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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 25-Sep-98 #1431 Date: Sun Oct 11 08:44:01 1998 [Silicon Times Report] "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987 - Our 11th Year) [Image] September 25, 1998 No.1431 Silicon Times Report International Magazine R.F. Mariano, Editor STR Publishing, Inc. PO Box 58094 Jacksonville, Florida 32241-8094 Voice: 1-904-292-9222 10am-5pm EST FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs email@example.com STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing's FTP Support Server 14gb * Back Issues * Patches * Support Files (Continually Updated) ftp.streport.com Anonymous Login ok * Use your Email Address as a Password Check out STReport's NEWS SERVER news.streport.com Have you tried Microsoft's Powerful and Easy to Use Internet Explorer 4.01? Internet Explorer 4.01 is STReport's Official Internet Web Browser. 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In closing, we shall arduously endeavor to meet and further develop the high standards of straight forwardness our readers have come to expect in each and every issue. The Publisher, Staff & Editors [Image] From the Editor's Desk... Thank heavens, Georges is away from here. Now on to the crux of the times... Heard about the new "Wind-Up Doll?? You know, the one where you wind it up and it bleats; "Don't do what I do do what I say..." Its name is the GOP Party Doll. Gingrich and all his buddies are looking absolutely like the fools of the court they are. Gingrich is trying so hard to be a statesman its almost hilarious. About the only thing he can really brag about is his weight loss. Other than that, he is still a slimeball who got caught breaking the rules and was nailed by Hyde's committee to the tune of censure and a three hundred thousand dollar fine. Which by the way, was paid for by a loan made to Newt by his Republican buddy, Bob Dole. So Newt wants to stand there "mouthing off" about "its too soon to make a deal" and "why should there be a deal". I agree there should be no deal until after the elections because of the manner in which the Republicans are acting now, they'll blow these elections "Big Time". Besides, it'll be interesting to watch all the dirt come out as the electioneering gets hot and heavy. Watch the feathers and fur fly when the gotchas about the Senate and House pages and the politicos "playtime" starts to leak out. While we think about all this garbage.... let's think about Monica's keeping a semen soiled and stained dress for over six months without cleaning the darn thing and of course about Monica baby's "friend" Linda Tripp..... Now, there's a number if there ever was one. This lump looks like she hates the world because of the hand fate dealt her. Its very sad.. but one thing I'll interject here... Someone ought to tell Kenny Starr you cannot BREAK the LAW trying to ENFORCE the LAW! 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The Justice Department and 20 states have alleged that Microsoft's 90 percent share of the market for operating system software to run personal computers amounts to a monopoly, and that the company illegally abused the power from that monopoly. Microsoft lawyers argued that the charges are narrowly focused on allegations that it abused monopoly power by tying its Internet Explorer browser to the Windows 98 operating system. Microsoft has sought to block government lawyers from offering evidence related to companies, including Apple Computer Inc., Intel Corp., RealNetworks Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. During the hearing, David Boies argued for the government that the evidence would be offered during the trial to show the "state of mind" of those in Microsoft. But John Warden, arguing for Microsoft, said that the judge should use a narrower legal standard so that t he government could bring in only evidence that demonstrated a "pattern and practice" by the company in preparation for the specific illegal acts alleged. Jackson said it was premature to rule either way and he would consider the relevance of evidence as it is brought up at trial. U.S. Says Microsoft Depositions Should Be Opened The Justice Department argued that depositions by Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and other executives in the government's antitrust case against the software giant should be made public. A similar brief was filed by a group of news organizations, including The New York Times, Reuters and Bloomberg. The Justice Department brought suit against Microsoft in May, charging it violated antitrust laws by unfairly leveraging a monopoly in software operating systems for personal computers. Gates gave testimony on Aug. 27 in preparation for the trial, which is set for Oct. 15. Several news organizations, including Reuters, asked to be present at the depositions under a federal law, the Publicity in Taking Evidence Act. That act requires depositions to be open in antitrust cases brought by the government. A federal judge ruled that the law required that the depositions be open, but an appellate court overturned the judge pending arguments in the case. The Justice Department argued Tuesday that tapes and transcripts of the depositions must be opened, except for proprietary materials. Microsoft has argued that Congress did not include "discovery depositions," which are to find new evidence , but only meant to require the opening of depositions held in place of live court testimony. In its brief, the Justice Department argued that in some instances the depositions will be used in place of live court testimony and, in any event, the law is broader than Microsoft contends. The news organizations argued that Microsoft incorrectly tried to attach special meaning to the word deposition. "In the 85 years since (the law was passed) ... all three branches of the federal government have consistently expressed the understanding that, absent specific legislation to the contrary, the act applies to all depositions," the news organizations argued. Lotus Attacks MS in Mail Market The battle between Microsoft Corp. and Lotus Development Corp. for corporate messaging seats is escalating into a price war. In what company officials are terming as their "most aggressive move to date," Lotus unveiled Tuesday a promotion offering companies a 30 percent discount if they dump competing messaging platforms in favor of its Notes and Domino platforms. The offer, called "Trade Up to Lotus Messaging," clearly is aimed at Microsoft's Exchange platform, but it also applies to such products as Banyan Systems Inc.'s Banyan Mail, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP OpenMail, Netscape Communications Corp.'s Netscape Mail and Novell Inc.'s Groupwise. The promotion is building upon a similar Lotus deal, in which it offers its cc:Mail customers an upgrade to the Notes messaging platform. "The timing seemed right for this move," said Glenn Matsuda, director of product marketing for Notes. "When we started talking to our customers about upgrading from cc:Mail to Notes, a lot of them said they were using multiple e-mail platforms but would like to consolidate on one. We're jumping on the opportunity." Lotus is the long-running king of the messaging hill, but it has watched Microsoft quickly erode its lead. Surveys show that, for the first time, Microsoft gained more new corporate seats in the first half of 1998 than Lotus. Analysts expect Lotus will regain the lead once it releases its next-generation R5 Notes and Domino products, which are being designed around a Web browser-style interface. At the Lotusphere conference in Berlin this week, the company restated that the commercial version of R5 will be released before the end of the year. Hatch Advises FTC To Be Careful On Intel Case Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch said that the Federal Trade Commission needs to be "careful" as it pursues Intel Corp. for alleged violations of antitrust law. Hatch, a Utah Republican, dwelled mostly on potential violations of antitrust law by Microsoft Corp. in a speech to a conference sponsored by Summit Magazine. Hatch has been a strong defender of the Justice Department's pursuit of Microsoft for alleged violations of antitrust law. But he took a different tack on Intel Corp., the world's largest producer of microprocessors for personal computers. Most personal computers use Microsoft's software and Intel's chips. Hatch said that there is a tension between intellectual property rights and antitrust law which is "at the heart of the FTC's current Intel case." On June 8 the FTC alleged that Intel had violated antitrust law by denying three of its customers -- Digit al Equipment Corp., Intergraph Corp and Compaq Computer Corp (CPQ - news) -- technical information they needed to develop computer systems based on Intel microprocessors. The FTC alleged that when the three tried to enforce their patents, Intel "retaliated by cutting off the n ecessary technical information and threatening to cut off the supply of microprocessors." The FTC said Intel holds a monopoly on microprocessors for PCs, while Intel said it does not. Hatch cautioned that the "FTC and antitrust enforcers generally should be rather certain that any effort t o enforce intellectual property rights both is intended to and actually will injure competition in a significant way, before concluding that it represents monopolistic behavior." The Intel case is set to be heard before an administrative law judge early next year. An FTC spokeswoman had no comments on Hatch's remarks. AMD's New Chips May Mean Lower Notebook Prices As expected, Computer chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has introduced a new 300-megahertz speed microprocessor for mobile computers that promises to reduce the price of notebook PCs significantly. The new AMD K6/300 chip generates less heat and uses less power than a comparable desktop PC chip. Although it has fewer graphics processing features than a 300-megahertz Pentium II mobile computer chip made by archrival Intel Corp., the AMD chip is more price-competitive, a spokesman said. The AMD chip costs $229 per chip in volume, about one-third less than the Intel Pentium II 300-megahertz chip. As the AMD chip is adopted by computer makers, this should translate into lower notebook prices for the consumer. Meanwhile, Compaq Computer Corp. is rolling out several new Presario computers, including two price-competitive "minitowers" and new notebook models.The company said its minitower personal computers -- the Presario 5150 and 5170 -- are priced below models with less advanced features from rivals Dell Computer Corp. and Gateway Inc. The new Compaq models come in minitower format, allowing the central processing unit to be hidden away under desks. They feature state-of-the-art digital technologies, one-touch access to the Internet, electronic mail, and secure online shopping. The Presario 5150 is based on an AMD 350-megahertz microprocessor and is priced at $1,199. The 5170 runs Intel Corp.'s Pentium II 350-megahertz chip and is priced at $1,499. The list prices reflect a $100 rebate that Compaq offers to customers who accept the company's offer of a 50-hour free trial of its Compaq Easy Internet Access service. Compaq also said it had redesigned its Presario 1200 consumer notebook line with new high-performance sound and graphics. It said its Presario 1250 is the first computer to feature a new line of high-performance microprocessors optimized for notebooks built by AMD. The computer features AMD's mobile 300-megahertz K6 processor and is priced at $2,400, including the Internet rebate. Microsoft Says 1.5 Million Windows 98 Upgrades Sold Microsoft Corp., the No. 1 software company, said it had sold more than 1.5 million upgrades of its Windows 98 operating system for personal computers since it was launched on June 25. The company, which has more than 85 percent of the market for PC operating systems, said demand for Windows 98 has been stronger than expected in Japan, even though the country is mired in a recession. In the first two days Windows 98 was on sale, the Redmond, Washington-based company said more than 250,000 retail upgrade units of the program had been bought. Not only is customer demand for Windows 98 better than expected, but the sale of peripherals and hardware related to Windows 98 has exceeded forecasts, Microsoft said. "Windows 98 has undoubtedly provided a boost to the home PC industry in Japan," said Rei Suzuki, senior ex ecutive vice president, marketing and sales group for Sofmap Co., Ltd. On Tuesday, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer Bob Herbold said sales of the company's Windows 98 remained "slightly ahead" of the unit pace set by Windows 95, which was launched into a far smaller installed base. Without providing further specifics, he said the company had shipped more than 1.5 million copies of the upgrade since its launch on June 25. Retailers sold more than three million copies of Windows 95 in its first five weeks on the market. Herbold also said the software company had licensed more than 150 million copies of all 32-bit operating s ystems, including Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. He made the comments at the NationsBanc Montgomery Securities investment conference in San Francisco. Microsoft NT 5.0 Readied For Early Takeoff? Code name clues and developer promises point to the possibility of a spring launch for NT 5.0. Office pool participants and top market researchers may have NT 5.0 pegged for a year 2000 launch, but Microsoft Corp. has begun telling its development partners that all signals are go for a Q1 1999 delivery. The shift in Microsoft's NT 5.0 timetable is just the latest in a series of delivery promises and date misses. Last week at the Intel Developers Forum in Palm Springs, Calif., Microsoft officials said NT 5.0 Beta 3 could hit by Thanksgiving, with final code delivery possible 12 to 15 weeks after that, according to conference attendees. That would create the possibility of a late Q1 or early Q2 launch. Most industry watchers have been predicting Beta 3 won't be ready for testing until mid-1999, with final NT 5.0 delivery slated for late 1999. GartnerGroup issued a report earlier this summer that predicted NT 5.0 will not launch until sometime in the year 2000. Gartner has been telling its clients for nearly a yearto hold off on NT deployments until they have dealt with Year 2000 bugs and Euro currency conversion changes, suggesting most IT shops would do well to wait until NT 5.0 Service Pack 1 hits before moving to the new operating system. Publicly, Microsoft officials are continuing to caution developers, resellers and customers not to expect NT 5.0 to be commercially available for another year at the earliest. But privately, Microsoft started telling developers two weeks ago that Beta 3 could make it out by Thanksgiving, with release candidates for the final product showing up by next spring. "The information you hear about Microsoft trying to get NT 5.0 out early is true," said one Microsoft development partner, who requested anonymity. "They've told developers we need to have our final NT 5.0 products done by March 1." Microsoft officials refused to comment on any changes in the NT 5.0 timetable. A spokesperson said that Microsoft continued to hold to the party line that NT 5.0 will ship when it's ready. However, there are other signs that NT 5.0 could be closer than expected. For one, code names and promises for post-NT 5.0 technologies have begun leaking en masse from Microsoft. Some see the early appearance of information on the next round of Microsoft operating system and BackOffice products as little more than the usual vaporware creep. But other industry watchers are interpreting the spread of information on these next-generation products as a sign that NT 5.0 may be closer than many think. Microsoft has begun selectively spreading the word to its reseller and developer partners about NT 5.0 service pack 1, code named Asteroid; NT 6.0, code-named Janus; SNA Server 3.0, code-named Babylon; Proxy Server 3.0, code-named Comet; and a future user-interface prototype technology, which could be integrated into NT 6.0 Consumer or a later release, code-named Neptune. According to current timetables, Babylon and Comet both could go into early beta test before the end of this year, according to reseller sources. "Microsoft is about to wire down some of the capabilities of the future releases," said a source close to the company who requested anonymity. "That will happen over the next few months. Today, many piece projects (e.g., forms, storage, graphics, programming model, etc.) are all underway, but they are not tied to a delivery vehicle yet." Microsoft last week paved the groundwork for resellers to be able to provide services and support for NT 5.0 Beta 3 by starting to ship its NT 5.0 Channel Readiness Kit to 25,000 VARs, integrators and other partners. Microsoft also is putting the finishing touches on new NT 5.0 training curriculum materials due to ship later this month. The NT 5.0 Channel Readiness Kit includes information on NT 4.0-to-5.0 migration planning and training options, as well as NT 5.0 beta 2 software; deployment aids and relevant white papers. While Microsoft has declined consistently to provide any timing details for Beta 3, officials have promised it will go to far more than the nearly 300,000 customers and partners who received Beta 2 in August. In fact, anyone willing to pay for CD shipping and handling will be able to get NT 5.0 Beta 3, officials have said. Clinton Backs Y2K Information Exchange Bill President Bill Clinton has asked Congress to waste no time in passing legislation unveiled this week that would allow companies to share information about fixing computers unable to handle dates beginning with year 2000. "I urge Congress to act quickly to approve this critical legislation before the end of the session so I can sign it into law," Clinton said in a statement. "If it is not enacted this session, we will miss an important opportunity to help our nation prepare its computer systems for the new millennium." The legislation, backed by a bipartisan group of senators, is intended to help break the silence by businesses and others and encourage greater disclosure of plans to wipe out the dreaded "millennium bug." The bill would not provide liability protection for failures that may arise from so-called Year 2000 problems related to older systems programmed to read only the last two digits of years -- nor does the measure remove liability for selling products or services that fail to work. "This bill's protections are limited to those that are necessary to encourage greater information sharing," Clinton said. The bill was also warmly received by a number of influential groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Governors' Association. Infoseek's Express Arrives Infoseek Corp. Tuesday launched Express -- a desktop-based search tool that draws results from several search engines, including such competitors as Excite Inc. and HotBot. Express pulls into the station during Infoseek's transition to a new business model. As part of joint venture Go Network, with Walt Disney Co., Infoseek will back away from its plans to build its brand as an all-around Internet hub and focus on search and directory services. "Infoseek's core competency is search, and we're concentrating on that," said Bill Rose, general manager of desktop products for Infoseek. "Having a desktop product is part of that." Express will be downloadable from Infoseek's site, as well as from any of 150 distribution partners, including Broderbund Software, USA Today and TV Guide. Each partner-distributed version will be stamped with the partner's brand and will include links to the partner's content. Once installed, Express alters the appearance of the Web browser to include a button in the interface. Users hit the button to go to Express, which operates just like a Web page. But since the machinery of the tool runs on the user's desktop, it is faster and has more features than would be possible on a Web site. Infoseek will run ads on Express to pay for the service. When users click on results from another search engine they will see the ads from that search engine, as a trade-off for Infoseek's use of the results. "We have a standard for our own search, that if people use our results, we demand they show our ads," Rose said. "We're just keeping that policy with this product." Infoseek cites research that states 75 percent of users generally use more than one search engine to find the information they want, while 25 percent use multiple search engines for the same query. Virtual University Virtually Empty Just 10 students have enrolled in the Western Governors University since the Internet-based school spanning 17 states opened its virtual doors this month. The school is still processing 75 applications. WGU spokesman Jeff Xouris said enrollment has been snarled by problems - computer problems. Officials had set an enrollment goal of 1,000 by the end of this term. "It would have been great to have a massive enrollment when we first (opened), but we're finding students want to know more ... they want to find out about the university, how it works," said Jeff Edwards, WGU's director of marketing. "It's a real new idea." The idea for a virtual university came out of a Western Governors Association meeting three years ago as a way of serving sparsely populated areas at a low cost. WGU has a staff of about 20 working in Denver and Salt Lake City and has raised $9.5 million in public and private funds so far. It does not offer any of its own classes, but acts as a broker for Internet and television classes provided by existing schools, who charge whatever they want. The university has not received accreditation and currently offers only two-year associate of arts degrees. In addition to the Internet classes, WGU offers competency-based degrees which will be awarded to students who pass WGU's tests. There are no requirements that any classes be taken. That is one of the reasons for the slow enrollment, Edwards said. Students want to talk to WGU advisers to learn more about how to get a degree, not just take a few courses. Hackers Become Security Consultants The hacker calling himself Mudge pushed his long hair back, scratched his beard and stared at the computer screen. He knew there was something wrong with the data traffic he was watching, but what was it? A week earlier, Mudge and his fellow hackers in their hangout known as the L0pht - pronounced "loft" - had acquired some software that was supposed to let computers talk to each other in code. But as Mudge watched the data he realized someone else was doing the same and maybe even decoding it, which shouldn't happen. "So you are saying that you're using DES to communicate between the computers?" Mudge recalled asking representatives of the software maker. Yes, they said, they were using DES, a standard encryption method that for years was considered virtually uncrackable. But this wasn't DES, thought Mudge. It's almost as if... whoa. He blinked and felt the adrenaline kick in. This wasn't secure at all. In fact, the encoding was only slightly more complex than the simple cyphers kids did in grade school - where "A" is set to 1, "B" is set to 2, and so on. The company was selling this software as a secure product, charging customers up to $10,000. And yet, it had a security hole big enough to waltz through. Instead of exploiting this knowledge, Mudge confronted the company. "You realize there isn't any secure or 'strong' encoding being used in your communications between the computers, don't you?" he asked. "Well..." "And that you claimed you were using DES to encrypt the data," he stressed. "That will go in the next revision." Mudge is a "real" hacker - one who used to snoop around the nation's electronic infrastructure for the sheer love of knowing how it worked. His kind today are sighted about as often as the timberwolf, and society has attached to them the same level of legend. Like the wolf, they were once considered a scourge. Law enforcement and telecommunication companies investigated and arrested many of them during the late 1980s and early '90s. Today, many elite hackers of the pas are making a go at legitimate work, getting paid big bucks by Fortune 500 companies to explore computer networks and find the weak spots. And none too soon. The void left by the old hackers has been filled by a new, more destructive generation. So today, Mudge - who uses a pseudonym like others in the hacker community, a world where anonymity keeps you out of trouble - wears a white hat. As part of L0pht, the hacker think tank, he and six comrades hole up in a South End loft space in Boston and spend their evenings peeling open software and computer networks to see how they work. When they find vulnerabilities in supposedly secure systems, they publish their findings on the World Wide Web in hopes of embarrassing the companies into fixing the problems. A recent example: They posted notice via the Internet of a problem that makes Lotus Notes vulnerable to malicious hackers. A Lotus spokesman said the company was aware of the flaw but it was extremely technical and unlikely to affect anyone. The hackers at L0pht have made enemies among industry people, but they command respect. They were even called to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs in May. Why do they publish what they find? "If that information doesn't get out," Mudge replies, "then only the bad guys will have it." The "bad guys" are the hacker cliche: secretive teen-age boys lurking online, stealing credit card numbers, breaking into Pentagon systems, and generally causing trouble. One of L0pht's members, Kingpin, was just such a cad when he was younger, extending his online shenanigans to real-world breaking and entering. Today, L0pht keeps him out of mischief, he said. "We're like midnight basketball for hackers," said Weld Pond, another member. Malicious hacking seems to be on the rise. Nearly two out of three companies reported unauthorized use of their computer systems in the past year, according to a study by the Computer Security Institute and the FBI. Another study, from Software AG Americas, said 7 percent of companies reported a "very serious" security breach, and an additional 16 percent reported "worrisome" breaches. However, 72 percent said the intrusions were relatively minor with no damage. American companies spent almost $6.3 billion on computer security last year, according to research firm DataQuest. The market is expected to grow to $13 billion by 2000. Government computers are vulnerable, too. The Defense Department suffered almost 250,000 hacks in 1995, the General Accounting Office reported. Most were detected only long after the attack. This is why business booms for good-guy hackers. Jeff Moss, a security expert with Secure Computing Inc., runs a $995-a-ticket professional conference for network administrators, where hackers-cum-consultants mingle with military brass and CEOs. "I don't feel like a sellout," said Moss, who wouldn't elaborate on his hacking background. "People used to do this because they were really into it. Now you can be into it and be paid." News reports show why such services are needed: * Earlier this month, hackers struck the Web site of The New York Times, forcing the company to shutter it for hours. Spokeswoman Nancy Nielsen said the break-in was being treated as a crime, not a prank. The FBI's computer crime unit was investigating. * This spring, two California teen-agers were arrested for trying to hack the Pentagon's computers. Israeli teen Ehud Tenebaum, a k a "The Analyzer," said he mentored the two on how to do it. The two Cloverdale, Calif., youths pleaded guilty in late July and were placed on probation. * Kevin Mitnick, the only hacker to make the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, was arrested in 1995, accused of stealing 20,000 credit card numbers. He remains in prison. A film called "TakeDown," about the electronic sleuthing that led to Mitnick's capture, is in the works. Comments protesting Mitnick's prosecution were left during the hack of the New York Times Web site. * In 1994, Vladimir Levin, a graduate of St. Petersburg Tekhnologichesky University, allegedly masterminded a Russian hacker gang and stole $10 million from Citibank computers. A year later, he was arrested by Interpol at Heathrow airport in London. * "Lemme tell ya," growled Mark Abene one night over Japanese steak skewers. "Kids these days, they got no respect for their elders." Abene, known among fellow hackers as Phiber Optik, should know. He was one of those no-account kids in the 1980s when he discovered telephones and computers. For almost 10 years, he wandered freely through the nation's telephone computer systems and, oh, the things he did and saw. * Celebrities' credit reports were his for the taking. Unlimited free phone calls from pilfered long-distance calling card numbers. Private phone lines for his buddies, not listed anywhere. And the arcane knowledge of trunk lines, switches, the entire glory of the network that connected New York City to the rest of the world. But Abene's ticket to ride was canceled in January 1994, when, at age 22, he entered Pennsylvania's Schuylkill Prison to begin serving a year-and-a-day sentence for computer trespassing. The FBI and the Secret Service described him as a menace. The sentencing judge said Abene, as a spokesman for the hacking community, would be made an example. And yet, to many in the digital community, Abene's offenses amounted to unbridled curiosity. He was just a kid poking around, doing what teen-age boys do, going to places they're told to avoid. "Phree Phiber Optik" pins appeared. Many felt Abene embodied the hacker ethic espoused by his friend and fellow hacker, Paul Stira: "Thou Shalt Not Destroy." With black hair parted in the middle and falling to the center of his back, a thin beard ringing his mouth, the 26-year-old Abene still looks like a mischievous kid. Hacking, he said, is hardwired in boys. When they play with toys when they're young, they break them, then try to figure out how the parts fit back together. He added, "For some of us, it just never goes away." Still, the hackers of the 1980s and early '90s have grown up. Some got busted, others simply graduated from college and fell out of the scene. Today, many want to be seen as mainstream, said Jeremy Rauch, a network security expert for Secure Computing Inc. When it's time to talk consulting contracts with major corporations, the hair gets neatly combed, the suit replaces the combat boots and black T-shirt, and the counterculture rhetoric gets toned down. A hacker in San Francisco who edits the online publication Phrack and goes by the pseudonym Route talks about his job at a security firm as a sign of maturity. Contentedly, he notes he can work from home, write as much code as he can and never punch a clock. "Are there still hackers out there?" asked Mike Godwin, counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a cyber-rights group. In the early 1990s, he pushed hard for the EFF to champion Abene and other members of the cyber gang Masters of Deception. By 1993, he said, hysteria surrounding hackers began to sputter, to be replaced by a fear of pornography. "There never were very many hackers," he said, not major ones, anyway. Mainly, they were and are "this tiny minority of 13- to 18-year-olds who learned how to make toll-calls for free." Today's younger hackers pull programs off the Web that sniff for passwords and unlock backdoors automatically. It's the equivalent of rattling every door on a street and finally getting lucky, chancing upon one that's unlocked. As for the true hackers of the first generation, Godwin said: "These guys are genuinely smart and genuinely have a fascination with the technology. And they're mostly harmless." What do younger hackers say to all this? Not much, if you judge by interviews at DefCon6.0, the sixth annual hacker forum and party held in Las Vegas at the end of July. Some said they hack to learn. Others took a counter-culture stance: hacking as civil disobedience. They wouldn't give names or talk specifically about any criminal activities. It was as if they wanted to present themselves as blank slates, upon which the fears of their on-wired elders could be inscribed. 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Drop us an Email with your address. A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed [Image] Edupage Contents Hatch Warns FTC To Handle Intel Case Judge Rejects Microsoft Request With Care To Limit Testimony WebTV May Fade Out In Two Years-Says Universities Push Professors To Dataquest Retain Copyrights Computer Companies Back Digital Display Technology Compaq To Use Alpha Chip Scandal Debates Stall Technology Broadcom Packs Cable-Modem Bills Circuitry On A Chip New AMD Chip Means Lower-Priced Laptops The Check Is Still In The Mail... Ticketmaster Offers Site With A View Chrysler Goes With Wintel Workstations A Search Engine's Search Engine Web Offers Kinder-Gentler Market Research Net Surfing Vs. Channel Surfing Gigamachines By The Millennium Invisible Worlds Wants To Map The Call-Block Service Designed To Internet Defeat Telemarketers Two Best-Selling Personal Computers Jetson-Like Communications Aircraft Start-Up Juniper Networks Challenges Cisco On Routers Free Internet Service In The U.K. Transpac Network Will Link U.S. And Asian-Pacific Universities HATCH WARNS FTC TO HANDLE INTEL CASE WITH CARE Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch says that the Federal Trade Commission needs to be "careful" in its pursuit of Intel Corp. for alleged antitrust violations. In contrast to the case the Justice Department is pursuing against Microsoft Corp., the senator noted there is a tension between intellectual property rights and antitrust law, which is "at the heart of the FTC's current Intel case." The FTC's case alleges that Intel violated antitrust law when it denied three of its customers -- Digital Equipment, Intergraph Corp. and Compaq Computer -- technical information they needed to develop computer systems based on Intel chips. Hatch says, "FTC and antitrust enforcers generally should be rather certain that any effort to enforce intellectual property rights both is intended to and actually will injure competition in a in a significant way, before concluding that it represents monopolistic behavior." (Reuters 18 Sep 98) JUDGE REJECTS MICROSOFT REQUEST TO LIMIT TESTIMONY The federal judge presiding over the government's antitrust suit against Microsoft, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, has ruled against a request by Microsoft to prevent the Justice Department and 20 state attorney from introducing into the proceedings details of meetings between Microsoft executives and executives at Intel, Apple, Sun, and RealNetworks. Government lawyers assert that the meetings show a pattern of abusive power by Microsoft to force other companies to abandon projects competitive to its own interests. (Washington Post 18 Sep 98) WEBTV MAY FADE OUT IN TWO YEARS, SAYS DATAQUEST A consumer applications analyst at Dataquest says the future of WebTV and the use of set-top boxes to access the Internet will be short-lived. "The set-top box on its own really has no future," says Dataquest's Paul O'Donovan. "The stand-alone set-top box will just disappear. They will probably disappear in the next 18 months to two years as digital television arrives... But in the long term, the functionality will appear within the TV or through digital set-top boxes." With regard to WebTV, O'Donovan says, "Microsoft has a history of announcing bold technology strategies and being perfectly prepared to drop them if they don't work. They may take the technology of WebTV and put it in other devices." (TechWeb 18 Sep 98) UNIVERSITIES PUSH PROFESSORS TO RETAIN COPYRIGHTS There's a growing movement among academicians and their institutions to retain the copyright on articles published in scholarly journals, rather than turning those rights over to the publisher as is usual. The California Institute of Technology will be hosting a three-month-long discussion of the subject on an electronic network, beginning Oct. 1. "It became clear to me," says Caltech provost Steven Koonin, "that copyright is the linchpin. If you're going to change that system, copyright is the nexus that you have to go after." Other universities now considering turning the tables on publishers include Yale University and the University of Kansas. Koonin says he'd like to see Caltech and its faculty members jointly own the copyrights to journal articles and license those rights to publishers on a limited basis. "The publishers have basically been getting a free good up to this point -- which is the copyright." Meanwhile, publishers are not enthusiastic about the movement, and an Elsevier Science VP says she has "serious reservations" about a university policy that would require its professors to retain their copyrights. (Chronicle of Higher Education 18 Sep 98) COMPUTER COMPANIES BACK DIGITAL DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY A group of high-tech companies, including Intel, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft and Dell, say they will work together to promote a display technology developed by closely held Silicon Image. The cooperative effort is aimed at accelerating the adoption of flat-panel displays that will slim down the look of PCs, improve the image quality, and take perhaps $100 off the price of each display. (Wall Street Journal 18 Sep 98) COMPAQ TO USE ALPHA CHIP Compaq's Tandem division will use the Alpha chip, which it acquired as part of its purchase last year of the Digital Equipment Corporation, in its high-end Himalaya computers starting in 2000, replacing the MIPS System processor that Tandem has used since 1988. (San Jose Mercury News 18 Sep 98) SCANDAL DEBATES STALL TECHNOLOGY BILLS Among the bills put on the back burner because of current Washington distractions are: Internet taxes, visas for technology workers, encryption rules, copyright protections for digital material, digital materials, and tax credits for research. Whichever bills failed to pass before the 105th Congress adjourns will die, and will need to be reintroduced into the 106th Congress next January. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 19 Sep 98) BROADCOM PACKS CABLE-MODEM CIRCUITRY ON A CHIP Broadcom Corp. has developed a single chip that combines functions normally found on a three-chip set, promising lower prices for the modem boxes that provide cable Internet service. The chips are expected to sell for $50 each in relatively small lots, and economies of scale could bring the price much lower. That's good news for cable operators who hope to capitalize on their larger "pipeline" into the home. So far, operators have been buying the necessary boxes for about $500 apiece and renting them to customers. But cheaper chips could bring the cost of the boxes down below $200 -- a price point that would transform the boxes into a standard retail product, much like today's telephone line modems. "That's where the business must go to work," says a senior semiconductor analyst with International Data Corp. (Wall Street Journal 21 Sep 98) NEW AMD CHIP MEANS LOWER-PRICED LAPTOPS Advanced Micro Devices has developed a new 300 megahertz microprocessor that it plans to sell for $229 -- less than half of the $637 that Intel sells its comparable Pentium II chip for. AMD says customers for the new K6-300 product include No. 1 PC maker Compaq Computer. The disparity in price between Intel's 300 megahertz chip and AMD's will mean that computer makers could shave prices on laptop computers from $3,000 to somewhere between $2,000 and $2,500. "There is no question that notebook prices are coming down," says an analyst with ARS Inc., a market research firm. "I think you'll see more impact next year and a reaction from Intel to speed the introduction of new technology." A spokesman from Intel responds, "We welcome competition." (Wall Street Journal 22 Sep 98) THE CHECK IS STILL IN THE MAIL... More than 47.4 billion business and personal checks were printed last year, up 1.4% from 1996. "Checks are a U.S., Canada and U.K. phenomenon," says a Citibank VP. "In the U.S., having more than 12,000 banks and savings and loans makes it hard to agree on electronic standards, which encourages checks." Not only that, but banks benefit from selling all those checks, to the tune of $1.7 billion last year -- that doesn't include the additional $1 billion they made charging for bounced checks. And issuing paper checks enables the banks to keep closer tabs on their customers. When people move, one of the first things they do is order new checks. But all this may be changing -- a new standard called IFX is due out in February, which will enable consumers to receive bills online from any vendor, and analysts say people are much more likely to pay an electronic invoice electronically (and, conversely, a paper bill with a paper check). "When checkless transactions do catch on, the adoption rate will be tremendous," predicts a Deutsche Bank analyst. (Investor's Business Daily 22 Sep 98) TICKETMASTER OFFERS SITE WITH A VIEW Beginning in early October, Ticketmaster's Web site will include an image of the view a customer would have from the seat he or she is selecting. Eighty venues across the country -- including the Great Western Forum, Madison Square Garden, and the United Center of Chicago -- will be included in the initial rollout. Smaller theaters will use still photos to convey the user's perspective, but the larger concert halls and stadiums have been mapped using three-dimensional computerized modeling software. (Los Angeles Times 21 Sep 98) CHRYSLER GOES WITH WINTEL WORKSTATIONS Chrysler Corp. says that over the next few years, it will be replacing its Unix workstations with machines based on Intel Pentium II Xeon chips running Microsoft's Windows NT software. The company currently owns some 4,000 IBM RS/6000 and Silicon Graphics Octane workstations. (Wall Street Journal 22 Sep 98) A SEARCH ENGINE'S SEARCH ENGINE Direct Hit Technologies Inc. offers a HotBot search engine aid that trims the number of links produced by an inquiry to just the top 10 sites, based on which sites are clicked on when a similar request has been made in the past. Each time a link is selected, it moves a little bit higher on the list. Another ranking system, called Google, does essentially the same thing, but in this case the Web sites are rated by the number of other sites linked to them. The higher the number of links, the higher ranking the site is accorded. (Business Week 28 Sep 98) WEB OFFERS KINDER, GENTLER MARKET RESEARCH When market researchers choose to use the Net to reach you, they may be sparing you some phone calls during the dinner hour. John Gilbert, the marketing research manager at United Parcel Service says, "When you do an e-mail or Web-based survey, you're less intrusive with a respondent. On the Internet, they can respond at their own leisure. They can do it after hours if necessary. They can give it much more thought." Gilbert worries that market research may be confused with spamming. "A lot of people are getting spammed. It's certainly undermining more legitimate marketing." (Reuters/San Jose Mercury News 18 Sep 98) NET SURFING VS. CHANNEL SURFING As people become active surfer on the Internet, do they watch less television? A study commissioned by Discovery Networks has concluded that, as households begin to use the Internet, television use by teenagers tends to drop but use by everyone else tends to increase. (New York Times 21 Sep 98) GIGAMACHINES BY THE MILLENNIUM Tomorrow's computer users will escalate their search for ever more computing power, as they begin to take advantage of technologies such as speech software and voice e-mail. "You will want a gigahertz machine for multimedia, three-dimensional graphics, continuous speech input, visualization, video conferencing and so on," says the VP and general manager of business platforms at Intel. "We will also introduce 'constant computing' to utilize the unused idle power." Meanwhile, a researcher at IBM predicts, "By the millennium, 50 million people will be using speech software to control their computers. You will be able to ask your browser to find you things on penguins in Antarctica or dictate your e-mails, which will be multimedia, so instead of dictating the text you could record your voice and it would automatically arrive at either the recipient's PC or telephone. People will realize that voice is more valuable than the same words recorded as text." (Financial Times 23 Sep 98) INVISIBLE WORLDS WANTS TO MAP THE INTERNET Internet software developers Carl Malamud and Marshall Rose have founded Invisible Worlds, Inc. with the goal of creating a way to navigate the Internet using maps that portray the relationships between computers and information as three-dimensional space. "We think you should be able to take your mouse or joystick and drive around the Internet," says Malamud. "One of the reasons the Web seems so chaotic is there is no way to see it visually." The navigational tools, which will be available some time next year, will be known as the Blocks protocol. Initially, users will view the interactive maps using their Web browsers, but Malamud hopes to someday offer map-viewing software with more powerful visualization features. Malamud traces his inspiration to the work of such writers as Thomas Pynchon, whose "Mason & Dixon" novel celebrates the role that the cartographer can play in defining uncharted territory. (New York Times 23 Sep 98) CALL-BLOCK SERVICE DESIGNED TO DEFEAT TELEMARKETERS Ameritech has developed a service called Privacy Manager that intercepts calls that can not be traced with Called ID and then has an automated voice ask who is calling. If the caller fails to respond to that question, the system hangs up; it the caller replies, the system dials the customer who can then still choose to accept or reject the call. (USA Today 23 Sep 98) TWO BEST-SELLING PERSONAL COMPUTERS The PC Data market research firm says the two best-selling personal computer systems for the month of August were Hewlett-Packard's Pavilion 6330 (Windows-based) and Apple's iMac system. The HP 6330 represented 8.6 percent of all systems sold, while the iMac rang in with 7.1 percent of sales. The iMac was only available for sale 17 days in August. (C/Net News.Com 23 Sep 98) JETSON-LIKE COMMUNICATIONS AIRCRAFT A new aircraft called High Altitude Long Operation-Proteus is designed to circle for hours some 50,000 feet high over major cities, functioning like a communications relay satellite does in space and carrying broadband wireless services, including high-speed Internet access and video-teleconferencing. A region might receive 24-hour service from a fleet of three planes, each flown by two-man crews on eight-hour shifts, with each aircraft flying fixed patterns providing coverage to an area 75 miles in diameter. Industry analyst Jeffrey Kagan says, "I knew it wouldn't be too long before the Jetsons became reality. In the next several years, you will see truckloads of methods for delivering high speed methods of data to homes and offices." (San Jose Mercury News 23 Sep 98) START-UP JUNIPER NETWORKS CHALLENGES CISCO ON ROUTERS Start-up Juniper Networks Inc. is taking on Cisco Systems with what it claims is the first router designed especially for the Internet. The Juniper M40 processes more data at a time than Cisco's high-end GSR-12000, says an analyst at RHK, a telecom research firm: "These guys have the most realistic threat to Cisco on the high end." The M40 router is enhanced by IBM's Internet Processor chip, which, combined with Juniper's Junos routing software allows users not only to retrieve Web pages and send e-mail, but also do more advanced things like send audio and video across networks. (Investor's Business Daily 23 Sep 98) FREE INTERNET SERVICE IN THE U.K. British consumer electronics retailer Dixons Group and telecommunications firm Energis are teaming up to provide a free Internet service to citizens in the U.K. Users will not be required to pay any registration or usage fees, but will be charged $1.68 a minute for technical support. The move is expected to force other Internet service providers in that country to reevaluate their pricing structures. (Wall Street Journal 23 Sep 98) TRANSPAC NETWORK WILL LINK U.S. AND ASIAN-PACIFIC UNIVERSITIES Indiana University has won a five-year $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create (jointly with the Asia Pacific Advanced Network consortium) a computer network that will give American universities access to a great number of research and educational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. The network will be called Transpac. (AP 23 Sep 98) NEW! [BITSBYTES.GIF (64527 bytes)] by R. F. Mariano Whew!!! 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Your company's color ad, banner or teaser as described/submitted by you or designed by us, will appear in either STReport International Magazine or on our Website (your choice). STReport is published and released weekly on Fridays Evenings. (except for July and August when it is released once a month) Trade-outs and Special Arrangements are available. MAIL us at: STR Publishing, Inc. PO Box 58094 Jacksonville, Florida 32241-8094 Email us at: email@example.com or, for quick action call us at: VOICE: 904-292-9222 10am/5pm edt * FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs The Linux Advocate #20 September 25th, 1998 by Scott Dowdle firstname.lastname@example.org ICQ UIN: 15509440 LOGIN: Two weeks sure did role by fast. I'd like to take this opportunity to mention how great I think three Linux sites are. This isn't the first time I've mentioned them nor will it be the last. Computer Industry News and Rumors - Slashdot - The BEST source of Linux News - Linux Weekly News - Unix Software News - Freshmeat - All three sites have had so much traffic over the past couple of weeks, that at peak times they aren't able to serve it all, so bare that in mind. NEWS: Item #1: Intel looks to Linux community for help with UDI - In yet another show of respect towards Linux, Intel announced that they really need the help of the Linux community on a project they have decided to support, the Uniform Driver Interface (UDI) project. The following URL even mentions that the Intel people even spoke directly to Linus Torvalds on this issue. Information on the UDI project may be found in the following URL: http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/1998/37/ns-5501.htm Linux Weekly News http://lwn.net also carries the UDI story as the lead item in this week's issue. Item #2: People hated OS/2 and network computers; why don't they hate Linux? - Yet another article by Nicholas Petreley... who mentions that he is "soon to be editorial director of a Webzine called LinuxWorld". This one explains why there doesn't seem to be a negative feeling in the press about Linux. http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayNew.pl?/petrel/980921np.htm Item #3: VAR Resuscitates NT Server: Microserver Solution Solves Heart Clinic's Network Overload - Here's an article that details a Heart Clinic's struggle with Windows NT and their eventual switch over to an Internet Toaster like device (toaster as in plug it in and it works) called the Cobalt Qube. Column readers will remember that I did a brief overview, including a picture, of the Colbalt Qude in edition #13 (http://www.icstech.com/~dowdle/LA/LA-13.html). The Cobalt Qube is a custom designed device that runs Linux and uses a WWW form based System Administration system. http://www.techweb.com/se/directlink.cgi?CRN19980921S0076 Item #4: NASA Tackles Computer Crime Workload In-House - Gee, seems like I've been ignoring all of the Beowulf press lately so I thought I'd include this one. It's another story about the security system that NASA has set up. When you go to the following URL, you'll find the article about two-thirds down in the content... just FIND IN PAGE "NASA" and you'll jump right to it. Here's a sample from the top of the article, "Analyzing computer-crime evidence and tracking cybercriminals has gone from taking weeks to mere minutes, now that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Computer Crimes Division (CCD) has employed Beowulf." http://www.govtech.net:80/gtmag/1998/sept/news/news.shtm Item #5: Now and Zen - In an article in detailing Novell's NetWare 5, the author does a comparison between Netware, NT, and Linux. Who do you think he picked as best Network Operating System? Well, considering I'm mentioning it, you can bet it's Linux. Anyway, there is a decent comparison of networking features so check it out if connectivity interests you. http://www.ehsco.com/opinion/19980917.html Item #6: IBM to announce DB2 for Linux - The San Francisco Chronicle ran a piece by Tom Abate about competition in the hard drive manufacturing business. Oddly enough, there was a mention that IBM was expected to announce an upgrade for their DB2 enterprise database. One of the new features is that they have a Linux version now. While I don't know much about IBM's DB2, from what I understand, IBM has been primarily marketing it on their AS400 systems. With DB2 becoming available for Linux, it can now be moved off the expensive AS400 hardware and onto cheaper, PC hardware... assuming IBM just supports Intel Linux. I'm sure if the product becomes popular enough on Intel Linux, they'd make it available for Alpha Linux. I doubt porting between the different platforms of Linux would difficult at all if they released DB2 in source format but I don't expect that to ever happen. Usually porting from one platform of Linux to another is only a matter of recompiling... with little or no modification to the source code. Here's a quote from the passage --- "tomorrow IBM will announce that it is porting DB2 to the freeware Linux operating system, something that would have been unthinkable in the company's button-down days." The URL follows: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1998/09/22/BU52203.DTL Item #7: Caldera and Sybase, Caldera's Latest Moves - Speaking of database systems, here's details of yet another database maker moving into the Linux market, but this time in a more direct way... working out an arrangement with a major Linux distribution maker. Here's a blurb, "Today, Caldera and Sybase co-announced that the Sybase Adaptive Server, Enterprise Edition is now available for Linux. The version being shipped is 126.96.36.199, the same version available for other platforms. The Sybase product will be available on both the Caldera and Sybase web sites. It will also be included with the Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 product, which will be available on September 28." There's more to the press release so feel free to find out more at the following URL: http://www.linuxresources.com/news/calderasybase.html Item #8: SuSE introduces Office 99 - In what seems a breakthrough in pricing, SuSE announced that they will be offering the latest version of ApplixWare (v4.4.1) with their fantastic SuSE Linux 5.3 distribution. The price is slated to be $79.95 which includes the full version of ApplixWare with ApplixBuilder and ApplixData. Details are kind of sketchy (their German site seems to differ from the USA site so I'm not sure of the details). Oddly enough, this happens right after Red Hat Software announced that they are giving back ApplixWare to the Applix folks to concentrate more on their distribution. In any event, you can check for the latest developments by checking out the following URL... more on this next column I'm sure. http://www.suse.com/Product/Office99/ SPOTLIGHT: Wabi - A Windows Emulator? Not really. About two months ago, I picked up a copy of Wabi from the LinuxMall folks http://www.linuxmall.com mainly because the price is so low (less than $50) these days. I had seen and played with Wabi about a year ago and the product really hasn't changed in that time... but I did install my newly purchased copy and give it a run through. I don't really have a need for the product, so I doubt I'll actually use it very often, but I can also envision that it might come in handy some day. What is Wabi? Many people call Wabi, "A Windows Emulator," but it really isn't. While Wabi is certified to run a certain number of Windows 3.x applications, it really doesn't run then under an emulator. You see, one has to have a copy of Microsoft Windows 3.x in order for Wabi to do its thing. In fact, the first time you run Wabi after installing it, it asks for Windows disks so that you can install Microsoft Windows on your filesystem. There are two basic strategies for installing Windows in Wabi... a single, shared copy of Windows, or a copy of Windows for each user who plans on using Wabi. That might sound crazy... to have a copy of Windows installed for each user that wants to run Wabi, but it makes sense. You see, Windows wasn't designed for a multiuser environment and has no method to story individual user preferences... ie, the storage of system preferences in Windows 3.x is global. By allowing each Wabi user to install their own copy of Windows (generally to their own home directory area), each Windows user now has the ability to store their own Windows settings and Windows software, without interfering with any other Windows user on the system. Each copy of Windows lives in its own little world and is under totally control of the user who owns it. Hmmm, perhaps I should give Wabi more credit because it actually runs Windows without DOS... so there obviously is quite a bit of emulation going on. Wabi History Wabi is a product developed by SunSoft, a division of Sun Microsystems. I'm not sure if SunSoftactually exists anymore because I know Sun reorganized several months back, and merged several of its divisions. Ah well, that really isn't important. Somewhere along the way, Caldera Inc. and SunSoft struck a deal to have Wabi ported to Linux... so now we have a version available for Linux. Wabi Installation As with virtually all software these days, Wabi comes on CD-ROM. I'm not going to assume that every Linux user is the master of his own machine because there are a lot of people living on networks these days... and having to rely on a System Administrator to install software for you. Wabi requires the installer to be able to mount a CD-ROM with execution permissions set for it so that the install script may be run directly from the CD. There are probably ways around that but I'm not going to discuss them here. Anyway, once Wabi is installed on the machine, each user may install their own copy of Windows or the System Administrator may set up a global, shared copy. My use of Wabi was on my own machine and I'm the only one using it so most of things were non-issues for me. Oh, by the way, Wabi does not come with a copy of Windows 3.x; You have to provide your own copy. Finding a new copy of Windows 3.11 might be a daunting task these days but many of us old timers have multiple copies of Windows 3.x just laying around taking up shelf space. Windows installation After Wabi is installed, it handles the process of installing Windows and it's pretty darn easy... kind of like the real thing... you just feed it the Windows disks and a progression scroll bar fills in as you go along. Wabi works with all versions of Windows 3.x included Workgroups for Windows. Using Windows applications Wabi is only certified to work on a number of Windows software titles (list included below) but I've found that most everything I tried worked fine, even if it wasn't guaranteed to work. Any Windows 3.x stuff that was written for the WS-32 32-bit libraries will not work as Wabi is only for true 16-bit applications. Who remembers the hybrid 32-bit support they offered on Windows with that hybrid library? A lot of Windows 3.x software vendors relied on the 32-bit library there near the later stages of Windows 3.x's popularity. Applications Certified to work with Wabi * Microsoft Excel 5.0 and 4.0 * Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0 and 2.0 * Microsoft PowerPoint 4.0 and 3.0 * Microsoft Access 2.0 * Microsoft Mail Client 3.2 * Microsoft Office 4.3 * Microsoft Project 4.0 and 3.0 * Microsoft Windows 3.1 * Microsoft Windows 3.11 * Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11 * Microsoft Schedule+ 1.0 * Intuit Quicken 4.0 and 3.0 * Intuit Quicken Deluxe 4.0 * Paradox for Windows 5.0 and 4.5 * Quattro Pro for Windows 6.0 and 5.0 * WordPerfect for Windows 6.1 and 6.0a * CorelDRAW 4.0 and 3.0 * Harvard Graphics 3.0 and 2.0 * Aldus PageMaker 5.0 and 4.0 * ProComm Plus 2.11 and 1.02 * Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows 5.0 and 4.0 * Lotus Amipro 3.1 * Lotus Approach 3.02 and 2.1 * Lotus Notes Client 3.3 and 3.0c * Lotus Organizer 2.1 and 1.1 * Lotus SmartSuite 4.0 and 3.1 * Lotus WordPro 96 * Lotus cc:Mail Client 2.2 and 2.03 * Lotus Freelance Graphics 2.1 and 2.01 Who would want to use Wabi? That's a good question. Considering the nature of most Windows software, especially titles made by Microsoft themselves, the usefulness of running legacy Win 3.x stuff seems rather moot. Take for example the headaches of data file exchange between different versions of the same application software. However, if you still work with a lot of 16-bit Windows 3.x stuff, I'm sure Wabi would come in very handy. How does Wabi Perform? It seemed to run full speed, although we aren't talking about running video games here, rather applications. This is actually surprising considering that Wabi runs Windows just like any other program on your X Window System desktop. To Linux, Windows is just another program. Limitations of Wabi Wabi only runs in 8-bit color mode so if one typically runs the X Window System in 16, or 24-bit color, you'll have to restart in 8-bit color. This also means that Windows applications are run in 8-bit color as well. I have found a way around this though. It's not that friendly of a work around but it works just fine if you have a decent amount of RAM (32MB or more). Remember gold old VNC (Virtual Network Computing) from LA #18? Well, if one starts up a second copy of the X Windows System in 8-bit color, and then connects to it by running the vncviewer in the X Windows System at 16-bit color... you can run Wabi in VNC just fine. Of course, it's slower that way but it works just fine. DOS Emulation If you want to run DOS programs from the Program Manager (or whatever method you are used to using in Windows), you'll have to have a DOS emulator installed. I tried using the version of dosemu that comes with Red Hat 5.1 and I believe it comes setup with FreeDOS (no copy of MS-DOS needed). While I didn't give it much testing, from a cursory view, it seems to work fine. Where are the screenshots? I hope to include some screenshots of Wabi in action next column. I was running behind when I wrote this, and although I realize it is a big oversite on my part NOT to have any pictures this edition, that is just the way it has got to be. LOGOUT: As always, thanks for reading and feedback is welcome. Sorry I didn't get to proof read this edition too closely so enjoy the mistakes. :) Scott Dowdle [Image154.gif (8177 bytes)] STR Editor's Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" Editor's MailBag Messages * NOT EDITED * for content or spelling From: Erich and Tink Erdmann [email@example.com] Sent: Monday, September 21, 1998 1:33 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: clinton He is a liar....he deserves what he gets!!! So then I ask sure... sure... But you.... have NEVER Lied?? From: Erich and Tink Erdmann [email@example.com] Sent: Monday, September 21, 1998 10:49 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Clinton Yeah I have lied but NOT in court. President Idiot is suppose to be a leader and set an example for our children. He is unfit to lead and under the new terms set in 1974 with Hillary as one of the framers, he should be impeached. Clinton in addition to the Lewinsky mess has abused his power against common people like Billy Dale and invaded the privacy of numerous Republicans in filegate. Clinton may as well be a gestapo chief. Bill Clinton is a nazi tyrant. He deserves everything that is comming to him....I will watch with pleasure as his power is taken from him; ) From: greg_evans (GREG_EVANS) To: Ralph Mariano (STREPORT) DateTime: 9/17/98 8:56 PM Ralph, Thanks for the reply. I'm not going to comment on items which are personal preferences, just the couple of items which seemed to have been left as factual differemces. 1. The budget would not be in balance if the Treasury did not take excess Social Secirty receipts and replace them with I.O.Us which must be repaid by future tax revenues. I got my information from A. Jaeworth Robertson, the former Chief Actuary at the Social Security Administration. Oops, that's Haeworth. There is no Social Security trust fund, it's simply a bunch of I.O.U.'s in the form of Treasury bonds. Because of the changes to SS taxes in the early 80's the taxes collected today far exceed, by 10's of billions the amount being used by current beneficiaries. The excess is spent, not put away. I write software for employer retirement plans, this is my area of expertise. But at the same time it still sounds like the Republican rhetoric... slobbering all over themselves trying to drown Clinton. They just don't get it do they... they're going to destroy themselves. 2. My point on the 1994 election was in response to your statement about the Party resisting the will of the American people or some such. OK 3. Check the OIC law about Congress's ability to unfund the OIC. I'll see what I can find. I did and they're able to do so at the point the OIC is seeking further funding. 4. The 500 billion dollar deficit was an estimate. It's not that hard to figure out though, if we take the sum of insurnace premiums and claims. I gave the facts about the Balanced budget. Finally, thanks again for answering the "Letter". Thanks for understanding it in the spirit it was delivered also. I was concerned you might take it personally. Greg From: Jim [email@example.com] Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 2:06 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: REPUBLICANS vs BILL CLINTON If your comments are not ment as a joke....Your nuts! Thank god we don't have socailzed medicine. I didn't inhale, I didn't have sex..... The guy is a public discrace and a piss poor roll model for our kids. Don't try to justify his actions with past actions of others. Thanks... I needed a good laugh!! From: Greg Evans [email@example.com] Sent: Sunday, September 20, 1998 12:15 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: This weeks editorial... Hi Ralph, Just read your editorial and wanted to remind you that Richard Nixon never testified before a grand jury. "...Nixon and countless other BAD guys have had all the Grand Jury Investigative testimony KEPT SECRET. But not Bill Clinton." Ronald Reagan did, however and Lawrence Walsh released his 8 hours of videotaped testimony to the public the SAME DAY he testified. He certainly did so without Congress's permission. In the current case, Ken Starr received judicial permission to release the grand jury information. Congress then voted overwhelmingly (only 63 voted "NO") to release ALL materials by Sept.. 28. The majority of Democrats joined Republicans in that vote. Remember, the GOP only has 11 seats more than the Democrats. True, but Ronnie baby's testimony was a rehearsed, Republican Orchestrated, bag of noise put together for Him by George Bush and his CIA cronies. On the matter of last week's editorial... I am curious about why you chose to print my original letter and your reply but not my subsequent letter. Maybe Dana didn't forward it to you. In any case, the facts are that excess Social Security taxes are spent every year and that amount must later be repaid by future taxes. This is from the former Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration. The budget would be far from balanced if those excess SS taxes did not mask it. Why then are the Republicans so eager to dispose of the surplus in the form of tax cuts?? The 1994 election was not an incumbent election. If it had been, the GOP could not have gained the majority in the House or Senate. Many, many Democrats lost and no Republican governor, representative or senator did. The fact that the Congress followed the Bush administration means nothing. The President doesn't appoint members of Congress. Your original argument was that the GOP has tried to thwart the people. You then changed that to thwarting the will of Bill Clinton. Those are not the same things. Ah, but the FACT that Congress DID follow the Bush administration meant EVERYTHING. We are "enjoying" the benefits of that debacle today. People used to feel the same way about law enforcement as you feel about this President. "Hey, at least the crime rate's low, who cares if the sheriff is a crook himself." In this case, it's the economy instead of crime that's the overriding factor. If you like President Clinton, that's fine. If you think he's done a good job, great. If those opinions are supported by facts why pretend that the facts don't matter when it comes to the law. I'd like to hear you tell Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, etc. that you think it's okay for the President to expose himself, touch their bodies, kiss them, etc. because the economy is good. Think about the women you care about and imagine yourself saying the same things. My daddy once told me something about these "kiss tell" women... no matter how much they protest, you have to remember... You simply cannot thread a needle unless its held still". I missed the reference to George Bush being behind this investiagtion when I read your reply online. What??? Where did you get that from? Give me facts, here Ralph. Come now, do you really think I'm going to reveal sources and instances that can point to my sources of info?? George Bush is perhaps one of the most powerful men alive today. I'm sure Bill Clinton sees his redemption in a Jimmy Carter post- Presidency like rahabilitation. President Carter is an honest man and what he's done after leaving office, both very good and not so good (North Korea was not so good) are a continuation of the man he was while in office. He may be seen more favorably now and there is some satisfaction inseeing an honest man be successful. No, I'm sorry but Bill Clinton will not be Jimmy Carter. I'm afraid, given his proclivities, he'll be more like PeeWee Herman. Some day he'll either get arrested or get himself beat up by some woman's husband or father. If someone does.... they'll be justifiably arrested and incarcerated for the commission of a felony. What's your point?? Please, you've been a pleasure to debate this with.... don't go getting emotional on me now. <g> From: Mitchell, John [email@example.com] Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 1998 6:55 PM To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org' Subject: Your Stance On Clinton What you need to know about me: 1. I voted for Clinton. 2. I have been involved in a lawsuit and the deposition process. 3. I don't care what he did with Monica Lewinsky. President Clinton lied under oath in the Paula Jones deposition. His lie(s) led to that lawsuit being dismissed SO SHE DIDN'T GET HER DAY IN COURT! I can't continue to support Clinton because if I do, it is saying to everyone, "It's OK to lie in a deposition if you want to. The truth doesn't have to be told even when you promise TO GOD that you will tell the truth." Don't you understand that? What Clinton did during the deposition process is an affront to every American who relies on the court system for "justice". If the President gets away with this, why should any American feel compelled to tell the truth in the future? The thinking will be, "Well, the President lied, so why shouldn't I?" Let's get personal about this: you sue your neighbor over something and the neighbor lies in their deposition and coaches their friends on how to give false depositions that will strengthen their defense. The judge throws out your lawsuit because of the lies that are entered into evidence. HOW DO YOU NOW FEEL??? THAT is the question. Clinton has caused a Constitutional crisis because he lied under oath. I don't care how "fine" he thinks he split the legal hairs in his deposition, he LIED and we all know it. Then he LIED to the American people in his remarks on January 17 and, as he said during the Nixon impeachment investigation, "If a President lies to the American people, he should resign." I agree with what Clinton said back then: HE SHOULD RESIGN! I can't trust him as my President any more. John Mitchell.... now there's a familiar name. Of course you make a valid point however dull.... but then who would trust what Paula Jones has to say?? [Image] Special Notice!! STR Infofile File format for Articles File Format for STReport All articles submitted to STReport for publication must be sent in the following format. Please use the format requested. Any files received that do not conform will not be used. The article must be in an importable word processor format for Word 6.0 and/or Word Perfect 7. The margins are .05" left and 1.0" Monospaced fonts are not to be used. 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Mariano, Editor email@example.com STReport International Online Magazine [image87.gif (45316 bytes)] Classics & Gaming Section Editor Dana P. Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" What a country live in! Imagine...the most rich, and the most powerful are being legally taken to task. The Republicans, they've got a big set of "scrotes"! Clinton's biggest problem was that he didn't pay enough attention to Monica for too long; she felt scorned; and she got even. You can't tell me that she didn't set up poor Billy-boy! Sure, she just happened to keep a dirty dress hanging around! He got caught - his only blunder. He was stupid and got caught with his pants around his ankles. Big deal. Like the rest of them are so squeaky clean... This entire event is so foolish yet look at the attention it's drawing. A media circus....a government lynch mob.....a public lack of interest or caring. 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Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! New England Patriots Take a "Time Out" With the PlayStation Game Console The PlayStation(R) game console, America's best-selling video game system, is heading to Foxboro Stadium for an afternoon with the New England Patriots. Patriots players will receive a welcome break from the rigors of practice with a PlayStation videogame tournament and a demonstration of great new games. Sony Computer Entertainment America will be visiting several teams during the season to fulfill the requests of NFL players and teams who have become PlayStation game console fanatics. PlayStation game consoles can be found in the locker rooms of 28 of the NFL's 30 teams and in one out of every 10 U.S. households. When: Thursday, September 24 4:30 p.m. (after practice) Where: Patriots Club Foxboro Stadium Visuals: * A behind-the-scenes look at New England Patriots players enjoying a break from the rigors of practice as they compete against each other in a PlayStation videogame tournament. * New England Patriots players playing top PlayStation sports games including Gran Turismo(TM), North America's top-selling videogame title. * Interviews with many New England Patriots players who are videogame fans. 989 Sports' Videogame MLB '99 Predicts Sammy Sosa Will be Home Run Leader MLB(tm) '99, the popular baseball videogame for the PlayStation(R) by 989 Sports, was played to predict Sammy Sosa finishing the 1998 season with 66 home runs, one ahead of Mark McGwire. MLB '99 is built with all the real teams and players and includes a Home Run Derby(tm) gameplay mode. Players are rated and designed to play to their actual ability, making 989 Sports' predictions worth paying attention to. MLB '99's state-of-the-art 3D game engine provides new polygonal graphics and real-time rendering, which translates into the realism of the gameplay. MLB '99 also features more than 300 new personalized moves and stances from the game's biggest stars, like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Electronic Arts Ships Moto Racer 2 for the PlayStation Sequel to Popular Motorcycle Racing Title Features Easy-to-Use 3-D Track Creator, 16 High-speed Motorcycles, 32 Challenging Tracks, Two Gameplay Modes and Enhanced Graphics SAN MATEO, Calif.- (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sept. 17, 1998 - Electronic Arts(TM), the world's largest interactive entertainment software company, announces the release of Moto Racer(TM) 2 for the PlayStation(R), the follow-up to last year's popular high-speed, arcade-style motorcycle racing title of the same name. The game delivers an intuitive, easy-to-use 3-D Track Creator to design custom courses, 32 pre-existing tracks, 16 motorcycle types, two different race modes, as well as enhanced graphics and weather effects. "Moto Racer 2 offers something different for every type of racing game fan. Players will find that this version delivers an impressive array of cool features and enhancements, while keeping true to the fun and addicting gameplay of the original Moto Racer," said Dave Davis, producer of the game. A key feature to Moto Racer 2 is the new 3-D Track Creator. The Track Creator -- which offers a simple, yet intuitive interface -- allows racers to create original tracks or customize existing ones quickly and easily by dragging the different "control points" with the controller. Players can race street or dirt bikes on customized or pre-set tracks set in five different realistic locales such as the Sahara Desert, the Amazon Rain Forest and the European countryside, to name a few. Additionally, racers can also save up to 120 tracks on a standard memory card, as well as create championship circuits that can be traded with other game players. Building upon the success of its predecessor, Moto Racer 2 delivers improved graphics including varying weather conditions such as rain and snow that directly affect the gaming experience. For instance, roads will become slippery when raining thus making it more difficult to maintain control of the bike, especially on turns. In addition, new real-time lighting effects, i.e. shading and highlighting, help create richer, more intense racing environments. Players now on sunlit courses can see 'moving' shadows of their bikes and their competitors bikes on the ground. The game can also be raced in both day and night times (with head and brake lights). Moto Racer 2 caters to racing enthusiasts of all types. Players can race in either arcade or simulation mode, depending on their preference. Arcade mode, which is similar to the original Moto Racer, offers motorcycles that are easy to handle, allowing for extremely fast racing action. Simulation mode features motorcycles that respond in a manner reflective of their real-life counterparts. For instance, if brakes are not used when required, such as speeding around a corner, the bike will slide out and crash. The game features intense ska/punk rock music from two up-and-coming West Coast bands, BottomDawg and The Have-Nots. Moto Racer 2 for the PlayStation can be raced two player via split screen and supports the Sony Dual Shock(TM) controller. Developed by Delphine Software International(TM), Moto Racer 2 for the PlayStation carries a suggested retail price of $49.95 and has an "E" ESRB rating. The PC version of the title will be available in early November. THQ Solves PlayStation Puzzle Void With New Game, "Devil Dice" CALABASAS, CALIF. (Sept. 23) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE - Sept. 23, 1998 - THQ Inc. is rolling its lucky number with the launch of "Devil Dice," a 3-D multiplayer puzzle game for the PlayStation game console. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., "Devil Dice" is now available in North America for a Suggested Retail Price of $39.95. This addicting puzzler challenges players to beat the clock or square off against each other in a frantic, high-speed circus of tumbling dice. Players can choose from four different game modes, ranging from mind-bending brainteasers to dizzying multiplayer wars. 'Devil Dice' is the ultimate puzzle game for every member of the family," said Michael Haller, senior vice president, THQ. "This irresistible entertainer combines all of the crucial elements that make up a great puzzle game -- once you start playing, you won't be able to stop. It has unlimited re-playability and its unusual brain-twisting puzzles are continuously challenging." The object in "Devil Dice" is to make as many dice disappear as possible by matching similar numbers of dice. To do this, players can choose from four different modes: Trial (1 player), Battle (1-2 players), War (1-5 players with a multi-tap) and Puzzle (1 player). In Trial mode, gamers control feisty devils that race across the tops of giant dice, feverishly turning them over in an attempt to group similar numbers. As the dice are lined up and cleared, new ones appear to keep the game moving. In Battle mode, players take on a friend or the computer, competing to be the first to line up three, four or five dice patterns. But be careful: opponents can steal patterns already lined up. The War mode is a 5-player simultaneous survival game. Each person (or computer opponent) has a life meter. As others line up dice, the number of dice they make disappear will be subtracted from everyone else's score. The object of Puzzle mode is to line up all the dice and make them vanish in a certain number of steps. If the challenger cannot line up the dice properly in the allotted number of steps, they must try again. Players will encounter five different types of dice as they progress through the game, adding to the difficulty of each puzzle. For example: Normal dice slide one square in any direction; Wood dice roll; Ice dice keep moving untilthey hit another block or the edge of the playing field; Stone dice can only be moved from the floor; and Iron dice won't move at all! THQ Sets Sail With Swashbuckling Pirate Adventure Game publisher THQ Inc. has raised the anchor on the new PC/Mac action-adventure game "RedJack: Revenge of the Brethren," shipping to retailers worldwide. "RedJack: Revenge of the Brethren" by CyberFlix, developer of the top-selling "Titanic: Adventure Out of Time," is available for a suggested retail price of $39.95. "With its immersive story, thrilling action sequences and rich, cinematic 3-D graphics, 'RedJack: Revenge of the Brethren' is a new kind of PC adventure game," said Brian J. Farrell, president and CEO, THQ. "Adventure fans will be enthralled by the intricate story and mind-boggling puzzles, not to mention the oddball cast of characters. Hardcore gamers will dive right into the real-time fight sequences. 'RedJack' has something for everybody." "We're very proud of 'RedJack,' and what we've been able to produce with the latest version of our DreamFactory technology," said Erik Quist, vice president and general manager, CyberFlix. "Since the release of 'Titanic,' our authoring technology has advanced considerably, and we think that the differences will be evident the first time people see 'RedJack' -- particularly with respect to the title's cinematic qualities and our new capabilities in creating animated characters." Quist continued: "What this title offers is feature film-styled animation and a full-fledged adventure epic delivered onto computer screens. Our aim has always been to broaden the scope of what adventure games can do, and 'RedJack' is one more step along that path." Featuring an epic storyline that combines a sweeping pirate legend, a mystery-riddled race for lost treasure and villainous danger at every turn, "RedJack: Revenge of the Brethren" establishes a new standard in adventure gaming. Gamers play as the hero, Nicholas Dove, a 17-year-old boy on tiny Lizard Point Island, who joins the crew of the renegade pirate ship Marauder to follow his destiny -- which may just hold a fortune in gold and treasure that has been hidden for 17 years by the infamous pirate legend RedJack. To claim the lost treasure, gamers must journey to exotic ports-of-call in the lawless West Indies and go blade to blade with cutthroats, assassins and ghosts. Gamers are aided along the way by Shoeless Lyle, a pirate from the Marauder, who teaches players how to defend themselves, sword fight, and fire pistols and cannons accurately -- all of the skills gamers will need to survive the many challenges that lie between them and their destinies. More than 40 challenging puzzles, fights and adventures will dog gamers throughout theirs travels through "RedJack: Revenge of the Brethren." Players may have to spring traps or find hidden passages before they can proceed. Items discovered earlier may be useful in solving these stumpers. When gamers reach a dead end, talk to friends; they may know or have something that will help solve the conundrum. Each of the characters gamers meet and interact with along the way is well developed and highly expressive -- the Magistrate's raised eyebrow or Elizabeth's shoulder shrug communicate as loudly as Bone's classic swashbuckling dialogue and Erzulies' voodoo incantations. Whether friends or enemies, "RedJack: Revenge of the Brethren's" colorful cast are as likely to make gamers laugh as they are to send a chill down one's spine. "RedJack: Revenge of the Brethren" boasts more than 20 interactive, 3-D characters in six stunning locales -- all in spectacular 32-bit color, as well as a haunting, atmospheric soundtrack with dynamic ambient effects. CyberFlix's patented DreamFactory technology provides players with the ability to move fluidly throughout the game's lush 3-D environments. Dark forests, mysterious villages and ruined temples are just a mouse click away. Accolade's Test Drive Off-Road 2 To Feature 20 Licensed Vehicles SAN JOSE, CALIF. (Sept. 22) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept 22, 1998 - Accolade, a leading software publisher and developer of video games, announced today that its Test Drive Off-Road 2 racing game will include 20 licensed vehicles and four licensed songs from three bands. The game will be available for the PlayStation(R) game console and personal computer in November of this year. "Test Drive Off-Road 2 will put gamers right in the middle of fast paced off-road racing with access to incredible vehicles," said Monte Singman, senior producer of Test Drive Off-Road 2. "The heart-pounding soundtrack from Test Drive Off-Road 2 and licensed off-road vehicles make for an intense gaming experience." The Test Drive Off-Road 2 soundtrack will feature the songs Falling and Drown from TVT Records' gold-selling alternative band Gravity Kills, as well as hard rock band Sevendust's hit single Black. Sevendust's self-titled debut album spent 12 uninterrupted weeks at the number one spot on the "heavy rock/metal" charts. Roadrunner Records futuristic rock artist Fear Factory will contribute the song Shock. Tommy Tallarico Studios will be providing additional music and sounds for the game. The game will feature an exclusive license with Hummer(R) AM General and 19 additional licensed off-road vehicles including: Land Rover Defender 90, Land Rover Range Rover, Dodge(R) Ram V12, Dodge(R) T-Rex, Ford Explorer, Ford F150, Saleen Explorer, Chenowth Fast Attack Vehicle, Jeep(R) Wrangler and Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee. Access is given to eight cars at the beginning of the game; as players win races and advance, 12 additional cars will become "unlocked." Players choose from 12 tracks in six real-world locations and drive over mountains, through deserts and across grass lands and beaches. Users have the capability to drive their vehicle in thick mud pits and splash through flowing rivers. Locations include a volcano track in Hawaii, the muddy trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, the chilly mountains of Switzerland, deserts in Mojave and Morocco, and the green countryside of Wales. Test Drive: Off-Road 2 features multiple racing modes including: single race competition and multiple-race world tour modes. The PlayStation version supports the Sony Dual Shock(R) Analog Controller which allows gamers to feel every bump in the road. The PC version includes multiplayer capabilities for up to eight players via the Internet, LAN or modem. Fox Interactive's "CROC: Legend Of The Gobbos" Fox Interactive's first original property and strongest seller, "CROC: Legend of the Gobbos," will now join the other stellar titles in PlayStation's Greatest Hits line-up. The critically-acclaimed title will continue to rock this September with a new low price of $29.95 (SRP). The PC version of "CROC: Legend Of The Gobbos" is also available at the same low price. Released in December 1997, "CROC: Legend of the Gobbos" has already sold more than 1.5 million units worldwide and continues to win over fans everywhere and garner international acclaim. "With this new low price, we expect Croc will have strong appeal with newer, younger PSX owners," said Jon Richmond, president, Fox Interactive. "This is an excellent chance for a whole new generation of gamers to have a great game at a great price." Electronic Arts Ships Madden NFL 99 for the Nintendo 64 SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BW SportsWire)-- Sept. 24, 1998 - Electronic Arts(tm), the world's largest interactive entertainment software company, today announced that it has shipped Madden NFL(tm) 99 for the Nintendo(R) 64 with a revolutionary One-Button Mode(tm). This simple optional setting enables novice users to quickly develop the skill and strategy needed to play the game, allowing moms and dads to play on equal footing as their game-savvy kids. Madden's legendary gameplay is better than ever with enhanced Madden designed Artificial Intelligence, all new offensive moves and bone-jarring wrap tackles. Madden NFL 99 for the PlayStation(R) shipped in August. EA SPORTS'(tm) John Madden Football(tm) series has sold more than 11 million units over the lifetime of the franchise. According to market research firm The NPD Group, it was the world's best-selling football computer and video game in 1997. "Madden NFL 99 delivers on fun and depth," said John Madden, Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and former Super Bowl(tm)-winning coach. "I'm very excited about the One-Button Mode we've put into the game this year. When I diagram a play on TV, I try and explain it in such a way that anybody watching at home can understand what I'm talking about. After all, football doesn't have to be brain surgery so there is no reason to make it more complicated than it really is. Madden NFL 99 allows a rookie to simply pick up the game controller and start hitting somebody!" EA SPORTS also enlisted the help of All-Pro running back Barry Sanders to design player moves. "I've always loved Madden football, but the one element that was missing for me was a killer 'juke' move," said Sanders. "I wanted that one awesome move that leaves a defender grasping nothing but air when he tries to tackle me. I worked with the team at EA SPORTS to implement the new juke move in Madden NFL 99 so now I play as good on the video field as I do on the real field. You need that juke move in your arsenal to get around those big linebackers." Perhaps the biggest feature in the history of the franchise is the new One-Button Mode that opens the game up to a whole new group of people. The One-Button Mode enables beginners to concentrate on enjoying Madden NFL 99 without any frustration due to a lack of game playing experience or in-depth football knowledge. Thanks to One-Button Mode the user can now hike the ball, hand off to a running back, throw the ball to the open receiver, make a big tackle, spin the ball carrier, throw a stiff-arm or hurdle to avoid a tackle by simply hitting the "X" or "action" button. The Madden NFL 99 artificial intelligence (AI) is so sophisticated that it automatically reads what is happening in the game and will make the appropriate choice for the user when he presses the action button. Then, as beginner game players hone their skills, they will be able to graduate to higher levels of gameplay. "EA SPORTS recognized the opportunity for interactive football games to have an easier point of entry for novice game players," said Scott Orr, vice president and executive producer of the John Madden Football series at Electronic Arts. "The idea that dads can finally be on equal footing with their kids is a tremendous opportunity and opens sports video games to a whole new audience. Just as EA SPORTS previously saw that users wanted advanced AI, touchdown dances, a TV-style presentation, and the ability to draft, release and trade players, we are again ahead of the innovation curve and are the first in the industry to give people the hottest and most popular features." For those gamers who want total control over everything that happens on the field, the traditional mode of play is still available and better than ever. New features in Madden NFL 99 include multiple "wrap" tackles and bone-jarring hits that bring in-your-face realism to the game. Also new are improved spin moves and stiff arms that deliver a new level of control to the user. Madden NFL 99 for the Nintendo 64 is the latest installment of the award-winning franchise that leads the industry in quality and innovation. Visually stunning graphics, top-notch gameplay and groundbreaking features have defined this franchise since its inception. Madden NFL 99 continues this tradition by being the first NFL game to implement a play editor so that die-hard gamers can design their own running plays, blocking schemes and pass routes. Madden NFL 99 is the first game to create a Franchise Mode so that simulation fans can play the role of general manager over multiple seasons. Madden NFL 99 offers well over 100 past and present NFL teams. All 30 current NFL teams, 85 All-Time and Super Bowl teams, plus numerous secret teams provide a multitude of match-ups for historical football fans and those interested in this year's teams. Every stadium in the NFL is fully rendered in a vivid 3-D environment. Madden NFL 99 has high-resolution polygon graphics and the NFL license across all platforms. The game can be run in a simulation mode that stays true to real life conditions for athletes, or an arcade mode in which player moves and skills are exaggerated. Madden NFL 99 for the Nintendo 64 supports the Rumble Pak(tm) controller so that big hits are felt right through the users finger tips in the form of vibrations, and the Nintendo Analog joystick that allows player movements to be accelerated with quick joystick control. Hasbro Interactive To Stabilize Into Christmas, 1999 Sep. 17, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WIRE, Vol. 5, No. 180 via COMTEX) -- Having brought MicroProse into the fold, Hasbro Interactive is looking for stability going into the holiday season, but will re-emerge in acquisition mode in 1999, President Tom Dusenberry tells MMWire. The acquisition of MicroProse is "only the beginning" of Hasbro's plans, he says. The company yesterday confirmed that MicroProse's former MD of Europe/Asia Pacific, Tim Christian, had been appointed MD, International for Hasbro Interactive and will take care of day-to-day business. Hasbro's current international MD, Barry Jafrato, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and will "lead the cause in product acquisitions" and relations with inventors and developers. MicroProse chairman Gilman Louie has been offered a position with the company and an announcement will be made this week. MicroProse CEO Steve Race will leave the company (MMW, Aug. 13 and Sept. 16), Dusenberry confirms, but no timetable has been set for his departure. "We think the world of Steve. He's a world-class guy."Dusenberry plans to work with Race to integrate MicroProse into Hasbro. usenberry also reiterates that R&D and studios will be kept 100% intact. The inevitable consolidation will occur at the operations level. Hasbro Interactive has established an integration plan, Dusenberry says, and is dealing with employees affected by the deal before making announcements. Hasbro needs to digest the acquisitions of the Atari properties from JTS Corp (MMW, Mar. 17), board game maker Avalon Hill (MMW, Aug. 14) and MicroProse, "so we will probably go through a semi-quiet period here. It's a major maneuver for Hasbro Interactive because we haven't had R&D studios before, so we want to make sure there is stability and continuity...We're very focused on making the 1998 business happen, but will re-emerge in 1999 as a pursuer of acquisition opportunities." Square Soft Strategy Guides to be Published by BradyGAMES INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- BradyGAMES, the video game industry's leading strategy guide publisher, today announced an agreement with Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. to publish the official strategy guides for Square's upcoming titles Parasite Eve(TM), Xenogears(TM), and Brave Fencer(TM) Musashi(TM). Expectations are high with this ground-breaking news. Under the terms of the agreement, Brady will publish the only official strategy guides for Parasite Eve, Xenogears and Brave Fencer Musashi. This arrangement follows the stellar success of collaboration on four previous titles, most notably Final Fantasy(TM)VII for PlayStation, BradyGAMES' biggest selling title of all time. Square Soft(R) and BradyGAMES are once again prepared to launch revolutionary new titles across several gaming genres. "This agreement between Square Soft and BradyGAMES promises to be one of the most important arrangements ever entered into between a game company and a strategy guide publisher," said Lynn Zingraf, publisher BradyGAMES Strategy Guides. "Final Fantasy VII has sold more retail copies since its publication than any other strategy guide to date, and we haven't stood still since then. We've already followed that success up with three exciting, new RPG game guides." The official strategy guides for the newest Square Soft games (Parasite Eve, Xenogears, and Brave Fencer Musashi) are scheduled for late 1998 release. Parasite Eve is a captivating adventure with state-of-the-art elements of science fiction, bone-chilling horror, and action-packed exploration. The Parasite Eve Official Strategy Guide includes full-color maps for Parasite Eve exploration, with a complete list of items, weapons, and enemies. The thrill-seeking game player can discover the secrets of how to combine weapons and armor in special, revealing guide chapters. The Official Xenogears Strategy Guide breaks out maps for every mission in this intricate tale for the growing, serious RPG audience. Fans will uncover detailed battle strategies and weapon lists, character bios, and a window into the world of Xenogear robots. And the final game guide of this cutting-edge trilogy is The Official Guide to Brave Fencer Musashi. Musashi takes game-playing fun to the max and the strategy guide uncovers secrets of the fast-paced game, with bonus items throughout for those puzzle-solving, hard-core gamers. Square Soft intends to remain at the forefront of the gaming world's attention, and with these new titles continues to broaden technology horizons. "Our agreement with BradyGAMES on the production of the Square Soft game strategy guides will bring top quality, cutting-edge technology tips to today's RPG-savvy game player," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronics Arts L.L.C. "We are committed to a progressive and successful relationship with the industry's leading game strategy guide publisher, and a supercharged future of providing the best technology and information to game players." Gaming Online STR InfoFile - Online Users Growl & Purr! Battlesphere Answers by T-Bird - Crosspost from JI2 From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Heya Guys... Here's a post by T-Bird on Jaguar Interactive II that most of you will find answers to your questions about Battlesphere(tm) from. Hasbro REALLY pisses me off. Gary ---- Begin Crosspost ---- Here are some bullet points regarding the Hasbro Situation. I get the feeling the things are getting lost because people seem to think there is something 4Play can do about the situation, or something THEY can do is going to help. I reserve the right to verbally trounce anyone who ignores these points: * BattleSphere is FINISHED. (The final cut was played by hundreds at WoA. Proof is on Mark Santora's Video) * 4Play does NOT need a "Publisher". We have plenty of avenues to have the cartridges built. * BattleSphere CANNOT be released to the public without encryption. It will not run on a consumer Jaguar unless it is encrypted. * Telegames does NOT do encryption. They bought pre-encrypted game binaries and published them. * Hasbro OWNS the ONLY KNOWN COPY of the Encryption Key. Even if a person owned the Encryption Program, the KEY is what makes it secure. * Hasbro's employees are too busy to search the Atari pile (Literally, all that is left of Atari exists as a pile of boxes in a closet). For a disk with the key on it. The name of the KEY file is not known to 4Play or Hasbro. Having the filename of the key -could- make finding it easier. Only a few higher-ups at Atari had access to the key file. The encryption is crackable, but it would take a considerable effort and is not something 4Play is prepared to do unless we get Hasbro's PERMISSION to release the game without the standard KEY. 4Play WANTS to release BattleSphere(tm), but we are mired in the Hasbro Red-Tape and they apparently want nothing to do with helping us. If you think YOU are frustrated because you can't play BattleSphere, imagine how WE must feel after spending 4 years coding it and having this happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thunderbird 4Play ---- End Crosspost ---- Re: Battlesphere Answers by T-Bird - Crosspost from JI2 From: Kyle Jones email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > Here's a post by T-Bird on Jaguar Interactive II that most of > you will find answers to your questions about Battlesphere(tm) > from. Hasbro REALLY pisses me off. What should really piss you off is that any of this is even necessary. I remember a time when people who made computer hardware were glad when other people developed software to run on their machines. Now they want to pinch a dollar from everyone who even looks at their hardware. The encryption guarantees that everyone must beg at the door of hardware manufacturer and now you see the result. If a computer as rock-stupid by today's standards as an Apple II can be used to load, play and develop games, there's no good reason why today's fancy consoles require so much rigmarole. Look at the barriers to simply experimenting with the hardware. Exotic media. Encryption. Expensive proprietary "development" hardware. If these barriers were not in place, you could be playing new Jaguar games TODAY, because people who love to hack on computers for hacking's sake would be doing it now and would have been doing it years ago. Re: Battlesphere Answers by T-Bird - Crosspost from JI2 From: Brian Matchick email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: : Heya Guys... : Here's a post by T-Bird on Jaguar Interactive II that most of you will : find answers to your questions about Battlesphere(tm) from. Hasbro : REALLY pisses me off. : Gary Would it help if we ALL start talking to Hasbro. I mean nicely at first. Just send some letters and leave a few voice mails to the right people. Anyone go names and numbers? I do remember hearing of laws regarding 'dead' computer systems. Commodore was sued at one time and some company got all the rights to one of their old CBM boxes because Commdore wouldn't support it anymore. I don't know if Hasbro has the right (in the long run) to sit on the Jag and refuse people the right to produce softeare for it. 4-Play may have the right to just release BS if Hasbro won't give them the key. But I see why 4-play doesn't wnat to end up in court. This sucks. Brian email@example.com Re: Battlesphere Answers by T-Bird - Crosspost from JI2 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 20:56:03 GMT (Page 1 of 3) Responding to: 6trbr7$npk@crystal.WonderWorks.COM In article 6trbr7$npk@crystal.WonderWorks.COM, email@example.com (Kyle Jones) wrote: > firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > Here's a post by T-Bird on Jaguar Interactive II that most of you will find answers to your questions about Battlesphere(tm) from. Hasbro REALLY pisses me off. Since the release of the NES, the encryption thing has become standard practice amongst video game companies and their systems. Nintendo did it to control the cart market on their machine, for both good and bad reasons. Other companies followed suit. Of course, when you hit a situation like the case of the Jaguar, developers would end up getting screwed, as 4Play (I don't think 4Play should come after getting screwed, but I digress :-P. Someone shoot me please :-P) did in regards to Hasbro. I am sure they will eventually come up with the encryption thing, but it may take awhile. - Richard Hutnik Re: Battlesphere Answers by T-Bird - Crosspost from JI2 From: Mark Rathwell av999@FreeNet.Carleton.CA Date: 18 Sep 1998 12:54:52 GMT (Page 1 of 2) Responding to: <email@example.com> Since the release of the NES, the encryption thing has become standard practice amongst video game companies and their systems. Nintendo did it to control the cart market on their machine, for both good and bad reasons. Not to nitpick but Atari actually had encryption on the 7800 before Nintendo had it on the NES. They didn't want "Custer's Revenge" popping up with 7800 graphics. Nintendo's encryption tactics were to monopolize the market. The NES certainly had a dearth of low quality games and Nintendo didn't do anything to stop them from coming to life. It was simply a money making tactic for them (Nintendo got 2/3 of the money from the sale of ANY NES cart). Mark Re: Battlesphere Answers by T-Bird - Crosspost from JI2 From: BELJAN E firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 18 Sep 1998 20:32:05 GMT (Page 1 of 1) Responding to: email@example.com In <firstname.lastname@example.org> av999@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Mark Rathwell) writes: >(Nintendo got 2/3 of the money from the sale of ANY NES cart). >Thats the real reason they still use carts today. ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING Compiled by Joe Mirando email@example.com Hidi ho friends and neighbors. I guess that since summer has officially ended, Mother Nature has decided to drive the point home here in the northeast. It was a chilly 48 degrees when I awoke this morning. While some may dislike the sudden change, I find it exhilarating. There's nothing like a blast of cold air in the morning to wake you up and reassure you that you are alive. No, I'm not going to turn this into a "that's why I use an Atari" piece. I just found it a welcomed change. On the news front, John Rojewski has just released NEWSie v0.92. I have downloaded it, but haven't had a chance to look at it yet. If it is anything at all like its predecessors, it's well worth having if you want to 'do' UseNet browsing and/or email on the internet. It also has some web browsing capabilities and fully functional ftp support. As a matter of fact, I use NEWSie to gather all of the UseNet posts I include in this column. It hasn't let me down yet, and I seriously doubt it will. I think the nicest thing about the last several releases of NEWSie is that it is available in six languages. On John's web site http://www.primenet.com/~rojewski/newsie.html), there are two archives available: The english-only version (about 235 Kbytes ZIPped), and the six-language version (about 486 Kbytes ZIPped). The languages available are: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish. The author has also added a handy little utility to automatically select which language files to install. This, in my opinion, is a great idea and should be applauded by everyone who uses the program. I've been downloading, using, and sending contributions for shareware for about ten years now, and it still amazes me that there is such wonderful software out there for the asking. Some authors, like John, don't even ask for monetary contributions (NEWSie is released as FreeWare). For the amount of work that a programmer puts into a program like this, I find that simply incredible. If you use a program other than NEWSie, that's okay too. Personal preference counts for a lot too. I've used other programs for email, ftp, and UseNet access, but I still like NEWSie the best. If you like one of the others and it works well for you, by all means stay with it! The same words of praise go for all the other wonderful programmers who write all of this great software just because they can, and then let us use it as shareware, freeware, or even "postcardware". Peter Rottengatter's STinG is probably one of the three best pieces of software on my TT right now, and it is free. Peter has done a great job with implementing a PPP enabled communications package for Atari computers... something that several knowledgable people told me couldn't be done. There are others that deserve the same praise as Peter, but I'll leave that to another time (you'll see why in a moment). Well, let's get on with all the news, hints, tips, and info available this week on the UseNet. From the comp.sys.atari.st NewsGroup "JonK" posts: "OK this is what I don't understand, why would someone make a TCP/IP stack and then abandon it. There hs not been an update for about six months I believe. I personally wrote Peter 2 emails explaining that I could not dcc send with the older tcp module and could with the newer one but my connection to the rest of the net was super slow. I know I am not the only one having this problem because I have talked to other people with the same problem. So am I out of line?" Denesh (Danny) Bhabuta tells JonK: "Maybe the same reason many other programmers 'abandon' their projects - they get bored. or it could be they have hit a brick wall and do not know how to better the software or where to start bettering the program. or it may be - lack of time!" Michael Grove adds: "Peter dedicated a lot of effort into the project, and still supports echnical issues on a regular basis here. I don't think I would entertain the idea that he abandoned his efforts, he is much more serious than that. I know that I was pleasantly surprised when I realized this guy was going to go the distance with his package. It's a team effort here, and maybe it's just time for another player to take the ball (round or oval:) for a while. I'm sure that his efforts have not ended and that he is even now advising another on what is to be accomplished next. I am constantly amazed at the quality software that is developed for our simple platforms. E ticket software for the price of a 10 cent ice cream, and every bit as good." Terry May tells JonK: "You are so far out of line, you're on another planet. STinG is *FREEWARE*. You paid *NOTHING* for it, so you have no right to be [mad]. We are lucky that Peter has done as much as he has..." Hallvard Tangeraas adds: "Peter... has put a LOT of work and time into his work, and in addition aken the time off to answer questions via email and news and even taken the time to test out network connections people have said they couldn't work out. And all of this without asking for anything (well, only for a postcard if I recall correctly which I gladly sent him)." Roger Cain adds his own thoughts: "STiNG works PERFECTLY for me. I see no reason why it needs any more work doing on it. Developers do not HAVE to continue tinkering with a product if it does what it promises in fact I think it is a good thing that they reach a comfortable state of stability. Who would you trust more .. a young teenager who is forever trying to find out 'who he is' or a grandad sitting by the fire with pipe and carpet-slippers? I think STiNG is nicely into carpet-slippers now.<smile>" Don Schoergarth asks: "Any one know anything about the Atari Sparrow? What is it worth? I know it was before the Falcon but, what are the major differences?" Nicholas Bales tells Don: "No Atari Sparrow was ever released by Atari. I think there was a prototype at one point called the Sparrow. It might have been the Falcon040 proto or a Falcon-based console, maybe even something else. If you've seen one for sale, it's either a valuable collector's item, or complete bull..." Tony Cianfaglione takes the conversation back to STinG when he asks for help: "When I attempt to start STinG, it says 'cannot find default.cfg' and then shuts off. I've looked through everything that came in the StinG zip but can't find the default.cfg. Where would I find this file?" Terry May tells Tony: "It should have came with your STinG package. As for where it should be, you should have a file in your AUTO folder called STING.INF, with a line containing the path to your DEFAULT.CFG, e.g.: D:\STING\" Chris Crosskey asks about a problem with using his CDROM: "I've just tried to read a CDR that I burned at work, it's mostly text and graphics files from my hobby designing and building analog synths....problem is some of the folders have names all in lower case and I can't open them. They open OK in WIN95 so I guess I could transfer them all onto a PC again and reburn the whole thing, but a generic fix would be to get a Falcon, TOS4.04, NVDI, Metados to read them." Jo Even Skarstein tells Chris: "Use SPIN! by Julian Reschke. It can read just about anything, very nice driver. I can't remember JR's URL right now, but you can find it on Hallvard's Atari Hyperlink Launchpad (www-atari.nvg.ntnu.no/launchpad/)." David Moore tells us that he... "Just got a Falcon the other day. It has 14 megs memory and am using the VGA adaptor. The problem seems to be that certain programs that worked fine before no longer work at all or do really strange things. Do these programs work with the Falcon? 1) UIS III 2) PageStream 2.2 Programs which no longer at right is ones like CAB it tends to lock up alot during information transfer. The dialer no longer will connect at 19200 (connects at 9600) though the modem.cpx is set for 19200. This all worked fine before switching to the falcon. Also when using MaciC 4 and using the dialer for CAB it gives me some error about not being to transfer something or another to CAB I really thought the Falcon was suppose to be a much better machine that the older ST's? Anybody have an idea what is going on here????" Michael Grove tells David: "First, I would recommend getting Selectric. I don't know that much about UIS, but Selectric is very stable and has much the same options. The PageStream problem is with the fonts. Again I don't know why, but if you reduce the number of fonts, you will notice that it will start up much faster. It's funny as it does boot much faster on an ST. Maybe someone can give more detail. Start PageStream again and give it about fiveminutes and play around. It should come up." Paul Nurminen asks for help with POPWatch: "I'm having a bit of a problem with POPwatch (2.73). If I receive an e-mail with a large file attachment (example: today a friend sent me an MPEG that was about 4.5 megs), POPwatch _will not_ even tell me that I have e-mail. It connects, and then just sits there until I get a "user timeout expired" message. For some reason large e-mails (or many small e-mails) are a problem for POPwatch; it can't seem to pull in the header information. And I see no way to change the length of time before a timeout occurs. I've e-mailed Gary but haven't heard from him either. Also, when this happens, often NEWSie will do the same thing. If I do a "check mail" in NEWSie, it sits for several minutes - basically locks up. I have to hit ESC, at which point NEWSie informs me I have "0 mail" (which isn't true). And after this happened today with the single MPEG e-mail, I also tried MyMail. It basically did the same thing - sitting for a while then coming up with a message saying there was an error or I possibly had a bad password (not true). The only way I am able to get e-mail when this happens is to log onto my ISP with a term program (they also have a "shell account" for this purpose) and then I can get it and download it without problems. But, I'm thinking of switching to another ISP soon, and they don't offer this term program / shell account access. So if I get a large e-mail, or too many, I'll never be able to see them. And it would conceivably prevent me from ever getting any e- mails once there were too many!" Katherine Ellis tells Paul: "I don't think it is the size of the file, but the way the header of this email is. Have you tried with POPGEM 2.1? btw starting a project like popgem and smtpgem is not for fun only. But Just that no emailer prog so far on atari work efficiently. They make me mad. MyMail seems to be the most promising." Ronald Hall tells us: "I have a SyQuest EZ-135 that I had formatted with ICD's Pro v6.5.5 to 1 partition (134.x megs), that I wanted to use to exchange large files with a PC owning friend. I took the EZ and 1 cart to him, and Windoze refused to find it. He reformatted it under Windows '95 (rev 1), and this worked, so he copied over 100+ megs of fractals, MPEG's, etc,... When I got home though, I could not get either my Falcon (TOS 4.04) or my Mega ST (TOS 1.4) to recognize the cart. Can anyone tell me what I have to do, to be able to have an EZ cart that will be accepted by both TOS and Win '95? (I'm sure this info. has been posted here before, but I didn't have a need then to read it)" Steve Stupple tells Ronald: "HD Driver v7.5 allows you to format drives so that they can be read and written by Atari and PC's." Steve Hammond adds: "The easiest way is to partition the EZ 135 cart on the PC and then use BIGDOS under TOS to allow you to access the cart. OTOH you could use HDriver (I think you would need version 7.XX to be able to do this)." Ronald tells Steve: "Thanks for the reply. Is BIGDOS easy to use? I'm assuming I can find it at most of the popular ftp sites?" Ken Springer asks about NEWSie: "Do any of the Atari emailer programs support the blind carbon copy function, such as you find in Netscape, Internet Explorer, Eudora, and Lotus CC:Mail? I have need of such a function. Charles Stanley wrote that he was having no problems with Newsie .90. Wish that were true here. It's deleting messages here from the hard drive before I even read them. The messages are listed in newsgroup window, but are missing from the hard drive. I do all my reading offline. And it's screwing around with the subject lines, too. The subject as listed in the newsgroup window many times does not match the subject line in the message itself. It's so bad that I don't trust it here to be able to read the subject list in the group listing window and decide on whether to read the message or not." Louis Holleman tells Ken: "Who was that, shouting "don't get hysterical about Newsie" again? Bug's still there... Well, I moved on. If you don't wanna go into the quite time-consuming set up for Okami/Newswatch/Popwatch, I could recommend FireNews... it's an OFFline reader only, but works decently. Works with StinG too. The URL for it is http://www.alfaskop.net/~faltrion/FireSTorm/ Need to register if you wanna hook up more than 5 groups, but that's just a matter of an e-mail to Christian. If you need help setting it up, gimme a yell." The author of NEWSie, John Rojewski, tells Ken: "Its never been requested, so its not been written. The Nicknames will generate a "blind" copy, since there is no header generated when Nicknames are used. This might suffice for you. There was a problem in 0.90 that would delete the news file (at the users request), but not remove the line from the overview window. This is only noticiable in offline reading, and is fixed in 0.92, to the best of my knowledge." Charles Silver adds his thoughts and experiences: "Well, I've tried as hard as I can to duplicate those having problems with NEWSie v0.90. But, I can't. I'm using a 14meg Nemesis/Falcon with a 810meg Fujitsu IDE/SCSI 135meg EZ Drive using TOS4.04/or MultiTOS/MiNT. My HD's are formatted/partitioned using AHDI. I use the "Optimizer" to keep my HD's defragmented. It seems those having the most problems are using TT's with other OS's. Can't help there. All I can say is that there is absolutely *NO* HD problems or corruption of any files using NEWSie. So, what's up here? No e-mailer is perfect for everything, but I've downloaded binaries over 3megs, sent messages everywhere, downloaded ng's and ftp's all with no problems. This doesn't help those with major problems, but it doesn't happen to me. If it did, I wouldn't use NEWSie. For me, it's an excellent prg/the best. So, take a second look at your setup. Dimes to donuts, it ain't like mine..." Louis replies: "OK, here come my experiences with the versions 0.80, 0.82, 0.86, 0.88 and 0.90 for the last 6 months. Some of you might recall me having those problems with corrupted Route.tab and cache.dns files at the start (using 0.80/0.82/0.84). Solved by leaving out cache.dns, whereafter a new one was generated and the problem was over. I recall at least 4-5 other people been having similar problems with corrupted files. Only problem turning up every now and then was articles missing in the offline folders. I *know* I never deleted them, but Newsie must have deleted them anyhow. They were still mentioned in the overview, but "pressing the article line" to bring it to a window gave me an empty one. Checked the offline folder and they were just gone. Not happening everyday, but on occasions. I can't recall having lost e-mail. The only other problem I had with an earlier version was using UUE attachments: only able to do one per program start. It's OK with 0.90 but I switched to MIME in the meantime. So all in all: I can live with that. What Charles Stanley described, every now and then on somany bytes or a multiple is happening here too occasionally, but the articles DO show up. I set the time-out to something like 5-6 secs to prevent long waiting times between those articles. Works good enough for me. What it also doesn't do right is handling the article numbers upon transfer completion. Everytime I have to edit the Default.grp to prevent it from fetching articles for the second time. I gather it has something to do with the time-outs for this above mentioned problem. What I don't like however, is the ability of Newsie working behind the back of Gemdos... thus it IS possible it starts screwing around with files on literally any partition, and it just could as well be the FAT's. To my knowledge it hasn't happened and I do hope it never happens, but don't blame me when it happens to YOU. Go ask Peter if you'd like. I'm running Okami now for about a week (plus FireNews for evaluation since a day or 4) and I haven't seen trouble with these at all. Okami will be the major replacement, but ever since I started with those programs I had to say "Newsie was fine, easy handling, lotsa features, if only I could get a guarantee my files won't get screwed...!" Newsie's still on my disk, I use it only for ONLINE work now and that's another thing it does very well. 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