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Z*NET: ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE , Copyright (c)1993, Syndicate Publishing 
Volume 8, Number 5 Issu 489 January 30, 1993 File:93-05 
j PUDLUSHSEE MATE OT a a A A As Ron Kovacs 
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CONTENTS 
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ll: MIDI Users” COLUMNA os Steve McDonald 
|#| CompuServe Atari Forums..................... Ron Kovacs 
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|#| Z*Net Computer Calendel....o.oooooooooooooo.o.. Ron Kovacs 
|#| Falcon Compatibility Results...... Cottonwood Computers 
LEl CONNMECE. CONTENTS ices AeA ees aude A edie eee Announcement 
|#| The Unabashed Atariophile........... Micahel R. Burkley 








THE EDITORS DESK 
By Ron Kovacs 











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I want to thank everyone who has responded to the request we made a 


couple of weeks ago for assistance. I am currently working on all the 
responses and will be calling all of you this week. I appreciate your 
patience. 





Ed Krimen, (The Perusing GEnie Column Guy), now works with Atari 
Explorer Online Magazine and will participating in Z*Net on a bi-weekly 
basis. I will attempt standing in for him during his off weeks. 








In the Perusing column that I put together, I found a shock reading that 
ST Report Online Magazine was banned from the GEnie ST RT. Those 
messages have been included. 








Now a short editorial.... 


For many years ST Report has been embroiled in a number of 
controversies. When I originally started the publication, I had never 
thought it would have turned into the "National Enquirer" of the Atari 
community. 





I resigned from the staff and gave the publication to Ralph Mariano in 
1987, not thinking it would have lasted this long. It has, and that 
alone is an accomplishment. However, the style and coverage is not 
something I am personally pleased about, but that is the choice of it’s 
editor/publisher. 





Now GEnie’s ST RT has taken a position regarding ST Report. It has 
banned all future issues from it’s libraries and will close the ST 
Report bulletin board catagory on Monday. 











Some will say that this is the reward to ST Report for it’s continuing 
assault on Atari and Atari’s employees. Other will say that it violates 
free speech, while others will say it was a personal problem. No matter 
how you label it, the final word on this stands with GEnie. 














GEnie is a newstand. Simply put, the online magazines are offered for 
download by all of the online services. Each service can support or 
deny space for downloading for whatever reason they choose. It appears 
in this matter that the GEnie ST RT management feel that ST Report’s 
benefits are out weighted by the problems that it and it’s publisher 
bring to it’s userbase. However, knowing the situation behind 

the scenes, especially in past dealings with the editor of ST Report, 
the matter exploded and the results are apparent. 














The attitude of Mariano, (s the response he posted), attempts to 
paint a different picture, one along the lines that the GEnie RT is the 
cause of the problem, and not on behalf of ST Report. His claims state 
that GEnie or more specifically, Darlah, want to control the substance 
of ST Report. 














Z*Net has been publishing long enough in the community to know that 
editing attempts by outsiders has never been successful. There have 
been problems in the past in regards to content, but they have always 
been cleared up. In the case of ST Report, especially when there has 
been a problem with content, retractions and corrections never seem to 
appear in any ST Report publication. They do appear from time to time 
in messages on GEnie, but not in the medium in which it was released. 





Although I am not pleased by the actions of the GEnie ST RT in banning 
ST Report, I understand it and know that it was a difficult matter to 











decide. I am surprised that it took so long to happen. That alone 
shows the patience that has endured over the years. Which brings us 
back to what GEnie decides. It is the GEnie management that controls 





the content of what appears on their service. 


They can also pull the plug on Z*Net if they so decide. That is their 
choice. The Z*Net relationship over the years has been satisfactory 
with GEnie. As suggested in email just received from a reader, we will 
not boycott GEnie in support of ST Report. The management of ST Report 
should seek to resolve this and the rest of the controversies that 
surround it. I am sure the regular readers of ST Report will continue 
to be updated on this, however, please keep an open mind. 




















Thanks for reading!!! 





Z*NET NEWSWIRE 
Atari and Industry Update 






























































ATARIUSER MAGAZINE TO SKIP ISSUES 

Shortly before reaching its second anniversary of uninterrupted monthly 
publishing, John Nagy’s AtariUser Magazine will be skipping two issues. 
Nagy has told Z*Net that the January and February 1993 issues will be 
rolled into the March issue in an effort to get back on a reasonable 
production schedule. Subscribers will not lose out, as renewal dates 
will be back up appropriately. AtariUser has a new staff, and is 
rebuilding its databases after taking over the magazine from Quill 
Publishing in late 1992. The December 1992 edition was not available 
until late in December, and it became clear that AtariUser would have to 
produce three issues in only 45 days in order to get back on schedule. 
This would be impossible under good circumstances, but Nagy reports that 
too many advertisers are running late in payments and are generally low 
on funds for more ads. When an accident while moving his residence 
broke Nagy’s foot, flattening him for most of January without access to 
his (packed) computers, any hope of catching up via any means other than 
combined issues vanished. "I really tried to avoid this, as ‘combined 
issues” and schedule problems have plagued Atari magazines for years. 

It never happened to us before," said AtariUser Publisher and Los 
Angeles Attorney John Nagy. The "March" AtariUser is expected to be 
released in early February, putting less than 60 days between it and the 
last release. 





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APPLE TO UNVEIL NEW COMPUTERS 

Apple is expected to introduce five new personal computers next month. 
Apple is expected to break with its usual practice of pricing its 
computers at a premium to comparable IBM-compatible models. The new 
machines are expected to be offered at lower prices than the 
competition. The Macintosh Color Classic is expected to cost between 
$1,300 and $1,400, while the PowerBook 165c notebook computer is 
expected to cost about $4,200. The Centris machines are expected to use 
Motorola Corp.’s 68040 microprocessor, with the two models costing 
$2,000 and $3,000. The new Quadra 800 is expected to be used for 
networking and graphics and carry a price tag of $3,600. 




















JOHN AKERS RESIGNS 

IBM cut its quarterly dividend by more than half this week and Chairman 
John F. Akers surprised directors by recommending they begin looking for 
someone to replace him. Akers announced that directors had accepted his 
recommendation to begin the process of selecting a new chief executive 
officer. Akers will remain as chairman and CEO during the selection 
process, which IBM expects to take approximately 90 days. Akers, who 
reaches retirement age next year, has come under fire for allegedly 
being too slow to sense and react to the changing market. Critics also 
said he lacked the resolve to undertake the kind of massive streamlining 
necessary to avert the company’s massive losses. 























NEW YORK TIMES FAX SERVICE 
The New York Times announced a new service last week that offers, via 
fax delivery, articles that previously appeared in The Times about 
computers, desktop publishing and related subjects. The service is 
being offered to consumers through advertisements in the paper. The 
Times’s article service enables customers to order copies of stories 
from past issues by telephone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 
articles, selected from the Personal Computers and Peripherals columns 
that appear on Tuesdays in the ScienceTimes section of The Times, and 
from The Executive Computer column in Sunday’s Business Day section, are 
available by fax or mail for $3.95 per article. Announcements in those 
sections will list articles that can be ordered. Customers have the 
options to 1) receive articles by first-class mail, and 2) charge the 
service to their telephone bill or Visa/MasterCard accounts. Callers 
may dial 1-800-551-0159 if they wish to pay by credit card, or would 
like articles by mail; or 1-900-737-4446 if they wish immediate delivery 
by fax, with charges appearing on their telephone bills. The Times 
plans to offer an expanded selection of articles and topics by fax or 
mail later in 1993. 









































NAMM AND ATARI, 1993 
Eyewitness Story by John Nagy for Z*Net News 





















































NAMM. It’s the COMDEX of Music. Spreading out through hall after hall 
of the Anaheim, California, convention center, the National Association 
of Music Merchants held its 23rd annual International Music Market, 
"Celebrating the Global Marketplace" January 15-18, 1993. Among 
football fields full of everything from guitar picks to recording 
studios, only ONE computer company attended. Yes, Atari. 











tari is clearly no orphan in this marketplace. Musicians know and use 
tari. In the substantial music software area of the NAMM show, Atari 
quipment was seen in demonstrations roughly as often as IBM or MAC’s, 
ith as many as thirty Atari computers in use OUTSIDE Atari’s own booth. 
tari’s name and logo were seen in many booths as the vendors boasted of 
heir supported platforms. Amiga’s name was also seen, but I didn’t 
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This year, Atari opted for a suite bordering the hall that featured 
electronic instruments and computer software. The 40’ by 80’ room was 
draped in black and a miniature performance stage graced the far end, 
complete with lighting overheads, a full mix board, several Atari 
computers, and a simply huge (over 39") VGA monitor. 





Ringing the room were 15 workstations, manned by third-party developers, 
Atari personnel, and volunteers organized through the L.A. user group 
"HACKS", coordinated by John King Tarpinian and managed by Tara Jacobs. 


Represented were: 


D2D Systems, showing their direct-to-disk professional audio recording 
systems on the new Falcon. 


ChroMagic, a music education software manufacturer. 


CodeHead Software, showing MIDI and productivity software. 





Barefoot Software, formerly Hybrid Arts, with the Edittrack and 
SMPTEtrack series of products. 





Goldleaf, with more graphics and publishing applications. 
COMPO had their line of new MIDI and writing software. 


Thinkware, offering a variety of music software including Take Note 2.0, 
a music-reading training system. 


Dr. T's Software with a wide lineup of pro MIDI solutions. 





MGI, a newcomer, with MIDI file players and a device that allows use of 
the computer on stage without a monitor. LEDs display status of various 
events. 





Digital FX, the hardware branch of what was Hybrid Arts, showed the 
latest in the developing line of digital direct to disk recording 
systems. 


OKTAL, a MIDI software house, showed the remarkably complete and complex 
MULTITUDE series. 





Steinberg-Jones was represented by Chester Thompson (drummer for 
GENESIS), showing sequencers and advanced MIDI software. 











HOTZ Technology had Jimmy Hotz selling his versatile synth controller 
software. 





Five stage presentations were held, and features SRO performances from 
Jon Anderson (vocalist for the YES supergroup) as well as Chester 
Thompson. But there were far more "names" in the Atari booth as 
spectators. The first to arrive was pop-electronic musician Thomas 
Dolby ("She Blinded Me with Science"), who entered before opening 
because he had heard some much about the FALCON and wanted to see it 
first. Others came in all weekend, and included Ronnie Foster, Teddy 
Riley, band members from Bon Jovi, Pointer Sisters, Jacksons, Natalie 
Cole, MAZE, Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, D’Cuccoo, Arsenio Hall Show 
band, and lots more. 




















Outside of the Atari area and in the main flow of foot traffic, Motorola 
had a booth that was promoting the use of their DSP systems in new music 
devices. On their front table was a single computer. An Atari 
Falcon030. No MAC. No PC. But according to the woman running the 
Motorola booth, the Falcon was a BIG HIT, with most musicians knowing 
about it and wanting one ASAP. 








Other fallout of the NAMM show: Atari’s Director of their Music 
Division, James Grunke, was selected to be one of the five directors for 
the MMA, the Midi Manufacturers Association. This professional 
organization is a powerful standard-setting group, and the word after 
the announcement of Grunke was that IBM Corp was quite surprized and 
perturbed to have been passed over. 


Other Atari staff on hand included Gary Tramiel, who was in charge of 
taking orders for equipment from the dealers in attendance. He was so 
busy that he was doing team presentations to as many as three dealers at 
once. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of dollars were committed 
during the show, mostly for Falcon computers. Bill Rehbock attended for 








the first days, and Mel Stevens managed the operation. Mike Fulton took 
pictures for Atari Explorer magazine. 








Overall, the NAMM show was a hit for Atari. It was a marked contrast to 
COMDEX in that here, nearly everyone knew and respected Atari as an 
important part of their market. As always, the single spectre of 
"production" was all that hung as a cloud over the otherwise powerful 
and triumphant showing of the Falcon. Nary a word of when a "tower" or 
other shape two-piece Falcon might be released, but Gary said "We' ve 
always said that other configurations would come to production as the 
product line matures, we just aren't saying when." This crowd was 
happy with the Falcon as it is--assuming they can get one, and SOON. 




















MIDI USERS COLUMN 
Reprint from AtariUser Magazine, November 1992 















































Making MIDI More 


Smart MIDI 


I suspect that if you’re like most people I know, an honest appraisal of 
your bank account will reveal that trickle-down economics has trickled 
all your money down to some place other than your savings. This isn’t 

a comfortable notion for most of us who chose to pursue the world of 
MIDI rather than a more sensible instrument such as the Euphonium. 





Hence, Smart MIDI 


Smart MIDI is a simple concept, and it stems from the painful 
understanding that it’s easy to blow a lot of money in the MIDI field-- 
often for no really justifiable or sensible reason. While some stores 
will let the customer pilot the sale, you'11 find other music store 
salesmen hitting hard, fast and often, trying to extract as much from 
you as possible. 





Smart MIDI is simple to implement, though it does require (like most 
simple concepts) a certain amount of work on your part. The work 
involved is hidden in the requirement that you ask three basic 
questions, and give them all your attention, being honest all the way. 
The first of those questions can save you a bundle of money. The second 
and third, unfortunately, can actually cause you to invest more 
initially. But the idea is that the initial investment will reap later 
rewards. It’s like playing the stock market-—-the risks are calculated, 
not random. They're the chances you take when getting into MIDI. 














The first question to ask yourself-—-and it requires brutal honesty, 
which is where the work issue comes into it--is What do you Need Right 
Now? Many people wind up with $1500 software packages because of 
unbridled enthusiasm, brute force salesmanship, and seductive ads. 

Sure, you might be able to play back Pictures At An Exhibition while 
flashing the Brill Building lights in the morse code for James Joyce’s 
Ulysses. But if you’re looking to have a good time playing downloaded 
MIDI files and jamming with a canned jazz trio on the standards from the 
Cocktail Lounge From Hell, then you’re $1300 and tax too high on the 
meter. 























Be honest with yourself. If you really only want to fool around with a 
limited set-up, don’t rush out to buy all the Steinberg-Jones goodies on 
the shelf. They're wonderful products, but you could probably get by 
with Band-In-A-Box for the Cocktail Lounge From Hell stuff (or perhaps 
Steinberg-Jones” Tango) while Barefoot Software's Edittrack Gold (or the 
upcoming Platinum) will take care of the MIDI files. 











And, yes, there's a possibility that you'11 discover the opposite to be 
true, as well, which is where the second question comes up for 
examination--What do you need right now for your professional goals? 





While experience indicates that most people spend too much, many people 
try to get by with too little. If you’re involved in MIDI for 
professional reasons, you have to avoid being cheap if at all possible. 
Even though amazing results can be had with a minimal investment, MIDI 
shortfall will more than likely bite you at the worst time. Maximum 
memory and as much hard drive capacity as you can afford should be 
primary considerations, as well as the best software for the job. The 
major considerations involve the type of software you need for your 
work; do you need to have notation handy? Many people don’t need that 
aspect, making Cubeat a better choice than Cubase. Do you need sample 
editing? What about access to full-tilt SMPTE synchronization for video 
and film work? MIDI Machine Control? 

















The best way to start is to sit down and make a checklist and then prune 
mercilessly, but carefully, doing a lot of active research all the way. 
Read the literature, obtain the demos (a modem comes in handy for this, 
as most of the major packages have demos or slideshows on bulletin 
boards and information services.) Ask a lot of questions. 10 PM ona 
Sunday night in a hot session is no time to find you really should have 
bought that Universal Editor/Librarian or that you should have spent 
another $100 for something that generate a printed part to make the 
trumpet player’s life easier. 























The third question is still a matter of work, but it may be a little 
easier-—What is the potential for growth in your career and your 
operations? 


This isn't a way to obtain the freedom to be excessive in your spending, 
but once you've pruned down to what you really need now, consider what 
you might need in a year or two. You may not need synchronization right 
now, but you might add a sync box in twelve months, or see a need six 
months away for SMPTE, making SMPTEtrack a better choice than Edittrack. 
Think about your goals before you make any final decisions. The 
requirements for being the best jingle writer in town are vastly 
different from those for a sound effects genius, and you have to think 
in terms of where you’re going. 











This may seem a bit confusing on the surface, but it’s innately 
practical. Once again, buy the wrong tools for the job and you shoot 
yourself in the wallet. You'll hurt yourself financially, because 
you’ll still have to buy the right tools. You may hurt your career, 
losing gigs or projects. You’ll certainly do yourself some damage in 
terms of self respect-—-feeling like an idiot is no great pleasure. 














Don’t get hung up on the Fellow Artist Syndrome. One twinge of sympathy 
for the salesman and you’re finished, stuck with a terrifyingly huge 
purchase while he’s made a great commission on your error of judgment. 
Don’t blame him--he’s just supplying you with what you "really want." 





In the GEnie MIDI RoundTable, this effect is called "the MIDI sinkhole." 


If you've planned for growth, it's easier to bear the inevitable costs 
of expansion when the time comes. Spend the money for a bigger hard 
drive now, instead of swapping that packed 50Mb drive for a 220Mb drive 
in a year. Go for the maximum memory when you buy the computer, not six 
months down the line when you have to take the machine in for the 
upgrade, wasting time and effort. If it’s likely that you'll need it, 
buy a universal editor/librarian instead of a couple of cheaper 
dedicated editor/librarians. Always plan with an eye to the future. 

The universe isn’t static, neither are you. 





Smart MIDI. It’s not just a good idea--it ought to be the law. 
-—- Steve McDonald 


BIO: Steve McDonald has been occasionally known to implement "Dumb 
MIDI" and doesn’t recommend it. He lives, writes, and records in his 
Burbank, California home with too many computers and not enough cats. 
Reach him, if you dare, by FAX at (818) 563-1615, or address SM on 
GEnie. 











COMPUSERVE ATARI FORUMS 
Compiled by Ron Kovacs 
























































Every year we try to take a tour of the Atari related pay services. 


This week we start with CompuServe. 





The CompuServe Atari Forums are the oldest of the many available. All 
of the areas are managed by Ron Luks, who recently celebrated 10 years 
on CompuServe. 


What I have done is capture the areas and condensed them. To focus on 
each individual area now would be a task too large for this edition, 
however, we will expand on them in future columns. 








ATARI USERS NETWORK 











hat’s New in the Atari Forums + 
tari File Finder + 
tari 8-Bit Forum + 
tari ST Productivity Forum + 
tari ST Arts Forum + 
tari Vendors Forum + 
tari Portfolio Forum + 











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NEW in Atari Forums (01/15/93) 
About the Atari Forums 

Weekly Conference Schedule 
SYSOP Names and User ID Numbers 
Atari Forum Help & Information 





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WHAT’S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (January 15) 








MONOCHROME .GIF VIEWER 














Download file MGIF40.LZH from LIBRARY 14 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO 
ATARIARTS) for version 4.0 of the MONOCHROME viewer for GIF files. 
Includes several general improvements and faster display. 





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SORRY! ON YOUR ATARI ST... 


Download file SORRY3.LZH from LIBRARY 2 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO 
ATARIARTS) for the computer version of the board game Sorry! 





NEW VERSION OF B/STAT! 














Download file BSTAT4.LZH from LIBRARY 5 of the Atari Productivity Forum 
(GO ATARIPRO) for version 2.44 of B/STAT. B/STAT is a shareware 
statistical analysis and business graphics program. It requires a 
minimum of 1 meg of memory and a double sided drive. B/STAT can use 
GDOS if installed but does not require it. 











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Atari Explorer Magazine has uploaded file ON_SCH.ARC to LIBRARY 5 of the 
Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO). This program is a monochrome 
employee scheduling program. 














NEW IN ATARI VENDORS FORUM (GO ATARIVEN) ! 





ICD has just made available their latest Host Adapter software. Look 
for the file NEWHST.LZH in Library 7, ICD, Inc. This file inlcudes 
ICDBOOT 6.0.7, ICDFMT 6.06, HDUTIL 5.03 and other utilities. 





NEW IN ATARI 8-BIT FORUM (GO ATARI8) 





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Now available! A demo of the eagerly awaited MAZE OF AGDAGON, the first 
multiplayer, multi computer, 3-D maze game for the 8-bit. From the 
creative minds of Chuck Steinman and Jeff Potter, you won't want to miss 
this one! File AGDEMO.ARC in LIB 10 [Games] 








Lynxsters unite! Message section 16 and LIB 16 (both named LYNX) are 
what you’re looking for. Issue +2 of The Atari Gaming Gazette is now 
available for download! Pick up the latest Lynx news, views, and hot 
tips from the ultimate Lynx source. Available in both ARC and LZH 
format: AGG_02.ARC € AGG_02.LZH in LIB 16. 





Is Crime taking a Bite out of YOU, in the form of a certain Count?? If 
so, check out Tom McComb’s hints for DRACULA THE UNDEAD. File 
DRACUL.TXT in LIB 16. Don’t forget your notebook... 




















NEW FILES IN PORTFOLIO FORUM (GO APORTFOLIO) 








SYSOP*BJ Gleason has merged a wealth of new files to our forum 
libraries. Read the message base for descriptions or use the command 
BRO LIB:ALL to see these latest offerings. Some are priceless!!!! 




















THE PORTFOLIO FORUM ON COMPUSERVE (GO APORTFOLIO) IS DESIGNATED AS AN 
OFFICIAL SUPPORT SITE BY ATARI CORPORATION. 












































OVERVIEW OF ATARINE 


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ERVICES ON COMPUSERVE 


All Atari Forums contain the following features: 









































* INSTRUCTIONS 

* MESSAGES 

* LIBRARIES (Files) 

* CONFERENCING 

* ANNOUNCEMENTS from sysop 

* MEMBER directory 

* OPTIONS for this forum 

ATARI ST ARTS FORUM 

An international Forum specializing in graphics/entertainment-related 
software and information relating to the Atari 16-Bit (ST) series of 





computers. Includes games, game data files, GIF/RLE/FCP picture files, 
Music/MIDI, Degas/Spectrum/Cyber graphics, CAD/animations, and related 
viewers and utilities. Type GO ATARIARTS at access this area. 


ATARI ST PRODUCTIVITY FORUM 

An international Forum specializing in productivity-related software and 
information relating to the Atari 16-Bit (ST) series of computers. 
Includes telecommunications, programming, utilities, applications, 
desktop accessories, printers/font support, etc. Type GO ATARIPRO to 
access this area. 





The Atari Productivity Forum has a private area for communication among 

registered Atari Developers who are approved by Atari Corp. for access. 

To gain access to this section, send a CompuServe Mail (GO MAIL) message 
to Atari Corporation at User ID number 70007,1072. 





ATARI ST VENDORS FORUM 

An international Forum specializing in the support of commercial 
hardware and software by participating vendors. By using the multiple 
Message Sections, Conferencing Rooms, and Libraries offered in the Forum 
environment, many of the top Atari software and hardware developers have 
set-up individual online "hot lines" to provide their customers with the 
best possible support. Type GO ATARIVEN to access this area. 








ATARI 8-BIT FORUM 

An international Forum specializing in the Atari 8-Bit line of personal 
computers. Includes telecommunications, utilities, sound and graphics, 
productivity software, computer games, and programming. Atari Video 
Game systems, including the portable Lynx unit, are also supported in 
this Forum. Type GO ATARI8 to access this area. 





ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM 

An international Forum specializing in providing information and 
technical support for the Atari Portfolio palmtop computer system. You 
will find information in this forum for interfacing your Portfolio 
efficiently to your desktop systems as well as help in using your 
Portfolio for 'on the road” applications and productivity. Type GO 
APORTFOLIO to access this area. 


The CompuServe Portfolio Forum has a private area for communication 
among registered Atari Portfolio Developers who are approved by Atari 
Corp. for access. To gain access to this section, send a CompuServe 
Mail (GO MAIL) message to Atari Corporation at User ID number 
70007,1072. 











ATARI ST FILE FINDER 
File Finder is an online comprehensive keyword searchable database of 








file descriptions from the Atari ST related forums. It was designed to 
provide quick and easy reference to some of the best programs and files 
available from the Atari Productivity Forum, Atari ST Arts Forum, and 
Atari Vendors Forum. You can search by topic, file submission date, 
forum name, file type, fil xtension, file name or submittor’s userid. 
File descriptions, forum and library location are displayed for the 
matched files. Type GO ATARIFF to access this area. 











WHAT’S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS 

An area containing help an information relating to the Atari support 
services on the CompuServe Information System. Type GO ATA-1 to access 
this area. 








Weekly Conference Schedule: 


Community Gab Conference 
Find out what’s new in the Atari world and talk with other Forum 








members. Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari Arts Forum (GO 
ATARIARTS). This conference is hosted by Forum members Bill and Pattie 
Rayl. 


Portfolio Conference 

Share tips on using the Portfolio and get your questions answered. 
Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari Portfolio Forum (GO 
APORTFOLIO). This conference is hosted by SYSOP*John Knight. 





Programmers/Technical Conference 
Fridays at 10:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari Productivity Forum (GO 
ATARIPRO). This conference is hosted by SYSOP*David Ramsden. 








Atari 8-Bit Conference 
Sundays at 9:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari 8-Bit Forum (GO ATARI8). 
This conference is hosted by the 8-bit sysops. 





SYSOP Names and User ID Numbers 


The overall Forum Manager/SYSOP and contract holder for all of the Atari 
Forums on CompuServe is: 





SYSOP*Ron Luks 76703,254 
Assisting Ron in the maintenance of the Atari Forums are: 
SYSOP*Mike Schoenbach 76703, 4363 
SYSOP*Dan Rhea 76703, 4364 
SYSOP*Bill Aycock 76703, 4061 
SYSOP*Keith Joins 76702,375 
SYSOP*Bob Retelle 76702,1466 
SYSOP*David Ramsden 76703, 4224 
SYSOP*John Davis 76711,127 
SYSOP*Don LeBow 76704, 41 
SYSOP*Bob Puff 76702,1076 





ATARI FILE FINDER 








1 About File Finder 
2 Instructions For Searching 
3 How to Locate Keywords 





4 Access File Finder 
5 Your Comments About File Finder 


Atari File Finder 


File Finder is an online comprehensive keyword searchable database of 
file descriptions from Atari related forums. It was designed to provide 
quick and easy reference to some of the best programs and files 
available in the following forums: 








Atari Productivity Forum 
Atari ST Arts Forum 
Atari Vendors Forum 





Browsing through files has never been easier or more time efficient. 
File Finder provides you with seven common search criteria for quickly 








finding the location of a wanted file or files. You can search by 
topic, file submission date, forum name, file type, fil xtension, file 
name or submittor’s userid. File descriptions, forum and library 


location are displayed for the matched files giving instant information 
on where to find a most wanted file. 


Instructions For Searching 


The File Finder database consists of files from various CompuServe Forum 
Libraries. This database allows you to search for files under the 
various criteria, which are listed below. The area also gives you the 
date the file was uploaded, the Forum where you can download the file, 
the library where the file resides, and a description of the file. 








You can locate your file of interest by using the search procedure that 
is available from the menu and based on one or more of the following 
categories. 


KEYWORDS: 

You are prompted for the keywords you would like the software to search 
by. This would be useful when you would like to find a file relating to 
a certain topic, but you are unsure of the filename. If you would like 
help in locating keywords, choose choice 3 from the preceding menu. 








SUBMISSION DATE: 

This search criteria selection will allow you to search the database for 
files submitted during a specific time period. You will be prompted for 
the upper and lower limits of the range. 





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If you know that a file was submitted to a forum during a certain period 
of time, you might use this method to locate the file. 


FORUM NAME: 
Searching by Forum Name will allow you to select the forum you want to 
search from. You will be given a menu of available Forums. If you know 








the forum where a file resides, you can search that particular forum 
under any of the other search criteria that are listed. 





FILE TYPE: 
You will be prompted for the type of file you would like to search by. 
Your choices are: 











ASCII 
Binary 


Image 
Mac 
Graph 








FILE EXTENSION: 
This option will allow you to search a file by its extension, such as 
ASC, TXT, ARC, DAT, or BIN. 

















FILE NAME: 
If you know the exact filename, this option will allow you to search for 
the file by name. 














FILE SUBMITTER: 
This criteria will allow you to search for the files in the database 
that were uploaded by a particular User ID#. 








Should your search criteria come up with nothing, you will be prompted 
for your "Next Action", which could be: 


1. Begin New Search 
2. Restore Previous Selection Set 


After a search has been completed, if the number of files found is 
larger than 19, you will be prompted to take an additional action. Your 
options would be: 





1. Display Selections 
2. Narrow the Search 
3. Begin a new search 


Option 1 will allow you to look at the files that have met the criteria 
that you specified in your search. When you choose to display the 
selections, you will be presented with a menu. Once you select a file 
from the menu, you will see the forum name, the library number of the 
file and the filename. 








By selecting option 2, you will be able to continue to do a search using 
the selection set that was created by your initial search. 


Option 3, will allow you to start all over and begin a new search 
through the database. 


If your search criteria comes up with less than 19 files, the filenames 
will be displayed to you and you can select the file that you would like 
to review. 


How to Locate Keywords 


Since the keyword list for the entire database is rather extensive, you 
may search for particular keywords by entering the entire word, the 
first few letters of a word, or if you wish, typing one letter will 
retrieve all the keywords beginning with that letter. The number 
following each keyword denotes the number of files that can be found by 
searching on that word. 








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ZNET (57) 


Access File Finder 


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File Type 

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Enter Search Term: ZNET 
Search results: 57 file(s) found 
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2 Narrow the Selection 


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1 Great Skull Animation by the CyberPunk! 

2 Atari girls captured by ZNET ONLINE 

3 Pictures from Cebit from Z*NET 

4 Atari CD-Player captured by Z*NET ONLINE 

5 Atari TT pictures from ZNET ONLINE 

6 Non-Playable demo of F16 Pursuit 

7 SKATE Tribe game 

8 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 14 
9 Atari Explorer Online -- Issue #1 

10 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 4 
11 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 5 
12 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 7 
13 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 8 
14 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 9 
15 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 10 
16 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 11 
17 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 12 
18 Atari Explorer Online Magazin Issu 15 
19 Atari Explorer On-Line #16 & #17. 
20 Atari Explorer Online Magazine Announced! 
49 Z*Net Atari Online Magazine - Issue #93-02 





















































50 Z*NET PC ONLINE MAGAZINE TABLE OF CONTENTS 22 
51 Z*Net PC Online Magazine Index to Issu 33 
52 Z*NET PC ONLINE MAGAZINE TABLE OF CONTENTS 21 

















53 Z-NET PC #24 TABLE OF CONTENTS 

54 Z-NET PC #25 TABLE OF CONTENTS 2/9/92 
55 AtariUser Magazine Cover Captured, Spectrum Pic 
56 Press Release -— Z*Net and Atari Explorer Online 
57 Install a 32K buffer in Panasonic KXP1124 (Z*Net) 






























































In future columns we will look at other Atari Forums and other pay 
services.... 








PERUSING GENIE 
Compiled by Ron Kovacs 



























































GENIE AND STR SPLIT 











Category 24, Topic 7 
Message 1 Fri Jan 29, 1993 
DARLAH [RT~SYSOP] at 16:58 EST 


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After many attempts by all parties involved it has become clear that the 
relationship between STReport and the Atari RoundTables on GEnie will 
not improve enough to warrant our continued support. Therefore, 

ffective immediately, we will no longer accept issues of STReport. 
Effective Monday, February 1, 1993, we will be closing Category 24. On 
behalf of the Atari Roundtables on GEnie I sincerely apologize for any 
inconvenience this might cause our valued customers. 























Sincerely Darlah J. Potechin Atari Roundtables 


Category 24, Topic 5 
Message 65 Fri Jan 29, 1993 
D.JACOBSON2 [Dana] at 22:31 EST 


I find the message in Topic 7 to be quite insulting. Not only is it 
insulting to the staff of STReport, but to the GEnie users who look for 








STReport on GEnie. I can surmise why this issue has come up due to the 
ABCO ad containing PC items (I never even noticed it until someone made 
a reference to it). I don’t buy this reasoning whatsoever. If it were 


so, why have there been _numerous_ articles, reviews, downloads, and 
messages in the Atari RT pertaining to the GEMulator? Certainly, this 
piece of hardware and related articles, etc. are directly related to 
specific use for PC-based machines. In today’s current computer market, 
many users use more than one platform. To have a small inclusion that 
ABCO also sells PC hardware is nothing new. I view this entire fiasco 
as another excuse to censor Ralph Mariano, STReport, and ABCO -— nothing 
more. It’s truly a sad state of affairs to see such actions being taken 
and explained away as an ST RT policy when it is clearly a personal 
problem. I wish that I could say that I am surprised, but I have been 
seeing this happen more often than not, and knew some trumped-up excuse 
would eventually be used. How many times has this happened in the past 
year or so? Unbelieveable, to say the least. I hope the folks in the 
ST RT are feeling proud of themselves. Sigh. 














Dana @ STReport International Online Magazine 
Category 24, Topic 5 
Message 66 Sat Jan 30, 1993 
J.CLARKE6 [Jon Clarke] at 06:07 EST 








T 


Dana 


It has been long stated that STReport and Abco are not related by STR so 
why do you not only use them in one sentence but also stand up for ABCO 
do you have a undeclared interest in ABCO as well? 





Enquiring minds ... etc 


Jon Clarke @ Home using his ST for once rather than a AS400 


Category 24, Topic 5 




















Message 67 Sat Jan 30, 1993 

ST.REPORT [Ralph] at 08:14 EST 

Here we go again folks... STReport refuses to drop to its knees and 
allow Darlah and her minions to "edit" the contents of STReport, we 
refuse to not tell it like it is and what happens. "SHUT THEM DOWN!" 
Thats what happens. How very original. <smirk> 


We too, regret and apologize to see such behavior from the 





leadership of this RT but then.. it is not new. We have seen this 
sort of happenstance to one degree or another over the last five 
years. The permitted lynch mobs, the permitted baiting, the 


permitted badgering and the ultimate open censoring and ostracizing of 
all who would dare to criticize or simply publicly disagree with 
"Queen" Darlah and the members of her "court". 


This is a regrettable time in the era of Atari, the company is failing 
miserably, dealers and developers are dropping like flies and what do 
we see?? More belligerency than one can possibly imagine. The 
purpose is to shut STReport up. To put a stop to STReport's incisive 
reporting of the truthful happenings and the way they really are 
happening. Not the way the minions would have you believe. The recent 
FCC thing relative to the Falcon andthe fact of the T being class 
B but never produced in the class B configuration. To name a few 
recent truths that made them uneasy. 




















We see this week’s table of contents is deleted... well in this week’s 
issue is the truth about what is _really_ happening in Europe.. 
I guess they don’t want the truth in the "Darlah" ST RT any longer. 











Darlah; you’ve obviously made your decision to hack and slash away 
again... be advised that every message posted in STR’s cat has and is 
captured. Even those you tried to slickly delete over the years. It 
proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you never intended to abide by 
your own words of last summer. It shall make for very interesting 
reading. And now, your actions speak much louder than any of STR’s 
words. The die is cast. 





By the way, don’t go telling the users this silliness about not co- 
operating. That's all smoke and mirrors! Tell them the real story. 
about our not allowing you to edit STReport in any manner. About the 
constant flow of squawking in email about one thing or another from 














week after week in a very obviously "constructed" scenario. The 
truth is I have the long distance phone bills to show where I’ve tried 
time and again to work things out. Its _you_ who’s on a mission. Even 
in this latest effort you can’t find the right way to tell GEnie’s 
users and our readers the truth. It was you who refused to co-operate 
and who ignored our repeated attempts at attaining a meeting of 
the minds. This action is only in retaliation of our latest 


complaint to management about your "behind the scenes" shenanigans. 


Too bad... for now, it'll all see the light of day. 


Oh well, instead of trying to tighten up the loose ends Darlah seems 
to see her way clear to further frag the Atari userbase, thus creating 
more of the "us and them" situation. Pretty cool. So be it. 
STReport will be available to our readers wherever they are. This 
latest attempt at blatant censorship does nothing but strengthen 
our resolve to continue with greater vigor. 





Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine 


Category 24, Topic 5 





Message 68 Sat Jan 30, 1993 
DARLAH [RT~SYSOP] at 08:47 EST 
Ralph: 


Your message simply proves the unfortunate reality of my message in 
Category 24, Topic 7, Message 1. 


Sincerely, >>Darlah J Potechin Atari Roundtables 





THE 1993 Z*NET COMPUTER CALENDAR 
Schedule of Shows, Events and Online Conferences 


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February 2-4, 1993 
ComNet ’93 in Washington, DC. 





# February 6, 1993 

The Great Connecticut Trading Fair, an Atari swap meet for Atari 
computer users and owners, premiers in Stamford this year. Sponsored by 
ACT Atari Group, an organization consisting of seven Atari user groups 
from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, this one-day event will be 
held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Social Hall, Sound View 
Avenue, Stamford. Some commercial exhibitors have tentatively signed 


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up (Gribnif, Joppa, BaggettaWare, Derric Electronics and Danbury 
Electronic Music), but center stage is reserved for Northeastern Atari 
user groups and individual traders. Bargain hunters will find plenty of 
ST and 8-bit hardware, software, peripherals and accessories, new and 
used. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12. Traders 
can rent a table for as little as $10. Contact Brian Gockley, 18 
Elmwood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605 [Phone (203) 332-1721; E-Mail 
B.GOCKLEY (GEnie) or 75300,2514 (Compuserve)]; or Doug Finch, 46 Park 
Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 [Phone (203) 637-1034; E-Mail D.FINCH7 
(GEnie) or 76337,1067 (Compuserve) ]. 






























































### February 18-19, 1993 

IEEE Computer Faire at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, 
Alabama. Attendees include: WordPerfect, MicroSoft, IBM, HP, Silicon 
Graphics and many others. At the 1992 show, admission was free to the 
20,000 that attended. 





























### March 1993 

CeBIT, the world’s largest computer show with 5,000 exhibitors in 20 
halls, is held annually in Hannover, Germany. Atari traditionally 
struts its newest wares there, usually before it’s seen in the USA or 
anywhere else. In ’93, the Atari 040 machines should be premiering, and 
this is the likely venue. Third party developers also use this show to 
introduce new hardware and software, so expect a wave of news from CeBIT 
every year. Atari Corp and the IAAD coordinate cross-oceanic contacts 
to promote worldwide marketing of Atari products, and this show is an 
annual touchstone of that effort. Contact Bill Rehbock at Atari Corp 
for information at 408-745-2000. 




















## March 13-14, 1993 

The Sacramento Atari Computer Exposition is to be sponsored by the 
Sacramento Atari ST Users Group (SST) at the Towe Ford Museum in 
Sacramento, California. This show replaces th arlier scheduled, then 
cancelled Northern California Atari Fest for the Bay Area, to have been 
held in December 1992. A major two day effort, the SAC show is being 
held in the special events area of the Towe Ford Museum, home of the 
worlds most complete antique Ford automobile collection. As an added 
bonus, admission to the museum is free when you attend the Expo. The 
museum is located at the intersection of Interstates 5 and 80, just 15 
minutes from the Sacramento Metropolitan Airport. Contact Nick Langdon 
(Vendor Coordinator) C/O SST, P.O. Box 214892, Sacramento, CA 95821- 
0892, phone 916-723-6425, GEnie: M.WARNER8, ST-Keep BBS (SST) 916-729- 
2968. 


























### March 15-16, 1993 

Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the New York Hilton Hotel in New 
York City. Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing, 
software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry’s 
leading manufacturers. In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile 
Systems Solutions Conference series. Featuring over 80 leading industry 
experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to 
build or improve your world of mobile computing. 











### March 16-19, 1993 
Image World - Washington DC at the Sheraton Washington. 


### March 20, 1993 

Philadelphia, PA area group PACS is holding their 16th annual Computer 
Festival from 9 AM til 4 PM. It will be a multi-computer show with 
Atari showings by the PACS Atari SIG’s, NEAT, CDACC, and JACS clubs. 
The Fest is to be at the Drexel University Main Building, 32nd and 
Chestnut Streets in Pennsylvania. Contact for Atari display: Alice P. 
Christie, 207 Pontiac Street, Lester, PA 19029, 215-521-2569, or 215- 
951-1255 for general info. 











### March 21-24, 1993 
Interop Spring ’93 in Washington DC. 


### March 30 - April 1, 1993 
Intermedia 93 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose CA. 


### May 3-5, 1993 
Digital Video New York/MultiMedia Exposition at the New York Sheraton 
in New York City. 





### May 4-5, 1993 
The 3rd Annual Networks and Communications Show returns to the Hartford 
Civic Center. Companies such as Intel, Microsoft, DEC, DCA, IBM, and 
MICOM will be exhibiting. For more information, contact: Marc Sherer 


at Daniels Productions, 203-561-3250; fax: 203-561-2473. 











### May 11-13, 1993 

SunWorld '93 exposition and conference, held in San Francisco at the 
Moscone Center. The second annual event is the largest trade show in 
North America dedicated to the Sun, SPARC and Solaris industry. 
SunWorld ’93 will feature a full day of in-depth tutorials, which are 
being developed in association with Sun Educational Services, to be 
followed by three days of conference sessions and an exposition. The 
three-day exposition will feature more than 175 leading vendors in the 
industry including Adobe Systems, AT&T, Computer Associates, Hewlett- 
Packard, Informix Software, Insoft, SAS Institute, Solbourne, SPARC 
International, Sun Microsystems, SunPro, SunSoft and WordPerfect. For 
more information about attending SunWorld ’93 call Lynn Fullerton at 
(800) 225-4698 or to receive information about exhibiting contact David 
Ferrante at (800) 545-EXPO. 


























+++ June 22-23, 1993 

Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, 
California. Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing, 
software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry’s 
leading manufacturers. In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile 
Systems Solutions Conference series. Featuring over 80 leading industry 
experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to 
build or improve your world of mobile computing. 


























## July 17-18, 1993 (NEW LISTING) 

The Kansas City AtariFest '93. The location for the show is Stadium 
Inn, 7901 E 40 Hwy. Ticket prices at the door will be 5.00 dollars each 
day. Advance tickets will be 4.00 dollars each, for advance tickets, 
please send 4.00 dollars per ticket to: Kansas City AtariFest, P.O. Box 
1653, Lee Summit, MO 64063 or if you belong to a user group please mail 
a request for a user group information pack. To make room reservations 
please call 1-800-325-7901, we are also working with a local travel 
agent to get special airfares for the show. You may call 1-800-874-7691 
to take advantage of the special fares. For more information please 
leave Email as follows; GEnie, B.welsch, J.krzysztow, for CompuServe, 
Leave for Jeff Krzysztow at 74027,707, or you can call (816)224-9021, or 
mail to the address listed above. 
































### August 3-6, 1993 

MacWorld Expo at the Boston World Trade Center, Bayside Exposition 
Center and sponsored by MacWorld Magazine. This event is titled Boston 
93%; 











## September 18-19, 1993 
The Glendale Show returns with the Southern California Atari Computer 
Faire, V.7.0, in suburban Los Angeles, California. This has been the 
year’s largest domestic Atari event, year after year. Contact John King 


Tarpinian at the user group HACKS at 818-246-7286 for information. 





## September 20-22, 1993 
The third MacWorld Expo, titled Canada '93 at the Metro Toronto 
Convention Centre, sponsored by MacWorld Magazine. 














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





### October 7-8, 1993 

Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Chicago Mart/Expo Center in 
Chicago, Illinois. Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing, 
software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry’s 
leading manufacturers. In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile 
Systems Solutions Conference series. Featuring over 80 leading industry 
experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to 
build or improve your world of mobile computing. 




















### October 27-29, 1993 
CDROM Exposition at the World Trade Center, Boston MA. 





### October 27-29, 1993 

EDA&T Asia '93. The Electronic Design and Test Conference Exhibition 
at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taiwan. Exhibit space 
is still available. For more information contact: Betsy Donahue, 
Chicago, fax: 708-475-2794. 

















### November 7-10, 1993 

GeoCon/93, an international conference and showcase for software 
products developed outside the U.S. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 
Cambridge, Mass. The conference program will include three days of 
workshops on topics of interest to overseas developers entering the 
U.S. market. Workshop presenters will discuss such issues as how to 
negotiate distribution and licensing contracts, setting up a business in 
the U.S., manufacturing and fulfillment, technical support, packaging, 
research sources, and how to market through direct, retail, and catalog 
channels. For additional information, contact Tom Stitt, associate 
publisher, Soft letter, 17 Main St., Watertown, Mass. 02272-9154; 
telephone 617-924-3944; fax 617-924-7288, or Colleen O’Shea, director, 
Soft letter Europe, 2 um Bierg, 7641 Chirstnach, Luxembourg, telephone 
35.2.87119; fax 35.2.87048. 











### November 15-19, 1993 
COMDEX Fall '93. Las Vegas Nevada. 





If you have an event you would like to include on the Z*Net Calender, 
please send email via GEnie to Z-NET, CompuServe 75300,1642, or via 














FNET to node 593 or AtariNet node 51:1/13.0. Show listings are also 
published in AtariUser Magazine. 











FALCON COMPATIBILITY RESULTS 
Compiled by Cottonwood Computers 
























































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COTTONWOOD COMPUTERS would like to introduce themselves to you. We have 
been an fully authorized Atari computer business center for over 6 years 
now. We are a complete sales and service center for the entire Atari 





line of computers and game systems. We service all of Northern 
California, Southern Oregon and Western Nevada. Cottonwood Computers is 
an approved Aegis Dealer and a member of the IADA. 


Our numerous satisfied customers have encouraged us to let others know 
of our quality service and support for the Atari computer user. They 
feel that there are many Atari users across these United States that 
would appreciate the same dedicated and friendly support that they have 
recieved. 





We recognize that many of you may be lucky enough to have an excellent 
Atari dealer down the block from you, but we also know that probably the 
majority of you do not. We want to invite you to contact us by phone, 
modem, FAX or letter and let us know how we can service you. Whether it 
is for hardware, software, peripherals, books, foreign magazines, 
repair, replacement parts, modification of your hardware or trivia 
information on Atari computers, we want to serve you. 








We run a 24hr support BBS for our customers where you can leave messages 
and questions about products and service. There are also some downloads 
available as well as online games, editorials and a neverending story. 
We are planning to change our BBS soon to support online ordering from 
our store inventory. Feel free to give it a call at 916-243-5189. 





We realize the value of local user groups. If you are involved in one, 
have a club representative call us to see about how your club can obtain 
a special discount rate on purchases through our store. 





We hope you will contact us and allow us to put you on our mailing list 
so that you can benefit from the numerous discounts we often give our 
customers. We will anxiously await your contacting us. LONG LIVE ATARI! 








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The following is a listing of programs tested by COTTONWOOD COMPUTERS on 
a FALCON 030. We were not able to run each program through all of its 
paces, but this list should prove to be a short reference guide as to 





the possible comp 
to release here i 
resolutions ands 
We hope that soft 


atibilities of the Falcon computer which ATARI is soon 
n the states. Attempts were made to test several 

etups before we classified a program as non-compatible. 
ware programmers will address any problems that we 





encountered and will inform us as to changes they make in software to 


insure compatibil 





ity. 





COTTONWOOD COMPUT 
are also interest 


ERS hopes to continue testing software on FALCONs. We 
ed in hearing your questions about this great new 


product from ATARI. Be looking for our review of the FALCON 030 soon to 





be posted on GENIE. 








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Testing January 1 
Compiled by COTTO 





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PROGRAM RESPONSE CATEGORY 
BEST BUSINESS MANAGER RUNS ACCOUNTING 
HOME ACCOUNTS 2 WORK STATION WILL NOT OPEN ACCOUNTING 
PERSONAL MONEY MANAGER RUNS ACCOUNTING 
PHASAR 4.0 RUNS ACCOUNTING 
ST ACCOUNTS RUNS ACCOUNTING 
TAX ADVANTAGE RUNS ACCOUNTING 
BSTAT RUNS APPLICATION 
COMPUTE YOUR ROOTS RUNS APPLICATION 
COMPUTER ORDER PLUS LOADS, HAS VID DISPLAY PROB APPLICATION 
MASTER PLAN LOADS, NO MOUSE CURSOR APPLICATION 
MEGACHECK RUNS APPLICATION 
MICHAEL ASHMONT’S HOUSE COST RUNS APPLICATION 
MICRO KITCHEN COMPANION RUNS APPLICATION 
ANIMATE 4 RUNS ART 

CANVAS RUNS ART 
CYBERPAINT 2.0 BOMBS ART 

DEGAS ELITE RUNS ART 
FLAIRPAINT WON’ T LOAD ART 
NEOCHROME 1.0 RUNS ART 

NEW TECHNOLOGY COLORING BOOK RUNS ART 
PAINTWORKS RUNS ART 

QUANTUM PAINT CRASHES ART 
SPECTRUM 512 ATTEMPTS TO LOAD, CRASHES ART 
TINYVIEW RUNS ART 

DRAF IX RUNS CAD 

GFA DRAFT RUNS CAD 

PC BOARD DESIGNER RUNS CAD 

BASE TWO RUNS DATABASE 
DATAMANAGER PROFESSIONAL RUNS DATABASE 
DATAMANAGER ST RUNS DATABASE 
GENERATION GAP WON’ T LOAD DATABASE 
INFORMER II RUNS DATABASE 
TIMEWORKS DESKTOP PUBLISHER COADS, THEN FREEZES DTP 

ABZOO LOADS, THEN CRASHES EDUCATIONAL 
ATARI ARAKIS BIOLOGY: DIGEST GOES BACK TO DESKTOP EDUCATIONAL 
ATARI ARAKIS GEOMETRY GOES BACK TO DESKTOP EDUCATIONAL 
BENTLEY BEAR SERIES RUNS EDUCATIONAL 
CARDIAC ARREST 2 BOMBS EDUCATIONAL 
COMPUTER GUIDE TO THE SOLAR RUNS EDUCATIONAL 
FIRST LETTERS AND WORDS CRASHES EDUCATIONAL 
GENESIS RUNS EDUCATIONAL 
GEOGRAPHY TUTOR RUNS EDUCATIONAL 























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May/June '93 Issue 











CONNECT is a new bi-monthly magazine focusing on telecommunications from 
a user's perspective. Coverage includes the major commercial online 
services, Internet/Usenet and bulletin board systems. The first issue 
of CONNECT (May/June '93 cover date) will be available in mid-March. 





Here is a list of the feature articles and columns that appear in this 
premiere issue: 





FEATURES 











Telecomputing and the U.S. Constitution by Mark Leccese 

This article explores the current STEVE JACKSON GAMES v. THE UNITED 
STATES court case and its potential impact on BBS users and sysops 
across the country. 






































History of FIDOnet by Kathleen Creighton 

An interview with Tom Jennings, creator of FIDOnet, who discusses how 
FIDOnet came into being, where it is now, and where it’s going in the 
future. 


The Weather Underground by Ilana Stern 
How you can get current weather data and maps online, with a detailed 
look at the University of Michigan’s Weather Underground. 


Intro to Packet Radio by Andy Funk 

This introduction to Packet Radio shows how you can get involved in one 
of the fastest growing hobbies in telecommunications...phone line and 
modem not necessary! 





Getting Online with a High Speed Modem by Dan Romanchik 
Some valuable tips for anyone moving up from 2400 bps or slower to a 
new high speed modem. 


Children and Telecommunications by Phil Shapiro 
Children can learn a lot and gain new friends online. This article 
gives tips on getting children involved in telecommunications. 


COLUMNS 


Connecting with CompuServe 

Columnist Jim Ness gives us the "Grand Tour" of CompuServe, touching on 
everything from 9600 baud access to recent changes in the message base 
software. 





Eye on America Online 

Columnist Julia Wilkinson gives an overview of America Online, one of 
the "newest" national online services with a slick graphical user 
interface. 


GEnie’s Treasures 
Veteran GEnie "treasure hunter" Jim Mallory is your guide to the many 
hidden (and not-so-hidden) treasures waiting for you on GEnie. 











Telecomputing the Delphi Way 
Columnist Dick Evans shows us what Delphi has to offer, including the 
recently added Internet FTP and Telnet capabilities. 





The Internet Gateway 
What is the Internet and what does it have to offer? Columnist Miles 
Kehoe gives us an overview of Internet, along with a few e-mail tips. 


Clear To Send (CTS) 

A review of COMMO, the popular multi-tasking terminal package from 
shareware programmer Fred Drucker. Columnist Victor Volkman tells us 
why the software has created such a COMMOtion in the IBM telecom 
market. 


Dial M for Macintosh 

Ross Scott Rubin, CONNECT’s Macintosh columnist, takes a look at 
MacIntercomm, the new multi-tasking terminal package from Mercury 
Systems. 











Staying Connected for about a Pound 

Palmtops can be an excellent way to stay connected when you’re on the 
go. Columnist Marty Mankins shows you how to take advantage of this 
fast-growing market. 





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THE UNABASHED ATARIOPHIL 
By Michael R. Burkley 





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Have you ever been super rushed? Well that’s what I am right this 
minute. Yesterday I was in the process of adding a new hard drive to my 
system (courtesy of the friendly help and advice of Carter Graphics, 
Flickertale Software, and Toad Computers). I found out that I didn’t 
have all the parts I needed. Normally that wouldn’t have been too bad, 
but I had already dismantled my first drive to change the termination 





resistors and SCSI ID number. "Well, no big problem," I thought. "I’ll 
just put everything back together the way it was." Unfortunately, I 
didn’t. The drive wouldn't work. Oh, it would spin and make it’s usual 
noises, but it didn’t DO anything, nothing! OH NO! After waiting all 
afternoon, evening, night, and morning, I was able to make some frantic 
calls to ICD (thanks Howard!) and found out that I had switched the 
drive ID number from 1 to 0 and that I had the software set to ignore 
drive 0! Simple fix (after the fact!). 





That set me a bit behind for this article. Having to go to the hospital 
to visit someone just admitted, and then finding out that I was 
scheduled to deliver a welcoming address to the annual Niagara Council 
of Churches gathering (why didn’t they TELL me until 15 minutes before 
the meeting!) didn’t help either. So, before I run even further behind 
here’s some of the software I downloaded this week... 











DSP11 is DSP v. 1.1 by Keith Lord (dated Jan. 20, 1993). This is a 

re Digital Signal Processing program which allows you to create High 
pass, Low pass, Bandpass and Notch digital filters, and use them to 
process your favorite digitized sound samples. The author wrote the 
program to try to get rid of that annoying "warp drive rumble" that 
seems to be in the background of all Star Trek TNG audio samples. You 
can modify your sound samples any way you wish. Although DSP was 
written to process audio samples, it’s really a general purpose digital 
filter program, so you can use it on any digital information. GEM based 
(and I like his moose mascot!). Now includes a built-in sample playback 
feature, a graphic filter display, and a beep to let you know when it’s 
done. This program has been improved over the original version. Color 
or mono. Docs included. ST/STe/(and hopefully) TT compatible. 
































GAMEOVER is a 12000 Hz sound sample from "Aliens." Play this and you' 11 
===> -=- hear "Game over, man!" 











GAZZETE is the January issue of the South Bay Atari Computer Enthusiasts 
Sa ae newsletter in PageStream format. Some interesting articles and 
information about local dealers. One good thing is that you can read it 
even if you don’t have PageStream (if you are willing to hunt through 
the file and deal with some strange formatting that PageStream uses to 
make its output so nice. 











GEMSND_1 is the complete transcript of the GEMSound topic from Nov. 2, 
a 1992 to January 22, 1993. Taken from the Atari RoundTables on 











GEnie. If you want to follow this discussion about this fantastic 
program that allows you to attach all all sorts of sounds to events on 
your STe or TT you can do so by tuning in to Category 2 Topic 16 on 
GEnie. This file will give you a good start. 

GRAV2 is GRAV 2, an Excellent game by Martin Brownlow (dated July 27, 
== 1992. Joystick or keyboard controlled. Grav is a 'rotate and 
thrust’ game, similar in concept to Thrust and Oids. Choose between 








four different worlds to "save" with multiple levels within each world. 
Allocate your resources among various weapon systems. Color only. 
Excellent graphics and sound. Joystick and keyboard controlled. I 
really like this one. Docs (along with a "mission briefing" online). 
SHAREWARE. 






































JEK_STLK is the Jekyll Shell for STalker, v.1.2 by Tim Seufert (dated 
e Dec.1992/Jan. 1993). Jekyll Shell for STalker is a BackTALK 
script program for STalker version 3.00 or above. It allows you to run 








Jekyll, the bidirectional file transfer protocol written by Vincent 


Partington (in other 
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that were taken from "Blazing Saddles." 


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can select which types of files will 


print on a page or a label.. 
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you to both upload and download 


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.SMP sound samples from GEM_SOUND 


This past week he did it again. 
"Young 


(or more likely now since MiNT is the precursor 
Mint is NOW TOS). 
to run two or more programs on your ST at any 
EM program though). 


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v.1.4 by Moshe Braner 
that allows you to print a text file to the screen, 
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be useful for anyone 
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listen to them always want a few more. 
DIGITAL, BURRI 
(how do you describe a sound? 


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you can view this using the Calligrapher 3 demo I desc 
This file is being destributed by permission from Antic. 


le do use MiNT (and love it), 


compatible system and then remembered people 


week (7.5 Megs of downloading 


t the MiNT distribution Kit and updates that make 
or supposedly so--I don’t know since 
downloading it I haven’t had a chance to test it 
rk with a double-sided drive and 1 meg or RAM, 
though a hard drive and more RAM is certainly 





recommended! 


but now also on your ST(e) 
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this week a 
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is a simple to use .TTP utility 


printer, 


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(including review of text that has scrolled off screen), 
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files in a usable form. 


and various 


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PIANODEM is the demo of Pianistics v.1.10 by chro_MAGIC Software 
EN —- Innovations. Pianistics is a tool designed to help piano 


players learn chords and scales in all keys. Pianistics will also give 








insight into the concepts of scale improvisation and chord substitution. 








In addition, Pianistics has a practice feature designed to assist the 


player in developing technical mastery of scales, chords, and playing 
technique. Pianistics will help take the mystery out of improvisation. 


This demo version will run in color or mono. It is limited, but not 
any way that will hinder you from finding out that this is one great 
piano learning tool. Ordering info included. 


ROLL_EM is Roll ’Em, an Extend-O-Save Module for Warp 9 by John 
== -- Eidsvoog. It works in all resolutions on all monitors. The 
original idea for Roll ’Em was to create a module which would do 

















in 


something interesting without requiring the reserving of extra memory 
for a screen buffer. It works by saving two scan lines of screen data 


and then copying each of the rest of the screen lines one line up or 
down to scroll the screen by one pixel. Docs included. 








SACKER40 by Joel Shafer is Shafer’s Audio Compresson (S.A.C.) v.4.0 


===> -—-- (dated Jan 21, 1993). Audio samples don’t lend themselves to 

traditional types of compression because the data does not exhitit much 
simularity. SAC provides you with a simple "lossy" compression method 

that saves you a lot of storage space for your sound files. Some sound 
resolution is lost in the compressed file though not to a significant 








amount (the amount depends on your choice). Using this program resul 


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in a file about 50% the size of the original (and then compress it with 


LZH for even more savings). An uncompression utility and docs are al 


included. If you find SACKER40 you will probably be able to find 
several sound files that have been compressed using it as well. 











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STACYBLK is the Stacy Screen Blanker, an Extend-O-Save Module for Warp 9 
2325 -=- by John Eidvoog. When used on a Stacy, the module will simply 





turn off the screen display completely -- it's turned off by the 


hardware and will go dark. It will just stay off until it kicks back 


out. This will save your batteries if you’re running from them. It 
will also help extend the life of your screen display. 








SUPERPCS is a series of three .PCS pictures that can be displayed by 
Se PhotoChrome by Doug Little. They are one of an astronaut 


during a spacewalk with a MMU, another of a modernistic Chrome Faucet, 


and the last of a 3D PacMan. I really am amazed at PhotoChrome 
pictures! They are great on an STe and/or ST. 











VIEW132 by Conny Pettersson is a program for the ST/STe/TT that will 
rat seat allow you to show pictures in various formats in all ST 














resolutions on a TT and Low on the ST/STe. It can also use the current 
VDI-resolution and might even work together with screen enhancements 
such as overscan or screen doublers. Mouse or keyboard controlled. The 
formats supported so far are: 
TGA Truevision Targa. 16, 24 and 32-bit true color pictures. 
RAW Output format from the ORT raytracer. 24-bit true color. 
IMG Output format from the Vivid raytracer on the PC, not to 

be confused with the GEM-Image-Format. 24-bit true color. 
IFF HAM IFF Hold And Modify from Commodore Amiga. Max 4096 colors. 
IFF ILBM IFF Interleaved bitmap. Max 256 colors. 
GIF87a Graphics Intechange Format by CompuServe. Max 256 colors. 
SPC, SPU Spectrum 512 pictures compressed and uncompressed. 
DIRA Pe? Degas and Degas Elite pictures, compressed and uncompressed. 








NEO Neochrome low resolution. 


ART Art Director low resolution. 





DOO Doodle high resolution. 
IMG GEM-Image format, 1 bitplane. 
Wow! What a low of formats! Docs included. 


ZOOM and ZOOM2 are not the names of some Dr. Seuss characters, but two 

files, one by Devin Balkcom and the other by Vince Valenti that 
provides you with some GFA code (.LST) that allows you to stretch a PUT 
segment. ZOOM is the original and ZOOM2 is the new and enhanced 
version. I have NO idea what this code does! 





That’s it for now! I have to fire up the ol’ modem and send this off 
before it’s too late. 















































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