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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 30-Aug-86

Z*Magazine: 30-Aug-86

  1. Timothy Kline
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    From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.zmag
    Subject: Z*Magazine: 30-Aug-86
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    Date: Sat Jul 3 20:43:33 1993

    Zmagazine HOT Atari News++++
    August 30, 1986 Labor Day Edition
    Publisher/Editior-Ron Kovacs
    Assistant Editor-Larry Mihalik
    Contributing Editor-Walt Drummond
    Xx Contents

    <*> User Group Report
    <*> Larry's Corner
    <*> BBS Review by Walt Drummond
    <*> Special Editor Column
    Response to Zmag 8/6/86 by
    Clinton Smith of Chicago Zmag.
    <*> Commodore Blues Part 2
    <*> Top Story--5 people indicted
    for phreaking.
    <*> Zmag Notes
    <*> Zmag Systems
    <*> For CompuServe Readers Only
    <*> New Products;Star Printer,
    Televideo Terminal.
    <*> Law and your Computer;Pres.
    Reagan signs law to repeal
    computer owners having to keep
    Xx Top Story


    Federal authorities this week
    called a press conference in
    Raleigh, N.C., to say that hundreds
    of thousands of dollars have been
    lost to computer crackers who pick
    up access code numbers for long
    distance phone service and post
    them on computer bulletin board

    According to F. Alan Boyce of The
    Associated Press, "Federal
    authorities say recent indictments
    of five North Carolina men ... is
    just the tip of the iceberg."

    US Attorney Sam Currin told
    reporters his office was able to
    bring about the five indictments
    after a 16-year-old high school
    student was caught by TeleMarketing
    Communications of Raleigh making
    more than $2,000 worth of illegal

    Meanwhile, says Boyce, a federal
    grand jury in Greensboro has
    charged three men with illegally
    possessing charge-account numbers
    and telephone long-distance access
    codes obtained through home

    According to the wire service,
    those indicted include:

    Robert Edward Lee II of Durham,
    accused of devising a method for
    defrauding TeleMarketing

    Michael William McCann of Dobson,
    charged with possessing more than 15 unauthorized telephone access
    codes and account numbers owned by
    TeleMarketing Communications,
    TransCall America and General
    Communication Inc.;

    Tryone Columbus Bullins of
    Reidsville, alleged to possess 17
    unauthorized charge-card numbers
    and 15 unauthorized telephone
    access codes

    Ralph Sammie Fig of Knightdale and
    James Thomas McPhail of Goldsboro,
    indicted on similar charges by a
    grand jury in the Eastern District
    earlier this month.

    As previously reported in Zmag822
    US Secret Service agents earlier
    this month said in affidavits that
    a North Carolina investigation
    began in January after agents
    learned that a telephone company in
    Raleigh had lost thousands of
    dollars to computer crackers.
    Xx Commodore Blues Part 2

    Having its first profitable quarter
    in two years is not enough to allow
    Commodore to breath a sigh of
    relief, says its new chief
    executive, Thomas J. Rattigan.

    Instead, the company needs to be
    gearing up for "an interesting
    dogfight" with low-priced Asian
    clones of the IBM-PC, which he
    expects to appear in mass market
    stores this fall.

    Speaking to The Associated Press,
    Rattigan added, "The real issue now
    is to make the business more
    profitable. We will have to
    demonstrate that we're as good at
    making money as we were at losing
    money. That's the only thing that
    will establish our credibility."

    As reported last week in Zmag,
    Commodore posted a $1.2 million
    profit on $208.9 million in sales
    in the June quarter after losing
    more than $270 million in the
    previous five quarters.

    AP notes that since taking over 16
    months ago, replacing Marshall F.
    Smith as CEO, Rattigan has closed
    two plants, sold two joint-venture
    operations, shifted some
    manufacturing to lower-cost
    locations and cut the worldwide
    employment from 4,600 to 3,100.

    Also he's taken "a calculated risk"
    to boost profits by concentrating
    more on higher-margin computers
    while reducing lower-margin
    accessories, such as monitors and
    disk drives.

    But Rattigan says there still is a
    rough road ahead. The company must
    reduce its $374 million bank debt,
    which represents 75 percent of its
    capitalization. Adds the wire
    service, "He also has to expand
    Commodore's revenue base beyond the
    high-volume but low-profit margin
    C64 and 128 computers."

    Rattigan acknowledged the new Amiga
    is not doing as well as the company
    had hoped. But, says AP, "the
    company is developing Amiga
    technology into a family of
    products, a move hailed by market
    researchers, who believe that
    product lines rather than
    individual machines will have the
    greatest sales appeal."

    --Charles Bowen
    CompuServe Online Today
    Xx Laws and Computers

    President Reagan has signed into
    public law (Public Law 99- 44) a
    Congressional bill that repeals
    various sections of the Internal
    Revenue Code that required owners
    of personal computers to keep
    detailed daily logs of the
    computers' business and personal

    It is a rare piece of legislation
    indeed that gathers nearly
    unanimous support from both houses
    of Congress, but that is exactly
    what happened to the bills in the
    U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.
    1869) and the U.S. Senate (S. 245)
    that amend the Internal Revenue
    Code of 1954 to repeal the
    requirement of the Tax Reform Act
    of 1984 that contemporaneous
    records be kept to substantiate
    certain deductions and credits.

    The law stated that effective Jan.
    1, 1985 taxpayers who claimed
    certain business deductions were to
    keep daily logs detailing both
    personal and business use of
    personal computers, automobiles and
    other equipment. Thousands of small
    business owners and farmers were
    outraged by the burdensome new

    The members of Congress listened to
    the folks back home, and in
    extremely quick action voted to
    repeal the requirement. The House
    passed H.R. 1869 by 426-to-1. And
    by voice vote on May 16, the Senate
    approved the bill as well by
    adopting a conference report the
    House approved May 8.

    The bill does, however, restrict
    business tax breaks for expensive
    automobiles. This was added in
    order to pay for the repeal.

    By:Cathryn Conroy

    Xx New Products


    Star Micronics has introduced the
    NL-10, a nine-wire dot matrix
    desktop printer designed for
    professional, small office or home

    The NL-10 prints high-speed draft
    quality at 12 cps and superior near
    letter quality at 30 cps. It
    features plug-in interface
    cartridges which ensure
    compatibility with most personal
    computers. The printer also has a
    push- button-activated front panel
    that controls 11 format and print
    functions, including three print
    pitch selections, type style, print
    mode, margin settings and forward
    and reverse micro paper feed.

    Retail price is $379 with one
    interface cartridge. Additional
    cartridges are $60 each.

    For information
    Star Micronics Inc.
    200 Park Ave.
    Suite 3510
    New York, NY 10166


    C. Itoh Digital Products Inc. has
    introduced the Chroma Pro CM 3000,
    a high-resolution RGB color monitor
    which, with the flick of a switch,
    can operate as a monochrome

    For color graphics applications,
    the CM 3000 offers a resolution of
    640 x 240 and is supported by such
    popular interface boards as the IBM
    Color Graphics Adapter and Tecmar's
    Graphics Master. The true monochrome
    monitor, ideal for word processing
    and spreadsheets, offers a resolution
    of 750 x 350.


    TeleVideo Systems Inc. has
    introduced the pT100 terminal, a
    compact, economical terminal
    offering compatibility with DEC
    VT100 and VT52.

    Designed primarily as a data
    retrieval product, the terminal can
    also be used for light data entry
    whenever VT100 compatibility is
    necessary. Features include a
    buffered printer port, user
    friendly set- up menus, password
    protection, full-range video
    attributes, 32 DEC-compatible
    graphics characters and double-
    high/double-wide characters.
    The pT100 has a nine-inch green
    phosphor screen with a time-out
    screen saver feature and a 24- line
    by 80-column display.

    Retail price is $499.
    For information
    TeleVideo Systems Inc.
    Box 6602
    San Jose, CA 95150-6602.
    Xx CompuServe Readers Only

    Hello there people, I want to
    thank you for the positive mail I
    have been getting during the last
    two weeks. To those of you
    interested in getting Zmag on your
    local BBS or even on your own BBS
    if your a System Operator, please
    make yourself welcome to the issues
    available on CIS and put them up.

    But please leave me a message with
    your BBS location, number, hours,
    baud etc... I would like to list
    systems carrying Zmag in the Zmag
    Systems Column.

    Please keep the mail coming!!!!
    Xx Zmag Notes

    The Syndicate, My BBS has finally
    had a major crash. This week BBCS
    2.4 bit the dust!!! Hard disk and
    BBCS dont mix!!! I am now running
    Forem26M again, this time the MPP
    takes back seat and Avatex 1200
    is online. Soon I hope to run the
    Carina BBS system.

    On another topic, My wife is still
    carrying the baby which is due
    ANY day!!! Next weeks issue is
    still in the air. The baby is due
    sometime between today and next
    Friday. My prediction is Wednesday
    and it will be an 8 pound boy!

    Let's see what happens....If the
    baby arrives this week, We will
    return in 2 weeks.

    At any rate, Please dont drink and
    drive this weekend, Have a safe
    and pleasant chilly weekend.
    Xx User Group News

    Supplied by the MID-MICHIGAN ATARI
    MAGAZINE Aug. 1986, reprinted by


    I have been asked to write a few
    short articles about MIDI (an
    acronym for Musical Instrument to
    Ditital Interface) and its use on
    the ATARI. Rather than describe or
    explain MIDI here, I will instead
    tell you fellow ATARI enthusiasts
    about what to look for in the
    future of MIDI on ATARI's. However,
    in later articles I will expand on
    MIDI; I will tell you what it is
    and what it does in detail. For
    now, just know that it is a way for
    computers to play synthesizers and
    for synthesizers to communicate
    with computers.

    If the future of MIDI on ATARI's
    was in any way reflected at the
    NAMM show (National Association of
    Musical Merchandisers) in Chicago
    the weekend of 6/14, the best that
    can be said is that there will be a
    future, albeit a slow moving one.
    The NAMM show in question is where
    all the manufacturers of musical
    equipment meet to display their
    wares to retail outlets like
    Elderly Instruments (where, by the
    way, I work), who in turn make
    orders based on what they see.
    Although the ATARI was seriously
    overshadowed by the IBM, APPLE and
    COMMODORE 64 (NOT the AMIGA), some
    new developments in software for
    the ATARI may make it a frontrunner
    in the race for the most popular
    MIDI computer within a year and a
    half. There was very little new in
    terms of MIDI software for the ST
    computer, which I saw as a
    disapointment as it's the only
    computer that comes with MIDI ports
    already on it.

    HYBRID ARTS did not have MIDITRACK
    ST done yet, and EASYTRACK ST was
    about as useful to a musician as
    is not very and if you own an ST
    and are thinking about a MIDI
    software package for a serious
    musician, stay away from both of
    these). However, if you're not a
    musician and want something that
    will be easy to use with a CASIO CZ
    101, I would suggest ACTIVISION's
    package. It's much cheaper and
    easier to use. HYBRID ARTS did
    unveil an 8 voice sampler (sound
    digitizer--more on samplers later)
    which is made to be hard wired to
    an ST. There was some great
    software for it, and it did have
    its uses, but it also had
    tremendous drawbacks for a real
    MIDI system (no MIDI thru port, the
    need of another MIDI keyboard as a
    trigger, so on). They did have a
    good MIRAGE sampler editor and a
    generic system dump program
    however, which they also have
    produced for the 8 bit ATARI's.

    Besides HYBRID ARTS, KAWAI, which
    has made fine pianos for many
    years, unveiled a new line of
    synthesizers. These synthesizers
    will come with software editing
    packages for the ATARI 8-bit
    machines ONLY. They're fine
    synthesizers with fine software.
    When I asked why KAWAI decided to
    go with the ATARI rather than the
    more popular COMMODORES, APPLES or
    IBMS, KAWAI said they thought the
    ATARI's were better computers for
    the money and that the ST's were
    shaping up to be THE MIDI computer
    in Europe! I had also heard this
    from two other sources (Musician
    Magizine last month and Electronic
    Musician from two months ago).

    The most common question I'm asked
    about in relation to MIDI (Musical
    Instrument Ditital Interface) is
    what specifically it does. The
    most common MISCONCEPTION about
    MIDI in this respect is that MIDI
    somehow digitizes sound. This
    brief article will explain simply
    what MIDI really does and also how
    I use MIDI to make music with my
    ATARI computer.

    Probably everyone is fimilar with a
    player piano. A player piano has a
    roll of paper that, through the
    punching of holes in this roll,
    records the notes played by a
    pianist so this sequence of notes
    can be played back by the piano
    without the pianist. At least, the
    first player pianos did this.
    Later, the Duo Art piano was
    introduced which would not only
    record the notes played, but also
    the velocity and exact duration of
    the notes, capturing the exact
    performance of the pianist. This
    was all but forgotten with the
    advent of record and tape. But
    tape has many problems, one of
    which is once you record it, it's
    done. There is no good (read:easy)
    way to edit a live performance on
    tape. MIDI to some extent solves
    these problems. It works in much
    the way the Duo Art player piano
    does, recording the notes played
    (not digitizing sound), their
    duration and velocity, and the use
    of various controlers (pitch bend,
    modulation wheel, program change)
    found on synthesizers. But instead
    of punching holes in a roll of
    paper to record this information,
    MIDI allows for a computer to store
    this information, which enables
    editing of the recorded information
    in much the way a letter is edited
    using a word processor. MIDI on
    most computer systems also allows
    the layering of this recorded
    information, enabling the computer
    to play many synthesizers at once
    and synchronize them. Other items,
    like drum machines and echo
    machines, can also be synchronized
    with this recorded information.
    Two things make MIDI useful to any
    musician (or non-musician): the
    opportunity to easily edit the
    information recorded, and the
    recording of many tracks (layers)
    of information without the loss in
    sound that occurs when tape is
    used. Every time the computer
    plays out the song recorded, it
    plays the original instruments the
    song was recorded on, just like the
    player piano. MIDI also allows for
    the transfer of other data to
    synthesizers, like sound settings,
    volume settings, tempo, etc..

    My system consists of an ATARI
    800XL that has been upgraded to
    256K, an 810 disk drive, a MIDI
    interface (like the one offered by
    HYBRID ARTS in California) and
    III) on the computer side. With
    this computer system I run 4
    synthesizers (Yamaha TX7, Yamaha
    CX5M w/SFG-05, Casio CZ101, Korg
    Poly 800), 3 drum machines (Casio
    RZ1, Korg DDM 110 and 220), and an
    echo (Korg SDD2000). I record a
    song by first playing the
    synthesizers and drum machines, and
    recording them in tracks using the
    ATARI computer via MIDI. The
    computer then plays back all these
    keyboards and drums, and I mix this
    onto one track of a 4 track tape
    recorder, which leaves me 3 tracks
    to put on live guitar, bass and
    vocals. Then finally, I mix these
    four tracks onto a regular stereo
    cassette and the creative process
    is finished. Although most larger
    studios have much more equipment
    and many more tracks on tape
    available to them, the recording
    process using MIDI and tape is
    essentially the same.

    Next month I'll tell you what you
    need to start your own MIDI studio
    on an ATARI and how much it costs
    (it's so cheap to get started, you
    just won't believe it). I'll also
    tell you some specifics on the
    software available.

    Sept. 1986, reprinted by permission

    by Leo Sell

    Dear Takers,

    This is a difficult letter to
    write. The sentiments herein could
    be taken in a negative way - please
    don't. Please take this as an
    opportunity for constructive change
    and a chance to examine your
    motivation for being involved in
    our club.

    A club such as ours is based on
    mutual help and sharing of
    knowledge, experience and resources.
    Anyone whose involvement is only
    taking, who doesn't contribute in
    some way, is tearing at the very
    fabric of our organization.

    An illustration is the difference
    between 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel
    drive vehicles. When a 4 wheeler
    is operating, all 4 wheels are
    contributing and sharing the road
    operation. In contrast, when a 2
    wheel vehicle operates, 2 wheels
    are powered and 2 wheels are a drag
    on the power. The drag isn't much,
    but it is enough that the 4-wheeler
    can handle a far greater range of
    road conditions than the 2-wheeler.

    How then are some people a drag on
    the club? Well, how many times
    have you seen a demonstration of a
    library disk, or the disk of the
    month, and passed up the
    opportunity to purchase it -
    instead, asking for and downloading
    the files from the BBS? How many
    times have you taken promotional
    material at a Computer Show or
    Faire, and not helped with the
    club's participation? Actions such
    as these, as well as others, do
    nothing to support or build up the
    club. Rather, they serve to weaken
    it. If everyone takes, rather than
    gives, the club's existance will

    Members must contribute more to the
    club than just the yearly dues.
    The annual dues basically cover the
    cost of the monthly newsletter and
    the free disk. Support comes in
    such things as the purchase of
    library disks, purchase of club-
    offered hardware, volunteering for
    needed jobs, etc. Members who are
    active on the BBS can contribute by
    downloading public-domain programs
    from commercial services such as
    Compuserve and Delphi, and from
    other, long-distance Bulletin Board
    Systems, and then uploading the
    programs to our BBS to share with
    everyone. By doing this, the time
    and cost of expanding and updating
    our library and supporting the BBS
    is spread around.

    To reitierate, the club must be a
    mutual and cooperative effort. If
    it is not, the club will die.

    Now, one reaction at this point
    might be "what do I get out of
    it??". I will make you a
    guarantee. Most Atari users want
    to know more about their machines
    and how to use them. Getting
    involved in club activities, such
    as production of the newsletter, or
    helping with the libraries, or
    almost anything, will result in
    more knowledge and computing
    ability than you are likely to get
    in any other way. You always get
    more out of something when you put
    something in. You will with our
    club as well. I guarantee it!!

    Please give thought to your
    involvement in the club. Are you a
    giver or a taker? We certainly
    hope that, regardless of past
    habits, you will share your time
    and talents and be a giver, not a
    only a taker. We look forward to
    your future help, support and

    Leo Sell, President

    The above material supplied by the:
    Mid-Michigan Atari Newsletter. For
    more interesting articles, check
    out Data Library 7 on CompuServe's
    Xx Review By:Walt Drummond

    BBS Review- The Lions Den

    Ahhh! What a vacation! Well,
    I'm back with another review, so
    here I go!

    The Lions Den BBS is a Carina
    system. The Carina system is a new
    idea in BBS programs and takes a
    little getting use to, but its well
    worth the time. It uses whole
    words, the first three letters or
    the Macros. The latter is the

    The Macros are a kind of BBCS and
    F.o.R.e.M. mixture. They don't use
    the "Hot Menu" idea, but the
    command prompt needs a return after
    the Macro. The Macro is a
    combo, and when
    used, the command is displayed.

    The SysOp, Larry the Lion, is
    VERY into his BBS. He constantly
    keeps the message bases up to date
    and is trying to expand the BBS.
    Right now, he has a little over one
    meg of onLine storage, and he is
    working on a fourth drive. Larry
    the Lion also plans to add a Zmag
    message base and a ST base,
    hopefully with a ST download

    I like the Carina BBS system and
    what Larry the Lion has done with
    it. I hope to see more BBSs taking
    on his style. Way to go!

    On a scale of 10, 10 the best,
    The Lions Den gets->

    Call The Lions Den at (201)-396-
    0867 and let me know what you
    think! I can be contacted at the
    East Coast Syndicate,(201) 968-8148
    or at CompuServe, PPN# 71777,3631.

    Zmag BBS Review Walt Drummond

    If you want your BBS reviewed,
    just let me know!

    Welcome back Walt, Nice to see your
    back to work!! See you next week!

    Xx Larry's Corner

    As I related in the last issue,
    I suggested that Carina BBS had an
    unlimited amount of power. Well, I
    am going to try to show you that is
    true. First, let's talk a little
    bit about the structure of Carina

    The heart of this system is the
    modem control module, the Modem
    operating enviroment (MOE for

    MOE is an overlay of the Atari
    operating system that links the
    keyboard, the modem, the printer,
    and the disk drives together. It
    is because of MOE's control that a
    sysop can, while the user is on-
    line, go to Basic or Dos, without
    any risk of lossing the user. This
    is the first reason I said Carina
    BBS is the most powerful BBS for
    the 8-bit Atari Computers.

    Beyond that, Carina has with the
    use of MOE, made it possible to go
    to Basic, type "NEW" and load and
    run an entirely unrelated or
    related Basic program without any
    modifications to the program. This
    opens up an entire spectrum of
    possibilities for online games,
    voting polls, or anything else your
    creative mind can design.

    Heard enough? Well there is one
    more thing. Carina BBS can in fact
    house a terminal program within it.
    That's right, without having to
    take the board down, you can simply
    call in the terminal program, make
    calls to your favorite BBS, upload
    and download and then return to the
    BBS and wait for those callers.

    I recently learned that Carina,
    in continued support of thier
    product have put together a utility
    disk for the purchase by registered
    Carina BBS owners. That disk will
    include a terminal program and a
    number of other useful utilities.

    Also, I wanted to announce that
    Carina has lowered the price of
    thier BBS software. The new price
    is $55.00 for this little gem. They
    have also announced the release of
    a 1030/xm301 version, it is already
    available as you read this.

    Also, for the time being, this
    will be my last column devoted to
    Carina BBS. I will be looking for
    other topics to research and
    discuss. If you want to learn more
    about Carina BBS, feel free to call
    my board The Lion's Den BBs or call
    Carina BBS at 1-305-793-2975.

    So I will be back in our next
    issue hopefully with another
    venture to learn and entertain.

    Larry Mihalik
    The Lion's Den BBS
    The Syndicate BBS
    Xx Editors Column

    The following comment was taken
    from the August 19th issue of
    Chicago Zmag.

    It refrences the story in New
    Jersey Zmag of August 9th with
    the interview of the Atari
    Connection sysop. This BBS was
    closed down by local police for
    pirating software. If you would
    like to see this interview, read

    Rebuttal by Chicago Zmag Editor

    After reading the preceeding
    interview,I was very disturbed.
    This youth is a criminal and has
    the nerve to say that the person
    who turned him in should be
    punished. Especially irritating is
    his statement that the person who
    turned him in is a definite threat
    to the computing world. This
    statement is a joke,in my mind it
    is he who is a threat to the
    computing world. Specifically,the
    Atari computing world. Many pirates
    respond to the arguement that the
    lack of new Atari software is caused
    by piracy, by the fact that a lot
    of Commodore pirating occurs and there
    is no lack of new software for that
    system. That would be a good reply
    if there were as many Ataris as
    there were 64s. Unfortunately,
    there are not. The number of 64s is
    great enough so that even after the
    pirates have their copies of a
    program, there are still enough
    paying users to ensure that the
    program makes money. The program
    makes money for the company and the
    company continues to work on 64
    software since it is profitable.

    In response to the statement that
    software authors are ripping people
    off with high software prices. In
    most cases the author of a program
    has no say so on what a company is
    going to sell his program for. When
    you buy a piece of software for
    $25, there is a lot more then just
    a disk and a program involved.

    1)The company had to send the
    program to a place for copying.
    This costs.

    2)The company had to design an eye
    catching box, because the
    majority of people are going to
    pass up a plain white package, to
    get the program which has an
    illustration of a massive space
    war. This costs.

    3)The company has to print up
    instructions so you'll know how
    to play. This costs.

    4)The company has to advertise so
    people will know about the
    program. This costs.

    All this adds up to the $25 price
    tag. Out of this price,the
    programmer usually gets a royalty
    of up to 30%. That comes out to
    $7.50 for every copy sold. That
    isn't much, especially after the
    pirates get a hold of it and ruin
    the potential buyer base.
    Actually, the cop out that prices
    are too high on software is
    starting to lose it's validity.
    Back when the scale of software
    prices ranged from 30 to 50 dollars
    this excuse might have had a
    foothold. However, the majority of
    new Atari software programs cost
    $25 and under. The only exception
    are programs such as word
    processors and languages which
    require a great deal of research
    and development. I do sympathise
    with the people who buy software
    and it turns out to be a piece of
    junk. I myself have been burned by
    bad software. However,in most of
    these situations is was my own
    fault for not finding out wether
    the program was any good before I
    bought it. My suggestion is that
    you forget about buying your
    software in a place like Toys R Us.
    Go to a local dealer or to User
    Group meetings where local dealers
    sell at. In most cases, they are
    enthusiasts just like you and will
    point out any software that they
    think is no good and most will demo
    programs for you. The only excuse
    left for software pirates is the
    truth. You want software and you
    don't want to have to pay for it.
    The software companies could be
    selling their programs for $5 and
    there would still be people
    pirating. If I have offended
    anyone, I am sorry but this is how
    I feel.

    I agree with what Clinton has to
    say here. Need I say more in
    response. I do have one thing to
    add here. If the pirates continue
    the current attack of software,
    sooner or later there wont be any
    for the people who are honest and
    purchase software. We have all
    received copies of pirated software
    and perhaps still even enjoy the
    use. But the time has come for all
    of us who have been fooling around
    with the Atari, to be a bit more
    thoughtful of what goes into making
    programs and the cost involved to
    all of us. Perhaps an easy way to
    consider this would be to put
    yourself in place of the software
    companies. You wrote a brillant
    game or program and would like
    to make a few dollars for your
    hard work, but the guy next door
    feels that you should give him a
    copy of it, and his friend and
    his friend, soon friend #4 has
    3 friends etc.... When you finally
    get your paycheck for sales and
    see that your work isnt paying off,
    you might decide to stop. What-
    ever the circumstances, I am sure
    that you get the point. Let's
    support these Authors and companies
    that put time and work into
    supplying us FEW Atari users with
    decent software. The ball is in
    our court. I wonder what will happen
    if anything.

    Thanks Clinton for the response,

    Ron Kovacs
    Zmag New Jersey

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