ST Report: 4_mar-93 #1010

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/07/94-10:09:51 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 4_mar-93 #1010
Date: Mon Mar  7 22:09:51 1994

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

      The weather for most is horrid but then, what can we do about the
 weather besides "try" to enjoy it.  Truly, Spring is right around the
 corner.  Which means Spring Comdex!  New products, revised products and
 product updates and upgrades galore.  How about... a 140mb flop that's
 truly affordable?  Can you say yes?  Its in the wings.  Let's see, hmmm a
 new, super powerful BBS is coming from Mustang it'll be terrific and
 it'll be highly affordable.  Look for it in the fall or, maybe... sooner. 
 Word has it that there are a number of high powered software package
 updates in the wings.  The plethora of new wares for the computer is
 dizzying!  Compared to what I, in a sad tome from long long ago, had
 become accustomed to.  Now of course, the problem is not when but which

      Software that is capable of fully complimenting the marvelous
 hardware that's emerging on both the PC and the MAC platforms is a wonder
 to behold.  Of course, interspersed with all this wonderment is the
 occasional bogeyman.  But honestly, its so far and few between.  Even the
 640k barrier has become virtually a myth from days gone by.  Its a real
 treat just to read about all the "new" becoming available each and every

      Talk about the old, familiar warm fuzzy feeling!  It sure beats the
 dickens out of the weekly hack and slash sessions resulting from a
 userbase with little or nothing but grief to look forward to.

      Unfortunately, there are a few platforms out there where this is
 still happening!!  Its sad.  They are literally begging for software
 support, lamenting over a real lack of hardware support, expressions of
 hope are continually made about the possibility of a new product (likened
 "secret weapons") that'll revitalize the platforms from death.  Yessir,
 folks don't know how "good" they don't have it until they finally open
 their eyes and view the real computing community that surrounds them.

      The "also-ran" computer manufacturers managed to create a small fuss
 amidst the roaring boom of the global computing community throughout the
 last decade.  A few continue to try, even today with the handwriting on
 the wall!  They make a very small fuss indeed.. but highly expensive to
 those who bought and continue to buy into the wretched nightmare.  

      When compared to Apple and the PC world early on, (1985-1987) it
 looked quite good.  The fussers managed to lead a number of very bright
 and promising individuals down a, not so soon to be discovered.. wacky,
 filled with deadly pitfalls, footpath of horror.  The others, as it
 turned out, were far more fortunate.  Those who chose the PC and Mac
 platforms were very busy travelling the highly successful expressway
 directly to the Information Highway.  

      Early on, some of the travelers saw the future more clearly than
 others and wisely made the quick and easy journey to the expressway. 
 Those who remained behind scoffed at them with silly remarks like "wait
 'till Fall Comdex, we'll knock your socks off".  Those who waited got
 their "socks knocked off" alright.  Right along with their hopes, dreams, 
 futures and wallets.  Its almost a frightening tragedy to see other new
 and old users alike still clinging to the same worn out empty sing song
 of fantasia-like hopes.  The majority of the 'old-timers' seem to be busy
 bad-mouthing anything they are not or cannot use while at the same time
 praising crusty ten year old technology.  Its easy to feel sorry for them
 because I too, once clung to that dream!  I look at it now, think of what
 was and what could've been by now and know in my heart the magnitude of
 how well I was duped.  I cannot sing enough praises for a couple of gents
 who took the time to wake me up.  It was indeed a rude awakening, but a
 highly beneficial awakening.  Many thanks to Glenwood Drake and Ron Deal.
      To those of you who are still clinging to the veil of dreams. Are
 you sure its still a dream?  Please look around you.  Go to a few local
 shows for the "other" platforms.  Ask yourself if there will ever be any
 shows like that for the dream world you are still clinging to.  The
 answer is no.  Make the move!!  Feel the spark of true creativity come
 alive in your heart again.  Enjoy  the wonderful feeling of not being
 defensive/offensive or apologetic every time a discussion about computers
 comes up.  Enjoy being able to do the things you now can only dream
 about.  Drop that also-ran like a hot rock!



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           Lucien Oppler            Brad Martin         Judith Hamner
           John Szczepanik          Dan Stidham         Joseph Mirando
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                        IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #10
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                 ** Conner to Raise Some Drive Prices **

    Prices will be raised 4% to 5% of some of Conner Peripherals Inc.'s
 170MB and 340MB 3.5-inch hard disk drives.

    "Prices for these capacity points have been artificially depressed by
 previous price wars and do not support underlying costs," Conner Vice
 President Peter Knight said in a statement from San Jose, Calif.

                 ** Video Camera-on-a-Chip Introduced **

    The Optical Systems Division of Marshall Electronics Inc. has
 introduced the V-007, the world's first video camera on a single chip. 
 The company reports that the V-007 produces a usable black and white
 picture for a variety of applications, ranging from hidden security
 cameras to robotics, machine vision, computer video and teleconferencing.
 The camera is so small that a prototype was built into a wristwatch.

    The camera is integrated into a single CMOS VLSI and consists of a
 0.5-inch format 312 by 287 pixel image sensor array and all necessary
 circuits to drive and sense the array. Since the camera is more infrared
 sensitive than standard CCD cameras, it can detect heat sources that
 can't be seen by the human eye.

    Evaluation samples of the V- 007 are available with a wide-angle lens
 in a small aluminum housing that's half the size of a standard business
 card. The unit can plug directly into any type of TV monitor or video
 tape recorder. It operates on a standard 9-volt battery.

    The complete V-007 in an enclosure with a 4mm lens costs $249 in
 single quantities.

            ** Hewlett-Packard Replaces Four DeskJet Models **

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has replaced several of its inkjet printers with
 four new DeskJet models that offer a 600 by 300 dots-per-inch resolution,
 twice the resolution of the previous models.

    At $365, the new DeskJet 520 for PCs and DeskWriter 520 for Macintosh
 systems feature HP's Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) for clearer,
 sharper printing. The DeskJet 520 replaces the DeskJet 500; the
 DeskWriter 520 replaces the DeskWriter.

    The color versions of the new printers -- the DeskJet 560C for PCs and
 the DeskWriter 560C for Macs -- cost $719 and add a new HP-developed
 technology, called ColorSmart, for improved full-color printing.

                    ** Supercomputer to Use PowerPC **

    Motorola's RISC Microprocessor Division has announced that the PowerPC
 601 microprocessor will be used in the design of Parsytec's Power Xplorer
 new line of massively parallel processing (mpp) computers.

    Parsytec, located in Germany, is the first company to base an mpp
 system on PowerPC 601 microprocessors.

    An mpp system relies on distributing computing tasks across many low
 cost processors to complete sets of complex instructions. The Power
 Xplorer offers between 4 to 64 computing nodes, each equipped with one
 80MHz PowerPC 601 microprocessor.

    "The PowerXplorer is designed to meet the growing demand for
 computational performance in the workstation, scientific and embedded
 super computing markets, as well as for educational purposes," says Falk
 Dietrich Kuebler, president and co-founder of Parsytec. "The PowerPC 601
 microprocessor delivers the computational performance required to meet
 our design goals for the PowerXplorer."

    The PowerPC family of microprocessors, developed by Apple, IBM and
 Motorola, is based on a RISC architecture. The family's superscalar
 processing capability enables the microprocessors to execute multiple
 instructions simultaneously.

               ** Media Vision Unveils New CD-ROM Titles **

     Media Vision has introduced a variety of new multimedia CD-ROM
 titles.  Included in the new releases are Wiggins in Storyland, a
 children's CD-ROM creative writing program, and Grammy's Interactive, an
 interactive entertainment experience based on the Grammy Awards.

    Also announced was a Macintosh version of Media Vision's interactive 
 action- adventure movie, Critical Path, and the trivia adventure game 
 Peak Performance, which has been renamed Road Scholar.

       ** Man Accused of Using BBS to Help in Kidnapping Attempt **

    Twenty-three-year-old John Rex Jr. of Chelmsford, Mass. has been
 accused of using his computer bulletin board system to try to recruit
 help in an alleged plot to kidnap and molest a young boy.  Rex was
 arrested this week after an intensive investigation by federal Customs
 agents, and state and local police that lasted several weeks.

    It is believed that Rex planned to abduct a child in Chelmsford or
 Westford, Mass.  The suspect allegedly used the BBS he operated in an
 effort to solicit an unidentified teenager from Westford in the plot.
 However the plan fell apart when the youth informed a teacher, who
 notified police.

    The D.A. said Rex was allegedly "very specific" in his description of
 the kind of youngster he wanted abducted and "he offered computer
 equipment and cash in return."
   ** Reporter Admits Hacking Tonya Harding's Olympic E-Mail System **

    At least one U.S. reporter has admitted she invaded the computer
 system at the Olympic Games in Norway with the security code for figure
 skater Tonya Harding's electronic mail. Apparently, other journalists
 also had access.

    However, the reporter; Michelle Kaufman of the Detroit Free Press,
 told officials she didn't actually read any of the skater's private
 electronic messages.

    Free Press Managing Editor Robert McGruder told Tim Sullivan of the
 Cincinnati Enquirer that officials with the paper talked to Kaufman and
 "she understood instantly this is not something she should have done. 
 She is a wonderful reporter and has a tremendous amount of integrity. We
 did not question that."

    Sullivan reports Kaufman "found hacking into Harding's electronic
 mailbox is easier than pinning her down on details," adding that a
 combination of Harding's birthday and her Olympic accreditation number
 turned out to be the security code.

    "Basically," Kaufman said, "over 100 reporters, editors, photographers
 and others were passing around this four-digit number last week saying it
 was Tonya's accreditation number. We all laughed and at 2 a.m. a few of
 us plugged in the four digits to see if in fact it was her number. It
 was. We immediately turned off the machine. We never looked at a message
 or did anything else."

    Meanwhile, another reporter; Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News,
 was with Kaufman and she told the Denver Rocky Mountain News, "Hey, I was
 just looking at the bus schedule when I saw some people around the
 keyboard. Look, hundreds of people have the number. Come on, it's not
 like it's a computer hacking crime. We just wanted to see if it worked."

    Kaufman added, "Anyone who scorns us for what we did is not being
 fair. Tell me a journalist who hasn't walked into an office, seen a
 letter on someone's desk and read it upside down. You might never even
 use what you saw, but we are a curious lot by nature."

           ** Online Services Gain 7.9 Million Users in 1993 **

    The number of subscribers to online services grew 19.3% to 7.9 million
 in 1993, according to statistics compiled by SIMBA/Communications Trends,
 a market research company based in Wilton, Conn.

    Consumer online services were the fastest growing segment of the
 online industry, notes SIMBA/Communications Trends. The number of
 consumer services users rose 28.2% to 5 million last year. Consumer
 online services accounted for 63% of total online subscribers.

    "Despite the rapid growth in consumer online service users, these
 services account for less than 10% of online services revenue," says
 Chris Elwell, vice president and group publisher for SIMBA/Communications
 Trends. Business and professional services accounted for more than 90% of
 all online industry sales, which exceeded $10.5 billion in 1993, Elwell
         ** Illinois Student Charged with Threatening President **

    According to reports, a University of Illinois freshman has been
 charged with threatening via electronic mail to kill President Clinton.

    James Reincke, 18, sent a message to Clinton at the White House on
 Dec. 4 saying, "I am curious, Bill, how you would feel about being the
 first president to be killed on the same day as his wife?... It would be
 best, I think, to not continue with your immediate plans. Perhaps a
 vacation. You will die soon. You can run, but you cannot hide."

    The Secret Service determined that the message originated from the
 University of Illinois, and campus police traced it to Reincke, who
 reportedly admitted sending it.

    He appeared today in U.S. District Court in Danville, Ill. where he
 was released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled 
 for March 7.

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

    ** Microsoft Ships New DOS 6 That Does Not Include DoubleSpace **

    A new version of the MS-DOS 6 operating system software that does not
 contain the DoubleSpace disk compression feature is being shipped by
 Microsoft Corp.  DoubleSpace was the subject of a surprise patent
 infringement ruling last week against the company.  In a statement from
 Redmond, Wash., Microsoft said it was shipping MS-DOS 6.21 to 1,300
 computer makers for sale with new machines and that manufacturing of the
 MS-DOS 6.21 Upgrade, for sale directly to computer users, will be under
 way by mid-month.

    The Microsoft statement said, "In light of the verdict, the company is
 taking the conservative step of removing some compression-related code
 from the Flash File System for memory cards, from the Remote Access
 Services feature in Windows NT, Windows NT Advanced Server, and Windows
 for Workgroups 3.11, and decompression code from one of the help
 facilities in Microsoft Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0, Visual C++ and Fortran
 Powerstation 32."

    Vice President Paul Maritz of Microsoft's systems division commented,
 "As to the Flash File System for memory cards, we are working on an
 alternative for our customers. Compression is an incidental feature of
 the rest of these products and its removal will not be noticeable to the
 vast majority of customers. The changes to these products are minor, and
 updates of the U.S. versions are being released to manufacturing over the
 next 10 days."

                    ** Stac Sued Over Advertisement **

    Stac Electronics has been sued over an advertisement for Stacker, its
 data compression computer software product. The plaintiff says the ad is
 false and misleading.

    Stac officials are quoted as saying the suit, filed in Alameda
 Superior Court, in California, alleges Stac's claims concerning the
 product's ability to increase disk capacity for PCs are false.

    The complaint seeks restitution in the form of the price paid by
 consumers, attorney's fees and also seeks to enjoin it from running
 further such advertising. (Stac) denied the charges and said it plans to
 defend itself.

                    ** HP Palmtop to Add Voice Mail **

    Rumor has it that Hewlett-Packard Co. is adding wireless voice mail to
 its palmtop computers.  Reports say that HP StarLink -- a wireless
 messaging service that transmits voice, data and news updates to HP's
 line of 100LX palmtops -- is expected to be available April 4.
                     ** Sony Marketing Mega Drives **

    Sony Corp. has started selling to PC makers its new MD Data drive,
 which can store up to 140MB of data, about 100 times the capacity of a
 standard diskette.

    The 2 1/2-inch disks use the same kind of magnetic technology as
 Sony's audio MiniDiscs. The drive is designed to replace the common 
 diskette drive in PCs.
                     ** Work on Superbase Stopped **

    Development of Superbase, a relational database for Windows, has been
 stopped by Software Publishing Corp. which also has cut staff by 10% to
 450 as part of a move to focus resources on its Harvard Graphics product.

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

                    ** Apple Cuts PowerBook Prices **

    Apple Computer Inc. this week reduced prices on selected models in its
 PowerBook line of notebook and subnotebook computers by 9 to 14%.  The
 price cuts apply to an all-in-one PowerBook and two models of the Apple
 PowerBook Duo.

    "Apple is shifting from a margin-oriented to a value-oriented
 company," said Jim Buckley, president of Apple USA. "We want customers to
 know they no longer have to pay a premium to enjoy the benefits of

                   ** Apple Ships DOS-Compatible Mac **

    A new $1,579 Macintosh Quadra, Apple Computer Inc.'s first in what is
 promised to be a line of high-end models that will allow users to operate
 software made for both Apple and IBM-compatible systems, has begun

 Reports say, "The new Quadra 610 DOS Compatible model could lure
 consumers to Apple's Macintosh computers rather than to machines that run
 on Microsoft Corp.'s MSDOS and Windows software. Until now, a Macintosh
 owner had to buy cumbersome software to make the machine MSDOS

    Supposedly the user can flip back and forth with the touch of two keys
 from Apple's own operating system and MSDOS/Windows.

    The Quadra runs on a dual computer chip system, allowing users to work
 in both Mac and DOS environments simultaneously. The Motorola Inc. 
 68LC040 chip powers the Mac environment, while Intel Corp.'s 486SX
 microprocessor runs both DOS and Windows-based software.

    Apple is also offering a $399 DOS compatibility upgrade card for
 owners of Quadra 610 and Centris 610 systems.
          ** Apple Expects a Resumption of the PC Price Wars **

    Vice President Ian W. Diery of Apple Computer Inc. is quoted in The
 Washington Post this wee as saying he expects the company to price its
 upcoming new line of PowerPC Macintoshes more than $200 below PCs powered
 by Intel Corp.'s Pentium chips, which can be bought for as little as

    The PowerPC is the chip developed by Apple, IBM and Motorola Inc. in a
 move to challenge Intel's dominance in the chip market.

    Diery told Sandra Sugawara of the Post he welcomes Intel's challenge
 of a pricing war, because, he said, PowerPC chips are about one-fourth as
 expensive as Pentium chips to make.


 > QMODEMPRO for WINDOWS 1.01 STR FOCUS!  When only the very best will do!

                  Changes to QmodemPro for Windows v1.01

 Released March 2, 1994

 Widespread General Availability


 ~ Changed code to prevent improper focus issues (active window) when
   using the macrobar.  When opening items that used overlapped windows
   like the phonebook, the focus was sometimes not correct.  Cosmetic
   change only.

 ~ Changed the operation of the group flags.  Loading a phonebook was not
   clearing the current group thus the same entries that were highlighted
   in the last phonebook are still highlighted in the new phonebook.

 ~ Modified the text editor so that when a wordwrapped file is saved it is
   actually saved in the wordwrapped state.  The default action was to
   save it in an unformatted state even with wordwrap on.

 ~ Changed the dialer to accept lowercase letters in a prefix string.

 ~ Changed both the Viewer and Editors to store selected fonts.

 ~ Fixed default "Scrollback to file" file name - it incorrectly used
   the Trap screen file name.

 ~ Changed startup code so if "Run minimized" is specified in the QMWin
   icon and the last window size was maximized, QMWin will not try to
   maximize itself on startup.

 ~ Added @HELP function key macro as was documented, but not previously

 ~ Added the ability for the Esc key to exit from scrollback (review)

 ~ Fixed a problem with QMWin appearing to lock up after dialing an entry
   if Scrollback mode was turned on.

 ~ Fixed a GP fault when you typed past the right edge of the screen in
   split-screen modem.

 ~ Fixed a GP fault when using "Scrollback to File" and saving a large
   amount of data to the file.


 ~ Changed faxing from the phone directory to default to the setting
   (Fine or Normal) in Options|Fax.

 ~ Changed FAX operation to automatically select a default font.  If no
   font was selected, strange things could happen!

 ~ Fixed a problem with rasterizing 256 color PCX files for faxing.

 ~ Added support for 24 bit per pixel (16 million color) PCX files for


 ~ Screen height for each emulation (Options|Emulations) now has
   validation code to limit screen height to a maximum of 50.

 ~ Fixed a problem with "printer controller" mode in VT emulations -
   QMWin wasn't releasing the printer capture mode so the print mode
   would stay on until you exited QMWin or changed to another emulation.

 ~ Fixed a problem with DG 100, DG 200 and DG 210 emulations.

 ~ Fixed a problem with VT-100 style line drawing characters.

 ~ Fixed a problem with capture and printer logging in TVI and Wyse
   emulations, it was not logging CR and LF at the end of lines.

 ~ Fixed a GP fault in TVI emulation when logging on to certain systems.

 ~ Fixed a couple of problems with the TVI and Wyse emulations.


 ~ Changed handling of Zmodem transfer failures. Aborted or failed Zmodem
   transfers were holding the file open until QmodemPro was exited causing
   problems with auto-resume or deletion.

 ~ Fixed a problem that caused the protocol status window not to appear
   when making a CIS B+ upload on Compuserve.


 ~ Fixed problem with downloading multiple RIP icons one after another on
   some systems.

 ~ Fixed a problem with RIP Icon directory not working for phonebook

 ~ Fixed the GP fault in RIP InvertRect.

 ~ Fixed the GP fault in RIP_WRITE_ICON with large icons.

 ~ Fixed a cosmetic problem in RIP when an invalid RIP_TEXT_WINDOW
   command was given.

 ~ Fixed a problem with ANSI music playing while in RIP mode.

 ~ Fixed a problem with RIP buttons turning white when using a high color
   or true color display adapter.


 ~ Added a SETDTR on/off script command:

         Sets the DTR (Data Terminal Ready) signal high (ON) or low (OFF).


                 SETDTR on | off


                 This command is provided to allow direct control over
                 the DTR (Data Terminal Ready) line on the modem for
                 special applications.  Normally lowering DTR (SETDTR
                 OFF) will hang up the modem the same action as the
                 HANGUP command with the modem hangup string set to

         See also



                 This example sends a command to log off an on-line
                 service, waits five seconds, then hangs up the modem.

                  send "bye"
                  delay 5
                  setdtr off

 ~ Changed the script compiler so it counts REM lines when reporting
   error line numbers.

 ~ Fixed a problem that developed when running scripts in continuous dial
   mode.  If the first entry executed a script and the connection
   terminated before the script was completed, the continuous dial would
   not run scripts for any other entries in the dial sequence that had

 ~ Added support for wildcards (* and ?) in the Batch upload script
   command and the macro command.

 ~ Fixed a problem in which a wrong filename was passed to the
   script quicklearner whenever a full path was specified in a phonebook
   entry for a script.

 ~ Fixed the host script chat mode so it no longer sends a C/R when
   backspace is pressed.

 ~ Fixed a problem with a WAITFOR triggering on a string with a double
   quote character (") when using Quicklearn.

 ~ The POS function in the script language was documented as taking no
   parameters, but it expected an integer.  The compiler has been fixed to
   match the documentation.

 ~ Fixed a problem with the Stop button in script debugger causing the
   system to appear to lock up under certain conditions.

 ~ Added an error dialog message if you try to Quicklearn a script in a
   path that does not exist.

 ~ Changed the script compiler so that GOTO statements in a WHEN block
   are legal and execute as expected.

 ~ Fixed a problem with GOTOs jumping out of SELECT CASE statements.

 ~ Fixed a problem with the COPY command in the host mode DOS shell.

 ~ Changed the script SEND command so you can send a ^ by passing ^| to
   the SEND command (like the dialer).

 ~ Fixed a problem with literal reals in PRINT statements in the script

 Phonebook converter:

 ~ Fixed a problem when converting QmodemPro for DOS phonebooks.  The
   **Current Device** and **Default Device** entries are now properly
   converted to -Current- and -Default-.

      While Word Perfect is continually praised for its high quality
 customer services and product support, which they justifiably deserve,
 Mustang Software must not be forgotten as they are indeed the support
 leaders in the telecommunications world.  These fine products; WildCat!
 3.9 (a superb BBS), QMpro 152, (DOS version) QMPro for Windows 1.01, OLX
 (off-line reader), QMGate 152a are among the fine family of telecomputing
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 > COMPUSERVE SOFTWARE UPGRADE STR Spotlight     CompuServe Globalization
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""       forever forging ahead!

                The CompuServe Globalization Forum Software

                                An Overview

 Document I

 by Tom E. Pinkerton [70243,703]

      Between Tuesday, 08-February-1994 and Tuesday, 01-March-1994,
 CompuServe is installing the latest version of its forum software, known
 as Globalization, in all forums. This version of the software adds new
 features to better support the international membership of CompuServe as
 well as expanding several other capabilities to serve all CompuServe
 members. This software is a part of CompuServe's Globalization Project.
 This document is intended to provide an overview of that project and
 information on taking advantage of what the new Globalization forum
 software has to offer.
 An Introduction to Globalization
      CompuServe is rapidly becoming a world-wide company with members in
 countries all around the world. As the number of members outside the
 United States increases, the need for CompuServe to expand its
 capabilities to better support these members also increases. That is the
 main reason the CompuServe Globalization Project has been undertaken.

      The main goal of the Globalization project is two-fold: (1) To
 provide support for languages other than English in CompuServe's products
 and user interfaces and (2) to provide support for Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1)
 "extended characters" to allow easier communication in languages other
 than English.

      The Globalization forum software has been commissioned to move
 CompuServe forums toward those two goals. In addition, the Globalization
 software corrects several major bugs present in the older version of the
 forum software known as Message Features and adds several new features.

 Local Language Support
      "Local language support" will allow CompuServe members to use
 CompuServe products, services, and software in their own native language,
 rather than requiring them to use CompuServe in English, as is the case
 now. CompuServe intends to provide local language support in the
 CompuServe Information Manager and CompuServe Navigator software,
 CompuServe navigational menus, online help text, and error messages.

      Local langauge support is initially planned for English, German, and
 French.  English is, of course, already fully implemented throughout
 CompuServe.  Support for German and French is progressing and should
 proceed rapidly.  For example, a German version of the CompuServe
 Information Manager is now available.

      The Globalization forum software does not provide much local
 language support at this time. The only support currently provided under
 the Globalization forum software is the "Notices" menu of the CompuServe
 Information Manager.  Forum Administrators (Sysops) now have the ability
 to set a forum's default language preference to English, German, or
 French. Whichever language is selected is the language in which the
 "Notices" menu will be presented to members by default. Forum members can
 override the default language preference, if they wish, and have the
 "Notices" menu presented to them in whichever of the three languages they
 choose. In the future, the member's language preference will control how
 more areas of the forum are displayed than just the "Notices" menu but,
 at the present time, the "Notices" menu is the only area of the forum in
 which local language support is provided.

      To take advantage of the local language support in the "Notices"
 menu, you must have the CompuServe Information Manager (CIM) software. 
 The "Announcements" menu - the ASCII interface's equivalent to the
 "Notices" menu of CIM - does not provide local language support at this
 time. For information on what versions of the CompuServe Information
 Manager will   provide this local language support and instructions on
 enabling it, please see the sections "Globalization and Your CompuServe
 Settings" and "Globalization and Your Software" later in this document.

 Latin-1 Extended Characters
      Up until now, all CompuServe products, services, and software were
 limited to transmitting 7-bit ASCII text characters. While members could
 always compose messages and files in languages other than English, those
 messages and files could only contain ASCII text characters and, as such,
 could not contain the 8-bit "extended characters" (accents, umlauts,
 etc.) that many other languages use.

      The Globalization forum software introduces support for an expanded
 character set known as Latin-1, or ISO 8859-1. This character set allows
 the transmission of 8-bit extended character such as accents and umlauts,
 making it much easier for members to communicate in languages other than
 English. In fact, the addition of support for the Latin-1 character set
 will allowmembers to properly communicate in Danish, Dutch, Faerosse,
 Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian,
 Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish! And, of course, all of the standard
 7-bit ASCII text characters used in the English language are still fully
 supported as well.

      Under the Globalization forum software, the use of Latin-1 extended
 characters is fully supported in the following forum areas:

  o Message Board Section Names
  o Message Headers (Subject, To and From Lines, Etc.)
  o Message Text
  o File Library Names
  o File Titles
  o File Keywords
  o File Descriptions
  o Text Files
  o Conference Room Names
  o Member Handles and Nicknames
  o Conference Dialog
  o "Talk" Windows (CIM Only) and SENds (ASCII Interface Only)
  o "Who's Here" Displays (CIM Only) & UST Displays (ASCII Interface Only)
  o Member Names
  o Membership Directory
  o User Log (ASCII Interface Only)

      In those areas of a forum where searches may be performed (e.g.
 Message Board subjects, file keyword, Member Directory interests, etc.)
 you will also be able to search for text containing Latin-1 extended
 characters. However, when you perform a search, you will receive results
 containing both the Latin-1 text you searched for an its ASCII
 equivalent. For example, if you searched for text with an "e" in it, you
 would receive results which contained either the standard ASCII "e" or
 the Latin-1 characters containing an accented "e".

      To take advantage of the Latin-1 extended characters you must be
 using communications software which supports the Latin-1 extended
 characters and you must have your CompuServe settings set to display
 Latin-1 characters. Please see the sections "Globalization and Your
 CompuServe Settings" and "Globalization and Your Software" later in this
 document for additional information.

 JPEG Files
      In addition to its current support of GIF, RLE, and NAPLPS graphics
 files, the Globalization forum software adds support for a fourth
 graphics format: JPEG. JPEG is relatively new, compared to the GIF, RLE,
 and NAPLPS formats, but is quickly catching on. Members will now be able
 to select "JPEG" as a file type when uploading files to CompuServe
 forums. Files which have been uploaded as JPEG files will then be able to
 be viewed online, just as GIF, RLE, and NAPLPS images could be viewed
 online in previous versions of the forum software. Of course, full
 support for the GIF, RLE, and NAPLPS file types will remain as well.

      JPEG support is provided in two file types. The first is carries an
 extension of JPG, which denotes a standard JPEG graphic type. This is
 probably the most common occurrence of the JPEG format you will see. The
 second is the existing GIF file type, which can now support the inclusion
 of JPEG images within GIF files.

      In order to view JPEG images while online, you must be using
 communications software which supports the viewing of JPEG files. Please
 see the section "Globalization and Your Software" later in this document
 for additional information.

 Globalization and Your CompuServe Settings
      With the release of the Globalization software, two new options have
 been added to the Terminal Options and Settings Area (GO CIS:TERMINAL)
 online. If you are a user of an HMI-based product, such as the CompuServe
 Information Manager, only one of these new settings affects you. If you
 are a user of an ASCII-based product (the standard text interface), both
 of these choices affect you.

      The two new settings control your default language preference and
 your default character set. The default language choice option controls
 what language certain parts of CompuServe which provide Local Language
 support will be displayed in. The default character set controls whether
 or not you wish to send and receive Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) characters.
 Users of HMI-based products such as the CompuServe Information Manager
 need only concern themselves with the default language preference, as all
 Latin-1 configuration is handled by HMI without any intervention from

      To set these two new options, you must first go to the Terminal and
 Service Options area (GO CIS:TERMINAL). When you arrive in that area, you
 will see a menu similar to the following:

  Use this area to change your terminal type/parameters and/or service

   1 Instructions
   2 Change permanent settings
   3 Explanation of session vs. permanent
   4 Show session vs. permanent
   5 Change current session settings

  Enter choice !

      From that menu, you will want to select Option 2, "Change permanent
 settings." Changes to the session settings will only be in effect until
 you log off while changes to the permanent settings will remain in effect
 for all future sessions as well. When you select option 2, you will see a
 menu similar to the following:


   1 Explanation
   2 Logon/Service options
   3 Display options
   4 Terminal type/parameters
   5 Transfer protocol/graphic support
   6 Make session settings permanent

  Type EXIT when done

  Enter choice !

      From this menu, you should select Option 3, "Display options." When
 you choose option 3, you will see a menu similar to the following:


   1 PAGED display                   [NO]
   2 BRIEF prompts                  [YES]
   3 CLEAR screen between pages      [NO]
   4 BLANK lines sent               [YES]
   5 Line feeds sent                [YES]
   6 Language Preference        [Unknown]
   7 Character Set                [ASCII]

  Enter choice!

      As you can see, Choice 6, "Language Preference," and Choice 7,
 "Character Set" are the new choices which relate to the Globalization
 software. Choice 6 determines in which language - English, German, or
 French - areas of CompuServe with local language support are displayed
 in. Although the only forum area that currently provides local language
 support is the "Notices" menu of the CompuServe Information Manager,
 ASCII users should set their language preference as well, as additional
 local language support is planned for the future.

      Choice 7 determines how CompuServe deals with Latin-1 extended
 characters in messages and files you send and receive. If you set Choice
 7 to ASCII, all Latin-1 extended characters will be mapped to their ASCII
 equivalents. In other words, you will not see Latin-1 characters nor will
 you be able to send them. This is the choice you should select if you
 logon to CompuServe at 7 data bits and even parity or if your
 communications software does not support Latin-1 extended characters. If
 you set this choice to LATIN-1, all Latin-1 extended characters will be
 transmitted intact. This is the choice you should select if you logon at
 8 data bits and no parity and your communications software supports
 Latin-1 extended characters.

      Once you have selected the proper settings for your software and
 personal preferences, simply type EXIT and press ENTER or RETURN.
 CompuServe will ask you to confirm the changes you have made and, once
 you confirm they are correct, will save them for all future sessions.

 Globalization and Your Communications Software
      In addition to configuring your CompuServe settings properly, to
 take advantage of the major new features of the Globalization forum
 software (local language support, Latin-1 extended characters, and JPEG
 viewing) you must be using communications software which supports the
 feature(s) you wish to use and you must have it properly configured to do
 so. Many software packages currently available for accessing CompuServe
 provide support for these features and several others are working on
 adding support for the new features.

      Because of the large number of software packages currently
 available, providing information on them would add a large amount of
 information to this document. For that reason, information on what
 software currently supports the new features of the Globalization forum
 software and how to configure various software packages to take advantage
 of these new features is contained in a separate text file. Please see
 the file GLOSW.TXT for information on using your communications software
 with the Globalization forum software. That file can be found in the same
 library in which you found this file.


                The CompuServe Globalization Forum Software

                        Your Communications Software

 Document II

 by Tom E. Pinkerton [70243,703]

 An Introduction
      Taking advantage of the new features provided in the Globalization
 forum software requires two things. First, you must have correctly
 configured your CompuServe options online and, second, you must be using
 communications software which supports these new features and have your
 software properly configured. The topic of configuring your CompuServe
 options online, as well as an introduction to the Globalization forum
 software in general, is provided in the file GLOBAL.TXT, which may be
 found in the same library in which you found this file. If you have not
 reviewed that file, you should do so now.

      This file covers the topic of what software supports the
 Globalization forum software's new features and how to configure that
 software to take advantage of these new features.

 General Information
      In order to take advantage of the new support for the online viewing
 of JPEG image files, your communications software must simply be capable
 of viewing JPEG images.

      In order to take advantage of the local language support and support

 for Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) extended characters provided in the
 Globalization forum software, your software must (1) be capable of
 logging on to CompuServe with settings of 8 data bits and no parity and
 (2) be capable of correctly mapping characters between the Latin-1 (ISO
 8859-1) character set and your computer's native character set.

      Because of the vast degree of differences between computer platforms
 and operating systems, the character sets used by each operating system
 are, sadly enough, quite different. Most contain all of the same
 characters, but they are located at different ordinal positions. For
 example, while character code 1110 1001 would describe a "U" with an
 accent to a DOS user, that same character code would describe an "E" with
 an accent to a Macintosh user. As you can see, transmitting characters
 from one computer type to another is not a simple task.

      Luckily enough, the 7-bit, or ASCII text, characters which
 CompuServe has supported up to now (letters, numbers, basic punctuation,
 etc.) are the same across all character sets. Therefore, there was no
 problem in members with all different types of computer platforms
 accessing CompuServe. However, now that the Globalization forum software
 will be adding support for the 8-bit extended characters, transmitting
 these characters to all of the various computer types accessing
 CompuServe becomes a difficult task for the reasons described above.

      As a starting point, CompuServe had to choose a single character set
 that it would use on its host computers. The standard that was chosen is
 the ISO 8859-1 character set, commonly known as "Latin-1". (Note that
 while some DOS manuals also refer to DOS code page 850 as Latin-1 it is
 not the same Latin-1 character set being discussed here.) In addition to
 being the character set CompuServe has chosen, this is also the character
 set used by Microsoft Windows.

      In order for you to be able to properly send and receive Latin-1
 characters to and from CompuServe, you must, therefore, be using either a
 Windows communication program or a communication program that has been
 designed to properly translate characters between the Latin-1 character
 set and your computer's native character set.

      At the present time, the following programs are known by the author
 of this document to either provide support or have plans to provide
 support for the use of Latin-1 extended characters on CompuServe:

  o CompuServe Information Manager (DOS, Windows, and Mac Versions)
  o OzCIS
  o TapCIS
  o AutoSIG
  o NavCIS
  o GoCIS
  o AutoPilot
  o Arctic

      The following sections of this document provide information on which
 versions of the software listed above provide support for the new
 features of the Globalization forum software and what configuration
 steps, if any, are necessary to take advantage of these new features.
 Please note that while the author of this document has made an attempt to
 contact the authors of all of the common programs used to access
 CompuServe, the list above is by no means guaranteed to be complete or
 accurate. If your favorite program for accessing CompuServe is not on the
 list above, please consult its documentation or contact its technical
 support personnel to determine whether or not it supports the new
 features of the Globalization forum software. If so, feel free to send a
 message to Tom Pinkerton [70243,703] via CompuServe Mail. This file will
 be updated on a regular basis.

 The CompuServe Information Manager for DOS
      The CompuServe Information Manager for DOS (DOSCIM), Version 2.2 and
 later provides full support for all of the new features of the
 Globalization forum software. If you are using DOSCIM Version 2.2 or
 later, you will be able to view the "Notices" menu in English, German, or
 French; send and receive Latin-1 extended characters, and view JPEG files
 while online.

      Support for JPEG file viewing in DOSCIM Version 2.2 or later is
 automatic. There are no special procedures or configuration steps you
 need to perform to be able to view JPEG files. However, local language
 support and support for Latin-1 extended characters are not automatic. In
 order to be able to take advantage of those two features, you must
 configure DOSCIM to support them. Configuring DOSCIM to support those
 features is a relatively simple process.

      To configure DOSCIM Version 2.2 to provide local language support
 and support for Latin-1 extended characters, use a text editor (such as
 the one provided in DOSCIM) to edit the file CIS.INI. Under the default
 DOSCIM configuration, this file is located in your CSERVE directory. For
 DOSCIM to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended
 characters, the following lines must be present in that file. If they are
 not present, add them. If they are present, edit them as necessary to
 make sure they read exactly as follows:


      Once you have made the necessary changes to CIS.INI, save the file
 and reboot your computer. DOSCIM will then be properly configured to
 provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended

      A Word About Terminal Emulation: If you are a DOSCIM user and need
 to enter its Terminal Emulation mode, the simplest way to do so is to
 logon normally and, once online, GO ASCII. This will switch you into
 DOSCIM's Terminal Emulation mode. When you enter DOSCIM's Terminal
 Emulation mode in this manner, you will still have full support for
 Latin-1 extended characters. If you instead selected the "Terminal
 Emulation" option from the Special menu and logged on to CompuServe via
 that method, you would not have support for Latin-1 extended characters
 during that session. For this reason, it is recommended that you always
 logon to CompuServe via DOSCIM's standard method and then GO ASCII as
 needed to switch to Terminal Emulation mode.

 The CompuServe Information Manager for Windows
      The CompuServe Information Manager for Windows (WinCIM), Version 1.2
 or later, provides full support for all of the new features of the
 Globalization forum software. If you are using WinCIM Version 1.2 or
 later, you will be able to view the "Notices" menu in English, German, or
 French; send and receive Latin-1 extended characters; and view JPEG files
 while online.  Support for JPEG file viewing in WinCIM Version 1.2 or
 later is automatic.  There are no special procedures or configuration
 steps you need to perform to be able to view JPEG files. However, local
 language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters are not
 automatic. In order to be able to take advantage of those two features,
 you must configure WinCIM to support them. Configuring WinCIM to support
 those features is a relatively simple process.

      To configure WinCIM Version 1.2 to provide local language support
 and support for Latin-1 extended characters, use a text editor (such as
 the one provided in WinCIM) to edit the file WINCIM.INI. Under the
 default configuration, this file is located in your CSERVE directory. For
 WinCIM to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended
 characters, the following lines must be present in the "General
 Preferences" section of that file. If they are not present, add them. If
 they are present, edit them as necessary to make sure they read exactly
 as follows:

  Latin-1 = ON

      Once you have made the necessary changes to WINCIM.INI, save the
 file.  WinCIM will then be properly configured to provide local language
 support and support for Latin-1 extended characters.

      A Word About Terminal Emulation: If you are a WinCIM user and need
 to enter its Terminal Emulation mode, the simplest way to do so is to
 logon normally and, once online, GO ASCII. This will switch you into
 WinCIM's Terminal Emulation mode. When you enter WinCIM's Terminal
 Emulation mode in this manner, you will still have full support for
 Latin-1 extended characters without any additional work on your part, as
 CompuServe will already know you can support Latin-1 characters.

      If, however, you must logon to CompuServe in Terminal Emulation mode
 via the "Special" menu of WinCIM, you will need to let CompuServe know
 that your computer is capable of handling Latin-1 characters. The first
 step is to make sure that the "Strip High Bit" option in your Terminal
 Emulation Preferences is not turned on. When you logon via Terminal
 Emulation mode, CompuServe's "Host Name:" prompt may appear garbled. If
 so, it will look something like this:

  HoUt Nie:

 Type the following at that prompt:


      The plus sign lets CompuServe know that your computer is capable of
 sending and receiving Latin-1 extended characters. At that point,
 CompuServe should unscramble any future prompts and you will be able to
 send and receive Latin-1 characters normally.

 The CompuServe Information Manager for Macintosh
      The CompuServe Information Manager for Macintosh (MacCIM), Version
 2.2 or later, provides full support for all of the new features of the
 Globalization forum software. If you are using MacCIM Version 2.2 or
 later, you will be able to view the "Notices" menu in English, German, or
 French; send and receive Latin-1 extended characters; and view JPEG files
 while online.

      Support for JPEG file viewing in MacCIM Version 2.2 or later is
 automatic. There are no special procedures or configuration steps you
 need to perform to be able to view JPEG files. However, local language
 support and support for Latin-1 extended characters are not automatic. In
 order to be able to take advantage of those two features, you must
 configure MacCIM to support them. Configuring MacCIM to support those
 features is a relatively simple process.

      To configure MacCIM to support Latin-1 extended characters, select
 the "Connection Settings" option on the "Special" menu. Click the
 "Session" button. Set the "Host Character Set" option to "Latin-1". Exit
 this area and save your settings. MacCIM will then be properly configured
 to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended

      A Word About Terminal Emulation: If you are a MacCIM user and need
 to enter its Terminal Emulation mode, the simplest way to do so is to
 logon normally and, once online, GO ASCII. This will switch you into
 MacCIM's Terminal Emulation mode. When you enter MacCIM's Terminal
 Emulation mode in this manner, you will still have full support for
 Latin-1 extended characters without any additional work on your part, as
 CompuServe will already know you can support Latin-1 characters.

      If, however, you must logon to CompuServe in Terminal Emulation mode
 via the "Special" menu of MacCIM, you will need to let CompuServe know
 that your computer is capable of handling Latin-1 characters. When you
 logon via Terminal Emulation mode, CompuServe's "Host Name:" prompt may
 appear garbled. If so, it will look something like this:

  HoUt Nie:

 Type the following at that prompt:


 The plus sign lets CompuServe know that your computer is capable of
 sending and receiving Latin-1 extended characters. At that point,
 CompuServe should unscramble any future prompts and you will be able to
 send and receive Latin-1 characters normally.

      OzCIS Version 2.0c and later provides full support for Latin-1
 extended characters. If you are using OzCIS Version 2.0c or later, you
 will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Support for
 the online viewing of JPEG files is not provided at this time, but is
 planned for the near future. Updates on the status of this feature may be
 found in the OzCIS Support Forum (GO CIS:OZCIS).

      Support for Latin-1 extended characters under OzCIS is not
 automatic. You must first configure OzCIS to provide Latin-1 support.
 However, this configuration is a relatively simple process.

      To enable Latin-1 support in OzCIS, edit the OZCIS.INI file using
 any text editor (such as the one provided with OzCIS) or by selecting the
 "General Config" option from the "Configuration" menu. Locate the option
 titled "Map7Bits". You should edit that line so that it reads exactly as


      Once you have made the appropriate changes to the file, save the
 file and have OzCIS perform a Profile Configuration Pass online (consult
 the OzCIS documentation for additional information on Profile
 Configuration Passes). OzCIS will then be properly configured to provide
 support for Latin-1 extended characters.

      TapCIS Version 5.42 or later provides full support for Latin-1
 extended characters. If you are using TapCIS Version 5.42 or later, you
 will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Support for
 the online viewing of JPEG files is not provided under TapCIS.

      Support for Latin-1 extended characters under TapCIS is not
 automatic. You must first configure TapCIS to provide Latin-1 support.
 However, this configuration is a relatively simple process.

      To configure TapCIS to send and receive Latin-1 characters, you will
 need to use the following option:


      There are two ways you can make use of this option. The first is to
 simply add it to the command line you use to start TapCIS. The second
 method, which is probably better if you want Latin-1 support in all
 sessions, is to insert that option into your TAPCIS.CFG file.

      As of the time of this document's writing (11-Feb-94), the currently
 released version of AutoSIG is 6.9a, which does not support JPEG file
 viewing nor Latin-1 extended characters.  However, the next version of
 AutoSIG is currently in beta testing and it does support Latin-1 extended
 characters. The beta test version is functional and will be made
 available to anyone who wants it. If you are a current AutoSIG user and
 would like to obtain the beta test version which supports Latin-1
 extended characters, simply send a message to Jim McKeown [76702,1102]
 via CompuServe Mail or in Section 1, "AutoSIG (ATO)" of the IBM
 Communications Forum (GO CIS:IBMCOM).

      Support for Latin-1 extended characters in the beta test version of
 AutoSIG is not automatic. You must first configure AutoSIG to provide
 Latin-1 support. However, this configuration is a relatively simple

      Assuming you are a DOS user (which is the environment AutoSIG is
 primarily designed for) you must first have DOS set to support code page
 850 before you can obtain Latin-1 support under AutoSIG. To configure DOS
 appropriately, edit your CONFIG.SYS file which is located in the root
 directory of the disk drive you boot your computer from. You may edit it
 with any standard text editor. If the following line is not present,
 insert it:

  DEVICE=C:\DOS\DISPLAY.SYS con=(ega,437,1)
      Replace the drive and directory in the statement above (indicated by
 the carat symbols below it) with the drive and directory in which the DOS
 files are stored on your computer. Once you have added this line to your
 CONFIG.SYS file, save the file and reboot your computer.

      Once the changes have been made to your DOS configuration, you will
 need to set two configuration fields in AutoSIG to indicate the desire
 for Latin-1 support and to set the code page to 850. More information on
 setting the appropriate fields in AutoSIG is available from Jim McKeown,
 if you request it, when you request the beta version of AutoSIG.

      CISOP Version 5.03a and later provide full support for Latin-1
 extended characters. If you are using CISOP Version 5.03a or later, you
 will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Support for
 the online viewing of JPEG files is not provided.

      Support for Latin-1 extended characters in CISOP is automatic. There
 are no special configuration steps necessary, other than setting the
 Crosstalk or CCM packages (the communications software CISOP runs under)
 to VT-220 or VT-320 emulation. As long as Crosstalk or CCM are set to
 emulate one of those terminals, Latin-1 support under CISOP is automatic.

      NavCIS Version 1.2 (which is expected to be released in April, 1994)
 and above provides full support for Latin-1 extended characters. If you
 are using NavCIS Version 1.2 or later, you will be able to send and
 receive Latin-1 extended characters. NavCIS Version 1.2 will not support
 the online viewing of JPEG files, but the developers of the program
 expect to have an offline JPEG viewer built-in to the program so that you
 can download the files and view them offline.

      Support for Latin-1 extended characters in NavCIS Version 1.2 and
 later is automatic. There are no special configuration steps necessary.
 As long as you have NavCIS Version 1.2 or later, you will be able to send
 and receive Latin-1 extended characters.

 GoCIS (Formerly WinCIS)
      GoCIS Version 1.01 and higher provide full support for Latin-1
 extended characters. Unfortunately, there is a bug in the current version
 of GoCIS which is preventing its Latin-1 support from working as
 expected. The authorof GoCIS is currently working to correct the problem.
 Once the problem is corrected, users of GoCIS Version 1.01 will be able
 to send and receive Latin-1 characters. Support for the online viewing of
 JPEG graphics is not provided.

      Support for Latin-1 extended characters in GoCIS Version 1.01 and
 higher is automatic. There are no special configuration steps necessary.
 Once the author has corrected the bug in the software, simply having
 GoCIS Version 1.01 or higher is all you need to send and receive Latin-1
 extended characters.

      The current version of AutoPilot does not support Latin-1 extended
 characters or the online viewing of JPEG files. When the Globalization
 forum software is fully implemented throughout CompuServe, a new version
 of AutoPilot will be released which will fully support Latin-1 extended
 characters. Another version of AutoPilot will be released at a later date
 which will also support the online viewing of JPEG files. 

      At the present time, no information is available on what
 configuration steps, if any, will be necessary to enable Latin-1 support
 in the upcoming version of AutoPilot. As soon as information is
 available, this file will be updated to provide those instructions.

      Arctic Version 2.31 or higher provides full support for Latin-1
 extended characters. If you are using Arctic Version 2.31 or higher, you
 will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Arctic does
 not itself support the online viewing of JPEG files, but it will work in
 conjunction with the JPEG viewer of your choice to allow you to view JPEG
 files while online. This support for JPEG files is provided in Arctic
 Version 2.20 and higher.

      Support for Latin-1 extended characters in Arctic Version 2.31 and
 higher is automatic. There are no special configuration steps necessary.
 As long as you have Arctic Version 2.20 or later, you will be able to
 send and receive Latin-1 extended characters.

 Other Software
      All communications programs designed for Microsoft Windows that are
 capable of using parameters of 8 data bits and no parity are also capable
 of sending and receiving Latin-1 extended characters, as Latin-1 is the
 character set which Microsoft Windows uses. In addition, there may be
 communications programs for other platforms which are not listed here
 that do provide support for Latin-1 extended characters and the online
 viewing of JPEG files.

      As was stated in the "General Information" section of this document,
 this file by no means claims to be a complete or infallible list. If your
 software is not listed here, your best bet is to contact the author or
 technical support personnel for your software and ask them about Latin-1
 and/or JPEG support. If you find that your software does support either
 of these new features but is not listed here, please feel free to contact
 Tom Pinkerton [70243,703] via CompuServe Mail with information on your

 Credits and Acknowledgements
      This document was written by Tom E. Pinkerton [70243,703].  Please
 send all comments and questions about this document to Tom Pinkerton at
 that User ID Number either via CompuServe Mail or in the TrainNet (GO
 CIS:TRAINNET) or Graphics Support (GO CIS:GRAPHSUP) forums.  Special
 thanks to Tim Barker, Paul Bradshaw, Michael R. McKinney, and Marianne
 Shepard of CompuServe and to Steve Sneed, author of OzCIS.  These
 documents are Copyright (c) 1994 by Tom E. Pinkerton.  All Rights
 Reserved.  These documents may be freely distributed so long as they are
 distributed together and in their entirety. 


 > LEADING THE PACK STR Spotlight   "Country Miles" are small here....

                       "THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY"
                          "GET IN THE FAST LANE!"

      The above is the focus of the newest retail promotion from
 CompuServe, the world's largest and most progressive online information
 service.  The new and highly innovative campaign was recently unveiled in
 well over 1,000 computer oriented retail stores across the USA on
 February 01 and runs through April 30.

      Colorful in-store displays with a "super highway" appearance
 highlights the convenience of CompuServe's 14.4 bits per second data
 transfer speed availability and a favorable rate reduction.

     "CompuServe is committed to  providing exceptional value for
     its  members," said Doug Martin, CompuServe retail marketing
     manager.   "In  addition to  having the  greatest  depth and
     breadth of any online  service, we're the only one  to offer
     14.4 kilobits  per second  access, and recently  reduced our
     hourly connect rates by 40 percent."

   The CompuServe Membership Kit, carries a suggested retail price of
$49.95, contains the CompuServe Information Manager for Windows (WinCIM)
interface software. Also included:

   -- CompuServe User ID and password
   -- one month free, more than 60 basic services an $8.95 per mo. value.
   -- $25 usage credit toward use of extended services.
   -- User Guide with descriptions of all of CompuServe's areas. 
   -- Subscription to CompuServe Magazine CompuServe software is also
      available for Macintosh and MS-DOS operating systems.

     "CompuServe  membership kits  are consistently  ranked among
     the Top 10 selling  Windows-related products on the market,"
     Martin  said. "Customers  recognize  the value,  breadth and
     depth of  CompuServe, our  OEM partners appreciate  the pull
     provided by our strong presence in more  than 6,000 outlets,
     and  retailers  recognize  the  opportunity   to  provide  a
     high-demand product."

   Retail stores partaking in the promotion include CompUSA, Computer
City, Micro Center, Software Etc., Electronics Boutique, and Elek-Tek.
Retail distributors include Kenfil, Ingram Micro, and Merisel. Promotional
arrangements are being handled by the Consumer Products Marketing Group of
Pickerington, Ohio.

   CompuServe members pay $8.95 per month for unlimited connect-time
access to more than 60 basic services.  Members can access CompuServe's
other 2,000 extended services for $4.80/hour with a 1200 or 2400 bits per
second modem and for $9.60/hour with a 9.6 or 14.4 kilobits per second
modem. For additional information, call 800-848-8199.

   Established in 1979, the CIS provides its worldwide membership of more
than 1.7 million with databases and services to meet both business and
personal interests.  CompuServe can be accessed by any modem-equipped
personal computer utilizing general communications software. In addition
to the CompuServe Information Service, CompuServe Incorporated provides
frame relay, wide and local area networking services, electronic mail,
business information services and software to major corporations and
government agencies worldwide.

              CompuServe is an H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) company.

3/3/94 /CONTACT:  Debra Young or David Kishler of CompuServe Incorporated,
        614-538-4553 or 614-538-4571, or CompuServe Mail 70004,336


                    :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
     "Almost OnLine" as  close as they're getting  to BEING online?   Are
     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
     just like you!  So why not invite your buddies to join you on GEnie?

     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,
     get them some free time, and introduce them to GEnie Services.  What
     you don't have  to tell them  is that you  get something out  of the
     deal, too!

     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
     pretty just  yet, but we're definitely more  fun!  And, if  a GUI is
     that important  to  them, tell  them that  we'll have  both Mac  and
     Windows front ends before the other guys get more computers!

                   Don't stand IN LINE      ....get ONLINE!

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                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                             Randy Noak, Editor

 Editorial Opinions

      Soon after I finish my weekly column, I start to think about what
 I'd like write in my next week's column. Usually, I change my mind
 several times before I actually sit down to write. Sometimes, events make
 the change for me, and other times things don't happen that were supposed
 to and I have to scramble to find something to write about. This is one
 of the latter times, so bear with me.

      The relative dearth of Apple press releases can only mean one thing.
 The PowerMacs draw near! March 14 is the day. There is an excitement
 building on the various on-line services, and I'm excited too. More and
 more developers have announced that they will have Native PowerPC
 versions of their software ready to release alongside the PowerMacs, and
 more and more computer manufacturers are jumping on the PowerPC
 bandwagon. This is in stark contrast to other platforms. 

      Dos users may still have to deal with the 640K "barrier" and Windows
 is probably far from being as easy to use as System 7.  We often forget
 how good we have it. Take (please) for example, a DTP program "popular"
 on another platform. This program does not use Postscript, but rather a
 proprietary rasterizing method. This means that users of that program are
 out-of-luck if they have to have their files printed at a service bureau.
 There are, I believe,  only two bureaus equipped to print this programs
 files at high resolution in North America. Need fonts? Sure, those are
 proprietary also and just about the only game in town (excepting a few
 shareware offerings) is the DTP program's distributor. Pay their prices
 or do without. This program costs nearly $1000! By contrast, service
 bureau's that can handle Postscript files can be found just about
 everywhere and hinted Postscript fonts are available from many different
 font houses. Not only that, but Mac DTP programs are available at deep
 discount prices from many dealers and mail-order houses. We do have it
 good, and it will only get better with the introduction of the PowerMacs.

      This week, John Donohue reviews PhotoFlash, Apple's photo editing
 software. Apple reduces Powerbook prices and more.



                             Apple's PhotoFlash

 by John Donohue - Associate Editor, DTP & Graphics

 The manual is 202 pages. The last 14 pages make up the index. For some
 reason I always  judge  the usefulness of a manual by the size and
 quality of its index. This one s pretty good. There is a quick reference
 card for useful keyboard shortcuts, etc. - always helpful.

 Installation of the program is typical Macintosh. Insert the Install disk
 into the floppy disk drive, double click on  Install  and follow the on
 screen directions. Simple, straightforward and quick. The manual suggests
 you have 10 MB of free hard drive space, but I installed everything,
 (tutorials, etc.) and only 4 MB was used.

 Overall view - In my opinion PhotoFlash is a poor man s Photo Shop, BUT
 with some nice features that Photo Shop lacks. PhotoFlash lets users of
 page-layout and presentation software enhance and add color or black and
 white photos to their documents quickly and easily. One big plus to
 PhotoFlash is its memory management and the ability to  link up  with
 applications such as Pagemaker or QuarkXpress. But more on that later.
 Lets look at the tools and menu s of PhotoFlash.

 The tool box is broken down into three sections.

 VIEW:          Hand grabber to move the image around on the screen
                Magnifier. You can zoom into 6400% and double click on the
                tool to return to a 1:1 actual size ratio. 

 SELECTION:     Marquee - user or fixed sizing

                Lasso - Define a selected area in a freehand shape

                Polygon - enclose an area with a series of straight lines

                Magic Wand - select an area based on similar pixels of
                color or greys. Nice if you need to select large areas.

 One nice feature with all the selection tools is the ability to add or
 subtract from multiple selections. In other words, if 2  sections 
 overlap they will merge into 1 selection. Neat.

 ACTION:   Move - (gee, guess what this does) moves a selected area.

           Resize - (grin) errrrr resizes the selected image

           Crop - remove unwanted parts of the image without changing  the
 resolution of the image.

           Rotate/Straighten - the rotate tool is self explanatory but the
                straighten tool is nice. Allows you to use an axis to
                define a point of the image to rotate around. As you drag
                the image the changing rotation angle shows at the 
                bottom of the toolpalette.

           Blur Tool - soften the image in a selected area.

           Sharpen Tool - makes the edges of elements appear crisper.

           Dedust Tool - a nice feature if you re scanner isn t completely
                clean. Dust can appear on your images. This tool removes
                these flaws.

           DeScratch Tool - works the same as DeDust only with a 
 scratched portion of the image. Great for re-touching.
 One note on the tools ... (and this one I like ALOT) .... when using the
 blur, sharpen, brightness/contrast, remove scratch, remove dust and
 balance exposure controls you can view a preview box with slider con-
 trols. The preview box gives you a  before  and  after  view. Also in the
 preview box is a zoom tool and hand grabber to scroll around or zoom in
 on the image for complete control. EXCELLENT!

 Most of the tools in the tool box are also included in the drop down
 menus with keyboard equivalents.

 The integrated image browser in PhotoFlash is designed to make it easy
 for you to find and place photos/images quickly. The browser displays
 thumbnails of images that have been saved in industry-standard formats.
 The browser also provides a direct link to other applications, so you can
 simply drag and drop to place images into applications such as Pagemaker
 or QuarkXpress. 9 royalty free sample photos are included to get you
 started or experiment with.

 Once you ve worked your image to your taste you can save it a variety of
 formats. You can save as PICT, TIFF, JPEG, EPS or DCS (desktop color
 separation). The JPEG save brings up a slider control box for low quality
 image up to excellent quality image. TIFF allows for LZW compression.

 Here s a nice trick when resizing your image before you save. Suppose you
 are creating a newsletter in a page layout application, and that newslet-
 ter is formatted in three columns. You can specify (according to what
 you ve set up in your newsletter) the column size and gutter size set-
 tings for your image measurement.

 SPECIAL FEATURE! PhotoFlash has a powerful feature that allows you to
 automate your work. You can record a series of steps as a script, and
 when you play the script, PhotoFlash executes the whole series automati-
 cally on whatever image you choose. Kind of like a  Quickkeys  option
 within PhotoFlash!

 Final thoughts: when I first saw PhotoFlash I wasn t too excited. I
 already own and use Photshop quite a bit and thought -  what could
 PhotoFlash possibly offer me? . But after going through the tutorial and
 testing some scans, there are quite a few features that are nice addi-
 tions. For pure scanning, enhancing, and linking photos for use in your
 favorite page-layout application, PhotoFlash gets a definite thumbs up. 

                            Apple Computer, Inc.
                                Version 1.0

                       Suggested Retail Price $279.00
                      Mail Order (MacWarehouse)$215.00

                   Requirements 68020 or later processor
                                8 MB of RAM
                         3.5 available RAM required
                            System 7.0 or later

 John Donohue is a DTP professional living deep in Florida's swampland.


 > Apple PRs STR InfoFile

                   Here are this week's press releases. 
  Probably, the most interesting is the announcement of reduced prices on
                            Apple's Powerbooks. 


  Apple Announces PowerBook Price Reductions
  Selected models reduced up to 14 percent

  CAMPBELL, California--March 2, 1994--In keeping with its strategy to
  increase market share by offering superior technologies and solutions
  at competitive prices,  Apple Computer, Inc., today announced U.S.
  price reductions ranging from nine to 14 percent on selected models
  in its popular award-winning and market-leading Apple PowerBook line
  of notebook and subnotebook computers.  These reductions follow a
  number of strategic price cuts initiated by Apple in recent months.

     The price reductions apply to an all-in-one PowerBook and two models
  of the Apple PowerBook Duo.  According to an independent study by
  Dataquest, a leading worldwide market research firm, the Apple
  PowerBook Duo is the best selling subnotebook computer in both the
  U.S. and Europe.   With the introduction of the new PowerBook Duo 250
  and 270c, Apple Computer shipped a record 200,000 PowerBooks in the
  fourth quarter of 1993.   According to Dataquest findings, the
  PowerBook Duo held a 38 percent market share in the U.S. and a 29
  percent market share in Europe against other subnotebooks.  These
  results underscore the Duo's number one position and the ongoing
  success of Apple's market share strategy.

     The Apple PowerBook line has received international awards since its

  introduction, including recognition for "Best New Product" from
  Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time and U.S. News and World Report.

      Current and previous Apple prices for the affected PowerBook
  computers are as follows:

                                Previous       New           Percentage
                                Apple price*   Apple price*  Change

  PowerBook 180 4/120           $2,499         $2,219          11%
  PowerBook 180 4/120           $2,749         $2,479          10%
    with express modem
  PowerBook Duo 250 4/200       $2,269         $1,959          14%
  PowerBook Duo 250 12/200      $2,789         $2,479          11%
    with express modem
  PowerBook Duo 270c 4/240      $3,099         $2,789          10%
  PowerBook Duo 270c 12/240     $3,619         $3,299           9%
    with express modem

  MARCH 2, 1994 AT 11:31AM, EST

  Apple, Aox, Analog Devices Announce Plans To Deploy GEOPort Across PC

  -  OEMs Signal Support For Desktop Media Communications Plug-and-Play
  -  High-Speed, Real-Time Link To Enable Low Cost Audio, Video
     Conferencing, Telephony Capabilities Over Analog, Digital Lines
  -  Cross Platform Architecture To Support  Windows, OS/2, Macintosh,

  SAN JOSE, California--March 2, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc., Aox Inc.
  and Analog Devices, Inc. today announced their intention to provide
  cross platform, plug-and-play connectivity between personal computers
  and telephones on corporate desktops.  Apple  plans to open its
  GEOPort  technology to the PC and telephony industries, thereby
  enabling desktop media communications from any computing device,
  running any operating system, to any analog or digital telephone
  line.  Aox and Analog intend to play key roles in the deployment of
  GEOPort to both industries.

       Interoperability between computing and telephony products is an
  essential element in the delivery of digital media and collaborative
  computing capabilities for business users.  As a high-speed
  media communications interface, GEOPort can support voice, data,
  telephone control, audio and video over any analog (POTS) or digital
  (PBX or ISDN) telephone line to any desktop PC, workstation or
  notebook computer.  Apple has been shipping GEOPort for Macintosh
  personal computers since August 1993, and will include the technology
  in future PowerPC-based machines.

       In a move to quickly facilitate GEOPort access throughout the
  industry, Aox, a highly regarded integrator of digital media
  technologies, plans to license GEOPort from Apple.  Once licensed,
  Aox will then provide cross platform GEOPort designs, development
  tools and certification services to PC, PBX, and integrated circuit

       Aox has agreed to make initial GEOPort implementations available on
  digital signal processors (DSPs) from Analog Devices and for the
  PowerPC processor.  Subsequent implementations will support other
  DSPs and other host processors such as the Intel x86.  Industry
  standard software environments, such as Microsoft's Windows and OS/2,
  will also be supported.  Analog will serve as a primary silicon
  channel to the computer industry by implementing the GEOPort hardware
  interface within its line of codecs and ADSP-2100 family of DSPs.
  These integrated circuits are in turn used industry-wide by sound
  card, modem and PC manufacturers.  Thus, GEOPort will be plugged into
  the wave of multimedia and telecommunications demands now sweeping
  the computer industry.

       The GEOPort announcements were made at the Intermedia
  Conference held here this week, and at a special exhibition of
  information superhighway technologies hosted by Vice President
  Al Gore at the White House.  Representatives from PC, PBX and
  multimedia companies have already begun to signal their support
  for the GEOPort initiative.

       A major GEOPort advantage is its ability to support any telephone
  line, including digital T1 lines, which are more than 150 times
  faster than the serial interface found on most PCs.  In addition,
  GEOPort has been designed to deliver isochronous, or real-time, media
  streams at very low cost.  With the media bottleneck finally broken,
  computer and telephony suppliers will be able to offer their
  customers such features as:

  - high-quality, multiple party video conferencing over the PBX
  - document sharing with workgroups for collaborative computing
  - fax/modem from any desktop PC, even if connected to a digital
    line, without the need for gateway services
  - integrated telephone dialing, answering, caller ID, voice and
    electronic messaging services from the desktop
  - high-speed transfer of images and documents from scanners,
    digital cameras or notebooks onto the desktop PC
  - connect new and future high-performance V.32bis or V.34 modems
    to any PC without a throughput bottleneck at the serial communications 

       Analog Devices predicted that the availability of GEOPort will
  cause an explosion in the market for business audio, sound card,
  fax/modem and video functionality. 

       New GEOPort enabled products from PBX and PC manufacturers are
  expected to be introduced to business users in 1994.

  Publishing Company Commits to Macintosh with PowerPC

  CUPERTINO, California--March 2, 1994--Capitalizing on the superior
  performance of native publishing applications on Apple's Macintosh
  with PowerPC, Val-Pak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. of Largo,
  Florida has decided to upgrade most of its installed base of
  Macintosh computers to PowerPC technology as soon as it becomes
  available (Native applications have been recompiled for the PowerPC
  chip to take full advantage of the speed of PowerPC technology).  The
  company also plans to purchase additional new Macintosh with PowerPC
  systems to meet the expanding business needs of its high-volume
  publishing and production facilities in Largo, Florida and Las Vegas,

      The investment in Val-Pak's production and computer capabilities is
  consistent with the philosophy of growth and automation of parent
  company Cox Enterprises Inc.  In 1994, Val-Pak will produce 6.4
  billion coupons mailed in 340 million envelopes with all design,
  layout, production and printing done in-house at its two plant
  locations.  Val-Pak, which runs its business mainly on Macintosh
  computers, has developed a number of customized software innovations
  such as transmitting four-color proofs electronically to franchised
  dealerships to expedite the production process.

      PowerPC is a family of RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing)
  microprocessors, developed jointly by Apple, IBM and Motorola.  The
  new chip will fuel the next generation of Macintosh computers.  The
  first Macintosh computers based on the PowerPC processor are slated
  to be introduced in the first half of 1994 and join the Macintosh
  family of computers in mid-range and high-end systems.
  FEBRUARY 28, 1994 AT 8:38 AM, EST.

  Apple Now Shipping Macintosh Quadra Computer With MS-DOS- and

  CUPERTINO, California--February 28, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc. today
  announced it has begun shipping the Macintosh Quadra  610 DOS
  Compatible, a full featured personal computer with MS-DOS- and

       Ideally suited for home office and small business users, where
  being able to work in multiple computing environments is needed, the
  Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible computer enables users to easily
  switch from the Macintosh  computer environment to DOS and back again
  with just the touch of two keys.

       Packed with the powerful Motorola 68LC040 and Intel 486SX
  microprocessor, the Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS COMPATIBLE is designed
  to provide users with more options than ever before, while allowing
  them to protect their software investment.  The system comes
  preinstalled with MS-DOS 6.2.  Announced at Fall Comdex 1993, the
  Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible system was awarded first place by
  Byte Magazine in the "Best System" category.    
       Users to Work in Two Environments at the Same Time
  The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible version features dual
  processors, enabling users to work in both Macintosh and DOS
  environments simultaneously.  The system features a 25 MHz 68LC040,
  powering the Macintosh computer environment, and a 25 MHz Intel
  486SX, which runs both DOS AND Windows-based software.  Because the
  dual processors will work independently, users will be able to run
  Macintosh and DOS or Windows' applications in tandem, and even cut
  and paste information between the two environments.

       The system has passed Microsoft's DOS and Windows hardware
  compatibility tests, and it will appear on Microsoft's Windows 3.1
  Hardware Compatibility List. 

       Enhanced Product Features
  Dual monitor support is designed to provide customers with the option
  of viewing the Macintosh and DOS environments at the same time,
  allowing the user to add the second display monitor without
  purchasing an additional video card. The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS
  Compatible version supports most VGA, SVGA and Multisync monitors as
  well as the Apple 14" or 16" Macintosh Color Displays.

       The same hard drive runs Macintosh, MS-DOS or Windows applications.
  Apple also offers an optional internal CD-ROM drive designed to run
  Macintosh, DOS and Windows CD-ROM discs, providing users with access
  to the hundreds of exciting CD-ROM titles currently available.  In
  addition, DOS and Windows applications print to any Apple or
  Macintosh-compatible printer through a built-in serial port or
  optional Ethernet port.

       The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible also ships with Apple's PC
  Exchange software.  PC Exchange lets users manage their DOS and
  Windows files in the Macintosh environment just like Macintosh files,
  allowing users to open, copy, rename, delete and save documents and
  folders.  Users can also custom configure their Macintosh to open a
  DOS or Windows file with a Macintosh application by simply double-
  clicking on the file's icon.

       Availability and Pricing
  The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible personal computer is
  available today in the U.S. and selected international markets.  The
  U.S. Apple price is $1579 for the 8MB/160 with on-board Ethernet

       Upgrade Information
  Apple also announced that the DOS Compatibility Card for Macintosh is
  now available for both Macintosh Quadra 610 and Macintosh Centris
  610 owners to upgrade their systems.  The card is priced at the U.S.
  Apple price of $399.

 That's it for this week.  As always, please feel free to send your
 comments or questions to me at:

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                          ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                           Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Another week, another major snowstorm!!  By the time you read this
 column, the Northeast could be buried yet once more with snow and ice;
 this hasn't been a good winter unless you're into snow activities.  Oh
 well, Spring is a few weeks away (or so the calendar says).

      So what's been happening in the world of Atari lately?  Sounds like
 a broken record, but essentially, very little on both the computing and
 Jaguar fronts.  A few announcements and information a little later on in
 this section, but overall, it's quiet.

      Last week it was announced that we'd be soon publishing our issues
 in Rich Text Format (RTF), but there was a tremendous amount of mail
 voicing an overwhelming opinion that we should retain our ASCII format. 
 So, for the present, we'll continue as we have.  By the way, I voted
 against it too!

      There are lot of discussions going on online about the progress of
 the Jaguar and Atari's national roll-out.  People are legitimately
 concerned over the current visibility of Atari and the Jaguar. 
 TheChristmas season is over, and the big push was put on hold.  Advertis-
 ing, for the present, is mostly reserved for the game magazines.  But,
 March is slated for the beginning of the renewal of those ads in 10
 additional target areas.   The problem is, in my opinion, is that the
 userbase, and perhaps potential customers who aren't committed to things
 Atari, are waiting to see what happens. This isn't something new for
 Atari, nor is it new for a lot of companies which develop products that
 carry aftermath products (i.e. the Jaguar with new games coming out). 
 However, this period of inactivity is when customers become concerned
 because there's nothing new to get excited about.  New games for the
 Jaguar are reportedly scheduled for late March, and following months. 
 Once those games start to make it to the retail outlets, enthusiasm will,
 hopefully, ensue.  That, coupled with an anticipated renewed advertising
 campaign, will do much to calm any uneasiness occurring now.

      One concerned user recently thought Atari was stalling with the
 national rollout.  A lot of times, if a company employee saw a message
 such as this, he/she would either simply ignore it, or just "pooh-pooh"
 it matter-of-factly.  Well, we're fortunate to have someone online (via
 Compuserve) who checks in almost daily, Don Thomas.  Don saw the message,
 and offered a reply:

 "I don't think Atari is stalling in any particular way.  We recognize
 that the value of the system will be greatly enhanced with more software
 and that is a priority.  It's the kind of fever-pitched activity that end
 users don't see until the software is finally available. <g>

 The first three months are dog days for the retailing business.  While we
 are shipping to fill a delightful daily renewal of orders, the ads will
 begin picking up again as we speak now. I'm told they have already been
 restarted in New York."

  -- Don Thomas
     Atari Corporation                                                    

      Now, while some will claim that this is just simply typical Atari
 rhetoric, Don at least offers an explanation and just doesn't ignore the
 question/insinuation.  I must say that over the past few months, Don has
 fielded many questions and has been the brunt of a few rounds of salvo
 along the way.  I respect the fact that he's handled himself well and has
 stayed with the Atari Gaming Forum on CIS.

      While we're on the subject of Atari's Don Thomas, he just recently
 posted a few other interesting tidbits about Jaguar-related topics. One,
 the long-awaited S-Video cables are ready and being shipped. 
 According to Don:

 "Everyone might like to know that the first shipment of S-Video cables
 has left our warehouse this afternoon. I understand we are back-ordered
 for all shipments through April 1, so I will not be able to accept direct
 orders until closer to that date.

 If you were looking for an S-Video cable, visit your retailer within the
 next 7 to 10 days as they begin to infiltrate the retail distribution

  --Don Thomas
    Atari Corporation                                                      

      The other news is that Atari's Bill Rehbock, now a V.P., will be on
 radio this weekend, hopefully to promote the Jaguar and related items. 
 Don managed to obtain a listing of those radio stations that will be
 carrying the "On Computers" syndicated radio program.  

 The details:

      "Atari's own head of Developer Services, William Rehbock, has been
 invited to participate on the syndicated radio program, "On Computers"
 with Leo Laporte and Gina Smith which will air this coming weekend 3/5 &

      I was not able to confirm everything about the content except that
 Bill is excited about still another opportunity to pump the Jaguar. 
 Below is the schedule provided to me this afternoon which was quickly
 retyped from a fax which Bob Brodie managed to obtain for everyone.

      I urge you to tune to the appropriate station in your area if you
 can. You may wish to call the station and let them know you like their
 program content at those times. You may also consider writing a letter to
 the station to share your views. In any case, I hope you can tune it in
 in your area and will share your afterthoughts online!"

  --Don Thomas
    Atari Corporation

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      So, if you've got nothing better to do for an hour or so this
 weekend, you may want to listen to, or tape the show.  It sounds like a
 potentially interesting program!

      Well, it's been a long week, ending with more snow!!  Boston just
 set a record for the second all-time high for snowfall in a year withthis
 past storm!  Gee, just what we needed to know.  So, let me stop rambling
 for this week, and let you get on with the rest of this week's interest-
 ing news and information.

      Until next time...

                        Delphi's Atari Advantage
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         Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database.




      CONNECT Magazine Offers Special Subscription Rate for BBS Sysops

 OK. You've heard about CONNECT, possibly even picked up copies of the
 magazine at your local newsstand, bookstore or computer dealer. Maybe
 you've seen our advertising in books such as the "Whole Earth Online
 Almanac," or you saw the mention of CONNECT in the December 6, 1993
 issue of U.S. News & World Report. Or maybe you've just heard about the
 magazine from talk on the commercial online services, or seen the
 CONNECT Online BBS Edition door on a local BBS.

 But, you still haven't subscribed. As a BBS sysop, perhaps you've just
 been too busy keeping your system in peak shape to send in that $18. And
 maybe you've also been thinking about advertising your BBS via CONNECT's
 International BBS Listing (at $12/year) or Service Ads (at $25 per ad).
 Well, we're making you an offer that'll save you money *AND* give your
 BBS some added international exposure.

 Under this special introductory CONNECT subscription offer, you get,
 absolutely FREE, a one-year listing in the International BBS Listing!
 We're also throwing in a two-issue run of a Service Ad...again,
 absolutely FREE. At the normal individual Service Ad and BBS Listing
 rates, that's a total value of $62!

 About now, you're probably thinking we're totally crazy. In a second,
 you're going to be sure we are...because we're also discounting the
 normal subscription rate for CONNECT! Instead of the normal $18
 subscription rate for U.S. addressees, you'll pay just $15. That's a
 savings of almost 20 percent off the normal rate, and a savings of over
 40 percent off the newsstand price!

 Each issue sent to you will contain the in-depth, unbiased coverage of
 the commercial online services, Internet and bulletin board systems and
 CompuServe Mail networks you've come to expect from CONNECT. Your BBS
 will appear in CONNECT's International BBS Listing for a year, *AND* your
 system will be highlighted in a Service Ad for two consecutive issues

 If you're not in the U.S., don't worry. We're offering the same kind of
 deal for Canadian and foreign sysop subscribers, too!

 Here's all it takes to qualify for this special introductory offer:
      1) You must be a sysop of a currently up-and-running BBS, with plans
           to continue running the BBS for the next year.

      2) You must be a new CONNECT subscriber. This offer is not available
           to current subscribers and, therefore, cannot be used to renew"
           a CONNECT subscription.

 That's all! Just fill out the form and e-mail, fax or snail mail it back
 to us with payment. (Checks must be sent via normal mail, obviously.
 Checks also must be made out in U.S. funds and must be drawn on a U.S.

 Send your orders to:

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 If you wish to help us save some trees, please fill out the form below in
 your favorite text editor and e-mail it back to us at one of these online

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                   CONNECT Sysop Special Subscription Form

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       issues to the U.S. address listed below. I'm a sysop of a currently
       available BBS and plan to continue running the system for the
       next year.

 [  ]  I don't have a U.S. address, but I am a sysop of a currently
       up-and-running BBS and plan to keep the system running for the next

       Sign me up for CONNECT at the rate below:

           [  ]  $27  Canada/Mexico (surface)
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 Service Ad Information
    Type in up to 280 characters describing your BBS. Be sure to include
    the BBS name and phone number at the start of the Ad text.







 > Falcon VOX-Mail STR InfoFile

                           Falcon Voice Mail!!

 According to AEO's Andreas Barbiero and STReport's John Duckworth:

 I am pleased to announce that VOX-Mail, the voice-mail system for the
 Falcon, is now finally available for release.  The program is now fully
 GEM and the hardware functions completely as an answering machine right

 Thank you for the interest that you have expressed in VOX-Mail. I shall
 be sending VOX-Mail to the ftp sites very soon now.   However, if you
 want the evaluation copy fast, I can send you an UUEncoded version.
 Feel free to write to me if you have any question s/suggestions. Thanx!

 Ta Ta For Now,

 Michael Fung
    CMU acct:
    Phone: (412)862-3692


 > STR InfoFile

                            ATARI UNITED! ALERT

 ATARI UNITED!  has recently  confirmed rumors  that Soft-Logik  is on  the
 verge of  releasing Pagestream  3 for  the Amiga.   On  February 23,  1994
 Ellen  Kazmaier  (Soft-Logik  Marketing)  confirmed  to  Andreas  Barbiero
 (Assistant  Editor, AEO)  that  the Amiga  version  of Pagestream  3 would
 probably be ready  for release in March, and  that the decision to release
 an Atari version of the upgrade would be made at that  time.  Ms. Kazmaier
 told Andreas that  she has received a  number of letters from  Atari users
 expressing interest in Pagestream 3.

 Pagestream  has  always  been  a  major  asset  for  the  Atari  computer.
 Desk-top publishing  is something that  the Atari computer  does well, and
 Atari DTP  programs have  rivalled and  often out-performed  the best  DTP
 software on  other platforms.   Most  Atari users  have  found that  while
 Calumus and  Pagestream compete  (market-wise)  with each  other, the  two
 programs complement each other nicely, so that everyone  is able to find a
 software package that he or  she feels comfortable. Diversity  of software
 is  very crucial to  the life  of a platform,  and the Atari  users are in
 danger of losing the support of a major developer.

 ATARI  UNITED! is  asking that  every Atari  user get  involved in  asking
 Soft-Logik  to continue  their  support of  the  Atari line  of computers,
 even  if you  are  not a  Pagestream owner.  Every  Atari owner  should be
 concerned about  maintaining software  diversity  and support,  so we  are
 asking  that you  choose one of  the two  following sample  letters (which
 ever  is more  appropriate for  you), which  can be  filled out  as is, or
 modify  it to your desire, and  send it to Soft-Logik.   It is urgent that
 you do  so quickly,  because the  decision will  be made in  the next  few

 There are many  Pagestream users in  the world wide  Atari community,  and
 even  if you  use Timeworks  Publisher 2,  Calamus 1.09N,  Calamus SL,  or
 advanced  word  processors like  Calligrapher, AtariWorks,  and Redacteur,
 you should  take the time to send off a letter  to Soft-Logik and  express
 an interest in  seeing Pagestream  3. If you  are in  a usergroup,  please
 print  out  copies of  the letter  for the  members in  your group.   Your
 letter is not a promise  to BUY Pagestream 3, but is an expression of your
 interest  in seeing  the  program come  out on  the  market for  the Atari

             The following letter is for Pagestream owners use.


 Soft-Logik Publishing
 11131F South Towne Sq.
 St. Louis, MO  63123

 Attn: Ellen Kazmaier, Marketing


 I am current Atari computer user and  Pagestream owner.  I am aware of the
 development  of Pagestream 3 for the Amiga and  I would like to express my
 sincere interest  in seeing  this package  upgraded and  supported on  the
 Atari platform.   Pagestream is  a valuable asset  to the  Atari platform,
 and as an  Pagestream user, an upgrade  to this software package  would be
 an incentive for me to continue using Pagestream.





 Computer Owned: ( ) Atari ST series
                 ( ) MegaSTe         ( ) TT030
                 ( ) Falcon030       ( ) STacy


                        If you don't own Pagestream


 Soft-Logik Publishing
 11131F South Towne Sq.
 St. Louis, MO  63123

 Attn: Ellen Kazmaier, Marketing


 I am an  Atari computer owner interested  in seeing the continued  support
 for the  Pagestream  package  on  the  Atari  series  of  home  computers.
 Pagestream is a valuable asset to  the Atari platform, and I would like to
 see an  upgrade and continued support  as a serious  incentive to consider
 Pagestream 3. Please  continue to support  the Atari ST,  STe, TT030,  and
 Falcon030 computers!





 Computer Owned: ( ) Atari ST series
                 ( ) MegaSTe            ( ) TT030
                 ( ) Falcon030          ( ) STacy


 ATARI UNITED! wants to help keep  you up to date with what's happening  in
 the Atari community.  To join us, fill out  the following form and send it
 to the address below!

 To register, please provide the information below, and mail to:

                           ATARI UNITED!
                            P.O. Box 691
 or email your registration, questions, comments, etc to:


 Name (Last, First, MI):  _________________________________________
 Mailing Address:         _________________________________________
 City, State, Zip:        _________________________________________
 Phone Number:            _________________________________________
 Online Address:          _________________________________________

 Computer Model:          ___ 520 ST     ___ 520 STe    ___ TT
                          ___ 1040 ST    ___ 1040 STe   ___ F030
                          ___ Mega ST    ___ Mega STe
 Computer Serial Number:  _________________________________________
 User Group (if a member):_________________________________________

 (     ) Yes!  Please include me in your list of possible  contacts 
         for isolated Atari TOS owners in my area.

 (     ) Also please make my name and address available  to  other 
         Atari related concerns.

 (     ) Please  keep  all information  on  my  registration  form 


 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                            THE OLD FISHIN' HOLE

 -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth a few weeks it will be here, bringing an end to the cold
 Winter days. It's a time for new life, new celebration, and new enjoy-
 ment. While Mother Nature delivers fresh flower buds and a return of the
 chirping birds whom it seems left not too long ago, we might also think
 about what we can do to make spring a new beginning for our favorite
 computer platform. For those who have been putting off finishing that
 shareware program you've been working on for so long, why not think about
 completing it.  Perhaps you have wanted to learn a programming language,
 but haven't yet started the basics...maybe now is the time to buy that
 tutorial book. Even easier yet, pick up a copy of that utility or appli-
 cation you've been meaning to buy. The bottom line is, to keep our plat-
 form alive, we need to do all that we can to make 1994 a year of new
 beginnings. Now on with a look at a few public domain/shareware games
 which I received this week...
     "Tartan 1.7" by Christoph Zwerschke is a public domain chess program
 for one player. While the program and all of its documentation is entire-
 ly in German, "Tartan" is very self-explanatory and the game options can
 quickly be figured out with a bit of experimentation. The game offer
 several levels of computer 'smarts' which should satisfy everyone, except
 perhaps Kasmirov. Play is controlled completely by the Atari mouse and
 will run in any resolution with at least 80 columns (sorry all you low
 resolution lovers, you'll have to stick to Warwick's GNU chess). For such
 a small and easily maneuvered program, "Tartan 1.7" will provide any
 chess player hours of challenge.

     Another game I received this week is called "Multi Bricks" and is by
 a French group who go by the name of Parx. This game is _ONLY_ for the
 Falcon030, one look at the graphics and you'l know why. The screens are
 beautifully rendered in 256 colors and the ever present soundtrack is
 fully digitized. The game is based on the 'Breakout" idea, but instead of
 a single paddle at the bottom of the playing field..."Multi Bricks" has
 four. The playing field have a paddle on each side, so the player almost
 never has time to rest or look away from the screen. The paddles are
 controlled in tandem, but hitting certain bricks may change their behav-
 ior a bit such as reversing their direction or adding missile power. A
 first for "Multi Bricks" is its option to allow the user to play the game
 with Jaguar joypads, which I found much easier to use than the old Atari
 style joysticks (besides, you can utilize the pause button when the going
 gets tough). Although the version distributed online is only a demo with
 three playable levels, the game seemed stable (with the exception of a
 slight flicker every now and then) and very enjoyable. Now all Parx needs
 to do is set up a company to be their U.S. representatives and all of us
 Falcon users will be set!

     One last game I'll take a look at is called "CBZONE" and is a port
 from the original Unix X-Windows code by Roland Givan. Actually, the game
 is based on the old Atari arcade game 'Battlezone'. This port will only
 run in monochrome (or a resolution equal or greater than 640x400). The
 game is interesting and is a nice blast from the past, but it is extreme-
 ly _SLOW_. We can't really blame the author for this since he didn't
 write the game specifically for the TOS computers. Obviously he is just
 an Atari owner who wanted to see if he could port some C code with some
 success, and that is exactly what he has done. There are several parame-
 ters which may be selected to allow the game to be a bit more playable. A
 few of them include a fast option (which turns off sound and has a bit
 less detailed graphics), a quiet option, and options to choose how many
 tanks/salvos may be present onscreen at once. In closing, only download
 "CBZONE" if you have a bit of time to waste and don't mind playing in
 what seems like slow motion. I can't wait to see if Roland can speed
 things up a'll make for a great game.
     That's all for this sure seemed like a special games column
 didn't it? I only review what I can get my hands on..I'll try to find a
 few more utilities and applications for you game haters next week. See ya

     |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
     |  Tartan 1.7                                                    |
     |     GEnie: Atari ST RT - #32050                                |
     |                                                                |
     |  Multi Bricks                                                  |
     |     Delphi: Atari Advantage - READ MULTI                       |
     |                                                                |
     |  CBZONE                                                        |
     |     Internet: Try  /games/cbzone.*     |

      * 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.


                       STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"        No truer words......


                               Jim O'Neil, North Pole, Alaska


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