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ATPM 3.02
February 1997





Wishful Thinking

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The Official ATPM Guidelines!

The official ATPM guidelines page is the place to go when you have a question about our publication. We can't imagine that you simply wandered in here. That's because the information on this page is very dry and mostly unentertaining (which is why it's on this page and not included in another part of our publication). We guess you could call this the "Relatively Boring But Occasionally Important Page of Information." OK, enough already with the extraneous syntax, now onto the stuff.

What is ATPM?

About This Particular Macintosh (ATPM) is, among other things, a monthly Internet magazine or "e-zine." It's published by Michael Tsai and Robert Paul Leitao (who are still looking for a cool logo for themselves that depicts their joint effort). ATPM was created to celebrate the personal computing experience. For us this means the most personal of all personal computers - the Apple Macintosh. About This Particular Macintosh is intended to be about your Macintosh, our Macintoshes, and the creative, personal ideas and experiences of everyone who uses a Mac. We hope that we will continue to be faithful to our mission.

We'd like our readers to be involved!

Here, at ATPM worldwide headquarters, we're interested in hearing from you, our loyal readers. We're especially interested in stories about you and Life With Your Particular Macintosh. We guess we could have called this publication LWYPM but it just didn't sound quite right. So we called it ATPM and decided to ask for your stories and anecdotes about our most personal of personal computers. ATPM is also looking for people interested in joining our editorial staff. We currently need a Cover Story Editor and a Shareware Reviews Editor. Please contact us at if you're interested.

Cover Art: We enjoy the opportunity to display new, original cover art every month. We're also very proud of the people who have come forward to offer us cover art for each issue. If you're a Macintosh artist and interested in preparing a cover for ATPM, please e-mail us. The way the process works is pretty simple. As soon as we have a topic or theme for the upcoming issue we let you know about it. Then, it's up to you. We do not pay for cover art but we are an international publication with a broad readership and we give appropriate credit alongside your work. There's space for an e-mail address and a Web page URL, too. Write to for more information.

We Want To hear from you!

E-Mail: Got a comment about an article that you read in ATPM? Is there something you'd like us to write about in a future issue? We'd love to hear from you. Send your e-mail to We often publish the e-mail that comes our way.

MacMan: Got a technical question? Mike Shields offers technical help in his column. While the opinions expressed in his column are his own, and the advise he gives is also his own (not to be confused with any 'official' or 'semi-official' or 'not official at all but might seem official' advice or comments from ATPM), he does think that he provides qualitiy answes to your e-mail questions. Check it out for yourself! Send your inquiries to:

Segments - Slices from the Macintosh Life: This is one of our most successful spaces and one of our favorite places. We think of it as kind of the ATPM "guest room." This is where we will publish that sentimental Macintosh story that you promised yourself you would one day write. It's that special place in ATPM that's specifically designated for your stories. We'd really like to hear from you. Send your stuff to

Let us know that you know what you know!

Hardware and Software Reviews: ATPM publishes hardware and software reviews. However, we do things in a rather unique way. Techno-jargon can be useful to engineers but is not always a help to most Mac users. We like reviews that inform our readers about how a particular piece of hardware or software will help their Macintosh lives. We want them to know what works, how it may help them in their work, and how enthusiastic they are about recommending it to others. If you have a new piece of hardware or software that you'd like to review, contact our reviews editor at: for more information.

Shareware Reviews: Most of us have been there; we find that special piece of shareware that significantly improves the quality our our Macintosh life and we wonder why the entire world hasn't heard about it. Now here's the chance to tell them! Simply let us know by writing up a short review for our shareware section. Send your reviews to

Wishful Thinking!

Wishful Thinking: Is the space for Mac enthusiasts who know exactly (if you do say so yourself) what Apple should do with its advertising campaigns and product introductions. Have you come up with a great advertising tag line? What about that Mac campaign that has been stewing in the back of your mind? Send your big ideas (or your art) to

Our Subscription Information!

Subscription Information: The ATPM subscription list now comes in two flavors! We have our deluxe list which includes all notices and advisories and an e-mail copy of ATPM as soon as it's released. Our second option is our notification list which includes all notices and advisories but instead of automatically and conveniently receiving ATPM when it's released, we will notify you when each issue is uploaded to our web site.

To subscribe to either the ATPM deluxe list or the notification list simply send an e-mail message to For the deluxe list simply put the word "subscribe" in the body of the message. To be added to our notification list, please put the words "subscribe notification list" in the body of the message. We don't, at this time, use an automated list server so each piece of e-mail is cheerfully read by our subscription manager. He doesn't ask for much, just a kind word or two if you have them.

Unsubscription Information: To unsubscribe from either list, simply reply to any e-mail that's been sent to you by us and put the words "unsubscribe" in the body of the reply message. If you no longer have available an e-mail message from us, simply send an e-mail to and we will find you on our list the old-fashioned way and remove you as soon as possible. But who would want to unsubscribe from ATPM? Actually, if you wouldn't mind doing us a favor - should you, for any reason, desire to no longer be subscribed to ATPM, please let us know why. We learn a lot from our readers.

That's It!

We hope by now that you've found what you're looking for (We can't imagine there's something else about ATPM that you'd like to know.). But just in case you've read this far (We appreciate your tenacity.) and still haven't found that little piece of information about ATPM that you came here to find, please feel free to e-mail us at (You guessed it.)

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