ST Report: 3-Jun-94 #1023

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/06/94-11:13:23 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 3-Jun-94 #1023
Date: Mon Jun  6 11:13:23 1994

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 > 06/03/94 STR 1023  "The Original * Independent * Online Magazine!"
 - CPU INDUSTRY REPORT    - Turner Software   - MACFAIR LA'94
 - Flintstone Saver       - Internet NEWS     - E-Mail Stalker
 - WPerfect FASTEST!      - CCITT/ITU-TSS     - Internet Help
 - NEW Gem Group          - People Talking    - STR Confidential

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

      The "Information Highway".... we hear this term everyday.  Well,
 practically everyday.  Does it have real substance yet?  It may not. 
 That's not to say its nonexistent but it does say its in the very
 beginning stages.  Strange as it may seem, there are those in this day and
 age who are resisting the ongoing development of the "highway".  Its
 difficult, if not downright foolish attempting to rationalize the "whys"
 and "what-fors" of their behavior.  But educated guesses indicate its
 either jealousy, ego, or good old fashioned greed.  What ever the special
 motivation may be, it seems to have surfaced in all its glory quite
 recently.  You see in the last few weeks, there was a "vote" called in the
 Internet about the establishment of a new "newsgroup".  As expected, the
 vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the opening of the new group.  The
 point is... the dissenting votes were really about to go un-noticed until
 one name in particular popped up incredibly, as a NO vote.  A reasonable
 explanation of such an action is, in this reporter's opinion, warranted. 
 The "no vote" cast by this person is of little or no consequence but
 coming from this person; a past president and a current board member of a
 developer group and a current software re-seller whose wife is a contract
 holder with a commercial network service suddenly hits with the presence
 of booming thunder.  Why did this person vote no?  Its a very interesting
 question some suspect will have very interesting answers.  Elsewhere in
 this issue are the vote results, a list of who voted and how they voted.
      Spring Comdex brought many new software and hardware goodies to
 market.  Over the next few months, we shall endeavor to present a solid
 picture of these new products, what to look for and above all else try to
 show that "price" really isn't everything.  Shopping quality is by far,
 the better way to seek out your dream system.  Stay with us for the summer
 months.. its going to be a very interesting time.  



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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #23
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                   ** Intel to Release P6 Next Year? **

    Industry insiders are saying the new P6 chip Intel Corp is developing 
 may be in servers and workstations by the end of next year.  Sources say 
 that the P6-based machines should offer up to eight times the power of 
 the current Pentium servers.
    According to Computergram International, "The Pentium is not intended 
 to fade away." After culling intelligence about the P6 and the P7 chips 
 from various sources (including PC Week and MacWeek), CI noted this week 
 "The company is shrinking the die size in the hope of being able to set 
 clocks well in excess of 200MHz against 100MHz maximum now, and envis-
 ages producing a range of Pentiums in massive volumes and pricing them 
 low enough for entry-level systems."

    "The P6 is expected to come as a two-chip module," says CI, "the se-
 cond chip being 256K of high-speed cache, and to include enhanced multi-
 processing logic, based on Intel's Multiprocessing Specification, enab-
 ling manufacturers to mass-produce standard system boards supporting as 
 many as four P6 CPUs."

    Intel is expected to later move the P6 to a new 0.4-micron process to 
 raise the clock speed, wanting "to optimize its 0.6-micron process to 
 yield 120MHz Pentium chips in volume by the second quarter of 1995 and 
 133MHz chips by the third quarter, before going to 150MHz using the 0.4 
 micron process."

                  ** Aldus Unveils ChartMaker Module **

    Aldus Corp. has announced Aldus ChartMaker, a new software module 
 that allows users to incorporate charting capabilities into any standard 
 Macintosh or IBM Windows-based application.

    Initially available on the Macintosh personal computer, with a PC 
 version to follow later this year, ChartMaker is an OLE module that can 
 be used with any word processing, spreadsheet, computer illustration, 
 page layout and design or other application to provide a full range of 
 charting functions.

    ChartMaker will be the first in a series of modular software 
 products, called Aldus Accessory Products, that the company plans to 
 release during the next 12 months. Each software module will focus on a 
 single function or task that will add features or functionality to a 
 "host" application software package.

    The Macintosh version of ChartMaker is available now for $149. 
 Pricing and availability of the Windows version will be announced later.

                   ** Sega, Blockbuster, IBM Team Up **

    Testing electronic delivery of video-game software for retail sale is 
 the point of a new cooperative venture by game publisher Sega of 
 America, video rental giant Blockbuster Video and IBM.

    The companies are expected to launch the market test in 10 to 15 
 Blockbuster stores in one or two markets in August and run the test for 
 two to four months. After the tests, they will decide whether to offer 
 the system for sale to all retailers. Blockbuster has more than 3,000 
 stores nationwide.

    Reports say the pilot project calls for some Blockbuster stores to 
 offer customers Sega video games on blank, reusable cartridges using IBM 
    "The companies noted that since the blank cartridges will be rented 
 and returned to the stores, they can then be reprogrammed an unlimited 
 number of times."
    Sega President/CEO Tom Kalinske added the project is designed to make 
 certain that game rental customers can obtain the nearly 1,000 Genesis 
 and Game Gear software titles available.

                       ** Compaq Slashes Prices **

    Compaq Computer Corp. this week announced price reductions on some of 
 its notebook, desktop and server products. The cuts range from 4% to 34% 
 on some items.

    Among the systems reduced in price are the Contura Aero, Compaq's 
 first subnotebook PC, its multimedia Presario CDS models and on Pentium-
 based ProSignia and ProLiant 1000 models by as much as 18%.  Selected 
 PCMCIA options for the Contura Aero family also were reduced.

                   ** Students Creating New Mac UNIX **

    A version of the free Linux clone of the UNIX operating system is 
 being created for Apple Computer Inc.'s Power Macintosh by two computer 
 science students at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

    Charlton Wilbur and Jem Lewis began laying plans to develop a free-
 ware UNIX on the Power Mac in January and say they hope to have a stable 
 kernel running by the end of August, together with the basic UNIX utili-
 ties, including cd, ls, cp, mv, gcc, emacs, vi and bash.

    "Linux is a Posix-type UNIX," CI notes, "originally written for 80386 
 and 80486-based personal computers by Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds 
 with the assistance of a loosely-knit team working across the Internet. 
 It is freely distributable under the same terms as the GNU UNIX."

    Wilbur and Lewis said that until the end of the summer they want to 
 keep the project tightly controlled, but once it is running relatively 
 bug-free, it will be freely available for alpha testing and for others 
 to help develop device drivers and so forth.

                 ** NEC Boosts 16-meg Dram Production **

    NEC Corp. reportedly plans to increase its production of 16-megabit
 DRAM chips at its plants in the United States, Singapore and Ireland.

    Reports say U.S. subsidiary NEC Electronics will invest an additional 
 $68 million in expanding facilities to raise its monthly output.  It is 
 expected that the firm will boost production from hundreds of thousand 
 units a month to 1.5 million units by March next year.

                   ** Dell, Aurora Urge PC Recycling **

    A marketing deal to encourage computer users to trade in dated 
 systems so they can be refurbished for use in developing economies has 
 been signed by Dell Computer Corp. and Aurora Electronics Inc.
    Reports say that under the program, companies looking to replace 
 existing computer systems can trade their old equipment and receive 
 credit toward Dell purchases.

    The program, which initially will focus on Fortune 500 companies, 
 calls for Aurora to refurbish, reconfigure, test and resell the older 
 technology systems overseas.

                   ** IBM Revamping Software Effort **

    Word is IBM is overhauling its software-development efforts, 
 launching a new initiative code- named "Workplace" to try to regain 
 business lost to rival Microsoft Corp. and others.

    Reports say IBM Chairman Louis Gerstner has called the company's 
 failure to adjust to the shift from its mainframe business toward 
 client-server computing "the single most important mistake IBM has made 
 in the last decade." The wire service added, "If the effort succeeds, 
 IBM could reduce the estimated $1 billion it spends annually in 
 developing its various software operating systems."
                  ** Turner Enters Software Business **

    Several new software products, including interactive games with 
 scenes from popular movies, have been announced by Turner Home 
 Entertainment as it launches its PC business.

    Reports from Atlanta's Comdex/Windows World computer trade show say 
 interactive games and screensavers will be offered on the Windows and 
 Macintosh platforms under the name Turner Interactive.  Many of the 
 products use visual images from Turner's vast movie library. (Turner 
 Home Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting 

    Dov Jacobson, Turner's interactive creative development director, 
 said the company decided to get into software because people looking at 
 their computer screens are not watching cable television.

    Feingold says available now is a $69.95 CD-ROM called "Gettysburg," 
 an interactive simulation of famed Civil War battle. Players decide how 
 the battle should be conducted working with scenes from the popular 
 Turner movie.

    In addition, "Screen Lovers" screensavers, using scenes from popular 
 movies, will be available in October for about $15.

                 ** Flintstone Screen Saver Announced **

    Delrina Corp. has announced The Flintstones Screen Saver Collection.
    The screen saver is based on The Flintstones, the live- action motion 
 picture of the most successful animated cartoon series in TV history.

    The Flintstones Screen Saver Collection includes modules featuring 
 the prehistoric characters in full-color animation with sound. Among the 
 software's modules are: The Flintstones theme song, a Dictabird that 
 repeats sound bites; a Bronto Crane that takes boulder-sized bites off 
 the desktop and a paperboy who drives across the screen throwing The 
 Bedrock News.

    The Flintstones Screen Saver Collection will ship in June for $34.95. 
 Existing users of The Far Side Daily Planner, Intermission Screen Saver, 
 The Far Side Screen Saver and the Opus 'n Bill Screen Saver can purchase 
 The Flintstones Screen Saver Collection for $19.95 directly from 

    The Flintstones Screen Saver Collection will be available for 
 computers running Windows 3.1 and Apple Macintosh System 6.07 or higher. 
 System requirements include 5MB of hard disk space, 3MB of RAM and a 
 256-color display and adapter. A sound board is recommended.

                  ** Man Charged with Online Stalking **

    A Dearborn, Michigan, graphics artist has been arrested on charges he 
 broke the state's anti-stalking law because he continued to send amorous 
 electronic mail to a woman after she and the police told him to stop.
    The American Civil Liberties Union is considering defending 31-year-
 old Andy Archambeau, saying there appeared to be no real threat to the 
 woman. However, others contend there is no difference between stalking 
 someone physically and electronically. If convicted of the misdemeanor 
 offense, Archambeau could be jailed for one year or fined $1,000.

    The 29-year-old woman who was the object of Archambeau's attention 
 said, "I wasn't sure if they were going to find me in a ditch. I didn't 
 know what this guy was capable of."
    The woman herself originally initiated a relationship with 
 Archambeau, choosing him from a video dating service and talking to him 
 by phone before deciding to meet at a dating service party. Later they 
 exchanged electronic mail addresses and sent more than a dozen e-mails 
 back and forth.
    "At first," the woman said, "I have to admit I liked the guy. Then he 
 started to get too close too soon. He was talking about marriage and 
 kids. I knew him for five days before I told him to get lost." Later she 
 filed a complaint with the police after Archambeau left a message on her 
 answering machine saying he had secretly watched her leave work.
    Farmington Hills Police Det. Brian DeGrande said, "He didn't threaten 
 her, but he did make some remarks that could be construed as possibly 
 leading into something that her safety could be in jeopardy." Authori-
 ties told Archambeau to have no more communication with her, electronic 
 or otherwise.
    Nonetheless, Archambeau sent her another e-mail, saying, "I've been 
 trying to court you, not stalk you. If you let me, I would be the best 
 man, friend, lover you ever could have. ... You've turned my innocent 
 and somewhat foolish love for you into something bad in your own mind."
    Her electronic reply was: "If you don't leave me alone, you are going 
 to be sorry. You have been warned."
    It got ugly after that, with his saying he might e-mail their story 
 to all her computer friends on America Online, and mail it to her family 
 and old boyfriends, adding in an April 24 e-mail, "This letter thing is 
 the LEAST of the many things I could do to annoy you."

    Archambeau was arrested and charged May 4. A pretrial hearing is 
 scheduled for June 15.

    Archambeau says the woman easily could have ignored his e-mails and 
 simply not opened them up. Also he said that since his arrest he has 
 changed the hard drive on his computer and put the old one with her 
 messages on it in a plastic bag in his closet, adding, "As part of 
 getting over her, I completely rebuilt my system."
    Meanwhile, experts on both sides of the issue are lining up for what 
 might be the first case of electronic stalking to reach the courts.
    Howard Simon, director of the Michigan chapter of the ACLU, said the 
 case is troubling. "If these charges aren't thrown out, then there's 
 something for e-mail users to worry about."
    However, Dave Banisar, policy analyst with the Electronic Privacy 
 Information Center in Washington, said electronic stalking should be 
 treated like physical stalking. "If it's considered stalking when you 
 send mail through the U.S. Postal Service or over the phone, the same 
 kind of rationale should be used for electronic networks."


 > HAYES 288 V.FC STR InfoFile


                      WITH ITS 230,400 BIT/S CAPABILITY

      Since Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. introduced to the global
 market the Hayes OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX modem with data throughput
 capabilities to 230,400 bit/s (230.4 kbit/s) using data compression, the
 telecomputing world has not been the same.  Shipping in the United States
 and Canada @ US$579 and CDN$699, Hayes OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX is a powerful
 and an equally reliable solution for remote control, multi-media, remote
 LAN access, and the transfer of large data files and graphic images.

      This external data + fax modem supports V.Fast Class (V.FC) for
 28,800 bit/s (28.8 kbit/s) data transmission; ITU-T (formerly CCITT) V.42
 bis data compression; ITU-T V.42 error-control; and Group 3 fax using V.17
 for 14,400 bit/s (14.4 kbit/s) fax transmission.  This product is fully
 compatible with the installed base of V.32 bis (14.4 kbit/s), V.32 (9600
 bit/s) and V.22 bis (2400 bit/s) modems.  In addition, the product will
 operate at 28,800 bit/s with future Hayes products implementing the V.34
 (V.Fast) standard once it is approved.  Hayes will make an upgrade to V.34
 available, however, until the standard is finalized, Hayes can only
 estimate that the cost will be less than US$100.

      "We are pleased to offer our customers a product with the highest
 data and fax speeds available today from Hayes," said Hayes President
 Dennis C. Hayes.  "V.FC's widespread availability creates a new industry
 pre-standard for high-speed communications.  This technology not only
 fills the gap between V.32 bis and V.34 but should enable Hayes to respond
 quickly when V.Fast becomes a standard."

      Hayes complements its high-speed modem with Hayes ESP Communications
 Accelerator, a 16-bit high-speed serial card with either single or dual
 ports.  Hayes ESP enables Hayes OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX to achieve the full
 data transmission port speed of 230.4 kbit/s in environments such as
 Windows, where a typical PC serial port cannot adequately manage the very
 high speeds.

 Hayes ESP Communications Accelerator single port is available worldwide
 for US$99 and CDN$125. Hayes ESP Communications Accelerator dual port will
 be available in December for US$149 and CDN$199. Both Hayes ESP
 Communications Accelerators are half-card boards that incorporate a
 dedicated communications co-processor with built-in automatic flow control
 ensuring data integrity by eliminating buffer overrun errors experienced
 with even the 16550 UART at speeds of 115.2 kbit/s or higher.  To maximize
 the PC's performance, Hayes ESP Communications Accelerators provide
 dual1024-byte send/receive buffers and a 16-bit PC Bus interface.

      Approvals are currently underway for Hayes OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX in
 France, Germany, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China,
 Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and  Spain.  Product will be
 available in these countries once approvals are received from the
 appropriate regulatory authority.  Availability in other countries,
 including Latin America, is also planned.

      In addition, eight of the world's largest bulletin board systems and
 the three major North American mail hubs within FidoNet have joined Hayes
 in extensive V.FC modem testing. "We were pleased to have the opportunity
 to support Hayes in this testing. These 28.8 kbit/s modems are reliable
 products and users will certainly benefit from the speed," said George
 Peace, North American FidoNet Mail Zone Hub. "We can now perform mail
 exchanges twice as fast."

      OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX comes with Smartcom for Windows LE and Windows
 fax communications software.  Smartcom for Windows LE includes a Phone
 Book feature to store phone numbers; Smart Buttons to automate
 communications; popular file transfer protocols; multiple terminal
 emulations; and a peruse buffer with print and disk capture.  With the
 graphical user interface of Smartcom for Windows LE, users can go online
 and print files.

      Best known as the leader in microcomputer modems, Hayes develops,
 supplies and supports computer communications equipment and software for
 personal computers and computer communications networks. The company
 distributes its products in over 65 countries through a global network of
 authorized distributors, dealers, mass merchants, VARs, systems
 integrators and original equipment manufacturers.


 Hayes, OPTIMA, ESP, and Smartcom are trademarks of Hayes Microcomputer
 Products, Inc.  V.FC and V.Fast Class are trademarks of Rockwell
 International Corporation.  Other trademarks mentioned are trademarks of
 their respective companies.

 For further editorial information, please contact:

 Angie Ciarloni / Peggy Ballard
 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
 Direct Dial: Angie Ciarloni - 404/840-6823; Peggy Ballard - 404/840-6812
 Facsimile: 404/441-1238
 MCI Mail: ACiarloni, PBallard

 For additional product information, customers may contact Hayes Customer

 Telephone                     Online with Hayes BBS
 404/441-1617 (U.S.)           800/US HAYES (U.S. and Canada)
 519/746-5000 (Canada)         404/HI MODEM
 +33 1 34 22 30 15 (France)    404/729-6525 (ISDN Access)
 +44 252 775544 (Europe)       +44 252 775599 (Europe)
 +852 887 1037 (Hong Kong)     +852 887 7590 (Hong Kong)


 > Word Perfect TOP Speedster! STR FOCUS!


 Customers praise new interim release
 WordPerfect Corporation released benchmark testing results for WordPerfect
 6.0a for Windows showing that it is faster than Microsoft Word 6.0a for
 Windows in several key areas. WordPerfect 6.0a for Windows, an interim
 release of WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows, began shipping in April and is
 available free to registered WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows users by calling
 (800) 321-4566.

      The benchmark testing with WordPerfect 6.0a for Windows and Microsoft
 Word 6.0a for Windows was conducted using the Microsoft Test 2.0 program.*
 WordPerfect 6.0a for Windows was significantly faster in several areas:

      Five times faster opening a 500-page document with simple text and
      font attributes

      Four times faster cursoring through a document top to bottom

      Six times faster changing the font in a 50-page document from Arial
      to Courier

      Two times faster spell-checking a document with no spelling errors

      Four times faster saving a file with changes

      Two times faster opening a 50-page WordPerfect 5.x document

      "We use benchmark timings to ensure that our software sets the
 standard for speed and overall performance," said Bruce Brereton, vice
 president of development at WordPerfect Corporation. "We have made
 significant speed improvements in 6.0a as a result of these timings."

 Customers Praise Interim Release
      "We immediately noticed better performance with file retrieval and
 printing in WordPerfect 6.0a for Windows," said Debbie Ondeck of Malcolm
 Pirnie, an environmental engineering firm in White Plains, New York. "Our
 DOS users have been somewhat intimidated by Windows, but are finding that
 WordPerfect for Windows makes an easy transition."

      "The speed improvements in 6.0a are terrific on a network," said Rock
 Blanco, senior vice president of information technology at Garber Travel
 in Cambridge, Mass. "We also noticed that it is faster to move around in
 documents, especially when cutting and pasting." Customers Prefer
 Toll-Free Support

      WordPerfect Corporation is the only major vendor to offer toll-free,
 no-service-charge customer support (both Microsoft and Lotus require a
 toll call). Research from Dataquest and other leading analysts shows that
 the majority of calls to customer support are made within 90 days of
 installing new software. Based on user research, WordPerfect Corporation
 offers twice that amount of time with its Classic Support program, giving
 users six months of toll-free support from the time they first call for

      "Another reason I switched back from Microsoft Word to WordPerfect
 was your service," said Clint Guthrie, a WordPerfect for Windows user.
 "I've been delighted by your service outstanding customer service reps and
 800 numbers for help." 

      "Your toll-free number for technical support has been the best thing
 since the invention of the PC," said Dennis J. Hong, a WordPerfect user in
 San Francisco. "Why should users have to pay a toll charge to get
 information about how to install or use a program?"

 WordPerfect Wins Industry Accolades
      WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows won PC/Computing's prestigious MVP award
 for word processing in 1993 and was rated highest in the magazine's March
 1994 word processing review, beating out Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows.
 The product is also the winner of Windows Magazine's Win 100 Award, Home
 Office Computing Editor's Pick Award, CIO Magazine Reader's Choice Award
 and was given a four-star rating by Software Digest in the February
 1994 issue on Windows word processors.

 New Summer Promotion
      WordPerfect Corporation recently launched a summer promotion entitled
 "The Perfect Upgrade." From now until August 31, 1994, WordPerfect 6.0a
 for Windows is available for $99 to users of WordPerfect or any other
 major word processor. Users can also purchase WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS for
 $99 or WordPerfect 5.1+ for DOS for $49.95.


 > CCITT/ITU-TSS STR FOCUS!    The "layout" as it stands....


                * CCITT/ITU-TSS * V-Series Recommendations *


 V.1     Equivalence between binary notation symbols and the significant
         conditions of a two-condition code.

 V.2     Power levels for data transmission over telephone lines.

 V.3     International Alphabet No.5.

 V.4     General structure of signals of International Alphabet No.5 code
         for data transmission over public telephone networks.

 V.5     Standardisation of data signalling rates for synchronous data
         transmission in the general switched telephone network.

 V.6     Standardisation of data signalling rates for synchronous data
         transmission on leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.7     Definitions of terms concerning data communication over the 
         telephone network.


 V.10    Electrical characteristics for unbalanced double-current
         interchange circuits for general use with integrated    
         circuit equipment in the field of data communications. 

 V.11    Electrical characteristics for balanced double-current
         interchange circuits for general use with integrated    
         circuit equipment in the field of data communications. 

 V.13    Simulated carrier control.

 V.14    Transmission of start-stop characters over synchronous bearer

 V.15    Use of acoustic coupling for data transmission.

 V.16    Medical analogue data transmission modems

 V.17    The most recent Fax standard, speed up to 14400 bps.

 V.19    Modems for parallel data transmission using telephone signalling

 V.20    Parallel data transmission modems standardised for universal use
         in the general switched telephone network.

 V.21    300 bits per second duplex modem standardised for use in the 
 [1964]  general switched telephone network.

 V.22    1200 bits per second duplex modem standardised for use in
 [1980]  the general switched telephone network and on point-to-point
         2-wire leased line telephone-type circuits.

 V.22bis 2400 bits per second duplex modem using the frequency division 
 [1984]  technique standardised for use in the general switched telephone 
         network and on point-to-point 2-wire leased line telephone-type 

 V.23    600/1200-baud modem standardised for use in the general switched
         telephone network. 

 V.24    List of definitions for interchange circuits between data terminal 
         equipment (DTE) and data circuit-terminating equipment (DCE)

 V.25    Automatic answering equipment and/or parallel automatic calling
         equipment on the general switched telephone network including
         procedures for disabling of echo control devices for both manually
         and automatically established calls.

 V.25bis Automatic calling and/or answering equipment on the general
         switched telephone network (GSTN) using the 100-series interchange

 V.26    2400 bits per second modem standardised for use of 4-wire leased 
         telephone-type circuits.

 V.26bis 2400/1200 bits per second modem standardised for use in the
         general switched telephone network.

 V.26ter 2400 bits per second duplex modem using the echo cancellation 
         technique standardisedfor use on the general switched telephone 
         network and on point-to-point 2-wire leased telephone-type

 V.27    4800 bits per second modem with manual equaliser standardised for 
         use on leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.27bis 4800/2400 bits per second modem with automatic equaliser    
         standardised for use on leased telephone-type circuits. 

 V.27ter 4800/2400 bits per second modem standardised for use in the
 [1976]  general switched telephone network.

 V.28    Electrical characteristics for unbalanced double-current
         interchange circuits.

 V.29    9600 bits per second modem standardised for use on point-to-point
 [1976]  4-wire leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.31    Electrical characteristics for single-current interchange
         circuits controlled by contact closure.

 V.31bis Electrical characteristics for single-current interchange
         circuits using optocouplers.

 V.32    A family of 2-wire, duplex modems operating at data signalling 
 [1984]  rates of up to 9600 bits per second for use on the general
         switched telephone network and on leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.32bis  Extension to V.32, with speed at 14,400 bps using TCM.

 V.33    14400 bits per second modem standardised for use on point-to-point
         4-wire leased telephone-type circuits.

 >>> >>> Pending and un-official (de facto) high-speed+ standards: (*)

 V.34    formerly V.FAST, CCITT-ITU draft specifications, up to 28800 bps,
 [1993]  with advanced line probing function, calling tone modulation and
         multi-dimensional trellis coding.

     (*) From reliable source, to be officially ratified not before Oct.94.

 V-FC    formerly V.Fast Class, based on the draft specification of V.34,
         proposed by Hayes Microcomputer Inc., developed by Rockwell Inc.

 V.32TER formerly V.32terbo, up to 19200 bps, supported by AT&T and USR.

 V.32ASL Between two V.32terbo USRobotics HST modems, up to 21600 bps.

 V.32HST High Speed Technology-proprietary by USRobotics, up to 16800 bps.
 V.32UHS Ultra High Speed-proprietary, up to 16800-19200 bps, by ZyXEL.
         Under beta testing, ZyXEL-proprietary up to 21600 bps.  

 CV.Fast formerly Codex V.Fast, up to 24000 bps, supported by Motorola.

 V.fastC formerly, up to 24400 bps, by Supra Corp./ZOOM Tel.

 PEP/Trb formerly PEP/Turbo PEP, up to 23000 bps, by Telebit (and w/UNIX).

 >>> >>> (*) See note below.


 V.35    Data transmission at 48 kilobits per second using 60-108 kHz
         group band circuits.

 V.36    Modems for synchronous data transmission using 60-108 kHz
         group band circuits.

 V.37    Synchronous data transmission at a data signalling rate higher 
         than 72 k bits per second using 60-108 kHz group band circuits.


 V.40    Error indication with electromechanical equipment.

 V.41    Code-independent error control system.

 V.42    Error-correcting procedures for DCES using 
 [1989]  asynchronous-to-synchronous conversion.

 V.42bis Data compression procedures for DCEs using error correcting 
 [1990]  procedures.


 V.50    Standard limits for transmission quality of data transmission.

 V.51    Organisation of the maintenance of international 
         telephone-type circuits used for data transmission.

 V.52    Characteristics of distortion and error-rate measuring   
         apparatus for data transmission.

 V.53    Limits for the maintenance of telephone-type circuits used
         for data transmission.

 V.54    Loop test devices for modems.

 V.55    Specification for an impulsive noise measuring instrument
         for telephone-type circuits.

 V.56    Comparative tests of modems for use over telephone-type

 V.57    Comprehensive data test set for high data signalling rates.


 V.100   Interconnection between public data networks (PDNs) and the public
         switched telephone networks (PSTN).

 V.110   Support for data terminal equipments (DTEs) with V-series type 
         interfaces by an integrated services digital network (ISDN).

 V.120   Support by an ISDN of data terminal equipment with V-series type
         interfaces with provision for statistical multiplexing.

 V.230   General data communications interface layer 1 specification.

  (*)    Un-official notes added by R. Schiappacassa, CIS_ID 70374,3542.

         Sources: BYTE, PC Computing, PC Magazine [US/UK], Online Access,
         PC World, Windows User [US/UK], Win DOS Magazine, Chip, PC Format,
         PC Plus, PC Today, Computer Shopper [US/UK], CIS Magazine, BBSes,
         and ITU-TSB, Geneva/CH.

          Comite Consultatif International Telegraphique et Telephonique 
          International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee
          since 1993 ---> ITU - International Telecommunications Union     

          Mail Address: Place des Nations, Case Postale/P.O. Box
          CH-1211-Geneve/Geneva 20 ** Suisse/Switzerland **

          Telephone: ++41-22-730.51.11 * Telefax: ++41-22-733.72.56
          Telegrams: ITU GENEVE        * Telex: 421 000 UIT CH
          X.400; S=itumail; P=itu; A=Arcom; C=ch ; O=CCITT.


 > Where to Start STR InfoFile         FOR NEW INTERNET USERS

                             Jim Milles
                              Ver. 4.3
                             15 May 1994

 1.  E-mail systems vary widely.

 For help with most e-mail questions (signature files, quoting, and so on),
 contact your local computer support personnel or your Internet service
 provider, or consult the books listed below for a discussion of your mail

 2.  Some recommended books for new users of the Internet:

 Aboba, Bernard.  _The Online User's Encyclopedia: Bulletin Boards and
 Beyond_.  Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1994.  806 pp.  ISBN 0-201-62214-9,
 US$32.95.  (A remarkably useful and comprehensive work, covering
 everything from the basics of computer communications, to using local
 bulletin boards, to the intricacies of the Internet.)

 Dern, Daniel P.  _The Internet Guide for New Users_.  New York:
 McGraw-Hill, 1994.  570 pp.  ISBN 0-07-016510-6, US$40.00 (hardcover);
 ISBN 0-07-016511-4, US$27.95 (paper).  (Dern is the former editor of
 _Internet World_ magazine and author of numerous articles on the Internet
 in many other publications.)

 Engst, Adam.  _Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh_. Indianapolis: Hayden
 Press, 1993.  641 pp.  ISBN 1-56830-064-6, US$19.95.  (Highly recommended
 by Mac users, many of whom preferred this to the Fraase book listed below. 
 Comes with a disk containing a variety of Internet access software,
 including a "legal copy of MacTCP 2.0.2.")

 Gilster, Paul.  _The Internet Navigator_.  New York: John Wiley, 1993. 
 470 pp.  ISBN 0-471-59782-1, US$24.95.  (An elegantly written and cleanly
 designed guidebook, the best of the new books for the individual dial-up
 user.  Contains a wealth of useful background information on the workings
 of the Internet and the organizations behind it.  Recommended for the
 individual dial-up user who is serious about the Internet.)

 Hahn, Harley & Rick Stout.  _The Internet Complete Reference_.  Berkeley:
 Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1993.  818 pp.  ISBN 0-07-881980- 6, US$29.95. 
 (Considered by many the best of the new crop of Internet books, and at
 800+ pages, among the most comprehensive.  The humor, however, seems
 somewhat more lame than some others.)

 Krol, Ed.  _The Whole Internet: User's Guide & Catalog_.  2nd ed. 
 Sebastapol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates, 1994.  543 pp.  ISBN 1-56592-063-5,
 US$24.95.  (In the fast-moving world of the Internet, for most of 1993
 this was the successor to _Zen_ as the essential guide to the Internet,
 and is still regarded by many as the best of the Internet books.  However,
 the availability of other books like Gilster's makes Krol's Unix bias more
 evident.  Recommended especially for users of Unix systems.)

 LaQuey, Tracy.  _The Internet Companion Plus: A Beginner's Start-Up Kit
 for Global Networking_.  Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1993.  196 pp.  ISBN
 0-201-62719-1, US$19.95.  (A good guide for the true beginner, useful even
 for the pre-beginner who has not yet signed on to the Internet.)

 Smith, Richard and Mark Gibbs.  _Navigating the Internet_.  Carmel,
 Indiana: SAMS Publishing, 1993.  500 pp.  ISBN 0-672-30362-0, US$24.95. 
 (A highly readable guide, with an easy-to-use listing of Internet
 resources arranged by subject.  Smith is well known for his popular online
 "Navigating the Internet" courses.)

 3.  Other useful books for new users:

 Badgett, Tom and Corey Sandler.  _Welcome to... Internet: From Mystery to
 Mastery_.  New York: MIS Press, 1993.  324 pp.  ISBN 1-55828-308-0,
 US$19.95.  (A self-instruction handbook.)

 Braun, Eric.  _The Complete Internet Directory_.  New York: Fawcett, 1993. 
 704 pp.  ISBN 0-449-90898-4, US$25.00.  (As the title suggests, this is a
 directory of newsgroups, discussion lists, ftp sites, and so on, with just
 a few pages on how to use these resources. A directory like this, Hahn and
 Stout's _Internet Yellow Pages_, or Rittner's _Whole Earth Online
 Almanac_, may be useful as a companion to one of the other "how-to"

 Eddings, Joshua.  _How the Internet Works_.  Emeryville, CA: Ziff-Davis
 Press, 1994.  218 pp.  ISBN 1-56276-192-7, US$24.95.  (Excellent
 integration of graphics to explain some of the technology behind the
 Internet.  However, examples of resources are extremely short and
 selective; definitely not a resource guide.)

 Falk, Bennett.  _The Internet Roadmap_.  San Francisco: SYBEX, 1994.  263
 pp.  ISBN 0-7821-1365-6, US$12.99.

 Fisher, Sharon.  _Riding the Internet Highway_.  Carmel, Indiana: New
 Riders Pub., 1993.  266 pp.  ISBN 1-56205-192-X, US$16.95.

 Fraase, Michael.  _The Mac Internet Tour Guide: Cruising the Internet the
 Easy Way_.  Chapel Hill, NC: Ventana Press, 1993.  288 pp.  ISBN
 1-56604-062-0, US$27.95.  (The first Internet guide written for Macintosh
 users; includes a 800K disc containing useful software.)

 Fraase, Michael.  _The PC Internet Tour Guide: Cruising the Internet the
 Easy Way_.  Chapel Hill:  Ventana Press, 1994.  ISBN 1-56604-084-1,

 Fraase, Michael.  _The Windows Internet Tour Guide: Cruising the Internet
 the Easy Way_.  Chapel Hill, NC: Ventana Press, 1994.  344 pp.  ISBN
 1-56604-081-7, US$24.95.  (Good graphics and sample screens, but coverage
 is selective; some important tools like World-Wide Web are omitted.)

 Gardner, James.  _A DOS User's Guide to the Internet_.  Waterloo, ON,
 Canada: MKS [Mortice Kern Systems], 1993.

 Hahn, Harley, and Rick Stout.  _The Internet Yellow Pages_.  Berkeley, CA:
 Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1994.  447 pp.  ISBN 0-07-882023-5, US$27.95.  (An
 entertaining, easy-to-use directory of Internet resources, and an
 excellent companion to Hahn and Stout's _Complete Internet Reference_.)

 Heslop, Brent and David Angell.  _The Instant Internet Guide_.  Reading,
 MA: Addison-Wesley, 1994.  209 pp.  ISBN 0-201-62707-8, US$14.95.

 Hoffman, Paul E.  _Internet Instant Reference_.  San Francisco: SYBEX,
 1994.  317 pp.  ISBN 0-7821-1512-8, US$12.99.  (A pocket guide to Internet
 terms and concepts, for both beginning and advanced Internet users.)

 _The Internet Unleashed_.  Indianapolis: SAMS Publishing, 1994.  1,387 pp. 
 ISBN 0-672-30466-X, US$44.95.  (Contains chapters written by over 40
 prominent Internet experts.  This is the most comprehensive, and most
 expensive, Internet reference currently available, but not recommended for
 the beginning user).

 Jaffe, Lee David.  _Introducing the Internet: A Trainer's Workshop_. 
 (Internet Workshop Series, Number 1.)  Berkeley, CA: Library Solutions
 Press, 1994.  92 pp.  ISBN 1-882208-05-6, US$30.00 (US$45.00 with
 diskette).  (The first in a series of supplements to _Crossing the
 Internet Threshold_, by Tennant, Ober, and Lipow.  Based on an actual
 trainer's handouts and script, it may also be used as a self-instruction

 Kehoe, Brendan.  _Zen and the Art of the Internet: A Beginner's
 Guide_.  3rd ed.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1994.  193
 pp.  ISBN 0-13-121492-6, US$23.95.  (One of the first and most
 popular guides to the Internet.  The first edition was
 distributed for free on the Internet, and is still available at
 many anonymous ftp sites, e.g., directory
 /introducing.the.internet, filename zen.txt.)

 Kochmer, Jonathan and NorthWestNet.  _The Internet Passport:
 NorthWestNet's Guide to Our World Online_.  4th ed.  Bellevue, WA:
 NorthWestNet, 1993.  515 pp.  ISBN 0-9635281-0-6, US$29.95. (A
 comprehensive guide to Internet resources, comparable to Krol's _The Whole
 Internet_ but even broader in scope.  It covers a number of areas that
 other guides ignore.)

 Lambert, Steve & Walt Howe.  _Internet Basics_.  New York: Random House,
 1993.  495 pp.  ISBN 0-679-75023-1, US$27.00.  (Although this is a good,
 general guide to the Internet for any user, it is especially useful for
 those who access the Internet through the commercial Delphi information
 service.  Howe is the sysop of the Delphi Internet SIG.)

 Levine, John R. and Carol Baroudi.  _The Internet for Dummies_.  San
 Mateo, California: IDG Books, 1993.  355 pp.  ISBN 1-56884-024-1,
 US$19.95.  (A very useful, well organized, and readable book, one of the
 publisher's popular "... for Dummies" series.)

 Marine, April; Kirkpatric, Susan; Neou, Vivian; and Ward, Carol.
 _Internet: Getting Started_.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: PTR Prentice Hall,
 1992.  360 pp.  ISBN 0-13-327933-2, US$28.00.  (Includes useful
 information on how to obtain Internet access, as well as other technical
 reference material.)

 Pike, Mary Ann and Tod G. Pike.  _The Internet Quick Start_. 
 Indianapolis: Que Corp., 1994.  387 pp.  ISBN 1-56529-658-3, US$21.99. 
 (Contains separate chapters on "Using the Internet via" CompuServe, AOL,
 DELPHI, and Unix systems.)

 Quarterman, John S.  _The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing
 Systems Worldwide_.  Bedford, MA: Digital Press, 1990.  719 pp.  ISBN
 1-55558-033-5, US$49.95.  (A comprehensive guide to the history and
 present--as of 1990--state of the Internet and its component and related
 networks.  Recommended for those who want to learn the background and
 history of the Internet.)

 Rittner, Don.  _Whole Earth Online Almanac_.  New York: Brady Publishing,
 1993.  545 pp.  ISBN 1-56686-090-3, US$32.95.  (Another directory of
 online resources, this one attempts to cover not only Internet, but also
 Fidonet and commercial services like America Online and CompuServe, and
 even local BBSes.)

 Robinson, David F.W.  _All About Internet FTP: Learning and Teaching to
 Transfer Files on the Internet_.  (Internet Workshop Series, Number 2.) 
 Berkeley, CA: Library Solutions Press, 1994.  90 pp.  ISBN 1-882208-06-4,
 US$30.00 (US$45.00 with diskette).  (The second supplement to _Crossing
 the Internet Threshold_; suitable for use either by trainers or as a
 self-teaching workbook.)

 Sachs, David and Henry Stairs.  _Hands-On Internet: A Beginning Guide for
 PC Users_.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: PTR Prentice Hall, 1994.  275 pp.  ISBN
 0-13-056392-7, US$27.95.  (A detailed workbook for the individual user;
 like most of the others, assumes the reader will be working on a Unix

 Tennant, Roy, John Ober, & Anne G. Lipow.  _Crossing the Internet
 Threshold: An Instructional Handbook_.  134 pp.  ISBN 1-882208-01-3,
 US45.00.  Berkeley, CA: Library Solutions Press, 1993.  (Includes helpful
 fact sheets on various Internet tools from ftp and telnet to archie,
 gopher, WAIS, and World-Wide Web.)

 Tolhurst, William A., Mary Ann Pike, Keith A. Blanco, and John R. Harris. 
 _Using the Internet: Special Edition_.  Indianapolis, IN: Que Corp., 1994. 
 1188 pp.  ISBN 1-56529-353-6, $39.95.  (At well over 1000 pages, this is
 the current leader in the sweepstakes for biggest Internet book.  However,
 its coverage is surprisingly spotty; it includes a 110-page chapter on
 legal considerations, but ignores major tools like World-Wide Web.)

 4.  For those who know enough about using the Internet to be able to use
 "ftp," the following sources are very useful (note that they are regularly
 updated, so the version numbers and file names may change):

 de Presno, Odd.  "The Online World."  Available by anonymous ftp from, directory /pub/msdos/info, type binary, filename  Uncompress with PKZip 2.04g. (An excellent source for
 coverage of European resources, also excellent for users of commercial
 services like CompuServe, Genie, and MCImail.)

 December, John.  "Information Sources: the Internet and Computer-Mediated
 Communication."  15 December 1993, release 3.15.  Available by anonymous
 ftp from, directory /pub/communications, filename
 internet-cmc.txt.  (Gives locations and access instructions for hundreds
 of Internet training documents, directories, and other materials. 
 Essential for locating the many valuable Internet resources discussed in
 the other guidebooks.)

 Gaffin, Adam and Electronic Frontier Foundation.  "Big Dummy's Guide to
 the Internet."  January 1994.  Available by anonymous ftp from, directory /pub/Net_info/Big_Dummy, filename bigdummy.txt.

 Martin, Jerry.  "There's Gold in them thar Networks! or Searching for
 Treasure in all the Wrong Places."  RFC 1402, January 1993.  Available by
 anonymous ftp from, directory /introducing.the.internet,

 Milles, James.  "An Introduction to Using the Internet at Saint Louis
 University School of Law."  Available by anonymous ftp from, directory /pub/millesjg, filename interlaw.wp (binary,
 WordPerfect 5.1/5.2 format), interlaw.txt (ASCII), or
 (PostScript).  (Although the focus is on legal resources, this guide
 should be useful for any VAX/VMS user.  It is also the only source I know
 of that discusses the differing commands for the BITNET and Unix
 listserver systems.)

 NCSA Education Group.  "An Incomplete Guide to the Internet."  July 1993. 
 Available by anonymous ftp from, directory
 /Education/Education_Resources/Incomplete_Guide/Incomp.Guide.Old, filename
 Incomp.Guide.July.txt.  (Focuses on K-12 users and resources.)

 Noonan, Dana.  "A Guide to Internet/Bitnet."  June 1993.  Available by
 anonymous ftp from, directory /nnews, filename
 guidev2.nnews.  (A rare and valuable guide for the VAX/VMS user.)

 "NYSERNet New User's Guide to Useful and Unique Resources on the
 Internet."  Version 2.2, April 1992.  Available by anonymous ftp from, directory /pub/guides, filename

 Parker, Elliott S.  "Getting to Start: Selected Readings in Computer
 Communication."  Ver. 4.01 (13 Dec 1993).  Available by sending an e-mail
 message to LISTSERV@CMUVM.CSV.CMICH.EDU containing only the line GET
 NETSTART INFO F=MAIL.  (A lengthy bibliography of books, articles, and
 other materials about the Internet and related topics.)

 Polly, Jean Armour.  "Surfing the INTERNET: An Introduction."  Version
 2.0.3, May 15, 1993. Available by anonymous ftp from,
 directory /pub/guides, file surfing.2.0.3.txt.

 "SURAnet Guide to Selected Internet Resources."  December 1993.  Available
 by anonymous ftp from, directory /pub/nic, file

 Yanoff, Scott.  "Special Internet Connections" (updated frequently).  A
 list of interesting and useful selection showing the broad range of
 Internet resources, including a few Online Public Access Catalogs, chat
 lines, weather servers, Campus Wide Information Systems, and other
 reference resources.  Available by anonymous ftp from,
 directory /pub, filename

 5.  For information on how to get connected to the Internet:

 Engle, Mary, Marilyn Lutz, William W. Jones, Jr., and Genevieve Engel. 
 _Internet Connections: A Librarian's Guide to Dial-Up Access and Use_. 
 Lita Monographs 3.  Chicago: Library and Information Technology
 Association, 1993.  166 pp.  ISBN 0-8389-7677-8, US$22.00.

 Estrada, Susan.  _Connecting to the Internet: An O'Reilly Buyer's Guide_. 
 Sebastapol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates, 1993.  170 pp. ISBN 1-56592-061-9,

 Notess, Greg R.  _Internet Access Providers: An International Resource
 Directory_.  Westport, CT: Meckler, 1993.  ISBN 0-88736-933-2, US$22.95.

 If you have e-mail access to the Internet, you can obtain a copy of the
 Public Dialup Internet Access List (the most comprehensive list of
 Internet access providers for individuals and small organizations) by
 sending an e-mail message containing the command "Send PDIAL" to

 6.  The latest version of this document, "Where to Start" for New Internet
 Users, is available by anonymous ftp from, directory
 /pub/millesjg, filename newusers.faq, or from,
 directory /NETTRAIN, filename NEWUSERS.FAQ.

 It may also be obtained by e-mail by sending a message to containing only the line:

 "Where to Start" for New Internet Users is also available on the
 World-Wide Web (

 A collection of reviews of Internet books can be obtained by anonymous ftp
 from, cd /nettrain.  The filenames are
 nettrain.revs_1, nettrain.revs_2, and nettrain.revs_3.  They may also be
 obtained by sending a message to containing
 only the lines:

                     GET NETTRAIN REVS_1 NETTRAIN F=MAIL
                     GET NETTRAIN REVS_2 NETTRAIN F=MAIL
                     GET NETTRAIN REVS_3 NETTRAIN F=MAIL


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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that we're going to deeply miss
 John "Ducky" Duckworth's weekly "Fishin' Hole" column in STReport.
 John's weekly "catches" were always informative and enjoyable; and some
 of his reviews have pointed me in the right direction on a number of
 occasions!  I've talked with John online, and to put it simply, his
 personal obligations at the present time leaves him with little spare
 time to devote to a regular column.  Should the opportunity arise,
 Ducky has assured me that he'd let us all know the next time he manages
 to do some online fishin'!  Best of luck with your studies, John; and I
 hope that everything else works out fine.

      In the meantime, we'd like to keep the idea of a few "choice"
 public domain/shareware reviews going on a regular basis.  If you're
 interested in writing a weekly column dealing with newly-found gems, or
 even some old-but-faithful ones, drop me a line.  I'll leave all of my
 various online addresses at the end of this editorial.

      We're also interested to adding new Atari staff to STReport.  Even
 though the company is "computer-stagnant" doesn't mean that there's not
 a need to keep the users informed.  If you're interested in either
 doing a regular column, or even an occasional article, drop us a line.
 Help us keep our fellow Atari users informed.

      In the tradition of a short holiday week, I'll keep my opening
 remarks short as well!

      Until next time...

 Dana P. Jacobson - E-Mail addresses:

                                Delphi - DPJ
                           Compuserve - 71051,3327
                             GEnie - D.JACOBSON2
                Toad Hall BBS - 617-567-8642 (Dana Jacobson)
              Internet via any of the above online services, OR

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          Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database.     


 > New CD ROM Shareware! STR InfoFile!    New From "It's All Relative"

                             Atari Public Domain
                             Shareware Ausgabe 1

 It's All Relative announces the availablity of Atari Public Domain and
 Shareware, Volume 1, published by CD-Service of Germany. We have just
 received the CD's this week and very few of the programs and applications
 on the CD are familiar to us.

 Just as GEMini featured the best of North America's GEnie and internet,
 Volume 1 of Shareware and Public Domain features the best of Germany.
 Here is your chance to see what is new in Germany today. The disc is
 dated 1994. There is very little duplication of the files on GEMini by
 Walnut Creek.

 Here is a brief synopsis of what is on the CD...............
 11,000 files with compressed and ready to run versions of all programs.

 122 applications
  11 application demo programs
  21 terminal and FAX programs
   7 text editors
 ZX-81 emulator with over 100 programs for the ZX-81
  17 Falcon demo programs
 119 games
  26 educational programs
 Mint and GCC source
  28 folders of programmer source and help files, basic through assembly
 195 utility programs

 Shareware and Public Domain, Volume 1 is available from It's All Relative,
 Randall Kopchak, 2233 Keeven Lane, Florissant MO 63031 for $39.99,

 Order your copy today.

 For our latest newsletter drop us mail, e-mail or a call.

 Dealers ask about quantity pricing or information on ordering direct from


 > GEM Development Group To Form! STR InfoFile!

 From: Fri May 27 01:32:35 EDT 1994

 Hello GEM developer,


 The GEM user interface has recently matured into a generally non-modal,
 multi-tasking environment. Thanks to many developers such as 2B (Mag!X),
 Gribnif (Geneva) and authors of many excellent GEM programs (mainly in
 Germany, but also in the US, UK and other countries) we now have a very
 nice environment to work with.

 One of the main problems for users, which have been expressed to me by
 many users is the lack of standards, or that there are too many standards.
 It seems the German programmers have got their keyboard shortcuts sorted,
 but some of their standards contradict the Atari Style Guide as published
 in the Atari Compendium and the developer docs from Atari.

 Since Atari do not seem to be getting involved in this area, it's about
 time that some communication started between developers across the globe.
 The Atari market is too small for too many systems.  Both Geneva and Mag!X
 should maintain a high degree of compatibility, and authors of programs
 should do as much as possible to keep to the standards.

 The problem is now to agree on a standard interface, and the first topic
 I would like to discuss is the issue of keyboard shortcuts. I have laid
 out a proposal for a standard and have discussed it at length on CIX - the
 UK main BBS for ST users/programmers. My proposal is a PROPOSAL, I do
 not wish to dictate my ideas.  I just want a standard to work to.

 I invite you along with many other developers to take part in this
 discussion.  If we reach agreement, I will personally make sure that the
 standard is published in several ST magazines, placed on FTP sites and
 is also available in a printed form at a minimal cost to cover printing

 Yat Siu of Lexicor has been kind enough to allow use of his system to
 start a mail list for this purpose.  I have to stress here that Lexicor
 do not have any 'special' interest in this discussion, although I am sure
 Yat will want to express his opinions just like everyone else.  I urge
 everyone to put competition aside and to join the mail list.  Once we
 got the keyboard shortcuts standardised we can look at universal
 implementation of the VA_START protocol, a FAX protocol, adding menu
 items to programs (Windows style), enhanced GEM Clipboard and anything
 else we think is useful.  The mail list is ready for use, once there
 are enough people subscribed I will post my keyboard shortcuts proposal
 and discussion can start.  I already have incorporated some amendments
 suggested by Wilfried Behne (Mag!X, NVDI).

 To join send mail to

 With the content:

 subscribe gem-list <email address>

 To send a message to the mail list use the following address:

 I look forward to your suggestions.

 Ofir Gal

 ----- Ofir -----

 To add a bit more to Ofir's original Usenet Post:

 For CIS Users you need to use the Email base, since many developers such
 as Ofir do not have CIS access..and are on the Internet.

 If you are interested email from your mail base: or
 with the body: subscribe gem-list
 for your email address


 Yat @ Lexicor


 > New Atari Internet News Group Passes Vote! STR InfoFile!

      A few weeks ago, STReport announced a proposed new Internet news
 group, "comp.sys.atari.announce" which would have the potential for
 Atari developers to have a centralized Internet site to make new
 product announcements, etc.  The vote for this new group took place
 over a period of time, and the voting results were announced earlier
 this week.  Interesting to note was the fact that not many Atari
 developers took part in this effort, although it may be due to possible
 lack of full exposure to the developer population.  Regardless, some
 did take advantage of this proposal, and voted.  Also, for whatever
 reason, there was at least one developer who voted _against_ this
 proposal!  We could speculate the reason(s), but we'll leave that up to
 you to do.

                 RESULTS for Comp.sys.atari.announce

         Moderated group "comp.sys.atari.announce" passes 266:33

 There were 266 YES votes and 33 NO votes, for a total of 299 valid votes. 
 There was 1 abstain.

 For group passage, YES votes must be at least 2/3 of all valid (YES and
 NO)votes.   There also must be at least 100 more YES votes than NO votes. 
 There is a five-day discussion period after these results are posted.  If
 no serious allegations of voting irregularities are raised, the moderator
 of news.announce.newgroups will create the group shortly thereafter.

 Newsgroups line:
 comp.sys.atari.announce - Atari related hard/software announcements.

 This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  For voting
 questions only, contact  For questions about the
 proposed group, contact Yat Siu <>

 CHARTER (Yat Siu)

 The proposed group will provide a forum for the announcement and
 release of new Atari related products:
 * Atari computer hardware and software
 * commercial as well as shareware or related
 * announcement from individual authors, companies or distributors
 * press releases 

 Yat Siu ( will be the moderator.

 There are currently,,
 comp.sys.atari.8bit and comp.sys.atari.advocacy, the first three
 groups are discussion forums for their (specific) related hard and
 software. Product announcements in these discussion forums of new
 releases by either commercial, shareware groups can often be considered
 a service, but not encouraged. The Atari computer market is not very
 widely distributed and it is getting increasingly harder to know more
 about new products.

 To begin with, a product announcement group would encourage the
 people to announce their new products for the benefit of all Atari
 computer users. It will also allow the reader to focus for a new
 newsgroup only for product announcements or press releases and will
 also make the reader more aware of his/her options.

 comp.sys.atari.announce - Final Vote Acknowledgements
 Do NOT use this as a mailing list.  Voters are not necessarily
 interested in receiving email about the subject of the vote, and some
 may react rather violently and try to get your account pulled.

 Voted No
 --------                             F. P. Adams, Jr.                        Anders M Jorgensen                  Stefan Antersberger                                    B.J. Herbison                        Mark Kupferman
 cb541@cleveland.Freenet.Edu                         James R. Gilbert      Chris "ASCII Console Monster Man" Jackson                           Chris Marble                     KP Crouch                                        David Conner                                     Olivier Devuns                                Don Maple                         Rebecca Drayer                     Georg Schwarz                         John Grohol
 HD0022%ALBNYVMS.bitnet@UACSC2.ALBANY.EDU            Chip Dunham                                   Roger Hakansson                            mary-frances  jagod                                John R. MacWilliamson                                  Kari E. Hurtta                                   K Herron                                   Frank Bartels                                   Kregg Brooks                                                                          Mark O'Bryan                            ????????????????                         Russ Gilbert                           Roger Burrows                             THE PRINCE                         IRA SMAILER                                 Steve Rogers                                    Dwight Brown                          Ward F. Bush

 Voted YES
 ---------                                Ali E Aydar
 aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu                         Michael Current                                                                                 Alan Messer                                    NoRM           Peter Januschke                              Yves Pelletier                           Walter A. Cole                         Aidan Keady                 Alan Brown                                   Albi Rebmann                Alexander Bochmann                                                                              AL RASHID  SHAHIR                          Andreas Hoffmann                                 Andy Latto
 anisko@usdtsg.daytonoh.NCR.COM                                                                                                             Paul W. Zablotski                            Arch Larizza                                                                                 Jim Ault                                                                                                                      Bart Schipper                               Karim Berrah                        Bertil Jagard                                GORDIE MEYER                               bilinsky keith                                      brian (b.j.) grier                             Juergen Bleekmann                                   stephane boisson                                                                   Marc CR Bouron                                   Ayukawa Madoka
 boyd@GAUSS.MATH.FSU.EDU                             Mickey Boyd                                                                           Elad Bruck                          Aliza R. Panitz                                   nelson chin                         Wolfgang Ley                                       Carsten Rose                            Carsten Dunst                                                                                  Christophe Boyanique                                                                               Victor Pang                          Christopher Fuhrman               Chris Herborth                       Christian Nieber                      Christopher Peus                        Christopher Roessig                             John Cole                             Benjamin L. Combee                        Craig Graham                                                                          Paul Donovan                                                              cs4bq                                                                           Dag Dao                     Dave Cook                                   Dave Halliday                       David Paschall-Zimbel                           David Reitter                          D S Banarse                                    David Cure                                  Dean Dierschow                              Andreas Debski                              Derek Law                            Desnogues                         Dirk Johannwerner                                                
 donaldp@sco.COM                                     Donald Page                                                                                     Daniel Aylward                               Jerry Dunham                                David L Watson                                Dimitrios Tsotsos                              Eick Wagner                                Evan K. Langlois                                      Eliot Miranda                                                                                  Erlend Nagel                          Eric S Johansson                          Wim Nouwens                              Mats Elfving                              Pascal FELBER
 frankp@GOEDEL.UNI-MUENSTER.DE                       Frank Ploessel                            Frank Mueller                           Franz Urbanski                    Olivier Galibert aka Sarayan              Gard Eggesboe Abrahamsen                              Gert van der Knokke                             Gijs Bok                                  Giovanni Ciampa                 Graham Irvine                                                  Greg Kilfoyle
 grillo%xsft1@Olivetti.Com                           Savino Grillo
 gspear+@CMU.EDU                                     Geoffrey Spear                            David Forrai                             Hayo Schmidt
 hn@Pool.Informatik.RWTH-Aachen.DE                   Helmut Neukirchen                                                                Michael Hohmuth
 hqs3269@acf4.NYU.EDU                                hqs3269                                   Haim S. Poretsky                                John Hutchinson                                            Matthias Baesken                                   Ivo van Poorten
 irscscm!mlake@uunet.UU.NET                          Marshall Lake                                                                          Jeremy Bowen                                     Jim Ferris                            Joseph Fortt                                        Jim Kalb                           Joachim Doerr                        John Collis                        J. Nullmeyer                                   Jon Lovstad                                 Joakim Nordlander                               Joop Teske                                James Hague                          Karl A. Brokstad                          Karl Meyland                                  Keith J Groves                             Bill Kendrick                              Richard John Kepper                                      Kevin Fason                      Jan T. Kim
 kkimes@npvsrv2.napervilleil.NCR.COM                                                             Klaus Tenter              Konstantinos Xonis                           Cornelius Krasel                    Kevin Tessner
 L15D@ZFN.UNI-BREMEN.DE                              Martin Schroeder
 LANNIE@INS.INFONET.NET                                                                            Lars Brinkhoff                                                                          MUNIZ LUIS                      Lothar Guthmann                               L J Greenhalgh                                Martin Bartsch                                 Stefan Traxler                        Kenneth Matheis                        Martin Budsjo                                                            Marcus Endberg
 Mario.Illgen@Informatik.TU-Chemnitz.DE              Mario Illgen                                                                            Martin Vernon                                  Martin Huber               Max Denebian                            Remi Villatel                     Michael Baffoni                            Matt McCabe                                    Cesare Gianuzzi
 mczane@verdi.Eng.UniPR.IT                           Francesco Zanichelli
 mdulcey@PRYDER.PN.COM                               Mark J. Dulcey
 merc@WPI.EDU                                     Christopher Robert Hahn               Michel Forget                          Michael Kelsey                             Michael Depke                         Michael Neuffer                             Michael Nolte                             Michael Wolf                                                        
 S-E-Banken                                                                          Martin Koehling
 mkite@lincoln.gpsemi.COM                            Martin Kite LDC 2414                            Allanon                          Mark Martin                                Peter Mogensen                             Mark Perry                           A. M. Mughal                                                       
 Vootie                                    Jeroen Nijhof                                                              
 nk@aaron.ON-Luebeck.DE                              Nils Kassube                                 nsa software                      Christoph Oberle                            Ofir Gal                                  Bob Luneski                 Patrick Palmen                           Papadacci Alexandre                          Alain PARIES                      Patrick Koehne                 Patrik Sanfridsson                    Paul Civati                                  Philippe Bouige                              Piet Burgel                                                                               Paul Schnettler
 pierre@WPI.EDU                                      Edwin P Jacques                                                                              Paul Martin Barry                                                                            Paul Purdom
 quinn@phoenix.Princeton.EDU                         Michael J. Quinn                        Richard J Laukam                     Rainer Muehlenstaedt                            Randy Hosler                                   Ron Chan                               Russell Ochocki                          Reinhard Bartel                          Robert Fernandez (ENG)
 RG9@VAX.YORK.AC.UK                                                                                                                        Alan Richardson                                                                                 Richard H. Miller                                   Wayne Schultz                                  Rob Adams TopFM                          Robert Lechler                           Robin Gape                                   Robin Mach                                             
 rover@nephilim.ON-Luebeck.DE                        Ralf Over                                                                             Rick Venable                              Stefan Berndtsson                           Steve Taylor                  Harun Scheutzow                                  Sander Stoks                                    Kevin Savetz                                   Steve Barnes             Andreas Schwab                                       Scott A. Krutsch                                                                 Ewald Seibert
 SHALL@OREGON.UOREGON.EDU                            Stanley Wayne Hall                               S J Drew                              phlem                                    Sheldon Chang                  Mike Mustaine                            Stephen Ticehurst                           Stefan Damerau                          Stephane Chauveau                        Stewart.Hilson                             Stig S{ther Bakken                                                                   Sven Hoffmann                                Xavier Gallagher                            Patrick Seemann                                  Theo Janssen                          Timothy Miller (EE)                            Toby Deinhardt                        Tommy Pollak                               Ton de Graaff                     Torgny Lindberg                                  Trevor Ingham                            Ton van Overbeek                           Hans Veneman                     Vincent Lefevre                                Waldi Ravens                    Walsh_J.                        Walter Loepsinger                         Warwick Allison                         Doug Boyce                  Jeff Weiner                         Michael A. White                 Ylva Budsjoe                             
 mmt@RedBrick.COM                               Maxime Taksar KC6ZPS



 > CT AtariFest '94 STR InfoFile

    **     O U R  F O U R T H  A N N I V E R S A R Y   S H O W ! ! !    **
    **                        /-----------\/------------/               **
    **                       /                         /    **BOSTON**  **
    **                      /    CT ATARIFEST '94     /                 **
    **                    ,/                         /                  **
    **     **NY**       ,/  __________/|\___________/                   **
    **                 /__,/    ** BRIDGEPORT **                        **
    **                                                                  **
    **   CONNECTICUT ATARIFEST '94   10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 8/27/94    **
    **   August 27-28, 1994 at the   10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 8/28/94      **
    **   Back at the BRIDGEPORT HOLIDAY INN                             **
    **   1070 Main St.                        Sponsored by              **
    **   Bridgeport, CT 06604               ACT Atari Group             **
    **                          (FACE,WMAUG,DBUG,AOGUGH,CCCC & STAR)    **

                  JAGUARs, LYNX, FALCONs, TTO30s, STs!
   Atari Software & Hardware! Free Indoor Parking! Competition & Prizes

 ACT Atari Group is running another _MAJOR_ Northeast computer event. Last
 year's success meant only one thing: ENCORE! The Holiday Inn in
 Bridgeport, CT - site of the original 1991 show, is just 1.5 hours outside
 of New York City, making it easier for Big Apple Atarians to attend.
 Bridgeport is located on the Connecticut coast, at exit 27 off of
 Interstate 95. It is served by Amtrack Passenger Trains, Sikorsky Airport
 Terminal, The Port Jefferson Ferry, and a multitude of highways; it is
 just one block away form both the Railroad station and the Ferry, and has
 a free shuttle service for guests from the airport.

 This year we're having an All-You-Can-Eat Prime Rib Buffet for just
 $12.95. In addition to the Sliced Prime Rib of Beef, the Buffet also
 includes a mini SaladBar, a Chicken dish, a Pasta dish, Rice or Potatoes,
 Fresh Vegetables, Selection of Deserts and Coffee. Join us for an
 informal, low cost dinnerSaturday night, and mix with old friends;

 What about the Jaguar? Come on out and get (64)BIT! We'll have the largest
 Jaguar competition in New England, with the latest games and gear. With
 all theexcitement generated by this hot new machine, you owe it to
 yourself to get the personal skinny (and the Lynx won't be overlooked

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

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

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

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

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



 BY CAR: Bridgeport is located directly on Interstate 95 and Route 8. *
 Northbound: Take I-95 to exit 27. At the end of the ramp, continue
 straight, and follow the road till you come to the Railroad station. At
 this point you will be able to see a large white parking garage on your
 left. At the light on Fairfield Avenue, take a left, and then another left
 on Middle Street, the entrance on left. *    Southbound: Take I-95 to exit
 27, stay straight at end of ramp. At next light, State Street, take a
 right and follow to end. At road's end, the Railroad Station will be
 directly ahead of you. Take a left and go one light north. At the light on
 Fairfield Avenue, take a left, and then another left on Middle Street, the
 entrance on left.

 *    From Route 8: Take exit 2, go straight at end of ramp. Continue one
 more block to State Street and go left.  At road's end, the Railroad
 Station will be directly ahead of you. Take a left and go one light north.
 At the light on Fairfield Avenue, take a left, and then another left on
 Middle Street, the entrance on left.

 BY AIR: Many airlines serve Sikorsky Memorial Airport: Delta Airlines
 800-345-3400, USAir 800-428-4322, and Continental Airlines 800-525-0280.
 Flights between Boston, New York and Washington arrive hourly. The Holiday
 Inn offers a courtesy van from the airport; call 334-1234 when you arrive.
 To contact Sikorsky directly, call 203-576-7498.

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

 BY FERRY: There are ferries leaving both Bridgeport and Port Jefferson
 regularly, Monday-Sunday. Departure times are as follows (check to be
 sure!): Leaving Long Island - 6a.m., 7:30a.m., 9a.m., 10:30a.m., 12p.m.,
 1:30p.m., 3p.m., 4:30p.m., 6p.m., 7:30p.m., with a 9:10p.m. on Sundays.
 Directions from New York - Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 64,
 then take route 112 North to the end, once in Bridgeport, take a right out
 of the ferry and head for the white parking garage across the street. Call
 203-367-3043 for more info.

 WHERE TO STAY: The Holiday Inn will be offering special rates for CAF '94
 attendees, call them at 203-334-1234. Make sure to mention that you're
 with the AtariFest!

 WHAT TO DO:  Hotel guest's can enjoy the Health Club and Swimming Pool,
 and there are many other facilities nearby for golf, tennis, and salt
 water fishing. Other highlighted activities include: Jai-Alai
 (203-877-4242), P.T. Barnum Museum (203-331-9881), The Children's
 Discovery Museum(203-372-3521), Beardsley Zoo (203-576-8082), Captain's
 Cove Waterfront Shopping (203-335-1443), Downtown Cabaret Theatre
 (203-576-1636). Call 334-1234 for further information.

 If you have any questions, or need additional assistance, feel free to
 call Angela or Brian Gockley at 203-332-1721. E-mail can be directed to
 75300,2514 on CIS or D.FINCH7 on GEnie.

 > Online News! STR NewsFile!  -  Interesting Tidbits From the Onlines!

                     Turner Enters Software Business

      Several new software products, including interactive games with
 scenes from popular movies, have been announced by Turner Home
 Entertainment as it launches its PC business.

      Reporting from Atlanta's Comdex/Windows World computer trade show,
 Jean Feingold of United Press International says interactive games and
 screensavers will be offered on the Windows and Macintosh platforms
 under the name Turner Interactive. Many of the products use visual images
 from Turner's vast movie library. (Turner Home Entertainment is a wholly
 owned subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting Inc.)

      Dov Jacobson, Turner's interactive creative development director,
 told the wire service the company decided to get into software because
 people looking at their computer screens are not watching cable

      Feingold says available now is a $69.95 CD-ROM called "Gettysburg,"
 an interactive simulation of famed Civil War battle. Players decide how
 the battle should be conducted working with scenes from the popular Turner

      In addition, "Screen Lovers" screensavers, using scenes from popular
 movies, will be available in October for about $15.

      Reports from United Press International are accessible in CompuServe
 NewsGrid database (GO NEWSGRID) and through the Executive News Service
 (GO ENS).

                   Court Judges Wrong Computer Records

      The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to decide whether arrests based
 on faulty computer records are good-faith mistakes and evidence seized
 during those arrests need not necessarily be discarded.

      Associated Press writer Richard Carelli reports from Washington,
 D.C. that the Supreme Court justices will decide whether Arizona
 prosecutors may use evidence seized after a Phoenix man was arrested
 because a police computer wrongly listed an outstanding warrant against
 him.  Police seized marijuana from Isaac Evans, and the Arizona Supreme
 Court ruled it could not be used as evidence against him since it followed
 an unlawful arrest.

      However, Arizona prosecutors argue that the arrest was a good-faith
 mistake based on faulty computer information, and it should not lead to
 the suppression of marijuana as evidence.

      Evans was stopped for driving the wrong way down a one-way street,
 and a police computer in the officer's car indicated there was an
 outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. In the course of the
 arrest, the officer discovered the marijuana. Evans was charged with
 possession, a felony.  But the state Supreme Court ruled the marijuana
 could not be used as evidence since it stemmed from an unlawful arrest.

      "It is repugnant to the principles of a free society that a person
 should ever be taken into police custody because of a computer error
 precipitated by government carelessness," the state court said. "As
 automation increasingly invades modern life, the potential for Orwellian
 mischief grows."

      The case is Arizona vs. Evans, 93-1660.

      For more news from The Associated Press, consult the Executive News
 Service (GO ENS) or AP Online (GO APONLINE).

                      HP Updates Network LaserJet 

      Hewlett-Packard Co. says it has enhanced its HP LaserJet 4Si MX
 network laser printer and reduced its price.

      The enhancements include new printer management software,
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star certification and
 broader network compatibility and ease of use resulting from a
 preinstalled HP JetDirect card.  The device links the printer directly to
 Ethernet and LocalTalk networks.

      HP has reduced the price of the HP LaserJet 4Si MX by $200 to $5,299.
 The price of the standard HP LaserJet 4Si printer remains unchanged at

      The HP LaserJet 4Si MX is a 17 page-per-minute, 600-dots- per-inch
 (dpi) unit.  It is designed for high-volume printing environments. The
 printer works concurrently with PCs, Macintosh computers, UNIX-based
 workstations and multiple networks.


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - Sunnyvale, CA         "Sweetheart of Atari Gaming World" - Leaves

      In a late breaking development, Juli Wade, long regarded as the
 sweetheart of the Atari gaming world has called it quits.  As of today,
 friday she is no longer at Atari.  She has promised however, to obtain a
 private account on Compuserve in order that she may visit from time to
 time and say hello to the many friends she has in the Atari Gaming Forum
 on Compuserve.

 - Chicago, IL                          E-MAIL ABUSE ON THE RISE!!

      Apparently a number of jaded individuals have taken up presenting
 verbal assaults against others via E-mail on certain of the major
 networks.  The current trend, according to one source, is "to bait,
 incense, outrage and otherwise viciously abuse and harrass an individual
 in hopes of forcing the individual to react publically thus causing the
 harrassed individual to appear as the initiator of the confrontation". 
 When asked about the law and such deeds.. He added; "With the charges of
 "stalking" via e-mail having recently occurred, this type action mentioned
 above, should prove to be chargable also if pursued."  It appears Email
 will no longer be a safe haven for those who abuse its use.


      According to our reporter's sources, an importer/distributor, two
 dealers and a computer company are or have been implicated as parties
 involved in a number of transactions about which those implicated have
 serious disagreement.  The actual complaints may have already been,
 according to the source, filed with the Southern District in California. 
 Additionally, a high level executive of the aforementioned computer
 corporation will reportedly be subpoenaed and deposed regarding the
 irregularities and misrepresentation of his actual participation as to the
 level of authority and involvement and the unauthorized usage of credit
 accounts.  Also according to our sources, this story has been brewing for
 some time and has only now apparently come to the attention of the
 authorities.  Reportedly, two of the major complainants are residents in
 the San Francisco Bay area.


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
  On CompuServe
  compiled by
  Joe Mirando

      Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Another week has come and gone and
 its time to check out all the hot info, news, hints and tips available
 every week on CompuServe.  But before we do that, I'd like to talk for a
 moment about a few of the changes I'm planning for this column.

      First off, the Palmtop Forum and the Palmtop B Forum will be
 returning to the column.  Since Atari Portfolio support is now found in
 the Palmtop Forum, this one isn't too much of a reach.  And, while we're
 at it, why not add info about other popular palmtop and pentop computers
 (like the Casio/Tandy Z-7000 PDA)?

      Second, we'll start including information from the Video Games
 Publishers Forum (Go VIDPUB) next week.  The VIDPUB Forum deals with
 information on current and future video game systems.  With systems like
 the Jaguar out now, and Project Reality waiting in the wings, VIDPUB is
 the place for gamers to be.  Look for it next week.

   Now, let's get on with the show...

 From the Atari Computing Forum

 When Danny Bull asks about whether or not he should upgrade from TOS
 2.05 to 2.06, Robert Aries tells him:

   "Go to the Codehead section on the Atariven forum and ask there.
   You'll probably get the definitive answer.
   When I bought my TEC board from them, the documentation included a
   story about its history.  The developers got an advance copy of TOS
   2.05 before they released the TEC board.  They wanted to be able to
   allow owners of older ST's to put the LATEST version of TOS on the
   board, and TOS 2.05 expected to see the newer hardware (STe's and
   beyond, with blitter chips, etc.). According to this documentation, the
   developers convinced Atari to modify 2.05 so that it would not crash
   when run on older machines, and what resulted was TOS 2.06.
   So I'll re-state my original answer to you:  TOS 2.05 and 2.06 are THE
   SAME, except that 2.06 is backward-compatible with older STs'."

 Just an added tidbit:  TOS 2.06 also fixes high-density floppy support
 for computers that have the "AJAX" chip instead of the Western Digital
 floppy controller chip.

 Meanwhile, Adam Freemer posts:

   "I was wondering if someone could recommend a good viewer program that
   would view .GIF and other formats. Preferably something I could
   download from CIS but if there is a good commercial one that I would
   have to buy I wouldn't mind. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!"

 Daniel Osborn posts this library file description:

   " Title   : GEM-View 3.03
     GEM-View 3.03 is uploaded with permission from the UK shareware
     registrations contact Graeme Rutt whose details are included. It is a
     very powerful image viewer and converter which supports dozens of
     formats from PhotoCD, Targa, GIF and TIFF to old ST favourites like
     Degas and IMG. Images can also be resized, rotated and dithered
     using various algorithms. A big file but well worth the download
     time.  This version starts to lose functionality after 30 days, to
     encourage registration."

 Yat Siu of Lexicor Software tells Daniel:

   "Speed of Light for regular ST's is in my opinion better, as it does
   some hardware tricks."

 Adam asks:

   "I know this might sound stupid but I just downloaded GIFVIEW (which
   took about an hour at 2400baud!) And uhhh, How do you make it work? Do
   you save it as .PRG or something else? An ARC file? Please help a
   non-intelligent ST user!! Any help greatly appreciated!!!!"

 Sysop Ron Luks tells Adam:

   "I dont recall if GIFVIEW was archived as LZH, ARC or ZIP, but it was
   surely compressed with one of these systems.

   You should ALWAYS save the file under the same name as you see in our
   libraries.  *If it is LZH, ARC, or ZIP you should then use the
   appropriate utility program to unpackage it.  Once expanded, the
   individual filenames should have the appropritae names to just
   double-click and run on your system."

 Rob Rasmussen tells us about a problem he's having with his Falcon030:

   "I copied Warp 9 to the AUTO folder of my Falcon's internal IDE drive
   C.  The only other program in there is a mouse accelerator. Everytime I
   cold boot, I get 2 bombs. Either it's the wrong version of Warp 9
   (though it's the most recent), or there's a big problem with it coming
   after the mouse accelerator (I forgot to make Warp 9 first), or I'm
   doing something wrong.  Now I can't get to drive C to remove W9 or
   change it's order because Falcon won't boot from the HD.  I can boot
   from the floppy, but doesn't seem to help. On my ST I can install a
   disk drive for C after booting from floppy and get to C that way, I
   think. But this internal drive stuff must be different. In the desktop
   Options menu there is "Install Device" but I can't make it install
   drive C.  The Falcon manual said run HINSTALL.PRG, but since I booted
   from floppy, it says no other partitions exist. If it comes to it, I
   would really hate to have to reformat the drive since I just got it
   with all the programs on it which are not backed up. Surely there's a
   way around this I hope. Any ideas anyone?"

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Rob:

   "Since Warp 9 includes its own mouse accelerator, it may conflict with
   the one you have installed separately.
   You said the manual tells you to run HDINSTAL.  Did you try that, to
   get the icon installed and give you access?"

 Rob tells Bob:

   "I can install the drive icon OK, but the drive still doesn't exist.
   Like I said, I'm locked out of the internal HD because it crashes from
   the conflict between W9 and MACELLE. When I run HINSTALL, it reports
   that there are no HD partitions available, which is true (I'm trying to
   _make_ them available).  Booting from floppy is the only way I can do
   anything, but I don't see how to access the HD this way. So it's like a
   Catch-22. Help!"

 Carl Barron asks Rob:

   "Do you have a program to load the hd driver to memory after boot up?
   Atari's is AHDI.PRG.  If so run this small program. then get the drive
   'opened' and rename at least macelle.prg in C:\auto to have a different
   extension.  Might rename w9.prg as well, until you get the latest and
   Get a directory sorter,one that will physically move the files in an
   order you choose, and bootfile manager program asap and these
   conflicts are a lot easier to fix!"

 Rob tells Carl:

   "Running the AHDI.PRG did the trick. I was paranoid that it would start
   reformatting the drive, I got it mixed up with HDX or something. On
   the ST I use Auto Organizer and Desk Manager, so I will try them on the
   Falcon. My Falcon and SVGA monitor are set up in my study, just like my
   ST was when I first got it, not connected to a printer, modem, scanner
   or MIDI yet. I'm gradually seeing what it can do by itself and it's
   fun! It really needs Warp 9 or something, especially in the higher
   rez/colors mode. I have the new Falcon version of it now. Next I'll
   hook the Falcon to Screenblaster and my stereo
   Do you or anyone know if the heads of Falcon's internal IDE drive are
   self-parking? The manual is mysteriously sketchy on this. It says to
   use SHIP.PRG for any SCSI drives, but doesn't talk much about the
   internal drive.  Maybe it depends on the particular drive? I need to
   know this before I start moving it around the house."

 Sysop Bob Retelle, one of the most knowledgeable people around, tells

   "Virtually all modern hard disk drives are self-parking.  When you
   turn off their power, the heads automatically retract to a safe
   I even doubt that SHIP.PRG is needed any longer.
   You just have to remember not to knock the drive or computer
   containing the drive while the platters are still spinning, and the
   heads are loaded, or out in working position."

 Carl Barron tells Rob:

   "There is a 'patch' to Desk Manager to change newdesk.inf instead of
   desktop.inf.  Desk Manager thus changed does run on a TT.  Auto
   organizer should. If it is the one in the CodeHead Utility package it
   does on my TT.  Don't worry atari's HD formatters give plenty of
   chances to abort a HD format, before they do format a HD."

 My buddy Brian Gockley of ST Informer Magazine tells Rob:

   "Warp 9 is only compatible at version 3.81, and even then, you must
   run the specific Falcon version (there are three, ST, TT and Falcon)."

 Rob tells Brian:

   "You're right, I had forgotten there were separate versions of Warp 9
   for ST, TT and Falcon. So I downloaded the zap file which turns the
   Falcon version 3.80 into 3.81, making it compatible with Screenblaster
   which I have but haven't hooked up yet."

 John Amsler posts:

   "Did you hear?  Silicon Graphics and Nintendo have announced that
   "Project Reality" -- their 3-D game machine -- will be available for
   consumer purchase next summer (and will be in place in arcades before
   then).  The projected cost is UNDER $250.  I hope Atari has something
   up its sleeve to counter this!"

 Sysop Ron Luks tells John:

   "Project Reality wont see the light of day before 1995.  Take my word
   on that one."

 Believe me, when you get info like that from someone like Ron, you can
 "take it to the bank.

 Meanwhile, John Cook tells us:

   "I need help to repair an Atari.  Can anyone help with ideas, or even
   better, a circuit diagram.  (I am not familiar with Ataris, but my
   electronics and general computer knowledge are good).  Details follow:
   I was upgrading the RAM for a friend from 1M to 4M.  The new SIMMS are
   80nS.  At first the machine booted - with a few glitches on screen
   (perhaps some dead bits in the RAM?).  Then it crashed.  The more we
   tried the less success we had at booting.  Sometimes a 'bug' appeared
   on screen at boot.  Sometimes not even that.  At the moment the machine
   doesn't even access the floppy drive.
   Power supply is good.  No apparent broken wires, melted chips, etc.
   If anyone can help me with any information about ataris which might
   assist I would be most grateful."

 Mike Mortilla tells John:

   "Usually, you need to replace the "controller" chip. The original ST
   controller chip can only address 1 meg. While your at it, you might
   want to update the OS to at least 1.4 (Rainbow TOS.)
   The controller chip was about $100 when I upgraded my ST. I don't know
   the current price. Others here might have other ideas, but the first
   thing I'd check would be the controller.
   If you can disable the 4 megs and go back to the 1 meg, maybe you could
   eliminate other problems."

 John tells Mike:

   "Thanks for your suggestions, Unfortunately going back to a 1M machine
   leaves me with the same problems.  (I neglected to mention this in my
   original message).
   I don't know whether the computer is recognising the extra RAM yet,
   but it seems I am definately up against some sort of hardware problem.
   Sometimes the machine boots, but always with a large but in the top
   right of the screen.  Sometimes I get a row of small bugs across the
   screen.  Do you have any idea specifically what these signs indicate?
   I am very grateful for your help.  Any further suggestions would be
   most appreciated."

 Mike asks John a few more questions about the machine:

   "1- What model machine is it again? ST? STE? Mega ST?
   2- This is important because not all these machines will take a
   standard SIMMS chip. Certain upgrades are available (Z-RAM is what I
   used) and support might have to come from those mfg directly.
   I'll help all I can but I'm not too technically proficient on this
   type of thing. Again, it sounds like a controller chip needs to be
   upgraded, but we need more info on the machine you have."

 John tells Mike:

   "It's an STE.  I found a program on disk (switcher I think) which told
   me it saw the 4M of RAM.  I think my next step is to take it to a
   repair centre."

 Gee, I hope he's not counting on taking it to a G.E. repair center...
 what ever happened to that deal, anyway?

 John adds:

   "I don't know whether the computer is recognising the extra RAM yet,
   but some more information has come to light.  With either the old or
   the new RAM some times it won't boot (doesn't even access floppy).
   Other times it boots, first displaying a large bug in the top right
   corner of the screen, then operating fine.  Sometimes I get a row of
   small bugs across the screen.
   Do any of these symptoms suggest the area of the problem?  Is there a
   diagnostic boot sequence which can be initiated at start up?  (These
   and many many more questions)."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells John:

   "The 1040STe model should recognize the extra RAM without having to do
   anything special.
   From your original message, I'm assuming you installed 4 1Meg SIMMs..?
   The speed of the RAM shouldn't matter... the ST only requires 150ns
   memory, so the faster parts you installed should work OK.  Also, the ST
   can use either 8 bit (Mac style) or 9 bit (IBM style) SIMMs, so that
   shouldn't be a problem either.
   One thing I'm NOT sure about is whether all SIMM configurations will
   work though...   I know the 9 chip, 1 Meg SIMMs work, but I don't know
   if the newer 3 chip SIMMs will.
   I believe most, if not all, of the chips on the 1040STe motherboard
   are surface mounted...  one problem in earlier STs was that the
   socketed chips needed to be reseated on a semi-regular basis.  If any
   of the chips in the machine you're working on are socketed, try
   pressing them all firmly back into their sockets.
   I think the MMU problem Mike mentioned only applied to the earlier
   models with socket mounted memory management chips.
   If the only change was to swap SIMMs, and now the original SIMMs
   aren't working either, I think I'd examine the SIMM sockets very
   carefully for damage to the contacts, or possibly to the soldered
   joints on the motherboard.  Another thing to check would be the power
   supply, although there shouldn't be any problem powering the extra RAM,
   supplies have been known to cause flaky symptoms when they become
   Unfortunataly, there really isn't anything available in the way of
   system diagnostics.  We do have some RAM testing utility programs, but
   those of course require the system to be working well enough to load
   and run a program."

 John tells Bob:

   "The RAM is 80nS 3-chip style 1M 9bit SIMMS.  I managed to run Switcher
   yesterday which saw all 4M available.  The chips on the mother board
   are not socketed.  Some are surface mount.
   I have examined the SIMM sockets and motherboard, but I'll do it
   again.  Last night I could get one of two conditions regularly.  One it
   booted and worked fine, but with a bug in the top right (as earlier
   mentioned).  The floppy it booted from had operating system file 3.3 on
   it.  With a different floppy with no such operating system software it
   booted without the bug.  Either case it worked fine from then on.  The
   second situation it still didn't boot.
   I tell you this more for your information than anything else.  I doubt
   it sheds any more light on the problem.  I think I've reached the stage
   of taking it in for repair.

   I'll check the messages again just incase you have any brain storm
   ideas.  Failing that, thanks very much for your help."

 Myles Cohen tells John:

   "The big bug in the upper right hand corner (scary...isn't it) has a
   diagonal line running through it and a circle around it which is the
   international road sign signal for "NO"...and was ICD's "clever"
   attempt to tell you that the system had booted normally with no bugs...
   It only appears in version 3.3 and was later replaced by a big ATARI
   logo in other versions...
   So...not to worry...
   I suppose...if the bug is appearing on your screen without the circle
   and diagonal _is_ a cause to be concerned..."

 Well folks, we'll keep you informed about John's progress.  Meanwhile,
 let's check out the what's going on with palmtops...

 From the Palmtop Forums

 Steve Riley asks about one of the more popular handheld computers:

   "The Psion seems to get a lot of accolades. I'll have to check it out.
   However, I really don't need to carry a computer in my pocket, but more
   of an organizer.  How are the Psion's organizing apps?"

 Sysop Lloyd Wasser tells Steve:

   "The Psion's agenda app is perhaps the best of the bunch;
   full-featured, multi-viewed (day, week, year, list, todo, anniversary,
   etc) and allows the creation of up to 99 separate to do LISTS (of 50
   items each) and to dos, anniversaries and appointments can be alarmed
   (either just prior to the event or weeks or months ahead of time).
   Graphical user interface makes things easy to easy, and the whole
   agenda is totally customizable, Steve.  Nice application."

 Sysop Marty Mankins jumps in and adds his opinion:

   "The only thing that's missing on the Psion 3a Agenda program is a
   month view.  Other than that, it's really good."

 David Kramer asks:

   "Is the Portfolio still in production?  How big is it?  How much
   memory? What are it's limitations?  I'm looking to buy a HP100LX, but
   may be swayed!"

 JF Davington tells David:

   "I actually don't know its production status but getting new ones is
   not a problem and Atari is still honoring its $110 (or so) out of
   Warranty replacement of broken or dead Portfolios.  The Portfolio is
   approximately  8" x 4" x  1" (bigger if you stick on a parallel or
   serial interface) and,  from what I have seen so far (Psion, Sharp and
   HP), still has the best keyboard on the market for a mahine this size.
   The standard model comes with 128k of RAM which you can get upgraded
   to 640 by Megabyte computers in Texas or do it yourself if your
   technically oriented and handy with a soldering iron.  However, I have
   two Portfolios and I've kept them both at 128k and dont really feel
   limited.  Of course I dont do any DTP or heavy duty Database work with
   it <g>.
   Storage is in the form of ramcards or Flash ram cards and sizes go
   from 64k to 2 meg.  The internal applications are pretty versatile and
   include an ASCII text editor with basic but efficient features, an
   Address book that can serve many purposes since its pretty much a free
   form database, a Diary with alarm and repeating appointments, and a
   Lotus 1-2-3 compatible Worksheet.
   I guess its nicest feature is that for less than the price of other
   PDA's you can get a nicely equipped Portfolio.
   It does remain a machine that requires a bit of imagination but there
   is plenty of that and of generous support in the Portfolio section of
   this forum.  It does have its quirks but once you know them it becomes
   a fun machine to work with.  There is also a multitude of programs
   available for the Port up in lib 9.  If you intend to program for it,
   its a good idea to get the technical reference guide from Atari.  There
   are some neat features available.

   You can get more information by downloading the file PORT.FAQ from lib
   9 and by dropping a note in the Portfolio section.
   I am of course a Fan of the Port and very much biased ;-)  but one
   thing is for sure: It has a surprisingly good keyboard."

 Mark Nerehausen tells us:

   "I was given a Portfolio.  It has the serial port attachment.
   Any advice on how I can transfer files from the Portfolio to my
   desktop? Where do I order the required accessories, if needed?  What
   files or programs do I need on my desktop?
   Without this capability, the Portfolio seems cute but pretty useless.
   I love the machine, but am frustrated by not being able to really use
   it for anything.
   Thanks for any advice you can offer."

 Sysop Judy Hamner tells Mark:

   "There is a file in the forum library that has a lot of good
   information for the new Port user. It answers questions you may not
   even think to ask. Look for PORT.FAQ.
   The serial port interface can be used with a terminal emulator to send
   files between the Port and PC. There is always a sticky issue of
   getting the terminal emulator to the Port in the first place. The FAQ
   file mentions some options. If you purchase a RAM card, try to get the
   seller to include a public domain program. Otherwise, there are files
   in the forum library that offer various strategies that have been
   sucessful for forum users.
   I think you'll enjoy the Port. With the vast assortment of files
   available in the forum library, it can assume many personalities."

 Don Thomas of Atari tells Mark:

   "The Portfolio's built-in software supports transfers to PCs with the
   Parallel Interface. The serial Interface works also, but you will need
   to know or learn the basics of null-modem file transfers. In that case,
   the Portfolio will need a program found in the forum libraries called:
   The easiest way to "transfer" files is with a PC Card Drive. This is a
   disk drive for your PC that reads and writes Portfolio Memory Cards."

 Well folks, that about wraps it up for this week.  Tune in again next week
 for more Atari info as well as expanded coverage of the Palmtop and Video
 Game Publishing Forums... or is that "Fora"?  Well, at any rate, tune in
 next week and be ready to listen to what they are saying when...

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   Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance.
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   The Japanese won by a mile.

   The American team became very discouraged by the loss, and morale 
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   The results showed that the Japanese team had eight people rowing and
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   The American Corporate Steering Committee immediately hired a
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   The American team's management structure was totally reorganized.  The
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   The next year the Japanese won by 2 miles.

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