ST NEWS Volume 3 Issue 7
Released on Saturday, December 24th 1988
Dedicated to Agapi
Some divine (well, very close to divine) music is gently
floating through Stefan's tiny room where this issue of ST NEWS
has been finished today. It almost didn't get published today at
all, because some serious codeing problems occured only minutes
before we intended to have the whole thing ready (problems
involving the new color scrolling code, that worked well in the
interpreter but that turned out not to work AT ALL in the
compiled version of the program - maybe more about that later).
HI! Welcome to the seventh and last issue of ST NEWS in 1989;
Volume 3 Issue 7, finished on December 24th 1989 (yes, you're
right - on Christmas Eve). Here's Richard again, typing this
DISPLAY.ME file for Stefan who is sitting silently in a chair
next to me, stroking his stomach after the extremely violent
satiations of an extremely heavy fondue with some extremely
exploding meat. The only sounds he sometimes makes appear to be
bubbles of air rising in his esophagus and coming out rather
Anyway, he felt his inspiration didn't quite suffice for the
eleven kilobyte of disk space we had to fill with this file. I am
VERY inspired now, since I have been actually sitting opposite
his gorgeous sister Melanie during the WHOLE meal (!). Raaaah!
Some of you might remember the previous issue of ST NEWS ,
filled with just about the longest (and most absurd) READ_ME.TXT
file ever produced by the Digital Insanity Laboratories as well
as the Amazing Cracking Conspiracy. Well, this time we do not
intend to make it THAT absurd, but we DO intend to make it long.
It doesn't matter what.
First thing one does when one has to create a large DISPLAY.ME
file, is writing something about the disk's contents. There
really isn't much to say about this, but here it is anyway.
On the disk, you should find the files STNEWS.PRG and DISPLAY.ME
(in case you wonder what THAT file is, I suggest you have your
brains redesigned or, even better, completely removed). Also, a
folder called PROGRAMS is included on this ST NEWS disk, that
in this case contains two files: SYN68000.S (belonging to the
"Wizards" article) and DATETIME.BAS (belonging to the "Date &
Time fiddling" article).
There are more files on the disk, but we hid those just to annoy
you (well, really, we hid them to make it easier for you to
select the right files). This is the end of the 'disk contents'
Next thing one can do, is starting to write about things that
one forgot to include in the manual of the program that happens
to be on the disk. As it is, however, we don't have a manual and
will therefore not spill any space on that crap.
During the course of reading this file, you will probably notice
that I sometimes have a tiny bit of difficulty not to be a bit
rude or untactical in my remarks. This is easy to explain: I'm
totally and revoltingly poisoned by a chemical compound that is
often found in certain fluids that have undergone a process
commonly known as fermenting.
Therefore, I am equally completely and utterly unanswerable for
my actions and nothing I write can be used against me. Ever.
So far the moral intermezzo.
There's still quite some space left to fill. Aaahhh! I just got
a great idea to fill this text a bit more. What about explaining
to you how to copy this disk containing ST NEWS ?
Yeah, I thought you would consider this to be a pretty neat ID.
Well, the disk is formatted with the regular number of tracks
(80 tracks, 0-79), but we used 10 sectors per track. It can be
copied with any decent copy programs, and even with the desktop
copy option if you happen to have an 80 track 10 sector target
disk. If you think this is quite a hassle, just wait until we get
our Volume 3 Compendium out, which will be 11 sectors per track
and one more track as well....
Anyway, copying is easy. If you want to copy it to a double-
sided disk or a hard disk, however, you need to open the target
disk's window and drag the whole drive icon of the drive
containing this ST NEWS disk on that. This assures that all the
hidden files are also copied.
Ran out of stuff to talk about. Stefan has now moved from his
slightly comfortable chair to his bed, where he is momentarily
reading some kind of scientific magazine. I'm still on my own, I
The Tangerine Dream music, in the mean time, has been replaced
by Van Halen's debut album: "Van Halen". Nice stuff. Commercial
yet nice and quite tough.
I will NOT start about music. I will NOT start about girls. I
will especially NOT start about Patricia. Sigh. Sigh. I could
sigh until I would weigh a mere ounce or less. I won't!
Consider yourself lucky that I have restrained myself from
starting to write about music and girls (especially the latter).
Why not talk a bit more about this ST NEWS issue?
OK. Sound like a good idea to me.
First thing (well, most probably the first thing) to strike
color monitor users is the redesigned scrolling message. It now
features some nice scrolling effects (in-front-and-after) as well
as rasters taking the ST to a momentarily limit of about 25 odd
colors on the screen at once.
This routine was programmed by Stefan, of course (I can't
program at all so I would never be able to achieve any such
thing), and he did it in a lost couple of minutes. Amazing what
this guy can do! But there's no need to be immodest for him,
since EVERYBODY is being immodest for him. And right these people
I will quit licking good ol' Stefan's heels, too.
You might wonder why we found it necessary to include all that
extra code in ST NEWS . Well, to be honest, we wanted to put
some of our notorious competitors in the shade. You know: The
guys that make a magazine with animation and stuff. Since we
noticed that animation (as well as digital sound) just ABSORBS
precious disk space, and since we didn't want to become double-
sided, we only did some raster'n'scrolling stuff (we = Stefan).
My last task here will be the explanation of some of our
characteristics. You must by now figure us for some raving
loonies that drink gallons of boose and that write some stupid
disk magazine just to spill forth their frustrations on the
Well, we're not and we don't.
In fact, Stefan is a full-time computer programmer and yours
truly is a student. We're quite moderate guys, really, but
sometimes the beasts in our inner selves get unleashed. This only
happens when a NICE girl is in the immediate vicinity or when a
keyboard is located under our fingertips.
Get the message?
I just asked Stefan if there was some straight cola left, and he
answered affirmative, an answer that caused me to utter some
strange spasms that resulted in the above message being readable
on your computer screen.
He's momentarily downstairs raiding the freezer in a desperate
attempt to get his hands on some more litres of the meant brown
and bubbly fluid. I hope he succeeds....
Well, if there's no coke, my inspiration leaves me instantly. So
I will have to let the master himself (that's Stefan, of course)
do some typing now.
Bye for now! Don't forget to read my articles in ST NEWS (they
are far better than all that other stuff!).
OK, I'm here (Stefan that is). I gave Richard some cola and
right now he is examining his glass to see where all the bubbles
come from. A few hours ago I was feeling ginormously miserable,
ready to quit ST NEWS because the scrolling wasn't working. I
mean I developed it using the GfA interpreter and it all worked
fine, but as soon as I compiled the lot, it didn't do so anymore.
After examining my code very, very closely, I discovered I did
not exactly clear some of the registers I used. Somehow, the
interpreter version worked, but the compiler didn't. After adding
some CLR.L's to my code, it all functioned perfecty!
This will be the last bytes trusted to my ST for now. The last
thing that rests me is to tell you that very important thing to
Ooops. Here's Richard again (yes....again!). Stefan just slipped
from his chair and he is now lying under his computer desk (quite
uncomfortably, with my legs tangled over, between and through
some of his limbs). So I have to finish this job all by myself
Don't you pity me?
Hmmm. I thought you wouldn't.
Well, I am off now. I have some Christmas celebrating to do
tomorrow, and I want to do it at home. And home is still about an
hour's travelling removed from here.
Bye. Have fun reading,
Stefan Posthuma and Richard Karsmakers
P.S. Did you know that Stefan's gorgeous sister thinks Jean
Michel Jarre is an absolute hunk?
To run with Hatari, use TOS 2.06 and run FIXED.PRG
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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.