 x 400 resolution supertwist LCD backlit
                             monohrome display, split horizontally
                             at line 200
          User Interface     94 keys, qwerty, separate cursor key cluster,
                             separate numeric keypad, 10 function keys,
                             trackball and two mouse buttons built in.
          Input/Output Ports Printer (8bit parallel)
                             RS 232C, 50-19,200 baud
                             MIDI In, Out/Through 31.25 baud
                             optically isolated receiver
                             Game controller ports
                             DC power input jack
          Operating System   TOS in ROM
                             GEM Environment, icons, windows
                             GEM virual device interface
          Software           TOS, GEM
          Power              8 x C cells, Nickel/cadmium rechargeable
                             5-10 hours, Alkaline 18-35 hours
          Physical           Demensions 13.3H x 15W x 13.3D
                             15.2 lbs, including batteries




               Portfolio Specifications:
               ------------------------

          Processor                80C88, 4.9152 MHz
          RAM                      128K including internal RAM configured
                                   disk (from 8K size)
          ROM                      256K containing BIOS, operating system
                                   and applications
          Screen                   Graphics LCD supertwist technology,
                                   Software controlled contrast
                                   MDA text compatible
                                   40 columns, 8 lines
                                   Graphics 240 x 64 pixels
          Keyboard                 63 keys, PC compatible, buried
                                   numeric keypad and function keys
          Sound                    Speaker with DTMF dialing capability
          Mass Storage             memory Card 32-128K
          Power                    3 penlite (4-6 weeks use)
                                   Optional 117V adaptor
          Expansion Port           60 pin Pocket PC expansion BUS
          Memory Expansion         RAM epansion to 640K
          Accessories              RAM Expansion modules
                                   PC Card Driver
                                   Serial Port
                                   Parallel Port
          Applications             In ROM




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          - ICD Utility Software        - 3' DMA Cable 
          - Fan & Clock                 - Multi-Unit Power Supply
                          (1) 44 MB Syquest Cart.

                  COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED AND READY TO RUN!
                 --->> SPECIAL NOW ONLY __$719.00__ <<---

                      *** SPECIAL SYQUEST OFFER!! ***
    ORDER YOUR CUSTOM SYQUEST UNIT NOW AND GET A SECOND COMPLETE UNIT!
                       ***** for $50.00 LESS! *****

   * TWIN SYQUEST 44MB REMOVABLE MEDIA DRIVES ... PROGRAMMER'S DELIGHT *
                       SPECIALLY PRICED ** $1339.00 **

    * SYQUEST 44MB REMOVABLE MEDIA DRIVE AND HARD DRIVE COMBINATIONS *
         - Syquest 44 Model [555] and the following hard drives -
          50mb SQG51   $1079.00           30mb SQG38    $1039.00
          65mb SQG09   $1119.00           85mb SQG96    $1129.00
                       
                 LOWBOY - STANDARD - DUAL BLOWER CABINETS
                      CUSTOM CONFIGURATIONS AVAILABLE
           Listed above are a sampling of the systems available.
      Prices also reflect various cabinet/power supply configurations
    (over sixty configurations are available, flexibility is unlimited)
                                     
            *** ALL Units: Average Access Time: 24ms - 34ms ***

  ALL UNITS COMPATIBLE WITH --> SUPERCHARGER - PC-DITTO/II - SPECTRE/GCR
             LARGER units are available - (special order only)

                        NO REPACKS OR REFURBS USED!

       - Custom Walnut WOODEN Cabinets - TOWER - AT - XT Cabinets -
                   Keyboard Custom Cables Call for Info
                      ALL POWER SUPPLIES UL APPROVED

                       -* 12 month FULL Guarantee *-
                         (A FULL YEAR of COVERAGE)

                 QUANTITY & USERGROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!
                 _________________________________________

                     DEALERS and DISTRIBUTORS WANTED!
                         please, call for details

                 Personal and Company Checks are accepted.

                        ORDER YOUR NEW UNIT TODAY!

           CALL: 1-800-562-4037   -=**=-    CALL: 1-904-783-3319
           Customer Orders ONLY               Customer Service
                                9am - 8pm EDT
                                Tues thru Sat




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                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:
                     _________________________________

      To sign up for GEnie service: Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.

               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                         Wait for the U#= prompt.

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

                       **** SIGN UP FEE WAIVED ****

           The system will now prompt you for your information.



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