THE ACC'S READER'S SERVICE by Richard Karsmakers
Here you can read all about what you can do with our
correspondence address (ST NEWS, Kievitstraat 50, 5702 LE,
Helmond, The Netherlands), like sending in articles for use in
ST NEWS, remarks, critics, subscribing, etc.
Subscribing to ST NEWS
Since ST NEWS Volume 1 Issue 3 was launched, a little over a year
ago, it has been possible to subscribe to ST NEWS. The setup is
very simple: You simply send us an empty, formatted, single sided
disk, together with enough stamps (or International Reply Coupons
if you live outside of Holland) and a note which says "Next ST
NEWS". We will then take care that you get any new issue of ST
NEWS immediately after its launch. This way, it is possible to
get it within two days if you live in Holland or a matter of one
or two weeks of you live abroad. You can also order back-issues
of ST NEWS (read more about that in the article "How to order
back-issues"), with which you must not forget to mention the
volume number of the issues you want. Don't close your envelope
too tightly, since we must be able to use that same envelope to
send the stuff back to you. If you do, however, you can also add
an additional envelope in your package. Ordering ST NEWS is free
of costs, except for the post and the disks (you simply supply
those yourself), but donations are always welcome (my giro
account number will undoubtedly be found somewhere in this issue
of ST NEWS). Please refer to the article about our PD Library for
correct postage quantities for certain numbers of disks to be
sent. Please don't add foreign currencies, as it takes quite a
lot of trouble to exchange e.g. 2000 lire in a bank here.
Sine school tends to absorb quite a lot of my time, it might be
handier to order ST NEWS through one of the many PD libraries
that features us. This might also turn out to be a lot quicker.
Remarks, critics, comments, etc. to ST NEWS and/or any of our
Each time we finish an issue of ST NEWS or another product (like
Slideshows), we want to be sure that it answers to as many
needs as possible. Therefore, we need to know your needs and
opinions about ST NEWS as well as all our other products. Also, I
would like to hear about bugs that might still be left somewhere
in the program, so that I can try to get rid of these. Criticism
that was sent in around the end of 1986 made sure I switched to
using a program that I wrote myself to display ST NEWS articles,
and that's only one thing that has been achieved this way.
Compatibility is also assured - ST NEWS works on ½, 1, 2, 3 or 4
Mb memory configurations, SS or DS Disk Drives, Color or
Monochrome, you name it. Whatever we do, we try to make you, our
readers, as happy and satisfied as possible. If you think we do
something wrong, please write to us as soon as possible so we can
have a look at a solution or compromise. If you want a personal
answer to your remarks or critics, please be sure to add stamps
or International Reply Coupons (the latter if you live outside of
Holland; please add TWO of those every time you write) in your
Sending in articles for use in ST NEWS
You'll understand that it is impossible for me to write all
articles in ST NEWS by myself; that's where we need you, to send
in some articles for use in ST NEWS. Many people have already
sent in articles, mostly about subjects that I don't know much
about (like machine language, astrology programs, numerological
computations, writing your own adventures on the ST and articles
about several hardware projects). The conditions for sending in
articles are very simple: You just write an article using either
"1st Word" or "1st Word Plus", and you send it to us on a 3.5"
disk that is formatted using the standard Atari format
(preferably even Single Sided). Please don't forget to add stamps
or International Reply Coupons (the latter if you live outside of
Holland) if you want the stuff to be returned to you. Now, what
are the things you need to look out for?
- All articles have to have a page layout that results in 22
lines per page
- You must have used Justify and Word Wrap in WP Mode
- You must have used 65 characters per line
- You must not use any (conditional or whatever) pagebreaks (or
- You must write in correct English
- You mustn't use super-subscript (unfortunately, the new page
view mode doesn't quite support this!)
- If you offer programs/listings on disk, you must refer to them
in your article
- You mustn't use pictures! This only confines these documents
to a certain resolution, which isn't our target
- Whenever you mention ST NEWS, write it down in bold and
- Watch your English! Plurals are without a comma, so Samples
instead of Sample's. And usual, useful, etc. are with one 'l'!
Since we have no income of any kind (except for a few donations),
we aren't able to pay our writers any amount of money whatsoever.
Therefore, writing for ST NEWS is done out of knowledge-sharing
reasons instead of writing articles just for the money. On one
side, this keeps the articles of true and high quality, but on
the other side we feel we have little to offer to our writers. We
still hope you'll find it useful to write articles for us, and we
are looking forward to hearing from you.
* Commercial software
Since we feel we deserve our strength mainly because of the many
software reviews of very current software, we think ST NEWS is
THE magazine to have your programs reviewed in. People of various
software houses have already sent us stuff to review and they all
are very satisfied. What about G-Data, Firebird, Rainbird, Ocean,
Psygnosis, Golden Games, Microdeal, Tommy Software, Electronic
Arts, Homesoft and many others, whereas we're currently
negotiating with U.S. Gold, Gremlin, Mirrorsoft and some more.
Good co-operation has thus far resulted in quality reviews of
quality software (sometimes, in cases of e.g. "Time Blast" and
"Super Huey" less quality software). Just send in some new
programs that you think we would be interested in reviewing, and
we'll do the rest. If you want us to send the stuff back, please
state this clearly and add stamps or International Reply Coupons.
We are sure you won't regret sending any reviewing samples to us.
* Public Domain software
If you think you have written a very nice program, and if you
have decided on spreading it through the Public Domain, we may be
able to help you spread it. I must say that we are quite tough in
our decisions whether a programs is or is not allowed to be
included in our PD library. In spite of the fact that we have
cast off our actual PD library, we still deliver PD to ST Club
Eindhoven, who is currently managing our PD service. Just send
your programs, together with enough reply postage (or
International Reply Coupons) to send them back. And why don't you
use the occasion to order the latest issue of ST NEWS?
Since ST NEWS is, above all, a magazine, we can also publish an
article about your program, to promote it a bit or to explain
what is does or what it can do.
Questions & Answers
Since we get more readers by the day, ST NEWS offers a great
service to get rid of all your problems and to get answers to all
your questions in the "Questions & Answers" column, elsewhere to
be found in this issue of ST NEWS. You can ask here whatever you
need to know, and non-commercial advertisements are also allowed.
We will try to answer your questions ourselves, and if we aren't
able to do that we will shake heaven and earth to have someone
else do it for us (we have therefore established good contacts
with several people who know a lot, like some people at Atari,
people at GfA Systemtechnik and all our programmers). Just send
your question, written clearly on a piece of paper, to our
correspondence address. You'll be able to find the answer(s) in
an upcoming issue of ST NEWS, so you don't need to send any
postage for the way back in these cases ('cause we don't need to
send anything back).
Any correspondence with the editorial staff of ST NEWS can be
done in Dutch, German or English. We are afraid we don't know one
word of e.g. French (except for "non" and "jetaime") so we will
probably not be able to help you. Best is to write English all
the time, except if you live in Holland in which case you might
better use Dutch.
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.