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EDITORIAL
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Well, the second issue of AM-Report International is ready for press
(ready for uplink, actually) and everything seems to be moving along
pretty smoothly.   The first issue was distributed far  and wide and
seems to have met with success (no one openly laughed).  Messages of
praise (two) far outweigh the messages of scorn (none)  so I'm going
to do it again.

I  did  part  of  what I promised last issue:  get a net address for
FidoNet (two of them, actually) so hate mail can be sent in private.
I will  initiate accounts on  GEnie and Delphi this weekend and hope
to have my own  accounts there soon  instead of relying on  Ralph of
ST-Report to distribute AM-Report.

I've  got an  application in  to Commodore  for Certified  Developer
status (yes, I do  actually write commercial  programs), and I think
there is a package/discount deal that comes with it for BIX.  I will
wait until I confirm that before attempting an account there.

News was plentiful and as usual, some was good and some was bad. The
IBM/Apple  deal dominated  much of the  business news this past week
and everyone and his brother are speculating on the meaning of Life,
the  Universe  and  Everything  according  to  the  Big Blue  Fruit.

Other mergers  were in the news:  Borland bought Ashton-Tate (DBase)
and IBM  acquired  Metaphor  Computer Systems.   Lotus  introduced a
version of 1-2-3 for H-P/Apollo and  American/People Link went south
for good.

Well, read it all for yourself and let me know what you think. I can
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IBM/APPLE WILL "CRUSH" COMMODORE
--------------------------------
The following was posted on CompuServe, and is of interest to the
Amiga community at large.   It should be noted that the post is a
second generation post; at first placed on the Cleveland Freenet.



#: 27449 S3/Hot News and Rumors
    06-Jul-91  00:32:16
Sb: #27273-Big Blue Apples
Fm: Kevin Darling 76703,4227
To: Tony Muscarella 70367,3321

An additional (unofficial report) originating from someone on 
the Cleveland Freenet:

*** quote

  Also, in a report which was on CNBC financial news yesterday, or the day
before, IBM  was asked (after the  announcement) the question: "What about
smaller companies?" IBM replied,

        "We  understand the  threat posed by much smaller 
         companies, such  as  the  Commodore Corporation, 
         however, we are  not  very worried  about such a 
         small   company  infringing   on   our  markets. 
         Commodore  concentrates  on multimedia, and they 
         currently are good at it.

        "However,  with  our  (Apple/IBM)  new multimedia 
         machine being released  in the future, and Apple 
         releasing their own multimedia system "QuickTime" 
         this October, we feel  that the  already popular 
         Macintosh and IBMs will  be able to easily crush 
         any competition other companies may pose."

*** unquote



Earlier reports from the Associated Press and United Press International
had  stated that  the Justice Department  was  reviewing  the plans  but 
expected no challenges to the deal.   The Justice Dept. normally reviews
such cases  which  might  end up creating  an unfair market  or monopoly
situation.

In light  of the  above quote,  it  seems  to  me  that  CBM  should  do
everything in  its power to  make waves at the Justice Dept. in order to
delay the agreement  as long as possible.   This agreement  could  bring
Commodore and the  Amiga into the mainstream of future computing if they
have the vision and  Apple/IBM license their operating system to others.

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RELEASE 2 FINALLY IN ROM
------------------------
Inside information has it that Release 2 of the Amiga OS has finally
been 'graven in silicon'.  Further reports have surfaced saying that
Commodore will release the v.2  ROMs at the upcoming AmigaWorld Expo
in Orlando, FL (July 26, 27 & 28).   Recent unconfirmed rumors  hint
that the  reason Release 2 was  so late getting into ROM,  was  that
support for outline fonts was added at the last minute. Specifically
"AGFA Compugraphic  fonts  coupled  with  the  new  DR2D  structured
drawing standard."  

In another quote (from FidoNet Amiga*National) a message stated that
a report  from CATS  stated that  Release 2  supports standard  AGFA
fonts, with .otag files.   "To the OS,  it appears  to be a standard 
diskfont.   CompuGraphic  fonts   will  be   supplied   with  system 
software..." 

AM-Report will  fully cover  all events at the  AmigaWorld  Expo  in
Orlando [since I just happen to live there].

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NINTENDO LOSES SUIT
-------------------
U.S. District Court Judge Fern Smith has ruled that Lewis Galoob Toys
Inc.'s "Game Genie" add-on was not infringing on Nintendo of America,
Inc.'s copyrights.

The "Game Genie"  is a  devie that when  added onto a  Nintendo  game
system, it allows the player  to alter the circumstances of the game:
unlimited  lives,  enhanced  fire  power,  increased  abilities, etc.

Galoob  Toys  has  been  under an  injunction  preventing  them  from
manufacturing,  promoting or selling "Game Genies" pending outcome of
the trial. Judge Smith has amended the injunction to permit Galoob to 
manufacture,  but not promote  or sell the product pending Nintendo's
decision on appeal.  Nintendo has  posted a $15 million bond to cover
Galoob's  possible lost  profits  as  a  result  of  the  litigation.

The trial was a non-jury trial and the has not yet released a written
order and decision.

Nintendo reps stated  that they believe  they will appeal after their 
lawyers have  had a chance  to study  the  court's  written  opinion.

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NORWEGIANS ACCUSED!
-------------------
Police in Oslo, Norway, have arrested to men on suspicion of breaking
western  export restrictions  relating to computer equipment sales to 
Communist countries. 

Police  reports state  that one of  the suspects  is an  employee  of
Norway's  troubled computer  maker Norsk  Data A/S,  but stressed the
company had nothing to do with the case.

The charge,  violating  CoCom  regulations,  includes  "giving  false
information  export documents  to the Foreign  Ministry."  The charge
carries a  maximum penalty  of five  years in  prison  and/or  fines.

Specifics on the type  of computer equipment  and to which country it
went have not been released.

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COMPUTER UNIT SALES
-------------------
According to Computer Intelligence/InfoCorp, Commodore has sold 1.3
million units  worldwide so far in 1991.   The following stats were 
given in the July 8th issue of Computerworld:

                     Worldwide Unit Sales (in Millions)

COMPANY         1989        1990        1991
-----------------------------------------------
IBM              2.7         3.0         3.4
Apple            1.5         1.6         2.1
NEC              1.1         1.3         1.4
Commodore        1.9         1.8         1.3
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                19.0        20.7        23.7


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AT&T PC GONE!
-------------
AT&T's Computer Systems  Division was  merged recently into NCR, Corp.
with NCR  retaining control.  Both AT&T and  NCR have approximatly the
same market share in PCs (1%), but AT&T used and EISA bus architecture
manufactured  by  Intel and  NCR  machines used  IBM's Micro  Channel.

NCR plans to utilize only Micro Channel machines in the future, giving
the ax to the  recently acquired AT&T  machines, even though  AT&T has
machines  in  some  large  accounts  such  as  American  Airlines, Pan
American Airways and United Parcel Service.  New machines shipped from
the combined company will be NCR boxes.

NCR said it will honor  all AT&T deals and  contracts acquired through
the merger.

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                                 STOCK WATCH
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Stock Watch is a weekly feature of AM-Report that lists the previous
weeks securities activities for  the four "name" computer companies:
Apple, Atari, Commodore & IBM.  The two numbers listed are the CLOSE
and CHANGE values for the stock.   Commodore & IBM are traded on the
NYSE; Apple on the NASDAQ and Atari on the AMEX.


            MON          TUE          WED          THUR          FRI         
          -----------------------------------------------------------------
Apple     46¾ +1 1/8  46 7/8 +1/8  47¼    + 3/8  46¾    -½    46¾    Unch

Atari      2½ Unch     2 3/8 -1/8   2 3/8 Unch    2 3/8 Unch   2 1/8 -¼  

CBM    13.375 +1      13 1/8 -¼    13 1/8 Unch   13     -1/8  13 3/8 +3/8

IBM      100½ +1 7/8  99½    -1    98¾    -¾     98¼    -½    99 5/8 +1 1/8



                             WEEKLY GAINS/LOSES
                             ------------------

           COMPANY     SYMBOL      START       FINISH      CHANGE
           -------------------------------------------------------
            Apple       (AAPL)     45 5/8      46 3/4      + 1 1/8 
            Atari       (ATC)       2 1/2       2 1/8      -   3/8
          Commodore     (CBU)      12 3/8      13 3/8      + 1
             IBM        (IBM)      98 5/8      99 5/8      + 1

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LOTUS 1-2-3 FOR HP/APOLLO
-------------------------
Lotus Development Corp. has created a version of its popular spreadsheet
program,  1-2-3, for  Hewlett-Packard's Apollo 9000  Series 300 and  400
workstations.   Lotus has said it will also support  HP's new Series 700
workstations and  Series 800 business systems.   The Series 700  machine 
was   reviewed   in   the   June   1991   issue   of   BYTE    magazine.

All of  the systems  are based on  HP's PA-RISC  hardware  architecture.

Dave Rome,  the Lotus director  of Unix-related products,  said that the
breadth of HP's product line afforded Lotus an opportunity to move Lotus
1-2-3 into a wide range of markets.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
=====================

People/Link is gone.  The Amiga Zone is moving to Portal.
---------------------------------------------------------

28 June 1991

Dear Amiga Modem Users:

It's with great sadness that I must inform you that People/Link 
shut its doors this afternoon and, to the best of my personal
knowledge is no longer in business.  I founded and ran (Sysoped)
the Amiga Zone Clubs on Plink for the last 6 years.  Seeing as how
the rug was pulled out from under me before I was able to announce
this to the 10000 plus members of the Zone, I'm posting it here
with the hopes that all you kind folks will pass the word around
to as many people, as quickly as possible.

The Amiga Zone crew is moving our act to Portal.  Portal is a
multi-user realtime national dialup network similar to Plink with
many additional features: Zmodem batch file transfers, a full
Usenet newsfeed, real-time live conferencing, and soon, in the
tradition of the Amiga Zone, the best online Amiga support
anywhere.

The entire crew of the Zone is moving to Portal with me: Dan
James, Steve Tibbett, Oran Sands, Bill Seymour, Steve Gillmor,
John Hoffman, and Jim Meyer (all Amigoids of renown in their own
right) will work with me to set up, open, expand and manage Portal's
Amiga support areas. 

If you're a former Plink subscriber, we hope to see you on Portal
soon!  You can sign up any of these ways:

By Voice: 1-408-973-9111 (9am-5pm Pacific Time)
By Modem: 1-408-725-0561 (24 hours)

Or just dial your local Telenet/SprintNet node and type "C PORTAL"
(without the quotes) at Telenet's "@" prompt for online signup,
rates, and more information.

Portal is, like Plink was, a PCPursuit "DAF" (Direct Acccess
Facility). Rate/Pricing info is available when you sign up.

When you sign up, be sure to tell them I sent you.  I hope to see
you online on Portal soon.  It'll take us a short time to get
things up to speed but there's already a library chocked full of
Amiga files with thousands more to come in the next few weeks. 
The entire Fred Fish collection (500 disks) will soon be online in
its entirety.

Please post this notice everywhere: your local BBSes, put it in
your User Group Newsletters, tell your friends, especially if you
or they were Plink subscribers.  Give it to 10 friends. Ask them to
do the same.

I thank you for your time.  Keep the faith.

Harv Laser
Portal: harv

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BORLAND TO ACQUIRE ASHTON-TATE
------------------------------
On July 10th,  Borland  International  announced that it  has signed  a 
definitive agreement to acquire  Ashton-Tate.  Ashton-Tate shareholders
will  receive a  fraction of a  share of  Borland common stock having a
market value of $17.50  for each  share of A-T.  The deal  was approved
unanimously by both boards of directors.

A-T has about 25.1 million shares of stock outstanding, and Borland has
about 15 million.  The  deal is  expected to be  completed later in the
year and still  requires  both  government  and  shareholder  approval.

A-T is known for their PC standard setting database software, DBase III 
and  DBase IV.   Borland  is  best  known  for their  'Turbo'  line  of
programming   languages   including   Turbo   Pascal   and   Turbo   C.

Wednsday, shares of Ashton-Tate closed at 15 7/8, up 4 5/8 (41.1%) from
the previous day on 12,982,100 traded shares. Borland closed at 47 3/8,
down 2¼ on  2,256,600 shares traded.  A-T topped  the OTC "most active"
list and placed  5th for the days bets percentage gainers.  Borland was
5th on the OTC "most active" list for Wednsday.

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NEC OFFERS COLOR LCD'S
----------------------
Japan's NEC Corp.  has unveiled a new line of  color LCD display's for
its laptop PC-9801T model F51 and F71.  The thin film transistor (tft)
displays can  simultaneously show 16 colors  from a pallette of 4,096.
Shipments begin next week.

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IBM BUYS METAPHOR
-----------------
Three years ago, IBM purchased 8% of Metaphor Computer Systems, Inc. of
Mountain View, CA  for $10 million.   Last year, the two  established a
joint software venture called Patriot Partners.  Now, IBM has purchased
the software house outright for and undisclosed sum.   The deal is said
to  advance  IBM's  recent  collaboration  with  Apple  Computer,  Inc.

Both Apple and Patriot Partners have been  independently developing the
same type of software:   object-oriented programming (OOP).   With OOP, 
software is written in 'hunks', which  are reusable,  allowing software
engineers to  create new programs  without  "reinventing the wheel" and 
starting from scratch. Both companies are also working on ways to allow
incompatible computers to use the same software.

IBM said that Patriot Partner's work will be integrated into the joint-
venture software company planned under the IBM-Apple agreement. Patriot
Partners  will no longer exist once it is merged  into the new company,
but rather become a wholly owned subsidary of IBM.  The deal still must
be  approved  by  Metaphor  shareholders  and  government  authorities.

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                   What the IBM/Apple Deal Means to Amiga
                   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                  (part 2)

Last week I looked at the general outline of the IBM/Apple deal and
speculated on the feasability of it actually coming to term and the
effect on current markets, specifically the current crop of IBM and
Macintosh  computers as well as  the workstation market.  This week 
we will focus more on  how Commodore might  be affected  as well as
looking at  what exactly the  agreement  covers and  doesn't cover.


1) The Actual Agreement

It should be pointed out the  IBM and Apple only issued a LETTER OF
INTENT, and  have not  finalized anything.   Conservative estimates
place a time  table  of at least  six months before all the details
are ironed out.  

The Macintosh interface will be "melded"  to an advanced version of
IBM's Unix operating system, AIX.  A jointly owned software company
will  be  chared  with   developing  an  object-oreiented  software 
environment capable of  running applications written  for AIX, OS/2
and the Macintosh.  IBM and Motorola will team up to build a single
chip  version of the  RISC System/6000 chipset  used by IBM  in its
workstations.  Joint development of platform-independent multimedia
software.

That is one tall order.

Later comments by IBM representatives helped to clarify part of the
issue when a spokesman  acknowledged that the  new object  oriented
system would replace OS/2 in  about four years.  IBM  continued  to
say that it would try to ensure "complete and undiminished support"
for the  installed base of OS/2.   With public acknowledgement that
OS/2 is a dead end,  exactly how much support in  terms of upgrades
and bug-fixes can users expect?   How much manpower is  IBM willing
to  commit to a "lame duck" operating system that has  never really
caught on?

What about  Apple's A/UX version of Unix?   No mention is made, but
it is speculated that  it will eventually be replaced outright with
the joint version of AIX.

IBM  has  said  that  it will  also continue  to support  the Motif
interface developed by the Open Software Foundation, of which it is
a member.  It will be  interesting to see how IBM  will utilize the
Macintosh  interface yet  still  remain  faithful to  the OSF/Motif
standard.

Another  player is NeXT and the NeXTStep interface.  Why NeXT?  IBM
has licensed the  NeXTStep interface  as an optional  interface for
its RISC/6000  series of workstations.   What will happen to NeXT's
biggest revenue generator so far?

It will be  interesting to see  how  IBM and  Apple plan  to  write
software  that is  usable on Intel,  Motorola and  RISC/6000  based
machines with no  hitches.  Software  programmers are notorious for
using direct hardware calls to get  better performance from limited
hardware, and IBM/Apple  will be hard pressed  to create an OS that 
is fast enough to handle  the real-time  updates necessary in their
professed marker:  multimedia.  Not only do they have to DO it, but
they have to do it in a reasonable cost range.  Apple is well known
for such stunts as the Mac  Classic (lovely low price, but can't be
used with their new System 7 without adding more RAM) and their low
priced Mac II  ads (read the fine print:  monitor and  keyboard not
included.)

Word  on  the street  is that  IBM  is  looking for  a "prenuptial"
agreement  before things  proceed further.  IBM has no desire to be
on the  receiving  end of  an Apple  lawsuit.   Previous technology
shared by  Apple and licensed to others like Microsoft and Hewlett-
Packard has resulted in lawsuits over the extent of agreements with
Apple claiming that MS and HP went too far in copying the "look and
feel" of the Macintosh interface.   The current announcement had no
information  on  specific  technology  exchange  agreements, patent
cross-licensing or other details.


2) How This Affects Commodore And The Amiga

Apple is set to  release its  "QuickTime" multimedia  authoring and
presentation  system in  October of this year.  IBM has stated that
this system will be included in the agreement and will be the basis
for a  "platform-independent" multimedia  standard.   This does not
bode well for Commodore.

While QuickTime  has yet to be released, and Apple is not one to be
a stickler on  release dates, it will  have a  major impact  on the
computing  world since IBM and  Apple combined have over 40% of the
marketplace in thier pocket.  This announcement, while not good for
the  Amiga, was  targeted  at  Microsoft and their  "Multimedia PC" 
standard.  Bill  Gates has touted  a minimum  configuration of a PC
with at  least an Intel 80286 processor,  1 Mb of RAM  and a CD-ROM 
drive as well as some other goodies for "proper" multimedia.

In an  interview on CNBC/FNN, and  IBM spokesman stated  that while
they are aware of smaller companies and their efforts, the combined
forces of Apple and IBM  should "easily  crush any  competition any 
other companies may pose."   Commodore was mentioned by name.  This
smacks of a "Robber Baron" attitude  with sights  on a monopoly  in
the multimedia market.   Never-the-less, industry   experts predict 
that no challenge will be raised to the merger on anti-trust gounds.


3) What Can Commodore Do?

Commodore has three main choices.  

A) They can ignore the deal, hoping IBM and Apple cannot work 
   together and getting chewed up if they can.

B) They can license the subsequent operating system for the
   Amiga and replace Amix (the Amiga version of Unix) with a
   superior version.

or

C) They can release their lawyers and fight it tooth-and-nail on
   anti-trust grounds.

Eventually,  Commodore would lose choice C.  The combined capital and
clout of  IBM  and Apple  could buy Commodore  just to  shut them up.
Lawsuit costs could  cripple CBM, but only annoy the big boys. Choice
A is the most likely path to be taken, and Commodore will most likely
end up selling  CDTV and A500s to the  consumer crouds  through  mass
market outlets.  The Amiga  will have a niche for a  few years in the
video and games markets, and as long  as New Tek keeps the  lights on
in Alcatraz, there will be an interest in the Amiga. The right choice
is B, though.

The Amiga,  Atari ST and  Macintosh proved  that even if  you use the
same  processor family, machines  can be quite different.   Since the
big boys  intend on making a version of  Unix that runs on all  major
processor families, and the  Amiga uses one of  the "big three" cpus,
things could work out nice.

Software  that works on  different architecture will have  to be VERY 
well behaved, and  stick to operating system  calls and not go direct
to the hardware (since it is all different).  Each OS kernal would be
optimized  for the  specific system so what is  wrong with  Commodore 
licensing the  OS and optimizing it to  utilize all the  coprocessors
found in  the A3000?   If I am  not mistaken, something  like this is
being done with Unix V.4 right now.   It would really  tick Apple off 
to see a system it co-developed running faster on a non-Apple machine
than on a Mac!

While I have never confirmed it,  rumors about the  A3000 state  that
its CPU  slot doesn't  lock out the onboard  cpu when in use.   It is
possible to  use an '040 expansion  card IN PARALLEL with the '030 on
the motherboard.   An OS that recognizes  this and utilizes  it could
wind up giving the RISC/6000 a run for its money!

AmigaDOS would survive,  since Unix has never really caught on in the
home  markets,  and  Commodore would  not want  to abandon  all their
current users for  promises of glory and gold.   An option, like Unix 
is now would be a good solution.


3) Finally

It  will  be a while before  all the details are  sorted out, and any
firm  conclusions can be  drawn.  If Apple and IBM CAN work together,
it will  mean a major  change in the future  of computing.  Hopefully
it will be for the better, but one can never tell.  With action and a
little  foresight,  Commodore  could  come  out  smelling like roses.
Unfortunatly,  Irving Gould  is not known  as a man of vision (unless
you are discussing ways to avoid paying taxes).  Only time will tell.

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                            PRODUCT POSSIBILITY?
                            --------------------

There has been a lot on interest lately on the feasability of an Amiga
laptop.  The major drawback is that since the Amiga is so heavily tied
to  outstanding color  graphics, it would need a color  screen.  Color
screens for  laptops are  EXPENSIVE, to say the  least.   Decent  ones
(that can display the 4096 colors of the Amiga) consume LOTS of power.
The  best  color laptop  screen I have heard of  was an  active-matrix
screen  that  supposedly  looked  just  as  good  as  an  RGB monitor.

(NOTE:  An ACTIVE MATRIX screen is  one where every pixel has its own
        transistor  regulating intensity.   While  this provides  for
        excellent color control, it is very difficult to manufacture.
        The  most popular  screen size is  640 x 480 in pixels.  This
        requires  that there be  307,200 transistors --  for each  of
        the  three  primary  colors:  red,  blue & green.  This works
        out  to 921,600  transistors per  screen.  Even  with today's
        technology, getting all 921,600 transistors in place, without
        one of them  going bad is difficult and expensive.  Currently
        AM color screens are not available on laptops with batteries,
        only A/C  plug-in laptops  'cause they  draw so  much  power.

        This  technique is  used in the Mac Portable's screen, but is
        easier  there since that is  a monochrome screen and only one
        transistor  per pixel is  necessary to control the intensity.

        A PASSIVE MATRIX  screen is where  each SCAN LINE has its own
        transistor set controlling regulating pixel intensity.  While
        this is much  easier to manufacture, it  does not provide the
        same  control as  ACTIVE MATRIX  technology does.  PM screens
        do not look as sharp or crisp as active matrix.)

What is the Amiga to do?  Well, there are three possibilities.

1) There are PM monochrome screens capable of  displaying 64 shades of
   grey.   This  would  allow the  Amiga to  use every  display  mode, 
   including  HALFBRITE but  excluding HAM.  Most  likely HAM could be 
   mapped to  64 levels of  intensity with  an acceptable  result  for 
   temporary work.   A quick  check with ADPro could confirm this.  An
   external RGB port would take care of the rest.


2) A Video slot  running horizontally in the machine.  Many PC laptops
   have one or two slots available.   Some machines, such as Tandy and
   some Toshiba  LTs have  custom  slots but most  provide one  or two
   PC compatible 8  or 16 bit slots for things like modems, fax/modems
   and  ethernet  boards.   An  Amiga LT  with a  video slot  would be
   unbeatable!   Pop a  Video  Toaster in  there and  volia!  Instant, 
   portable Toast!

   You eliminate most of the  screen problem 'cause where are Toasters
   used?  Where t here are plenty of monitors available, that's where.
   Using the Toaster's  composite out to a  monitor, as well as a grey
   scale built-in screen would be great!   For a portable setup, where
   you are  trying to  show a client  what you can  do, going  to them
   is a new  twist.  Better than a  video tape,  a LIVE  demonstration
   could really be effective.   It is easier to lug a monitor and a LT
   than a monitor and a full A2000!   Besides, you can hook it up to a
   T.V., since many newer models have a "video" mode bypassing the R.F.
   and NTSC is what you'd be selling anyway.


3) How about an Amiga Brick (tm)?

   The Brick is a PC compatible computer sans monitor and keyboard. The
   idea is that if you want to compute at  home and the office, instead
   of buying two  computers, just by two  keyboards &  monitors and one
   Brick!  The mcahine has received rave reviews and it IS a neat idea.

   In the PC worlds, you pay $2,495 and get the following:

    16 MHz 80386-SX w/4 Mb RAM (8 Mb max); 1.44 3½" floppy; 44 Mb hard
    drive;  2400 baud internal  modem; 1024x768 VGA  w/1 Mb video ram;
    a half-slot  16-bit slot; DOS; 1 year warranty w/30 day money back
    guarantee  and either  Windows 3.0 or  Desqview 386  and a  mouse.

    Accessories include:

        104 Mb hard drive   ---  $395
        212 Mb hard drive   ---  $995
        8 Mb RAM            ---  $396
        20 MHz cpu          ---  $250
        VGA monitor & kybd  ---  $218 (mono, 640x480, 12", beige)
        VGA monitor & kybd  ---  $464 (color, 640x480, 14", beige)
        Docking Terminal    ---  $349

   It is an extra $195 if you want the VGA monitor  and kybd to be black
   instead of beige!  (The Brick itself is black.)  The docking terminal
   allows you to simply plug  all plugs into it  and connect them all by
   slipping the  Brick into it.  It also give another 16-bit, 3/4 length
   slot.  Math FPUs are also available.

   The Amiga could have something along these lines. An Amiga Brick with
   a video slot built in, and  a docking bay with a Zorro-III slot would
   be nifty!   The PC  Brick  is small,  about  the size and weight of a
   college (abridged) dictionary.

   The Amiga would be much simpler to connect.  Heck, the machine has an
   NTSC compatible port and NTSC  compatible video,  it could be  hooked
   into almost anywhere!  (NOTE:  No slight to PAL systems, just replace 
   the letters  NTSC with  PAL  and  the  same  situation  holds  true.)


How  about  it  Commodore?  Any  possibility  of an Amiga LT in the near
future? 


NOTE:  Monday, the Commerce  Department ruled that Japanese companies 
       were "dumping" flat-panel displays used in laptop computers on
       the U.S. market at "less than fair" prices.

       The Commerce Department  ruled that the Japanese companies had
       dumped  three  types  of flat panel  screens --  active-matrix
       liquid  crystal,  electroluminescent  and  gas  plasma.   They 
       dismissed  complaints about passive-matrix displays since none 
       are produced in the U.S.

       It  recommended  duties  of  62.67  per  cent on active-matrix
       displays  and of  7.02 per cent on electroluminiscent screens.  
       It  decided not  to  levy duties on  the gas  plasma  displays 
       because   they  would   be  too  low  to   bother  collecting.

       Companies includine Apple, Compaq and IBM have lobbied against
       such import duties.

       For  the duties  to go  into  effect, the  International Trade
       Commission (ITC) must find that the Japanese actions have hurt
       U.S. manufacturers.

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                      WHAT'S NEW IN THE AMIGA LIBRARIES
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MIOTLN.LZH/B  186K 11-Jul-91 MIoutline, Type 1 to PDraw Font Converter
DJ500V.LZH/B    6K 11-Jul-91 HP DJ500 v.2
LHCON.LZH/B    20K 09-Jul-91 Converts ARC and ZOO formatted files to LHARC
AMIBCK.LZH/B   75K 07-Jul-91 AmiBack v1.04 DEMO version Device Backup System
AMIUTL.LZH/B   38K 07-Jul-91 AmigUtil II, version 2.0, an EXCELLENT DirUtil
CBACCT.LZH/B  216K 07-Jul-91 The CheckBook Accountant 2.0 by J.R. Almasol
DJ500.LZH/B     6K 07-Jul-91 HP DeskJet 500 Amiga printer driver
TTXCRN.LZH/B    8K 07-Jul-91 Uncrunch PP text files and edit with TurboText
AMRC10.LZH/B   16K 07-Jul-91 AM Report International, a weekly news magazine
A10MOD.LZH/B   47K 06-Jul-91 A10 Stereo Speaker mod for power switch
MORSE3.LZH/B    6K 05-Jul-91 Morse Code Practice Program in Assembler



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HCC.LZH/B     474K 09-Jul-91 Update to Sozobon C compiler
SYNWRK.LZH/B  102K 09-Jul-91 Graphic env for design of neural networks
MTEST.LZH/B    11K 07-Jul-91 2 Memory test programs with C source.
POPPER.LZH/B   49K 07-Jul-91 Add menus and submenus to workbench


CIS/Amiga Arts
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ANEXT.LZH/B   347K 11-Jul-91 NeXT emulator AmigaVision program
ALICE.LZH/B   556K 10-Jul-91 Alice-Run-Anim.lzh
RUDY.LZH/B    100K 09-Jul-91 G. Jetson at work with his computer 'Rudy'.
MULPLA.LZH/B   97K 09-Jul-91 Player for many Soundtracker type mods.
LMART1.LZH/B  147K 08-Jul-91 1sr in series of 5 Louis Markoya images. HAME
LMART2.LZH/B  124K 08-Jul-91 2nd in series of 5 Louis Markoya images. HAME
LMART3.LZH/B  114K 08-Jul-91 3rd in series of 5 Louis Markoya images. HAME
LMART4.LZH/B  127K 08-Jul-91 4th in series of 5 Louis Markoya images. HAME
LMART5.LZH/B  133K 08-Jul-91 5th in series of 5 Louis Markoya images. HAME
IMGED.LZH/B    33K 07-Jul-91 Imagine.config file editor
KITTEN.LZH/B    8K 07-Jul-91 DMCS song for MIDI, "Kitten on the Keys"
6LAKES.LZH/B   64K 06-Jul-91 6 Lakes Country Club for Jack Nicklaus' Golf.
PICBAS.LZH/B   61K 05-Jul-91 PicBase v0.36: Shareware IFF Picture DataBase


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SPIRAL.IPB/B    1K 06-Jul-91 A spiral blend for Image Professional



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