A VISIT TO THE CEBIT IN HANNOVER by Stefan Colombier
I was very glad that my Dad gave me a free ticket for the CeBit,
because otherwise I never would have gone there, but you can't
throw away a free ticket, can you?!
So I phoned all my friends and tried to persuade them to come
with me, but they're a bunch of lazy sods! Saturday morning at
06:30 I jumped into my car, put a cassette in the recorder and
started off. It was about 10:00 when I finally arrived in
Hannover. The journey was a bore, except for the short bit
through those frozen woods, all trees covered with ice, a very
Thousands of people were streaming to the entrances, with me
amongst them. I entered hall 1. Where is Atari? A nice young lady
at the Markt&Technik stand told me that it was hall 7 at the very
other end of the whole exhibition! So I started my long walk
through the halls. On my way I payed a visit to the Prospero
stand to get some info on ProFortran77 and ProPascal. I also
talked to one of the 68000er-crew who told me to send them a copy
of ST NEWS, he couldn't copy it because he had no spare disks (of
course I had the last two issues with me!). Mouthopen I watched
how fast Transputers work. The computer had four of them
connected (imagine, four complete STs share the work!), working
on fractal grapics. A complete picture (16 colors, 1024*1024
pixels) took about 1/2 a minute! Finally I reached the Atari
stand. I immediately met Thomas Tempelmann and had a long talk
with him. He is working for Application Systems ('Signum',
'Megamax C' etc.). At the time he is doing the final bits for
'Megamax Modula 2'. What I saw and heard from some Modula-
programmers standing around, this is going to be the best Modula
around and for a very cheap price (about 300,- DM complete with
Shell and Tools). Sorry I can't tell more about all those things
like turn-around-time, I don't use Modula.
Thomas also gave me the latest version of his famous Templemon
(v1.6) and I bought a very informative using instruction for it
(20,- DM). This not only explains the use of this excellent
monitor, but also informs about the structure of 68000 processor
and a bit about programming in assembler. (It is in German, but
if you understand that, it's worth the twenty marks!). He also
gave me a demo for Aladin, the new German Macintosh-emulator.
And, what is the best news for the readers, he promised to write
an article on debugging specially for ST NEWS as soon as he found
time! He told me that he likes the concept of ST NEWS very much
and was very pleased to recieve the last issue from me.
I ordered a copy of the excellent graphic program STAD, that is
nearly a CAD program, but much easier to use and much cheaper!
(remember the ST-Grafics demo? That's STAD!). The instructions
also contain a construction plan how to make a scanner out of
your printer, so I will soon have many excellent pictures.
A few steps further on was a young man from GfA-Systemtechnik,
who explained Gfa-Basic to the people, well, I know GfA-Basic, so
I just ordered the new book that Frank Ostrowski, the author of
GfA-Basic has written himself and grapped some information to
walk on. I nearly missed something new: GfA-Basic is now
available on module! It costs 198,- DM. I will have to write to
GfA and ask wether it is possible to upgrade or whatever you call
it and have GfA-Basic on module.
There was not much new software, nothing of interest for freaks,
more the stuff for commercial use: a complete system for doctors
and one for lawyers, so they both can write their high bills
sooner than now. I fought my way through a bulk of people to
catch a glimpse at the new Mega-Atari, it looks great. Much more
professional than good old ST, but who cares anyway, it does the
same things. Much less people had a look at the all new Atari PC.
I can understand that, who in the world cares about MS-DOS when
you can have TOS! After a short glimpse on the modems that are
now offered for the Atari ST for a reasonable price (about 400,-
DM) I was back on my way to hall 1, having spent two whole hours
at Ataris (God, time flies!).
I passed the Apple stand and had a laugh at all those Yuppies
there and now turned my unwilling feet towards the Commodore
stand, just to see, what the new Amigas are like. Thousands of
kids gathered around those machines and I didn't have the nerve
to fight through them just for an Amiga. Commodore didn't even
have written information (seems they have no money), so I
searched for the exit. Now this was a thing much more exciting
than an Amiga, because I couldn't find the right one. I walked
around the whole hall, always along the walls until I finally
found the right door. I had to start another quest on the parking
ground, because there seemed to stand every car in Germany. When
I happily had started the engine, I just had to pass the lesser
adventure of finding the way off the parking ground and to the
highway. I was glad when I finally arrived home after another 3
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