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Disk Maggie 27 by Reservoir Gods [web] & Maggie Team

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Release Date December, erm, January, no, make that February, oh, it's
up for March then!

Now is this issue damn late, or what?

There are many reasons why this is, which are explained inside, so we
won't dwell on the story so far there. I will say that we're not going
to stop Maggie, and I personally consider getting this issue out as a
kind of triumph in itself, in view of the fairly radical life-changes
affecting different Maggie Team members that have taken place over
the last few months.

We will be back!

Still, back to the present. It's early March, Saturday morning, and I'm
writing this on one of the PeeCee's at work. (Just Notepad, nothing too
crash-prone!) Last night, I had my first close-up sighting of AtariMad's
new Milan. It is very impressive in a GEM environment sense, as I thought
it would be. A desktop in 800 x 608 in Truecolour (65k) mode, is a very
impressive thing to see on an Atari, and I'm looking forward to similar
feats of pixellated gorgeousness on my Centurbo 2 accelerated Falcy when
I finally get that going. (Now that's another story, more of in a minute!)

What GEM-based applications I saw, CAB, Smurf, et al, all look superb in
their new Truecolour hi-res clothing, although Calamus SL objects to
anything more than 256 colour mode,according to AtariMad.

Milan does fall down a bit in the "What games and demos?" mode though,
apart from Mario Becrofts GEM-Pac, and the ubiquitious GEM Demo, there
isn't a lot else for it? Maybe someone out there is working on the ultimate
killer Milan game or demo,and if so, feel free to tell us all about it.

If anyone suggests - Atari Breakout '99 - I'm not speaking to them

Maybe it's me, but I'm not totally convinced by a computer where sound
is an optional extra?

Now, I've just got back my Centurbo 2 accelerated Falcon from System
Solutions the other day. They've done a great job, and the machine has
a reassuring air of speediness about it now.. Just got to get the DSP
part *fully* working now, not to mention the serial port.. I blame the
new RAM controller for the revision 2 version myself.. Still, I'm sure
it'll all be right in the end..

I'll be giving you all the lowdown on just how much like a Saturn V
rocket this one goes, for the next issue of Maggie.

New topic now, we're booked up for Error in Line! We're coming to annoy
you all with our paper-based realtime article (unless Requiem can come up
with something interesting in the portable computing department?)

The flight is booked and paid for - Y   E   S  ! ! !

I think Mr Pink and one or two others decided against risking the
bum-numbing wrath of Eurolines Coaches again. Now what annual Easter
coding convention trip is complete without a visit to that portacabin
'office' in the Amstel bus station in Amsterdam!?

See you all over Easter!

Time to hand the rest of this readme.txt to Mr Pink to conclude.


It's still March... and Maggie has finally been released...

We were thinking of  introducing  a  category  in  the  charts  for most delayed
production, but the result  would  be  a  formality.  What happened? Who? Where?
When? Why? To answer those questions in  sequential  order: a lot, us (and other
people, mainly in Banbury  and  Northamptonshire,  during  the  last six months,
because we love it!

Big thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue, including:

                 havoc of fun : for the imp8 report
 baggio, deez, green & viking : for the quast party report
            edo of sector one : for the volcanic 5 report
                   matt smith : for the Running guide & ascii art
                   jody smith : for the usual madness
                  dave hollis : for comedy material
                 john hayward : for mending monitors
               toodeloo / dhs : for teaching us to track
                   evil / dhs : for videl code & information
           mc laser & moondog : for their encyclopedic knowledge
                          msg : for ST music & extensive testing
                       ripley : for the picture
                          sh3 : for the wizard tune
                       felice : for the modem cable
                          tat : for ST shell enhancements (& bugs!)
                       centek : for giving atari machines a future

Once again we have crammed more than 1  megabyte  of text in this issue which is
almost enough reading matter  to  keep  you  happy  until  next  time. There are
massive charts, scene news,  and  full  reports  on  the devlopemnts from French
hardware firm Centek whose Phenix machine is really dead exciting.

The more alert reader may notice that  both  the  ST and Falcon shells have been
slightly revamped with the inclusion of some pictures in text.

Unfortunately the intro for this issue wasn't quite ready and we really couldn't
delay the release any more. This has  allowed  us to cram more text and graphics
in so be happy!

It may be 1999 but the Atari scene  is  still  alive and kicking - our demos and
games sections are bursting to the seams! There has been a welcome revival in ST
demos with productions like 'Do  Things'  and 'Nostalgico' giving great pleasure
to all 16-bit users. The Falcon  is  still  flying  with recent intros from DHS,
Cobra and Mystic Bytes and also New Beat's great FlexTracker.

Everyone is currently gearing up for the Error  In Line 99 party, and the maggie
team are no exception. See you all there!



      in memory to the great pleasure his tunes brought to the atari scene


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