ST Report: 10-Feb-95 #1106

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/18/95-08:40:56 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 10-Feb-95 #1106
Date: Sat Feb 18 08:40:56 1995

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

      First, an update on my two sons who were in the industrial
 explosion..  Ralph, the oldest, is back to work.  He has bee assured by
 the doctors that there will be no scarring on his face or neck.  His hands
 will show little or no scarring also.  (Great news) Victor, who was
 standing behind and somewhat to the left of Ralph when the incident
 occurred suffered lesser injuries but...  There is always that infernal
 but.  Victor has no visible scars at all.  He does however, have a
 definite hearing loss.  It seem the explosion caused a blood vessel to
 burst and fill his inner ear canal with blood.  The doctor has made
 mention that this too could very possibly pass but he added, since he
 could not see the affected areas he would wait for the blood to clear out
 before making a final decision and course of action if any.  Needless to
 say, Victor is not back to work yet.  I wish, on behalf of my two sons, to
 thank each and every one of you who sent cards and E-mail it was really
 wonderful.  My heartfelt thanks to all and especially to the good Lord for
 having watched over my boys.

      Now, on to the high tech, hi-Jinx of the gaming world.  Most of the
 major game machine (console) manufacturers are at the "big 16/32/64 bit
 junction" in the rise of power for the machines.  Slated for this Fall are
 no less than three sixty four bit machines with high speed CDRom support. 
 One company, a trailblazer, Atari Corp. has had a sixty four bit machine,
 The Jaguar, available for quite some time.  Truly ahead of its time, the
 Jaguar is now waiting, and waiting and waiting for some real powerhouse
 games and a number of third party devices that seem to be in an endless
 loop of morose delay.  In fact, while the Atari Jaguar literally lead the
 way in the unique technology department, it lost all the lead time to the
 incessant delays and broken release dates.  Atari's Jaguar had a wonderful
 window of opportunity for what seemed like forever.  Yet Atari blew the
 big jump away and as a result, the Jaguar suffered a lack of; sizable
 market penetration, enthusiastic development of superior game carts and
 true national advertising and distribution.  In a very recent OnLine
 conference, one of Atari's most powerful competitors has made it quite
 clear they have their "sights" set on the 64bit marketplace and are fully
 prepared to deliver and ..deliver in big quantities.  While Atari may have
 "opened the gates" of the sixty four bit gaming consoles, they are, unless
 they go into high gear, about to have their doors blown off by the
 competition.  It will be a very interesting market to observe as it
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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #06
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                    >> Oracle Expanding on Internet <<

    Software publisher Oracle Corp. says it will aggressively expand its 
 services for corporate customers on the Internet.
    Reports are that the products will be a new server kit that can 
 translate database information such as catalogs, store inventories and 
 airline reservations schedules; development tools; a text-search 
 technology that can allow users to search databases by theme, and 
 security software to repel computer intruders.
    The company said demand for services such as translating database 
 information onto the Internet has greatly topped expectations with more 
 than 100,000 people downloading Oracle database software in the last 30 

    The products are an update for Oracle, which last month unveiled the 
 Workgroup/2000 product family to provided access to the products on the 
 Internet through the multimedia World Wide Web.
                     >> Fuji Launches Apple Tie-in <<
    A project to design, manufacture and sell microchips for communications
 gear has been launched by Tokyo's Fuji Film Microdevice Co. in a tie-in
 with Apple Computer Inc.
    The Jiji Japanese press service says the wholly owned subsidiary of 
 Fuji Photo Film Co. will jointly develop chips for multimedia equipment 
 with Apple.
    "The technology allows real-time transmission of images and voice 
 data and enables users to link personal computers freely with 
 peripherals, such as audio and visual systems and printers," Jiji 
                    >> NEC Invests $2M in U.S. Firm <<
    SunDisk Corp. has received a $2 million investment from Japanese 
 electronics giant NEC Corp. for a joint project to develop computer 
 flash memory cards. The firms expect to start mass production of the 
 cards in California soon.
    In a statement, SunDisk officials also announced Seagate Technology 
 has increased its equity investment in the firm to maintain its 25% 
    In the Japanese partnership, NEC Vice President Hajime Sasaki said in 
 the statement, "We continue to believe that the SunDisk/NEC relationship 
 for the joint development of 256MB flash memory represents a very 
 important strategic alliance for NEC and are pleased to be able to make 
 this investment."
                      >> Pentium Clone Prices Cut <<
    NexGen Inc. has reduced prices on all members of its Nx586 micro-
 processor line.
    NexGen says the new prices reflect an average reduction of greater 
 than 25% and provide it with a price advantage of 15% to 27% relative to 
 available Pentium products at comparable performance levels.
    Effective Feb. 1, the per- unit prices of Nx586 CPU models in 1,000
 unit quantities are: P100, $569; P90, $399; P80, $269; and P75, $239.
    The chip maker says the price cuts are the result of a significant 
 pick-up in demand and an accelerated ramp-up in production volumes, 
 combined with the company's strategy to accelerate the penetration of 
 its fifth-generation, x86- compatible microprocessor into the PC 
    The Nx586 microprocessor, which entered volume production in 
 September at four performance levels, is the only Pentium microprocessor 
 clone currently in production and shipping.
                    >> Compaq Plans No Apple Clones <<
    During a visit to London, Compaq Computer Corp. CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer 
 said this week his company has no plans to make clones of Apple Computer 
 Inc.'s Macintosh computers.
    Pfeiffer is quoted as saying, "We see such a strong customer
 infrastructure today for the existing X86 (Intel-compatible) architecture
 ... and that's where we're focusing our resources."
    As reported, Apple launched its licensing strategy last year and 
 signed its first clone-maker, Power Computing Corp., in December.
                  >> Silicon Graphics Buys Two Firms <<
    Silicon Graphics Inc. has entered into a merger agreement with Alias 
 Research Inc. and Wavefront Technologies Inc. in a deal valued at $500 
    Edward McCracken, chairman and chief executive officer of Silicon 
 Graphics, said he expects the company to record a one-time charge in its 
 fiscal fourth quarter of about $25 million to $35 million for its 
 purchase of the two software companies. However, he forecast the new 
 software subsidiary formed by the merger will generate over $100 million 
 in revenues in fiscal year 1996.
    Wavefront and Alias develop software for digital media and computer 
 graphics that is already popular in the entertainment industry and 
 operates on Silicon Graphics workstations. McCracken said the new 
 subsidiary, which SGI has yet to name, will develop software tools to 
 create the "digital studio for the 21st century."
    He added, "The merger will create a wholly-owned subsidiary to sell 
 existing tools to the rapidly growing creative community. With their 
 help, these tools are igniting a revolution in the way people work."
    McCracken said the new subsidiary will team with Silicon Studio, a 
 unit formed last year to focus on the entertainment market and to 
 develop software tools that will be used by film makers, game developers, 
 and other entertainment authors to create interactive titles from 
 original source material.
                  >> One-Third of U.S. Homes Have PCS <<
    Increasing by some 3.8 million since last summer, the number of home
 based personal computers now is put at 31% of U.S. households, up from 
 27% last July.
    The findings are based on a random phone survey of 1,500 households 
 conducted by Odyssey LP of San Francisco in January after the big 
 Christmas surge in PC sales.  The 31% figure is below the PC ownership 
 figures provided by many other research firms.
    The Odyssey survey found:
    -:- About half the consumers who owned their current PC for six 
        months or less bought it as a replacement.
    -:- Overall, about 58% of PC owners have had a computer two years or 
    -:- Among all PC owners, 30% said their machine is equipped with a 
        CD-ROM player, up from 25% in July. That means about 9% of all 
        U.S. households now own a multimedia PC, up from 6% in July.
    -:- About 7% of households said they belong to one or more OnLine 
        services, up from 6% last July.
                   >> New Drive Diagnostics Readied <<
    Compaq Computer Corp., Conner Peripherals Inc., Quantum Corp. and 
 Seagate Technology Inc., are in the final development stages of a new 
 disk drive diagnostics specification. The technology, when used with the 
 appropriate systems software, will allow hard disks to predict and alert 
 customers to certain types of failures, thus preventing the loss of 
 critical data.
    The companies note that the specification will help customers,
 especially those with networks of desktop computers, greatly reduce
 computer downtime.
    Compaq says it has been developing the new specification in cooperation
 with the participating hard disk manufacturers, each of which has adopted
 the specification and is currently developing new hard disks with
 prediction features. The computer maker is also working with other
 industry leading hard disk manufacturers to implement the specification in
 their products.
    Once the specification has been finalized, Compaq plans to make it 
 available to the storage industry for incorporation into standards being 
 developed by appropriate industry groups. It is anticipated that the new 
 specification will be available for release to the industry during the 
 second quarter of 1995.
                  >> Stratus Starts New Computer Line <<
    A new line of high-performance systems called Continuum has been 
 launched by Stratus Computer Inc., which says the computers will deliver 
 up to four times the performance of its existing XA/R series fault
 tolerant systems.
    Stratus Chairman/CEO William Foster told a news conference in Boston, 
 "With Continuum, more critical applications will be put on OnLine 
 because their users can now afford true fault tolerance."

    Stratus said the new systems line, priced in a range of $98,000 to 
 $890,000, is designed for continuous use and to protect data against 
 systems failures.

    The company says the Continuum series "incorporates the industry's 
 most proven and reliable microprocessors, PA-RISC from Hewlett Packard." 
                >> Intel May Change Computer Circuitry <<

    The computer accessory circuit board may soon be a thing of the past, 
 as Intel Corp. this week will show industry executives ways to move 
 audio, video, and communication functions from an accessory circuit 
 board to the main circuitry of the machine.
    Reports are Intel hopes its development work will not only eliminate 
 the accessory circuit boards that can only be added now by taking a 
 computer apart, but also create smaller and faster PCS.
    Intel figures the best way to sustain demand for its chips is to 
 encourage creation of machines that don't intimate users. The company 
 said today's confusing variety of technical designs for accessories 
 prevents most people from using the computer for anything except writing 
 reports or crunching numbers. Using the computer for video or telephone 
 calls is beyond most users' capabilities, but by integrating these 
 special uses into the main circuitry, they become easier to access.
    "We've hit a barrier as an industry," said Craig Kinnie, director of 
 Intel's Architecture Development Lab, one of the company's four research 
 arms. "If you're going to make media and communications work on the PC, 
 we needed to take a next step." He added that Intel engineers are trying 
 to give the PC more of the integrated qualities of a stereo or 
 television set.
                  >> Two-Thirds of Schools Not OnLine <<
    Only about 35% the nation's public schools have some access to the 
 global Internet system -- usually in computer laboratories or media 
 centers -- and only some 3% of actual classrooms are connected.
    In a written report, Education Secretary Richard W. Riley said. "Only 
 a small fraction of our classrooms have access to new technologies that 
 are becoming so central to the rest of our lives."
    The survey of 1,500 schools found:
    -:- E-mail is the most available resource for the schools that have 
        access, followed by Internet newsgroups and resource location 
    -:- About two-thirds of schools with Internet offer access to 
        teachers and administrators but only half allow student use.
    -:- Main reasons for not having access are limited money and lack of 
    -:- Three-fourths of the schools surveyed have computers capable of 
        communicating with the Internet if they had access.
                      >> NEC Cuts Notebook Prices <<
    Costs have been cut by up to 12% on NEC Technologies Inc.'s Versa P, 
 Versa M and Versa V notebook computers, a move officials say is meant to 
 maintain price competitiveness.
    NEC cut:
    -:- $300 off its Versa P series with the cost of a Versa P/75C 
        falling to $4,999 from $5,299.
    -:- $400 to $550 from its Versa M series with the price of a Versa 
        M/75D decreasing from $3,619 to $3,219 and a Versa M/75TC 
        dropping to $4,349 from $4,899.
    -:- $500 to $160 from its Versa V. A Versa V/75C fell to $3,599 from 
        $4,099 and a Versa V/50D fell to $2,499 from $2,659.
                    >> Apple Accused of Censorship <<
    Censorship is being alleged in Apple Computer Inc.'s reported decision
 to drop a Voyager Co. CD-ROM from computers sold to schools because the
 software publisher refused to eliminate the disk's discussion of
 homosexuality, birth control, and abortion.
    Voyager spokesman Braden Michaels said, "They can say that it's 
 business, but they are bowing to a special interest. To me that's 
    Of course, Apple doesn't see it that way. Spokeswoman Stacey Byrnes 
 said, "Apple as an employer and a corporate citizen has a well documented
 history of supporting diversity, and we continue to do so. This is not an
 issue of censorship."
    At issue is Voyager's disk called "Who Built America?" which Byrnes 
 says has been the subject of customer complaints since December when 
 Apple began bundling it with computers it sells to elementary and 
 secondary schools.
    The disk, based on a book of the same name, looks at the United 
 States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It includes film 
 clips, music and illustrations of the period as well as first-person 
 accounts. Among them are an 1882 letter in which a gay man recounts his 
 emigration to America and a recorded interview with a New York woman 
 recalling her 12 abortions.
    Voyager officials said Apple told them last month it had received 
 complaints about the disk and asked Voyager to make a version without 
 the topics but the company refused.
    Michaels said Voyager offered to send schools that object to "Who 
 Built America?" any CD-ROM from its catalog and suggested that the disk 
 be limited to high schools. However, he said, Apple turned down the 
 compromise and decided not to include the disc in its models for schools 
    Reports say that Apple is disputing that version of events. Said 
 Byrnes, "To date Apple has neither formally notified Voyager or ... made 
 a decision regarding the content of future versions of the bundles."
    She added, "As of today, Apple continues to distribute" the disk and 
 that the computer maker routinely reviews customer response and uses it 
 to help decide what programs to distribute. 


 > Delrina Echo Lake STR InfoFile

                            ECHO LAKE FOR WINDOWS

 Exciting new software for capturing and sharing life stories

 SAN JOSE, CA and TORONTO, ONT -- February 6, 1995 -- Delrina Corporation
 (NASDAQ: DENAF, TSE:DC), acclaimed for its award-winning animated screen
 savers, communications and electronic forms software, today announced its
 first interactive multimedia consumer program, Echo Lake, designed to be a
 special place on the home computer where people can capture and share
 family memories. The product will be available this spring on CD and

      Echo Lake is a high-quality creative package that takes full
 advantage of multimedia technologies supporting a photo-realistic and
 inviting 3-D interface. The program presents several ways in which
 individuals of all ages can create vivid accounts of their life
 experiences and prepare copies of their personal "books" in print, or in
 electronic form to share with others on diskette or through on-line

      "Very few home PC software titles captivate and sustain consumer
 interest," said Mark Skapinker, Delrina president. "There is tremendous
 potential for a product that can redefine the way families use their home
 computer, taking its use beyond games and financial planning. Echo Lake is
 an engaging program that appeals to the widespread interest in nostalgia,
 recording our lives and experiences for ourselves and generations to come.
 It+s a product that brings people together."

      Echo Lake's flexible format allows individuals to write any number of
 stories, and add voice and sound clips and other media to enhance them. It
 also works with a wide range of complementary products and services,
 ranging from scanners, digital cameras and video capture cards, to Kodak
 Photo CDs, giving users the option to add photographs and video to further
 bring to life their personal and family memories.

      "Delrina's Echo Lake software presents the user with rich visual
 imagery right from its first screen," said Paul McAfee, director of
 worldwide Photo CD marketing at Kodak. "The program invites its users to
 include pictures of their lives. Because Delrina has included simple
 access to Photo CD images, users of Echo Lake software will find it easy
 to enrich their life stories with their own photos."

      "Within the last three years, I have evaluated over 500 software
 titles," said Gary Kinsey, Entertainment Evangelist at Creative Labs. "In
 my opinion, Echo Lake is a truly ground-breaking product, with the
 potential to fit into every household. It also gives consumers a wonderful
 reason to learn more about how to use multimedia capabilities such as
 sound and video."

      According to Dataquest, a market research firm in San Jose, CA, it is
 estimated that over 35% of US households currently own a personal
 computer.  Dataquest predicts the home PC market will show a compound
 annual growth of 21%, while the rest of the US computer markets will grow
 at 8.9%. It has also recently reported that 2 million of the 5.6 million
 personal computers shipped in the United States during the fourth quarter
 of 1994 were for the home market. Echo Lake will enable these computer
 users to maximize the enjoyment of their investment in multimedia

      "Echo Lake is a first-of-its-kind software program that makes the
 computer truly personal," said Greg Long, Delrina product manager and the
 creator of Echo Lake. "We think it will draw family members and friends
 together at the computer to recall, recreate, laugh, cry and reminisce
 about their

      Although aimed at home computer users, Echo Lake will also appeal to
 students, schools, clubs, and other organizations seeking to create
 stories and capture history. The diskette version will enable these
 groups, as well as others who do not own a multimedia PC, to enjoy Echo
 Lake to create journals using text, graphics, and photos.

 Press Contact:
                             Meredith Mansfield
                           Connors Communications
                               (212) 995-2200

 Delrina Corporation designs, develops, markets and supports innovative PC
 software  products and services in the fax, data and voice communications,
 electronic  forms  and  consumer  software  markets.  Founded in 1988, the
 Company  is  ranked in sales among the top 15 software publishers in North
 America and is recognized as the worldwide leader in PC fax and electronic
 forms.  Delrina employs more than 600 people with headquarters in Toronto,
 Canada  and  offices  in  San  Jose,  CA;  Kirkland,  WA;  Washington, DC;
 Lexington,  MA;  the  United  Kingdom; France; and Germany. Delrina can be
 contacted at (416) 441-3676.

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 > Invoice Store STR Review


 Software Review by Susanna K. Hutcheson

      Software Store Products has come out with another winner with The
 Invoice Store 3.1 for DOS.  A business-management tool, The Invoice Store
 is  an easy-to-use invoicing program thatgoes head-to-head with more
 expensive and hard-to-learn accounting and database applications.

      The Invoice Store is a contact-management and point-of-sale tool that
 includes Invoicing, Receivables, Reporting and Database Maintenance.

      One thing I personally hate about accounting software is setting up a
 chart of accounts. I also detest journal entry. I think most business
 people have very little time for things of this nature.

      So I was pleased to see The Invoice Store doesn't demand that you set
 up a chart of accounts and it doesn't use a general ledger. About all you
 have to do is to enter information.

      I also appreciated the fact that the software easily produces the
 information needed to prepare the Sales Tax report.  It gives the total
 amount of sales tax collected, total taxable sales and total non-taxable
 sales for the sales tax period. In addition, you can assign a different
 sales tax rate to each customer in your database. You can even override
 the sales tax rate at invoice time.

      Invoicing is a snap. When you  add the sale amount to a customer (or
 cash-sales) account you can print the invoice on the spot. And you can
 design your own invoices and reports or use the program's  generic forms.
 Invoices can be printed after creation or added to a batch for later
 printing. They can also be printed to a file for use in other programs.

      You will also  have complete audit trails for easy tracking of all
 your important transactions. This is a feature that even some of the most
 expensive programs don't have.  This is really handy because it allows you
 to track a transaction from the time of entry. When you take your records
 to your accountant, he or she can quickly see how and when that entry was
 created. This means you'll have more control over your records.  And if
 you ever have the unpleasant experience of facing an IRS officer in an
 audit you'll know how valuable an audit trail can be!

      The reporting module is great. Reports can be run for various time
 periods -- from daily to yearly. The Invoice Store tells you when to
 reorder and how much product inventory is needed. This gives you real
 control over your business. You never have to guess.

      Inventory reports can be sorted by product code or description.
 Summary reports can be generated by invoice or payment date. Totals are
 extended on any report. In addition, your statements will show all of your 
 customer activity for any period.

      The Invoice Store contains databases of  customers or clients, 
 inventory, sales personnel and vendors. It's very easy to set up to your
 own personal specifications. . And it has an integrated database
 management tool that will keep your databases running fast and accurately.

      Negative amounts can be entered for credit . . .  something
 impossible to do with some  programs. Unit and cost prices are accepted,
 up to four decimal places. And you're alerted when items are oversold. In
 addition, the program recalls invoices and records payments. It even voids
 payments when necessary.

      The Invoice Store lets  you generate predefined and customized
 reports. You can also create mailing labels and reports from your database
 information. The built-in word processor lets you easily create letters
 and merge with your database. This program truly has just about everything
 a small business can ask for.

      Although the 185 page manual is handy, the context sensitive online
 help is about all you'll probably need as you navigate the program. In
 addition, technical help is free when you need it.  One of the finest and
 most enjoyable parts of the program is the database query capability. It
 is far superior to many similar programs. You can ask it to tell you just
 about anything about a client or your inventory or anything else you have
 in your database and bring that information up quickly.

      If you need to know how much a client spent last year you use the
 Boolean operators to build your query. You can ask it virtually anything
 and extract that information. That is most useful when you want to know
 exactly how well a specific product is selling in a certain part of the
 country, for example. There are many ways this feature can be used. And it
 can prove quite profitable to you.

      The Invoice Store 3.1 is a business tool that you will find
 easy-to-use and invaluable in your day-to-day operations. It can not only
 save you money by keeping excellent financial records but it can make you
 money by giving you all the information you need to understand your
 business . . . every facet of it. And in business, understanding your
 business and your customers translates into profit!

 Highly recommended.

                        Software Store Products Inc.
                                P.O. Box 562
                              Oakdale, NY 11769
                       1-800-232-8561.  Price: $95.00


 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature

                  Radio Active: The Music Trivia Game Show

                available on CD-rom for Windows and Macintosh
                          retail approximately $25
                                for all ages
                               Sanctuary Woods
                               1825 Grant St.
                                  Suite 410
                             San Mateo, CA 94402

           IBM Requirements                    Macintosh Requirements
           ----------------                    ----------------------
           CPU:    386DX/33                    CPU:     68030/25
           RAM:    8 megs                      RAM:     8 megs
           Video:  SVGA                        Video:   13" color monitor
           CD-ROM: Double-speed                CD-ROM:  Double-speed
           Hdisk:  1 meg                       Hdisk:   1 meg
           OS:     Windows 3.1                 OS:      System 7.1
                     Sound Blaster or compatible required

 by Frank Sereno

 Sanctuary Woods' has produced an entertaining and toe-tapping game for 
 the Baby-Boomer set.  Radio Active features interesting trivia questions,
 puzzles and great music.  This game is sure to challenge and delight those
 who love the music of the 60's, 70's and early 80's.

 The game allows up to four players to compete against each other.  Games
 can be played for a predetermined time limit, point total or until the
 players can't take any more.  Players  choose from sixteen humorous
 stereotypes to represent them on-screen.  The player simply chooses a
 character and then types in his name.

 Once all the players are entered, game play begins.  Players will take
 turns pulling a control stick which will cause a carousel to rotate.  The
 carousel holds markers for the different trivia categories.  These
 categories include five-year periods beginning in 1961 and ending in 1985. 
 The player can choose to answer an easy, medium or hard question.  If he
 answers the trivia question correctly, he can gain bonus points by
 recognizing the music to a song from that era. Two more categories are
 also available randomly.  The Song Puzzle is a song divided into five
 sections represented by notes.  The player must arrange the notes in the
 correct order to score points.  The final category is the video puzzle in
 which a music business celebrity talks about an artist and then the player
 must identify the artist. 

 Radio Active is hosted by the jovial and hip Bobby Arpeggio.  His jokes
 keep the game lighthearted and humorous.  He is aided by the off-screen
 announcer, Nigel.  Nigel also instructs players on how to play the game.  
 The graphics in Radio Active are very colorful and interesting.  The
 animations are slightly jerky even on a Pentium system but that does not
 detract from the fun game play.  The voices and theme song for the program
 are very good.  The songs in the trivia game are not those from the
 original artists, but reasonably good facsimiles.

 Radio Active is an excellent game to play on long winter nights and at
 family gatherings.   I must warn you that the game is very slow on a 386
 machine and really needs a fast 486 or Pentium for good speed in the
 Windows environment.  But even on a slow CPU, the program is full of wit
 and humor, and it will take many plays before the questions are repeated. 
 If you like music and have a sense of humor, you will love Radio Active!




 Compiled By: Geoffrey Geiger 75253,1416

                              DOOM Cheat Codes!

 IDDQD          -  Toggles the God Mode On/Off

 IDKFA          - Gives You All The Weapons, Keys, Ammo, and 200% Armor     
 IDFA           - Gives You All The Weapons, Ammo and 200% Armor
 IDBEHOLD  + Following 
              S - Get Beserk Strength
              V - Temporary Invulnerability
              I - Temporary Invisibility
              A - Get Full Automap(places not visited remain Grey!)
              R - Get Anti-Radiation Suit
              L - Light Amplification Visor

 IDSPISPOPD     - Toggles The Clipping Mode

 IDCHOPPERS     - Get The chainsaw and a Message!

 IDCLEV         - (Episode #) (Map #) - Level Warp

 IDDT           - Toggles Bet. Normal map, fullmap and Fullmap + objects

 IDMYPOS        - Displays coordinates and heading

                            DOOM ][ Cheat Codes!

 IDDQD          -  Toggles the God Mode On/Off

 IDKFA          - Gives You All The Weapons, Keys, Ammo, and 200% Armor
 IDFA           - Gives You All The Weapons, Ammo and 200% Armor
 IDBEHOLD  + Following 
              S - Get Beserk Strength
              V - Temporary Invulnerability
              I - Temporary Invisibility
              A - Get Full Automap(places not visited remain Grey!)
              R - Get Anti-Radiation Suit
              L - Light Amplification Visor

 IDCLIP         - Toggles The Clipping Mode

 IDCHOPPERS     - Get The chainsaw and a Message!

 IDCLEV & Map#  - Level Warp (Ex, Level Nine would be: 09)

 IDDT           - Toggles Bet. Normal map, fullmap and Fullmap + objects

 IDMYPOS        - Displays coordinates and heading

 IDMUS & Map#   - Plays Music from Selected Level

                     Heretic Shareware Version 1.0 Codes

 QUICKE              - Toggles the God Mode On/Off

 RAMBO               - Gives You All The Weapons, Ammo, and 200% Armor

 GIMME (a-j) (1-9)   - Gives You One Of The These
                      a = Ring of Invincibility
                      b = Shadowsphere
                      c = Quartz Flask
                      d = Not So Nice input (REGISTERED ONLY)
                      e = Tome of Power
                      f = Torch
                      g = Bomb of the Ancients
                      h = Morph Ovum
                      i = Wings of Wrath
                      j = Not So Nice input (REGISTERED ONLY)

 SKEL                - Gives You All Keys

 RAVMAP              - Toggles Map Modes:

                      1 - Complete Map
                      2 - All Items/Track Monster Positions
                      3 - Revert to Normal Mode

 KITTY               - Toggle The Clipping Mode

                   ENGAGE (Episode #) (Map #) - Level Warp

 PONCE               - Full Health

 SHAZAM              - Toggle Weapon Power-Up (Tome of Power)

 MASSACRE            - Kill ALL monsters on the current level

 COCKADOODLEDOO      - Toggle The Chicken Mode On/Off (Enables Beak!)

 IDDQD               - Kill Yourself ..Suicide

 IDKFA               - Drop all Of Your weapons and ammo

                       Want More??? THATS ALL OF THEM!

 - Anyone having Questions Regarding DOOM or DOOM ][ Contact Me for help! 
 If anyone in the 310 area would like to play me at DOOM or DOOM ][, send
 an Email letter to me, and I will most gladly ring up a few more frags!


 > Visio Home 3.0 STR Spotlight

 Preliminary Report

                               Visio Home 3.0
                               Shapeware Inc.
                                520 Pike St.
                                 Suite 1800
                           Seattle, WA 98101-4001
                               (206) 521-4500

 by Doyle C. Helms Jr.
      Staff Editor

      Visio 3.0 Home is a drawing program for Windows that encompasses a
 spectrum of drawing needs for the home user. Don t let the name  Home 
 mislead you, for this program will more than suffice the small business
 user as well. Visio Home 3.0 is easy to learn and contains over 900 master
 shapes that will surely meet your needs. If the shapes (also called
 templates) are not sufficient, the user can easily create their own
 library of templates for later use.  Artistic talent is not required to
 produce smooth and professional printouts, just a need to communicate an
 idea graphically.

      The  Shapes  that you use within Visio Home is stored in what is
 called a  Gallery .  The Gallery is always visible to the user and shapes
 are simply  dragged  from the gallery to the drawing area and placed. Once
 placed, Shapes can be manipulated in almost infinite ways such as scaling
 and etc. Visio Home is also OLE 2.0 compliant.

      Documentation for Visio is very informative and easily understood. 
 Especially about all the tools the user has available.  Informative is
 also a good word to use when describing the tutorials that are also
 present in the manuals.

      In short, if you need a simple to learn but powerful program that you
 will not outgrow, purchase Visio Home 3.0 at your dealer today. I
 purchased my copy of Visio Home 3.0 at Software Etc. For the very
 reasonable price of $59.95. You can also Download a Demo copy from CIS in
 the Shapeware Forum+ (GO Shapeware).


 > NEW CIS RATES! STR FOCUS!           The Best just got BETTER!


 New Pricing Includes More Basic Services


 CompuServe's new Standard Pricing Plan now includes unlimited access 24
 hours a day to 100 basic services, including 20 that have just been added
 and 10 that were added in 1994. Some of these are:

   *Reuters Variety
   *AMG Classical Music Guide
   *AMG Pop Music Guide
   *National Syndicated Columns, including Joe Bob Briggs, Mikhail
 Gorbachev, Cokie and Steve Roberts, News of the Weird, and more.

 In addition to allowing access to more basic services, CompuServe's new
 Standard Pricing Plan rates significantly cut connect-time and mail
 charges, reduce U.S. and Canadian WATS-line charges, eliminate Western
 European prime-time communications surcharges, and raise the monthly
 membership fee by $1.

 Effective 05-Feb, connect charges for access at 9.6 and 14.4 kilobits per
 second dropped by 50 percent to $4.80 per hour. This is CompuServe's third
 price reduction in connect-time rates in three years.

 Under the new Standard Pricing Plan, members can send the equivalent of
 90, three-page electronic mail messages at no additional charge, compared
 to 60 previously. Electronic mail costs have been reduced by as much as 80

 The monthly membership fee has increased by $1 to $9.95. The new fee
 includes free access to the Executive Service Option, although ESO
 surcharges for specific products continue to apply. In Western Europe, the
 CompuServe network $7.70 per hour prime-time communications surcharge has
 been eliminated. In the United States, Wide Area Telephone Service
 surcharges have been cut by 31 percent to $6 per hour. The Canadian
 WATS-line charge has also been cut by 41 percent to $20 per hour.

 For complete information about pricing plans in your location, as well as
 a list of all 100 basic services, GO CHOICES.

         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


 For  a  limited time only; If you wish to have a FREE sample printout sent
 to  you  that  demonstrates  FARGO  Primera & Primera Pro SUPERIOR QUALITY
 600dpi  24  bit Photo Realistic Color Output, please send a Self Addressed
 Stamped Envelope [SASE] (business sized envelope please) to:

                       STReport's Fargo Printout Offer
                                P.O. Box 6672
                      Jacksonville, Florida 32205-6155

 Folks, the FARGO Primera Pro has GOT to be the best yet.  Its far superior
 to the newest of Color Laser Printers selling for more than three times as
 much.  Its said that ONE Picture is worth a thousand words.  Send for this
 sample now.  Guaranteed you will be amazed at the superb quality. (please,
 allow at least a one week turn-around)

         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

                     :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

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

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

       GENIE Information Services copyright   1995 by General Electric
             Information Services/GENIE, reprinted by permission

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          An Official Forum of the International Computer Users Group
                    *** STReport available in MAC RT ***
                                 ASCII TEXT
                            for ALL GENIE users!

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

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 Dear User Group:

 It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to thank you for your support
 and interest in Hayes products and encourage you to take advantage of
 our expanded User Group Program offerings.   While we have enjoyed
 visiting with many of you at various functions, I wanted to make sure
 that everyone is aware of  the programs we offer for User Groups and
 update you on the latest User Group special product offerings (see

 User Group Membership Offer

 In order for  folks to take advantage of this offer, they must either be
 a current member of your User Group or become a member of  your User
 Group.  This offer is designed to 1) help your group increase its
 membership while 2) encouraging your users to purchase Hayes products
 and take advantage of the "Information Highway."

 User Group BBS Offer

 For those groups who have a BBS, Hayes would like to assist you in
 upgrading your BBS to the latest in high-speed communications, OPTIMA
 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX.  Hayes would be interested in working with your
 User Group on the possibility of exchanging advertising for a modem.

 User Group Newsletter Advertising

 Newsletter advertising is always important to Hayes.  Hayes would be
 interested in assisting your club in fundraising efforts in exchange for
 newsletter advertising.  If you are interested in this program, please
 provide Hayes with a recent copy of your newsletter and an advertising
 rate card, including the number of  subscriptions your have for your

 Product Reviews for Newsletters

 Hayes is always interested in providing hardware and/or software for
 evaluation for your newsletter.  In exchange, it is extremely important
 that Hayes receive a copy of  the review, as this is a very important
 measureable for Hayes User Group Program.

 Education Program

 Hayes is very excited about its new education program, designed to teach
 the basics of communications.  While the course is quite extensive,
 Hayes is interested in identifying and recruiting a "Hayes Expert" in
 each User Group to "teach" this education course to either the
 membership-at-large, or at SIG meetings.

 Event Participation

 While Hayes would enjoy visiting each of your groups throughout the
 year, we all know this is not possible; however, Hayes will provide
 special offers for your meetings.   Also, Hayes is interested in
 participating in Regional Trade Shows through your User Group. If your
 group would be interested in representing  Hayes at a Regional Event,
 such as a trade show, please notify us.

 Product Information

 Hayes latest product information is available on Hayes Online BBS at
 404-446-6336, CompuServe, Genie, America Online, and GlobalNet.

 Hayes Online BBS

 Hayes Online is a valuable source of information, containing new product
 information, User Group special offers, and technical notes.  Current
 Hayes User Group Program offers are available on Hayes Online BBS at
 404-446-6336, under the User Group option.

 Hayes FAX Response 

 Current Hayes User Group Program offers are available on Hayes FAX
 Response at 1-800-HAYESFX, under User Group Program.  Also available on
 Hayes FAX Response is information on Hayes products.

 Special Pricing

 It is Hayes goal to offer special introductory pricing on new products
 to User Groups.  This information is posted on GlobalNet, Hayes FAX
 Response, and Hayes Online BBS.  These offers can be downloaded and
 copied for your membership.

 Hayes is committed to assisting User Group members by offering special
 pricing on Hayes products.  Attached is a special offer form on Hayes
 products currently being offered as User Group specials.  These offers
 include Hayes ACCURA 144 + FAX144 (PC and Macintosh platforms), Hayes
 Smartcom BBS Dialer, and Hayes newest communications software, Hayes
 Smartcom Data/Fax Pro.  As this is a limited time offer, please share
 this offer with your members as quickly as possible.

 Please complete the attached questionnaire with information about your
 User Group and your groups interests and return it to my attention.  If
 you have any questions about Hayes User Group Program, please contact me
 via e-mail at  I can also be reached via telephone
 at 404/840-6816, or via fax at 404/840-6825.

 I look forward to working with each of you during 1995!

 Sincerely, Beth McElveen
 User Group Relations Manager

 Please, complete this form and send it to the address listed below or fax
 it to 404/840-6825.  Hurry!  Offer is good through 30 June 1995.

 Please send me:                         Price       *Quantity      Total
 Hayes ACCURA 144 + FAX144 (PC)          US$89.00      ____      ________
 Hayes ACCURA 144 + FAX144 (Mac)         US$89.00      ____      ________
 Smartcom BBS Dialer                     US$14.95      ____      ________
 Smartcom Data/FAX PRO                   US$59.00      ____      ________
 Smartcom II for the Mac                 US$49.00      ____      ________

 Tax:  Residents of GA (5%) and  CA (8.25%) must add tax!        ________
 Shipping and Handling ($10 per unit/hardware, 
 $6 per unit/software)                                           ________

 Grand Total                                                     ________


 Payment (check one):
 __Check   __Money Order  __VISA         __MasterCard (US only)

 VISA or MasterCard Number                                Expiration Date
 Cardholder Signature (required for processing)
 User Group Name
 Street Address
 Daytime Telephone (required for processing)

 Limit two per customer.  Offer ends 30 June 1995.  Offer valid in the US
 and Canada only and void where prohibited by law.  Offer subject to
 product availability.  (C) 1995 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.  All
 rights reserved.  The Hayes logo, ACCURA and Smartcom are trademarks of
 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.  Other trademarks mentioned are
 trademarks of their respective companies.

 FAX YOUR ORDER FORM TODAY:  404/840-6825 or mail it to:
 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc., User Group Special Offer,
 P.O. Box 105203, Atlanta, GA  30348

                          USER GROUP QUESTIONNAIRE

 President's name:  _____________________________________________________

 User Group's name:  ____________________________________________________

 Address:   _____________________________________________________________
           street address

              city                                 state            zip

 Contact's Telephone No.:  _________________  Fax No.:  _________________

 Size of User Group: ____________________________________________________

 Special requirements for membership:  __________________________________

 What Services are available for members?  ______________________________


 Do you publish a newsletter?         [ ] YES         [ ] NO
 If so, please forward one copy to my attention.

 Newsletter Editor:  ____________________________________________________

 Newsletter Editor address: _____________________________________________

 How often are your meetings?  __________________________________________

 Does your User Group have a BBS?     [ ] YES         [ ] NO

 If so, what modem do you use on the BBS?   _____________________________

 How many lines are on your BBS?  ______   BBS Number ___________________

 Please return or FAX completed questionnaire to:

                                Beth McElveen
                        User Group Relations Manager
                     Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
                               P.O. Box 105203
                             Atlanta, GA  30348



 Hayes Smartmodem OPTIMA 28800 V.34/V.FC FAX
 Hayes Smartmodem OPTIMA  28800 V.34/V.FC FAX (OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC +
 FAX) is Hayes award-winning 28,800 bit/s modem that now implements the
 ITU-T V.34 standard.  In addition to supporting the ITU-T V.34 standard,
 OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX implements the V.Fast Class (V.FC)
 technology developed by Hayes and Rockwell to provide an interim
 industry standard modulation for 28,800 bit/s communications prior to
 the ratification of V.34.  The product will operate at 28,800 bit/s with
 Hayes and other vendors' products that implement the V.34 and/or the
 V.FC standards.  The product is also fully compatible with the installed
 base of V.32bis (14.4 kbit/s), V.32 (9600 bit/s), V.22bis (2400 bit/s),
 and V.22 (1200 bit/s) modems.

 OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX is a powerful solution for multi-media,
 remote access to a LAN, shared modem access from a LAN, and the transfer
 of large data files.  Using Hayes superior implementation of V.42bis,
 the product transfers data up to 230,400 bit/s using data compression --
 the fastest rate available from Hayes over dial-up phone lines.

 Through 1 March 1995 Hayes is offering a free upgrade to OPTIMA 288 V.FC
 + FAX users if they purchase an additional OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX
 modem.  Customers who do not wish to purchase an additional modem can
 upgrade their OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX modems for US$49 before the 1 March
 1995 deadline.

 OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX supports asynchronous and synchronous
 communications and comes with Smartcom for Windows LE and Smartcom
 FAX for Windows LE communications software.

 OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX Advantages
   Speed -- up to 230,400 bit/s -- More than 1 megabyte per minute
      Other installed PC modems
      ITU-T V.34 products
      V.Fast Class products
      Hayes Standard AT Command Set
      Fax machines

   Advanced line probing and renegotiation
   Asynchronous, Synchronous, AutoSync 2
   Bundled with Smartcom for Windows  LE and Smartcom FAX for Windows LE

 Understanding OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX 230,400 bit/s Capability
 Hayes Superior Implementation of V.42bis - OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX
 modem can achieve throughput up to 230,400 bit/s on highly compressible
 files using ITU-T V.42bis.  This increase in the maximum compression,
 from 4 times to up to 8 times, is achieved by optimizing the
 implementation of V.42bis.  This superior implementation is not
 proprietary and will operate with any modem implementing V.42bis.

 Understanding the Modem Numbers
 V.34/V.FC 28,800 + data compression     =    230,400 bit/s

 V.32bis   14,400 + data compression     =    115,200 bit/s

 V.32      9600 + data compression  =    57,600 bit/s

 V.22bis   2400 + data compression  =    9600 bit/s

 V.22      1200 + data compression  =    4800 bit/s

 ITU-T V.34 - The recently ratified ITU-T standard offering modem speeds
 up to 28,800 bit/s.  Also provides high-speed, full duplex
 communications at speeds ranging from 28,800, 26,400, 24,000, 21,600,
 19,200, 16,800, 14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200, 4800, and 2400 bit/s.

 V.FC - An interim industry standard developed by Hayes and Rockwell
 offering speeds up to 28,800 bit/s.  This interim industry standard has
 an installed base of approximately one million units.  Also provides
 high-speed, full duplex communications at 28,800, 26,400, 24,000,
 21,600, 19,200, 16,800, and 14,400 bit/s.

 ITU-T V.32bis - V.32bis provides high-speed, full duplex communicatons
 at 14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200, and 4800 bit/s.  Supports V.32bis
 procedures for fallback to lower speeds during the initial connection,
 and V.32bis rate renegotiation during online communications.

 ITU-T V.32 - Provides high-speed, full duplex communications at 9600 and
 4800 bit/s.  Supports V.32 Automode procedure and EIA/TIA IS-63 for
 fallback to lower speeds.

 International Data Transmission Standards - In addition to ITU-T V.32bis
 and V.32 compliance, supports V.22bis (2400 bit/s), V.22 (1200 bit/s),
 and V.21 (300 bit/s) transmissions.

 Industry Data Transmission Compatibility - Supports communications with
 industry standard 103 (300 bit/s) and 212A (1200 bit/s) modems.

 ITU-T GROUP 3 Fax Standards - Supports V.17 (14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200
 bit/s), V.29 (9600 and 7200 bit/s), V.27ter (4800 and 2400 bit/s), and
 V.21 channel 2 (300 bit/s).

 ITU-T V.42 - Supports standardized, point-to-point error-control
 communications using the ITU-T V.42 LAPM (Link Access Procedure for
 Modems) protocol.  ITU-T V.42 alternative protocol provides backward
 compatibility with modems using MNP 2-4.

 ITU-T V.42bis - International data compression standard for use by
 modems incorporating the V.42 LAPM error-control standard.  Provides
 compression capabilities enabling throughput to 230,400 bit/s.

 MNP 5 - Provides a migration path to V.42bis data compression by
 supporting backward compatibility with modems using MNP 5 for 2:1 data

 Bi-directional/Uni-directional Optimization - Throughput is optimized
 depending on the direction data is transmitted.  During normal file
 transfer operation, data thoughput is maximized since the transfers
 occur in one direction.

 Dial-up Line - Provides pulse or tone dialing out and auto-answering for
 Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) operation.

 Dial Modifiers - Provides the ability to support special residential and
 commercial PABX features such as pause, pulse and tone dialing, wait for
 second dial tone, wait for quiet answer, bong tone and hook flash.

 Call Progress Monitoring - Provides information on the progress of a
 call.  Result code messages notify the user when dial tone, busy
 signals, and carrier signals are detected, when connections are made and
 when commands are accepted.

 Monitor Speaker - Includes audio speaker for monitoring call progress.
 Speaker volume can be set to three levels under software control.
 Speaker can be set by software control to be always off, always on, on
 until connection is established (including dialing), or on from
 completion of dialing until connection is established.

 Modular Connector - Standard RJ-11 telephone jack, with extension jack
 for telephone.

 Advanced Line Probing and Renegotiation - Will renegotiate to the
 highest possible transmission speed to compensate for network and phone
 line performance.

 Hayes Standard AT Command Set - Full support for this industry standard
 enables the product to operate with the large installed worldwide base
 of communications software.

 Asynchronous Facsimile DCE Command Set - Controls modems which are
 compatible with the "Class 1" fax modem command set.  A user configures
 the software through simple, on-screen selections which are then
 translated into the appropriate commands that are issued to the mode.
 Users can make maximum use of advanced fax modem features without
 needing to learn specific AT Commands.

 Hayes Patented Improved Escape Sequence with Guard Time Mechanism -
 Patented technology allows the product to reliably escape from the
 online mode of operation (receiving/transmitting data) to the command
 mode (interpreting the Hayes Standard AT Command Set).  U.S. Patent
 4,549,302 was granted to Hayes on 22 October 1985 and Canadian Patents
 1,186,080 and 1,186,081 were granted on 23 April 1985.

 Nonvolatile Storage of Phone Numbers and Configuration Profiles - The
 product stores up to four telephone numbers (36 digits each) in
 nonvolatile memory.  The product also stores two user configuration
 profiles in nonvolatile memory in addition to factory configuration

 AutoFAX - During handshake the modem looks for calling tone, and if not
 there, switches to data mode.

 Automode - Procedures defined in an appendix to ITU-T Recommendation
 V.32bis that allow modems with V.32bis, V.32, and V.22bis modulation to
 reliably interwork with other modems which have any or all of these
 modulations, at the highest speed in common between the products. Also
 in V.34/V.FC mode it will work with other modems supporting V.FC
 modulation to connect at the highest possible speed.

 Automatic Speed Buffering - Enables the product to communicate at
 varying speeds with other modems, including non-error-control modems,
 while communicating at fixed interface speed if required by its attached
 DTE (mainframe, mini-computer or PC).

 Flow Control - Supports three types of flow control:  RTS/CTS (using
 hardware circuits 106/133), XON/XOFF, and Transparent XON/XOFF.
 Transparent flow control, when used with compatible software, permits
 the transfer of binary files with any protocol while using XON/XOFF flow
 control, on systems which do not support RTS/CTS flow control.  Includes
 the capability for software to test the modem cable to determine whether
 or not RTS/CTS flow control can be used.

 Asynchronous Hardware Mode - Supports standard asynchronous
 communications for dial-up access to value added networks, online
 services, personal computers, minicomputers and mainframes.

 Synchronous Hardware Mode - Supports SDLC, HDLC and Bisync synchronous
 transmission for connections to mainframes and minicomputers.  A PC
 using a synchronous adapter card is also supported.

 Hayes AutoSync - Uses the system's standard asynchronous communications
 port for synchronus communications, eliminating the additional expense
 of a synchronous adapter card for SDLC, HDLC or Bisync when used with
 AutoSync or application software.  This convenient feature brings both
 asynchronous and synchronous data transfer capability to your system in
 one communications device and provides substantial savings over other

 Hayes AutoSync 2 - Eliminates the requirement of precise control signal
 timing required by the original AutoSync.  Precise control signal timing
 caused the original AutoSync to be much more difficult to implement at
 speeds above 57,000 bit/s.  Both allow synchronous-mode operation of a
 modem connnection to an ordinary asynchronous serial card.  AutoSync 2
 allows reliable operation at high communication speeds above 14.4 kbit/s
 with multitasking operating systems, with intelligent serial ports and
 LAN-connected modems.

 Technical Support - Applications consultants and technical support
 engineers are available through Hayes Customer Sevice in the U.S. and
 Latin America at 404/441-1617, in Canada at 519/746-5000, in Europe at
 44 1252 775544, in Asia at 852 887 1037, and in Australia at 61 2 959

 Electronic Support - Technical assistance is available elecronically
 through Hayes Online, Hayes Bulletin Board System, throughout the
 Americas Region at 404/446-6336, as well as Hayes Forums on CompuServe
 and GEnie information services.

 Product Warranty - Modem holds a two-year limited performance warranty.
 Hayes guarantees that the product will perform as stated in the user
 documentation specification and is backed by the Hayes return or refund
 policy.  A special offer by Hayes allows users to obtain a free
 extension of the limited performance warranty to a total of five years
 coverage when an OPTIMA product is registered within 90 days of purchase
 by mail or by using Hayes Online, Hayes Bulletin Board System, in the
 U.S. and Canada only.

 Quality and Fast Service - Hayes Quality aims for the absolute minimum
 defects in design and manufacturing.  The company's emphasis on quality
 results in extremely reliable products and outstanding repair service
 should any be required.

 Country-Specific  Versions  -  Country-specific  versions  comply with the
 requirements of each country's regulatory agency.  Specific features for a
 country's version may vary to the extent necessary to meet these

 International  Distribution - Hayes products are available in more than 65
 countries  through  a  global network of authorized distirbutors, dealers,
 m a s s  merchants,  VARs,  systems  integrators  and  original  equipment

 Hayes,  the Hayes icon, the Hayes logo, Smartmodem, Smartcom, AutoSync and
 OPTIMA  are  trademarks  of  Hayes  Microcomputer Products, Inc.  V.FC and
 V.Fast  Class  are tradmarks of Rockwell International Corporation.  Other
 trademarks  mentioned  in  this summary are trademarks of their respective

 The International Telecommunications Union - Telecommunications (ITU-T) is
 the  United  Nations  agency  responsible for development of standards for
 international data communications.




                               DELPHI INTERNET
                           NETSCAPE COMMUNICATIONS

 Internet Standards-Based Strategy to Bypass Consumer Online Competitors
 New Technology Direction Underscores Strong Commitment to Delivering
 Innovative Services and Enriching Internet Access

                CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS * February 8, 1995 *

 Delphi Internet Services Corporation, one of the nation's largest online
 services and since 1992 a leading provider of complete Internet access,
 today announced that it has signed a license and distribution agreement
 with Netscape Communications Corporation under which Netscape will provide
 client and server software to Delphi Internet.

 This agreement with Netscape marks the first step in Delphi Internet's
 plan to deliver the most accessible interactive content and services for
 personal computer users.  Through the licensing of Netscape NavigatorTM
 and Netsite Commerce ServerTM software, Delphi Internet begins to
 implement its plans to build its online service on a totally open,
 Internet standards-based platform.  Netscape Navigator and Netsite* server
 software will bring secure communications, performance and advanced
 functionality to Delphi Internet's new platform.

 "We are aggressively moving forward toward an open architecture * away
 from the older, proprietary technologies of the 'big three' online service
 providers," said Dr. Alan E. Baratz, Delphi Internet's Chief Executive
 Officer.  "By adopting an open system, we are ensuring that our delivery
 platform will consistently incorporate the latest technology and that our
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 understand and fully embrace the principles of openness and adherence to
 technological excellence on which the Internet is founded, and bring that
 same commitment to the development of our new platform."

 "Delphi Internet's selection of Netscape as a strategic partner will give
 online subscribers easy access to the vast resources available on the
 Internet as well as to a broad range of other exciting information and
 entertainment services," said Jim Barksdale, President and Chief Executive
 Officer of Netscape.  "Delphi Internet's online expertise and access to
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 standards-based secure software, will create a powerful platform for
 delivery of online services."

 Delphi Internet's "Third Generation" Interface Development

 Delphi Internet is re-building its online service based on a sophisticated
 platform that will readily accommodate the latest products and services
 that are being developed for the Internet.  The Company is developing a
 "third generation" interface * one that will deliver on the promise of new
 media types incorporating audio and video, as well as hyperlinking
 capabilities * evolving from a first generation ASCII, text-based system
 to leapfrog second generation proprietary, menu-based point and click

 Delphi Internet's third generation interface will differ dramatically from
 earlier interfaces because it will be built around emerging Internet
 standards like TCP/IP, POP (for mail), Gopher, Worldwide Web (WWW) and
 Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).  "Because these standards are set by
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 latest technology," said Baratz.  "Also, many complementary products based
 on these standards are and will continue to become available. In addition,
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 standards work, and are at the core of the explosive growth and utility of
 the Internet.  Basing our interface on these standards is the soundest
 strategy for providing secure communications and solid performance to our
 subscribers * now and into the future."

 A News Corporation company, Delphi Internet develops and markets
 interactive entertainment, information and communications services for
 consumers worldwide.  Delphi Internet is one of the nation's top online
 services and a leading provider to consumers of comprehensive access to
 the Internet, the data superhighway.  News Corporation, led by Chief
 Executive Rupert Murdoch, is one of the largest global media companies
 with diversified international operations that include: TV GUIDE, Fox
 Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox, HarperCollins Publishers,
 Times Newspapers Limited, British Sky Broadcasting, STAR Television and

 Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software
 to enable people and companies to exchange information and conduct
 commerce over the Internet and other global networks.  The company was
 founded in April 1994 by Dr. James H. Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics,
 Inc., a Fortune 500 computer systems company; and Marc Andreessen, creator
 of the NCSA MosaicTM research prototype for the Internet.  Privately held,
 Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.

 For Delphi:
                               Nancy Morrisroe
                       Delphi Internet Services Corp.

                       Pam Hamilton or Gwenn Gauthier
                        Schwartz Communications, Inc.

 For Netscape:
                                Rosanne Siino
                        Netscape Communications Corp.

 Delphi  Internet  is  a trademark of Delphi Internet Services Corporation.
 Netscape  Navigator, Netsite and Netsite Commerce Server are trademarks of
 Netscape  Communicatioins  Corporation.  NCSA Mosaic is a trademark of the
 University of Illinois.


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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Talk about an over-reaction!  No, I'm not talking about someone
 reacting to something our publisher wrote!  I mean, a week or so ago,
 that big furry rodent was the portent of an early Spring; and a few
 days later there were major headlines that claimed the northeast was
 blasted by a 'Noreaster!!  Okay, so it's been a calm winter with
 abnormal temperatures and no snow.  But, was a six-inch snowstorm in
 the Boston area worth television coverage, ALL day, by all of the major
 networks and a few independents?!?  It must have been a really slow
 news day...

      Speaking of slow news days, there continues to be a drought of
 Atari computing news lately.  Maybe I'm searching in the wrong places,
 or my reporters aren't fully awake lately (just kidding, guys!).  We do
 have some more CD ROM news from those busy guys at It's All Relative.
 I have to really sit down and consider the possibilities of adding CD
 ROM power for one of my machines!

      We also have what appears to be the first of many announcements
 from C-LAB, regarding their efforts with the Falcon.  As initially
 surmised, their first endeavor will be leaning toward the MIDI
 userbase, but it does sound impressive, nonetheless.

      Closer to home, I've been having a little fun playing with Spectre
 lately (again).  I thought that I'd explore the world of online
 navigators and offline readers.  Since there isn't much currently
 available for the ST, I thought I'd see what was available for the Mac
 which I could use under Spectre.  My first attempts have been using
 MacCIM, for use with Compuserve.  It's an interesting program, so far.
 My initial reactions are that it's more of a navigator to look around
 and see what's available online while being able to read/reply to
 messages and download/upload files.  I've ordered MacNav to really
 check out the OLR capabilities and benefits.  As I play around more
 with both of these products, I'll try to give you a report as I'm sure
 many of our readers use Macs and/or Spectre.

      Until next time...


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 > Photo CD System! STR NewsFile!  -  Photokina Disk Announced!

                      Photo Show Pro Photokina Disk

 We are excited about this "first of it's kind" demo for the Atari platform
 that combines 300,000,000 bytes of graphics and 200,000,000 bytes of CD
 quality sound into an interactive presentation of the Kodak Photo CD
 Portfolio graphics and sound system.

 The Photokina demo can be played as a self-running looping demo of about
 40 minutes long or explored in an interactive mode that allows you to see
 what can be done with the Kodak Photo CD format.

 The CD explains the Photo CD process and includes four sample scripts 
 created by professional media experts showing examples of presentations
 they have created.

 The Photo Show Pro Photokina Disk requires an Atari STe or Falcon with
 1 meg or more of memory, color monitor, a CD rom drive capable of reading
 Photo CD format, and ExtenDOS Pro by Anodyne software. The disk uses the
 extended audio support of ExtenDOS Pro and will only run with this
 version of the CD rom driver installed for CD audio on your system.

 The Photo Show Pro Photokina disk is available for $5.00 to cover disk,
 postage, and handling. We will include a free copy of the Photokina CD
 with every order.

 For those without ExtenDOS Pro, we will ship ExtenDOS Pro, the Photo Show
 Pro Photokina Disk, and the free Kodak Photokina CD for $29.99, postpaid,

 This is a MUST HAVE for all Atari CD rom owners!

 Write It's All Relative, Randall Kopchak, 2233 Keeven Lane,
 Florissant MO 63031 USA.

                           (voice) (314) 831-9482
                            GEnie or Delphi: GREG
                           Compuserve: 70357,2312


 > C-LAB Falcon MKII! STR InfoFile!  -  New MIDI Set-up Ready to Go!

 UY-y, the C-LAB FALCON MKII has been designed to offer advanced digital
 technology to anyone who wants to produce music and audio in an easy
 and cost-effective way as a turnkey hardware solution.

 As the most music-ready of all current personal computers, the FALCON
 MKII incorporates as standard the vital features for recording and
 producing music in the digital domain: 14 MB of RAM, an internal 500 MB
 SCSI hard drive, MIDI interfacing, 16 bit audio converters, Motorola
 DSP chip etc. providing the perfect platform for professional MIDI
 sequencing/hard disk recording programs such as Steinberg Cubase
 Audio 16 (and many others).

 For many years, Atari Computers have been renowned for breaking the
 barriers of bringing workstation quality into a price bracket
 affordable to home users. The FALCON MKII takes this even further,
 running all MIDI data side-by-side with 16 tracks of digital audio as
 well as many other musical applications. Just plug in your software
 key...and play!


 Made to fit right into your digital studio, the FALCON MKII offers you
 audio that's even brighter than the already remarkable quality you get
 from CD. Technically speaking, you get eight 16 bit digital sound
 channels, with a sampling frequency of up to 50 KHz for both recording
 and playback.

 The FALCON MKII comes complete with a stereo 16 bit A/D converter into 
 preliminary product information - C-LAB FALCON MKII which you can feed
 any line level signal. To play back audio, the eight channels are mixed
 by the DSP chip and then fed to a 16 bit stereo D/A converter.
 Alternatively, you can use an 8-output expander, such as the Steinberg

 Because the DSP is standard (and is a Motorola industry-standard), many
 different effects algorithms (graphic or parametric EQ, Reverb, Chorus
 or Delay) can be used simultaneously with the 8-channel mixing.
 Alternatively, the DSP can be used to allow 16-channel operation (as
 in Steinberg Cubase Audio16).

                         INDUSTRY-STANDARD MIDI

 The MIDI interface on the FALCON MKII can be used as is with
 industry-standard software such as Steinberg Cubase, Emagic Logic,
 SmpteTrack Platinum and others, and at the same time as direct-to-disk
 audio recording (with suitable audio software).  

 In short, it offers the kind of standard MIDI/ audio features not
 available on other computer platforms as standard. 

                          YOUR OWN HOME STUDIO

 Whether you're a studio pro or a music buff, the FALCON MKII does more
 than just make your life easier: it actually opens up vast areas of

 Atari, with its breakthroughs in combining computer and MIDI standards
 have virtually rewritten the way in which composing and arranging is
 done. The FALCON MKII takes all this even further. Naturally it still
 has MIDI sockets, but what will really excite musicians is the DSP and
 direct-to-disk capacity.

 Direct-to-disk means that the FALCON MKII can store digital audio on
 its internal 500 MB SCSI drive, and play back up to 16 channels in real

           Preliminary product information - C-LAB FALCON MKII

 Now you will be able to record entire audio tracks (in stereo if
 necessary), edit them and play them back simultaneously.

 With the direct-to-disk system, you can edit in the same way as with a
 MIDI sequencer, but with the added advantage that it works with any
 acoustic instrument, even the human voice. The internal 500 MB SCSI
 hard drive gives you as standard 46 minutes of linear stereo recording
 at industry standard rates. This is equivalent to 12 minutes of
 uninterrupted, unrepeated audio across 8 tracks. Using the DSP you can
 actually have 12 minutes of uninterrupted, unrepeated audio across
 16 tracks. External hard disks expand your recording time almost
 without limits.

 Another advantage of the DSP is its real time digital treatment of the
 audio signals which means that it can be used to individually EQ up to
 8 audio channels or add reverb, chorus or delay.

                        A COMPLETELY OPEN SYSTEM

 The FALCON MK II allows every type of interfacing you might ever need:  
 The widely praised MIDI sockets that brought about the ST's success in
 the field of music sequencing.
      A 9-pin RS232C socket, with a 250K per second output (modems etc.).

      A bi-directional parallel Centronics interface, designed to
      connect all printers and all scanners on the market.
      2 standard joy stick/mouse connectors.
      A cartridge port (for software keys).
      A stereo audio input at line level (-10 dbV).

      A stereo audio output at line level (-10dbV).

           Preliminary product information - C-LAB FALCON MKII

      A video output for all monitors.

      An HF video connection to plug directly into VCRs.

      A SCSI-connection, able to support up to 7 additional peripherals
      (SCS-1 or SCSI-2 standard) such as hard disks, Syquest drives or
      CD ROM.

 A DSP connector, opening the processor up to the outside world and
 passing the eight sound channels in digital form (for S/PDIF
 interfacing and 8-output expanders).


 C-LAB can also supply a paper-white 14" VGA monitor, ideal for use
 with audio programs like Cubase Audio and Logic Audio. Of course, any
 colour VGA, SVGA or RGB monitor can be used to fully exploit the
 FALCON's unrivaled graphics and video capabilities (with programs like
 DMC's Calamus or Titan Design's Apex Media).

 C-LAB also produces a wide range of SCSI peripherals ideal for use
 with the FALCON MKII, including 270 MB Syquest drives and a range of
 fixed drives, guaranteed for audio recording.

                        RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE

 The C-LAB FALCON MKII will retail under 3.000,00 US Dollars excluding

 For further technical information please contact C-LAB Digital
 Media GmbH, P.O. Box 700 303, 22003 Hamburg.

 voice: 49-40-69 44 000  fax: 49-40-69 61 555  compuserve: 100434,3795



                 -/- Study Finds Internet Pedophiles -/-

     A Swedish researcher says he has found that pedophiles exchange
 hundreds of pictures a week through anonymous conduits via the global
 Internet network.

     Mats Wiklund, a researcher at Stockholm University's Institute of
 Computer and System Science, told Associated Press writer Thomas Ginsberg
 that during a seven-day period in late December and early January he
     -:- 5,651 messages or postings about child pornography in four
      electronic bulletin boards listed in Usenet section of Internet.
     -:- 85 percent of the messages about child pornography were fantasy
      stories or tips on transmitting pictures.
     -:- About 800 graphic pictures of adolescents engaged in sexual acts.
     -:- At least eight pictures showing young children, possibly ages

     "The younger ones ... are not being shown in the act, but they are
 being used as bait," said Wiklund, adding the actual number of postings
 likely is higher. Wiklund said he surveyed just half the bulletin boards
 dedicated to pornography and could not count private messages.

     "A few messages offer telephone numbers or other instructions for
 getting more pictures for a price, but most offerings were free," AP said.

     Says Wiklund, "The Internet has become a channel of communication for
 pedophiles. From their point of view, they've found a green technology.
 You can be anonymous and still be reached." The wire service added that
 authorities fear pedophiles can make contact with children by computer,
 then try to lure them into a meeting.

     Wiklund told the wire service he could trace the message origins only
 as far as a large "server" computer in Finland.

     Meanwhile, Finnish detective Sgt. Timo Laine told Ginsberg it is
 unclear whether the country's laws apply to "electronic smuggling" by
 computer and that did not know whether police would take action against
 the computer owner in Finland.

     "We've never had this kind of case before," the detective said. "If I
 transmit this information through the Internet, is it considered


                               JAGUAR SECTION

  New Titles Soon!
  Cannon Fodder! Theme Park! 
  Syndicate!  Double Dragon V!
  Troy Aikman Football!
  International Sensible Soccer!
  Hover Hunter!  Minter/Defender 2000
  Iron Soldier Tips! and much more!

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

      The games may be slow in coming out, especially since the
 holidays, but they are coming folks.  Atari has just released the names
 of the next six games; what appears to be the beginning of a long line
 of third party games - finally!
      I realize that people are growing weary of hearing that we should
 be patient; the games are coming.  It's really tough being in our shoes
 and waiting.  Even though I occasionally have some advance knowledge of
 things to come; not being able to put my hands on them (sometimes) is
 difficult at times!  I don't know what to tell you all, seriously.  For
 what it's worth, the Jaguar is the best system currently on the market,
 in my opinion.  Atari is not a Sega or a Nintendo with relatively deep
 pockets.  Things are going to happen more slowly with Atari than the
 larger players.  However, Atari still has some advantage provided that
 they follow through on what we've all been told with regard to software
 and hardware.  This is the key.  They haven't been perfect the past 18
 months, but I have seen some positive changes that give me some reason
 to be more optimistic than years past with other products.  I see the
 first couple of months of any new year as relatively slow.  The
 holidays are behind us now, as well as the Winter CES.  It's my
 impression/guess that March through May will see some major
 improvements for new releases.  I don't know why; it's just some sort
 of weird premonition based on getting out of the winter doldrums, or

      We'll see soon enough, I guess.  Winter is essentially over once
 we make it through this month.  Meanwhile, I have a better opportunity
 to make it through all of the half-completed games I currently have
 while waiting for those I'm looking forward to seeing next!

      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.
     J9029  Doom                 $69.99        id/Atari Corp.
     J9036  Dragon: Bruce Lee    $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9003  Club Drive           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9007  Checkered Flag       $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9012  Kasumi Ninja         $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9042  Zool 2               $59.99         Atari Corp
            Bubsy                $49.99         Atari Corp
            Iron Soldier         $59.99         Atari Corp
            Val D'Isere Skiing   $59.99         Atari Corp.

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

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

             CatBox              $69.95               ICD
             Cannon Fodder        TBD               Virgin
             Hover Strike        $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
            Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99        Atari Corp.

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

 CONTACT: Ron Beltramo
           Atari Corporation
  For Immediate Release
 SUNNYVALE, CA (February 7, 1995) -- Over the next 45 days, the first
 major wave of third party software for the 64-bit Atari Jaguar will be
 launched, marking another important step in the expansion of the Jaguar
 library of software. Sam Tramiel, President of Atari Corporation,
 stated, "We are very excited to see our third party partners coming to
 market with these new titles for the Jaguar platform. This is only the
 beginning of many great games that will be coming in the next wave of
 releases from our third party partners."
 "Cannon Fodder", expected in stores by February 24th, leads the pack of
 six exciting new third-party titles to be shipped within the first
 quarter. For the sports enthusiasts, Telegames introduces "International
 Sensible Soccer" as an interactive game version of the fastest growing
 commercial sport in the United States. Just following one of the most
 exciting football seasons, Williams Entertainment introduces the Jaguar
 version of "Troy Aikman Football". Electronic Gaming Monthly says of
 "Troy Aikman Football", "...the Jaguar version is the best yet."
 Saturday morning cartoon fans will recognize the fighting lineup in
 eye-popping animated action with "Double Dragon V" by Williams
 Entertainment. For those who prefer strategic challenges with intense
 graphics and hypnotic animated sequences, Ocean of America delivers two
 great titles, "Syndicate" and "Theme Park". In "Syndicate", you are an
 executive in charge of a team of mind-altered Cyborgs and "Theme Park"
 enables you to engineer the ultimate amusement park.
 "These new titles give the consumer a new wider range of selection on
 the  Atari Jaguar Multimedia platform," said Mr. Tramiel. "The Jaguar
 now has an excellent introduction of sports, strategy and general
 interest software provided by some of the most respected publishers in
 the industry with much more to come throughout 1995."
 Here is a closer look at these great new titles:
 "Cannon Fodder": War has never been so much fun. The first of a new
 caliber of games published by Computer West, "Cannon Fodder" is a
 product brought to us from the innovative people at Virgin. Command
 your company through enemy territories and hostile environments;
 jungles, swamps and frozen wastelands. Highlights of this whimsical
 and entertaining approach to war are: Over 300 conscripts with
 different skills, 72 phases of action, 24 different missions, an
 animated introduction, an ambient soundtrack complete with the howling
 of icy winds and a projected minimum of 50 hours to complete the game
 by most gamers.
 "...probably the most addicting game since Lemmings.", Electronic
 Gaming Monthly.

 "Troy Aikman Football": Troy Aikman's rendition of football on the
 64-bit Jaguar may be the most intense pigskin action you have ever
 played.  Brought to the high-end gaming world from the ground-breaking
 minds at Williams Entertainment, "Troy Aikman Football" breaks new
 barriers in sports entertainment. Up-to-date with 1995 rules and
 regulations, players choose among all 28 NFL teams, three season modes,
 multiple difficulty levels, 54 offensive and 27 defensive configurations,
 six field options, variable quarter lengths, and more... and that's all
 before the excitement really begins! For 1 or 2 players.
 "...the Jaguar version (of 'Troy Aikman Football') is the best yet.",
 Electronic Gaming Monthly.

 "Syndicate": There's a new kind of brutal reality amidst the sinister
 underworld and only Ocean can take you there with 64-bit intensity of
 the Atari Jaguar. Players assume the role of an ambitious executive in
 the Syndicate. Your mission is to lead a team of mind-altered Cyborg
 mercenaries to infiltrate opposing Syndicate territories. Your specific
 objective is to gain as much control of the world as possible, street
 by street, city by city, country by country, bit by bit.
 "...ultra-cool ...better than the Genesis...", Game Players Magazine.
 "Theme Park": You've been there just to visit, but now you will build
 one from the ground up. Ocean gives you access to a virtual world where
 you can design, build and operate your own amusement park.  You choose
 the land, hire staff, build the rides, manage the novelty shops, and
 become solely responsible if anything ever goes tragically wrong.

 "...anyone who enjoys designing things is gonna love this game.", Game
 Players Magazine.
 "Double Dragon V": Williams Entertainment has created an exciting new
 fighting game based on the Saturday morning Amazin' Adventures Series
 cartoon hit, Double Dragon. The Shadow Master is ready for battle.
 After reading the character dossiers, players customize game play and
 attributes to create fighting machines never before seen on any gaming
 platform. For 1 or 2 players, there are multiple levels of game play,
 10 different battle locations, 12 unique characters, and over a dozen
 different musical scores.
 "Smooth-as-silk graphics; kid's will love controlling their favorite
 cartoon characters on the Jaguar.", Atari Explorer Online.
 "International Sensible Soccer": Telegames has captured World Soccer
 excitement in the most addictive soccer simulation ever. It is complete
 with international roster profiles and fully editable teams. Select
 between "Friendly", "Cup" or "League" simulations in 1 or 2 player head
 to head competitions; all with 8 channel/16-bit sound to put you right
 on the playing field. This game delivers a fast 60 frames per second
 for smooth scrolling and crisp animation. This is a "must" game for
 64-bit sports game enthusiasts.
 "For some of the most intense soccer action on the Jaguar, try
 Telegames' Sensible of the many exciting games for the
 Jaguar system.", EGM2.

 Contact:        Hyper Image Productions, Inc.


 COLLEGE PARK, MD, February 6th, 1995 -- The design team at Hyper Image
 Productions has announced their upcoming debut game-release for the
 64-bit Atari Jaguar platform entitled "Hover Hunter".  Set in the not
 so distant future, Hover Hunter is a lightning paced hovertank
 simulator that allows players to fly through multiple missions filled
 with fleets of enemy vehicles. Realistic three dimensional environments
 are created using "Displacement Texture Mapping", an advanced rendering
 technique developed by Hyper Image that takes current landscape
 rendering technology one step further.  Hover Hunter will also be among
 the first Jaguar games with full network support allowing for
 multiplayer combat over the CatBox's CatNet(TM).

 Hover Hunter sets the game-player in the cockpit of a technologically
 advanced hovertank fully outfitted with a wide choice of powerful
 weaponry and computer features.  Using advanced piloting skills and
 devastating firepower, the player must do battle to protect and further
 the interests of his employer, a powerful corporate-state bent on global
 conquest and domination.  Deadly foes sent by rival companies await on
 each landscape as the player completes action-packed missions and
 steadily advances further into the storyline of the game.

 "I'm really excited at the prospect of showcasing our talented
 development team and next generation gaming technology to the public,"
 says Jeremy Gordon, president and senior programmer of Hyper Image
 Productions.  "Not only will Hover Hunter be a an absolute adrenaline
 rush, but I think it will also demonstrate Hyper Image's dedication to
 continually pushing the edge of gaming standards."

 Slated for release in the summer of 1995, Hyper Image will be showcasing
 their game at the E3 show in Los Angeles.

 To go along with the official announcement of our Jaguar title, "Hover
 Hunter", I want to personally invite anyone who's interested to check
 out our world wide web page;
 ( works also).

 There are some general tidbits that may be of interest, and also a whole
 bunch of cool screen shots (grabbed via s-video by a really killer new
 JPEG board).

 The screen shots are also available via anonymous ftp to in the /pub/HoverHunter directory (again, ftp'ing
 to works too). Some small MPEG movies will be made
 available really soon.

 The game is still very early (about 35% complete in these shots from the
 Winter CES) although we are counting on completion for the E3 show.

 Look for a preview in the March issue of Video Games magazine, and maybe
 a few shots in the March Die Hard Game Fan...


 Jeremy Gordon
 President/Senior Programmer
 Hyper Image Productions, Inc.


 > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile  -  Current Developer Lists & Titles

 Game Title             Date   Game Type           MSRP      Publisher
 Air Cars               1Q/95  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.
 Baldy (CD)                    Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari
 Barkley Basketball     2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Battlemorph            1Q/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Battle Sphere          1Q/95  Flying/Action        TBD      4-Play
 Battle Wheels          1Q/95  Racing/Combat        TBD      Beyond Games
 Blue Lightning (CD)    1Q/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Brett Hull Hockey (CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Brutal Sports Football  NOW   Sports/Combat       $69.99    Telegames
 Bubsy                   NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Burnout                2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Cannon Fodder           2/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      Virgin
 Casino Royale                 Gambling             TBD      Telegames
 CD League Bowling (CD)        Sports               TBD      V Reel
 Checkered Flag          NOW   Racing              $69.99    Atari
 Club Drive              NOW   Racing              $59.99    Atari
 Commando                      Action/Combat        TBD      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 (CD)    1Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Doom                    NOW   Action/Combat       $69.99    Atari
 Double Dragon V        1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Williams
 Dragon:Bruce Lee Story  NOW   Combat              $59.99    Atari
 Dragon's 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
 Fight For Life         1Q/95  Combat               TBD      Atari
 Flashback              1Q/95  Action               TBD      US Gold
 Flip Out                      Puzzle               TBD      Atari
 Freelancer 2120 (CD)          Adventure/Sci-Fi     TBD      Atari
 Galactic Gladiators           Space/Combat         TBD     
 Graham Gooch Cricket          Sports               TBD      Telegames
 Hammerhead                    Flying/Sci-Fi        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 Hunter           2Q/95  Combat               TBD      Hyper Image
 Hover Strike           1Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Iron Soldier            NOW   Action/Strategy     $59.99    Atari
 Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 James Pond 3                  Action/Adventure     TBD      Telegames
 Kasumi Ninja            NOW   Combat              $69.99    Atari
 Legions of the Undead         Role Play/Adventure  TBD      Atari
 Off Road Rally         2Q/95  Racing               TBD      TWI
 Phear                  2Q/95  Puzzle               TBD      Atari
 Pinball Fantasies      1Q/95  Action               TBD      21st Cent.
 Rage Rally             1Q/95  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Raiden                  NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Rayman                 2Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      UBI Soft
 Redemption (CD)               Adventure            TBD      Atari          
 Robinson Requiem       1Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Ruiner Pinball                Arcade               TBD      Atari
 Sensible Soccer        1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Telegames
 Soccer Kid             1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Ocean
 Soul Star (CD)                Action/Sci-Fi        TBD      Atari
 Space Ace (CD)                Space/Combat         TBD      Ready Soft     
 Space War 2000         1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Star Raiders           1Q/95  Space Simulation     TBD      Atari
 Syndicate              1Q/95  Simulation           TBD      Ocean
 Tempest 2000            NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Theme Park             1Q/95  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 1Q/95  Sports              $69.99    Williams
 Ultimate Brain Games   1Q/95  Puzzle               TBD      Telegames
 Ultra Vortex           1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $69.99    Beyond Games
 Val D'Isere Skiing...   NOW   Sports              $59.99    Atari
 Vid Grid (CD)                 Puzzle/Music Video   TBD      Atari
 White Men Can't Jump   1Q/95  Sports               TBD      TriMark
 Wolfenstein 3D          NOW   Combat/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Zool2                   NOW   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


 > Jaguar Easter Eggs/Cheats/Hints STR InfoFile  -  Solving Those Riddles!

 From Compuserve, CIS Atari SysOp and STReport staffer, Jeff Kovach:

 Time for another Iron Soldier cheat!

 IRON SOLDIER Unlimited Ammo Cheat

 At Options screen, type 2,7,2,8,3,7 ("CRATES" on a phone keypad)

 Have a blast with it!



 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

 Jeff Kovach is still busy, surfing the net and finds these Jeff Minter
 posts from "The Yak Zoo", Minter's WWW page:

   Jeff Minter, the programming genius behind Tempest 2000 and the
 upcoming Defender 2000 has set up his own World Wide Web page on the
 Internet.  In it, he devotes a section to providing updates to his
 progress on Defender 2000. Anyway, here's the current version of his


                           Jaguar Developments

 This page is where I am going to publish progress reports on my current
 Jaguar projects - at the moment, I'm working on Defender 2000. People in
 the newsgroups are interested to know how the progress of my llatest game
 is going, and some of you may be interested in how the evolution of a
 game as coded by the Yak goes... I'll try and keep this section updated
 once a week or so, but don't hold me to that.

                           D2K at 04 Feb 1995

  Classic Mode is pretty much finished, bar a bit of tweaking. It's
 basically identical to original Defender, uses the same sound effects
 sampled out of the coin-op; the main differences being that it keeps
 60 frames throughout, and doesn't 'disappear' enemies due to the draw
 loop getting overloaded - we've got a bit more horsepower (llamapower?)
 than the original arcade game had, so the draw loop never gets overloaded.
 There's a bit of tidying up to do - like the humanoid-fall noise sometimes
 doesn't cut off when you catch a falling Humanoid - but that'll get taken
 care of next time I do a spit-and-polish pass. At the moment I am
 concentrating on getting Plus defined.

 Plus is getting there. The idea of Plus is to keep the essence of classic
 Defender, but re-do it with more detailed graphics, one or two extra
 weapons, and some new bad guys. I've incorporated the Star Gate out of
 the game of the same name as well. The Plus control mode is also the same
 as it will be in 2K - if anyone has played Llamazap you already know it.
 It allows you to fly your ship backwards at times - basically you can
 apply 'retro thrust', which gives you more control over speed so you pile
 into enemies less often, and means you can even back away from an enemy
 while still firing at him - useful if you are attacking a shielded enemy.

 Your first new weapon is the Llightning Llaser. You can think of this as
 being a bit like the Superzapper out of Tempest, attached to your Defender
 ship. When you hold down the LL button, lightning strikes out from your
 ship and hits enemies one at a time, at a stroke rate which will probably
 be able to be adjusted by powerups. Cutting it loose in the middle of a
 crowd of Swarmers is pretty spectacular.

 The LL has a special function if used to attack a Lander that's carrying
 a Humanoid. It llocks onto the descending Humanoid freed up when you kill
 the Lander, and acts like a tractor beam, dragging him towards your ship.
 This makes it easier to gather a lot of Humanoids under your ship, which
 is something that'll do you good in the gameplay for both Plus and 2K.

 Graphically, all the classic Defender enemies have been redrawn as
 animated true colour objects.  The little Humanoids are particularly
 cool - they run about in a nicely animated way and wave their arms in
 distress when they're being hassled by the Landers. The mountains have
 been filled in, with a dynamic plasma texture, which wibbles up and down
 as you fly along and also colour-cycles. I call it the Llava Llamp
 texture, and the folx at Atari really like it. I'll make this texture
 change each level to provide variety.

 I'm pleased with another touch to do with the mountains that I put in
 last week. It's out of the Melt-O-Vision bag of tricks, and produces,
 down behind the mountains, these kinda flames which flicker and dance as
 you move around. Kinda like pale fire, or an aurora, or the soft rippling
 fur of a llama clad in rainbows. It's pushing me right to the edge of my
 60Hz FUR, but I'm determined to keep it, as it looks so cool.

 It llooks like the Lissajous particle explosions may have to go, as
 they're pushing me out of 60Hz when you have a bunch of stuff on screen.
 I'll probably go for some version of pixelshatter instead that I can get
 the Blitter to do instead of tying up my GPU.

 Also, llast week the first Easter Egg went in...

 At the end of last week I was working on the level warp - like in arcade
 Stargate, if you jump in the Stargate with four or more Humanoids you can
 skip levels. I had put in this kinda particle tube effect, made out of
 the same routine for the Lissajous explosions, but although it looked
 interesting I thought it wasn't really in your face enough. So, I wrote
 this thing which does a tube made up of circles of colour, and by
 scrolling the palette you get a nice rushing-down-a-tube kinda thang.

 Then I stretched out the pale fire so it goes all the way up the screen,
 so you can see the flames outside of the tube. I think I'd like to use
 Object Processor interrupts on the GPU now to warp the overlay with the
 tube drawn on it, so that the whole thing kinda shimmies around, I think
 that'll look cool. That's what I'll do first thing next session. Then
 I'll get busy with the new pixelshatter explosions.

 While I was doing that tube I made this nice fast circle draw - god bless
 Mr. Bresenham! - which I'm sure will be useful for something else as well.
 We'll see what happens.



 Back to Yak's Zoo

 Here's some additional info from Jeff Minter's WWW page, providing some
 background on how the Defender 2000 project came into being...  Enjoy!


 On A Mission From God

 Many years ago, back in the early 80s, I used to be occasionally
 visited in my lair in Tadley by a lad of 14 by the name of Jake Simpson.
 He was learning assembler coding, and he'd come around and we'd talk
 about coding the C64, and play the llatest games.  I was pleased to
 encourage another soul to get into the world of game programming.

 Then, a couple of years ago, I got a call from the US, and it's none
 other than Jake Simpson; obviously he learned his coding well, 'coz he
 was now a coder at none other than Williams Electronics. They're based
 in Chicago, and last year I was due to go to Summer CES in that city,
 and Jake suggested that we meet up then, and maybe slope off for a beer
 or two and talk about old times...

 Anyway, I'm at CES, demonstrating the VLM to someone with the aid of
 'The Division Bell' by Pink Floyd, when there's a tap on my back and
 it's Jake.  He says he's brought along someone I might like to meet...
 There's this tall thin guy; very short hair, almost shaven; intense
 intelligent eyes and a wicked grin. Jake sez: 'This is Eugene Jarvis'....

 Now, everyone has their heroes; people who they respect and admire and
 who have inspired them by the quality of their work.  For me, I guess
 the two people I most admire would be Roger Waters out of Pink Floyd,
 for years of excellent music that speaks to the soul... and the guy who
 designed what I consider to be some of the finest videogames ever made;
 the man who invented the Smart Bomb and the Scanner; the designer of
 Defender, the game which broke so much new ground in the early days of
 videogames, and an all-time classic;  Stargate, the awesome sequel to
 Defender, perhaps one of the most intense videogames ever made, with
 amazing particle explosions and in-your-face gameplay which would keep
 you standing in front of the machine at 2AM sweating buckets; and
 Robotron, with its innovative and distinctive explosions, more enemies
 on screen simultaneously than just about any other game, and just one
 of the finest all-out blastfests ever made.  That man is Eugene Jarvis.
 In my estimation he ranks somewhere above Grand High Immortal.  And
 finally, there in Chicago, I finally got to meet him.

 EJ has been one of the main influences on my own work over the
 years - EJ and an unusual love of beasties, anyway.  His games are
 always distinctive and he always manages to nail down that elusive
 quality - playability.  I've always aspired to one day produce a game
 which is as playable and addictive as one of his great Williams

 It was just excellent to finally meet this great dude, and hang out
 with him and Jake for the afternoon. We toured around the CES, got
 something to eat, and he got me a sneak preview of his latest game.
 I'm pleased to say that he had seen and lliked Llamatron - I'm glad he
 was not mortally offended at what I'd done to his game - and I have a
 photo of the great man playing T2K on the Jaguar.  He particularly
 lliked my pixelshatter explosions in that game, which are clearly an
 evolution of the explosions in Defender and Stargate.  I mentioned that
 I'd really llove to do a Jaguar version of Defender one day, and he
 said yeah, that if anyone was going to do it it should be me...

 Now, at that point Atari had no plans to do a Defender for the Jaguar.
 But, over the successive weeks, the words of God reverberated in the
 Yakly bonce... if anyone was to do Defender it should be me... and
 finally I could stand it no more, and I sent a fax to John at Atari,
 saying pleeeease could I do Defender, because if there's a game that I
 llove even more than Tempest it's Defender, and I'm sure I could do a
 wicked job, and besides, I'd be on a mission from God...

 Atari said yes!

 So it's happening... Defender 2000 is my current project, and coming
 along rather nicely.  For more information about the game, and regular
 progress reports, read Jaguar Developments on my homepage.  I'm having
 great fun making the game, and it's kinda a natural progression for me
 after having updated Tempest.  Get your Smart Bomb fingers ready for
 some Humanoid-rescuing, Mutant-blasting, Pod-opening, Scanner-watching,
 Planetoid- exploding action... and remember... God told me to do it!

                          New Jaguar Promotion!

 Watch your retailer and popular gaming magazines for a hot new Jaguar

 Qualified purchases of a complete Jaguar system made between
 January 31, 1995 and before May 3, 1995 qualify for not one, but TWO
 great FREE bonuses by mail.

 First, gamers may pick either Wolfenstein 3D or Tempest 2000 as a free
 cartridge. Secondly, gamers will also receive a free joypad controller
 for two-player games.

 This offer requires a legible and valid dated sales receipt of a
 complete Jaguar game system, the UPC symbol from the outside of the
 Jaguar box and the claim coupon. The in-store coupons and counter
 displays are on their way now if not already in stores. Complete details
 are available on the in-store coupons.

 If you've been holding out on a Jaguar! Hold out no longer. Get a great
 deal, PLUS be ready for the exciting release of the CD-ROM soon!

  -- Don Thomas
     Atari Corporation


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
 On CompuServe
 compiled by
 Joe Mirando
 CIS ID: 73637,2262

 Hello again friends and neighbors.  Well, as you've no doubt read in
 Dana's Editorial, we folks in the northeast got some snow last weekend...
 To use an old punch-line:  "Boy, are my arms tired".  Being the first
 real storm of the winter, I was "out of practice" at the whole shoveling
 thing.  But, as Niche said, "That which does not kill us makes us
 stronger".  We'll see.

 I thought you might appreciate this:

 A friend of mine, who now lives in Washington DC, is getting married in
 May and asked me to be in his wedding party.  In our phone conversation
 he mentioned that he was going to look for a tuxedo rental place that
 had shops in DC as well as here in Connecticut, so that the tuxedos
 could be taken care of easily.

 The first words out of my mouth were "Don't drive yourself nuts, Greg.
 Just find a place to get the Tuxedos and the rest of us can go to local
 shops, have them measure us, and send the measurements to you".

 Greg said, "Well, I worry about how long it will take to get the
 measurements through the mail".

 "Greg," I said, "What's the matter with you?  We're living in the
 Computer Age!  I'll send the measurements to you in e-mail".

 "Cool," he said, "I didn't know you had an account on America Online".

 "I don't," I said, "I'll send it to you over the Internet".

 There was dead silence for a moment.  Then he said, "Um, I don't have an
 Internet account".

 "Don't worry," I told him while chuckling, "neither do I".

 "Well, if you don't have an account, you can't use the Internet then"
 was his reply (but what did you expect from someone who doesn't use

 "We'll see," I told him, "Let's do a test run tomorrow.  I'll use
 CompuServe and see if I can 'push' it through to you at AOL".

 "Okay," he said, "But I'm telling you, it won't work".

 Well, I simply dialed up my local CIS access number, went to the Mail
 area, and sent him a note through the Internet.  I got a reply from him
 the following day promising to never doubt me again and to leave me
 burnt offerings every so often (did I mention that Greg is almost as
 twisted as I am?).

 This is truly an age of miracles and magic... hey that reminds me of
 another quote.  This one from Arthur C. Clarke.  To paraphrase:
 'Technology, sufficiently advanced, is indistinguishable from magic'.

 Well, let's cast a spell and conjure up some of the news, hints and tips
 available every week right here on CompuServe...

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 Teresa Whittington asks about transferring files from her old Atari
 8-bit to a DOS machine (yuck):

   "I have been using an Atari 65XE for several years with the AtariWriter
   word processor.  I have a ton of writing projects saved on disk through
   AtariWriter that I would like to transfer to floppies for use with my
   Laser 386SX/3.  Is there a translator program or utility that I could
   use to easily transfer my files and programs?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Teresa:

   "It's possible to transfer the files from one computer to another
   fairly easily, but it's a lot more difficult if you have to try to read
   the Atari disks on the IBM.
   I believe we do have some utility programs that will help translate the
   AtariWriter format into a form that can be used with a PC
   Maybe someone else here who has used this kind of utility can jump in
   with some ideas for you on exactly what you'll need to do this."

 Teresa tells Bob:

   "I still have my 65XE (It's not going anywhere <g>) and can use either
   it or my 386 clone to translate the files if I find a utility that will
   work. My IBM clone has DOS ver.5, so I need something that will work
   with it.
   I missed the conference about this from the AtaitGame forum, but I'll
   be jumping over there to see if there is anything about it in the
   threads.  Hopefully, I'll be able to hook up with someone who's already
   dealt with this.  <grin>"

 Bob replies:

   "... also try posting a message in the Atari 8bit message sections on
   the Atari Gaming Forum (GO ATARIGAM)... that's where all the most
   knowledgable 8bit users hang out, and I just noticed there's a
   discussion of exactly what you want to do going on there right now.."

 Teresa tells Bob:

   "Thanks... I missed the conference but I'm heading over there right
   now.  I'll let you know what happens."

 Bob Caroles asks for help with a dead hard drive:

   "I've a Megafile 30 and Atari STE. I've a feeling that the boot sector
   on the Hard Drive was corrupted when the machine was booted from a
   floppy containing an ICD boot routine. Is there any way I can restore
   the boot sector and retain the data  on the drive?
   Thanks to anyone who can help and shed some light on a very dark and
   gloomy subject..."

 Simon Churchill tells Bob:

   "I will assume here your Hard disk would normaly auto boot and would
   use the AHDI software supplied by ATARI.   I will also assume you can
   boot up the drive using a floppy disk with AHDI on and read the data
   contained on the Hard disk.
   If the above assumtions match your set up then the only point I can
   see here is the AUTO BOOT flag has been deactivated or the SYSTEM boot
   file has been corrupted on the drive.  If you can read files from the
   drive without problems then the boot sector should be O.K.
   To set the AUTO BOOT you will need to run one of the utility's which
   come with AHDI.   (Possably HDX.PRG)   If you do not have the latest
   version or any of these util's then the libraries hold them and the
   current version in them is 5.  Also it might be a good idea to install
   the SYSTEM boot file, again a utility will do this and is part of the
   AHDI set.
   If and I hope this has not happened the offending program has damaged
   the FAT or DIRECTORY structure then your data is alas probably lost.
   If you can boot with a AHDI floppy and read files then the drive simply
   need's to be told to AUTO BOOT itself.
   I will be leaving the forum shortly (END OF WEEK) as the account is
   not mine and any reply's WILL have to be sent by then as after that
   time I will not see them on this number.
   Hope this has shed some light on your Hard disk and your day becomes a
   very bright and sunny one......."

 Rob Rasmussen tells us:

   "I got [an] Epson Color Stylus printer to try to use with Image Copy
   and other programs. It came with drivers and instructions for PC and
   Mac which doesn't do me much good, right? Falcon is all I'm using it
   with, but if it is not possible I can take it back within 30 days.
   I'm trying to get it to print some of my color pics (GIF, JPEG, etc.).
   I ran the self-test on it, and it prints out lines of characters in
   color just fine.  When I run Image Copy 3.52, I load the driver for the
   Epson Inkjet. There are various settings for CMY and CMYK color and
   separation, DPI, and other things.  I try different settings, but when
   it prints the pic, the printer head just jiggles several times and then
   prints a tiny pic of it in the corner of the page (on the special paper
   for 720 dpi). Just as the Epson manual isn't much help (beyond initial
   setup) with my system, the Image Copy manual doesn't offer any
   solutions that I have found. So I don't know if I need to do something
   different on the printer, or in the Image Copy program/driver.
   I wanted to also print ascii text like from EdHak, but a similar thing
   happens - it just prints a few random characters in the page corner. I
   would think this printer would be Epson compatible! What should I do to
   make it at least print text?
   Image Copy came with a Stylus driver for doing 720 dpi prints, but in
   the driver select menu stylus does not appear. That is strange. In the
   Epson Inkjet driver screen I can select 720 dpi - maybe that accesses
   it? Maybe its something obvious I'm not doing on the printer or in
   Image Copy, but I don't know how to make it print a full page size of a
   picture. Any suggestions?"

 Steven Russell at Glacier Enterprises tells Rob:

   "I checked my settigns in Image Copy 2 and at the printer options menu
   the output device needs to be BIOS. I tryied a couple of settings
   before and got similar if not more dramatic results, like strange
   characters on the page, but the BIOS print option seems to work best.
   Also, when you do a print, you have to specify what size you want the
   image to print at in the main print dialog. That should give you some
   better results, if this does not help,  give me a ring again and I will
   see what I can do to help you out."

 Rob tells Steven:

   "Like you said, I had to specify the size of what I wanted it to
   print. It defaulted to 0 x 0 apparently, but I changed it, and the
   printouts look nice!  When I set the size in inches, this doesn't seem
   to correspond with the actual size of the printed image on the page. Is
   it supposed to?
   I have always had the problem of some of my pictures, whether in
   normal 256 color mode or true color mode, looking squashed or elongated
   on my monitor (Magnavox svga). When I scan with Migraph's Colorburst
   software, the resulting picture is always out of proportion and I have
   to adjust it, by 'halfing' it, or rescaling it in Studio Photo. When I
   get it just right, I can load it into True Paint and play with it and
   it looks fine. But when I load it into Image Copy (in same video mode)
   it is elongated. So I have to guess at the print scaling values to get
   it right. I have Screen Blaster which can do several other video modes,
   but I have never really known which one to use that would always make
   the pictures look right. And if I don't use that video mode all the
   time, the pics will look out of proportion. Any helpful tips on this?
   In Image Copy, it can use the specific driver to work with my Stylus
   printer, but when I leave I.C. and try to print text from the desktop
   or text editor, the printer still doesn't understand."

 Woody Windischman tells us:

   "I don't know if any of you have heard this, but Apple has *finally*
   started allowing companies to make Macintosh clones.  Those of us who
   know the ST are well aware that had Apple taken this position a few
   years ago, Atari might still be a major player in the computer
   business.  The many folks who converted their ST's with the original
   "Magic Sack" and the later "Spectre 128" and "Spectre GCR" products
   surely got more out of their systems than the rest of us did.
   Ah, the thoughts of "what might have been."

 Jon Sanford tells Woody:

   "Atari may be thinking about this even now. Dave Small aperently knows
   more about the Mac than Apple does... With his cooperation ...  it
   staggers the imagimation!"

 Bill Turczynski asks for help with using STalker (from Gribnif Software)
 to access CompuServe:

   "I know that I mentioned this before but I don't remember what the
   answer was.  I'm using STalker v3.03 but it did the same thing thing
   with the previous version also.
   If I access CIS with B-Plus as my download protocol, it takes over as
   soon as I log on.  If I remember right, that's normal but the screen
   doesn't scroll or even clear, it just rewrites over the previous
   screen.  It's kind-of hard the read and I usally make mistakes inputing
   B-Plus is really fast compared to X-modem which is more like a trickle
   for me but it's so annoying to use!"

 Sysop Jim Ness (who is also the author of QuickCIS) tells Bill:

   "VIDTEX and VT52 are very similar.  It's possible that you have
   STalker set for VIDTEX, but CIS set for VT52.  I've done that and seen
   the same results you described.
   To change CIS for a temporary test, just type SET TERM VIDTEX at any !
   prompt.  Then, make sure STalker is also set for VIDTEX.  You can also
   use the SET command to change line length on CIS (SET WID 75, for
   instance) and for a number of other things.
   If that works, you can GO TERMINAL to set VIDTEX permanently on CIS."

 Bill tells Jim:

   "You were very close<g>!  What I did have was the terminal set to
   Other and STalker on VT52 which probably dates back to my 8-bit days.
   Now after many years, I'll have to get used to a slightly different
   acting screen.
   Now using B-Plus for d/l'd is fun to look at not a pain as before.
   Thanks for the input<g>."

 Jim tells Bill...

   "One other thing you should know is that CIS stores different terminal
   settings for each modem speed.  So, if you ever call in at a different
   modem speed, you'll have to GO TERMINAL again.
   Tomorrow, the new rates take effect, so I expect a lot more 14400
   usage (all speeds will be $4.80/hr). 28800 service is apparently still
   a few months away.  It's been in beta test for 6-9 months, but they've
   got to upgrade the local node equipment in the introductory cities."

 Bill tells Jim:

   "I was getting a SCREEN CLEAR after every msg since changing to VT52.
   Funny, how one gets stuck in a groove!  Sure enuff, there is an option
   for that too<g>.  My screen acts like before now!!
   Ah, 14.4K baud!  Does that mean that the lower baud lines will be able
   to handle 300-14.4K baud?  I had been using that 800 14.4K line for my
   B-Plus d/l'ding and general msg. reading at 2400 baud. Well, really I
   capture everything and read it off-line."

 Jim gives Bill (and the rest of us) his thoughts:

   "Long term, I expect all lines will be 300-14400, but for now only a
   few are.  I'm not sure where they'll fit the 28800 lines in yet."

 From the Graphics Support Forum

 On the subject of Unisys's decision to enforce their patent on LZW
 compression algorithms, Tim Wegner posts:

   "I phoned Unisys, described a situation where I had already written a
   book that is in production, bundled with my own *freeware* program.
   Unisys was neither reasonable nor fair nor understanding. The best
   adjective I can come up with is insane. They want $.10 a book. This is
   $1500 if the first printing is 15,000. According to my publisher, this
   is a major hit."

 Marc Reinig tells Tim:

   "Sorry, to hear about the hit to your book due to a free piece of
   software being included. This whole thing is ... I'm at a loss for

 David Hofmann interjects:

   "I thought Unisys said they don't want royalties for freeware
   programs? You are selling a book not the software!"

 Tim tells David:

   "See the clause about freeware bundled with commercial products. The
   Unisys lawyer took an inflexible attitude about this, but Larry has
   told me others at Unisys may be more flexible."

 David tells Tim:

   "I guess with this clause they want to prevent that someone writes a
   commercial program without GIF support and add a freeware GIF add on.
   Of course your case is completely different. I don't understand why
   they don't realize that, but then there is a lot that I don't
   understand about Unisys."

 Diana Gruber adds:

   "Come to think of it, I wrote a book recently and stuck on the disk
   one teeny little demo program that included a GIF file.
   My publisher is going to have a cow."

 Dick Oliver has a thought:

   "It's hard to believe from what your saying that UNISYS' real goal
   isn't simply to kill GIF so they don't have to deal with the headache
   of defending their patent, but can still say they defended it so other
   more important software patents don't come into question. I mean, if
   nobody can even write a book about free GIF software, GIF is gonna have
   a hard time surviving long."

 Getting a bit silly, Steve Rimmer tells us that...

   "We're negotiating to hire some lawyers away from Unisys to work on
   our secret submarine copyright project... we're going to copyright the
   letter "A" and demand royalties on its use retroactive to the middle
   ages. Just don't tell anyone for a while, 'til we can convince everyone
   it's in the public domain and keep 'em using it."

 David Mason tells Steve:

   "...I'm afraid Unisys owns all of the vowels.  (They were going to just
   copyright U, I, and sometimes Y, but the Library of Congress was having
   a special that week... they paid the extra five bucks and got the rest
   of the vowels too.)"

 Carl Barron asks:

   "How many programs or operating systems do you know of that XOR a
   cursor?  That is/was a patented operation!  There is plenty of
   evidence that patents are not needed to protect software as
   intellectual property.  Development would not suffer, but thrive,
   without the patent problem. This is a generic observation and has
   nothing to do with the current problem specifically.  Contact GNU's
   'sister' organization, the name escapes me at the moment, for example.
   There is also an article in Dr. DOBBS JOURNAL some time in 1990 there
   was an article on this subject."

 Terry Wilkinson tells Carl:

   "Yes, Carl, in fact software is a written work and cannot be patented,
   since software is a construct based on mathematics.  If you could
   patent software then we would all be using whatever the first product
   in any category happened to be - and there would be no computer
   industry!  How far could things go if the best available product set
   was a CPM version of Visi-Calc?  How would people get by with
   Wordhandler and MacPaint?  Or their even more primitive predecessors.

   Just as you cannot patent a mystery story, adventure novel, or
   documentary - you cannot patent a software product *because it is a
   written work, made of symbolic constructs (words and commands) that are
   based on non-patentable materials (mathematics)*.  This is why we have
   copyrights.  To provide authors (of books, software, whatever)
   protection from people repackaging their work and calling it their own.

   Now a chipset that has functionality that happens to be obtainable
   through a software program built into it *IS* patentable - hence
   patents on hardware products.  The key is: Is it a written work?  .GIF
   is, a Unisys chipset is not."

 Well folks, that's about all the enlightenment I can take for one week.
 Tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be ready to listen
 to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


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 Dan Quayle, vice president under George Bush, announced yesterday 02/09/95
 he was not running for President of the United States of America in the
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