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>From the Editor's Desk...

     In this issue, we present a rather biased but none the less truthful
look at the so-called Browser Wars.  Its really not a war but an exercise in
true quality software production that touches all of us.  The only difference
is Netscape has made no secret of their intentions.  After our "Enough"
article reflecting our opinions relative to this "Browser War", this reporter
received a number of rather shameful hate E-Mails from folks "seemingly"
employed at Netscape (one even called himself a programmer for them).  Or, so
their Email box addresses would indicate such.  In any case, this week's
issue takes the entire thing into what we think is the proper perspective.
After all. as long as there is "healthy competition", the benefits for the
users will continue to evidence themsleves.  In our opinion, Netscape is, at
this time, lagging far behind and because of this is literally "running
scared before the wind".  Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0, with its
integral family, (all free) and the Internet chokes hard with user
activity...  getting IE3.0 and all its goodies.  UUNet has apparent troubles
in keeping up or, was it another mail bomb sent out to sabotage the release
of IE3??  In any case it doesn't really matter.  IE3 pulls have broken all
known records.  Things are still quite busy at the MS server sites.  But..
they're handling the worldwide rush to obtain a quality browser, IE 3.0.

     Microsoft has released the "Browser of Browsers".  Its ALL free too.  No
nickel and diming the users to death with the plug-in parade.  They're all
there just for the asking.  You can't go wrong in getting, using and enjoying
the power of the NEW Internet Explorer, Version 3.0.  Remember, its free.  No
expiration dates, no lame duck features.  Its all there and ready to serve.
After having experienced Netscape, in all its gory glory, I must say I am
still pleased with Internet Explorer 3.0 to no end.  When I removed Netscape
from my system I found that URL.DLL was corrupt and had to be replaced.
Also, upon doing a search of my registry, I found numerous instances of
Netscape entries that the Netscape un-installer failed to remove.  I've had
it with Netscape.   The so-called Browser Wars are very much needed to ensure
top notch quality in the best of the browsers.  Right now, the BEST is IE3
and I doubt the choice will change now that Netscape has stirred the pot one
time too many with its odd, lopsided comparasons.  One can only imagine the
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                       Research Warns of Net Addiction

A researcher at the University of Pittsburgh says surfing the Internet can be
as addictive as drugs, alcohol or gambling.  A study of nearly 400 men and
women found Internet addiction hooked people into spending 40 hours or more a
week online, most often involved in role-playing games or engaging in chat
room discussions.  "One 17-year-old straight-A teenaged boy was so addicted
to Internet activities," writes science reporter Ed Susman of United Press
International, "that his parents had to admit him son to a drug/alcohol
rehabilitation hospital for 10 days for treatment."  In another case, a women
described by friends, family and children as "the perfect homemaker, wife and
mother" became so addicted to the Net she wouldn't cook, clean or do the
laundry and was neglecting her hildren and husband.  "She was spending as
much as 12 hours a day talking to acquaintances on the Internet," writes
Susman. "Finally her husband said, 'Choose me or the computer.' She divorced

In a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological
Association in Toronto, Kimberly Young, assistant professor of psychology at
the University of Pittsburgh's Bradford campus, said she found:

z    76 percent of the subjects in the study spend an average of 40 hours a
     week on the Internet.
z    Of the 396 people who met Young's criteria for addicted internet users,
     157 were men; 239 women.
z    The men were younger with an average age of 29; the women averaged 43
     years of age.

The largest group of addicted Net users were people who were not working
outside the home, that is, homemakers, students and those who were disabled
or retired.  82 percent of the addicted users said they had slowly drifted
into their addictions.   Says Young, "We discovered that the use of the
Internet can definitely disrupt one's academic, social, financial and
occupational life the same way other well-documented addictions like
pathological gambling, eating disorder and alcoholism can."  And while
previous research has indicated that men are most likely to be affected by
technology-based addictions, Young said, "Our present results show that the
largest number of respondents who met this adapted criteria and were most
likely to develop an addiction to the Internet were middle-aged females and
those -- both men and women who were currently unemployed."

She added the condition should be recognized as a psychological disorder
especially in light of "a growing epidemic of Internet addiction users."  UPI
says people were recruited into the study if they met four or more of the
criteria listed in advertisements in newspapers, flyers and in certain user
groups on the 'Net:

1.   They feel preoccupied with the Internet, thinking about it while
2.   They feel a need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in
     order to achieve satisfaction.
3.   They have an inability to control their Internet use. Said Young, "Some
     people would get up in the middle of the night to steal onto the Internet."
4.   They feel restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop
     Internet use.
5.   They use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving
     a poor mood of feelings such as helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression.
6.   They lie to family members or friends to conceal the extent of
     involvement with the Internet. (Young found cases of people who would report
     that they were too sick to work so they could "play on the Internet." Others,
     she said, would go into work early so they could use the company access to
     the Internet.)
7.   They jeopardize or risk the loss of significant relationship, job,
     educational or career opportunity because of the Internet.
8.   They keep returning even after spending an excessive amount of money on
     online fees. (In the most extreme case in Young's study, one person was
     running up a $1,400 a month Internet bill.)
9.   They go through withdrawal when off-line, showing increased signs of
     depression and anxiety.
10.  They stay online longer than originally intended.

                         Study: Net Use Skyrocketing

Internet access in the United States and Canada climbed 50 percent in the six
month period between August/September 1995 and March/April 1996, finds a new
study released by Nielsen Media Research.  Approximately 22 percent to 24
percent of people 16 years of age or older in the United States and Canada
now have access to the Internet, according to the study. Additionally, 15
percent to 17 percent of the study's sample used the Internet in the past six
months; 9 percent to 11 percent had used the Internet in the three months
prior to the August/September 1995 study.

"What we're seeing is that Internet access and use are becoming increasingly
mainstream," says David Harkness, senior vice president of business
development, for Nielsen Media Research. "Since we did the first study last
summer, it's clear that exposure to the Internet has increased dramatically.
Other media have certainly contributed to the greater awareness, which may
account for the new profile of Internet users."  The study has a plus or
minus 1 percent margin of error. It was conducted by Neilsen Media Research
for  CommerceNet, a consortium of more than 150 companies and organizations
that use the Internet for electronic commerce applications.

                        PC Usage Among Seniors Grows

Nine percent of people 65 or older now use a PC at home, up two percentage
points from 1994.  That's the finding of a recent poll by the Times Mirror
Center for the People & the Press.  "With plenty of time on their hands, and
more disposable income than any other age group, seniors are spending money
for on-line services and logging plenty of hours at the keyboard," writes
reporter Jon Auerbach in The Boston Globe.  "Seniors spend an average of 12
hours a week in front of the screen, five hours more than teenagers,
according to research conducted by computer maker Packard Bell."

Auerbach says some elders are booting up to keep pace with techno-savvy
grandchildren, others embrace PCs because going on line can instantly ease
loneliness and still others "are shelling out a few thousand dollars for the
latest in computing power for the same reason as their teenage counterparts:
They've got to have what's hot."  The Globe quotes analysts as saying online
services have been the biggest reason behind the rapid growth in the number
of elderly people with Pcs.  "Connecting to a computer network populated by
millions of people," the paper writes, "has given senior citizens- especially
ones living alone -- a way to stave off loneliness and feel a part of the
world."  Some of the most popular destinations for senior citizens are
Internet home pages that offer information about health care. "Similarly,"
says Auerbach, "residents in many retirement communities use PCs to publish
newsletters. Genealogy programs are also popular."

                         RSI May Pre-date Computers

While repetitive strain injuries often are called the computer-age epidemic,
research suggests RSI dates back to early human history.  In fact, says
Allard Dembe of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Hippocrates
recorded the first case in Epidemics, when he described a workman whose hands
were paralyzed by twisting twigs.  Dembe, who wrote "Occupation and Disease:
How social factors affect the conception of  wok-related disorder," has told
writer Mara Bovsun of United Press International that over the centuries, RSI
has tormented bakers who put in long hours kneading bread, as well as metal
and textile workers, tailors, seamstresses and carpenters.  "The Industrial
Revolution brought a dramatic increase in clerks who sat on high stools,
writing entries into  ledgers," says Bovsun.

"The result was a new disease, recorded in 1830, called scriveners' palsy or
writers' cramp, which hit mostly people involved in industrial
communications. As today, the appearance of the malady led to products to
prevent it, such as mechanical pen holders, which would wrap around a finger,
allowing the writer a 'thumbs-free' implement."   Dembe notes medical
journals of the time struggled to give names to these afflictions. Among some
40  different diseases described in scientific studies in the three decades
from 1830 to 1890 were "Hammerman's  palsy,"  "milker's cramp," "sewing
spasm" and "tailor's cramp."  The author says that with the advent of the
telegraph, a new condition became epidemic -- telegraphists' cramp, affecting
about 20 percent of telegraph operators, and in Great Britain, it became the
first chronic disorder to be compensable under Workmen's Compensation.   Says
Dembe, "There's extremely good medical evidence to suggest that the kinds of
disorders plaguing writers and telegraphers in the 19th century are exactly
the same as the disorders that are being seen now."

                       Stockholm Meeting to Weigh Porn

The Net's global distribution of child pornography is expected to top the
issues discussed later this month at  the world's first conference against
sexual exploitation of children opening in Stockholm.  "The Internet is like
heaven for the pedophile," said U.S. police officer Toby Tyler, whose child
abuse lectures are heard at the FBI academy. "As far as our ability to
restrict the distribution of child pornography and stop the sexual
exploitation of children on the Internet ... it's not something that can be
done."  Reporting from Stockholm, writer Abigail Schmelz of the Reuter News
Service says campaigners are concerned that unless action is taken to stamp
out the Internet's distribution of child porn -- whether it features real
children or just computer generated images -- "it could spark greater demand
for child pornography."

Tyler told the wire service the Internet has ended the days when pedophiles
had to make costly cross-border runs to buy child pornography in countries
where laws were laxer and penalties lighter. Now, he says, they can obtain
and distribute films and photos from their own homes on the Internet with
little risk of capture.   Of course, not everyone agrees that attempting to
regulate the Internet is the right move. "Some advocates say the Internet
represents free speech," says Schmelz. "Others argue that the distribution of
child pornography on the Internet is not that widespread."  But Margaret
Healy from Bangkok-based End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism says in a
report prepared for the five-day Stockholm conference, which opens Aug. 27,
that the regulation of child pornography on computers presents special
challenges and called on governments to fund better training.

                        Man Held for Net Solicitation

A 35-year-old North Merick, New York, man has been charged with using a
commercial online service to lure a 14-year-old boy into an illicit sexual
encounter.  Suffolk County police told United Press International they also
are investigating whether the suspect victimized any other children through
the service, which they identified as Virginia-based America Online.  The
wire service says Charles Tuzzolo is accused of striking up a relationship
with the boy by talking to him through one of the system's chat rooms, then
allegedly arranging a liaison with the boy.  Police spokeswoman Mary Baron
told UPI the suspect reportedly went to the youth's house while the teen's
parents were away.

The boy told his mother about the encounter, and she contacted police earlier
this month.  Says UPI, "Detectives tracked down the computer screen name,
'N.Y. Male 29,' which the boy said the man used in their online conversations
and which officers were able to link to Tuzzolo."  Police said Tuzzolo -- who
could face one to four years in prison, if convicted -- has been an America
Online subscriber since 1995 and used numerous screen names, including "Matt
12581," "Carny 17," and "Chassjay."  Said Baron, "Detectives are asking
anyone if they've had any contact with the suspect. They're trying to find
out if there are any other victims out there." Police asked anyone with
information to call 516/854-8652.

                        Singapore Steps Up Net Block

Starting next month, the some 100,000 Net surfers in Singapore will find
their access to the Internet's World  Wide Web filtered by the government.
"On Sept. 15, Netizens of the island state reputed for its strict censorship
laws will have to link their home computers withproxy servers that will limit
their access to cyberspace," the Reuter News Service reports.  These "proxy
servers" store often-accessed material locally. "In the Singapore system,"
says the news service, "they will check a request for access to an Internet
site against a list of banned ones. If the site  requested is banned, the
proxy server will deny access."  A spokesman for the Singapore Broadcasting
Authority, which is in charge of implementing the new Internet laws, told the
wire service the state's three Internet service providers -- Pacific
Internet, SingNet and CyberWay -- will have to ensure that all their
subscribers are linked to the proxy servers, special computers that will
block access to sites the Singapore government deems objectionable.

Added the spokesman, "The proxy servers will provide us with the most
efficient method of assessing often accessed material and blocking out
objectionable sites."   Last March, Singapore Information Minister George Yeo
said the government planned to police the Net to check abuses such as
pornography, hate literature and criminal activities, characterizing the move
as an "anti-pollution measure in cyberspace."  Reuters says the Net
censorship rules also include "the thornier issues of religion and politics,"
observing the regulations have stirred some protest in cyberspace levelled
chiefly at censorship rules on politics.  For instance, journalist Koh Buck
Song wrote in a Straits Times newspaper column recently, "Few would argue
about hindering a child's access to say, amoral sites such as Playboy, or
blocking the stoking of civil unrest over racial or religious intolerance. It
is in the third area of political control that most Netters' unhappiness
centers."   Koh said the rules could be seen as denying citizens a means to
criticize the government.  Reuters says the rules also cover Singapore
Internet groups that discuss religion and politics, groups that will have to
register with the SBA and follow rules that will bar material deemed likely
to inflame racial or rligious sentiment.

                        Microsoft Quietly Aids Apple

What is being characterized as a quiet but ambitious effort has been launched
by Microsoft Corp. to help small software companies write Internet programs
for rival Apple Computer Inc.  "The unusual effort," writes reporter Lee
Gomes in The Wall Street Journal this morning, "is designed to boost Apple's
efforts in the Internet arena, an area Apple has said is crucial to its
efforts to save itself."   Gomes reports Microsoft officials say the Redmond,
Washington, software giant is helping Apple "in part  because of concerns
that antitrust challenges to Microsoft's dominant position in the computer
industry might increase if Apple goes out of business."   The effort,
directed by a Microsoft unit in San Jose, California, will cost millions of
dollars. The Journal quotes people familiar with the project as saying the
unit is expected to eventually have 60 employees, mostly long-time developers
of software for Apple's Macintosh operating system.

"What's different about the new campaign," says Gomes, "is that Microsoft for
the first time is telling programmers they're free to ignore Microsoft's
flagship Windows operating system, and instead write only for the Mac, using
all-Apple software." (Usually Microsoft requires independent developers
working with the company to write software for Windows as well as for the Mac
or other systems.)  The paper says Microsoft apparently hopes the innovative
tradition of small Mac programmers will create exciting Internet programs
that will keep people attracted to the Mac.  "The attempt to help Apple
contrasts with Microsoft's historic targeting of the Mac as its principal
enemy," Gomes comments. "To some degree, that reflects the two companies
diverging fortunes: Apple, analysts say, no longer represents a significant
threat to Windows, which runs about 80 percent of the world's personal
computers."  The Journal says the San Jose unit actually was set up last
year, but only came to light recently when it sponsored a booth at last
week's MacWorld trade show.  The unit "has told Macintosh software companies
that it stands ready to help them in numerous ways, possibly including
no-strings-attached cash grants of as much as $100,000," Gomes writes. "It
has also helped start the Macintosh Internet Developers Association, a trade

                        Q-Deck Denies Buyout Reports

Software publisher Quarterdeck Corp. is dismissing as "rumors based on
nothing" a report in Business Week that it might be acquired by anti-virus
specialist McAfee Associates Inc.  The magazine's Aug. 19 issue includes a
report saying some investment managers are buying stock in the Marina Del
Rey, Calif.,-based Quarterdeck onthe expectation McAfee will launch a bid for
the company.   However, a spokeswoman told the Reuter News Service, "These
are a lot of rumors that are based on nothing. Absolute rumors." Meanwhile, a
McAfee spokesman declined to comment on the subject.   At the same time, the
wire service reports Laidlaw & Co. analyst Tarun Chandra wrote in a research
note, "In our opinion, there is less than 50 percent chance of McAfee making
a bid for (Quarterdeck). However, the stock is in play now and one can
probably see a sharp move into the $10-$12 area."  As reported, McAfee last
spring launched an ill-fated, $1 billion bid for Cheyenne Software Inc., but
abandoned the effort after Cheyenne's continued resistance to the proposal.

                      Reggie Jackson Joins Memory Firm

Computer memory products maker Viking Components has hired Hall of Fame
baseball player Reggie Jackson as its director of new business development.
The company, based in Laguna Hills, California, says Jackson will meet with
customers, appear in ads and make personal appearances.  "Not only is Reggie
Jackson one of the most recognizable personalities in the world," says Glenn
McCusker, Viking's president and CEO, "he has also been tremendously
successful outside of baseball in the world of business. We are confident
that Reggie's business skills and winning attitude will score big, both with
our customers and Viking employees. We are thrilled to have Reggie on our

During his career, Jackson has had affiliations with a diverse range of
companies, including Rawlings Sporting Goods, Japanese electronics giant
Matsushita, Electronic Arts, Upper Deck Co. and The New York Yankees, as well
as the Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization.  "After many
years working in diverse business environments, I have found a home with
Viking Components," says Jackson. "Viking is a young, dynamic company on the
cutting edge of computer technology where my corporate contacts and business
skills count as much as my 563 career home runs."

                       First U.S. DVD Factory Planned

Plans have been announced for the first facility in the United States
dedicated solely to the manufacture of the new high-capacity DVD format discs
for movies, computer software and music.  Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, says its new DVD disc manufacturing operation,
Panasonic Disc Services Corporation (PDSC), will be located in Torrance,
California. The plant is scheduled to begin production in 1997.  The
facility, which will represent an investment of approximately $25 million,
will focus on mastering and replicating discs to support the launch of DVD
players and DVD-ROM products. The company -- which projects an initial
monthly production capacity of 600,000 discs, eventually increasing to 2
million monthly units -- says it will also provide a working disc production
environment to help accelerate the development of entertainment and computer
DVD software. Manufacturing will take place within an already existing
building, which Matsushita will alter for its specific requirements.  "By
establishing in California the very first United States factory that will
operate exclusively to produce DVD discs, Matsushita will be well positioned
to quickly and efficiently supply our U.S. entertainment and computer
industry customers," says Ronald Richard, vice president of planning,
technology and public affairs for Matsushita Electric Corporation of America.

                        Samsung to Launch Notebook PC

South Korean chipmaker Samsung Electronics Co. is set to introduce a notebook
PC under its own brand name in Japan later this year.  Company officials told
the Kyodo Japanese news service Samsung hopes to put the machine on sale by
the Christmas shopping season.  "While details of the machine have yet to be
decided," Kyodo adds, "it will be IBM-compatible and have the Windows 95
operating system, a state-of-the-art central processing unit, and a large
liquid crystal display. Samsung will produce the PCs in South Korea and ship
them to Japan."  Kyodo notes Samsung has captured some 40 percent of the PC
market in South Korea with its "Sense" line of computers. Models in the Sense
series have 12.1-inch and other large LCDs.

                       Microsoft Has Enhanced Browser

Squarely targeting Netscape Corp.'s Navigator Web browser, Microsoft Corp.
has released Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0.  Microsoft Internet Explorer
3.0 is available for download at no charge from Microsoft's Web site
( To encourage users to try the software,
Microsoft is offering limited time free access to various Web content,
including ESPNET SportsZone and The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
(connect charges may apply), and exclusive access to content on sites such as
Hollywood Online.

"Microsoft Internet Explore 3.0 brings users a superior way to experience all
of the exciting, dynamic content on the Web and provides a launch point for
industry innovation," says Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and CEO.  But
Microsoft has a long way to go before it can claim to dominate the Web
browser market. Internet Explorer has 3 percent to 10 percent of the market,
according to various industry estimates. Netscape Navigator has an estimated
70 percent to 80 percent market share.  Microsoft Internet Explorer will be
distributed by major online services and Internet service providers (ISPs)
worldwide, including CompuServe Inc.
                         Acer to Offer New Fall Line

A fall line of new PCs intended to better fit in with other home electronics
products is being unveiled by Acer America Corp., the company that enlivened
PC design last year with models that were black and dark green instead of
beige.  Business writer Evan Ramstad of The Associated Press says the new PCs
start up in just a few seconds and run without the fan and whirring disk
drive noises that other PCs have. They also have telephone receivers that can
be cradled on arm rests mounted to the monitor.

"The ideas," says Ramstad, "will help Acer's Aspire line stand out further
from competitors who are also trying to make PCs more like stereos or VCRs,"
noting that both Compaq Computer Corp. and Packard Bell Electronics Inc. have
added push-button controls to play CDs, look at faxes or check phone messages
on their new models.  AP says Acer will continue to offer its new Aspire PCs
in the "charcoal" and "emerald" colors it started to use last year, with
prices ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 without monitors.

The new models all will have an Acer-designed "quick start" procedure that
gets the computer going in just four seconds instead of a "boot-up" that
takes a minute or two.  "And," says Ramstad, "though many people tend to put
the low whir of a computer out of their mind, a side-by-side comparison of
Acer's new models  with its old one demonstrates a noticeable drop in noise
leve. That advance, achieved primarily through work on the casing and fan,
was driven by the company's observation that stereos and other products run
much more quietly."

The wire service says Acer has divided its models into three segments:
z    One aimed at people who need a PC for general information and
z    Another for people who have a home office and want more productivity
     software, and another aimed at game players and others willing to pay more
     for extra performance.
z    The third, where models cost $2,500 to $3,000, include a joystick for
     playing computer games and sub-woofer speaker for better sound.

                     Professor Sues Feds Over Encryption

A suit has been brought against the federal government by an Ohio law
professor who contends current laws restricting export of powerful encryption
technologies violate his right to free speech and academic independence.
Reporting from Cleveland, Interactive Week Online says Case Western
University professor Peter D. Junger teaches a course on computer-related law
and "since the course touches on encryption, Junger includes an examination
of several publicly available encryption algorithms as part of his

Writes IWO reporter Will Rodger, "These short sections of computer code,
though widely available worldwide, force Junger to apply for a license to
discuss cryptography with foreign students in his class and  constitute an
impermissible prior restraint on his First Amendment rights, the complaint

Rodger notes court rulings have found that prior restraint -- that is,
forbidding speech before it is actually uttered -- is seldom constitutional
and must meet strict standards before it can be permitted under the
constitution.  Junger is asking the court to forbid federal officials from
restricting his ability to discuss on classified encryption technology with
anyone worldwide or to publish that information freely.  Rodger notes the
suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, now joins two other ongoing
cases challenging the legitimacy of the encryption export restrictions.

                     Justice Probes IBM-StorageTek Plan

An agreement between IBM and Storage Technology Corp. is being investigated
by the U.S. Justice Department to see whether it hinders competition in the
market for mainframe computer data storage devices. Business writer Rob Wells
of The Associated Press reports the department's antitrust division has asked
the two companies to turn over documents following their June 10 pact by
which IBM agreed to resell StorageTek subsystems for storing data processed
by large computers, such as mainframes. The firms have received civil
investigative demads -- the civil equivalent of a subpoena -- from the
department.  IBM spokesman Cary B. Ziter says the companies are cooperating
with the Justice investigation, adding, "In a broad sense what the government
is trying to do is find out about the deal. Certainly, IBM believes that this
is an ... agreement between IBM and StorgeTek that is not in conflict with
the antitrust laws."

AP says the agreement made IBM the main distributor of StorageTek's products,
though financial terms were not disclosed.  "StorageTek's Iceberg, Kodiak and
Arctic Fox systems are available to IBM to resell under its own names," AP
reports. "The companies said they plan to integrate IBM technology into
StorageTek products over time. IBM also will pay for future enhancements to
the StorageTek products."

                      Net Name Giver Starts New Policy

The company that assigns "domain names" for Internet sites has issued a new
policy for resolving disputes over addresses.  Network Solutions Inc., which
hands out the addresses under an agreement with the National  Science
Foundation, promises to shut down a site within 90 days if someone holding a
registered trademark to the site's name makes a challenge.  Writer Aaron
Pressman of the Reuter News Service says Network Solutions hopes "to
extricate itself from a growing legal quagmire in cyberspace,"  but notes too
that trademark attorneys and Internet specialists say the  new policy will do
little to quell the emerging controversy.  "Such disputes are occurring with
increasing frequency," Pressman points out, "usually when a trademark holder
discovers that someone else is using their trademark as the name of an
Internet site."

Recently, for instance, First Brands Inc., which manufactures Glad trash
bags, filed suit last month against a company operating an Internet site
called, saying it wanted to set up its own site with the name.
Attorneys tell Reuters the new Network Solutions solution actually relies too
heavily on registered trademarks, while ignoring other forms of legally
recognized trademarks.  Says Chicago lawyer David Maher, who also co-chairs
the International Trademark Association's Internet issues committee, "I am
really flabbergasted that they would put a band-aid on what to me looks like
a gaping wound. It doesn't solve the basic problem. It gives all the rights
to the entity that has a U.S. or foreign trademark registration, totally
ignoring common law trademark rights."  And Shari Steel, a staff attorney at
the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the wire service there is perhaps a
more straightforward solution.  Currently, all names must end with a one of a
few three letter designations, including "com" for private sites, "gov" for
government sites and "edu" for sites run by schools, Steel pointed out.  Says
Steel, "There ought to be more top-level domains. That would be more like the
real world where one word can be used in a variety of contexts." She added
EFF may file a lawsuit challenging the current name dispute policy.

                       Fujitsu Wins Flat Screen Patent

U.S. patent rights for plasma-display screens that allow for thinner
big-screen televisions have been won by Fujitsu Ltd., one of Japan's biggest
computer makers.  Reporting from Tokyo, The Associated Press says Fujitsu got
U.S. patents for the use of plasma-displays in color televisions late last
month, and expects to obtain patents for the manufacturing process by the end
of this year.  It also expects to obtain Japanese patents around the end of
the year," AP says.  Fujitsu officials told the wire service the company will
license its version of the plasma screens, which use alternating current,
adding that method gives more precise, full-color images than other products
that use direct current.

                       Software Firms Battle in Court

CyberMedia, publisher of First Aid 95, a Windows utility program, says it has
won a major battle in its product packaging lawsuit against Vertisoft Systems
Inc., recently acquired by Quarterdeck Corp. of Marina del Rey, California.
According to Santa Monica, California-based CyberMedia, the court issued a
preliminary injunction against Vertisoft, barring Vertisoft from making
certain claims in a comparison chart on its Fix-it product boxes, promotional
materials and advertisements.   CyberMedia sued Vertisoft on July 19,
claiming that Vertisoft made false and misleading statements concerning First
Aid 95 Deluxe on the product packaging and promotional materials for
Vertisoft's newly released product, Fix-it. On that date, U.S. District Judge
Saundra B. Armstrong agreed with CyberMedia and issued a temporary
restraining order ordering Vertisoft to cover the statements with a sticker
before shipping any products, promotional materials or advertisements to
distributors or retail stores.

CyberMedia notes that the court's July 31 ruling turns the temporary
restraining order into a preliminary injuncton. While a temporary restraining
order lasts only 10 to 20 days, a preliminary injunction lasts through trial.
Since no trial date has been set in the case, the court's order against
Vertisoft will last indefinitely, says CyberMedia.  In a separate ruling, the
court rejected Vertisoft's motion for a preliminary injunction against
CyberMedia, in which Vertisoft charged that CyberMedia's packaging also
contained false and misleading statements.  "Judge Armstrong carefully
analyzed the product packaging and after substantial consideration she
determined that Vertisoft was not in a position to credibly attack the
accuracy or quality of CyberMedia's product packaging," says Claude M. Stern
of Fenwick & West LLP, CyberMedia's legal counsel. "We successfully stopped
Vertisoft's misleading advertising claims and defended the claims on the
First Aid box," adds CyberMedia's president and CEO, Unni Warrier. "We are
pleased that our reputation for delivering the best possible solution to
personal computer problems has prevailed."

                      Computer Business Services Fined

A $5 million fine is being paid by a Sheridan, Indiana, company that promoted
home computer business opportunities in order to settle Federal Trade
Commission charges that it used false and misleading advertisements.
Computer Business Services Inc. also has pledged it will not misrepresent the
success rates or profitability of its clients, says Associated Press writer
Paul Shepard in a report from Washington.  AP says the $5 million payment is
the largest amount ever collected by the FTC on behalf of a company's
customers prior to filing a formal administrative or court complaint.

CBSI did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. In fact, CBSI President
Andrew Douglass said, "Taking on the federal bureaucracy would have meant a
fight that would have distracted our attention."  AP notes, "CBSI
advertisements in newspapers and on the Internet claimed that investors could
earn $4,000 monthly by buying computer hardware. A majority of investors
never earned te promised profits or even recouped their initial investment,
FTC officials said."  The FTC says CBSI has sold about 15,000 computer
packages since 1991.

                      Nobel Institute Accused of Piracy

Stockholm's prestigious Karolinska Institute, which awards the Nobel Prize
for medicine, is being accused of software piracy.  The institute has been
named in a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by computer company Eurodex, hich
contends Karolinska used pirated copies of StatView, a statistical package
for analysis to which Eurodex holds the exclusive distribution rights for
Scandinavia.  The Reuter News Service says the U.S.-based business Software
Alliance also has filed a police report on the alleged misuse of software
from member companies such as Microsoft and Adobe.

Eurodex's managing director Deniz Ozen told the wire service the institute
bought 18 StatView licenses, each costing about $1,000, but he believed the
package was being used by up to 1,500 computers.  "This has been going on for
about four or five years," he said, "but in the end we could just not cope
with the fact there were a lot of users calling us for help and support."
Ozen added Eurodex had reported the matter to the police who checked 10
percent of the computers in a lightning raid on the Stockholm-based institute
last year. StatView was installed on about 90 of 251 computers.

But Ozen said some of the computers were also used as servers for the
network, so it was possible that all 1,500 computers at the institute could
be using the package.  "The Business Software Alliance was also considering
taking action against the Karolinska Institute after allegedly discovering
from the information gleaned in the police raid that some of its companies'
packages were overused," Reuters reported. "The group's lawyer, Agne
Lindberg, said the group has filed a police report, but was still undecided
about whether to take action against the institute."

Fire GL 3000 STR Focus

                        PROFESSIONAL 3D APPLICATIONS

Offers Single-Slot, Dual-Monitor Support and Geometry Acceleration

NEW ORLEANS, La. - August 1996 - Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:
DIMD) announced the  Fire GL 3000 graphics accelerator with hardware texture
mapping for professional 3D applications. Available  in multiple
configurations with up to 40MB memory, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 utilizes the
high-performance  GLINT 500TX rendering and GLINT Delta geometry engines from
3Dlabs, Inc. A single-slot PCI solution  with on-board VGA, the Diamond Fire
GL 3000 also supports up to two monitors using Diamond's dual- screen
technology. With a base configuration of 8MB VRAM/8MB EDO DRAM for $2,495
manufacturer's  suggested retail price (MSRP), the Diamond Fire GL 3000 is
expected to be available in September through  OEMs, VARs and distributors.

"Animation professionals are increasingly turning to the combined power of
Microsoft's Windows NT, Intel's  Pentium Pro processors and Digital Equipment
Corporation's (DEC) Alpha-based workstations," said David Watkins, vice
president and general manager of Diamond Multimedia's Visual Systems
Division.   "Additionally, these professionals are seeking PC hardware
solutions that enable new levels of performance  and functionality.  The Fire
GL 3000 fulfills their needs by offering texture mapping in hardware, 3D
geometry acceleration and support for two monitors in a single-slot

Texture Mapping and 3D Rendering Acceleration
Using 3Dlabs' GLINT 500TX processor, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 offers hardware
texture mapping in real- time and is capable of rendering up to 500,000
gouraud-shaded polygons per second. The base configuration  includes 8MB of
high-speed, dual-ported VRAM display memory and 8MB EDO DRAM (upgradeable to
32MB EDO DRAM) for up to 32-bit Z-buffer memory. Double buffering support at
resolutions up to 1600 x  1200 provides increased productivity by allowing
for the real-time display and rotation of 3D models.

"By providing real-time, texture mapping in hardware, the Fire GL 3000 speeds
up the creation phase," said  Daniel Small, product manager for Softimage 3D
at Microsoft. "This capability is demanded by today's professional 3D
animators, especially those using Softimage 3D for Windows NT."

3D Geometry Acceleration
The GLINT Delta 3D setup engine included in the Diamond Fire GL 3000 acts as
a front-end processor to the  GLINT 500TX rendering engine. By processing the
setup calculations for lines, polygons and other 3D  primitives, the GLINT
Delta improves overall system performance by freeing the CPU from demanding
3D  calculations. As a result, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 is capable of
boosting 3D performance up to three times  faster than conventional rendering
engine-only solutions.

"The introduction of the Fire GL 3000 brings a new level of 3D graphics to
Pentium Pro processor-based  systems," said Andre Wolper, director of
workstation marketing at Intel Corporation. "Coupled with the power  of a
Pentium Pro processor, professionals get a system that delivers workstation
performance with the best of  PC productivity applications, all in one."

Diamond's Dual Screen Technology
The dual screen capability of the Fire GL 3000, a single-slot PCI solution,
allows professionals to expand their  workspace across two screens. By
utilizing two 220 MHz RAMDACs, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 supports up  to 1600
x 1200 resolution and refresh rates up to 75Hz simultaneously on both
screens. Diamond's dual screen  technology is especially suitable for
animation professionals who are able to display a set of applications on  the
one screen and file folders, palettes and other tools on the other screen.

"The dual monitor support provided by the Fire GL 3000 addresses a key
problem for virtual environments,"  said Ken Pimentel, vice president of
product development at Sense8 Corporation. "When developing with  World Up,
you can dedicate one monitor to showing your scene-hierarchy and property
browsers while the other monitor shows multiple rendered views."

Additional Features
3D Application  Programming Interface
OpenGL, Heidi from Autodesk  (API) support
Accelerated OpenGL software
Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 3.51 and Windows 95
Advanced Visual Systems' AVS/Express, Autodesk's

Supported software
AutoCAD r12/13, Kinetix's 3D Studio Max,
Microsoft's Softimage, NewTek's Lightwave 3D and
Sense8's World Up and other leading applications

 Diamond software tools  3D Win viewer software and Big Focus display list
 driver technology
 Maximum resolution      up to 1600 x 1200
 Maximum refresh rate    up to 100Hz
 Maximum color depth     up to 24-bit True Color
 Maximum True Color
 resolution              up to 1152 x 870 resolution
 Configurations and
 8MB VRAM/8MB EDO DRAM        $2,495 MSRP
 8MB VRAM/16MB EDO DRAM       $2,795 MSRP
 8MB VRAM/32MB EDO DRAM       $3,195 MSRP
 Memory modules starting at   $795 MSRP
 Warranty three-year parts and labor

Diamond Multimedia

Diamond  Multimedia  is driving the desktop multimedia  market  by  providing
interactivity and connectivity  solutions for home, business and professional
PC  and  Macintosh  users. Products include the Stealth  and  Monster  3D(tm)
series of multimedia accelerators, the Fire GL series of professional 3D  and
CAD   accelerators, and the Supra(r) series of faxmodems and NetCommander(tm)
ISDN  adapters. Diamond also  markets sound cards and multimedia and Internet
upgrade  kits.  Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Diamond has  sales,  marketing
and  technical  facilities in Vancouver (Wash.), Singapore, Tokyo,  Starnberg
(Germany),  Clichy (France) and Winnersh (U.K.). Diamond's products are  sold
through  regional, national and  international distributors  as  well  as  to
major  computer  retailers,  mass merchants and  OEMs  worldwide.   Diamond's
common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol DIMD.

Internet Blaster STR Spotlight

                          Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP

The fastest path to Internet access.

Heard about the Internet?  Want to join the action?   It's easy with
Creative's high-performance Internet Blaster  33.6 PnP.  It comes complete
with everything you need to get started, including web browsing software,
email  and free trial memberships to on-line services like America Onliner
and CompuServer.  You can even create  your own home page or make toll-free
phone calls over the Internet.  Whether you're using Windowsr 95, Windows 3.1
or MS-DOSr, Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP installs  automatically.  So you'll be
cruising the Net in minutes. Once you're logged on, you'll appreciate this
modem's high-speed 33.6 Kbps performance, which displays even graphic-laden
Internet pages in the blink of an eye.  Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP's high-
speed communications software helps you save time downloading files from  web
sites around the world.  What's more, convenient fax software, with a built-
in phonebook, fax broadcasting capability and fax viewer lets you send and
receive faxes directly from your PC.  So why miss out on any more Internet
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The high-speed way to master the Internet for users at every level;

z    High-speed 33,600 bps data/14,400 bps  fax internal modem
z    High value Internet software bundle
z    Browse the Net with ease using Microsoftr Internet Explorer
z    Make toll-free phone calls over the Internet with WebPhone
z    Create and publish your own home page with HoTMetaL Light
z    Get the ultimate Internet experience with SPRYNET


Data Rate Compatibility
z    Enhanced version of V.34 proposed 33600 bps
z    ITU V.34 and Rockwell V.FC: 28800; 26400; 24000; 21600; 19200; 16800;
     14400 bps
z    ITU V.32bis/V.32/V.22bis/V.22/V.21/V.23: 14400; 12000; 9600; 7200; 4800;
     2400; 1200; 300; 75 bps
z    Bell 212A/103J: 1200; 300 bps

Fax Rate Compatibility
z    ITU V.17/V.29/V.27ter: 14400; 12000; 9600; 7200; 4800; 2400 bps

Data Compression & Correction
z    ITU V.42bis/MNP 5 data compression
z    ITU V.42/MNP 2-4 error correction
z    MNP 10 data throughput enhancement

Data Throughput
z    Up to 115,200 bps

Command Set Compatibility
z    Enhanced "AT" Command Set
z    Class 1/class 2 fax commands and connects with Group 3 fax machines

z    Data Interface: 16-bit ISA bus
z    Line Interface: Modular line connector, two RJ11C phone jacks

Host Interface
z    ISA 16 bit bus

Dialing Capability
z    Dialing Methods: Tone/Pulse dialing

z    Command buffer supports 40 characters
z    Auto dial and auto answer
z    Audio monitoring at modem internal speaker
z    EPROM supports 2 profiles and 4 telephone number sets

Test and Diagnostics Facilities
z    Remote digital loop and remote digital loop self test
z    Analog loop and analog loop self test
z    Digital loop test
z    FCC and IC


Microsoftc Internet Explorer (Windows 95) from Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Internet Explorer unlocks the potential of the Internet by opening
the Web to great new content and  providing the best browser performance for
Win 95.  It also provides compatibility to include all major Internet
standards and supports current security standards while ready for upcoming

WebPhone * (Creative Edition) from NetSpeak Corporation
WebPhone is the professional Internet telephone with integrated voicemail.
WebPhone provides telephone  quality, real-time, full duplex, point-to-point
voice communications over the Internet and other TCP/IP based  networks.
Using WebPhone, you can talk to anyone, anywhere on earth without incurring
any long distance charges.

HoTMetaL Light from SoftQuad Incorporated
Make your presence known on the Internet with SoftQuad's HoTMetaL Light. You
can now easily create and  publish hypertext linked Web documents.  With its
easy-to-use markup tools and powerful word processing  features, it's all you
need to design the home page you have always wanted.

SPRYNET from Spry, Inc.
SPRYNET gives you the best of the Internet.  The worldwide leader of Internet
access with comprehensive  services, support and software for the home and
business markets gives you 5MB of disk space and easy-to-use  tools to help
you build your home page on the Net.  With SPRYNET, you can get the complete
Internet experience.

SuperFax 6.0 from Pacific Image Communications, Inc.
This versatile fax and data software provides a wealth of features guaranteed
to make PC communications  effortless.  SuperFax 6.0 features a comprehensive
fax program including fax broadcasting, a phonebook, fax  viewer and TWAIN
support.  SuperTerminal is also included for high speed data transfer.

Online Services
Free trial memberships to America Onliner and CompuServer.
WebPhone software requires an SVGA 256 color driver and Windows compatible
sound card with microphone and speakers or headset.

System Requirements
z    486 DX/33 or higher
z    4 MB of RAM (8 MB of RAM recommended)
z    17 MB of free hard disk space
z    full length 16-bit ISA slot
z    DOS 5.0 or higher
z    Windows 3.1 or higher (Windows 95 needed for Microsoft Internet
z    CD-ROM drive required to install bundled software

                   Internet Explorer 3.0 Comparison Guide

For the latest version of this document (with informative links) please see:
Please note: Other product and company names herein may be the trademarks of
their respective owners.

Internet Explorer 3.0 is the web browser that puts you a step ahead on the
Internet! Now with ActiveX, Java, Plug-in, and the broadest HTML support,
Internet Explorer 3.0 provides the best browsing experience and most
technically advanced development platform for end users, organizations, and
content developers.  And with innovative Internet conferencing,
collaboration, and browser customization, Internet Explorer 3.0 provides the
richest feature set of any browser while still offering an easy to use and
personalized Internet experience.
This document is designed to provide an informative framework for
organizations and individuals to compare Internet Explorer 3.0 and Netscaper
Navigator 3.0.

Internet browsers should be compared on two levels: architecture and
features.  The architecture is the definitive aspect for performance,
extensibility, and future features.  The feature set is most important for
ensuring that the browser takes advantage of the Web's rich offerings,
whether it be with respect to content viewing, security, communicating and
collaborating, or personalizing the Internet experience.  Microsoft Internet
Explorer 3.0 has a more advanced architecture and  offers the feature
superset of Netscape Navigator 3.0.

Internet Explorer 3.0 is architected as a set of ActiveX Controls.  At its
heart is the component object model (COM), the object model that allows
programmers to mix and match languages as they flexibly program ActiveX
objects and create the most compelling applications and web sites.  This
architecture is primarily important in that it distributes Internet
capabilities to the whole desktop.  Any application can easily incorporate
Internet functionality by using Internet Explorer as an ActiveX control, and
likewise, Internet Explorer can take advantage of any other ActiveX enabled
applications.  Secondly, Internet Explorer 3.0's component based architecture
makes it incredibly extensible.  Additional functionalities can be inserted
without having to fundamentally change the code.  Users only need to download
the addition, and not another full-sized product, to update Internet

Beyond having a superior architecture, Internet Explorer 3.0 offers all of
the important features that Navigator 3.0 does, and much more:
z    Superior HTML support including HTML 3.2 and Cascading Style Sheets
z    More Web Interactivity with broader programming and scripting language
z    Richer multimedia with Active Movie
z    Additional security using Authenticode code authentication, CryptoAPI
     1.0, and more
z    True collaboration using NetMeeting for multipoint communication
z    Personalization for the individual and the administrator with the
     customizable toolbar, ratings, and the Internet  Explorer Administration Kit
          Creating and viewing all the Web has to offer!

With our initial releases, the Microsoft Internet Explorer team concentrated
on creating a robust and reliable platform, stressing usability, and catching
up with Netscape Navigator's feature set.  With Internet Explorer 3.0,
Microsoft has moved ahead of Navigator and other browsers by introducing a
new component-based architecture, supersetting Navigator features, and
enabling a next generation platform for Web content development.  Internet
Explorer may not be the most used browser yet, but it is the most innovative,
technically advanced, and feature-rich browser available.

                  Cutting-Edge HTML and Style Sheet Support
Both Microsoft and Netscape realize that HTML is the backbone of the
Internet.  Through the help of Internet standards committees such as the W3C
( and the IETF (, HTML
provides a set of guidelines that define the latest capabilities for the

But Microsoft and Netscape have taken different approaches to HTML.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and Netscape Navigator 3.0 both support all
HTML 2.0 and some later standards.  Support for the following HTML features
are built into both Internet Explorer 3.0 and Navigator 3.0:

z    Standard Frames.  Enable you to seamlessly open several panes within the
     browser window, or embed a single frame anywhere in a Web page where you
     could insert a graphic. Frames enable you to display many levels of
     information without requiring that a visitor leave your site.  Both browsers
     support various options for the frame borders as well. *
z    Standard Tables.  Give you great control over the display of text,
     graphics, and background colors, making Web content more readable and
     visually interesting.*
z    HTML 2.0.
z    Limited Multimedia.  Run video and inline sound in a Web page.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 also goes further by fully supporting W3C and
IETF HTML specifications, including HTML 3.2, and more.  Specifically:

z    Enhanced Frames.  Includes frames-within-frames, floating frames, and
     non-scrolling frames.
z    Enhanced Tables.  Beyond simply supporting background colors, Internet
     Explorer 3.0 also supports background images, wrapped text, and cell
     groupings within tables.
z    Enhanced and TrueType Font Support
z    "HTML and STYLE" specification.  One of the first post-3.2 HTML
     specifications proposed by the W3C.  This covers SPAN, DIV and STYLE elements
     and linking of style sheets to HTML documents, it's the glue than binds style
     sheets to HTML.
z    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), level 1.  Stylesheets bring desktop
     publishing capabilities to the Web.
z    Embedding style information via STYLE attribute. (contained in the "HTML
     and Style" specification, an adjunct to CSS).  This allows for in-line style
     information.  Authors now have easy access to rich style attributes.
z    Linked style sheets.  For advanced authors, style information can be
     placed in external documents and reused across an array of HTML documents, a
     valuable tool for administratively defined intranet and Web publishing.  The
     Webmaster can change the look and feel of an entire web site with changes to
     a single style sheet.
z    Full font control.  Easier control of font families, weighting, and
     typographic measurement units (cm's, inches, pixels, percentages, em's, etc)
     for sizing.
z    Full white-space control.  Allows for setting margins in typographic
     units around all edges of elements.  This is a critical first step towards
     realizing real desktop publishing-style pages.
z    Full background control (non-tiled).  Allows the web author to place an
     image behind an object, say, a table cell, in a variety of manners.  Beyond
     the standard full-tile, an image can be tiled vertically, horizontally, or
     directly positioned anywhere on the page.
z    Backgrounds.  Background colors and image capabilities can be added to
     tables, paragraphs, or anywhere else they might enhance a web page.
z    Typographic space control.  Allows for setting inter-line and intra-line
     spacing (font `leading').
z    Indenting.  Easily indent a line or paragraph of text on an HTML page.
z    Negative margins.  Very rich control allowing elements to float over
     other elements on a page.
z    CSS Layout.  An experimental specification from W3C for handling frames,
     floating frames, multi-column layout, 2D direct placement of elements,
     ordering and overlapping of elements, all in a rich and well-architected HTML
z    HTML Layout Control.  Supports and facilitates using new HTML extensions
     as pioneered between Microsoft and the W3C.
z    <OBJECT> tag support.  The first of the post 3.2 HTML specifications
     from the W3C, this tag is the W3C standard implementation for all EMBED and
     APPLET functionality.  It lets downlevel browsers see substitute content in
     place of the object, applet, or plug-in that an updated browser would prefer.
z    Scrolling Marquees.  Perfect for calling out time-critical information.

Netscape, on the other hand, not only lags in its support for  HTML
standards, but is introducing proprietary extensions which are not as rich as
the standards-based offerings.  Specifically:

z    Netscape supports the <EMBED> tag rather than the HTML standard, more
     versatile <OBJECT> tag approved by the W3C.  The approved HTML specification
     for the object tag was completed in December 1995, sufficiently before
     Netscape shipped even Navigator 2.0. Although <EMBED> is a proprietary tag,
     Internet Explorer supports it for compatibility reasons.
z    Netscape introduced frames to Navigator in September 1995, yet did not
     submit specifications to the W3C until June 1996.
z    Navigator 3.0 beta 5 has introduced even more proprietary HTML
     extensions, despite the fact that richer functionalities are already
     available with W3C supported extensions supported by Internet Explorer:
z    <MULTICOL> tag for placing information in columns
z    <SPACER> tag for positioning information in pages
  Active Web Content          Internet Explorer     Netscape
  Features                           3.0          Navigator 3.0
            HTML Support - Employing standards to create great
  looking Web pages
  HTML 3.2 tags                     Yes               Some
  Sub/Super Script                  Yes                Yes
  Tables wrapped by text            Yes                No
  FONT Sizing, Color                Yes                Yes
  W3C/IETF RFC1952 Tables           Yes               Some
  Tables with cell grouping         Yes                Yes
  Tables border control             Yes                Yes
  Header and footer grouping        Yes                No
  W3C HTML OBJECT tag               Yes                No
  Stylesheets                       Yes               None
  Typeface selection                Yes                No
  Typeface scaling (any             Yes                No
  point size)
  Margins control                   Yes                No
  Watermarks (non-scrolling         Yes                No
  Table background color            Yes                No
  Table background image            Yes                No
  Non-tiled-backgrounds             Yes                No
  Full white-space control          Yes                No
  Typographical space               Yes                No
  Indenting                         Yes                No
  Negative Indenting margins        Yes                No
  Scrolling Marquees                Yes                No
  Netscape Frames                   Yes                Yes
  Enhanced Frames                   Yes          borderless only
  (borderless, inline, and
  Transparencies                    Yes                Yes
  Direct placement of               Yes                No
  objects in page
  Background sound                  Yes                Yes
  Blinking text                      No                Yes
  HTML 2.0 tags                     Yes                Yes
Internet Explorer 3.0 offers the broadest HTML support of any browser, giving
web authors the greatest flexibility and users the best viewing experience.

                      Bringing Interactivity to the Web
While important to the viewing of static web pages, HTML provides only some
of the web's potential for dynamic web pages and Internet interactivity.
More powerful web content demands applications such as ActiveX controls or
Netscape Plug-ins to extend beyond HTML.  Scripting these software applets
together provides for interactivity and a dynamic Internet experience.

As corporations move to intranets and the Internet, it becomes increasingly
important that they are also able to leverage their existing knowledge and
investment in tools and software.  Microsoft and Netscape both address these
demands, but with different approaches.
            Internet Explorer 3.0 and Navigator 3.0 both support:

z    Java applets are software components created using the Java language.
z    Just-In-Time Java Compiler for greater performance (Navigator only
     supports Borland's JIT compiler).
z    JavaScript is a proprietary scripting language created by Netscape.
z    Plug-ins are developed by third-party vendors in the C programming
     language or one of its variants to extend web viewing functionality in a
     limited manner. Plug-ins are not cross-platform, as they need separate APIs
     for different platforms.  Hence cross-platform offerings are most often
     original code ported to support the other platforms.  Plug-ins are also
     limited in that they can only be run in a Web environment and not in other
     applications, so developers of plug-ins can reach only a limited market.  In
     addition, the specifications for plug-ins are defined only by Netscape and
     change often.  Finally, plug-ins are less safe since they rarely offer
     licensing support and are not code signed.

Microsoft's open and extensible platform:

Customers have requested a browser that supports cutting-edge Web technology
and also leverages existing information and code.  Internet Explorer 3.0
satisfies these demands using ActiveX.  ActiveX is the only cross-platform,
language and application independent set of technologies.

Java is one of the best languages for creating an ActiveX control.  Using
ActiveX technologies, Java applets can communicate or be scripted with any
ActiveX controls, regardless of the language in which they were created.  And
because of Internet Explorer's COM architecture, the same Java applets can be
used in the browser or any other COM-based application.

ActiveX controls are fast and lightweight software components based on
Component Object Model (COM) technology, a technology that lets webmasters
and developers create live objects for Web pages or applications.  ActiveX
controls can be created in a wide variety of languages, including Java.  And
because they leverage existing technology, ActiveX controls can be used both
on web pages and any stand-alone application that is an ActiveX component
container (such as VisioT, Visual FoxPro, Microsoft Access) as easily as
embedding graphics in Web pages.  There are currently over 1,000 ActiveX
controls commercially available and usable in web pages.  (Developers and web
authors can find a wide variety of existing ActiveX controls at

z    ActiveX Scripting provides the greatest available flexibility to
     developers for tying together software components.  Microsoft Internet
     Explorer 3.0 supports JScript, Microsoft's JavaScript-compatible scripting
     language, as well as VB Script and any other ActiveX enabled scripting
     language.   This provides developers with the ability to choose from a
     variety of scripting languages, including custom languages.

z    ActiveX Documents are Microsoft's answer to the common use of the
     Internet and intranet for disseminating already existing information. Rather
     than forcing users to port existing documents from their original forms into
     HTML format, support for ActiveX Documents enables you to open richly
     formatted documents, such as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or chart, directly
     in the browser. For example, a finance intranet page might use ActiveX
     Document support to place an Excel spreadsheet or chart on its internal Web
     site. Intranet users could then open the document in its native Excel format
     and have full editing and control capabilities through the use of the Excel

z    Any Just-In-Time Compiler. The Microsoft Just-In-Time Java Compiler will
     provide the fastest way to run Java applications in a Web page, but Internet
     Explorer is extensible enough to use any JIT compiler.

Not only does Netscape not offer the flexibility for creating and scripting
active content, but Netscape appears to be limiting the future offering as

z    Is making semantic changes to JavaScript and the plug-in specifications
     from version to version - the changes even cause some content to not work
     between versions of Navigator.
z    Has never published source code for JavaScript
z    Will not license JavaScript technology to others
z    Has not submitted current JavaScript documentation to the W3C nor the

  Active Web Content          Internet Explorer     Netscape
  Features                           3.0          Navigator 3.0
Scripting and Web Application Development: Using ActiveX to
  create the webs most interactive pages
  Native ActiveX Control             Yes               No+
  Java Applet support                Yes               Yes
  Scripting of Java Applets    JavaScript and     Partial Java
                                  VBScript           Script
  Support for Java applet            Yes               Yes
  Support for native            Yes (ActiveX           No+
  document formats (such as      Documents)
  Word.doc or Excel .xls)
  within the browser window
  VBScript                           Yes               No+
  JavaScript-compatible              Yes             Partial
  Integration of objects and         Yes             Partial
  Netscape-compatible Plug-ins       Yes               Yes
  Component Object Model             Yes               No
  Extensible for creating            Yes               No
  custom applications
  Installable JIT                    Yes               No
  Browser serves as reusable         Yes               No
  control for Integration
  into external applications
  Browser serves as                  Yes               No
  extensible components
  integrated into desktop
  operating system

Rather than only support Java, JavaScript, or LiveConnect and rely upon
existing technologies being recreated in these languages, Microsoft Internet
Explorer supports the widest amount of programming and scripting languages so
that users can evolve their technologies to the Internet.  Internet Explorer
gives developers the greatest flexibility, and users the most content viewing
with ActiveX.
                         Multimedia on the Internet

Multimedia is another important chapter to the active content story.
Internet multimedia provides the opportunity for Web developers and authors
to provide stimulating content in a dynamic fashion.

Microsoft and Netscape have different vehicles for providing multimedia on
the Internet.  Whereas Microsoft has worked with Internet standards
organizations and independent software developers to support a wide variety
of standards, Netscape has focused on a more limited multimedia offering.

Netscape Navigator 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0 both support:

z    AIFF, AU, MIDI, and WAV audio formats
z    AVI video format
z    In-line (streamed) sound support (Navigator needs the RealAudio plug-in)
z    QuickTime video playback (Navigator needs the Apple QuickTime plug-in),
     3D animation, and VRML
In addition to all of the above multimedia formats supported by Navigator
3.0, Internet Explorer 3.0 also supports:

z    MPEG audio format
z    MPEG video format
z    Any ActiveX controlled in-line (streamed) sound
z    In-line (streamed) video
z    Active Movie, which supports MPV, MPA, MPE, MPEG, AU, AIF, AIFF, SND,
     MID, RMI, Wav + AVI, MOV, and QuickTime formats in a single control and is
     open and extensible for future technologies
z    ActiveX scripting support and HTML layout control for more and better
     Multimedia development possibilities

Multimedia performance is directly linked to integration with hardware, the
operating system, and the browser itself.  Microsoft Internet Explorer uses
DirectX technologies where available to ensure that hardware is optimized for
various forms of multimedia.  It is tightly integrated with all operating
systems.  And most importantly, Internet Explorer's component object
architecture and Active Movie allow multimedia to be fundamentally integrated
with the browser for the best multimedia performance on the Internet.

Netscape Navigator relies primarily upon loosely integrated multimedia
support through third-party plug-ins, a bolted-on approach in comparison to
Internet Explorer's complete, top-down multimedia offering.

  Active Web Content          Internet Explorer     Netscape
  Features                           3.0          Navigator 3.0
  Multimedia - Using ActiveX Controls to make your Web pages come alive!

  Hardware acceleration of      Yes (DirectX)          No
  video playback
  Progressive Playback of            Yes               No
  Video/Audio files
  Video formats                MPEG, AVI, MOV,         AVI
  (ActiveMovieT/LiveVideo)        QuickTime
  Audio formats               WAV, MIDI, AIFF,  WAV, MID,I AIFF,
                               AU, MPEG audio          AU
  In-line (streamed) sound      RealAudio and   RealAudio Plug-in
  support                           other
                              ActiveX Controls
  In-line (streamed) video           Yes               No
  QuickTime video playback           Yes        Apple QuickTime+
                               (ActiveMovieT)        plug-in
  MPEG video/audio playback   Yes (ActiveMovie)        No
  3D Animation and VRML       Yes (Direct3D and   Yes (Live3D)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 offers very rich multimedia capabilities and
is integrated with the operating system for great performance.

                    Secure Communication and Interaction
Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 provides a comprehensive security solution
through the Microsoft Internet Security Framework.  It lets Web users
communicate privately, download code they can trust, and identify themselves
to others across the Internet. Users can conduct transactions and participate
in consumer services on the Internet with the same privacy and security as in
the real world.

Netscape Navigator 3.0 and Internet Explorer support:

z    Server and client authentication.  Uses a digital identification or
     certificate to identify the user to Web servers.  Conversely, server
     authentication ensures that end users are communicating with their intended
z    SSL 2.0/3.0.  A Netscape-developed protocol intended to provide secure
     communication over a TCP/IP connection.

Beyond these features,  Internet Explorer supports:

z    Code signing with Authenticode.  Provides accountability for software
     and software components downloaded from the Internet, including Java applets
     and other ActiveX controls.  Internet Explorer 3.0 lets end users identify
     who published the software before it is downloaded and verify that it was not
     tampered with.
z    CryptoAPI 1.0. Provides the underlying security services for the
     Microsoft Internet Security Framework, and specifically for secure channels
     and code signing.  The delivery of CryptoAPI through Internet Explorer 3.0
     lets developers easily integrate strong cryptography into their applications.
     This security architecture provides a degree of extensibility that is
     unmatched by Navigator 3.0.
z    PCT 1.0.  Microsoft's integrated protocol for secure TCP/IP

Microsoft is actively participating in the Internet Engineering Task Force
(IETF), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and other groups to develop Internet
security standards.  These efforts, along with an adherence to existing
certificate and cryptography standards, will ensure that Microsoft security
technologies are interoperable and open.

On the other hand, Netscape has not worked as closely with the standards
committees when introducing new security measures:

z    Despite repeated headlines about security flaws, Netscape failed to
     submit the SSL protocol specification to any standards body until competition
     brought them to the IETF security discussion.  They remain steadfast in their
     position of SSL only as they define it.
z    Netscape's implementation of certificates, despite being based on the
     X.509 standard, does not allow access to the certificate store by any other
     application, a proprietary and closed implementation. (Microsoft's "wallet"
     implementation allows certificates to be used across applications)1
z    Licensees of SSL are prohibited from making any changes or fixing the
     known security holes in SSL.

  Secure Features             Internet Explorer     Netscape
                                     3.0          Navigator 3.0
  Secure Communication and Interaction
  Support for Java applet            Yes               Yes
  Code Signing for Java              Yes               No
  Applets                      (Authenticode)
  Control scripting security         Yes               No
  Control security for data          Yes               No
  Site Certificate Support           Yes               Yes
  Client-side Certificates           Yes               Yes
  SSL 2.0/3.0 support                Yes               Yes
  PCT Support                        Yes               No
  Support for the Win32              Yes               No
  CryptoAPI# 1.0

Microsoft Internet Explorer provides the most robust and comprehensive set of
technologies for secure online communications and electronic commerce.

                 Communicating and Collaborating on the Web
The Web provides the opportunity for unparalleled communication and
collaboration.  Other than communicating through the medium of Web page
publishing, features such as Internet telephony, data and video conferencing,
mail, news, chat, and application sharing are integral to complete
communications.  With the NetMeeting and Microsoft Internet Mail and News
features, Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 sets the standard for Internet
Communication and Collaboration.

Netscape addressed their need for a communications solution by purchasing
InSoft, Inc, the makers of CoolTalk, to supplement their Internet mail and
news offerings.

Navigator 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0 both offer the following features:

z    Internet Mail and News: Includes quick access through the browser UI for
     easy access to mail and news functionalities.
z    Point-to-point communications: the whiteboard allows for a maximum of
     two collaborators, as does the chat, and the whiteboard users can only cut
     and paste onto the shared board.
z    Point-to-point Internet telephony

Microsoft is building more than a communication and collaboration
application, it is building a platform.  NetMeeting and Microsoft Internet
Mail and News offers much greater communication and collaboration
functionality than Netscape does:

z    Full HTML Support in Mail and News: More than just HTML reading,
     Internet Mail and News users can create and read mail and news messages in
     HTML.  Any URL automatically becomes a link, with only a double-click
     required to send the default browser to the site.
z    Sophisticated Mail Organization and Composition: Includes automatic mail
     sorting using the Inbox Assistant, mail prioritization, integrated spell
     checking, and drag-and-drop attachments and text.  In addition, the address     
     book will import from other sources and has group management features that
     are even easier than creating an alias.
z    Offline and Cached Mail and News capabilities:  Users can mark
     individual articles, threads, or even entire newsgroups for download.  For
     superior performance, Internet Mail and News caches articles while you read
     online.  Sophisticated cache management ensures that the cache is used
     efficiently and as defined by the user.
z    Comic Chat:  A graphical chat client.
z    Application sharing: This is the most important data/document
     conferencing capability yet offered for Internet standard software.  A user
     can share out any application to other users, and all can see, contribute to,
     and  discuss the changes that are made, whether they have the shared
     application on their machine or not.  This collaborative tool makes
     NetMeeting a true business feature.
z    Multipoint Communication:  Multipoint chat, whiteboard, and application
     sharing allow the user to hold meetings with three or more people, where
     everyone receives the transferred files, can draw on the whiteboard, and see
     and control the shared applications.  This is a true community or
     collaborative experience, not just a simple point-to-point call.
z    Industry Standards:  NetMeeting adheres to T.120 protocols, the
     International Telecommunications Union standards for data conferencing used
     by telephone companies, PTTs, bridge manufacturers, video conferencing
     vendors, software vendors, and service providers worldwide.
z    Industry Support:  Over 120 companies, including Sprint, AT&T, and BT,
     have announced their support for Microsoft's H.323/T.120/RTP/RTCP/RSVP
     approach.  As of the original release of NetMeeting, 18 companies had
     announced products that are or will be compatible with NetMeeting, including
     Intel, PictureTel, MCI, and Creative Labs.  Many more promise to come.

Netscape has not committed to open communication and collaboration standards
on the Internet:

z    Despite being a member of the International Multimedia Teleconferencing
     Consortium and announcing support for the T.120 and H.323 standards,
     Navigator 3.0 does not implement anything based upon these standards.
z    CoolTalk does not have an open payload format (like T.120 or H.323), so
     other applications cannot interoperate with Cooltalk
z    Cooltalk is proprietary technology that is admittedly transitory2
  Communication and           Internet Explorer     Netscape
  Collaboration                      3.0          Navigator 3.0
            Internet Conferencing Features - Communicating with
  others over the Internet
  Internet Audio               Point-to-Point    Point-to-Point
  Collaborative Whiteboard       Multipoint      Point-to-Point
  Internet Chat                  Multipoint      Point-to-Point
  Application sharing            Multipoint            No
  File Transfer                      Yes               No
  Standards-based                    Yes               No
  conferencing (T.120,
  G.723, H.323)
  Internet Answering Machine         No                Yes
  NNTP Internet Newsreader           Yes               Yes
  Newsgroup Posting                  Yes               Yes
  POP3 Internet Mail client          Yes               Yes
  Read and Create messages           Yes            read-only
  in HTML
  Offline Mail and News              Yes               No
  Multilingual support for           Yes               No
  Mail and News reading
          Microsoft, through the implementation of open standards and an
unmatched feature set, has brought true communication and collaboration
capabilities to the Internet with Internet Explorer 3.0.
                    Personalizing the Internet Experience
The ability to personalize one's Internet experience makes accessing
pertinent information even easier, whether it be through providing various
localized versions, or personalizing the look and feel of the browsing
environment. Internet Explorer 3.0 has leapt ahead of Navigator for
Navigator 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0 both offer:

z    History and Favorites (bookmarks) menu
z    Customizable, personal home page
z    Localization in a limited amount of languages

But Internet Explorer provides more personalization:

z    Use Mail/News reader of choice
z    Customizable toolbar configuration and buttons:  Configure  the Internet
     Explorer toolbar in any manner and customize the quick link buttons to point
     to Web sites of  your choice.
z    Ratings (PICS) support which allow the user (or parent or administrator)
     to limit access to sites with optional degrees of language, nudity, sex, or
     violence as defined by the Recreational Software Advisory Council (RSAC).
z    The Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) allows corporate
     administrators and organizations to:
1.   Customize Internet Explorer 3.0 for distribution with corporate logos,
     favorites, and toolbars.
2.   Configure server settings for mail, news, User Location Services, proxy
     address, ports and exceptions etc.
3.   Configure toolbar, favorites, active movie, and custom command folder in
     a per user or group defined manner.
     The IEAK is licensed free of charge.  In comparison, Netscape has yet to
     release an administration kit and will reportedly charge $1995 when they do.
z    On-the-fly character set change by clicking on an icon in the lower
     right corner of the user interface.
z    At least 25 Localized versions

Despite being an initiator of the effort to allow parents to limit the
content viewing of their children, Netscape has not supported the industry's
solution:  the Platform for Internet Content Specification (PICS).   Netscape
now dismisses the PICS solution as "not having any application for the
enterprise"3 and irrelevant since most sites do not yet support it.

  Easy and Personalized       Internet Explorer     Netscape
  Features                           3.0          Navigator 3.0
  Personalization Features - Creating the personal Web experience
  Ratings (PICS) Support             Yes               No
  History and Favorites              Yes               Yes
  (Bookmarks) menus
  Customizable, personal             Yes               Yes
  home page
  Distribution/Administratio         Yes               Yes
  n Kit
  Use Mail/News Reader of            Yes               No
  Ease-of-Use Features  Making the Internet accessible to
  Search, e-mail, news, edit         Yes               No
  buttons on toolbar
  View frame's HTML source           Yes               No
  on context menu
  Links table printing               Yes               No
  option (for printing link
  sources at the end of the
  HTML document)
  View Source and Refresh            Yes               No
  context (pop-up) menu
  commands for pages in
  Refresh and View Source            Yes               Yes
  context (pop-up) for page
  Internet shortcuts                 Yes               Yes
  Quick access to QuickLink          Yes               Yes
  Customizable QuickLinks            Yes               No
  On-line tutorial                   Yes               Yes
  Mail Send command allows           Yes               Yes
  you to mail an Internet
  shortcut from the browser
  GUI, Toolbars, help                Yes               Yes
  Drag-and-drop of Web page          Yes               Yes
  Full keyboard                      Yes               No
  Print Preview                      No                Yes
  Localization Overview
  Number of 3.0 Beta                  8            1 - English
  localized versions
  Number of 2.0 release              27                 6
  localized versions
  Number of 3.0 Release              25                11
  localized versions
  View any character set on          Yes               No
  any version of Windows
  International Language             Yes               Yes
  control settings
  Ability to change                  Yes               No
  languages on the fly
  Languages in which the 3.0 browser will be available
  Brazilian Portuguese               Yes               Yes
  Czech                              Yes               No
  Danish                             Yes               Yes
  Dutch                              Yes               Yes
  English (US and                    Yes               Yes
  Finnish                            Yes               No
  French                             Yes               Yes
  German                             Yes               Yes
  Greek                              Yes               No
  Hungarian                          Yes               No
  Italian                            Yes               Yes
  Japanese                           Yes               Yes
  Korean                             Yes               Yes
  Norwegian                          Yes               No
  Polish                             Yes               No
  Portuguese                         Yes               No
  Russian                            Yes               No
  Simplified Chinese                 Yes               No
  Slovak                             Yes               No
  Slovenian                          Yes               No
  Spanish                            Yes               Yes
  Swedish                            Yes               Yes
  Thai                               Yes               No
  Traditional Chinese                Yes               No
  Turkish                            Yes               No

Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 provides the IS manager and end user with
maximum flexibility to customize and personalize the Internet experience.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 is a technological leap-frog of Netscape
Navigator 3.0.  It not only supersets Navigator 3.0's features across the
board, but its componentized architecture lays the foundation for integrating
the Internet with every aspect of today and tomorrow's PC.

For Immediate Release
              Corel to Partner with Softbank Services Group for
                    Corelr WordPerfectr Technical Support

OTTAWA, Canada - August 12, 1996 - Corel Corporation today announced that
they will be bringing Softbank Services Group on board to round out their
Corelr WordPerfectr technical support team.  An increase in sales has lead to
an increase in calls to technical support, resulting in the decision to route
elementary and well-documented issues over to Softbank.  The Orem team will
continue to concentrate on core and new technology issues.  "With the
addition of so many WordPerfect customers to our user base, our first
priority was to ensure that they continued to receive a high level of
service," said Paul Coffin, director of world wide technical support for
Corel Corporation.  "This partnership will allow our home team to more
effectively continue their value-added support.  We predict that our
customers will experience a seamless service upgrade and benefit from shorter
queue times." For comprehensive information regarding Corel WordPerfect
technical support offerings, please dial 1-801-765-4037 and request document
#7000.   Customers may also visit Corel's home page at
and click on Service and Support.

Corel Corporation
Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally  as  an
award-winning  developer and marketer of productivity applications,  graphics
and  multimedia  software.   Corel's product line  includes  CorelDRAWT,  the
Corelr  WordPerfectr Suite, Corelr Office Professional, CorelVIDEOT and  over
30  multimedia  software  titles.  Corel's products  run  on  most  operating
systems,  including:  Windows,  Macintosh, UNIX,  MS-DOS  and  OS/2  and  are
consistently  rated among the strongest in the industry.  The  company  ships
its  products  in  over  17  languages through a network  of  more  than  160
distributors in 70 countries worldwide.  Corel is traded on the Toronto Stock
Exchange  (symbol:  COS)  and the NASDAQ - National  Market  System  (symbol:
COSFF).   For  more information visit Corel's home page on  the  Internet  at

UltraEdit 4.10a STR Focus

IDM is a small business dedicated to generating quality software, and
providing consultation and other computer orientated services.  My name is
Ian David Mead (hence the IDM). I started this business in April of 1994 with
my first product, a disk based editor called MEDIT. After a couple of name
changes it is now called UltraEdit and UltraEdit-32.  Currently UltraEdit and
UltraEdit-32 are the only products available. Many hundreds, or thousands of
hours are required to generate a quality product, and to keep it competitive
in the market place. I would rather concentrate on a single product than
generate an inferior, or low quality group of products.

About UltraEdit/UltraEdit-32:
UltraEdit is a disk based editor with a 16-Bit version for Windows 3.x and a
32-Bit version for Windows NT and Windows 95 (not Win32s). The feature list
for both products is almost identical, and both products are fully supported.

Version 4.10 Changes
z    File Sort with ascending, descending, remove duplicate, ignore case
z    Convert ANSI to OEM, OEM to ANSI (format menu)
z    DOS to MAC conversion
z    Color selection for background, normal text, bookmarks (view menu)
z    Tools configuration, up to 10 user tools in advanced menu
z    Improved DOS commands and output capturing (particularly for Win95) (now
     can pass path and/or filename and/or extension)
z    Invert Case
z    Macros can choose not to show the cancel dialog
z    Option to automatically reload the last set of open files on startup
z    Ctrl+Double Click now selects a complete string (configurable
z    20 Templates now available (previously 10)
z    HEX mode highlights both sides of display (HEX and ASCII)
z    Improved macro support
z    Syntax highlighting now has configurable delimiters to better support
     langauges with words that contain not alpha characters
z    Show spaces, tabs and new lines (View menu)
z    Installer really gives option to add UltraEdit to right mouse button in
z    Bug fixes

z    Disk based text editing - No limit on file size, minimum RAM used even
     for multi-megabyte files
z    Column mode editing!!!, Insert columns/ delete/ cut/ add sequential
z    100,000 word spell checker
z    Syntax highlighting - configurable, pre-configured for C/C++ and VB and
     some HTML
z    Hexadecimal Editor - Allows editing of any binary file
z    HEX Cut, Copy and Paste support, HEX Insert and Delete of characters
z    HEX Find, Replace and Replace All
z    Multiple files open and displayed at the same time
z    Open multiple files at once from the file open dialog (UltraEdit or
     UltraEdit-32 on Windows 95)
z    Insert file into an existing document at cursor position
z    Splitter Windows
z    Configurable toolbar
z    Drag and Drop support from the file manager
z    Automatic word wrap at specified column with hard return
z    Insert and overstrike modes for editing
z    Multi-level undo and redo
z    Find and Replace with Regular Expressions - Also allows selection of
     text between caret and find target when shift key is pressed
z    Goto Line Number or Page
z    Font Selection for display and printer. (Supports all fonts installed
     including TRUE-TYPE fonts)
z    Print support with headers, footers, margins and page breaks.
z    Automatic Line Indentation
z    Tab Settings
z    Word Wrap Support
z    Bookmarks - Unlimited number of Bookmarks
z    Multiple Windows of the same file
z    Comprehensive macro support, including saving and loading, multiple
     macros with HOT KEYS
z    Context Sensitive Help
z    Automatic backup file generated with (.BAK) extension in the directory
     of the original file
z    UltraEdit retains its screen position each time it is used
z    Line & column number display (line number display may be disabled)
z    Pop-up menus with right mouse button.
z    Text conversion to lower or upper case, invert case and capitalization.
z    UNIX/MAC to DOS conversion
z    DOS to UNIX conversion
z    Auto detect UNIX or Binary/Hex files when loaded
z    Convert Word Wrap to CR/LF's allowing word wrap to be written to file
     with hard returns
z    Convert CR/LF's to Word Wrap (removes CR/LF's from file)
z    Template Support
z    Find matching braces
z    Spawn a DOS command and capture output - run a compiler
z    Start a Windows Program
z    Literal character insertion to insert control codes - CTRL+I
z    Read Only default option and edit menu item
z    Save Selection As file
z    Delete Line
z    Insert Date and Time
z    Command line option for line and column positioning
z    More ...

Version 4.10a Changes
z    Bug Fixes (several existed in versions prior to v4.10):
z    AltGR+Key combinations did not work - French/German Keyboard Issue
z    Commands using Ctrl+Alt+Key remapped - See help
z    Fix possible lock up with use of configurable delimiters with syntax
z    "Find In files" screen display could disappear
z    UltraEdit now loads files with commas in the name
z    Changes for command line support of line/column cursor position - see
z    Fixed intermittent problem with two small square boxes showing up at end
     of file (old problem)


You are limited to 45 Days of use for an unregistered version (30 days if
previously expired version of UltraEdit exists). Single user registrations
are $30.00. This allows a single user to use both 16-Bit and 32-Bit versions.
Please inquire for quantity discounts (10 or more users) or site license
information.  Registered users are entitled to FREE upgrades for one year by
downloading the latest version. If a new authorization code is required it
will be issued upon request at no charge to users who have registerd within
the previous 12 months.
Upgrades after 12 months are $15 per user.

            The following methods of registration are available:

Mail, E-Mail, Telephone or FAX.

UltraEdit is a shareware program. If you find it useful and continue to use
it you are obligated to register it with the author by sending $30.00 (Ohio
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Motorola will be the first company to manufacture a computer based on the
PowerPC chip that the company  jointly developed with Apple and IBM. Machines
using the PowerPC platform will be able to run Macintosh  software from Apple
as well as Windows software from IBM.  Apple says its operating system
software for  PowerPC machines will be ready early in 1997.  (Wall Street
Journal 9 Aug 96 C3)

Reacting to pressure from Scotland Yard, the Internet Service Providers
Association, representing 60 of an  estimated 140 providers in the United
Kingdom, will be asking its members to voluntarily block access to sites and
services featuring hard-core pornography.  An executive of Demon Internet,
which has the largest  subscriber base in the U.K., dismisses the proposed
action as ineffective:  "This is not a solution, it is just  hiding the
problem."  (Financial Times 10 Aug 96)

Following last Wednesday's 19-hour blackout of America Online on August 9th
because of system problems  that developed during routine maintenance, AOL
chief executive Steve Case concluded that "the disruption  caused by the
temporary unavailability of AOL illustrates more clearly than ever before how
important AOL  has become in the daily lives of our members."  Case said:
"We still have a long way to go to make AOL as  reliable as must-have
utilities such as electricity and the telephone.  But that's what we intend
to do."   Members will get credit for the lost service, which, for
individuals who subscribe to AOL's standard billing  plan, will amount to
about a 30-cent credit.   (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9 Aug 96 D2)

Forrester Research, Inc. says it won't be long before every major content
site has uses tools that make chat  available to its visitors.  The
capability will encourage repeat-visits to the sites, allow businesses to use
their  sites for training and customer service, and encourage the development
of "chat clubs" that will create revenue  for the site from cover charges and
advertising.  (Computer Industry Daily 12 Aug 96)

                           HISTORY OF THE INTERNET
In their absorbing new book, "Where Wizards Stay Up Late," Katie Hafner and
Matthew Lyon tell the  fascinating early history of the Internet.  The book,
published by Simon & Schuster, has now arrived in  bookstores, and an excerpt
will appear in the next issue of Educom Review.  (Educom Review Sep/Oct 96)

                          WEB DESIGN IS "ATROCIOUS"
Neville Brody, the graphics designer who worked on the movie "Mission:
Impossible," says that "ninety-nine  percent of Web sites are atrocious. They
have bad design and even worse logic."  Part of the problem is that  "there's
nothing worse than engineers designing things and the Internet is by and
large designed by engineers.   They can't see beyond technological advance.
Communication often isn't part of the language of the Internet, which is
something of a paradox."  (The Guardian 7 Aug 96)

A computer consultant in Oregon paid the state $222 for its complete motor
vehicles data base, which he then  posted to a Web site, prompting charges of
privacy violations from people who complained that he had invaded  their
privacy.  The database allows anyone with an Oregon license plate number to
look up the vehicle owner's  name, address, birthdate, driver's license
number, and title information.  The consultant's motive in posting  the
information, which anyone can obtain for a fee by going to a state office,
was to improve public safety by  allowing identification of reckless drivers.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaver says that instant access to motor vehicle
records over the Internet is different from information access obtained by
physically going to state  offices and making a formal request for
information:  ``I am concerned that this ease of access to people's addresses
could be abused and present a threat to an individual's safety.'' (Associated
Press 8 Aug 96)

                            HIGH-TECH RECRUITING
Although some companies complain that colleges and universities are not
sufficiently preparing their graduates  to cope with the large array of
computer operating systems and programming languages in the real world,
corporate America is relentlessly pursuing graduates of technical programs.
One example:  the number of  companies doing on-campus recruiting at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has doubled since  1994.  (Wall
Street Journal 9 Aug 96 B5)

University of Pittsburg psychologist Kimberly Young sees an epidemic of
personal problems -- including  academic failure and divorce - developing in
people "addicted" to online activity, and says you're addicted if  the answer
"yes" to more than three of the following questions:  Do you feel preoccupied
with the Net and  think about it while offline?   Do you feel a need to spend
more and more time online to achieve satisfaction?    Are you unable to
control your online use?   Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting
to cut down or  stop your online use?   Do you go online to escape problems
or relieve feelings such as helplessness, guilt,  anxiety or depression?   Do
you lie to family members or friends to conceal how often and how long you
stay  online?   Do you risk the loss of a significant relationship, job, or
educational or career opportunity because of  your online use?   Do you keep
returning even after spending too much money on online fees?   Do you go
through withdrawal when offline, such as increased depression, moodiness, or
irritability?   Do you stay on  line longer than originally intended?  (San
Jose Mercury News 10 Aug 96)

In an effort to boost Apple Computer's appeal to potential buyers, long-time
rival Microsoft is setting up a  separate unit that will focus on assisting
small software companies to write Internet programs for Apple   computers.
The unusual move is motivated, in part, by Microsoft's worry that it would
face serious antitrust  problems if Apple were to go out of business.
Microsoft's new strategy means that software writers are free to  create
programs just for Macs, a reversal of its previous policy that required
independent developers to write  software for Windows as well as Mac systems.
The new unit may also make no-strings-attached cash grants of  up to $100,000
to small software developers to aid their efforts.  The goal is to "help make
sure that Apple's  market share stays between 8 and 11%," says the unit's
director.  (Wall Street Journal 12 Aug 96 A3)

                            CALLING FROM THE WEB
New software from VocalTec allows users to initiate a voice conversation
while perusing a Web site.  For  instance, a person scanning a clothing
retailer's Web site could click on a "phone call" icon, and connect  directly
to someone at the company via the Internet.  The feature is included in
VocalTec's Internet Phone  Telephony Gateway Server.  PC owners must have
extra software for their Web browsers to make the voice  link work.  A free
version is available for testing at < >.  (Tampa
Tribune 12 Aug 96 B&F5)

Microsoft has struck deals that will allow it to bundle the Wall Street
Journal's Interactive Addition and ESPN  Sports Zone into its new version 3.0
of Internet Explorer browser software, which will become available free  over
the Internet at midnight tonight.  Gartner Group analyst David Smith says:
"This ushers in a new era of  content competition.  If you look at how
Microsoft built their franchise in operating systems, it was by adding
applications and locking people in.  Now content is the application of the
Internet."  (New York Times 13 Aug 96 C2)

                              WEBTV READY TO GO
Philips Consumer Electronics unveiled its Magnavox WebTV product last week,
and says the devices will be  available for purchase Oct. 1, priced at $329.
"Our research shows while American consumers have a general  awareness of the
Internet, the cost of hardware is perceived to be prohibitive," says a
Philips senior VP.  The  WebTV must be connected to the Internet using its
own service, called WebTV Network.  (St. Petersburg Times 12 Aug 96 p11)

Bell Labs researchers have come up with a way to use electron beams to
imprint microchips, inscribing four  times more features onto a chip than
today's standards.  The electron beam machine, dubbed Scalpel, will  enable
the chip industry "to continue the success that it's had over the past
decades of reducing the size of the  chip every couple of years.  It looked
like with conventional optical lithography techniques that they'd run out  of
gas sometime around the end of the century," says the head of Bell Labs'
advanced lithography research  unit.  "Electron beams have been around for a
long time.  But in terms of writing chips on wafers they were  slow so nobody
used them commercially...  So what we've done with Scalpel is figure out a
way to ... make an  electron an electron beam printing technique that isn't
slow and will have the ability to imprint smaller and  smaller features."
(Investor's Business Daily 13 Aug 96 A8)

Computer companies are joining consumer activists in urging the telephone
companies to speed up deployment  of ISDN (integrated services digital
network) services by lowering prices.  In California, Pacific Bell is under
attack by a group that includes Intel Corp., the California ISDN Users Group,
the California Cable Television  Association, Jetstream Communications, Inc.,
FlowPoint, and Siemens Rolm Communications, Inc.  The controversy reflects
what is happening in other states, with the phone company saying its ISDN
rates must  reflect the cost of introducing the service, which it claims are
high, and expressing concern that low flat-rate charges will encourage
customers to tie up lines 24 hours a day.  Intel has complained to the Public
Utilities  Commission that "an entire industry is poised to deliver mass-
market ISDN products.  Unreasonable ISDN  pricing, as proposed by Pacific
Bell... may preclude the development of a mass-market ISDN industry, and
will certainly retard its growth."  Uneven pricing by telcos is also an issue
- Bell Atlantic's proposed flat rate  charge for the District of Columbia is
$249 a month, while in Tennessee, BellSouth charges $25 to $29 a  month.  A
Bell Atlantic spokesman says , "It's very simplistic for computer companies
to point fingers at us if  their sales are not increasing.  These are
wonderful companies, but we don't tell them how to run their  businesses.
It's not appropriate for them to tell us how to run ours." (BNA Daily Report
for Executives 8 Aug 96 C1)

The Bank of Nova Scotia is taking electronic banking one step further,
unveiling a new portable point-of-sale  debit- and credit-card terminal that
will allow restaurant customers to pay electronically while still at their
tables and drivers to pay at the gas pump while still in their cars --
leading to more convenience and fewer lost  or forgotten cards.  Instructions
to and from the customer's bank will be transmitted from the hand-held
terminals through a small radio base station on the merchant's premises, then
either via cellular or land-line  phone to the bank.  Each base station can
handle up to 32 terminals within a 300-meter radius, but a long-range
version will be available within a few months to allow pizza delivery drivers
to offer the same service at  customers' doors. (Toronto Globe & Mail 9 Aug
96 B3)

                     MCI PLAN COULD KILL TELESAT'S $1.6B
                           AMERICAN SATELLITE DEAL
MCI Telecommunications has asked the FCC to seek approval from the
International Telecommunication  Union to use two slots immediately adjacent
to the ones Telesat Canada hopes to use in its deal with Tele- Communications
Inc. and TelQuest -- a move that could kill Telesat's $1.6-billion satellite
program.  MCI  wants to use the satellites to "spot-beam" TV signals to 16
major U.S. cities, which would knock Telesat's  satellites out of the
American markets because of their proximity. (Toronto Financial Post 10 Aug
96 p4)

Europe Online, a high-profile venture backed by big names such as Britain's
Pearson PLC, Germany's Burda  AG, the Hachette unit of France's Lagardere
Groupe, and AT&T, recently was declared bankrupt by a   Luxembourg court and
ordered to liquidate its holdings in order to pay creditors.  The company,
which  claimed about 25,000 subscribers, is about $40 million in debt.  "They
did just about everything wrong," says  the co-founder of a competing
service, the British Pipex unit of UUNet Technologies.  "For what they spent,
we could have given every business in Europe an Internet account for free."
The company is still hoping for a  bailout, however, by one of its biggest
creditors, Deutsche Telekom AG.  (Wall Street Journal 12 Aug 96 B2)

                        APPLE TO REDUCE R&D SPENDING
Ellen Hancock, Apple's new vice president for research and development says
that chief executive Gil Amelio  wants research spending to come down.  "He
has given us specific targets he want us to reach over the next   few years."
Hancock says the company is cutting R&D expenses in a way that will not
hamper innovation.   (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 14 Aug 96 E2)

                           THE GRAYING OF THE NET
A new study of Internet use patterns conducted by Nielsen Media Research and
Commercenet says that recent  Internet growth seems to be coming from
newcomers who are older, less affluent, and inclined to spend less  time
online than previous long-term Net users.  An executive summary of the report
is available at the  Commercenet site < >.
Vanderbilt professors Donna Hoffman and Thomas P.  Novak, who had severely
criticized the earlier study to which this is a follow-on, say that Nielsen
appears to  have taken their earlier criticisms into account in this new
report.  (New York Times 14 Aug 96 C2)  The  survey also found business users
increasingly are buying products and services through the World Wide Web, and
industry analysts say the new results provide some of the most convincing
evidence to date of the explosive  growth of the Net and the ways in which it
is being used by a broader cross-section of the population. Among  those
surveyed in April, 17% said they had used the Net at least once in the past
six months, up from 10% in  August 1995, while usage of the Web increased to
13% from 8% during that period, indicating people continue to use the
Internet primarily to send e-mail or browse the Web. (Ottawa Citizen 14 Aug
96 B8)

IBM's alliance with Storage Technology Corp., which has united two former
rivals in a critical segment of the  competitive disk-drive market, is
raising eyebrows at the Justice Department's antitrust division.  "We're
looking at the possibility of anticompetitive practices in the direct-access
storage industry," says a Justice  Dept. spokeswoman.  IBM says it's
cooperating with the inquiry and doesn't anticipate any negative findings.
The alliance, which allows IBM to sell StorageTek devices under its own
label, has enabled IBM to maintain a  strong position in the market for high-
end storage devices, and has given StorageTek access to IBM's  worldwide
marketing clout.  (Wall Street Journal 14 Aug 96 B4)

Seeking to extricate itself from a growing legal quagmire in cyberspace, the
company that assigns names for  Internet sites issued a new policy Wednesday
for resolving disputes over addresses.  Network Solutions Inc.,  which hands
out domain names under an agreement with the U.S. National Science
Foundation, said it would  shut down a site within 90 days if someone holding
a registered trademark to the site's name makes a  challenge.  But trademark
lawyers and Internet specialists say the company's new policy will do little
to quell  the emerging controversy.  Such disputes are occurring with
increasing frequency, usually when a trademark  holder discovers that someone
else is using their trademark as the name of an Internet site.  (Vancouver
Sun 15 Aug 96 D5)

                         ELECTRONIC SEAL OF APPROVAL
The National Computer Security Association has launched a certification
program for Web site security.  For  $8,500 the NCSA will check firewalls,
encryption, Internet Protocol address logging, passwords and other  areas to
determine whether a site is hacker-proof.  Sites that pass the inspection may
sport an NCSA  certification seal.  "We want to make users feel confident
about electronic commerce," says NCSA's president.   "If we give Web sites a
standard to meet, it might help make electronic commerce more likely."
Meanwhile,  the Council of Better Business Bureaus has launched BBBOnLine, a
service that monitors online advertising  claims through its 137 bureaus
nationwide and provide online reliability reports.  (Information Week 5 Aug
96 p22)

                             SAYS PROJECT TULIP
Project TULIP (The University Licensing Program), a five-year experiment in
providing online access to  scholarly journals, has concluded, and the
results indicate that the transition from conventional to digital  libraries
will take much longer and cost more than commonly thought.  "A common view,
which all TULIP  participants share, is that the transition to a digital
library will go slower than they had expected before starting  the project,"
says the project's final report, which emphasizes the need for faster speeds
and increase storage  capacity on campus networks.  In addition, the project
found that it's important for institutions to know what  library users want,
and to promote electronic access to raise awareness on campus.  The report is
available at < >.  (Chronicle of Higher
Education 16 Aug 96 A21)

Following a successful trial in Elmira, N.Y., Time Warner Cable will begin
offering Internet access to cable  subscribers in Akron and Canton, Ohio next
month.  (Investor's Business Daily 14 Aug 96 A1)

The NCR Corporation, newly severed from AT&T and destined to become an
independent, publicly traded  company at the end of the year, has won a $119
million contract with the U.S. Postal Service for computer  workstations,
flat-screen displays, and other equipment.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 14
Aug 96 E2)

Swamped by more than 5,000 calls per day, Corel Corp. has hired an outside
company to provide technical  support for its WordPerfect users.  Effective
Friday, Softbank Service Group will field WordPerfect inquiries  on behalf of
Corel.  Analysts point out Corel's announcement highlights the increased
emphasis on customer  support in the escalating software wars as Corel and
Microsoft work to boost customer service in the highly  competitive market
for office suite software. (Toronto Financial Post 14 Aug 96 p4)

                          NET CENSORS IN SINGAPORE
In September censors in Singapore will trying to prevent the 120,000 Internet
users on that island from  accessing Web sites that carry pornographic
material, discussions of banned topics (including race and  religion), or
criticism of the government.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 15 Aug 96 C3)

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     IBM                                     Macintosh
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HD Space:      4 MB                                         HD Space:      4
Memory:        8 MB                          Memory:        8 MB
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                              Graphics       9.5
                              Sound               9.5
                              Interface      10.0
                              Play Value          9.5
                              Educational Value   10.0
                              Bang for the Buck   10.0
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EDITOR'S NOTES - August 15, 1996

It seems that just when I thought I had some time, it goes away just as fast.
But that should all change.  My duties as a network consultant are just
abpout done.  Just another two weeks of tying up loose ends for those clients
that are moving to another company.  This is something that I've been looking
forward to for a long time.  Now I can focus more of my efforts on things
like STReport and bringing you coverage on portable computing and

As we near September 30th, Nintendo 64 is starting to get lots of attention.
And STReport will be there with coverage.  And yes, the coverage will be
better than we had planned for Sony PlayStation.  In fact, our coverage for
PlayStation and Nintendo 64 should be much better thanks to my release of my
consulting duties (see above).  I've already worked out a deal with a local
dealer (the same one who had provided me with the PlayStation) for a review
unit of the Nintendo 64.  And I am lining up game vendors to get their

We hear of 16 titles that should be available at the time of the game system
release.  Of course, the most anticipated is Mario 64, which recently got the
tope position of Next Generation Magazine's Top 100 Video Games of all time
(see the September 1996 issue).  So we'll have to wait and see what happens.

In this issue, you'll find four PlayStation reviews: Tekken, Agile Warrior F-
IIIX, Power Serve 3D Tennis and Air Combat.  I know these are somewhat older
games, but it's time to play catch up.  Now with my focus away from network
consulting, I really hope to keep weekly columns from now on.  I enjoy the
work I do here at STReport and it's very nice to have an opportunity to
review portable computing and entertainment.

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Game Review: Tekken

Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
List Price: $59.95
Ease Of Play: Medium/Difficult

There are three type of games that most people are familar with: role playing
(RPG), sports titles (football, baseball) and fighting.  To attract game
players of all ages, developers try to create titles that are fun,
entertaining and challenging.  With the first fighting game for the
PlayStaion, Battle Arena Toshinden had all three attributes.  Now comes
Tekken from long-time video game producer Namco.  Can it match or beat
Toshinden as the best fighting game on the PlayStation?  Well, it's good, and
it comes close.

The goal of the game is to pick a fighter and use the controller to make the
right moves that beats your opponant.  A lot of us remember Double Dragon
when it first appeared in the arcades and how the idea of a fighting game was
fun and etertaining.  Well today with Tekken, a fighting game is really
changed.  We now expect #d players that can rotate 360 degrees and be able to
perform all sorts of moves.  Tekken lives up to this call with great game
play and action.

Bringing on the action, here are a list of the players in Tekken.  Kazuya
Mishima, Paul Phoenix, King, Nina Williams, Jack, Marshall Law, Michelle
Chang and Yoshimitsu.  My favorite in Paul Phoenix, who is the ultimate
fighter with some really cool moves.  The most interesting fighter is King,
who wears a mask from a leopard.  While it's funny to watch this, King really
is a great fighter.  And of course, Nina and Michelle are not to be
underestimated.  Their fighting skills are wonderful and are fun to play as
and play against.

Tekken is a must have fighting game.  During the time I played it, I got
really frustrated that it provided such a challenge when I was probably
looking for an easy win.  This is good because as I got better, the increased
challenge of game play was welcome.  As newer fighting games come onto the
scene (one of which is Tekken 2, which should be out by the time you read
this review), the moves and entertainment value will keep fighters coming
back for more and more.

Graphics:           9.0
Sound FX/Music:          9.0
Control:            8.5
Manual:             7.5
Entertainment:           9.0
Reviewer's Overall:      9.0

Basically, with the exception of the manual, Tekken is a wonderful game
providing great graphics, movement of the characters being part of that.  The
sound and control of the game play is just about perfect, with a few problems
in knowing which move to use when you need to.  The entertainment value of
Tekken is one that other games need to measure their position in the fighting
game market.


Game Review: Agile Warrior F-IIIX

Developer: Black Ops Entertainment
Publisher: Virgin Interactive
List Price: $59.95
Ease Of Play: Difficult/Advanced

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to protect the world from a
nuclear attack.  This is done by preventing a massive rocket from launching
into space.  In the process, you must avoid the enemies.  And to further
complicate things, you need to find extra fuel, ammo and protection.  You are
given an amazing flying machine - the F-IIIX - which was used in the Desert
Storm conflict.  That is all.  This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds."

Sound challenging?  It should.  Agile Warrior is one tough game.  For a
flying game, it has many options and it gets harder each mission you
complete.  This is one game that will be played for sometime.  Let's see what
it offers in game play and action.

Basically, the goal of the game is to get enough extra fuel and ammo to shoot
down the enemies who get in your way of reaching the nuclear rocket that is
trying to take off.  You must destroy the rocket to save the planet from
being "nuked".  There are other targets to hit along the way such as tanks,
choppers and boats.  You can use guns or missles to shoot things down.  Your
missles are really cool, as you can choose a sidewinder, the elusive AMRAAM
and the Maverick.  When you need to blow something up, these baby's can
really take it out and quick.

Agile Warrior has lots of action, with plenty to spare.  During your mission
and flying around, there are lots of objects around.  The extra fuel tanks,
extra guns and ammo, racing to get the rcoket blown up before it takes off
and all sorts of bad guys in big jets trying to shoot you down.  You need to
have control over your jet and you also need to make sure you don't just
wander and fly about.  Because if time runs out, you could be nuked once it's
too late to blow up the rocket.

I had to play the game for a few days before I got used to knowing where
things were and to judege the amount of time I had in the different game play
modes before the rocket took off.  That's a hard thing to get used to, but it
teaches you to fly smart, blow up things that need to be blown up and huring
over to the rocket and take it out.

One of the funnest games I've played in a long time, Agile Warriror is really
great.  Virgin and Black Ops deserve judos for making such a fine game.  This
game keeps me coming back for more and more action.  As I may have mentioned
before, I really like flying and driving games and this one is tops in my
book.  Let's hope that other flying games take note of this PlayStation title
as what to do for action, game play and overall entertainment value.

Graphics:           9.5
Sound FX/Music:          9.0
Control:            8.5
Manual:             8.5
Entertainment:           9.0
Reviewer's Overall:      9.0

The graphics, sounds and control were very good, with just some choopiness in
all three when there are a lot of things on the screen at once.  The manual
was one of the best I've seen and provided a wealth of information on the
game.  And the entertainment value was superb.


Game Review: Power Serve 3D Tennis

Developer: Ocean
Publisher: Ocean
List Price: $59.95
Ease Of Play: Medium/Difficult

While tennis is one of my favorite sports to watch on TV, I've always been
looking for a good tennis video game.  Years ago, Accolade created a tennis
game that was ok, but somewhat indifferent.  So when Ocean came out with
Power Serve 3D Tennis, I was anxious to see how it fared.  But even though
the graphics were good and the players movement was ok, it was the control of
the players and trying to hit the ball to your liking that made this game
player wanting more.

Power Serve 3D Tennis is basically a tennis game, where you are playing
another player controlled by either another player on the 2nd controller or
by the computer.  You can play either singles or doubles on your choice of
hard, lawn or clay court.  You have a good selection of game views.  Just
press SELECT and START to see the different views.  When you get to where you
want, then press SELECT again to play the perspective.  YOu can also see
different camera angles during game play by hitting the R1 button each time.

Your list of players includes Andy Legacy and Bart Sunrise from the U.S.,
Steve Edwards from Sweeden, Mike Lee, who is a Japanese/American, Rusty
Guriffis from Germany, Angela Santos from Spain, Julia Cappuccino from
Argentina and Jumiko Abe from Japan.  Of course all of these players are
finctional, but were most likely created from watching other famous tennis
players.  What would have been nice, although it would have added the cost of
licensing, would have been to get actual players endorsements to be in this
game.  Perhaps it could have made the game better.

Game play needs some help.  The controlling of the players and where to hit
the ball is very different.  This game needs lots of time with it just to get
somewhat comformtable with directing the ball into the other side of the
court.  For the first few weeks of game play, I lived with the manual open to
the section where it shows what control does what.  For example, when you are
playing, you need to watch the ball and move your player over to the right
spot.  Then using the controller, you must use the right stroke to get the
ball into the other side of the court.  This sounds easy, but there are all
sorts of effects that could happen.  Most of the time, the ball makes it to
the other side, but not in the spot you expect it to.  After a few weeks of
play, you start to get a hang of the game, but your sore thumb and hand will
have you asking, "Is it worth it?"

The game does get fun at times when you volley back and forth with another
player who is just as good/bad as you are.  This relieves the pressure of
worring what the computer may throw at you and allow you to have a good time
with Power Serve.  When there are two of you who are just as confused with
game play, it makes it a bit more evened up and allows for the best
opportunity to get familiar with the game.

Tennis is not a popular sport for a video game, but if it's done right, it
can be fun.  The potential that Power Serve 3D Tennis had was lost in the
complicated game play.  The graphics and player movements were nice, but
overall, Power Serve 3D Tennis needs to be better if there is an upgrade or a
"II" version.

Graphics:           5.0
Sound FX/Music:          4.5
Control:            3.5
Manual:             3.5
Entertainment:           4.0
Reviewer's Overall:      4.0

The graphics were the best part of the game, giving life to the players.
There could have been more sounds effects to add to the game play.  The
Control and Manual needed serious help in the eyes of this reviewer.  The
entertainment value was ok, but the complicated game play took away the want
to play longer.

STR Editor's Mail Call    "...a place for the readers to be heard"

                              Editor's MailBag

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From: Charles Manske <>
Subject: Arrogant attitude

Yea, I can tell you real unbiased:
>The users hold the solution in their hands. Let them decide which
>browser is the top banana. There is no doubt that Microsoft's
>Internet Explorer will dominate.

And I love the way IE associates every graphics file extension with itself
and destroys my associations with my  graphics editing programs.

Charles Manske
NetscapeGold programmer    
 or at Third Eye Multimedia
We are such things as dreams are made on.

     Hi Charles. glad to see you are reading our humble offerings.  Do you
speak for Netscape?  Or, is this your personal feelings?

z    User appreciates ENOUGH! article

Date: Thu, 15 Aug 1996 00:34:49 -0600
From: Daryl Shuttleworth <>
Subject: Browser Wars
X-UIDL: 816aae31d40458df27acc95126988c9b

Nice article (CLUBIE: Browsers Wars). Definitely agree with your views
regarding the silly "war" that NS  and MS are engaged in. Compatability is
the real issue.

I'm an IE user (ever since 2.0) and only use NS (2.01) to check how my web
pages look... but I'm even  starting to give that process a toss. However,
IE3 shows signs of having some weaknesses (like Style Sheets  not functioning
as they should).

I do see NS's concerns regarding MS and their next foray (IE4) into making
the Internet part and parcel of  Win96/97. Apparently NS is in the midst of
suing MS (is this the first suit?).

Anyway, thought I'd pass along my views. Enjoyed yours.

Check out the refurbished Site (with ActiveX) @

     Hi Daryl. Good to hear form you and thank you for reading STReport.  The
article was aimed at arousing public opinions.  I am glad to see it has done
its job well.  I appreciate and understand your points quite well.


From: "Dave Burns" <>
To: <>
Subject: Web Browser Wars - Enough!
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 1996 09:26:12 -0400


Just read your article at ClubIE.
I thought from the title that the point of the article would have been that
you were simply tired of all the press  hype, and otherwise the myriad of
idle wanna be writers, who want to shove their opinions down the throats of
the readers regarding whose is the best browser.

I have lost interest in this argument, and thought yours would be a sort of
swan song by which I would finally  find a cool-headed colleague to help
carry the torch away from the arena.  But, clearly you have nothing better to
do with your time than to simply succumb and join the fray.  Well, at least
it's clear whose side you're on  and whose battle you're willing to fight.

I hope you find a good journalistic assignment soon, because you certainly
haven't contributed anything new or meaningful to this arena.

David Burns
Pinellas Park, FL

     David!!  You express yourself so well.  Congratulations for having the
chutzpah to say it like it is.  Its a rare trait these days.  Even if you
missed the mark by a million miles, you still said it like you saw it.  Of
course Netscape may have appreciated your comments but now, after they fired
off another major salvo from their web site, I do believe the war is being
perpetuated.  As for an assignment and future.. I have mine.   Thank you for
your good wishes and for reading STReport.

z    STReport's "Crystal Ball" Does IT Again!

From: (Michael D. Harvey)
Subject: Atari..

Hello Ralph..

Well, it does appear that you were correct some time ago when you stated that
Atari was quitting the Video game market..  Just wanted to acknowledge that
your predictions have come true since it appears the Jaguar will only receive
possibly 3 more games ..if they make it out.

Also wanted to request that you continue the ASCII versions of ST Report.
I've been reading them for more  years now than I'm starting to want to
acknowledge.  Even keep a large number of them as resource info on  various
products & services.. Got about 14 megs worth on my HD I think.

                           thanks  Mike Harvey

     Mike, thanks for writing.  As for the ASCII version of STReport at our
subscription page on our website. YES is the answer.  Also, we now have a
selection box where the user may choose either the PDF edition with pictures,
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On another note. the ASCII version of STReport is fast approaching the "end
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STReport.  All in the name of progress and improved readability.  The amount
of reader mail expressing a preference for our Adobe PDF enhanced issue is
running approximately 15 to 1 over the ASCII edition.  Besides, STReport will
not be caught in the old, worn out "downward compatibility dodge" we must
move forward.  However, if the ASCII readership remains as high, rest
assured. ASCII will stay.  Right now, since STReport is offered on a number
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Many grateful thanks in advance for your enthusiastic co-operation and input.

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Atari User Support
Jaguar/Computer Section
Dana Jacobson, Editor

>From the Atari Editor's Desk              "Saying it like it is!"

Since the majority of our focus this week deals with Atari and the Jaguar,
I'll forego my usual comments in this portion of the issue.  Don't worry, I
more than make up for it the Jaguar portion!

Meanwhile, time to grab another beer and enjoy another incredible summer day.
Ahhhh, vacations....

Until next time...

                        Changes to CompuServe's Atari
                   Computer and Gaming Forums Seen Likely!

News Flash:

August 14

It's the end of an era....

Don Thomas, Atari representative, has announced his departure from Atari
(JTS) for a new position at Sony Computer Entertainment (the Playstation
people). Our other "Don", Don Lebow, who has been functioning as the lead
sysop of the Atari Forums for the past year or so, will be moving on to
greener online pastures.
We have nothing but the best wishes and fondest farewells to both "dons" and
want them to know that they will always be welcome in any of our online areas
on CompuServe.

With barely a handful of folks left in the Atari division at JTS and new
directions in store for that company as well as the CompuServe Information
Service, we expect to make additional announcements regarding the future of
this forum in the weeks ahead.  Please stay tuned for further details and be
advised that we will be VERY receptive to any feedback from our most valued

Ron Luks, Founder and Manager of the Atari Forums on CompuServe

                               Jaguar Section

Atari's Don Thomas To Go To Sony!
Farewells & Reminiscing!  Exclusive
Interview with Don!
Fight For Life - Review!

>From the Editor's Controller  -  Playin' it like it is!

This issue is going to come across as either a suck-up or a memoriam to Don
Thomas.  Trust me, it's neither.  It's a tribute to a gentleman who has
earned the kudos he's received.  It's a sad day for Atari users, especially
those of us who have been around the scene for awhile.  A couple of weeks
ago, in my editorial, I announced the "death" of Atari after the finality of
the Atari/JTS merger.

It got worse, if that's possible.  I don't know where to begin, or really
what to say.  Up until a few days ago, there were FIVE employees at Atari.
That's right, I did say five.  And now there are four.  If you haven't heard
yet, Don Thomas has officially left.  Don has moved on and has accepted a
position at Sony Computer  Entertainment - the Playstation folks.

It's sad, but I really feel elated that Don has latched on with Sony, a
company that is extremely viable and knows what needs to be done to promote
its products (and with the means to do so).  I give Don a lot of credit for
sticking with Atari through the bad times, promoting the company and
products.  Unofficially, Don was _the_ Atari spokesman (or spokesperson for
the PC-challenged) for Atari.  Don was informative, active, forthcoming  and
honest while maintaining his integrity at Atari.

Yes, he towed the company line, but he let you know that up-front.  Maybe it
was his customer service background or possibly he "learned" from the
mistakes of some of his "predecessors"; or maybe it was just the way that he
was as a person.  Whatever the reason, Atari was lucky to have him for as
long as it did - as were we.  Sony will soon realize how fortunate they are
to have hired him.

It's only deserving, after a 3-plus-year working relationship, that we give
Don the credit he's earned.  I may not  be the best-suited to do so, but I do
want offer some tribute to Don - he earned my respect and admiration from the
very beginning.

My first contact with Don Thomas came a little over three years ago.  The
Jaguar was just getting started and  I was looking for the means to
supplement the Atari portion of STReport.  As many of you will likely recall,
STReport usually had a stormy relationship with corporate Atari, as well as
some lower down the ladder.  Quite often, STReport was at odds with the
different philosophies; and, we always maintained our "say it like it is"
reporting - usually to the dismay of those at Atari.  This usually meant that
we were "on our own" with regard to getting first-hand information from
Atari, review products, and other press accommodations.

I wanted to attempt to change that.  Figuring that the worse that could
happen was a rejection, I called Don Thomas.  We had never met nor spoken to
each other in the past.  We had a long phone conversation and we discussed my
proposals for additional coverage in STReport for the Jaguar.  I outlined my
plans, goals, and likely needs from Atari in order to do what I considered to
be a good job.  Don listened and was frank about his fears of "supporting"
STReport because of its "reputation".

It's my opinion, and he may have said so at the time, he knew that it was
important for the Atari online userbase to get as much news and information
about the Jaguar as possible.  STReport, being a well-established online
magazine with an international reach; it was obvious we needed each other.
Don promised to consider my proposals and get back to me quickly.  He did.

Atari, as I quickly learned, was a "go through proper channels" company.  It
was no different in this regard.  Don called me a day or two after our
initial conversation - I "was in".  I would be the contact person for
STReport and Don would be the primary contact person at Atari.  I was added
to online mailing list as well as the public relations firm's mailing list;
and we were added to the Jaguar product-review program.

All that Don asked for in return was that we'd be fair and honest in our
reporting.  I told Don.. "that type of reporting" had always been my goal
(I'm sure that Don, or someone at Atari checked out the next few issues to be
sure!).  That was the beginning of a terrific working relationship.  And, it
grew.  There was always an e-mail waiting somewhere.  The "sends" during Jeff
Norwood's conferences on CompuServe!  The phone calls were always interesting
and enjoyable!  When we weren't discussing Atari or the Jaguar, we were
telling jokes - usually 'sick' ones.  Some of the conversations were

Lots of family stuff - his son's soccer and my wife's "just outta earshot"
comments reacting to what she thought we were talking about.  The countless
talks about what the PR firm(s) weren't doing to help anyone out, and Don
having to fix it (like he didn't have enough to do!).  The "what you always
wondered what they really thought about some callers" at Customer Service
ramblings!  Oh, and there was plenty more.  And there was the serious stuff
also.  We'd talk at least once a week - one of us would call the other to
make sure I had the latest info  before our issues came out.

The red tape trying to get some games for review, and the frustration that we
both felt because of the delays.   The "off the record" info provided to help
me understand what was happening so that when the info did become public (to
a degree) I'd be able to write about it intelligently.  The numerous CATnips.
STReport's role with the short-lived JagWire campaign.  The contests and
prizes (the Jaguar banner winner never claimed his prize!!).  The list goes

Don represented Atari extremely well.  He was often the victim of "shooting
the messenger" but he bore it well.  I knew what he was experiencing,
first-hand.  He was active in so many ways, putting in long hours even when
he was home.  He worked hard to help the users, and make the Jaguar
experience enjoyable.
And now, the Sony Playstation users will benefit...

I know I speak for most everyone when I say the experience was a good one.
Don, you should be proud of your work at Atari.  On a personal slant, I'm
glad to have worked with you with regard to STReport.  More importantly, it's
been a great experience knowing you and I know it will continue to grow long
after Atari and STReport are but memories.

Now....about that dinner invitation...

Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!
                   CATnips from Don Thomas - Epilogue....

You may like to know that I have submitted my resignation to Atari and have
determined that Thursday, August 15 will be my final day.

I have been at Atari since November 1989. I helped launch the Portfolio,
which enjoyed tremendous success early in it's life cycle. Later, I took on
the role as a specialist and helped represent Portfolio technology at
specialty trade shows, key account presentations and in exclusive development
scenarios. More recently, I have streamlined an effective customer service
department pursuant to the resources afforded by corporate direction. During
much of this time, I have made every effort to be accessible and active on
CompuServe as well as GEnie, Prodigy, our Web Site and a BBS I maintained
privately in my home.

Prior to Atari, I worked at Federated Electronics stores and was known within
the organization for my prejudice for Atari brand computers and games. Much
of my software library was provided to Federated as samples and the software
buyer asked me to test the latest titles.

I purchased my first Atari product in the early 80's. The 2600 was financed
on my First Visa Card from a Video Concept store in Dallas, Texas. I was so
impressed with the technology that I taught myself programming and developed
a newspaper delivery game to present to my employer, the Dallas Times Herald,
long before Paperboy ever hit the coin-op arcades. Only the crash of the
video game industry in the mid 80's kept me from entering the industry during
those years.

My first computer was the TI99/4a and, later, the Commodore 64. But it wasn't
until I opened an Atari 400 box in my apartment that I developed a passion
and soon found myself hoarding every cool thing I could find.  From Scott
Adam's adventures to my MPP1000c modem and Rana disk drives, I was virtually
After the Tramiels took over Atari, I bought into their 16-bit computer line
hook, line and sinker.... and never regretted a single moment.

When the Tramiels acquired Federated in the late 80's, I thought I died and
went to heaven. For the first time, I met the likes of Neil Harris and Mr.
Jack Tramiel himself. During the day, I helped expand Atari exposure in
Atari's new chain of electronic stores. At night I honed my programming
skills into a line of software I called Artisan Software. I successfully,
released a total of 5 titles under that label, all for Atari 16-bit
In 1989, Atari was compelled to discontinue Federated operations and my
career became a casualty in Jack's  business war. While seeking employment
anywhere I could, I dedicated time and energies into the Atari Revolution...
a grass roots movement dedicated to foster word-of-mouth for Atari's fine
line of products. In November, Atari hired me back and I met Bob Brodie,
Frank Foster and a brigade of personalties who have long left a permanent
mark in the historical remembrances of the world's longest surviving home
computer/video game company.

On August 26, I will be joining the professionals at Sony Computer
Entertainment. As you undoubtedly know, the Sony Playstation is America's
number one choice in next generation technology. After examining  the
opportunities that are out there, the PSX looks to me to be the most
promising long term video game investment and I am proud to become part of
the PSX team.

Atari, the name and the products is directly responsible for so many things
in my life. Inclusive are personal  development and the acquisition lifelong
friends. The Tramiel family is equally responsible for having enriched my
life with wisdoms that I will forever value. There will always be a special
part of my heart for Atari. There will always be an envy that I wasn't there
during more glorious days and always I will take pride in knowing that I
worked my hardest during Atari's most difficult times.

As you undoubtedly know, Atari has just completed a merger with JTS; a
reputable supplier of hard disk drive technologies. The terms of the merger
relegates Atari as a division of JTS and no longer is Atari an independent
corporate entity. Shares of stock are now traded by the symbol JTS. Atari's
staff as of next week  will consist effectively of 4 people; all of which are
among the most proud and honorable I have ever known.
On behalf of Atari, past and present, thank you to everyone who supported us.
Atari will always be an institution in our hearts remembering the evolution
of Pong, Asteroids, Star Raiders, Major Havoc, Millipede and many more. Look
for Atari's afterlife in licensed titles for other systems.

I have every intention to continue frequenting the Atari support areas and
you will no doubt find me popping  up in a PSX forum near you! I'll look
forward to seeing you there.

 -- Don Thomas@Atari

[Editor's note: online reaction to Don's career move can be found in this
section's "Online Users Growl & Purr!" area]

Jaguar Game Title STR Review  -  "Fight for Life"

                              "Fight for Life"

by Joe Mirando

Developed by: Atari Corporation
Published by: Atari Corporation
Price: $69.99

  -= Available Now =-

Rating       : TEEN (age 13+)
Genre        : Fighter
# of Players : 1 or 2
Save Feature : High Score and Password Only

They are the perennial video game favorites... fighting games.  You know...
those games where the main object is to beat your opponent to a moist pulp in
the name of whatever force the programmers decided to write into the game.
That's all fine and good.  It's a good way to relieve stress and sharpen your
hand-eye  coordination without actually hurting anyone.  The advances in game
technology in the past several years have made these games both more
enjoyable and more challenging.

The latest of these games on other platforms have incorporated features such
as 'roving cameras' and players  capable of more than just one or two moves.
Atari brings these new features to the Jaguar in the form of FIGHT FOR LIFE,
a game in which you are any one of several "ex-mortals" who must fight each
of the others and win in order to be granted a second life on earth.  While
this premise gets you into a suitably depressed mood, it is quite unnecessary
to the game.  While how you died is not specifically stated, you get  the
impression that it was quite painful.

The opening screen allows you to select which play mode ad camera option you
wish to use.  The play modes are as follows:

This mode is where you get used to the game.  You can fight all of the other
characters (except the GateKeeper) and simplifies the execution of the
combination moves.

A two-player mode that uses the same simplified combo moves as the Beginner
Mode.  It's one match only.

One player against the Jaguar... this one's for all the beans!

Fight-to-the-finish mode.  Just you and a friend beating the stuffing out of
each other 'till one of you doesn't get up.

Rolling Camera:
The camera moves around the arena so that Player One is always on the left
side of the screen.

Static Camera:
The camera isn't so much static as it is ambivalent to the position of Player

So now let's take a look at the game itself.  After selecting your preferred
mode of difficulty and whether you want rolling or static camera, you are
greeted with the character selection screen.  While in One-Player modes
characters are presented in pairs.  Even though you are concerned only with
your own character, I found it annoying that I couldn't choose the opponent
as well (it really doesn't matter because you are going to end up fighting
them all anyway... if you're lucky).

The characters you can choose are:

Kimura, the Japanese Ninja.
He's fast, strong, and good at 'aerial' moves.

Ian, the Soldier.
He's a powerhouse, but slow.

Kara, the American Mother.
She's fast, flexible and strong.

Pog, the Dock Worker.
He's strong and fast.

Mr. G., the Professional Boxer
His punches carry lots of force.

Muhali, the Arabian Fighter.
This one fights dirty... lots of kicks and elbows to the stomach.

Jenny, Worldwide Girl.
She's fast and agile.

Lun, the Kung Fu Master
Fast and very acrobatic.

Once you pick your character (and your first opponent), you move on to the
tournament field where you must  beat each opponent you face in a 2-out-of-3
bout.  The tournament field is a square patch which seems to float above the
rest of the scenery.  With the electrified field around the field (to keep
you from running away), it looks like an anti-gravity boxing arena as
designed by Peter Max.

This is where the rolling camera comes into play.  As you move about the
field, the camera follows you and zooms in and out to give you the best
possible view.  While this may be the latest high-tech advancement, it annoys
me.  The alternative is to set the camera option to static mode. The camera
will still move to follow the action, but it will no longer move so that te
player using control pad "1" is always on the left side of the screen.  This
allows you to play the game without suffering from vertigo.

Each character also has special moves in his or her repertoire.  The only
(and I do mean only) interesting twist in this game is that you can steal two
"specialty" moves from each opponent you beat.  So at the end of the game you
have accumulated 14 extra moves for use in your battle with the "GateKeeper",
the reason you are here in the first place.

Since I've never been able to stay interested in the game long enough to
finish it, I can't tell you anything about the duel with the GateKeeper...

Play may be paused at any time by pressing the PAUSE button.  This also
enables you to replay the bout as  you would a VCR tape.  While in PAUSE
mode, using the left and right controls move you backward and forward through
the action.  Keys 1 through 6 allow you to change your viewing angle and zoom
in and out  of the action and the 8 key allows you to change the song that is
currently playing.  There is nothing ground-breaking about the music, so I
won't cover the songs except to say that none of the tunes are as annoying as
the rolling camera.

The basic moves for each character is simple:  Press "down" to squat, "A" to
avoid an attack, "B" to kick, "C" to punch, and "up" to jump. Aside from
these "generic" moves, each character has its own cache of special moves.
Most of these are "combination" moves.  For instance, when fighting as Ian,
pressing left, down, right, A, will result in a bear hug for your opponent.
Atari saved us the torment of trying to figure out what these moves are by
listing them in the manual which is the standard-issue in english, french,
and german.
Now let's take an over-all look at the game.  The characters are blocky,
low-resolution forms that show very little detail.  The replay option is
muted by this fact and, on zooming in to a close up of the characters, they
are formed remarkably like the cartoon figures from the Dire Straits "MTV"
video.  hey are polygon-styled forms that may have provided an easy way for
the designers to manipulate the characters, but they detract from the game to
a very large degree.

The fact that the characters are constantly redrawn as they move allows you
to turn the playing field around so that you can see the scene from any
vantage point and, therefore, the backs and sides of the figures. The
downside is that, since the characters are redrawn as they move, the controls
are usually sluggish and moves are often missed.  In conjunction with the
poor graphic quality, this keeps Fight for Life from being an enviable game.
Although innovative (on the Jaguar), the roving camera and fully-formed
characters ultimately detract from the game.

This combination of shortcomings makes manipulation of the characters
difficult and I often found myself forsaking the combination moves in favor
of simply "slugging it out" with the opponent.  This is something I never did
in Ultra Vortek and was surprised to find myself doing it in this game.

One gets the feeling that this game was "rushed out the door" before it could
be optimized and tightened up to allow for smoother control and sharper
graphics (even if only marginally).  I find it hard to believe that a game
console with the power of the Jaguar could provide this kind of weak
performance under any other circumstances.  Adding to this impression is the
fact that there don't seem to be any "cheat codes" in the game.  Half the fun
of a Jaguar game is finding the cheat codes and using them to impress the
heck out of your friends and yourself.

Considering the title of the game, I had hoped for quite a bit more as a way
to "Fight for Life" for the Jaguar.
STReport Game Scoreboard

Graphics  4.0
Sound          7.0
Music          6.0
Manual    5.0
Control   3.0
Overall   5.0

Unless you are desperate for a second fighting game, pass this one over in
favor of Ultra Vortek.

Jaguar Online STR InfoFile    -    Online Users Growl & Purr!

Reaction to the resignation of Atari's Don Thomas came swiftly.  Here are a
few comments and well-wishes from CompuServe's Atari Gaming Forum:

Sb: #116777-#CATnips (epilog)
Fm: Barry Stubbs 100441,2737
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)

It's sad to see you go Don, but i'm pleased for you that your career is now
with a more stable company.Even during my persecution <g> of you over an
international order you were the ultimate professional.
Very best of luck with your new job.


Fm: Larry Tipton 74127,601
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)

You've been perhaps the greatest asset to this forum and to Atari for quite
some time in my mind.  I have enjoyed reading your posts for a long time as
well as chatting with you online.  I'm glad to see that you've found another
position in the industry. The Sony Playstation is a fine piece of work. :)
I look forward to seeing you pop into one of my favorite hang outs on CSERVE.
Hint, Hint. ;)


Fm: Mitch Brown 73522,3004
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)
I am glad for you Don.  Good luck with your new job, and I hope to see you
again here every once in a  while.
Do you know if anybody else from JTS/Atari will be maintaining a presence
Demand Systems

Fm: John Trautschold 71333,1003
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267


The very best of luck to you.  Enjoy your new job at Sony!

You've been a most gracious contributor to the forum's here and elsewhere.
Thank you for the great deals,  the great information, and for putting up
with everything you've had to put up with!  :-)
Darn!  Too bad you couldn't have put together one last "Wacky Deal" before
(I wonder if there's any significance to the fact that you're leaving on my
birthday!  Hmmm...)


Fm: Peter Richards 100354,1775
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)

G'day Don,
Just read your message, and felt my heart sink... I want to thank you for
your help over the past couple of years, including shipping me one of the
first JAG's to Australia (which was kinda bending the rules a bit at  the
time), where they have never actually been released.

I have had a lot of fun with it over the years, as well as my other Atari
stuff, starting like yourself with a  spanking new 400 way back in '81, even
had a collection of 'Atari Force' comics.
I am really sorry to see you leave Atari, that kinda marks the end of it for
me, I am however VERY pleased  to see you taking an exciting new career over
at Sony!

I have spent many hours glued to my PSX, and also do work related to Sony
Imageworks, as well as 3D  graphics development for the PSX, so you might be
hearing from me!

If you are ever in Australia, feel free to drop in for a game of
Asteroids...the Quarters are on me.

Farewell from Atariland, and good luck with Sony

        Hope to see you around,

Kinetix/Autodesk Australia

Fm: Daniel Skelton 73742,464
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)

Hello, goodbye,

Well, as a similarly-inclined long-time Atariphile, let me add my regrets,
congratulations, and best wishes at  your departure from Atari and arrival at
Sony. I understand fully your decision to depart; indeed, the way  things
went around here I had often wondered how you could hang in there so long.
You have answered our  questions when you could, taken undeserved abuse when
you could not, and never failed to present the best  face forward for your
company no matter how bleak the circumstances.

Not only were you lucky to have worked at Atari; Atari was lucky to have had
you working for it.   The best of luck to you in your new endeavor, and I
hope that Sony knows they are getting a superior new employee who will
undoubtedly improve their product line.

Filling out the holes in my Jaguar Collection...

Dan Skelton
Antique Videogame Aficionado and Proud Jaguar Owner

Fm: Richard Turner 100771,2457
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267


I'm VERY sorry to see you leave Atari Don, but good luck for he future.  You
represented a real enthusiast in a company which needed them, and I guess
that any firm would be lucky to get someone so "wired-in".
Now a couple of questions?

a) Does you departure mean Atari publishing IS over?  I notice that you say
"Atari afterlife" which sounds  final.

b) If you're not updating JAG-WIRE, will it disappear now?

c) Will anyone tell us anything about Atari soon- ever?  That is, should we
look out for an official Atari "bye-bye"?

Many (many) regards, Richard.
  (  )

Fm: [ICD, Inc.] 76004,1600
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267

Well said Don.

I have enjoyed working with you over the years in supporting the Atari cause.
I consider you a good friend with unquestionable ethics (which is hard to
find these days).  You have always deserved better and it sounds like you may
be getting there.

Good luck, congratulations, and all that. :-)

 - TOM -

Fm: Ron Luks (SYSOP) 76703,254
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267


Hearing that you are moving from Atari to Sony is the single, best reason
I've heard yet to buy a Playstation.
Congrats on the new job.

Warmest regards,
Ron Luks

Fm: Tom Kilbride 103504,2400
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)

For selfish reasons, I'm sorry to hear about your new position.  Your
messages were the #1 reason for my participation here.

However I am pleased that someone as fine as you has hooked up with a giant
like Sony.  I hope you prosper there and are recognized for your value and
talents -- and given an opportunity to develop your potential.
Thanks for supplying us with Atari information "straight from the horses
mouth."  You've made the CIS experience worthwhile.

Fm: SNAP347 103625,1027
To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)

Well, you might be tired of hearing farewell but farewell, mein friend...

You've done so much for the whole Atari community and Classic Atari OnLine
and I thank for that.  I could have never started CAO without you and I'm
sure this forum wouldn't have thrived as it did without you. Thank you for
putting in the extra hours that you didn't have to (you probably sold a few
Jaguars by doing that) and thanks for putting up with my flack for the last 6
mo. or so. Now go kick some Nintendo/Sega butt with Sony!!!!
                                You will not be forgotten,
                                David Schmudde
                                Classic Atari OnLine

STReport Exclusive

                            "Last Days at Atari"
                           Interview - Don Thomas
by Dana P. Jacobson

"A Look Back, the present, and the future..."

z    STR: After leaving Atari/Federated, how did you come to be hired by

z    DT:  When I left Atari, I kept in touch with Jim Fisher and Sam Tramiel.
  Jim once told me that Sam really urged him to hire me back. I was surprised
  to hear that, but honored.

z    STR: What was your initial role at Atari?

z    DT:  I started at Atari running a specialized operation to sell and
  support the Portfolio. Functions sometimes duplicated similar functions
  elsewhere in the company, but it was focused just on Portfolio. Atari was
  initially very successful with the Portfolio.

z    STR: What led you to become an Atari computer user?  What machine(s) did
  you use?

z    DT:  I first bought a TI99/4a to develop a prototype game I imagined for
  the Atari 2600. TI was running a special and it looked to be the best value
  at the time. Within a few months, I was successful with my prototype and came
  close to selling it to Apollo and then to Telesys, but both companies
  suffered from the video game collapse of the mid 80's and so did my game
  idea. I discovered that the TI was too expensive to expand, so I went out and
  got a Commodore 64. After struggling with it for a while, friends at work
  convinced me to buy an Atari. I eventually got a 400 and fell in love.

z    STR: What was The Atari Revolution and what led you to start the

z    DT:  I saw the dedication a lot of die-hards had for the Atari name, but
  I also saw it was raw and without guidance. I had a theory that if someone
  harnessed that energy, it could be put to work to help foster positive word
  of mouth for Atari.

z    STR: You had five successful products with regard to Artisan Software,
  what were they?

z    DT:  "Word Quest" was a word search puzzle generator.  "Word Quest 2"
  was a crossword puzzle generator. "Graph Maker" was a graphing generator.
  "Transport" helped transfer files between the Portfolio and an Atari
  16-bitcomputer.  My "fifth" title is actually a lump total of companion disks
  and combo packs as well as some shareware font files, etc.

z    STR: Why did you stop programming (i.e., end Artisan)?

z    DT:  There's no point to refueling a car if the tires are all flat. <g>
  I was running several expensive ads and enjoying a pretty good return for a
  long time. At some point STart Magazine published a clone of my best selling
  program and orders dived. At some time later, a UK magazine actually
  published Word Quest by calling it something else on the cover disk (the
  graphics still said Word Quest) and orders dived again. My hottest catalog
  (E.Arthur Brown) went away and soon I had to cancel my ads because they were
  not paying off any more.

z    STR: In your opinion, what led to the "demise" of Atari computers?

z    DT:  Lower PC prices. When you get down to it, people buy computers to
     do the same things they do in the office and, if possible, using the same
     applications they use in the office. When Atari computers and Commodore
     computers were big, they were so affordable that all the inconveniences were
     secondary. When PCs became affordable, the toys were set aside for more
     "compatible" alternatives. Eventually, the only way Atari and Commodore could
     compete was to drop prices to bare bones. That worked for a while, but bare
     bones also means minimal or no marketing because the funds to pay for them
     come from margins. Less marketing rapidly contributed to less exposure and it
     all snowballed to an inevitable and unavoidable ending.   Now, even Apple is
     suffering a lot from similar problems.

z    STR: What do you feel Atari could have done differently to have been
     successful with them?

z    DT:  Decided early on that they would never conquer the world and scale
     back to fulfill no more than niche markets....specialize in those markets and
     work them better than mass market computers can.

z    STR: What impact did the "end of Atari computers" have on you
     personally, and at Atari?

z    DT:  Personally? I felt bad, but I was already well on my way with a PC
     package at home. I had to do be competitive, informed and valuable to my
     employer and entities my employer worked with. I never once   had an ad
     agency ask me to send data files to them in an Atari ST format.  Atari? They
     lost a potential to milk a technology for profit. That kind of loss hurts any
     company when they have to make such decisions.

z    STR: Your impressions of the success and failures of the Portfolio and

z    DT:  Long stories. Limited time. Portfolio had to be mass produced to
     justify price reductions. Mass production hindered competitive upgrades. HP
     had advantages over Atari in that they already had wide PC-based distribution
     channels to move product into and through quickly. Atari only had mail order
     for a long time. Lynx suffered because Atari did not have a successful
     platform system at the time of launch. Handhelds are secondary and are nice
     add-on product lines, but it's hard to make money on them as stand-alone
     products in someone's product catalog.

z    STR: What did you think of Atari's decision to devote all of its
     resources to the Jaguar and disengage itself  from all other products?

z    DT:  I believed it was long overdue. From a business point of view, I
     believed Atari should have abandoned proprietary hardware very early on in
     the nineties and started developing and marketing software for existing and
     already successful systems. I'm sure that feeling is not popular among
     devotees, but clearly what happened didn't work long term either. Atari
     should have done Missile Command 3D, Tempest 2000 and all the Jaguar's best
     for Saturn and PSX. We were never poised to go up to a [Sony] $500 million
     marketing budget to promote the PSX. Another option may have been to develop
     an economical add-on "Jaguar" gaming card for PCs.

z    STR: What do you feel were the Jaguar's highlights, and low points?

z    DT:  Highlight's are definitely all the exclusive software. AvP is cool.
     Tempest 2000 is cool. Defender 2000 is cool. Iron Soldier, I-War and others
     are no less than a lot of fun.  Low points for me was virtually the whole
     time. There was never a time that our phones weren't clogged with some genius
     wanting to suggest we publish more software faster. What a concept! <g>

z    STR: What do you feel were the reasons why developers didn't flock to
     the Jaguar and put out games?

z    DT:  Money.

z    STR: The reason(s) developers moved away from the Jaguar?

z    DT:  Money.

z    STR: What was Atari's goal with the Jaguar?

z    DT:  To make money.

z    STR: Realistically, what was the Jaguar's chances for success? Why do
     you feel the Jaguar didn't sell and become successful?

z    DT:  People buy hype. All our money was in the technology. Sony had
     enough to put the money into the technology AND hype.

z    STR:  Many on the outside felt that the initial [recent] and subsequent
     layoffs at Atari were the signs of "the beginning of the end" - do you agree
     with that assesment?  Why or why not?

z    DT:  The beginning of the end was when Warner was losing $2 million each
     day at Atari in the early 80's. The Tramiels gave the Atari name a new
     beginning and were singly responsible for putting Atari in a position that
     allowed us to enjoy 16-bit computers, Lynxs, Portfolios, Jaguars and more.
     The most recent layoffs and exits are not signs of the beginning of the end,
     they are symptoms of an end that has already been.

z    STR: What factor(s) led to Atari's decision to "abandon" the Jaguar?  In
     your opinion, what/when was the turning point?

z    DT:  First off, I am unaware of any announcement that Atari may have
     made that they have "abandoned the  Jaguar". While it may appear that way AND
     I do not have recent evidence to refute such conclusions, I am not prepared
     to make such a statement in Atari's behalf. In general, manufacturers
     "abandon" products that no one buys any more.

z    STR: What is your assessment of the future of console gaming?  Has it
     "peaked" again?  Has computer gaming caught up and become a factor?

z    DT:  Console gaming will always have it's ups and downs. Generations
     grow up with a system and then anything new seems relatively trivial. It
     takes all new generations of young people to be hyped into something new that
     isn't pushed on to them buy their older brothers (and sisters). While adults
     say now they grew up with Atari, Intellivision and Coleco, the teenagers of
     today will someday say they grew up with Nintendo, Sega and Sony.

z    STR: Atari Interactive appeared to be a logical direction to take; what
     happened to it?

z    DT:  Atari Interactive was a marketing concept by a man, (Ted Hoff), who
     left the company before the concept was launched. Once he left, it was
     decided to review that way of marketing PC software and other alternatives
     were examined again. I think Atari was right not to go forward.

z    STR: What do you feel was the compelling factor for Atari's seeking
     alternatives (buyout, sellout, merger)?

z    DT:  Money.

z    STR: Realistically, was there any hope for the Jaguar and Atari
     Interactive to continue?

z    DT:  At one time, yes.

z    STR: What are JTS' plans for Atari, if any?

z    DT:  I know of no announced plans by JTS with regard to Atari or Atari

z    STR: Is Atari "dead"?

z    DT:  Not in my mind.

z    STR: What led you to leave Atari/JTS?

z    DT:  Money.

z    STR: What will your role be at Sony?

z    DT:  I will be working for Bill Rehbock in the Developer Support area.
     I intend to remain active online, so I will express more when I can.

z    STR: What do you think of Sony's future (the Playstation)?

z    DT:  I feel strong enough about it to base my career on it.

z    STR: What will it feel like supporting a former competitor, and a likely
     "contributor" to the Jaguars 'demise?

z    DT:  It already feels wonderful. I've done my very best and now I will
     do my best again. I take a lot of pride in doing a job as well as I possibly
     can. Playing video games along the way is a wonderful bonus. Now, not only
     can I play my classic favorites on great Atari systems, I can also get into
     new innovations of a system which is considered popular today.

z    STR: What do you feel was your greatest accomplishment as an Atari

z    DT:  Probably having designed, developed, installed and maintained an
     order entry system for Customer
z    Service in flawless operation since April of '93.

z    STR: What was your most memorable moment while at Atari?

z    DT:  Winning a trip to the Caribbean at a year-end Holiday drawing for
     the company.

z    STR: Your worst experience?

z    DT:  Working Customer Service single-handedly.

z    STR: What will you miss most after leaving Atari?

z    DT:  Jack Tramiel, Sam Tramiel, Leonard Tramiel, Garry Tramiel, John
     Skruch, David Bajer, Linda Haldorson, Sammy Delgado, Scott Sanders,
     Hans-Martin Kroeber, Gayle McKim, Barbara Castillo, Mark Castillo, Ted Hoff,
     Jeanne Winding, Christine Chambers, Frank Foster, Laury Scott, Ron Beltramo,
     Li Kramer, Shirley Taylor, Candy Rives, Mel Stevens, James Grunke, Francois
     Bertrand, Manual Sousa, Tal Funke Bilu, Lynn Latz, Julie Wade, Bruce Coleman,
     Mark Jansen, Eric Smith, Doug Brown, Gene Dias, Bob Brodie, Dennis Hawker,
     John Jainschigg, Patty Iwasa, Claudia Katz, Michael Katz, Neil Harris, Ted
     Tacquechi, Lance Lewis, Greg Pratt, Augie Liguori, Sam Zender, Kat Tyson,
     Denise Rives, Diane  Goralczyk, Carol Bennett, Carolyn Smith, Tom Gillen, Tom
     Trans, Renee Silveria, Arnold Galano, Sandy LaBrec, J Patton, Bobby Murray,
     John Feagans, Richard Miller, Gabriella Diffley, David Schwartz, Leslie
     Schmick and so many more.

z    STR: Miss least?

z    DT:  "So when is AvP coming out?"

z    STR: The "Atari press" - what is your feeling to it overall?  The
     "non-Atari specific" press?

z    DT:  I wish there was more of it, but those things tend to evolve around
     the demand for them. I do think the non-Atari specific press overly favors
     advertisers, but it would be silly to ask them to ignore their bread and
     butter. Overall they do great jobs and most of them may have done a lot more
     in behalf of Atari if Atari adopted more liberal policies to deal with them.

z    STR: How do you feel Atari will be remembered in the "history books"?

z    DT:  Not enough.  I've been reviewing a lot of books for one I'm working
     on and Atari is unfairly understated as to their role in the evolution of
     home computers and video games.

z    STR: How would you like to be remembered?

z    DT:  Good grief. I'm not dead yet. <g>

z    STR: You're currently writing a book about the gaming industry, with
     Atari as a major player.  Can you give our readers an idea of what the book
     will entail?  Any idea as to when it may be finished, and possibly available?

z    DT:  It's already two years in the making and 400 pages. It's in
     chronological format and a cause of many
z    sleepless nights. <g> I may never finish it at the rate I'm going. <g>

z    STR: Additional comments?

z    DT:  Good night.

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Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  I'm sorry that I didn't have a column for you
last week, but when I got back  from vacation I found that our customers
really missed us.  So I've been working 12 hour shifts to get caught  up.  It
hasn't been easy, but we're beginning to catch up.  As is usually the case,
the times that I'm the busiest  are the times that the most interesting
things are going on.  For instance, after I make an off-handed comment  to
someone asking about Oasis, our old friend, Lloyd Pulley, jumps in and we
have a nice little discussion.

We'll see the discussion just a few messages in.  Let's get on with it.
Ready... set... go!

>From the Atari Computing Forums

On the subject of Oasis, one of the Atari ST web browsers, Wout Vanloffeld

"CAN SOMEONE GET THIS THING STARTED???????...I sit in front of an Atari
screen that is telling me  that I'm connected to CompuServe... but nothing
more than that."

Having attempted to do just that, I tell Wout:

"I've tried, friend... boy, have I tried.  You get a connection message???  I
am jealous!  <grin>  I've put  Oasis aside until the next version comes
out... I just don't have the time to devote to that amount of
disappointment.  There are many folks who do have it working.  I've gotten
several ICE.NET files from some  of these folks, and had even less success
than you.  I will post here when the new version comes out and I've  had a
chance to play with it."

Wout posts:

"...It can't be *that* difficult to write a PPP program."

I post another line of thought to Wout:

"Perhaps the biggest problem is not simply writing a PPP program, but writing
a PPP program that will run  well on an 8 MHz 68000 CPU...  It is my
understanding that PPP makes use of both error-checking and compression.
That's a lot of overhead for an 8MHz machine (I'm assuming).  I think that,
in the forseable  future, IBM clones will be the standard.  For a while, I
believe that they will be the only "serious" choice. But  I also believe that
before too long someone will come out with the "next generation" of computers
and will do  to IBM clones what IBM clones have done to us (and to the Amiga
and the Mac).  That will probably happen  about a week after you and I
finally make the jump from Atari to PC. <grin>

All I can say is that, if your Atari still does what you need it to do, keep
on using it.  I like the machine I'm  using now and I don't know if I'd make
the jump to a PC even if I could afford it.  Right now, the only thing I
can't do that I'd like to be able to is access the Internet (and even that I
can do easily on another service,  although without the graphics).  Enjoy
your "vintage" computer."

This is where Lloyd comes in and replies:

"We're in agreement on this one.  One of these days the IBM will be the one
left in the dust. Who knows, it  might even be Apple that'll make the
comeback and do it to them - or it might be some unknown (as of now) company.
It all goes in cycles.  Even though I am now a 'PC weenie' myself, I'd
probably still own and be using my ST if I'd had a local  place to get it
fixed (at a reasonable price).  But when the internal floppy and both
monitors (color and mono) all decided to 'bite the dust' at about the same
time, it was time to replace it.  I fought against making the  change for
years, but was forced to.

While I loved my ST and would still be using it if it hadn't went 'belly up',
with what I know now, I would  never go back to it.  That _true_  Internet
access is "worth the price of admission" - IMO.  When I had my ST,  it was
_MY_ system.  I used it 98% of the time.  My wife almost never used it and my
son only used it when  he had to - for word processing for school.  And even
then he complained because it wasn't like the  computers/software that he had
to use at school.

Now with the PC, you almost have to make an appointment to use it
(seriously).  My wife has her favorite web  sites that she HAS to visit, if
not daily, at least 3-4 times a week "Honey, do you think they've posted any
new  recipes since yesterday?" "Honey, did you check my e-mail to see if my
sister or mother had sent me any?"  And my son?  The guy that used to make
fun of people spending time on the computer and net has turned into  a real
'computer nerd'!  He now spends 3-5 hours a day on the net chatting with
people all over the world and would spend longer if I'd let him - it's _MY_
computer, I want to use it sometimes! <g>) He studies both  Portugese and
Spanish at ASU and has found he can improve his _real life_ use of both
languages over the net.  He now knows people in Portugal, Argentina, the
Philipines, and everywhere.  (One of his Philipine net-buddies called at 2am
last night wondering where he'd been - the guy forgot my son works 3 12-hour
shifts over the weekend and isn't online that much then.)  As I told the guy
yesterday, I came out here one night and  found him running 6-8 different
programs all at one time.

But it's not all fun-and-games.  During the school year he's a tutor for
several state run foster homes, and he's  discovered the net is a great place
to get info and help for the kids. "Hey Dad, look at what I found! This web
site has the periodic tables - but they're laid out in Metal Man (comic book)
format.  The kids will love this -  and it'll help them learn some of their
elements/periodic tables for science."  "Hey dad, you remember the one  kid
that I told you about who's mother left him on the streets and the state
couldn't find his father?  I was  chatting with a guy in Chicago (where-ever)
last night that thinks he knows where to find the father and is  going to
have him get in touch with the state."  (Note: The kid is in the process of
getting back together with  his father.)

No.  I enjoyed my ST (and in many ways, probably always will), but I couldn't
go back to it."

Having known Lloyd for years (through the online services we've both
frequented), I decide to joke a bit with him:

"First off, tell your son and wife to go out and buy their own damned
computers!! (;^{> A man's computer is  like... like... like his tool board,
or his sock drawer, or whatever it is that each of us has that, throughout
time,  has given us the few moments of solitude that we need to keep from
killing those that, even though by our own  choice, we are forced to live
with and remain cordial, if not nurturing, to.  My wife doesn't use my
computer. In fact, she won't even step foot into my computer room. (I think
that it's because by doing so she can  truthfully tell the FBI someday that
she had no idea what I had been doing...  so much for blind love <g>)

What is this "_true_ internet access" you mentioned?  Can I assume that you
are talking about using a  dedicated ISP inst

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