DID YOU KNOW THAT.... by Richard Karsmakers
...this is a special summer's edition of ST NEWS?
...I decided not to quit working in the summer holidays?
...I even spent more time on ST NEWS than usual?
...this can be seen by the new picture option as well as the
increased document capacity of ST NEWS?
...this capacity increase is established by means of using packed
text files (-25%)?
...I have designed this compressing routine myself, but with some
good suggestions of the master-programmer himself: Stefan
...the summer is always a period of rest on the computer front?
...this reveals itself by the lack of new software?
...this can be seen by the small size of the "ST Software News"
...we have quite some software to truly review this time?
...this is due to the fact that ST NEWS is now known throughout
...we now also have a tru distributor in Australia?
...we have recently launched our second world-wide offensive?
...this was sent to about thirty addresses in about 10 countries?
...many addresses were those of computer magazines (like ST
Computer, Antic, Happy Computer/68000'er, Data Welt, ST World
and Atari ST User)?
...this should be able to double our number of readers?
...that number is now beyond imagination for a normal disk
...ST NEWS should now be read in almost 20 countries?
...this is more than I had ever expected when I wrote down the
first words of ST NEWS Volume 1 Issue 1, back in July 1986?
...thanks must go to ST Club Einhoven (Hubert van Mil), who
sponsored the major part of this offensive?
...Tommy Software has now finally launched their new game "Dizzy
Wizard", which is called 'a second "Marble Madness"'?
...it will be fully reviewed in the next issue of ST NEWS?
...they now also have another address, which is: Tommy Software,
Gutzkowstr. 35, D-6000 Frankfurt/M. 70, West Germany?
...Psygnosis had had a lot of trouble finally launching
...the game still had some bugs?
...these are now finally solved?
...people who still have faulty versions (that bomb out), should
send their disks (without the original packaging) to:
Psygnosis, FREEPOST, Liverpool, L3 3AB, England?
...Commodore and Atari recently went into some legal proceedings
...Commodore was planning to make a Commodore 64 emulator for the
...Mr. Tramiel, who still has the rights to the '64, didn't want
this to happen?
...Commodore, in response, told Atari to stop selling the well-
known ST blitter, of which Commodore turned out to have some
...the guys from "TEX" (the guys that make those superb music-
'n'-graphix demos for the ST) now also have made a way to
convert music from Martin Galway to the ST (also from the
...they have already made the music from "Arkanoid"?
...they were recently contacted by a big admirer, called Rob
...he thought it was a shame that "TEX" lived in Germany and he
in England - otherwise they might have been able to do
...Mr. Hubbard is still very optimistic with regard to sound
quality on the ST?
...he thinks it might well get to equal terms with the Amiga
...he will soon do some work on that machine as well, working for
Electronic Arts in the U.S.?
...he told me he would try to convice those people to continue
writing software for the ST?
...he would also try to find out how things are with an ST-
version of "Marble Madness"?
...I hope the best?
...one of Mr. Hubbard's colleagues, Mr. David Whittaker, is very
enthusiastic about using sampling techniques in music?
...he is currently concentrating on programming for the ST?
...this issue of ST NEWS if full-and fool-proof?
...I think there is not one single bug left?
...people who still find them are encouraged to write to me?
...I am desperately seekin' for some small bugs that might still
...the main inspiration for this issue of ST NEWS was supplied by
a wonderful and beautiful girl called Willeke?
...she can actually make me throw my whole ST configuration
outside my attic window just to catch a glance of her heart-
melting and everything-conquering smile?
...I hereby dedicate this issue to her (according to our master-
programmer Stefan Posthuma, girls really like it when someone
dedicates a computer program to her)?
...if you happen to live in Soest, and if you also happen to know
a girl called Willeke with long, long beautiful blond hair and
amazing, stunning, stupefying light blue eyes, please tell her
that I have decicated this issue to her?
...my eternal and undying gratitude would be your part, just like
my love is now part of this magnificent girl?
..., if you live there, you should take care not to fall over my
heart, that I lost there a couple of days ago?
...I think I will now have to stop with this sentimental stuff
that will probably not interest you at all?
...,after all, this is a 'did you know that...' column, that
should offer news and titbits from all over the globe?
..., as I write this, the temperature in my roof-room is rising
up to a massive 40 degrees Celcius?
...this is another thing that will probably not interest you at
all, just like my interest for a certain aforementioned girl?
...I will therefore try to continue with some more relevant news?
...Jos Schilders, our former hardware man and member of the
editorial staff of ST NEWS, is thrown out of the ACC?
...he thought it not important enough to send in articles
anymore, due to the purchase of a new toy called 'Amiga 500'?
...this takes care that Frank and myself actually have to do
...we dont' really mind?
...we try to serve the ST users as long as possible?
...Frank will have to join the Dutch national service in
...'The Music Corner' and his other articles will then appear
even less frequent then they already do?
...I will then be practically working on my own, in the final
year (with those strange events called 'exams') of my school,
...I hope that I will then have received so many donation that I
can start living upon my private means (in Holland, this is
called "living on your money's intrest")?
...I do happen to be madly in love? (sorry, I just had to write
this down. Please excuse me - it happens every once in a
while, and I am planning on visiting my psychiatrist to get
rid of this annoying habit)
..., all people who own an Amiga next to an ST, can make
themselves useful to the ST society?
...this may sound like a paradox (Amiga, and still useful?)?
...they should make the following pin connections on their RS232
Pin 2-------------Pin 3
Pin 3-------------Pin 2
Pin 7-------------Pin 7
...they can then port over things from the Amiga to the ST, like
...they can do this by means of a simple modem program (e.g.
"Flash" on the ST, and "On line!" on the Amiga)?
...all pictures from the Amiga that end on .IFF can be read in
"Degas Elite" (sometimes this goes wrong) or in "Picswitch"?
...the programs I mentioned should send and receive on the same
...this can even be more than 19000 baud?
...I have already had some acquaintances of mine do this?
...this will result in a "Nice Piccie Show" that will be launched
soon by the ACC?
...the picture in this issue of ST NEWS was also beeped over
using this method?
...Frank is a star at manually optimizing beeped over Amiga pics?
...he has done this with several pictures, that e.g. used the
same color several times, or that even used several colors
...the writer of "Picswitch" should have done a better job in
...,in one case, it converted a 32-colour Amiga picture to a 11-
colour ST picture (while, after all, there are in fact 16
available on the ST so I seem to remember)?
...I hope someone will soon make a program that can display Amiga
pictures in all 32 colours they use (using techniques that are
also used in "The Pawn", "Guild of Thieves", "Tonic Tiles" and
of course all the "TEX Demos")?
...a program like this would be welcomed by many people?
...it is theoretically possible to use 16 colors on each raster
...this should make it easy to create pictures that have many
...everybody is also still waiting for a drawing program to
appear that supports this possibility?
...the people of "Strike-a-Light" (the men from "Picworks") are
thinking about including this in a new program of theirs?
...I surely hope they will succeed, as this might mean a
significant improvement on the ST as a whole?
...a company called Omega (would you believe that I almost wrote
down 'Amiga' instead of 'Omega'?) Datentechnik (U. Breuer & A.
Benninghoff, Sonnenstr. 24, 58 Hagen 7, Tel. 02331/406973) has
been talking about graphic expansions for the ST lately?
...specifications use terms like 1024x512 resolution, 65536
colors at once (no, you're not daydreaming, and neither was
I!), and 4 million pixel per second refresh, as well as
hardware zoom facilities?
...you should write to them for information & prices?
...you should enclose some International Reply Coupons?
...these graphic cards need other monitors, like the NEC
Multisync or the Eizo Flexscan?
...this might let the whole thing turn out to be quite expensive,
but it opens the way to superb graphics (and I mean: SUPERB!)?
...the ST is out-selling the Amiga (conservative estimate: 3 to
1, Atari UK's estimate: 5 to 1, most probable: 4 to 1)?
...this happens to be so in all countries where they both sell,
except for the Australian continent?
...the Amiga is out-selling the ST there (20 to 1)?!!?!
...the new TOS has some definate improved characteristics?
...Ruud van de Kruisweg stumbled accross a list of those in
'Analog' from June 1987?
...the previous VDI was unable to plot a graphic arc below a
certain number of degrees?
...this is rectified?
...the RS-232 handler has been completely rewritten?
...the use of the escape key to send commands to the V52 emulator
...the routine used at boot-up to clear memory has been speeded
...the "save desktop" and the "print screen" options utilize a
dialog box now, for confirmation?
...the ROM cartridge handler has been rewritten to allow the
execution of TOS and TTP programs from cartridge?
...the arrows along the frames of GEM windows, when selected with
the left mouse button held down will scroll the window
contents continously without repetetive clicks?
...the DMA (Direct Memory Access) handler has been rewritten so
that now more than one device can be recognized?
...the use of underscore(_) characters in the Item Selector Box
doesn't cause any crashes anymore?
...Blitter management can be controlled from the desktop?
...documents output to the screen will now display characters
going above ASCII code 127? A larger memory buffer has been
appointed for "shows"; and "SHOW" is now the default button in
the dialog box?
...a larger memory buffer has also been reserved for disk copies
with single drives?
...the mouse click handler has been improved?
...BIOS function 3, BCONOUT, will now write single characters to
the devices faster?
...the disk format routine has been replaced for a faster
formatter, though still using 80 tracks at 9 sectors per
track? It is based on the twister program first published in
...certain undocumented system variables have been changed?
...the disk read-with-verify routine has been modified so that
Cyclic Redundancies are no longer overlooked, i.e. the verify
...the bug which would inadvertently save a character to disk on
the DESKTOP.INF has been fixed?
...large portions of the code have beew rewritten in machine code
in order to make room for the new blitter routines? The result
is a faster desktop, even without a blitter installed.
...Atari is facing more difficulties with regard to the
suppliance of the Blitter chip?
...the first shipment that was made in the Far East was said to
be of bad quality for a large part?
...the new Mega STs will probably not be supplied with the
...these problems might be solved when Atari has built an own
chip factory that will be erected in North America?
...the location choice is also due to possible embargos of the
American congres against certain Japanese products?
...Atari, in the beginning of this decade, used to buy parts from
Commodore, for millions of dollars?
...if Commodore won't get broke because of the Amiga, it might be
possible that their ex-director takes care of that?
...Thomas Rattigan, after his forced resign from Commodore done
by Irvin Gould, is now sueing the company for a claim of 9
...Commodore struck back with a claim of 24 million dollars?
...the final words are not yet known with regard to this case,
but someone will definately get a huge claim pinned on his
...I think I'll call it a day for now?
...there isn't really much to say in this column this month?
...I will therefore stop now?
Is there anything on the next page??!?!?!
...I still love Willeke desperately!
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.