ST Report: 18-Feb-94 #1008

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/24/94-04:11:51 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 18-Feb-94 #1008
Date: Thu Feb 24 16:11:51 1994

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 - Supra 28.8 MARCH       - LEXICOR NEWS!     - The Old Fishin' Hole

                    -* Intel Unveils 150Mhz PENTIUM! *-
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                        IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

                                Issue #08

                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

                  ******* General Computer News *******

                   ** Sega to Make Notebook for Kids **

    Sega Enterprises Ltd., best known for its video game machines, is set
 this September to introduce in the U.S. a simple electric notepad for
 users between ages 7 and 15.

    The unit will start at $45 and will have such functions as computing
 and storing data, video game programs and telephone numbers.

    A Sega spokesman is quoted as saying the new products are "toy-like"
 electronic gadgets and form a part of Sega's new "youth electronics"

                      ** Nintendo Rejects CD-Roms **

    Not compact discs but high-capacity cartridges will be used by
 Nintendo of America Inc. to store games with its new video game system.

    Marketing Vice President Peter Main said the company chose the
 cartridge format over CD-ROM for its new 64-bit system, code-named
 "Project Reality," because the former is faster. Nintendo plans to bring
 out the new system for arcades this fall and for home use next year.

    Said Main, "The cutting edge silicon technology, which will be housed
 in the new Nintendo cartridge, is the fastest technology available.  When
 it comes to speed, no other format approaches the silicon-based

    Nintendo said the cartridges will have at least 12.5MB of memory, five
 to six times the memory of 16-bit Nintendo games.

    The system is being developed with San Francisco workstation maker
 Silicon Graphics Inc., which will license its 3D graphics technology to
 Nintendo. Nintendo plans to market the home version for less than $250,
 AP says.

    Main said that Nintendo will continue to study compact disk technology
 and has designed Project Reality to accommodate a CD-ROM attachment in
 the future.

                ** Boca Research Ships 28.8k BPS Modem **

    Boca Research Inc. says it's shipping a new 28.8K bits per second
 (bps) modem. The external version costs $445; the internal
 ISA/EISA-compatible model is priced at $395.

    Boca notes that the V.Fast modem offers both 28.8K bps data and 14.4K
 bps send/receive fax capabilities. The unit is Hayes compatible and
 backwardly compatible with lower speed V32.bis, V.32 and V.22bis modems.

    The modem ships with SofNet FaxWorks and Data Communications software
 for Windows and DOS.

                  ** IBM Makes 250,000 PowerPC Chips **

    IBM says it has built more than 250,000 PowerPC 601 microprocessors,
 the new chip developed by IBM, Apple Computer Inc. and Motorola Inc. and
 sent them to computer makers.

    The wire service said Apple is believed to be the largest buyer of the
 chips, since it has already announced it will start selling a new version
 of its Macintosh PC based on the chip next month.

    In addition, IBM uses the chip in one of its RS6000 workstation
 computers and plans to launch some personal computers based on the chip
 later this year.

    Also this week, IBM announced the first price cuts to the PowerPC
 chip, which went on sale in September:

    -:- The 80MHz version will sell for $417, down from $490.
    -:- The 66MHz version now costs $298, down from $350.
    -:- The 50MHz version costs $232, down from $275.

    (For such prices, computer companies must buy the chips in quantities
 of 25,000.)

                ** Claris Readies PowerPC Applications **

    Claris Corp., Apple Computer's software subsidiary, says it will ship
 five of its leading applications in "native" versions for the Macintosh
 with PowerPC.

    The RISC-based PowerPC computers are set for release in March. Some of
 the applications are set to ship this spring while others are due out
 later this year.

    Claris says the "native" applications have been recompiled for the
 PowerPC chip and take advantage of the PowerPC's speed and processing

    The five applications are ClarisImpact, a business graphics
 application; ClarisWorks 2.1, an integrated software package; MacWrite
 Pro 1.5, a word processor; FileMaker Pro, a database; and ClarisDraw a
 drawing program.

                 ** Hewlett-Packard's Earnings up 41% **

    Hewlett-Packard Co. this week reported earnings of $368 million (or
 $1.42 a share) for its first quarter, up 41% from earnings of $261
 million (or $1.03 a share) a year ago.  Reports say that revenues for the
 quarter ended Jan. 31 were $5.7 billion, up 24% from $4.6 billion in
 first quarter of fiscal year 1993.

              ** Hearst Joins "How-To" Multimedia Venture **

    The Hearst Corp. says it has entered into a co-publishing agreement
 and acquired an undisclosed equity interest in Books That Work, a Palo
 Alto, Calif.-based developer and publisher of multimedia software for the
 home "how-to" market.

    Hearst and Books That Work will jointly develop and market multimedia
 software products. Books That Work currently publishes two software
 titles: Design and Build Your Deck and Home Survival Toolkit.

                  ** Dr. Ruth's Sex Data Hits CD-Rom **

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer's Encyclopedia of Sex will be in a new format,
 CD-ROM disk.  The CD-Interactive product is to be among the first new
 titles released under the Education and Reference Publishing Group
 recently formed by Philips Electronics NV's Philips Media unit.

    Computergram International said the disk "has been developed mainly
 for the schools market to help address the problem of sex education,"
 adding, "The CD-I program will be adapted from a 324-page print version
 of the encyclopedia, which will be published by the Continuum Publishing
 Group this year."

                     ******* General PC News *******

                    ** Intel Unveils 150mhz Pentium **

    Intel Corp. has developed an ultra-fast version of its Pentium
 microprocessor.  The new CPU runs at 150 MHz, more than twice as fast as
 the 66 MHz Pentium, Intel's current top-of-the-line microprocessor.

    Intel says it used its new 0.6 micron chip process technology to
 develop the chip. The technology is currently in production at two
 factories, including Intel's microprocessor plant in Leixlip, Ireland.

    Intel hasn't yet announced when the 150 MHz Pentium will be available

               ** Microsoft Money 3.0 for Windows Debuts **

    Microsoft Corp. this week introduced Microsoft Money 3.0, a major new
 version of its popular personal finance software for the Microsoft
 Windows operating system.

    Reports say that this latest version features remote delivery of
 financial services, allowing users to take advantage of online banking.
 The Bank On-Line feature offers immediate 24-hour electronic access to
 checking, savings and credit card accounts and lets users check balance
 information, transfer funds between accounts, and automatically reconcile
 their checkbooks from home.

    In addition, new financial planning software in Money 3.0 helps users
 plan for and make more informed decisions about loans and mortgages,
 savings planning and retirement planning.

    The introductory retail price is $34.95. After April 15, the product
 will sell for $69.95. Users of Microsoft Money 2.0, Microsoft Excel and
 Microsoft Works can receive $5 off the suggested retail price with an
 in-box rebate coupon.

                     ** Microsoft to Buy Softimage **

    Softimage Inc., which develops computer animation software, is to be
 acquired by Microsoft Corp. under an agreement signed by the firms this

    The 8-year-old Softimage develops 3-D animation and simulation
 software and produces software programs for two-dimensional purposes,
 including post-production editing of graphics, text, sound and special
 effects. Its products are used by film studios, animation houses,
 broadcasters, graphic artists, designers and engineers.

                     ** Dell Sets Omniplex Prices **

    Dell Computer Corp. has set the price of its OmniPlex personal
 computers to start at $2,599 for the OmniPlex '486.  Reports say the new
 OmniPlex 486 systems are available immediately.

         ** Lotus Organizer for Windows Hits One Million Mark **

    Lotus Development Corp. reports that its Lotus Organizer for Windows
 personal information manager (PIM) has reached the desktops of one
 million users worldwide.

    The product was released in August 1992. The software publisher says
 the one million milestone makes Lotus Organizer for Windows the best
 selling networked PIM.

                  ** Compaq Targets Education Market **

    Compaq Computer has announced a major push into the education market.
 The Houston-based computer maker says it will target both kindergarten
 through-grade-12 (K-12) and higher-education institutions.  Compaq has
 established key distribution channels, partnerships and marketing
 programs that will enable education customers to purchase its portable,
 desktop and server PCs.

    Compaq says it has begun authorizing Certified Education Partners,
 resellers with high levels of networking expertise, to sell and support
 its products to K-12 and higher education institutions.

    Compaq Certified Education Partners are the only resellers who can
 offer special education pricing on all Compaq products, excluding
 Presario models. The resellers will receive ongoing training and support
 from Compaq as well as sales leads and other marketing incentives.

             ** Stacker 4.0 Increases PC Storage Capacity **

    Stac Electronics this week introduced a version of its data
 compression technology that is the first such product to increase
 personal computer storage capacity beyond a 2-to-1 compression ratio.

    Reports say the new Stacker 4.0 software, which is designed to operate
 with Microsoft Windows and DOS, uses Stac's Stacker SmartPack developed
 through a cross-licensing deal with Novell Inc.

    Suggested retail price of the new program is $149 with upgrades from
 previous versions available for $49.95.

         ** Texas Instruments Develops New Chips for Portables **

    Texas Instruments has developed a highly integrated set of chips that
 combines a T1486 central processing unit with other key system components
 to create portable computer systems.

    The chips will allow computer manufacturers to design smaller and
 lighter weight portable computers because they will use fewer chips with
 lower power consumption.

    Texas Instruments said it has taken key computer functions that
 previously required six or more devices and put them into just three
 computer chips.

                     ******* General Mac News *******

                  ** Apple Offers New Inkjet Printer **

    Apple Computer Inc. has introduced its new Color StyleWriter Pro, a
 $629 inkjet printer for Macintosh systems.

    Reports quote Apple as saying the printer offers print quality with
 360 dots per inch and will be available worldwide late next month. The
 computer maker is gearing the printer to the small office or home office

     ** WordPerfect and DeltaPoint Offer Macintosh Software Suite **

    WordPerfect Corp and DeltaPoint Inc. say they have joined forces with
 Intuit Corp., ChipSoft Inc. and Advanced Software Inc. to offer The Home
 Office, a Macintosh software suite.

    The package features WordPerfect 3.0, DeltaGraph Pro 3, Quicken 4,
 MacInTax and InTouch to offer word processing, charting, presentation
 graphics, personal and home office finance, tax preparation and personal
 contact management capabilities.

    The Home Office is available now. The software retails for $599, but
 has an estimated street price of under $200."


 > A.J.'s World STR Review

                           KIDS' COMPUTING CORNER
                         A.J.'S WORLD OF DISCOVERY

 by Frank Sereno

      A.J.'s World of Discovery is a new educational program for children
 ages 4 through 7 years from Sierra On-line. It was developed by Sierra's
 subsidiaries Coktel Vision and Bright Star Technology.  A.J.'s World of
 Discovery includes many activities for children, but beyond that it
 serves as a graphical environment for add-on modules.  Currently Sierra
 offers 4 modules.  These are A.J.'s World of Math for ages 4-5 and a
 second math module for 6-7 year olds, plus A.J.'s World of Language for
 ages 4-5 and another language module for 6-7 year olds.

      A.J.'s World of Discovery is available for IBM compatible computers
 with a 286-16 mhz CPU, a supported sound board (including Sound Blaster,
 Ad Lib and their compatibles), VGA graphics, 550k free memory, 6 megs of
 free hard disk space,  a 3.5 inch high density disk drive and a Microsoft
 compatible mouse.  The program comes on three 3.5 inch high density
 diskettes.  This program can be run from Windows but does not require it.
 A.J.'s can also be set up as an application and run from KidDesk.

      A.J.'s graphical environment is a small house with a garden near a
 lake with various objects placed on the screen.  The cursor is
 represented by three variations of a hand.  If the hand is full then it
 is in an inactive area of the screen.  If the hand shows a tan index
 finger, then it is at an active object which will show a humorous
 animation when clicked upon.  If the hand shows a red index finger, then
 the cursor is at an activity which can be played by clicking the mouse

      Sierra divides the activities into two types, Introductory
 Activities and Discovery & Learning Activities.  The Introductory
 Activities are The Clock accessed via the clock on the house, The Garden
 which is accessed via the garden and The Music Room which is accessed via
 the headset earpiece on the house.  The Clock teaches the concept of time
 by showing both a digital and analog clock.  The different hours can be
 clicked on and a graphic will show typical children's activities for that
 time.  The Garden allows the child to grow several varieties of flowers
 and to harvest them when in bloom.  The Music Room allows the child to
 chose from 12 different songs.

      The Discovery and Learning Activities are The Writing Game accessed
 via the ink pot and pen, The Picture Maker accessed via the bricks and
 trowel, Make a Funny Face via the face in the tube, The Racetrack via the
 racecar, The Paint Pot via the paint can, Disappearing Blocks via the
 racket and the ball, and The Puzzler via the Rocketship.  Each of these
 activities has three difficulty levels.  When each of these activities is
 run, four icons are available.  The Juggler is the level icon.  A
 circular snake is the restart icon.  A.J.'s face is the help icon.  All
 help is both written and audible.  A.J.'s house is the quit icon to
 return to the main screen.

      The Writing Game allows the child to use the computer keyboard or to
 click on keys on an on-screen keyboard to make stories.  The level one
 game shows a picture of an object and the word name on a label.  The
 child must recreate the name.  If the child has difficulty, letters will
 be removed to make the selection easier.  After three incorrect answers,
 the letter will be given.  The second level game shows an object and two
 action verbs.  When the child correctly types either of the verbs, the
 corresponding action will take place on the screen.  The level three game
 is a variation of hangman in which an object is shown along with the
 first and last letters of its name with dashes representing the missing
 letters.  Letters may be selected in any order.  If the child chooses a
 letter not in the name, then part of a witch's face will be drawn.  The
 child must fill in all the blanks before the witch's face is completed.
 These activities will teach spelling as well as letter and word

      The Picture Maker allows the child to build scenes on two different
 backgrounds.  The level one game asks the child to identify an object in
 the scene from the graphics on the left.  Once the child identifies the
 object, it will be animated and its name is shown on the screen.  The
 level two game shows the name of the object and flashes the object on the
 left side of the screen.  The third level merely shows the word and asks
 the child to find the corresponding object in the scene.  These
 activities teach children to identify objects and to associate words with
 those objects.

      Make a Funny Face allows children to combine various facial and body
 features with outrageous results.  In the level games, the child must
 compare and reconstruct a character.  In the first level, two faces
 appear on screen simultaneously and the child makes the face on the right
 to be identical to the one on the left.  In the level two game, the two
 faces appear again but the target face fades to a silhouette.  The target
 can be made to reappear for comparison.  In the final level, the child
 can only show the target once.  These activities encourage development in
 comparing, recognition and memory.

      The Racetrack allows children to design tracks and race cars against
 friends or the computer.  The various levels allow for a tougher computer
 opponent.  This game teaches manual dexterity and strategy.  My two sons
 really enjoy this activity.

      The Paint Pot is a painting and art program designed to allow
 children to express their creativity.  With the higher levels, the child
 has access to more complex drawing tools.  The child can create his own
 art or he can use landscapes and objects that are provided.  With the
 provided objects, it is much like the old Colorforms pictures.  You pick
 the background and then "stick" objects onto it.  The child can chose a
 young man or woman and then dress them by clicking and dragging various
 clothing to them.  Also available are many cartoon and fantasy characters
 such as a talking banana and a roller blading alligator.  Pictures can be
 saved to the hard drive for later viewing.

      Disappearing Blocks is a simpler version of the old arcade favorite,
 Arkanoid.  The task is to use the mouse to control a racket or paddle to
 bounce a ball off the colored blocks, thus causing them to disappear.
 There are eight different tables and the three levels allow for faster
 ball movement.  This game will develop hand-eye coordination, judgment
 and reflexes.

      The Puzzler asks that the child reconstruct a picture by moving
 disordered rectangles back to their proper places.  There are three
 different pictures.  At level one, there are 9 pieces.  At level two
 there are 12 pieces and at level three there are 20 pieces.  In each
 puzzle there is one open rectangle.  Clicking on any rectangle will move
 it to the open rectangle.  When the puzzle is completed, it will be
 animated as a treat for the child.  This game is intended to develop
 visual discrimination and spatial relationship skills.

      Included as an enticer to buy the add-on modules, Sierra includes
 four sample exercises, one from each of the available modules.  Access is
 gained to these samples by clicking on the door to A.J.'s house and then
 clicking on the EX square.  In these exercises, additional icons are
 added to the interface.  A box in the lower left corner counts the number
 of correct answers.  An icon of a thumb must be clicked when the child is
 satisfied with his response to the program.  An eraser icon allows the
 child to change his answer.

      The Animals' Food is the exercise from the World of Math for ages 4
 to 5 years.  The child develops skills in basic counting, one-to-one
 correspondence and visual memory skills as they provide an equal number
 of pieces of food for the animals displayed.  In level one, there are
 smaller number of animals.  In level two the number of animals is
 increased.  In the last level, larger numbers are used and the animals
 disappear from view forcing the child to remember the number of animals.

      Matching Pictures is the sample from World of Language for ages 4 to
 5 years.  This exercise develops observation of details, visual memory
 and matching by having the child compare and match pictures.  A single
 picture or part of a picture is displayed for a short time and then the
 child must find the match among five pictures at the top of the screen.

      Visiting the Castle: Who's Left? develops counting, adding and
 subtracting skills.  It is World of Math for 6 to 7 year olds.  A bus
 transports people to and from the castle.  The child must provide the
 number of people in the castle after each transport.  Level one uses four
 transports while level two has six transports and level three has eight

      The final sample is from World of Languages for ages 6 to 7 years
 and is Find the Animal's Home.  This game develops matching, visual
 memory, picture/word association and reasoning skills by having the child
 turn over two cards at a time from a deck of fourteen.  In level one, the
 child must match the animal to a picture of its home.  In level two, he
 must match a picture and a name, for example a picture of a donkey with
 the word "stable."  In level there, he must match either two names or a
 picture and a name.

      Sierra also includes a scoring and evaluation screen for parents and
 teachers to evaluate the child's progress.  Unfortunately, it only works
 with the add-on modules but the manual does explain the many features.
 It is available by pressing F10 from the main screen.  The child can
 judge his progress by earning candies for each five points gained in an
 exercise.  Once he quits a game, the candies will be placed on the tree
 on the main screen.

      A.J.'s World of Discovery is being offered FREE directly from
 Sierra.  All that must be paid for this program is a $7.00 shipping and
 handling fee.  Sierra has always had high fees for shipping and handling.
 The add-on modules are available for $19.95 each or two for $34.95 plus
 $4.00 for shipping and handling.  The Sierra On-Line Sales Department can
 be reached Monday through Friday from 7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Pacific Time
 at 1-800-326-6654.

      This program is excellent and the price cannot be beaten.  The many
 activities and levels will offer many hours of fun and learning for
 children of the target ages of 4 to 7.  The example lessons from the
 add-on modules look promising and I hope to do a review of these at a
 later date.  As always, thanks for reading!



                      PCTOOLS FOR WINDOWS VERSION 2.0

 Summary of New Features

 Central Point Electronic Registration
      New electronic registration for PC Tools for Windows

 Central Point Anti-Virus
      New detection and cleaning engine
      Virus Analyzer for generic detection of unknown viruses
      Scan compressed files using new scan option
      Customize alert sounds
      VSafe audit trail
      Ability to detect more than 2000 viruses

 Central Point Backup
      Redesigned user interface
      Configurable menus, toolbar, and context-sensitive pop-up menus
      Options and Configure menu consolidated into tab-style dialog boxes
      New include/exclude file selection dialog box
      Unlimited number of include/exclude statements
      Auto-compare during or after a backup
      New quick access to device configuration dialog box

      New CrashGuard application

      New File Companions
      Configurable Desktop Title Bar
      Path requirement removed
      Enhanced Task Manager
      Multiple selection supported
      Ability to delete file pointed to by desktop item
      Enhanced search dialog
      WYSIWYG ordering of Launch List/Autostart/Template folders
      New command to Restart Windows
      "Hot spot" and "cold spot" support for screen savers
      Zip file directory items
      Quick Launch available on any menu
      Item/Folder Templates
      Ability to print, mail, and view from item popup
      Support for replacement Task Managers
      New Auto-sync Folders and Desktops
      New Desktop Builder application

      Advanced DoubleSpace Support
      New MAPI/SMI Mail Support

 Emergency Disk
      Option to save current AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files
      New MAPI/SMI Mail Support

 File Manager
      Sorting on all columns of File List
      Moveable and resizable File List column headers
      File List column header Popup Menu
      New File Type column in File List
      Enhanced Advanced Settings dialog
      New Compare Files dialog
      New File Information dialog
      Added support for PKZip 2.x and LHA 5 files
      Enhanced Compress File dialog
      Ability to Show File Icons
      New Drive Information dialog
      Enhanced Select Files menu/dialog
      Ability to print files as generic text
      Added support for File Manager extensions
      Viewer added to Find/Browse Dialogs
      Enhanced Print List dialog
      Added support for user specified text editor
      Enhanced Associate dialog
      Added ability to create disk image files
      Direct access to Backup, Optimizer, and Diskfix
      History list of most recently accessed directories
      New File Type and Location Sets
      Enhanced viewer functionality
      Background sorting and drive logging
      Integrated SmartFind and Undelete
      Ability to find duplicate files and deleted files
      New DOS-like command line
      New MAPI/SMI Mail Support

 Icon Editor
      Ability to import multiple icons via drag and drop

      Automatically Invokes the Applications Desktop Builder

 Menus/Toolbars (all applications)
      Balloon Help
      New Customize dialog
      Mini-Icon and Spacer support in the Toolbar
      Toolbar is now File Drop Aware

      DoubleSpace support
      Faster optimization
      Added Drive Map Color customization dialog
      New MAPI/SMI Mail Support

      Run missed events option

 Screen Capture
      New Screen Capture application

 Screen Savers
      New Sand Sculpture screen saver
      New Clock screen saver

      Now integrated with File Manager

 System Consultant
      Additional Recommendations
      Implement and Undo Ability for Recommendations
      New Administrator Mode for Disabling Recommendations
      Added System file Explanations and Editing
      New Topic for WNUSER.INI
      Ability to View User-Specified .INI Files
      Ability to Print Non-Formatted Reports
      New MAPI/SMI Mail Support

      New interactive tutorials

      Now integrated with File Manager

      Zooming and auto-sizing ability
      New clipboard support
      ZIP drag and drop support
      Over 20 new formats supported

 In Depth Overview

 Central Point Electronic Registration
 New electronic registration for PC Tools for Windows.  You can register
 PC Tools for Windows Version 2 on-line with our automatic registration

 Central Point Anti-Virus
 New detection and cleaning engine.  Virus Analyzer for generic detection
 of unknown viruses.  The Virus Analyzer uses an expert system to look for
 virus code inside your files. The expert system is designed to use the
 accumulated expertise of Central Point's virus team to identify new

 Scan compressed files using new scan option.  You can now scan for
 viruses in compressed files, including compressed files within compressed
 files.  Viruses are sometimes placed in compressed files to evade
 signature based detection methods.

 Customize alert sounds.  If you have a sound card or speaker driver, you
 can now play a .WAV file when a virus is detected.  Select one of your
 own or use the supplied SIREN.WAV file.

 VSafe audit trail.  VSafe now creates an audit trail containing a log of
 VSafe alert messages, the time and date they occurred, and the user's
 response.  Network administrators can use this file to keep track of any
 verification alerts for users on the network.

 Ability to detect more than 2000 viruses!  The new expanded virus
 detection can scan for more than 2000 different viruses.

 Central Point Backup
 Redesigned user interface.  Configurable menus, toolbar, and
 context-sensitive pop-up menus.  Options and Configure menu consolidated
 into tab-style dialog boxes.  New include/exclude file selection dialog
 box.  You can now access the selection commands from either the Toolbar
 or menu.

 Unlimited number of include/exclude statements.  There is no limit to the
 number of directories or files selected for backup or restore.

 Auto-compare during or after a backup.  You can now choose to have Backup
 automatically compare files during or after the backup is complete.

 New quick access to device configuration dialog box.  It is now quicker
 and easier to configure your backup devices by selecting a new device
 from either the Toolbar or menu.

 New CrashGuard application.  Highly-configurable CrashGuard displays
 system memory usage, system resources, clock, calendar, disk space, and
 current desktop and current office names. CrashGuard gives warnings when
 available memory, resources, and disk space become dangerously low.

 New File Companions.  File Companions give you access to file operations
 from within your application's Open and Save dialog boxes by clicking on
 the mini File Manager button next to the system close box or by clicking
 the right mouse button anywhere within the dialog. The list of commands
 can be customized by editing the [FileCompanions] section in the

 Configurable Desktop Title Bar
 You can configure all three sections of the Desktop Title Bar.
 Double-click on any section of the Desktop Title Bar to cycle through PC
 Tools for Windows title, two different date/time formats, office name,
 Desktop list, and resource display.

 Path Requirement Removed.  PC Tools for Windows no longer requires that
 its base directory be in the DOS PATH environment variable.

 Enhanced Task Manager
 The Task Manager has been improved to show a mini-icon for each entry in
 the list, the amount of memory used by an application, and the desktop
 name on which it is running or the 'Tag Along' status of an application.
 It can be brought up by double-clicking on the background, pressing
 Ctrl+Esc, or selecting Task Manager from the Desktop Window menu in the

 Multiple Selection of Items Supported
 Multiple items can be selected and operations performed on the set of
 items.  Methods of selection are: rubberband selection, left mouse click,
 Ctrl+left mouse click, and Shift+left mouse click. Ctrl key combination
 toggles the specified items selection state and shift key combination
 adds to the current selection.

 Ability to Delete File Pointed to by Desktop Item
 A file item can be set to be directly linked to the file system.  The
 data file is deleted when the item is deleted and the following
 conditions are met: Delete Referenced File On Item Delete checkbox is
 checked in the File Item Properties dialog and the Use file Item Delete
 Referenced File Property is checked in the Advanced Settings dialog.
 Desktop does not delete executable files.

 Enhanced Search Dialog
 The search dialog has been enhanced to search for items based on type,
 field and/or contents. The scope of search can be set to current desktop,
 current office, or all desktops.

 WYSIWYG ordering of Launch List/Autostart/Template folders
 The order of the quick launch menu list can be controlled by placing the
 items in the desired order in the folder. System will order the menu
 items by scanning left to right and then top to bottom. Same is true for
 templates folder. The initial starting order of the applications in
 Autostart can be controlled.

 New Command to Restart Windows
 A Restart Windows command is now available. You can place this command
 anywhere on the menu or on the tool bar.

 "Hot Spot" and "Cold Spot" Support for Screen Savers
 A hot spot for screen saver is provided in lower-left corner of the
 screen to initiate the screen saver within few seconds if a mouse is left
 in that position. Similarly, a cold spot is provided in upper-right
 corner of the screen to indefinitely disable the initiation of the screen

 Zip File Directory Items
 A directory item can now also refer to a zip file. The system will treat
 the zip file as a directory of zipped files.

 Quick Launch Available on any Menu
 Quick Launch and Template are now enhanced menu item commands and can be
 placed anywhere in the menus.

 Item/Folder Templates
 A folder can be set up as a template folder (similar to quick launch
 folder). You can put all of your template documents in it and use that
 item to create new documents. To create an item based on a template,
 select the Template command from the container menu in which the new item
 is being created. The system will ask for the new file name and refer the
 new item to the newly created document file. An empty folder will be
 treated as a folder template and all the settings of the folders will be
 transferred to the new folder being created using that template.

 Ability to Print, Send Mail, and View File from Item Popup
 Three new menu items appear on the item pop-up menu:  Print, Send Mail,
 and View. The file referred to by the selected item will be printed,
 mailed as an attachment, or viewed.

 Support for Replacement Task Managers
 When PC Tools installs, it replaces the Windows Task Manager
 (TASKMAN.EXE) with its own Task Manager.  You can change it to use
 TASKMAN.EXE or any other task manager by changing the line in SYSTEM.INI
 that reads "taskman.exe=c:\cps\wndt /tm".

 New AutoSync Folders and Desktops
 AutoSync folders allow the synchronization of a directory with a folder
 or desktop.  The synchronization can be automatic or manual.  For manual
 synchronization, the menu command "Folder (or Desktop) Synchronize" will
 cause the folder (or desktop) to be synchronized with the specified
 directory and file types.  The directory and file types to synchronize
 are specified in the Properties dialog box of the folder or desktop.  To
 specify a directory tree (i.e. a directory and all of its
 subdirectories), a '+' can be added to the directory name (e.g.
 "c:\winword\+").  To specify multiple file types, separate each with a
 comma (e.g. "*.xlc, *.xlw, *.xls").  Wildcard characters can also be used
 when specifying the file type (e.g. "*.xl?").

 When a folder (or desktop) is synchronized, an item is created (if it
 doesn't already exist) to represent each file in the specified directory
 that matches the specified file types.  Any items that represent files
 that have been deleted are deleted as well. Sub-folders or manually
 created items are left undisturbed.

 If Automatic Mode is checked in the folder or desktop's properties box,
 synchronization will be automatic.  This means that when a file gets
 deleted from a linked directory, the corresponding item disappears from
 the AutoSync folder or desktop.  Also, when a new file is created in a
 linked directory, a corresponding item is automatically created in the
 AutoSync folder or desktop.

 Any desktop or folder can be made into a AutoSync desktop or folder via
 its Properties dialog box.

 New Desktop Builder Application
 When installing PC Tools for Windows, a new Applications desktop will be
 created in your default office.  The Applications Desktop creates file
 items that point to the application executable and directly beneath the
 application item a AutoSync folder is created that is linked to the
 associated data files for that application.  The Desktop Builder Icon is
 located in the Setup Folder in the PC Tools Desktop.  It can be used to
 create a default office, build a PC Tools desktop, build an application
 folder, or import all program manager group files.

 Advanced DoubleSpace support
 DoubleSpace drives can now be fully analyzed and repaired.

 New MAPI/SMI Mail Support
 The drive analysis report can be mailed via either MAPI or SMI. The mail
 option is available from the report dialog.

 Emergency Disk
 Option to Save Current AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS Files.  The
 AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files from the boot drive can be saved to the
 Emergency Disk.

 New MAPI/SMI Mail Support
 The files that would normally go on the EDisk can be mailed via either
 MAPI or SMI. The mail option is available from the settings dialog.

 File Manager
 Sorting on All Columns of File List
 Sorting can be performed on all columns of the file list.  This may be
 done by left mouse button clicking on any of the column headers or going
 to the Custom Sort dialog box from the View menu.

 Moveable and Resizable File List Column Headers
 The file list columns may be moved and resized.  To move a column, drag
 the column header to a new location.  To resize, move the cursor on top
 of the dark separator line to the right of the header that you want to

 File List Column Header Popup Menu
 A right mouse button click on the file list will bring up a pop-up menu
 from which you can display/hide any or all of the available columns.

 New File Type Column in File List
 In version 1, the Type column displayed the file extension.  This is now
 labeled "Ext."  The File Type column shows a description of the file.
 This may be Application, Directory, Compression, a registered document
 description, or simply the extension and "File" appended to it if no
 other category applies.

 Enhanced Advanced Settings Dialog
 The virus scanning and the tree caching options which were in separate
 dialogs in version 1 have been consolidated and moved into this dialog.
 Several unnecessary advanced settings options present in version 1 have
 been removed.  At the bottom of the dialog are two entry fields where a
 user-specified text editor can be specified.

 New Compare Files Dialog. This dialog is used to perform a direct binary
 comparison of two files.

 New File Information Dialog. This dialog displays file and directory
 information.  The Branch Size button computes the total size of all files
 in all subdirectories when you are viewing information about a directory.

 Added Support for PKZip 2.x and LHA 5 files
 File Manager now compresses and decompresses files using ZIP 2.xx and LHA
 5 compression methods.  In regards to the LHA archive program File
 Manager only supports the -lh5- compression method.

 Enhanced Compress File Dialog
 You can compress files to a file that does not have a standard
 compression file extension (.zip, .arc, .pak, .lzh) and specify which
 compression method you want to use.  You can also choose between using
 ZIP 1.0 and ZIP 2.0 compression methods.

 Ability to Show File Icons
 The file list can replace the standard bitmaps displayed at the left of
 the file name with either a normal-sized icon or a miniature icon, based
 on the file type or application.

 New Drive Information Dialog
 This dialog displays the physical and logical characteristics of the
 drive.  If the drive is a DoubleSpace drive, additional information is
 given at the end of the Type: field.

 Enhanced Select Files Menu/Dialog
 A cascade menu contains file selection options.  The Select Files dialog
 is available by selecting the Some... menu option.  Select All selects
 all files and directories whereas Select All Files selects only the files
 (including compression files).  The Select Files dialog no longer has the
 Invert button.  There is a new Sets... button that allows you to access
 predefined file type sets.

 Ability to Print Files as Generic Text
 The ability to print any file as generic text has been added.  When the
 appropriate checkbox is checked, all files, whether they are real text
 files or binary files, will be printed as if they were plain ASCII text.

 Added Support for File Manager Extensions
 Microsoft File Manager Extensions are now supported.  The extension menu
 items are placed at the bottom of the Tools top-level menu.  There are
 certain File Manager Extensions that are designed to specifically look
 for the Windows File Manager and will not function correctly with the PC
 Tools for Windows File Manager.

 Viewer Added to Find/Browse Dialogs
 All Browse and Find dialogs that display filenames now have a viewer at
 the bottom of the dialog.  The viewer is displayed or hidden by clicking
 on the Viewer button.

 Enhanced Print List Dialog
 You can now choose any standard Windows font to be used to print the
 list.  The selected font is displayed at the bottom of the dialog.

 Added Support for User Specified Text Editor
 Selecting the Edit Text menu command launches the text editor specified
 in the Advanced Settings dialog box passing in the first selected file as
 a command line parameter.

 Enhanced Associate Dialog
 This dialog has been redesigned.  Please refer to the manual or help for
 details.  Briefly, you can now create new document types and the
 associations are listed by type rather than by application file name.

 Added Ability to Create Disk Image Files
 You can use Copy Disk to make an exact image of a floppy diskette to a

 Direct Access to Backup, Optimizer, and DiskFix
 Some of your favorite PC Tools are now only a menu item away.  You can
 launch DiskFix and Optimizer by clicking on the DiskFix... and
 Optimizer... items in the Disk menu or the drive popup menu.  You can
 launch Backup by clicking on the Backup... item in the Tools menu or from
 the file, directory, or drive popup menu.

 History List of Most Recently Accessed Directories
 File Manager keeps track of the last nine directories you navigate into.
 You can easily change to any of those directories by clicking on the Back
 To item in the Tree menu, and then clicking on the desired directory - a
 convenience if you have been looking at directories on a variety of disk

 New File Type and Location Sets
 File Manager provides the ability to associate a list of file masks to a
 file type set name and a list of drive and subdirectories to a location
 set name.  This can be accomplished by selecting the Edit File Type
 Sets... and Edit Location Sets... commands, respectively.

 File Type Sets are supported in the following dialogs: SmartFind, Find
 (the Find dialog is accessible in the file command dialogs like Copy
 Files and Move Files),  Custom Filter, and Select Files.  Location Sets
 are supported in the following dialogs: SmartFind and Find (the Find
 dialog is accessible in the file command dialogs like Copy Files and Move

 Enhanced Viewer Functionality
 The ability to reduce the size of an image file (bitmap, GIF, etc.),
 enlarge the size of an image file, fit that image file to the display
 window, and copying all or selected portions of most viewed files have
 been added.  See the Viewers section below and the manual for more

 Background Sorting and Drive Logging
 While File Manager is busy scanning your drives and directories for
 files, or busy sorting the files it has found, you can continue to work
 in other applications.

 Integrated SmartFind and Undelete
 The Undelete and SmartFind applications present in version 1 have become
 part of File Manager.  File Manager has a Show Deleted Files menu command
 to display deleted files and an Undelete command to undelete selected
 deleted files.  You can also Undelete To... files to a different
 directory from where it was deleted and Purge deleted files from a
 directory.  Version 1 File Manager's Search... command has been renamed
 to SmartFind... and incorporates all the features of the Version 1
 SmartFind application's search options as well as adding a few new ones
 such as Find Duplicates and Find Deleted.  You can use the new location
 sets and file type sets with SmartFind by clicking on the Sets... button.

 Ability to Find Duplicate Files and Deleted Files
 SmartFind has added the ability to find duplicate files (files with
 identical file names) and deleted files.

 New DOS-like Command Line
 You can manage files with the File Manager command line, using DOS
 commands or special File Manager commands, such as ENCRYPT, DECRYPT, and
 SCAN.  Please refer to the manual or Help for details.  Help on a
 specific command is displayed by using a "/?" parameter after the
 command, e.g. "COMPRESS /?".  The command line is displayed and hidden by
 selecting the Command Line command from the Options menu.

 New MAPI/SMI Mail Support
 Selected files can be mailed via either MAPI or SMI. The mail option is
 available from the settings dialog.

 Menus/Toolbars (all applications)
 Balloon Help
 Toolbars in icon-only mode can now display a Balloon text description of
 the button the cursor is on top of. This setting can be controlled via
 the Toolbar styles dialog or the Toolbar popup.

 New Customize Dialog
 All Applications have new Customize dialog boxes for configuring menus,
 shortcut keys, toolbars, and custom commands.

 Mini-Icon and Spacer Support in the Toolbar
 All Application Toolbars now support the use of mini-icons.  You can
 customize each toolbar to fit your needs including specifying the
 placement of spacers between toolbar icons.  Use the Customize dialog box
 to customize toolbars.

 Toolbar Is File Drop Aware
 Dropping a file on a custom command will initiate that command with the
 file as its parameter.  For example, dropping a Write file onto a Write
 command bar will open the Write application with the corresponding Write

 DoubleSpace support
 DoubleSpace drives are now fully supported and optimizable.

 Faster optimization
 Optimization speed has increased by the addition of the Turbo Mode. The
 Turbo Mode retains all of the safeguards but doesn't allow the user to
 switch to other apps while optimizing.

 Added Drive Map Color customization dialog
 One can now control the individual block colors of the main screen
 fragmentation panel.

 New MAPI/SMI Mail Support
 The fragmentation and analysis report can be mailed via either MAPI or
 SMI. The mail option is available from the report dialog.

 Run Missed Events Option
 This option is enabled by default.  When enabled on Scheduler startup,
 Scheduler will attempt to run those scheduled events it found during the
 last shutdown and this current startup.  When this option is disabled,
 all such missed events are skipped and treated as if they had occurred.

 System Consultant
 Additional Recommendations
 System Consultant can now generate over 45 different recommendations,
 including recommendations based on an analysis of any hard drives
 attached to your system. To see the recommendations for your system click
 the 'Recommend' button on the System Consultant Toolbar.

 Implement and Undo Ability for Recommendations
 System Consultant can now implement many of the recommendations in its
 recommendation list. To implement a recommendation just click the 'Do It'
 button. A complete history list of implemented recommendations is
 maintained so that you can undo recommendations at any time in the

 New Administrator Mode for Disabling Recommendations
 An Administrator Mode has been added for network installations of PC
 Tools for Windows in which the administrator desires to limit user access
 to selected recommendations. To switch to Administrator Mode press
 Ctrl+Shift+F12 from any System Consultant Topic.

 System File Explanations and Editing
 System Consultant now provides line-by-line explanations and context
 sensitive editing of all your system files. Select AUTOEXEC.BAT or
 CONFIG.SYS from the DOS menu, or any of the three .INI file items from
 the Windows menu.

 New Topic for WNUSER.INI
 The PC Tools for Windows WNUSER.INI file has been added to the list of
 .INI files that can be viewed and edited by System Consultant.

 Ability to View User-Specified .INI Files
 The user can now add .INI files to the System Consultant menu to view any
 program's .INI file (line-by-line explanations are not provided).

 Ability to Print Non-Formatted Reports
 A 'Print without Formatting' checkbox has been added to the System
 Consultant 'Print Report' dialog so that reports can be printed to
 text-only files without bold or underline formatting.

 New MAPI/SMI Mail Support
 A 'Send Mail' button has been added to the System Consultant 'Print
 Report' dialog so that reports can be mailed directly from System
 Consultant on systems with MAPI or SMI mail support.

 Zooming and Auto-Sizing Ability
 While viewing a graphics file, such as a bitmap, you can view at 25%,
 50%, 100%, 200%, or 400%, or fit the graphic to the window, by selecting
 from the View menu or viewer popup menu. When Fit to Window is selected,
 the graphic will be either reduced or enlarged to fill the entire window.
 The QuickZoom feature allows you to toggle between faster zooming and
 better quality zooming. This feature is only available in the File Viewer

 Clipboard Support
 While viewing a file, you can select text or graphics and copy the
 information to the clipboard for pasting into another application.
 Formatting will be preserved when copying text. You can use the keyboard
 or the mouse to make a selection in a text, spreadsheet, or database
 file. You must use the mouse to select from a graphics file. The copy
 command can be selected either from the application menu or from the
 viewer popup menu.

 ZIP Drag and Drop Support
 You can now drag a file from within an archive file in File Manager and
 drop it on the standalone File Viewer application, which will then open
 and view that file.

 Disk Image (DSK) Viewer
 You can view vital statistics about disk image files created by PC Tools'
 File Manager or Copy Disk applet.

              AutoCAD Drawing Interchange Format (DXF) viewer
                  AutoCAD DXF files view as vector files.

 Font Viewer (FON,FOT,TTF) Viewer
 You can view information about raster, vector, and TrueType font files,
 as well as viewing a font sample in that font.

 Icon Library (ICL,NIL) Viewer
 You can view the Icon Libraries created by PC Tools for Windows (ICL) and
 by Norton Desktop for Windows (NIL). You can also view any icon library
 stored in a format that is a Windows resource-only DLL stub.

 Program Manager Group Files (GRP) Viewer
 You can view the icons and text for Program Manager Group Files. This can
 be useful, for example, when you wish to preview a GRP file before
 importing it into our Desktop.

 Wave File (WAV) Viewer
 You can view interesting information about a WAV file, such as the
 sampling rate, mono vs. stereo, type of file, and so on.

 Video for Windows (AVI) Viewer
 You can view information about an AVI file, such as the length in minutes
 and seconds, the frame rate, the dimensions of each frame in pixels, and
 so on.

 AutoDesk Flick and FLI (FLC,FLI) Viewer
 You can view information about the older AutoDesk Flick and newer
 AutoDesk FLI files, such as the number of frames, frame dimensions, and
 so on.

 MIDI File (MID) Viewer
 You can view summary information about a MIDI file, such as number of
 channels, playing time, and so on.

 Quattro Pro for Windows (WB1) Viewer
 Spreadsheet files created by Borland Quattro Pro for Windows 1.0 are

 Enable (DOC)
 You can view files created by Enable's word processor, versions 1.1, 2.0,
 and 2.15.

 WordPerfect 4.x, 5.2, and 6.0 (WP) Viewer
 We have added support for WordPerfect files created by versions 4.x, 5.2,
 and 6.0.

 Office Writer (DOC) Viewer
 You can view OfficeWriter files created by versions 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, and

 Q&A Write (DOC) Viewer
 You can view Q&A Write 1.0, 3.0, and 4.0 files.

 Disk Image (DSK) Viewer
 You can view vital statistics about disk image files created by PC Tools
 for Windows 2.0, PC Tools Pro, and DR DOS 7.0.

 DCA FFT (FFT) Viewer
 You can view DCA Final Form Text files.

 MS Works for DOS Viewer
 You can view document files created by Works 2.0 for DOS.

 MacWrite II Viewer
 You can view files created by MacWrite II versions 1.0 and 1.1.

 Microsoft Word for Macintosh Viewer
 You can view files created by Microsoft Word for Macintosh versions 3.0
 and 4.0.

      This is the second of four installments covering Central Point's PC
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                    :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.

     Are your friends  "busy" buddies?   Are they being  left out in  the
     cold because their online  service doesn't have  room for them?   Is
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     they  faced with busy signals,  "come back later"  messages and slow

     Well, we  know how frustrated they  must feel.  We've  been there --
     done that!  But, that's  no longer the Case on GEnie.  We've got the
     room, we've got the  fun and we've got the  greatest users....people
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     We've   designed  a  slick  promotion  in  order  to  give  you  the
     opportunity to be a hero to your friends.   To get them back online,
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     you don't  have to tell  them is that you  get something out  of the
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     For  each  new user  you  bring to  GEnie,  we'll waive  their first
     month's subscription fee, and give them a total of TEN free hours of
     standard connect time  -- that's a $38.95  (C$50.95) value!   If you
     and  your buddy are still active GEnie subscribers three months from
     the date  your buddy signs up,  YOU get five hours  of FREE standard
     connect time -- a $15.00 (C$20.00) value for each buddy you sponsor!

      And, for a limited time, you can even qualify for SPECIAL PRIZES!!!

          In  addition to the five hours of standard connect time, prizes
     will  be  awarded  to  the three  sponsors  who  bring  in  the most
     qualifying buddies between February 3, 1994 and March 31, 1994.  The
     third-place  Buddy sponsor will receive  a GEnie satin  jacket.  The
     second-place Buddy sponsor will receive a  9600 bps modem.  And  the
     first-place buddy sponsor will receive a $500 gift  certificate good
     at your favorite computer store.

          Like everything good, there are a few rules for the GEnie Buddy
     Bonus  Program.   You'll find  the complete  promotion rules  on the
     GEnie Services Buddy Bonus page (type BUDDY or M1111).   Be sure you
     review the complete rules before you contact your friends.

          So,  if your buddies have been bragging about that other online
     service,  just remind them that a pretty interface ain't worth squat
     if it  doesn't log on!  Bring them  over to GEnie....we  may not  be
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          GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
            Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission

                            From GEnie's Atari Area:

 31767 LZH_299.LZH              X GRMEYER      940126  175872    177  40
       Desc: LHARC 2.99 with shell
 31787 SHOCKER2.ZIP             X D.DREIBELBIS 940129  480384    169   8
       Desc: great mono shareware game
 31782 GBNCH330.ZIP             X GRMEYER      940129   97024    140   2
       Desc: GEMBench v3.30 benchmark program
 31869 DEAD_MON.TXT             X R.CONSTAN    940206   14592    135  27
       Desc: How to fix that dead SM124 Monitor!
 31784 PROFILE.LZH              X GRMEYER      940129   77952    127   2
       Desc: Profile - System Information Display
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       Desc: The Elephant of Surprise EOS module
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       Desc: another Throne clone for Warp 9 EOS
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       Desc: TotalView, a text file viewer.
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       Desc: Version 6.3b of CalShow!
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       Desc: Towers ver 1.2-- fixes a few bugs.


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                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                             Randy Noak, Editor


      Sorry. I couldn't help myself. I'm all fired up after a day at Aldus
 University.  Aldus University is Aldus Corporation's series of seminars
 on the use of PageMaker and Freehand. The course I took was titled, "Mac
 PageMaker Tips, Tricks & Techniques". Very intense. Very worthwhile. I
 learned the "right" way to do all sorts of neat design elements, and, I'd
 have to say, probably doubled my knowledge and efficiency in the use of
 PageMaker. The only downside of all this was that the course cost $295.
 The upside to that was that my company paid for it. What a deal.

      That's not all that's been going on here at Mac Report HQ. First, my
 wife had jury duty. This means that your humble Editor received the call
 to perform many of the functions that had, heretofore, been the sole
 province of my spouse. Needless to say, it's not as easy as it looks.
 Second, I've been, among everything else, trying to get the first issue
 of Mac Report Monthly out the door. It's now in the hands of the
 Associate Editors for proofing, so it should be available for download
 soon. Last, but not least, I picked this week to come down with a nasty
 cold. I've been miserable. I'm feeling better now though. I'm still sick,
 but a couple of neat things happened this week to boost my spirits.

      I finally figured out which extension was causing me some problems
 with some of my applications. I dumped it, and all has been well since.
 No more crashes! Life is good. I also received the  books I had ordered
 from the Mac Professionals Book Club, "Desperately Seeking Solutions",
 "Macintosh Secrets", "Live Wired", "Guide to System 7.1", and "The Mac is
 Not a Typewriter". Lotsa good reading there.

      This week's issue contains a review of "Eric's Ultimate Solitaire"
 by Jeff Coe and a passle o' press releases. Let's go!

 >Eric s Ultimate Solitaire STR Review

                         ERIC S ULTIMATE SOLITAIRE

 by Jeff Coe

      Most traditional board games and most card games don t translate
 very well to the computer. First of all, you usually play them with two
 or more people, and since most computer game players play solo you loose
 the human interaction that makes the game fun in the first place.
 Secondly, if you do get a multi-player game on the computer, it s usually
 a real pain trying to cram everyone around the keyboard to play. Then you
 have to put up with the "Don t look while I set up my pieces "  (or take
 my turn or whatever...)".  It s more bother than it s worth in most
 cases. Solitaire on the other hand is supposed to be played alone. You
 just can t do it any other way. What s more, the computer takes care of
 moving all those piles of cards for you, and you never have to worry
 about the family pet running across the table and scattering your deck!
 With that in mind, I'm going to sum up the rest of this review for you
 right now. If you enjoy solitaire, go buy this game. Eric s Ultimate
 Solitaire is the very best solitaire program I've ever played on any
 computer platform. Period.

      There are probably hundreds of different solitaire games or versions
 of the same game out there, but the programmers at Delta Tao chose to
 include only seventeen of them in Eric s Ultimate Solitaire. Why
 seventeen? Because that s how many names fit in a menu on a Mac Plus
 without having to scroll. Works for me. All the common titles are here;
 Klondike, Yukon, Poker Square, Towers, etc.. and some that I had never
 heard of, such as Spider, Forty Thieves and Calculation. There are more
 as I said above, but I don't see much point in listing them all. Every
 game is rated as to how difficult it is to play, and to how much time it
 takes to play it. There is also a help screen for each game that gives
 you the basic rules of play, but it doesn't tell you everything. There
 are a few surprises hidden in there for you to figure out on your own.

 Game Options

      There are a few options you can choose from when you play. One of
 the most handy is called Autoplay. With Autoplay turned on, cards will be
 automatically played (hence the name) up to the Foundation piles. For
 those not familiar with solitaire, the foundations are the piles you are
 trying to get all the cards onto, usually in order and in suit, starting
 with the Aces and going up to the Kings. In some cases you might not want
 to automatically move those cards up, and Eric's Ultimate Solitaire (EUS
 from now on) is smart enough to know when not to do it for you.

      Sound effects can be toggled on or off. While I personally like the
 sound of the cards being shuffled and dealt, it's nice to have the option
 of not hearing that stuff.

      There is also an option where you can have every game you play be a
 winnable game. If you've played solitaire much, you know that even if you
 play every card perfectly and make no mistakes, there are games that just
 can not be won. It's the luck of the draw as they say. EUS has a database
 of sorts with games that can be won, and in fact as you use the software
 and win some games, it adds those games to its database. However, just
 because a game is winnable, it doesn't mean you will win it! It just
 means that it's possible to win it.  I should also take this time to tell
 you that EUS keeps track of every game you play, and keeps you updated as
 to how many times you've played a particular game, and how many times
 you've won at it. You can review this information for all seventeen
 different solitaire games. However, if you have the Always Winnable
 option turned on, these games do not get figured into your statistics.

      EUS has very nice graphics. Every game has it's own deck design, and
 all the cards are easy to read. A nice touch is that you are given the
 option of selecting the background design to be used for your games.
 There are several to choose from, ranging from a nice looking leather
 texture to some subdued designs incorporating the card suits (clubs,
 diamonds... ). None of these are what you would call wild, so that they
 don t in any way distract you from the cards. You can even choose a solid
 color for a background if you prefer.

      Other items found under the Options menu allow you to review your
 Statistics for wins and losses, or check on how other players are doing.
 You can set up some Preferences for yourself too. Things like whether
 you're right or left handed, whether you want the Autoplay option on all
 the time, whether you want to see your stats after each game and stuff
 like that. This is also where you can review the rules of the current
 game, and get a list of some keyboard shortcuts.

 Other Menus

      In addition to the Options menu, there is a Game menu that lets you
 choose from the entire list of solitaire games. Under the Players menu
 you can add or delete the names of different players from the list, or
 select which player you are. Every player has his or her own stat
 information saved in their preferences file, so everyone that uses EUS
 should have their own entry in this menu. There is a File menu where you
 can end a game (give up),  restart the same game over again, or quit. One
 of the nicest features of EUS is found in the Edit menu. You can take
 back your previously played cards with the Undo command. I haven t tested
 this, but I think you could almost backspace your way all the way from
 the end of a game to the first card played!

 Game Play

      Basically the entire game is mouse controlled. There are a few
 keyboard equivalents for those that prefer to type, but the best bet is
 the mouse. Cards can be drug in the same way you'd drag anything else on
 your desktop. A single click on your deck will cause the correct number
 of cards to be dealt. You can also double-click on a card and it will
 automatically be moved to the most logical new location, whether that
 would be to your foundation or another pile. The most fun way to play
 your cards is to toss them. You do this by starting a drag, and just give
 the card a little flick and release the mouse button. The card will fly
 across the screen and home in on the correct pile or foundation. It's
 pretty cool to get your cards flying around and curving back and forth
 while you play. EUS will not let you make an illegal move either, so you
 can toss cards all over the screen and they ll always end up where they
 belong!  The only other feature you would need to know about, is the use
 of the Shift  key. When you hold down either Shift key, all the currently
 playable cards on the screen will be highlighted. It doesn t tell you
 where they go, but at least it gives you your options. Sometimes you can
 stare at a screen for minutes on end and not be able to come up with a
 good move. The Shift key can point you in the right direction.

 Read the Book

      The only other item I want to tell you about is the instruction
 manual. In addition to giving you everything you need to know about
 installing, troubleshooting (although I have yet to see a bug!), and
 playing the game, it's just down right funny! These are people that don t
 take themselves too seriously, which is a nice change. I look forward to
 seeing more software from Delta Tao.

 The Technical Stuff

 Eric s Ultimate Solitaire is published by:

                          Delta Tao Software, Inc.
                              760 Harvard Ave.
                            Sunnyvale, CA 94087
                               (408) 730-9336

 Eric s Ultimate Solitaire requires a Macintosh computer with at least 2
 MB or memory, running System 6.0.5 or greater. It supports color or
 monochrome monitors, but you really should get color to get the most from
 the graphics. EUS runs fine off of a floppy, but the publisher recommends
 installing it on your hard-drive for speedy loading.

 In closing, as I said at the start of this review, if you like solitaire,
 buy this game!  Enjoy!


 > Supra FAX/Modem STR InfoFile

 It had to happen. I bought a Performa 450 and immediately, prices plummet
 and Apple brings out even faster models for less money.  I buy a 14,400
 baud modem and, of course, a 28,800 is fast on it's heels. Why me?

         SupraFAXModem(tm) 288 Offers V.Fast Speeds for Under $400

 ALBANY, OR, FEBRUARY 1994- The SupraFAXModem 288 raises the standard on
 performance with data speeds of 28,800 bps while maintaining Supra's
 commitment to value-oriented pricing.  Scheduled to ship in March, the
 external model will carry a selling price of $399 while the internal
 SupraFAXModem(tm) 288i will debut at just $349.

 "These products represent a huge leap forward in technology," said Kenny
 Richards, Manager for PC Products at Supra.  "Not only can users benefit
 from speed that's twice as fast as the current V.32bis standard, they
 also get the benefits of an outstanding feature set at an unbelievable

 Based on the Rockwell(tm) V.FC (V.Fast Class) chipset, Supra's new modems
 utilize the core technology that is expected to be defined by the ITU-TSS
 in the V.34 (V.Fast) standard later this year.  When the V.34 standard is
 finalized, it will be incorporated into the full line of SupraFAXModem
 288 products.  In the interim, V.FC appears to be the clear leader as a
 standard for 28,800 bps data communication.  Wide-spread acceptance of
 the V.FC standard will ensure compatibility with modems from more than 60
 other vendors,  including Hayes, Microcom, and US Robotics.
 By contrast, the V.32terbo standard, which is accepted by a smaller
 number of modem manufacturers, can go no faster than 19,200 bps.  And
 despite the fact that these modems are half as fast as Supra's 288
 products, they do not offer a competitive price advantage.

 True Top-Of-the-Line Technology

 Both Supra's internal and external modems offer technology that goes
 beyond the basics of V.FC technology.  By utilizing flash ROM, both of
 these V.Fast Class products add a new level of flexibility to modem
 communications.  Future enhancements can be made without any hardware
 adjustments-just download new code information into the ROM.

 Plus, the SupraFAXModem 288i utilizes SupraSmart(tm) UART technology
 buffering to reduce the risk of data loss during high speed transmission.
 This includes a16550 UART which, combined with V.42bis compression,
 enables data speeds of up to 115,200 bps.  The product also includes a
 Windows driver called RHSI (Rockwell High-Speed Interface) which
 increases the throughput capabilities ofthe on-board UART.

 The SupraFAXModem 288 external, packs this performance into Supra's
 highly-praised tiny desktop modem with a revolutionary alphanumeric
 status display which makes it a breeze to track all modem activity.  It
 also includes a hardware handshaking cable that enables up to 115,200 bps
 communication on computers equipped with a 16550 UART.

 Both modems also include custom Supra features such as Silent Answer(tm)
 which allows both voice and fax communication on a single phone line.  If
 it detects fax "CNG" tones, the modem routes the call to fax software.
 Otherwise, the modem sits silently on the phone line while the call is
 answered by the user or by an answering machine.  Another feature, Caller
 ID, lets users identify incoming calls before answering.

 Full-Featured Functionality

 Both modems support industry-standard protocols including the full range
 of Bell, MNP, and ITU-TSS (formerly CCITT) standards.  Among the
 supported features are MNP10 for improved performance on cellular
 connections. Both modems support the highest-available fax speed of
 14,400 bps. They also support Class 1 and 2 fax commands and are
 compatible with Group 3 fax machines.

 The modems also feature a five-year warranty, Hayes compatibility,
 extended AT commands and result codes, compatibility with most popular
 telecommunications software, autoanswer/autodial, a modular phone jack,
 and non-volatile memory that stores two user configurations and four
 phone numbers.

 Both the desktop faxmodem and internal card include all the software,
 cables and instructions the user needs for getting started with high-
 speed data and fax communication.  The bundle includes FaxTalk(r) for
 Windows for flawless fax transmission, CompuServe Information Manager(tm)
 for Windows, and COMit(tm) for DOS and Windows-a data communications
 program designed specifically for high-speed communication.

 For Macintosh owners, Supra offers the SupraFAXModem 288 Mac package for
 desktop users and the SupraFAXModem 288PB an internal modem for PowerBook
 models 100-180c.  Both packages include all the software, cables and
 instructions the user needs for getting started with high-speed data and
 fax communication.  The bundle includes MicroPhone(tm) LT, CompuServe
 Information Manager(tm), and the CCL scripts required for Apple Remote
 Access(tm).  Packages also include FAXcilitate(tm), fax software that
 brings a new level of flexibility and ease-of-use to Macintosh faxing.

 For additional information, contact Supra's customer service at:


 > APPLE'S Press Releases STR Feature

 8:36 AM, EST

  Apple Launches Low-Cost Color Inkjet Printer
  Makes It Easy for Small Offices and Home Offices to Produce Colorful
  Documents at an Affordable Price

  TOKYO, Japan--February 16, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc. today announced
  the Apple  Color StyleWriter Pro, a color inkjet printer for
  Macintosh  computer systems that delivers professional-looking color
  documents at an affordable price.

       Priced at $629 (U.S.), the Apple Color StyleWriter  Pro is
  particularly well-suited for the small office and home office.  It
  provides superior print quality, color performance and versatility.

       The Color StyleWriter Pro offers superior print quality with 360
  dots per inch (dpi).  It has a 44 percent greater resolution than the
  standard 300 dpi, enabling quality images from an ink jet printer
  with sharp text and vibrant color.

       Users may print color documents in one of three ColorSync  modes
 depending on their needs: photographic, business graphics or spot
 color.  Apple's ColorSync delivers optimized color matching so that
 the colors the user sees on the display monitor are the same colors
 that the printer outputs.   Individual color ink cartridges and plain
 paper printing decrease the  cost of printing for the Color StyleWriter
 Pro user.  Individual ink  cartridges  allow the user to easily replace
 only the color that is  empty.  Previously, all colors were available in
 the same cartridge  making it necessary to replace the entire color

 cartridge when one  color was empty, wasting the other colored inks.

       Plain paper and a draft mode option for proofing that uses less ink
  also decrease the cost for the user.  Other media types, like
  transparencies, may be used for added quality and flexibility.  The
  Color StyleWriter Pro prints up to two pages per minute in monochrome
  and a half a page per minute in color.

       The Apple Color StyleWriter Pro includes 64 TrueType  fonts and
  allows printer sharing and password protection using ColorShare
  software.  The Color StyleWriter Pro is designed for use with any
  color capable Apple Macintosh personal computer with 4MB of RAM, a
  hard disk drive and System 7 or later.  It ships with a 100 sheet
  paper tray that automatically feeds up to 15 envelopes and is
  compact, weighing only 11 pounds.

       Apple plans to make the Apple Color StyleWriter Pro available in
  late March 1994 through Apple authorized resellers worldwide.  For
  further information, customers in the United States should call the
  Apple Referral Center at (800) 538-9696.  Customers outside the United
  States should contact their local Apple representatives for

  8:30 AM, EST

  Apple Launches Digital Camera for Macintosh and Windows
  Personal Computers

  QuickTake 100 Delivers Price/Performance Breakthrough; Offers Fastest
  Way to Bring Images into Documents

  TOKYO, Japan--February 16, 1994-- Apple Computer, Inc., today
  announced the QuickTake  100, a digital color camera that makes it
  easy for people to bring photographic images into their computer
  without film development or scanning.  Priced at just $749 (U.S.),
  the QuickTake 100 delivers fast, digital color image capture that was
  once available to professionals only.

       A lightweight, portable device for use in mainstream business,
  education and design the QuickTake 100 will work with both desktop
  and portable models of Macintosh  and Windows computers.  The camera
  features point-and-shoot simplicity and includes the basic set of
  functions that users have come to expect from an automatic camera
  such as, automatic exposure, a built-in flash and focus free
  operation.  Within seconds, images can be downloaded from the camera
  into any standard software application for use in business documents,
  presentations, reports or design projects.

       Easy Operation and Connection to Personal Computers
  The QuickTake 100 is designed for ease of use and fast, quality
  capture of natural images.  To use the camera, users simply complete
  three easy steps: point and shoot a picture, load images into the
  computer and manipulate the images as desired.

       Point and Shoot a Picture
  Weighing only a pound with its batteries installed, the QuickTake 100
  is portable and easy to use.  It comes equipped with a built-in
  automatic flash and easy-to-read icons that monitor the flash,
  battery, number of pictures, selected resolution and self-timer.  The
  QuickTake 100 captures images in two sizes, 320x240 and 640x480
  pixels, and stores those images in internal memory until users are
  ready to download them.  The camera's memory can store up to 32
  standard-resolution images or eight high-resolution images.  The
  QuickTake 100, which runs on standard AA batteries, includes three
  NICAD batteries and an AC battery recharger.

       Load Images into the Computer
  To load images into the computer, users simply plug a serial cable
  into the printer or modem port and run the installed QuickTake
  software.  Images are transferred within seconds.  The camera's
  software control panel offers drag-and-drop copying of images or
  direct import into any common publishing software program.

       Manipulate the Image
  Once the image is loaded into the computer, users can adjust and
  manipulate it in a variety of ways.  For example, images can be
  cropped, rotated or scaled to different sizes.

       QuickTake 100 Availability
  Apple , the sole supplier of the QuickTake 100, plans to make the
  product available through Apple authorized resellers and Apple direct
  sales channels.  The Macintosh version of the QuickTake 100 camera is
  expected to ship worldwide in late March of 1994.  The Windows
  version is scheduled for worldwide release in June, 1994.

  8:15am, EDT, Wednesday, February 16, 1994.

  Apple's Multimedia Leadership Takes Center Stage at MacWorld Tokyo

  Largest Macintosh Show in the World Highlights New Multimedia and
  Imaging Products.

  MACWORLD, TOKYO--February 16, 1994-- Apple Computer, Inc. plans to
  emphasize its leadership in multimedia computing in front of more
  than 120,000 expected attendees at this week's MacWorld Tokyo
  exposition. At the show, Apple will rollout the world's first
  affordable digital camera--the QuickTake 100--as well as a suite of
  new products that make it easy for people to work with vibrant,
  colorful images on their computer. Additionally, Apple will formally
  announce that it shipped--according to plan--more than 1 million CD-
  ROM players in 1993.

      Independent industry research reveals that Apple's Macintosh
  computer holds the number 2 position in sales in Japan, with
  approximately 14 percent of the booming Japanese market for personal

      In a series of keynote presentations during the week, Apple
  executives will discuss the following:

        Executive Keynotes Underscore Multimedia, New Technologies

  In his MacWorld Tokyo keynote address on February 17, Ian Diery will
  highlight the QuickTake 100 digital camera for Macintosh and Windows
  personal computers and the Color StyleWriter low-cost color printer,
  along with the recently introduced Macintosh LC575.  Diery will also
  discuss the progress Apple has made in its efforts to continue its
  leadership in innovation in the multimedia area and will give an
  update on the soon to be announced "Macintosh on PowerPC".

  In their joint MacWorld Tokyo keynote address on February 18,  Gaston
  Bastiaens, Vice President and General Manager of Apple's Personal
  Interactive Electronics Division, and Dr. Rick LeFaivre, Vice
  President of Apple's Advanced Technology Group will explore new ways
  of computing.  Bastiaens will talk about Newton's pivotal role as the
  launchpad for sophisticated mobile communications.  LeFaivre will
  lead the audience through a parade of demonstrations featuring
  technologies that will profoundly change the user's experience in the

  Satjiv Chahil, Vice President of the New Media Group at Apple, and
  Eikoh Harada, Apple Japan's Director of the Business Market Division,
  will open the February 19 keynote, highlighting the impact of
  multimedia on business, personal productivity and entertainment. New
  technologies such as FireWire, QuickTime 2.0, the Apple Media
  Authoring Solution and the Apple Professional Video Production
  Solution will be demonstrated, along with interactive MIDI, video
  performances and multimedia kiosks.  Special guest appearances by
  famous Japanese and American musical artists will be featured.  World
  renowned musician Peter Gabriel will close the session with a
  demonstration of a new art form that combines technology, video and

  MacWorld Tokyo Exposition

  Organized by IDG World Expo/Japan, The Japan Industrial Journal, and
  Nippon Broadcasting System, this year's MacWorld Tokyo will provide a
  showcase for over 300 companies, displaying products in more than
  1140 booths.

  With 65 booths at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center, Apple
  Computer's exhibit will occupy the largest space at the exhibition.
  Apple will highlight a wide range of hardware and software products,
  including its popular PowerBook line, Macintosh desktop models,
  Newton MessagePad technologies, imaging products and the latest in
  system software.

  Following are highlights of Apple's newly announced products:

  Apple QuickTake 100
      The QuickTake 100 digital color camera makes it easy for people to
  take pictures and bring the images into their computer without film
  development or scanning.  The QuickTake 100 delivers fast, digital
  color image capture that was once available to professionals only.
  The Macintosh version of the QuickTake 100 camera is expected to ship
  worldwide in late March of 1994.  The Windows version is scheduled
  for worldwide release in June, 1994.

  Apple Color StyleWriter Pro
      The Apple Color StyleWriter Pro color inkjet printer for Macintosh
  computer systems delivers professional-looking color documents at an
  affordable price.  The Apple Color StyleWriter Pro is particularly
  well-suited for the small office and home office.  Apple plans to
  make the Apple Color StyleWriter Pro available in late March 1994
  through Apple authorized resellers worldwide.


  Apple USA Spins Off User Group Function

  CAMPBELL, California--February 16, 1994--Apple USA, a division of
  Apple Computer, Inc., today announced it has negotiated a three-year
  contract with User Group Connection.  User Group Connection is a
  privately held company that was formed out of the nucleus of Apple's
  former user group department.

      The contract provides for User Group Connection to continue overall
  management of the Apple user group program and to maintain the
  relationship between Apple and user group members.  In addition, the
  User Group Connection announced several new marketing opportunities
  for vendors.

      By making the internal user group management function an independent
  company, user group members get access to expanded information.  User
  Group Connection continues to interface closely with Apple to provide
  Apple-specific product and program information, but has the
  additional advantage of providing information from other companies as
  well.  For example, User Group Connection distributes a monthly
  mailing that includes detailed information about software solutions
  from outside vendors in addition to Apple hardware products.

      "We will continue with the services we've always provided to user
  groups," said Ray Kaupp, president of User Group Connection.  "Now,
  however, we are able to include non-Apple vendor information as well.
  As an independent company we can broaden our scope of information to
  user groups and open up new marketing opportunities for developers."
  "User groups have always been extremely important to Apple," said Jim
  Buckley, president of Apple USA.  "They are a market voice that we've
  always listened closely to, especially for product evaluation and
  feedback.  By becoming an independent company, User Group Connection
  can take advantage of a very strong relationship with Apple while
  growing as a service company.  And in the current economic climate,
  moving from a cost center to a profit center not only makes good
  business sense, it also allows User Group Connection to maintain a
  certain amount of focus in providing support information and
  centralized services to the user group network."

  Enhanced Marketing Opportunities

  User Group Connection broadens visibility and elevates interest in
  user groups as a qualified target market.  User Group Connection has
  devised several new programs to reach this target.  These programs
  include customized mailings to user groups; sponsorship of the
  Macworld user group breakfast meetings in San Francisco and Boston;
  and promotion of developer products on UG-TV, a periodic satellite
  broadcast to user groups.

      An additional benefit to user groups is the User Group Member
  Purchase Program.  This program allows members of Apple Authorized
  user groups to buy refurbished Apple equipment at reduced rates.

      User groups interested in becoming Apple Authorized should call
  1-800-538-9696, ext. 500.  Vendors interested in exploring marketing
  opportunities through User Group Connection can call Sam Decker,
  manager of vendor relations, at 408-461-5725.

      Located in Scotts Valley, Calif., User Group Connection was
  incorporated October 1,  1993.  The staff of seven includes Ray
  Kaupp, president and general manager, Carmela Zamora, manager of User
  Group programs and events, Andrea Sutera, manager of marketing and
  communications, Sam Decker, manager of vendor relations, Robert
  Venter, manager of operations, Sherri Jackson, customer relations,
  and Mary Anne Mather, editorial development and special projects.
  User Group Connection can be contacted via telephone: 408/461-5700,
  AppleLink: USER.GROUPS, or America Online: APPLE UGC.


  Apple Computer's PowerBook Duo Ranked as the No. 1 Selling Subnotebook
  in the U.S. and Europe by Dataquest

  Record 200,000 PowerBooks Shipped During Apple's 4th Quarter of 1993

  CUPERTINO, California--February 7, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc., today
  announced that independent research shows the Apple  PowerBook Duo
  to be the best selling subnotebook computer in both the U.S. and in
  Europe.  The research was conducted by Dataquest, a leading worldwide
  market research firm, and is made available as a part of a complete
  report which tracks unit shipments for a variety of computer product

       With the introduction of the new PowerBook Duo 250 and 270c, Apple
  Computer shipped a record 200,000 PowerBooks in Q4 of 1993.  Although
  independent findings have not been published, this record shipment
  underscores the Duo's number one position and the success of Apple's
  market share strategy.

       According to Dataquest findings, the PowerBook Duo held a 38%
  market share in the U.S. and a 29% market share in Europe against other
  subnotebooks.  These results are based on Dataquest's most recent
  research available of subnotebook and notepad market shares for the
  first three quarters of calendar 1993.

       Dataquest projects the notebook market as a whole to grow at an
  average annual rate of 22% from 1993 to 1996, but during this same
  period the subnotebook market is expected to explode at an average
  annual rate of 104%.

       Dataquest defines the computer subnotebook category as a notebook
  computer without an internal floppy disk drive that weighs
  approximately 4 pounds or less, and has computing capability similar
  to desktop computers.  Apple focuses its PowerBook Duo development
  efforts on a subnotebook which stresses performance and
  functionality, balanced with size and weight, without sacrificing
  performance and functionality to achieve small size and weight.


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                          LOWER CONNECT TIME RATES

 CompuServe members  billed under the  Standard Pricing Plan  now pay lower
 rates  for access  to  extended (hourly  priced)  services. The  new rates
 forCompuServe's extended  services are $4.80  per hour for  access at 300,
 1,200 and  2,400  bps,  and  $9.60  per  hour  for  access  at  9,600  and
 14,400bps. This pricing change reflects up to a 40  percent reduction from
 previous  rates  for  extended-service  products.  Communications  network
 andproduct-specific surcharges still apply.

 The monthly basic services  rate of $8.95, which provides access to   more
 than  50 product  areas,  remains unchanged,  as  do rates  for CompuServe
 members billed under the Alternative ("pay-as-you-go") Pricing Plan.

 Through this pricing reduction,  CompuServe is passing along  cost savings
 realized  by  the  use  of  advanced   technology  and  "commodity"-priced
 hardware in its host computer systems.

 For  complete information  about CompuServe's  Standard  and   Alternative
 Pricing Plans, to check your current billing option  or to change from one
 billing option to the other, GO CHOICE.

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 Check out JAGUAR.ZIP in LIBRARY 11 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO  ATARIARTS)
 for the  ATARI Jaguar  Logo in  3D  format! All  created with  CyberTrace,
 CyberSculpt Chronos-3D Keyframe animator and Prism-Paint  1.5.  Resolution
 of the animation is  640x480 16 color TT Med.   A must download for Jaguar
 fans.  requires  the FLM  player  and  an ATARI  system  that can  display
 640x480 16 colors NOVA graphics card users can play the animation.

                           NEW VERSION OF WHATIS!

 Download file  WHATIS.ZIP from LIBRARY  6 of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO)  for  WHATIS 6.6.   This  program identifies  over 160  file
 types -ARCs,  LHarcs, PRGs, pics,  ACCs, animations, etc...  no more "what
 kind of  file is  this?" problems!  Runs as  a PRG  or ACC  or a  TTP-like
 program on  any ST/TT in any rez. Short  docs included in the ARC. All the
 features  of previous  versions,  plus adds  Redacteur  file types  to the

 Download LHA299.ZIP from  LIBRARY 4 of  the Atari  Productivity Forum  (GO
 ATARIPRO) for LHArc  version 2.99.  Now includes  a great GEM shell, fully
 MTOS compatible  and with  many neat  features. Allows  for processing  of
 multiple archives and many additional functions.


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

      I hope that you all had an enjoyable Valentine's Day.  It's actually
 been an enjoyable week, with no snowstorms or other poor weather, for a
 change.  It may even reach 50 degrees here in the Northeast!!  It's about

      Last week I briefly touched upon something that seems to continue to
 be supported by my observations.  During periods of anxious waiting for
 new products, tempers and attitudes tend to flare and show signs of
 impatience.  So it seems to be with new games for the Jaguar; and for
 some, the Jaguar itself.  I can understand the impatience for new games.
 People always seem to have a "need" to have a _lot_ of new games to
 choose from.  For many, four available games for the Jaguar seems to be
 too little.  For others, it's enough to keep them interested and playing
 while waiting for new games.  Still, for some, they've taken a "wait and
 see" attitude to see where the Jaguar is heading; and they haven't bought
 the Jaguar yet.  Personally speaking, I haven't bought one yet.  I'd like
 to, but I fit into that last category, and then some.  I know there will
 be more games coming out soon.  How many more, I don't know.  Will they
 be games that _I_ might enjoy?  I don't know that either.  I don't want
 to make a $250 investment in a game machine right now because there are
 only a few games available.  I want to wait until there is a good amount
 of titles available to make some good decisions as to what to buy rather
 than buy games just to have something to play, regardless of the type of
 game it is.  I'm sure that many have bought some of the available games
 just to have a new game to play rather than something new that will
 definitely interest them.  I used the same decision process when buying
 my Lynx, and have never regretted it.  I made a wise purchase and enjoy
 playing it still.  I want that same enjoyment, and then some, with the
 Jaguar.  I also want the time to enjoy it, something I don't have right

      So, I guess that people need to spend more time enjoying their
 Jaguar play rather than concentrate (for now) on the lack of new games.
 As I mentioned last week, the Jaguar is only a little more than 2
 months old.  It takes time to develop and produce the quality games
 that will make us marvel at the power of the Jaguar.  Let's see what
 happens in the next few weeks...

      The last few weeks I've been concerned with the lack of new Atari
 computing news, including new hardware and software.  I happen to also
 do an occasional review of new software for Current Notes.  I just
 recently received a note from Paul Lefevre, CN's new Atari editor,
 about some new products he's received to review.  He mentioned quite a
 few, so things aren't as bleak as they may appear.  Now if I can just
 finish the current product review so I can take a look at another, I'll
 be happy!!  Anyway, look for some new things to be out soon, if not
 already.  I also recommend getting a copy of Current Notes to check
 out; it's a great magazine!

      I got my first view of signs of Spring the other day when I saw a
 message, the first this year, of news of the Connecticut AtariFest '94
 show in August.  News of Atari shows always piques my interest,
 especially if the show is within reasonable driving access for me!
 I hope to start to see more of these announcements in the near future
 as an AtariFest is an integral part of the Atari computing "lifestyle."
 Look for the CAF '94 announcement later on in this section.

      Last week I dropped a subtle hint that we'd see a review of Geneva
 in this week's issue.  Apparently, the hint was too subtle!  Joe
 Mirando has called me a number of times to apologize, but that review
 still isn't ready.  Joe's getting married in the summer, and he and his
 fiancee have been extremely busy doing some apartment hunting.  After
 numerous calls, Joe has promised that it will be ready soon!

      Speaking of reviews, in last week's issue I put out a call for
 reviewers, etc.  I left the available online addresses that I could be
 reached and inadvertently left the wrong Compuserve address!  Since I
 don't often leave myself messages, I simply had a memory loss.  The
 correct CIS address is 71051,3327.  I do want to emphasize, while I'm
 at it, that STReport can use your help to provide as much useful
 information as possible each week.  We all have our opinions of the
 Atari scene.  Many of us are online and are active.  Reviews of new
 software and hardware is the best alternative to learning about a new
 product without having to buy it first.  And more.  We need people to
 help bring such information to our readers.  We're not looking for
 professional writers.  We're more than happy to go over your writing
 and make necessary corrections.  All contributions are welcome,
 regardless of the subject.  We're also looking for feedback, especially
 directed toward the Atari section of STReport.  What are your likes or
 dislikes?  What would you like to see in future issues?  Be specific,
 or generalize - whatever your opinions are, we want to hear them.
 We're striving to make STReport informative.  To do this, it helps to
 have a good-sized staff to work with each week.  STReport doesn't write
 itself; at least I don't think so!  If you're interested, even on an
 irregular basis, I'd like to hear from you.  Everyone will benefit from
 your contribution(s).

      On that note, let me cut this short.  We have quite a bit of news
 and announcements in this issue.  Meanwhile, enjoy the nice weather
 while it lasts!!
      Until next time....


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 > STR Mail Call             "...a place for the readers to be heard"

                             STReport's MailBag

 Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

      It's always welcomed to get feedback from our readers.  Needless
 to say (but I will anyway!), I was pleasantly surprised to receive a
 letter the other day from a reader that has been away from the Atari
 scene for quite some time, but recently ventured into the Atari Forums
 on Compuserve.  Here's what he had to say:

 To the Publisher/Editors of STR magazine:

 I have just **discovered** your magazine on CompuServe. I have been
 downloading it from the Mac Club forum, section 8.

 It's terrific!!  Where has it been hiding all this time??

 How many issues in total are available on CompuServe? I have found
 No.1003 to present.

 As a long time Atari owner, I particularly like the Atari section even
 though I am a Mac freak at the moment. I am going to drop a line to Dana
 as well.

 Many thanks. CompuServe always amazes me when I find a pearl like this
 hidden in its massive database.

 Regards, Peter.

 cc: Dana Jacobson [71051,3327]
  ~ QMPro 1.52 ~ Compuserve; The Service by which all others are judged!

 Date:  16-Feb-94 21:01 EST
 From:  Peter J. Visima [74065,252]
 Subj:  STR / Atari


 I have just left a message to the Publisher regarding how I have just
 discovered STR on CompuServe. It's terrific. As I mentioned in my note
 to the Publisher, I am a long-time Atari user. There's a 400 and 130XE
 in the closet gathering dust and also a not over-used 1040ST sitting
 beside my Mac.

 That brings me to my main reason for this note. Although we have enjoyed
 many years with the Atari, it just doesn't get the use it once did. Do
 you have any feel for what my system may be worth?

 It consists of an original unmodified Atari 1040ST, color monitor, 20
 meg. hard drive, and various software (store-bought but probably worth
 zilch).  An Atari friend of mine says that musicians are particularly
 nuts over wanting these machines (because of the built in MIDI, no

 My guess is that if I can get a few hundred bucks out of it, I can turn
 that money into some of the game software for the Mac that the kids have
 enjoyed on the Atari (they both have Lynx machines as well!!).

 I appreciate your contribution to the newsletter, and even if I dump the
 old ST, I will always have a soft spot for Atari. (The 400 I'm keeping
 for 50 years for its antique value <grin>).

 P.S. I left this message to your address as listed in STR #1006
 (73057,327) and it bounced back as being no good. I hope this address
 from GO DIRECTORY works!

 Receipt of message acknowledged

 (Editor's note)


      Thanks for the pleasant surprise waiting in my mailbox.  While I
 occasionally get some letters from our readers, it's rare that I get
 one who "discovers" STReport after being away from the Atari scene for
 some time.  I'm glad that I can be that gritty piece of sand to help
 generate the "pearl" that you've recently discovered!

      As to selling your Atari equipment and software, I'd recommend
 that you set it up and use it a little.  Perhaps the excitement you
 once had might be rekindled!  The Atari computers, while not as
 actively supported as it once was, is still a viable and enjoyable
 machine.  It might also be a great gift for one of your children while
 you use the Mac!!

      To be perfectly frank, your system is not worth anywhere near what
 you may have paid for it originally.  Systems like yours may fetch a
 couple of hundred dollars, at most.  You may find that you can't get
 that much.  The older machines just aren't holding any monetary value
 with many new machines of any platform going for under $1,000 new.  In
 fact, I just purchased one of my BBS user's MegaST 4 systems, including
 a _ton_ of commercial and PD software and a number of peripherals for
 $100!!  Granted, I got one helluva bargain, but used equipment is not
 worth what it once was.  You may be better off, as I mentioned, letting
 your children enjoy it while they can.  No matter what it may be worth,
 it's still a fine machine!

      I appreciate your kind words and compliments for our Atari
 contributions to STReport.  Comments like these only make the effort
 more enjoyable and worthwhile.  I hope that you continue to read
 STReport and keep track of what's happening in the Atari community.
 I also hope to hear that you and/or your children start to use your
 1040 ST again.  Thanks for the letter.

 P.S.  Thanks for the reminder about the errant CIS ID I posted last
 week!  I almost forgot to make the correction in this issue, but your
 letter was a great reminder.

 Here's another letter I received from NewSTar Technology Management's
 Charles Smeton regarding the latest version of STraight FAX!

 February 17, 1994

 Dear STraight FAX! Owner,

   NewSTar Technology Management would like to inform you about
 the availability of STraight FAX! Version 2.10. Our records
 indicate that you are a registered owner of a copy of STraight
 FAX! between Versions 1.00 and 1.07 that has not yet upgraded to
 STraight FAX! Version 2.10. If you have already upgraded to
 STraight FAX! Version 2.10, please disregard this offer. If you
 have upgraded to STraight FAX! Version 2.00, then you are
 eligible for a FREE maintenance upgrade to Version 2.10 by
 calling our support BBS and requesting the maintenance upgrade
 as a file to download (see below for details).

   As a registered owner of STraight FAX! Version 1.xx, you are
 eligible for a special upgrade price for a limited time. From
 now until March 31, 1994, you can upgrade to STraight FAX!
 Version 2.10 for only $25.00 (US). If you purchased a new copy
 of STraight FAX! Version 1.xx on or after June 1, 1993, then the
 special upgrade price is only $20.00 (US) (proof of purchase
 date is required).

   After March 31, 1994, the upgrade price will be $30.00 (US) +
 $3.00 (US) for shipping and handling. Note: All orders shipped
 outside of North America will require a $5.00 (US) shipping and
 handling fee, regardless of when the upgrade is ordered.

   Registered owners in the UK and other parts of Europe can
 order the upgrade from the STraight FAX! UK distributor, System
  Solutions (see below for details).

   If you have sold your copy of STraight FAX! to someone else,
 please let us know about the change of ownership by sending a
 letter via postal mail or E-Mail that indicates the name and
 address of the new owner. Please include your name, address and
 the 10 digit Registration Number. Also, if possible pass this
 upgrade notice on to the new owner, or let the new owner know
 that they can contact us and we will send them the upgrade

 STraight FAX! 2.10

 STraight FAX! has been a leading Atari FAX software package
 since its introduction in April of 1992. But since then, we've
 added a host of features that make it easier to use, more
 accessible and more compatible,

 Now, with the release of STraight FAX! 2.10, popular Class 1 and
 Class 2 FAX Modems are fully supported. This means that STraight
 FAX! is compatible with a wider range of FAX Modems that ever
 before, including less expensive Class 1 Only FAX Modems and
 high end Class 1 and Class 2 FAX Modems.

 Support for Class 1 also means greater compatibility and
 reliability with remote FAX devices, so you can FAX around the
 world without worry.

 We've also added features to make STraight FAX! 2.10 a joy to
 use. Like a Quick Dial feature, for sending Faxes to locations
 that you don't plan on Faxing every day.

 Or you might like the new STraight FAX! Manager for seamless,
 system wide Faxing from your favorite applications, including
 Pagestream, Calligrapher 2/3, That's Write 2/3, Calamus, and
 Speedo GDOS based applications such as Atari Works. Just create
 a document using one of the applications above, select the
 special STraight FAX! "Print to Disk" driver from the
 application's printer driver selector, (optionally activate the
 STraight FAX! Manager CPX to select the path/filename for the
 generated FAX files), and print the pages of the document from
 the application's print command.

 If you are using MultiTOS or Gribnif's Geneva, you can have
 STraight FAX! sitting by idle and ready to send the generated
 FAX without quitting the application. Just tell the STraight
 FAX! Manager to send the FAX and the STraight FAX! pops up with
 all the generated FAX files ready to go!

 Normal TOS users can run STraight FAX! as a Desk Accessory and
 also send or receive Faxes without quitting the application. If
 you are limited on available memory and do not want to run
 STraight FAX! as a Desk Accessory, you can quit the application,
 run STraight FAX! and it will automatically find the generated
 FAX files and be ready to send!

 Don't wait another day to discover the FAX revolution. It's here
 and working now on your Atari computer. Get it straight with
 STraight FAX!.

 STraight FAX! 2.10 Features

 Send and Receive Faxes using any Class 1 or Class 2 FAX Modem.

 Runs as a program or Desk Accessory.

 Send Faxes using a SendFAX Modem.

 Print Received Faxes to any GDOS supported printer with special
 support for the Atari SLM Laser printers.

 Export Faxes to Image, PCX, TIFF, Windows/OS2 Bitmap or
 Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) formats. EPS files can be printed
 directly from the GEM Desktop to a PostScript printer or printed
 with a PostScript Interpreter.

 Send ASCII Text, Mono Image, High Rez Degas/Degas Elite, Mono
 PCX, GEM Metafiles, First Word, First Word Plus, Word Writer ST
 and FAX files.

 Broadcast Faxes to up to 100 Destinations.

 Phone List editor with Load, Save, Merge, Sort, Insert and
 Delete capabilities.

 Flexible Import of Gribnif's CardFile 4 Data files directly into
 Phone List.

 Schedule FAX transmissions at a later time (up to a year in

 Quick Dial feature allows entry of a FAX name/number on the fly
 for infrequent destinations.

 Manual Send and Receive features allows initiating a FAX Send or
 Receive from a voice call.

 Supra FAX Modem Caller ID support (including support for the
 Canadian Caller ID format).

 Caller ID/Remote FAX ID can be used to reject incoming "Junk"
 Faxes from a user defined list of Bad FAX callers.

 Direct scanning from within STraight FAX! via the ScanLite Desk

 Automatic merging of left and right scans from a hand scanner
 when used with The Tray scanning tray.

 Full Page direct scanning support for the Navarone/Canon IX-12
 series scanners with our optional driver ($19.95).

 View up to 7 Image, Degas, PCX, GEM Metafile or FAX files at a
 time, each in a GEM window.

 Enhanced Image editing/processing features such as copy/paste a
 defined clip area to/from a selected file or the Atari
 Clipboard, Clear/Invert/Thicken a defined clip area, Reduced
 (50%) View and Enlarged (FAX page size) view, Clean Up stray
 pixels, Rotate and Flip Image and Draw/Erase pixels.

 Supports enhanced user interface features on Falcon TOS 4.02+,
 MultiTOS and Gribnif's Geneva such as 3D buttons and sliders and
 Hierarchical drop down menus. Supports MultiTOS features such as
 Drag and Drop and Iconifying windows.

 Enhanced FAX Send and Receive Logs now contain additional

   - Date and Time of transfer.
   - Name of destination (send) or Comment (receive) which may be
     edited by the user to allow annotation of the logs.
   - Destination FAX Number (send) or Caller ID (receive).
   - Remote ID string from destination FAX.
   - Name of first FAX file sent or received.
   - Transfer attempt number (send only).
   - Total pages sent or received.
   - Duration of transfer.
   - Resolution of transfer (Normal or Fine).
   - Established baud rate of transfer.
   - Cover Page sent (send only).
   - Modem Type (SendFAX, Class 1 or Class 2).
   - Status of transfer.

 The detailed FAX Send or Receive Log information for an entry
 may be printed to a line printer or copied to the Atari

 FAX Receive Log Management Commands:

   - View FAX.
   - Print FAX (via GDOS).
   - Rename received FAX files.
   - Delete received FAX files.
   - Export received FAX files to Image, PCX, TIFF, Bitmap or EPS files.
   - Add the Caller ID/Remote ID to Bad FAX List.
   - Add the names of the received FAX files to File List.
   - Add the Comment/Caller ID or Remote ID to the Phone List.

 "Print to Disk" drivers included to print pages of a document
 from with the following applications:

   - Softlogik's Pagestream 1.8x
   - Softlogik's Pagestream 2.x
   - DMC's Calamus 1.09x
   - DMC' Calamus S/SL
   - Compo's That's Write 2.xx
   - Compo's That's Write 3.xx
   - Codehead Technologies' Calligrapher 2/3
   - Original Atari GDOS based applications (GEM Output, Migraph Outprint)
   - Atari FSM/Font GDOS based applications (Goldleaf's WordFlair II)
   - Atari Speedo GDOS based applications (Atari Works)

 The STraight FAX! Manager (Auto Folder TSR and CPX Module)
 simplifies the "Print to Disk" of FAX files from an application.
 The STraight FAX! Manager allows the user to name generated FAX
 files and it keeps track of them and communicates with STraight
 FAX! to automatically enter the generated FAX files into the
 File List in STraight FAX!.

 Also included are special printer drivers for Ditek
 International's DynaCADD 2 to generate Image files (.IMG) in the
 proper resolution for import into STraight FAX!.

 Support's Supra's Silent Answer feature to allow single line
 Voice/FAX sharing.

 Enhanced Atari Clipboard support:

   - Paste Image, GEM or ASCII Text from the clipboard into a
     defined clip area in a window. Pasted Image files may be scaled
     to fit into the clip area with or without preserving the aspect

   - Image files may be pasted in either Replace, Transparent,
     Reverse Transparent, And, Reverse And, Xor or Reverse Xor mode.

   - Copy a clip area defined in a window to the clipboard.

   - Copy/Paste text fields from the Cover Page to/from the

   - Copy detailed FAX Send/Receive Log Information to the

 Context sensitive on-line Help available with the Help Key or
 "?" button in dialogs.

 Over 60 user selectable parameters such, including the new:

   - Quick Dial dialog enable.
   - Time Format (12 or 24 hour).
   - Desktop color and fill pattern.
   - Prompt on File Overwrite.
   - Default ASCII Text File Extension.
   - Default File Path for Image, Degas, PCX, GEM, ASCII Text,
     First Word/Plus and FAX files.
   - GDOS Print Quality (Final or Draft).
   - Tab Width in ASCII Text File conversion.
   - Ignore Busy Signal
   - Local Area Code.
   - Maximum AT command size (for newer FAX Modems that support
     255 character command buffer).
   - Init String for FAX Modems that require special initialization.
   - Auto Baud parameter for FAX Modems that support automatic
     baud rate detection.
   - Caller ID parameter for FAX Modems that support Caller ID
   - Clipboard Image Paste options for scaling, preserving aspect
     ratio and expanding clip area to fit.

 Optimized FAX import and export routines to reduce conversion times.

 Load and Save user preference files to change the entire system
 configuration on the fly.

 Run an external text editor from within STraight FAX!

 Enhanced Dialog User Interface:

   - Popup Menus and Check boxes to ease setting user selectable
   - "Fly Dial" dialogs can be dragged to any position on the screen.
   - As a dialog is dragged to a new position, the screen is
     restored to display what is under the dialog.
   - Enhanced text edit field key commands.
   - Keyboard equivalents for button selection.


 STraight FAX! 2.10 requires an Atari 520 ST, 520STFM, 1040ST,
 STacy, Mega ST, STe, ST Book, Mega STe, TT030 or Falcon030
 computer with a minimum of 1 Megabyte of RAM. 2 or more
 Megabytes of RAM are recommended for printing and viewing Faxes
 due to the large size of uncompressed FAX images.

 STraight FAX! will operate with TOS 1.00, 1.02, 1.04 (Rainbow
 TOS), 1.06, 1.062, 2.105-2.106, 3.05-3.06, 4.01-4.04 and
 MultiTOS. TOS 1.04 or higher is recommended due to memory
 allocation problems on earlier TOS versions. 4 or more Megabytes
 and a 16 MHz or higher speed CPU is recommended when used with

 Due to the size of FAX files, a hard disk is recommended.

 Printing FAX documents and importing GEM Metafiles requires a
 version of GDOS and an appropriate GDOS printer driver. The
 original Atari GDOS (and compatibles), Font GDOS, FSM GDOS, and
 Speedo GDOS are supported. Font GDOS or Speedo GDOS are
 recommended. Importing GEM Metafiles requires the MEMORY.SYS
 GDOS driver to be installed as device number 61. Speedo GDOS is
 required to render text objects in GEM Metafiles.

 STraight FAX! 2.10 will send or receive FAX documents using an
 industry standard Class 1 or Class 2 FAX Modem. STraight FAX!
 will also send FAX documents with a SendFAX Modem (based on the
 Sierra Semiconductor chipset).

 To determine the Classes supported by a FAX Modem:

 Type the command:


 from a terminal program (end the command with a carriage return).
 The response will be of the form:

 0,1             for a Class 0 (Data) and Class 1 FAX Modem
 0,2             for a Class 0 (Data) and Class 2 FAX Modem
 0,1,2           for a Class 0 (Data) and Class 1 and Class 2 FAX Modem
 ERROR           for a SendFAX Modem or Data only Modem.

 Upgrade Details

 STraight FAX! 2.10 has a suggested List Price $109.95 (US).

 Registered STraight FAX! 1.xx users can upgrade to version 2.10
 by sending in their 10 digit Registration Number, original
 master disk and $25.00 (US). Registered users who have purchased
 STraight FAX! version 1.xx on or after June 1, 1993 can upgrade
 to version 2.10 for $20.00 (US). Proof of purchase date is
 required to qualify for this price. These special upgrade prices
 are available until March 31, 1994.

 The upgrade price includes a new version 2.10 master disk, a 164
 page manual, a quick reference guide and shipping within North
 America. Upgrade orders outside of North America, please add
 $5.00 (US). US funds only. Major Credit cards accepted. Please
 allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.

 After March 31, 1994, the upgrade price will be $30.00 (US) +
 $3.00 (US) for shipping and handling. For orders outside of
 North America, the shipping and handling fee will be $5.00 (US).

 Please mail upgrade orders to:

 STraight FAX! 2.10 Upgrade Offer
 570F Ritchie Highway
 Severna Park, Maryland 21146 USA

 For more information contact:

 Voice:      +1 410 544 6943
 FAX:        +1 410 544 1329
 BBS:        +1 410 544 6999 (300-14400 baud, allow up to 60 sec to
 GEnie:      C.S.SMETON
 CompuServe: 73047,2565

 Registered STraight FAX! 1.xx owners in the United Kingdom and
 Europe may upgrade to STraight FAX! 2.10 by contacting System
 Solutions at the following locations:

 The Desktop Centre (London Showroom)
 17 19 Blackwater Street
 London, England SE22 8RS
 Voice:    081 693 3355
 FAX:      081 693 6936

 Windsor Business Center (Windsor Service Center)
 47/48 Building 2
 Vansittart Road Windsor, England SL4 1SE
 Voice:  0753 832212
 FAX:    0753 830344


 Please contact System Solutions for the exact upgrade price in
 UK pounds, as the price will vary due to the exchange rate.

 Please mail change of ownership notices to:

                       NewSTar Technology Management
                                P.O. Box 122
                     Columbia, Maryland 21045-0122 USA

 or send private E-Mail to:

 GEnie:      C.S.SMETON
 CompuServe: 73047,2565
 BBS:        +1 410 544 6999, Charles

 Please include the previous owner's name & address, the new owner's name
 & address and the 10 digit Registration Number.

 Registered STraight FAX! 2.00 owners can request the STraight
 FAX! 2.10 maintenance upgrade for FREE as follows:

 Please call our tech support BBS at the number listed above.
 Send private E-Mail to user "Charles" requesting the maintenance
 upgrade from version 2.00 to 2.10. Please include your name,
 address and 10 digit Registration Number. Call back within 2-3
 days, and the maintenance upgrade file archive will be in your
 mail box.

 Users on GEnie can also send private E-Mail to the GEnie address
 listed above to request the upgrade. The maintenance upgrade
 archive will be sent as an attached file in your GEnie mail box.

 Sorry, the maintenance upgrade archive file can not be sent via
 CompuServe or via the Internet.

 To be eligible for this FREE maintenance upgrade from version
 2.00 to version 2.10 (as well as future maintenance upgrades),
 you must be a registered owner of STraight FAX! 2.xx, which
 means that we must have your Registration Card on file. If you
 have not done so, please fill out and return the Registration
 Card in order to become a registered owner. Only registered
 owners are eligible for technical support and upgrade offers.

 Registered owners of STraight FAX! 2.00 can also receive the
 maintenance upgrade to 2.10 by sending $3.00 (US) to the upgrade
 address listed above. Please include your name, address and 10
 digit Registration Number and also indicate that you are
 requesting the maintenance upgrade from version 2.00 to 2.10.

 STraight FAX! is marketed for NewSTar Technology Management by
 Toad Computers and is distributed in the United Kingdom by
 System Solutions.

 All programs and products mentioned are trademarks or copyright's of
 their respective companies.


 > PHOENIX 2.0 STR InfoFile

              PHOENIX U.S.A. - XENOMORPH Update (Version 2.0)

 LEXICOR SOFTWARE is proud to announce the release of PHOENIX 2.0 in the

 The following pricing structure is U.S.A. only, European Prices and
 Distribution at your closest Lexicor Dealer.

 For European Sales you may contact:     *  For North American Sales
 contact:                                *
 email:          *  email:
 36 Queensberry Street, Suite 6          *  1726 Francisco Street
 Boston, MA 02215                        *  Berkeley, CA 94703
 Tel: (617) 437 0414 Fax: (617 437 9413  *  Tel: (510) 848 72 -21 / Fax:

 Pricing Structure is as follows (these Prices are valid for North
 European prices vary from Country to Country!)
 PHOENIX 1.0 Upgrade Policy, return the original disk and payment of 49.95
 U$D and you will receive your PHOENIX 2.0, PHOENIX 1.0 will be known as
 entry level PHOENIX and be still available for 69.95.
 PHOENIX 2.0 Standard Price will be only 89.95! All Prices do not include,
 tax, shipping and handling costs.

 Now to some inside information on Phoenix 2.0


 Runs Completely under MultiTOS (tm) and supports it completely i.e. you
 can Render your images in the background! so now rendering your images
 will not tie up your computer completely.

 Options to render in

 You can now also preview in the resolution of your choice, when Rendering
 Phoenix will open up a window of the rendered image and a status bar.
 New Palette options, next to best and fixed, you can now render with the
 Palette of your choice in the option custom designed palette! This is a
 very important new feature that is extremely useful for 8bit animations
 and fast playback!

 Shadows, No Shadows, Caustic Shadows
 This New set of features will allow you to turn off the Shadows for
 individual objects, this would decrease rendering times for objects that
 may never need to cast shadows. Caustic Shadows will simulate the caustic
 focusing of lights due to refraction, works best with partially
 transparent objects.As well as.....
 the usual powerful functions such as specular refraction, break points,
 individual glow factors for objects and object transparency and a new
 Surface Texture and enhanced Color Texture Menu!

 New improved Textures
 Alongside the old wood grain, marble and image mapping many new texture
 as well as bump mappings have been now included!

 Surface Textures
 - Ripples creates a rippled water appearance with small random ripples
 - Waves creates ocean type waves
 - Bump Mapping produces a bumpy surface
 - Eroded very similar to bumps, a small variation of it
 - Image Mapping will allow you to use an image (SPC, GIF, TGA) to
   pertubate the surface.

 Additionally, you can control the animation factor to every respective
 Surface Texture for example in Waves or Ripple produce an animation cycle
 of any frames per cycle of your choice! Create realistic moving waves and

 Color Spline Textures
 This is the new texture mapping in Xenomorph that allows you to have a
 lot more control over the individual texture rather than the old
 textures. You can specify the texturing method, describe the color
 spline, sequence of colors thus adding various texture layers over each
 other. It is nearly like a user defined texture mapper with Bozo,
 Gradient, Agate, Granite, Marble, Wood type layers per texture layer.

 Color Spline has to many features to go in detail about them, check out
 our 24bit Color Texture Images (TEXTURES.TGA) to see just some of the
 power of this new option. On the disk there are over 100 new textures and
 texture layers available to the user. A Texture list at the end of this

 - Fog Create your own fog effects of your rendered images.
 - Background Color, select the color to render in the background of your
 - Background Image, select the image of your choice to render in the

 Now Xenomorph can light an image with a user-specific light so you can
 produce a red-light spotlight, mix it with other lights of different
 colors to produce some amazing and interesting effects.

 Control your textures in animation so your texture will flow with your
 animation as if it is a real part to a moving object! With the new
 morphing lock function this can be now be done with morphing animations
 done with Chronos and combined with ANM-Link the missing link to render
 CHRONOS animations with the power of the Phoenix Rendering Engine!
 Standard Features of Phoenix
 o Render Objects with smooth shading, no more polygon edges!
 o Objects will render with highlights
 o Objects may be textured with wood grain, marble, or wrap and
   image around the object
 o Each Object may have it's own color palette
 o Number of Objects is limited only by memory
 o 4 different light source type, up to 21 lights in a scene.
 o 3 different camera types. Maneuver the camera anywhere in a
 o Graphical object, light and camera positioning editor.
 o View and save rendered images as 512 color Spectrum SPC files,
   2 to 256 color GIF files, or true color (24bit) Targa files at any
 o Simple animation capabilities, or render CTL script animations
   (Cyber Control v.1.1 required for CTL animations) or use the new
   ANM-LINK (relativity) to render Chronos Key-frame animations with
   morphs and cycles.
 o Several tutorial and sample objects included
 o Runs in any 80 column color or monochrome resolution
 o Full math co-processor support
 o Plus much much more!

 There is a lot more to the new Phoenix, especially the new powerful Color
 Spline to give you close to absolute texture control. Lexicor Software
 will soon come with a special disk of over hundreds of new textures for
 use in Phoenix, but here a small list of the Textures available straight
 away in the Phoenix 2.0 disk.

 - Wood
   User definable with grain color and width, Object Texture Ratio, view
 - Marble
   User definable with color bands, turbulence, base color, grain, view,
   Texture Ratio and more
 - Image Mapping
   Load SPC, TGA or GIF to map in S map (Plane, Cube, Cylinder or Sphere),
   O Map (Reflection, Obj Normal, Obj Center, S Map Norm), Tiling (single
   or tiled, morph lock, view control, turbulence and Mask (no mask,
   foreground or opaque mask) on the object of your choice with your own
   created image.

 Brand new Textures that come with Phoenix 2.0 (and only useable in
 Phoenix 2.0) can be altered in the Color Spline Texture Control, also
 only individual layers of that Texture can be saved, loaded and/or

 WOOD Types:     STONE Types:    SKY Types:      MISC Types:
 -----------     ------------    ----------      -----------
 Cherry Wood     Agate Blue      Apocalypse      Brass
 Dark Wood       Agate Brown     Clouds          Candy
 Pine Wood       Agate Sapphire  Sky Blue1       Cork
 Rose Wood       Gradient Pink   Sky Blue2       Fire/Flame
 Sandy Wood      Jade            Sky Blue3       Peel
 Tanned Wood     Marble Blood    Sky Bright      Rust
 Toned Wood      Marble Red      Sky Blood       Iron Rust
 White Wood      Marble White
 Yellow Wood     Pink Lab

 And 7 more Wood and 24 more Stone types!  Each having their own
 individual characteristics!

 * Texture Layers not included on the list, only complete named Textures
 * All in all 125 Textures are included on the Phoenix 2.0 disk for the
   User And LEXICOR will be releasing texture disks loaded only with brand
   new textures such as Popcorn that will look like real popcorn when
   rendered!    Absolutely amazing!

 The true strength of Phoenix lies in its ease of use, and this ease of
 use has been thankfully preserved in Phoenix 2.0, don't be baffled by the
 wealth of new Textures and the incredible new functions, it will only
 take a very short while to master it.

 On the Internet you may contact us on or, optionally you may also email

 On COMPUSERVE contact 75300,763 or 73073,142 or visit us in topic 11
 (LEXICOR) on atariarts or atariven (type go atariarts).

 GENIE contact LEXICOR or Y.SIU or visit us at the GRAPHICS RT on page
 1415 (type m1415) in Category 22 (LEXICOR SUPPORT) or just type GRAPHICS
 to enter the forum.

 On DELPHI contact LEXICOR or LEXICORWORLD or visit us in the Atari
 Advantage Area (type go com atari).



   **    O U R  F O U R T H  A N N I V E R S A R Y !   S H O W ! ! !   **
   **                        /-----------\/------------/    **BOSTON** **
   **                       /         *  *            /                **
   **                      /                         /                 **
   **                    ,/     CT ATARIFEST '94    /                  **
   **                  ,/  ________________________/                   **
   **       **NY**    /__,/                                            **
   **                                                                  **
   **   CONNECTICUT ATARIFEST '94   10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 8/27/94    **
   **   August 27-28, 1994 at the   10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 8/28/94      **
   **   Windsor Court Hotel,                                           **
   **   Windsor Locks, CT                    Sponsored by              **
   **   (Hartford area).                   ACT Atari Group             **
   **                              (WMAUG,DBUG,AOGUGH,CCCC & STAR)     **

           Atari Software & Hardware! Free Parking! Low Room Rates!
                         TT030s, FALCONs, JAGUARs!

 ACT Atari  Group  is  running another  _MAJOR_  Northeast computer  event.
 Last year's  successful move  to the  Windsor Court  Hotel means only  one
 thing: ENCORE! CT Fest '94 is  just as convenient to reach as  ever - only
 two hours  from Boston or  New York. The  hotel has excellent room  rates,
 free  and plentiful parking, easy access from  Interstates 91, 95, 90, 84,
 80 and  is located just  1 mile from  Bradley International Airport  (free
 shuttle  service  for hotel  guests). Join  us for  an informal,  low cost
 dinner Saturday night, and mix with old friends.

 What  about the  Jaguar?  Come on  out  and get  (64)BIT! We'll  have  the
 largest  Jaguar competition  in  New England,  with  the latest  games and
 gear. With all  the excitement generated by this  hot new machine, you owe
 it to yourself to get the personal skinny.

 We  expect an even  greater number  of vendors  this year,  surpassing the
 excellent turnout of the past shows. CAF '93 vendors included:

           * A&D Software                     * Gribnif Software
           * ABC Solutions                    * Kurlan Music
           * BaggettaWare Software            * Lexicor Software
           * Barefoot Software                * Marcel Software
           * Best Electronics                 * MegaType Software
           * Clear Thinking                   * Oregon Research Associates
           * Codehead Technologies            * Soft-Logik Publishing
           * CompuServe Information Services  * Software Spectrum
           * Computer Zone                    * Straight Edge Software
           * Derric Electronics               * Thin Air Labs
           * East Hartford Computer Repair    * Toad Computer
           * Evangelo's Software              * Wizztronics
           * GEnie

 In  addition to  our  commercial supporters,  many  user groups  came from
 hundreds of  miles away to  be with  us for CAF  '93. Those  in attendance
 included The  Boston Computer  Society, Western  Massachusetts Atari  User
 Group, Atari  ST  and Mega  Users of  Montreal,  South Shore  Atari  Group
 [Mass], Atari User  Group of Greater  Hartford, Scranton  Area Atari  User
 Group (PA)  and  Long Island  Atari  User  Group (DBUG-Danbury  and  FACE-
 Fairfield [both CT]  were represented in the  ACT Atari booth).  Most user
 groups  offered numerous  demonstrations, public  domain  disks and  great
 clip  art  collections,  with  most  of  the  groups  offering  "recycled"
 hardware and software items.

 We'll  have our  Lynx Competition,  with  multiple Comlynxed  competitions
 underway  at  all  times, the  Portfolio  Corner,  staffed  with  industry
 experts, an  endless stream of door  prizes and seminars in  abundance (in
 the  past  we've   had  everyone's  favorite  Atari  Corp.    Director  of
 Communications  Bob Brodie, John Eidsvoog  of Codehead,  Jeff Naideau from
 Barefoot,  Dave Troy of Toad  Computers, Joe Mirando  & Dana Jacobson from
 STReport and many others). Stay tuned for this year's list of speakers.

 All  in all, we  hope to  have the  best Northeast show  yet, and  we look
 forward to  your participation. Make your plans  now for the most exciting
 Atari Weekend this summer!


 BY CAR: Traveling Interstate 91 Northbound, take Exit 41, a right off  the
 exit ramp  and another right at the next  stop sign. You can see the hotel
 from there.    Southbound, take  Exit 41  and  bear  right; the  hotel  is
 straight ahead. Call the CT Tourism Division at (800) CT-BOUND.

 BY  AIR: Many  airlines  serve Bradley  International Airport.  Call  your
 travel agent for a list. Many area lodgings offer  a courtesy van from the
 airport;  make arrangements  by using  one  of the  phones in  the baggage
 claim area.

 BY RAIL: Rail  passengers can reach  Windsor Locks  aboard several  trains
 that  run  daily  between  Washington, D.C.,  Boston,  and  several points
 between  the two. For information about fares, schedules, restrictions and
 connecting trains, contact Amtrak by phoning (800) USA-RAIL.

 WHERE TO STAY:  The Windsor Court will  be offering special rates  for CAF
 '94 attendees, call them at 203-623-9811 (Fax 9808). There  are many other
 hotels  in  the  area:  Bradley  International  Motor  Inn,  Budgetel Inn,
 Courtyard by  Marriott, Days Inn  - Tobacco Valley,  Fairfield Inn, Harley
 Hotel,  Holiday Inn  -  Windsor Locks,  Homewood  Suites, Journey's  End -
 Springfield  (Mass.),   Ramada  -  East   Windsor,  Sheraton  -   Hartford
 (Downtown), Sheraton Tara - Springfield and Simsbury Inn.


          For further information, call Angela or Brian Gockley at
         203-332-1721. E-mail can be directed to 75300,2514 on CIS.


 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                            THE OLD FISHIN' HOLE

 A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth

     One piece of computer hardware that almost no system owner is without
 these days is the printer. Not long ago even 9-pin dot matrix printers
 were priced out of the reach of many hobbyists. Presently though,
 printers such as bubble jets or even some of the moderately priced lasers
 are more readily available to the masses. Seeing that the Atari platform
 had been lauded as the ultimate desktop publishing system, many public
 domain and shareware programs have been released over the years to take
 advantage of the inexpensive combination of Atari computers and better
 than letter quality output. One such program is the center of this week's
 column.  "Two Column Printer" by Jonathan Corey is an extremely useful
 printing utility which will allow users to conserve resources while
 maintaining high quality output.  The program does it's conserving by
 printing ASCII files in a two column (hence the name) 'magazine style'
 format. To save even more paper "Two Column Printer" feature an option to
 format the output to print on both sides of the paper.

     Using "Two Column Printer" couldn't be easier. The program is
 entirely GEM based, and all functions and options are set from pull down
 menus. The first step which must be completed before trying to print is
 the selection of a printer driver. There are approximately ten drivers
 included with the package and most printers should be compatible with one
 of them either directly or by adjusting a dip switch. I tested the
 program on a Canon bubble jet, and although there was no direct support
 for the Canon mode, one flick of a switch set my printer to emulate an
 Epson LQ and the program printed perfectly. If someone does create a
 BJ-10 driver....please...e-mail it to me, I hate having to reset the mode
 each time I want to print using the "Two Column Printer". The
 documentation provided with the program does contain _detailed_
 instructions for creating your own drivers, but after spending an hour or
 so trying to look up the correct information in my manual, I gave up...I
 just wasn't meant to program printer drivers. After loading and testing a
 driver, it may be merged with the program itself to make it the default

     Next an ASCII file may be loaded and formatted for printing. A simple
 viewer is available to make sure that the file loaded is actually the
 correct file you wish to print. At this point a dialog box is displayed
 allowing the user to change many format settings such as the font to be
 used, width and length of pages, blank line filter, type of sort to be
 used, and whether to print to the printer or disk. Most of the options
 are self-explanatory, but those which may be slightly unclear have built
 in help buttons (as a matter of fact the program also have a nifty help
 menu).  Once you are sure of the settings, press the 'print' button
 and....presto! The user now has his/her file printed in an easy to read,
 paper saving format.

     I can't recommend "Two Column Printer" enough, especially for
 printing source code to those long programs. The latest version is 6.0
 which was released about a month ago, and the author seems to continually
 enhance and upgrade the program to be compatible with as much hardware as
 possible (even though he expects no payment for his hard work!). Download
 the program and then drop the author a note...most people don't realise
 how important feedback is to programmers.

     That's it for this edition.  Nibbles from new programs were
 practically non-existent this week, hopefully we'll have better luck in
 the coming month. See ya next week...same time...same place.  As always
 e-mail and suggestions, comments, or late Valentines

                                  Go USA!

     |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
     |  Two Column Printer                                            |
     |     Delphi: Atari Advantage - read TWO COLUMN                  |
     |     GEnie: Atari ST RT - #31631                                |

  * The Tackle Box is meant to provide assistance in finding files
 mentioned in the column. It should not be considered a COMPLETE  listing
 and is provided for convenience only. Delphi Atari Advantage files should
 be found in the Recent Arrivals section of the database until moved to
 their appropriate sections.


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

 Hi there friends and neighbors.  I must say that I really can't believe
 that we've gone almost a full week without a snow storm here in the
 northeast.  Perhaps we'll be able to coast right into spring without any
 more of that white stuff falling from the sky... nah, my luck has never
 been that good.

 Well, at least phone service hasn't been affected.  So no matter what
 the weather has been like outside, I've been able to log on to
 CompuServe to catch up on the goings-on in the computer world from
 around our world.  And being the nice guy that I am, I'm going to share
 some of it with you right now.  So let's take a look at what people are
 saying on CompuServe...

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 First off, our own dear, sweet, unassuming Editor/Publisher, Ralph
 Mariano asks:

   "Is it just me or, does GIF make a smaller file than JPEG??  I took
   about 20mb worht of Image files (all high quality line art B/W) that
   I've collected over the years and converted it to GIF format.  A friend
   suggested JPEG.  I tried it on a few of my larger image files and it
   made a file quite a bit larger than the GIF version of the same image
   file.  I check both the conversions for quality and they were all as
   good as the original IMG file.  Is it just me or does JPEG make BIG
   files compared to GIF???"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Ralph:

   "The compression achieved with JPG depends on what you specify when you
   run it to compress graphics files...

   I don't know what the default is if you don't specify, but in general
   the JPG versions of graphics files I've seen are around 1/3 the size of
   the GIF version of the same file.

   That's with some loss of graphic detail though...  at 100%, it might
   indeed end up with a larger file.  I've never tried that though..."

 Dan Koudelka posts:

   "I tried to download QuickCIS from utility libary QWKCIS.PRG during
   decompression got message error while writing then bad zip header what
   is a zip header? is this error on my side or is there something wrong
   with the file?"

 Sysop Dan Rhea tells the other Dan:

   "Dan, you might want to try the decompression again, but make sure you
   have plenty of free disk space first.

   If that doesn't work, I can only imaging that you got a bad download
   (it happens every once in a while). Oh yea, you are set up as 8bit, no
   parity right? Finally, have you had trouble getting other files? Oh
   yea, one more, if you still have problems. Let me know what Modem, Comm
   program and setup string you are using, as  well as your download

 Henri Tremblay posts:

   "I just received the January issue of ST Informer and one thing I
   notes is that there are no more ST or STE for sale in the advertisers'
   ads.  The Falcon is mentioned with "CALL!" as a price.  One cannot find
   a new monitor, it seems.  So, where are we going?  I would have bought
   a Falcon if I had seen one, but here in Canada all dealers have turned
   belly up or to other platforms.  What am I supposed to do if I wished
   to upgrade.  Il would have bought Atari Works if my ST had more than 1
   meg, and maybe Straight Fax and other products.  Now the PCs all come
   with a built-in faxmodem/answering machine, etc.  Some with built-in
   CD-ROM.  Should I buy a clone and a GEMULATOR to upgrade my ST's
   memory.  It seems the only alternative left.

   These were just reflections I have from time to time.  I often go to
   see the PCs and Macs but I keep on waiting for something else.  All my
   ST friends now have clones and are enjoying them.  It is strange
   though how some people would have hesitated to buy Atari Works for $109
   and then go to buy a clone for $3000."

 Master Sysop Ron Luks tells Henri:

   "The ST and STe's have been cancelled by Atari.  According to Sam
   Tramiel, Falcons are still available, but are primarily of interest to
   musicians and the MIDI market.  Atari plans to devote all its efforts
   to the Jaguar game machine and "may decide at a future date to re-enter
   the computer marketplace."

 Henri replies:

   "I did not know Sam Tramiel had said that about the future of the
   Falcon. That explains why we don't hear much about it.  I wonder if the
   Falcon is selling well even in the music world.  I hope Atari succeed
   with the Jaguar but I have doubts."

 Ron tells Henri:

   "Sam said that to me at the recent WCES show in Las Vegas this past
   January.  I don't know that there have been any major public
   pronouncements from Atari Corp about the fate of the current computer
   line (i.e. the falcon) other than "Atari is putting all its present
   resources behind the Jaguar..."

 Frank Hense tells Ron:

   "One of the better Atari dealers told me he just received a large
   order of TTs :-) offered me a trade for my MSTE4....

   I don't think the Falcon will last long at the price--to my knowledge
   only one has been sold to the Atari user base here in S.A.  even tho
   they are in stock at the local music store.  Of course we don't have a
   working dealership here either.....

   Now if the keyboard was detached, then maybe it would sell, still the
   price is really questionable when 386s are around $800.....( now don't
   anybody fuss at me about what kind of 386 you get at that price - just
   walk thru BEST BUY and look)."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Frank:

   "Actually the "benchmark" for PC prices seems to have dropped even more
   than that..  a good reference now is that '486 systems are lower than

   I just saw a Pentium based system listed for $1995 too..   how much
   Falcon can you buy for that..?"

 Frank replies to Bob:

   "Don't blink or they'll be givin' 'em away.   Well almost anyway. The
   price on CD -ROMs is really falling also. I paid $299 for a TEXEL 3028
   for xmas. That's about half what they were last year and not half the
   performance. I saw some in Computer Shopper for $289 last issue.

   I picked up a 345mb MAxtor for my BBS for $289 from Dell in Austin and
   I remember paying $500 for my Sh204 in 1987. Remember what we were
   paying for STs in those days."

 Bob continues the thought:

   "And just think... I paid *more* for my 8-bit Atari 810 disk drive
   than I did for my *entire* first 520ST system..!

   Amazing the way prices and features work in inverse proportion to the
   "norm" of the world here in the computer world..."

 Frank extends the thought yet again:

   "Funny I can remember what I paid for my 600XL in 1982, but not my
   1040s( that's plural)...

   I guess what we are seeing in the computer world is market forces at
   work, too bad it doesn't work for autos.  Actually it's truly amazing
   what's being crammed into those little chips...  The cuthroat nature of
   the computer world is a little frightening.   I'm amazed that the
   little local guys can survive, yet somehow they do, must be more a
   factor of local support than price.  I know I'm happy I bought
   mine(386) from the guy next door.

   SAD Atari users can't find a guy next door anymore. We're in the 10th
   largest city  and are without a full service dealership..."

 Sysop Ron Luks jumps in and adds his thoughts:

   "Yes, at the selling price, the Falcon was about 18 months too late to
   be price attractive compared to other platforms.  The attached keyboard
   was also a major drawback from the beginning.

   I still like  my MSTE4, although I can see where the TT might have some
   appeal in specialty situations where more horsepower is needed."

 John Devlin asks for help:

   "Around two months ago there a message posted about a CD rom for the
   Atari St computer.

   Can anyone point me to the message number, as a friend would like to
   order one for his ST board."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online tells John:

   "That is the Gemini CD-ROM disc (for the Atari ST) and its available
   from Walnut Creek.  Also its being sold by Its All Relative ... his CIS
   ID is 70357,2312.  Greg is also the developer of Photo Show for the
   Falcon.  The CD-ROM is ISO-9660 complaint so it will work on any

 Rob Rasmussen asks Sysop Bob Retelle about Falcon video modes:

   "You had said Falcon True Color can be displayed on a SC1224 monitor,
   but that it would look very blocky, since each pixel is 15 bits. But
   the ST's limited 32K of video RAM is not a factor here, since the
   Falcon's VRAM is programmable. Is it the 1224 itself that's limited to
   showing this blocky display?

   I was told a VGA monitor can display a maximum rez of 640 x 480. Does
   this mean you can't go beyond this if you use ScreenBlaster or BlowUp?
   I realize a monitor has to be capable of displaying the highest rez you
   want to display from the computer(without interlacing?), even if you
   have extra VRAM like from a TT graphics card. I take it the multiscan
   monitors go way beyond VGA.

   For that matter I've been wondering how high a rez SuperVGA can
   display, and how it differs from VGA. A dealer recommended a Magnavox
   CM2089 for use with the Falcon (I'm real close to making a purchase).
   Do you know if this is VGA, SVGA or multiScan? Does anyone know if
   there's anything special about this monitor as opposed to another brand
   I could get locally at Comp-USA?"

 Bob tells Rob:

   "I think the "blocky" true-color display was when I was talking about
   the hypothetical possibility of doing 24bit color on an Atari 800.. the
   Falcon's display is actually quite nice..!

   You're right that the capabilities of the monitor can limit the highest
   resolution you can display, even if the video card in your computer
   can go higher... it's a matter of the monitor simply not being able to
   scan fast enough to display all the data the video card is sending it.

   For example, I have a Super VGA video card in my PC that's capable of
   displaying up to 1024 x 768 x 256 colors... but the monitor I'm
   currently using is only a regular VGA monitor from an IBM PS/2 model
   30...  if I try to switch into the Super VGA modes, the monitor goes
   berzerk, displaying only jagged bars of random colors, and whining
   pitifully as it tries to keep up with the video card. (This is one of
   those "don't try this at home" kinds of things, as I understand the
   wrong display modes can actually damage a monitor.. I just wanted to
   see if I could push it...)

   I'm not familiar with that monitor model you mentioned, but you should
   be aware that the Falcon can only display normal VGA modes as it comes
   out of the box..  a Super VGA monitor would be wasted, unless you plan
   to eventually add hardware modifications that would make use of the
   extra resolution capabilities. (Or if you plan to eventually migrate to
   a different computer platform that CAN use the higher resolution

 Danny Bates tells us:

   "I have a 1040st with an external hard drive (atari sh205). For some
   reason I cannot get the computer to acknowledge that a hard drive
   exists, even when I do a disk install, and I'm wondering if there is
   supposed to be a systems boot disk that should have come with the hard
   drive (I bought it used so there's no telling what was supposed to be
   with it) to give the 1040 the ability to look for this hard drive?

   I guess my three basic questions are:

   1. Does anybody out there own one of these hard drives and could
   possibly tell me how to get this thing configured so it will read?

   2. Does anyone have a manual and/or systems disk for this hard drive
   that I could somehow get a copy of?

   3. Is there such a thing as Atari customer support anymore?"

 Sysop Dan Rhea tells Danny:

   "There is a disk with a set of utilities that format and partition you
   SH205. It also sets up the drive to autoboot (i.e. the HD boots, not
   the floppy drive).

   I'll look around and see if I can find the utilities here for you (and
   make sure they work with your machine and not just the newer ones). If
   not, you should be able to get Atari to help you by sending you a new
   disk (there may be a nominal fee though).

   For now, try this...

         1. Turn everything off
         2. Put a blank (formatted) floppy in drive A:
         3. Start up the hard drive and wait about 15 seconds
         4. Turn on the monitor and then the ST.
         5. If the HD is still setup properly, it should boot after
            looking at the floppy drive once.

   I hope this works for you. If not, we'll dig deeper. Let me know what
   your results are with the above instructions."

 John Devlin tells us:

   "I must admit I didn't want to leave the Atari scene, but I want to
   start storing my photograghs on CD rom, and the my STe was not capable
   of providing good enought graphics, unless I wanted to spend plenty of
   money on a 24bit graphics card.

   My PC has a 24bit SVGA colour card that cost 57.58 UK pounds.

   The PC so far has cost me 240 pounds, to build, I have sold off my STe
   and Hires monitor, so from the cash from that I am about to go shopping
   for a SVGA colour monitor.

   Oh, well I better get ready to go out, I am off to Tottingham Court
   Rd, this has the most number of electrical retailers, so all going well
   I should have a nice new monitor later."

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Wes Pinter asks:

   "Can somebody tell me why I'm only getting 205 bytes per second with my
   downloads at 19,200 (14.4)baud??? I just downloaded a file that was
   295296 bytes. This should have taken from 3-5 minutes by my
   calculations (1000 bytes per sec) but ended up taking about 25 minutes.
   This is crazy! I know I should be able to get about 1,000 bytes per
   second, since this is what I average on the local BBS's. I'm using
   Flash II and I have tried CIS-B, CIS Quick B, and Ymodem. Not one of
   them was faster than 217 bytes per second. Could there be a problem
   with CIS??? What about Flash 2? I would greatly appreciate any help in
   this matter, since I can't allow myself (or afford) to d/load in such
   an inefficient manner."

 Sysop Jeff Kovach tells Wes:

   "You may have your port set at 19200 and are using a 14.4 modem, but
   are you calling a high speed CompuServe node?   When you connect, what
   speed does your modem report it's connecting at?  It sounds like you
   are calling a 2400 bps node.  If you ARE calling a high speed node,
   you'd be best off typing GO FEEDBACK and leaving a message to
   CompuServe detailing the problem.  You may also be able to get your
   account credited for the time that you had the slow download."

 Carl Barron tells Wes:

   "At 9600 I get between 850-1000 cps from flash II/cis B/vidtext mode,
   depends on system load. As this node I use is 9600 I don't set it

   Make sure FII is configured for 19200 baud, rts/cts, and you are
   calling the 14400 baud number.  Flash II does work at 19200/14400. but
   I don't currently have a 14.4 local node at this time."

 Well folks, the column is kind of short this week, but I figure that it
 just leaves more room for someone else.  Besides, its getting late and
 you really shouldn't be up this late. <grin>

 Just be sure to come back next week, same time, same channel, and be
 ready to listen to what they are saying when...

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