DID YOU KNOW THAT.... by Richard Karsmakers
...this issue of ST NEWS contains a world exclusive?
...I hereby refer to the pull-up menus you've probably seen
already in the main menu?
...this additional menu bar was programmed by some friends of
mine - the STRIKE-a-LIGHT group?
...they are at the moment thinking what they will do for the next
issue of ST NEWS, due for launch at October 31st, 1987?
...some more things have been changed?
...there is now a much faster pageview mode, a faster statistics
mode and a super-fast WP-save mode (that also decrunches)?
...the 'search word' option has been removed?
...there are now no more bugs left in ST NEWS?
...this is due to the programming troubles our dear friend Stefan
Posthuma went through recently?
...he did a lot of machine code programming for ST NEWS?
...I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for
...he has now programmed the statistics routine, the pageview
routine and the (de-)crunch routine as well as the scrolling
routine for both resolutions?
...ST NEWS now has review status at the biggest English software
...the 'Software review' pull down menu is therefore still very
...you will have to read this time's scrolling message to know
who are to credit for this?
...my phonebill has reached astronomical heights?
...it is almost written in four digits (Guilders)?
...my dad doesn't like this at all?
...I don't like it either, since I have to pay it anyway?
...all the phonecalls I made recently made sure that ST NEWS will
keep a high standard in the future?
..., if you're feeling pity for me now, you should not hesitate
one more second to start donating huge amounts of money on my
giro account number (which will be revealed in the scrolling
message, about at the end)?
...ST NEWS now has review status at Psygnosis, Tommy Software, G-
Data, Microdeal, Beyond, Rainbird and Firebird, whereas I am
currently working on getting a review status at Infogrames,
CCD, U.S. Gold, Mirrorsoft and Microprose as well?
...the American companies seem to hesitate a lot before they
actually give a magazine review status?
...big companies like Epyx, Electronic Arts and SubLOGIC do not
write back at all, while e.g. Brøderbund just sends a small
...there is some swell software being released for "Aladin"
...titles include Brøderbund's "Lode Runner" (YES!!!!)?
...a far better MS-DOS emulator is also launched?
...you can read more about that in the review section of this
issue of ST NEWS?
...it is said even to let "Flightsimulator II" and "Karateka"
...I might be reviewing new MS-DOS software as well in the near
..., on these MS-DOS computers, popular games like "Zaxxon", "Top
Gun" and "Donkey Kong" are available?
...this sounds great to me?
...it should now even be possible to emulate GEM on an MS-DOS
...it is now also possible to emulate the Apple II by means of
"Aladin" (an emulator itself)?
...a Commodore 64 emulator is principally possible, if you build
in the 64's SID soundchip and take care that sprites are
...some people are at the moment doing some research about that?
...the people from the Canadian disk magazine "FASTER" think
we're doing a great job?
...they only think we tell bad things about them?
...I have changed my attitude towards "FASTER" some months ago?
...I think they are doing a swell job, but just miss the
actuality a bit?
...the first issue of another disk based Dutch magazine has been
launched on August 17th?
...a full review of this International disk magazine is included
in this very issue of ST NEWS?
...it can be ordered through ST Club International (address can
be found in the 'User Group Update' in the previous issue of
...I am still terribly in love?
...you will probably have noticed that when you've read through
the start of the scrolling message, or when you've worked with
this issue of ST NEWS for a while?
...I would like to thank all people who have reacted so
positively to my personal feelings towards Willeke, and
especially those people who have donated money so I could
afford to visit here once more recently (she lives at about
125 kilometres - 80 miles - distance from me)?
...I am planning to make a 'Realtizer'-dia show of her, maybe
with help of the well known Denise Team?
...she just called me when I was writing this article?
...I seem to forget everything when she calls?
...I nearly turned the computer off, together with this article
contained in its memory and with no backup on any of my
...her soothing words made me feel like being in 7th heaven
...I even completely forgot to listen to Iron Maiden's "Live
after Death", being played on my recordplayer?
...I therefore put the needle right back at the beginning after
putting the phone down with a sorrowful face?
..., speaking of Iron Maiden, I am looking for pictures of any
front covers of their albums on the ST?
...those would fit nicely in the "Nice Piccy Show", due for
release in about one or maybe two months from the ACC?
...the group that did this issue's music is currently working on
a program that allows the display of graphics in the lower
...they actually let the screen display 320*264 pixels screen?
...they have experienced significant timing problems, however?
...this is yet another thing they do to make the ST look a bit
like the positive sides of the good old C-64?
...I hope they will go on with it?
...they said to send me the demo as soon as it's ready?
...I cannot wait to see it?
...there is some very good news for C-64 music freaks?
...someone is currently working to make the 64 SID soundchip work
on the ST?
...Mr. Hubbard sounded very enthusiastic when I explained the
concept to him?
...that takes care that super-quality music can be done on the
...the whole device might actually sell at a price much lower
than 100 Dutch Guilders (excluding the ± 50 Guilders SID
...it will work through the ROM port, and will need to be
...sound will be heard normally, through your monitor speaker?
..., speaking of music, all famous and good C-64 music
programmers are currently also working on the ST?
...those include Ben Daglish and Martin Galway, together with
good old Mr. Rob Hubbard and David Whittaker?
...Mr. Daglish already used his ST to program sound on the 64
...Mr. Hubbard is currently residing in the States to program
sound on the Amiga (Hmm...) for Electronic Arts?
...he told me he would ask around about possibilities for "Marble
Madness" on the ST?
...the ST has dropped in price, especially in the U.K.?
...a 520 STFM should now sell there at £299 (which is about 1000
...people can have a half Meg, SS Drive, TOS on ROM and computer
with monochrome monitor for about 1400 guilders?
...they can also connect the machine to a TV for color use?
...this sounds like one hell of a bargain?
...ST NEWS actually sells extremely well in the U.K.?
...this is due to the fact that it works on color, half meg
machines with SS Drive?
...some minor problems might occur with the upper menu bar of
this issue of ST NEWS when using color mode?
..., if you go up too fast, it won't drop down?
...you'll have to go down and up again to make sure it does?
...this bug is non-existent in monochrome res?
...we have again succeeded in getting our hands on a terrific
Amiga picture (would you believe it only uses 12 colors?)?
...we have also succeeded in getting our hands on a good piece of
...it was again done by Jochen from TEX (please look at this
issue's 'Pop Poll' and you'll read what has happened to his
popularity in recent times!)?
...he's still doing great work with regard to music on the ST?
...I think he deserves to be known as one of the best music
programmers on the ST of all times?
...I stirs the imagination to think of what he can do with such
an awful sound chip?
...I hope he can be persuaded to do stuff for the ST-SID as well?
...it should be a piece of cake for him?
...people will then be able to listen to mega-phantastic sound on
our faithfull ST?
...I am looking for people who can supply me with an English
grammatical rule that makes clear to me when to use and when
not to use 'll' in English words like 'useful', 'blissful' and
...CCD, known from the super-fast editor "Tempus", will soon
launch a program called "Tempus Word", a true word processor
based on "Tempus" with the same incredible speed?
...everybody seems to be buying harddisks these days?
...I have thought of buying one myself, especially after I had
accidentally destroyed the ST NEWS source code?
..., after I destroyed that (which was done while developing
Volume 2 Issue 5), I had to get an old source file (Volume 2
Issue 2) and reprogram all routines, and get rid of all old
...I would probably never have done that if I had not been
terribly in love and heavily inspired?
...all pictures from "The Pawn" (and presumably also those
incorporated in "Guild of Thieves") were drawn using
...there actually is a "Neochrome" version that allows true
animation (remember the flying bird demo)?
...this is version 0.7d?
..., in further versions, this option has been discarded again?
...I think it's just a non-official Dave Staugas version that
someone must have stumbled upon?
...the Public Domain library has been cast off?
...it is now done through ST Club Eindhoven?
...you now must pay for ordering your Public Domain software?
...the ordering conditions and the costs are specified in this
issue's article about the PD Library?
...only back-issues from ST NEWS can be ordered through me from
...this is one of the things that have happened recently and that
will happen in the near future to assure that I can maintain
the current quality of ST NEWS while being able to have a more
or less successfull last year at school (in which I will have
to do my exams as well)?
...I recently watched the Luxemburg Sattelite channel "RTL Plus"?
...this is nothing to get excited about?
...I did, however, see that the channel's 'News' is done with
help of an Atari ST (not a 1040)?
...it is used to monitor the news texts next to the camera, as a
quick reference for the girl reading it?
...it is a time of many court cases nowadays?
..., in previous issues, I already told you something about
several court cases between Commodore and Atari?
...Matthias Greve, author of "Aladin", is this time threatened by
...the amount of money involved is said to be somewhere between
100,000 and 200,000 German marks?
...this will probably take care that V1.3 will be the last and
final version of this great MacIntosh Enhancer?
...the Dutch magazine PCM ("Personal Computer Magazine") recently
published a very interesting article (in their September
...it explained how you can hack the telephone company in Holland
and how to call intercontinental calls for free?
...this is, as far as my opinion is concerned, the first
interesting article to appear in this magazine since it was
...it had something to do with the (free) 06-0..... telephone
numbers and calling through the non-protected telephone
services of Denmark?
...the method uses a very simple Basic program?
...this would sure be handy for people like me, who now work like
hell simply to pay their astronomical-size phone bills?
...Silicon Solutions has recently developed the "SAM Realtizer"?
...a better review of this piece of hardware is included in this
issue of ST NEWS?
...words fail to describe the quality?
...it actually comes scaringly close to TV quality (B/W)?
...you won't believe your eyes if you see it?
...the Willeke picture show I already talked about will probably
be made using this device?
...I have uptill now written the address of the Adelaide computer
club wrongly (published some months ago in ST NEWS)?
...the correct address should read: Adelaide Computer Club, P.O.
Box 333, Norwood, SA 5067 Australia?
...I was attended to this error by Mr. Pearce, their public
relations officer and our Australian distributor?
...I hereby wish to apologize?
...Ocean is NOT going to launch "Renegade" for the ST?
...this impression was brought into the world by advertisements
in e.g. "Computer & Video Games"?
...I talked to Ocean myself?
...it is 100% sure NOT to happen?
...2 and 4 Mb expansions are dropping in price rapidly?
...a 4 Mb expansion can actually be bought at a price around 1800
...Germans are a strange folk?
...they have put "Gunship" and "F15 Strike Eagle" on a list of
software not to be sold there?
...the software is too war-like?
...they had earlier forbidden the sale of "Silent Service"?
...Microprose, the company that makes these packages, will
probably not sell well in Germany?
...they only produce war-like games?
...their only not-war-like product for the ST in the near future
will be "Kennedy Approach"?
...I hope this will make Microprose hurry a bit with the latter
program, as I consider this to be one of their best offerings
anyway, together withj "Acrojet"?
...Mr. Wilfred Kilwinger of Atari Benelux recently threw himself
...the whole editorial staff of ST NEWS as well as out co-
conspirators hereby wish him a happy honeymoon?
...Mr. Kilwinger, zealous as he is to make the Atari ST the best
selling computer there is, was recently working at Atari
Benelux at around half past two in the night?
...I suppose he has the tendency to do this quite often?
...two (also extremely zealous) coppers caught him in the act?
...they wondered what he was doing on the premises at this hour?
...everything was soothed with the help of a few cups of coffee?
...the new game "Dizzy Wizard" from Tommy Software is said only
to work with German TOS?
...I got it supplied with English manual and English
documentation, and the game itself is in English as well?
...this may be called very strange?
...Frank Lemmen (our MIDI/modem/music man) might be seen at the
PCW show, in London in September?
...he will probably visit it on Saturday, September 26th,
together with Mark van de Horst?
...they will be using free tickets I got from Mr. Rowland from
...I hereby wish to extend my gratitude to him for sending those?
...I will not be able to visit it myself?
...I have some more important business to take care of?
...it has to do with being visited by a certain girl (yes, the
one I write too much about!) for a whole weekend?
...all the people that sent greetings to Willeke are greeted back
...these greetings are directed especially to Mark van den Boer,
Stephan Englhart and Jochen and ES from TEX?
...ABC Software has designed a new desktop for the ST?
...it has to be loaded seperately?
...it offers 30 different icon types?
...the Atari laserprinter is finally able to print graphics?
...they look just as impressive as the Atari screen itself?
...I hereby will close down this article?
...there isn't much more to tell?
...I hope to see you in the next issue of ST NEWS?
...that issue will probably be launched around November 3rd?
...that date also happens to be my birthday?
..., if you feel inclined to send presents/money, you should not
suppress that feeling?
Goodbye, and try to visit to PCW Show!
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.