EDITORIAL - A MAJOR CHANGE
You will, most probably, have noticed that three major things
have changed in the ST NEWS setup during the last half year. All
these changes were necessary to keep up the quality of ST NEWS
without letting my study suffer too much.
First, I realised I had to cast off the Public Domain service.
It consumed a couple of hours each day - hours that I could not
use anymore for ST NEWS or school. Casting off the PD service had
a major disadvantage: People now had to pay for their PD whereas
it has been free of additional costs for over a year. But there
was an even bigger advantage that came with it: The ST Club
Eindhoven PD library was about 15 times bigger!
Second, I stopped copying ST NEWS to the countries where we had
foreign distributors. I still lost too much precious time merely
copying ST NEWS, and I didn't want to do that anymore, either.
Too time-consuming, as you'll understand.
Third, on January 1st 1988, I introduced one additional change:
Since copying ST NEWS just in Holland still took too much of my
time, I was forced to stop copying ST NEWS it in Holland as well
(which I didn't like to give up). ST NEWS could, from now on,
only be ordered through the PD libraries if one lived in Holland.
These three changes have taken care that ST NEWS has been of
stable quality (even improving standards here and there)
throughout its existence. And that's the most important thing,
don't you agree? After all, it's the disk magazine that
everything's about and that is the one thing that should not
suffer - at all costs.
As I write this, a fourth and even bigger change is nigh. It's a
change that I'd been thinking about a longer time already:
Finding someone to replace me as the editor of ST NEWS. After
all, once I've started studying at University (coming August) I
don't think I'd have enough time to support ST NEWS the way it
needs and deserves to be supported. And I didn't even want to
think about only being able to publish it twice or thrice a year
- which would give our rival disk magazine ("F.A.S.T.E.R.") our
current strongest advantage: Actuality.
So I started looking. Frank was out of the question, since he
has to perform national service at least until December 1988. So
I started thinking about a fusion with the new Dutch disk
magazine "ST Info". But when I saw its setup and quality, I knew
this wouldn't be my best bet. Besides, they only publish four
times a year and that isn't enough.
I also contacted Mark van den Boer if he would care to take over
being the editor. No deal. As he was studying himself (I should
have known) he had been having enough trouble already sending in
his regular ST NEWS articles, let alone publishing the whole
Next in line (and, now I think of it, probably the one who
should have been the first in line) was my dear friend and ST
NEWS co-author Stefan Posthuma. But luck wasn't on my side.
Stefan, too, had to perform national service - starting at March
this year. My hopes sank below zero. He was, in fact, the only
satisfying and appropriate alternative: He had humour,
enthusiasm, fantastic programming capabilities, excellent use of
English and I style of writing that I considered to be very
attractive. He had all the talents I thought a new ST NEWS editor
ought to have. And he's quite inspired as well (after all, he's
got one of those very nice sisters and he's in love with a
supposedly very exciting girl called Evelien, that lets him
wander in the pink mists of love all the time), just like I have
been since the summer of last year (Willeke, sigh....).
My hopes rose again (to boiling point) when I heard that Stefan
needn't join the Dutch armed forces after all - he was completely
available now, and I knew he would be the best successor I could
possibly wish. I would be able to study at university after all,
without having to worry about the future of ST NEWS now Stefan
could take over.
Oops! That left but one tiny problem. Would Stefan agree at all?
After but a few minutes of trying to persuade him, he
agreed (I am afraid suicidal tendencies would have been the only
other alternative, so I was lucky). Oooof. That was probably the
biggest sigh of relief I ever uttered. So the future of ST NEWS
was secured after all. Sigh (again).
Starting with the next issue of ST NEWS (which will be Volume 3
Issue 3, after 16 issues of ST NEWS alltogether), Stefan will be
the editor; I will go down the hierarchic system a bit and will
end up being a software reviewer.
Let's draw some conclusions now. What will actually change for
you, ST NEWS readers? The man to contact and to send articles to
will from now on by Stefan Posthuma, and donations are much more
deserved by him from now on rather than me. The correspondence
address will change accordingly - to that new address, all
articles, artwork, questions, answers, etc. will need to be sent.
Nothing else changes. Most of you will probably not notice this
fourth and quite major change, because ST NEWS will still be
available through the usual channels (PD libraries and official
foreign distributor). Only people living in countries where we
have no foreign distributor will have to order directly at the
new correspondence address. And PD will still have to be ordered
through ST Club Eindhoven.
The new correspondence address is:
Negende Donk 4
5233 PJ Den Bosch
I have complete faith that Stefan can and will continue to
improve the standards of ST NEWS in the future - quite frankly, I
think he's the only one who could achieve that. He's quite used
to my ST NEWS program environment already, and has helped me a
lot already. No, there won't be much problems with switching
editors in this case.
And you have not heard the last of me, yet! I will continue to
write reviews of some programs and maybe write some more. The
editorial switch is valid for at least one year (until I've
finished the first year Biology at University, which is said to
be the heaviest), and it is not improbable that I will get to be
more active once again after that.
I sincerely hope you will enjoy the last ST NEWS that I edited.
I know Stefan will do a swell job in the future, and I hope you
will continue to support him like you used to support me. You
know what? You can now transfer a 'parting gift' to giro account
number 5060326 t.n.v. Richard Karsmakers, Helmond, The
Netherlands. I will be honest with you: Your donations will no
longer be used for further improving of the ST NEWS concept, but
will probably be used to buy books, clothes, pay my room's rent
and similar things that students muck about with. All in all,
your donations will be sure to be welcomed with open hands by a
poor student. And you know something more? I would consider it a
very nice gesture to Stefan if you would transfer an
'appreciation gift' to his giro account number, that will no
doubt be published in ST NEWS Volume 3 Issue 3 onward.
Have fun reading this issue, and don't forget to order the next
one in advance - give good ol' Stefan a hand!
(Editor of ST NEWS)
P.S. You helped making ST NEWS the way it now is. I love ya!
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.