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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 29-Nov-86 #2.9

Z*Magazine: 29-Nov-86 #2.9

  1. Timothy Kline
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    Subject: Z*Magazine: 29-Nov-86 #2.9
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    Zmagazine November
    November 29, 1986 Issue 2.9
    Publisher: Ron Kovacs
    Zmag Staff:

    Assistant Publisher: Ken Kirchner
    Editor: Alan Kloza
    Software Reviewer: Eric Plent
    Coordinator: Larry Mihalik
    Zmag Headquarters (New Jersey)

    The Syndicate BBS
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    (201) 968-8148 300/1200 24 Hours

    11/29/86...This Week in Zmag.....

    <*> ICD's New Multi I/O Board--Will
    it Save the 8-bits?

    <*> More Comdex Highlights--The ST
    Struts Its Stuff!

    <*> Computer Sales Down, Crime Up

    <*> ZMAG Panorama--Gamehints

    <*> Chipmunk Reviewed--New 8-bit
    Copy Software

    <*> In The Works--What's Ahead In

    <*> ZMAG Systems List Updated

    and more......

    ZMAG--A New Look.................

    With this issue of ZMAG we begin
    a process that
    we hope will result
    in giving ZMAG a more structured
    and professional look.

    The changes aren't drastic by any
    means--many of y
    ou may not even
    notice them. But we're trying to
    come up with a format that we can
    stick to week after week.

    In order of appea
    rance you'll see
    Atari 8-bit News, ST News, General
    Computer News, Panorama, and
    Critic's Corner. These "pages"
    will appear on
    a weekly basis, as
    they represent the most popular
    interests of our readership.

    We're looking for input from
    readers, so if y
    ou have any ideas
    on the subject, or you'd like to
    contribute a column please let us
    know. Thanks.

    ICD To the Rescue....The MIO

    After reading the reports coming
    of Las Vegas (Fall Comdex)
    the past two weeks, it is a bit
    disheartening to see very
    little in the way of new 8-bit

    Any Atari news coming out of Comdex
    seems to focus primarily on the ST
    and new product for it.

    Well...Enter ICD, the company
    came out with several innovative
    products for the 8-bit Atari
    community. Spartados, U.S. Doubler,
    P:R:Connection, R-Time Ca
    and most recently the Multi I/O
    board (MIO) have brought ICD to the
    forefront of 3rd party developers
    for the Atari.

    ICD had a prominent display at
    Comdex and they generated more
    than passing interest in their new
    MIO board. What follows are so
    specifications on this revolution-
    ary new product for Atari 8-bit


    ICD MIO Board is a multi purpose
    parallel device for the Atari 800XL
    and 130XE computers. It plugs
    directly into the parallel b
    us of the
    800XL and uses an adaptor for the
    130XE. This adaptor also adds two
    cartridge slots which support either
    right or lef
    t cartridges. These are
    the only two computers the MIO will
    work with.

    The general functions this device can
    serve are: RAMDIS
    K, printer port,
    printer buffer, MODEM port, and hard
    disk interface. Configuration
    software is built in.

    The MIO is about the
    same size as a
    HAYES MODEM and is available in 256K
    and 1 Meg versions.


    The RAM is not user upgradable since
    we use
    special RAM chips without
    using sockets. RAM disk software is
    built in or can be accessed in the
    $D600 area. The RAM can be
    rtitioned into several RAMDISKs and
    may be reserved as printer spooler
    (buffer) RAM. An external power
    supply maintains the mem
    ory even with
    the computer turned off.


    This port is a 'centronics' parallel
    port to be used with
    printers. The connector is the same
    as the P:R: Connection so you can use
    the same cable.


    This is also the same type of
    connector as the serial port on a
    P:R: Connection. Can be used with a
    serial printer (supports X
    software handshake) or with the built
    in R: handler for a MODEM. Built in
    software diverts P: to R: as desired
    for seri

    Works with either serial or parallel
    port as assigned. Allows PAUSE,


    This allows the use of any SASI or
    SCSI hard disk controliler of any
    size. Controllers can be mixed or
    matched on the same interface with no
    limitations going between drives.


    Configuration software assigns drives
    D1: through D8:. These drives can be
    Partitionsu are set using starting and
    ending sector numbers for each drive.
    (SpartaDOS , if used, supports 16
    Meg per drive.)

    For exa_mple: 40 Meg hard drive could
    be partitioned as: D1: (16MEG), D2:
    (16MEG) and D3:8MEG). D4: could be
    FLOPPY #1, D5: 750K RAMDIS*K, D6:
    FLOPPY #2, D7: and D8: unused with
    250K print spooler. (This is just
    one example; configuration is
    extremely flexible.)
    SpartaDOS 3.2d (optional) is the
    recommended DOS but any DOS should
    work (but is limited by the DOS's own

    The SSurf City BBS Systems (member
    of the ZMAG System Network) are
    now running the MIO. Look for a
    hands on review of the product in
    ean upcoming issue of ZMAG.

    Fall Comdex...More ST Highlights

    Space limitations in last week's
    ZMAG forced us to cut short our
    coverage on Fall Comdex. Here
    are some moreo highlights from the
    well-attended computer trade show.

    LAS VEGAS, NOV. 13, 1986

    Software and peripherals companies
    have climbed on the Atari bandwagon
    and are showing new or revis ed
    products at Atari's pavilion here
    at the autumn COMDEX. Sixty-five
    such "third-party" vendors are
    showing products that rang_e from
    business applications to pure fun.

    One striking new application is the
    touch screen technology for the ST
    by the Video T ouch Company of
    Springfield, Oregon.
    Demonstrating a real-life
    restaurant ordering program
    operated entirely by touch, this
    comtpany shows how Atari STs can
    match and even improve on
    data-entry systems formerly
    costing much more.
    The application is flexibmle both
    in terms of the kinds of
    businesses it
    can serve and the the changes
    needed periodically to meet new

    The sy,stem uses standard ST
    hardware with monitors modified to
    include the touch screens. One ST
    running under the Micro RTX
    operating system from
    Beckemeyer Development Tools
    controls the other STs in the
    system. The user interface is
    completely graphic
    and reqiuires no computer knowledge
    to operate. New employees learn
    how to use it in 20 minutes,
    according to the manager of the
    Mill C amp restaurant where the
    system was first installed.

    Other monitor news from the show
    includes the Monitor Box from JNL
    Technolhogies of Oceanside, NY.
    This box plugs into the video-out
    port and converts the signal to
    both composite video and RF. This
    maikes it possible
    to use monitors other than Atari's
    brand, plus regular television
    sets, video recorders, projection
    TV's and othter video equipment.
    The Monitor Box will sell for
    $59.95 when shipped in Jan. 1987.

    Aegis Development Inc. showed its
    Animatior ST program that should be
    available before Christmas. This
    program can use any ST drawing as a
    background, for example NEOch rome
    or DEGAS, and overlay detailed
    cels to create an illusion of
    movement. The
    program does the tough work of
    creating intermeediate steps. It
    will also change the shape of one
    object to the shape of another -
    say a fish to a dog - or make
    objects appearn to
    move through color cycling, as in
    a waterfall or a waving flag.
    Retail price is $79.95.


    MichTron proved that the world is
    it's market as it showcased
    an assortment of international
    products in it's two booths at
    Cosmdex. In the West Hall, MichTron
    was showing it's soon to be
    released Midi Program "Super
    Conductor." This program has all
    of t
    he features of programs
    selling for $300 to $400, but
    MichTron in keeping with it's
    policy of high quality and low
    prices, will
    only $79.95. Mi-Print, an
    incredible program ideal for
    formatting anything written in a
    previoussly unformatted style, and
    Trivia Challenge, an arcade
    style game with nearly 4000 brain
    teasing questions, both recent
    releasesi from MichTron, were well
    received by the throngs in the
    MichTron booth. At the workstation
    in the Atari booth, MichTron
    showed _the outstanding video
    digitizer from the German company
    Print Technique, which it will be
    distributing throughout the
    U.S. in Jaunuary. Karate Kid II
    and Space Shuttle, from MicroDeal
    (an English company), were both
    being played in the booth to rave
    review_s. Everyone commented on the
    fantastic graphics displayed
    in Karate Kid II. MichTron also
    announced that it will be the
    exclusiv*e distributor for GFA
    Basic in the United States and
    Canada. GFA basic is an
    outstanding basic for the Atari
    ST that is sweepinWg Europe! GFA
    basic, in it's Interpreter form,
    is almost as fast as Pascal; and
    with it's soon to be released
    Compiler, it is fSaster than Pascal
    on most benchmarks! Also, GFA
    basic has a Public Domain run time
    module. This enables any
    program written in eGFA Basic to be
    run by other people who do not
    own GFA Basic, without violating
    the GFA copyrights. MichTron has
    also acquired tnhe rights to
    publish Trim Base, an outstanding
    Relational Data base for the Atari
    ST, from Talent software in
    Scotland. MichTrono which has
    published 34 programs for the
    Atari ST in it's first year of
    existence, hopes to release 12
    additional programs beforle the end
    of January!

    ZMAG Newswire...
    ____________________ _____________


    US sales of consumers _electronics
    devices -- televisions, video
    recorders, stereos and the like --
    were up almost 8% in the first
    nine months of this year compared
    with last. However, sales of
    computer equipment and industrial
    electronics were down more than 9

    That'st the word from the Electronic
    Industry Association in a report
    this week, that says American
    consumers bought $15.3 billion
    wortmh of electronics in the first
    9 months of 1986, mostly imports.

    Here are the EIA findings, as
    reported by The Associated Press:,

    -:- US buyers apparently preferred
    foreign-made home electronics to
    US-made equipment by more than a
    3-to-1 margin only $4.9 billion
    of the total $15.3 billion worth
    of equipment sold was US-made.

    -:- The total US trade deficit for
    the firist nine months came to
    $12.2 billion, or some 40
    percent more than it was for
    the same period last year.

    -:- However, th e US's foreign
    exports have increased -- EIA
    found a 16.3 percent growth in
    worldwide sales of US-made

    -:h- Sales of computers and
    industrial electronics were down
    from $54.8 billion last year to
    $49.6 billion, a drop of 9.4

    -:- On the other hand,
    communications equipment
    purchases were up 5.1 percent
    to $40.2 billion.

    -:- Those of etlectronic components
    were about the same as last
    year, $29.3 billion.

    -:- Total electronics industry
    sales dropped from i$152.4
    billion to $151.6 billion.

    AP also notes employment in the
    electronics industry is down 2.3
    percent to 1,770,000 worke rs.


    A 30-year-old Eastman Kodak Co.e
    employee has pleaded innocent to
    charges he used a home computer to
    disable nearly 4,700 phone lines
    that feed Kodak's manufactnuring
    plant in Rochester, N.Y.

    Robert Versaggi of Oakfield, N.Y.,
    is charged with a misdemeanor of
    2nd-degree computer tamperineg
    under a new state computer crime

    He says the whole thing was a
    misunderstanding and a coincidence.
    At his arraignment, Vsersaggi said
    he was trying to help another
    Kodak worker access the company
    computer from home when the
    telephone system was sile
    nced. "I
    happened to be in the wrong place
    at the wrong time," he said.

    According to UPI, Prosecutor
    Kathleen Majewski contends that
    Versaggi who was hired by Kodak in
    September as a telecommunications
    technician, disabled 4,480
    telephone lines, 210
    largesr trunk lines and eight
    maintenance lines between 12:30
    a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Nov. 10.

    Notes UPI, "The incident happened
    just ninei days after a new state
    law designed to prosecute people
    who tamper with computer systems
    went into effect. Under the new
    statute Versaggi faces six months
    in jail if convicted. Previously,
    (alleged crackers) were charged
    with larceny."


    Computer crime is on the rise,
    according to one expert who goes by
    the nickname "Hacker Tracker."

    John Maxfield of Detroit, Mich.,
    who makes a living as a computer
    security consultant, tracking down
    computer criminals for anxious
    corporate clients, told Government
    Computer News that the "hacker"
    problem has increased by a factor
    of 10 in the last four years and
    seems to be doubling every year.

    "Nearly every system can be
    penetrated by a 14-year-old with
    $200 worth of equipment. I have
    found kids as young as 9 years old
    involved in hacking.

    If such young children can do it,
    think what an adult can do," he told
    GCN. Of the more than 5,000
    computer bulletin board systems in
    the United States as many
    as 2,000 of them are devoted to
    assisting the computer criminal.
    About two dozen of those are used
    by "elite hackers" and feature
    security measures as sophisticated
    as those used by the Pentagon,
    asserted Maxfield.

    Most computer criminals don't fit
    the typical description of a
    criminal: They are usually 14- to
    18 year-old boys with good
    computer systems, fairly bright,
    good students who are
    from solid middle-class families.
    They tend to be loners and enjoy
    spending hours working at a
    computer terminal.

    Maxfield insisted a new trend is
    stealing access to online
    databases especially CompuServe
    and The Source through credit card

    In addition to going through trash
    bins searching for carbon copies of
    credit card transactions, he said
    the criminals search the trash
    outside a business whose computer
    they want to break into, looking
    for computer manuals or anything
    that might have access codes
    written on it.

    One bright note, according to
    Maxfield, is that usually once the
    teen criminals are caught, they
    reform. Very few are repeat
    offenders and some, he said, end up
    being hired by the firms they
    previously raided.

    The problem could well disappear,
    notes GCN, when the phone system
    switches to digital technology and
    calls can be quite easily traced.

    this week...Game Hints

    This week's feature is devoted
    to gamesmanship and offers tips
    on several popular games
    available for your computer.

    The Bard's Tale

    The Bard's Tale, Electronic Arts
    (Apple). Role-playing adventure.
    Your mission: With a party of six
    adventurers, explore the city of
    Skara Brae and the many dungeons
    and towers it holds. Your goal
    is to slay the wizard Mangar, and
    free the city from his control.

    * To get into Kylearan's Tower,
    you must place the eye in the
    statue on the top level of the
    Castle. You will
    then be teleported to the front of
    the tower.

    * To enter Mangar's Tower you
    must have the Onyx key. This will
    let you into the staircase, on the
    bottom level of the sewers, that
    brings you up to Mangar's Tower.
    Optionally, if you have the Master
    Key, which is found in Mangar's
    Tower, you can use
    it to enter directly through the

    * A few useful coordinates:
    (assuming you are on the starting
    point of the first level of the
    dungeon or tower):

    The Eye: 19 north, 20 east, down 2,
    Catacombs Crystal Sword: 0 north,
    19 east, 0 down, Castle Silver
    Square: 0
    north, 0 east, 1 up, Castle Silver
    Triangle: 20 north, 2 east, 0 down,
    Kylearan's Tower Silver Circle: 15
    north, 4 east, 1 up, Mangar's Tower
    Onyx Key: 13 north, 17 east, down
    0, Kylearan's Tower

    Silent Service

    Silent Service, Microprose
    Your mission: As commander of an
    American submarine in the Pacific
    during World War II, you must hunt
    down and sink Japanese freighters,
    troop carriers, and tankers.

    * Ships are slowed considerably
    when hit by a single torpedo. When
    attacking a convoy, select the
    juiciest target, and fire a single
    torpedo before diving. Dive deep
    enough to avoid being detected by
    any destroyers and continue at
    two-thirds speed in the same
    direction as the
    convoy. Destroyers will usually
    abandon the wounded ship in order
    to protect the remaining convoy.
    Speed up the simulation until the
    convoy is well out of range while
    observing the ship on radar. Then
    surface to torpedo depth and
    strike again.

    * A few hits from the deck gun
    will slow down any ship and cause
    it to fall behind the convoy.

    * Sometimes a convoy will head
    for land and remain a few hundred
    yards off shore. The ships will
    form a relatively tight circle and
    continue to circle while the
    destroyers (the fastest blips on
    the radar) move in random
    directions. A sub can creep up on
    the convoy making sure to use
    slowest possible speed and minimum
    profile. Position the sub fairly
    close to the convoy, while
    remaining close to the bottom. If
    detected by the destroyers, dive
    to the bottom and shut off the
    engines. The destroyers cannot
    detect a sub which rests on the
    bottom unless it happens
    to be very shallow (under 100').
    Ships can be picked off one at a
    time by surfacing to periscope
    level and firing no more than two
    torpedos at a time. Be sure the
    destroyers are on the other side
    of the circle before firing.

    * If a convoy is guarded by only
    one destroyer it might be worth
    your while to try to sink it.
    However, make sure that you shoot
    at it before any of the other
    ships in the convoy.
    When it starts closing on you open
    up with the deck gun (especially
    effective at shorter ranges --
    around 1000 yards).


    Epyx, Inc. Arcade/skill. Your
    mission: Explore the never-ending
    levels of the Dungeons of Doom and
    recover the lost amulet of Yendor-
    and get back to the surface in one
    piece. Along the way, you'll
    discover hordes of monsters,
    ranging from trolls to copying
    machines. To help you on your
    quest, you must use
    your weapons, your wits, and the
    multitude of items that can be
    found within the dungeon.

    * Food and magic are your most
    valuable possessions. Use them
    sparingly. Both get increasingly
    scarce as you descend further into
    the dungeon. Wait until your
    characters are faint with hunger
    before eating, and save wands and
    staves for the really tough
    monsters, such as Griffins and
    Scrolls are the exception to the
    rule. Since they are most often
    helpful, they should be read at the
    first opportunity.

    * Wands and staves which shoot
    magic may riccochet. Make sure you
    are facing your opponent on a
    diagonal line before you zap it.

    * Wands of polymorphing are
    dangerous on low levels, since you
    take the risk of turning a monster
    into something even more powerful.
    Use them when you are very deep in
    the dungeon, because odds are that
    you will turn a very nasty monster
    into one that is less formidable.

    * Aquators, which rust through
    your character's armor, like to
    lurk in dark rooms and behind
    doors. If you see one coming,
    remove your armor or try and fight
    it from a distance.

    * Let sleeping monsters lie,
    until you have cleared the rest of

    * Before drinking a potion, make
    sure that you have cleared the
    level so that (hopefully) nothing
    will attack you should the potion
    be harmful.

    * If you have lost hit points
    and need to rest, either stand in
    a dead end or over a staircase.
    By standing over a staircase, you
    can flee it a monster comes.

    * The most frequent complaint
    about the game is the player's
    high mortality rate. We found the
    following method very helpful in
    keeping our characters alive: As
    soon as you have completed a
    level, save your game. When the
    disk is through
    accessing, remove it from the disk
    drive and slide the write-protect
    button to the up position (so you
    can look through the little hole).
    Next, restore your game and
    proceed to the next level. If you
    are killed during this foray, the
    machine will attempt
    to erase your character from the
    disk, but it will be prevented from
    doing so by the write-protect.
    Therefore, it is a simple matter of
    restoring your position, and you'll
    never be more than one level away
    from where your character was

    * If you successfully complete a
    level, you may save your position
    by turning off the write-protect,
    making sure it slides all the way,
    and then saving the game normally.


    * If you have one Identify scroll
    and several magic items, you can
    try saving your position as
    described above, and then
    identifying an item,
    restoring the game and identifying
    another item. You can do this

    Software Reviews....by Eric Plent

    19 Harbor Drive
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

    By: Eric Plent

    Chipmunk is one of the few programs
    on the market that will allow you
    to copy your programs, legally!.
    You must remember that the writers
    of Chipmunk DO NOT WANT THE
    GIVEN AWAY!. If you do this, you
    can be arrested, fined, and thrown
    in jail!. On a lighter side...

    When you load side "A" of the
    master disk, you are given a menu
    of three choices. Number one is
    COPY XL, the sector copier that
    works with the old 400/800 computers,
    and the newer XL models. Option
    number 2 is COPY XE, for the Atari
    130XE computer. Both of the programs
    will run on a 130XE, but COPY XE
    will not run on an XL or 400/800.

    COPY XL is a three pass copier,
    where COPY XE, using the extra
    memory of the 130XE, can copy a
    disk in one pass.

    The third option on the main menu
    is Parameters. You can tell Chipmunk
    that the program you are copying
    must have some necessary code
    written to disk at copy time by
    selecting the program from the menu
    that pops up. This is a list of the
    programs it can copy. You can page
    through the programs by pressing
    the SPACE bar, or the letter code
    next to the program name.

    Side "B" of the Chipmunk disk has a
    few utility programs that are worth
    checking out. Boot side "B", and
    you will see this menu:

    1. Unlist
    2. Undelete
    3. Autorun

    To choose a program, enter the
    corresponding number.


    This utility allows you to LIST
    un-LISTable BASIC programs that
    lock up the keyboard when you try a
    LIST. Just insert the disk with the
    program you want to unlist, and
    press RETURN for a directory. You
    will be asked for the filename to
    unlist. When you type the filename,
    UNLIST will load that program. By
    pressing START at this point, the
    text will brighten, telling you
    that the program is in memory, and
    is listable. After using UNLIST,
    you can save the program in a
    listable format, under a new filename.


    The UNDELETE program can be used in
    much the same way as DISKFIX on the
    Atari DOS 2.5 disk. It will allow
    you to recover deleted files, as
    long as you have not SAVED anything
    to the disk since deleting the
    program. After loading, insert the
    disk with the program you want to
    recover. Press RETURN, and you will
    be shown a list of ALL the files on
    your disk, deleted or not. A code
    will appear next to each filename.
    They are as follows:

    N. Normal
    D. Deleted
    L. Locked

    If you want to undelete a file with
    the "D." code, press "N". Then exit
    the program by hitting ESC twice.
    If the program was in BASIC, you
    must LOAD then SAVE the program.
    Same with LIST and ENTER.


    With AUTORUN, you can set up an
    AUTORUN.SYS file for any BASIC
    program you want to load and run at
    bootup. The menu looks like this:

    1. Menu 1. AUTORUN.SYS
    2. Games 2. Add/Replace file
    3. Boot 3. Default file
    4. 4. Change drive #
    5. 5. Filename

    The manual says the options on the
    left are default filenames if you
    don't want to enter a filename
    every time. The options on the
    right will allow you to write an
    AUTORUN.SYS file to any BASIC
    program, or change any of the

    Many other options are there for
    you to play with. If you don't like
    the utilitys on side "B", Microdaft
    wants to hear from you. I have
    already called them about my ID
    card, which I LOST on my way home.
    I don't know where, or how, I did
    that. I got a nice guy on the
    phone, and he said that if I sent
    in a letter with my name and
    address, and a guess at the number,
    he could put me on the mailing list
    anyway. I thought this was great,
    because most of the time, you don't
    get ANYTHING from the publishers
    without some sort of card, or a
    blood sample.

    The manual is well written, and has
    all the information you will need
    to start copying your disks in no
    time. Packaged with the PINK disk
    and the manual is a six page
    printed list of the programs
    Chipmunk is known to copy. As an
    owner of Chipmunk, you will be told
    of any new features that are added
    on, or any problems with copying
    software, so you will always know
    whats new with Microdaft.


    You can call <201>-663-0202
    anytime. Quote "If nobody answers,
    call back some other time. If
    someone answers, and they can't
    help you, make sure they take down
    your telephone number, a name, and
    a good time to have us call you

    Write Microdaft at

    19 Harbor Drive
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

    I hope I have shed some light on
    this great program. If you have any
    more questions about it, but don't
    want to write to Microdaft, feel
    free to leave me a message on the
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