DISK MAGAZINE UPDATE by John de Bruyn
The third issue of News Channel has been released. I have read it
entirely and did some testing.
The first thing that struck me when I booted my system with the
disk in the drive that there is an anti-virus on the disk. Nice
The second thing was that it has a nice picture that is displayed
while loading, and that there is an even nicer picture displayed
while the sampled music from Paul Hardcastle is played.
Unfortunately, it is a very bad sample and I am glad Michael
Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' sounds a lot better from my CD
The third thing that struck me was that it didn't work! I mean
the menu bar plus a screen with the features this time was
displayed, I moved my mouse to a menu item, the item was
highlighted and the system halted!
After rebooting and trying two times, I switched off my hard disk
and things worked fine. (For the record: I was working in
monochrome). Later on I discovered that News Channel and Turbo ST
(booted from my hard disk) cannot stand each other and the poor
ST just gives up.
Then there is the music. It says in the 'music info' that they do
not know the name of this Xbios(6) music. Well, it is called 'Ala
Turka' and is included in ACC's 'Synth Sample IV', published 27
november 1986. A little old I would say. (It is also included in
The program has some nice features. First of all, the scrolling
message in color features a custom font, and the monochrome
version features vertical scrolling and two bouncing balls.
The articles are pretty good, with reviews from great games like
Terminator and Nebulus. There is a weird article about studying
while you sleep which suggests playing a tape with during the
last hour of your sleep.
There is one thing I hate about programs, and that is the fact
that they do not turn off the key repeat, or don't use it
properly. Especially GEM based editors tend to have this
stupidity, resulting in 6 lines being deleted when you hold down
the delete line key a little too long. Unfortunately, News
Channel doesn't empty the keyboard buffer while paging which
results in six pages being flipped when you hold down the arrow
key a little too long...
All in all, News Channel is still improving. The program has some
very nice things and the quality of the articles is steadily
rising. There are some sins against the English language here and
there, ('technic'?) but they are not too obvious.
I think News Channel is getting better.
Editorial remark: (Stefan here)
A little word about Mr. John de Bruyn. He is 22 years old,
studies business administration and is a Michael Jackson fan.
(Reuuhhh....) He uses his ST to 'fool around a little' and 'has
something with diskmagazines'. He is terrible busy (he claims to
be anyway) and likes to write a review now and then. He likes to
zap some aliens now and then and his favourite game is 'Stargli-
der II'. He has a 1040ST with hard disk, color and monochrome
monitor. I have seen some of his programming work and I must say
it looked slick.
Enough. Let's give John a chance to tell you something about just
about the cutest thing that happened to ST NEWS, someone has
dedicated a program to us!
The Norwegian ST NEWS Distributor, Ronny Hatlemark is a crazy
guy. Stefan quoted some parts of the zany letters he writes to
him and it was enough for me. He is a huge ST NEWS fan and has
created his own magazine for the ST club he and some friends set
up in Norway, and dedicated it to ST NEWS!. It is a magazine,
completely in Norwegian so I could not read any of the articles.
A real review cannot be written, but I think I should mention it.
As you run the program, it looks very much like ST NEWS. Only it
is in Norwegian and utterly incomprehendable for non-Norwegians.
It features some music, a scrolling message (in the menu bar) and
all other things that can be found in ST NEWS. But it has been
independently created. If this was to be a world-wide magazine,
we would not have liked it that much, because it looks too much
like ST NEWS. But since it is for Norway only, and written in
Norwegian, it it great! I mean it has been dedicated to ST NEWS,
what more do you want?
Seriously, the program looks OK and I have not discovered any
bugs. It is for Norwegians only, and if you are Norwegian, I
suggest you get it as soon as possible. Ronny's address can be
found in the colofon.
That's it for now.