ST Report: 24-Mar-95 #1112

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Subject: ST Report: 24-Mar-95 #1112
Date: Mon Apr 10 08:49:23 1995

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

      Spring is sprung around these parts ... and already the yard needs
 cutting.  It also means Spring Comdex is not all that far away.  New
 versions of popular software are already in the pipelines to the users.
 Corel has Version 5.0e shipping at this time.  Micrografx has a new bundle
 deal that's superb.  And... all the familiar goodies are soon to be
 wearing a new suit of clothes in the 32 bit style.

      The shareware market is virtually buzzing with busy programmers doing
 their thing.  The new line of Adaptec host adapters for the PCI bus are
 absolutely amazing.  I might add the support is already in Win'95 for
 these powerhouse wide SCSI hosts.  The speed, versatility and expansion
 potential for the future is all there.

      With all the questions we've received about the Windows 95 Preview
 Program, all that can be said at this point is there will be a full set of
 instructions provided as soon as they are made available.  In the meantime
 a call to Redmond WA.  Should get some answers for those genuinely
 interested.  Win'95 Beta three will become the foundation of the Windows
 Preview Program, a pre-shipping copy of Windows 95 that will be
 distributed to more than 400,000 individuals and organizations to
 facilitate their migration to Windows 95.  A nominal charge of $32 for the
 Preview copy of Windows 95 covers the cost of materials and technical
 support.  The Preview Program release is scheduled to begin shipping at
 the end of this month.  Any new developments will be brought to you as
 soon as possible via STReport.

      Now, comes the "enthusiasm"... Win'95, without a doubt, has killed
 the "Windoze" perception completely.  In fact, Win'95 is very fast and
 rock solid.  Anything you hear from anyone to the contrary... please,
 question their findings and motives at length.  Win'95 will definitely
 rule the roost.  There is quite a bit of information in this issue about
 Win'95..  Information that will prove to be of value to everyone.


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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

                                Issue #12

                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                  >> Multimedia Market Up 227 Percent <<

    Dataquest Inc. analysts estimate the market for multimedia CD-ROM
 titles grew by a whopping 227% last year over 1993 sales.

    The market research is quoted as putting total industry shipments at
 53.9 million units in 1994, up from 16.5 million units in 1993.
 Dataquest says Microsoft Corp. shipped the most, 8.3 million units.

    Bruce Ryon, director and principal analyst of Dataquest's Multimedia
 Worldwide program, said, "Games, reference books, and education titles
 were the big hits of 1994," adding that as developers battle it out for
 retail shelf space, profit margins on individual CD-ROM titles are being

    Ryon says the average factory selling-price of CD-ROM titles has sunk
 to an all-time low of $11 a copy.

    Dataquest also has found CD-ROM titles that come bundled with multi-
 media computers and kits account for 66% of all CD-ROM title shipments,
 and that some computers contain as many as 50 CD-ROM titles.

    Breaking out the industry leaders last year:

    -:- Microsoft had a 15.4% market share.
    -:- Mindscape has 12.4%.
    -:- Grolier held 9.4%.
    -:- Electronic Arts Inc. had 5.5%.
    -:- Broderbund Software Inc. had a 4.7% share.


    Despite competition, Sun Microsystems Inc. still dominates the boom-
 ing computer workstation market.

    Dataquest Inc. analysts say Sun Micro had racked up a market share
 figure of 38.1% in 1993 and saw that share decline to 36.2% in 1994 as
 price-cutting rivals picked up customers.

    Dataquest said hat No. 2 Hewlett- Packard Co. is closing in, with its
 share rising to 19.8% from 19.1%, while IBM, in third place, made a
 major gain, going to 12.9% from 11%.

    Dataquest also found the overall industry for workstations increased
 shipments by 25% last year and that the fourth quarter was the biggest
 in workstation history, with 216,000 units shipped, representing $3.6
 billion in revenue.

    Dataquest analyst Dominic Ricchetti said, "IBM is soaking up the big
 bucks with its ability to move heavily loaded, high-performance work-
 stations for both technical desktop use and commercial servers."

    He said Sun Micro's high volume in the low end of the workstation
 market and large installed base ensure a solid business among software
 developers, "but high-performance PCs are squeezing the low-end
 workstation market."

    The report said Sun Micro shipped 281,877 workstations last year,
 followed by 154,222 for Hewlett-Packard; 100,917 for IBM; 83,360 for
 Digital Equipment; 46,370 for Silicon Graphics, and 112,639 from all
 other vendors.

                   >> Pentium 120 to Ship Next Week <<

    Still think 100MHz is fast? Better pull to the right. Here comes the
 Pentium 120.  Officials with Intel Corp. said that PCs with the company's
 new 120MHz Pentium chip inside will be available next week.

    Craig Kinnie, director of Intel's architecture development lab, made
 the comment during his remarks at the Windows hardware engineers
 conference in San Francisco. Previously, Intel's fastest chip was 100MHz.

                   >> Service Promises Low-Cost News <<

    A new online system called Profound, a unit of Market Analysis and
 Information Database Inc., says it will deliver to consumers and
 businesses low-cost news resources, some of which now are available only
 on expensive databases like Lexis-Nexis.

    The system will deliver data using the Acrobat technology developed
 by Adobe Systems Inc., which preserves the appearance of documents
 across many kinds of computers and printers.

    MAID says Profound will cost $19.95 a month and $6.95 an hour in
 connect time.

                    >> Digital Cuts U.S. PC Prices <<

    Digital Equipment Corp. has dropped prices in the U.S. on 20 models
 in its Digital Venturis and Digital Celebris desktop PC lines.

    The computer maker notes that the reductions of up to 20% produce a
 savings as high as $419 on several Venturis 486-based PCs. The price
 cuts take effect immediately.

    A Venturis 4100 100MHz 486DX4-based system with 8MB of RAM and a
 540MB hard disk now carries a list price of $1,880. A Celebris 590 90MHz
 Pentium model with 8MB RAM of RAM and a 540 hard disk is now available
 for $2,599.

    The Venturis and Celebris personal computers were introduced last
 fall. The Venturis models are designed for mainstream office use. The
 Celebris models are configured for high-performance applications, such
 as scientific, engineering, analysis, software development, and desktop

                   >> AMD, Cyrix Team on Technology <<

    Chipmakers Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Cyrix Corp. have jointly
 created a technology that will help companies develop computers that use
 multiple microprocessor chips.

    The Wall Street Journal reported the firms say their "programmable
 interrupt controller" technology will make it easier to build computers
 and accessory chips based on different types of microprocessors,
 including chips made by AMD, Cyrix and Intel Corp.

                     >> HP Offers Wireless Printer <<

    A line of printers that don't have to be connected to a computer --
 at least, not by wires -- is being created by Hewlett-Packard Co.

    In the system, a small infrared transmitter in the computer and sends
 out a signal to a receiver in the printer, which then prints your file.

    Reports note the printer are "a bit exotic for most home computer
 users" -- and expensive (the manufacturer puts street prices of about
 $1,000) -- "but HP suggests it will find extensive use in offices where
 people with laptops are coming and going. Instead of searching around
 for a cable to plug into, they will print into thin air."

    Other computer makers -- including IBM, Sharp Electronics Corp. and
 Gateway 2000 Inc. -- are working on infrared transmitters to be standard
 features in their machines.

                     >> Graphics Software Bundled <<

    Micrografx Inc. has announced the immediate availability of Designer
 Power Pack, a Windows CD-ROM graphics software bundle that includes
 Micrografx Designer 4.1 TE, Micrografx Picture Publisher 5.0 and Kai's
 Power Tools 1.0.

    The software publisher notes that Designer Power Pack is designed to
 appeal to computer users just beginning to explore PC- based graphics.

    Designer Power Pack has a U.S. estimated retail price of $349.95 and
 an upgrade price of $149.95. The upgrade is available to both current
 customers of the bundled products and users of competing graphics

                      >> AST Unveils Mid-Range PC <<

    AST Research Inc. has introduced a new 75MHz Pentium PC that's aimed
 at budget computer shoppers.

    The PC maker says the mid-range Premmia MX P/75 offers users the
 power and features to tackle current projects as well as the expanda-
 bility and compatibility to accomplish future tasks.

    The system features a 64-bit local-bus graphics subsystem plus 2MB of
 video RAM. An optional PCMCIA Type III expansion slot allows users to
 transfer data between notebook to desktop PCs. The feature also lets
 users store data in a secure location outside the PC, such as a safe or
 file cabinet.

    The Premmia MX is outfitted with two PCI and four ISA expansion
 slots, five drive bays and RAM upgradeability to a maximum 128MB. Users
 can choose between 540MB and 1GB Enhanced-IDE hard disks that run 15%
 faster than conventional IDE drives.

    Estimated sales prices for the Premmia MX P/75 start at $2,100. The
 estimated sales price for a model with a 540MB hard disk and 8MB of RAM
 is $2,400.

                  >> Database Standard Sought by Six <<

    Sources are saying six major U.S. computer and software companies are
 aiming for an agreement to make their database software products more

    Unidentified sources close to the talks are quoted as saying the six
 -- Microsoft Corp., IBM, Novell Inc., Sybase Inc., Lotus Development
 Corp. and Computer Associates -- plan to make a joint announcement March
 29 at the Interop Trade Show in Las Vegas.

                   >> Survey: Home Workers Organized <<

    A new survey from Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. finds that home office
 workers strive for organization.

    For example, according to the survey, 60% of all people with a home
 office equip their work area with at least one computer. Fifty-seven
 percent of that number use a daily organizer as a part of their daily
 business routine.

    The survey also reveals that 41% of men and 35% of women dress
 formally rather than casually as part of their daily work routine.
 Additionally, 63% of women apply make-up and 75% of men shave each
 working day.

                  >> Internet Blows Chief Spy's Cover <<

    Surfing beyond the reach of a local ban on the information, a note on
 the worldwide Internet network has reported the name of the Chief of the
 Israeli Internal Intelligence Agency Shin Beth, a state secret.

    Reports from Jerusalem quotes a story in Jerusalem Report magazine as
 saying that, while publication of the name is banned by Israel's
 military censorship bureau, his name and address appeared in an Internet
 message in mid-March.

    The online message read, "Mazel tov to the new head of the Shabak"
 (referring to the Hebrew acronym for the Shin Beth), then went on to
 report the name of the man from Jerusalem, identify him as the son of a
 well-known family of lawyers, and suggest users send him letters of

    APF notes, "In Israel, the censors allow him to be identified only as
 'K.' Several attempts have been made in parliament to lift the ban,
 considered an anachronism."

                  >> Electronics Jobs Up 4.8 Percent <<

    Jobs in the U.S. electronics and information technology sectors were
 up 4.8% last year over 1993, growing by 111,000 to 2.43 million

    Officials with the American Electronics Association said the biggest
 gains were in computer programming services, pre-packaged software and
 systems design.

    The gain was a reversal from 1993, when about 84,000 jobs disappeared
 due to foreign competition and the tail end of the U.S. recession.

    Further breaking out the numbers, the AEA says:

    -:- The defense/commercial guidance systems sector lost 21,000 jobs
        to 196,000 due to continued relentless cost-cutting by defense
        contractors as funding slowed and companies continued to con-
    -:- Systems design was the biggest gainer with the number of jobs
        rising by 33% from 108,300 to 144,500.
    -:- Consumer products gained almost 5,000 jobs to 71,400.
    -:- Communications jobs grew by 12,000 to 271,700.
    -:- Components other than semiconductors gained almost 25,000 to
    -:- Instruments rose 8,000 to 316,300.
    -:- Computer programming surged 37,000 to more than 250,000.
    -:- Prepackaged software jobs were up 17,000 to 184,000.

                   >> GOP Bill Targets Computer Porn <<

    A measure approved this week by the House Judiciary Committee would
 increase severity of penalties for use of computers to deliver sexually
 explicit materials and to lure children into sexual activities or

    The bill, sought by Republicans as part of their Contract With
 America and backed by the Justice Department, is intended to increase
 efforts to prevent abuses of children that "rob children of their
 innocence and harm them for life."

    Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Florida, lauded the proposal, saying it was
 another way for "policing the information highway."

    Computers are "particularly harmful because they can reach an almost
 unlimited audience," he said, adding that as generations become more
 computer literate, increase the chance that minors are exposed to
 sexually explicit materials.

    However, Rep. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said the proposal is not
 enough. "In terms of making the family paramount again," he said, "we
 must do more than just strengthen penalties for child pornography."


 > Micrografx News STR InfoFile

 Micrografx Bundles...

                      "BEST OF BREED" GRAPHICS SOFTWARE

 Designer Power Pack to Include Micrografx Designer,  Micrografx Picture
 Publisher, Kai's Power Tools

 Richardson, Texas (March 20, 1995)  To provide PC graphics users with
 leading functionality and compelling value, Micrografx(, Inc.
 (NASDAQ:MGXI) today announced the immediate availability of the Designer
 Power Pack, a bundle of award-winning products comprising Micrografx
 Designer( 4.1 TE, Micrografx Picture Publisher( 5.0, and Kai's Power
 Tools( 1.0.  The Designer Power Pack is expected to have a U.S. estimated
 retail price of $349.95 and an upgrade price of $149.95.  The upgrade is
 available to both current customers of the products and users of
 competitive graphics products.

 The Designer Power Pack provides Windows CD-ROM users with three of the
 industry's leading tools.  In addition, Micrografx includes 15,000+
 clipart images, 300+ stock photos, and 250+ fonts.  As well as being an
 attractive upgrade offer for current graphics users, the ease-of-use and
 value offered in the Designer Power Pack is expected to appeal to computer
 users just beginning to explore PC-based graphics.

  "By providing three of the industry's leading creativity-enhancing
 software programs for as low as $149.95, Micrografx is taking an
 aggressive step to broaden the market appeal of its software," said Grant
 Wickes, Micrografx's vice president of product management.  "Customer
 research shows Designer and Picture Publisher are often used together in
 creative environments, and the Designer Power Pack delivers the leading
 tools in a single, value-oriented package."

 "Designer and Picture Publisher are full featured tools that allow our
 users to get real work done without limiting their creative capabilities"
 said Ken Roller, corporate director of manufacturing and EIS systems with
 Liz Claiborne Inc., a designer and marketer of apparel and related items.
 "We have used the products hand-in-hand to create everything from initial
 sketches to final designs."

 The Products
 Micrografx Designer 4.1 Technical Edition (TE) is easy, precise and
 powerful illustration software featuring extensive import-export file
 formats and symbol creation and editing precise to one micron.  Powerful
 text handling features such as linked containers and 29 precision drawing
 tools also help users quickly and easily create precision illustrations.
 Designer is a previous winner of PC Magazine's Technical Excellence Award,
 and the recipient of a Windows Magazine WIN 100 Award in 1995.

 Micrografx Picture Publisher 5.0 is an easy, fast, and powerful image
 editor for Windows that helps increase productivity through innovative
 features such as the Command List(, allowing unlimited undo and task
 re-ordering, and Object Layers(, which keeps all elements on separate
 "layers" for easy movement and editing.  Picture Publisher continues its
 award-winning tradition by being named a 1994 Home Office Computing's
 Editor's Pick, as well as Computer Artist's Product of the Year in 1994.

 Kai's Power Tools 1.0 is a collection of 33 special effects filters that
 work with any program like Picture Publisher that supports the industry
 standard plug-in architecture. Effects range from edge detection to the
 texture explorer.  Kai's Power Tools recently received the Best of 1994
 Award from PC Magazine, and a 1994 BYTE Award of Distinction.

 The Designer Power Pack is now available for $349.95 U.S. estimated retail
 price (CD-ROM only) and as an upgrade for $149.95 U.S. estimated retail
 price (CD-ROM only).  The upgrade is available to both current customers
 of the products and users of competitive graphics products. Designer 4.1
 TE and Picture Publisher 5.0 will continue to be available as individual,
 stand-alone products at estimated U.S. retail upgrade prices of $99.95

 Micrografx develops and markets graphics software to meet the creative
 needs of everyone who uses a personal computer.  Founded in 1982,
 Micrografx has become a leading software publisher by responding quickly
 to customer and worldwide market needs.  The company's U.S. operations are
 based in Richardson, Texas, with a development office in San Francisco.
 International subsidiaries comprise Canada, the United Kingdom, France,
 Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan.




 When using WinCim 1.3 (and higher)/DOSCIM with the a 14.4 or faster modem,
 you should use the following initialization string: AT&F&C1&D2&K4%C0^M


 When using WinCim 1.3/DOSCIM with the 14.4 PC/14.4 EX modems,
 I suggest that you use the string AT&F&C1&D2&Q6&K4^M.

 The 14.4 PC/14.4 EX modems do not have built-in data
 compression/error correction.   These modems have an RPI chip
 to handle data compression/error correction features.  Since
 WinCim/DOSCim do not support the RPI interface, you should
 uncheck the error correction box in these software packages.

 With WinCim version 1.2, I suggest that you use the string:
 AT&F&C0&D2&K4%C0^M.  You should also have the error correction/data
 compression boxes unchecked.

 With Versions 1.1 and before (this includes versions 1.0.1, 1.0.2,
 1.0.3, 1.0.4, and 1.0.5), they did not have flow control capabilities
 and/or DCD/DTR implemented.

 For these versions, I suggest that you use the AT&F %C0^M.  The error
 correction/data compression box in 1.1 should be unchecked.

 If your calling a multi baud node in Canada with the 14.4 PC modem,
 we suggest that you lock the modem to modem speed with the
 S37=xN0 command.  x should be equal to 6 for 2400 connections,
 9 for 9600 connections and 11 for 14.4 connections.  Be sure to add &K4
 after the S37=xN0 command.

 When connecting with WinCim/DOSCIM, we suggest that you do use the latest
 versions of the software.

 To order the latest version of WinCim, type GO WCIMSOFT while on
 Compuserve.  The software costs $10.00 and it comes with a $10.00 usage
 credit, which makes the upgrade essentially free.





                       Announcing Combined Win32 SDK
                         Development of Applications
                          Windows 95 and Windows NT

      REDMOND, WA -- March 21, 1995 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the
 availability of prerelease versions of the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 95
 operating system and the merged Win32(R) application  programming
 interface (API) Software Development Kit (SDK) through Level 2 membership
 in the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).  Application developers
 immediately can begin early development and testing of applications for
 the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system, scheduled to be available later
 this year.

      The prerelease Win32 SDK upgrades the current Win32 SDK, allowing
 developers to write to a single API and target multiple software and
 hardware platforms.  Besides targeting the Windows 95 platform, developers
 writing to the Win32 API also can target the Windows NT(TM) operating
 system platform, as well as the Apple(R) Macintosh(R) platform (with the
 Microsoft Visual C++(TM) development system Cross-Platform Edition).
 Win32 is also portable across hardware platforms: Windows 95- and Windows
 NT-based applications on the Intel(R) platform, Windows NT- based
 applications on Alpha AXP(TM) from Digital Equipment Corp. and MIPS(R)

      Adding to the nearly 50,000 beta sites that have been testing the
 Windows 95 operating system for some months now, this announcement marks
 the first time the Windows 95 operating system and the merged Win32 SDK
 are publicly available to millions of developers worldwide.

      Application developers now will be able to write applications that
 deliver to end users the advantages of the Windows 95 operating system.
 "Windows 95 will allow developers to write more powerful, new 32-bit
 applications incorporating multitasking, long file names, great new
 controls, support for Plug and Play, and more," said Cameron Myhrvold,
 director of Microsoft's Developer Mission.  "ISVs and their customers will
 benefit from the great features of Windows 95.  Corporate developers also
 will benefit from the ease of use and lower support burden Windows
 95-based applications offer. Applications using Plug and Play will be more
 responsive to the dynamic hardware environment that Windows 95 provides.
 The new user interface elements in Windows 95 will reduce the learning
 curve associated with migrating end users to graphical user
 interface-based applications and really deliver on the benefits for end
 users of a graphical user interface."

 The Microsoft Developer Network Program

      First launched in 1993, the Microsoft Developer Network is a
 membership program that keeps developers up to date on the latest
 information and development technology from Microsoft.  In addition to the
 prerelease versions of Windows 95 and the Win32 SDK, MSDN Level 2 members
 receive all of Microsoft's other software development kits and copies of
 Windows and Windows NT Workstation operating systems.  The contents are
 updated at least once every quarter to help ensure that MSDN members are
 working with the latest released versions, which will become increasingly
 important as the Windows SDKs are revised from 16- to 32-bit after the
 release of the Windows 95 operating system. MSDN members also receive
 quarterly the award-winning Development Library, the comprehensive
 resource for programming information on all Microsoft development products
 and systems software.

 Pricing and Availability

      To obtain the prerelease version of the Windows 95 operating system
 and the Win32 SDK, software developers should join Level 2 of the
 Microsoft Developer Network.  A one-year membership (which will deliver
 all the releases of Windows 95 and Win32 SDK over the course of the year,
 as well as new technical information and associated SDKs for Win32-based
 development each quarter) costs $495 in the United States ($695 in
 Canada), plus shipping and tax.  To join, developers in the United States
 and Canada may call (800) 759-5474.  Microsoft offers this program at no
 risk to developers:  if you are not completely satisfied, simply return
 the CD-ROMs within 90 days for a complete refund (excluding shipping).  In
 Europe, call +31 10 258 8864; in Japan, call 03-5600-5033; elsewhere, call
 (303) 684-0914 for local contact information.

      Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for
 personal computers.  The company offers a wide range of products and
 services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of
 making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the
 full power of personal computing every day.

      NOTE:  Microsoft, Windows, Win32, Windows NT and Visual C++ are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.  Apple and Macintosh are registered
 trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.  Intel is a registered trademark of
 Intel Corp.  Alpha AXP is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corp.  MIPS is
 a registered trademark of MIPS Computer Systems Inc.

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       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.

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 > WinCode STR InfoFile

              Wincode: Multi-Purpose Encoder/Decoder for Windows
                            Snappy_Inc. (1993,1994)

 written by George H. Silva


 Files:    WINCODE.EXE    the main executable program
           WCODEDLL.DLL   dynamic link library of coding functions
           HOOKDLL.DLL    dynamic link library of menu hook functions
           WINSORT.EXE    a companion file-sort utility
           ZIPLINK.EXE    executable link to PKZIP/PKUNZIP
           ZIPLINK.PIF    ZIPLINK.EXE program information file
           SUM.EXE        a BONUS "sum -r/size" DOS utility
           README.TXT     this file
           HELPME.TXT     Wincode basics and information for obtaining
                          the HELP file (WINCODE.HLP)
           INSTALL.EXE    the Install/Upgrade program
           INSTALL.HLP    the Installer HELP file
           INSTALL.INF    the Installer information file
           CHECKSUM.REF   checksum reference file


 This file contains the following information:

 I.    About Wincode
 II.   Wincode Features (very brief list!)
 III.  Coming Soon
 IV.   Requirements
 V.    Installing/Running Wincode
 VI.   BONUS 'sum -r/size' Utility
 VII.  Availability
 VIII. Other Snappy_Inc. Software
 IX.   Mailing List
 X.    Known Limitations
 XI.   Note to AOL Users
 XII.  Copyrights

 I. *** About Wincode ***

 Wincode is a Windows 3.1 program which converts 8-bit BINARY (EXE,
 COM,GIF, etc) files to 7-bit ASCII (Text) files (and vice versa) through a
 process known as bit-shifting. Wincode currently supports UU/XX and Base64
 (MIME1.0 conformant) coding. This BINARY/ASCII conversion allows you to
 send and receive binary files via e-mail or any other ascii-based
 communications system. It provides a quick and easy way to distribute
 programs to people all over the world (it takes a few minutes, on average,
 for e-mail to reach across the world). UUcoding is a common practice on
 many Internet NewsGroups in which users wish to exchange binary data.
 Base64 coding is used by MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)
 conformant e-mail software as a method for attaching binary data to ascii
 e-mail. Both methods perform the same overall function (i.e. allow binary
 data to be safely transmitted through e-mail) but require different
 formatting algorithms. In the future, Wincode will also support BINHEX
 coding and *may* even handle the actual "e-mailing" of the data...

 Wincode and the associated executables and DLLs (NOT including the HELP
 file) are distributed as FREEWARE. However, we want to make a distinction:
 the program is FREEWARE, but it is NOT Public Domain. Snappy_Inc still
 retain the Copyright to the source code and to the use and distribution of
 the program.  The HELP file is available for a small fee ($5.00 US) but is
 NOT required for Wincode to function correctly. Ordering the HELP file
 also entitles you to future updates and e-mail based support. The $5.00
 fee is mainly to offset development costs and the amount of personal time
 invested. See below and the file HELPME.TXT for more information on
 obtaining support.

 Wincode is 100% compatible with all standard UUcoders and MIME 1.0
 conformant software. The MIME (Base64) support was developed under the
 guidelines of RFC 1521 (September 1993) and is subject to our
 understanding of the document. We welcome all comments and error
 corrections. We have tried to incorporate as many extra features as
 possible to make the en/de-coding process painless. The average user may
 not need/use all of Wincode's features, but they *are* Free!

 NOTE TO DEVELOPERS: WCODEDLL.DLL contains ALL of Wincode's 'working' code
 (currently) accessed through 66 functions/procedures. We created this
 SIMPLE interface to allow Developers to integrate the Wincode Engine into
 any program. We will provide the API and royalty free usage to interested
 developers under certain conditions. Please contact Snappy_Inc for more

 II. *** Wincode Features (very brief list!) ***

        - Full featured Windows 3.1 program
        - Easy access ToolBar for hassle-free operation
        - Drag and Drop support (use for batch en/de-coding -> Wincode also
          allows multi-file selection from File Open dialogs)
        - SMART decoding (handles single files, multi-part files, can
          determine what is encoded or not, etc. -> see the HELP file for
          more information)
        - Fully configurable...We're not joking!
        - EMBL UUcode compatible
        - Supports UU, XX or User defined En/De-coding
        - Supports Base64 (MIME conformant) En/De-coding
        - Supports En/De-coding to/from the Clipboard!
        - Supports automatic ZIP/UNZIP (requires PKWare's ZIP/UNZIP 2.0)
        - Application menu hooking option to integrate Wincode's menu
        - Includes INSTALL program for upgrades
        - Integrated file-sorting companion program (separate
          executable for easier upgrading) which handles MANY types
          of file header formats
        - Multimedia support - see the HELP file for details
        - It's ALL FREE...

 III. *** Coming Soon ***

           - BINHEX en/de-coding support.
           - The ability to handle actual "e-mailing" of encoded data
           - User suggestions...?

 IV. *** Requirements ***

          - IBM compatible running DOS 3.3 or higher
          - 286 or higher processor with at least 2MB memory
          - Windows 3.1/3.11 running in standard or enhanced mode
          - About 500K of disk space without HELP file (~750K with HELP

 V. *** Installing/Running Wincode ***

 If you have not already done so, expand the ZIP archive into a temporary
 directory (or a floppy-disk). Start Windows, select FILE|RUN from Program
 Manager or File Manager and type in the full path of the INSTALL.EXE
 program (run it). The INSTALL program will copy/expand all the files to a
 directory you specify (overwriting older files), upgrade your WINCODE.INI
 (if you are running an older version of Wincode) and create a Program
 Manager Group and/or icon. See the HELPME.TXT file for basic instructions
 on using Wincode.

 ***IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL files (listed above) must be present in the same
 directory for Installer to function properly. You should INSTALL first,
 then move selected files to directories of your choice (i.e. delete the
 README.TXT, place SUM.EXE in your DOS directory, etc.). The install
 program uses the Windows LZEXPAND.DLL to decompress and copy the required
 files. If you receive any error messages during install, please contact
 Snappy_Inc for assistance.

 VI. *** BONUS 'sum -r/size' Utility ***

 We have included a small DOS executable which will quickly calculate
 UNIX 'sum -r/size' checksums. This program is useful for checking the
 integrity of files that have been transferred over communications lines
 that are questionable (or, to some extent, checking for virus infections).
 Wincode supports both line and/or file Checksum checking while decoding
 and will insert Checksums (line and/or file) while encoding. This utlity
 is provided as a stand-alone DOS program. For program usage, type 'SUM'
 (with no parameters) at the DOS prompt. The included file 'CHECKSUM.REF'
 contains the proper checksum values for all of the files in the Wincode

 VII. *** Availability ***

 Recent versions of Wincode (or other Snappy_Inc software) are always
 available at the following locations:

    - CompuServe (check the WinShare forum; keyword: Snappy, Wincode, etc.)

    - America Online (keyword: Snappy, Wincode, etc.)

    - The Nebuolic Cheese BBS  [SysOp: Stephen Lau]
       phone# (415) 949-1788 - located in the Los Altos, Ca. area (USA)
       (this is an Official Snappy_Inc. Software Release Site for the West
       coast; We're the East coast release site - see below)

    - The Internet - OK, so this isn't *very* specific...but, if you have
       access to the internet, ARCHIE for:
       where "xx" is the version number, i.e. WNCODE26.ZIP for version 2.6

     We will also try to upload current versions to:

 VIII. *** Other Snappy_Inc. Software ***

 We generally develop utility programs for Windows 3.1. We currently have
 a handful of programs that we're working on (including a Windows Program
 Uninstaller) which we will release as FREEWARE. We welcome all ideas for
 future projects.

 IX. *** Mailing List ***

 We have been trying to maintain a mailing list of all users who have
 offered advice, bug reports or helped in BETA testing. Being on this
 list entitles you to FREE upgrades (personally e-mailed pre-releases)
 and support. (in other words, you don't have to download Wincode from
 the Internet or an Online Service/BBS). For more information see the

 X. *** Known Limitations ***

 1) Network Users: If Wincode is having problems opening and/or finding
    files on a networked drive, edit the WINCODE.INI file and change/add
    the following line:


    This will activate a bypass which allows Wincode to view the file
    differently (i.e. not as a "DOS" file). If you still have problems,
    please contact Snappy_Inc. with a detailed description.

 2) Certain video hardware/software combinations (such as ATI
    cards/drivers) are known to cause irregular displays of various
    Wincode dialogs. Common symptoms include misaligned text, irregularly
    spaced progress bars and "absent menus". The Hooking feature is also
    not fully supported by all applications. If you have problems hooking
    and application, try using the "Tune.." options. If you experience any
    other difficulties, please let us know. These known problems do NOT
    affect Wincode's coding functionality.

 XI. *** Note to AOL Users ***

 Here are answers to two common problems experienced by AOL Users:

 1) When downloading USENET posts from AOL, be certain that you receive the
    ENTIRE message. You do this by pressing the 'More...' button until it
    disappears or grays-out. AOL downloads files in 28K chunks and usually
    does NOT receive the entire post when you select it. We have been told
    that the 'Logging' option is the way to go for capturing LARGE files.
    For more info, please contact the AOL support personnel.

 2) If you want to Hook the AOL menu, use 'America  Online' as the
    Application Name (do NOT include the quotes). The point is that there
    are TWO spaces between 'America' and 'Online'.

 XI. *** Copyrights ***

 - portions of this program are copyright (C) 1991,1993 Borland
 - Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation
 - PKZIP/UNZIP are copyright 1989-1993 PKWARE Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 - GIF is a service mark of CompuServe Incorporated
 - WordPerfect is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc.
 - Procomm Plus for Windows is copyright Datastorm Technologies, Inc.
 - Star Trek: The Next Generation is a registered trademark of Paramount

 Have fun!

 George.---   Snappy_Inc. ;-)

 Main Internet Address:  (preferred)
 CompuServe:              74640,1647 (
 America Online:          Snappy (
 [GHS 10/31/94]


 > Wonderful World of Windows STR Feature

 March 1995

                            Microsoft Windows 95

 Questions and Answers

 Microsoft is continually enhancing the Microsoft Windows operating system
 product line to deliver easy-to-use yet powerful products that exploit the
 latest advancements in microcomputer hardware technology.  There is a
 great deal of interest in and speculation about Windows 95.

 It is the official name of the Windows "Chicago" project, which is the
 technology-development effort that will deliver the next major release of
 Windows for the mainstream desktop and portable PC.  The purpose of this
 document is to answer the most common questions customers have asked about
 Windows 95.

 What Is Windows 95?

 What is Windows 95?  Why change from the name Windows "Chicago" to Windows

 Windows 95 is the official product name of the next major version of
 Microsoft Windows.  Windows "Chicago" was the code name for the
 development project to produce the successor to Windows 3.x and Windows
 for Workgroups 3.x, and this name was used until the official product name
 was decided and announced.

 What are the key benefits and features of Windows 95?  What features will
 Windows 95 not have?

 Windows 95 will present a major step forward in functionality on desktop
 and portable PC platforms by providing a system that is even easier,
 faster and more powerful to use, and which maintains compatibility with
 the Windows and MS-DOS operating system based applications and hardware
 peripherals in which customers have invested.

 Ease of use will be improved through the Plug and Play architecture and a
 more intuitive user interface.  With the introduction of the Windows 95
 operating system, the engine of Microsoft Windows is being revamped to
 improve performance and provide smooth multitasking.  Windows 95 will be a
 complete, integrated 32-bit operating system that does not require MS-DOS,
 although it can run MS-DOS based applications.  It implements the Win32
 API and provides pre-emptive multitasking and multiple threads of
 execution for 32-bit applications.  Windows 95 will include reliable and
 open networking support and high performance, as well as messaging and
 dial-up network access services.

 As the successor to Windows 3.x and Windows for Workgroups 3.x, Windows 95
 will meet a number of key requirements.  First, Windows 95 will be
 compatible with applications and device drivers for both MS-DOS and
 Windows.  When a customer upgrades to Windows 95, performance will meet or
 exceed performance of Windows 3.1, as long as the customer has an 80386DX
 or higher system with at least 4 MB of RAM for the same set of tasks.  For
 systems with more than 4 MB of memory, performance will be improved over
 Windows 3.1.  The transition to the new user interface will be easy for
 current users of Windows, and companies that want to make the transition
 at their own pace will still be able to run Program Manager and File
 Manager during the transition period.

 Windows 95 will not be processor-independent nor will it support symmetric
 multiprocessing systems.  Windows 95 is also not designed to meet C2-level
 security specifications.  If these features are important to a customer,
 Windows NT  is the right operating system to use. What will be the
 hardware requirements for Windows 95?

 Windows 95 will run on Intel (or compatible) 80386DX or higher processors
 with a minimum of 4MB of memory (8MB recommended).  A VGA-compatible video
 adapter is also required.  Windows 95 is expected to use approximately
 10-15 MB additional hard disk space as a typical upgrade from Windows 3.x
 or Windows for Workgroups 3.x, and MS-DOS.

 How does Windows 95 compare to the Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups and
 Windows NT operating systems?

 Windows 95 is designed to make mainstream PCs easier and more powerful.
 It will be the right choice for customers who want to run business and
 personal-productivity applications and for use on home computers.  Windows
 NT is designed for the most demanding business uses such as development or
 advanced engineering and financial applications.  Windows NT is the right
 choice for customers who need the highest level of protection for their
 data and applications. Windows NT is also the right choice for those who
 need scalability to multiprocessing and RISC systems.

 Why is Microsoft changing the numbering system for Windows?

 Until recently, version numbers have served us well.  Version numbers
 helped inform customers that new versions were available and gave some
 sense for the significance of the improvements.  However, our customer
 base has broadened to include less technical users, and our research
 indicates that even our most sophisticated customers find our current
 version-numbering scheme confusing.

 For example, Windows 3.1 provided far more new capabilities than a typical
 0.1 release, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 introduced dramatically more
 than the usual .01 release.  We must make it easier for customers to
 understand which version of our software they are using, so they know when
 to consider upgrading to the next release.

 Does this numbering system mean Microsoft will release a new version of
 Windows every year?

 No. It means that the version numbers will help give users a sense for the
 "model year" of their software, in the same way that customers have a
 sense of the model year of their cars today.

 Why Will I Want Windows 95?  Why will individual customers want to upgrade
 to Windows 95?

 The sheer quantity of the improvements included in Windows 95 represents a
 great value for customers.  Top on the list of requested improvements was
 an easier way to work with the PC.  As a result, a new user interface was
 designed in Windows 95 that will help make computing even easier for both
 less experienced users and experienced users who want greater efficiency
 and flexibility.

 Long file name support is one of many usability improvements in Windows
 95.  Improving ease of use goes beyond fixing problems with Windows it
 encompasses the hardware, applications and network as well.  Plug and Play
 will make hardware setup automatic, and built-in networking will make
 starting a new network or connecting to an existing network server such as
 Novell NetWare and Windows NT Server just as easy.

 Customers also want greater efficiency and power and to get their work
 done faster.  They want to run more than one application or task at the
 same time.  They want to use their computers to access files, electronic
 mail, and public-information networks from any location   at work, at
 home, or on the road.  They also want better multimedia, whether for
 playing MS-DOS based games or for teleconferencing using TV-quality video
 resolution.  The following are highlights of capabilities in Windows 95
 that address these requests:


      Windows 95 can perform multitasking smoothly and responsively for
      32-bit applications.


      The performance improvements that Windows 95 provides over Windows
      3.1 increase as the amount of RAM increase, due to the high
      performance 32-bit architecture of Windows 95.


      Windows 95 supports the Win32 API, which means customers can look
      forward to a new generation of easier, faster and more reliable


      Windows 95 increases protection for running existing MS-DOS and
      Windows-based applications and provides the highest level of
      protection for new 32-bit applications for Windows.  As a result,
      an errant application will be much less likely to disable other
      applications or the system.


      Windows 95 features a new 32-bit printing subsystem that reduces the
      time spent waiting for print jobs to finish and improves system
      response when jobs are printing in the background.


      Just as Windows 3.1 made sound a part of the system, Windows 95 now
      includes support for video playback.  The video system and CD-ROM
      file system will provide high-quality output for multimedia


      Windows 95's use of protected-mode drivers means customers will have
      more than 600K free conventional memory in each MS-DOS session, even
      when they are connected to the network and using a CD-ROM drive and a


      Windows 95 includes the Microsoft Exchange client, a universal client
      that retrieves messages into one universal inbox from many kinds of
      systems, including Microsoft Mail, faxes, Internet Mail, The
 Microsoft Network, CompuServe  Mail, and so on.


      Users of portable PCs will benefit from the built-in support provided
      by Windows 95 for their hardware, with automatic hardware
      reconfiguration (through Plug and Play), integrated disk compression,
      and battery power management.  Dial-Up Networking and the Briefcase
      help users stay organized and stay connected while on the road.

 Why will companies want to upgrade to Windows 95?

 Companies will want to move to Windows 95 because it will  help reduce
 their PC support burden, help increase their control over the desktop, and
 help increase the productivity of their end users.  Numerous studies have
 shown that as much as 80 percent of the cost of owning a PC over the long
 term are the costs associated with support, including installing,
 configuring and managing the PC, and training the PC user.  The Gartner
 Group has concluded that

 Windows 95 will likely lead to significantly lower total cost of ownership
 compared to MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 (PC Research Note:  Personal Computing
 Costs: A Windows 95 Model, Aug. 15, 1994).   Their model estimates the
 support savings will be $1,180 per user per year.  Over the five-year
 ownership period assumed in the analysis, this translates into savings of
 nearly $6,000 per user.

 Windows 95 includes numerous features designed to reduce the costs of
 supporting PCs and PC users, including the following:

 A simpler, more intuitive user interface that can reduce training
 requirements for novice users and enable experienced users to learn new
 tasks with less help.  The start button, taskbar, Windows Explorer,
 wizards, a new help system and more will make Windows 95 easy to learn and
 make functionality easy to discover.

 Built-in networking support that is easier to set up and configure and is
 faster and more reliable to use.  Whether you're running NetWare or
 Microsoft networks using NetBEUI, IPX/SPX or TCP/IP protocols, and using
 NDIS or ODI drivers, Windows 95 has integrated support for your network
 client, protocol and driver.  Additional networks are added easily.
 Windows 95 includes 32-bit clients for both NetWare and Microsoft networks
 that are fast, reliable, and require no conventional memory.  A Windows
 95-based PC can have multiple network clients and transport protocols
 running simultaneously for connecting heterogeneous systems.  In addition,
 Dial-Up Networking in Windows 95 makes it easy to access information on
 the network from remote locations in an easy, reliable, and secure manner.

 Plug and Play device installation to automate the difficult process of
 adding devices to a PC.  Windows 95 supports the industry-standard Plug
 and Play specification to enable automatic installation and configuration
 of add-on devices.  If you install Windows 95 on the system you have today
 and purchase a Plug and Play add-on device, you will be able to install
 that device by just plugging it in and turning on your system.  Plug and
 Play takes care of the messy details of installation and configuration.
 Plug and Play also enables innovative new system designs that support such
 capabilities as hot docking and undocking.

 System-management capabilities that will simplify remote administration
 and enable new system-management applications.  Windows 95 features an
 infrastructure for the management of PCs that leverages a hierarchical
 database of system-configuration information, called the Registry.  The
 Registry holds all the pertinent information about the system   hardware,
 software, user preferences and privileges   and provides access to its
 contents over the network through a variety of industry-standard
 interfaces, including SNMP, DMI, and Remote Procedure Call.  This
 infrastructure will simplify many administrative tasks by including tools
 for remote configuration of the desktop and will lead to a new generation
 of sophisticated system-management applications for managing the desktop,
 performing hardware and software inventorying, and supporting software

 System policies that enable an administrator to control a desktop
 configuration.  Windows 95 supports policies, which are settings an
 administrator configures to define the operations users can access on
 their PCs.  Policies also can be used to define the appearance of the
 desktop.  For example, the administrator can set a policy to disable the
 MS-DOS prompt and the "Run" commands, to prevent users from arbitrarily
 running applications.

 Support for roving users.  Windows 95 can present different
 configurations, depending on who has logged into the PC.  This option
 allows users to log into different machines on the network and see their
 personal configurations.

 Built-in agents for automating backup of desktop systems.  Windows 95
 includes the software required to backup a desktop system using a
 server-based backup system.  The backup agents included with Windows 95
 work with the most popular server-based systems.

 In addition to reducing support costs and increasing control over the
 desktop, Windows 95 will help make end users more productive.  In
 usability test studies, users of Windows 3.1 are able to perform a series
 of typical tasks that they perform today in 25 percent less time using
 Windows 95.  These tests did not take into account many of the tasks that
 users would like to perform but which are too difficult today, such as
 installing a CD ROM drive and sound card or retrieving a file from the
 desktop system or the network, while using the computer at home or
 traveling on business.  By making these capabilities much more accessible,
 Windows 95 will enable customers to be even more productive using PCs.

 Won't it be expensive to put Windows 95 on all the PCs in a company?

 Windows 95 has been designed to provide a safe and smooth transition to
 the new operating system.  Windows 95 will work on the hardware and
 software you already have through support for existing device drivers and
 applications for MS-DOS and Windows.  On mainstream systems those with at
 least 4 MB of RAM and an 80386DX processor Windows 95 will perform as fast
 or faster than Windows 3.1 if all you do is upgrade the operating system.
 The installation program will detect and maintain current system settings
 and enable automated installation through a variety of techniques,
 including login scripts and software-distribution applications.  Users of
 Windows 3.1 will be productive quickly, as confirmed by the thorough
 usability testing Microsoft conducted with users of Windows 3.1 and the
 learning aids that will be included with the product.  A study by
 Usability Sciences (October 1994) showed that after a 20-minute "play
 period" and with the help of a computer-based tutorial, users of Windows
 3.1 using Windows 95 for just 90 minutes can perform a common set of tasks
 nearly 50 percent faster than with Windows 3.1 providing a dramatic
 increased in productivity.

 The savings achieved by using Windows 95 will outweigh the costs of making
 the migration.  The Gartner Group has estimated that migration costs can
 be recouped in three to six months.  Good planning and deployment
 techniques can help keep these costs to a minimum.

 Given the recent delays in the availability date, should companies delay
 their efforts to evaluate, test, and deploy Windows 95?

 Not at all.  The delay actually gives corporations a good opportunity to
 begin their planning now, and the Windows Preview Program will make a
 prerelease version of Windows 95 available to support this effort.
 Microsoft is working hard to provide tools and assistance for corporations
 to do thorough migration planning these tools include TrainCast, where a
 series of free training programs covering Windows 95 migration will be
 broadcast to VARs, support professionals, corporate helpdesk personnel,
 OEMs, Authorized Training Education Centers and others interested in
 in-depth training; and the Windows 95 Resource Kit, which is the essential
 source of technical information and tools for MIS managers and network
 administrators. Thorough advance planning can save time and money as
 indicated in a recent Gartner Group migration analysis.  The Gartner Group
 believes the cost of migrating to Windows 95 can be as low as $200 per
 desktop by carefully planning how to train end users and support staff,
 how to automate the actual deployment and how to take advantage of the new
 capabilities built-in to Windows 95.  The best starting point for IS
 managers interested in learning more is to attend the upcoming Windows 95
 TrainCast.  Call 1-800-597-3300 for more details on TrainCast.

 Availability and Packaging Plans

 When will Windows 95 be available?

 Windows 95 is scheduled to ship in August 1995.

 Why did the availability date of Windows 95 slip?

 Microsoft's commitment is to ship a great product. The intense testing
 period that the product is going through will help ensure a great release
 based on feedback from tens of thousands of beta testers.  A mainstream
 operating system product must install smoothly and compatibility must be
 there. With tens of millions of potential upgraders, the complexity of
 assuring this is enormous. Every constituent we have talked with has said
 that whatever we do we shouldn't ship too soon, so we're taking the extra
 time we believe we need to get it right the delay until August will allow
 us to deliver a quality product.

 What different packages will you have for Windows 95?

 Packaging decisions will be made in the final stages of the development
 cycle. I understand there is a new logo for Windows 95.  What will it mean
 to me?  The new logo, which looks quite similar to the current logo,
 featuring the same Windows flag, will be used optionally by vendors to
 identify their hardware, software and peripheral products that take
 advantage of new capabilities in Windows 95.  The logo will let customers
 know at a glance, for example, which CD-ROM drives are Plug and
 Play-enabled and which applications are 32-bit.

 Vendors can obtain detailed logo requirements by accessing the Microsoft
 Developer Solutions Phone-Fax service at (206) 635-2222 and requesting
 document 130.

 I hear rumors that Microsoft is working on versions of Windows 95 for
 non-Intel microprocessors.  Is this true?

 No, Microsoft is not working on versions of Windows 95 for non-Intel
 microprocessors.  Windows NT is Microsoft's portable operating system, and
 it's already available on high-end Intel, MIPS , Alpha AXP , PowerPC  and
 Clipper computers.

 What will happen to MS-DOS?

 Microsoft will continue to enhance MS-DOS as long as customers require it.
 Future versions will be derived from the protected-mode technology
 developed in the Windows 95 project.

 Will MS-DOS 6.22, Windows 3.11, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 still be
 available when Windows 95 ships?

 Yes.  These products will still be available from the same channels you
 presently obtain them from.  We will continue to make these products
 available as customer demand dictates.

 Windows Preview Program

 How can I become a beta tester for Windows 95?

 The beta test program for Windows 95 is no longer accepting new
 submissions for beta sites. However, the Windows Preview Program will
 provide an excellent opportunity to evaluate Windows 95 prior to its
 general availability.

 What is the Windows Preview Program?

 Microsoft will offer the Windows 95 Preview Program at the end of March,
 prior to final product availability.  This program allows people
 interested in getting a head start on evaluating Windows 95 a chance to
 purchase a pre-release copy of Windows 95 along with documentation, and
 support, for the cost of materials and implementation, expected to be
 around $30 US.  Further information and the ordering instructions about
 the Windows 95 Preview Program will be sent to all WINNEWS subscribers as
 soon as this the program is open.

 To subscribe to Microsoft's WINNEWS Electronic Newsletter, send e-mail to (which is an Internet mail address) with the
 words SUBSCRIBE WINNEWS as the sole text of your message.  For more
 information on WINNEWS, see the "For More Information" section at the end
 of this document.

 User Interface

 How will the new user interface in Windows 95 make the PC easier to use?

 The goal for the user interface for future versions of Windows is to make
 computers easy for all people to use.  The user-interface design in
 Windows 95 will achieve these goals through the most extensive
 usability-testing effort ever (thousands of hours of laboratory testing,
 with hundreds of users of all levels of experience) and through feedback
 from various sources, including testing at customer sites, reviews with
 experts on training in Windows, audits by user-interface consultants,
 feedback from focus groups, and analysis of product-support calls.

 We expect both inexperienced and experienced users will find that the
 changes being made to the user interface in Windows 95 make it even easier
 to learn and use.  The system taskbar will make all the functions most
 users need accessible with a single click of a button.  The taskbar will
 show all open windows and will make it much easier to switch between
 windows by just clicking on a button representing that window.  Instead of
 mastering different kinds of tools (Program Manager, File Manager, Print
 Manager and Control Panel) to work with different resources on their
 computers, users of Windows 95 will be able to browse for and access all
 resources in a consistent fashion with a single tool.  All resources in
 the system will have property sheets, which present tabbed notebook style
 interface settings that can be directly changed; a new integrated Help
 system makes it easy and fast to get help at all times.

 Won't a new user interface mean a lot of retraining for current users of

 No.  The Windows 95 user interface is designed to make experienced users
 of Windows 3.x productive immediately, and usability testing has found
 this to be the case.  After a few iterations of working with the Windows
 95 environment, users of Windows 3.1 are able to complete common tasks
 faster with Windows 95.  With subtle refinements in the user interface and
 the addition of migration training aids during the continued testing
 process, productivity can be expected to improve even more.  Windows 95
 will enable corporate customers and individuals who want to move gradually
 to the new user interface to continue running Program Manager and File
 Manager while they become familiar with the new user-interface features.


 Your performance goals sound very ambitious, considering all the
 functionality you're adding to Windows 95.  How will you achieve those

 The stated performance goal of Windows 95 is that when a customer upgrades
 to Windows 95, performance will meet or exceed performance of  Windows 3.1
 for the same set of tasks, as long as the customer has an 80386DX or
 higher system with at least 4 MB of RAM.  (For systems with more memory,
 performance will be improved over Windows 3.1.)  Windows 95 will meet this
 performance goal by implementing new technologies to better optimize the
 use of memory on low-end system configurations.  The networking, disk,
 CD-ROM and paging caches will be fully integrated to scale better as more
 memory is added to the system.  Protected-mode device drivers will be
 dynamically loadable to ensure that only the drivers that are immediately
 needed are consuming memory.  Great attention will be paid to effective
 tuning, including hand-tuning source code.

 I've heard Windows 95 described as a 32-bit operating system, yet I've
 also heard that portions of Windows 95 are implemented with 16-bit code.
 Are both these statements correct?

 Windows 95 is a 32-bit, pre-emptive multitasking operating system that
 implements some 16-bit code to provide compatibility with existing
 applications.  Windows 95 deploys 32-bit code wherever it significantly
 improves performance without sacrificing compatibility.  It retains
 existing 16-bit code where it is required to maintain compatibility or
 where 32-bit code would increase memory requirements without significantly
 improving performance.  All of the I/O subsystems and device drivers (such
 as networking and file systems) in Windows 95 are fully 32-bit, as are all
 the memory management and scheduling components.  Many functions provided
 by the Graphics Device Interface (GDI) have been moved to 32-bit code,
 including the spooler and printing subsystem, the TrueType  font
 rasterizer, and key drawing operations.  Windows 95 includes a 32-bit
 implementation of OLE.  Much of the window-management code (USER) remains
 16-bit to help ensure application compatibility.

 Does Windows 95 improve limits on system resources?

 Yes.  Windows 95 improves system-resource limits dramatically while
 maintaining compatibility with existing Windows-based applications.  This
 means that users will not only be able to run more applications than
 Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11, but will also be able to
 create more complex documents.

 Plug and Play

 What is Plug and Play?  What benefits does Plug and Play provide?

 Plug and Play is a technology jointly developed by PC product vendors that
 will dramatically improve the integration of PC hardware and software.
 Windows 95 is a key enabling technology for Plug and Play.  Plug and Play
 is built into all levels of Windows 95 and covers both common desktop and
 laptop devices, such as monitors, printers, video cards, sound cards,
 CD-ROM drives, SCSI adapters, modems and PCMCIA devices.

 With Windows 95, a user can easily install or connect Plug and Play
 devices to the system, letting the system automatically allocate hardware
 resources with no user intervention.  For example, by simply plugging in a
 CD-ROM and sound card, a desktop PC can be easily turned into a multimedia
 playback system.  The user simply plugs in the components, turns on the
 PC, and "plays" a video clip.

 Windows 95 also enables new Plug and Play system designs that can be
 dynamically reconfigured.  For example, a Windows 95 Plug and Play laptop
 can be removed from its docking station, or disconnected from it's
 peripherals, while still running, and taken to a meeting; the system
 automatically reconfigures to work with a lower-resolution display and
 adjusts for the absence of the network card and large disk drive.

 Will Plug and Play devices work with my current system, or will I need a
 new system?  What benefits will I receive when I purchase a Plug and Play
 device with my current system after I have installed Windows 95?

 Windows 95 and Plug and Play devices will provide complete backward
 compatibility to work with systems that were not designed according to the
 Plug and Play specification.  And when you purchase a Plug and Play device
 for a non-Plug and Play PC running Windows 95, you still benefit from the
 automatic installation features of Plug and Play add-on devices.

 Application Support

 What support does Windows 95 have for applications?

 Windows 95 supports applications for MS-DOS and 16-bit Windows-based
 applications supported by Windows 3.x as well as a new generation of
 32-bit applications.  It provides this support through the Win32 API,
 which is also available in Windows NT.  This new generation of 32-bit
 applications will provide benefits such as greater robustness, smoother
 multitasking, long filename support, a new look and feel, and threads, to
 name a few.

 When will applications that exploit Windows 95 be available?

 Applications written for Windows 3.1 and Windows NT that follow guidelines
 provided by Microsoft will be able to run on Windows 95.  There are
 hundreds of 32-bit Windows-based applications available today for Windows
 NT, and more are released every day.  In addition, leading software
 vendors have already begun developing 32-bit applications for Windows 95,
 and we expect many to ship within 90 days of the ship date of Windows 95.


 Will I need new networking software to connect Windows 95 to my network

 No.  Windows 95 will continue to run existing real-mode networking
 components while enhancing the 32-bit protected-mode networking components
 first delivered with Windows for Workgroups.

 What improvements will the networking support in Windows 95 offer over the
 support in Windows for Workgroups 3.11?

 In addition to being backward compatible with today's network clients,
 Windows 95 will enhance the open and flexible, high-performance 32-bit
 networking architecture offered today with Windows for Workgroups 3.11
 that enables customers to mix and match networking components.  Windows 95
 includes fast 32-bit, native clients for both NetWare and Windows NT
 Server networks; supports NDIS 2.x, 3.x and ODI drivers; and provides
 32-bit NetBEUI, IPX/SPX and TCP/IP protocols.  In addition, the network
 architecture in Windows 95 will make it possible for users to connect
 simultaneously to multiple networks using multiple protocols.

 Will there be a Windows 95 server product?

 Windows 95 will not be provided in a separate server product.  Windows NT
 Server is the Microsoft product to use for production servers.  Windows 95
 does improve upon the peer-server capabilities offered in Windows for
 Workgroups by offering additional features for remote installation,
 control and administration.

 These features will make Windows 95 an even better product for an
 easy-to-use file-sharing and print-sharing LAN that is ideally suited for
 a small business, small department or remote office.

 Can Windows 95 connect to the Internet?

 Yes.  Windows 95 includes the networking support you need to connect to
 the Internet.  It includes a fast, robust, 32-bit TCP/IP protocol stack
 (TCP/IP is the language used by the Internet) as well as PPP or "dial-in"
 support.  Windows 95 supports the large number of tools used to connect to
 the Internet, such as Mosaic, WinWAIS and WinGopher, through the Windows
 Sockets programming interface.  Windows 95 also includes standard Internet
 utility support, such as telnet and ftp.  In addition, the Microsoft
 Exchange mail client included with Windows 95 offers a mail driver that
 supports  Internet electronic mail standards, including SMTP and POP, to
 make it easy to send and receive mail over the Internet.

 Systems Management

 What specific desktop-management features will Windows 95 enable?

 The Windows 95 operating system can be set up from a network server and
 can be configured at the desktop to run locally or across the network.  In
 each case, the administrator can establish a specific configuration for
 the installation, controlling which features are installed and which
 features can be accessed or altered by the end user.

 Windows 95 supports policies, which are settings an administrator
 configures to define what applications or services users or groups of
 users can access using their PCs.  Using policies, for example, the
 administrator can disable the MS-DOS prompt and the "Run" commands to
 prevent users from arbitrarily running applications and can disable
 file-and-print sharing.

 To enable users to rove and use any system on the network, Windows 95 will
 provide user profiles.  These profiles will be centrally stored, accessed
 when the user logs in to a Windows 95 system, and used to install the
 appropriate configuration and set the appropriate policies for that user.
 Windows 95 also enhances the security provided by Windows for Workgroups
 to include user-level security.

 Windows 95 also includes key desktop agents for popular server-based
 backup programs as well as SNMP and DMI.  Finally, hardware installation
 and configuration will be made much easier and less costly with the
 implementation of the Plug and Play architecture in devices and systems.
 The Windows Registry will provide data about hardware resources.  The data
 can be accessed by third-party vendors to provide inventory-management

 Messaging and Mail

 What is Microsoft Exchange?

 Microsoft Exchange is a universal information client built into the
 Windows 95 user interface that can read and send electronic mail from
 different e-mail systems, including LAN-based systems such as Microsoft
 Mail, Internet mail, or mail on remote on-line system services such as
 CompuServe or The Microsoft Network, and can send and receive faxes and
 other remote messages. Microsoft Exchange in Windows 95 also includes
 Microsoft Fax software for sending and receiving electronic fax messages.
 Microsoft Exchange also provides an effective way to organize, sort,
 categorize and filter messages.

 Will support be provided for sending Fax messages?

 Yes.  Microsoft Fax is integrated into Windows 95 as a MAPI transport
 service provider, leveraging Microsoft Exchange's universal inbox,
 rich-text message creation, and browsing capabilities to deliver ease of
 use and consistency to the management of fax messages. The fax provider
 coexists with other information or messaging services that users may have
 installed, and leverages Microsoft Exchange's common address book and
 inbox.  Windows 95 users can take advantage of Microsoft Fax innovations
 that provide the secure exchange of editable documents. Users can send
 faxes from within mail-enabled Windows based applications, such as
 Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, by using the File/Send command.
 Additionally, a fax printer driver lets users "print" documents to their
 local fax modems, either via the File/Print command or by dragging the
 documents to a Fax icon on the Windows 95 desktop.

 Microsoft Fax leverages the power of the Windows 95 operating system
 through the Win32 API.  As a 32-bit application, Microsoft Fax integrates
 seamlessly with other Windows 95 applications through its support for
 MAPI, TAPI, and OLE. In addition to tight integration with Windows 95,
 Microsoft Fax incorporates Microsoft At Work technologies that support
 Binary File Transfer (BFT), security, and high-quality document rendering.
 These technologies put powerful desktop fax messaging at the fingertips of
 Windows 95 users.

 The Microsoft Network - Online Service

 What is The Microsoft Network?

 The Microsoft network is a new on-line service that Microsoft is
 developing to help bring the rapidly expanding world of electronic
 information and communication to mainstream PC users.  The Microsoft
 Network (MSN) will bring all Windows 95 customers affordable and
 easy-to-use access to electronic mail, bulletin boards, chat rooms, file
 libraries, and Internet newsgroups.  Microsoft Windows 95 customers
 worldwide will be able to access MSN with a local phone call.  The
 Microsoft Network will offer a wide range of online information and
 services, and in particular Microsoft customers will find MSN the single
 best place to go to get information and support for Microsoft products.
 The MSN client's tight integration with Windows 95 allows customers
 already familiar with Windows 95 to leverage their learning, and feel
 comfortable on-line immediately.

 Why is Microsoft getting into the online services business with The
 Microsoft Network?

 Microsoft has long believed in "Information At Your Fingertips," and we
 believe that the Microsoft Network represents a major opportunity for us
 to deliver on that vision.  Enabling PC users to easily communicate and
 access information is the next great opportunity in our industry.  The
 online service business has great promise to provide consumers with that
 easy communication and information access, but it's still in the infancy
 stage and many factors must come together to make it a mainstream
 phonemena.  Online services must offer a more compelling multimedia-rich
 set of publications, shopping services, games, etc., that will both
 attract and retain a large audience.  This will require investments by
 both the providers of information and services, and new tools and
 infrastructure investments by the online service companies.  Microsoft
 hopes to help expand this market by enabling the providers of information
 and services with better technology and tools, while motivating them with
 a more attractive business model.

 Mobile Computing

 What improvements will Windows 95 offer for people who use a portable PC
 or a computer at a remote location?

 Windows 95 is the first version of the Windows   operating system to
 include features designed to meet the needs of mobile computer users.
 Specifically, Windows 95 supports the special characteristics of portable
 PC hardware, includes features to help mobile and remote users "stay
 connected" to the information they need, and provides a means to keep data
 and work organized between a desktop PC or corporate network and a
 portable PC or remote system.


      For most purchasers, portable computers are a big investment.  Many
      of Windows 95's mobile computer features were designed around the
      goal of maximizing the benefits from today's newest technology, as
      well as helping to extend the useful life of previous purchases of
      portable computing hardware.  Windows 95 includes built-in support
      for PCMCIA devices, docking stations, and port replicators.  Windows
      95 automatically adapts to different hardware configurations,
      eliminating time-consuming manual setup and complex boot procedures.
      Hot-swapping of PC Card (PCMCIA) devices is directly supported by
      Windows 95, with no separate card/socket services software to worry
      about.  And, Windows 95 includes integrated disk compression and
      power management to help get the most out of existing portable PCs.


      Many portable or remote PC users can be thought of as being "away
      from the desk," and thus away from the network, email, telephone,
      fax, and other communications and information resources found on a
      physical desktop.  Dial-up Networking technology enables users and
      applications to access network resources in a consistent manner
      regardless of whether the connection to the network is direct (using
      a network cable) or via a modem.

      Users connect to network resources the same way, and applications use
      the same APIs to control network connections. Exchange Mail and Fax
      provide extensive remote connectivity features.  The Exchange Inbox
      has features like Direct Header Download which are specifically
      designed to improve the efficiency of interacting with a remote mail
      system over a slow network link.  Microsoft Fax support enables
      mobile users to easily send and receive facsimile documents using
      their portable PC and a fax modem.


      The nature of the mobile work environment introduces significant,
      time-consuming organizational challenges   many of which can be
      addressed through software.  Windows 95 has been designed to minimize
      the amount of drudgery required to work effectively in a mobile
      environment.  The Briefcase simplifies the process of keeping files
      "in synch" between a desktop PC or network and a portable PC or
      remote machine, and deferred printing manages print jobs created on
      the road.

 How are the remote-client capabilities in Windows 95 different from those
 in Windows for Workgroups 3.11?

 Clients running Windows for Workgroups could dial into Windows NT Server
 or Windows for Workgroups-based servers only.  Windows 95 supports a much
 more diverse remote-access environment; it can connect to the majority of
 the dial-in systems in common use today.  Windows 95 dial-up networking
 has been extensively tested with Windows NT Server and other PCs running
 Windows 95, NetWare servers running NetWare Connect, popular network
 devices such as the Shiva Netmodem, and many Internet service providers.
 Windows 95 includes built-in protocol support for Windows 3.1 RAS, PPP
 (Point-to-Point Protocol, the emerging standard for dial-up networking and
 Internet access), SLIP, and NetWare connect.  All dial-up networking and
 communications services are fully 32-bit, in order to increase performance
 and reliability.

 Does Windows 95 offer any improvements in ways to roll out and support
 remote network access in an organization?

 Yes.  Windows 95 greatly simplifies remote network access.  System
 administrators can supply end users with pre-configured network shortcuts
 and pre-defined connections to remote networks.  Double-clicking on a
 shortcut will dial the phone, log users into the network, and open the
 desired network resource (such as a file folder on a remote server).
 Alternatively, a "New Connection Wizard" steps users through the process
 of setting up a remote access client or server.  Users no longer need to
 know how to set up a modem, establish a connections, or operate a remote
 communications package.

 For small organizations, a Windows 95 PC can operate as a dial-in server.
 A Wizard assists with the setup process.  Dial-in server functionality can
 be disabled, if desired.

 Has Windows 95 improved support for PCMCIA cards and other hardware like
 docking stations?

 Yes.  Windows 95 offers vastly improved support for PCMCIA cards and other
 mobile computing devices. PCMCIA support is built into the core of Windows
 95.  The operating system will automatically load the necessary drivers
 for each card as it is inserted, and unload the drivers once the card is
 ejected.  No real-mode card or socket drivers are required.  When a new
 card is first inserted, Windows 95 will detect the card and install the
 appropriate drivers automatically.

 If you use a docking station or port replicator, all pertinent system
 settings, including video resolution, keyboard, pointing device, and
 network, are automatically re-configured "on the fly" when your computer
 is inserted or removed from the dock or port replicator.  On systems
 featuring a Plug-and-Play BIOS, no reboot is required.

 On non-Plug-and-Play machines from the leading manufacturers, multiple
 configurations are supported automatically
 when the system is restarted.

 I use both a desktop PC and a portable PC.   What support does Windows 95
 offer for this environment?

 Windows 95 introduces the Briefcase, an easy-to-use interface for keeping
 multiple versions of files "in sync."  For example, if you copy several
 files from your desktop PC to your laptop, the Briefcase automates the
 process of comparing your (perhaps edited) files to the original versions,
 and performing any needed copy operations to keep all the files
 up-to-date.  The Briefcase also enables applications to provide
 "reconciliation handlers" that merge documents together when both the
 original and the copy have changed.

 To simplify the process of exchanging files between two machines, Windows
 95 implements "Direct Cable Connection."  Direct Cable Connection provides
 a simple, fast, network-like connection (including security) between two
 machines, using a parallel or serial cable.

 For More Information

 How can I obtain the latest information directly from Microsoft about
 Windows 95?  To help keep you informed of the latest information on
 Windows, Microsoft has created the WinNews information forum, which serves
 as an easily accessible electronic-distribution point for new white
 papers, press releases and other pertinent documentation. If you have a
 modem or access to the Internet, you can always get up-to-the-minute
 information on Windows 95 direct from Microsoft on WinNews.  Use the
 following electronic addresses to access further information:

 On The Microsoft Network Computers and Software, Software, Microsoft,
 Windows 95, WinNews

   On the Internet        

   On the Worldwide Web   

   On CompuServe                    GO WINNEWS

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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      What appears to be the biggest Atari show so far this year, in
 North America, is almost upon us.  Next weekend, the ACE '95 show will
 be held, sponsored by the Toronto Atari Federation group.  If you can
 make it, you probably don't want to miss this show!  The latest update
 for the show events and scheduled exhibitors is below.  This will
 likely be the last update that we'll be able to offer before the show,
 so check it out carefully.  Best of luck to the folks at TAF for a
 successful show - to the attendees, have a great time, wish I could be
 there with you!

      The latest news that helps to affirm that Atari is distancing
 themselves from the computer market is the recent sale of its parts
 inventory to Best Electronics.  I can't think of a better company to
 handle this support.  Brad Koda and company have been a tremendous
 source of help in this regard over the years.  It's nice to see their
 support being rewarded by being selected over other bidders in this
 sale.  If you're looking for _any_ parts for your Atari computer, give
 them a call!

      Until next time...


      "If you miss ACE'95, you're going to miss ... EVERYTHING!"
 April 1st & 2nd, 1995 - Toronto    April 1st & 2nd, 1995 - Toronto

      ACE '95   ***     THE SHOW OF THE DECADE     ***   ACE '95
           LLLLLLLL MIDI

 >ACE'95 is being held at the North York Civic Center. It is a GREAT
 >complex: Shopping, Restaurants, Subway, Theatres, Hotel and - of
 >course - MEMORIAL HALL & ACE'95!! THE NOVOTEL HOTEL is located
 >directly adjacent to the Exhibition area. It's a great place to
 >stay! PLAN ON TAKING IN ALL OF ACE'95 (... you really should!!).

 >The *GREATEST*ATARI*EXHIBITION*IN*YEARS* is happening on April
 >1st & 2nd, 1995, in TORONTO!! This is the ACE '95 Exhibitors

 LLLL Gribnif Software (NEODESK 4, Geneva!)
 LLLLL TOAD Computers (just your basic SUPERSTORE!)
 LLLLLL Branch Always Software (GEMulator!)
 LLLLLLL Cybercube Research (Cyrel Sunrise Card, CaTTamaran!)
 LLLLLLLL DMC Publishing (Calamus, Outline Art 3, Invision Elite!)
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 LLLLLLLLLL Missionware Software (Flash II, lottODDS, Cyberdrome!)
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             Diamond Edge 2
             Bob Luneski

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             Ray Williams

 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What a TERRIFIC lineup! Some of
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the GREATEST PROGRAMMERS who ever
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> keyed in a line of code! Atari
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 > STR WEB NewsNotes

                         Atari Web Pages Latest News
                         ~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~

                                Version 1.0
                                ~~~~~~~ ~~~

                               Date  27/2/95
                               ~~~~  ~~~~~~~


                             Mark Stephen Smith
                             ~~~~ ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~

                                 4th Update
                                 ~~~ ~~~~~~



 Hello and welcome to the news item on the Atari Web pages.  This
 document will describe the Atari Web pages as provided by Mark Stephen
 Smith and will include a list of the latest updates for the month.
 Each month I hope to update this text with the very latest additions
 and news on the Atari Web pages.

 Hopefully these pages will provide an invaluable service to their
 users, but they are still at an early stage and developing all the
 time.  As such any feedback and support you may have for these pages
 is more than welcome, it is in fact encouraged.  The more input I get
 from its users the better, as then I will know what is good and bad
 about these pages and can change them appropriately in the hope of
 increasing their value to their readers.

 Now on with the show.

 News and Changes
 ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~

 Well since the original description a lot has happened.  I'm now
 involved in several projects, and submit work to several Internet and
 diskmag sources for inclusion.  I have also officially took over the
 maintenance of the Atari FTP list from Hallvard Tangeraas of which
 there have been a couple of updates.

 New items in this document since the last copy will be marked with **,
 updates will be marked with a U.  All new items are also listed below
 according to the date they were added.

 The new items this month are:

 27/2/95 -- Towers II : Plight of the Stargazer Update!
 27/2/95 -- Falcon Owners Group Magazine No.8.
 23/2/95 -- Atari FTP List Update
 22/2/95 -- HENSA Atari TOS Newsletter Volume 8. No.4
 22/2/95 -- HENSA Atari Falcon Newsletter Volume 8. No.2
 22/2/95 -- HENSA Atari MiNT Newsletter Volume 8. No.2
 22/2/95 -- MIDI Grid Review by Andy Curtis
 8/2/95 -- Utopus Two player shootem' up (STE) 231K
 8/2/95 -- Downloadable files in Falcon/ST sections now have file sizes
 7/2/95 -- Hyper Image pages link (contains Hover Hunter news)
 7/2/95 -- Mail to me directly using this link
 7/2/95 -- New inlined Atari logo for Web pages by Frank Charlton
 7/2/95 -- AEO Newsletter Volume 4. Issue.2 in text and ZIP format
 6/2/95 -- Pinball Dreams and Llama Zap Falcon News
 6/2/95 -- News and Announcements section added
 6/2/95 -- HENSA Atari TOS Newsletter Volume 8. No.3
 2/2/95 -- Lynx FAQ updated
 2/2/95 -- Jaguar FAQ updated
 2/2/95 -- Connect Review by Frank Charlton
 2/2/95 -- Zero 5 Review by Frank Charlton
 1/2/95 -- Atari FTP List Update
 31/1/95 -- AtariNOS FAQ
 30/1/95 -- CAIN Newsletter Volume 2. No.1

 What are the Atari Web pages?
 ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~

 These are a collection of pages covering all formats of the Atari.  In
 these pages may be found the latest news, reviews, software for
 downloading, and various other information and links to other places of
 interest to Atari users.

 I have tried to make the structure of these pages easy to follow and as
 intuitive as possible but there is still a lot of work to be done yet.

 How do I access them and what is the Web?
 ~~~ ~~ ~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~

 First of all I shall look at what the Web is or to use its full name
 the World Wide Web.  The Web is new way of accessing the Internet,
 unlike previous methods where you were required to enter commands into
 the program you were using the Web uses a more user driven method of
 getting around the Internet. This method is much more graphical than
 former methods and as such is much easier to get to grips with.

 When using a Web browser (the name given to a program used to access
 Web pages) the control method usually consists of a point and click
 operation.  A Web page will consist of text and graphics which are
 sometimes highlighted in some way to indicate that they are selectable
 and link to more information or a particular piece of data.

 Such a link is referred to as a hyperlink.  In fact the whole system
 is a variation on hypertext and uses a script to create each page.
 Each script is written to a HTML (HyperText Markup Language) standard
 which contains the main body of text in the page and a few command tags
 for the browser as to how to format the page and what to do with links,

 Web pages may contain text, graphics, sounds, and animations, although
 the later two are normally supported through external software.  It is
 also possible using the Web to gain access to newsgroups, ftp sites,
 and gopher services all through the one program.  As such this makes
 this a very powerful tool for Internet access, and coupled with its
 ease of use this has suddenly became the big thing in the recent
 Internet explosion into the media.

 Browsers can handle all properly written HTML scripts but may vary in
 operation when scripts are incorrect or contain mistakes.  Browsers can
 be divided into to distinct types, graphical and text only.  Popular
 graphical browsers include NCSA's Mosaic and the recent new browser
 NetScape.  On the text side Lynx is the most popular textual browser
 (NOTE: text browsers don't show any form of graphics).

 To access the Web you must either use one of the above mentioned
 browsers on a machine such as a Sun, PC or Macintosh, or if you want to
 access it via your Atari you will need a copy of the Lynx browser as
 unfortunately there aren't any graphical browsers YET for the Atari.

 Next month I will give full details on how to access the Web using the

 Where do I find the Atari Web page?
 ~~~~~ ~~ ~ ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~

 From your Web browser choose to open URL and enter the following


 If you can store a hotlist of addresses or something similar on your
 browser then it may be worth including this address for quick access in
 the future.

 Once you've done that you should see my main page so I hope you enjoy
 it, and don't forget to write with your thoughts.

  What you will find in the Web pages every month.
  ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~

 From the main menu you have several links available to you, some under
 miscellaneous and others specific to a particular machine, or
 collection of machines.  It is now possible to mail me directly from
 the Web pages, special thanks also to Frank Charlton for the new Atari
 Logo.  First I will look at what will be in the Miscellaneous section.

 Atari Related links, Documents, FAQ's and Newsletters
 ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~  ~~~~~~~~~  ~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~

 First in the list are "Atari Related Links", these links are to other
 sources of Atari information or data (such as files, etc.).

 There is a link to many of the major Atari holding FTP sites on the
 Internet. Links to several Web pages by different people on the Atari.
 This will grow as worthwhile sites come up.  At the moment you can

 - HENSA to download Atari files (Moderated by Denesh Bhabuta)
 - ZFC's Atari Pages by Annius V. Groenink.  This has links to various
   Atari related places, along with talk of his own work on Edith and
   his new Drive U Project.  Annius is also working on a version of the
   Mosaic browser for the Atari and the best of luck goes to him on
 - Christer Gustavsson's Atari Gem Programmers Page.  Very useful
   information for programmers grappling with Gem and the operating
   system.  Also offers help via his questions answers page.  Some links
   can be found to Atari related places. - CAIN Atari Pages.  CAIN is
   the Central Atari Information Network and they create a newsletter
   which is updated monthly on all things new to do with the Atari.
   There are also links available here.

 - Martin Maisey's Atari Pages.  Contains information (downloadable) on
   programs written by himself for the Atari.  Again there are links to
   other Atari places.
 - Toad Computers Pages.  Stockiest and retailer of many Atari goods.
 - ST Format Pages.  Information and previews of ST Format issues.
 **Hyper Image Pages.  Contains Hover Hunter Jaguar news.

 This section will have a page dedicated to it this month as over 30 new
 Atari related links are added.


 Useful documents will appear in here.  At the moment there is:

 - Atari FTP List by Mark Stephen Smith (essential for the latest news
   on who provides Atari FTP sites).
 - Atari TOS Desktop Survival Kit by Thomas J Hopper.  An essential
   guide to getting the most out of your DESKTOP.INF and NEWSDESK.INF
 - Recommended list of software for the Atari by Denesh Bhabuta.  List
   compiled by Denesh for me of his best software for the Atari (updates
   coming soon). Mostly PD and Shareware, this list contains links to
   download most of the software mentioned.
 - Information on picture formats by Dave Baggetta.  Lots of information
   on the format of different picture files for the Atari.

 FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
 ~~~~~  ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~

 Useful FAQ's will appear here.  At the moment there is:

 - Atari ST SLIP FAQ.  This is a guide to connecting your Atari to a
   network. All you want to know about networks and the Atari.
 - Atari CD FAQ.  Information on getting and using CD's on the Atari.
   Regular updates to this can be found in my pages.
 - GDOS FAQ by Gerd Castan.  Got a question on GDOS then this is the
   place to look.
 - MiNTNet FAQ by Christer Gustavsson.  Everything you wanted to know
   about MiNTNet.
 **AtariNOS FAQ by Frank Charlton.  Answered questions and information
   on NOS.


 Although there may be more to come the following newsletters are
 updated promptly as I receive them.  These have been re-organised to
 make it easier to keep track of. At the moment there is:

 - CAIN Newsletter containing the latest Atari news.
 - HENSA Newsletter containing the latest updates to the HENSA Atari
 - AEO newsletter containing the latest Atari news.


 Atari related newsgroups.  Send updates.  The currently supported news

 Questions and Answers
 ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~

 Submit your questions to here and get them included in this page.
 Answers are open to anyone who has something valid to say, and help is
 provided to me on Programming and Music questions by several
 knowledgeable sources.  Please support this section, only by your
 interaction and questions will it survive.  All answers are included in
 this page for anyone else with the same question and answers are also
 sent back to the person who submitted the question for those without
 Web access.

 If you feel you have an expertise in a particular area concerning the
 Atari and would be willing to answer questions on that area when and if
 I submitted them to you, then please let me know and you can join the
 team.  Programming and Music are fairly well covered and I can cover
 Graphics programs, help with Technical questions would be appreciated.


 Here I hope to include reviews of Atari products both new an old.  So
 far I have the following reviews:

 - Kobold review by Andy Curtis (ST Format)
 - Flash 2 review by Frank Charlton (ST Format)
 - Edith Professional review by Frank Charlton (ST Format)
 - MagiC review by Andy Curtis (ST Format)
 - Stello v2 review by Mark Stephen Smith (Myself)
 - Sportster Modem review by Frank Charlton (ST Format)
 - Storm Tracker review by Andy Curtis (ST Format)
 **Connect review by Frank Charlton (ST Format)
 **Zero 5 review by Frank Charlton (ST Format)
 **MIDI Grid review by Andy Curtis (ST Format)

 There are several reviews on the way by the above mentioned people as
 well as some by myself (finishing review of Apex Media for the Falcon).
 This section is now growing well.

 Again if you feel you would like to submit reviews for inclusion then
 please write to me.  Please note these pages don't include Lynx and
 Jaguar Reviews, as they are contained within their own pages.

 **News and Announcements Pages
   ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~

 Latest Atari news, and announcements from the Atari World.  Currently
 contains the following:

 **Universal Virus Killer Book Announcement

 Updates and Information on these Web Pages
 ~~~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~

 All updates and news on the Atari Web pages goes in here.  Previews of
 what's to come soon are included and new item or updates to the pages
 are listed according to date with the most recent being first.  Most
 updates contain links to the new material for instant access.

 Other things to be found in here are the number of accesses to the
 Atari pages. Unfortunately the way the logs are now stored prevent me
 from calculating the number of accesses to these pages in the future.

 This now concludes the Miscellaneous section.  Now onto the Other Pages.
 These pages are specific to a particular machine, or collection of
 machines. These are going to go through some major changes and you can
 expect a fair number of changes to be made to these in the next month
 or so.

 Falcon Page
 ~~~~~~ ~~~~

 This will contain information and files relevant to the Atari Falcon,
 currently this page is divided into the following areas:

 News and Previews
 ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~

 In here expect to see any news or previews that come my way, whether
 they be small descriptions or full features with pictures.  At the
 moment there is:

 **Pinball Dreams and Llama Zap News.
 - Apex News.  This contains some information I got on Apex Media for
   the Falcon when I spoke to Douglas Little on the phone a few weeks
   back.  Not very detailed unfortunately, but I'm waiting on my copy of
   Apex to give a full review so expect that to be rectified soon.
 - Dextrous News.  Small description of some of the features of Dextrous
   with a picture.  Only at an early stage of development, if I hear more
   it will go in here.
 - Towers II : Plight of the Stargazer.  Pictures and description of this
   great looking Falcon only sequel to Towers.  Expect the demo soon.
 **Towers II : Plight of the Stargazer Update!  The latest news on

 - Newsletters from HENSA on Falcon section of archive.

 Misc ~~~~

 Miscellaneous information on the Falcon, including:

 - Falcon Demo FAQ.  List of Demos for the Falcon, including some form
   of information on each.
 - Compatibility list of games with Falcon.
 - Compatibility list of applications with Falcon.
 - Falcon Specifications and Information compiled by Rod McCall.

 New Software
 ~~~ ~~~~~~~~

 The latest Falcon/enhanced software available for download.  Major
 revisions to be done with updates here.  All files now list there size
 so you can see how large they are before downloading.  At the moment
 the following software is included, with more to come:

 - Super Bomber Man (freeware)
 - Ply mpeg v0.70 by M.D.Griffiths (shareware)
 - Speed of Light v3.5 (shareware picture viewer)
 - Scape a planetary landscape generator.
 - Digital Tracker demo of commercial version.
 - Obsession 1 level demo.
 - FOG issue 8 diskmagazine for Falcon.

 Other software worth having
 ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~

 Software worth using on the Falcon.

 - Backward v2.52.  For compatibility with the ST.  Please send any
   versions which are newer than this.
 - MultiBlow.  Configurable overscan utility.
 - Starball.  Excellent pinball game (Falcon enhanced).
 - Berzerk.  Excellent version of Berzerk (Faster on Falcon).
 - FOG issue 7 diskmagazine for Falcon.
 - FOG issue 6 diskmagazine for Falcon.

 Atari ST/STE/TT/Mega STE Page
 ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~

 This will contain information and files relevant to all the above
 mentioned Atari formats, currently this page is divided into the
 following areas:


 In here expect to see any news or previews that come my may, whether
 they are small descriptions or full features with pictures.  At the
 moment there is:

 - Newsletters from HENSA on TOS section of archive.

 New Software
 ~~~ ~~~~~~~~

 The latest (most recent versions) software available for download.
 Major revisions to be done with updates.  All files now list there by
 size so you can see how large they are before downloading.  At the
 moment the following software is included, with lots more to come:

 - Speed of Light v3.5 (shareware picture viewer).
 - ST Zip v2.6.  Latest version of ST Zip.
 - Obsession demo.  1 level of this great pinball game.

 Other Software worth having
 ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~

 Software worth having on the Atari.
 - Utopus.  Two player shootem' up (STE only).
 - Ozone. Good platform/puzzler.

 - Starball.  Excellent pinball game.
 - Berzerk.  Excellent version of Berzerk.

 Lynx Page
 ~~~~ ~~~~

 All the latest news and reviews on the lynx, along with cheats, etc.
 This page is divided in to the following areas:


 News on the Lynx and related material.  At the moment there is:

 - Lynx Summer Steal Deal Extended to the Fall.  News of price
   reductions for a limited period.


 Reviews for just about every Lynx game ever released will appear in
 here.  All reviews are by Robert Jung.  At the moment the following
 reviews are included:

 APB                     Awesome Golf            Baseball Heroes
 Batman Returns          Basket Brawl            Bill and Ted's
 BlockOut                BattleWheels            Blue Lightning
 California Games        Checkered Flag          Chip's Challenge
 Crystal Mines II        Dino Olympics           Dirty Larry:Renegade Cop
 Dracula the Undead      Double Dragon           Desert Strike
 Electro Cop             European Soccer Chal.   Ultimate Chess Chal.
 Gauntlet:3rd Encounter  Gordo 106               HardDriven'
 Hockey                  Hydra                   Ishido: Way of Stones
 Jimmy Conners' Tennis   Joust                   Klax
 Kungfood                Lemmings                Lynx Casino
 Malibu Bikini Volleyball                        Ms.Pac-Man
 NFL Football                                    Ninja Garden
 Ninja Garden III : The Ancient Shop of Doom

 Other Lynx Stuff
 ~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~~

 Other items of interest to Lynx owners.  At the moment there is the

 - Lynx FAQ
 - Lynx Tips and Tricks

 New Software Announcement
 ~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~

 Currently empty.

 Jaguar Page
 ~~~~~~ ~~~~

 All the latest news and reviews on the lynx, along with cheats, etc.
 This page is divided in to the following areas:

 News and Preview
 ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~

 All the latest news and preview information I can find related to the

 - Jaguar CD Specifications
 - Rebellion Development News
 - Sinister Developments News
 - Sensible Soccer News
 - Coming Soon!
 - Hand Made Software News


 A collection of reviews from different sources, hopefully I will be
 contributing more to this section myself.  Reviews so far include:

         Cybermorph                      Raiden
         Tempest 2000                    Wolfenstein 3D
         Aliens vs Predator              Trevor McFur in Crescent Galaxy
         Brutal Sports Football          Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
                           Checkered Flag

 There are many more reviews to come.

 Other Jaguar Stuff
 ~~~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~~

 Miscellaneous information on the Jaguar.  Information included
 presently is:

 - Jaguar FAQ
 - Raiden Tips
 - Jaguar Game Cheats
 - Kasumi Ninja FAQ
 - Ultra Vortex FAQ update for Jaguar

 Other Jaguar Pages
 ~~~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~~

 Other pages specific to the Jaguar included in here.  Currently there

 - Atari Jaguar Homepage by Christian Svensson

 There are others that will be included, some containing more recent
 news, but the one above is the most organised and intuitive one I've
 came across.

 8 Bit Atari Page by Ivo van Poorten
 ~ ~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~ ~~~~~~~~

 Not maintained by me these pages cover the 8 bit formats of Atari
 machines and are very comprehensive.  Nearly everything you could hope
 to find is contained within these pages.

 What to expect in the future
 ~~~~ ~~ ~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~

 Some structural changes are likely to appear in the next months.  I
 have introduced an announcements page where you can tell the World of
 anything  you have to announce.  Please send news of updates to your
 programs, Atari stuff for sale, and any other Atari announcements here
 (NOTE: Commercial companies should send information on products to be
 included in here and in the news sections).

 Also coming soon will be a monthly editorial.  In this I will try and
 sum up the month past and to give my opinions on how I saw things for
 Atari at that time. Hopefully I will be able to look back over many
 good developments in my pages and summarise them as they happened.

 There is an outside possibility of starting a programmers and MIDI
 section in these pages but this is as yet undecided.  I will judge
 whether or not to do this based on the kind of response I have.  I do
 not want to repeat any of the good work done in these fields however by
 other Web page writers such as Christer Gustavsson.

 More support is needed for the questions and answers pages, although
 initially successful people just stopped posting their questions.
 Although the odd one is still coming and answers are still forthcoming.
 Please support this, it is of benefit to anyone who uses it.

 The Jaguar section should have a lot more news, pictures and reviews in
 the future.  I have tracked down a fair bit of news and am in contact
 with a few companies now and hope to get news from them on their

 Extra pictures will appear due to my recent access to a colour scanner,
 enabling me to scan the latest pictures before they exist elsewhere on
 the Internet.  I also hope to slowly get all the maps for AvP into
 these pages somehow?

 Both the ST and Falcon sections should contain much more news in the
 future, along with more of the best PD/Shareware, and PD/Shareware
 reviews.  I should have several demos hopefully in the near future for
 games coming out on these formats.

 The Lynx section is to continue to get reviews and I will update the
 news as and when I get it.

 Expect more links to Atari related pages in the future, this section
 will be getting its own dedicated page as over 30 new Atari related
 links are to be included this month.  There will be more newsletters,
 documents, updates to the FAQ's.

 Expect further reviews from Andy and Frank, along with myself (watch
 out for the Apex Media review).  Hopefully I can include more
 screenshots, and do a few program tutorials.  Also Claus J. Pedersen
 (Stello author), Bob Brodie (former Atari employee) and Steven Davies
 have all offered to support these pages with contributions in the

 Please write with your ideas, criticisms, comments, submissions
 (software, news, reviews, questions, etc), to me and don't forget that
 I am now the official maintainer of the Atari FTP list originally by
 Hallvard Tangeraas.  All updates to this list should now be sent to me.

 Thank you and see you with the updates to these pages next month!

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 > STR NewsPlus

                   -/- Senate Unveils Telecom Bill -/-

     The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has approved by a vote of 17-2 a
 proposal that would drastically change the nation's 60-year-old
 telecommunications laws, lifting many restrictions on telephone and
 cable companies.

     Associated Press writer Jeannine Aversa reports from Washington, D.C.
 that the measure would free telephone and cable companies to enter
 businesses previously off-limits.

     Those in favor of the changes say the new freedom would give
 companies incentives to build competing networks that could transmit
 voice, video, and data, driving prices down and giving consumers more
 choices. However, critics insist companies with monopoly power would
 prevent others from competing.

     A last-minute compromise to the bill would require local telephone
 companies to abide by slightly tougher conditions before entering the
 long-distance business.

     The cable compromise would maintain rate regulation on the lowest
 tier of service, which generally consists of broadcast signals, access
 channels, and a few cable networks until local competition develops. It
 would also deregulate rates for all other program services unless a
 cable company's rates exceeded the national average, notes AP.


                               JAGUAR SECTION

 Acclaim Signed!!  NBA Jam TE!
 Frank Thomas Baseball!
 Jaguar Under $160!  CATnips!
 Tempest 2000 CD News Update!
       And much more!

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

      You know, speculation can be entertaining, and devastating.  We
 all know that the Jaguar's CD-player and a group of games will be
 coming out soon.  Atari has been pretty open that there will be a CD
 pack-in, when the hardware arrives.  What's been amazing is that there
 have been numerous rumors trying to figure out what game will come with
 the player.  The comments, sometimes heated, have been bandied about
 for months!

      With the Jaguar, we got Cybermorph.  Regardless of how you felt
 about that game (I think it's great!), the game was included in the
 price of the system.  The same will hold true for the CD-player.  So
 what if the game might be Blue Lightning or Dragon's Lair, or something
 else?  These are good games, and good choices, for many.  Users (and
 potential buyers) have stated pros and cons about these possible games
 being included in the deal.  You can't please everybody, but like
 Cybermorph, you will please many.

      There's one potential CD game being considered as the pack-in,
 among the reported six to be available.  That game is VidGrid.  Many of
 you may not know what this game is, so let me summarize it for you.
 VidGrid is reminiscent of those "slider" puzzle games that we all have
 seen when we were kids.  You know the ones I mean.  These are the flat,
 square plastic toys that usually contained sliding tiles, usually
 fifteen (each one being numbered 1 through 15), with one empty space
 allowing the player the ability to slide each tile, one space at a
 time.  The object of the game was to move the tiles around so that you
 ended up with the tiles in numerical order: 1 - 4 on the top row, 5 - 8
 on the second row, 9 - 12 on the third row, and 13 - 15 on the bottom
 row.  This took some time and strategy to achieve, and it was fun.

      Well, the Jaguar will take this game into the 90's.  Not only will
 you have to move "tiles" around, but instead of numbers or letters,
 you'll have to form a picture.  Add to that is the fact that each
 "tile" has music "attached" to it so that as the tiles are moved
 around, they'll also play back a tune according to the order of the
 tiles.  Some tiles will be facing backwards, upside down, etc.; and the
 music will play accordingly.  Who knows what pictures will appear once
 you have them in order, but that's unimportant at this point.  The
 puzzle game sounds somewhat entertaining, but not something I'd think
 I'd want as a leading-edge Jaguar 64-bit CD game.

      What is important, and something that I think Atari needs to hear
 from all of us, is that there hasn't been a single message online that
 gives me the impression that anyone wants this game, regardless of the
 fact that it's a free pack-in!  Sure, I don't get online on every
 service available to me; nor do I read every single message on those
 that I do.  However, the messages that I have seen have ALL been
 negative toward this game being possibly considered as the pack-in.

      This is not ..a some like it, some don't kind of thing.  This is the
 kind of message that's saying: "I don't want it even if it's free!"
 Atari has to listen to this feedback.  VidGrid sounds like a no-brainer
 non-seller type of game.  It might be cute, and turn out to have some
 appeal for some once they play it.  However, it doesn't have the kind
 of appeal that would convince me that this is the kind of game that I'd
 expect to see showing off the Jaguar's CD capabilities.

      I want the CD to show me the next generation of superb games.  I
 want to see great graphics, great game-play, and mind-boggling fun!  I
 don't want to see potential customers, or current users, see a CD game
 come out as the pack-in that's been generating negative feedback BEFORE
 it's even out!  Can you imagine what kind of potential negativity will
 be generated once it's out?

      Atari: listen to the feedback on this potentially disastrous
 decision.  Bring the game out, but let the customers give their
 feedback at the cash register.  To the users, I'd suggest that if you
 have bad vibes about this game and the decision to possibly include it
 as the pack-in - let Atari know about it.  Drop them e-mail about it.
 If you want, send me your e-mail (at and I'll pass it
 along to the right people, for you.  Make your voices heard.

      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
      J9020  Bubsy                $49.99         Atari Corp
      J9026  Iron Soldier         $59.99         Atari Corp
      J9060  Val D'Isere Skiing   $59.99         Atari Corp.
             Cannon Fodder        $69.99          Virgin
             Syndicate            $69.99           Ocean
             Troy Aikman Ftball   $69.99          Williams
             Theme Park           $69.99           Ocean

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

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

              CatBox              $69.95               ICD
              Hover Strike        $59.99              Atari
              Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99             Atari

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

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

      J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $189.99        Atari Corp.
      J8001  Jaguar (no cart)    $159.99        Atari Corp.
      J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95
      J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
      J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95

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

 Contact: Ron Beltramo, Atari Corporation, (408) 745-8852



 Sunnyvale, CA, March 22, 1995 -- Atari Corporation (ASE:ATC) and
 Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKLM) are proud to announce an
 agreement which will bring the most popular contemporary video game
 titles to the 64-bit Atari Jaguar Multimedia system. The new alliance
 includes three stellar Acclaim titles that Atari will distribute:

 * NBA Jam - Tournament Edition
     - planned release: fourth quarter, 1995

 * Frank Thomas 'Big Hurt' Baseball
     - planned release: fourth quarter, 1995.

 * The third title will be announced later this year for release in
   early 1996.

 "Atari's focus will continue to be to deliver great software on the
 world's best video game system available. The agreement with Acclaim
 is substantial milestone in our commitment to the Jaguar gamer," stated
 Sam Tramiel, CEO of Atari Corporation. "We are delighted to work with
 Acclaim and to include these titles in the expanding library of Jaguar
 sports and action games."

 NBA Jam - Tournament Edition
             With more than 100 NBA players, cross-court slam dunks,
             new codes and secret characters, Jaguar gamers will not
             only play basketball, they'll feel it with this
             fast-paced action experience that features incredible

 Frank Thomas 'Big Hurt' Baseball
            Two-time MVP Frank Thomas headlines this innovative title
            that will feature Thomas' actual baseball movements using
            Acclaim's motion capture technology.

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

 Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. with offices in Canada, France, Germany,
 Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom, is a leading worldwide
 entertainment publisher of software and peripherals for major video
 game hardware systems, personal computer and CD-ROM software,
 coin-operated arcade games, and comic books. Acclaim also operates
 motion capture and blue screen studios and A.D.I., a global sales and
 distribution company for products from a variety of entertainment
 publishers, including Acclaim, Digital Pictures and Marvel Software.
 Acclaim, which recently formed a new company with
 Tele-Communications, Inc. is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National
 Market System under the Symbol AKLM.


 Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is registered
 trademark of Atari Corporation. Other product named may be trademarks
 or registered trademarks of their owning companies.

 CONTACT:  Ron Beltramo,  Atari Corporation, 408-745-8852

 For Immediate Release


 Sunnyvale. Calf. (March 21, 1995) -- Atari Corporation today announced
 that the 64-Bit Jaguar Interactive Multimedia system will have a
 suggested retail price of under $160.  This Atari Jaguar system will
 be called the "64-Bit Power Kit" and includes the Jaguar console, a
 controller, power adapter and video cable (game cartridge not included).
 "64-Bit Power Kit" packages will be specially marked to highlight the
 "Mega-Power, Maximum Value" that the new price point represents.

 "With this new Jaguar price, and the great software now available in
 stores-- with more to come-- the Atari Jaguar will lead the next
 generation of video games into the homes of America. This price puts
 the 64-Bit Jaguar within the grasp of a broad market looking for the
 most advanced system at an affordable price," said Sam Tramiel,
 President of Atari.

 Technological advances have allowed Atari to take this aggressive
 pricing action, as the cost of components has been reduced through a
 planned chip set integration and further design advances.
  Tramiel further stated, "We are very excited to provide these great
 values, and look forward to strong sales for both the 64-Bit Jaguar
 Hardware and Jaguar software.The current library includes such  major
 hits as 'Tempest 2000', 'Alien Vs. Predator', 'Doom', 'Troy Aikman
 Football', 'Val D'Isere Skiing' and 'Iron Soldier'.  As the Jaguar
 software library increases with great titles like 'Fight For Life',
 'Hover Strike', 'Rayman' and 'Super Burnout', we expect solid hardware
 sales growth.  Our Retail Dealers are equally excited about the new
 pricing, and anticipate that a broad base of consumers will rush to
 the store to buy the Jaguar."

 To launch the new Jaguar unit, Atari will deliver a targeted marketing
 campaign to build awareness of the new Jaguar system value and the
 great current games (and pending new titles).  Advertising is
 scheduled to commence in the spring.  Special in store merchandising
 materials have been developed to reinforce the Mega-Power/Maximum
 Value message and encourage the consumer to "Do the Math".

 Atari Corporation markets the Jaguar, the world's first and only 64-Bit
 interactive multimedia entertainment system. Atari is headquarters at
 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, California  94089.


 Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation.  Atari is a registered
 trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their owning companies.


 > 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.
 Barkley Basketball     2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Battlemorph            1Q/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 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                1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Cannon Fodder           NOW   Action/Adventure              Virgin
 Checkered Flag          NOW   Racing              $69.99    Atari
 Club Drive              NOW   Racing              $59.99    Atari
 Creature Shock (CD)    1Q/95  Adventure/Sci-Fi     TBD      Atari/Virgin
 Cybermorph              NOW   Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Dactyl Joust           2Q/95  Action               TBD      Atari
 Demolition Man         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 Lair (CD)       1Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Ready Soft
 Dreadnought (CD)       2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Dungeon Depths         1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Evolution: Dino Dudes   NOW   Puzzle/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Flashback              1Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      US Gold
 Fight For Life         1Q/95  Combat               TBD      Atari
 Hardball Baseball      2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Highlander (CD)        1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Horrorscope            1Q/95  Combat               TBD      V Reel
 Hover Strike           1Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Iron Soldier            NOW   Action/Strategy     $59.99    Atari
 Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Kasumi Ninja            NOW   Combat              $69.99    Atari
 Rage Rally             1Q/95  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Raiden                  NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Rayman                 1Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      UBI Soft
 Robinson Requiem       1Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Soccer Kid             1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Ocean
 Space War              1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Star Raiders           1Q/95  Space Simulation     TBD      Atari
 Syndicate               NOW   Simulation           TBD      Ocean
 Tempest 2000            NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Theme Park              NOW   Simulation          $69.99    Ocean
 Tiny Toon Adventures   1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Trevor McFur            NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Troy Aikman NFL Ftball  NOW   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
 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!

 Sb: Val D'Isere Codes
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 74777,3071
 To: All

 From the Internet's Jaguar mailing list comes some new cheat codes
 for Val D'Isere Skiing & Snowboarding:



     At the main option screen where you can select your race and number
     of players, enter the following:   4,0,8,5,7,4,1,4
     This will bring you to a SECOND option screen.  This is what is
     available.  They are all listed on the screen.

     0 = Music On/Off
     1 = Podium
     2 = End of Ride
     3 = Gold Cup
     4 = Silver Cup
     5 = Bronze Cup
     6 = All Runs Open (Free Ride)
     7 = Show Game Over

     Select A Challenge - Fire A and number
     Select A Race - Fire B and Number
     Select Music - Up/Down on Joypad
     Select Sound F/X - Right/Left on Joypad
     Same Sound F/X - Fire C

 Mark "Stingray" Santora
 - Video/Film Production Services      ---------------------------------->
 - Screenwriting Services               --------------------------------->
 - Special Effects and Make Up           -------------------------------->>>


 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas...

 I hope as many of you as possible may be able to attend an online
 conference scheduled on GEnie with Jeff Minter as the honored guest.
 Jeff is the author of Tempest 2000 and is currently working on
 Defender 2000. The conference will take place in the Jaguar
 RoundTables at 7:00 pm PST on Wednesday, March 29th.
 CATscan BBS is coming along although script writing has taken a back
 seat to another project this past week. I expect to get back on that
 as early as this weekend and restore favorite features such as the
 T-Shirt lottery and dealer referrals and add new ones such as a
 real-time glossary. In the meantime, if you were a member of CATscan,
 you will have to rejoin due to the new software. The number is

 Look for the newest issue of Atari Explorer Online in the libraries of
 CompuServe, GEnie, Delphi and CATscan within the next few days. I have
 been promised there will be new software reviews. As always, STReport
 is available in the libraries every Friday night. Remember to look for
 those issues as well.

 I have more Jaguar bumper stickers. Send your SASE to:

  Atari Corporation
  P.O. Box 61657
  Sunnyvale, CA  94089-1657

 I have a limited number of AvP and IS cinema-quality posters too.
 They are still free to onliners with a prepaid S&H $4.95 (U.S.).
 [North American addresses only].

 A few of you have received the tubes from the Post Office in less
 than desirable shape. Thanks for letting us know so we could make
 it right with you.

 Here's a nifty Internet message copied to me in E-Mail recently...

 Date: Fri, 17 Mar 1995 02:34:07 -0500
 Subject: T2K audio CD

 I just received the Tempest 2000 audio CD today (Thursday). At first
 I thought "What have I gotten myself into?", and near the end of the
 CD I thought "I don't want to leave!" Gee, the people at Ima Digitec
 Design write weird music (that's good)! The best thing about it is
 that I put my order in the mail LAST THURSDAY! Figuring 2 each way
 in the mail that leaves only 1 day for processing since they
 probably don't work on weekends (or do they?).  I was expecting it to
 take at least 2 weeks. Thank you Atari for you quick response. Now
 just get that CD player out so I can really get into this CD.

 Anybody order that Jaguar strategy guide that was supposed to be
 available last month?  I'm guessin that they are waiting for the
 games they have in the guide to be released.


 Keep sending me the hot tips! I appreciate everyones feedback...
 In the meantime, if you're not online,...
 you'd better be playing Jaguar! <g>

  -- 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

 Hey there folks!  I don't know about you, but I've got a touch of that
 old spring fever already.  It won't be too long before I have to get a
 loooong telephone cord, my Stacy, and my portable modem, and log on to
 CompuServe from under the big oak tree in my back yard... nah, I'd feel
 like that self-important putz in the AT&T commercial, faxing someone
 from the beach while he runs off into the surf (with the appropriately
 pretentious mood-music in the background, of course).  Well, at any
 rate, I know that I _could_ do it if I wanted to.

 I'm assuming that you've got better things to do than read my free
 association, so I'll get right to the good stuff.  Sit right down in
 that comfy chair and check out all the cool things happening on

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 David Bulpitt asks us to indulge him while he asks...

   "...a couple of (probably) basic questions?  I am using Teddyterm in VT
   VT100 and am loathe to change as it runs well, however.........
   Occassionally I get a very swift message inviting me to join someone,
   /21 was in there last time!  I spoke with the chap in the
   conference room.  Presumably he had been able to detect that I was
   using the forum.  Also is there any etiquette other than the obvious in
   joining these?  Do you just say Hi?  Do they know who you are?  I
   believe in windows you can see the others who are in the conference. Am
   I likely to benefit from using e.g. Connect?  I have been loathe to as
   it is a little intimidating!"

 Sysop Bob Retelle (who knows ALL the tricks related to CompuServe, by
 the way), tells David:

   "The person who invited you to "Join" a conference was likely using
   WinCIM on a PC compatible computer.

   We don't have any equivalent program like that for our Atari computers,
   unfortunately.  Connect would be very similar to what you're using now.

   Just about everything the "graphical front end" programs can do can be
   duplicated from your terminal program, if you know the "secret words"..

   For example, to show who else is here in the Forum, just type SHOW
   USERS at any of the  !  prompts.

   Then if you'd like to send them a "one liner" message, to invite them
   into the conference area for example, just type  SEND # Message

   That is, the # is the number preceeding their name when you did the
   SHO USERS command, and the Message is whatever you'd like to send to
   them (try to keep the message down to about 80 characters to avoid
   having it truncated).

   As long as you're happy with the program you're using now, there's no
   reason to switch to anything else..."

 Our own Atari Section Editor, the inimitable Dana Jacobson, tells Bob:

   "Actually, I think the "SHOW USERS" command is 'UST'".

 Jeez, here I am "talking up" Sysop Bob and he goes and gives someone the
 wrong info.  Well, I guess we'll let this one slide, as he has a good
 excuse.  Sysop Bob posts:

   "... Sorry about that..!  The actual command to see who else is here
   in the Forum is just   USERS  at the  !  prompt...

   (I was just using a VAX, and my brain hadn't switched gears yet..!)"

 Actually, the full command is 'USTATUS', but 'UST' does exactly the same

 David Ellis asks for help in viewing Spectrum512 pictures on his PC:

   "I have IBM system, would like to view the SPF format.  What utility
   will run on IBM dos and convert SPC to GIF, or at least allow for SPC
   viewing from within DOS??"

 Sysop Bob redeems himself by telling David:

   "We have several utilities in our software library that will allow PCs
   to view the various Atari specific graphics formats, including the
   Spectrum .SPC files you mentioned.

   Browse with keyword of IBM to find them."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine adds:

   "There is a program in the library that allows you to view SPC
   pictures on the PC.  You can search the lib using the keyword IBM."

 Kevin Henning asks for help in finding an old friend:

   "Hello everyone.  I am new to the forum as you probably already
   guessed.  I am hoping someone at Atari may be able to help me.  I am
   searching for a friend of mine I seem to have lost contact with over
   the past year or so.  His name is Dave March and he is an artist by
   trade, but a fiddler in his heart.

   The last I knew he was working for Atari near the San Francisco area.
   He is very proficient with the Apple Macintosh and has done some
   amazing animation work with and without his computer.

   If anyone knows of Mr. Dave March, I would appreciate if you forward
   this message to him, or have him contact me at my address above.  He
   should be on the Net somewhere by now!"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Kevin:

   "You know, that name sounds awfully familiar for some reason..
   probably the best thing to do, just in case they don't happen to see
   your message here, would be to drop a line directly to any of the Atari
   folks here...

   I don't have the user IDs handy with me right here, but the best place
   to find everyone would be in the Atari Gaming Forum (GO ATATIGAM)..
   look for Don Thomas's ID there, as he might be one of the best ones to
   ask.. if he doesn't know Dave March, then he might be able to suggest
   someone else to contact."

 You know, it's funny, but online reunions do happen.  In the past six
 months, I've run into old friends that I haven't thought of in years...
 There was my computer science professor (from 1979), an old college
 buddy (1979 also), and a friend from high school (class of '78) that was
 browsing the membership directory and dropped me e-mail saying "I just
 knew that _you'd_ be a traveler on the Electronic Highway... how've you

 I've kept in touch with all three of them... an amazing result for me,
 and I, of course, keep up with all of my other online friends as well.
 Will the wonders of computers never cease?

 Meanwhile, John Devlin asks:

   "Can anyone help a friend of mine with an Atari STFM (TOS 2.06 or
   1.40), set up BATFAX, he is having no end of problems.

   He has a SupraFax modem V32BIS but cannot get the software to work,
   has anyone managed to get the package to work."

 Ethan Mings of Pendulum Planning tells John:

   "Sad news, you're not alone.  I tried off and on to get the software
   to work.  The author does respond to questions, you may want to contact
   him. In the long run, I gave up.  For what it is worth, I am running a
   USRobotics external 14,400 fax modem on an atari megaST4 with 250 hard
   drive running tos 2.06"

 Mike Myers adds his experiences:

   "I've been having a problem trying to download "BATFAX". I've used two
   differant types of LZH decompressors, and two differant Types of
   software to download it.  Every time I do, I wind up with "last 113
   bytes garbage". I'm looking for a new Fax program, and that seems to be
   it. Any ideas?"

 No one has replied to Mike yet, but I downloaded the file after reading
 his post and have had no problems with decompression.  I haven't set it
 up yet, but when I do, I'll let you know how it comes out.

 Harry Davis posts this about an Atari emulator for the Mac:

   "I found a MaciCMac Demo on *ahem* another service...  but it is
   entirely in German!  (Documentation, too!)

   It looks rather interesting...  but, of course, I have no idea what
   I'm doing.  LOL!  (I haven't touched an ST/TT in years, which doesn't
   help at all, and neither does living in the US.  Truth be told, I
   wasn't aware that Atari computers still had enough of a following to
   generate an emulator. :X )

   Assuming that the release in the UK is going to be in English...  do
   you know if there is a demo of the English version?

   This thing flies on a Q650!  :D  I wonder if there's a PowerMac native
   version? (Hmm.. System 7.5, SoftWindows AND this?  Woo!)"

 Chris Roth asks for help:

   "I have some problems with tar: I am not able to extract files from an
   archive because tar doesn't create the subdirectories... any hints? I
   looked for special parameters to use, but it seems I'm doing alright..

   All that happens on a Falcon with MiNT 1.12 on a Minix partition."

 Carl Barron tells Chris:

   "Every version of TAR I have used creates needed directories, MINT or no
   But I don't have a falcon, almost every model of the ST line is included
 in my
   testing, including the TT.

   Question 1:  Are the directories in the tar file?
                tar tvf filename >listing to double check this.

   Extract all files from tar:  tar xf filename.tar list all files in a
   tar file tar tf filename.tar"

 Markus Schacher tells us:

   "Several years ago I've developed a program on my Atari 1040ST. In the
   meantime I bought a PC but I still want to use this program. Does
   anybody know whether there exists an Atari emulator (hardware or
   software) running on IBM compatibe PCs?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Markus:

   "There is a product called GEMulator which is a hardware/sofwtare
   product to run Atari ST software on the PC."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Markus:

   "Try sending e-mail to   and ask Darek for
   more info about the GEMulator, and for info about his distributors in

   The newest pricing on the GEMulator, at least here in the US was $99
   for the board and software, and about another $69 for the TOS ROMs that
   are needed."

 Ed Pomelear yells out:

   "Hey, everybody!  I need some help, please.

   I'm using a 520ST with a singe 3.5" drive and a very low budget, but I
   need some help with software.

   I see some I'd like to try in the libraries, but I don't have an unZIP
   program.  Is there a decent one in a library?

   Do you have recommendations on a decent spreadsheet program, a database
   program, or a fexible mail list program?  They must of course run in
   512K RAM."

 Sir Albert of Dayes tells Ed:

   "There is ST-ZIP v2.6 in the library.  It is compatible with PK-ZIP
   v2.04g on the PC side of things.

   What type of database are you looking for?  A flat file or relation
   mode or rather model?"

 My old pal Brian Gockley of ST Informer Magazine asks Ed:

   "Are you looking for shareware or commercial stuff? Most of the up to
   date stuff in the commercial area is pretty good, Mailing Manager (from
   FOUCH SOFTWARE 1823 WEST 8th STREET ERIE, PA 16505-4938, phone
   (814)455-1294 is an excellent start! As far as spreadsheets go, I used
   Opus for a while, when I had a 1040..."

 Charlie Steiner asks:

   "Is there an easy way to transfer an Atari ST file into a DOS format?"

 Sysop Bob tells Charlie:

   "It depends on what exactly you want to do...

   You can transfer Atari files TO an IBM compatible computer fairly
   easily, either by a serial port hookup, or by using floppy disks.

   If you want to convert an actual file that's currently in some special
   Atari format to the format used by a particular DOS application, it
   depends on the formats.  There are a few conversion programs that will
   help in transferring word processing files for example, and some
   graphics conversion programs.

   Let us know what it is you're wanting to do, and we can try to come up
   with some more detailed answers for you..."

 Yves Aubut posts:

   "Hello everybody,

   It's me again the guy in between an IBM compatible and a friend with
   an Atari.  I appreciated the help that I received the last time (How to
   transfer from my IBM to my friend's Atari).  Everything went fine.  The
   only problem seems to be with the screen resolution.  The wordprocessor
   DBWriter seems to work only in high resolution and my friend's computer
   has a monitor that works in low and medium resolution (color monitor).
   What can we do to resolve this problem?

   Is their a driver like on my IBM that he could load?

   Is the only solution to use another word processor?

   Does DBwriter work on medium resolution?"

 Albert Dayes tells Yves:

   "Glad that everything went well in the transfer.

   There are some mono-monitor emulators in the library.  I have never
   used them so I can't speak to how well it works.

   You can use ST-Writer (version 4.8x is the latest release) which is a
   word processor that works in all resolutions. I have used it in Medium
   and Low res without any problems."

 Sysop Bob adds:

   "I think Albert's suggestion to use STWriter is probably the best

   We have it in our library here, and as he mentioned, it should work on
   your friend's medium resolution color monitor.

   I've used the monochrome monitor "emulator" that Albert mentioned, but
   it's not a very good substitute for the "real thing"."

 Michael MacDonald asks for help for his mother:

   "Does anyone have an idea where I can get ATARI formatted diskettes of
   shareware?  I gave my ST to my dear sweet broken down ma-ma, and she
   would like to get a copy of a word processor.  I could download the ST
   Writer to my system, but it would then be a Windows formatted

   No, she doesn't have a modem, and this is an internal one..."

 Sysop Bob tells Michael:

   "You're in luck..!

   The Atari ST and the PC share almost exactly the same floppy disk
   format, so you actualy CAN download files for your mama and give them
   to her on diskettes...

   The "secret" is....  format the floppy on the PC to be certain the
   disk is compatible, AND..  format it as a  720K  diskette.

   (The ST can't read High Density 1.44 Meg disks)

   I'm not sure exactly how Windows formats disks, but there should be an
   option to format disks like that...  if you were to format from DOS,
   the command line would be:

   FORMAT B: /F:720    <--substitute A or B, whichever your 3.5 inch
   drive is.

   Also..  since almost all of our files are compressed in some way, they
   would have to be uncompressed before she can use them.  Fortunately the
   compression methods are compatible too, so you could unZIP the files
   for her before you put them on the flopy, so they'd be ready to use
   right from the disks.

   Files here in the Atari areas that are ZIPped should be compatible
   with the latest version of PKUNZIP or WINZIP.  Anything with a  .LZH
   extender can be uncompresses with  LHA.EXE  and for any older  .ARC
   files use  ARCE.COM (if you don't already have these PC utilities,
   they're available in the PC Forums here on CompuServe).

   Let us know if you or she have any problems with all this stuff, and
   we'll do our best to get you going..!"

 Albert Dayes adds:

   "Format a 720K floppy disk on the PC.  Then you can download ST Writer
   v4.8x to your system (PC) and then copy it to the 720K disk for use on
   the ST.  I assume that you have a double sided drive (720K) on the
   Atari side of things."

 From the Portfolio section of the Palmtop Forum, Patrick Hart asks:

   "I have previously asked this question, but my software is old and
   isn't retrieving older messages, and/or not posting my questions.  We
   would like to load a DOS Program onto our Atari Portfolio.  How do we
   do this?"

 Jon Sanford tells Patrick:

   "Your message obviously got posted this time.

   You need a serial or parallel attachment for the portfolio. The
   Parallel is easier and it is also necessary to use a printer. With the
   Parallel interface there is a DOS disk with transfer program also

 Well folks, I know that this week's column is short, but it's getting
 late and it's been a long week.  So I'll end here, and invite you back
 next time to listen to what they are saying when...

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