ST Report: 18-Nov-94 #1047

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Subject: ST Report: 18-Nov-94 #1047
Date: Mon Nov 28 00:10:38 1994

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 platforms than many other platforms have seen in years.  For example, new
 versions of WinComm Pro and WinFax Pro in a single communications suite
 that's outstanding. (It'll be reviewed in two weeks, so far it looks
 great) Adobe has replaced the Aldus PhotoStyler with PhotoShop 3. (this is
 a powerhouse) The entertainment software, far too numerous to mention here
 all at once is absolutely stunning in both concept and appearance. 
      Please enjoy this issue as much as I did putting it together.  The
 new goodies outlined in this issue and to be reviewed over the next month
 or so, should give everyone a little "push" in the right or desired
 direction in aiding Santa's helpers make it a wonderful Christmas.

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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #47
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                    ** ThinkPad Wins Best of Comdex **

    IBM Corp.'s ThinkPad 755CD has won the Best of Comdex award co-
 sponsored by BYTE magazine and trade show organizer The Interface Group.
    The ThinkPad 755CD is a mobile multimedia computer that features a 
 built-in CD-ROM drive, stereo speakers, enhanced video and television 
 integration features and a game port. The unit also won the best 
 portable system award.
    Capturing the Most Significant Technology award was Clusters for 
 Windows NT by Digital Equipment Corp., a clustering technology that 
 allows multiple NT servers to act as a single computing resource. 
 Finalists in the category were the Sportster Digital SVD Modem by U.S. 
 Robotics and Hewlett-Packard's 4 megabits per second infrared 
    The Best Printer honor was taken by the PN60 Portable Printer from 
 Citizen America Corp.
    The Best System winner was the Multia MultiClient Desktop by Digital 
 Equipment Corp.
    Taking the Best Applications Software honor was PageKeeper 2.0 by 
 CAERE Corp.
    Selected as Best Development/System Software was Delphi 95 by 
    The Best Multimedia Software award went to Media Suite Pro for 
 Windows by Avid Technology.
                    ** Dell Computer's Profits Rise **
    Dell Computer Corp. this week reported substantially improved third 
 quarter revenues and profits largely credited to strong sales of the 
 computer maker's Latitude notebook computers and high-end, Pentium 
 processor-based systems.
    Reports for the three months ended Oct. 30, show Dell reporting 
 profits of $41.4 million (or 93 cents a share), compared with profits of 
 $12 million (or 26 cents a share) a year ago. Sales increased 17% during 
 the quarter to $884.6 million from $757.3 million in the same period of 
                   ** Windows Printing Gets Support **
    Microsoft Corp. reports that nine printer manufacturers have agreed 
 to support its Windows Printing System technology.
    Microsoft notes that the printer makers -- including Canon, Epson, 
 Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark International, NEC, Olivetti and Texas 
 Instruments -- manufacture the majority of desktop printers worldwide.
    The Windows Printing System technology is designed to seamlessly 
 integrate printers with Windows 95, providing easier installation, setup 
 and operation and what-you-see-is- what-you-get (WYSIWYG) printing.
                ** IBM's PowerPC Computers to Use OS/2 **
    Despite earlier talks with Apple concerning a common operating system 
 for the PowerPC technology it co-developed with Apple and Motorola Inc., 
 reports from Comdex say that IBM and Apple will each equip their PowerPC 
 based computers with different operating software.  IBM revealed that it 
 will equip its PowerPC-based machine with the OS/2 operating system, 
 while Apple will use its MacOS.
    Due to having to support two different operating systems, some 
 experts feel that this decision may make the cost of developing software 
 for the PowerPC too expensive and some developers may avoid writing 
 software for the PowerPC computers.
                  ** Apple Passes Compaq in Shipments **
    According to the latest marketing figures from Dataquest Inc., Apple 
 Computer Co. passed Compaq Computer Corp. in PC sales in the United 
 States during the third quarter of this year.

    Dataquest researchers say that for the first two quarters, Compaq far 
 outdistanced its competition, but due to the strength of its Power 
 Macintosh line shipping 641,000 units, Apple was able to ship 24,000 
 more units than Compaq in the third quarter.
                  ** Microsoft Net Eyes Spring Launch **

    Bill Gates says Microsoft Corp. will launch its new online service -- 
 called Microsoft Network -- in 35 countries in the first half of next 
    Speaking at Comdex, Gates said the system will use financial incen-
 tives and special development tools to attract companies that sell 
    Software for linking to the new network is to be part of Microsoft's 
 new Windows 95 operating system, set for release by April.
    Reports are that the Microsoft service -- code-named "Marvel" -- will 
 be run by a bank of computers on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Wash., 
 and will feature news and weather, science and technology, business and 
                   ** DEC Unveils New Chip, Printer **
    Digital Equipment Corp. has unveiled a new faster version of its 
 Alpha microprocessor and has released what it says is the industry's 
 smallest, lightest portable ink-jet printer.
    Digital officials said the new Alpha 21066A has an integrated on-chip 
 memory controller and graphics accelerator, which can reduce the cost of 
 computer systems. Included also is a feature that can vastly reduce 
 power consumption during periods of inactivity.
    Meanwhile, the new printer, the DECwriter 90ip, introduced at Comdex, 
 is about a foot tall, 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches deep and weighs 
 less than 2 1/2 pounds.
    Priced at $340, the unit prints two pages per minute and uses either 
 battery or AC current.
                    ** Playboy Eyes Online Offering **
    Officials with Playboy magazine say they are looking for a partner to 
 make the publication available on an online service within the next 
    Speaking to shareholders at Playboy Enterprises Inc.'s annual meeting 
 in New York, President/CEO Christie Hefner said the company is working 
 with the media consulting company Creative Artists Agency to find a 
                  ** Microsoft's Cairo Ready in 1996 **
    Microsoft Corp. announced this week that the next generation of 
 Windows NT, "Cairo," will be available in 1996.
    "It's safe to say Cairo will be out sometime in '96," Mike Maples, 
 Microsoft vice president of products said.
    Windows NT is a powerful operating system for workstations, servers 
 and advanced desktop computing.
    Testing on Cairo will begin late next year. It will be fully portable 
 to the PowerPC computer design, which was recently announced by Apple 
 Computer Inc., Motorola Inc. and IBM Corp. Apple plans to introduce in 
 1996 a computer based on the PowerPC, which will be able to run Windows 
 NT, IBM's OS/2 and several other operating systems.
                    ** Dell Rolls Out Five New PCs **
    Five new personal computers built around Intel Corp.'s Pentium micro-
 processor are being unveiled this week by Dell Computer Corp.
    Reports say with Pentium chips running at speeds of 75 and 100 MHz, 
 the PCs range in price from $1,879 to $5,178, depending on hard drive 
 size and other features. The prices include a monitor. Since June has 
 sold a Pentium 60 MHz PC for just under $2,000.
    Unveiled at Comdex, the new models are in Dell's OptiPlex and Omni-
 Plex brands. The company says it also is rolling out versions in its 
 Dimension family and plans to offer a new 15-inch monitor.
                   ** U.S. Robotics Offers New Modem **
    U.S. Robotics Inc. has announced its new Total Control MP/8 and Total 
 Control MP/16, which it says integrate the firm's V.Everything modem 
 technology into a low-profile, enclosed chassis.
    The MP/16 carries a list price of $590 per port, while the MP/8 is 
 listed at $624 per port.
    In a statement, the company said it also has created a custom cable 
 for seamless connection to Cisco 2500 series access devices.
                   ** License Plate Dating Unveiled **

    Pro Components Corp., a computer products distributor based in South-
 field, Michigan, has introduced an on-the-road dating service called 
 Love at First Sight (LAFS).
    Members get a voice-mail box on the system equal to the first four 
 digits of their license plate number and a LAFS license plate frame that 
 tells other drivers they're a member. Interested drivers can contact 
 members by calling the LAFS system, entering the first four digits of 
 the member's plate number and leaving them a message. The system can 
 also page the mailbox's owner.
    "You meet people in your neighborhood, at school, at work, at your 
 health club, at bars -- why not on the road while you're driving?" says 
 Pro Components' owner Mark Campbell. "LAFS gives people a new tool that 
 can be used in a lot of ways. For example, some members are using the 
 system to sell their cars and even their homes. Interested parties call 
 the LAFS number, enter a plate number or an address, and instead of a 
 description of a member, they hear a description of a car or home for 
 sale. It makes the entire process more efficient," says Campbell.
                   ** Hayes Modems Files Chapter XI **
    Modem industry standard-setter Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc. has 
 filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter XI of the U.S. 
 Bankruptcy Code.
    The Wall Street Journal quoted Hayes CEO Dennis C. Hayes as attri-
 buting the action to a "short-term cash shortage" brought on by rapidly 
 growing demand amid what the paper terms a series of "manufacturing 
    Hayes said the company, whose assets and liabilities total more than 
 $100 million each, remains solvent and expects to emerge from its 
 reorganization in a matter of months.
    Hayes says sales at his 16 year-old company remain strong, with re-
 venue for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 totaling more than $270 mil-
 lion, a 38% increase over the previous year. He said the figure would 
 have been much higher, if the company hadn't encountered its manufac-
 turing difficulties. He declined to release information on the firm's 
 net income or to say whether it turned a profit last year.
                      ** U.S. Marshals Close BBS **
    Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. have announced that U.S. Marshals 
 have raided the home of the system operator of the Cloud 9 computer 
 bulletin board system (BBS) for suspected software piracy.
    The companies claim that the Minneapolis-based BBS had been offering 
 users access to hundreds of illegal copies of copyright protected 
 software products, including Novell Netware and the beta version of 
 Windows 95.
    The Cloud 9 system included 22GB of data. The system components and 
 pirated software were seized at the time of the raid.
    A U.S. District Court judge has entered a preliminary injunction 
 prohibiting the system operator from any further infringing activity. 
 The judge also impounded all of the computer hardware and software 
 seized at the time of the raid.
    "Although we are competitors in the marketplace, the damaging effects 
 of software piracy greatly harm both our companies -- and all software 
 publishers worldwide," says Jim Lowe, a Microsoft corporate attorney. 
 "Neither Microsoft nor Novell will stand by while bulletin boards 
 illegally offer our products to download. We intend to review the 
 business records and system information of the Cloud 9 BBS, and may 
 bring additional actions against the system's users." 
                    ** Student Admits Stealing Data **
    A 32-year-old Cornell University graduate student has pleaded guilty 
 to using a computer to take sensitive information from the Pentagon's 
 Defense Mapping Agency in a plan to split the profits with a commercial 
 map dealer.
    Andrew Fox, who pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, 
 Virginia, to illegal conversion of government property, now faces up to 
 10 years in prison. The judge set Fox's sentencing for Jan. 20.
    Sources say the court documents accuse Fox, a doctoral candidate, of 
 copying data from Cornell's computers to cassette tapes and taking more 
 than 200 tapes in 1993 to his residence in Vienna, Va.
    Prosecutors told the court Fox began to provide the tapes to a com-
 mercial map dealer, which was going to sell them and split the profits.
                    ** Prodigy Agrees to Track User **

    Word is Prodigy officials have agreed to track down a subscriber who 
 is accused of libelling Long Island, New York, investment bank Stratton 
 Oakmont in online messages last month.
    The New York Times reports this week Prodigy agreed to this in State 
 Supreme Court in Nassau County, New York, in response to a libel suit 
 filed by Stratton Oakmont and bank president Daniel Porush.
    The suit alleges the subscriber made libelous statements at least 
 twice during the third week of October, around the time the bank was 
 helping a company with its initial public offering.
    Sources say, "The suit raises issues of defamation over electronic 
 networks, a subject with little case law. One issue was whether the 
 electronic bulletin board could be held responsible for the message of 
 one of its users."
    Besides Prodigy itself, the suit names as a defendant a David Lusby 
 of Key West, Florida. Meanwhile, Lusby's lawyer is quoted as saying his 
 client's Prodigy account was inactive and that someone else must have 
 been using it without his authorization.
    The electronic message at issue in the case appeared Oct. 22 or Oct. 
 23 on Prodigy's Money Talk bulletin board, where subscribers post 
 comments on financial issues. 

           ** Atari Corp. Announces Third Quarter Profits **
    Atari Corp. this week reported its financial results for the third 
 quarter ended Sept. 30, 1994.
    Net sales for the third quarter of 1994 were $7.1 million, as com-
 pared to $4.4 million for the same period of 1993, an increase of 61%. 
 For the nine months of 1994, sales were $23.4 million as compared to 
 $20.3 million for the same period of 1993, an increase of 15%.
    A substantial portion of the 1994 revenues were derived from the 
 Atari Jaguar 64-bit multimedia system. As a result of the limited 
 software library available during the third quarter and the company's 
 increased marketing expenses to promote Jaguar, the company incurred a 
 net loss of $3.9 million as compared to a net loss of $17.6 million for 
 the third quarter of 1993. For the nine months ended 1994, the company 
 incurred a net loss of $8.2 million as compared to a net loss of $26.2 
 million for the same period 1993.
    Commenting on the report, Sam Tramiel, President, said, "The company 
 continues to focus its efforts on making additional software titles 
 available for the Jaguar. Although late in delivering titles, the devel-
 opers have passed through the learning curve of harnessing the Jaguar 
 technology and expect a continuous flow of software titles to be avail-
 able throughout the current Christmas selling season and beyond. We are 
 very pleased with the success of our premier title for 1994, "Alien vs. 
 Predator"(TM), which has been critically acclaimed by various game 
 magazines. Over 50% of existing Jaguar owners have bought Alien vs. 
 Predator, a very high rate for the industry! Clearly a hit title."
                    ** Atari and Sega Finalize Deal **
    Atari Corporation announced this week that it has received regulatory 
 approval in connection with its agreements with Sega and the transac-
 tions have closed.
    Sega has paid Atari $50 million (Atari's net being less contingent 
 legal fees and costs) in exchange for a license from Atari covering the 
 use of a library of patents. In addition, Sega has made an equity 
 investment in Atari of $40 million at a common share price of $8.50. 
 Finally, Sega and Atari have entered into cross licensing agreements 
 through the year 2001. The cross licensing agreement also allows the two 
 companies to publish on each of their respective platforms.
    Commenting on the announcement, Sam Tramiel, president of Atari, 
 said, "We are very pleased to have closed these transactions. These 
 funds will be used to increase software development for the Atari Jaguar 
 as well as increased promotional activity and other working capital 
                   ** Nintendo Unveils 'Virtual Boy' **
    Nintendo Co. Ltd. this week introduced its 3-D virtual reality system 
 it calls "Virtual Boy," a 32-bit game machine with twice the computing 
 processing power of the 16-bit units now popular in the video game 

    Claiming that Virtual Boy will dominate the next generation of video 
 games, Nintendo displayed the new system at a trade show in Tokyo and 
 announced plans to start selling it next April in Japan and the United 
 States for about $200, reports say.
    Virtual Boy seals players inside a private world by blocking out 
 light when their faces are pressed against a viewer. Two light-emitting 
 displays give a 3-D effect, and a small speaker for each ear provide 
 sound effects.
    Reports state that the toy's three-dimensional, high-resolution 
 graphics, in shades of red on a black background, make characters and 
 other images seem to jump out and fall back while moving through space.
    Those viewing the system for the first time this week expressed dis-
 appointment that it was not full-color and does not "track" a user's 
 movements. Nintendo said the full-color system would have been 
    "It's not really good-looking yet," Hiroki Sasagawa, a 23-year-old 
 game software developer, said after pulling away from the view piece, 
 mounted on a stand, and releasing the hand-held control panel.
    Software cartridges are expected to cost between $50 to $70.


 > Frank's Corner STR Feature

                            Mac Software Specials
                               Nordic Software

 by Frank Sereno

 Nordic Software is now offering 60 to 80 percent savings on their line of
 MacKids educational software.  Preschool Pack and WordSearch Deluxe were
 originally retailed at $69.95 but are now discounted to $19.95.  Preschool
 Pack teaches counting, pattern recognition and the alphabet, and develops
 short-term memory and beginning math skills in children ages three to six. 
 WordSearch Deluxe improves vocabulary in children ages six through adult
 the solving of the hidden word puzzles included with the program or you
 can create your own.

 Jungle Quest, Word Quest and Christmas Pack were originally $59.95 but are
 now discounted to $14.95.  Jungle Quest and Word Quest are adventure games
 which educate.  Jungle Quest requires the child to solve math problems to
 complete the quest.  Problems can be customized.  Word Quest allows the
 child to rescue a kingdom by learning to spell.  Spoken words include
 spelling lists for grades one through six.  Words which are often
 misspelled are emphasized by the program and words which are missed will
 appear later in the quest.  Both Quest games are intended for children
 ages five to twelve.  Christmas Pack is for children ages four and up and
 includes fifteen Christmas activities.  A CD-rom version is available for

 Turbo Math Facts combines racing fun with learning math skills.  This
 program has adjustable difficulty levels and includes tutorials.  Turbo
 Math is discounted from $49.95 to $19.95.  Kolor Klips is a collection of
 original 60 clip art pieces which has been reduced from $74.95 to $9.95.

 Nordic Software also introduces three new products at greatly reduced
 prices.  Language Explorer has been discounted from $57.95 to $24.95 for
 the disk version while the CD-rom version has been reduced from $77.95 to
 $29.95.  This program gives children the opportunity to learn over 500
 words in English, French, German and Spanish.  The program has five
 adjustable difficulty levels.  The CD-rom version features the words being
 pronounced by a native speaker.
 Coin Critters is available for $24.95 discounted from $57.95.  Math skills
 are learned by solving problems spoken by a human voice.  Tasks include
 identifying American currency, purchasing items and counting back change. 
 Coin Critters is designed for children ages five to twelve.

 The final program in this sales offering is Clock Shop.  Children ages
 five to twelve learn digital and analog time by clicking and dragging the
 hour and minute hands of the clock in response to questions posed by a
 human voice.  This program was reduced in price from $57.95 to $24.95.

 Hardware requirements for all these programs are a Mac Plus or greater,
 one meg of ram, hard drive and System 6.0.7 or greater.  Language Explorer
 requires a color Macintosh.

 You may contact Nordic Software's order line at 1-800-306-6502 for more
 details.  Visa, MasterCard and personal checks are accepted.  There is a
 $5.00 shipping and handling charge on each order.  Sales tax is charged
 for sales to Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma
 and Wisconsin.  If you wish more information on these programs, contact
 the publisher through the following:

                            Nordic Software, Inc.
                                P.O. Box 6007
                           Lincoln, NE 68506-0007
                             Phone: 402-488-5086
                             Fax:   402-488-2914


 The Kids' Computing Corner

 by Frank Sereno

 Nordic Software presents the Preschool Parade for Macintosh and Windows
 computers.  This program is intended for children ages three to six and it
 includes twenty-three learning activities.  Preschool Parade is available
 in floppy diskette versions for both computer types and as a dual format
 CD-rom.  Windows requirements are Win 3.1 or later, a 386SX CPU or better,
 ten megs of hard drive space, four megs of ram, 640 by 480 display with
 256 colors and a sound card is recommended.  For the Mac, required are a
 Color Macintosh, System 6.0.7 or greater, two megs of ram and 10 megs of
 hard drive space.   For the CD-rom, you must have a CD-rom drive and for
 IBM compatibles your system must be compliant with MPC Level 1.

 The main interface of the program is a multi-screen animated picture of a
 marching band on a city street.  Yellow right and left arrow icons allow
 the child to scroll through the scenes.   Activities are started when the
 child clicks the mouse on any band character or float or by pressing a
 function key.  Children will learn counting, shapes, letters, puzzle-
 solving, basic music, matching and the meaning of different and same.

 While the program has twenty-three activities, four different interfaces
 are used for four activities each.  Each of these interfaces uses a stop
 sign to end the current activity and return to the parade.  The activities
 are divided by color, shape, letters and numbers.  The child continues
 these activities until he tires of them and clicks on the stop button.

 The talking aardvark is the host for four games involving the matching of
 colors, letters, numbers and shapes.  Four mismatched pairs of objects
 will be shown on the screen.  The child must click and drag a line from
 the dot next to one object to the dot next to its match.  When the child
 correctly identifies all four pairs, he will hear a very short musical
 bit.  If any of the pairs are wrong, then all the lines will be erased and
 he will have to start over.  I feel the correct pairs should continue to
 be identified by lines and only the incorrect pairs need to be changed. 
 Also, it would be more informative for the child if he could hear the name
 of the shapes, letters, colors and numbers when he clicks upon them. 
 Positive feedback is almost nonexistent.  The clicking and dragging of
 lines from dot to dot may be too difficult for
 younger children as they must hold the mouse button down while moving the
 mouse.  The aardvark will repeat the instructions for the exercises if he
 is clicked upon.

 Four activities for learning the names of shapes, letters, numbers and
 colors are hosted by a talking rabbit.  The rabbit will be shown on the
 screen with five balloons.  He will ask the child to click on the balloon
 which features a specific color, shape, letter or number.  If he clicks on
 a wrong answer, it will simply be removed from the screen.  A correct
 answer gets a short little ditty.  I believe the child should be told the
 name of his incorrect choices and that he should receive more positive
 encouragement than a short sound bit.  Instructions will be repeated if
 the rabbit is clicked upon.

 The talking mouse hosts the games for learning differences.  This
 interface features five balloons and one will be different from the
 others.  The child's task is to find the different object.  Again, wrong
 answers are removed if they are clicked upon without the item being named. 
 Correct answers get a disappointing little music bit.

 Another four tasks involve finding objects which are the same.  The
 interface consists a turtle holding a balloon featuring the target object. 
 The child must then find the match from five other balloons on the screen. 
 Picking an incorrect answer causes that balloon to pop without that object
 being named.  Correct answers again get a three or four note music bit. 
 The turtle will give instructions when he is clicked upon.

 The seven remaining activities all have unique interfaces although they
 all suffer from the lack of positive, vocal encouragement for correct

 Concentration game has no audible instructions.  It is designed as a two-
 player game but an individual can play alone.  There is no computer
 opponent option.  The player who is out of turn is indicated by a picture
 of a sleeping animal with zzz's coming from its mouth.  Click on the
 squares to turn them over to match the pictures underneath.  A little bell
 will sound when a match is made and the computer will keep track of the

 The Alphabet Adventure has no audible instructions.  Four blocks with
 letters are shown to the left of a large illustration.  The computer will
 describe the picture and state the first letter of its name.  The child
 must then choose the beginning letter the object from one of the four
 shown.  The program will repeat the description if the child clicks on the
 picture.  If a wrong letter is clicked upon, the program will announce it
 and then remove that letter as a choice.  Positive feedback is a few
 musical notes.

 Count Off again fails to have audible instructions or help.  The game's
 objective is to count the marching band members shown on the street.  The
 child can click on each member so they will count off aloud. Members which
 have been counted will quit marching and will not be counted aloud again. 
 Incorrect responses will be stated aloud and then removed from the screen. 
 This section again has little positive feedback.  This activity does not
 use the stop sign icon but a banner marked "Exit" to return to the main
 screen. The "next" banner is used to skip a problem.
 The Coloring Book allows the child to color four outlined pictures and a
 blank page.  This simple pain program has sixteen colors, two paint
 brushes and a fill icon.  Pictures can be printed to be colored with
 crayons, markers, etc.  The last painted image of each picture is saved. A
 kaleidoscope icon allows the child to simulate an LSD trip!  Sorry, that's
 a bad attempt at humor.  The icon does cause the picture to meld, fold and
 rotate like a kaleidoscope.  That's interesting but not particularly
 educational.  Again, no audible help is available to the child.

 The Jumbled Picture activity again has no audible instructions.  The child
 must click on the picture once to have it jumbled, then click again to
 stop the mixing.  The puzzle is solved by clicking on a puzzle piece and
 then clicking where it should be located. Four different pictures are
 available using six to twelve pieces.  This exercise should aid in
 developing problem solving and logic skills.

 Marimba is the last activity and it again has no audible instruction.  The
 child can play six different songs by clicking on the colored keys to the
 pattern of the displayed sheet music or he can listen to the song by
 clicking on the ear.  He can also make original songs by clicking on the
 keys to make xylophone music.  This program does not have the option of
 recording and playing back the original creations of your child.  Piano
 sounds are used for song playbacks and are scratchy and distorted on my SB
 PRO audio card.  This music is easily heard and distinguished though.

 The user guide contains no technical help nor is a phone number provided
 for technical support.  The program should run flawlessly on a properly
 configured system but most manuals do provide helpful hints should you
 have trouble.  The map provided in the booklet is incorrect on the
 activities associated with several characters in the marching band.  The
 menu bar is hidden and is accessed by pressing CTRL-spacebar on Windows
 machines.  The program has the option of an adult password to prevent the
 child from leaving the program without the parent's consent.

 Graphics are colorful in the tradition of many children's books using 
 lots of bright colors.  Some animations are jerky or do not look like
 natural movements.  Lips are definitely not synched with the sound.  The
 sounds are good usually, especially the marching band song.  Voiced
 instructions are easily heard and understood. Not many sound effects are
 used.  The one problem was the poor sound quality of the piano playback in
 the Marimba game.

 The interface needs improvement.  Some activities do not have audible
 instructions or help.  The clicking and dragging of lines in some matching
 activities is difficult for younger children to master.  The lack of
 feedback is a serious flaw.  The magic of the computer is that it can
 easily provide enthusiastic responses to correct answers long after a
 loving parent has become too tired show the proper enthusiasm.  In
 instances where an incorrect answer is chosen, I believe the child should
 be told the name of the object, letter or color he has chosen and reminded
 of his intended target.  Inaccuracies in the program booklet regarding the
 map of activities are a minor inconvenience and do not affect gameplay.

 Play value is average to below average. The lack of positive feedback does
 not encourage the child to continue the activities for too long.  Many of
 these exercises are the computer equivalent of flash cards.  Do you
 remember those fondly?  I think not.  Another problem is that most of the
 exercises have no conclusion.  The child continues an activity until he is
 bored with it, which won't take too long because of the lack of positive
 feedback.  If the parent or teacher provides the necessary feedback, the
 child probably will play long enough to learn.

 Educational value is good in that the program covers many subjects
 necessary for preschoolers to learn before entering kindergarten.  The
 design of the exercises seems good except the lack of positive feedback to
 encourage long enough sessions with the program.  If you purchase this
 program, you MUST provide the missing encouragement to get a full return
 on this software investment.  

 Bang for the Buck.  Preschool Parade sells for about $40 retail.  This
 program is only a good buy if a parent is willing to provide the
 encouragement and incentives that this program failed to include.  It does
 have a good educational basis but this program seems quite primitive in
 comparison with its competition.  If this program is updated to overcome
 its shortcomings, it could be a good buy but I cannot recommend it in its
 current form.


                     Graphics ........... 8.0
                     Sounds ............. 7.0
                     Interface .......... 6.0
                     Play Value ......... 6.0
                     Educational Value .. 7.0
                     Bang for the Buck .. 6.0
                     Average ............ 6.67


 Activision announced recently that it has signed an agreement with Jim
 Henson Productions for the development of Muppet Treasure Island.  This
 program will be the first title in a new product line called "Adventures
 Games That Teach."  Activision intends to use high production values and
 Hollywood talent to bolster the Activision for Kids label to major
 contender status in the children's software market.

 Activision will bring children into the fantasy world of Robert Louis
 Stevenson's Treasure Island by using 3-D backgrounds and live action
 footage of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.  The program is intended to
 combine storytelling with educational activities that will delight and
 educate both children and parents.  Muppet Treasure Island has an expected
 release date of Thanksgiving, 1995.

 Activision also plans to bring many of its best-selling titles from the
 80's back to prominence in the 90's.  The first of these titles was last
 year's successful release of the multimedia adventure, Return to Zork. 
 The next of the Infocom text adventures to get the multimedia treatment
 will be Steve Meretzky's Planetfall.  Additional material will be provided
 by Hans Beimler and Richard Manning who wrote screenplays for several
 years for Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Activision is also planning
 another return to the magical world of Zork with an unnamed title due in

 In the first quarter of 1995, Activision promises to release two
 compilations of Windows versions of their best titles from the Atari 2600
 video system.  These compilations will include ten to fifteen titles each
 and will include titles such as Pitfall!, Kaboom!, River Raid and Chopper
 Command.  The games will be true to the originals and will come on a
 choice of floppy disk or CD-rom.  So parents will now get the chance to
 show their children what gaming used to be like without having to hook up
 an aging game console.  Anybody up for a game of Freeway?

 And speaking of classics, Activision is bringing a new Pitfall! adventure
 to the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and the PC.  Pitfall: The Mayan
 Adventure features the son of the original Harry in more spine-tingling
 adventures.  Fight crocodiles and explore abandoned mines.  The program
 will feature traditional cell animation by Kroyer Films, the company which
 produced the animated feature, FernGully: The Last Rain Forest.  Hidden
 within the game will be a replication of the original Atari 2600 game. 
 Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure should be available in retail outlets soon.


 Edmark Corporation announces the imminent release of Imagination Express,
 an interactive storybook maker for kids of all ages.  The program will be
 available on CD-rom for both Windows and Macintosh machines.

 Imagination Express uses Theme Packs, each having its own unique art style
 and containing hundreds of character and object stickers,  richly
 illustrated backgrounds, animations, video clips, sound bites, educational
 tips and more.  Children can then create stories by making scenes, adding
 text, music, dialogue and narration.  Stories can be played back on the
 computer or printed out for sharing.  Edmark included some samples of
 color and laser output and it is beautiful.

 Imagination Express will ship with the Destination: Neighborhood Theme
 Pack which features characters and scenes of typical American life.  As a
 special introductory offer, a bonus Theme Pack, Destination: Castle will
 be included.  Destination: Castle features dragons, knights and more.

 This program contains proprietary technology to allow images to be
 automatically sized for the proper perspective as they are moved about the
 screen.  If an image is moved to the back of the picture, it will become
 smaller.  Objects can also be placed in front of or behind other objects
 on the screen.  For example, a character could be placed inside a house to
 peek out a window.

 The Adult Options section will allow parents to restrict tools to make the
 program simpler for younger users or to enable all the tools to allow
 older children to make complex multimedia productions.

 Theme Packs will include Story Ideas via video clips of children
 discussion story lines.  A Fact Book is included with fascinating
 information concerning each theme.  Also included is a Dear Parents
 section which gives tips to parents on getting the most out of the
 software for their children.

 Imagination Express will retail for $40 and will be available through
 major software retailers and software catalogs.  A School Version will be
 made available in 1995.  Additional Theme Packs will also be made
 available in early 1995 but no pricing information is available at this
 time.  For more information, call Edmark Customer Service at 206-556-8484.


 Items coming up for review in the Kids' Computing Corner include a
 Wallobee Jack adventure from WordPerfect MainStreet, Wanderoos Go
 Exploring by Optical Data Interactive, Word Stuff and Adventures in Flight
 from Sanctuary Woods, and Thinkin' Things Collection 1 on CD-rom and
 Thinkin' Things Collection 2 on floppy disk from Edmark.

 The Internet mailing list is still under construction.  More details on
 that as they become available.  Meanwhile, please contact me via the
 following addresses:

                FidoNET:   Frank Sereno at 1:2235/10
                U.S. Mail: 528 West Ave.
                          Morris, IL 60450

 As always, I thank you for reading!


 > COMDEX FALL'94 STR Spotlight            Highlights & Information

                          MICROSOFT ONLINE SERVICE

      It was supposed to be a secret in the electronic world: "Microsoft is
 organizing an online service." And as most Gates offerings are, it is
 going to be quite elaborate.  The prototype name is Marvel, it was
 unveiled this past week at Comdex Fall'94 in Las Vegas.  It has Internet 
 and everything else the other services offer. It will however, be an
 integral part of Windows 95.  This means that when Microsoft ships a
 projected 20 million copies of Windows 95 during its first in release,
 starting in mid-1995, Marvel will have the potential of generating a
 membership of huge numbers.  Of course, time will tell. 

                        Marvel Now Microsoft Network
      Marvel, the online service to accompany Windows-95, has been publicly
 renamed Microsoft Network.  The online service will be offered with
 Microsoft's operating system, Windows-95.  Bill Gates offered, "We see
 Microsoft Network as an opportunity to innovate this market. Currently,
 less than 10% of the users who get on a service stay on. The existing
 services are too slow, too complicated and offer no unique content. We
 will not measure ourselves on content, but instead will focus on unique
 developments and technology. "

      Portable computer users who are constantly on the road all claim the
 biggest problem with getting a notebook PC repaired may be that the owner
 doesn't stay in one place long enough. IBM is addressing the situation by
 establishing a new repair service for the ThinkPad notebooks.  "EasyServ"
 overnight repair option allows traveling ThinkPad users give a
 malfunctioning computer to FedEx. Who then delivers it to the special
 Technology Service Solutions repair center.  The center is a joint venture
 IBM established with Eastman Kodak Co. The service is designed to accept
 the defective machine, repair it and ship it back to whatever the
 designated destination may be via FedEx overnight.


      EG&G Reticon displayed three new imaging peripherals for PCs and Macs
 that are billed as the very first "plug-and-play" HDTV (high definition
 television) desktop cameras.  "There are two types' of HDTV: HDTV for
 broadcast use, and higher resolution HDTV for scientific imaging". EG&G's
 1024 by 1024 pixel HDTV cameras provide the higher resolution required for
 scientific imaging, at prices starting at under $5,000.

                          COMDEX - Gates Keynotes 

      Bill Gates of Microsoft opened the 1994 COMDEX-Fall'94 in Las Vegas
 with a keynote address done from the Aladdin Hotel Theater for the
 Performing Arts.  Gates began his keynote address by saying that the pace
 of change has never been greater, and that the information highway is now
 being shaped. He said there are 40 million PCs sold every year and he
 expects the growth to continue. "The pace of innovation is the key to
 growth," he said, "and processor performance is also key."

                          FED'S #2 MAN GOES TO IBM

 The FBI'S No. 2 "BOSS MAN" retires as of 12/30/94.  Namely, Deputy
 Director David Binney, who joined the FBI in 1970.  Binney will assume the
 position of Director of Security for IBM Corp. in Armonk, N.Y.

      Over the course of the next three weeks, we shall be presenting a
 good deal more of Comdex info.  The flow of information about new products
 being shown from Wireless Networks to Calamus NT has been overwhelming. 
 Once its all sorted out it'll be presented in a uniform format.  It
 promises to be quite a job.

 > Micrografx Designer STR FOCUS!               HINTS & KINKS!

                          MICROGRAFX DESIGNER HINTS

 1) Many of the Designers dialog boxes have a lot of extra functionality in
 them. In the upper right hand corner of some dialogs is a little button
 with 2 arrow pointing to the right. This is the Details button. When
 pressed the dialog box will open up to show extra and sometimes more
 advanced options to do. Here is a list of the dialogs that have this

 File Save       - Reveals the description field.
 Page Setup      - Show a preview of the page that you are creating.
 Transform       - Enables the transform stack for combining symbol rotation,
                   scaling and movements. 
 Spell Checker   - Reveals custom dictionaries.
 Palette Manager - Reveals the 2 and 4 color automatic color mixer. 

 2) There are two ways in designer to select symbols with a mouse. The
 default ways is called visible picking and it requires that you click on
 the fill or the edge of a symbol. This allows a more natural way of
 selecting what you see. The second method,  overlapped picking, allows you
 select symbols whose bounding boxes are beneath the mouse cursor. It is
 active by holding ALT key while picking. This is useful quickly selecting
 overlapped or obscured symbols that cannot be selected by the visible
 method. Continuing to click while the ALT key is down will cycle
 through all the symbols whose bonds are fall within the cursor.

 3) Clicking the right mouse button on the work area brings the mouse menus
 actions for the current mode. Holding the ALT key down when right clicking
 will perform any user defined designer command. This is useful for
 performing common commands very quickly. The user may set the right mouse
 command in the preferences dialog.
 4) You can quickly change the symbol colors with any line or fill style by
 simply clicking in the Floating or Ribbon Color Palettes. Left clicking a
 color changes the primary fill color, while shift left clicking a color
 changes the secondary fill color. Primary colors are the solid, starting
 gradient, hatch,  symbol, and bitmap colors. Secondary colors are the
 background and ending gradient colors. Right clicking or shift right
 clicking changes the primary and secondary colors of the line.  

 5) Clicking the system menu button of the floating palette brings up a
 menu of all the palette management functions. This includes: adding,
 deleting, sorting colors and arranging colors as well as enabling color
 names, changing palettes, and spawning the palette manager dialog.

 6) Clicking Fill style button in the status bar with the right mouse
 button will make that style the default style. Clicking the Line style
 button in the status bar will the right mouse button will make that  line
 style default. Making a style default means that any symbols created after
 that point will have that style. Left clicking these buttons brings up the
 line or fill dialogs.

 7) The status bar at the bottom of the workspace has several handy picture
 buttons. These are the snap points, snap to rulers, zoom page, zoom in,
 zoom out picture buttons. Clicking on these pictures will perform the
 particular action or command. 

 8) You can add any command to the designer toolbar. Just use the menu
 command File > Preferences > Toolbox to bring up the toolbox dialog which
 allows you to customize your interface.

 9) Profiles are a collection of all of your preferences. You may want to
 use a different profile for different kinds of work (such as graphic
 design or technical illustration). You may want to change preferences for
 one particular session or project, and then return to your normal
 preferences. The profile document stores such things as your styles,
 palettes, units, and tools. Use the menu File > Preferences > Profile
 bring up the Profile dialog. This dialog will allow you to add, delete,
 change and save your different profiles.

 10) Moving while drawing - This useful feature allows you to move a symbol
 before you finish drawing it. While drawing a symbol such as a rectangle,
 press and hold the right mouse button without releasing the left mouse
 button. While both buttons are down you can move the symbol to where you
 want it. Let go of the right button and you can continue drawing.

 11) Choose the Add View command (Shift+F4) in the Window menu to open
 another window for the current drawing, so that you can have an additional
 view of the file. You can use the additional view to see two different
 zoom levels at once or to view two different pages at once.

 12) The ClipArt Manager lets you insert a ClipArt item into your document
 either by double clicking the item in the ClipArt window or by dragging
 the item from the ClipArt window and dropping it into your document. Both
 methods are quick and easy to use. You can use either method in button
 view. You must use the double-click method from file view.

 13) The Fill After Line command in the Overlap menu in the Style ribbon
 causes the line fill to be drawn on top of the interior fill. This only
 applies to symbols with wide lines. This allows you to hide some
 overlapping lines of a symbol.

 14) In Reshape, to add point, point to where you want the point, press
 Shift, and click. The point is added. Release Shift. Be sure to click
 rather than pressing the mouse button. 

 15) In Reshape, if you press and hold Shift while you move the control
 point of an unlocked cusp, it behaves as if it were a locked cusp. If you
 press and hold Ctrl, it behaves as if it were a symmetrical curve.

 16) You can use the constraint buttons in the ribbon to restrict or change
 how a symbol draws. For example, selecting the Proportional Constraint
 button forces a rectangle to draw as a square. If you're drawing ellipses,
 the same button forces an ellipse to draw as a perfect circle.

 Pressing Ctrl as you draw constrained lines or forces horizontal and
 vertical movements.

 Pressing Ctrl as you draw rectangular or elliptical shapes to draw as
 perfect squares or circles.

 Pressing Shift as you draw also reverses the direction when creating
 symbols from a single side.

 Pressing Shift as you draw  circles, lines and squares will make them draw
 from the center.


 > ZEOS International STR InfoFile             STReport Mini-Series

                          ZEOS INTERNATIONAL, LTD.

                               A DREAM SYSTEM!

      Let's begin the fifth article in an STReport mini-series based on
 what can only be called a "Dream System" with the ZEOS International 90MHZ
 Pentium at the center.  Through the course of the mini-series, we shall
 cover in detail the installation of each of the custom peripherals which
 are listed below.
 The Peripheral List:

      A)- 2 1083 Mb Western Digital 31000a Enhanced IDE Hard Drives
      B)- 1 Teac CDROM CD55a 4x Drive
      C)- 1 Mitsumi IDE CDROM Drive

      D)- 1 Archive Viper 250mb SCSI Tape Backup

      E)- 1 Sound Blaster AWE32 Sound Card w 2mb & Roland SCD-15 Daughter
      F)- 1 Maxtor 340Mb SCSI Hard Disk
      G)- 1 Canon IX-4015 SCSI Color Scanner 1200lpi w/ADF 

      H)- 1 Fargo Primera Pro Color Printer 600dpi
      I)- 1 Hewlett Packard Laser Jet 4P Printer 600dpi
      J)- MAG Innovision MX17F Color Monitor 17" Non-Interlaced

      K)- 1 USRobotics Dual Standard V.34/V.FC/28.8 External Modem
      L)- Adaptec 1542cf SCSI Busmaster card & EZ SCSI Software
          along with a few other items yet to be made mention of.

                    Installation of DOS 6.22 & WFWG 3.11
                              SET-UP of System

 by Ralph F. Mariano

      In addition to reporting on the installation of the AWE32 card, its
 entourage, the Corel 5 package and the various SCSI peripheral
 installations, a few surprises arrived this past week that'll be included.

      Let's begin shall we?  The AWE 32 card... is BIG.. REAL BIG in fact,
 there are some who thought it would not fit in this ZEOS Pantera.  It did
 fit rather nicely and now the only thing that's BIG is its sound output. 
 The AWE 32 has to be the "sound card for all occasions" and of course
 running in the Zeos only makes it better.  Two megabytes of ram were
 installed on the Awe32 along with a Roland SCD-15 while it was out, within
 easy reach.  Connected to the AWE is a TEAC CD55a 4x CDROM.  This
 configuration, including ZEOS with its own IDE CDROM allows for easy twin
 CDROM usage.  You ask what would you use TWO CDROMS for?  That's easy...
 first, after we installed COREL 5 from CD to run from CD, we can now keep
 the CD for the Corel programs in one CD and the other CD can be used to
 access all the great clipart and photo-CD libraries.  You see, Corel
 allows you to install the ensemble at a minimum to the hard drive and run
 the entire package from the CD.  The "catch" is you must leave the CD in
 the drive when running Corel.  Thus, the second CDROM becomes quite

      The Adaptec 1542cf SCSI card "slipped" right in the slot and wham! 
 We were up and running the SCSI2 Hard disk and the Archiver Tape B/U.  It
 was real nice to simply run the tapes back into the hard disks and have
 the system up and running smartly in no time at all.  SCSI is amazing.  As
 long as you pay attention to your termination setups the system is super
 easy to handle.  The Canon IX-4015 Color Scanner was hooked up and running
 in no time flat.  This is a dynamite scanner with gigantic output and a
 very small footprint.  It plugged right into the Adaptec SCSI bus and
 worked as intended.  The Canon ships with OFOTO.  This has to be one of
 the very best scanner managers I've ever had the pleasure to use.
      As mentioned, the test of the "new" was about to occur.  During the
 past week, a number of software packages arrived.  Among those the two we
 mentioned in the editorial, Photoshop 3 from Adobe and the Delrina
 Communications Suite were the most enticing.  Cutting to the quick, both
 installed flawlessly and were up and running in no time.  Both programs
 will be reviewed in depth in the next few weeks.  Needless to say they
 were both _very_ impressive.  If any of you have any questions about the
 hardware, as mentioned above, please don't hesitate to drop us a line.  If
 you'd like further information about the ZEOS Pantera Pentium 90 let us
 know, we'll make sure you receive a prompt reply.

      Next week; the Zeos Pantera P90 and the peripherals we are now
 receiving.  Their installation, setup and use will be fully described.  I
 might add, so far, everything we've "asked" of the Zeos Pantera has been
 met and done without so much as a whimper.  The machine is remarkable. 
 While I'm at it, I'd like to thank those of you who've written to let us
 know you decided to purchase a ZEOS Pantera Pentium based on what we had
 to offer in our humble pages.  You made the right choice that's for sure. 
 Thanks for reading us.


 > WFWG 3.11 STR Feature                  Optimizing WFWG 3.11


      If you just installed Windows for Workgroups 3.11, you might be
 wondering if you have it set up correctly.  This file offers some
 suggestions for initial optimization, plus other sources of information on
 problems and questions.

      The information contained herein was compiled by former MSWFWG MVP
 Sue Mosher (75140,543) with the help of former MVP David Warren
 (74774,1310) and MVPs Mike Crabtree (100023,1005) and Jim Blakely
 (74431,1604), co-author of Windows 3.1 Configuration Secrets, which
 contains many more tips and tricks.


      Windows for Workgroups 3.11 includes a number of features that can
 make your system run faster.  Because these don't work on all systems,
 Microsoft doesn't set them up by default.  You must do that on each

      Details on how to optimize specific WFWG settings appear below, along
 with some general things to check after installing WFWG.  The first three
 settings appear in Control Panel, Enhanced, Virtual Memory.

 1.  Enable 32-bit disk access if your hard drive and controller are

    Usually (but not always), the 32-bit disk access checkbox will be
 grayed if your hardware is incompatible.  You should NOT enable 32-bit
 disk access if your hard drive controller is not WD1003-compatible, if
 your drive is partitioned for more than 1024 cylinders or if you're on a
 battery-powered machine.  If you're using power management software that
 spins down your drive during inactive periods, check with the vendor to
 see if 32-bit disk access is OK.

 2.  Enable 32-bit file access.  If you have 4mb RAM, set the cache to 512. 
 For 6mb RAM, use 1024.  (With less than 8mb RAM, you will probably want to
 disable SMARTDRV. See #4 below). With 8mb or more RAM, after adding 32-bit
 file access cache plus SMARTDRV cache, you should be left with at least
 6mb RAM.  (That minimum figure can be 4mb on a dedicated WFWG server.) 
 Another way to look at it is that 32-bit file access cache plus SMARTDRV
 cache should not exceed more than 25% of the total RAM on a workstation.

 3.  Set up a permanent swap file.  Usually the number Windows suggests is
 right for your system, about 1-2 times the RAM size, up to a maximum of
 16mb.  Note that a permanent swap file must be set up on an uncompressed
 local drive.  If your main drive is compressed, it really is worth the
 effort to reconfigure its size to leave enough room on the uncompressed
 partition for the swap file.

 The next settings concern AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS.  The best way to
 edit them from within Windows is with the SYSEDIT program.

 4.  If you have less than 8mb RAM, remove SMARTDRV from AUTOEXEC.BAT.  If
 you have 8mb RAM or more, you may want to consider removing SMARTDRV if
 you don't need it.  With 32-bit file access turned on, SMARTDRV caches
 only floppies and CD-ROM.  If you use CD-ROM or floppies extensively, you
 may want to increase the Windows cache, the second number in the SMARTDRV
 command line, since turning on 32-bit file access reduces it to 128.  See
 #2 above for recommendations on total system cache size.

 5.  Check AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS for other commands you might no
 longer need if you're running Windows.  Depending on the way you work,
 these may have included the MOUSE driver, DOSKEY and other TSRs.  If you
 have any doubt, remark it out for now, rather than remove it completely. 
 Be especially cautious with drivers in CONFIG.SYS.  Have a boot disk handy
 just in case.

 6.  Once you have AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS streamlined, use a memory
 optimization program to get the best configuration.  If you're using
 EMM386 for memory management, you'll use the Memmaker program.  Otherwise,
 use the optimization routine that came with your memory manager.

                                NOVELL ISSUES

 If you are running WFWG over Novell NetWare, it is crucial that you have
 the latest Novell client files.  The list below was current as of

 Download the file(s) you need by doing GO NOVFILES and picking from the
 list.  Note that if you're using ODI drivers, you should get VLMUP1.EXE,
 even if you're using NETX instead of VLMs.

   File                   Notes

  NET33X.EXE         Latest NETX & NETWARE.DRV Files (DOS & Windows!)
                          NOT required for VLM users.

  VLMUP1.EXE *       Latest DOS ODI drivers & VLM's (v1.20)
                          Required for all ODI users, including NW4.02

  NWDLL11.EXE        Latest Windows DLL's for VLM's & NETX
                          Required for ALL Windows/WFWG users (inc. NW4.02)

  WINDRV1.EXE *      Latest Windows drivers(No NETX Netware.drv-see NET33X)
                          Required for ALL Windows/WFWG users(inc. NW4.02).

 * NOTE:
 VLMUP1 & WINDRV1 are upgrades to VLM clients as supplied with NW3.12 and
 higher. NW 3.11 and prior users must order the VLM Client Kit ($99 for a
 corporate license). Call 1-800-UPDATE1 or GO NOVFILES to place your order.
 After installing the kit, apply the appropriate updates.

 Further Notes:


 WFWG 3.11 and 3COM users: - Important patch from Microsoft

 If you using WFWG and 3com (specfically 3c509) get WG1004.EXE from MSL
 (see below). Also GO ASKFORUM for new 3Com drives (esp. 3c503) as those
 that ship with NW3.12 & 4.0x do not work with 32-bit file access.

                            MSWFWG, MSKB and MSL

      If you downloaded this file from the MSWFWG forum on CompuServe, then
 you probably already know that you can get a lot of helpful information
 there.  Help will come faster if you give your messages titles that
 describe your problem and include information on your hardware and
 software configuration.  Make sure that you post your messages in the
 proper section to speed a response.

      The Microsoft Knowledge Base (GO MSKB) contains thousands of articles
 that can help you solve problems and decide whether a particular piece of
 hardware will work with your system.  Search for "Windows for Workgroups"
 in the document text to get the most inclusive list of relevant documents.

      Several updated files for WFWG 3.11 have been released to resolve
 particular problems.  Here is a list of those available from the Microsoft
 Software Library (GO MSL) as of this writing, along with Microsoft's brief
 description of the problem.  The MSL also contains WFWG drivers for EGA,
 CGA and Hercules monitors and Microsoft's DLC and TCP/IP protocols.  To
 search for all MSL files related to Windows for Workgroups, use the
 keyword "WFWG."  To download any of the application notes listed below,
 choose to download the filename e.g. WG0970.EXE.


      If you run multiple real-mode transports with Windows for Workgroups
 when the protected-mode redirector (VREDIR.386) and the protected-mode
 server (VSERVER.386) are loaded, you eventually run out of  network
 control blocks (NCBs). As a result, you receive the following 
 error message:

    Too many outstanding commands.

      The updated VNETBIOS.386 file included with this Application Note
 corrects this problem by allotting more hardware control blocks (HCBs)



      You may have problems quitting Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 on
 systems using the NDIS version 2 IBM token ring driver (IBMTOK.DOS). If
 you run, quit, and then restart Windows for Workgroups (without restarting
 the computer), the computer usually stops responding (hangs). With this
 driver, you may also notice that your video display is reset after you
 quit Windows for Workgroups. For example, if your video display is set to
 50-line mode before you run Windows for Workgroups, it may be reset to 25-
 line mode after you quit.

 This Application Note contains a new NDIS 2.0/3 support layer file
 (NDIS2SUP.386) to correct these problems.

 [Note:  See WG0988 below for another potential problem with IBM Token Ring

                 WG0973: RMM.D32 CORRECTS FIVE-SECOND DELAY

      When you start a Windows-based application under Windows for
 Workgroups 3.11, you may experience a five-second delay before any disk
 activity occurs and the application begins to load. This delay occurs if
 you have 32-bit file access enabled and you are using one of the following
 network configurations:

    Novell(R) NE2000.COM ODI driver and IPXODI
   NOTE: Microsoft has confirmed this problem occurs with version 1.34
   of the NE2000 multiple link interface device (MLID) driver (dated
   6/3/91) and the versions included in the Novell DOSUP7 and DOSUP8
   client files (dated 1/18/93 and 7/30/93, respectively).

      This delay is caused by the 32-bit file access real-mode mapper
 (RMM.D32) timing out. Once the application loads, it runs at normal speed
 because it is now stored in the 32-bit disk cache (VCACHE.386).

      You can work around this delay by disabling 32-bit file access or by
 installing the updated RMM.D32 file contained on the WG0973 disk included
 with this Application Note. The updated RMM.D32 file is not hard-coded for
 a five-second time-out. Instead, it has a one-second
 default time-out and can be configured using the RMMTimout= entry in the

 [Note:  The current versions of NetWare support files are contained in


      When you start Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 on an Ambra
 computer, your system may stop responding (hang) at the password
 dialog box or in Program Manager (if you set your password to null
 during Setup). The WG0974 disk included with this Application Note
 contains a new virtual keyboard driver to correct this problem.

                    WG0988: IBMTOK.386 CORRECTS PROBLEMS

 When you use the Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 IBMTOK.386 driver,
 you may experience the following problems:

  - A stack overflow error message occurs when you exit Windows for

  - Your system stops responding (hangs) when you exit Windows for

 This Application Note contains a new IBMTOK.386 driver to correct these
 problems. The new driver allows the MCA IBM(R) token ring card to
 correctly disengage from the network ring when the network interface card
 (NIC) is set for IRQ 2.

 [Note:  See WG0971 above for another potential problem with IBM Token Ring

                      WG0991: UPDATED NE2000.386 ALLOWS

      When you use the Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 NE2000.386
 driver with a Novell NE/2 network interface card (NIC), your system may
 stop responding (hang) when you try to start Windows for Workgroups.

 This Application Note contains an updated NE2000.386 driver to correct
 this problem.


 This Application Note contains updated files for Microsoft At Work PC Fax
 version 1.0 that correct a number of problems:


 When you use Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 with serial
 communications software, you may experience the following problems:

  - If you are using a Pentium(TM)-based machine with a 16550 UART chip,
 your system stops responding (hangs) if there is data in the chip when the
 serial communications application attempts to open the communications
    A problem with the 16550 UART implementation causes the chip to become
 trapped in a mode in which data is always detected in its FIFO buffer.

 - When you are using communications software, you may be able to make one
 connection after starting Windows for Workgroups, but any subsequent
 connections fail and may hang your system.
    This problem occurs when SERIAL.386 sends an extra NUL character
 through the port when the communications software calls the CloseComm
 application program interface (API) function. While this does not normally
 cause problems, your second connection may fail with some  modems.

 This Application Note contains an updated SERIAL.386 driver that corrects
 both of these problems.

                   USING 3COM(R) 3C509 AND 3C5X9 ODI MLIDS

      If you use the 3Com EtherLink(R) III (3c509) network interface card
 (NIC) and a 3Com ODI MLID (3C509.COM or 3C5X9.COM) with Windows for
 Workgroups version 3.11 and Novell NetWare is installed as your secondary
 network, your system may:

  - Stop responding (hang) when you copy large files across the network.


  - Inadvertently lose network connections.

      This Application Note contains an updated MSODISUP.386 file that
 corrects both of these problems. The updated file correctly adjusts the
 counter for the number of outstanding packets to be copied off the NIC
 after the MLID fails to copy an incoming packet off the NIC.

      This Application Note also contains an updated NETWORK.INF file that
 corrects binding entry errors with the 3Com EtherLink III 3c5x9 driver.
 The updated NETWORK.INF uses MLID=*:3C5X9.COM instead of MLID=*:3C509.COM.


      When you are using the Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 NWLINK.386
 file to connect to a network that uses a Cisco router, the following
 problems may occur:

  - Windows for Workgroups workstations configured with the "IPX/SPX
 Compatible Transport with NetBIOS" option cannot communicate across a
 Cisco router when both Novell routing and DECnet routing are enabled.


  - A Windows for Workgroups workstation displays the "Error 51: Failure to
 Connect" message in response to the NET USE  \\<SERVER>\<SHARENAME>

      These problems occur when NWLINK.386 does not correctly handle
 certain Cisco router addresses that begin with the letter A. Any address
 with the high-order bit set on an end or intermediate system results in
 NWNBlink truncating the routing address, which causes the network
 connection to fail.

 This Application Note contains a revised NWLINK.386 file that corrects
 this problem.

         A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N


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                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
                Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

 Fire  up  that  high-speed modem and head for your favorite GEnie Software
 Library!   Effective October 10, 1994, you'll be able to participate in an
 open  beta  test,  offering  access  to  GEnie Services at 9600 bps for as
 little as $5.00 per hour.

 As a result of an arrangement with Sprint, GEnie will be offering 9600 bps
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 access  will  not  be subject to high-priced surcharges.  The normal $2.00
 per  hour  SprintNet  surcharge  will apply...even at 9600 bps!  This open
 beta test is expected to run through the end of the year.

 To find the number of the SprintNet access number nearest you, simply type
 PHONES  at  any  GEnie menu prompt (or use the "Move To Keyword" option in
 GEnie  for  Windows and type PHONES).  Remember, this rate applies only to
 9600  bps  access  via  SprintNet.  So be sure to choose the access number
 showing  "9600" in the "Baud Rate" column AND "SprintNet" in the "Network"

 From  the  "Fine  Print"  department,  please note that the $2.00 per hour
 surcharge for SprintNet access is applicable even during your initial four
 hours of monthly usage.

 So,  whether you're into downloading software, reading bulletin boards, or
 accessing databases, it's about to become cheaper to do it faster!

      GEnie Information Services copyright (C) 1994 by General Electric
             Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission

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


            Creative Enters Compact Disc Recordable Market
                        with Digital Edge CD-R
                Complete CD-R Solution for Under $2000
     SINGAPORE -- November 14, 1994 -- Creative Technology Ltd
     (Nasdaq:CREAf) today announced its initial entry into the
     Compact Disc Recordable (CD-R) market with the introduction
     of Digital Edge CD-R(tm), a complete write-once compact disc
     authoring and data archival solution.  Unlike traditional CD-
     ROM, CD-R technology allows data to be written to a
     specially constructed blank compact disc, which in turn can
     be read by a standard CD player or CD-ROM drive.  Recordable
     CDs provide a solution for consumers who need to store,
     transport, and have access to large quantities of data.  CD-
     Recordable discs are highly portable, can withstand enormous
     amounts of abuse and offer up to 650Mb of storage capacity.
     Creative anticipates CD-R will be rapidly adopted by
     mainstream consumers including corporate communications and
     training departments, multimedia authors, and those
     consumers looking for high capacity data archival

          As the number one provider of CD-ROM multimedia upgrade
     kits in the world, Creative is ideally positioned to develop
     and bring to market a complete CD-R solution that supports
     the major CD-ROM formats available today.  The Digital Edge
     CD-R  will be introduced with an attractive suggested retail
     price under US$2000.  Creative anticipates the Digital Edge
     CD-R will expand and transform the CD-R marketplace by
     leveraging Creative's massive reseller network and customer
     support services to deliver a complete high performance,
     high value CD-R solution to the consumer market.

          "It has been Creative's philosophy to bring balance to
     the equation between expensive, high-end technology and
     mainstream customer needs," said Sim Wong Hoo, CEO and
     chairman of Creative Technology.  "Digital Edge CD-R is no
     exception -- CD-R technology has matured to where it can be
     beneficial to corporate and small business customers.
     Creative has priced our CD-R solution to encourage the
     market to embrace this technology.  Just as Creative brought
     the first complete CD-ROM multimedia kit solution to market
     three years ago and encouraged its growth into a standard
     computing tool, we will do the same with CD-R."

          Applications for CD-R technology include desktop
     publishing, electronic pre-press, graphic design, small
     volume data distribution, confidential data distribution,
     back-ups/archiving, CD pre-mastering and multimedia
     authoring.  The introduction of the Digital Edge CD-R will
     expand the capabilities of these markets by making the
     technology for creating CDs available on a widespread basis.

          The Digital Edge CD-R can store 650 Mb of data on a
     single disc, which equals over 70 minutes of digital sound
     or video.  It features an external 5.25" half-height unit, a
     SCSI-2 interface with rotary/DIP switch SCSI ID selection,
     and a caddy-based transport (preferred for CD-R to reduce
     the risk of a write failure).  It has a 2X read, 2X write
     capability and is one of the few solutions available today
     that supports the major CD-ROM formats, including:
 red book
  - digital audio (ability to record or playback audio compact disc)

 yellow book 
  - CD-ROM (ability to read/write to standard CD-ROM)

 orange book
  - multi-session (ability to add files on a recordable CD)

 white book
  - video CD (ability to playback MPEG encoded video)
          To complete the software solution, Digital Edge CD-R
     will come supplied with CD-R authoring software from InCat
     Systems Software USA, Inc.  InCat Systems' EASY-CD PRO  was
     awarded the InfoWorld Buyers Assurance Seal for Microsoft
     Windows- based CD-R authoring packages.

           Digital Edge CD-R comes complete with InCat Systems'
     EASY-CD PRO, a SCSI-2 interface card for the PC, SCSI cable
     and five blank 74-minute recordable CDs. Initial shipments
     will begin the end of December.

                Theresa Pulido                Lisa Kimura
                Creative Labs, Inc.           Copithorne & Bellows
                (408) 428-6600 ext. 6416      (415) 284-5200


                       Creative Technology Introduces
              New Edition of Discovery CD(tm) 16 Multimedia Kit

 SINGAPORE -- November 14, 1994 -- Creative Technology Ltd (Nasdaq: CREAf)
 today introduced a new edition of the highly popular Discovery CD 16 
 Multimedia Kit.  The new kit, with a suggested retail price of  US$379.95,
 is priced 10% higher than the original kit. The new kit will be available
 in December, 1994.

      The new edition of the Discovery CD 16 includes an additional four
 titles: Ultima VIII, Strike Commander, and Wing Commander II, all from
 ORIGIN Systems, and Syndicate Plus from Electronic Arts, for a total of 19
 exciting software titles.

                Benita Kenn
                Creative Labs, Inc.
                (408) 428-6600  ext. 6406

      Creative Technology Ltd develops, manufactures and markets a family
 of sound and video multimedia products for PCs under the Blaster family
 name.  The company's Sound Blaster sound platform enables PCs to produce
 high-quality audio for entertainment, educational, music and productivity
 applications, and has been accepted as the industry standard sound
 platform for PC-based software.
      Creative Technology Ltd was incorporated in 1983 and is based in
 Singapore.  Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiaries include Creative Labs,
 Inc., E-mu Systems, Inc., Digicom Systems, Inc. and ShareVision
 Technology, Inc.  Creative also has other subsidiaries in China, Europe,
 Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan.  The company's stock is traded on
 Nasdaq under the symbol CREAf and on the Stock Exchange of Singapore.
                             # # #
 Sound Blaster is a trademark of Creative Technology Ltd.  E-mu is a
 registered trademark of  E-mu Systems, Inc. and ShareVision is a
 registered trademark of ShareVision Technology, Inc.  All other trademarks
 are property of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such.


 > VIDEO & Windows STR FOCUS!


                        VIDEO TO THE WINDOWS DESKTOP

 NEW YORK, NY, November 11, 1994 - Onlook Corporation, announces the
 release of Media Traffic v1.0 for Windows, an application which adds
 multimedia to the Windows interface. Media Traffic lets users attach
 video, animation, graphics and sound to a list of over thirty system
 events. Now anyone running Windows 3.1 can display video clips when
 starting and/or ending Windows, play an animation sequence when quitting
 an application, assign sound effects to the mouse and keyboard, and much,
 much more! "With millions of Windows users through out the globe
 possessing video capable computers and finding no opportunity to utilize
 the media, the time has come for a program which provides a useful
 solution," said Ray Sidwell, President of Onlook Corporation. "Media
 Traffic is designed to make video, animation, graphics and sound an
 integral and familiar part of the Windows experience. It's fun, fast, and
 easy to use."

 Media Traffic provides an easy-to-use interface which links the power of
 the Windows operating system with the users own personality. No additional
 scripting is required. Users simply attach their favorite multimedia files
 to a list of events with the click of their mouse. It's that simple! Users
 can even save their file assignments as separate "Maps", changing all the
 settings with the press of a button.

 A demonstration copy of Media Traffic can be found on a number of popular
 on-line services like CompuServe and America Online (search "MTDEMO").

 Media Traffic supports .AVI video,  .FLI/.FLC animation, .BMP graphics,
 and .WAV sound files. Sample video clips, sample sound files, Video for
 Windows Player, and Autodesk Animator Player are all included. The program
 retails for $34.95 and requires Windows 3.1, VGA 256-color display or
 higher, 386 /SX-25 based system or higher, 4MB of RAM. A sound card or
 speaker driver are highly recommended.

 Onlook Corporation is a privately held software company founded in 1993.
 Its President, Ray Sidwell, has worked in the film and video industry for
 over nine years and is a leading film researcher in New York City.

                             Onlook Corporation
                            331 West 57th Street
                       Suite 264, New York, NY, 10019
                         Ray Sidwell, (800) 842-8944

 Media Traffic is a trademark of Onlook Corporation. Windows is a trademark
 of Microsoft Corporation. Autodesk Animator is a trademark of Autodesk,


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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      This is usually a bad week for Atari computer users, especially
 for the past couple of years.  Why?  Well, the fall COMDEX show is just
 winding down and since Atari is essentially out of the computer
 business, they weren't in attendance.

      Yes, if you're a dual-platform user, you'll be interested in the
 goings-on from the show.  And, you may be interested just because you
 might be an information junkie.  But for the rest of us, it's just a
 sign of what was.

      Why do I bring up such thoughts?  I happened to get a message
 about a week ago.  It was an Internet address, and the name/handle
 didn't ring any bells.  However, the message wasn't inflammatory or
 anything; it just thanked me for our efforts with STReport but "he" was
 wondering why we continued with the Atari portion because "it's obvious
 that Atari doesn't care..."  Well, occasionally I do question why we
 continue and I always come up with the same answer.  We're here to help
 keep Atari users, past, present, and possibly future, informed on
 what's going on in our little community of users.  Sometimes it's a
 difficult task while at other times much easier.  Doing STReport is
 usually a lot of fun and it also helps me to focus on what's happening
 whereas I might not "catch" it otherwise.

      Also what helps us to maintain the Atari section of STReport in an
 enthusiastic manner are the constant flow of well wishes and
 appreciation of our efforts.  It's even enjoyable to see an occasional
 flame!  We're the longest-running Atari-support magazine, whether it be
 hard-copy or online.  We're published EVERY week and we take a lot of
 pride in our accomplishments.

      We may not be a single Atari-specific magazine any longer, but we
 seemed to have attracted a wide range of readers due to our multi-
 platform diversity.  I've had a number of E-mail messages letting me
 know that even though a reader does NOT use an Atari computer, the
 Atari portion is interesting and informative; and they're learning
 about a platform that otherwise they might not have even known about!

      So, with that in mind, COMDEX may be winding down and Atari
 computers may be a thing for history; but there are many of us who will
 still enjoy using them, and reading about them, for a long time to come.

      Please have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday next week.
 We'll see you all Friday, a little bloated perhaps, but satisfied!

      Until next time...

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 > CBZONE Released! STR InfoFile!  -  Latest Version of Battlezone Clone!

                          Release of CBZONE 1.0

 Posted on behalf of Roland Givan,
 Please direct any queries to Roland.
 My latest version of CBZONE has now been released.

 This is a Battlezone type game ported from X-Windows, and runs on all
 configurations of Atari (AFAICD). Its happiest most on a TT or Falcon
 with FPU as it makes heavy use of floating point maths.

 To support the HENSA ftp site, I am restricting its Internet distribution
 to HENSA.


 File: micros/atari/tos/p/p002/

 Distribution outside of the Internet (PD libraries, BBS etc) is *not*

 CBZONE10.ZIP contains versions for the 68000 and the 68030/68882. It
 also contains all source code to compile these (and other versions) as
 well as all the original X-Windows stuff. The .zip file is approximately
 150K long.

 This .zip supercedes both CBZONE02.ZIP and CBZSRC02.ZIP which are
 currently available on CIX.

 Roland (

 > Ongoing Support! STR FOCUS!

                   Missionware Software Presents...

                           The Autumn Classic!

 If you've been putting off deciding whether or not to purchase one of
 these fine Missionware Programs, now is the time to do it.  This is a
 sale you won't want to miss out on, especially with the holiday buying
 season just around the corner.

 The following selections are included in "The Autumn Classic":

                              Flash II

 Flash II is the update to the most popular Atari ST telecommunications
 program ever!  It's available exclusively from Missionware Software and
 at an affordable price!  Flash II is completely rewritten by Paul Nicholls
 of Clayfield, Australia.  But don't let that fool you!  Flash II has the
 same look and feel as previous versions of a slew of new
 features to boot!  And it's just as easy and fast to use for the
 telecommunications beginner or pro!

 And now, for the first time ever, Flash II is on sale, directly from us.
 Purchase Flash II now for the sale price of only $39.95 - that's $10 off
 the regular price of $49.95.

 But that's not all!  For an extra $15 you can purchase any of the other
 programs mentioned in this sale notice when purchased with Flash II. 
 That's right - only $15 *per program* when purchased in conjunction with
 Flash II at it's sale price of $39.95!  An amazing bargain!!!

      SALE PRICE ->           $39.95


 When your nightmares become your reality, try telling yourself... "It's
 ONLY a Game!"  And now, for the Missionware Autumn Classic, Cyberdrome
 is on sale.  Normally $39.95, we're knocking $5 off the price making this
 ultimate 2-player/2-computer Hoverjet Simulator from Rhea-FX the best
 direct-sale price ever.

 There's no where else that you can combine the realism of a real-time
 flight simulator with arcade action plus problem solving and exploration
 of adventure games for only $34.95!  That's right - only $34.95!

 And for an even better deal, purchase two copies, one for you and one for
 your friend, for only $29.95 per copy, for a total of $59.90!!! That's a
 total of $20 off the suggested retail price.

 Cyberdrome runs on all ST, STe, TT and Falcon computers in color only.
 Don't miss out on the fun.  Order your copy TODAY!

          SALE PRICE ->       $34.95
                       Crossword Creator II

 This is the fastest, easiest to use, and most complete crossword utility
 for all Atari ST/TT/Falcon computers.  With CWC II you can create
 symmetrical or non-symmetrical crossword puzzles up to 30x20 cells in
 size.  You can place words manually or let the program do it for you.
 Puzzles can be saved in the DEGAS graphics format and can also be printed
 on most popular printers, including Epson, HP and Atari SLM lasers.
 Works in both color and monochrome (but not TT High).  CWC II is an
 excellent educational tool.  It's just plain fun too!

 CWC II is normally sold for $34.95, but for this sale, we're knocking
 $5 off the price.  Now purchase the #1 Atari crossword creation program
 for only:


                        Word Search Creator

 What CWCII does for crosswords, Word Search Creator does for word search
 puzzles.  But there's an added benefit!  Not only can you create your own
 word search puzzles, but WSC can also solve them for you too!  Puzzles
 can be created up to 24x13 in size, and the word lists are compatible
 with those used in CWCII.  Create one list and use it to generate both
 types of puzzles.  WSC also works in color and monochrome (but not TT
 High) on all Atari computers and can be printed out using all popular
 printers.  WSC is both educational and fun!

 WSC is normally sold for $34.95, but for this sale, we're also knocking
 $5 off the price.  You can now purchase the #1 Atari word search creation
 program for only:


                            Puzzle Pack

 Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?  You say you want
 both CWC II and WSC, all in one nice package?  That's what the Puzzle
 Pack is for.  You can save even more money by purchasing both programs

 Puzzle Pack normally sells for $49.95, but for this sale, you can
 purchase it for $5 off that price, making Puzzle Pack one of the best
 bargains around today.  It's now only:


 That's only $10 more than you normally could purchase either CWC II or
 WSC for!  What a bargain!  And only from Missionware Software!

                         The Cryptographer

 This may turn out to be the biggest bargain yet!  With The Cryptographer,
 you can easily create your own cryptograms using one of the secret codes
 provided or make your own with the code editor.  Only those with the
 proper codes can decipher your secret messages.  The Cryptographer is an
 excellent educational tool.  And use The Cryptographer's "Intelligent
 Assistant" to help you solve cryptograms as well!  CRYPTO, JR. is
 included for children aged 8 and up.

 The Cryptographer normally sells for $34.95, but for this sale, we're
 knocking $10 off the regular price.  If you've every wanted to fool
 around with cryptography, now is the time to take the plunge.  After
 all, you can purchase it now for only:


                            All Three???

 Interested in all three of these programs?  Are you looking for the
 bargain of the century?  Then this is it.  Order CWC II, WSC (packaged
 as Puzzle Pack) and The Cryptographer now for only:


 That's a savings of over $44 over the regular list price!


 We're not stopping with just Fair Dinkum products for this sale.
 Nope - no way, no how!  We're also "reintroducing" some of our older
 Missionware Software Products too, like lottODDS.  This is the *only*
 game in town if you are interested in playing the lottery.  And not only
 are you getting an old classic here, but it's an updated old classic as
 well.   We've completed the first upgrade to lottODDS and are now
 shipping version 1.2.

 lottODDS maintains a database of historical numbers and now comes with
 some pre-made lists for various lotteries including those for Illinois,
 Wisconsin, Michigan and the national PowerBall.  You can use lottODDS
 to "Quick Pick" your numbers, or use any one of the 7 internal
 statistical methods for picking numbers.  You can enter your own numbers
 too.  And lottODDS supports a fully configurable wheeling system to give
 you the best distribution of numbers picked to play.

 lottODDS works in color and monochrome on all Atari ST/TT/Falcon
 computers in all resolutions.  Normally sold for $34.95, you can now
 purchase it for only:


                        Printer Initializer

 Have you often wished for a program that would help you tame your printer? 
 If so, then Printer Initializer might be the answer you've been looking
 for.  Printer Initializer is used, via a desk accessory, to send control
 codes out to your printer.  These codes are used by your printer to
 select various internal fonts and modes.  Although Printer Initializer
 can only be used for _text_ output, it's an excellent way to set up your
 printer from within programs that don't support printer setup (like
 Flash II, for instance).

 Printer Initializer comes with both a Desk Accessory and text driver
 creation program so that you can customize the printer drivers for your
 needs and your printer.  It's easy to do.  The program comes with
 pre-made drivers for Epson, HP, StarJet and Diconix printers.

 Printer Initializer normally sells for $24.95, but for this sale you can
 purchase it for only:


                        All Five????????????

 Are you looking for the *ultimate* bargain?  Can't wait to get your
 Christmas shopping done early this year?  Then this is it.  Purchase
 all 5 of the above products (includes CWCII, WSC, Cryptographer,
 lottODDS and Printer Initializer) for only:


 That's a savings of over $74!!!  (Normal retail for all five is $164.75)

 Or purchase any three of the above five products for:


 These sale prices are good only through December 31, 1994 and only from
 Missionware Software.  We accept checks, money orders, and Visa or
 MasterCard.  Credit card orders are accepted via email.  Your credit
 card account is not charged until we ship.  Please contact us if you
 have any more questions.

 For mail orders, our address is:

                Missionware Software
                354 N. Winston Drive
                Palatine, IL   60067-4132

                phone 708-359-9565

                BIX:            trjautschold
                CompuServe:     71333,1003
                Delphi:         MISSIONWARE
                GEnie:          J.TRAUTSCHOL

 All domestic and Canadian orders must include $4 for shipping and
 handling.  Overseas orders must include $8 for shipping.  Residents of
 Illinois must include 6.75% sales tax.

 This sale is effective now through December 31, 1994.  Missionware
 Software reserves the right to limit the number of items ordered if over
 and above what the sale lists.  This sale is designed for direct orders
 only - Dealers and Distributors should contact us for special bulk


 > The Beat Goes On STR InfoFile

               -/- Rolling Stones Do Internet Concert -/-

     The Rolling Stones will be in concert next week on the Internet,
 giving them claim as the greatest rock 'n roll band in cyberspace,
 reports Reuters.

     Now on a North American concert tour, the Stones have allowed
 Thinking Pictures, a New York multimedia company, to carry on the
 Internet the first five songs from their Nov. 18 show in Dallas, Texas.

     "It's rock 'n roll's footprint on the Internet because it's the
 world's greatest rock band, it's the biggest tour in history, and it's
 never been done before (on an online service)," said Stephan Fitch, a
 partner in Thinking Pictures.

     With the right hardware and software, Internet subscribers will be
 able to receive six to 10 frames per second of video at a color resolution
 of about 320 by 240 with eight-bit video. Normal broadcast television
 uses three times as many frames per second, so the quality of the
 Internet show will be inferior.

     Still, there are lessons to be learned from the venture. "We hope to
 learn a lot about the limitations of the Internet," Fitch said.

     Members of the band are reportedly excited about the Internet
 "multicast."  Rolling Stones spokesman Ted Mico told the Reuters news
 service, "Mick (Jagger) actually plays around with the Internet quite a
 lot. He's an info-freak anyway: he loves to get information from around
 the world, so the Internet is perfect for him. I know that he studies
 both history and what could be better?"

     The band will not receive any payment for the Internet concert.
     The Nov. 18 show begins at 0330 GMT and the log-in code is


 > Pass the "Sheets" Please! STR InfoFile

                  -/- Playboy Eyes Online Offering -/-

     Officials with Playboy magazine say they are looking for a partner
 to make the publication available on an online service within the next

     Speaking to shareholders at Playboy Enterprises Inc.'s annual meeting
 in New York, President/CEO Christie Hefner said the company is working
 with the media consulting company Creative Artists Agency to find a

     According to the Dow Jones news service, Hefner said the popularity
 of Playboy's current offering on the Internet shows the potential for a
 successful online service. (Playboy provides a World Wide Web home page
 that allows users to subscribe to the magazine or order merchandise.)

     Said Hefner, "On the Internet, the most commonly used word is 'sex.'
 The sixth most commonly used word is 'Playboy.'"

     Meanwhile, Dow Jones quotes the Magazine Publishers of America as
 saying that with its planned launch, Playboy will joins more than 200
 magazines already available electronically.


                               Jaguar Section

 Primal Rage!  Kasumi Ninja!  CD-ROM!
 Jaguar Interactive Cable TV!  Doom!
 Online Conferences!!  and more!

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

      The games are coming!  Add Kasumi Ninja to the current list of
 Jaguar games currently in production.  This is a major title that most
 Jaguar owner have been waiting to hear about.  The game has been
 announced, delayed, and back and forth for a number of months now.  It
 appears that this time, it has gone into production and may make it
 time for the holidays - along with a number of others.
      While it was disappointing, for many, that the original 30-50
 titles announce to be ready in time for the holidays is now but a
 memory, it appears that we'll have close to 20 or more games in time
 for Christmas.  If Atari has this many games available, and in time, I
 believe that many users will eventually forgive and forget and enjoy
 the current batch of games.  And, while doing so, we should start to
 see a larger continuous flow of more and more new games.
      So, while I take a "let's hope so" and a "wait and see" attitude,
 I'll be anxiously awaiting the slew of new games like the rest of you
 and hope to get some real time to enjoy the games that I currently
 have!  It must be something to do with the spirit of the upcoming
      A reminder that our current Jaguar contest is still ongoing.
 Please check out past "even-numbered" issues of STReport for details,
 as well as upcoming issues, for details.  Also, starting with this
 week's issue, we've added to our Jaguar support staff.  Staff Editor
 Joe Mirando, "People Are Talking" columnist, will be joining us this
 week with Atari Gaming comments added to his weekly column.  Also,
 since he's been waiting for Doom to come out so he can finally have the
 incentive to buy a Jaguar, he'll be joining our family of reviewers.
 We're also looking to expand our Jaguar support staff!  As expected,
 some of the early interest with some of our original staff has waned
 and a few have fallen by the inevitable wayside.  So, if you're
 interested in not only playing Jaguar games, but writing about them or
 other Jaguar-related articles, please get in touch with me by E-mail
 (a message to will do nicely).
      A lot of interesting news and tidbits this week, so let's not keep
 you waiting any longer!
      Until next time...

 > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile  -   What's currently available, what's
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""      coming out.

    Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    CAT #   TITLE                 MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

     J9000  Cybermorph           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9006  Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9005  Raiden               $49.99     FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
     J9001  Trevor McFur/
            Crescent Galaxy      $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9010  Tempest 2000         $59.95     Llamasoft/Atari Corp.
     J9028  Wolfenstein 3D       $69.95       id/Atari Corp.
     JA100  Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95          Telegames
     J9008  Alien vs. Predator   $69.99     Rebellion/Atari Corp.

     Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

             CatBox              $49.95               ICD
             CatBox +            $69.95               ICD
     J9007   Checkered Flag      $69.99              Atari
             Club Drive          $59.99              Atari
             Doom                $69.99            id/Atari
             Theme Park           TBD                Ocean
             Syndicate            TBD                Ocean
             Troy Aikman Football$69.99            Williams
             Sensible Soccer
     J9036   Dragon: Bruce Lee   $59.99              Atari
     J9012   Kasumi Ninja        $69.99              Atari
             Cannon Fodder        TBD               Virgin
             Hover Strike        $59.99              Atari
             Iron Soldier        $59.99              Atari
     J9042   Zool 2              $59.99              Atari

     Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

     J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $249.99        Atari Corp.
     J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95      
     J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
     J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95

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

  Contact: Don Thomas/Ron Beltramo
           Atari Corporation

  For immediate release

 Sunnyvale, CA-- November 7, 1994 -- As part of Atari Corporation's
 celebration of new 64-bit game releases for the Jaguar Interactive
 Multimedia System, online conferences on the GEnie and CompuServe online
 services have been scheduled. Within weeks following Atari's highly
 successful release of Alien Vs. Predator, comes a wide assortment of
 additional titles exclusively on the Jaguar and just in time for

 The conferences will be held Tuesday, November 29th at 5PM (Pacific
 Time) on CompuServe and Wednesday, November 30th at 6PM (Pacific Time)
 on GEnie. The guest panel will feature the Alien Vs. Predator design
 team, Mr. "Purple" Hampton, Senior Producer and Mr. James Grunke,
 Director of Audio. They will be available to answer questions, provide
 some great game tips and let everyone in on the inside story of the
 making of Alien Vs. Predator. In addition, Atari's Mr. Ron Beltramo,
 Vice President Marketing, will be in attendance with exciting news about
 upcoming releases. Other popular Atari personalities will be in
 attendance as well as members of the online press such as Mr. Travis Guy
 of Atari Explorer Online and Mr. Dana Jacobson of Silicon Times Report.

 All paid subscribers attending the conferences a minimum of 15 minutes
 will qualify for a free Alien Vs. Predator cinema-quality poster. In
 addition, all paid subscribers who attend each entire conference will
 qualify to win a complete Jaguar system, an Alien Vs. Predator game
 cartridge (autographed by the design team) or T-shirts. Winners will be
 required to answer a fundamental trivia question about Alien Vs. Predator.
 (Although the conference is open to subscribers worldwide, only North
 American members are eligible to win prizes).

 Also look for Atari's Fantastic Alien Vs. Predator online trivia contest
 to begin November 29, 1994 and end on December 9, 1994. Win a Jaguar and
 other prizes.

 Due to the great number of people expected to attend, both services are
 making special arrangements to accommodate the volume.  For more specific
 information, contact the System Operators. Type JAGUAR on GEnie or
 GO JAGUAR on CompuServe to jump to the Atari Jaguar support areas. Both
 services require a computer, modem and an account in good standing. Each
 offers an excellent assortment of game tips, sample graphics and audio
 files, interactive messaging with Atari personnel and many other
 features. To subscribe, call 800/848-8199 to join CompuServe or
 800/638-9636 to join GEnie.

 -/- Time/Warner & Atari To Offer Jaguar Games on Full Service Network -/-

 MAITLAND, FLA. (Nov. 14) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 14, 1994--Time Warner
 Cable's Full Service Network (FSN) President Tom Feige and Atari Corp.'s
 CEO Sam Tramiel announced Monday an agreement to offer Atari's Jaguar
 64-bit interactive video games on demand to FSN customers.
 Jaguar, the world's first and only 64-bit interactive game system
 features high-speed animation, textured three-dimensional color images
 and graphics, and CD-quality sound.

 Consumers will access the Atari games on the Full Service Network
 using the 64-bit Jaguar game system device, which processes more than
 100 times as much data at one time than 16-bit games, and twice as much
 as 32-bit game systems. This significantly increases speed and lets game
 players experience superior graphic performance and animation action.
 Through the Full Service Network, the Atari games are digitally
 compressed and stored on magnetic hard drives, and downloaded to the game
 device at the consumers' request.

 In addition, using a Hewlett Packard DeskJet 550C printer, consumers
 will be able to print out game instructions with full-color graphics.
 Approximately 30 Atari Jaguar game titles will be available on the Full
 Service Network next year.

 "We're proud to offer consumers games on demand from Atari Jaguar
 because it's the most advanced and powerful game system available today,"
 said Full Service Network President Tom Feige. "When we compared the
 graphics and capabilities of the game systems on the market, Atari
 Jaguar was the clear choice for us."

 "Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network is the network of the
 future, " said Atari President and CEO Sam Tramiel.  "Atari's Jaguar
 system brings the most sophisticated hardware and games to the network.
 We are proud that Time Warner picked Atari Jaguar for the Full Service

 Since its release in November 1993, Atari's Jaguar game system has
 been named the industry's "Best New Game System" by Video Games Magazine,
 "Best New Hardware System" by Game Informer, and "1993 Technical
 Achievement of the Year" by DieHard GameFan.  Jaguar is the only video
 game system manufactured in the United States.

 Time Warner Cable is the nation's second largest cable television
 operator with 7.3 million customers in 34 states, and serves more than
 500,000 customers in its Florida division.

 Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network is a digital, interactive
 television network which merges cable, computer, and telephone
 technologies to provide customers greater choice, control, and
 convenience in accessing information and services.

 Atari Corp. markets interactive multimedia entertainment systems,
 including Jaguar, the world's only 64-bit game system, and the only
 video game system manufactured in the United States.

          --30--gaa/mi    CONTACT:  Time Warner Cable, Maitland
           Tammy Lindsay, 407/667-2034
           Ron Beltramo, 408/745-8852
           Edelman PR
           David Harrah, 415/968-4033



                 -/- Nintendo Unveils "Virtual Boy" -/-

     Nintendo Co. Ltd. today introduced its 3-D virtual reality system
 it calls "Virtual Boy," a 32-bit game machine with twice the computing
 processing power of the 16-bit units now popular in the video game

     Claiming that Virtual Boy will dominate the next generation of video
 games, Nintendo displayed the new system at a trade show in Tokyo and
 announced plans to start selling it next April in Japan and the United
 States for about $200, reports Associated Press writer Dorian Benkoil.

     Virtual Boy seals players inside a private world by blocking out
 light when their faces are pressed against a viewer. Two light-emitting
 displays give a 3-D effect, and a small speaker for each ear provide
 sound effects.

     AP notes that the toy's three-dimensional, high-resolution graphics,
 in shades of red on a black background, make characters and other images
 seem to jump out and fall back while moving through space.

     Those viewing the system for the first time today expressed
 disappointment that it was not full-color and does not "track" a user's
 movements. Nintendo said the full-color system would have been

     "It's not really good-looking yet," Hiroki Sasagawa, a 23-year-old
 game software developer, said after pulling away from the view piece,
 mounted on a stand, and releasing the hand-held control panel.

     Software cartridges are expected to cost between $50 to $70.


 > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile  -  Current Developer Lists & Titles

 Game Title             Date   Game Type           MSRP      Publisher
 Air Cars               12/94  Racing              $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Alien vs Predator      NOW    Role Play/Adventure $69.99    Atari
 Arena Football         1Q/95  Sports               TBD      V Reel
 Assault                1Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Barkley Basketball     2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Battlemorph            12/94  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Battle Wheels          1Q/95  Racing/Combat        TBD      Beyond Games
 Blue Lightning (CD)    12/94  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Brett Hull Hockey (CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Brutal Sports Football  NOW   Sports/Combat       $69.99    Telegames
 Bubsy                  12/94  Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Burnout                1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Cannon Fodder          11/94  Action/Adventure     TBD      Virgin
 Checkered Flag         11/94  Racing              $69.99    Atari
 Club Drive             11/94  Racing              $59.99    Atari
 Creature Shock (CD)    1Q/95  Adventure/Sci-Fi     TBD      Atari/Virgin
 Cybermorph              NOW   Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Dactyl Joust           2Q/95  Action               TBD      Atari
 Demolition Man         1/95   Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Doom                   11/94  Action/Combat       $69.99    Atari
 Double Dragon V        12/94  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Williams
 Dragon:Bruce Lee Story 11/94  Combat              $59.99    Atari
 Dragon Lair (CD)       1Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Ready Soft
 Dreadnought (CD)       2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Dungeon Depths         1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Evolution: Dino Dudes   NOW   Puzzle/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Flashback              12/94  Action/Adventure     TBD      US Gold
 Fight For Life         1Q/95  Combat               TBD      Atari
 Hardball Baseball      2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Highlander (CD)        1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Horrorscope            1Q/95  Combat               TBD      V Reel
 Hover Strike           11/94  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Iron Soldier           11/94  Action/Strategy     $59.99    Atari
 Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Kasumi Ninja           11/94  Combat              $69.99    Atari
 Rage Rally             1Q/95  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Raiden                  NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Rayman                 12/94  Action/Adventure     TBD      UBI Soft
 Robinson Requiem       1Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Soccer Kid             1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Ocean
 Space War              12/94  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Star Raiders           1Q/95  Space Simulation     TBD      Atari
 Syndicate              11/94  Simulation           TBD      Ocean
 Tempest 2000            NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Theme Park             11/94  Simulation           TBD      Ocean
 Tiny Toon Adventures   1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Trevor McFur            NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Troy Aikman NFL Ftball 12/94  Sports              $69.99    Williams
 Ultimate Brain Games   12/94  Puzzle               TBD      Telegames
 Ultra Vortex           12/94  Action/Adventure    $69.99    Beyond Games
 Val D'Isere Skiing...  12/94  Sports              $59.99    Atari
 White Men Can't Jump   1Q/95  Sports               TBD      TriMark
 Wolfenstein 3D          NOW   Combat/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Zool2                  11/94  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari

 [Editor's note: Titles, scheduled release dates, and prices are
 verified from Atari and Edelman Public Relations - all subject to


 > Crescent Galaxy STR Review

                     Jaguar "Crescent Galaxy" STR Review

                     Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy

                              - Available Now -

 by Dominick J. Fontana

                        Date of Review: October 3, 1994

 Basic Information:

          Difficulty Level: Very difficult
          Type of Game    : Side-Shooter
          Format          : Cartridge
          Developed by    : Atari Corp.
          Published by    : Atari Corp.
          List Price      : $49.99

 Opening Comments:

      Seven Jaguar games have been released to date and I consider
 Crescent Galaxy to be the worst of the lot. It's not just that
 there is nothing novel in a side-shooter or that the game doesn't
 take advantage of the Jaguar's power. The main problem is that
 the game isn't fun to play and the main reason for this is that
 it is too difficult.

      Try as I may, I couldn't get very far in the game. Thinking
 that maybe  my reflexes weren't what they used to be I had my two
 nephews play the game. They didn't fare much better than I did.
 Once I used the game cheats and could actually get farther on
 into the game, I enjoyed it much more. However, using the game
 cheats doesn't give one a feeling of accomplishment and playing
 without the cheats, I consider the game a dud. I do not recommend
 buying this game unless you really like side-shooters and are
 extremely adept at them.

 Game Review:
      You control a ship that appears on the left of the screen
 and faces to the right. The joypad lets you move the ship up,
 down, left, and right. You use one fire button to shoot straight
 ahead, another to drop bombs downward, and another to fire a
 Special Weapon. There are 9 Special Weapons. You start with one
 of each and can collect up to 9 of each. You select which Special
 Weapon you want to use either individually with the keypad or by
 using the Option key to scroll through them. The game comes with
 a keypad overlay. You can collect powerups to increase your fire
 power, your bomb power, and to collect additional Special

      You can alter the default controls and the volume level.
 High Scores are also kept. The game cartridge retains the
 control, volume, and high score information.

      The object of the game is to steer your ship from left to right,
 while avoiding and shooting enemy objects. The ultimate
 goal is to destroy the enemy Odd-It on the planet Cosmolite.
 However, you must first liberate the four moons of Cosmolite
 before you can visit the planet and destroy Odd-It.

      You can select any of the 4 moons from the Main Selection
 Screen. However, you must conquer the 4 moons and then the planet
 in one sitting, since there is no Save Game feature. However, you
 do get 4 Continues, that allow you to continue where you left
 off, each time you lose all your lives. After selecting a moon,
 you must first make it through a Space Zone containing various
 enemies that either shoot at you or break into smaller pieces
 when hit.  All the Space Zones look the same. Being hit by an
 enemy blast or by debris will cause you to lose one life. Lose
 all your lives and the game is over. You can earn extra lives by
 powerups and by attaining certain scores.

      After completing the Space Zone, you then must defeat an End
 Boss to actually get to the moon. Each moon looks different and
 has different enemies, but they are mostly eye-candy. You get a
 Bonus World after completing a moon, which allows you to collect
 more powerups by flying through Space Rings, without crashing
 into them. After the Bonus World, you select another moon to
 conquer and must go through the same sequence. Conquer all 4
 moons and only then may you attempt to conquer Cosmolite. You
 again go through the same sequence, except that after completing
 Cosmolite, you finally meet up with Odd-It, the ultimate End
 Boss. If you defeat him you have completed the game and are
 presented with a final disappointing congratulatory screen.

      The manual was very unclear on the above sequence of events.
 I had to actually play the game to figure it out myself. Again,
 the process is as follows for each moon: Select moon, complete
 Space Zone, defeat End Boss, go to moon and complete moon, get
 Bonus World. After 4 moons, you do the same thing on the planet
 Cosmolite, except that instead of a Bonus World, you get to face
 Odd-It, whom you must defeat to win the game.

      The Spacecraft's View Screen shows your ship and the
 enemies, your score, extra ships, and the selected Special
 Weapon. One Special Weapon is Cutter, your sidekick. When
 selected, Cutter will help you battle the enemies for a brief

      There is no music during gameplay and the sound effects and
 the graphics for your ship are nothing special. However, the
 enemies, space debris, backgrounds, and End Bosses have
 spectacular graphics, but they don't add much to the enjoyment of
 the game. It's still just a routine side-shooter.

      The controls for steering and firing are good, except for
 the Special Weapon selection. It's simply too tedious to try and
 change Special Weapons in the heat of battle by using the keypad.
 Therefore, you have to use the Option button to cycle through
 them in one direction only, and that takes time.

      The major drawback to the game is that it is extremely
 difficult, even with the Continues. It's tough to even get
 through the Space Zones at first. When you finally succeed, you
 are presented with an End Boss, who will probably kill you the
 first few times. That means you have to start over and complete
 the Space Zone again before you can face the End Boss and all the
 Space Zones are the same. It gets monotonous very quickly.

      If you finally kill the End Boss, then you enter the moon.
 Each moon has different backgrounds and different enemies and
 the moons are actually the most enjoyable part of the game.
 However, you spend too little time on the moons and too much time
 trying to get there. The moons are nice because they are varied
 and have excellent and unique graphics, but that's not enough to
 make this game a winner.

      Again, if you don't complete the moon, then it's back to the
 drawing board to start again. If you do complete it, then you get
 the Bonus World, which simply consists of flying through Space
 Rings to collect powerups. If you crash into a ring, the bonus
 round is over. My trips to the Bonus World were too infrequent
 for me to get any good at it.

      Only after finishing the Bonus World is that moon marked
 completed. Then you can select one of the 3 remaining moons and
 try it all over again. If you die on that moon, then you have to
 start the entire game all over again, including the first moon
 that you just struggled to complete.

         For me and my nephews at least, it would have been virtually
 impossible to ever complete all 4 moons, the planet Cosmolite,
 and Odd-It, before losing all our lives. For that reason, I
 consider the game pretty much unplayable. When I did play with
 the Invincibility cheat mode I could finally go through the
 entire game. It was fun to be able to shoot all the enemies and
 see all the moons and End Bosses, but what's the point if there
 is no challenge involved? Your score becomes meaningless.

      If it weren't for the cheat modes, I don't think I would
 have had the patience to become good enough at Crescent Galaxy
 to make it to the end and see everything the game has to offer.
 To me, that is the sign of a poorly designed game. Too difficult
 to play and not interesting enough to keep playing it in order to
 get good at it.

 Hints and Tips:
      Try to keep your ship at the top of the screen so that you
 can also use your bombs. Since bombs fire from underneath, your
 ship must be above your enemy in order to use them.

      Also see the Cheat Modes contained in the Jaguar Hints and
 Tips file, which can be found in the Jaguar Section of the Atari
 Gaming Forum on CompuServe.

      I didn't like the manual at all. It's basically just a list
 of control features, basic information, and moon descriptions.
 But nowhere does it tell you how to actually play the game. Nor
 does it offer any hints or tips for doing so.

      There is no screen shot for the Main Selection Screen and
 the one for the Spacecraft View Screen is too dark to be of much
 use. The pictures of the weapons, both in the manual and in the
 game itself, are too small to see clearly. As such, during
 gameplay I often wasn't sure which Special Weapon that I had
 selected or what powers the different powerups would bestow.

      Finally, the manual never explained the sequence of gameplay
 events in chronological order. After reading the manual twice, I
 still wasn't sure. When I first played the game I thought that
 the Space Zone of the first moon was actually the moon itself. 
 Then when I couldn't complete it, I tried another moon and was
 surprised that it was identical to the first moon. It wasn't
 until I finally finished a Space Zone, killed the End Boss, and
 entered the moon itself, that I actually understood what was
 required of me. I hadn't realized that what I was playing at the
 beginning of each moon was the Space Zone, which is identical
 from moon to moon, and was not the moon itself.

      After checking the manual again, it made a bit more sense
 since it does mention Space Zones and the Bonus World on the page
 before the credits. So the information is technically there. But
 it was presented in such a way as to be very unclear, at least
 for me, during my first two readings of it. I thought the entire
 sequence of events should have been presented chronologically at
 the beginning, rather than in bits and pieces, making them appear
 as if they were an afterthought.

      Crescent Galaxy has a poor manual, is very difficult to
 play, has no music and mediocre sound, doesn't really add
 anything to the side-shooter genre, doesn't take advantage of the
 Jaguar's hardware, and just isn't much fun to play. For these
 reasons, I cannot in good conscience recommend this game.

 Ratings (based on 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest):

                        Graphics: 8
                        Sound FX/Music: 4
                        Control: 6
                        Game Manual: 5
                        Entertainment Value: 5

                        Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5

 [Dominick J. Fontana - CIS: 74766,2154]


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 From CompuServe's Atari Gaming Forums:

 From Atari UK,

 NEWS HOT OFF THE PRESS. Thursday night I phoned the UK developer of
 Kasumi Ninja to ask a question. He did not have the answer because his
 lead programmer, who was in the USA to finish the product, was out,
 celebrating the final approval of KN and its passage to production. Lo!
 This AM an EPROM lands on my desk. Final Kasumi Ninja and in the same
 parcel. Final Zool 2, Final Bubsy and a final EPROM of a game that we
 have not yet announced. A nice surprise!

 So, FACT, Atari will deliver BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, all of the Cart
 titles we had in development for that period. PLUS Iron Soldier
 (originally Q1'95) and this nice surprise title.

 Published by Atari, you will get. Dragon, Club Drive, Doom, Checkered
 Flag, Iron Soldier, Kasumi Ninja, Zool 2, Bubsy, SURPRISE!

 That's nine more titles from Atari alone. Now if the third parties deliver
 there should be much humble pie and edible hats on this forum.


 From Robert at Video Games Magazine, on the Jaguar version of Doom:

 Before the actual review i would like to point out that i have never
 played Doom on a PC, i only played the 32X version for a couple of days
 before we got Jaguar Doom.

 The game consists of 23 levels, five of which are supposed to be new,
 while the rest are adaptations from the Pc version. Once you completed
 a level you can go back to it as often as you want. The Jaguar will
 remember which level you completed last. There are seven weapons
 available, which you activate by pressing buttons 1-7. Buttons one is
 used for your fists, but if you have the chainsaw you activate it here
 too. You get to the map by pressing 9 and you can zoom in and out and
 move your character in the map screen. There are 8 different alien
 characters in the game.  The resolution of the game is lower than the
 32X version but the scrolling is very fast and smooth. The grafix are
 very detailed although if you get close to things you can see every
 pixel. There is some slowdown if the graphics become very detailed. I
 noticed it in level 21 ( i think) which plays mostly in the open. There
 is absolutely no music in the game, but the sound effects are excellent
 (identical to PC i was told by a colleague). Of course there is lots of
 blood  n  guts  in  the  game  as  well as plenty of secret rooms and nice

 I think Doom is the best Jaguar game so far, it is more action orientated
 than AvsP, although i didn't find anything that scared the s... out of me
 like the Alien ship level in AvsP did (i hate Facehuggers). If you want to
 see what your Jaguar can do, get Doom. its lots of fun. By the way there
 are two two-player modes in the game, Team and Deathmatch, but we didn't
 get a link cable and we didn't get two Doom carts, so i cannot comment on
 them, but i would imagine that Deathmatch, where you hunt each other must
 be fun.


 Atari's Bill Rehbock adds some more comments on Doom:

 To quickly address your questions regarding Jaguar DOOM vs 32X Doom...

 Jaguar version plays full screen with the Status Bar at the bottom; 32X
 version plays in a window with border (about the size of the PC version
 with the screen size set to about 4 up from the smallest).

 Jaguar version has all views of enemies present (front, side angles,
 back) so that when the enemies fight each other, it is 100% true to the
 original.  It has been reported to me that most of the enemy animation
 frames wouldn't fit in the 32X version, so you just have front views
 (like Wolfenstein).  I don't know how or if the enemies can fight each
 other in the 32X version, but I know you can't finish Jag-DOOM unless
 you're good at getting enemies irked at each other :-)

 Jaguar version is running in 16-bit (65,000) color, there is no annoying
 color-swim caused by having only 256 colors.  The shading when going down
 dark stairwells is just awesome!  32X version is only 256 colors.

 Jaguar version has 23 levels PLUS 1 secret level.  American McKee at id
 Software added new levels and tweaked with the others enough to keep
 die-hard PC-Doom player off-balance.

 Jaguar version has a good number of the new and improved textures that
 were done for DOOM II.  I don't know if any were used in 32X version, but
 I've seen no screen shots that show any.

 Regarding sound/music: John Carmack at id made the creative decision to
 use all available voices for the digitized sound effects during gameplay.
 I think that you will find that it sounds like there's _a_lot_ more going
 on in JagDOOM than in other versions (wait until you get to level 23 :-).
 It was a creative license that we gave id and a decision that I agreed
 with.  The full soundtrack from the PC version plays during the end-of
 level tally screens.

 Jaguar DOOM is very much written by id to be as cool of a DOOM experience
 as you can get.


 Bill adds more info about the Full Service Network announcement and its

 The Time Warner Full Service Network is T/W's interactive cable system
 that is being deployed this fall/winter.  Some may know it as the
 "Orlando Trial".  It will first be deployed in Orlando, Florida.  The
 idea is that you'll be able to pick movies on demand, go shopping, play
 Jaguar games on demand, etc.  While playing a Jaguar game, you can pause,
 go back to the full service network, order a pizza over the system, and
 then go back and keep playing Iron Soldier while waiting for your pizza
 to be delivered.


 Primal Rage fans, Bill also states:

 I'm happy to confirm that Primal Rage is definitely being done by
 Time Warner Interactive for Jaguar.  Sorry, no exact release date
 at this time.


 Some updates on the pending CD-ROM for the Jaguar:

 The CD is a 2x speed drive and will retail for $199.95. It plays standard
 audio compact discs, plays cinepak compatible full motion movies, has a
 built-in light show and will support an option MPEG cartridge  as well as
 a game save cart for CD-based software.

 The announced release schedule was fourth quarter '94 with units "as early
 as October" so they should start shipping real soon.

 We have talked about titles such as Highlander, Demolition Man and quite
 a few more... in fact Atari has "talked" about it ever since Summer CES
 this past June.

  -- Don Thomas
     Atari Corporation

 For those impatient for Kasumi Ninja:

 Fm: Ted Tahquechi-Atari 72662,1314
 To: all

 Greetings all!!

 For Everyone who does not know yet: Kasumi Ninja is in production. If
 anyone has any questions on the game, let me know...
           |||       Ted T. Atari
          / | \      Riding the 64 Bit Wave.


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 Joe Mirando

      Well  folks,  I think I may actually do it.  I know, I know, I always
 said that I'd never go that way... that I don't need the things that those
 machines  could  do.    And  that  I  couldn't  see spending the money for
 something that I didn't really need.  But for the past few weeks I've seen
 more and more to change my mind.  So, before too long, I'm going to go out
 and buy myself a Jaguar.

      What?    You  thought I was going to buy a DOS machine?!?  C'mon, you
 folks  should  know me better than that.  As long as my STe keeps on doing
 what I need it to do, I'll keep using it.

      I  always  said  that  I  don't  have time for video games, but after
 hearing  all  the  good  things about WOLF-3D, Alien vs. Predator, and the
 soon-to-be-released  DOOM, I started thinking back to all the good times I
 had  with my 2600.  I could really use some of the kind of relaxation that
 playing those games.

      So you guys and gals can expect to see a bit more stuff pertaining to
 the Jaguar in future columns.

      Well,  let's  get on with my other all-consuming interest:  The great
 news, hints, and tips available every week right here on CompuServe.

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 John Masters asks for help:

   "I need to transfer some database setup files that I have been working
   on for Mike Myers. I've put them all in one ZIP file and it's not too
   large. Can I just upload them to LIB 1 for Mike to download or is there
   a better way? They probably won't be of much interest to anybody else.
   Also I have a couple of FAX programs. They're both shareware and the
   docs are in German. One is Coma and is about 300Kb when compressed, the
   other is Junior Office and is 1/2 Mb when compressed!!! I've not tried
   them so I don't know what they're like but if anyones interested I can
   upload them to LIB 2. Won't be till next weekend though when the phone
   call is cheap rate."

 Sysop Jim Ness tells John:

   "CIS Mail supports binary messages (file transfers).  So, the best way
   to give Mike his files is to GO MAIL, and UPLOAD them once you're
   there.  Make sure you have his User ID handy."

 Al Cima asks for help too:

   "Could someone let me know what the operating system for Atari
   computers is and whether one can connect to Compuserve with one."

 Mike Mortilla tells Al:

   "The OS for most ST and later machines is in ROM.  If you mean, is
   there a WINCIM type program or menu driven Atari/CIS program, the
   answer is no.
   There is QCIS in the libraries here to automate your e-journeys,

 Sysop Bob Retelle adds:

   "The operating system for Atari computers is called "TOS", and is not
   compatible with other kinds of systems (ie: IBM DOS).
   It operates under the GEM windowing system however, and looks and
   feels a lot like Windows on the PC.
   The OS is built into the computer in ROMs, so you don't need to boot
   it from disk.. faster, and more resistant to viruses.
   You can definately connect with CompuServe using Atari computers..!
   We have several nice Public Domain and Shareware terminal programs in
   our software libraries here, and there are some nice commercial
   terminal programs available from vendors who frequent our Forums too.
   As Mike mentioned, we don't have an Atari version of the CIM frontend
   program, but we do have a very good "offline reader" type of program
   called QuickCIS which can automate your Atari online sessions to get
   you on and offline quickly.. and save you money..!
   If you have any questions about Atari computers or their software,
   this is the place to ask.."

 Mike Myers tells us:

   "I have an Atari ST. I've been looking for the model #, and I'm
   probably doing some complex psychological thing, because I can't find
   it. Where would it be? I remember it as a 1400, but I have been wrong
   before, and will be again. Now for the important question. I was told
   (by a salesman) that it is IBM compatible.  Is so?"

 Again Sysop Bob helps out:

   "The model number of the ST line of computers is generally just above
   the upper righthand corner of the keyboard, at least on those without
   the detachable keyboard.  I believe it should be on the case of those
   other models somewhere in the front of the computer.
   The Atari ST line is not directly IBM compatible.  That is, you can't
   run IBM software directly on the ST
   (The disk format IS compatible between IBM and ST, but all that means
   is that the ST will read an IBM disk.. it can't run the IBM programs.)
   There ARE "IBM emulators" that will let an Atari ST run IBM programs,
   the most successful of them are hardware addons, either computer boards
   that have to be wired into the insides of the ST, or external boxes
   that have to be plugged in.
   I don't know how many of these are still commercially available, or
   how much they're likely to cost these days.  Originally most of them
   were rather expensive, and do a middling to mediocre job of emulating
   an IBM.  Many give only 80286 performance, and emulate only a CGA color
   If you have a particular IBM application in mind, an emulator may be a
   reasonable solution, but in general there's still no substitute for
   the "real thing"."

 Don Neuendorf asks for help with downloads:

   "... I have tried 3 times to download PICSW1.LZH - twice I got "remote
   device not responding" and once a complete download that my UNLZH said
   has "bad headers."  Am I doing something wrong?  I can't afford to keep
   downloading at this rate!"

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Don:

   "I don't know why you had trouble with your original download, but I
   think your second one is okay.  The error message you got is common for
   files that are compressed with the newest LZH method, when you use an
   old LZH program that does not recognize the new method."

 Boris Molodyi adds:

   "I believe that UNLZH is a rather old program, and it can not handle
   the newer "lh5" format of LZH files. Most new files come with "lh5"
   compression, so you need a newer utility to decompress them. I'd
   recommend Gruenenberg's LHarc (it may be called LZH Shell or somesuch;
   should be in the libs): it is much faster, handles all LZH flavours,
   has the best graphical shell etc."

 Peter Joseph asks:

   "How does Gemulator work?"

 Bob Carpenter tells Peter:

   "...I'm not Darek, but I'll give this one a try.  What Darek did is
   replace all the ST custom chips (except for the MIDI chip and the
   joystick ports) with software.  You receive an 8-bit IBM board that
   has the TOS ROMs already on it (I'd suggest getting 2.06 because that's
   the version that Darek has done most of his testing with).  You receive
   a disk that has the Gemulator program on it (along with ST Xformer
   3.0).  After following the easy install instructions, you have an ST.
   You'll want to read the 3.02 readme file on the disk as it describes
   some important features (ability to use DOS partitions <=32 Meg,
   autoboot off HD on IBM partition) that weren't available at the time of
   the manual.
   Gemulator is a DOS app that (currently) runs on a 386 or above.
   However, Darek has talked about removing 386 support in the next
   version.  That's no big loss.  I wouldn't run Gemulator unless you have
   a 486DX33 or better. Otherwise, it's like watching slowdown.tos.  It
   runs in Windows just like any DOS app.  When I only had 8 Meg, I never
   ran Gemulator under Windows since I didn't want to mess with it.  When
   I upgraded to 16Meg on my PC, running Gemulator from Windows became
   more realistic for me.
   Re:  MIDI He hasn't added MIDI support yet.  The only thing I can
   suggest is to ask him for that support.  You aren't the first person
   who's asked me about this.  If enough people ask HIM for it, he'll
   probably try to do it.  After all, he wants to sell more Gemulators.
   Yes, it's only $99 for the board and software.  The ROMs will cost you
   between $50-60.  It used to be $199 for just the board and software,
   but Darek's production costs on the board have been significantly
   reduced. Remember, having a board mass produced has a definite initial
   If you have any questions about what Gemulator supports, don't
   hesistate to ask.
   If you have other questions (or just want to harass him for MIDI
   Branch Always Software 14150 NE 20th Street Suite 302 Bellevue, WA
   98007 Internet: (Internet gurus:  Please
   correct the Internet address, if incorrect.  I usually enter Internet
   addresses thru a dialog box so I don't worry about punctuation)."

 Frank Hense takes the opportunity to ask his own question:

   "Does Gemulator have a limit on hard drive partition size? Are you all
   running it from a SyQuest or what. I guess the question is really how
   to use an installed HD with partions of 200mb, etc.   I do have SCSI
   and both 105mb and 44 mb SyQuest drives which can be partitioned as
   needed. I just don't want to screw up anything ala PCDITTO  :-)
   I don't have it yet but will soon if its compatible with my DX2-66.
   Getting tired of looking at CGA on a 1224. :-(  (just can't find a NEC
   3d anywhere)."

 Bob Carpenter tells Frank:

   "Gemulator does have a limit on hard drive partition size if you use
   real IBM partitions.  If you do this, they have to be <= 32Meg.  The
   reason is that Atari and IBM handle partitions > 32 Meg differently.
   If you want to have a hard drive partition larger than 32 Meg, you must
   use a virtual hard drive.  A VHD works like Stacker.  It's one large
   file that represents your entire ST HD partition.  The disadvantage is
   that you can't get at your ST data in a VHD from your PC size.  To the
   PC, it's just one huge file.  If you've got a Syquest on your PC,
   that's probably the best way to go about it.  You can split your
   Syquest partition into 32 Meg partitions or smaller.

   I'm currently using VHDs because I screwed something up in my
   partitioning when I got OS/2 and Gemulator can't see the 32 Meg logical
   drives that I've got.  I'm hoping to fix that soon.  I don't have a
   Syquest on my system, but I know people who run Gemulator quite happily
   off of 1 44 Meg Syquest cartridge.
   Some people like to do that so it doesn't take away from space hungry
   PC programs.  I do currently run Gemulator on a DX2/66 and it runs
   about 10-12Mhz.  I wouldn't run Gemulator on less than a 486DX/33.  You
   shouldn't have any problems running Gemulator on your 66, but there are
   so many wacky configurations out there."

 Peter tells Robert:

   "I have P5-90 with 16Meg of Ram.  I have seen some older programs
   choke on the speed of this baby.  Is the Gemulator equipped with PF
   Flyers? ;)
   Also, I have the TEC (TOS Extension Card) in my Mega with the TOS 2.06
   ROMS so I imagine they'll work for that, or are these ROMS proprietary
   to the design of the TEC?
   As far as MIDI goes, I have a kickin' soundcard in the PC that
   supports GM and all that good stuff.  It's just that I spent quite a
   bit of scratch <g> on sequencing software about a year ago and I don't
   really want to run out and spend twice as much on more software for the
   PC.  I'm hanging on to the ST for that for now, so MIDI support doesn't
   really concern me.  Actually, the conversion process has been going
   quite well.  One of my biggest concerns dried up and blew away the
   other night after I downloaded a converter that I can use with MS Word
   to convert PC WordPerfect 4.2 files to Word.  I've been using ST
   WordPerfect 4.1 for years and it can save files in PC WP4.2 format.
   They will then load directly into Word; it converts them automagically.
   What's even more impressive is that Word has an option that let's me
   use the WP function key combinations and it brings up a box that
   'teaches' me the Word equivalents.  The transition couldn't be
   smoother.  Now to figure out how to convert my database files to MS
   One other question.  You said the Gemulator has support for about
   everything except MIDI and joysticks.  You didn't mention DMA.  In
   other words, I assume I can't use my Megafile 60 or my SLM 804 with the
   Gemulator?  The SLM is another reason I'm hanging on to the ST for now,
   although an HP could be used with both I suppose."

 Brian Kolins posts that it's...

   "Nice to see some other Gemulator users here. Good -- 'cause I have
   some questions :)
   Being new to this... Has any one encountered:
   Lots of read errors from floppies Problems with Flash 1.6 (connects to
   BBS but that's all) Unable to run CyberPaint Unable to reassign drive
   letters (c: to d:, d: to e:, etc.) Unable to run in window (Windows
   kicks into full screen--pif is set to window)
   ..certainly making some progress, so I think that's it for the moment."

 Bob Wilson tells Brian:

   "The floppy problems are common. You just have to keep hitting retry.
   On the window issue try pressing ALT+ENTER when it is in full screen
   and see if it goes to a window. The other problems I have no experience

 Brian tells Bob:

   "Thanks Bob... Regarding erractic floppy behavior, I did notice in the
   read_me a command to disable caching. I'll give it a try -- next time I
   find myself reading a disk.
   I was able to reassign drive letters finally. Silly me. Didn't realize
   that ini commands VDHFILE and DISK are identical. But when making D
   (now acting as C) bootable, 8 bombs appeared every time. So I'm back to
   C as virtual, and just leave it at that.
   Tried the Aladdin fix in the read_me for Flash 1.6 (modem command
   AT&C1&D2), but still no luck.
   Finally got it to run in a window by changing from the Mach32 video
   driver to standard VGA. I'll give the ALT+ENTER thing a try later since
   it's not very practical to have windows in 640x480.
   Sorry -- One more thing while I'm at it...

   Is there any other fix to gain use of the right mouse button other than
   ALT+HOME, or by loading an older driver (which I don't have)?"

 Bob tells Brian:

   "According to the 3.02 readme file, the only solution is to find an
   older mouse driver version.  I guess there's a conflict between
   Gemulator and MS Mouse driver 9.0."

 Domingo Alvear asks:

   "If I were to buy a Gemulator, what would I get in its current
   incarnation?  Also, what would be the optimum system to use it on?  I
   am looking for a good price/performance ratio so that I don't burn a
   huge hole in my already riddled wallet.  :-)
   Of course I could just buy a used TT and a used Falcon and have more
   computers in my house.  <grin>"

 Brian tells Dom:

   "Regarding that p/p ratio, Gemulator's pretty darn good. Only having
   it a couple of days, it seems to perform very well. But it is
   essentially just an ST.  Higher screen res and 8mb ram if you got it,
   but color depth is still 4 bit. As a Falcon owner, I've been spoiled,
   but still find Gemulator useful.
   Depends largely on the kind of applications you use. In my case,
   primarily into midi and graphics, most of the applications I use won't
   even run on an ST."

 Dan Danilowicz tells us:

   "I recently downloaded a 280k zipped file. The program I attempted to
   decompress it with (DC Extract) informed me that there were too many
   files, and I might find that some were missing. Apparently many were,
   since I ended up with a total of 245k worth of material. Do I split up
   the original download, or is there another unzip utility I should try?"

 Boris Molodyi tells Dan:

   "Try STZIP (it should be in the libs here; the latest version is 2.6, I
   believe). It is much better for ZIP files than DC Extract, and it
   handles larger archives."

 Dan also asks:

   "Do you know anything about Discovery, or have you always been
   successful with Pro Copy?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Dan:

   "Don't remember anything about Discovery.  Wait ... was this a
   cartridge that allowed you to copy anything?  There was supposed to be
   a cartridge that allowed one to use Spectre-128 on it I believe.
   I only used Pro-Copy for Sundog.  Since that was basically all of the
   copy protected software I had.  I refuse to buy copy protected
   development tools. I made that mistake once with Haba's Hippo C
   compiler. <grin>"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Dan:

   "As Albert surmised, "Discovery" is the "Discovery Cartridge"..

   It's a hardware solution that plugs into the cartridge port of the ST
   and as I recall, the floppy drives plug into the cartridge instead of
   the regular floppy connector.
   The cart will supposedly copy anything you can put on an Atari disk.
   It's been a long time since the Discovery cartridge was marketed, and
   the original price was a great deal higher than the $50 that was
   mentioned here...  again, as I recall, it was more like $250

      Well  folks,  I  was going to include some info on the Jaguar in this
 week's  column,  but  I  really wouldn't know where to start... or finish.
 Let's  just  suffice  it  to say that DOOM is going to be THE game for the
 Jaguar.    If  it's  even only _just_as_good as the PC version (and by all
 accounts  it's  going  to  be  much, much better), then we're all in for a

      So tune in again next time to see if Joe gets his Jaguar.  It'll also
 be a good time to listen to what they are saying when...

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