by John Sweeney
619 North 500 West
Provo, UT 84601
Product: Real-time quotes, graphics, analysis
Price: $ 195 per month plus installation of $500; 10% off for annual payments in advance.
Equipment: IBM compatible machine, 386 or higher, with OS/2 2.0; 8-megabyte RAM, 120 MB hard
drive, printer and serial port.
Datafeeds: Signal, Bonneville, Reuters, ComStock, PC Quote, Knight-Ridder.
There can never be too much information, too much of a hook to the action! Real-time trading systems
cater to this yearning, and one of the prime competitors and first competitors is Roberts-Slade, Inc. (RSI),
out of Provo, UT.
RSI, which was started more than 10 years ago in true started-in-a-garage entrepreneurial style, still leads
in providing high-powered analytics to retail and institutional traders. First Alert is RSI's effort at
exploiting the power of IBM's fairly new operating system, OS/2. OS/2 brings to the DOS world a variation
of the Macintosh operating interface, which makes running First Alert more pleasant and effective.
Generally, both First Alert and OS/2 succeed.