EDITORIAL - WHAT THE FUTURE BEHOLDS
I clearly remember myself sitting in my house, eating, drinking,
and producing large amounts of noise by ingniting small
explosives preferably placed in a bus shelter, almost a year
ago, december 31th. After that, I went to town with all my
friends and became unashamedly drunk, celebrating the fact that
yet another year had passed and that we were ready for the next
one. The first thing I remembered in the new year were the
results of alcohol abuse the evening before. Soon, this process
will repeat itself and we will celebrate the coming of 1989. It's
a wonder how time flies.
ST NEWS has done lots of things this year. First of all, there
was the change of editors. Richard resigned and I took over. The
combination where Richard writes articles and I program and do
a little writing myself, proved to be pretty good. Lots of
people liked the new page view mode which is indeed quite fast.
We did a lot of good things, like dedicating ST NEWS to J.R.R.
Tolkien and Douglas Adams. I still giggle a bit when I think back
to that crazy Sunday when we finished that ultra-absurd issue. Me
with my hangover and Richard with his butterflies. It was great.
Interesting months have arrived. Especially December, which is
filled with things like presents, financial donations, lots of
great food, fireworks, frozen and crystallized water, low
temperatures, wintersports, hot alcoholic drinks, nice cold
weather and a yearly festival of commercial extravaganza called
Christmas. People tend to start buying material things to donate
to other people which also spend money on buying things, making
the local shopkeepers very happy. Also, computer owning kids will
ask Santa for nice programs to run on their computers, and
software houses grab the opportunity to release some pretty neat
stuff for that old, bearded guy to drop under the traditional,
smelly and needle spreading tree.
I wonder what 1989 has in stall for us. What great new things
will baffle my neurons this time? Will there be a BIGger demo? A
nicer Starglider II? A more successful computer? New girlfriends
for me and Richard (AAAAARRRGGGHH!!! Sorry. Richard had to do
this)? More computer orgies? New software houses? New viruses?
More beautiful waitresses? Will ST NEWS survive 1989?
I don't know.
The Big Word this year was 'Virus'. Everybody talked about it,
everybody was annoyed by it and some people took advantage of it
and some took disadvantage of it. In the beginning of this year,
a virus was discovered, and thanks to the work of people like
Frank Lemmen, STRIKE-a-LIGHT and good old Richard, everybody soon
knew everything about it. After that, the ST world was buzzing
with the word Virus. New viruses were discovered, slimy creeps in
dark rooms with sticky keyboards thought it was nice to ruin the
ST market and got it into their sick, deranged minds to create
viruses. Richard created his now almost legendary 'VDU', the
Virus Destruction Utility, giving people the opportunity to
protect their discs from the dreadful viruses. Also, there were
some software houses that hired lunatics to create 'Virus
Construction Kits' and complete Virus listings were published in
I am not sure what the future has in stall for us. I think the ST
market will remain the way it is, with a steady stream of high-
quality software and sudden outbursts of brilliantly programmed
masterpieces. I for one intend to keep on creating ST NEWS, and
Richard is pretty enthusiastic about the new year too. I intend
to get my drivers' licence next year, go to a lot of parties,
have computer orgies, drink a lot of bacardi-cola, visit the
States another time, see a lot of movies, fool around with nice
girls, work and make money, buy a zillion CD's, eat great food,
program the ST, write crazy articles, have good fun, never start
smoking, travel a lot, and generally enjoy life on this crazy
A few people have to be thanked specifically, for their non-stop
and high quality contributions to ST NEWS in 1988.
Richard Karsmakers : he still writes the best reviews
Math Claessens : he solves every adventure
Lucas van den Berg : for the excellent 'Crimson's Column'
Piper : for writing lotsa reviews
Cees Janssen : for writing the Forth Course
TEX : for great music and interesting articles
A special HI! to Ronny Hatlemark, our Norwegian distributor.
May the crazy letters live!
I wish everybody a great 1989!!