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Article #76 (730 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys) Subject: Z*Net: 14-Sep-90 #537 Date: Sat Oct 6 22:19:33 1990 ============##########=========###===##==#######==########============ ===================##====##====####==##==##==========##=============== ================##=====######==##=##=##==#####=======##=============== =============##==========##====##==####==##==========##=============== ============##########=========##===###==#######=====##=============== Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE September 14, 1990 Issue #537 (actually done on 9/17/90) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Publisher/Editor : Ron Kovacs Assistant Editor : John Nagy Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke Staff Columnists : Terry May Advertising : J K Tarpinian Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber Distribution : Bruce Hansford Z*Net Germany : Mike Schuetz Z*Net England : Paul Glover Contributor : Dr. Paul Keith ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What Happened to Z*NET? by John Nagy They say, Better Late than Never. I don't believe it. But we've been accosted by the faithful readers who "want their Z*NET" this week, so here is a mini-issue to tide you over til Friday. Ron and I did Glendale all weekend. Ron flew in to LAX from New Jersey after a full day of work on Friday, September 14 (yes, he has a real job too!). I met him after my full day of work (yes, me too!) and some hours at the hall checking preparations. We began working on collecting parts for Z*NET #537, which by then was already late. Our intent was to get the issue ready and just insert some Glendale impressions on Saturday, and be just a day late. Well, one thing tends to follow another, and Saturday became Sunday, and we grew progressively busier and more zombie- like (though I think we know how little sleep we can live on now). By Sunday night at 8, we were sitting down to try again at Z*NET, but got a call to come see the new desktop on the TT... and maybe even do some of the issue on it. Off to Burbank... and hours later, yes we saw it... but no closer to getting the issue done. By midnight we needed coffee just to remember to breath. So instead of writing, we dozed in front of the videotape (lots of vidi-pix to come!!!)... then decided that, since I had to work at 7:50 AM and Ron had to fly back to Jersey Monday morning, Z*NET went back on hold... This morning we decided that the world could continue without Z*NET #537. By this evening, the phone calls and messages convinced us otherwise. So here is a MINI issue... just enough to get us all through til #538 on Friday, September 21. Look for the NEXT issue for more news than is normally allowed by law... we really hate to sit on this stuff, but there is just to much to cover quickly. This issue is just a few quick impressions... the full tilt story will all be in Z*NET #538. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ EDITORS DESK ~~~ BY RON KOVACS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SATURDAY AT GLENDALE Here we go again with another issue "almost" live from the floor. This time around we don't have to worry about working from a hotel room or show floor because John Nagy lives rather close to the Glendale Civic Auditorium, site of the fourth Glendale Atari Show. This is a first time visit for me to California and I am impressed, if with anything it's the weather. The surroundings are pleasant and the people enjoyable. This is a big change from New Jersey where we deal with weather problems from time to time, worry about what is going to stab us in the ocean and ponder moving out since the recent election gave us a new and fabulous governor. Remember that this is just a visit and I leave in two days and return home with memories and a videotape, (I hope). I have met more people who have been faceless behind the messages and phone conversations, and surprised at the overall attitude received by many. Since I travel once a year, I am not close to any member of the community and only deal with them on the phone or through the medium you now are reading. The Glendale show seems to be a success to me. I have no prior attendance to speak differently. There were only 15 people waiting to get in on Saturday, but 15 minutes later there were 600 people wandering around and quickly things got busy. I was an assistant to John Nagy who was in charge of the seminar scheduling and getting them started on time. In my opinion, the star of the Saturday seminars was Leonard Tramiel who spoke for an extended period at two seminars, and David Small who sang Neil Young LIVE during his afternoon seminar. The seminars started with Bob Brodie who welcomed the members and entertained over 180 people. In attendance during this first seminar were Elie Kenan, John Townsend, Ken Badertscher, Leonard Tramiel and many others. Bob took questions from the crowd which ranged from TT to STE. In all, Atari made an appearance with its staff at three seminars. The morning welcome with Bob Brodie, Atari Tech Talk with John Townsend, Ken Badertscher and Leonard Tramiel. The third with Leonard soloing questions and answers specifically about the TT. There as supposed to be a TT on display during his talk, but it never made it down to the conference area. Leonard's speaking was very concise during all of his appearances on Saturday. He was patient with the crowd, very direct and would not fluff a response. When asked directly about TT prices, delivery or other pointed questions, he would simply say no comment or attempt to make his point clear by actually saying he would not answer that question. When asked about reports in the press, he wouldn't name names but asked everyone to think about what was being published and to think about it before believing it. Leonard seemed to enjoy his appearances during the day. He was relaxed well spoken and humorous at times. Atari shined and I think that most felt comfortable with Atari's response and commitment to the show. SUNDAY AT GLENDALE These are only my impressions of the day and full reports are being generated. The official paid attendance figures were 1607 for Saturday and 852 for Sunday or 2459 total. During the day today there were OTHER fun things that took place that are worth mentioning here. I hope not to offend residents of the area, but thought you might like to hear something humorous. Since we hadn't eaten yet at 1pm, and the GEnie node being down AGAIN, John and I decided to go to a fast food joint in town, a McDonalds would have been nice, but anything that served food quick was fine. Well, driving around Glendale seems a chore and there must be an ordinance in the city books that state "Golden Arches and Burger King Signs are NOT permitted". We did find a Jack-In-The-Box, and I had the "Ultimate Burger" and John had something that was toast squashed around some hamburger meat and to top it off, he poured catsup all over the fries which I am still tasting now. After the hearty meal, a smokers dream is a cigarette, well 'WRONG ANSWER FOR RON!!!", no cigarettes, hey, no problem, go to a store and get some........ Hmm but where...... There are NO 7-Elevens, convenience stores, mom/pop places or even a cigarette machine available. We drove around looking for a place to purchase a pack through the "afternoon haze", as John Nagy called it. I had earlier seen the "morning haze, and would later see the "evening haze". L.A. is big on haze. They don't recommend that you breathe it. We finally stopped in a gas station and did purchase a pack. I will leave the actual reporting to John Nagy who is typing his first report now which will be followed with a FULL report next week. I want to thank John King Tarpinian for his hospitality. He is a remarkable person who is needed in the Atari arena. He has put together an interesting show that I hope will be more successful next year and without the worry of another show scheduled on top of it. The show went well and I look forward to visiting the area again in the future. Next, Z*Net goes on the road to WAACE. If you are on the East Coast, please make an effort to attend. ----------------------- Z*NET did a pair of live mini-conferences from the show floor at the Glendale Atari Show. Although there were four conferences scheduled, the Burbank node of GEnie had other ideas. Nevertheless, we managed to do one each day. Here are the transcripts, courtesy of GEnie and the CODEHEADQUARTERS BBS, who graciously allowed us to use their phone line to do our reporting. SATURDAY AT 1 PM: <[John] Z-NET> The Glendale show is doing very well so far, although only 15 people were waiting when the doors opened at 10. within 20 minutes we had 600!
How's sales? <[John] Z-NET> In the first hour, we got 1,000 people thru the door... and about 5% of them are user group members. Sales look very good as usual.. that is great!! <[John] Z-NET> most people carrying bags of goodies. Bob Brodie spoke to 180 people at the 11 AM seminar and the Codehead seminar is just wrapping up. John, any new word on the TT Who else is speaking today? <[John] Z-NET> Next is a change of schedule, a tech talk with Towns and Badertscher The TT will be shown in seminar fashion at 3:45 (Pacific) Really..they are showing the TT...hmm Anyone selling machines at the shows? <[John] Z-NET> Yes, although they were NOT going to, Elie Kenan decided to do it anyway <[John] Z-NET> Not the TT of course! Good for Elie <[John] Z-NET> there are 4 retailers here, they have hardware. <[John] Z-NET> I am calling via the CODEHEADQUARTERS BBS booth How are prices looking for the STe s That is good to hear <[John] Z-NET> Sorry, haven had time to look at prices yet... <[John] Z-NET> I"m running the seminars and its a busy schedule. Are you mostly seeing STE's for sale? <[John] Z-NET> Codehead is introducing a NEW program today called CODEKEYS <[Mike Schuetz] HILCHNER2> Hey John did you put the duesseldorf article in ZNET? Any good seminars?? has left. <[John] Z-NET> Z*Net will be out late today, Mike, we WILL be using it, unless you have more... <[Mike Schuetz] HILCHNER2> Not yet...(sorry) <[John] Z-NET> Dave Small does the one at 3... Dave always does good ones. <[John] Z-NET> The Hard Drive for the PORTFOLIO is CUTE! <[John] Z-NET> Dorothy Brumleve lost her luggage... <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> Upload pictures later, John sigh.... <[John] Z-NET> with her new product that she was to introduce. <[John] Z-NET> She is BUMMED. <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> I can imagine.... oh great...such fun..sorry to hear my thoughts exactly <[John] Z-NET> Atari staff on site are Bob Brodie, Elie Kenan, Ken Badertscher, John Townsend, Don Thomas, Art Morgan, and more... <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> Art Morgan...? <[John] Z-NET> Art has been around a while <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> The rest of the names are familiar but that one's new to me..... <[John] Z-NET> Turning things over to Ron now. Any Tramiels? <[John] Z-NET> Yes.. Leonard is here.. has left. <[Mike Schuetz] HILCHNER2> Any new software for the TT ? <[John] Z-NET> Ok we are going for now and will be back at 4pm pacific... OK??? Will try to see you then See you at 4pm. has left. <[John] Z-NET> Later and thanks for staying... <[John] Z-NET> has left. SUNDAY at 4 PM: <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Hello everyone! Hi there! <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> Hi John <[Greg] G.TRECARTIN> evening <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> Hi John.. <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Sorry to be so late... still have node trouble here in CA So what's the news, John? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Glendale show still in progress <[John Nagy] Z-NET> the attendance is lower today How were sales???? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> of course... looks to be about 1K to me. Maybe less, maybe <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> loved the digi-pc1's John and Ron. <[John Nagy] Z-NET> sales look slower but everyone is very happy <[John Nagy] Z-NET> lots more digi pics to come For an Atari show, wouldn't you say the attendance is good? <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> neat! <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Just finished a publisher seminar with Start, ST INFORMER, ST JOURNAL, us, and ... unm.... somebody? The attendance is ok. Just ok. The show is great, and I fear that we are reaching those who still care to come to these show. What is the TT news??? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> And there are less of them. Lots of TT news, we have a GREAT hands on report in the ZNET we hope to finish tonight. A NEW TOS.... and more. A new desktop. <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> the multi tasking TOS? Any idea when Znet will be posted <[John Nagy] Z-NET> We will post ZNET probably late tonight. <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> when is the release date John? New TOS? For current ST's? <[Greg] G.TRECARTIN> is that the ICD TOS? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Sorry. This is what happens when 100% of the staff is here. Not 100% really, but production. hey I know how that goes <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> and here :) <[John Nagy] Z-NET> NO, not a new TOS for the ST, this is the TT <[John Nagy] Z-NET> That was the question. <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> Ok the new desktop, John? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Same, the Tt Is Sliccware selling their desktop? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Still very busy on the floor. <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Sliccware is still not for sale. That is good to hear <[John Nagy] Z-NET> I don't know how they can afford to come for just Beta the business that is How did the Lynx area look?? Any date for Sliccware that you know of, John? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Nope, just soon... maybe two weeks? <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> They've been at the last 2 or 3 shows haven't they? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Yup. They were at the Anaheim WOA. <[Greg] G.TRECARTIN> Was Gadgets showing there 030 at the show? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> The 030 is NOT here. <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> Any news on the 32mhz version of the TT John? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> from Small. <[John Nagy] Z-NET> The TT will be 32. That is official today. Yesterday actually. Besides CodeKeys and Neodesk 3, anything new (and available) being shown? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Leonard had LOTS to say... <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> Finally Yhea, wonder if a chap will say sorry :) <[John Nagy] Z-NET> at two seminars <[John Nagy] Z-NET> two! MEGATALK from Small... TELEGRAM from Brumleve Any new games out?? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Not a lot in games here for the ST, but new LYNX titles have lines that wont quit. LYNX competition did not happen. Anything else specific? What new titles? I hear that SlimeWorld is shipping. Anyone have it to sell at the show? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Sorry, have to get them. They were announced before, but are here now. Not much LYNX stuff for SALE.... Babbages locally here says Slimeworld in 2 weeks <[John Nagy] Z-NET> this is mostly computers. or so they were told <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Think so, Darlah. <[Greg] G.TRECARTIN> Anyone using the Stacy to demo software? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Several others too, I know. <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> any news on the CDAR504 John? <[John Nagy] Z-NET> There is a CDAR here at the Atari area, the comment yesterday was that Leonard says it will be released as soon as product is available in the format. Chicken or the egg anyone? I don't suppose he said when product will be available? ;-) <[John Nagy] Z-NET> I will turn this over to Ron now... <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> They have a warehouse full of them! EGG! <[Ron] Z-NET> We have 5 minutes left then we are off.. <[Ron] Z-NET> Hi all.. It has been interesting... What else can I tell you?? <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> Any news on the new midi tasking tos? <[Ron] Z-NET> No..... <[Jon@Znet DU] J.CLARKE6> ok.. Is Wordflair talking about Wordflair II yet? <[Ron] Z-NET> Simple answer.. I really have to give this back to Codehead who are giving us this space. Give our best to Charles and John. <[Ron] Z-NET> Not sure Jeff.. The issue will be out 11pm PDT. Ok.. Talk to you later.. Bye ----------------------------------- Needless to say, the issue came out later than anticipated. But that means that next weekend's issue will be PACKED with news of Glendale and all over. Thanks for your remarkable show of support... it does our hearts good to find that a single missing issue of Z*NET can cause such an uproar! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ DUESSELDORF ATARI SHOW REPORT ~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Z*NET GERMANY CORRESPONDENT Annual Atari Show - Duesseldorf (West) Germany Compiled by Christian Strasheim, Kai-Uwe Wahl & Michael Schuetz Courtesy of Atari PD Journal This year the annual Atari show in Duesseldorf, Germany, was held from August 24th til 26th, 1990. This year the show once again attracted more visitors than last year - all in all more than 42.000 visitors strolled through the two exhibition halls during the three days. And there really was a lot to see. 209 vendors, compared to last year's 155, were showing off their ST related products on an exhibition terrain of 20.000 square meters. This year for the first time Atari Germany was also happy to welcome vendors from Australia and the Soviet Union. The main attraction at the Atari booth was naturally the TT. Before the show a lot of rumours and dementis concerning the speed and availability of the new Atari flagship could be heard both overseas, in the states and in Europe. But since August 24th all discussions will have an end, it is official now: The TT will run at 32 megahertz. More surprisingly than this fact was also the new TOS version 3.1 that the TT's at the show were using. At first sight it will remind the user of programs like Neodesk or Gemini Shell. The other new product by Atari itself was the new low cost laser printer SLM605. Just like its predecessor, the SLM804, the new little brother has to be connected to the ST via the DMA port. The much smaller unit is able to print 6 pages per minute and will retail for approx. DM 2.500 (~ $1.600 US). But now let's focuse our attention on some of the highlights that third party vendors had to offer at the show: HEIDELBERG The ST professionals from Application Systems Heidelberg have always been good for surprises. This year was again no exception. Under the noteworthy name Phoenix they presented a new database program that took the competition in this market field totally by surprise. The authors of this program, the Geiss brothers, are no strangers to insiders. They are also the authors of another database classic for the ST, namely Adimens. Phoenix is looking very good and it might hit the market by the end of the year. Another Application Systems product, the wordprocessor Script, was also shown. The new version 2.0 now runs also on the TT and is compatible to all regular Big screen monitors. BETA SYSTEMS Beta Systems, creators of the famous MS DOS emulator Supercharger, showed off a LANADAP-SC card that plugs into the internal expansion port of the Supercharger and makes it possible to connect the PC emulator for example to Novell based PC network systems. Also sold at the show was the new PC emulator AT Speed, that was created by Hans Sack, who is also 'responsible' for the well known MS DOS emulator PC Speed. CCD CCD ran another beta version of Tempus Word. The program right now is already at the Version state 1.00 and the final product is supposed to be ready within weeks. Compared to the old 0.9 version more features such as graphic import and page numbering have been added. Tempus Word will naturally run on big screen monitors. A TT adaption is on its way too. Meanwhile CCD did also some touch up work on their classic editor Tempus. The program is now up to Version 2.10. The new version is available for DM 129.-. Updates from the versions 2.0x are available for DM 25.-. EICKMANN The Frankfurt based company Eickmann computer had as usual some interesting hardware devices to offer. The newest project is the so called Eickmann Towers - completley redesigned and modified ST Tower units with all kinds of configurations. The high class model is called ET-1/20. It offers a 16 MHz 68020 processor, 3 disk drives, a 100 MB hard disk (accesstime: 18 ms !!) an exchangable hard disk and several other features. Besides these complete computer units, Eickmann added several new hard drives to its already long ST hard drive collection. The offer ranges from external units in different sizes to internal drives that can be installed within Mega ST models. GFA GFA right now enforces the development of PC products. Soon some of their products will be available for DOS, Windows 3.0, OS/2 1.2 and Unix/386 V3.2. Later on they will engage their efforts again in the Atari resort. GFA Basic 4.0 for the ST/TT is already in the drawing board stage. OMIKRON Omikron presented the new version of their database program EasyBase and also a new game called Goliath3, which is the interesting adaption of the classic game GO! for the ST. Professional Go players said it could not be done - but Goliath 3 takes the ST up to a strength factor of approx. 15 kuy. The program will retail for DM 99.-. TKR TKR demoed a big screen expansion board with the name crazy dots for the sensational price of DM 1298.-. The board offers 1 MB of video RAM with direct access to the blitter chip. Through a video application slot a genlock-/or a true color expansion can be added. The standard configuration of crazy dots offers resolutions of 1664 x 1200 pixels (16 colors), 1280 x 800 pixels (256 colors out of 262144 colors) Stay tuned for more............. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ Z*NET PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE ~~~ BY TERRY MAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ STAFF COLUMNIST Bradford W. Mott [*> Fast GIF v1.0 <*] Shareware ----------------------------------------------------------------------- GEnie: FASTGIF.ARC Grade: B- CIS-ART: FSTGIF.LZH If you're lover of graphics, like me, you've no doubt been frustrated by the lack of quality GIF viewers. To get a decent rendering of all but the simplest GIF pics, it has been necessary to convert your GIFs to Spectrum format; a slow process, at best. And even then, you're often left with a poor picture, due to the ST's limited graphic resolution. Is Fast GIF the answer to all your prayers? Not quite -- but it's a start. Fast GIF is both a slideshow and a conversion (to PI1) program. It offers two types of dithering, ability to keep same ratio or resize to fit the screen, and two display speeds. Picture quality varies, but is generally decent; in most cases not quite as good as GIFSPC conversions. The PI1 conversions offer you the same quality as what is shown in display mode, and are in fact displayed during the conversion process. In other words, WYSIWYG. The best thing about Fast GIF is it lives up to its name; it is FAST! Its display speed ranges from 3 to 10+ times faster than other GIF utilities. And it holds the current GIF on the screen while it loads and dithers the next picture, meaning there is no blank screen or annoying conversion process to watch between pics! Naturally, this takes a bit of buffering. However, the docs state that it will display most GIFs on a 1/2 meg machine, provided there are no TSRs or ACCs loaded. I had no problem displaying any GIFs on my 1 meg machine, with several TSRs and ACCs in memory. At worst, this program provides an excellent method of previewing GIFs to see if they're worth taking the time to convert to Spectrum. As a viewer it is far and away at the top of its class. Its interface could use a few improvements, such as the ability to display/convert a single GIF, but overall it is very easy to use. It is only version 1.0, and the author promises many improvements, including even _more_ speed! If you're into graphics at all, I urge you to download this program and support the author to ensure additional development of this fine program. Fast GIF runs in LOW and MED resolution only. Tom Hayslett [*> TLC File Namer <*] Shareware: $15 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- GEnie: TLC_NAMR.ARC Grade: A CIS-PRO: TLCNAM.ARC If you've ever felt limited with the basic ASCII characters when naming your files, then this program is for you. It will allow you to use any of the ST's internal characters, including copyright symbols, Atari Fuji logos, etc. Operation is extremely simple. You simply choose your file with the file selector, and then you're shown the old name above a prompt for a new name. Below this is a box that contains all of the ST's internal character set. In order to include one or more of the unique characters, you simply click on them with the mouse and they show up in your new filename prompt. Once you're satisfied with your new name, click on the appropriate box to change the filename and you're done. TLC File Namer runs as both an ACC and PRG in MED and HIGH resolution. Tom Hayslett [*> TLC Sound Machine <*] Shareware: $15 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- GEnie: TLC_PLAY.ARC Grade: A CIS-ART: TLCPLA.ARC This is a nice, easy to use program that allows you to load, save, play and manipulate the sound of _any_ file. Note that I didn't say "sound" file. This program will literally play _any_ file! Oh sure, it will load and play various digitized sound files just fine, but it will also 'play' binary files, picture files, text files, and any other file you feel like loading. Your only limitation is memory...and imagination. If you've ever wondered what Flash 'sounds' like, well, now's your chance to find out! (It sounds kind of weird!) You have the ability to amplify, stretch, soften, squeeze, loop, reverse, speed up and slow down the sound of your files. In addition, you can save your sounds in DigiSound or SoundOff! (ST Replay) formats, or as a raw data file. Yes, besides being a unique and fun program, it is also a handy utility. The TLC Sound Machine runs in either MED or HIGH resolution. As with TLC File Namer, $15 gets you 5 TLC utility programs personalized with your name and GFA Basic source code. A good value, to be sure. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Z*NET Atari Online Magazine is a weekly publication covering the Atari and related computer community. Material contained in this edition may be reprinted without permission except where noted, unedited and containing the issue number, name and author included at the top of each article reprinted. Opinions presented are those of the individual author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff of Z*Net Online. This publication is not affiliated with Atari Corporation. Z*Net, Z*Net Atari Online and Z*Net News Service are copyright (c)1990, Rovac Industries Incorporated, Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, New Jersey 08846-0059. Voice (908) 968-2024, BBS (908) 968- 8148 at 1200/2400 Baud 24 hours a day. 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