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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: March 4, 1986

Z*Magazine: March 4, 1986

  1. Timothy Kline
    From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Subject: Z*Magazine: 4-Mar-86
    Date: Sat Jul 3 20:17:52 1993



    ____________________^^^____________
    Zmag/A\zine HOT Atari News
    and Reviews
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    Xx Zmag/A\zine Hot Atari News and Reviews
    March 4, 1986 Issue
    ___________________________________
    If you are not reading this with
    QCOL80.OBJ and the new ZREAD v 1.4
    you are really missing a treat!
    This is the most fun ZMAG issue
    yet, thanks to CLINTON Z. SMITH.

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    Xx New Zreader v 1.4 by Clinton Smith
    Zreader
    -----------------------------------
    Well here it is.The new ZREAD program is here.Here are some of
    its new features.Make sure that your zmag files end with the txt
    extender or the program won't load them.Just rename them with the txt
    extender and they will load fine.
    You don't have to type ZZZ after every 22 lines and the
    file doesn't need a return at the end of a line.
    You can go back a page at a time to reread things and then
    go forward again or you can return to the index to read a new issue
    There is a scrolling head- line banner to highlight
    important news.To use this feature in your own article,have an
    uppercase X followed by a lowercase x,then type your message (It can be
    up to 60 characters long.)followed by a return.If you read this doc.
    file on ZREAD14 the following will demonstrate the feature
    XxREEVE KEYPAD HANDLER IS HERE
    If you have the QCOL80.OBJ program,you can use
    zread14 with 80 columns.
    1.Turn on your computer
    2.From Basic go to the DOS menu
    3.Load QCOL80.OBJ with the load binary option
    4.Return to cartridge (select B)
    5.Load ZREAD14.BAS
    6.(Change line 170 to"FOR T=1 TO 700")
    7.Run the program
    If you have any comments
    please leave me a message on windy
    city for me.
    Clinton.z.Smith
    Chicago,Il

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    FROM: CHUCK SCHWARK
    TO: ALL
    -----------------------------------
    SUBJ: Xx CL.A.U.G. HOT-LINE
    HotLine
    -----------------------------------
    CL.A.U.G. NOW HAS A 24-HOUR INFO
    HOT-LINE! THIS INFORMATION LINE
    HAS BEEN SET UP TO HANDLE ANY AND
    ALL QUESTIONS REGARDING ALL MODELS
    OF ATARI PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND
    PERIPHERALS. JUST LEAVE YOUR NAME
    AND NUMBER AND THE 'RIGHT' PERSON
    WILL RETURN YOUR CALL.
    ________________^^^_^^^^___________
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    ___________________________________
    OUT-OF-STATE CALLS WILL ONLY BE
    RETURNED COLLECT. IF ALL YOU WANT
    IS INFORMATION ABOUT THE GROUP,
    LEAVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AND OUR
    INFO PACK WILL BE SENT TO YOU.
    ZZZ
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    Xx >> Windy City BBS Command List
    Windy City Commands
    -----------------------------------
    Windy City is using the new BBCS from Scott Brause, and there is
    much more to be seen on this already top notch, superresponsive
    board. Give the board a call and start exploring with this new set
    of commands:
    Atari ......... Atari news and info
    Boards ........ Access message
    boards
    Chat .......... Chat with the sysop
    Down/Upload ... Program transfer
    Goodbye ....... Log off the BBCS
    Hang up ....... Quick disconnect
    Information ... System information
    List .......... Bulletin board list
    System ........ Time at this
    location
    Time .......... Your local time
    Utilities ..... User utilities
    View .......... Show survey results
    Zing .......... Take a survey
    Windy City Atari BBCS 312-775-2970
    Let's hear it for the RYTINAs !
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    Xx SCAT PLEXUS COMMAND SUMMARY
    Scat Plexus Commands
    -----------------------------------
    The bold departure from normal BBS formats may have you confused at
    SCAT. Be sure you send these commands to your printer, and keep
    them in front of you when you log on at this progressive BBS. Post
    your short messages and comments in the ZMAG conference, for inclusion
    in this magazine.
    >
    SCAT PLEXUS COMMANDS:
    >
    ? - This listing
    Bye - Log off the system
    Chat - chat with SYSOP
    Date - Show current time & date
    Do - Execute a Do batch file
    Enter - Enter a message in
    conference
    Fortune - Spin the Wheel of
    Fortune
    Help - Help on all topics
    Identify - This node (BBS)
    Ids - List all caller log ids
    Join - Join a conference
    Mail - Read & send E-mail
    News - Current news bulletin
    Nodes - Other Plexus systems
    Others - Other local BBS systems
    Profile - Your user profile
    Read - Read selected
    conferences
    Welcome - Reprint welcome message

    For more information on a command, type
    HELP <topic>
    Hurray to John Semenek for sticking out his neck again! ....Bruce z.
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    Xx Atari Beginners Sig Formed
    Beginners SIG
    -----------------------------------
    This letter appeared in the most recent SCAT newsletter:
    We are new SCAT members and looking for help with our 800XL.
    Specifically, we would appreciate a SIG for Atari basic. Is eveyone too
    busy with the ST? We refer to the Scat Newsletter of February 86 and
    an excellent article by Jim Roberts - "An 8 bit machine is only dead if
    you kill it. And I think there is a lot of life left in it!"
    At this time, Atari basic is killing us. Can anybody help?
    Looking forward to a new SIG.
    The Hirshfelds
    Dan and Eileen Hirschfeld have decided to do something about their
    own letter, and will be heading up the beginners SIG at SCAT, which
    will include explorations of BASIC.
    If you have any questions you would like answered as part of the SIG,
    direct messages to ZMAG at your favorite BBS, to the ZMAG message
    base at SCAT, or mail your questions to SCAT BEGINNERS SIG
    c/o The Hirschfelds
    8702 N. Osceola
    Niles IL 60648
    These questions will be answered in special ZMAG issues, and used as a
    basis for setting the SIG agenda.....FIRE AWAY!
    .....................Bruce z.
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    Xx Atari Sources
    Where to BUY
    -----------------------------------
    The listing below is posted on the comprehensive CENTARI BBS Sysoped
    by Tim Siml, Alan Reeve, and Steve Maney:

    Atari Equipment and Repair
    Companys

    S=Software
    H=Hardware
    M=Mail order
    R=Repairs

    Software Plus
    731 W. Dundee Rd. (op K-Mart)
    Wheeling IL 60090
    520-1717
    Ask for Jeff Williams
    or leave message at Remote Atari BBS 587-1349
    S-H-R


    Family Software
    Willowood Center
    2103-C Bloomingdale Road
    Glendale Heights, Ill. 60139
    (312)351-3730
    S-H

    Coz Enterprises
    P.O. Box 47083
    Chicago, Ill. 60647
    (312)235-9629
    M
    Jaf-Data Systems
    2217 W. 109th St.
    Chicago IL 60643
    312-238-4348
    S-H-M

    Reeve Software
    29W150 Old Farm Lane
    Warrenville, Ill. 60555
    (312)393-2317
    M

    Mars Merchandising
    15W615 Diversey
    Elmhurst, Ill. 60126
    (312)530-0988
    M

    Computer Direct
    22292 N. Pepper Road
    Barrington, Ill. 60010
    (312)382-5050
    M

    Complete Computing Corporation
    890 East Roosevelt Road
    Lombard ,Ill. 60148
    (312)620-0808
    S-H-R

    Ron's TV Appliance
    132 W. Liberty Drive
    Wheaton, Ill. 60187
    (312)668-4490
    R

    Powder Horn Sport Shop
    805 Cedar Ave.
    St. Charles, Ill.
    (312)584-6836

    Digital World
    711 Army Trail Road
    Addison, Ill.
    (312)543-9000

    Ken's Adult Toy Shop
    333 N. Addison
    Addinson, Ill.
    (312)834-8550

    Pacific Stereo
    4411 Fox Valley Center Drive
    Aurora, Ill.
    (312)898-9400
    R

    Pacific Stereo
    19W549 E. Roosevelt Road
    Lombard, Ill.
    (312)629-7100
    R

    CSA LTD.
    Conveniently available by leaving a message and your phone # on CLAUG II BBS
    M

    WINDY CITY ATARI
    Conveniently available by leaving a message and your phone # on WINDY CITY BBS
    S,H

    Rich Andrews
    Repairs and memory upgrades.
    815-485-0108
    Equipment may be transfered at CLAUG meetings...please make prior
    arrangements before carting your equipment to the meeting.
    R


    This list is not complete. Please
    help us with any information you
    may have by leaving a message.
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    More help from Centari:

    Xx What's an extender?
    Disk File Name EXTENDERS
    -----------------------------------
    .BAS Basic file
    .LIS File "listed" to disk
    .OBJ Objective language file
    .BIN Binary file
    .AMS Advanced Music System
    .MUS Music file
    .SYS System file
    .DAT Data file
    .DOC Documentation file
    .SRC Source code file
    .TXT Text file
    .ASM Assembly language file
    .BAK Backup file
    .TMP Temporary file
    .GAM Game file
    .UTL Utility file
    .EXE Execute file
    .MES Message file
    .FNT Font file
    .DEM Demo file
    .PIC Picture file
    .KOL Koala pad picture file
    .ACT Action language file
    .CUT Communications utility
    .DUT Disk utility
    >
    MESSAGES
    >
    IF YOU WANT TO READ ONLY THE LATEST MESSAGES AND THE LAST MESSAGE IS
    #45, THEN HIT "46-" AND THE MESSAGES WILL BE DISPLAYED TO YOU
    IN REVERSE ORDER. HIT "<CONTROL>X" TO EXIT.
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    Xx 1030 BBS by Mark Lupescu
    1030 BBS
    -----------------------------------
    For those that have 1030 modems, and want a ring detector and a bbs
    for it. You can get all that for $74.95, from Duplication
    Technologies Inc. (Formerly Gardner Computing) This system has 25
    functions including U/l and D/l and user Passwords, it comes with a
    double sided disk, full documents, plus a fully assembled and tested
    ring detector. This can be used with any atari computer except
    520st, of course, you need 1 disk drive, printer (optional), 835 or
    1030 modem, and the ring dector. For more information look in ANTIC
    magazine. 2 pages after page 20.

    Mark
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    ANTIC PUBLISHING INC.,COPYRIGHT
    1986. REPRINTED BY PERMISSION.
    ==================================
    Xx ANTIC ONLINE NEWS FEBRUARY ROUND-UP
    Antic Online by GIGI
    ==================================
    BY GIGI BISSON, ANTIC ASSISTANT EDITOR
    ----------------------------------
    Xx ELECTRONIC ARTS PLANS TO RELEASE 8-BIT SOFTWARE
    ----------------------------------
    Electronic Arts software company president Trip Hawkins has written
    the last letter he will ever need to send to Antic Magazine.

    "The response of your readers to Antic editorials is growing," wrote
    Hawkins. "We have received quite a few letters." Quite a few indeed.
    In a letter-writing campaign initiated over nine months ago with
    a May, 1985 Antic editorial, not only Antic readers but the entire
    Atari community begged EA and other major software publishers to
    release more software for the 8-bit Atari computers.

    EA promises to release Adventure Construction Set, Heart of Africa,
    Mail Order Monsters, Marble Madness, Racing Destruction Set,
    Skyfox, Software Golden Oldies (Software Country), and Ultima IV
    (Origin Systems) for the Atari XL/XE 8-bit line of computers in
    1986.

    "We hope to see at retail the kind of response we have seen in
    our mailbox!" Hawkins says in conclusion.
    -----------------------------------
    Xx PERCOM REPAIRS
    Percom FIX
    -----------------------------------
    Percom Data Corp or Dallas, Texas has awarded STS Computers of
    Falls, Church, VA a nationwide contract to repair all Percom
    floppy disk drives, including those for Atari computers. STS has also
    developed a new operating system ROM.
    STS engineers are soliciting comment from users concerning
    firmware bugs in hopes of improving the drives. Schematics are
    available for $5. Contact: STS Computers, 1073 W. Broad St., Falls
    Church, VA 22046. (703) 237-0558.
    -----------------------------------
    Xx TRAKED DOWN
    TRAK Fix
    -----------------------------------
    Ever since the manufacturer went out of business, Trak disk drive
    owners have been unable to track down repairs. Integrated Computer
    Resources of Chicago will repair and upgrade Trak drives and supply
    printer cables for the AT-D2 drive to utilize the built-in 4K printer
    buffer. Write to: Integrated Computer Resources, Inc., 247 N.
    Neltnor Blvd., Suite G1F, West Chicago, Illinois, 60185. (312)
    231-6104. (This helpful information came to us online from
    J. Kosiorek, 70717,3675.)
    ----------------------------------
    Xx BRODERBUND STILL GROWING
    Broderbund Grows
    ----------------------------------
    The media broadly proclaimed that 1985 was a "dismal" year for
    the personal computer industry. Broderbund Software proved
    otherwise. Bolstered by several top selling home productivity and
    educational packages, spearheaded by the phenomenonal bestseller,
    Print Shop, Broderbund doubled their sales to $20 million during
    1985.

    The December issue of Inc. magazine ranked Broderbund as the
    13th fastest-growing privately held compay in the United States.
    Microcomputer software distributors First Software and Softsel
    International also experienced rapid growth during 1985.
    -----------------------------------
    Xx ATARI VS. THE WORLD
    Atari Sued
    -----------------------------------
    Atari Corp. has been sued again. This time for $55.2 million by an
    (unnamed) Japanese printer maker that claims Atari reneged on a contract to buy 500,000 printers.
    -----------------------------------
    Xx ST DESKTOP PUBLISHING
    DeskTop Publishing for ATARI
    -----------------------------------
    Will the ST become a challenger to the Macintosh in the hot desktop
    publishing market? According to the United Kingdom Atari magazine,
    Page 6, a new software package, Fleet Street Editor, could change
    the face of society newsletters and small publications. This full
    design and layout system from Mirrorsoft is capable of driving a
    phototypesetter. Expected UK debut is next month. Meanwhile,
    stateside computer market analysts are calling desktop publishing "the
    hula hoop of 1986."
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    Xx THE YUPPIE ST
    Yuppie ST
    -----------------------------------
    "Atari's now computer serious threat to the Macintosh. Will the
    Amiga survive?" You'll find this headline in Newsweek magazine, but
    it's not on a news story. It's an advertisment.

    JS&A, a nationwide mail order marketer that pitches
    high-technology product. Their full-page ads claim "the ST will
    open up a major fight in the personal computer market," and then
    proceed to make a detailed comparison of the Macintosh to the
    ST.
    In a bold approach, the Northbrook, IL company invites
    owners to "put the ST next to your Mac or Amiga or even IBM," after a
    small down payment, for a 30-day trial basis. The components are
    sold separately. The ST computer and mouse for $299, disk drive
    $199, and monochrome monitor $199.
    ----------------------------------
    Xx NEW PRODUCTS
    What's New
    ----------------------------------
    Epyx Software will release Winter Games, Rogue (originally a
    mainframe adventure game popular on college campuses) and Temple of
    Apshai Trilogy for the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga in March.
    Paul Henckel, of Quickview Systems of Los Altos, CA and the
    author of "The Elements of Friendly Software Design," (Warner Books,
    1985) has finished Zoomracks for the ST and IBM PC family. It uses
    "racks" rather than files to display information in a compact
    way onscreen. Visualize this as a stack of time cards. All of the
    cards are visible at once, with most of one card hidden behind the
    next card, and only one or two lines of information about each
    card visible. Antic saw this one at our office and the review is
    underway.
    ----------------------------------
    Xx ATARIS HELP BILK THE BANK?
    Atari Con
    ----------------------------------
    How did Richard Mamarella get $22 million in bank loans from a
    New Jersey bank? According to a recent Wall Street Journal account,
    Mamarella bribed a junior bank officer with $30,000 and two Atari
    sets," to approve the fraudulent loans. After pleading guilty to
    bank fraud and extortion charges, Mamarella is serving a nine-year
    prison term.
    ----------------------------------
    Xx AMIGA HAS TOS, TOO
    AmigaTOS
    ----------------------------------
    What's in a name? Metacomco, the British company that developed
    LISP and Metapascal for the ST also developed the operating system for
    the Amiga PC. The name of a multitasking OS at the core of the
    Amiga OS -- TRIPOS.
    ----------------------------------
    Xx DRI
    Digitalis
    ----------------------------------
    Batteries Included may have a difficulty shipping Atari ST GEM
    applications by their original April deadline. Like other
    programmers and developers, BI is anxiously waiting for Digital
    Research of Monterey, CA to finish up the GEM 68K developer's kit.
    Industry analysts say delays in shipment of final versions of the
    kit is a serious problem for ST software developers.
    Research and development seems to be continuing at the Monterey,
    CA-based developer of the GEM operating system for Atari and IBM.
    DRI has placed ads in the Silicon Valley-Area San Jose Mercury News
    searching for graphics development Software Engineers. "Become
    involved with the team responsible or developing this leading
    technology of the future -- right now!
    Responsibilities include exploratory development and
    prototyping of new products, writing graphics applications in C
    for the GEM environment, and implementation of new device
    drivers."
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    Xx RUMOR HUMOR
    HO HO HEH HEH
    -----------------------------------
    This satirical product announcement by Albert Lew of
    ABACUS, was found recently in the San Francisco-area users group's
    newsletter:

    "Did you hear about the new $10 EPROM burner coming from Atari?
    Stick some 128K EPROMS in the blue plastic slots, and pop into the
    toaster oven. The docs recommend that you think hard about what you
    want burned, (Commodore, Apple,
    and IBM are suggested topics) and pray. If you are agnostic, you are
    requested to send more money to Atari until you get reasonable
    results."
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    Xx XANTH, NOT XEVIOUS
    Oops
    -----------------------------------
    XANTH Computer Systems,the Seattle, WA dealer inadvertently
    responsible for one of Atari Corp's most successful marketing ploys,
    the famous 8-bit Boink!, 130XE Fuji Boink! and the parrot and waterfall
    ST public domain demo disks -- was incorrectly identified as XEVIOUS
    Computer Systems in Antic Online's Consumer Electronic show coverage.

    Last page !
    -----------------------------------
    Antic Online is a service of Antic magazine, posted in the section of
    Compuserve reached by logging on with GO ANTIC.
    Downloaded by
    Bruce "Z" Kennedy Atari Zmag/A\zine
    A printed version of the above is covered in the most recent issue of
    SCAT magazine, the newsletter of the Suburban Chicago Atarians
    Xx Be ready for some more big news based on the Hanover Show
    /Computer Faire in mid-March.
    Xx NewsRoom next for the ST called FLEET STREET Editor?
    Your contributions, reviews of downloads, articles, AND QUESTIONS
    FROM NEWUSERS will be received with enthusiasm by Zmagazine. Just post
    as a ZMAG text file upload, or as a 14 line message in your BBS message
    base. ZMAG, your Atari electronic magazine for finding out where to
    look, where to get, and where to fix your Atari software, hardware.
    Xx All the best and hottest news and reviews from your favorite BBS....
    and Compuserve.
    Xx see you next week !!!!!!!!!!!!
    _______________________________________
    Chicago Zmag/A\zine March 4, 1986
    Bruce Kennedy
    _______________________________________