ST NEWS Volume 4 Issue 4
Released on Saturday, August 12th 1989
HI READER! HAIL THEE!
And welcome indeed at the twentyfifth issue of "ST NEWS" -
Volume 4 Issue 4. It was made in the three weeks before Saturday,
August 12th 1989, the day on which it was actually finished.
This disk is supplied on a standard formatted, double sided
disk. It has the normal TOS number of sectors and tracks, and can
be copied to any target disk with 9 sectors per track (and
with 80 tracks; track 0-79) even by using the standard GEM built-
in copy option (drag disk A icon to disk B icon and follow screen
But what to do when you only have a single sided disk drive?
In that case, you must make sure that the "ST NEWS.PRG" file and
the "DISK_1.A" folder end up on disk one (A), and the "DISK_2.B"
folder on disk two (B).
There are no hidden files on this disk, and therefore copying
should be no problem whatsoever provided that you have basic
knowledge of GEM copying operations. It is not copy-protected and
can be copied using any commercial copy program as well.
THIS DISK IS PUBLIC DOMAIN!
Which means that you can copy it to your friends and various
acquaintances as much as you like. But, since making this issue
cost us just about 6000 guilders (1600 pounds, $3000 dollars), we
would not particularly mind receiving some (if possible hefty)
donations at the correspondence address you'll find somewhere in
WHO DID THIS?
This issue was made by Stefan Posthuma (coding) and Richard
Karsmakers (text). Various other people assisted in various
fields, such as Jochen Hippel and David Whittaker (music), and
Pete Lyon and Erik Simon (graphics). Various additional demo
material was supplied by John Phillips and In Flagranti.
WHAT DOES THIS ISSUE OFFER?
Interviews with (20): Brynn Gilmore (Mastertronic), Lesley
Walker (Mastertronic), Les Edgar (Bullfrog), Glenn Corpes
(Bullfrog), Tim Moss (The Lost Boys), Michael Schussler (The Lost
Boys), Anita Sinclair (magnetic Scrolls), Jez San (Argonaut),
Alex Herbert ("Goldrunner II"), John Dower ("Goldrunner II"),
John Phillips ("Nebulus"), Tony Cooper ("Cybernoid"), Steve Bak,
Ben Daglish, David Whittaker, Ian Oliver ("Carrier Command"),
Pete Lyon, Peter Johnson ("Arkanoid" & "Robocop") and Jeff
Previews (35): "Populous Data Disk", "Hounds of Shadow",
"Ferrari Formula One", "Hawk", "Argasm", "Thunderbirds", "Falcon
Mission Disk", "Bloodwych", "Phobia", "Interphase", "Passing
Shot", "Xenon II", "Guardian Moons", "Onslaught", "Scavenger",
"Astaroth", "Stormlord", "Hell" ("Dante"), "Dogs of War",
"Bomber", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "Loom", "Battle
of Britain", "Batman - the Movie", "New Zealand Story", "Atari
Portable Color Entertainment System" ("APCES"), "Oriental Games",
"P47", "Greenpeace", "Mr. Heli", "Xenophobe", "Stuntcar Racer",
"Rick Dangerous" and "Quartz".
Music (5): "Panther" (by David Whittaker), "Knuckle Buster" (by
Jochen Hippel), "Arkanoid + Hyper Sports Loader remix" (by Jochen
Hippel), "Shades + Giana Sisters remix" (by Jochen Hippel) and
"Zarjaz Mamacamel" (by Jochen Hippel).
Pics (3): "Fright Night" (by Pete Lyon), "Rick Dangerous" (by
Core Software) and "Astaroth" (by Pete Lyon).
Demos (4): "Absolutely Insane Demo Screen" (colour as well as
monochrome versions - by Stefan Posthuma), "ST NEWS Demo" (by In
Flagranti), "Enigma" (by John Phillips) and "4-voice synth" (by
Articles: Over 200 pages (that's over 20 hours of continuous
reading at a good rate) - about 530 Kb.
Code: Demos, pictures, music and other titbits - 488170 bytes.
So this totals to about 1Mb of data on this disk. 1Mb of
"ST NEWS" stuff on a regular double-sided disk...
A yeah...the packer we used was supplied to us by The Lost Boys
(TLB) Of London. Thanks, guys!!
SPECIAL MESSAGE TO GARD
In our hours of utmost despair during the finishing of this
issue of "ST NEWS", there was only ONE thing that kept us going -
only ONE thing that could bring faint smiles (even bursts of
laughter) back upon our faces: The picture of yourself you sent
We are very serious indeed: Whenever the bugs were crawling over
the source files and dark clouds of bad moods were gathering, we
just glanced at this small piece of shiny paper and that
Dear Gard: We hope to see you in Norway when we come to visit
thee! We are abnormally indebted to you.
THIS IS IT
Final message from Stefan:
Ok, it is READY!
The 4 demos, the 5 musix, the 520Kb articles, the "ST NEWS"
program who runs and calls it all, all the machine code, all the
It took me about 12 hours of hacking to get it all ready, and
that was when I thought it was already finished!
The whole thing (all demo coding, pageview coding, "ST NEWS"
coding, packer coding, packing, crunching, freaking, cursing and
falling into despair a dozen of times, must have taken God knows
how many hours. I guess it must have been at least 250 of them...
Thanks to Richard for converting 13 hours of audio tape into 520
kilobytes of articles (amazing...). Thanks to the Lost Boys for
their exellent packer and thanks to Gard for the loony picture
which kept us going!!!
IF YOU DO NOT ENJOY THIS ST NEWS, I WILL PERSONALLY STRANGLE YOU!
To run with Hatari, use TOS 1.0 and write-protect the disc
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.