ST NEWS Volume 4 Issue 2
Released on Saturday, April 1st 1989
Dedicated to Jean Michel Jarre
This is ST NEWS Volume 4 Issue 2, the 23rd issue of the only big and
very international disk magazine in the world. This issue does not
only feature the usual reviews, tips & tricks and feature articles as
well as adventure solutions, but also incorporates the first ever
monochrome sinusoid-wobble-frooble scrolling demo, a great color demo
screen featuring loadsa tricks, and a world-exclusive and truly
uncensored 'real time' article about a visit to some certain rather
notorious people from Germany.
How to copy it
This disk magazine is Public Domain and may be copied freely, but is
formatted with 81 tracks (0-80) and 11 sectors per track, and can
therefore only be copied using programs like "Copystar 3.0" or "ACopy
1.2" (non-protected mode). "FCopy" will not do the job! You should use
a good quality disk to assure data safety. If you want to copy it to
another disk or to harddisk, just open the target window and drag the
icon of the drive in which the ST NEWS disk is located onto it. Wait a
while....and that's it!
The hyper-format we used has a small disadvantage: It makes disk
access a bit slower than usual.
The U.B.S. (Unique Bootsector Scroll)
Another thing you might have noticed already: There's a true
SCROLLING MESSAGE contained in this disk's very BOOTSECTOR! Stefan did
some frantic coding and hectic optimizing, and managed to squeeze all
the code for a smooth horizontal hi-and low-res scrolling routine that
works on ALL ST versions into just 256 bytes of the bootsector (try to
beat THAT)! This is the tiniest smooth horizontal scroller for two
different screen resolutions ever written for any computer system
How this disk was finished
April 1st and April 2nd 1989, the peaceful Posthuma residence was
crudely disturbed by two computerfreaks who were running around the
house carrying a wonderful Awai walkman, recording every sound; from
the opening of booze bottles to keyboard-bleeps. YES... we recorded a
real-time article on audio tape! Ronny Hatlemark sent us a crazy
letter on a C-60 tape and we decided to send back an even more crazy
letter on TWO C-90 tapes. Now poor Ronny has to listen to THREE hours
of utter madness. But ST NEWS was finished despite of all the nonsense
and it is again a truly magnificent issue.
The ST NEWS home vid'
Yeah! You read it well: We will soon make a VHS video tape where the
'Making of ST NEWS' is brought way beyond a computer's audiovisual
dimensions! But don't start sending us money right away, since it
will only be made in ONE copy which will be sent to the guy that
mostly deserves it: Ronny Hatlemark!
It WILL be done. It WILL get ready! We're loaded with ideas! It will
The twenty-fifth issue
In the summer of this year, we will launch our 25th issue of ST NEWS
and we feel that it is a reason to celebrate. Volume 4 Issue 4 will
therefore feature something that will stun the world! Curious?! Well,
just wait until the launch of ST NEWS Volume 4 Issue 3, which will
feature a preview article!
Yeah....it WILL stun the world, and maybe even the solar system, the
milky- way, the universe!.....ahem. Forgive us for getting carried
Well, anyway. We have to stop. Bye, bye! Have fun reading ST NEWS!
Stefan Posthuma & Richard Karsmakers
P.S. Are you still here?! Get on with it! Read this issue instead of
hanging about all the time!
To run with Hatari, use TOS 2.06 and run FIXED.PRG
To run with STeem, use TOS 2.06 and run FIXED.PRG
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.