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ST NEWS Volume 11 Issue 1&2
Released on Friday, July 26th 1996


= A GREAT MORNING/AFTERNOON/EVENING/NIGHT TO YOU! =======================
 
 
 On  the disk in your disk drive you will find "ST NEWS" Volume 11  Issue  
1 & 2.  It was finished on July 26th 1996,  and it's the 41/42nd issue in  
total and 14/15th since "ST NEWS" went undead, now quite some time ago.
 Below you will find some more details concerning this issue (like how to  
copy it and what's in it).
 
 Have fun reading,
 
 
 Richard Karsmakers
  a.k.a. Cronos
  of the Amazing Cracking Conspiracy (ACC)
  of the Quartermass Xperiment (QX)
 (Editor)
 
 
= WHAT'S IN IT, HEX? ====================================================
 
 
 Yes,  indeed,  what may be found here?  Below you will find a summary of  
some  of  the  most important bits,  the CAPITALIZED parts  of  which  PD  
library owners are invited to use in their catalogues.
 
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 INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT A NEW ATARI MAGAZINE THAT IS BEING SET UP!
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 Thankfully, with the demise of "ST Format" and "Atari World", some other  
enthusiasts  are taking up the challenge in the form of a magazine  named  
"Atari Computing"! Read all the important bits in this issue...
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 THE  FIFTH  AND FINAL PART OF HAN KEMPEN'S "YOUR SECOND  MANUAL  TO  GFA  
BASIC" TUTORIAL!
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 INTERVIEWS  WITH FELICE (OF "MAGGIE" TEAM),  STEFAN POSTHUMA,  CRONOS  &  
ABADDON OF VENOM (!), TIM "MANIKIN" MOSS...AND MORE!
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 Once  more  we have pained ourselves considerably  to  find  interesting  
people to interview.  This time there's somewhat more of a computer  edge  
to things than usual...
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 ADVENTURE  SOLUTIONS:  "DARK SEED",  "SORCERER GETS ALL THE GIRLS  III",  
"FATAL HERITAGE"...AND MORE!
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 Why  wait  for  multiple aeons  until  another  magazine chucks out  the  
odd  tip  on  your favourite adventure that you've been  stuck  on   ever   
since  the week after you bought  it?  "ST  NEWS"  has  offered solutions   
to  well  over *100* ST and PC adventures.  You  need look  no   further;   
check   out   the   "Adventure  Solutions  Index".   If  your   favourite  
adventure's not in there then there's quite a chance it's not actually an  
adventure.
 By now,  Math might actually have grown a beard.  Haven't heard from him  
in a while...
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 LITERARY BITS: "THE BLOODLESS COUP" (THE BONE-CHILLING CONCLUSION), "THE  
ASSASSINS" (J.F.K. KILLING REVISITED), "TRACKS", "TUPPERWARE PARTY", "MAC  
ODD" (THE FOURTH AND FINAL TIME)...LOADS MORE!
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 Our  #1  fiction  contributor,  Mr Roy Stead,  has  given  us  the  sole  
permission to feature his first complete novel, "The Bloodless Coup". The  
bulk of this issue's "fiction" segment will be taken up by the third  and  
final  part  of  this  work.  We have on offer  some  shorter  work  from  
promising writers as well...
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 AN EXTENDED REFERENCE SECTION!
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 Because  this is the final issue and all,  I've taken something old  and  
something new,  then put it comfortably in the blue of the "ST NEWS" user  
interface.  Items  include  "Disk Magazine Roundup Mk V"  (158  entries),  
"Metallica  Discography  Mk II" (1064 entries!),  "The Ultimate  ST  NEWS  
Reference  Guide"  (259  entries),   "Cheat  Encyclopedia  Mk  III"  (400  
entries)  and  a few selected old occurrences of such files  culled  from  
older issues...
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 REVIEWS:  "RAPTOR RED" (BOOK),  "MAGGIE 20" (DISK MAGAZINE),  "YOUNG  AT  
HEART" (COMPILATION CD),  "DOA '96" (FESTIVAL), "POSITIVE IMAGE" (PICTURE  
APPLICATION), "CONFESSION OF A POP PERFORMER" (BAD FILM), "EGO ART" (CD),  
"SONGS  THAT  MAKE YOU GO HHHMM!" (DEMO),  "THE  GALLERY"  (CD),  "SEVEN"  
(FILM),  "WORKING MAN" (TRIBUTE CD),  "SUZY B'S SOFTWARE TREASURY (CD ROM  
COMPILATION),  "PERSPECTIVE" (INCREDIBLE CD),  "TWISTER"  (FILM),  "LOAD"  
(CD), "INTERESTING TIMES" (BOOK), "INDEPENDENCE DAY" (FILM), "GARAGE DAYS  
PT.  II" (BOOTLEG CD),  "BOSPOP" (FESTIVAL),  "HEAT" (FILM), "LAST HUMAN"  
(BOOK),  "CRITICAL MASS" (BOOTLEG CD),  "WALDROCK" (FESTIVAL), THE LATEST  
GRIBNIF  RELEASES  (SOFTWARE),  "THEATRE OF  TRAGEDY"  (CD),  "THE  MANY-
COLOURED LAND" (FIRST PART IN A TRILOGY), "TWELVE MONKEYS" (FILM), "METAL  
MILITIA II" (COMPILATION CD)...AND LOADS AND LOADS MORE!
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 The various contributors to "ST NEWS" don't just use their  computers...  
no,  they  also read books and listen to various bits of  digital  sound.  
Sometimes,  indeed,  they  leave their dark attics to go out  and  mingle  
among  other  mortals to see concerts and films and  the  like.  So  some  
opinions may be found here as well...
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 THE  FINAL EXPLANATION WHY 42 IS SO IMPORTANT IN LIFE,  AND HOW YOU  CAN  
GET TO KNOW *SIMPLY EVERYTHING THERE WAS, IS, AND EVER WILL BE TO KNOW*!
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 Nothing can prepare you for such a truth...
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 INTERESTING PROGRAMS TO BOOT!
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 As usual you get some extra bits of software.  This time,  for  example,  
you'll  get  a  wide  variety  of  source  files  beloning  to  the  last  
instalments of Han Kempen's "Your Second Manual to GfA Basic",  this time  
also including a lot of bonus leftovers.  Further stuff on offer includes  
"Frogger" (the Dave Munsie version of the classic game),  "New Depak"  (a  
good depacker thing)...and, as they say, more...
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= NOTES ABOUT COPYING ===================================================
 
 
 I will be brief.  Just like the 40 prior issues,  "ST NEWS" is about  as  
Public Domain as you can get.  Spread it,  copy it,  sell it (as CHEAP as  
possible please),  I don't mind.  It is important that as many people  as  
possible get this issue,  so give it to a friend for his/her birthday! In  
case you're the owner of a Public Domain library, you are much encouraged  
to include it in that.  I need NO royalties.  This is NO licenseware. You  
can keep whatever profit you make yourself. I just hope it isn't too much  
- no need to rip off honest readers, is there?
 You  can copy it with just about any modern disk copier  (though  Martin  
Backschat's  "FastCopy"  would  be a most  excellent  choice  (free  plug  
there)). And anyway, it's not *how* you copy it that's important, as long  
as you *do* copy it, possible in the *largest* numbers!
 Be  wise and steer clear of expensive PD libraries.  And please  send  a  
donation now and again if you've enjoyed our efforts. I have received two  
donations  (hi  Marinos  and James!) in the last  almost  four  years  or  
something.
 
 
= NOTES ABOUT COMPATIBILITY =============================================
 
 
Atari (MEGA) ST(E): "ST NEWS" runs on all systems,  including those  with  
                    512 Kb memory (though 1 Mb minimum would be nice, and  
                    better).  Graphic cards are not supported. Please use  
                    medium or high resolution only.
Atari TT          : "ST  NEWS"  has been tested on a TT  and  works  when  
                    launched from either ST medium or ST high resolution.
Atari Falcon 030  : "ST NEWS" runs smoothly from any 80-column VGA/RGB/TV  
                    resolution  with  the exception of "VGA  with  double  
                    line on and 2 colours" or "TV/RGB non-interlaced with  
                    2  colours" (in which cases it will  bomb).  Any  40-
                    column   resolution  (including  ST  low   resolution  
                    compatibility  mode) will cause all GEM and VDI  draw  
                    commands  to  be  limited to the  left  half  of  the  
                    screen.  Also, the file selector needed to specify an  
                    ASCII/WP  file  to  be written  is  usually  coloured  
                    wrongly  and drawn partly off the screen due  to  GEM  
                    not being properly re-initialised. Any suggestions on  
                    how to fix these problems?
                    Keeping  [ALTERNATE]  pressed  during  booting  on  a  
                    Falcon  with  VGA monitor connected  will  cause  the  
                    program to use ST high resolution mode instead of  ST  
                    medium  (among  other things,  this  slows  down  the  
                    scroller).
                    "ST  NEWS"  hasn't yet been tested on a  Falcon  with  
                    SM124/5  monochrome monitor.  If you can  test  this,  
                    please let me know the result. Should work, though.
GEMulator         : "ST  NEWS"  works on it,   as long as you  have   the  
                    music  turned off.  Some sources claim you  can  even  
                    have the music on...
MagiCMac          : Yep,  "ST NEWS" works on it.  Music on/off status not  
                    verified.
MultiTOS / Geneva : "ST NEWS" will not work with any multi-tasking OS, as  
                    it uses no GEM at all. Please disable it.
Warp 9            : Exiting "ST NEWS" may freeze the system with "Warp 9"  
                    active.   This  can  be  fixed  by  adding  the  line  
                    "ST_NEWS.PRG  s0  b0 j0"  (turn  screen  accelerator,  
                    mouse  block  and mouse jump off) in  the  "WARP.DAT"  
                    automatic configuration file.
BlowUp 030        : Exiting "ST NEWS" will cause a return to a  distorted  
                    screen.  This is likely to happen with other extended  
                    screen resolution drivers, including "ScreenBlaster".  
                    Please  disable them.  Does anyone know  a  solution?  
                    I've heard it may be a bug in "BlowUp" though...
Disk drives       : There  are  a few (very few) disk drives  that  can't  
                    handle 11 sectors per track.  I am very sorry,  but I  
                    would  use a smaller format if I could.  There's  too  
                    much  stuff I want to put in "ST NEWS" but not  quite  
                    enough  simply  to  increase  the  frequency  of  its  
                    appearance,  and  I *never* want to start  using  TWO  
                    disks. Maybe, one day when everybody has HD drives, I  
                    will switch to HD disks.
 
 
 That's it. No use reading any further.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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         *THE* ATARI ST/STE/TT/FALCON MULTI MEDIA DISK MAGAZINE
 
              CARPE DIEM - LIFE WILL NOT ALWAYS BE THIS WAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 THE END OF THE "ST NEWS" VOLUME 11 ISSUE 1 & 2 TEXT FILE
 

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Emulation note

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To run with STeem, use TOS 2.06

Disclaimer
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.