Hi everyone! I'm quite excited about the recent subscriber surge in the newsletter. It's great to know that people still care about Atari and it's products.
My strange sense of humor may have confused some people in the past about the total number of subscribers to the NL. It's almost hit the 200 mark (U.S.) and 30 Overseas/ Canada. Keep spreading the word!
The other big news this month is that The Atari Times is back on the web. I was offered a free web page with 25 megs of space, but that person never got back to me even though I e-mailed him several times. Distraught, I turned to GeoCities, and immediately uploaded many of the back issues, the Jaguar rating list, special articles, and pictures that were not able to make it to the printed copy of the NL. Also, I've decided to create a text-only version so it can be freely distributable to anyone, not just web browsing people. (i.e., its easily uploadable to BBSs and such.) From here on out, you'll be able to check my web page for all things related to Atari and The Atari Times. If you'd like to check out the new Atari Times web page, the url is: www.ataritimes.com
This newsletter really does take a lot of time, effort, and money to produce. And one of the largest expenses comes from mailing them overseas. The United States Post Office charges *me* $1 dollar to mail overseas and $.55 to mail to Canada and Mexico. And when you have 30 people... That accounts for nearly 1/3rd of my postage costs!
That's why I have decided that this will be the last issue I mail to non-contributors who live outside the United States. If you'd like to still read the NL, you're quite welcome to. Each issue will be uploaded to the web page a few days after the paper version is mailed.
If you do live outside the U.S. and would like to continue receiving the paper NL, I'm requiring a monetary contribution for the postal cost for each issue you'd like to receive. That would be $.55 per issue in Canada and $1 U.S. dollar per issue for the rest of the world. On each address label I stick on your issue, there will be a number informing you of how many you have remaining. This is the easiest way for me to keep track of this, as I'm hardly an organized person!
Please make all checks and money orders to Greg George and make a note telling me how many issues you are donating for. No, I don't accept Pounds, Yen, Marks, or chickens as payment!! U.S. dollars only!
The other news this month is that no one has received IS2 yet! It seems that Telegames is having trouble with certain encryption algorithms within the Jaguar CD. In other words, we're going to have to wait a few more weeks until they get it figured out. No one knows how this will affect the release of World Tour Racing, but I would speculate Telegames will have learned to get around this before WTR's release date.
Rumors have been circulating that Telegames has
also licensed the remaining 90% finished Jaguar games
Slam Racer. If we are to get any of these new games,
we're going to have to buy the latest releases.