DID YOU KNOW THAT.... by Richard Karsmakers
...this will be the last issue of ST NEWS made with me as senior
...I will be a special correspondent from now on?
...Stefan Posthuma will be my successor as senior editor?
...more details will be revealed in this issue's editorial
...this issue of ST NEWS features a world premiere?
...it's the world's first 'real-time' article, covering over 20
hours of time during a visit of a notorious German hacking
group to Holland?
...you will be able to read all about it in the article "TEX in
...that particular weekend also took care that these TEX guys
will write some stunning articles for ST NEWS in the future?
...there is no actual new "Virus Destruction Utility" stashed
away on this disk?
...this is because the program is now well over 70 Kb in length,
and thus too big to be included on this ST NEWS disk?
...you can now order it through me, about which you will be able
to read every detail in the article about the "VDU"?
...the CD ROM is now finally available to software developers?
...I have heard prices of around 600 dollars or 1200 guilders
...these devices can store over half a gigabyte of information?
...this means 500 Megabyte?
...it can also be used to play audio?
...they should be available to the consumer just after the
summer of this year?
...ST NEWS may get one to review?
...Atari is also planning to launch a removable harddisk, SR244?
...every cartridge can store around 44 megabytes?
...one cartridge should cost 120 dollars, but can drop to 60
dollars, according to Mr. Shivji of Atari Corporation?
...there will be two professional additions to the Atari hardware
...these will be the Abaq (see the previous issue of ST NEWS) and
...the TT should be available at the end of the year, at a price
under 5000 dollar?
...it will run UNIX V system 3.1?
...it also features the 68030 chip with built in PMMU 68851 (Page
Memory Management Unit, a chip that takes care that program
operating at the same time don't harm each other) and 68882
Floating Point Processor (operating at twice the speed of the
...Atari is also planning on launching a laptop Atari ST version
with LCD display?
...Holland is the country with the most ST users in the world
...a better MIDI interface will be developed by Atari in co-
operation with a well known music company?
...Atari France have developed a program called "Turbo DOS"?
...it will be availeble in West Germany, France and the Benelux?
...it is a program that can speed up disk I/O?
..., with harddisk, this can vary from 150-500%?
...GfA Systemtechnik have launched some quite miraculous programs
...most stunning are the programs that enable the use of color
programs on black and white and use of monochrome programs on
...they will soon also launch "GfA Basic" version 3.0 and a very
fast and easy-to-use assembler?
..."GfA Basic" version 3.0 does not merely feature some extra
commands, but included a better editor, SELECT-CASE and ELSE-
IF and a lotta C-like GEM commands?
...,with the new version, it should also be possible to make desk
...the interpreter should be available this month, whereas the
compiler needs six more months to be waited for?
..."Supercharger", de notorious MS-DOS emulator on hardware, is
now also available in Germany?
...there were problems with the gate-array, so that people had to
wait longer was planned?
...the hardware offers NEC V30 (8086 compatible) processor, 1 Mb
of RAM (usable as RAMdisk for ST mode) and the TROL gate
...Hercules-and EGA are not supported, so that only the older
software functions properly?
...the screen handling is bit slow, so I've heard?
...the device can be bought through ABD Electronic Vertriebs
GmbH, Stuttgart, and should cost about DM 800?
...the "Hawk" scanner is also ready at the moment?
...it took a very long time before it was actually available?
...the quality is utterly impressing?
...the device can also be used a a photo-copying machine?
...Tommy Software seems to have recovered from their "Dizzy
Wizard"-and "Trash Heap" fiascos?
...they will soon publish a game called "Star Trash"?
...this is a "Dizzy Wizard"-like game, but much, much better?
...it has better graphics, better sound, better playability and
is overall much better?
...I hope to publish a review in the next issue of ST NEWS?
...it will cost DM 79,95?
...Tommy Software will also launch a program called "Multi ST"?
...this allows several programs to be present in memory at once,
between which switching is possible?
...up to 10 programs can reside in memory when you have 1 Mb, and
even more on MEGA STs?
...the programs costs DM 148?
...an update of "1st Freezer", called "1st Freezer II" (where did
we hear THAT before?), is also announced?
...this should also operate on MEGA STs?
...their address is: Tommy Software, Gutzkowstrasse 35, D-6000
Frankfurt/M. 70, West Germany?
...their phone number is (Germany) 069-614046 (answering
...version III of "Pro 24" will soon be published by Steinberg
...this version also supports a drum editor, so that every drum
computer can be controlled from "Pro 24"?
...this is very handy, also for me, because I got my hands on a
miraculous Roland TR-505 drumcomputer some days ago?
...I'd like to extend my thanks to Slagerij van Kampen (that's a
musical group of people) for selling it to me?
...Kuma have recently released "K-Word 2" and "K-Expert", a GEM
based word processor and Expert Systems Generator
...they are for sale at Kuma Computers, 12 Horseshoe Park,
Pangbourne, Berkshire RG8 7JW, England?
...ST NEWS was spoken very (VERY) favourably of in April's Dutch
magazine "Personal Computer World"?
...the article (starting at page 110) features a small interview
with yours truly, and contains nothing but positive remarks?
...the article actually covered 'disk magazines' in general?
...I'd like to thank Mr. Wim Nottroth and Mr. Fransisco van Jole
for their positive remarks?
...Microdeal have finally launched their long awaited laserdisk
game, called "Yourney into the Lair"?
...is requires a video disc player with interface (£19,95)?
...possible video disc players are: Hitachi 9550, Magnavox 8040
and the Pioneer LD700/900 models?
...the game costs £99,95?
...it allows the player to particupate in an interactive animated
...this is probably the most expensive yet most revolutionary and
interactive game available for the ST or any other home
...a company called Data Becker is currently writing "The Big
...I consider this to be detestable?
...I hope that I can get my hands on this book very soon, so that
I can make sure that the "Virus Destruction Utility" also
recognized all viruses published in this book?
...that's about all there is to know now?
...I therefore hope to see you all again in the next issue of ST
NEWS' "Did you know that...." column?
...,in spite of the fact that this issue of ST NEWS is not
dedicated to Willeke, I still love her very much?
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.