ST Report: 5-Aug-94 #1032

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Date: 08/21/94-01:08:29 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 5-Aug-94 #1032
Date: Sun Aug 21 01:08:29 1994

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

      The Summer is half over and we are still looking at all sorts of new
 releases coming in left and right.  It appears the software publishers
 have forgotten that Comdex Fall'94 is coming up fast.  In any case, the
 new wares are certainly plentiful.  Power and improvements unheard of till
 are becoming commonplace in the industry.  Canvas, formally a pillar on
 the MAC platform, is now making substantial advances in the PC
 marketplace.  Equally as powerful if not more so than its MAC counterpart,
 Canvas offers some of the most advanced features to be found on any
 platform.  Its a top notch package for the PC.  
      As the niche markets continue to wither on the vine, the MAC platform
 continues to enjoy its "surges".  As such, one can expect there will be
 many with their "hopes on high".  Smart wall street money has already made
 the subtle noise of "if they don't go PC, they don't go".  Now, its up to
 the Apple people to have a go at it.  My own opinion goes this way, we
 shall see Apple lean more and more toward the PC format and way of doing
 things in the coming years until such time as they are producing a totally
 PC Apple machine.  That is my perception of "things to come".  What's


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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #32
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

            ** Atari Corp. Announces Second Quarter Results **
    Atari Corp. this week reported its financial results for the second
 quarter ended June 30, 1994.

    Net Sales for the second quarter of 1994 were $8.2 million, a 43%
 increase over the sales for the second quarter of 1993 of $5.7 million.
 The increase in sales is mainly attributable to the sale of the Atari
 Jaguar 64-bit Interactive Multimedia System. Partially as a result of
 increased promotional and development expenses, the company incurred an
 Operating Loss of $3.9 million for the second quarter of 1994 as compared
 to an Operating Loss of $4.0 million for the same period of 1993. In
 addition, for the quarter ended 1994, the company experienced an exchange
 gain of $0.6 million, as compared to a $3.1 million loss on exchange for
 the same period in 1993. These exchange gains and losses together with
 other income and expense items resulted in a Net Loss of $3.4 million for
 the second quarter 1994 as compared to a Net Loss of $6.6 million for the
 same period of 1993.

    Commenting on the report, Sam Tramiel, president, said, "We are
 focusing our efforts on having between ourselves and 3rd Party Publishers
 30 to 50 titles available for the Jaguar during the Christmas selling
 season. We have recently commenced volume shipments of 'Wolfenstein 3-D'.
 Retail sales for this title are very encouraging." 
                     ** CD-ROM Drive Sales Booming **

    Dataquest Inc. researchers say shipments of CD-ROM disk drives are
 soaring, spurred by increasing home PC sales and advances in computing
 power and software.
    Analysts are quoted as saying worldwide shipments of CD-ROM drives will
 reach 17.5 million this year, far more than the 9.7 million shipped in all
 previous years.
    Reports say, "By the end of this year, nearly 20% of the world's 122
 million desktop PCs will have a CD-ROM drive.... The market took off last
 year when 6.7 million CD-ROM disk drives were shipped."
                  ** Sanyo to Offer High-End 3-D LCDs **

    Starting in November, Japan's Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. is set to begin
 selling three-dimensional liquid crystal displays.
    Reports say the screens -- developed by Sanyo, NHK Engineering Services
 Inc. and Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. -- "enable viewers to see
 three-dimensional images on LCDs without using special glasses."
    The report adds, "Images from twin LCD projectors are separated into
 right- and left-side images with a special lens, resulting in
 three-dimensional perception."
    But these aren't low-end devices. CI says 40- and 70-inch models will
 cost $50,000 and $98,000 respectively.
                      ** Multimedia Editor Ships **
    MediaStudio, a desktop video editor combined with a suite of integrated
 multimedia tools, is now shipping from Ulead Systems.
    MediaStudio provides video capturing, video editing, audio editing,
 morphing, image editing, screen capture and visual management of media
    Ulead notes that MediaStudio, users can effortlessly capture video,
 audio and still images from a variety of external sources such as VCRs,
 laser discs, camcorders, scanners and Photo CDs. Once captured, users can
 touch-up individual frames, edit images, add text and even morph images or
 video frames to create exciting special effects. MediaStudio also helps
 users create and edit the soundtrack for their production.
    The product is provided on a Windows CD-ROM and includes over 400MB of
 clip media.
    MediaStudio's suggested retail price is $349.
                    ** Kids Typing Software Offered **
    The Software Toolworks is adding a new title to its typing instruction
 software line.
    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! For Kids is designed for children ages 4
 to 8.  The software publisher notes that the program features the young
 Mavis and her dog, Dizzy, set in the imaginative world of childhood.
    The program progresses from letter recognition through basic typing and
 keyboarding skills, as young students participate in little Mavis'
 adventures and escapades.
    Available on Windows floppy disk, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! For Kids
 has a suggested list price of $49.95.
                   ** Microsoft to Sell Mac Software **
    Microsoft Corp. will introduce versions of its Word, Office and
 PowerPoint software that will run on the new Power Macintosh PCs from
 Apple Computer Inc.
    Reporting from Microsoft's headquarters, reports say Mac versions of
 the applications will be available early next month and the Power Mac
 versions will be available in October. Microsoft also said it will
 introduce versions of its Excel software for the Macintosh and Power Mac.
    Microsoft Word 6.0 for the Macintosh and Power Macintosh, Excel 5.0 for
 the Macintosh and Power Macintosh and PowerPoint 4.0 for the Macintosh and
 Power Macintosh will each cost $339. (Current users can upgrade for $99,
 after a $30 rebate.) Microsoft Office 4.2 for Macintosh will cost $499,
 though current users can upgrade for $259 after a $40 rebate.
                    ** TI Offers New Laser Printer **
    Texas Instruments has announced a new a 600 dots-per-inch, 12
 page-per-minute printer called the microLaser PowerPro, which includes a
 25MHz RISC processor with 16K cache.
    The $1,660 unit comes with 67 Adobe PostScript fonts, PCL 5 emulation,
 AppleTalk and high-speed parallel ports, 500-sheet paper capacity and 6MB
 memory expandable to 22MB.
                    ** Hitachi to Boost Sega System **
    Sega Enterprises Ltd. will get assistance from Hitachi Sales Corp. in 
 selling its 32-bit Saturn home video game machine, due to hit the market 
 in November.
    Hitachi Sales, an arm of electronics giant Hitachi Ltd., will set up 
 a new firm, Hitachi Media Force, to market the Saturn. Officials say 
 they expect the new company to sell more than a million units a year.
    The Saturn, which is built around Hitachi Ltd.'s 32-bit microprocessor,
 was developed jointly by Sega, Hitachi Ltd., Victor Co. of Japan and
 Yamaha Corp.
                     ** Toshiba Cuts System Prices **

    Prices for Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s Portege
 monochrome T3400/120 and color active matrix T3400CT/120 ultra-portable
 computers have been reduced.
    In a report Toshiba Corp. officials are quoted as saying:
    -:- The monochrome version is expected to sell for $1,299, down from 
    -:- The active matrix model is expected to sell for $2,499, down from 
    The systems are to be available through major resellers such as Comp-
 USA, Computer City and Office Depot.
                   ** Apple Prepares for System 7.5 **

    Apple Computer Inc. says it has more than 200 software applications
 slated to use the features of its new Macintosh System 7.5 operating
 system, which is to have its debut later this summer.
    Officials of the computer firm said the strong developer support
 follows the largest distribution of beta software in Apple's history.
 About 20,000 developers receiving early versions of System 7.5.
    Reports say the $134.99 System 7.5 is available in multipacks for
 groups of users and could serve as an upgrade for System 7.1 and System
 7.0 Pro users at a reduced price. (Availability of Macintosh System 7.5
 outside the United States varies by country, Apple said.)
                    ** Claris Unveils Mac Organizer **
    Claris Corp., Apple Computer Inc.'s software subsidiary, has unveiled 
 its new Claris Organizer personal information manager (PIM) for the
    The company notes that the product gives business, home and education
 users a way to integrate their calendar, contact, task and notes
 requirements in a single application.
    Claris Organizer will be available from Claris this month in the United
 States and will be offered at an introductory price of $49. After Oct. 31,
 1994, Claris Organizer will be offered at the suggested retail price of
    Claris also reports that MacWrite Pro 1.5, the latest version of its
 Macintosh word processing software, is now shipping in a native version
 for Power Macintosh computers.
    The states that MacWrite Pro 1.5 for Power Macintosh has been
 recompiled to take advantage of the superior speed provided by the PowerPC
 chip. MacWrite Pro 1.5 for Power Macintosh handles tasks such as
 spell-checking, creating tables, text-wrap, desktop publishing operations
 and basic jobs such as cut-and- paste and scrolling two to four times
 faster than the fastest 68K-based Macintosh computers, according to Claris
    MacWrite Pro 1.5 for Power Macintosh costs $99. Current U.S. owners of
 MacWrite Pro 1.0 and 1.5 may upgrade to MacWrite Pro 1.5 for Power
 Macintosh for $29 plus shipping and handling. Current U.S. owners of
 earlier versions of MacWrite or other selected Macintosh word processing
 and integrated applications may purchase MacWrite Pro for $69.

    Claris also announced that ClarisDraw 1.0 is on schedule to certify and
 ship in native versions for Power Macintosh and 68K-based Macintosh
 computers this week.

    ClarisDraw is the upgrade to MacDraw Pro, and replaces the MacDraw
 family of general drawing programs. ClarisDraw provides all the power of
 MacDraw Pro and over 75 new features, says Claris.

    The company notes that ClarisDraw is built on a new code architecture
 that offers users intelligent features, increased performance, more
 flexibility and faster upgrades.

    ClarisDraw costs $399. Through Nov. 30, current MacDraw Pro users will
 be able to upgrade to ClarisDraw for $89. Users of MacDraw II, Claris
 Works and competing graphics programs can upgrade to ClarisDraw for $99.
                    ** Canon Offers Color Portables **
    The Innova Book 150C and 150OCT, Canon Computer Systems Inc.'s first
 486DX2 color portable PC products, have been unveiled.  The systems, which
 start at $2,399, offer built-in, multimedia-ready digital audio and
 enhanced graphic capabilities in a six-pound package, with passive dual
 scan color in the 150C and active matrix color in the 150CT.
                   ** Interactive TV Plan Predicted **

    Word is Macromedia Inc. and Microware Systems Corp. are set to announce
 technology to automate conversion of PC programs to run on interactive
 television networks.

    The Wall Street Journal reports the technology could cut the time
 required to convert multimedia PC programs for use on the networks to
 about a month at a fraction of the cost (currently about $500,000).

    Officials with Macromedia told the Journal the firm will start working
 with multimedia software developers next month to bring their CD-ROM
 programs to interactive television. The paper says Macromedia and
 Microware's partnership will finish by next March.
                   ** Updated Harvard Graphics Ships **
    Software Publishing Corp. reports that Harvard Graphics 3.0 for
 Windows, a major new release of its presentation graphics software, will
 become available at major resellers this week.

    Software Publishing says it officially shipped the product on July 22,
 1994. The company expects to ship the German and Spanish versions this
 month, and French, Italian and Dutch versions by the end of September.
    The software publisher notes that Harvard Graphics 3.0 offers a range
 of new capabilities that focus on helping users create and deliver more
 effective presentations.

    Harvard Graphics 3.0 costs $395. Users of previous Windows or DOS
 versions of Harvard Graphics and users of competitive presentation
 graphics products can upgrade to Version 3.0 for $99.

                     ** HP Cuts Vectra Line Prices **

    Prices on Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Pentium-based HP Vectra XU PCs have
 been cut by up to 15%. The firm also has cut prices on its AdvanceStack
 network hardware line by up to 35%.

    In addition, HP has introduced two new HP Vectra PCs, including the HP
 Vectra XM2 PC series, a 486-based networking and graphics PC for corporate
 and advanced users, and three new HP Vectra VL2 PCs based on Intel's
 Pentium 60-MHz chip.

    According to HP, the cause of the price cuts for the AdvanceStack hubs,
 switches, bridges and remote site routers, is due to HP passing on cost
 reductions resulting from improved manufacturing efficiencies and expanded
 use of ASIC technology to achieve tighter circuit integration.
                   ** FBI Searches for 'Agent Steal' **
    A computerist who boasted to his friends about working undercover for
 the FBI now is being sought by that very agency in connection with
 high-tech crimes. Justin Tanner Petersen, who also is known as "Agent
 Steal," vanished last October.
    The Los Angeles Times reports the 34-year-old Peterson told friends 
 the FBI was paying his rent and flying him to computer conferences to 
 spy on other computerists.
    However, the paper also quotes court records as indicating Petersen
 fled after admitting to federal prosecutors he had been committing
 computer crimes during the time he was working with the government.
    Reports say Petersen, "described as a good-looking rogue partial to
 Porsches and BMWs who once promoted rock shows in the Los Angeles
 suburbs," allegedly broke into federal government computers and tapped
 into a credit card information bureau.
    The newspaper says Petersen also was involved in a scam to hijack radio
 station phone lines to win contests offering cars and trips to Hawaii as
    Reports say, "Petersen openly bragged about helping nail Kevin Mitnick,
 one of the nation's most infamous hackers, who once took the code name
 'Condor.' Mitnick has been in hiding for almost two years to avoid
 prosecution for allegedly hacking into law enforcement computers and
 posing as an officer."
    In 1991, Petersen was arrested in Texas, where a grand jury returned an
 eight-count indictment accusing him of assuming false names, accessing a
 computer without authorization, possessing stolen mail and fraudulently
 obtaining and using credit cards.
    Curiously, when the case was transferred to California, it was put
 under seal out of concern for Petersen's safety and, according to reports,
 "the motion to seal states that Petersen, 'acting in an undercover
 capacity, currently is cooperating with the United States' in other
    Petersen eventually pleaded guilty to six counts and faced a sentence
 of up to 40 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. Sentencing was
 delayed several times.
    Then last Oct. 18, some 15 months after entering his first guilty plea,
 Petersen was confronted outside federal court by Assistant U.S. Attorney
 David Schindler, who asked if he had committed any crimes while free on
    After replying that he had, Petersen immediately fled after that


 > CANON IX4015 STR InfoFile   A Professional Scanner at a Hobbyist Price!

                                CANON IX 4015

 Title:  IX-4015 Main Unit Specifications

 Type           Flat-bed scanner
 Scanning       Charge-coupled device
 Element        (CCD) image sensor
 Lamp Type      Xenon lamp
 Maximum        400 dpi x 1200 lpi
 Selectable     Color: 12 to 800 dpi
 Resolution     Monochrome: 12 to 1200 dpi
 Operation      Color: 24-bit (256 levels)
 Modes          Gray Scale: 8-bit (256 levels)
                or 4-bit (16 levels)
 Delay Time     3 seconds or less {at 77 F (25)}

 Scanning       Color: 20 seconds

 Speed**        (US Letter/ A4 size @ 400 dpi)
                Monochrome: 10 seconds
                (US Letter/ A4 size @ 400 dpi)

 Maximum        8.5 in. x 11.7 in. (216mm x 297mm)
 Original Size  or 8.5 in. x 14 in. (with optional ADF)

 Interface      SCSI-2 (Canon IX-4IF)
                Adaptec & others w/Canon ASPI Driver

 Density        Automatic background control/
 Adjustment     manual (255-level)
 Scaling        4-400%

 Options        20 Sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
                Color Transparency Reader

 Power Supply   100/115 VAC (50 to 60Hz)


      Within the next few weeks, a full review will be presented in
 STReport covering the fabulous new Canon IX-4015.  The review will be
 comparing the Canon 4015, the Epson 800c and 1200c along with the HP
 Scanjet line.  If you are considering a scanner purchase don't miss this
 highly informative comparative review.  Stay tuned.

 > Frank's Corner STR Review

 Kids' Computing Corner

                  "Bug Adventure" from Knowledge Adventure

 by Frank Sereno

 Bug Adventure is a DOS program that is available on floppy diskette and
 CD-rom for use on IBM compatible computers with a 386 or higher CPU with
 520k of free ram and color VGA or better graphics.  The program can be run
 from Windows.  Recommended options are a mouse, a sound card capable of
 digitized sound and a printer.  Knowledge Adventure recommends this
 software for children ages 3 to 8 but children of all ages will enjoy this
 program.  The suggested retail price is $69.95 for the CD-rom version and
 $49.95 for the diskette version.  This review will be of the CD-rom
 version of the program.

 Installation was very easy.  Simply log onto your CD-rom drive and run the
 install.bat file.  You will have the option of installing the 386 or the
 486 version of Bug Adventure.  The 486 version offers better animations in
 terms of detail and smoothness if you have the necessary CPU power.  The
 install program will ask if you wish to have 5 or 8 megs of data installed
 on your hard drive.  Choosing 8 megs allows for quicker playback of the
 animations.  You also have the option of setting up the program to start
 from Windows.  This will create the necessary program group and icons. 
 The program actually doesn't run in Windows, but temporarily exits
 Windows, runs the program in DOS and then returns to Windows when you exit
 Bug Adventure.

 Bug Adventure has six sections.  Honeycomb Theater allows the child to
 watch any of 15 different movies.  Be aware, some of these are of a
 violent nature showing bugs being eaten alive.  The 3-D Bug Basement
 allows the child and a friend or parent to view six different bugs with
 the 2 pair of 3-D glasses provided with the program.  If you have a
 dominant eye, you may have difficulty seeing the 3-D effect.  By moving
 the cursor around the picture, different facts about that animal are made
 available to the child.  Who Am I? is a game of identification.  8 small
 monochrome graphics surround a large color graphic which is a magnified
 portion of one of the smaller graphics.  The child must identify the
 smaller graphic from which the larger image was culled.  Can You Find Me?
 is a trivia game in which the child is shown 4 pictures of bugs and must
 click on one of these to answer a question.  Bug Storybook is an animated
 picture book.  After each page is read, the child may then click on
 individual words to hear them pronounced.  And the main part of Bug
 Adventure is the Bug Reference.

 The Bug Reference is a cross-linked encyclopedia filled with graphics,
 animations, text  and sound.  The screen is divided into 4 main sections. 
 The top section contains 7 small circle graphics with six representing
 different bug phyla and the seventh representing the bug world.  Clicking
 on these will take the child to that part of the encyclopedia.  On the
 left side of the screen is a scrolling text screen which is narrated in
 the CD-rom version.  Clicking on a word in the text will take the child to
 the encyclopedia's index.  On the right side is a large window containing
 the animation or graphic for the current article.   Hotspots are located
 in the graphic which allow the child to jump to a related article.  Along
 the bottom of the screen are the control buttons which consists of a
 magnifying lens for zooming or enlarging the graphic, a speaker to restart
 a narration or animation of the current article,  a printer symbol for
 printing the text of the current article, a u-turn arrow to allow the
 child to go back to the last article and the fly swatter which exits to
 the main menu.  A child or adult could spend hour upon hour simply
 wandering through the vast information contained in this program.

 Graphics are good.  The animations are very smooth and fairly quick on a
 486 but leave a bit to be desired on 386 machines.  One disappointment is
 that when zooming on a picture, it merely expands the smaller image to the
 full screen, thus losing detail and clarity.  If possible, Knowledge
 Adventure should consider linking higher resolution graphics to the
 smaller graphics for use as full screen images.  Sounds are good.  The
 digitized narration is very good.  All the words are spoken quite clearly. 
 The music used didn't impress me but perhaps it was a problem with my
 sound card.  I would have liked for Bug Adventure to have had more insect
 and bug sounds.  When the program points out that the cicada is the
 loudest insect in the world, it would have been a nice touch to have heard
 some cicadas singing.

 The interface is the point and click variety.  The icons for the most part
 do not need explanation.  Considering the program is advertised for
 children ages 3 to 8, more audible help should have been provided.  In the
 game sections, negative feedback is quite gentle while positive feedback
 is very enthusiastic.

 Play value is very good.  While this program is not a game, it is
 extremely interesting.  It may not hold the attention quite as well with
 children under 5 or 6 years of age if they use the program without
 supervision, but I believe children ages 7 to 10 will be fascinated with
 all the facts contained in the Bug Reference.  I have wandered around for
 several hours myself, learning little tidbits about the diminutive animals
 of the world.  Educational value is outstanding on the fields of insects
 and arachnids.  This program attempts to teach reading in the Storybook,
 but this is more of an added feature than a main goal.

 Bang for the Buck is good.  This program uses over 200 megs on the CD-rom
 so the program is definitely enhanced over the floppy version.  The
 biggest bulk of that space is used for the text narration of each article
 in the Bug Reference.  This program carries a hefty price tag.  I managed
 to purchase my copy for $39.95 (a savings of $30 off the MSRP) at one of
 the nation's larger computer retailers.  If you are patient, Knowledge
 Adventure will no doubt be offering incentives such as rebates in a few
 months.  A is currently offering discounts on Undersea Adventure.

                     Graphics                 8.0
                     Sound                    8.0
                     Interface                7.5
                     Play Value               8.5
                     Ed. Value                9.0
                     Bang for the Buck        8.5
                     Average                  8.25


 Of Note.....
 Bethesda Softworks first educational title, WORDPLAY FAIR is based on the
 universal premise that children learn most effectively when having fun.

 In WORDPLAY FAIR, the child enters the magical world of a festive fair
 where he/she visits any of six activities designed to develop various word
 skills, including spelling, definition and match recognition.

 As an added bonus, an Artificial Intelligence engine increases the
 challenge level to match the child's progress. Parents, teachers and
 children can easily create customized lists of words, definitions and
 example sentences, extending the game to maintain the child's interest.

 The quality of the graphics have been compared to old style Saturday
 morning cartoons as they were created by professional cartoon animators.

 THE CRITTER CLUB AT THE WORDPLAY FAIR is designed for children ages four
 through eight.

                     IBM PC 386-33 and 100% compatibles.
                                 4MB of RAM
                             DOS 5.0 or greater
                                 HARD DRIVE
                        VGA Graphics card and Monitor
        Supports Roland, SoundBlaster and 100% compatible sound cards
                     Microsoft Mouse or 100% compatible.

                          AVAILABLE September 1994


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                     As always, I thank you for reading!




          System Offers Features of $3,500 Product for Under $1,500
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 26, 1994 -- EPSON today announced a low-cost, very
 high resolution color scanning solution for Macintosh and Windows and
 DOS-based PC platforms. Targeted at professional graphics users at all
 levels, the new EPSON ES-1200C-Pro scanning solution includes a
 feature-rich flatbed color scanner offering up to 4800 dots per inch (dpi)
 resolution (2400 dpi for PC platforms), bundled with two top-performing
 software packages and appropriate cabling.  First public demonstrations of
 the system are taking place here this week at the SIGGRAPH '94 conference.
 Epson's booth #1852 is located in the Orange County Convention Center.

   "The ES-1200C-Pro is the market's first color scanning system that
 offers the features and functionality of a $3,500 product for less than
 $1,500," said Karl Seppala, manager, emerging business, EPSON.
 "Professionals who use Macs or PCs and want to produce great-looking
 graphics in their publications won't find anything else like this at
 anywhere close to the price."

   Seppala noted that the ES-1200C-Pro adds to EPSON's extensive Macintosh 
 and PC product lines, which include other scanning solutions; ink jet,
 laser, and dot matrix printers; portable and desktop PCs; and PCMCIA

    The ES-1200C-Pro solution includes a flatbed color scanner with an
 optical resolution of 600 dpi. Resolutions from 50 dpi up to 4800 dpi can
 be achieved through software interpolation.  (The ES-1200C-Pro for the PC
 achieves resolution up to 2400 dpi through software interpolation.) Use of
 30-bit internal color technology enables recognition of more than one
 billion different hues, from which the best 24 bits are sampled and sent
 to the computer. The system also provides users with EPSON's unique
 single-or three-pass scanning capability so that the best quality scan is
 assured from any type of document.  Both SCSI and bi-directional parallel
 interfaces are standard on the system for connections to two computers at

    In addition to the feature-rich hardware, ES-1200C-Pro users receive a 
 software bundle that includes Adobe's Photoshop 2.5 (3.0 when available) 
 and Kai's Power Tools 2.0 (version 1.0 for the ES-1200C-Pro PC
 configuration).  For the Macintosh version, the ScanTastic plug-in module
 and desk accessory, Chrommassage, and SCSI system cabling also are
 included; for the PC configuration, a TWAIN driver, SCSI interface board,
 and SCSI cabling are included. SCSI ID and termination are built-in and
 user selectable.
    Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the ES-1200C-Pro,
 which will be available in August, is $1,499. The system is covered by a
 one-year warranty, extendable to two years by submitting a completed
 product registration and warranty card. 

    Users who do not need to purchase the ES-1200C-Pro's software bundle
 may purchase a basic ES-1200C. The Mac configuration consists of the
 scanner and a Macintosh driver for an MSRP of $1,049. The PC configuration
 includes the scanner, TWAIN driver, bi-directional interface board, and
 bi-directional cabling, also for an MSRP of $1,049.

    The basic ES-1200C, ES-1200C-Pro and all EPSON products are supported 
 through the EPSON Connection, the company's toll-free customer support and 
 technical assistance line. For more information, call 1-800-289-3776
 (1-800-BUY-EPSON).  Tell 'em you saw it in STReport!

     The EPSON ES-1200C scanning system takes image processing to new

     With up to 2400 dpi resolution and powerful built-in functions, the
 ES-1200C brings unprecedented quality and versatility to design and
 business applications.
     This complete scanning system provides 30-bit internal, 24-bit
 external, color scanning with superior resolution of up to 2400 dpi,
 delivering highly accurate image reproduction.  Top performing image
 editing software  is included, along with the cables and drivers to make
 scanning easy.

     The ES-1200C even has dual connections, so a Mac and a PC can use the
 same scanner.  With full support for color, grayscale and black and white
 scans, the ES-1200C will provide crisp, clear images.
     The EPSON ES-1200C scanning system delivers the outstanding image
 quality demanded by today's graphics professional yet is priced for the
 everyday scanner user.
     Configurations to meet your individual scanning needs:

          * EPSON ES-1200C color scanner
          * Adobe Photoshop 2.5 (3.0 when available)
          * Epson TWAIN driver
          * Kai's PowerTools
          * SCSI interface for the PC
          * SCSI cable
          * EPSON ES-1200C color scanner
          * EPSON TWAIN driver
     Easily scan graphic images up to 2400 dpi:
        High resolution allows you to catch fine detail in larger images,
 or to magnify small images while maintaining clarily.  With 600 dpi
 optical resolution, and interpolation up to 2400 dpi, you can capture what
 you need without jagged lines or fuzzy borders.
     Increased image quality with 30-bit color scanning:
        30-bit color scanning allows the scanner to recognize over one
 billion colors that it will sample down to the best 16 million, giving you
 the best image quality available in a personal scanner.
     EPSON'S exclusive TruePass technology:
        Provides built-in monitor and printer calibration. Scan full-color,
 gray scale or black and white images with one or three pass scanning for
 correct scans the first time.
     Scan multiple pages and transparencies: 
        Optional transparency unit for 35mm slides, b&w negatives or
 transparencies and automatic document feeder available to scan multiple
     Product Specifications - ES-1200C Scanning System for PC's
        ES-1200C-ProPC            EPSON ES-1200C color scanner
                                  Adobe Photoshop 2.5  (3.0 when available)
                                  EPSON TWAIN
                                  Kai's Power Tools
                                  SCSI Interface for the PC
                                  SCSI cable
        ES-1200C-PC               EPSON ES-1200C color scanner
                                  EPSON TWAIN
     Scanning Specifications
     Scanner type              Flatbed color image scanner
     Sub-scanning method       Movement of the reading head
     Photoelectric device      CCD line sensor
     Document size             8.5" x 11.67"
     Light source              Noble gas fluorescent lights
     Scanning resolution       600 dpi
     Main scan                 600 dpi
     Sub scan                  600 dpi
                               2400 dpi with interpolation
     Output resolution         50 to 1200 dpi
     Effective pixels          5100 x 7020 (600 dpi)
     Image data                10 bit per pixel capture converted to 8 bit
     Color separation          By switching light sources (R, G, B)
     Gradation                 8 bits/pixel
     Zoom                      50% to 200% by 1% step
                               Horizontal scan and vertical scan zoom
                               can be independently set by software command
     Brightness                7 levels
     Reading sequence          Monochrome: 1 pass scanning
                               (Dropout color selectable from G, R, B)
     Color line sequence       1 pass scanning (G, R, B)
     Color page sequence       3 pass scanning (G, R, B)
     Scanning Speed
     Monochrome                2 msec/line (typ.)
     Color Line                7 msec/line (typ.)
     Color Page               16 msec/line
     Interface                 SCSI
                               Bi-directional parallel
     Digital Halftoning
     Bi-level                  3 modes (A, B, C)
     Dither                    4 modes
     User specified            2 modes
     Gamma Correction                             
     CRT                       2 modes                    
     Printers                  3 modes
     User defined              1 mode
     Color Correction
     4 modes                   Impact-dot matrix
                               Color thermal
                               Color inkjet
                               CRT, user defined
     Reliability               MCBF 100,000 cycles
      Environmental Conditions
      Temperature              40-95 degrees F(5 - 35 degrees C)operating
      Humidity                 10 to 80% no condensation
      Electrical Specifications
      Voltage                  AC 100V to 120V
      Frequency                49.5 to 60.5Hz
      Power consumption        45W
      Width                    14.5"     368 mm
      Depth                    22.5"     577 mm
      Height                    6.5"     161mm
      Weight                   26 lbs    12 kg (approx)
      Automatic document feeder       B813011
      Transparency lmit               B813021
      Interface Board                 B808012
      Cable                           C1-9E-A
      Warranty             One-year limited plus one-year extended warranty 
                           free when registration card is returned.
      EPS0N Connection information hotline
              U.S.                       1-800-922-8911
              Canada                     1-800-463-7766
              Faxback System             310-782-4214
              Electronic Bulletin Board  310-782-4531
     USA: Call 1-800-289-3776 for the nearest dealer location
     Epson America, Inc., 20770 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
     Canada: Call 1-800463-7766 Epson Canada, Ltd.
     550 McNicoll Ave, Willowdale, Ontario M2H 2E1 Fax: 416 479-8571
     Latin America: Call 1-305-265-0092 Epson Latin America, Inc.
     6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 390, Miami, Florida 33126 
     Fax: 305-265-0097
     Europe: Call (39)-2-262331 Epson PC Operations (Italy)
     Fax: (39)-2-2440641
 Specifications are subject to change without notice. Epson is a registered
 trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation; TruePass and ES-1200C are trademarks
 and EPSON Connection is a servicemark of Epson America, Inc.  All other
 product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of
 their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these

 EPSON offers an extensive array of technology products including ink jet,
 laser and dot matrix printers, color flatbed scanners, portable and
 desktop computers, and for the OEM market, a variety of component and
 electronic devices. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is an affiliate
 of Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high
 quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased
 functionality, compactness, systems integration, and energy efficiency.
 Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Torrance, California.
                                    # # #
 Brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective holders.


 > STACKER and DOS 6.22 STR InfoFile  Going from Drivespace to Stacker 4

       STACKER NOTE                                         STACKER NOTE
                           (Applies to Stacker 4.0)
       STAC FAX  4017 (08-04-1994)
       MS-DOS 6.22 is provided with a disk compression utility called
       DriveSpace. Stacker does not convert DriveSpace drives to Stacker
       drives. You may setup Stacker on a DriveSpace drive by
       uncompressing it and then running the Stacker Setup.
        1.  Uncompress the DriveSpace drive in accordance with the
            documentation included with the software. If you try to run
            the Stacker Setup before uncompressing the drive, you will
            receive the error message: "Cannot open x:\DBLSPACE.000".
            Setup will not give any error messages specific to
        Do not try to rename the DRVSPACE.XXX file to DBLSPACE.000 and
        convert the renamed file or rerun the Stacker Setup. You will
        lose data!
        2.  Run the Stacker Setup in accordance with the directions in
            the Stacker User's Guide.
        3.  After Setup, the system will restart. You will receive some
            error messages, and the Stacker drive may not load. This is
            easily corrected.
        4.  Change to the DOS directory. Type:
            ATTRIB -S -H -R C:\DRVSPACE.BIN <enter>
            DEL C:\DRVSPACE.BIN <enter>
        5.  Restart your system. Stacker will load and your system will
            start normally.
                      Copyright 1994 Stac Electronics


 > All "Not Happy" on the "Highway"  STR FOCUS!



 CTSY Delphi Info Services
 (c)1994 N.Y. Times News Service 

 With a tangle of cut-rate electronics and a couple of computers, the
 free-netters of Buffalo, N.Y., are campaigning to bring cyberspace to the

 "We're built on the concept of community, not profit," said Jody Lebrenz,
 a founding member of the Buffalo Free-Net. "We believe that the minute you
 charge even $5, you're dividing people into haves and have-nots. Access
 should be free to the community, like a public library."

 The Buffalo Free-Net, a volunteer group of students, librarians and
 residents, is part of a small but growing grass-roots movement loosely
 known as community networks.

 Its mission: to provide computer users with local services like regional
 news and forums on community issues. But while some community networks
 have fees, free-nets are championing access without charge to the global
 computer web Internet.

 The free-access groups have opened an electronic portal that allows local
 residents to connect home computers, for the cost of a local phone call,
 to the Internet, which is now shared by an estimated 20 million people

 Many free-access networks have set up computers in schools and libraries
 so that even those without their own equipment can reach the Internet for

 With fewer than 100 in existence, from Big Sky Telegraph in Montana to
 Ocean State Free-Net in Providence, R.I., the networks are at the moment
 just a blip in the cosmos.

 Most Internet users rely on private companies like America Online, a
 national service, and Pipeline, in New York City, to provide Internet
 access for fees that begin around $9 a month.

 But the free-access-network idea is spreading. Four more networks are
 being set up in the New York region, in White Plains, Albany, Rochester
 and Danbury, Conn. Organizers hope to provide access to everything from
 job listings to government programs.

 "The Common Council agenda is not available here unless you go to City
 Hall," said Diane Greenwald, a Danbury librarian helping to organize that
 city's free-access network, which is expected to be ready by early 1996.
 "We can have lots of local forums. Why not something for ethnic
 communities? This is the reincarnation of the public library in the
 computer age."

 To help develop community networks, including free networks, the federal
 government has committed $26 million this year in grants, for which it has
 received more than 1,000 applications; $100 million has been promised next

 Most free networks depend on state grants, donations and the largess of a
 university to pay for or supply computers, modems, phone lines and,
 sometimes, staff. They often piggyback off a nearby university, which pays
 the $5,000 to $25,000 for a high-capacity telephone line linking its
 computer system to the Internet.

 A leader of the free-access movement, Tom Grundner, who created the first
 such network in Cleveland in 1986, has organized the National Public
 Telecommunications Network, a consortium of 34 networks that aims to
 coordinate programs.

 For example, the network recently sponsored an event in which schools
 competed in math and sports, then posted scores on the Internet.

 Grundner's intent is to create a cooperative called the Corporation for
 Public Cybercasting, patterned after the Corporation for Public

 A cyberspace PBS, he says, would serve as a clearinghouse for federal
 funds, help develop information services for local communities and lobby
 for community access.

 As the Internet has evolved from a low-cost computer network limited to
 researchers and students into a powerful tool of mass communications, free
 networks have found themselves at the heart of a national debate: should
 the public be guaranteed free access as the technology evolves?

 At the moment, no one can lay claim to the Internet, but the
 telecommunications and entertainment industries are beginning to build
 advanced communications systems that would put them in a position to
 control and charge for access.

 Earlier this year, 93 civil-rights and consumer groups drafted a letter to
 Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on
 communications, in support of open access.

 In June, Inouye proposed a bill that would provide some guarantee of
 public access. Other measures moving through Congress demand guarantees of
 affordable pricing and preferential rates for schools, hospitals, local
 governments and libraries.

 "There are always going to be niches for services that are in demand but
 can't be found any other place," said Heidi Kukis, spokeswoman for Vice
 President Gore. "The vice president likes to tell a story about a
 90-year-old woman who refused to go to a nursing home until she was hooked
 up to a modem so she could communicate on Seniornet. This is a perfect
 example of why community networks will continue to exist even as the
 national information infrastructure expands."

 There is no pattern to how free networks are set up or financed. Seattle's
 is backed by the city, which has installed hundreds of computers in public
 libraries so residents can send electronic messages or tap into data

 The Buffalo Free-Net has depended on donated services from the State
 University of New York at Buffalo and small state grants.

 In New York City, Neighborhood Houses of New York, a social-service
 organization, is sponsoring a community network of sorts with a plan to
 place scores of computer terminals with some free Internet access in
 settlement houses around the city.

 That the free networks exist at all is a result of the unusual economics
 of the Internet, which was created in the early 1970s by the Defense
 Department to allow researchers to exchange data. The system, at first
 paid for by the government, connected only researchers at universities,
 but eventually access spread.

 Universities began offering free access to students and researchers, who
 transformed it into a communications system that went far beyond what its
 creators envisioned.

 It was as a student three years ago that Lebrenz, one of the founding
 members of the Buffalo Free-Net, discovered Internet.

 "I literally spent six hours a day on the Internet for over a year just
 learning about it," he said. "As a librarian, I thought I had died and
 gone to heaven."

 Lebrenz and others decided to bring the Internet to Buffalo by tapping the
 university's connection and using donated equipment.

 The Buffalo Free-Net now has 8,000 registered users, who can dial up to
 see who is playing Saturday night at the Lafayette Tap Room downtown,
 review City Council agendas or sign on to Seniornet, the bulletin board
 system with information for the elderly.

 Survival, however, has been a struggle, the free-netters say.

 To begin with, even a small network needs staff to maintain computer
 systems and oversee operations.

 In Peoria, Ill., the Heartland Free-Net consumes $45,000 a year to keep
 its connection open for the 1,400 people a day who sign on, even with its
 free connection through nearby Bradley University.

 "The bottom line is that I don't know if we're going to survive," said
 Karen Eggert, executive director of Heartland. "I've been in a seat for
 four years where every few months you look around and don't have any money

 Free networks also have been squeezed by their own success. As small
 entities, they were little trouble for the universities that provided
 Internet connections. But as computer traffic has increased, many
 universities are now asking the free networks to pay their share of
 connection costs.

 The Buffalo Free-Net this year made its first payment, $7,500, for its
 share of the university's Internet connection. The Free-Net, which has set
 up computers in the public library for residents without equipment, has
 also spent $7,500 to $12,500 a year, raised through grants and donations,
 on operations.

 "We can't handle any more users," said James Finamore, another founding
 member. "We can't afford the phone lines or staff. It's just not the right
 way to run things."

 Grundner, the free-access pioneer, believes government grants and mandated
 access requirements will go only so far in preserving the networks, and
 their survival depends on finding a market niche.

 Despite the vast resources of the Internet, he says, local networks can
 fill an important role: providing a connection to what is most relevant to
 people's lives, their communities.

 "Community computing is about trying to keep people at home," Grundner
 said.  "People have to realize that just dumping people onto the Internet
 isn't going to work."

 Transmitted:  94-08-03 23:12:11 EDT



                             COMING ATTRACTIONS

      The year is 2306, and in this world, data is money: and, as always,
 money is power. You are a Netrunner for Black Sun Corporation, one of the
 five largest Mega-Corporations in the world. In order for the Corporation
 to maintain its predominance, it requires vast amounts of data. What data
 Black-Sun does not already have. it secretly steals from those who do.

      The key to these covert actions are the Netrunners. These
 cybernetically enhanced individuals navigate cyberspace, penetrating
 Corporate data defense systems by using guile or force......

      ...Once inside the data grids of a Corporate matrix, a runner
 captures whatever data his employer deems significant, be it the Cyph-Lock
 codes to credit accounts, blueprints for new software, or the personal
 telephone longs of a Corporation's CEO.
      In addition to initiating such raids, Black Sun is often the target
 of Netrunners working for hostile Corporations. Therefore if is also the
 duty of a Black Sun Netrunner to protect the Corporation. Often your
 skills will be called upon to defend data by destroying invading runners.

      Since you operate in both an offensive and defensive capacity, you
 require the means to attack and defend. Your weapons is the Trace,
 designation DELTA-V.

      Strap yourself into the cockpit of DELTA-V and be ready for a
 fast-paced shoot-out in cyber space. The speed is breath taking as you fly
 down the grids of cyberspace trying to kill your enemies without crashing
 into the narrow walls. If your hand-eye coordination fails you for a
 moment it will be all over and you will die in a fiery inferno, Each
 mission is filled with new and more deadly targets. You never lose sight
 of the fact that you need those credits if you are going to gain new and
 more powerful weapons for your ship!

      As the Netrunner you control the most agile craft ever designed as
 your fly down the 256-color, 3D-Texture mapped landscape at speeds where
 thought and action are one and mistakes are paid for in blood! If you and
 your Trace vehicle survive, use your bonus points to modify its armor,
 firepower, or speed to suit your style. The jack back into the Net for
 another run!

 DELTA-V the hot, new flight-sim/arcade game from Bethesda Softworks will
 be coming to your favorite computer store or mail order firm in September.

                             SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
                  IBM PC 386 or higher and 100% Compatibles
                         MS or PC DOS 5.0 or higher.
                                 Hard Drive
                     VGA/MCGA graphics card and monitor.
          Supports Joystick or Microsoft Mouse or 100% Compatibles.
         Sound Card support for SoundBlaster, and 100% SoundBlaster
                            Compatibles, Roland.

                          AVAILABLE September 1994

 Also Coming soon to a PC near you.....

      The second chapter in the award-winning computer role playing series,
 THE ELDER SCROLLS: DAGGERFALL is both a sequel to The Elder Scrolls: ARENA
 and a totally stand-alone product.

      Set in the unique world of Tamriel, TES:DAGGERFALL take you on a
 special mission on behalf of the Emperor to quell a potential uprising in
 the royal court of Daggerfall. In TES: DAGGERFALL, the player may choose
 to follow any path or career in the vast, beautiful and dangerous world.
 If the player chooses to investigate the court of Daggerfall, stores of
 madness, unrequited love, dark sorcery, seduction, betrayal and a plot to
 recreate a powerful force from thousands of years past will be revealed.
 The player's action will ultimately determine the side which will wield
 such power. The fate of Daggerfall and the Empire of Tamriel hand in the

      Incorporating a new, full 3-D, texture-mapped engine. TES: DAGGERFALL
 brings an added realism to the look and style of this Elder Scrolls
 sequel. Special new features:

    A fully-contoured landscape!

    Interact realistically with other characters both in dialogue
    and action!

    Visit totally believable, meticulously designed caves, 
    castled, dwelling, highlands and lowlands -- even
    travel underwater and to alternate dimensions!

    Own property, ships and crafts, participate in the politics    
    of guilds and other organizations and trade goods and
    services -- even smuggle!

    Create even more unusual and powerful spells than the 
    much-praised original TES: ARENA SPELL MAKER could handle!

    Face a large, new menageries of monsters and enemies!

    Customize the enhanced menu and inventory interfaces, even
    create custom character classes!

    Listen to multi-channel, digitized sound effects and music!

    Participate in a vast number of large-scale complex quests!

    Create potions and magic items, as an extension of TES: 
    Arena's Spell Maker!

    "Import" your TES: ARENA character into TES: DAGGERFALL!

      One of the novel features of TES: DAGGERFALL is its multiple ending
 scenarios -- unique feature for Computer Role Playing Games.  Each
 potential ending is determined by the actions, goals and desires of the

                             SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
                IBM PC 386-33 or higher and 100% Compatibles
                             DOS 5.0 or higher.
                                CD-ROM Drive
                                 Hard Drive
                                 4MB of RAM
                     VGA/MCGA graphics card and monitor.
                    Microsoft Mouse or 100% Compatibles.
                          Supports most sound cards

                IBM PC 486/33 or higher and 100% Compatibles
                                 8MB of RAM.
                            Local Bus Video Card

                           AVAILABLE February 1995


                     :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

       Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
                Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

          GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
             Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission

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                                 ASCII TEXT
                            for ALL GEnie users!

                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                         John Deegan, Editor (Temp)

 > Persuasion 3.0 STR InfoFile

 Aldus Announces;

                   Persuasion 3.0 for the Power Macintosh

 BOSTON, August 1, 1994-Aldus Corporation today announced a "native" Power
 Macintosh version of Persuasion 3.0, its pioneering cross-platform
 software application for creating and managing slides, overheads, and
 computer-based onscreen presentations.  The new version has been
 recompiled and optimized to run in native format for the Power Macintosh.
 As a result, Persuasion 3.0 for the Power Macintosh runs two to four times
 faster than its counterpart on 68000-based systems.

 Persuasion 3.0 represents the fifth software package from Aldus to be
 released in native format for the Power Macintosh. Native applications are
 specifically written to take advantage of the Reduced Instruction Set
 Computing (RISC) based PowerPC processor upon which the Power Macintosh is

 "As the presentation graphics market continues to grow, users are becoming
 more sophisticated in the demands they are making on their software," said
 Natalia Iwach, program manager for Aldus Persuasion. "By releasing the
 Power Macintosh version of Persuasion 3.0, already a market leader for
 68000-based systems, we are enabling our customers to utilize the superior
 performance of this new system in their presentations."

 Professional features Like its 68000-based counterpart, Persuasion 3.0 for
 the Power Macintosh is designed to meet the needs of the professional and
 semiprofessional presenters, who require an intelligent and unobtrusive
 interface, while at the same time require advanced features, such as
 extensive color, type and special effects controls.

 Key features in Persuasion 3.0 for the Power Macintosh include:

      o Easy to use interface. Persuasion 3.0 for the Power Macintosh
 features an intuitive interface with a floating toolbox and palettes that
 provide easy entry for novices, while increasing the efficiency of
 experienced users. Users can arrange the text, color, fill, line, and
 other palettes to be immediately accessible on the desktop without getting
 in the way of the programs presentation views. In addition, they can
 preview an extensive selection of slide and chart styles. Upon selecting
 an AutoTemplate from the thumbnail preview, users are immediately taken to
 the slide view and presented clear prompts for creating titles, subtitles,
 bulleted text, and charts.

      o An OLE charting module for an array of charts and special effects.
 Persuasion 3.0 for the Power Macintosh offers extensive charting
 capabilities through its charting module - a full-fledged OLE application
 with a broad selection of 84 truly distinct but easy to reach chart types
 and a wide array of special effects. Both 2D and 3D (XYZ axes) chart
 formats are included, and are easily accessible through a gallery of
 colorful thumbnails.

      o Advanced precision controls for slide design and output. Persuasion
 3.0 for the Power Macintosh features an array of precision tools and
 controls designed to assist the most advanced users with managing color
 and grayscale elements in presentations, as well as with editing and
 drawing. These range from sophisticated color models, to ruler guides.

      o Support for multimedia and onscreen presentations. Persuasion 3.0
 for the Power Macintosh contains a variety of features that support
 multimedia and onscreen presentations, including access to a host of
 sound, animation, and digital video special effects that can be used to
 selectively highlight any element on a slide - graphics as well as text.

 Onscreen presentations can be freely distributed as runtime files and
 viewed on a Mac or PC using the updated Persuasion Player 3.0. The new
 Persuasion Player supports all of Persuasions advanced multimedia
 features, as well as onscreen annotations that can be saved with a Player
 file. Persuasion supports Apples Publish and Subscribe protocol, as well
 as object linking and embedding.

 Availability and pricing Aldus Persuasion 3.0 for the Power Macintosh will
 be available by the end of the third quarter of this year. Suggested list
 price in the United States and Canada is $495 (U.S.).  Registered users of
 Persuasion 3.0 for the Macintosh can obtain an upgrade for $75. 
 Registered users of Persuasion 2.12 or earlier can obtain an upgrade for
 $150. Upgrades are available directly from Aldus or Aldus dealers. For
 more information on Persuasion, to purchase the full retail version, or
 receive an upgrade, customers can call Aldus Customer Services at (800)

                              Aldus Corporation
                              411 First Avenue
                        South Seattle, WA  98104-2871
                               (206) 622-5500
                 Media contact: Belinda Young (206) 386-8819

 Aldus Corporation (NASDAQ:ALDC) creates computer software solutions that
 help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and
 ideas. The company focuses on three lines of business: professional
 publishing and prepress markets; applications for the general consumer
 market; and service and support programs for professional end-users. Aldus
 has subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide
 network of dealers and distributors.

 Aldus, the Aldus logo, and Persuasion are registered trademarks of Aldus
 Corporation.  Other product and corporate names may be trademarks or
 registered trademarks of other companies, and are used only for
 explanation and to the owners's benefit without intent to infringe.


 > LINKS Pro MAC STR InfoFile

                             LINKS Pro Macintosh

                       Rivaled Only By The Game Itself

 The most award winning golf simulation in software history has now been
 enhanced for the Macintosh.  Power Macintosh users will appreciate the
 fact that it runs in NATIVE mode for unbelievable performance.  Whichever
 Macintosh you have, LINKS Pro Macintosh provides the most realistic
 golfing experience possible.

 Access Software programmers have defined the state of the art in golf
 simulation.  The MS-DOS version has received awards from every gaming
 major magazine as well as three of the prestigious Software Publishers
 Association CODIES.  Every nuance and subtly is recreated with total
 accuracy.  When you are playing LINKS Pro Macintosh you have the feeling
 that you are actually on the course.

 When you buy LINKS Pro Macintosh you don't just buy a computer game, you
 become part of the Links Family, enjoying the best there is in computer
 golf.  There are many additional Links Championship Courses available to
 suit your every mood.  New courses are being released about every six
 weeks, so you can literally play golf around the world.

 Of course our Technical Support department is there to help you. 
 Toll-Free tech support can help you with any problem you might encounter. 
 We stand behind our products, if for some reason you're not happy with one
 of our products we will do everything possible, including refunding your
 purchase price.  Try it -- you'll like it.

 LINKS Pro Macintosh Product Information

       Product Category: Sports / Simulation
          Compatibility: Macintosh & Power Macintosh  with 13" or
                         larger 256 Color Monitors,
             Powerbooks: 180C, 270C, etc.
  Hardware Requirements: 4MB RAM or more
            Native Mode: Runs in NATIVE mode on the Power PC Macintosh!
        Copy Protection: NONE
                  Sound: Fantastic true-to-life golfing sounds and
 Hard Disk Space Needed: 4 MB
         Bundled Course: Harbour Town
                  Price: SRP $69.95


 > Link to the Future STR FOCUS!

                            A Link to the Future

 by Bruce Carver, President

      We here at Access have always kept one eye on the present, and one
 on the future. We've been around quite a few years, the company's product
 line has evolved accordingly, but our prime agenda has always been to push
 the envelope. Every publisher must consider the existing hardware base,
 but it has been our hope that creating state-of-the-art products will
 nudge users toward the next upgrade. With our LINKS series, we have
 succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Now, the time has come to take the
 next step.

      If you read the electronic entertainment press, you've heard about
 "Interactive Movies" for years. Since we all grew up passively absorbing
 content from the silver screen, what could be more exhilarating than
 actually participating in the storyline as its star?

      Unfortunately, this potentially explosive entertainment category has
 yet to break through. The problems seem to stem from so much of the
 creative and technical resources being expended on the "Movie," with very
 little left over for the interactivity. In some of these games, the player
 is stuck inside a control room, from which he can superficially interact
 with other characters, who get to do the funstuff like repulsing alien
 invasions or battling zombies.

      Then there are the "Interactive Movies" that put the player character
 inside a beautifully rendered, three-dimensional environment, but limit
 their movement and eliminate other characters with whom they might

      We were well aware of the pitfalls involved in this genre when we set
 out to produce Under A Killing Moon, and we are proud to say that we
 believe we've licked them. In this game, the player-character can move
 freely within our virtual world. You are not forced to click on a
 destination, then view a tracking shot as the point-of-view closes on the
 location. This is a world one can move around in; soak in the details;
 then take care of business in a direct manner.

      I am proud of Under A Killing Moon for many, many reasons: our great
 stars, spectacular sets, and sophisticated storyline. But what I'm truly
 the proudest of is the way it plays. Pretty pictures and full motion video
 and wonderful tools, but as a fairly successful playwrite once observed:
 "The play's the thing."

   Access welcomes you to the next stage in the interactive entertainment

 Access Plans `Linksvention'
      We are proud to announce plans are in the works to hold a convention
 in order to introduce the newest version of LINKS to our many loyal fans.
 An exact date has not yet been set, but October is the most likely time
 period. The convention would convene on a Thursday morning and run through
 Saturday, for a three-night stay.

      Planned activities include a round or two of golf on the beautiful
 Bountiful course, workshops, and a tour of the Access facilities. 
 Workshops will include a Q&A session with the LINKS Design Team, golf club
 hardware manufacturers, a trick shot golfer, a golf pro, and Access prez 
 Bruce Carver. There will also be a LINKS tournament (using the new
 edition), and plenty of other events designed to keep LINKSters' hearts
 going pitter-patter.

      Our intention is to keep the price under $400 for singles or $600 for
 a couple, and that would include three nights at the chosen hotel and most
 meals. But right now, we need to know how much interest exists among our
 readers in such an event. If the Linksvention sounds like a good idea,
 please send a letter to the following address:

                               Marketing Dept.
                               Access Software
                       4910 West Amelia Earhart Drive
                         Salt Lake City, Utah  84116

 Here Come the Linksters!
      It was an historic occasion, indeed; the First Annual Prodigy Links
 Convention convened on August 20, 1993 in Las Vegas, and the tall tales
 and simulated golf balls were flying!  Some 35 of the LINKS elite got
 together at the Flamingo Hilton to swap stories, make (strong) suggestions
 as to future LINKS products, and generally enjoy one another's company.

      The origin of this group dates back several years, when a number of
 Prodigy users discovered a mutual interest in golf simulations, and LINKS
 in particular. Over the course of months of on-line chit-chat about high
 scores and which mouse produces the best stroke, friendships developed.
 Then, several months ago when Prodigy raised its rates, an entire segment
 of LINKSters moved, en masse, over to Delphi.

      How good are these folks at their chosen recreation? So good none of
 them would condescend to submit an entry to our Hole-in-One Club;
 onestrokers are nothing special to these hot hitters who shoot
 consistently in the high 40s and low 50s. Several of the best LINKS
 players in the world actually demonstrated their prowess on a computer
 brought in by Access for the occasion.

      Almost four hours into the gathering, Mike Rochman, aka "The Mayor of
 Delphi Linksville" opened up the floor to questions, which were deftly
 fielded by customer service honcho Mark Werner. The number one subject on
 everyones' mind? When will the new 386 EXE file be ready and what is the
 Links development team doing to make recorded games more realistic? There
 were also several consensus opinions on features which would increase the
 challenge of LINKS, including: shorten shot distances, increase the
 penalty for an over swing, and the use of "course conditions" instead of
 "green conditions." The suggested course conditions were Dry, Normal, and

      As is to be expected in any fandom, there were several attendees who
 had passed not only beyond an interest in real golf (many LINKSters have
 never played so much as a single hole), but even, gasp!, in LINKS itself!
 "I don't play LINKS much anymore," one convention-goer admitted. "But I
 still like the people."

      A good time was had by all, and several members expressed thanks to
 Access for staying in touch with its grass roots consumers and for
 bringing along all the course disks, golf balls, and t-shirts.

 LINKS Update
      By the time this newsletter gets printed, the newest LINKS
 Championship Course will be ready to ship, Castle Pines Golf Club of
 Castle Rock, CO. The world-class golf links was created by Jack Vickers
 and designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1981 and became host to The International
 in 1986. The International is a unique tournament featuring pros each year
 from all over the world. Castle Pines is a closed course but now with this
 LINKS Championship version, you can play Castle Pines anytime of the day
 or night.

      The LINKS 386 PRO Super VGA add-on Library has now grown to thirteen
 courses including Firestone Country Club, Barton Creek, Dorado Beach,
 Bayhill Club, Bountiful Golf Club, Troon North, Mauna Kea, Banff Springs,
 Pinehurst, Innisbrook Copperhead Course, and, of course, Pebble Beach.
 This is certainly the most requested course in LINKS history, and we're
 proud to announce that it has finally joined the LINKS Library.

      We've even added our first European Course, The Belfry, home to the
 prestigious Ryder Cup.

      Our master photographer Zeke McCabe is on location even as we write,
 shooting the next course Bighorn of Palm Desert, CA, which is slated for
 publishing sometime this June.

      The latest breaking news here at ACCESS (which you will want to pass
 on to all of your Macintosh friends) is the new LINKS Pro Macintosh due to
 be released this summer. This is our 386 Pro software converted and
 enhanced for Macintosh users. See! We do listen when you make a
 suggestion! Keep'em coming!

 Hole In One Club Swells
      When we suggested last issue that there might be some interest in a
 club for LINKS users who have shot a hole-in-one, well, we had no idea! 
 Even as this is being written, letters continue to deluge our editorial
 offices from readers the world over, seeking Access to the hallowed ranks
 of the Hole-In-Oners. So, while these initial entries may not be complete,
 they represent the bulk of the first generation inductees:

 Jack & Ted Gibson  Lansdale, PA
 Charlene & Stub Watkins Greeley, CO
 Bob Baeckl  Bay City, CA
 Andy D'Andrea  Farmington, CT
 Andrea D'Andrea  Farmington, CT
 C L Lewis  Kernersville,
 Lt. Lowell "Skip" Bailey  Columbia, SC
 Linda Sowinski  Cedar Grove, WI
 Buddy Poland, Jr  Round Pond, ME
 John Huston
 Tom Brna
 Rick Elliott
 A J Penachio, Stamford  CT
 A T Weaver, E Hartford  CT
 Aaron Kempster, Redding  CA
 Al Baker, Wilmette  IL
 Alan Higgins, Calgary  ALB
 Alan Miller, Beach  ND
 Albert Somers, Sharon Hill  PA
 Allen Siddle, Winnipeg  MAN
 Andrew Gnoza, El Paso  TX
 Andy Bayne, Markham  ONT
 Anita Richard, Tyngsboro  MA
 Anthony Rahe, Pine Bluff  AR
 Bill D Burton, Indianapolis  IN
 Barry Michlowitz, Bronx  NY
 Bernie Holden, Nanaimo  BC
 Bernie Profato, Niles  OH
 Bill H Whitton, Williams Lake  BC
 Bill Krause, New Hartford  NY
 Bill Leib, Tinton Falls  NJ
 Bill Rothwell, Lakewood  CA
 Bill Schendel, Milwaukee  WI
 Bob Epstein, Orchard Lake  MI
 Bob Hood, Antioch  TN
 Bob L Vernen, Spencer  IA
 Bob Landucci, Fresno  CA
 Bob Shnieders, St Louis  MO
 Bob Tobin, Granby  CT
 Brad Sharp, St Marys  OH
 Brad Wilson, Richmond  BC
 Brian Pearson, Pacific Grove  CA
 Brian Wood, Dallas  TX
 Bruce Bishop, Green Bay  WI
 C C McWilliams, Houston  TX
 C J Friend, Mtn Home  ID
 Carl B Springer, Sacramento CA
 Carlos E Granier, Caracus  Venezuela
 Charlie Bruno, Pittsburgh  PA
 Chris Ralph, Hamilton  ONT
 Christopher J Owens, Glens Falls  NJ
 Chuck Baldridge, Colorado Springs  CO
 Chuck Hammer, Carlsbad  CA
 Chuck Lawson, Plainfield  IN
 Chuck Leswing, Live Oak  FL
 Chuck Rzeszut, Abilene  TX
 Clayborne Lewis, Kernersville  NC
 Cliff Johnson, Studio City  CA
 Craig Vogel, Yonkers  NY
 Daniel R Sileo, Louisville  KY
 Darrel Barbato, Medwall  MA
 Dave Bracchitta, New Rochelle  NY
 Dave Foshee, Houston  TX
 Dave Kaylor, Huntington  IN
 Dave Lommen, Grand Forks  ND
 David A Kopp, APO AE
 David & James Bouffard, Swanton  VT
 David Henry, Laramie  WY
 David I Falkner, Bossier City  LA
 David Low, Brampton  ONT
 David McKay, Nepean  ONT
 David Mclaughlin, Dartsmouth  NS
 David Preast , Ft Leavenworth  KS
 David Rollins, Huntington Beach  CA
 David Sargent, Fayetteville  NC
 Deborah L Bowers, Knoxville  MD
 Desmond Karmolinski, Ijamsville  MD
 Dick Fish, San Jose  CA
 Don E Smith, Louisville  KY
 Don Johnson, Ladson  SC
 Don Pask, North Bay  ONT
 Dot Vieira, Edgewater  FL
 Douglas D Shatto, Omaha  NE
 Douglas Mueller, Morrisville  PA
 Duane Peterson, Whitebear Lake  MN
 Duane W Brady, Tacoma  WA
 Dwight Beatty, Cuyahoga Falls  OH
 Dwight W Sorensen, Kansas City  MO
 E J Walter, Sagamore Hills OH
 E T Rutledge, Kennesaw  GA
 Ed Radl, Round Rock  TX
 Eddie Alexander, Cupertino  CA
 Eddie Hoonstra, Tampa  FL
 Edward Coleman, Layton  UT
 Edward E Roe, Olympia  WA
 Edward Polland, Round Pond  ME
 Eric Webber, Artesia  CA
 Erik Wiseman, Wayne  NE
 Ernest D Roma, Hinckley  OH
 Frank Bender, Laurel  MD
 Frank S Fejes, University Heights  OH
 Fred Bovdreau, Branchburg  NJ
 Fred Bustin, Yarmouth  NS
 G Burnham, Derby  VT
 G M Kinshella, Edgewater  FL
 G Ozegovich, Sykesville  MD
 Gary E Parson, Waterloo  ONT
 Gary Inzerilla, Castro Valley  CA
 Gary Mitton, Cote St Luc  QUE
 Gaston Otis, St Sulpice  QUE
 George Egan, Beamsville  ONT
 George F Cacchione, Hyde Park  NY
 George Schroeder, Tigard  OH
 Gerald S Gardner, Paulding  OH
 Gerry Collins, Don Mills  ONT
 Glen Berry, Calgary  ALB
 Gordon Daniel, San Antonio  TX
 Gordon Dinkel, Gainesville  GA
 Gordon Isbell, Hillsboro  OR
 Grant Leonard, Williamette  NC
 Grant Leonard, Wilmington  NC
 Greg Devino, Porte Vedra  FL
 Greg Power, Halifax  NS
 Henry Drummond, Bellingham  MA
 Howard L Beverly, El Cajon  CA
 Hoy H Middleton, Kansas City  MO
 Hubert F Brunet, Cornwall  ONT
 Hugh Trotter, El Paso  TX
 I Harris Tucker, Cherry Hill  NJ
 J D Dickerson, Bridgeton  MO
 J F Taylor, Coquitlam  BC
 Jack & Linda Sowinski, Cedar Grove  WI
 Jack Deibler, Holly Hill  FL
 Jack L Gibson, Lansdale  PA
 Jack Sowinski, Cedar Grove  WI
 James A Armbruster, Grosse Pointe  MI
 James C Wood, Huntsville  AL
 James Degoey, Reston  VA
 James E Lovette, Winston-Salem  NC
 James Wenzel, E Windsor  NJ
 Jay Klassen, Sunnyvale  CA
 Jay Mirasol, Chicago  IL
 Jay Rimes, Kenmore  NY
 Jean-Pierre Baril, Montreal  ONT
 Jeff Jones, San Diego  CA
 Jeff Kalish, Apopka  FL
 Jeff Litwin, Swartz Creek  MI
 Jeff Porter, Platte City  MO
 Jeff Underwood, Charleston  SC
 Jeffrey Robert Rintoul, Calgary  ALB
 Jeffrey Rode, W Hartfort  CT
 Jerry A Bittner, Jacksonville  NC
 Jerry Agudio, Beaver Falls  PA
 Jerry Garlisch, Pt St Joe  FL
 Jerry Harris, Redmond  WA
 Jim Allen, Hockley  TX
 Jim Quinn, Scarborough  ONT
 Jim Richards, Mt Pleasant  MI
 Jim Steinwand, Maumee  OH
 Joan McGinnis, Comox  BC
 Joe DeGeer, Minneapolis  MN
 Joe Rackleman, Folsom  CA
 John Breuls, Willowdale  ONT
 John Casper, New Berlin  WI
 John Curtin, Wilton  CT
 John Everest, Durango  CO
 John F Izral, La Grange  IL
 John Kosman, APO  AE
 John Lane, Kirkland  WA
 John Mosher, Henrietta  NY
 John Neal Caresio, Coffeyville  KS
 John P Upchurch, Oak Ridge  TN
 John P Watson, Ft Collins  CO
 John Spaise, McCloud  CA
 Joseph D Nary, Strongsville  OH
 Joseph D Scungio, Sarasota  FL
 Joseph H Cotton, New Roads  LA
 Joseph H Seanner, Fayetteville  NC
 Joseph Ingemi, Peabody  MA
 Joseph L Bolea, Newark  DE
 Joseph R Ingemi, Peabody  MA
 Karen Waldroff, Little Rock  AR
 Keith Drinkwater, Norristown  PA
 Keith Hardy, Huntsville  AL
 Ken Carpenter, Vernon  AL
 Ken Marra, Wayne  NE
 Kenneth C Drews, Fresno  CA
 Kevin J Clark, St Paul  MN
 Kevin Larson, Ann Arbor  MI
 Kevin Mysewski, Mukwanago WI
 Larry Ogledzinski, Naples  FL
 Lawrnece Bolger, Saugus  MA
 Leo P Schanke, Duluth  GA
 Leo P Schanke, Duluth  GA
 Leonard B Filson, Albany  NY
 Les Wickersham, Castle Dale  UT
 Lloyd Giardino, Bethel  CT
 Loren E Kinner, Milwaukie  WI
 Louis Osip, Modesto  CA
 Lynette Ringel, Franklin  TN
 Mark A Risk, Traverse City  MI
 Mark Allen, Ft Worth  TX
 Mark Ferguson, Reno  NV
 Mark Fritts, Springfield  OH
 Mark Johns, Owings Mills  MD
 Mark Nickel, La Mesa  TX
 Mark Schmitz, Pleasanton  CA
 Marvin  C Burgraff, Hurley  WI
 Merle G Meisner, Somerset  WI
 Michael A Ferris, Ballwin  MO
 Michael A Keyser, Philadelphia  PA
 Michael A Ricciutto, Hilton  NY
 Michael D Gilmore, Greenbelt  MD
 Michael Gazda, Rochester Hills  MI
 Michael J Hewitt, Hubbards  NS
 Michael LaRoss, Westmoreland  NH
 Michael Malamud, Northbridge  CA
 Michael Nary, N Royalton  OH
 Mike Amundson, Winona  MN
 Mike Dohehod, Alpharetta  GA
 N E MacPhee, Rothesay  NB
 Neal Smith, Rochester  NY
 Nick Miller, Hinsdale  IL
 Nicolai J Buchaca, San Diego  CA
 Noel Hupe, Winnipeg  MAN
 Norman A Kuehni, Madison  WI
 Norman D Ovall, Maumee  OH
 Pat Augustine, Lake City  FL
 Pat Mowry, APO  AE
 Patrick A Rosato, Lake Charles  LA
 Patrick W Jones, APO  AE
 Paul Gifford, Calgary  ALB
 Paul R Giguere, San Ramon  CA
 Pete Alo, San Diego  CA
 Peter H Holl, Mission Viejo  CA
 Peter Huebner, Redeer  ALB
 Peter Marentette, Windsor  ONT
 Pierra Huberdeau, Chateauguay  QUE
 R Brett Ringler, Groveland  IL
 R Fitzgerald, W Norauk  GA
 R Vest, Hialeah  HI
 Ralph DeLory, Rosemead  CA
 Ralph Porter, Platte City  MO
 Ralph Price, Phoenix  AZ
 Ray Mitchell, Maple Ridge  BC
 Ray Pascoe, Mabank  TX
 Richard Daggett, Downey  CA
 Richard James Musso, Davie  FL
 Richard Lewis, Rockford  IL
 Richard Negelschmidt, Ventura  CA
 Richard Rydin, Long Beach  CA
 Richard S Allen, Naugatuck  CT
 Richie Homer, W Islip  NY
 Rick SAnders, Basin  WY
 Rick Standly, Poway  CA
 Robert Baeckl, Bay City  MI
 Robert Black, Waterloo  ONT
 Robert Cross, Houston  TX
 Robert E Phillips, Surrey  BC
 Robert Farmer, Ft Lauderdale  FL
 Robert Harrison, Long Beach  CA
 Robert N Ehlert, Katy  TX
 Robert Thompson, Macomb  MD
 Robert W Whipple, Wichita Falls  KS
 Rodney  Claycomb, Davis  CA
 Rody D Agmata, Waipahu  HI
 Roger D Sparger, Manassas  VA
 Roger Holloway, Mt Pleasant  SC
 Roger Jimerson, Spartanburg  SC
 Ron Mclendon, Winston-Salem  NC
 Ron Spinuzzi, Highland Ranch  CO
 Ronald Curtis, Winnipeg  MAN
 Ronald P Webster, Riverhead  NY
 Ronald W Lea, Wapella  IL
 Roy E Merritt, APO  AE
 Ruth E Middleton, Kansas City  MO
 Scott Barnes, Lubbock  TX
 Scott Jones, Lefroy  ONT
 Scott M STrupinsky, Belle Mead  NJ
 Scott Mandia, Middle Island  NY
 Scott McLure, Atlanta  GA
 Scott Posner, Livonia  MI
 Scott Schroer, Oxford  OH
 Serge Belanger, Charlesburg  QUE
 Sharon Hutchinson, Peterborough  ONT
 Stephen P Belcher, Naples  FL
 Stephen Smith, Burlington  ONT
 Steve Ashby, Colorado Springs  CO
 Steve Barrett, Santa Rosa  CA
 Steve Dallaire, Green Bay  WI
 Steve Kirkland, Southgate  MI
 Steve Riegle, Indianapolis  IN
 Steve Smith, Baltimore  MD
 Steve Wakeland, Pleasant Valley  IA
 Stuart R Gibbs, Toronto  ONT
 Stub Watkins, Greeley  CO
 Syd Bigger, Escondido  CA
 Ted M Brady, Westlake  OH
 Ted S Yarnes, Sioux City  IA
 Terry A Roof, 29 Palms  CA
 Terry Armstrong, Wallaceburg  ONT
 Terry Buckner, Stafford  TX
 Thomas Drechsel, Bayreuth  GERMANY
 Thomas Kukla, Mikado  MI
 Thomas L Disher, Matthews  NC
 Thomas Moresi, Philadelphia  PA
 Timothy J Kroll, Kailua  HI
 Timothy S Allen, Hamilton  NY
 Tom Klepper, KI Sawyer AFB  MI
 Tom Polezunski, Lansing  IL
 Troy Gammon, Atoka  OK
 Wade Lagle, Champaign  IL
 Warren W Bettes, St Paul  MN
 Wayne Hill, Delta  BC
 Wesley Porter, Fullerton CA
 Wesley Porter, Platte City  MO
 Wilbur Shepard, Delton  MI
 William H Carlson, Phoenix  AZ
 William Holder, Houston  TX
 Willliam P Welch, Belleville  IL
 Windell L Durant, Granbury  TX
 Aaron Kempster, Redding  CA
 Al Baker, Wilmette

 Special Notes:
      Nick Miller of Hinsdale, IL was our very first member and Ted Gibson,
 age 5, is our youngest. The best play-by-play of a Hole-In-One came from
 Michael Gilmore, who wrote: "Humbly submitted for your consideration is my
 entry for the Hole-In-One Club. The day: November 20, 1992. The setting:
 the picturesque #7 at Harbour Town, playing that day at 172 yards tee to
 pin. Selecting a 5-iron, I hit a slight fade that landed about 12 yards
 from the cup, bounced twice and then rolled in for my first ace!"

      The next time you shoot a single-stroker, send us a note with the
 following information: the version of LINKS used; the course you were
 playing; club used; and, if possible, a picture of yourself (these can not
 be returned). Send that info to:

                            The Hole-In-One Club
                               Access Software
                       4910 West Amelia Earhart Drive
                        Salt Lake City, Utah  84116.

 Access to Our Readers

      I own a copy of LINKS 386 PRO and was telling Cliff at Tech Support
 how much I enjoyed it and how impressed I am with the realism of playing
 the game on my computer.

      Frankly, I am amazed at how realistic this game is. I demonstrated it
 at a recent meeting of our church's "Computer & Investment Club," and the
 others there were equally impressed. You must have some competent
 scientists (I am a retired Physical Chemist) on board, as well as computer
 and programming experts.

      Part of my demonstration included rotating 180 degrees on hole #1 and
 bouncing a ball off the Clubhouse. Have you tried that?

   Louis D. Moore Jr.
   Kingsport, TN

      Actually, Louis, it's among the favorite pastimes of LINKSters
 everywhere. --ed. 

      I'd like to compliment and thank the programmers [of LINKS 386 PRO]
 for creating a fantastic and realistic golf experience that I am able to
 enjoy during the cold off-season here in Toronto.

      Keep up the great work. And congratulations on the performance of the
 U.S. team at the Belfry this year, retaining the Ryder Cup for another two

 Adam Cherry
   Toronto, CANADA

      And welcome to the Hole-In-One Club, Adam. By the way, you can now
 test your own Ryder Cup skills on the LINKS Belfry Championship Course
 disk! --ed.

      I was pleased to learn of your SPA Award on `Computer Chronicles' [a
 television show] which I viewed on May 17th. This only proved what the
 proud owners of your LINKS software have known for years.

   G.M. Kinshella
   Edgewater, FL

      Actually, G.M., the SPA has also been aware of LINKS' quality for
 years - the win you mention was the third such award Access' LINKS
 products have won in the past three years. --ed.

      The first software program my husband and I purchased after buying
 our 486 PC was LINKS 386 PRO. We have been hooked on this program since
 the first day we installed it and played Harbour Town.  We have added
 [several course disks].  We even added a Sound Blaster card to enhance the
 sounds!  The elegant programming that went into creating these computer
 golf games makes each course challenging and fun to play over and over

   Andy and Andrea D'Andrea,
   Farmington, CT

   And welcome to the Hole-In-One-Club. --ed.

 Killing Moon Comes into Phase
      The excitement's been building for almost a year now, but once UNDER
 A KILLING MOON hits the stores, you'll know the hype was justified. The
 third adventure in the Tex Murphy series, KILLING MOON represents a
 quantum leap over past efforts at creating Interactive Movies in terms of
 plot, production values, and game interface.

      The player is once again cast as the down-on-his-heels P.I. from MEAN
 STREETS and MARTIAN MEMORANDUM, but this time, there are no limits.
 Players will have full access to the virtual world of post-WWIII San
 Francisco; able to crawl under objects, in all directions, and even do a
 quick one-eighty at the sound of footsteps from behind.

 And if state-of-the-art virtual reality graphics and storyline isn't
 enough, how about a cast including Brian Keith, Margot Kidder, and Russell
 Means? Not to mention a cutting edge musical score and fully digitized

               A KILLING MOON is rising - watch Access shine!


 > PHOTONS! STR InfoFile

                              "EAT MY PHOTONS!"


 Eccentric Software Releases Eat My Photons! at MacWorld Expo 3D Game Even
 Hotter Than Boston in August (But it's a Dry Heat) 

 Boston, MA, August 2, 1994 -- Eccentric Software today shipped Eat My
 Photons!(tm), a 3D, space combat and tank battle simulation game.  A
 classic, cockpit-perspective shoot-em-up, "Photons!" is the fastest and
 most fluid 3D flight simulator ever created for Macintosh.  The $59.95
 game is available immediately.  Native PowerPC and Windows versions are
 expected early next year.

 "This is a game designed for people who want to come home from a hard day
 at work or school, jump into a cockpit, and blow things up," explained
 Eccentric Software President David Goldstein, "You don't need three months
 of flight training to start having fun."  Photons! features incredibly
 fluid, 3D graphics, stunning sound effects, an original musical score, and
 a choice between stellar or ground missions at every level.  Ground
 missions plunge the pilot into a 3D tank battle over a fully textured
 planet surface, while stellar missions explode into a full 3D space flight
 simulation.  "It's really two games in one!" boasts Mr. Goldstein.

 Best known for A Zillion Kajillion Rhymes(tm), its popular rhyming
 dictionary for Macintosh and Windows, Eccentric Software plans to announce
 a dozen new entertainment and education titles over the next ten months. 
 Eat My Photons! is available at a special show price from the company's
 booth, Bayside #3514.

                             Eccentric Software
                                P.O. Box 2777
                       Seattle, Washington 98111-2777
                             Sales (800)436-6758
                             phone (206)628-2687
                              fax (206)628-2681
                  Electronic mail:  Compuserve (73677,1537)
                          America Online (xcentric)
                            AppleLink (eccentric)
                        Internet (

 Copyright 1994 by Eccentric Software.  A Zillion Kajillion Rhymes and Eat
 My Photons are trademarks of Eccentric Software.  All other trademarks are
 property of their respective owners.

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                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      I had a number of ideas for this week's editorial, but time and
 this continued oppressive heat (sorry to mention the weather again!)
 has made it impossible to really sit down and put my thoughts "on
 paper" this week!

      I'm also saddened with the news of yet another prominent group of
 Atari developers (see below) make some serious decisions.  I don't
 think that it's realistic at this time to think that things will get
 better for the computing side of Atari - at least in the foreseeable
 future.  Unfortunately, Atari's decision to focus on the Jaguar has
 some harsh repercussions for the computer community.  We'll continue,
 as is our choice; but it just won't be the same without these valued

      The "end of the summer" show schedule is really heating up (no pun
 intended!).  The CAIN show is this weekend; and the CT AtariFest is
 three short weeks!  Do your best to try and make one of these shows.
 STReport's Compuserve Editor Joe Mirando, and I, will be at the CT
 show, so please stop and say hello.  More news about this and the CAIN
 show in this issue; and we'll have CT updates right up to the weekend
 of the show.

      Until next time....


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 > CAIN Atari Fun Fest! STR Show File!  -  CAIN Show THIS Weekend!!


                  -*- CAIN ATARI FUN FEST 94 SHOW -*- 

 CLEVELAND, OH (August 2, 1994) -- The Central Atari Information Network &
 Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG have announced CAIN Atari Fun Fest 94.  The
 show will be held on Sunday, August 7, 1994 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The
 location of the show is at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7637 Chardon
 Road, Kirtland, Ohio.  Kirtland is just east of Cleveland.
 The show is open to the general public and admission is free.  The main
 attraction of the show will be the Jaguar 64-BIT Interactive Multimedia
 System.  Atari Corp. has provided three Jaguars and three Tempest 2000
 cartridges to be demonstrated and then raffled off at the show.
 Other attractions at the show will be the Second Annual Cleveland Lynx-Up.
 The Lynx-Up will allow owners of the Lynx portable video game system to
 bring their Lynx and games to play multiplayer games with other Lynx
 owners. There will be five Atari user groups and close to ten dealers and
 developers participating in the show.
 Owners of all Atari computers will be able to find software for their
 computer.  Also, owners of the classic video game systems such as the
 2600, 5200, and 7800 will be able to find games for their system.
 CAIN Atari Fun Fest 94 is the first Cleveland Atari show in years.  The
 show is being put together by organizations that will not be making a
 profit by this event.
 CONTACT: Fred Horvat, 216/729-0761.

 > ACT AtariFest '94! STR Show File!  -  CT Show In 3 Weeks!!

  With the biggest Atari Show in the U.S.A just one month away, we
  thought we'd give you a peek at the current (and growing) list of
  Atari companies who will be in attendance.  We also expect our
  usually solid user group turnout, as well as a solid core of
  excitement around our Jaguar corner.  Keep your eyes peeled for more
  info, but plan to be in Bridgeport, CT on August 27-28!

                 1994 CT AtariFest Committed Vendor list

  A & D Software -- Famous for the ground breaking Universal Item
  Selector, A&D also produces the flexible networking solution
  Universal Network, and the TOP selling Tax Wizard II.  Since its
  inception, A&D has also marketed a number of other products,
  including Mega Check2, Spelling Sentry, GramSlam, Grammar Expert,
  and a variety of music software.  THEY WILL BE INTRODUCING THE NEW

  Best Electronics -- The undisputed leader in Atari electronics, the
  BEST catalogue is now bigger than ever!  Everything from RAM, Mice,
  and upgrade boards to 8-bit games, replacement parts and capacitors,
  it it goes with your Atari, BEST has it!

  chro_MAGIC Software -- Long a staunch music supporter, chro-MAGIC's
  Pianistics and Guitaristics have been widely praised as educational
  and compositional tools.  With the launch of their memory expansion
  board for the Falcon - RAM Gizmo - chro-MAGIC is having "their best

  Computer Zone -- Southern Massachusetts' oldest Atari dealership makes
  their second appearance at CAF.  Authorized for Falcon sales and
  service, look for great software sales as well.

  Corporate Computer Consulting -- Longtime Atari supporter Kevin
  Champagne brings his many years of experience to his own NEW Atari
  dealership.  Kevin sold 40 Syquest drives at CAF '92, and will have
  all the latest hardware at great prices.

  Derric Electronics -- CT's favorite Atari dealership brings their
  giant collection of software to the tables.  Look for old and new
  favorites and make an offer.

  East Hartford Computers -- Well known for his on the spot repairs,
  Tom Allard brings his solder and flux with him everywhere.  If you're
  looking for a RAM upgrade or an accelerator, talk to Tom at the show!

  Fine Tuned Software -- New to the Atari scene, Fine Tuned is now the
  exclusive distributor of ICD's 8-Bit line of software and hardware.
  In addition, they have also bought out ST developer Newell
  Industries and now have a strong and well rounded product line.

  F.Y.E. -- For Your Entertainment is a local CT dealer that
  specializes in (you guessed it) FUN!  High on their list of fun
  things is Atari's new Jaguar.  Come see the latest games and
  peripherals from these dedicated gamesters!

  Fouch Software -- CAF '94 is proud to welcome Fouch Software to the
  fold, and are excited to see their new software titles.  THEIR NEW
  MAILING MANAGER 2 WILL DEBUT AT CAF '94!  Stop by and see "a
  workhorse business tool"!

  Gribnif Software -- By now, these folks need no introduction.
  However, let us remind you who created Neodesk, a revolution in
  Atari computing.  Of course, they are also the folks who have finally
  brought simple reliable multitasking to the ST/TT/Falcon line, while
  bringing the GEM interface into the 90's with a dazzling array of
  *4*!  Try formatting a floppy disk in the background!  How about a
  trash can in every window!  How about program groups, 3-d color icons,
  and more!

  ICD Inc. -- Ever since the 8-Bit days, ICD has been the hardware
  company that sets the standards: AdSpeed 16MHz accelerator, ADSCSI
  Hard Drive Adaptor, FAST Hard Drives, the LINK Hard drive adapter,
  SCSI Pro Hard Disk Utilities, all manufactured and supported to the
  highest level of quality.  NEW AT THE CT SHOW, **CATBOX**, THE
  their CD-ROM support, hard drives and all their professional tools.

  Lexicor Software -- One company that is heavily importing innovative
  products from Europe is Lexicor.  Well known for their graphics
  programs such as Chronos and Prism Paint, Lexicor has also become
  one of the most successful importers of ST/TT/Falcon hardware in the
  past year.  Their introduction of the Nova graphics card made a huge
  splash by being the first really powerful card at a reasonable price.

  Oregon Research Associates -- These authors of the all-time favorite
  Diamond Back backup program have evolved into a company with top
  flight products in a wide variety of fields such as music, painting,
  and video editing.  Their Diamond Edge has fast become the *TOP
  PROGRAM CALLED PAPYRUS.  Don't miss their Falcon video editing system

  Software Spectrum -- Long a favorite spot for New Jersey Atarians,
  Software Spectrum has great deals on both hardware and software.
  Running both a storefront and a mailorder house, they have a
  computerized database of EVERYTHING ATARI!

  ST Informer Magazine -- The premier monthly magazine in the U.S.,
  ST Informer is your best source for Atari information.  With in-depth
  reviews, show reports and industry news, nobody gives you the
  straight dope like ST-I!

  Steinberg/Jones -- One of the oldest and most well respected names
  in the music industry joins us for the first time.  Steinberg will
  astound you with *CUBASE* their powerful, industry leading music
  software, its MIDI control, its scoring abilities, its tape deck
  control and its ease of use.  COME SEE THE NEW FALCON AUDIO - THE

  Suzy-B's Software -- Nobody has a collection of PD and Shareware for
  the Atari computer line like Suzy-B's, now numbering in the
  !!10,000's!!  All files are well described and up to date, plus,
  Suzy-B's is the ONLY software house to let YOU pick what goes onto
  your disk!  Select from their titles only those programs you really
  want and Suzy-B's will custom make each order.  NEW AT THE CT
  see for yourself.

  Toad Computers -- NOBODY DOESN'T KNOW TOAD!  But if you've just
  crawled out from under a rock, let me tell you: they are the largest,
  busiest, best stocked, most innovative and nicest Atari people on the
  planet.  If they don't have something, NOBODY does!  They carry the
  full line of Atari computers, monitors and replacements parts, as
  well as third party hard drives, accelerators, video cards and YOU
  NAME IT!  Volume means bargains, so be sure to stop by.

  Wizztronics -- Stop by and visit with the TOP ATARI HARDWARE
  INNOVATOR IN THE UNITED STATES!  Wizztronics has been around for over
  ten years, and has taken a commanding lead in the accelerator wars
  with their new product line.  NEW AT THE CT ATARIFEST, THE BARRACUDA
  to see the future of Atari computing - it's available NOW!

 We'll have head to head competitions, seminars, door prizes and a raffle!
 Come out and see what everyone is so excited about!  For further
 information call 203-332-1721.


 > Atari's 2nd Quarter Results! STR Stock Report! - Better Than '93!!



 SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Atari Corp. (AMEX: ATC) today
 reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 1994.

     Net Sales for the second quarter of 1994 were $8.2 million, a 43%
 increase over the sales for the second quarter of 1993 of $5.7 million.
 The increase in sales is mainly attributable to the sale of the Atari
 Jaguar 64-bit Interactive Multimedia System.  Partially as a result of
 increased promotional and development expenses, the company incurred an
 Operating Loss of $3.9 million for the second quarter of 1994 as compared
 to an Operating Loss of $4.0 million for the same period of 1993.  In
 addition, for the quarter ended 1994, the company experienced an exchange
 gain of $0.6 million, as compared to a $3.1 million loss on exchange for
 the same period in 1993.  These exchange gains and losses together with
 other income and expense items resulted in a Net Loss of $3.4 million
 for the second quarter 1994 as compared to a Net Loss of $6.6 million
 for the same period of 1993.

     Commenting on the report, Sam Tramiel, president, said, "We are
 focusing our efforts on having between ourselves and 3rd Party Publishers
 30 to 50 titles available for the Jaguar during the Christmas selling
 season.  We have recently commenced volume shipments of 'Wolfenstein 3-D'.
 Retail sales for this title are very encouraging."

     Atari Corp. designs and markets interactive multimedia entertainment
 systems, including Jaguar, the world's only 64-bit system, and the only
 video game system manufactured in the United States.  Atari is
 headquartered at 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.

                               ATARI CORP.
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                     (in thousands, except per share)

                                Quarter Ended      Six Months Ended         
                              June 30, June 30,   June 30, June 30,
                                1994      1993      1994      1993

 Net Sales                    $ 8,194   $ 5,719   $16,350   $15,869
 Operating Income (loss)       (3,887)   (3,954)   (7,259)   (7,028)
 Exchange Gain (loss)             580    (3,072)      852    (2,341)
 Other Income (Expense) Net       168       195     2,560(A)    364
 Interest (Expense) Net of
  Interest Income                (259)       35      (478)       80
 Income (loss) From Before
  Income Taxes                 (3,398)   (6,796)   (4,325)   (8,925)
 Credit for Income Taxes           --       153        --       264
 Net Income (loss)            $(3,398)  $(6,643)  $(4,325)  $(8,661)
 Earnings Per Common and
  Equivalent Share:
 Net Income (loss)            $ (0.06)  $ (0.12)  $ (0.07)  $ (0.15)
 Weighted Average number of
  shares used in
  computation (B)              58,511    57,137    57,865    57,137

 (A) Includes settlement of litigation.
 (B) Reflects the sale of 1,500,000 shares of common stock to Time Warner
     Inc. on April 19, 1994.
                 -0-                         8/1/94
 /CONTACT:  August J. Liguori of Atari, 408-745-2069 or 408-745-2173/
 CO:  Atari Corp. ST:  California IN:  CPR SU:  ERN


 > New Atari ST Guitar Program! STR InfoFile!  -  GEM Guitar Tool!

     From: Alan Richardson <>
     Date: Fri, 29 Jul 1994 09:07:45 GMT 

                     Announcing The Guitar Reference
              A Shareware GEM Guitar Tool for the Atari ST.

 At the moment the tool acts as a Scale Reference, and Tuning reference.
 The demo version of the tool is available from anonymous ftp at: in

 or www on

 We will upload to other ftp sites in due course, but if you find out that
 your favourite site doesn't have it then feel free to upload the demo

 Details of the full version of the prog follow later, the demo version has
 all the features of the full version but is unable to save and load scales
 or tunings, or print.

 Demo version
  5 scales in memory
  1 standard E tuning in memory
  new scales and tunings can be created and manipulated but not saved

 Full Version

 Scale Reference

  57 scales in the database
  new scales can be added
  scales can be edited
  scales can be displayed on screen at a variety of zoom levels
  scales can be displayed as text (showing each note name) or graphics
  scales can be automatically transposed into the following
  keys: A,A#,B,C,C#,D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G#
  scales can be printed out to hardcopy
  scales are displayed using the current tuning automatically
  root notes can be highlighted
  relative scales can be superimposed on the display

 Tuning Reference

  46 tunings in the database
  tuning can be done through the soundchip or via midi
  new tunings can be added
  tuning is easily done with a mouse click


 Registration details are given in the archive and costs 5 pounds.

 If you are a guitarist then I hope you will download it, try it, and
 hopefully enjoy it.



 Alan Richardson, Centre for Parallel Computing, University of Westminster
 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1M 8JS  Tel: 071 911 5000  Ext: 3586
 Janet:    Internet:


 > Processor Direct Ad Info! STR InfoFile! - PD Cuts Back To Move Ahead!

                            PROCESSOR DIRECT

                         Advertiser Information

 Released July 28, 1994

 For Immediate Release

 Processor Direct's second issue is on the way.  Unfortunately, we have
 had to do some minor cut backs in the way of printing to make the numbers
 more realistic.  Instead of printing at a larger "tabloid" type size,
 we are now printing at the more standard 8.5"x11".  To make this up to
 our readers we are also including color pages inside the magazine and
 are printing the entire magazine on gloss paper.

 To those who sent in ads prior to this change, do not worry, your 
 applications will still be honored at the sizes and prices listed in the
 June 8, 1994 (revision D) Media Package, and as a side effect you are now
 getting more ad space for less money.  Hopefully this will make up for any
 potential inconvenience.

 Ad Rates:

                              Price             (Display) in inches
       Ad Type         B/W           Color        Width      Height
       --------------  --------      ---------    -------    --------
       Quarter Page    $86.44        $138.30      3.65"      4.78"
       Half Page       $158.47       $253.55      7.50"      4.78"
       Full Page       $288.13       $461.00      8.10"      10.60"
       Inside Cover    $320          n/a          8.10"      10.60"
       Double Page     $500          n/a          16.60"     10.60"

 Color space is very limited and is sold on a first come, first  serve
 basis. Ads mailed prior to July 25, 1994 will be honored at the sizes
 and rates noted in the June 8, 1994 Media Package (revision D) with the
 exception of full page ads which will be handled with the applicants
 individually. Applicants wishing to change their ad type will be credited
 the amount paid for the first ads towards the new space.

 Repeat discounts: Ads placed in multiple issues (not necessarily having
 the same content) at once have discounted rates.  Please contact us for
 more information.

 First issue advertisers: If you placed an advertisement of any size in
 the first issue take 15% off the prices listed above.  It is our thanks
 to you!

 Advertising Deadline:

   Physical Deadline:
   August 12, 1994 -- All materials and payment must be in our hands
   by this date.
 Please notify us prior to August 8, 1994 of your intent to place an ad
 via US or electronic mail. If you wish to place a color ad, contact us
 by voice to check to see if space is available.
 Status of Advertising:

 The appearance of Processor Direct's second issue is entirely dependent
 upon the support of advertising at this point.  The printers are ready,
 the editors are getting ready to complete the last of the editing, and
 all of the readers are ready for the magazine to appear at the newsstands
 and in their mail boxes.  The response to the first issue was tremendous
 in the way of magazine sales, however as one can tell the advertising
 wasn't quite so strong.  Of course, we greatly appreciate those that did
 advertise.  Basically, if we don't get enough advertising we will not
 be able to produce an issue.  Make the readers happy and tell them about
 your product at the same time -- advertise.

 I'm a reader, what can I do?

 Tell your favorite developer or dealer to advertise.  If you liked an
 ad of theirs you saw in the first issue, tell them that too.

 The Third Issue and Phantom Second:

 The June/July slot has been missed due to reasons beyond our control.
 This, of course, does NOT count against the number of issues sent to
 subscribers.  The "real" second issue is presently going to be marked
 Volume One, Issue Two, August/September 1994.  The third issue's release
 has been slated for the proper slot for bimonthly publication (being the
 October/November 1994 slot).

 News Items:

 If you have a news item you wish to have included in Processor Direct,
 contact us.  In some cases pictures of products or logos can be included
 in items, so if available please send them with the information.

 Contact us at:

                    Two Worlds Publishing, Inc.
                    3837 Northdale Blvd. #225
                    Tampa, FL 33624


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                    Internet:      or

 > CodeHead Technologies Update! STR NewsFile! - CodeHead Cuts Back Ops!

 From GEnie, via the UseNet:

     Codehead support
     From: xxxxxx
     Date: 30 Jul 1994 19:57:42 -0700

 This message was found on GEnie. The first message was edited and some
 page formatting was performed.


 Category 30,  Topic 18
 Message 3         Sat Jul 30, 1994
 MUSE [Tomas]                 at 04:16 PDT
 ...[info on Digitape deleted]...

   Friends, it's time to tell you that CodeHead Technologies, as you have
 known it, is no more.  The people behind it, Charles, John and (lately)
 Tomas, the quality and dedication that drove it, these things are here
 and alive, make no mistake.  However, the company that maintained a staff
 (of one) and provided telephone support are gone. Gone.  It is no longer
 possible.  We are all making a living in other ways.

  For the last four months I've been all alone at the office of Codehead
 (The redecorated attic of John and Julie's beautiful home), napping
 mostly, and maintaining the illusion.  Pretty damned depressed, too.  John
 has been working at Fox Studios with his wife Julie, doing the behind the
 scenes work on the music that accompanies the TV shows and movies you
 love.  Charles has been gigging with Al Jarr...  how DO you spell that...
 Ja row...?  Jaroux...? Who cares? My CD collection is way downstairs...

 Me?  I've taken a job in the health care business.  I push paper across my
 desk, and try to maintain a Windows machine.  Brother, I'd rather be
 singing in a bar somewhere...  How I hate the 90's.

 And so it goes... And that's the way it is...  And so, as we began, good
 evening everyone.


 Category 30,  Topic 18
 Message 6         Sat Jul 30, 1994
 MUSE [Tomas]                 at 10:23 PDT

 We'll all be here, just as before.  The office will probably be unmanned,
 that's all.  CodeHead products and updates will still be available but
 will be handled differently.

 Don't get too excited folks.  I said "CodeHead as you've known it". Things
 are changing, that's all.


 Category 30,  Topic 18
 Message 8         Sat Jul 30, 1994
 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead]       at 12:31 PDT

 Tomas's description of our current state is correct, although his
 terminology may have been a bit misleading.  As he mentioned, there are
 no longer any "office hours" or anyone answering the phones. We'll still
 attempt to provide support in whatever manner possible, though.

 It was with a heavy heart that we had to cut Tomas's hours to two days
 a week (in late May).  As this resulted in a serious cut in pay, he was
 forced to find another job.  I'm happy that he was able to do so without
 a long period of unemployment.

 The absence of anyone in the office has not affected sales, since there
 have been none to speak of anyway.  When there are no new computer
 customers, there's no reason for anyone to buy any existing software.
 The existing Atari users already own what they need and it doesn't make
 good business sense for us to develop any new software for the small
 core of users that are left.

 Sorry about the topic drift.  This discussion really belongs in the
 CodeHead area, although I've been avoiding it because of the emotions
 that it may release.


 [Editor's note:]

 I was, as you probably are at the moment, surprised (but not shocked)
 to read the above exchange of messages.  Like many of you, I don't know
 where I'd be today without my collection of CodeHead's fine programs.
 Every day, when I turn on my computer, I use programs such as G+-Plus,
 MaxiFile, HotWire, CodeKeys, HotSaver, Warp 9, and Calligrapher Gold.

 It's truly a sad state of affairs knowing that we may never see a new
 CodeHead product ever again - at least on an Atari computer.  I wish
 the CodeHeads - John, Charles, and Tomas - the best of luck in their
 current and future ventures.  Maybe some day...


 > Industry News & Tidbits!

                 -/- Computer Viruses a 'Life Form'? -/-

     British scholar Stephen Hawking, who has spent much of his time
 thinking about the origins of the universe, says we ought to consider
 computer viruses to be a "life form."

     In a speech yesterday at Boston's Macworld Expo computer show on the
 nature of life, the Cambridge University physicist said a computer virus
 fits the definition of a living system, even though it has no metabolism
 of its own.  Instead it uses the metabolism of a host computer and is

     "I think computer viruses should count as life," Hawking said. "I
 think it says something about human nature that the only form of life
 we have created so far is purely destructive.  We've created life in our
 own image."

     The Reuter News Service reports Hawking also warned of a new phase
 of life in the future, something he called "self-designed evolution."

     Humans may in the future use genetic engineering, he said, to extend
 life by designing human beings who are healthier, smarter and will live
 longer lives, "but once we've written the book of life, we'll start
 pencilling in corrections."

     Covering the same speech for United Press International, James
 Loewenstein reported Hawking predicted that by altering human DNA,
 "People will discover how to modify intelligence and (tone down)
 aggressiveness."  At first, he said, scientists will alter DNA to fight
 diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy, which result
 from changes to a single gene.

     Hawking said it will take longer for scientists to learn how to
 manipulate human intelligence, because it is probably controlled by
 multiple genes.  He said laws probably will be passed to restrict
 genetic engineering, but that some scientists will not be able to resist
 expanding the size of human memory or insuring resistance to disease.

     As a result, he says, a race of superhumans could cause "a major
 political problem" for normal humans, and set off a rivalry between the
 two groups.  Eventually, he predicted, there will be "a race of
 self-designing human beings," who will continue to use genetic engineering
 to improve their makeup.  UPI reports Hawking also said he expects some
 sort of space travel to nearby stars will take place within the next 200

     Hawking was at the show to demonstrate a CD-ROM containing his 1983
 hit book "A Brief History of Time." Says Reuters, "Using an interactive
 compact disk he was able to display on large screens a simulated
 conversation between Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein on the theory of

                 -/- Allen Sells Half His AOL Stock -/-

     Billionaire Paul Allen, famed as co-founder of Microsoft Corp., has
 sold half of his shares in America Online, reducing his stake in the
 Vienna, Va., online service from 18 percent to 9.7 percent with the
 sale of 733,000 shares.

     "It was a good time to realize some of the profits he's made from
 the investment," spokeswoman Susan Pierson of Vulcan Ventures, Allen's
 Seattle, Wash., investment company, told The Associated Press.

     Allen, who began buying AOL shares when the company went public in
 May 1993, is said to have made a profit of about $27.9 million on the
 sale.  At one point, he owned almost a fourth of the company, but the
 firm adopted a "poison pill" strategy to prevent a takeover.

     The 41-year-old Allen left Microsoft in 1983 after developing cancer,
 but remains part-owner and director.  He now also is majority owner of
 Asymetrix Corp., Starwave Corp., Ticketmaster Corp., Interval Research
 and the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team.

                -/- Sierra May Sell Network Interest -/-

     Sierra On-Line Inc. is discussing the possibility of selling all its
 shares in the ImagiNation Network to AT&T Corp.
     Reporting from Bellevue, Washington, the Reuter News Service quotes
 officials with the games publisher as saying the talks include a possible
 multiyear publishing deal in which Sierra would provide entertainment and
 educational content to the network.
     The ImagiNation Network is an interactive online computer network
 owned by Sierra On-Line, AT&T and General Atlantic Partners.


                               JAGUAR SECTION

                      Wolf 3D, Brutal Sports Football, 
                     Atari's New PR Firm, Photo Contest,
                             and much much more!

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

      As above, this has been a bad week to write editorials.  However,
 I will give you some ideas that will appear in next week's issue.
 First on my mind is Wolf 3D.  It's out and it can be found!  We'll be
 reviewing this latest game next week.

      The big news in video gaming these past few weeks has been the
 new proposed ratings systems.  Personally, I believe that this is a
 complete waste of time and foolish political correctness.  When will it
 all end; or how far will it really go?  Stay tuned - this is a hot one!

      Brutal Sports Football should be released sometime before our nest
 issue if all goes as planned.  Look ahead to this one folks!!

      Also, if you haven't read it by now, check out our announcement
 for our "Promote the Jaguar" Photo Contest!!  Win valuable prizes with
 a little imagination - all it will take is a winning photograph!!

      We've got a lot of news this week, so let's get to the gaming

      Until next time...


 > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News! 

  Atari/Edelman Press Release           Date: 7/27/94
                         Contact:    Marivi Lerdo/Laura Paden
                                     Edelman Public Relations
  For Immediate Release
 SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 28, 1994) -- Atari Corporation, the company that
 created the video game industry, has hired Edelman Public Relations
 Worldwide to help market the Jaguar, its 64-bit interactive multimedia
 game system. Edelman Public Relations was selected because of its strong
 heritage in general consumer marketing and its savvy in marketing
 technology products to consumers. 
 "To succeed in the video game business you need great hardware, great
 software and great marketing," explained Sam Tramiel, president and
 chief executive officer of Atari Corporation.  "Experts agree we have
 the best hardware.  We also have 150 developers, publishers and licensees
 creating great games for the system," he added.  "Now we have an
 award-winning international public relations team on board to make this
 the year of the Jaguar." 
 Edelman Public Relations, the sixth largest public relations firm in the
 world, has 27 offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Asia
 Pacific.  The firm, which was named Agency of the Year by Inside PR
 Magazine, provides public relations services in a full range of
 specialty areas, including consumer product marketing, technology,
 health care, business and industrial, travel and tourism, public affairs,
 corporate and investor relations, the environment and event marketing.
 Edelman's clients include Del Monte, The Ford Motor Company, Toys 'R Us,
 Visa and others.  The Atari account will be handled by consumer
 technology specialists in the firm's Mountain View and San Francisco
 offices in California.
 "We are pleased to be working for the company that created the video
 game industry and pioneered the use of 64-bit technology," said Richard
 Edelman, president and chief operating officer of Edelman Worldwide.

 The Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia home
 entertainment system and is the only video game system manufactured in
 the United States.  Atari Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California,
 designs and markets 64-bit multimedia entertainment systems and video

                     GREAT LYNX ACCESSORIES by NAKI

 Here are some great Lynx accessories for all Lynx game players.
 Consider these items to extend the lifespan of your Lynx or to enhance
 your game play experience.

  ITEM   DESCRIPTION                                    PRICE
  55616  Cleaning Kit for system and cartridges       $  7.99
  55554  Replacement Cartridge Cleaning swabs (10pk)  $  6.99
  55553  Replacement Cleaning Solution                $  3.99
  55627  Rechargeable Power Pak with 6-Hour Battery
         includes adaptor AND charger!
         (attaches to back of Lynx)                   $ 39.99
  55583  Pro Pouch Carry Case                         $ 14.99
  55574  12volt Car Adaptor                           $ 14.99

  * all prices subject to change or correction

 For ordering information, call NAKI International toll free at
 800/824-6254. Dealer inquiries welcome.  Tell them Atari sent you.


  For those of you who live in the Seattle area, you may wish
  to stop by the Pacific Science Center anytime between now
  and Sunday, August 21st. The 7th Annual "CBS This Morning"/
  KIRO-TV Toy and Video Game Test. The event highlights the
  hottest stuff that will be promoted during the holiday
  shopping season... Yes that includes the only 64-bit gaming
  system available anywhere... the Atari Jaguar.

  If you have that thirst for new Jaguar software (who
  doesn't?), you will want to see for yourself how much work
  is being put into upcoming games. Stop by the Science
  Center during normal visitor hours and check out the Video
  Game Test. By special arrangement, Atari has provided a few
  E-proms for this test and we would love to have you provide
  CBS and KIRO feedback on what you see.

  Stop by once each week and see a new assortment of games
  with each visit. During the first week, see Alien vs.
  Predator, Checkered Flag and Brutal Sports Football. The
  second week features Iron Soldier, Bubsy, Ultra Vortex and
  Club Drive. Return the third week to see Zool 2, Ruiner,
  Rayman, Double Dragon V and Kasumi Ninja. By the way,
  Iron Soldier and Rayman were surprise hits at the recent
  Summer Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.

  The Pacific Science Center is a wonderful place to spend
  the afternoon and the 7th annual Toy Test is guaranteed to
  be a crowd pleaser. If you are already a Jaguar owner,
  check it out to show your support and play the new games
  (most of them are almost complete too!). If you are not
  yet a Jaguar owner, here's your chance to see why you
  will be soon.


 > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile  -  Current Developer Lists & Titles

  Contact:    Diane Carlini                 Ron Beltramo
              Edelman Public Relations      Atari Corporation
              (415) 968-4033                (408) 745-8852
  For Immediate Release

 The 64-bit technology of the U.S.-made Jaguar flexes its muscle once
 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (August 1, 1994) --  Wolfenstein 3D, a contemporary
 cult favorite on the PC platform, now is available on the industry's
 most advanced video game system, the award-winning Atari Jaguar. "Fans
 of Wolfenstein 3D were disappointed with the Super Nintendo version of
 the game," explained Jay Wilbur of ID Software, the company that created
 Wolfenstein 3D.  "In both the original Wolfenstein 3D and the 64-bit
 Jaguar version, the player assumes the role of William J. 'B.J.'
 Blazkowicz as he blasts away the Nazi enemy," he added.  "But Nintendo
 insisted on watering down the game and turned it into a generic shoot
 'em up romp against generic bad guys."
 "Wolfenstein 3D continues to be a favorite of PC owners," stressed Atari
 Corporation President Sam Tramiel.  "We wanted to be faithful to the
 original plot while exploiting the Jaguar's 64-bit technology to take
 the game to a higher level."

 With the Jaguar system's cutting-edge graphics and resolution, game
 players experience "you are there" perspectives. They have unlimited
 character movement in a virtual war zone and can call upon a complete
 arsenal of weapons, including flamethrowers, machine guns and rocket
 launchers.  Players can conduct six missions with 30 levels of
 bullet-riddled mayhem -- a guaranteed challenge for even the most
 seasoned player.  "The smooth and fast graphics of Wolfenstein 3D for
 the Jaguar system are the best I've seen," said Zach Meston, author of
 the upcoming book, Atari Jaguar Official Games Secrets, and a
 contributing editor to Video Games Magazine and Wired.  "Unlike versions
 for other systems, Jaguar's Wolfenstein 3D has realistic bullets,
 realistic blood, digitized sound and real 3D action."
 Wolfenstein 3D retails for $59.99 and is available at Electronic
 Boutique, Babbages and other electronics and toy stores nationwide.
 Since its release, the Atari Jaguar 64-bit game system has been named
 the industry's "Best New Game System" (VideoGames Magazine), "Best New
 Hardware System" (Game Informer) and "1993 Technical Achievement of the
 Year" (DieHard GameFan).  The Jaguar is the only video game system
 manufactured in the United States.
 More than 150 developers are currently preparing titles for the Atari
 Jaguar.  Wolfenstein 3D is one of approximately 30-50 games scheduled
 to be released in time for the holiday buying season.  Some of the
 Jaguar titles expected before year's end include Alien Vs. Predator,
 Doom, Kasumi Ninja, Iron Soldier, and Troy Aikman Football.

 Atari Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., designs and markets
 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment systems and video games.


    If you like action, but reckon that chainsaw massacres
    are for grannies' tea parties, then you'll have to play
    Brutal Sports Football. Play "league", "knockout" or
    "unfriendly tournaments", but play to stay alive! This
    is football with a whole new set of rules... THERE ARE NO
    RULES! Choose 1 or 2 players, 11 different teams, head to
    head or all out combat. Any way you play, count on masses
    of pick ups, laughs and blood-red blood. This is an all
    action, bone crunching, foot stomping, no holds barred
    game of mutant football where heads literally roll and
    "injury time" means just what it says. Brutal Sports
    Football is proudly presented by Telegames as the world's
    first third-party game available for the Atari Jaguar.
    [1 or 2 players] $69.95 U.S. (Telegames/JA100)


 > Jaguar Easter Eggs/Cheats/Hints STR InfoFile  The Inside Track!  

 [Editor's note:]

 Look for a "tip of the week" to help you in your quest to successfully
 complete your favorite Jaguar game.  We'll try to provide you with
 helpful hints and an occasional "cheat" to make it by those trouble
 spots!  We'll begin this regular series with next week's issue.

 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile      -    Online Users Growl & Purr!

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 What would you do to promote the Jaguar?  Do you have an idea that could
 be expressed on film?  STReport wants to see it.  And, we're ready to
 reward the person (or group) with the best idea, in picture format.

 That's right, just send us a photograph of how you would promote the
 Jaguar!  You'll also need to send us your name and address, of course.

 1st Prize will be an official Atari Jaguar tee-shirt AND an official
 in-store promotional Jaguar banner!

 2nd prize will be a Jaguar tee-shirt (identical to the one above).

 3rd prize will be a "JAG RULES!" rubber stamp which is normally available
 exclusively from Artisan Software!

 Photographs will be judged and prizes will be awarded by the
 Atari/Jaguar editor of STReport, Dana Jacobson.

 All photographs must be received by September 20, 1994.  The winners
 will be announced in STReport online magazine, in the issue scheduled
 to be released on Friday, September 23, 1994.

 To be eligible, please submit a clear photograph (color preferred) of
 your idea.  Also include your name and address with the photo!  All
 photographs submitted will become the property of STReport; they will
 not be returned to you.  Contest is valid in the United States and 
 Canada only.  Employees of Atari Corporation and staff members of
 STReport or Amiga Report are not eligible to win.  This contest is void
 where prohibited by law.

 Send your photograph, your name and address to:

 Jaguar Photo Contest
 STReport International Online Magazine
 1121 Saratoga Street
 East Boston, MA 02128-1225 USA

 Again, 1st prize includes a Jaguar tee-shirt and a Jaguar banner! The
 tee-shirt is 100% cotton.  It's a black crew-neck shirt with the Atari
 Jaguar name on the chest.  On the back is the famous Jaguar logo.  The
 banner is the same as you've seen at your favorite Jaguar dealer.  What?
 You haven't seen one?  Well, it measures 4 feet wide and 2 feet tall!
 The Jaguar logo consists of those piercing yellow Jaguar eyes above the
 dark red Jaguar, claw marks and all!  These banners are collector's
 items which are almost impossible to get anywhere!  Rumor has it that
 this one may have been discovered in a rare cache somewhere in the
 bowels of Sunnyvale.  And it can be all yours!  Show it off proudly on
 the wall of your room or fly it out your window!  All of your friends
 will want one, but only you will have one.  It's awesome!  JAG RULES!

 The 2nd prize consists of the Jaguar tee-shirt, as described above. 
 The 3rd prize is the official "JAG RULES!" rubber stamp!  Use a bright
 red ink pad (not included) for a vivid 2.25" by 1.5" image of JAG RULES in
 the impact of the Jaguar logo type style.  Use it as an economical way to
 advertise your enthusiasm of the Atari Jaguar. Stamp your letters and your
 envelopes.  Stamp your arm as a tattoo. Stamp your money.  Stamp school
 notebooks and post-its.  Writing a letter to your favorite software

 Stamp it!  Sending a birthday card to your best friend?  Stamp it! 
 Dropping a postcard to your brother at school?  Stamp it!  Let everyone
 know you're a Jaguar gamer. After all, in the empire of high technology
 entertainment systems, JAG RULES!
 For an example of the JAG RULES logo, call the CATscan BBS.  Dial
 209/239-1552. Download file: JAGRULES.ZIP.  File is ZIP'd and requires
 PKUNZIP to decompress.  Or, call your favorite online service to find it!
 Need a tip to help you start thinking of some ideas?  Drop us a line in
 E-Mail to either DPJ on Delphi, 71051,3327 on Compuserve, D.JACOBSON2 on
 GEnie, or Internet mail at  Or, call us at Toad Hall BBS
 at (617)567-8642 and leave a private message to Dana Jacobson.
 Are you still here?  Grab that camera and start taking some pictures!
 One of them may just be the winner!

 Credits: STReport and its staff would like to thank Atari Corporation
 for its generous donation of the banner and tee-shirts.


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

      Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Yet another week has come and gone
 and, as the summer drags on, the heat and humidity don't seem so bad
 anymore.  What does seem as bad is the state of the Atari developer.  In
 the past few months, several prominent developers have had to either
 discontinue or scale back support for Atari computers... and, when you get
 right down to it, who can really blame them?  Atari itself has orphaned
 the ST/TT/Falcon computers.  While you will never hear Atari say that
 outrightly, they have discontinued the computers. The lack of support will
 accomplish exactly what an announcement to that effect would have done.

      Atari has, as they have often said, redirected all of their attention
 and resources to the Jaguar, their hot new game machine.  One thing can be
 said for certain:  If they have done a good job at nothing else, they have
 at least done a good job of concentrating on the Jaguar... just search
 through this column for a post by Marty Hall and you'll see what I mean.

      Well, I guess that there's no use crying over spilled bytes... let's
 get on with the hints and tips available every week right here on

 From the Atari Computing Forum

 Marty Hall posts this piece of bad news:

   "I called Atari today for some info on my problem with CD-ROMS,
   Emulators, etc., and it took me Five ( 5 ), Wan, too, tree, foea, FIFE!
   people before I got anyone that even knew what an ST was!!!! This guy,
   reluctantly, spoke with me about what I was trying to do and had some
   suggestions ( Go to your local dealer --- buy an IBM --- Yes--- " BUY
   AN IBM. "!!! ) Other comment left me with absolutly NO DOUBT that the
   ST, Falcon, TT or what ever else you have sucks hind tit when stack up
   against the Jaguar. Hell. we're the ninth pup or odd man out.....
   There's just no place for us to get nourisment and don't bother calling
   home cause your room has been given to your kid sister!
   Ya know, I'm not a hacker and have no desire to be, but I started with
   these Atari's with my first Atari 400 and have worked my way up. I
   like'um. I like the way they do things. I DON'T like Windoze and I have
   NO desire to learn commands but til today I have successfully resisted
   the urge to buy IBM and/or clone. After todays call, it's gonna be hard
   to do........
   Yes, it was an eye opener................"

 Kevin at PG Music asks Marty:

   "Hmm... and you were actually *surprised*???"

 Marty tells Kevin:

   "No, not really. I KNEW but just never had it shoved in my face
   before. Really, stop and think about it - FIVE people before I got one
   that knew what an ST was!!!!!
   Nah, I knew. I didn't want to.

   But I knew."

 Dieter Messy posts:

   "I don't have an ATARI computer and I only know few things about it.
   BUT! My brother recently has bought a second-hand ATARI 1040 STF with a
   monochrome monitor SM 124. For reasons that I don't understand he
   didn't get a users manual with the machine. So he always asks me about
   "how computers work", because I am a PC user since 1988.
   That's why I have to put foreward some questions here in this forum
   hoping to find some real ATARI specialists, who can help me (my
   1. The operating system TOS (I think that stands for TAMIEL OPERATING
   SYSTEM, doesn't it?) seems to be at a very old level (the machine is
   from 1985!!!). I heard that one can upgrade the OS via a ROM-chip. What
   would be the recommended OS-level to upgrade to and can that be done
   easily (plug-in or solder)?
   2. The monitor has very big black "margins" (ca 3 cm) around it's
   visible area of display (forgive a german trying to write english!),
   that means: I think that the active display size is very small compared
   to the actual tube size of the monitor. Is that normal or is there any
   way to adjust the width and the hight of the display area? I couldn't
   find any knobs at the monitor.
   3. Is there any good book to buy for someone who has a computer like
   that, which explains basic handling and perhaps some hints from
   experienced users?"

 Dazzz Smith tells Dieter:

   "1) Yes if its an early machine, a new TOS would be useful, the latest
       one you can get is TOS 2.06, it would be a soldering job though.

   2)  Yes that is normal, although you can tweak the pots inside the
       monitor, the best thing for increased resolution is the Overscan
       mod (More soldering!)"

   3)  There are several user written guides, but i'm not sure how easy
       they would be to get hold of nowadays, there are a LOT of Atari
       users in Germany, you might be better off looking for a German BBS
       to get specific help in your country."

 On the subject of using DOS-formatted high density disks on a Falcon030,
 Sysop Bob Retelle posts:

   "The disk format between IBM and Atari is exactly the same except for
   the very early TOS version formatted disks (and that was pretty close
   I also wouldn't worry about the serial number..  MS-DOS randomizes the
   numbers based on an 8 digit hex number, which gives an awful lot of
   different numbers.  The chances of getting two exactly alike in a row
   are very remote.
   You should be able to use those IBM pre-formatted disks with no
   problems at all.
   As for the number of bytes reported, I'm not sure how it's coming up
   with that total.  High Density disks are also known as "2 Meg" disks,
   because that's their unformatted capacity.  Once they've been
   formatted, and all the "overhead" bytes have been written, their
   capacity is closer to the more common "1.44 Megs".  Did you check the
   disks before using them to see what a blank disk was reported as
   The only reason I can think of for your wanting to re-format any disks
   on the Falcon is to assure complete compatibility with your own
   particular floppy drive.  And that would only be a concern if your
   drive was out of alignment enough that it had trouble with disks
   formatted on other drives.
   (I usually don't bother with the expense of pre-formatted disks, since
   I can format them under OS/2 at the same time I'm doing something else,
   like being online here...  I just leave the formatter "bar-graph" in
   the corner of the screen so I can keep an eye on how the format is
   progressing, then switch back and pop the next blank in...)"

 Rob Rasmussen asks Bob:

   "You mentioned being able to format disks with OS/2 while doing
   something else on the computer. This is something I would love to do
   with Geneva. However, since Maxifile doesn't seem to format HD disks I
   have to use the desktop formatter (I don't have any others), and with
   Geneva I can't use the normal desktop. Once I get Neodesk 4 maybe I can
   do this."

 Bob tells Rob:

   "This is all pretty hazy, since it's been a loooong time.. but there
   was a "background formatter" for the ST that would format disks while
   you did something else..
   I *think* the reason I didn't use it was that it took too much memory
   back when all I had was 512K.. and by the time I upgraded the memory in
   my ST I'd gotten a hard drive and didn't need to worry about floppies
   as much.
   It was an ACC, as I recall.. although the name of the program is
   completely gone from my memory..
   (I've really come to love true multi-tasking...  right now all OS/2 is
   doing is re-compressing some GIF files in a different DOS session while
   I type this in another one, but it's saving me a lot of time.. I'd
   otherwise have to find something else to do while the computer was tied
   up with the pictures...)"

 Jon Sanford jumps in and "heckles" Bob:

   "Other than reading Doc. instructions on one computer and running the
   program on the other.. I can't imagine my singletasking brain dealing
   with multitasking. I have a hard enough time attending to one thing at
   a time."

 Bob gives Jon a...

   "a good example of how multi-tasking can be really helpful..
   I'm working on a book (with Jim Ness..!) that will be a "CompuServe
   directory", and right now I have one window open for QMPro (telecom
   program), and another for MicroSoft Works for a database of all the
   Forums and the services they offer...
   They're both running at the same time, and I can switch between them
   with a single mouse click to enter new data as it scrolls up the other
   window.. saves having to write it all down and enter it later after
   logging off.
   Also, I can switch to the database and finish updating one entry while
   CompuServe is moving me to the next Forum, instead of watching the
   screen and waiting for the next prompt.
   I can download a new list of all the Forums while saving the database,
   or browsing back through it looking for spelling errors...
   All that could be done one thing at a time, but it really helps to be
   able to double-up and save time...

   It all works very naturally... without the multi-tasking, I'd just be
   online here with a notepad by the side of the keyboard.. when I saw
   something I wanted to keep, I'd write it down manually on the notepad,
   and later enter it into the database...
   With the multitasking, I can just type the info directly into the
   database while the terminal program is still logged into CIS...
   Most of what I do with the multi-tasking is stuff you wouldn't want to
   spend a lot of time thinking about anyway... stuff like formatting
   disks, or compressing graphics files...   you just start the program
   and then switch into something a lot more interesting while the
   computer slave does the boring work..."

 Jon tells Bob:

   "I guess I am in "if it ain't broken don't fix it" mode . in relation
   to multitasking.
   I've worked with the AtariSTe Mega16 and its set of software long
   enough so that it all works very smoothly.

   OTOH the Mac Power Book which Ive had almost a year is still giving me
   fits. I could run both machines at the sametime.. theoryitecly getting
   more done faster. but except for reading docs on one and running the
   prg on the other, I never do.
   I am learning how to let work stack up. so that the stuff that i don't
   get to gets forgotton & i can keep adding more to the stack. The key
   here is. 'the best of intentions'."

 Jody Golick posts:

   "I know this may not be the best location for this question but this
   forum has been "home" for so long and I think Atarians (or ex-Atarians)
   will understand me better than PC'ers (DOSers?  Winders?).  And I am
   hoping there is someone who has gone through the same experience as
   I have recently been forced to switch my non-musical computing from my
   trusty (not rusty) ST to a PC notebook.  Lucky me. :( But I find the
   Windows utilities so lame compared with what I have come to take for
   granted in Atariland.  Specifically, I am looking for a more
   comprehensive replacement for the File Manager - something up to the
   high standards of MaxiFile - and a really good text editor - I use
   Edhak on the ST.
   (When I have asked these questions to PC people they look at me

 Mike Mortilla tells Jody jokingly:

   "Go back to Atari."

 Sysop Ron Luks tells Jody:

   "Norton Desktop is a superb replacement for File Manager.  I just had
   to gedt a PC myself and its the only thing that makes life livable.
   Ron (still typing this on my trusty Atari)"

 Ron Bielman asks about the D.E.K.A. keyboard adaptor:

   "Hey, Atari users!  I am having a problem that I hope someone can help
   with.  I recently purchased a D.E.K.A. Keyboard Interface, and though
   it works pretty well, and the IBM (yuk) keyboard IS nicer than the
   Atari unit (Mega ST2).  The problem is that from time to time, with
   (seemingly) no reason, the keyboard spits out numbers to the
   screen...8's, 6's, etc.. the short term fix is to stab the ESCape key.
   This stops the chars from cluttering up the screen, for a while anyway.
   I have tried setting up the DEKA for various configs, changing the
   jumpers around, and tried setting up the keyboard for AT and XT
   emulation, but it won't work at all under AT emulation.  Anyone out
   there with a DEKA that has had similar problems, and fixed it?  I would
   really like to hear back from you!"

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer tells Ron:

   "Wizztronics has bought the technology for the DEKA, call them in NY
   for more information."

 John Damiano of Transierra tells Ron:

   "I have one and it would randomly simulate mouse clicks.  There is/was
   a fix for it.  I think I had to add some capacitors to it.  I'll look
   in my files and try to find any notes I might have made.  Mine works
   great now.  I have had it a couple of years.  I use a Northgate
   keyboard with my 4 Meg ST (not a Mega ST) at work."

 George Randolph posts:

   "If anybody has the answer to the following questions, please let me
   know.  Thanks in advance.
   1) How can I Upgrade from an ATARI STe with NOTATOR and UNITOR to a
      FALCON machine running NOTATOR LOGIC?
   2) Is the LOG3 (Hardware) a must, in order to run with NOTATOR LOGIC,
      or can I use my old UNITOR?   I need SMPTE IN/OUT.
   3) Is there any good proffesional DIGITAL recording program that runs
      on the FALCON, together with NOTATOR LOGIC?
   4) How can I upgrade my NOTATOR LS 3.1 to a NOTATOR LS 3.2?
   5) If there is any technical information on the FALCON,  please send
      it to me."

 Good old Brian Gockley tells George:

   "Contct the company and find out about there latest deal:
   P.O. Box 771
   Nevada City, CA  95959
   They are offering FREE upgrades!!!"

 Neil Newman tells George:

   "Notator Logic has now been upgraded to V2 which includes direct to
   disk digital recording, the program is now called Logic Audio and is
   available for the Falcon - although I'm still exploring its many
   capabilities like sync-ing a vocal track to a midi sequence, I'm very
   impressed with it.
   Although it can be run on a 4 meg with internal hard drive, to do any
   real heavy duty work like an album, and also to work in 8 tracks of
   audio you need a falcon with 14megs and a big hard drive like 1 to 2
   gigabyte which is expensive. The hard disk must have an access speed of
   12ms and data through port of 1.2meg per sec, formatted using gemdos
   and then HD driver should be ADHI 3 compatible.
   You need the log 3 key which is you get when you return your old
   dongle when upgrading - you don't mention what country your in, if your
   in Australia contact Riven at Electric Factory in Victoria 03 4805988
   SMC in NSW 047 516196 or Paragon Computers in Perth WA 09 2213216. If
   overseas check out your nearest music shop.
   I'm not experienced with unitor but its fits into the Log 3 key but I
   think you have to have a modification done to it or somthing like that.
   To allow up to 8 track input you need "Soundpool" which is a digital
   interface which hooks up to the Falcons DSP port, I don't know how to
   get it as yet."

 Well, I guess that it's time to reminisce a bit.  Kris Gasteiger posts:

   "...Speaking of early computers... My first computer was this plastic
   thing from Edmund Scientific, mechanical, programmed by slipping
   plastic sleeves onto sliders. I think it had a four bit bus, and four
   bits of output. I learned about binary from it... To run a program, you
   had to cycle this lever back and forth. Talk about stepping through a

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Kris:

   "I think I actually remember seeing that mechanical computer in the
   Edmund catalogs..!   It was one of those things I always wanted, but
   never could quite afford...   it looked interesting to play with
   I also always wanted a "Brainiac" computer...  that pre-dates the one
   in the Edmund catalog by quite a few years..  it consisted of a board
   with several round disks on it... you'd "program" it by adding or
   removing bare jumper wires to certain areas of the disks.. then when
   the disks were turned, they'd make contact with the board they were
   mounted on in the proper sequence..
   Talk about crude...  but fascinating..!"

 Kris tells Bob:

   "I got that plastic thing as a christmas present, and had a blast with
   it for a couple of weeks... I wonder if it ended up in the attic at my
   folks place... I bet it would be quite the collectors piece these days!
   Brainiac? Sounds like a Superman super villian! Were the jumpers
   electrical, or mechanical in nature? I vaguely remember an analog
   computer with dials to program it, but I doubt it was the Brainiac."

 Bob tells Kris:

   "The "Brainiac" computer was electrical...  essentially just an
   embellishment on the very simple kind of toy where you would have a
   row of paper fasteners down both sides of a sheet of cardboard, with
   hidden wires joining pairs of the fasteners..
   Then you'd have a series of questions (for example) down the left
   side, with a row of answers down the right side, with the object of
   matching the right answer with each question.
   You'd have a battery and light (or buzzer) connected to wires out the
   front that the "operator" would touch to the question and their choice
   of answers, and if correct, the light or buzzer would signal their
   The Brainiac was similar... the round discs were calibrated with
   numbers along the outer circumference so they could be turned and
   aligned with pointers on the "substrate" of pegboard.  The pegboard had
   metal contacts which could be "programmed" for each "application" by
   moving them to different holes beneath the disks, then the disks had
   metal jumpers (like unfolded paperclips) that went between holes on the
   disks depending on the "application"...
   Then when you turned the disks and lined up the numbers on their outer
   edges with the pointers on the pegboard, a complete circuit would be
   made through the metal contacts and wires to light up the "answer"...
   You'd be hard pressed to call it a "digital" computer, but it wasn't
   analog either..
   Like I said, crude.. but fascinating..!
   (I think I actually may have the original advertising flyer for the
   Brainiac around somewhere, with a picture of it...  I never throw
   anything away, and my fascination with computers can probably be traced
   right back to that flyer...  :)"

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