"A foundation is a large body of money completely surrounded by
people who want some."
- or -
THE ARTICLE THAT EVERYONE SKIPS EXCEPT OTHER DISK MAG EDITORS
by Richard Karsmakers
Half a year has passed since the previous issue of ST NEWS. This
particular half year will forever be remembered by me as both an
insanely busy and insanely beautiful one.
My love is finally back in my life. I mean she's never actually
left, spiritually, but bodily she spent the largest part of our
time so far in Bristol, and we're both glad it has ended. Now we
can finally start to live fairly normal though insanely exciting
lives. By the time this issue of ST NEWS got finished we already
had some really great days together again.
However, I'd like to use this editorial to put forward some
thoughts and to spread some bad news (or, if you're the kind that
doesn't really like the stuff I do, the good news).
Started by the main editor and driving force behind "DBA
Magazine", Sietse "Slimer" Postma, there is now a new kind of
joint venture to put together the very best in magnetic
publications, ranging from demos to disk magazines, and make them
easily available to the general public.
I am not yet sure what it all actually means, for it's quite
different from an original setup (with the three-initial name so
much preferred by me but forgotten somehow) Sietse and myself had
sortof half-concocted about a year ago.
Anyway, what it boils down to as far as I am concerned is that
ST NEWS will work together closely with "DBA Magazine" and
"Maggie" in the future (well, we already did a bit anyway). And
the first product of that joining has seen the light of day
already in the form of "DBA Magazine" issue 12 that contained
extensive writings by both Chris "Maggie" Holland and yours
truly. And there'll be more.
Long live "Magnetic Interlude"!
Some thoughts written down one pensive evening
I look upon other disk magazines and sometimes doubts becreep
me. Has ST NEWS ceased to evolve where others have developed
continuously further? Has ST NEWS lost the edge it had a few
years ago when the demo fraternity didn't turn to "DBA" or
"Maggie" but to us instead? And I sit back in my chair,
pondering. Sometimes I go to bed, pondering too. It's really
weird to look back upon nine years and begin to doubt whether,
perhaps, I've taken a wrong turn somewhere.
The big question, however, is: Do I really want to be part of
that scene, where people are interested primarily in what way to
move a longword somewhere in the fastest possible way, where
there is an enormous amount of people whose lives seem to revolve
around acquiring hot bits of software?
And, I am actually happy to convince myself, I feel no such
need. As a matter of fact I haven't been this content in ages. I
know this is largely caused by my finding the ultimate in
spiritual and bodily bliss, but I also happen to like the way ST
NEWS is going. No fancy menus because I can't code good enough.
No MOD music because, well, I can't do MODs, nobody will do them
for me and, most importantly, it would screw up downward ST
compatibility and absorb far too much of precious disk space. No,
I like the current - thought slightly hyped up and overestimated
- multi media approach better. And just do the best I can, no
matter if the result is to someone's liking or not.
I really don't know why I am writing this. Certainly not to fill
up space because there's plenty of stuff in this issue already. I
don't know really. Just call it a bit of musing in the side of
the editor. It's my prerogative; one of the really few I have
left, I guess.
The End Complete
What all of this boils down to is that, in one year from now
(and a month, actually), ST NEWS will have existed for 10 years.
I don't think anyone's ever going to beat that unless it'll be on
the PC (it's always a miracle to me how such ancient architecture
can still be updated and sell like hot buns).
And, with that 10th anniversary, I intend to call it a day. Yes,
ST NEWS will stop (go un-undead) and not turn un-un-undead ever.
By then it'll be time to move on to pastures green and that kind
of thing. Let's hope the cows on that pasture will not have
"Intel" brandmarked upon their bodies, though I have to say
chances of this are significant. I really hate PCs as much as any
man can hate a piece of hardware, but to stay commercially viable
one sometimes has to take decisions that are taken with a heavy
You'll hear more of it in due course. I intend to go with a
bang, at least. There'll probably be a coding convention of
sorts, though it'll probably be a half-elitist thing for our
official distributors, (ex-)writers and a few people from the
olden days (if I can peel them away from behind their PC
keyboards, that is). Actually, it won't be a coding convention at
More will follow.
Enough for now. A tip of the veil has been lifted, probably to
I have a life to lead; a life with Karin in it.
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.