Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZIN December 8, 1990 Issue #548

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Publisher/Editor : Ron Kovacs

Z*Net USA: John Nagy Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber Z*Net Germany: Mike Schuetz CONTENTS LZ NET = GERMANY en oh sires eo guigs ea! nis Sods So ea aN ea eerie shia aisles Sse eaten sis Mike Schuetz ANET NEWSWIRE siue arna i aa aa a a eakhe ate E a aoe ee a A EG a SPILT PERSONALITIES ON BULLETIN BOARDS........... Rangott Spliekin Z*NEDT IMATLBAG...)(COMPUETFOL. -TINGUSELIES,) ti 5 fesse Gude Miecedd x diced Mics eet ayar ena HARDWARE REVIEW: ICD ADSPEED ST...............2.-2-6- John Damiano SEEKS GR IGP PPR o 6 os ese a ai ai aaa sige rier ee etsire: dG aie ei sia erat see ahs. Press Release ATARD “PT WITH: TOS 3-21 cose wees Christian Strasheim & Michael Schuetz Seb PLUG UPDATE SS Asics sulted Moe saad Sk one gta dtl Bete a aitenee fiend: oe Press Release Ae STORE. US BORN oissiee deh wee a eteos siete; Bs ceaeeed eee ae eee ee John King Tarpinian PUBLIC: (DOMAIN. UPDATE s. 6 aianec eh sie dis a a E edd oP SS a Keith Macnutt ZENET CANADA SG tiea e a See ane Bids ester onde: SR Eee ye IM Grate e Sede REKY Terry Schreiber

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Gute Besserung (News)

ATARI GERMANY LOWERS PRICES FOR TT MODELS

Effective on December 1st, 1990, Atari Germany announced that the list prices for the 32 MHz TT models are to be lowered. The price reduction comes right in time for the Christmas season and at a moment where a shortage of Mega ST2 and Mega ST4 models exists in Germany.

The last 300 or 400 ’regular’ Mega models in Germany are believed to have been shipped from the Atari Germany Warehouse to the dealers in the country a few weeks ago. Here are the new official retail prices for the TT models in Germany:

Atari TT with 8 MB: DM 5.298.- (~US$ 3.500) Atari with 6 MB: DM 4.798.- (~USS 3.100) Atari TT with 4 MB: DM 4.298.- (~USS 2.800) Atari Color Monitor: DM 998.- (~USS 640) Atari TT 19" Monitor: DM 2.198.- (*~USS 1.400)

All prices for TTs including the 48 MB harddrive and without monitor. (The dollar equivalent for the German prices are based on the current exchange rate for the DM: 1 USS = ~ 1.55 DM.) Note: These prices are only effective in Germany. US prices will as far as we know vary.

Furthermore Atari Germany scheduled a major press conference for Wednesday, December 12th, 1990. The event will take place in the city of Munich. It is obvious that Atari will present the new Mega STE models, that were already shown at Comdex in November in the United States, to the German Computer Press. No official release date for the sale of the Mega STE models is known at this point, but certain signs seem to indicate, that the first units might become available around Christmas (1990 that is).

SC PLUS/286 EXPANSION FOR SUPERCHARGER

Beta Systems AG, the German developer of the popular SuperCharger MS-DOS emulator for the ST, announces a new expansion-kit for the SuperCharger, after presenting the SCplus/NET networking expansion for easy integration into Novell PC networks this fall.

The new SCplus/286 expansion turn the SuperCharger into a PC/AT. The 286 CPU runs with 12 MHz on a real set of chips and comes with its own memory (1-4 MB). It offers real AT slots, allowing usage of standard PC expansion boards like VGA, Fax cards and interface cards. An optional 386SX-CPU will also be available.

The SCplus/286 will be available in Germany in the first quarter of 1991. Beta Systems AG, Staufenstr. 42, 6000 Frankfurt, Germany

APPLE NAMES CLIFF JENKS VP

Apple Computer announced that Cliff Jenks has been named vice president Channel Strategy and Reseller Development for Apple USA. Jenks will be responsible for heading a new Apple USA organization charged with further developing channel capabilities and enhancing relationships with all U.S. channel partners --including resellers, education sales consultants, value added resellers (VARs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and other solutions providers such as systems integrators, and consultants. He reports directly to Robert Puette, Apple USA president.

HP INTRODUCES FIVE SYSTEMS

Hewlett-Packard introduced five business systems and servers that deliver mainframe-level performance at minicomputer size and price. The computers are designed for client-server and multiuser applications. Submicron CMOS technology allows HP to design extremely dense chips that greatly increase processor performance. PA-RISC allows HP to build systems that are less expensive than comparable systems using traditional architectures. HP has 92,000 employees and had revenue of $13.2 billion in its 1990 fiscal year.

HAYES SUIT GOES TO TRIAL

Hayes announced that a trial date has been set for Jan. 4, 1991, in

US District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco. Hayes is pursuing patent infringement actions against Ven-tel Inc., Prometheus Products Inc., Omnitel Inc., and Everex Systems Inc. Hayes is seeking an injunction against further manufacture of modems that infringe the Heatherington U.S. Patent No. 4,549,302 as well as damages for past infringement, attorneys’ fees, prejudgment interest, and treble damages for willful infringement.

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APPLE INTRODUCES HYPERCARD FOR IIGS

Apple introduced HyperCard IIGS, a user-focused toolkit of information management software for the Apple IIGS. The product will allow IIGS users to create their own custom software and personalize the way they store, explore and present information.

COMPUTER FREEDOM CONFERENCE The first Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy will be held March 26-28 in San Francisco with a keynote speech by Harvard University

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professor Laurence Tribe. The conference will have sessions on freedom of electronic speech and assembly, law enforcement practices, computer surveillance and data collection. If you want more information contact

the CPSR national office at 415-322-3778.

PACIFIC RIM COMPUTER AND COMMUNICATIONS SHOW January 14,15,16th in Vancouver B.C. Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre

* Sharp Electronics will present its Color PC-8501 Laptop computer. The industry’s first 20MHz 386DX laptop with VGA - Thin film Transistor, active matrix and multi-color LCD display.

* Abacus from Comsoft will present its newest release in accounting software. Abacus, a Canadian company, has G.S.T. tracking facilities on both the payable and receivable side.

* Atari Canada will be in attendance with the full line of

products including the new TT and Mega STE.

SPLIT PERSONALITIES ON ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARDS

by Rangott Spliekin, Soviet News Agency TASS Translated from PRAVDA [Translation (c) 1989 by Yves Barbero

During my brief visit to the United States in the fall of 1989, I was able to study certain specialized cases of split personalities. While they are considered harmless and perhaps tolerably eccentric by the American psychiatric establishment, it is acknowledged that it is a growing problem among young technicians.

Frustrated by a lack of popular recognition which continues to be focused on earners of large income (The "bottom line" as it is popularly called), these young geniuses are beginning to talk to themselves. But unlike the ramblers and murmurers we find here in Moscow, they use the

technology available to individuals in America: the home computer.

A network of electronic bulletin boards exists in the U.S., connected by commercial telephone lines and available to almost anyone who has a computer and a telephone connection device known as a "modem." Individual subscribers can then sign in and talk to other, similarly uninspired individuals. The system was developed for the quick transfer of information but has degenerated into a remote, arms-length communications system.

In fact, anyone who can afford to have their home computers occupied most of the time can establish such a board with "free" software provided by generous programmers. When I suggested to an official of a conglomerate telephone company that it was they who created the software to keep technicians occupied instead of productive and to increase the profits of the telephone company, the charge was denied.

But I digress.

I interviewed Dr. George Sands of the Institute for Abnormal Electronic Behavior in Berkeley and he acknowledged that there is a growing problem am ong young technicians (which he insisted on calling "users") as the amount of bulletin boards continue to grow.

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[There are actually more bulletin boards than users in the Bay Area [San Francisco and environs] and they kept talking and arguing with the same people. Some were clearly showing symptoms of boredom. A few clever ones signed on these boards under several names, taking on a new persona for each name. They would call under one name and answer under another name.

"In one case, a man in his mid-fifties had as many as six personas and possibly as many as eight. One of the personas was actually promoted to assistant system operator."

"How could that be?" I asked.

"The operator had never actually met this man. Nor heard his voice. In fact," he chuckled, "one of those personas was a woman. Now that couldn’t happen if he had ever spoken to him on a voice line."

Dr. Sands dismissed my contention that the bulletin board system was dehumanizing, explaining that that was what was said about telephones when they were first developed. "Americans have too little history to take it seriously. They much prefer playing with their tools which they often mistake for toys. Ships were redesigned, in the Nineteenth Century, for quick, commercial, and sometimes revenue-evading, trips to all parts of the world. Soon afterwards, Americans were racing them for

sport. The home computer is just another misused tool."

The real danger, he went on to say, is that more individuals will become isolated from their fellow men. "Home computers are much more entertaining than even T.V. and television has created a whole generation of stay-at-homers, referred sarcastically by some commentators as ‘’couch potatoes.’" If anything has staved off this horrible eventuality, he went on to say, it is the fact that more training is required to operate a home computer than a television set.

At the moment, only "the best and the brightest and the most eccentric" falling prey to this problem."

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sked the good doctor how such people can be spotted and

institutionalized for their own good.

He gave the following indications.

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Their homes lack most furniture, having only the bare essentials.

Everything is spotlessly clean except for the television set which will have a layer of dust on the screen.

[The bed is never made.

There will be six or seven phone lines to the home. Only computer manuals will be present, no other books. The men will be almost universally divorced (no women have fallen

prey to this yet despite the fact that some of the pathological personas are women) or be on the verge of divorce.

Their children, if any, will have run away from home. No very young victim has had any children.

Sexually, they will be inactive. At least, they won’t reproduce.

As with alcoholics, they will be scrupulously careful to report to their jobs each day but they will be uncreative and rarely be promoted to positions of responsibilities. Not because of lack of abilities, but because they will evade the extra time necessary to accomplish these goals.

The refrigerator will contain only spoiled potato chips and half- opened cans of beers. Many of these users drink soft-drinks because of the high sugar content. One institutionalized case had not eaten in six days. He was found by the police in a small grocery store, after closing hours, with open bags of chips and six-packs of Cokes lying about, laughing hysterically and trying to dial out on the computerized cash register. When they saw the thick glasses and the plastic pen holder in his pocket, they notified Dr. Sands.

United States government has tried unsuccessfully to introduce

electronic bulletin boards in the Moscow area so our geniuses are

similarly engaged in fruitless labor.

[The great Pavlov once pointed out

that to hypnotize a chicken, you merely need to draw a chalk line along pavement, place the chicken so its legs are on either side of the line

and and

Now

it will freeze. Human beings require a more complex hypnotic tool television has served the state well over the years.

, such a hypnotic tool has been found for the intelligentsia. It’s

even got them talking to themselves.

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COMPUTROL INDUSTRIES

by Duane A Charter

I am writing to warn your readers about Computrol Industries. They advertise memory upgrades for Atari computers. In April, I contacted Computrol Industries and inquired about their upgrades. They convinced me that I should also get TOS 1.4 and a Turbo 16 accelerator and promised a 24 hour turn-around with a six month warranty. Convinced, I immediately mailed my computer to them overnight UPS.

Two days later I called back to check if my computer had been shipped, and was informed my computer was lost somewhere in the store. After two more days of looking, my computer was found and sent to me by UPS overnight (at my expense).

Immediately upon turn-on, the computer began to experience intermittant lock ups. I called Eugene at Computrol and was told to return the computer to him. He would repair it and have it back within 72 hours. I returned the system by overnight UPS. Here the trouble started.

Conversation with Eugene informed me that the Turbo 16 was defective and being replaced. The Turbo 16 was checked by Jim Allen of Fast Technologies and returned with no defects found. When the computer still failed, the Turbo 16 was replaced. Repeated conversations with Eugene resulted in my being informed my computer would be shipped the next day. The computer was never shipped.

I contacted the New York States Attorney and the New York Better Business Bureau in regards to my problem. Computrol never answered their requests for information. I also contacted the Visa card company in an effort to stop payment on the charges.

Finally in June I was informed that my computer was fixed and had been shipped Federal Express overnight. When the computer did not arrive the next day I again called Computrol. I was promised the computer had been shipped and was given an Airbill Number. A call to Federal Express revealed that the Airbill number had never been received. I again call Computrol and was assured that the package had been shipped and it was a Federal Express problem. I again called Federal Express and was informed that Computrol was a Cash Only account and that no packages had been shipped by them. For the next three days the phone was off the hook (verified by the operator).

hen I again reached Computrol I was informed that the label had fell

ff at the Federal Express office and that the problem was corrected and he package was shipped. I was given another Airbill number. Again, ederal Express informed me the Airbill number was invalid. I called omputrol and was assured it was shipped and even given the adress of

he Federal Express office where he personally took it. Another call to ederal Express confirmed that NO package had been received from omputrol and the Airbill number was invalid. For the next week the hone was again busy.

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When I again reached Computrol I was informed that my system was lost. When pressed on where my computer could be, I was told "maybe in our truck on the way to the UPS office".

About this time I was informed by the bank that the charges had been reversed and my account had been credited with the full amount. At least I was not out a computer and $873.

The next time I called, Eugene questioned if I had requested a "charge back" from the bank and admitted he had been lying because he had not been able to fix my computer. He said he had lied because he did not want to give me bad news. It was his highest priority and would be shipped within 3 days. A call the next day resulted in being told my computer had a bad Turbo 16 and would be shipped the next day.

A telephone conversation three days later revealed the new Turbo 16 was also bad and my computer would be fixed within the week and returned to me.

Three days later my computer was repaired, and would be shipped the next day. A call the next day resulted in being told the computer had been shipped. He questioned what to do about the charges. To get my computer back I agreed to allow the reposting of charges.

I finally got my computer back. Unfortunately, it still did not work. Because the malfunction was blamed on the Turbo 16, Mr Jim Allen of

Fast Technologies (designer of Turbo 16) generously offered to repair the machine for free. He informed me that there were some major problems with the modifications that Computrol had done. I cannot recommend Turbo 16 or Fast Technologies enough. Very few developers would back their product to this extent, especially one that had been so badly modified by a third party. Mr. Allen spent many hours fixing a computer he had no liability to repair. I want to publicly thank him. Thanks Jim!

In an effort to prevent others from suffering at the hands of Computrol, please publish this information. I made detailed transcripts of all conversations with Computrol, and even recorded some. I can document all the above statements and will stand behind what I have said. I will accept all liability. More information can be found on GEnie in Catagory 4, Topic 19. Additional information will be provided upon request.

Editors Note: We have published this information and made one attempt shortly before publication to contact Computrol for a statement. We were not successful. We did confirm the story through the New York Better Buisness Bureau who stated that there were concerns on record about Computrol.

If you have a problem with any mail order company, please contact your local Better Business Bureau. They will make attempts to research your complaint and keep a record in their file. Some areas have a Consumer Affairs Division that will also run interferance in these matters.

HARDWARE REVIEW

ICD’S ADSPEED ST

by John Damiano, Transierra Technology Captured from GEnie ST Roundtable

What is it? Its a 68000 Accelerator for the Atari ST line of computers. And it cooks. I decided to buy this hardware accelerator for my Mega 4 computer while talking to ICD at the Glendale Atari Show. I purchased

it on the spot but it took a while to recieve it. It finally arrived last week and I finally found the time to install it today.

Installation was somewhat truamatic but not difficult. My advice would be to take ICD up on their offer and send your computer and $40.00 to them. However, if you want to do it yourself here are some recommedations. Tools you should have on hand are a phillips screwdriver, small small sharp sidecutting dikes, some needle nose pliers, a 25 watt soldering iron or battery powered soldering iron and small diameter solder, a solder sucker, and some patience. A static suppression wrist strap is also a good idea but not mandatory. First you take apart your computer, a somewhat time consuming task consisting of removing the plastic covers and shielding, power supply and disk drive. You kind of feel your way along if you have never done it

before. It’s a logical operation. Disassembly of a 1040, 520 or Mega is a Similar procedure. If you are going to upgrade to TOS 1.4 now is the time. I did this and also added a moniterm driver board. Really

pushing my luck, I suppose.

Before touching anything on the board itself touch your hand to the ground plane around the edge. This SHOULD put your body at the same potential as the ground or common. If you move, get up, etc. do it again. Also, be aware that some of the cheaper soldering irons use an ungrounded tip and can generate static discharges. Having ICD do it is starting to look better..no? With the PC board loose you simply cut off the 68000 by cutting each pin next to the chip body. (note which way the notched end of the 68000 points) I had to also eliminate the small daughter board on top. This required adding a single jumper. Their instructions make it quit clear. You now have 40 legs sticking up where the 68000 used to be.

Take the small iron and grab each leg with the small dikes while heating the connection. Wiggle the leg gently and pull it out when the solder holding it softens. If you get a tough one, go on and come back to it. I got all but 6 out easily. Some of those 6 were bent over on the bottom and some were attached to a large metal ground plane. I had to remove the solder from the bottom before I could get these last ones out. Now you have to get the solder out of the holes.

Take some very small diameter solder and add it to each hole. Although this may seem redundant, it will allow you to use the solder sucker more easily as the solder pool will transfer heat to the connection quickly. I sort of cheated on solder removal. I own an avionics business and so had an expensive PACE solder removal tool available. It made solder removal quick and easy but, I am sure with some patience, I could have cleaned the holes with a cheap solder sucker such as sold by Radio Shack. I did not test this theory however. After all the holes are clean you install the supplied socket paying attention to getting the notch on the same end as the 68000 you removed.

Now just hold it in place while you tack a couple of corners from the back side. Now solder the rest of the connections. Use plenty of solder as it needs to wick through the holes and solder the other side as well. Inspect all connections for shorts between pins. I cleaned the board of flux with some flux remover so I could see the connections a little better. Isopropal alcohol and an old tooth brush (or even your wife’s toothbrush) works fine. Next you reassemble the computer up to where you put the top cover on.

Now take the ADspeed itself and line it carefully up with the socket.

If the pins don’t line up exactly you should make sure they do so none get bent while pushing the unit into the socket. It did not push in easily. I had to exert a lot of pressure. This is normal with a new socket. Start one end then go to the other end. You kind of work it down into place. That’s it. You can add a hardware switch if you like at this point. This involves soldering two wires in place of a jumper and running them to a SPST switch. You have to drill a hole somewhere to add this and I choose not to do so at this time. The switch allows you to change from 8 MHZ to 16 MHZ speed easily. You can do the same thing using the ACC they supply or a 16/8 speed set program. Using Deskmanager or Superboot you can configure the system at boot up for whatever you are going to do. I may add the switch later if events warrant it.

Once the computer is reassembled you have to test it. I always dread this part. What if I have taken a perfectly good computer and turned it into a perfectly dead one. No problem this time. It booted up totally ignorant of the fact I had just given it a heart transplant. After it booted up I copied the ICD supplied software to the auto folder and root of the boot disk. I rebooted and it came right back up. Gosh, twice in a row! I set it up to run in 16 Mhz mode and it flies..it really does. It’s like having a new computer. Except it’s still the friendly ST I have grown to know and love. I have not found anything that is imcompatable with it so far. I will keep checking but I am not going out of the way to find something. If it shows up in routine use I’ll let ICD know about it.

The one I received was supposed to be a gamma release (whatever that means) but it seems flawless so far. I would expect nothing less from ICD. They have shown that their standards are very high by the quality of their other products. ADspeed works as advertised. Buy it and support ICD. They have another winner.

Price: $299.00 suggested list, I believe. I paid somewhat less since I was so bold as to accept the dreaded gamma edition.

Time to install: 2 hrs. I could do it in 1 hr but hate to rush something like this.

Where to buy it: At this point only directly from ICD ICD Inc 1220 Rock Street

Rockford Il 61101-1437

Phone: 815-968-2228 voice or 815-968-2229 BBS

STIK-GRIPPER See ee Press Release

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Duggan DeZign Inc. proudly announces the release of another fantastic new product directed at anyone who plays games on any personal computer! It’s called ’THE STIK-GRIPPER T.C.S.’ (Total Control Stand) and it will

bring the fast and furious arcade action into your home!

THE STIK-GRIPPER T.C.S. is a rugged, three piece plastic stand which you easily mount your Joystick to thru the use of the large Velcro pads provided or the Suction cups on your Joystick! Here’s how it works:

Simply place the T.C.S. on any chair with your legs over the base of the stand (see below). This will firmly hold your Joystick front and center of you where you need it! This product is excellent for Flight

Simulators as it gives the true /’/Flying by the Stick’ feel! It also allows you to use the Keyboard and the Joystick at the same time which can be life saving at crucial moments!

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THE STIK-GRIPPER T.C.S.TM is very versatile as just about any Joystick can be mounted to it. Even large Joysticks such as the Gravis SWITCH STICK and MOUSE STICK; the FLIGHT STICK from CH; and the BeeShu HOT STUFF can be mounted to it. Smaller Joysticks such as the Suncom SLIK

STIK and the Atari 2600 Joysticks also work excellent with this product. THE STIK-GRIPPER T.C.S. also adds Tremendous value if your Joystick has Suction cups as you can stick them to the top of the T.C.S. instead of

have to secure it to a table!

Best of all, the THE STIK-GRIPPER T.C.S. is ergonomically designed for long, comfortable play. It eliminates hand fatigue from holding the Joystick and allows you to rest your arms and hands while you play!

THE STIK-GRIPPER T.C.S. has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of only $19.99 and will be available on December lst, 1990 at computer dealers everywhere or send a check or money order to:

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ATARI TT WITH 32MHZ AND TOS 3.1

By Christian Strasheim & Michael Schuetz Copyright 1990 - ATARI PD JOURNAL

As already previously stated the TI this year. All

TT machines at the

speed of 32 MH June now final

once again was shown in Duesseldorf Atari booth were running with a clock

z. So the rumours that had been floating around since ly have been officially confirmed.

[The TT also is for

sale now.. (at leasthere in Germany). The first units were sold after the show and small shipments arrived at German dealers shortly later.

But the biggest surprise was the new TOS version that was already running with a German version of the new desktop.

The casing of the new TT is the same as with the ‘old’ 16 MHz versions.

Currently ther

only differ in

The general technical specifications of the

are thr different 32 MHz machines available. They RAM size. (4, 6 or 8 MB). All models include a 48 MB harddisk. But Atari officials say that other harddisk configurations will be available soon, too.

TT are already general

knowledge for some time. So we will just cover those specs briefly: The CPU of the TT is the 68030 processor from Motorola, the right now most powerful, in quantity available processor in the 680XX series. The

68030 is a tru 32 bit machine

e 32 bit processor, which turns the TT also into a true . In order to prevent a slowing down of the working speed the TT contains two caches for inctructions and data.

The CPU gets additional support from a mathematical coprocessor of the type 68881/68882 and several other custom chips. Within the main memory are thr different kind of RAMs. The ST RAM can be

of the TT ther

used freely by any software just like the RAM of the ST models, for

example for DMA-data-transfer,

The Fast RAM o the SCSI-DMA.

faster than within the ST RAM.

as screen memory or to play back music.

n the other side is exclusively reserved for the CPU and Therefore programs run within the Fast RAM naturally much

The VME RAM is accessed through the 16

bit wide VME bus of the TT, which makes it just as fast as the ST RAM.

The TT offers six graphic resolutions:

Modus Resolution Colors ST Low 320 x 200 16 ST Mid 640 x 200 4 ST High 640 x 400 2 Low 320 x 480 256 Mid 640 x 480 16 High 1280 x 960 2 Just like the STE the TT can choose its colors out of a 4096 color

big screen mon pixels.

range. All modes color monitor.

except the TT high resolution mode can be run on the Right now the official TTC1434. As an alternative Atari will soon present the model TTC1426 which can also be used as VGA monitor on PCs. For the TT high resolution mode Atari will also soon sell a modified version of the 19"

[T color monitor is the

itor SM194, that will be able to support the 1280 x 960

By the way - the ST high resolution mode 640 x 400 on the TT is not a black & white but a duochrome mode. This option allows you to choose

your own two colors.

Soundwise the TT is equal to the STEs stereo sound, that is created through the DMA port. The registers of the TT in that matter use the same addresses and functions as the STE does. The sound from the TT comes just like with PCs out of the computer itself and not like with

the STs out of the speakers of the monitor.

Now lets focus our attention on the new desktop, that was presented in Duesseldorf. The Drop-Down Menus contain many new features and almost all functions can now also be called up instantly through key commands. You can display for example the directory of drive A just by pressing ALTERNATE-A. Also up to seven windows can now be open at once. A search option allows you to preselect directories.

But also optically the new desktop has been severly improved. Much more icons are now available and with the help of Resource Construction Sets own icons can be created easily. The used icons are saved in a so called resource file that is loaded during boot up time. It is now even possible to take file-icons out of the folder and place them on the desktop. You can even pull data files on top of program files with the result that the program is started, automatically loading the data file. Additionally up to 20 programs can be started with the help of the fuction keys (Fl to F100, Shift-Fl to Shift-F10).

These are just a few of the many new features that the new TOS 3.1 offers. It would be most interesting to see such a desktop also on the ST. Asked about this matter, Richard Miller, system developer for Atari Corp in Sunnyvale, just gave us the meaningfull (or is it meaningless ?) answer... MAY BE.

Note: If you liked this article and are looking for more. Check out CATegory 18 of the Germany RT (type: GERMANY). In this category we (the editors of the German computer magazine ATARI PD JOURNAL) will give regular insights in German and English about what’s going on over here in Germany Atari-wise.

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