"Q: Why don't blondes talk when having sex?
A: Their mothers told them not to talk to strangers."
EDITORIAL - ON MY OWN AGAIN
by Richard Karsmakers
For the last couple of years ST NEWS has been a nice magazine
that has been offering a ever regular amount of material, some
programs, some fiction, some reviews, that sort of thing.
This will change.
This ST NEWS issue has already been slightly overhauled where
its infra structure is concerned, and it's not the last thing
that will change. More about future changes later. Now I'd like
to dedicate some words to the current changes.
First of all, I'm at the helm again. I am not sure if this will
be beneficiary to the actual ST NEWS program, but, hey, it will
have to do. It doesn't really make much of a difference as such,
at least not to you. It just means more work for me, that's all.
Second, I am sure all of you know there's a recession going.
Disks are the cheapest medium on which to communicate knowledge
(except perhaps for Internet, but that's not applicable to
everyone), and ST NEWS is Public Domain so it appears that it's
recession-proof. However, the recession also strikes the
editorial staff, i.e. me, and that means I have to curtail my
distribution expenses. As of now, ST NEWS will only be sent to
contributors who've sent disks, companies who've sent review
software and, of course, our official foreign distributors. And,
indeed, these people enclosing some International Reply Coupons
would help lots, too (yes, that's a hint to all distributors and
Speaking of our forgeign distributors, I've had to chuck out
some of them because they had remained incommunicado for the
last three or four years, and hadn't bothered to react to the
letter requesting response that was sent out with the previous
issue of ST NEWS. So it's goodbye to Ivo van Vlaenderen
(Belgium), Andreas Ramos (Denmark) and F.A.S.T.E.R. (Canada).
Saves me money for not having to send them anything, and saves
you money because you won't attempt to order it through them and
then probably not getting anything at all.
People in countries with no official foreign distributor should
get ST NEWS through a PD library or directly at the
Well then, what's in store for you all in the future?
ST NEWS will change quite a lot. Well, not that much actually.
What with the release of the Falcon and my finally getting one
(at the moment I'm writing this I still haven't got one), ST NEWS
will become a true Multi Media Magazine. No need for all you ST
and TT people out there to worry, because ST NEWS will remain
fully downward compatible up to the moment it ceases to exist.
Which will hopefully be a long time off.
ST NEWS becoming a Multi Media Magazine will entail it dwelling
more on things previously only mentioned in passing, i.e. other
forms of media. So far we've concentrated on writing fiction and
doing reviews of mostly computer-related material as well as the
odd book we've come across.
This will change.
It's useless to stick to only a limited set of subjects; it's
devolution to cling to the same formula all the time. As of
Volume 9 Issue 1 (spring 1994, probably), ST NEWS will devote
more time to hitherto scarsely mentioned topics such as film and
music. Computer users are not just interested in computer-related
matter, so why blunt them by offering nothing more than it?
As of the next issue, there will be more film news, more film
reviews, more CD reviews, and a lot more of all other things that
may (and will) come to mind. There will be more distinctive menus
that conveniently group together the stuff that so far had to go
crammed in the "Features" menu.
Of course, the old subjects won't go away. If anything, the
effect of the abovemeant additions will create bigger issues of
ST NEWS or, hopefully, more frequent releases.
Ideally I would like to have four issues per year on sortof a
regular basis. However, I need your help for that too. This is an
appeal to all you film and music lovers out there: Write your
reviews (in decent English for Pete's sake) and send them in.
Please refer to the section on the Correspondence Address to see
where to send it to. It might be a good idea, too, to check with
me first to see whether a particular review has already been
I hope this will be the start of a whole new era of computing. I
am surely feeling a lot of positive vibes about it. I hope you
feel them too.
And if you want to read more about this...read the scroll text!
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.