November 1987 MAGazine Volume 3 Number 11

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The Veep Speaks

by DR. ALAN SCHWARTZ

At our monthly meeting on October 10, 1987, we discussed the second annual Computer Fair. It is to be held on Saturday, the 31st of October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eight of our members have agreed to bring six computer systems to demonstrate at the Fair. The four 1000's will be brought by John and Sean Kiss, Tom Jones, Ed Bilson, and Ron and Audrey McCalla. Brian Akey and Richard Johnson will bring their 500's. We appreciate their willingness to take part in showing the public what a great computer the AMIGA is.

We had six programs demonstrated at the meeting. Don Lockard gave us a good idea of how difficult "Barbarian" is. The superior word processing program, "WordPerfect" was shown by Charles Williams. A customized "Gizmoz V.2" was demonstrated by Richard Johnson. A brief overview of the color and graphics of Prowrite was displayed by Dr. A. The very interesting program, "DMA - Doug's Math Aquarium" was shown by Brian Akey. The last demo was "Fire Power" a good arcade type game, by Richard Johnson. Everyone at the meeting seemed to enjoy the demonstrations.

Hope to see you at the Computer Fair!

Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 31 10 AM - 6 PM - The Memphis Amiga Group, in conjunction with several other local user groups will present a public Computer Fair. Representatives from Adam, Amiga, Apple, Atari, Commodore, IBM, Kaypro, Macintosh, Osborne, Tandy, TI, and Timex/Sinclair user groups are expected to be on hand to demonstrate their favorite computer's capabilities.

Saturday, November 14 1:00 PM - The Memphis Amiga Group's general meeting will be held at the State Technical Institute at 5983 Macon Cove in the meeting room of the Mid-South Microcomputer Resource Center on the second floor of the Freeman Building, (between the library and the cafeteria). Plans for the meeting include having Richard Johnson demonstrate his new 'The 64 Emulator' from ReadySoft. Richard is busy checking out a variety of 64 programs for compatibility as you read this. For more information about the meeting please call Audrey at (901) 755-4641.

Amiga Virus WARNING!

WARNING ... Amiga Virus Loose ... PLEASE READ

The following is a portion of a thread from Compuserve:

WARNING! Virus loose!

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. There are a variety of programs that are variously known as Trojan Horses, Bombs, and Viruses. While Bombs are generally destructive (as evidence by their name), and Trojan Horses are either destructive or for the purpose of theft of data, Viruses have been known to be benign or malignant or both.

A Virus has shown up on the Amiga, arriving from Europe, and coming from a group calling themselves SCA. Since it is uncertain yet what its purpose is, that is, how destructive it may or may not be, it will pay to check any disks you boot from and kill the virus found.

The method of propagation is as follows. An Amiga is booted with an infected disk. All works normally, with no sign that anything is amiss. If you then reboot the machine with the CTRL-Amiga-Amiga keys using an uninfected disk, the virus is transferred to the boot disk, and it too becomes a "carrier", ready to pass it on, and on. etc..

The presence of the virus can be detected by looking at block 1 on a disk. Normally, this will have random data or a pattern of data in it, but you will be able to see the virus quite easily if it is there. Using Sectorama (SEC.ARC in DL 9... DiskZap will not show it), look at block 1 (Cyl 0, Hd 0, Sector 1). If the virus is present, run INSTALL on the disk. INSTALL will rewrite sectors 0 and 1, killing the virus. Then, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, TURN OFF the Amiga's power. If you have booted from an infected disk, and have used INSTALL to kill the virus, rebooting without powering off/on will only reinfect the disk.

There have been a couple of reports of a message showing up on the screen, and one was followed by the disk being unusable afterward, but I can't confirm that it was trashed by the virus. The message was: "Something wonderful has happened. Your AMIGA is alive!!! and, even better... Some of your disks are infected by a VIRUS!!!" This is the same message that appears in block 1 of an infected disk. Watch for it... stomp it out.

from Larry Phillips/Compuserve SYSOP 76703,4322 (x)

(Editor's note: The Sectorama program mentioned above as an aic for curing your Amiga's virus is also available on the DUCK Pond BBS @ (901) 755-5330 as SECTOR11.ARC in the Amiga Utils file area.)

AmiExpo Report

NEWS FROM THE BIG APPLE

A Report on New York's AmiExpo 1987

Copyright 1987 by Ron McCalla

Last week saw the first of a planned annual trio of expositions dedicated to the Amiga. The first AmiExpo was a three day event of thirty-five conferences and seminars with over 90 speakers and panelists and approximately 60 exhibitors. AmiExpo was sponsored by The New York Amiga Users Group ("AMuse") and G & T Management, with most of the organizational work done by AMuse's chairman, Joe Lowery. Although some representatives from Commodore appeared as speakers, AmiExpo received no financial support from Commodore and Commodore chose not to display on the exhibit floor. Audrey and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend and I thought you might like to know how well it went.

AmiExpo.EXHIBITORS

As one would expect, graphics and animation products were possibly the largest number displayed. They certainly got the greatest attention of the fair-goers.

Legendary A-Squared was there showing LIVE! ($295) and they say they really are shipping (but there is a two month backlog of orders). The product looks every bit as good as others have said. But if you want professional broadcast quality look to Mimetics' ReaSyn ($699), hardware which can store an NTSC 2 million color image at 746x480 resolution. At the Mimetics booth they were using an optional frame capture board (an added $199), to let ReaSyn capture images from a VCR; there was no noticable loss of picture quality. Mimetics was also showing their ImaGen genlock ($179). At the Progressive Image Technologies booth was the $749.95 Super-Gen, a studio system which permits dissolves and other transition effects with input from two sources. Aegis' booth was crowded as they showed some of their best VideoScape 3-D and VideoTitler demos; they were also demoing their new sound sampler AudioMaster. But there were even more people crowded around Byte-by-Byte's Sculpt 3-D and Animate 3-D demos. Although they were showing Animate 3-D, they had none available for sale. For those who can't decide which of VideoScape or Sculpt they prefer, Syndesis was offering Interchange, a Sculpt 3-D to VideoScape 3-D (and vice-versa) conversion utility so you can use Sculpt's friendlier user interface with VideoScape's animation routines.

Impulse was showing off their ray-trace and HAM paint programs, Silver and Prism, and a color video digitizer called Phoenix. SunRize Industries was introducing Perfect Vision, a real time video digitizer similar to Digi-View. Forms in Flight and the player program Fast Flight were also eye-catchers at the MicroMagic booth.

A company called R & DL Productions had a rather simple looking but useful utility, LightBox, to help computer artists produce smoother animations. Mindware had PageFlipper for simple flip-book animation of IFF files. Other companies exhibiting graphics products were Crystal Innovations with MouseTrace, NewTek with Digi-View, and Mission Graphics with HUGEprint.

A large crowd was always around Very Vivid's Mandala system. Just what the Mandala system does is hard to describe but essentially it places a captured image of a performer on the Amiga screen in real-time along with some pictures of musical instruments and lets the performer play the imaginary instruments by touching them with his puppet-like image. It can be a fascinating thing to watch on d many fair-goers were standing in line waiting for a chance to play with the thing.

Another big draw was the desktop publishing and word processing houses. Interactive Softworks (creators of the 16 color font system ColorFonts) was showing their full-featured font editor Calligrapher. Gold Disk was showing their two publishing products, PageSetter and Professional Page, plus a professional color separator module and a new color comic stip maker, ComicSetter. MicroSearch displayed SunRize's City Desk, City Desk Art Companion I, Desktop Artist med-res clip art, and the EYE-RES flicker reducing system. Of course Word Perfect Corporation displayed Micro-Systems' Scribble! among their many other releases. Vertex Associates was showing Redact, a document processor with dictionary and New Horizon's was showing Flow and ProWrite.

Meanwhile over at what had to be the most attractively designed display at the fair, Infinity Software showed off Shakespeare, a versatile color desktop publishing program.

There were several companies displaying utilities and alternatives to CLI. Most interesting was possibly ARP from MicroSmiths. ARP stands for AmigaDOS Replacement Programs and consists of smaller, faster, and reputedly more powerful versions of Amiga's CLI commands. ARP is in public domain and can be found on most BBSes or from most user groups. MicroSmiths also introduced TxEd version 2.0 to be released this fall. Fuller Compter Systems presented their Project D, a combination disk copier/editor/cataloger that also works with MS-DOS, Atari ST and CP/M disks. Math-Amation is a "quantity processor" from P.S. Squared Ltd. As best as I can tell, its a combination calculator, spreadsheet and graph-maker; looks nice, whatever it is.

Venerable ASDG announced its new version of FACC called, appropiately enough, FACC II. They claim cache hit rates as much as 50% higher than the older FACC. FACC II also takes up less ram when in use and it even reduces its buffer size automatically when system memory gets low.

In the hardware area, ASDG was showing its 8 Meg board for the A2000. It comes with 0 k for $425, and A1000 owners can buy the MBox adapter to fit it to their machines. Another way for the A1000 owner to use A2000 boards is via ASDG's new 2000-and-1 Expansion Box which contains two 3.5" and one 5.25" drive bays, a 200 watt power supply, 1 co-processor slot, 2 Zorro-1 slots, and 5 Zorro-2/IBM-PC/AT slots. Unfortunately when installed, the expansion box looks like somebody glued a big black mailbox to the side of the Amiga. ASDG announced their newest project, SDP, a super-fast hard disk controller. They also had a 2 Meg board for the A2000 for $325.

Computer System Associates, makers of the A1000 Tower of Power expansion chasis, introduced their new Turbo CPU board that transforms an A2000 into an inexpensive "32 bit Turbo-Amiga 2000 3-D Desktop Workstation". The board sports a Motorola 68020 processor running at 14.32 MHz and a 68881 math co-processor running at 14 to 25 MHz. CSA claims Savage benchmarks of 40 times an IBM AT, 5 times a VAX 11/780, and equal performance to the SUN 3/160. They also promised graphics boards, hard drives, ram boards, tape streamers, CD ROM and 3-D software for the A2000. For A500 owners, Byte by Byte announced the Byte Box ($299.95-$699.95 for 0k-2Meg) and Spirit Technology was showing the 0k-1.5Meg Inboard memory expander.

Supra was there too, showing their line of hard drives. The database getting the most attention was Software Visions' Microfinche Filer, a graphic database that makes effective use of the mouse via the microfinche metaphor. Haitex Resources was selling the more traditional relational database Acquisition and Haicalc (a spreadsheet). Money Mentor, a personal financial system, was shown by Sedona Software.

There were quite a few new sound and music oriented programs at the show. SunRize was showing Studio Magic for use with their Perfect Sound audio digitizer. Sound Quest was showing the D-50 Master Editor/Librarian for use with the Roland D-50 LA Synthesizer. Synthia is an IFF instrument maker from The Other Guys. New Wave Software showed their Dynamic Drums DruMaster. Its a very nicely done synthesizer program. More impressive though was Magnetic Music's demonstration of Roger Powell's (formerly with Todd Rundgren's Utopia) newly enhanced Texture 2.4, a multi-tasking songwriting tool for professional musicians (it requires the Roland MPU-401 midi and MIF-AMG adaptor).

By far the biggest booth there was devoted to one company's new game. Discovery Software who has been running full-page ads promoting Arkanoid had three or four computers available for test flights of "the #1 arcade block-buster" (their description not mine) with less space and hype devoted to their other products such as Marauder II, Amnix (a shell), and DX (a calculator). By the way, Arkanoid is a 33 screen hyped-up breakout game. (You don't suppose that's what they meant by "block-buster" do you?)

Crammed into a booth one-fifth the size of Discovery's was the "game-conglomerate" Activision/Gamestar/Infocom/Micro-Illusions demoing the new tank battle game, FirePower. Meanwhile Software Terminal had two booths set up, one on each side of the exhibit floor to show just how much fun playing chess, checkers, and backgammon could be via modem.

Other games being demoed were Firebird's Guild of Thieves, The Pawn, Starglider, Jewels Of Darkness, and Silicon Dreams; MicroSearch's Head Coach (a pro-football simulation); Psygnosis' Barbarian and Terrorpods; SubLogic's FSII (still no Jet!); and Vertex Associates' Capman (I'll let you guess what game that's a rip-off of). Though not a game, Infinity was attracting interest with their planetarium simulation, Galileo.

Oxxi was showing off their new Modula-2. Spencer Organization introduced their APL68000 interpreter. Both Lattice and Manx were displaying their latest versions of C. But the big news for C programmers was Manx's new Source Level Debugger. It features access to local variables by name, line-by-line tracing, conditional breakpoints on lines, functions or variables, reusable command macros and procedures, stack back-tracing and active frame context switching all in separate windows that can display C source, command and command output.

Two companies introduced C-64 emulators. Go 64 was from Software Insight Systems and their $129.95 price included an adaptor to let you use C-64 peripherals with your Amiga. ReadySoft's The 64 Emulator, though, seemed the more polished product. It could be purchased with or without the peripheral adapter for $59.95 or $39.95 respectively. Of course both ran the 64 software (such as GEOS or FSII) that they had brought to prove compatibility but the ReadySoft emulator made better use of the Amiga hardware. Their emulator would even read an Amiga hard drive.

AmiExpo.SPEAKERS

Jay Miner, R. J. Mical, and Richard McIntyre were the major speakers at AmiExpo. Jay Miner, often called the father of the Amiga, spoke on his role as leader of the original Amiga development team at Los Gatos and dropped a few hints about possible new graphics chips for the A1000 similar to the expected A500 and A2000 chips. R. J. Mical gave his by-now-familiar speech about the beginning years. This time though, he brought along a picture of the infamous Joe Pillow. (If you don't know who Joe Pillow is, try pressing both shift keys, both alt keys, and the F10 key simultaneously while working on the workbench screen.)

On the last day, Richard McIntyre, Senior Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, told how his people recognised that they had only a one year window remaining in which to take advantage of the Amiga's technological position in the marketplace (IBM and Apple are busily working on their already-announced multi-tasking/windowed/hi-res color systems) and how Commodore had already begun its aggressive new promotion of the Amiga computers. He showed the new Amiga 15 minute promo tape and was pretty effective at conveying a sense of enthusiasm to the audience regarding Commodore's future.

Other speakers at other conference events included John Foust, Todd Ashman, Tom Hayden, Tom Maremaa, and Kailash Ambwani on desktop publishing, Deb Christensen on telecommunications, Perry Kivolowitz and Alan Ackerman on Amiga expansion, Patrick Murphy on laser art, Jim Goodnow, Charles Heath, Richie Bielak and John Toebes on programming, Peggy Herrington on midi music, Andy Finkel on AmigaDOS, and Arno Krautter on Amiga-generated comics.

AmiExpo.IMPRESSIONS

At the last estimate, over 10,000 attended during all three days. That figure, however, includes repeat attendees. So perhaps five or six thousand individuals came to the first AmiExpo. Anyway you look at it, the figures indicate that AmiExpo was a success. A good showing of exhibitors, some excellent speakers, and an enthusiastic bunch of attendees made the show tne success it was.

Still, I was a bit disappointed by several things. I had expected a bigger exhibit hall. The facilities at the Sheraton Centre were cramped and meeting rooms were spread over two floors and poorly identified. There were not as many exhibitors as had been earlier promised (though 60 was enough) and there were no new product announcements of earth-shattering proportions.

There are to be two more AmiExpos within the year and I suspect each will correct the failings of the first show. The next is scheduled for January 16-18, 1988 in Los Angeles and another in Chicago on July 22-24. If I can afford it, I'll be there.

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