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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 9-Sep-94 #1037 Date: Sat Sep 10 10:36:47 1994 SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing Inc. September 09, 1994 No. 1037 ====================================================================== Silicon Times Report International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. 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Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! "Enjoy CompuServe's forums; where information is at its very best! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > From the Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""" Fall is right around the corner, the leaves are turning colors and beginning to fall from the trees.... summer is gone. But it also marks our getting closer and closer to Comdex and then... the Holiday Season. This year, the Holidays are significant in a number of ways. It'll be the first Holiday Season where high tech electronics will be the number one item, in one form or another certian to be on everyone's wish list. Also, it'll mark the beginnings of the final throes of the shakeouts in the game console's international marketplace. That should prove to be an interesting phase of market evolution to observe. Lastly, it'll prove to be the year of the CD-ROM with and without Kodak PhotoCD compatibility. Believe this... if you purchase a CD without PCD capabilities its like buying a car without a heater and air conditioning. In any case it'll be hard to do as almost all mechanisms are compliant. However there are a few cheapies out there that are not. Buyer beware (Caveat Emptor) if the CDROM you are seriously contemplating purchasing is not. It only means more expense later on down the road to you. The gorgeous high tech color catalogs from Sound Advice, J&R Music, Crutchfield's, Circuit City and Radio Shack to name a few, are flying around the country like wildfire. In them can be found the techno-dreams of most everyone. In particular, were the entertainment module and gaming centers by JVC, Panasonic and Pioneer. All were priced to be within reach of most everyone's budget from around three hundred to nine hundred dollars depending on the modules and features one chose. A unique feature was the cross-manufacturer compatibility of all of Sega's products both in CDs and ROM Carts. It'll be an interesting marketplace to watch. On a sad note, it was discovered this past week that DOOM II was stolen from one of five trusted places and pirated the world over. This is a real tragedy. The real tragedy is the blatant manner in which these pirate groups operate. Whether the users realize it or not they are paying for these clowns who steal the software. So, please drop the pirate goodies like a hot rock and ignore the ill-gotten freebies. They may wind up costing all of us, yourself included, a great deal more than a few extra bucks. Remember, complete platforms have been crushed by the loss of developers due to rampant, brazen piracy. By the way... it is prosecuted as a felony these days. Thanks for your support! Ralph.... """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STReport's Staff DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU! 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All we ask is that our readers make certain the manufacturers, publishers etc., know exactly where the information about their products appeared. In closing, we shall arduously endeavor to meet and further develop the high standards of straight forwardness our readers have come to expect in each and every issue. The Staff & Editors """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > STR INDUSTRY REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS """"""""""""""""""" IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I) =========================== Computer Products Update - CPU Report ------------------------ ---------- Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Issue #37 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. ******* General Computer News ******* ** Analysts Say Online Usage Rising ** Researchers at SIMBA Information Inc. predict worldwide sales of on- line services will reach $17.8 billion by 1998, which would mean a 57% increase over last year's level. The group's report "Online Services: 1994 Review, Trends & Forecast," says there were more than 7.7 million subscribers to online services at the end of last year, up 19.9% from the end of 1992. Nearly 1.3 million subscriptions were sold in 1993, the study found, making that the second consecutive year in which more than a million new subscribers were added. Other observations in the report: --------------------------------- -:- Revenues for end-user/consumer services such as CompuServe, Pro- digy and America Online rose more than 27% in 1993, though revenues for this segment accounted for less than 5% of total industry sales. -:- Business and professional services represented 95% of the total online industry in 1993, with brokerage-information services accounting for 44% of industry sales. ** Microsoft's 'Chicago' Is Windows 95 ** Microsoft Corp. this week announced Windows 95 as the official name for the next major release of the Windows operating system, previously known by its code-name, "Chicago." The software giant says the name Windows 95 was chosen to make it easier for consumers to identify the most current version of Microsoft Windows. "More than 60 million copies of Windows have been shipped to date," says Paul Maritz, senior vice president of Microsoft's systems and tech- nology division. "From extensive research worldwide, we have found that most users find our existing version numbering confusing and can't identify the latest version of Windows. Our customers want products that simplify their everyday computing, and our goal is to have both the technology and the name meet that requirement." Windows 95, targeted for release in the first half of 1995, is desig- ned to make PCs easier to use while delivering enhanced performance. Windows 95 is a fully integrated 32-bit operating system, replacing Windows 3.11, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and the MS-DOS operating system as the mainstream desktop operating system. Windows 95 supports features such as long file names and a revised user-interface design based on customer usability studies. Microsoft notes that Windows 95 will run multiple applications faster, more effectively and with greater safety. It is compatible with existing Windows and DOS software. Microsoft Corp. forecasted that it could ship as many as 20 million to 30 million copies of its forthcoming Windows 95 in the first year after its launch. Reports say that Paul Maritz, Microsoft's senior vice president for systems, said, "We could have easily 20 to 30 million copies of Chicago go out in its first year." ** IBM Readies WIN-OS/2 Upgrade ** IBM has announced that it will offer a WIN-OS/2 or "fullpack" version of the next release of OS/2, code named Warp. The WIN-OS/2 version will provide an upgrade path to Warp function- ality for OS/2 2.1 and 2.11 users who currently run Windows applications under OS/2. IBM says the product will deliver all of the performance, usability, installability and value improvements currently being tested in Warp Beta 2 and the BonusPak applications beta, along with the ability to run DOS and Windows applications. "The millions of customers who have made OS/2 the industry's leading 32-bit operating system continue to be extremely important to us, even as we reach out to new markets," says Wally Casey, director of marketing, personal operating systems, for IBM's Personal Software Products division. IBM says it plans to offer the WIN-OS/2 or "fullpack" version of Warp at an "attractive upgrade price" shortly after the release of the version currently in beta test. Registered OS/2 users will be notified directly by IBM with details of the upgrade offer. The current Warp beta program is targeted at Windows 3.1 users who already have Microsoft's Windows operating system installed on their computers. ** Microsoft Unveils New Keyboard ** Microsoft Corp. has unveiled the Microsoft Natural Keyboard, a Windows-specific computer keyboard designed for increased user comfort and productivity. According to Microsoft, the Microsoft Natural Keyboard incorporates hardware features that permit users to maintain a more relaxed, natural position while typing. It also offers hardware and software features that are designed to make computing in the Windows environment -- including the Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups and Windows NT Server operating systems -- easier and more enjoyable. Microsoft notes that the keyboard is ergonomically designed for greater user comfort. Keypads are split and rotated outward to encourage a straighter wrist position. The width and angle of the keyboard helps users keep their shoulders straighter and arms more relaxed while typing. A built-in palm rest provides a surface on which users can rest their hands between periods of typing. A wrist-leveling rail, located under the palm rest, adjusts the height of the front edge of the keyboard to help maintain a straighter wrist while accommodating a variety of desk and chair heights. The Microsoft Natural Keyboard has 104 keys, three more than standard keyboards. Two of these are Windows- specific keys that provide easy access to the new Task Manager. In future versions of the Windows operating system, the Windows-specific keys will allow system-level commands to be brought to the user. The third new key is an application key. Microsoft plans that in future applications, this key will be used to create context- sensitive shortcuts and other application-specific functionality to help make the applications easier to use. The Microsoft Natural Keyboard is scheduled to be widely available in early October through authorized distributors and resellers for an approximate retail price of $99.95. ** Intel Joins Modem Standard Move ** Chipmaker Intel Corp. is joining other firms - including Hayes Micro- computer, AT&T Corp. and Rockwell International - to work on a standard modem to allow computer users to talk and send data over a single phone line. Intel officials said the specification will eliminate the need for two separate phone lines -- one for voice and one for data -- when using two-way applications, such as desktop personal conferencing or interactive games. The firms intend to release the specification by November and demon- strate products based on the standard later this year. ** IBM to Launch New Home PCs? ** Word is circulating that IBM is set to replace its PS/1 series of home computers with a new line called Aptiva. In two weeks, says the Wall Street Journal, IBM will begin running ads for the new line, that includes seven models. The paper says the base model is expected to sell for a little more than $1,000, which includes a color monitor, stereo sound and a CD-ROM player. The Journal also reports the Aptiva units offer a few unusual features, such as voice control to allow computers to respond to spoken commands, a phone-answering system and a feature that allows the computer to automatically operate at a designated time. ** New Video Camera Links to PC ** What is being touted as the world's first commercially available miniature video camera that can capture and incorporate images directly onto a portable computer has been developed by Edinburgh, Scotland, - based VLSI Vision. Reports from London say VVL is selling the credit-card sized camera, which has been on trial with companies for some months, for about 600 stg, including connections and software. "The camera can take black and white snapshots or sequences of stills and incorporate them into documents on the computer screen," reports say, adding sound is expected to be added soon. VVL was formed in 1990 by a professor and a computer engineer and also is developing video systems for Donnelly Corp. (which holds a minority stake in VVL). ** HP Exits Small Hard-Disk Market ** Hewlett-Packard Co. says it will discontinue its 20MB and 40MB HP Kittyhawk 1.3-inch hard disk drives. The company notes that the target markets for the smaller drives haven't materialized to the degree it and industry analysts expected. HP says it will continue to supply the products to its customers on a lifetime-buy program and will honor warranty and support agreements. ** Digital Claims Fastest CPU ** Digital Equipment Corp. says it's offering the first microprocessor capable of issuing more than 1 billion instructions per second. The company notes that the Alpha AXP 21164 chip is also the computer industry's most powerful device and the first to break the 300MHz barrier. According to Digital, the 9.3 million transistor Alpha microprocessor delivers performance at speeds previously possible only in large multi- processing systems, such as expensive supercomputers. It notes that the chip is more than two times faster than Pentium, PowerPC and MIPS microprocessors. ** Survey Says PCs Edging Out TV ** A new "customer satisfaction survey" commissioned by computer maker AST Research Inc. suggests the PC is replacing the television as "the dominant information appliance" in homes that have both. Conducted among 1,200 randomly selected purchasers of new AST Advant- age computers, the survey indicates that among people in equivalent age and income figures the average new home computer purchaser spends 13 hours a week using the computer, compared with about nine hours watching prime-time TV. "These results," says AST Marketing Director Dennis Cox in a state- ment, "strongly indicate that the personal computer is seen as a more useful and important tool in the home than the television set. As consumers become more aware of the possibilities of home PCs ... the home PC will evolve as the central appliance in the home, controlling video, audio and telephones and faxes from a single machine." Cox also reads the results as signaling the beginning of "tele- convergence," by which he says he means "how many separate electronic devices in the home such as telephones, answering machines, CD players, and ultimately TVs, can be 'swept up' into a single intelligent device." ** Compaq Aims to Up Market Share ** The head of Compaq Computer Corp. said this week the company aims to increase its share of the world personal computer market to 20% from 15% by 1996 or 1997. ** DEC Unveils Five New PCs ** Five desktop PCs in a line called Celebris, priced from $1,949, are being unveiled by Digital Equipment Corp. Three are based on Intel Corp.'s high-end Pentium microprocessor and the other two on the Intel '486 chip. They will be in modules for easy assembly. Valigra called this a first step in what Digital describes as a major new product roll-out this fall. Auer said the firm chose the name Celebris rather than a model number to make Digital personal computers friendlier to customers, adding, "This is a precursor to our retail strategy." Auer said Digital plans to start selling computers through retail stores this fall and will add portable computers and servers to the line by December. Digital is counting on the new Celebris products comprising 25% of Digital's Intel-based personal computer system sales for the fiscal year ending June 1995. Market researchers at Dataquest Inc. estimate Digital shipped 494,000 PCs in 1993 and predict 1994 sales could approach a million units. ** Anand Defeats Chess Computer ** India's Viswanathan Anand twice defeated the Premium Chess Genius 2 computer this week in Intel's Chess Grand Prix, but then went on to lose to Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk in a sudden-death playoff. Reports say the computer, playing in the semifinals, made a 16th move that experts said was a beginner's error, leaving a weakness that Anand, playing black pieces, exploited to win in 54 moves. As reported last week, the computer in earlier rounds knocked cham- pion Garry Kasparov out of the tournament, then defeated Bosnian grandmaster Predrag Nikolic. Anand said, "I didn't have any time to specifically prepare for the computer and my main game plan was to stay as objective as possible no matter was happening on the board. I felt that both Kasparov and Nikolic were winning against the computer but once they had lost the advantage, they failed to adapt to the new situation and hence they lost." The computer combined a new high-speed processing chip with British software and could analyze 100,000 moves per second. Sources say that the players felt the computer had an advantage in this tournament, where all moves must be completed in 25 minutes. ** Six Accused of Computer Fraud ** Five men from Louisiana and one from New York have been named in a nine-count federal indictment in New Orleans, accused of stealing credit card numbers and using them to buy $210,000 in gold coins and high-tech hardware. Charged with conspiracy, computer fraud, access device fraud and wire fraud are Dwayne Comeger (known in the computing underground as "Dr. Demonicus"), 22; Brian Ursin, 21; John Christopher Montegut ("Renegade"), 24; Timothy Thompson ("Revelation"), 21; James McGee, 25; and Raymond Savage ("Wiseguy"), 25, of Richmond Hill, Queens New York. U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan Jr. said the government believes the men used their computers to gain access to credit reporting service systems and search for credit card numbers of people with good credit and active accounts. ____________________________________________ > LapLink for Windows STR InfoFile """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" TRAVELING SOFTWARE SHIPS LAPLINK FOR WINDOWS ============================================ New Version Integrates Remote Control and File Transfer ------------------------------------------------------- BOTHELL, Wash., Sept. 6, 1994 -- Traveling Software Inc., today announced LapLink for Windows with integrated remote control and SpeedSyncTM for the fastest modem file transfer available. "With over 80% of remote control software users performing file transfer, we saw a tremendous opportunity to combine world-class remote control with the best file transfer," said Mark Eppley, chairman and CEO of Traveling Software. "Traveling Software stays at the cutting edge of communications software solutions for portable computer users, telecommuters and technical support professionals with its new LapLink for Windows." Windows Interface ----------------- The graphical interface in LapLink for Windows provides a flexible working environment allowing users to customize file transfer, remote control and chat windows to meet their needs. For the first time, users will be able to scale a remote control image to fit any size window, and/or view multiple machines simultaneously. Convenient toolbars also provide push-button access to commonly used functions. Remote Control -------------- LapLink for Windows' remote control capabilities enable users to run a database, e-mail and other applications on a distant PC which is running either DOS or Windows. The initiator (guest) controls a remote computer (host) and runs its applications as though the user were sitting at the host site, using the host keyboard and mouse. This gives the remote user total access to their desktop applications, even while away from the office. LapLink for Windows lets users run remote machines at higher resolutions than their own. In contrast to other remote control programs, LapLink for Windows utilizes a universal video driver to minimize setup difficulties. And, LapLink for Windows supports high-end video types up to 1280x1024x16.7 million colors. LapLink for Windows has superior remote control graphics performance, making screen re-drawing faster. LapLink for Windowsstores display elements for reuse, improving performance over the duration of a remote control session. LapLink for Windows provides comprehensive security, including the ability to reboot the host computer when a remote control session is terminated. This is helpful for users who are accessing data such as email that is password protected, because it prevents the next caller from using the prior logon. LapLink for Windows also provides screen blanking and host keyboard/mouse disabling to prevent unauthorized observation or input during a remote control session. New callback security limits user access to pre-defined locations. SpeedSync --------- SpeedSync is a patent-pending technology for modem file transfers that can increase LapLink file transfer speeds by up to 800%. Instead of transferring the entire file, SpeedSync recognizes what changes have occurred in the file and then transfers only the changes. For example, a salesperson who is on the road can send or retrieve database updates withouttransferring the entire database over the phone lines. This cuts down on the user's time and long-distance phone charges. This new technology is built on the third generation of Traveling Software's Universal Communications Object (UCO) technology, providing modem file transfer speeds that are superior to any competitive remote control product. Connectivity ------------ LapLink for Windows meets both local and remote connectivity needs. LapLink for Windows supports serial and parallel cables for in-office connections and AirShareTM wireless radio modules for synchronizing a laptop and desktop computer. For remote connectivity, LapLink for Windows supports modems and peer-to-peer Novell network IPX connections. In addition, a support technician can make simultaneous connections for remote diagnostics and support of machines in different locations. File Transfer ------------- With LapLink for Windows, users have the ability to transfer files from one PC to another even during a remote control session. For example, a technical support person who has established remote control connections with several users can use LapLink's drag-and-drop feature to transfer files simultaneously between the different machines, regardless of the type of connection they have established. LapLink for Windows includes a DriveBar for accessing commonly used file transfer features such as copying, deleting and moving. The buttons also provide a quick and easy way to sort files by name, file extension, date or size. Pricing and Availability ------------------------ LapLink for Windows includes a serial and parallel cable, software and documentation. The product is available now through resellers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $199.95. Registered users of a previous version of LapLink, CommWorks or other Traveling Software product can upgrade to LapLink for Windows for $79.95 by calling the Traveling Software Upgrade Center at 800-765-2480. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -------------------------- Q. Why have you added Remote Control to LapLink for Windows? A. First and foremost, our customers asked for it. Remote control is a natural extension of file transfer. For example, now tech support people can use LapLink for Windows before and after a file transfer to view and diagnose what is happening on the remote machine. Mobile users find remote control effective for checking e-mail and accessing corporate applications that can't easily be installed on their portables. Q. Will you still sell and support your DOS version? A. Yes, we will continue to support and sell LapLink V. Q. Will the Windows version talk to the DOS version? A. Because of the significant enhancements made to the Windows version, such as remote control, LapLink for Windows will not talk to previous versions. Q. Can I control a DOS PC from my Windows PC? A. Yes, and you can also switch back and forth between DOS and Windows sessions without breaking the connection. Q. How is remote control different than remote access? A. Remote control allows you to take over the remote PC and use its programs, as well as its files and printers. LapLink Remote Access makes only the files and printers available; you use the programs on your local PC. While this type of remote access is satisfactory for many situations, remote control can be a better solution for troubleshooting and using vertical or custom applications and large databases on a remote basis. Q. How is LapLink for Windows' Remote Control different or better than other remote control products? A. Our greatest advantages are SpeedSync file transfers, concurrent multiple connections and services, universal video driver, image scaling, and the ease of use of integrated remote control. Q. How does LapLink for Windows handle different screen resolutions on each end of a remote control connection? A. A larger image can be scrolled or decreased in size to fit within the window. A smaller image can be viewed as is, or expanded. The viewing window can be adjusted to any convenient size. Q. Are my existing LapLink cables compatible with LapLink for Windows? A. Yes, both the serial and parallel cable are fully compatible. Q. Does LapLink for Windows support cellular and PCMCIA modems? V.Fast modems? A. Yes, in fact LapLink for Windows includes support for more than 250 modems. Q. Can I use or import my LapLink V phonebook? A. Yes, you will be able to convert your LapLink V phonebook. Q. Will you offer upgrades? A. Yes, upgrades will be available to LapLink users. Registered users can order directly from Traveling Software by dialing (800)765-2480. Users can also purchase LapLink for Windows at retail stores and receive a rebate. For more information contact: ----------------------------- Traveling Software Inc. Marci Maule, 1-206-483-8088 Hastings Humble Giardini Inc. Laura Luthi, 1-503-226-8236 Traveling Software was founded in 1982. The company designs and develops communications software products that link computers and computing environments, including laptops, notebooks, palmtops, pentops, and desktop PCs. Its product line includes CommWorksTM for Windows, LapLink. Wireless, LapLink V and LapLink Remote AccessTM. The company's OEM division has strategic alliances with leading manufacturers including Apple, AST, Casio, COMPAQ, Gateway 2000, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, National Semiconductor, NEC, NCR, Samsung, Seiko, Sharp Electronics, Texas Instruments and Toshiba. The company has three subsidiaries around the world including the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and its products are sold in six languages in 50 countries worldwide. For more information, please contact: ------------------------------------- Traveling Software Inc. 18702 North Creek Parkway Bothell, Wash. 98011 1-206-483-8088 *** Traveling Software and LapLink are registered trademarks. LapLink Remote Access, CommWorks and SpeedSync are trademarks of Traveling Software Inc. Other company and product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. __________________________________________ > CIS & Internet STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""""" COMPUSERVE SETS COURSE FOR THE INTERNET ============================================ Full Range of Consumer & Commercial Offerings Including IP Networking Services CompuServe Incorporated, the world's leading provider of online information and data networking services, unveiled a comprehensive family of Internet and Internet Protocol (IP) networking services. Beginning in November 1994, CompuServe's Network Services Division will offer commercial customers high-speed dedicated Internet and IP access via its FRAME-Net(r) frame relay service, and asynchronous access via point-to-point protocol (PPP) for dial-up sessions. For consumers, the CompuServe Information Service will expand its current Internet access offering to include both telnet and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) sessions, available in late 1994 with additional Internet access features and capabilities scheduled for introduction in 1995. "This opportunity perfectly leverages the resources and technologies of our Information Services and Network Services Divisions to provide enhanced services for both corporate and consumer customers," said Maury Cox, CompuServe president and chief executive officer. "As the Internet expands at an unprecedented pace, so does the number of individuals and businesses feeling its global impact. CompuServe is providing consumers with even more access to vast information resources while continuing to enhance technology that will allow our members to easily navigate the Internet. For business customers, our IP networking services, including remote access, will extend the global reach of their private TCP/IP networks as well as links to the public Internet." CompuServe intends to aggressively pursue opportunities in the Internet marketplace while remaining aware of the Internet's unique culture and heritage, and today announced it has joined the Commercial Internet eXchange (CIX). "Cooperation and competition lie at the heart of the Internet culture," said Bill Washburn, CIX executive director. "It is an exciting opportunity to fully welcome CompuServe into the commercial Internet community. Clearly, the decision of CompuServe to join the CIX association marks the official arrival of a new phase in the ongoing, dynamic development of the expanding Internet." Joel Maloff, a highly-respected Internet consultant and president of The Maloff Company, commented on CompuServe's unique position in the industry. "By far, CompuServe has the resources and expertise needed to be the leading provider of enhanced Internet service offerings," said Maloff. "Users worldwide will benefit from the combination of CompuServe's extensive experience in both providing access to remote information databases and efficient network connectivity solutions." Positive Impact upon the Commercial Customer. -------------------------------------------- To address the needs of its corporate customers, CompuServe's Network Services Division is expanding its broad range of networking solutions with both dial-up and dedicated IP connectivity and value-added services. Dial-up sessions will be established with the point-to-point protocol (PPP), enabling Mosaic and other front-ends to connect across CompuServe's global asynchronous network at speeds up to 14,400 bits per second (bps). Testing is also currently underway for 28.8 kbps and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) access. CompuServe will also provide options for front-end software to enable a PPP connection. Pricing will be similar to CompuServe's current dial-up service offerings to commercial customers. Also, CompuServe will offer dedicated services at speeds up to T-1 (1.536 mbps), utilizing FRAME-Net and CompuServe's X.25 services. These services will enable access to both a company's private TCP/IP network and to the public Internet. Pricing for FRAME-Net connectivity will be competitive with other providers of dedicated access. To address the security requirements of commercial customers accessing the Internet, CompuServe will also provide secure "firewall" solutions for multiple environments. These range from easy-to-use, self-administering "point-and-click" firewall graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to more advanced, feature-rich security servers for "networks-within-networks" campuses. These security solutions will be implemented and supported by CompuServe's global network of specially-trained personnel. Positive Impact upon the Consumer. --------------------------------- CompuServe's consumer Information Service will continue its strategy of enhancing Internet access for members by providing new services, including the fullrange of Internet applications. The Information Service will build on its existing Internet access for e-mail and USENET Newsgroups along with its accessibility from the Internet. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and telnet capabilities will be available by the end of 1994. CompuServe further announced a commitment to deliver access to World Wide Web (WWW) and Gopher servers on the Internet to CompuServe members beginning in the first half of 1995. CompuServe also announced its intent to offer WWW consulting and management services to Information and Service Providers (ISPs) who wish to establish a presence on the Internet. A letter of intent has been signed for CompuServe to fund a new company dedicated to WWW services, and a formal announcement of this relationship will be forthcoming later this quarter. CompuServe billing and customer care expertise, recognized across the industry, will also be part of the offerings intended to aid ISPs achieve effective exposure to Internet users. CompuServe is also committed to making selected Information Service products available in WWW format to Internet users, and will be expanding upon the existing prototype WWW page (http://WWW.COMPUSERVE.COM) in the months ahead. Finally, CompuServe is also committed to develop products to allow individual CompuServe members access to the Internet using dial PPP. This service which is planned for release in 1995 will provide technically sophisticated computer users with the ultimate in power and flexibility for cruising the Internet. Contact: R. Pierce Reid CompuServe Incorporated Information Services 614/538-4571 Andy Boyer CompuServe Incorporated Network Services 614/798-3351 CompuServe Network Services provides local- and wide-area networking services including frame relay, remote LAN access, electronic mail, business information services and software to major corporations and government agencies worldwide. Established in 1979, the CompuServe Information Service provides databases and services to meet both business and personal interests for its 2.25 million members worldwide. CompuServe can be accessed by any modem-equipped personal computer utilizing the CompuServe Information Manager or general communications software. CompuServe, with world headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., is an H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) company. _______________________________________________ > LEXMARK PRINTERS STR Spotlight """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" LEXMARK ENHANCES WINDOWS PRINTING WITH NEW WINWRITER PERSONAL PRINTERS LEXINGTON, Ky., September, 1994 ... Lexmark International, Inc. today made printing as easy and efficient as using Windows(TM) by introducing three new printers that are uniquely designed for the 55 million users of the Microsoft(R) Windows operating system. The WinWriter 100, WinWriter 200 and the WinWriter 400 utilize Microsoft At Work printing software and offer optimal performance for Windows printing. Jointly developed with Microsoft Corporation, Lexmark's WinWriter printers, with anticipated street prices ranging from $279-$749, will be sold through Lexmark's rapidly expanding retail channel as well as through traditional channels and are aimed directly at home and business users. Following the market acceptance of the Lexmark WinWriter 600, introduced last January, this family of printers offers users a variety of print technologies, resolutions and output speeds, suiting most computing environments and budgets. The WinWriter family delivers ease-of-use, performance and What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) output. The WinWriter printers are completely compatible with future versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, including "Chicago," now formally known as Windows 95. The WinWriter printers that customers purchase today will work with Microsoft technology tomorrow and beyond, without purchasing new hardware or software. The printer and attached PC perform intelligent load balancing to increase efficiency and improve ease of use in the Windows operating system environment. Selection of printing attributes, such as paper size, resolution, and half-toning methods are represented graphically on the PC and can be easily selected by the user. In addition, troubleshooting is streamlined since the printer communicates problems such as "out of paper," "toner low," and "cover open" directly to the user. "We've taken the familiar ease of use associated with Windows and extended it to printing," said Charles A. McNulty, vice president of marketing and sales, Lexmark personal printers. "We've broadened our distribution strategy to include local, regional and national retailers, so these printers are as simple to purchase as they are simple to use." John McIntyre, director of the electronic printer service at BIS Strategic Decisions (Norwell, MA) says that these printers represent a new alternative for buyers to consider for printing in the Windows environment. "Lexmark has made the industry's strongest commitment to developing and delivering these products and is best positioned to capitalize on the market acceptance that emerges." WinWriter 100 ------------- The WinWriter 100 is a low-cost, compact, inkjet printer optimized for users of the Windows operating system, offering laser-like print quality and exceptional paper handling. At a suggested list price of $349, the WinWriter 100 is a cost-effective, versatile, inkjet printer designed for stand-alone, general-purpose, monochrome printing in the family and office environments. Printing at up to three pages per minute, the WinWriter 100 achieves 600 x 300 dpi output with Lexmark's Print Quality Enhancement Technology (PQET) and prints on a wide variety of media including envelopes, labels, and transparencies. Its workmanship is backed by Lexmark's two-year Express Warranty, whereby an exchange printer is shipped to the customer by the next business day. WinWriter 200 ------------- The WinWriter 200 is for budget-conscious users who require laser-quality output at a moderate output speed. With a suggested list price of $579, the WinWriter 200 is targeted to home and business users and comes with a one-year Express Warranty. The WinWriter 200 is priced approximately $100 lower than the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4L and offers 50 percent greater input capacity. Delivering 300 dpi laser output at four pages per minute, the WinWriter 200 ships standard with 512KB memory and 22 TrueType fonts. WinWriter 400 ------------- The WinWriter 400 prints five pages per minute at 600 dpi quality resolution and is appropriate for high-volume printing in large, medium and small corporate offices. Based on light emitting diode (LED) imaging technology, the WinWriter 400 ships standard with 44 TrueType fonts and 2MB standard memory. With 150-sheet input and output capacity and an optional 250-sheet second drawer, the WinWriter 400 has professional paper handling capabilities for the business user who needs a high-quality, high-volume output personal printer. The printer also has a toner saver mode that reduces toner usage up to 60 percent. The suggested list price of the WinWriter 400 is $899 and includes a one-year Express Warranty. Lexmark International, a former division of IBM, is an independent worldwide company that develops, manufactures and markets network and personal printers, typewriters, information processing supplies, notebook computers and keyboards. For additional product information, call 1-800-358-5835. Lexmark is a trademark of Lexmark International Inc. IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and/or other countries, and used under license. Microsoft is a registered trademark and Microsoft At Work and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Hewlett-Packard and LaserJet are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Company. ________________________________________________ > WUGNET STR FOCUS! """"""""""""""""" THE WINDOWS USER GROUP NETWORK ============================== The Windows User Group Network is the premier international organization for Windows professionals. WUGNET's role is to communicate windows-based technologies and applications to an international audience through the WUGNET forum on CompuServe, conferences, trade shows, publications, trade books, and various membership interactions. WUGNET offers its members a number of technical support tools and support resources designed to save them time and solve quickly problems. These support tools include: ---------------------------- The Online Windows Help versions of the popular Microsoft Windows 3.1 resource kits and Windows for WorkGroups resource Kits, (available soon) WUGNET System Engineer, a support oriented CompuServe FORUM with a private library for members. WUGNET's Computing Book Series books are now available. Windows 3.1 Connectivity Secrets (Connally, Rorabaugh, Hall and Rezmovic, and Windows 3.1 Configuration Secrets by Valda Hilley and Jim Blakely (published by IDG Books Worldwide)are now available directly from WUGNET for $39.95 + $5 shipping. Call 800 WIN USER to get your copies. WUGNET's mission is to: ----------------------- * Promote understanding and cooperation among organizations engaged in furthering the progress and application of windows based systems. * Provide an international clearing house for information and advancement systems and technology. * Conduct conferences and exhibitions for the exchange of information. * Provide document based information through the publication of a journal, trade and reference books. * Provide education for windows based systems PUBLICATIONS ------------ The Windows Journal newsletter The Windows Journal, published bimonthly by WUGNET Publications, is the leading independent technical journal focusing on the Microsoft Windows operating environment. The Journal is a technical resource for consultants, corporate support staff, programmers and power-users of the Windows environment. Its mission is to help programmers build Windows applications more reliably and efficiently, to help corporate support personnel setup, optimize, and maintain Windows workstations, and to provide in-depth technical information for end-users. The Journal features extracts from the authors of leading books on Windows and keeps readers up to date on the drivers, patches, and files found on CompuServe. Written and edited by Windows professionals, the Windows Journal is the only independent international publication focusing on Windows solutions. The Windows Journal is a user read publication circulated worldwide to approximately 10,000 professionals. Windows Journal readers are expert PC users who have made the move to the Windows environment. They are technically advanced. At least 75% of our readership is actively programming applications in the Windows environment, either through direct use of programming tools, application development environment, or application customization. MIS Professionals, Windows Programmers, and power users from industry and government look to The Windows Journal to discover technology advances they can use in developing software products or increasing the value of their current software technology. Through the Windows Journal, the Windows User Group Network acts as an information resource center, making available publications and materials from leading software and hardware vendors, and specialized consultants. WINDOWS JOURNAL COMPANION DISK ------------------------------ The organization distributes each Journal comes with a working model of a software chosen by the WUGNET staff. The working model typically meets the high standards of technical excellence and innovation sought by members. As an added benefit, vendors will extend a fantastic user group price to all who wish to purchase the full version of the product. A complete listing of WUGNET user group discounts are posted in a file called discount text located in FORUM data library 11 (User Group Lib). This file is updated with each issue of the journal since many vendors choose to introduce their products through our membership. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TOOLS and UTILITIES WUGNET'S ELECTRONIC EDITIONS OF THE WINDOWS RESOURCE KITS The Windows Users Group Network publishes and electronic version of the MS Windows 3.1 Resource Kit and Windows for WorkGroups Addendum are diskbased hypertext editions available to members of WUGNET. The Windows Resource Kit 3.1 Electronic Edition converts Microsoft's 580-page guide into interactive reference, providing immediate access to Windows 3.1 information. It is designed as to aid technical support professionals (corporate help desks, VARs, systems integrators, resellers, developers, and trainers) in setup, optimizing, and troubleshooting the Windows environment. SYSTEM ENGINEER 2.0 FOR WINDOWS ------------------------------- New Features and Capabilities Result in Ultimate Control Panel for Window Users December 21, 1993 Media, PA - The Windows User Group Network (WUGNET) has announced System Engineer version 2.0, its highly acclaimed Windows Configuration tool. This innovative software package allows Windows professionals and power users to fine tune their Windows environments. System Engineer gives the Window professional a comprehensive set of tools to manage all aspects of Windows' configuration on their workstation, whether standalone or on networks. In addition to its powerful but easy-to-use interface for editing individual sections and statements within Windows configuration files, System Engineer provides a complete librarian for storing, managing and recovering multiple configurations. Changes to any and all INI files or entries are logged in a master file, which creates an audit system that allows users to retrace specific changes made to configuration files, including support for installation and deinstallation of Windows applications and supporting system enhancements. Unlocking the Windows Environment System Engineer provides access to every SYSTEM.INI and WIN.INI parameter including: * Undocumented parameters for managing memory * Undocumented parameters supporting the Windows keyboard interface * Network setting options, including Novell Netware specific options * Configuration settings for managing all asynchronous communications port * Parameters for setting Windows EMS memory and Virtual memory management * Parameter settings for Windows operation of disk storage devices * Parameter settings supporting DOS applications running under Windows * Parameter settings exclusive to Windows standard mode * System fonts used by Windows REAL-TIME INFORMATION MONITORS ------------------------------ This release of System Engineer introduces easy-to-use real-time monitoring facilities for both expert and non-expert Windows users. * The Task Monitor provides a real-time data window displaying all active tasks with their task handles. * The File I/O Monitor allows users to track what files and devices are currently open, and determine read/write privileges. This also supports monitoring of open data files and Windows supported devices that are shared, protected, or read-only in nature. This information can then be used by general users in determining the optimum files, buffers and cache settings for particular tasks in Windows. * The Memory Monitor is not just a viewer, but a comprehensive statistical monitor reporting the memory use of active module components in six specific memory classes including fonts and DLL's. Use the monitor snapshots to analyze application-specific GDI and USER system resource memory heaps, and determine what discardable and non- discardable portions of memory a particular Windows 3.1 module or application is utilizing. New Features in System Engineer 2.0 Solve Windows Most Complex User Issues including; NEW INTERFACE - SUPER CONTROL PANEL AND MORE! --------------------------------------------- System Engineer's new interface now includes separate panels for all the configuration management tasks in Windows. Windows Setup.exe and Control Panel are incorporated into the interface, with additional tabular windows for SYSTEM, WIN.INI, INFORMATION and BACKUP support. Version 2.0 also supports full drag and drop support with Windows File Manager (or PC Tools for Windows or Norton Desktop), allowing the user to select an INI file, drag it to the SYSTEM ENGINEER icon, and immediately have the INI editor with the INI loaded. NOW HANDLES COMMUNICATION PORT DEVICE CONTENTION ------------------------------------------------ System Engineer 2.0 now includes OTC Corporation's KINGCOM COM PORT Driver - an enhanced communications port driver and configuration tool enabling System Engineer to manage all data/fax traffic, and eliminate conflicts that develop when mutiple applications access the same fax/modem hardware. The Windows COM driver is limited to two active serial devices, but multiple applications may support the active port. For example, when a fax application attempts to access a modem while a terminal communications package is loaded the result is an error message. System Engineer's inclusion of KINGCOM, developed by OTC Corporation, solves this problem. By creating a "virtual" com port driver, users can designate all their software to a specific com port to specific applications. SE'S ADVANCED CONFIGURATION TOOLS AND FEATURES ---------------------------------------------- The System Engineer INI editing system includes support for archiving, library, backup (full and selected) and restoration for Windows INI files and Windows applications INI files. For example, any INI topic or parameter can include specific comments, deleted, archived into the system engineer archive. The INI Editor archive capability allows the user to select a topic and store it in the active archive. Once archived, the user can selectively restore it to another INI file or use the archived library for network system maintenance of other user INI files. Any modification through the INI editor is also maintained in a an active log, providing insurance and complete UNDO support. Users can use the LOG Browser to monitor changes to all INI files made through System Engineer. The System Configuration Backup and Restore support has been expanded to include Windows GRP, AUTOEXEC.BAT. SYSTEM ENGINEER USERS APPLAUD ----------------------------- System Engineer was developed by the WUGNET support staff in 1990. We've helped hundreds of Windows users, both novice and expert since 1988, and incorporated virtually every support feature imaginable into this one product. "My first reaction to System Engineer was: 'WOW! It's about time!' Finally there is a product that addresses the needs of the systems integrator trying to customize the internals of the Windows environment. System Engineer is a powerful tool for the service and support industry, and is one of those utilities that make you think 'it should have been there in the first place.' I highly recommend System Engineer to anyone who has to deal with diagnosing, configuring, and supporting the Windows 3.xx operating system environment. Mandatory equipment for the support engineer's arsenal". Randall Kennedy THE WINDOWS USER FORUM ON FORUM ON COMPUSERVE --------------------------------------------- Windows professionals, from corporate professionals to consultants, communicate in the fastest growing independent technical user forum on CompuServe - The Windows Users Forum (GO WUGNET or GO WINUSER). Members of the organization are also provided with access to a private library containing advance reports on trade shows, technical notes, and product appnotes and reviews. WUGNET maintains an active private beta testing program where members can sign up on line and test new versions of innovative products. WUGNET works with shareware authors in helping to promote high quality and innovative shareware. THE WUGNET shareware of the week program, makes available to and informs forum members about the hottest applications to be found on CompuServe. WUGNET has a long history of working very closely with shareware authors and considers them an integral part of the WUGNET community. ORIGINS OF THE WINDOWS USERS GROUP NETWORK ------------------------------------------ Founded in 1988, as an independent organization, WUGNET has positioned itself as an industry wide technical resource, rather than as an organization committed to any single vendor or groups of vendors. For five years, the Windows User Group Network has dedicated their effo to communicating trends and developments, and solutions about the Windows environment on an international level. As a result of the technological changes experienced in the last few years, WUGNET has evolved into an organization which aggressively promotes the interfacing of existing technologies with new state of the art technologies to create intelligent solutions to today's business problems. ENROLLMENT APPLICATION ---------------------- There are two levels of enrollment: Individual and Corporate (Group Gov/Academic). The following membership application be used for Fax, Mail or email Call for Corporate and Group Membership packages. Name_____________________________________________________ Company__________________________________________________ Title____________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________ City_________________________________State______________ Zip__________Phone Number_________________________ Email________________________________ Fax___________________________________ Save $$$ on our hot new books WUGNET COMPUTING BOOKS SERIES (Publisher IDG Books Worldwide, Inc) Windows 3.1 Connectivity Secrets [ ] 39.95 + $5 Shipping Windows 3.1 Configuration Secrets [ ] 39.95 + $5 Shipping (Pa. 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US Individual Rate: $99.00 -------------------------- Gov't/Academic Institutions are eligible for 50% discount (see group pricing below) Individual Rates Ovreseas: South America $110.00, Canada $110, Europe $130, Pacific $145 GROUP MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS As of August 19, 1993 CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP 10 Members Program - allows System Engineer and Windows Resource Kit (online edition) to be on a network server with access for 10 users. Includes 5 Windows Journals with Companion Disks.......$495.00 25 Members Program - allows up to 25 users of System Engineer and Windows Resource Kit (online edition) to be on a network server. Inclu 100 Members Program - allows unlimited use of System Engineer and Windows Resource Kit (online edition) on a single server. Additional ser.*Government, Non-profit, and Academic organizations membership rates are 50% off . Please direct all inquires to: Jim Herndon Windows Users Group Network 126 E. State St. Media, PA 19063 Tel: 215 565 1861. Fax: 215 565-7106 Email: CompuServef 76702,1023 or WINUSER FORUM InterNet Email: 76702.1023@CompuServe.Com Direct Membership Enrollment: 1-800-WIN-USER (1800-946-8737) """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT: _________________________________ Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo) Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt. Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN. GEnie Information copyright (C) 1994 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ___ ___ _____ _______ /___| /___| /_____| /_______/ The Macintosh RoundTable /____|/____| /__/|__| /__/ ________________________ /_____|_____|/__/_|__|/__/ /__/|____/|__|________|__/ /__/ |___/ |__|_/ |__|_/____ Managed by SyndiComm /__/ |__/ |__|/ |__|______/ An Official Forum of the International Computer Users Group *** STReport available in MAC RT *** ASCII TEXT for ALL GEnie users! MAC/APPLE SECTION (II) ====================== John Deegan, Editor (Temp) > WordPerfect NEWS STR FOCUS! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" WORDPERFECT OFFERS SPECIALIZED STUDENT SOFTWARE SOLUTION ======================================================== Student Essentials for Macintosh available for $99 OREM, Utah WordPerfect, the Novell Applications Group, is offering students a specialized Macintosh software solution for a limited time that can help them take advantage of today's computing power to "get the grade." While computerized word processing has eased the process of multiple term paper rewrites and corrections, the software in the Student Essentials package gives students the tools that make it easier to research and write reports on any subject. Priced at $99, Macintosh Student Essentials contains WordPerfect, the world's best-selling word processor of all time; Document Experts with MLA, ALA and Turabian style guidelines; Random House Webster's College Dictionary and Thesaurus; French, German and Spanish language modules; a Bitstream Macintosh FontPack; and Links Pro Golf. "The Student Essentials package is the only software solution designed specifically with the student in mind," said Mark Calkins, vice president of marketing for WordPerfect. "Other software bundles and suites offer price discounts to students, but none of them offer specialized software tools for the specific demands that are placed on students." In addition to powerful word processing, WordPerfect 3.0 for Macintosh offers an integrated grammar checker, speller and thesaurus to ensure that any document is accurate and correct. A built-in drawing package can be used to create original graphics, or to edit graphics and clip art from other applications. Powerful features such as columns, tables, styles, find/change, zoom editing, automatic footnotes and endnotes, and indexing and concordance all make WordPerfect the perfect document processing tool for any student. Document Experts are a collection of preformatted templates for term papers and reports, as well as layouts for class schedules and automatic calendars. Built-in macros will check for MLA, ALA and Turabian styles, a must for any student. To help a student get that first job, Document Experts even has templates for resumes and cover letters. No study session would be complete without a dictionary, so Macintosh Student Essentials includes the Random House Webster's College Dictionary and Thesaurus with more than 180,000 words and 275,000 synonyms. One of the most comprehensive electronic dictionaries available, it includes words and phrases reflecting current technological and cultural conditions, foreign terms, archaic words and colloquial uses as well as business, technical and scientific terms. It includes pronunciation guidelines, syllable breaks, parts of speech and etymologies, as well as clear, illustrative examples in context and helpful tips on use. For studying and writing in French, German and Spanish, WordPerfect language modules write, spell-check, hyphenate and access a thesaurus in each language. These three language modules will aid learning while increasing the effectiveness of a student's work and communication. Each module works seamlessly with WordPerfect to allow a student to create and print a single document containing several different languages. Fonts help communicate a document's message, so Student Essentials includes a Bitstream Macintosh FontPack with 100 TrueType fonts to create stylized, professional-looking documents. Whether or not all the class work is finished, every student needs a recreational break between study sessions. Links Pro Golf offers the most graphically realistic golf game experience found on any computer. This popular golf game, recently called the "best golf game on the planet" by Mac Home Journal, comes with the Harbour Town professional course. Other courses are available for purchase separately. Student Essentials applications run on any Macintosh Plus or higher. WordPerfect and Links Pro Golf will run native on any Power Macintosh, while the other Student Essentials applications will run in emulation on a Power Macintosh. For Macintosh, a minimum configuration of System 6.0.7, 2M of available RAM and a hard drive with at least 9M of free space is needed. To run native on Power Macintosh, WordPerfect and LinksPro require 4.5M RAM for all Power Macintosh systems, System 7.1.2 or later and a hard drive with at least 11M of free space. Macintosh Student Essentials is available wherever WordPerfect products are sold. For more information, call; WordPerfect at (800) 451-5151. *** GOALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! WORDPERFECT CORPORATION HELPS WORLD CUP WIN WordPerfect 5.1 for UNIX, the Most Widely Used Software Application at the World Cup OREM, Utah On July 17, 1994 when Brazil defeated Italy in the 1994 World Cup Finals, roughly one-third of the earth's population was watching. Behind the scenes, thousands of international journalists were scrambling to submit their stories and meet deadlines. What did these journalists use to bang out play-by-play accounts of Brazil's exciting overtime victory? WordPerfect 5.1 for UNIX. Journalists were not the only people using the WordPerfect UNIX word processor at the World Cup 1994 tournament. World Cup's organizing committee, assigned with the daunting task of scheduling, organizing and handling the administrative aspects of the nine-city, 52-game tournament, utilized the software to communicate and automate the function's events. In 1993, the World Cup USA organization began to set up and install an international computer network combining stadiums, hotels and press centers at the nine American cities and international soccer's parent organization, Federal International de Football Association's (FIFA) headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The network utilized over 25,000 miles of networking cable, 1,200 individual Sun workstations, and 51 servers including 40 workstations serving as servers. The World Cup's computer network was designed to handle security, provide worldwide access to public information, and handle every administrative aspect of the event. The word processor utilized by the World Cup Organization and available to the 10,000 journalists covering the event was WordPerfect 5.1 for UNIX, from WordPerfect, the Novell Applications Group based in Orem, Utah. "WordPerfect was a great solution for us," said Bill Alaoglu, World Cup's director of technology. "WordPerfect develops their word processor in 28 different languages, which allowed us to offer exceptional facilities for international representatives to report the details of one of the world's largest sporting events to their home countries in their native language. The WordPerfect word processor was the most highly used software application at the tournament," added Alaoglu. WordPerfect for UNIX 5.1 was modified by WordPerfect support teams to create macros for custom button bars. The button bars appeared in the appropriate language, allowing journalists to have a familiar look and feel to their word processor. The ability of WordPerfect for UNIX to support both the X-Window graphical user interface and character cell versions enabled reporters and World Cup personnel to utilize the environment with which they were familiar. Also, the data was easily downloaded to desktop PC platforms, allowing users to create text at the game, and later edit the document off-site on their laptop PC. Along with WordPerfect for UNIX 5.1, World Cup USA 1994 used WordPerfect Office for DOS and Windows and WordPerfect Office Remote (now renamed as Novell GroupWise), a complete e-mail, calendaring and scheduling solution to communicate electronically between the various event locations. Since the World Cup 1994 tournament, WordPerfect, The Novell Applications Group, has released WordPerfect 6.0 for UNIX. Upgrades to WordPerfect 6.0 for UNIX are $129 and Additional License upgrades are available for $89. Any user purchasing WordPerfect 5.1 for any supported UNIX platform between May 1, 1994 and August 31, 1994 can upgrade to WordPerfect 6.0 for the cost of materials. For more information, call WordPerfect Corporation at 800-321-3280. "WordPerfect's corporate vision is to help the world communicate," said Brent McKinley, director of UNIX marketing, WordPerfect. "By supplying software and services to World Cup USA 1994, we literally accomplished that goal." DataPerfect 2.3 for DOS Statement of Direction Development for DataPerfect Development for DataPerfect has been discontinued. Price Reduction --------------- The price of a full package of DataPerfect 2.3 for DOS has been reduced to $99 (US). Upgrade pricing has been reduced to $49 (US). Due to the price reduction, all special offers have been discontinued. Interim release pricing is $15.95 and will only be available until 01-01-95. Availability ------------ Sales of DP 2.3 will continue through 1995 to customers who are interested in its current features and capabilities. DataPerfect is a great DOS database product. The hardware requirements make it an ideal product for locations that still use DOS or have older hardware. DataPerfect 2.3 is available only from WordPerfect. Customer Support ---------------- Only toll-based Classic customer support is available for DataPerfect. Beginning 01-01-95, support for DataPerfect will be available only through the Priority Service lines. WordPerfect Corporation September 9, 1994 ********************************************************************** IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= STReport International Online Magazine is available every week for your reading pleasure on DELPHI. STReport's readers are invited to join DELPHI and become a part of an extremely friendly community of enthusiastic computer users there. SIGNING UP WITH DELPHI ====================== Using a personal computer and modem, members worldwide access DELPHI services via a local phone call JOIN --DELPHI -------------- Via modem, dial up DELPHI at 1-800-695-4002 then... When connected, press RETURN once or twice and... At Password: type STREPORT and press RETURN. 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It seems everything is getting more and more hectic these days. Ironically, the only thing that isn't hectic these days is Atari news! I can't remember when I've had as little to say and report for an issue as this past week. And that includes the Jaguar sections as well! It's almost as if the Connecticut AtariFest was the final chapter of the year. Well, we all know that's not true, so I'll chalk this week up to an extremely slow week for Atari news. I know, school has started and everyone is busy getting ready for classes for themselves or their kids. Sound good to you? Anyway, since I did mention school - please drive carefully not that the kids are "back on the streets" again. Until next time... _______________________________________ Delphi's Atari Advantage! TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (9/7/94) (1) SPEED OF LIGHT VIEWER V3.5 (6) DARKLYTE ADVENTURE GAME (2) 1ST GUIDE (7) IMAGELAB (3) GEMVIEW 3.06 *(8) DL VIEWER *(4) JENS SENDS GIF VIEWER *(9) BOULDER DASH CLONE (5) NEODESK 4 DEMO *(10) TURBOGIF 1.3 * = New on list HONORARY TOP 10 The following on-line magazine is always in top downloads, frequently out-performing every other file in the databases. STReport (Current issue: STREPORT 10.36) Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database. __________________________________________________ > DA's Picture MIXUP! STR InfoFile! - Update for "Partial Packages"! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Important Message for Digital Arts Users who have obtained the following version of Digital Arts Picture: 1. If you obtained a DA Picture which either a) does not have a Lexicor warranty. b) does not have a complete English Manual (only 41 pages or less) and photocopied and glue bound. c) has german tutorials or even german manual. d) has no info box (without version ID) e) does not come in the original DA Packaging (white cardboard box with title image DA Picture) Then you should email either me Y.SIU or call (617) 437 0414 if the above applies to you so that we can offer you a Manual Upgrade in the case of b) and also register you for future customer support and service, upgrades and warranty services or if you have a version lower than 1.10 you can upgrade it via Lexicor Software as well. Lexicor Software Corporation 36 Queensberry Street, Suite 6 Boston, MA 02215 Tel: (617) 437 0414 Fax: (617) 437 9413 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org (internet) CIS: 75300,763 and 73073,142 GENIE :GRAPHICS RT (m1415;1,cat 22)LEXICOR DELPHI: LEXICORWORLD Sincerely, Lexicor Software Corporation, Yat @ Lexicor ______________________________________________ Jaguar Section ============== "Calm Before the Storm"????? ---------------------------- >From the Editor's Controller "Playin' it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Like many of you, I'm also feeling the disappointment of the lack of new games currently available. To be fair, I know that Atari is doing all that it can to get these games finished and out to the public as quickly as possible. However, time is growing short if they are to be ready for the holiday season. The latest word is that Alien vs. Predator is going into production next week. The other reported new games are close behind, barring any unforeseen problems. It looks like September will be a "dry" month for new games other than news that title after title is heading into production. The long wait, it seems, will be over very shortly for the patient (and impatient!) Jaguar owners. It will have been a long time coming, but I feel that once these games make it out, the frustration will become a thing of the past and people will be trying to find the means to buy all of the games that they want to acquire. It will also give us here at STReport an opportunity to provide you with more news and information than you imagine! It was learned this past week that Wolfenstein 3D has broken into Babbage's Top Five best-selling games list for the month of August. We don't know if this means that Wolf 3D was one of the best sellers of all games available; or whether or not it was rated by genre or some other factor. However, it is really nice to see a Jaguar game being rated so highly in any type of best seller list! Well, we're hoping for some earth-shattering news for upcoming issues. Look for a review of Brutal Sports Football and Alien vs. Predator within the next few weeks. We'll also be including some other Jaguar industry news and articles as soon as they're completed. Stay tuned to these pages every week! You know, I just remembered something that could explain why this has been a dry week for Jaguar news. Isn't today (the 9th) the day that's being labeled "Freaky Friday" or "Deadly Friday" or something? I guess everyone must feel that we should allow this day to come (and go) with little to interfere with its lackluster appeal! <RBG> Until next time... ________________________________________ > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile - What's currently available, what's """"""""""""""""""""""""""" coming out. Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER J9000 Cybermorph $59.99 Atari Corp. J9006 Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99 Atari Corp. J9005 Raiden $49.99 FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp. J9001 Trevor McFur/ Crescent Galaxy $49.99 Atari Corp. J9010 Tempest 2000 $59.95 Llamasoft/Atari Corp. J9028 Wolfenstein 3D $69.95 id/Atari Corp. JA100 Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95 Telegames Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER CatBox $49.95 ICD CatBox + $69.95 ICD J9008 Alien vs. Predator $69.99 Atari Corp. Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP MANUFACTURER J8001 Jaguar (complete) $249.99 Atari Corp. J8904 Composite Cable $19.95 J8901 Controller/Joypad $24.95 Atari Corp. J8905 S-Video Cable $19.95 _________________________________________________ > A Player's Look STR Feature """"""""""""""""""""""""""" A PLAYER'S LOOK AT JAGUAR DEVELOPERS ==================================== Part 1 by Marty Mankins [Author Note: This article will cover the list of developers. Part 2 will follow in the coming weeks, with a closer look at some of the Jaguar developers. The plan is then to have interviews with some of the developers and report on on as many details as I can, puttig into text that is easy and entertaining to read. - M.M.] Game players never really get a chance to know who the creators of their games are. There are a select few who frequent the online services and offer support or game hints to their players, but most developers try to keep quiet. For those of us who are Jaguar players, we have some really cool developers who are working on one of the most powerful game systems. So with that in mind, here is the most recent list of developers that have committed to writing Jaguar games (both cartridge and CD format) or are actually working on games. Telegames has already shipped it's first title - Brutal Sports Football - and is one of the first 3rd party developer (besides Atari) to ship a Jaguar game. More developers will be announcing their games in the coming weeks and plan to have some very exciting titles. My job is to report on who's doing what and hopefully given you, the reader, the information you want to know. CURRENT JAGUAR DEVELOPERS ------------------------- - added to list June 23, 1993 20th Centrury Fox Interactive Acid Software Alfaro Corporation Limited B.S.A. Bando Svenska AB Beris BitMotion Software Bizzare Computing Brandlewood Computers Ltd. Cannonball Software Celebrity Systems Inc. Condor Software Cross Products Ltd. DAP Developments Data Design Denton Designs Ltd. Diskimage Electro Brain Corp. Electrom Extreme Factor 5 Flair Software Ltd. Frankenstein Software Funcom Productions a/s Human Soft Ltd. i-SPACE iTHINK Inc. JVC Musical Industries Inc. Kungariket Multimedia Lost in Time Software Malibu Interactive Media Technology Scandinavia Merit Industries Inc. Michton Inc. Miracle Designs Nebulous Games Neon-Buttner Network 23 Software NMS Software Ltd. Odyssey Software Inc. Orion Technologies Inc. Phoyx Rage Software Ltd. Rainmaker Software Inc. Riedel Software Prod. Scangames Interactive Selgus Limited Shadowsoft Inc. Sigma Designs Silmarils Sinister Development Soft Enterprises Softgold Gmbh Software 2000 Software Development Systems Spaceball Technologies Inc. Steinberg Soft-und Hardware Gmbh Tantalus Entertainment Tantalus Incorporated Twilight Time-Warner Interactive Visual Sciences Ltd. Wave Quest Inc. - previous list of developers Argonaut Software Ltd. Audio Visual Magic Bethesda Softworks Bjorn Joos/Kris Van Lier Black Scorpion Software Borta & Assoc. Bullfrog Productions Ltd. Clearwater Software Computer Music Consulting Cybervision CyberWare Delta Music Systems, Inc. Domark Group Ltd. DTMC Duncan Brown Elite E-On EZ Score Software Inc. GameTek Inc. Genus Microprogramming Inc. H2O Design Corp. HiSoft ICD Inc. Imagineer Company Ltd. Jaleco Limelight Media Inc. Manley & Assoc. Inc. NMS Software Ltd. Photosurealism PIXIS Interactive ReadySoft Inc. Rest Energy Sculptured Software Inc. Software Creations Team Infinity Team 17 Software Ltd. Technation Digital World Techtonics Teque London Ltd. Thrustmaster V-Reel Virtual Xperience Visual Concepts Williams Brothers WMS Industries There's the long list for you to read. Try and see how many of these companies you recognize and you'll see some names that have made video game history. And now it's time for history to be re-made with the Jaguar. Stay tuned to STReport for more Jaguar developer information. ______________________________________________ > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" PEOPLE... ARE TALKING ===================== On CompuServe ------------- compiled by Joe Mirando 73637,2262 Hidi ho good neighbors and neighborettes. Yet another week has come and gone and it's time to once again browse through all the great news, hints, tips and talk available on CompuServe. But before we begin, I'd like to point out to you that by typing "GO CLINT" at any prompt on CompuServe you'll be able to download part of a new song by Clint Black. The song lasts about a minute to play and about 10 minutes to download at 14,400 baud (that's about 75 minutes at 2400 baud). The sound quality is very good (much better than the Aerosmith song released a few months ago). All you need is is a four meg ST series computer and a program available here called Soundlab. Check it out... this one is worth the download. Well, let's get on with the show... From the Atari Computing Forum ============================== Michael Evans asks: "Can anyone help me with this - My mouse connection has started to play up. Is there any way in which I can plug the mouse into the other socket originally intended for a joystick on my ST ? Is there a bit of PD software that would allow me to do this ? Can you control the GEM desktop without using the mouse using some combination of keys ?" Mike Mortilla tells the other Mike: "The Alternate + Arrow keys move the mouse. ALT + Shift + Arrow gives a finer resolution. As for using the joy stick port, I'll leave that ? to one of the more technically minded around here (Bob? Jim? Ron? <g>)" Sysop Bob Retelle asks Michael: "I've never heard of a software method of changing the mouse to the other port.. What's your mouse doing that's causing problems?... A friend of mine at work was upset because her mouse had stopped working... I asked her if she'd washed its ball(s) lately... Almost got slapped." Simon Churchill tells Michael: "First the good news. You can have it fixed. The bad news is you have to take your ST apart and remove the keyboard. I had this problem for about 6 months and cured it in the end by removing the keyboard as said and taking it to bit's. You must then use a soldering iron and re solder all the 9 joint's on the PCB, this is a job for someone who can handle an iron. The keyboard is held together with a lot of small screws and requires some skill in taking it apart and re-assembling it. It is best left to a skill engineer to look at. This is the most probable caues of your troubles. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT CONNECT YOUR MOUSE TO THE OTHER PORT. (Standing down from soap box.) 8-) This will probable not do any harm if you do but it's best not to, please. This is a hardware problem so forget P.D., The only P.D. prog's for a mouse is the accelerator's and pointer changer's. (pritty thing's.) As mentioned by other messages there is a keyboard short cut. Try to get this sorted soon as sporadic data on the mouse/joy port may damage other chip's internally." Gary De Winkle tells us: "Before I purchased AtariWorks, I asked if it would run on a 1040 STE with a SC1224 monitor in medium resolution. I was assured that it would. The word processing module works great; however, I'm having serious difficulty with using the spreadsheet. It appears that the column and row headers are formatted in bold type. This gives me two problems, 1st the letters and numbers appear as blobs on the screen and 2nd the screen draws are extremely slow. Is anyone else experiencing this kind of difficulty with operating the AtariWorks Spreadsheet on a medium resolution color monitor? Is there a solution other than running it on a high resolution mono monitor? Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted." Our pal Brian Gockley of ST Informer tells Gary: "I just checked, and sure enough, the headers are in bold. I wonder how AW gets that information. Maybe you could change your default font to a bolded font like Swiss 721 Bold and it might speed up. Nevermind, I tried that and it didn't change the headers. I would say that there is a mono monitor in your future. I bet you could find one used for way less than $100. I've seen them sell for as little as $25! They are SOOO much easier on the eyes, and you get the right proportions. Even on my TT, I almost always use monochrome (albiet 1280 x 960 pixels)." John Randone posts: "I have had a 1040 ST for several years now. Unfortunately, it has now developed some problems with its memory. My current system is the basic 1 meg, TOS 1.0 (1.02?), 8mHz, and a pair of 720k floppies. My basic question(s) are: is it better to repair this or replace it? If replace it, with what? If I fix it, will something else be going down the road, and not too far down, at that? I estimate that by the time I expand the memory to 4 megs, upgrade the TOS put in an accelerator, and upgrade at least one of the floppies, that I would be "close" to the cost of a new system. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with an opinion on this matter." Sysop Bob Retelle asks John: "What are the symptoms of the memory problems you mentioned..? The original memory in the STs is usually very reliable.. it's only when "upgrading" that you normally run into problems." Brian Gockley at ST Informer tells John: "If I were you, I would buy a new computer. The last three models that Atari made are all very good. What exactly are you doing with the computer currently, and what do you expect to try out in the future?" John tells Brian: "Some of the problems I have experienced (and continue to have) are: can no longer boot from the hard drive; could not run FLASH 1.6 at all, it locked up when going to the capture buffer, and other problems; can not run DataManager after LDW Power, or LDW after Data Manager, many of my PD game programs bomb during loading. A member of my user group gave me some memory-checking programs, the main one which was the "March-B memory tester, version 1.0. While the other programs reported "non-existent or failing memory," this one showed where: starting at address 00034C00, it sent pattern 5555, and got back 5455. Then at 00034D00, it sent AAAA, and got ABAA, then every 2 addresses 34D02 AAAA, ABAA, etc...until it finally gave up after 30 reported errors. So, I figure if I'm going to have to do memory work, I might as well upgrade at the same time, IF other things will not start happening next. (BTW, the folks in my user group have said I should get some used ATARI, and save my money for the Windows machine I'll "have" to get soon enough.) Oh,yes. That boot problem. If I try to boot from the hard drive, it gets right up to the desktop (the first time) and waits for me to,say, touch the mouse. Then it reboots over and over until I shut it down. If I try to boot from a floppy, then turn on the drive and run my ICDboot, the thing says that the floppy is corrupted..any floppy at all. But they're all good! At this time I can pretty well run FLASH 1.6 because of a program called Take 1/2, or something, which inactivates "upper"(?) memory and leaves me with the equivalent of a 512 ST, but not quite...I also cannot run, say, LDW power with that, since it needs "all" of the 1 meg to run. Basically, I only run the "standards:" word processor(s), spreadsheet, data base program, and a bit of Desktop publishing. And of course, a few games :)" Sysop Bob Retelle tells John: "Based on what you reported from the memory test program, it does sound as if you have a bad RAM chip in your 1040. Replacing the chip isn't all that hard, nor would it be very expensive for the part.. the only really difficult part is identifying which chip in the upper bank of RAM is the bad one. If you're thinking of upgrading anyway though, the suggestion of buying a used ST is probably a good one. I recently replaced my 520ST with a 4 Meg 1040STe for $125... similar deals can be found here online, or through your user group. Not only did I end up with 8 times more memory, but with a much newer version of TOS, and all the STe graphics features as well. I'd always suggest getting a newer computer that comes standard with more memory over trying to "upgrade" an older model. The ST was not designed to be upgraded, and all of the "addons" are pretty risky. The only exceptions are the STe and MegaSTe which use standard SIMMs for their memory, and which can be expanded easily to the full 4 Megs. As for processor upgrades, the MegaSTe already runs at a clock-doubled 16Mhz, but the 1040STe may present problems since its CPU chip is surface-mounted. Check around and see if you can find a used ST that you like.. it may be the most cost effective way to upgrade." Brian Gockley tells John: "When I heard about the MegaSTe, I was thrilled. So far, that is the best upgrade system as far as compatibility with your old stuff while getting dozens of upgrades. You can find a four meg unit for under $700 sometimes, with hard drive, 16MHz cpu, stereo RCA outputs, cool new desktop and more. You still have the three ST resolutions, but that's what most programs use!" On the subject of Speedo GDOS 5, Mike Mortilla posts: "Speedo 5 has some wonderful features. At the moment, I don't really use Atariworks at all, so I'm in no rush to find out. But it would be nice to be able to have that option...<g>. Thanks for the point on the AUTO folder order. Sometimes at installation, a manual will suggest the order a prog should be run, but after having something in your system for a while, you sort of assume it's in the right place. Until something goes left,that is....<VBG>. Or is it South? :) No, I guess it's wrong. It's early and I haven't had my second cup of coffee yet. Forgive the humor on auto." Bill Devonshire tells Mike: "A small problem I am having right now is getting Speedo 5 to recognize my installed True type fonts. It did the first few times and then it stopped and I can't seem to get it to look into the folder for them anymore. I have dropped a line to COMPO to see if they have any ideas." Mike asks Bill: "Did you use the Outline.ACC (or prg?). I was able to install PD true-type fonts into Speedo 5 w/o any problems." Brian Gockley adds: "The old GDOS was pretty good, though I far prefer Speedo. There are a good number of old style fonts out there if you are printing in fixed point sizes regularly. I got a demo of Speedo 5, and it really looks like they need to get the bugs out. Outline didn't work at all, it caused extra characters to be inserted and even crashed the computer sometimes. I do like the idea of using those Type 1's, so lets hope those Compo dudes squash this stuff. As far as Speedo 4, I haven't seen any problems with that yet. I wonder if it's something Interlink does? I LOVE ATARIWORKS and SPEEDO, there is so much that it can do so easily." Robert at Compo Software asks Brian: "Your message was a tad vague, so I'd like to narrow this down a bit. You made references to 'bugs' but I'm not sure what you mean. You were specific in saying "Outline didn't work at all, it caused extra characters to be inserted and even crashed the computer sometimes." I find it hard to believe that Outline Fonts didn't work at all; in the last two years I have never heard of a single problem with Outline Fonts, and the new version isn't so different from the last... the accessories were only slightly changed. Outline does nothing with characters, so you must be referring to something else when you talk of 'inserting extra characters' and 'crashing the computer.' I'm not saying that SpeedoGDOS 5 is 100% pest-free, but I know what the problems are. Aside from a couple technical bugs (that have yet to be reported by an end user) we've got the incompatibility with Warp 9, and that folks, is it. I was dismayed reading your post - if you think you've found/witnessed a bug, please call me or provide details so we can make ya happy and fix 'er up. Oh, and as for the known bugs, all but the Warp 9 problem have been fixed already; we'll have an update (complete with new stuff) soon." Sysop Jim Ness tells Robert: "I'm confused. Has Speedo been sold to Compo now?" Dazzz Smith tells Jim: "Speedo is a joint Compo/Atari product now." Meanwhile, Mike Mortilla tells Robert: "Well let me add another bug. When I run Interlink and Speedo is active, it takes a LONG time for the VT-100 emulator to load. With Speedo gone, access to this file is within 1/2 a second. With Speedo active, it's more like 3 or 4 seconds. It sounds like to HD is searching everywhere for the file. I've read in this thread that there is some conflict with the character set used by the VT-100 and Speedo. The VT-100 is needed for me to communicate with the Internet site locally, so this is no small problem for me." Jeff Rigby tells Mike: "Interlink VT-100 and PC-ANSI use the extended character set (Just like the PC) to display graphics characters. GDOS will conflict with those extended characters (usually replace them). That could be the problem." Mike tells Jeff: "Must be the problem! The disk access delay is when I loadthe VT-100 emulator! Thanks for the info. Now how can I disable Speedo when I'm in Interlink? Hmmmmmmm........" Myles Cohen tells Mike: "If you used X-BOOT...you'd never have to worry about how to disable some programs while using others..." Peter Joseph tells us about his foray into the DOS world: "I recently started using WinCIM and yes, it is easier for conferencing but there is a drawback - no /roll ## ! <g> Before WinCIM, I was on a conference with Flash one night with a bunch of <ahem> PCers and I did the /roll routine and you wouldn't believe how many of them went bananas and asked me how I did that. It was hard enough trying to explain I was using terminal emulation. Not only was it foreign to them, but I had never seen WinCIM so I knew nothing else. When I first logged on with WinCIM, I didn't even know I was logged on until I noticed the RD/SD lights on the modem blinking. It was wierd (weird?) getting used to being on CompuServe and seing icons and pictures and dialogs instead of straight text. Now I use CSNav for most CIS stuff and with that plus the new 28.8kb modem I just got, I'm cutting my CIS time greatly. Good thing too. Just got the phone bill; how did I ever logon to CIS 153 times in one month? <g> Good thing I don't have months like that often. Regarding using / commands with Flash. Why don't you save an extra function key definition file specifically for conferencing that you can load in just prior to conferencing. You could even do it 'on the fly' while on CIS. Just remember to leave off the '|' at the end of any fkey /command that you want to add text to so Flash won't send a <CR> before you enter your text. It'll work with or without the type ahead buffer. You could set a function key something like: F1: /ust| or, F2: /sen <- leave a space at the end of the 'sen' in the def to make it easier to just add the number and text. Save the file as COFKEY.DEF or something easy to remember. Hope this helps." Rob Rasmussen tells Peter: "I didn't know WinCimmers couldn't do /roll. I was talking to one who couldn't do a WHO (not/who), which lets you know when the user was last online. Someone told him that only by using terminal emulation could they use that command. What is T.E. anyway? I've heard of VT52 but never knew what it was. When conferencing online with Flash, having to type commands, what is it emulating? When I first joined CIS, I was in the Practice forum a lot, where they encouraged everybody to learn the commands, as would be used in a terminal prg, so that an online session could be automated. FAST.DOC or something. heh heh, it wasn't fast. I think that method is a thing of the past with the windowing environment most users will want to use nowadays. Many of the new users don't seem to realize it was ever any different, or 'cruder.' They don't know what a slash command or job number is, since they never have to deal with them. Believe it or not, I have never used any Flash macros, but thanks to your suggestion, I now have one set up. And it WORKS! I am always amazed when things work...the first time. This should eliminate a lot of tedious /sen and /u a commands. What do I name the DEF file if I want Flash to load it automatically?" Peter Joseph remenisces: "Back in the olden days <g>, before PC's, mainframes did all the computing and were hardwired to keyboard/monitor setups they called 'dumb terminals' because the terminals themselves couldn't do a thing without the mainframe. The most common of these dumb terminals were the Digital Equipment Corp. VT-52's and later VT-100's. Long before Windows, computers only knew 'terminal mode'. This simply meant that there were no drop down menus, no mice, no graphics, nothing but commands and text. Most (maybe all) mainframes still operate this way. LANs are a different story all together. Now, the connecting computers are quite often PC's. There are still dumb terminals out there, but PC's are much more versatile. They enable the user to be hooked to the mainframe, but also have the ability to run software on its own. For mainframe use, the PC's run 'terminal emulator' software which does little more than tell the mainframe its talking to a dumb terminal. Well, since CompuServe doesn't feel the ST's are worthy of a version of WinCIM, we're stuck in terminal mode. Well, not entirely, we still have some graphics capabilities and Flash allows us some menus, but as far as actual work on CIS, it's terminal emulation. The only real (basic) difference between Flash and VT-52 is that Flash incorporates GEM capabilities into the user interface; in a nutshell. Still with me? I think we've been lucky. Like you mentioned, most people here that solely use PC's have never seen terminal, so they don't know anything about it. I was in another forum the other night and there was someone there that was all confused about how to log on to a BBS. All she knew was WinCIM, so terminal emulation was completely foreign to her. Yes, we've been lucky all right. Questions? End of class. ;) Regarding Flash, the default function key definition file is called FUNCKEY.DEF and this autoloads with Flash. I can't believe you've never used function key macros with Flash. How have you managed?" Sysop Bob Retelle tells Peter: "A+ in Terminals 101, Peter..! :) That's interesting about the CIM user not knowing how to log into a BBS. Have you seen "RIPscript" graphics yet..? It's a sort of "CIM-like" interface for BBSs.. lets you click on buttons and highlight filenames for download with your mouse, but on a "regular" BBS that's running the RIP software. Pretty soon "terminal mode" may go the way of the "dumb terminal" completely..!" Peter tells Bob: "Thanks for the A+. I haven't seen RIPScript graphics yet, but a BBS that I logon to has the capability. Since I'm relatively new to the PC, I haven't yet figured out if my software supports it so I always just choose ANSI; still terminal though." Rob Rasmussen tells Peter: "Thanks for your informative class! You explained it well. Computers that can do more than a dumb terminal may still need to act like a DT to access mainframes, and for Atari users, Compuserve, BBS's and others. You that even though Atari users are stuck in terminal mode (hmm, sounds like a mental condition!) we still have some graphics capabilities. I would like to know more about this. What is VidTex and ANSI? I have never viewed a graphic on CIS or a BBS, only downloaded graphics files and viewed them in another program. You said mainframes are still accessed from dumb terminals mostly, but not like LAN. In a LAN you have several terminals hooked up to a host, right? What is the difference between this and a mainframe/terminal setup?" Sysop Bob Retelle tells Rob: "A "LAN" (local area network) is only the means of hooking up computers and terminals.. it has nothing to do with how the computers and terminals work together, or what kind of computing gets done. A mainframe on a LAN with several terminals (either dumb terminals or PCs running terminal emulation software) is called a "compute server".. that is, the programs that are run exist on the central computer, and are actually run on that computer. The terminals are only used to display the input and results of the computing. This is the "traditional" time-sharing setup. The other common LAN arrangement is called a "file server", where the central computer is used as a storage medium for the programs and files being run, but the programs and data are sent from the server to the individual PC before being run. The programs actually run on the PCs, not on the server. There are also "peer to peer" LANs, where there is no specific "server", and all the PCs simply communicate with each other over the network. This is similar to the file server setup, except that the programs and data are stored locally on each individual PC. Data and E-Mail can be shared among the connected PCs this way. Note that the only LAN setup where "dumb terminals" could be used is the first example, the "compute server"... the others require full computers at each remote node on the LAN (although those workstations can be "diskless", that is, without any local mass-storage, since they download their applications through the LAN)." Rob Rasmussen asks: "So you would input data (like sales figures) from the terminal to the central computer? Running it's software, the computer itself still isn't going to do much without input. I always wondered too, what actually connects the computer with the terminals? Phone lines? I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but what is Ethernet... This sounds kind of like a BBS. The PC's don't need a central server since they can do the job of one. Yet in a BBS there is the central computer running the software. Would one need to run a certain networking software as well as the program they needed the network for? I have a program that 2 remote users can run on their Atari's and communicate over MIDI. I think it lets you play your synth and a remote synth too, or record into a remote sequencer. Never tried it though. Hmm, couldn't very well hear what comes out on the other end." Sysop Bob tells Rob: "Actually, Rob... a BBS is a "computer server" type of hookup.. You can access the BBS with a "dumb terminal" or a PC running a terminal emulation package, but it's the BBS computer which runs the program (the BBS software) and all your end does is send it your input and display the BBS's output. If the BBS and computer are capable of running several phone lines, there can be several terminals (users) "timesharing" the BBS, just like a mainframe would do. (I'm logged into CompuServe, which is essentially a big BBS, with a "dumb terminal" right now.. it runs the "BBS" software on its computers, and my end is essentially "brain dead", serving only as input and output). With the sales figures example you mentioned, a "compute server" network would probably be running a database program on the mainframe, while you inputted the sales figures from a "dumb terminal" or PC emulating a terminal. The actual processing of your data would take place on the mainframe. With a "file server" network, your PC would run the "client" end of the database software, and would modify the database which is stored on the file server computer. Other users could then see your newly inputted sales figures and work with them on their own sessions on the file server. With a "peer to peer" network, your PC would run the actual database program locally (on your desk) and store the data right on your own computer. If anyone else wanted to see the new sales figures, they would have to "log into" your computer from theirs and look at the new data on your hard drive. It does get a little complicated sometimes when you start adding other users on the network, and trying to keep straight exactly where the files and programs live and run. With a well designed network though, most of that is "transparent" to the actual users so they don't have to worry about it all. As for the actual connections between terminals and remote processors, it all depends on the distances involved... if the "remote" system is in the next room, the connections can be as simple as a "four wire" cable like that used to connect telephones to the wall. You'd have a wire that runs directly from the serial port of your terminal (or PC) through the wall and into the serial port of the "remote" system (mainframe or file server). For distant "remote systems", for example in a different building, or even a different city, you'd use modems and phone lines, either a regular telephone line, or more likely a dedicated line that only goes between your location and the remote (that is, you wouldn't have to "dial the number" to use it). Your terminal or PC would connect to a modem, and the remote mainframe would have a modem on its serial port... almost exactly like connecting to a BBS or CompuServe. For more complex remote setups, like the company where I work, you can have small minicomputers that "concentrate" many terminals into one output which can then be sent by T1 (fast phone line) or microwaves to the remote site, where another minicomputer will direct the input to many different mainframes, then reverse the process to get the output back to the proper terminal. You're right that each PC in a "file server" or "peer to peer" network needs to have some kind of special network software running on it.. that's what lets the other "peers" log into your computer and download your files, or send you mail, or what lets you log into the file server and download files and programs into your local PC. Some of the more "popular" networking software is Novell and Banyan Vines... it's this part of the equation that is missing for the Atari platform. We can get "Network Interface Cards", or the hardware end of it, and hack them somehow into our computers, but it's the software end that's missing. There are some "Atari only" networks that are available, but adding an Atari computer to a "standard" IBM network is extremely difficult. (Apparently there are some solutions but they all seem to come from Germany and they are very expensive, and no one has actually seen them.) Whew.. getting a little long..! :) Ethernet is a particular protocol that specifies how data is sent over a connection, usually wires, either coaxial cable or "twisted pairs" like ordinary telephone wire. It sets the makup of the "packets" of data, and the speed of the transmission. There are other protocols that are used for data transmission, but Ethernet is a very popular one. Note that Ethernet is not the actual network, that is, the wires and hardware, but the way the data is sent over the hardware... a somewhat subtle distinction. 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