ST Report: 31-Mar-95 #1113

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 04/10/95-09:04:35 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 31-Mar-95 #1113
Date: Mon Apr 10 09:04:35 1995

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      It never ceases to amaze me about how a user can make their true
 "intentions" as _obvious_ as the nose on their face.  This past week,
 while cruising the nets..  I observed the following;  The users who were
 obviously doing the most "bad-mouthing" of Win'95 made coming to my
 conclusions quite easy.  You are not going to believe this.  It would have
 been easier to at least read and understand what these posters were trying
 to say if only..  They were polite enough to (a) keep the language they
 used clean and respectful and (b) not have the Warp or os/2 thing in their
 signatures or taglines.  Talk about giving away their real intentions. 
 Perhaps it was best they did it that way.  After who'd believe them
 anyway?  The odd part ws... I didn't see any taglines or sigs with Win'95
 in them stuck on the end of bad-mouth os/2 Warp posts.  Hmmm.
      Speaking of Win'95, anybody wanting a Pre-Release copy for their very
 own need only call MS at 1-800-957-7384 and order it.  Win'95 is really
 very, very nice.  Its fast and its fun to use.  I've been using it for
 some time now and I must say, this latest build (347) is excellent. 
 Everything I have here is working just like its supposed to.  If you
 really want to see the future now.. get yourself a copy.  Take advantage
 of the Pre-Release offer.  Its good stuff!  If any of you have questions
 about Win'95, drop me a line I'll be sure to answer your questions either
 in STReport or return EMail.  As an aside, think of this.. you have no
 further memory problems and all my heavy duty DOS GAMES load right up and
 "do it to it".  Ah yes... for the "Thomases"... my productivity software
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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #13
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

       >> Atari Boosts Deal With Virtuality For Virtual Reality <<
    Atari has announced an extended contract with Virtuality, the London-
 based Virtual Reality (VR) software house, in which Virtuality will 
 develop two VR games for the Atari Jaguar games console.
    The announcement was made at the European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) 
 which took place in London over the last few days.

    Late last year, Atari contracted with Virtuality for the development 
 of a head-mounted VR display unit for the Jaguar. Terms of last 
 October's contract called for Virtuality to develop VR game systems for 
 the consumer marketplace, using a VR headset like a motorcycle helmet.
    The games console headset has been pencilled in for a summer 1995 
 launch, and draws heavily on the technology that Virtuality uses in 
 coin-operated arcade VR systems. Pricing of the VR system for the Jaguar 
 will be around the UKP 149 mark, Newsbytes has learned.
    Jon Waldern, head of Virtuality, claims that the Jaguar is the "only 
 64-bit system currently on the market and is ideally suited for 
 immersive virtual reality games."
    Commenting on the extended deal between the two companies, Sam 
 Tramiel, Atari's president, said that work on the head mounted display 
 (HMD) for the Jaguar is proceeding on schedule, and the games will be 
 released in parallel with the HMD system later this year.
    "We've made a significant investment in low-cost immersive Virtual 
 Reality and are committed to bringing this technology to Jaguar 
 customers by the end of the year," he said.
    This second deal with Virtuality will reassure Atari Jaguar owners 
 that the future for their machine -- and perhaps more importantly, its 
 support on the software front -- now looks assured.
                     >> GEnie President Jumps Ship <<
    In an unexpected move, Mark Walsh, president of GEnie online 
 services, left GEnie this week to take a job with its competitor, 
 America Online (AOL).  Walsh had only joined GEnie last August, so this 
 change stunned many industry observers and GEnie employees. Walsh will 
 now be a senior vice president and general manager of branded Internet 
 services at AOL.
    Walsh, 40, is looked upon by many as an industry innovator and was 
 hired by General Electric to turn GEnie around as it had slipped from 
 about 250,000 users to just over 100,000. Last October, Walsh had 
 boasted that he was remaking GEnie and "rewriting our history". Walsh 
 had planned a telephone conference this week with analysts and reporters 
 to talk about his vision for GEnie.
    Horace Martin, vice president of GEIS business development, will be 
 interim president of GEnie.
                   >> Phone Calls by Internet Tested <<
    Camelot Corp. is beta testing software called Digiphone that it says 
 allows users to place phone calls over the Internet.
    Camelot says it is the first Internet phone product to support the 
 same kind of two-way voice conversations that can be expected from 
 regular long-distance calls.
    Reports say that calls across the Internet will cost no more than the 
 cost of an Internet account, typically less than $40 per month, much 
 cheaper than typical international calls.  Available on store shelves in 
 June, Digiphone will work with most currently available multimedia-
 compatible PCs.
    Digiphone carries a suggested retail price of $149.95 and will be 
 marketed by Camelot's software publishing unit, Third Planet 
                    >> Compaq to Use Pentium Clones <<
    Compaq Computer Corp. says it has reached agreement with NexGen Inc. 
 for the use of '586- and higher-class microprocessors in future Compaq 
    "As 586-class processors have become 'mainstream' this year, this 
 agreement with NexGen will help Compaq to deliver high performance PCs 
 that represent a greater value to the PC marketplace," notes John T. 
 Rose, senior vice president and general manager of Compaq's desktop PC 
 division. "As 586- class technologies become more available from more 
 suppliers, we will be able to offer our customers just the right 
 combination of features, performance and value to meet each of their 
 unique requirements."
                        >> Win95 Bug Overblown <<
    The top editor of Windows Magazine says a recent report about an
 alleged serious bug in Windows 95 is "overblown."
    InfoWorld claimed earlier this week that the new operating system can 
 freeze up PCs that try to run several applications simultaneously.
    "There's no doubt that the M8-Beta version had a serious flaw in it," 
 says Fred Langa, Windows Magazine's editorial director. The problem, he 
 notes, is that the operating system doesn't allocate sufficient resources
 to run some 32-bit applications, possibly causing the system to crash.
 According to Langa, Windows Magazine exposed a similar problem last
 September, when editors observed that an earlier beta version was having
 serious systems resource problems with 16-bit applications. Langa says the
 publication alerted Microsoft to the problem and a solution was found
 within two weeks.
    Langa believes that Microsoft's current problems will be readily 
 handled and that Windows 95's release probably won't be delayed. "A beta 
 version by definition is not the final version," notes Langa. "It's 
 normal to find bugs in unfinished products. End-users need to monitor a 
 company's progress in resolving these bugs; but it's certainly no cause 
 for alarm, despite the tenor of some recent press reports."
                >> Apple Takes Microsoft Back to Court <<

    Apple Computer Inc. says it will reveal in federal district court 
 this week that Microsoft Corp. violated the intent of a federal 
 restraining order by continuing to distribute allegedly stolen software 
 on an America Online forum.
    Reports say that Apple discovered on March 24 that Microsoft had 
 continued to distribute copies of Video for Windows containing 1,000 
 lines of Apple QuickTime code via its America Online forum. Earlier this 
 month, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Aguilar issued a temporary 
 restraining order forbidding Microsoft from distributing the software.
                   >> Prodigy Loses No. 2 Executive <<

    Scott Kurnit, a cable TV guru hired by Prodigy as a vice president 
 two years ago to help turn around the online service's operation, 
 suddenly is departing to join a rival venture started by MCI 
 Communications Corp.
    The exit of Kurnit "could hurt (the) turnaround effort," writer Jared 
 Sandberg comments in The Wall Street Journal this week, adding, "It also 
 may signal tensions between Prodigy's two giant owners, (IBM) and Sears, 
 Roebuck & Co., which have been at odds about the service's direction."
    Writes Sandberg, "IBM is pushing to replace the Sears executive who 
 is Prodigy's president, Ross Glatzer, with a choice of its own, 
 according to people familiar with the matter. While the computer maker 
 supports Mr. Kurnit, Sears didn't want to cede control to someone in 
 IBM's camp; the two partners may agree to bring in an outside candidate, 
 according to an executive familiar with the situation."
                  >> Compaq Unveils New ProLiant Unit <<
    A new ProLiant 1500 5/120 computer intended as an affordable, 
 "mission-critical" server has been unveiled by Compaq Computer Corp., 
 built around Intel Corp.'s new 120MHz Pentium processor.
    In a statement, the company said the system, priced at about $12,749, 
 is available in tower and rack-mountable configurations and includes: 
 ECC memory, TriFlex/peripheral component interconnect system 
 architecture, fast-wide small computer system interface-2, automatic 
 server recovery-2, hot pluggable drives and disk arrays. Redundant power 
 supplies are available as an option.
                    >> Acrobat Boosted for Internet <<

    Efforts have begun to set standards for giving books and brochures 
 the same appearance on the Internet as they have on paper, and three 
 major companies -- IBM, Adobe Systems Inc. and Netscape Communications 
 Inc. -- have interests in the outcome.
    IBM and Netscape are announcing this week at Boston's Seybold 
 conference on electronic publishing that they will incorporate Adobe's 
 Acrobat software into personal computers and key online programs.
    Reports say, "Acrobat allows a document, such as a written report or 
 spreadsheet, to be shared to any computer regardless of the kind of 
 computer or software used to create it. The program has two components, 
 one for the creator and one for the reader."
    The new pacts call for the Acrobat Reader component to become a 
 standard feature on IBM's commercial PCs and to be woven into Netscape's 
 browser software widely used on Internet's hypertext World Wide Web 

                  >> Apple Rolls Out New Music Tools <<
    New interactive music tools to help software developers make compact 
 disks that can run interchangeably between computers and stereo players, 
 as well as programs for online concerts and music videos is being 
 announced by Apple Computer Inc.
    Reports say the QuickTime Music Toolkit "will allow musicians to meld 
 lyrics, photos and videos into QuickTime movies that can be played on 
 Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Corp. personal computers."
    The software also can make a new "enhanced CD," to display video and 
 play music in a computer or just play music in a car or home audio CD 
                    >> Microsoft Bookshelf Updated <<

    Microsoft Corp. has unveiled Microsoft Bookshelf '95, a new version 
 of its CD-ROM reference library.
    The software publisher notes that Bookshelf '95 offers one-click 
 access to eight frequently used reference books from within any Windows- 
 or Macintosh-based program. The 1995 version provides enhanced 
 multimedia features and a new National Five-Digit ZIP Code and Post 
 Office Directory. Also included is a Year in Review section containing a 
 summary of newsworthy events.

    "Bookshelf '95 represents nine years of investment in the way people 
 think about reference materials," says Patty Stonesifer, senior vice 
 president of Microsoft's consumer division. "It is the most widely owned 
 and, we believe, one of most widely used CD-ROM products on the market."
    Microsoft Bookshelf '95 will sell for approximately $69. Previous 
 owners of any version of Bookshelf are eligible to receive a $30 rebate 
 from Microsoft. The Windows edition is available now; a Macintosh 
 version of Bookshelf '95 is scheduled to become available later this 
                   >> Claris to Offer E-Mail Program << 
    Claris Corp. says it has obtained worldwide, exclusive licensing 
 rights to a newly developed Macintosh electronic mail management 
 application code-named Emailer.
    Developed by Fog City Software, Inc., the software sends and receives 
 e-mail on the Internet as well as via online services including 
    Claris says Emailer is the first Macintosh application to provide 
 automatic e-mail support for individual subscribers of the Internet and 
 more than one online service. Emailer users can send messages and 
 enclosures to subscribers of any online service or anyone with an 
 Internet address. Emailer creates and maintains a database of e-mail 
 addresses for all recipients. It can store more than one e-mail address 
 for individuals as well as a group address for multiple recipients. 
 Files can be sent as enclosures using drag-and- drop techniques. Emailer 
 automatically compresses and decompresses enclosures and can send 
 enclosures from one online service to another.
    "As the number of people accessing the Internet and online services 
 increase we believe that e-mail addresses will become more common than 
 fax numbers," says Guy Kawasaki, president of Fog City Software. "We 
 developed Emailer for anyone with an e-mail address who wants to tap the 
 full potential of electronic messaging and communicate with subscribers 
 from a variety of online services effortlessly."
    Scheduled for availability this summer, Emailer will be available for 
 both 68K- and Power Macintosh-based systems. The product's price hasn't 
 yet been announced.
                   >> HP Offers New Palmtop, 3 Units <<

    A new palmtop PC and three PC models based on Intel Corp.'s new 
 120MHz Pentium processor have been introduced by Hewlett-Packard Co. as 
 part of its Vectra VL Series 3 PC line.
    HP says the new palmtop PC comes with the industry-standard operating 
 system, MS-DOS 5.0, which makes it easy for developers to create 
 applications for specific vertical markets.
    In addition, the HP 1000CX palmtop PC includes LapLink Remote, which 
 facilitates migration of existing MS-DOS applications on a desktop or 
 laptop computer to a palmtop PC.
                   >> Dell Dimensions XPS Introduced <<

    Dell Computer Corp. has introduced a new desktop family of computers 
 called the Dell Dimension XPS based on Intel Corp.'s new Triton chip set 
 with support for 120 megahertz and 100 megahertz Pentium processors.
    The new systems retail for a base price of $2,599 and are available 
 immediately in the United States and Canada.

    The line combines Pentium processor technology, new memory 
 architecture, and high performance 128-bit graphics to offer users 
 enhanced speed and video performance.
    The Dell Dimension XPS systems come equipped with a new high-
 performance memory architecture comprised of EDO (extended data output) 
 memory and a pipeline-burst caching subsystem. EDO memory has two times 
 more bandwidth than traditional pagemode memory; the increased bandwidth 
 allows memory operations to be performed in fewer clock cycles, reducing 
 the number of wait states between instructions and increasing overall 
 system performance.
    Pipeline-burst cache is a new high-speed cache memory that provides 
 up to 10 percent faster performance than a traditional synchronous cache 
 used in many of today's mainstream systems. Pipeline-burst cache memory 
 increases the speed at which memory instructions are transmitted, 
 reducing the overall time it takes one's computer to execute commands.
    The computers are optimized for Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows 95 
 operating system, which is due for release in August.


 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature      Mayo Clinic Sports Health & Fitness

 The Kids' Computing Corner

                     Mayo Clinic Sports Health & Fitness
                             CD-ROM for Windows
                            estimated retail $45
                               IVI Publishing
                           7500 Flying Cloud Drive
                         Minneapolis, MN 55344-3739

 IBM Requirements

   CPU: 486SX-33      RAM:  8 megs     Video:  640 by 480, 256 colors
 Hdisk: 5 megs     CD-rom: double-speed   OS:  Windows 3.1
  Misc: Sound card, mouse, local bus graphics recommended

 by Frank Sereno

 And now for something completely different, a review of an educational
 title for ADULTS.  "Mayo Clinic Sports Health and Fitness" is a multimedia
 reference for proper exercise and nutrition.  Expert commentary and sport
 celebrity interviews are included with hundreds of pages of text.  Fitness
 expert and ESPN reporter Jimmy Roberts acts as a personal trainer to
 encourage users to begin and maintain a fitness program.

 The training section is divided into several sections.  First, the user
 will have to fill out a health history. Then you will be asked to do
 several evaluation exercises so his fitness level can be determined.  The
 program will then devise a reading list from the topics available on the
 CD-ROM and outline a very generic exercise program.  Each user will have
 to plan his own program using the advice given.  You will not be told to
 do X amount of miles walking, X number of sit-ups, etc.  Each day Jimmy
 Roberts will give some friendly advice regarding the reading list or an
 exercise that can be done.  The program also includes a journal in which
 each user can record his daily thoughts and progress.

 I can remember back several years when a company created an aerobics
 program for use on the Atari 800 series of computers in which an on-screen
 coach would lead users in various exercises.  Such a coach would have been
 a great addition to this program.  In addition, I would have preferred
 that the program designed a more specific exercise program for each user
 and then guide him through the daily routine.

 The reference section is comprehensive.  It includes sections on
 nutrition, exercise, preventing injury, sports psychology and children's
 sports.  As a parent, I was most interested in the children's sports
 section.  It included information on when to start children in sports,
 handling various situations and even proper techniques to motivate
 children as a coach.

 Interspersed in the reference text are numerous animations, illustrations
 and videos.  Many videos were culled from ESPN interviews with sport
 celebrities.  These interviews are used to emphasis the text and should
 prove entertaining and interesting to most sports fans.

 The program has a very intuitive interface.  It includes on-screen icons,
 a tool bar and pull-down menus which allow access to various features and
 commands of the program.  A very nice feature is the animated help
 sequences which explain the program's features.  This allows the program
 to ship without a manual.  Technical support is available via a toll-free
 number and a readme file provides important troubleshooting information.

 "Mayo Clinic Sports Health and Fitness" is a very good reference for
 nutrition and fitness information.  The information is presented in an
 interesting and entertaining manner.  I think the fitness trainer portion
 of the program should be enhanced to include more specific programs and
 have a coach to encourage the user through the exercises.  This program
 can be an excellent supplement to your health and fitness library of books
 and videos.  If you compete in sports or have young children entering
 sports, you should seriously consider "Mayo Clinic Sports Health and



                       CompuServe Information Manager
                        Windows (WinCIM) Version 1.4

 WinCIM 1.4 includes the following new features:

 Robust Service Navigation and Presentation
 * Users can display CompuServe Hypertext documents containing multiple
 fonts, colors, graphical images, and colorful backgrounds.  What was once
 a plain text news article or reference document can now be presented with
 in a dramatically more interesting format, combining many media elements
 in one form.  

 * Like the use of a Mosaic browser on the World Wide Web, WinCIM 1.4 users
 can navigate to related topics on CIS using hotlinks within documents,
 making information retrieval much simpler and faster. Hotlink locations
 can be discussion forums, related documents, images, or service menus.  
 CompuServe Hypertext documents can be saved, printed, or shared with other

 Internet Features
 * WinCIM users can now connect to the CompuServe Information Service via
 the Internet.  WinCIM 1.4 supports the Windows Sockets (WinSock)
 interface, providing users with direct access to CIS from their existing
 Internet account.  All of the most popular WinSock-compatible Internet
 connection mechanisms can be used to connect to CIS. Many users who once
 needed access to a modem, modem pool, or network router will now be able
 to connect to CompuServe with LAN reliability because of this new feature.

 * In furtherance of integration with other commercial host systems
 available via the Internet and via service gateways, WinCIM 1.4 contains
 full VT100 terminal emulation support.  Users can count on proper function
 key and display behavior in terminal mode when using CompuServe's Telnet
 gateway to supported hosts on the Internet.  In addition, access to all of
 the popular CIS Internet services are available via a single mouse click
 from the WinCIM 1.4 main menu.

 Person-to-Person Communication
 * CompuServe has recently rolled out a new Electronic Conference Center
 (GO CCC) which provides for moderated discussions of popular topics. 
 Users can submit questions for a moderator or a group of panelists to
 consider, or submit a vote on an issue at hand. WinCIM 1.4 supports
 greatly improved interactive display performance in large (1000 user)
 conferences, and easy, one-button submission of questions and votes during
 these proceedings.   There is no longer any reason to attend a large
 conference without the advantages of a graphical user interface.

 Service and Application Integration
 * In support of better application integration, WinCIM 1.4 supports the
 automatic launching of external Windows applications to view service
 content, whether downloaded to disk or displayed on-line.  For example,
 viewing an Acrobat file can be as simple as using the File Open command
 after a download.  In addition,  other applications can be run
 automatically upon request by the user or the CompuServe host, allowing
 for robust new application integration with new client software.  

 Window Handling
 * The handling of multiple windows on-screen in this release has
 been changed at the majority request of our membership.  A large number of
 members complained that windows which were maximized obscured their
 desktop and caused them to often feel lost.  In usability tests, it was
 common to see a user enter a forum, maximize a message window, feel lost,
 then issue a GO FORUMNAME command from inside the same forum to go out of
 and back into the forum and reset their desktop. 

 When you maximize an initial window (a parent window) from the desktop
 such as your list of email messages, then maximize a window containing a
 mail message which was picked from your list of messages (a child window),
 then close the child window, the parent window will return to its normal
 size. This is the proper way for Windows MDI dialogs to behave.  

 WINCIM.INI Switches
 * To override the new Window handling: 
           [General Preferences]

 * To set terminal emulation foreground and background colors: 
      [Terminal Preferences]   
      Foreground=<color>       ; Black is default
      Background=<color>       ; White is default
      VT100-Foreground=<color> ; White is default
      VT100-Background=<color> ; Black is default

      (where color is: Black, White, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, 
       Magenta, and Cyan)

 * Some VT100 hosts do not accept the DEL character as a destructive 
 backspace - the normal backspace character is expected.  Use the 
 following to set as needed:

      [Terminal Emulation]
      VT100-Backspace=[TRUE - sends real backspace | FALSE -
           sends the delete character (default)]

 * In CB and Conferencing the user must press the Update button to refresh
 the Who's here list.  Because of load issues and Windows message
 processing this feature was disabled to support large conferences (1000+
 users). To simulate the old functionality use the following:

      [General Preferences]
      Auto-Update-Frequency=[number of seconds in which the Who's
           here list will automatically update vs. actually having
           to press the Update button]  - 0 is the default
           meaning the user _must_ press the Update button for the
           list to be updated.

 Bug Fixes
 - Corrected paint problems encountered when displaying enhanced menus and
 - Fixed the Out-Basket Paste From itself GPF
 - Forum Logo re-paint problem fix
 - Changed the default printer font face to "Courier New" to fix the DPP
   print problem.
 - Forum Fast Map bug fixed
 - Fixed printing problems encountered with messages > 32K.
 - Font problem fixed in various dialogs
 - Fixed a radio button problem in DPP controls
 - Can now TAB in an edit control in a DPP dialog
 - Graphics files marked and retrieved now stored in the GRAPHICS directory
 - Fixed bug with "no topics found" using Find
 - Terminal emulation bug fixes (fonts, screen sizes, paint problems)
 - Enhanced DPP multi-select listbox support
 - Fixed Parent message handling in forums (button enabling)
 - Enhancements to CB and Conferencing:
      - Text that is pasted into the input window in the 
        Room/Group/Talk dialogs is now handled correctly.
      - Some static buffers in the Talk, Listen, and Group 
        dialogs have been replaced with dynamic buffers
      - The user name will now be updated in the Talk dialog if 
        it changes. "User NN" should no longer appear in the 
        Talk title bar.
      - Text from older CIMs should be forced out immediately in
        the output window. 
      - Performance improvements made in conference and CB
      - Talk button is only enabled if user is allowed to talk. 
      - Disable the Monitor button if listen is not allowed
 - Fixed problem where the buttons were not displayed properly when you
   change the size or maximize a window
 - Fixed problems with cached forum messages when setting a new start date
 - Fixed problem where the shutdown message would be inaccessible if a
   modal dialog received the focus
 - Added Escape sequence to allow the host to switch the micro in and out
   of Full VT100 mode
 - Added the Internet icon to the Services menu, removed the Health icon. 
   The Health services may be reached via "Go Health" or through the
   Home/Leisure icon on the Services menu.
 - Adjusted the calculation for remaining time and bytes for marked file
 - Fixed problem in DPP where the initial edit control would not have the
   text selected
 - Made so
 - Enabled dragging the thumb to the bottom, <End>, or <Ctrl-End > to
   "retrieve all" in all edit and listbox controls.
 - Fixed problem in Terminal Emulation window when closing the window when
   in capture mode
 - Select All retrieves all the text in articles prior to selecting.
 - Major speed enhancements made to conferencing and associated dialogs
   (users list, tracking, etc.).
 - Fixed bug that would cause the wrong forum logo to be displayed.
 - Changed behavior of the File Open common dialog handling to maintain the
   directory last used when repeatedly invoked. 
 - Fixed various User Interface issues relating to the new fonts and
   640x480 resolution
 - Modified the Install program to delete the [Fonts] and [Window-Sizes]
   sections from the WINCIM.INI file.
 - Fixed bug where focus in a forum message reply was initially set to
   the subject
 - Added menu icons for various services on Ziff
 - Fixed various font related issues (text being truncated)
 - Fixed problems when canceling out of DPP
 - Fixed problems when doing a GO while in terminal emulation capture
   view mode
 - Fixed problem that was causing GPFs in forum (e.g., receive a talk
   while contribute file dialog is present)
 - Fixed Ctrl-T problem in articles
 - Fixed double click for GO command in articles
 - A focus rectangle is drawn around the forum message next, previous, and
   up buttons so you can see where the focus is.
 - Fixed problem when trying to send mail across services (e.g. Ziff to
 - Can now press ENTER on a minimized icon to restore
 - Increased spacing between icons on the Browse menu to fix problem
   of "Member Services" only showing up as "Member"

 Important WinCIM Information:
 - The WinCIM install process will not overwrite existing sounds defined
   in the WIN.INI file. If the WIN.INI file is updated during setup the
   original WIN.INI file will be saved as WININI.CIM.

 - If you are upgrading from WinCIM version 1.0.5 (or earlier)
   AND you have the "^" character in your password, you will
   need to re-enter your password the very first time you
   use WinCIM v1.4.  You only need to do this if you have the
   password stored in your session settings.

 - A context-sensitive Help feature can be accessed from any area of
   WinCIM by hitting the F1 key.

 - Go WINCIM to find WinCIM specific information (i.e., a program
   description, system requirements, product features, ordering,
   downloading, and support).

 - Go WCIMSUPPORT to get on-line Customer Support from the WinCIM
   Support Forum, staffed by senior CompuServe Customer Support

 - WinCIM no longer attempts to determine if the text in menus
   and articles is column data.  This type of data should be displayed
   using a fixed font.  If you are presented with column data that is
   not lined up properly, switch to a fixed font by pressing Ctrl-T.
   To toggle between a fixed font and a proportional font press Ctrl-T.

 - International keyboard characters (ISO Latin-1) can be used in
   WinCIM.  This capability allows WinCIM users to send CompuServe
   Mail and Forum messages that contain international characters.
   There are some known limitations to using these characters.
   For additional information about this topic, see the file
   WC8BIT.TXT in the "Misc Support Files" Library of the WinCIM Support

 - Sounds (.WAV files) can be associated with WinCIM events (i.e.
   connecting, file transfer completion, etc.).  Sounds can be added
   and removed through the Sounds module in the Windows Control Panel.


 > Adobe and Netscape STR FOCUS!                 Q & A Follows.....

                             ADOBE AND NETSCAPE
                               TO THE INTERNET

 Boston, Mass. (March 28, 1995) (NASDAQ: ADBE)   Adobe Systems Incorporated
 and Netscape Communications Corporation today announced joint plans to
 enable commercial Internet publishing capabilities that are not possible
 through currently available products.  By integrating and extending
 functionality offered by their respective product lines, the two companies
 will be able to offer a complete set of technologies that support secure,
 electronic transactions across the Internet while also allowing publishers
 to author and distribute graphically rich content that large audiences can

      As part of the joint plans, the two companies will integrate the
 Internet navigation and electronic commerce capabilities provided by
 Netscape with the commercial quality authoring and universal document
 distribution capabilities provided by Adobe.  This will include work to
 combine functionality offered by Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF),
 an open, searchable file format that preserves document fidelity across
 all major computer platforms and printers, with Netscape's line of
 Internet software products.

      The integration work is designed to allow commercial publishers who
 use Adobe software products daily for the production of highly formatted,
 printed materials to easily use the same tools to provide quality content
 in electronic form on the Internet.  In conjunction with Netscape
 technology and PDF, publishers will now have a commercial solution for
 electronic information distribution in a universal format.

      "Adobe technology, such as the PostScript language, provided new ways
 for people to create rich printed documents and set new computer industry
 standards," said James Clark, Chairman, Netscape Communications. "By
 combining Netscape and Adobe technologies, we can bring that same quality
 and creative power to online information, allowing publishers to leverage
 their existing tools and quality standards in a way that perfectly
 compliments Internet publishing via HTML."

      Many corporations, government agencies and professional publishers,
 including J. P. Morgan; Time Life Inc.; the Centers for Disease Control
 and Prevention; TimesFax, a division of The New York Times Information
 Services Group; and Springer Verlag New York Inc., are adopting PDF for
 Internet publishing.  By integrating Adobe and Netscape technologies, such
 as Netscape Publishing Systemt which manages all aspects of an electronic
 publishing house, businesses can make professionally published content
 more directly accessible while opening up new business opportunities.  

      "Our customers have very successfully harnessed the power offered by
 desktop publishing tools to expand the publishing industry and create new
 expectations for creativity and quality," said John Warnock, Chairman and
 CEO, Adobe Systems. 
      "Our relationship with Netscape reflects our commitment to keep
 providing tools that enable the publishing industry to expand to new

 Roadmap Specifics
      The companies disclosed a four step roadmap for delivering a complete
 suite of Internet publishing tools. First, the Macintoshr and Windowst
 versions of  Netscape Navigatort 1.1 will support the Acrobat Weblinkt
 software plug-in, a free add-on application from Adobe that allows Acrobat
 documents to link to other documents on the Internet.  The companies will
 also collaborate on a future version of Netscape Navigator that will
 seamlessly view documents in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF), the
 open, cross-platform file format created by Acrobat software.  Additional
 integration efforts will include work on Netscape server software to
 provide quick access to PDF documents across the Internet, allowing users
 to download portions of PDF files at a time for faster on screen viewing. 
 Lastly, Adobe will extend its authoring applications to more fully support
 the ability to import and export PDF files and will provide the ability to
 output to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) in a future version of Adobe

      The announcement has generated positive reactions from the publishing
      "We have been working closely with both Netscape and Adobe to achieve
 our charter of developing innovative new media information products," said
 Stephen Lake, Senior Vice President, Reuters New Media.  "The flexibility
 and security of the Netscape Worldwide Web publishing platform and the
 richness of new media content we can create through Acrobat allows us to
 create new products such as the Reuters Photojournalism Magazine.  The
 ability to download portions of a PDF file across the Web will allow us to
 create even richer documents.""The fact that Netscape and Adobe are
 coordinating development activity is truly exciting," said Mr. Robert D.
 Ingle, Vice President/New Media for Knight-Ridder. 

      "Like many publishers, Knight-Ridder has been active in exploring
 information dissemination via the Internet. However, to date, we've been
 missing both control over formatting and a commercially viable way to
 distribute that information. The combination of Adobe and Netscape gives
 us the full suite of tools to move our efforts from exploration to
 commercial deployment."

      "We chose Acrobat because TimesFax is a branded product, and it was
 essential to provide context in addition to content, preserving the look
 and feel complete with the typefaces used in the New York Times", said
 Patricia Ecke, Publisher, TimesFax. "Producing it in HTML just didn't give
 us that capability. The announcement between Adobe and Netscape reinforces
 our decision to use PDF, and gives us additional tools to take further
 advantage of the World Wide Web publishing opportunity". The TimesFax
 World Wide Web edition is an eight-page digest of news from the New York
 Times that is made available in PDF format via the World Wide Web.

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

 Adobe  Systems Incorporated, founded in 1982, is headquartered in Mountain
 View,  California.  Adobe develops, markets and supports computer software
 products  and technologies that enable users to create, display, print and
 communicate  electronic documents.  The company licenses its technology to
 major  computer  and publishing suppliers, and markets a line of powerful,
 but  easy  to  use  products  for home and small business users. Adobe has
 subsidiaries  in  Europe,  Asia  and  the  Pacific Rim serving a worldwide
 n e t work  of    dealers  and  distributors.  Adobe's  1994  revenue  was
 approximately $598 million.  

 Adobe,  PageMaker, PostScript, Weblink and Acrobat are trademarks of Adobe
 Systems  Incorporated or its subsidiaries and may be registered in certain
 jurisdictions.    Netscape  Commuications,  Netscape,  Netscape Publishing
 System,  and  Netscape Navigator are trademarks of Netscape Communications


 Adobe / Netscape Q&A...

 Q) What, exactly, did Adobe and Netscape announce?

 A) The two companies announced plans to more closely integrate their
 product lines to produce the full suite of tools required to enable high
 quality commercial publishing to take place via the Internet's World Wide

 As part of the joint plans, the companies disclosed a four step roadmap
 for delivering a complete suite of internet publishing tools. 

 1)  Netscape Navigator 1.1 will support the Acrobat Weblink software
 plug-in, a free add-on application from Adobe that allows Acrobat
 documents to link to other documents on the Web.

 2)  The companies will also collaborate on a future version of Netscape 
 Navigator that will seamlessly view documents in Adobe's Portable Document 
 3)  The companies will collaborate on extensions to Netscape server
 software that provide faster access to PDF documents across the internet,
 by downloading a page at a time.

 4)  Adobe will extend its authoring applications to more fully support the 
 ability to import and export PDF files, and will provide the ability to
 output to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) in a future version of Adobe

 Q) When will I see these offerings from Adobe and from Netscape?

 A) The first part of the roadmap exists today. A beta version of Adobe's
 Weblink software is now posted on Adobe's Web home page. That version
 works with Mac and PC versions of Netscape Navigator version 1.1, as well
 as Spyglass Web browsers.

 Regarding items 2 & 3, both companies expect to see Netscape products
 available by year end. Additionally, later this year Adobe will have
 toolkits available for software vendors that wish to implement similar

 Adobe has not yet disclosed dates for item 4, but stay tuned!

 Q) What is Weblink, and how does it work? 

 A) Weblink is a plug in for Acrobat Exchange that permits the user to
 create URL's (the cross document linking mechanism standard on the Web).
 Additionally, when used with a supported Web browser (like those from
 Netscape and Spyglass), the user can link to any other document on the Web
 (either PDF or HTML documents), simply by hitting the link.

 Q) Will that functionality be part of the freely distributable Acrobat

 A) Adobe will make that functionality part of the freely distributable
 Reader.  We plan on releasing that product this summer.

 Q) Will Adobe work with other Web product vendors, or is this exclusive to 

 A) We are very interested in working with any and all application vendors
 that wish to better support Acrobat. Specifically, we are VERY interested
 in working with all Web vendors, and Web publishers!

 Q) Didn't you make a similar announcement with Spyglass? How is this
 similar or different? Will Spyglass offer the same functionality?

 A) Last fall, Spyglass announced they will support Adobe's Weblink plug in 
 (similar to item number 1 on the roadmap outlined above). We do have an
 ongoing relationship with Spyglass, and would very much welcome the
 opportunity to work with them (and any other Web vendor) to offer the same
 level of Acrobat functionality as we announced with Netscape.

 Q) Are these announcements only relevant to the Web, or are they
 appropriate technologies for online services as well?

 A) The technology we announced and demonstrated is valid for many types of 
 applications. Supporting URL linking is specific to the Web. The
 technology for faster PDF downloading is very relevant for on-line
 services. Integrated PDF viewing is very relevant for on-line servies,
 e-mail, and any other application where viewing & printing high quality
 documents is a benefit.

 Q) How can Web browser vendors work with Adobe? 

 A) The first step is to integrate support for Weblink! You can find
 information on how to do that posted on Adobe's home page
 ( From there, keep in touch with your local Adobe
 representative, and with Adobe's Developer Support Organization for
 information on the software toolkit supporting implementation of faster
 PDF download and integrated viewing.

 Q) Are there licensing fees involved for supporting Weblink?

 A) The information for supporting Weblink is posted on Adobe's Home Page.
 There are no fees for supporting Weblink.

 Q) Will information on integrating PDF viewing and faster PDF access be
 part of the Adobe Acrobat Software Developer's Kit? Will there be license
 fees involved?

 A) We have not yet finalized plans for how that information will be
 available.  Keep in touch with the Adobe Developer's Association
 (415-961-4111, or the ADA section on Adobe's Home Page) to stay abreadst
 of our plans.

 Q) What's the address for Adobe's home page again?


 Q) Isn't HTML already  the standard file format for Web publishing? Why
 would I use PDF for publishing on the Web?

 A) HTML is sufficient when your document is composed of text, and the
 formatting of the document isn't important. HTML is also appropriate when
 you want the information to reflow depending on the size of the browser

 PDF is a much better choice for documents that are graphically rich, or
 where the format and layout of the document are important. HTML does not
 support even rudimentary layout options like choice of typeface, multiple
 columns, tables, text shaped around graphics, etc. 

 Many publishers have already chosen PDF for their Web-based information
 services because of the rich formatting control. Additionally, many
 publishers are using PostScript based tools for generation of their
 printed material. Since conversion from PostScript to PDF is as simple as
 drag and drop, many publishers find Acrobat to be a convenient way to
 leverage their investment in their print production process, and a simple
 way to move to Web publishing.

 Q) But aren't HTML documents more compact that Acrobat files? Doesn't that
 make HTML a better format for Web publishing?

 A) Not at all! If you compare file sizes for similar documents you will
 find PDF compares very favorably with HTML. Acrobat supports a wide
 variety of data compression techniques for graphics, text, and images (as
 does HTML), in order to keep file sizes small.

 Since Acrobat supports a much richer formatting structure than HTML, PDF
 authors can build more complex documents, which will result in larger
 files sizes. Also, Acrobat documents can be many pages, where typically,
 HTML documents are built a page at a time, and linked together via URL's.
 However, the choice is up to the author. When doing an apples-to-apples
 comparison, you'll see very similar file 


 > MS & INFOWORLD STR Spotlight

                             MICROSOFT RESPONSE
                             INFOWORLD ARTICLES
                          LATEST BETA OF WINDOWS 95

      InfoWorld has written a product review and news article on Windows 95
 Beta 3 that raises some issues with the product.  This document is
 intended to clarify issues the articles may raise for customers.

 Summary of Key Issues
      Contrary to the news article written by InfoWorld, Windows 95 is an
 architecturally sound product.  InfoWorld did find some bugs which is
 expected, and desired, since this is the point of our testing pre-release
 code. We are fixing the bugs submitted by InfoWorld as we do with the bugs
 submitted by our over 50,000 beta test sites.  Many of the bugs InfoWorld
 submitted have already been fixed post Beta 3. The vast majority of our
 beta testers are having a good experience with the product.  Based on our
 internal measurements and feedback from beta testers, we are on track to
 meet our quality goals and ship in August. Customers should be reassured
 that Microsoft is committed to shipping a quality product.

 InfoWorld Articles
      InfoWorld's review misses the point of Windows 95.  Windows 95 is a
 great product that in conjunction with our partners will move the computer
 industry forward and allow customers to do new, powerful and exciting
 things with their computer.  Unfortunately the review focuses on rare
 cases and mis-reports others.  We are committed to fixing the bugs found
 as part of their review.  At the same time, it is incorrect to make broad,
 sweeping generalizations about Windows 95 based on bugs in beta code.  The
 product is architecturally sound.  The Q&A document below provides
 detailed clarification for customers. The responses are listed in order of
 the issues raised in the product review.

 Detailed Responses to the InfoWorld News Article

      "What was publicized as the largest beta program in history failed to
 turn up a fundamental architectural flaw in Windows 95 that causes the
 operating system to freeze when multitasking a few 32-bit
 applications....The flaw means that not only is the much-touted final beta
 not the final beta, but also that two years into the development cycle
 Microsoft has failed to execute on its promise of a multitasking operating
 system that can run 32-bit multithreaded applications."

      It is not an architectural flaw, it was a bug that we had already
 found and fixed. We also delivered a copy of the fixed beta to InfoWorld
 before this article was published.  Windows 95 can multitask 32-bit
 applications well.  The specific bug that InfoWorld hit in the Beta 3
 release was in running out of system resources while running a specific
 32-bit application, the Microsoft Network (MSN) client.  The MSN client is
 currently also in beta release and has not been fully tuned yet. Currently
 the MSN client creates 3 threads of execution per window which is opened
 on the screen.  Each one of these threads also creates a local message
 queue. Thus, each MSN window opened in this untuned state creates a larger
 load on the system than normal 32-bit applications. The MSN client will
 reduce its resource consumption in future betas.

 Even though MSN is not yet fully tuned, we have alleviated many of these
 problems in the releases after Beta 3 by moving large portions of the
 window class structure and the local message queue structure out of the
 system's local 64KB heap and into the 32-bit heap.  As a result, we
 significantly increase the number of 32-bit applications which could be
 run simultaneously. Our internal tests show that with the Beta 3 release
 you could run, for example, 8 copies of 32-bit Microsoft Excel for Windows
 95. With the bug fix, Windows 95 can now run 17 copies of 32-bit Excel for
 Windows 95. Most users will never run into these limits while doing their
 day-to-day work.

      "The problem stems from Windows 95's method of memory
 management...User Resources...can be completely consumed after only a few
 32-bit applications are opened."

      This is not accurate. Windows 95 dramatically increases system
 resources and provides the capability to run many more applications than
 under Windows 3.x.  In addition to the 32-bit improvements described
 above, these increased system resources also benefit users of existing
 16-bit applications. For example, under Windows 3.1 you could only run 7-8
 copies of Word for Windows 6.0.  Under Windows 95, you can now run 18-19
 copies of Word for Windows 6.0.

      "Although all applications call on the Windows Class Structure,
 multithreaded, 32-bit applications such as Word for Windows NT, Excel for
 Windows NT, and the Microsoft Network, make heavy use of the Windows Class
 Structure and will quickly exhaust the limited resources of the 64KB

      This is not accurate.  Not all applications make heavy use of the
 window class data structure.  In fact the vast majority of them don't. 
 The Microsoft Network (MSN) is one specific 32-bit application that uses
 more system resources than average because the current MSN beta creates a
 local message queue per thread.  Most applications do not use or need a
 separate message queue per thread. As described above, this puts an
 increased load on the system.

      "Microsoft has a fix that shifts the Windows Class Structure into a
 32-bit memory address space above the 64KB heap.  Microsoft used a similar
 strategy last December to extend resources of the GDI heap.  

 Response:  This is correct we have fixed the problem.  As mentioned
 previously, Windows 95 can run many simultaneous 32-bit applications well
 today. Moving the window class structure was not a fundamental
 architectural change. The reason we did not do it for the Beta 3 release
 of Windows 95 is because we were unsure if any existing 16-bit
 applications made assumptions about the location of this structure.  If
 so, our moving this structure would have made any such existing
 application fail. Since that time we have learned that there are no
 compatibility problems to moving this structure, and we have done so in
 the post-Beta 3 releases, even before we knew about the InfoWorld Article.
 We provided a new version of the Windows 95 beta with this fix to
 InfoWorld before this article was published.
 Detailed Responses to InfoWorld First Looks Review

      "When you install Windows 95 over an existing copy of DOS and Windows
 it inherits all of the network drivers, device drivers, and utilities that
 are loaded in your CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, AND SYSTEM.INI files - even
 the ones it won't need or can't work with.  I left in all of my memory
 manager, network, CD-ROM, and Sound Blaster drivers, even though Windows
 95 properly sniffed out and loaded its own drivers for these features. 
 Redundancy like this won't always bring Windows 95 down, but it will eat
 up a lot of conventional RAM for DOS sessions"

      We leave these drivers in for backwards compatibility reasons.  This
 means that, unlike under OS/2, all users can continue to make use of all
 devices on their machine, even those for which Windows does not have a
 specific driver.  The drivers which are absolutely safe to remove, such as
 the CD-ROM drivers, some network drivers and various third party memory
 managers are automatically commented out of the old initialization files.
 Other drivers which are needed for backwards compatibility are not
 touched.  For example, Windows 95 will automatically remove Novell's
 real-mode NETX client from the system and replace it with a protect mode
 replacement, thereby saving 97K of conventional memory.  It will also
 automatically remove the real-mode MSCDEX CD-ROM drivers and replace them
 with protect mode CDFS drivers for most CD-ROM drives, thereby saving 45K
 of convential memory.  Also, knowledgeable users can go back in at a later
 date and possibly remove other redundant real-mode drivers if they wish to
 gain even more conventional memory.

      "Unfortunately, the RAM most precious to Windows 95 is the tiny
 portion it allocates for Windows resources.  That's one reason Windows 95
 will prove to be as unreliable as Windows 3.1."

 Response: This is blown way out of proportion.  Most people will never run
 into any system resource limitations under Windows 95.  In fact, Windows
 95 significantly improves in this area over Windows 3.1.  For example
 users can now run not only all of the applications in the entire Microsoft
 Office Professional suite, but also many other major applications
 simultaneously, such as Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows and WordPerfect for

      "I quickly ran out of resources on my 486 with 32MB of RAM when
 simply running the 32-bit version of Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0 and
 exploring the Microsoft Network..."

      This statement needs clarification.  First, as mentioned previously,
 Windows 95 runs a number of 32-bit applications well.  The scenario
 mentioned above should present no problems for customers.  Second the
 Microsoft Network (MSN) is one specific 32-bit application that uses more
 system resources than average due to the fact that it is not fully tuned
 yet.  Also, as mentioned previously, the system's data structures which
 were stored in the 64K local heap for the Beta 3 release have been moved
 to the 32-bit heap.  Versions of the beta with this fix included were
 given to InfoWorld before this story was published.

      "This beta is unusable when using 4MB of RAM.  It is uncomfortably
 slow on my 33-MHz 486DX with 8MB of RAM.  And it is excruciatingly slow on
 a 25-MHz 486SX with 8MB when it runs of a disk compressed with Stac
 Electronics Inc.'s Stacker because the compression forces Windows 95 into
 using real-mode disk access."

      Our beta testers tell us otherwise.  Internal tests performed on
 industry standard performance benchmarks tell us otherwise.  
 Specifically, standard performance tests such as Winbench and Winstones
 show that Windows 95 is roughly as fast or faster than Windows 3.1 on a
 386DX with 4MB RAM or better for conducting the same set of common tasks. 
 Also our beta testers confirm these test results from their own personal
 use.   Between the Beta 3 release and the final product release we will
 also continue to tune our performance.  We will work with InfoWorld to
 ensure that there is not a bug which is affecting their performance.

 In regard to Stacker compression, it is true that Windows 95 uses
 real-mode disk access to serialize all the disk activities.  This is done
 for compatibility reasons and is a great benefit for customers that don't
 want to change what they have to run Windows 95.  Customers also have the
 choice of using protect mode disk drivers for compression, such as the
 DriveSpace compression drivers supplied in the box, which provide faster
 performance.  Stac Electronics can also, and likely will, write their own
 protected mode disk drivers which will provide faster performance for
 Stacker customers.

 As a comparison to OS/2, Windows 95 is faster than OS/2 Warp in every
 standard industry benchmark test.  In the example below, we ran the
 Windows Magazine set of 16-bit Word and Excel macros at the same time to
 simulate a multitasking scenario.  Note that Windows 95 is faster than all
 other competing operating systems even in beta.

 Word and Excel Windows Magazine macros - Total time score for 3 runs, in

      Operating System         16MB      8MB       4MB  
      Windows 95               211       231       905  
      WfW 3.11                 237       304       3863 
      OS/2 Warp default        333       558       7102 
      OS/2 Warp fastload       336       554       7025 
      OS/2 Warp separate VMs   348       failed    failed    

      "My copy of cc:Mail Remote for DOS works fine as a foreground
 application, but it simply times out and fails to exchange messages when I
 run it in the background even when I set the CPU idle sensitivity for the
 DOS session to its lowest setting."

      This is a known bug in the beta of Windows 95 and has already been
 fixed in the versions after the Beta 3 release.  InfoWorld had a version
 with this fix included before this story was published.

      "...OLE performance in Windows 95 is horrendous.  Typing within a
 Word for Windows OLE object that's embedded in a Microsoft Excel
 spreadsheet under Windows 95 is a torturous experience.  This is clearly a
 Windows 95 problem, because I can run the same 32-bit versions of Word and
 Excel under Windows NT and not experience this lag-time typing problem in
 OLE objects."

      We have been unable to reproduce this specific problem in-house, nor
 have any other beta sites reported this specific problem. We've asked
 InfoWorld for more information on their particular configuration but they
 have been unable to supply that yet. If it is simply a bug in InfoWorld's
 particular machine configuration we will investigate it and fix it before
 the final shipment of the product.

      "Every time I restarted Windows 95, it couldn't make up its mind
 about how it wanted to log me into the network.  I started it up one time
 and it asked me for a password for each server I use and it automatically
 remapped drives the way I had them setup last using the Network
 Neighborhood utility.  Then the next time I started Windows 95, it asked
 me just once for my password and ran my Netware log-in script and mapped
 the drives according to that."

      From the best we can tell with the information given to us, the
 reviewer may be confused as to the expected behavior.  A user can specify
 which entity, in this case NetWare preferred server, to log on to the
 network.   If the preferred server is available at startup, the user will
 be authenticated on the network and will not be prompted when trying to
 connect to any shares available via the preferred server or any servers
 that the user has saved passwords for in the password cache.  This
 facilitates a rapid logon and easy access to network shares without
 compromising network security.  If the server is unavailable at startup
 time, the user can log into Windows but will get prompted every time they
 try and access a specific share accessible to them via their preferred
 server.  If this behavior is different than what InfoWorld is
 experiencing, we will be happy to investigate further and fix this if it
 is a bug.

      "...And the relatively easy-to-use desktop is perhaps the biggest
 improvement over Windows 3.1 although it falls short of both the Macintosh
 desktop and the OS/2 Workplace Shell in depth and functionality."

      The writer is clearly expressing personal opinion.  Microsoft has
 conducted a variety of research that shows OS/2 and even Macintosh users
 are more proficient using Windows 95 to accomplish a set of common tasks
 as compared to conducting those tasks using their own operating system.
 For example, we conducted pilot tests for existing Macintosh and OS/2
 users and compared those to the same people running Windows 95 for the
 first time.  The tasks each user had to complete were isomorphic, meaning
 that users never repeated exactly the same tasks but rather completed sets
 of tasks which were functionally identical.  The mean times (in seconds)
 to complete the tasks for the Macintosh users are given in the table
 below.  These numbers are an aggregate of beginner, intermediate and
 advanced users.

                     Group                    All 
                     Macintosh baseline       73 
                     Win 95, first try        70
                     Win 95, second try       52
                     Win 95, third try        47

 For OS/2 users, we conducted a similar test with a group of intermediate
 to advanced existing OS/2 Warp users (We could not find enough novice
 users to test). The mean time (in seconds) to complete the tasks is given
 in the table below:

                     Group                    All
                     OS/2 Warp baseline       94
                     Win 95, first try        52
                     Win 95, second try       28
                     Win 95, third try        23

 It is also interesting to note that of our sample group of intermediate to
 advanced OS/2 Warp users, over 2/3's of these subjects stated that, after
 the tests were completed, they preferred the Windows 95 user interface
 over Warp.

 Note that the sample sizes used in the Macintosh/OS/2 studies were
 intentionally small because the studies were for internal use only.  Test
 results for Windows 3.1 users' performance on Windows 3.1 and Windows 95
 used a larger sample size (25 per group) and are statistically

      "Shortcuts still get confused if you move the files they point to
 another directory - and get hopelessly lost if you move them to another
 drive.  The only improvement in this beta is that Windows 95 will always
 ask you before redirecting a shortcut to the wrong file.  But it ends up
 pointing to the wrong file nonetheless."

      This statement is not correct. Shortcut tracking when the target is
 moved works properly, and does not open the incorrect file unexpectedly
 without some sort of a warning message. We have said all along that
 shortcut tracking works on local drives, not when the targets are moved to
 a different local or network drive.  Shortcuts are based on an open
 architecture that makes them very powerful for linking to a variety of
 data types.  For example, shortcuts can point to not only files, but also
 specific paragraphs within a particular file, files or servers on the
 network.  In fact, when shortcuts point to files on a network server that
 currently isn't connected to your remote machine, Windows 95 will
 automatically dial the appropriate access phone number in order to
 re-establish that connection.  Shortcuts can even be extended to connect
 to objects on the internet, for example to a favorite places location. 
 They are far more flexible than anything else out on the market today.

      "As far as compatibility, Windows 95 did run every application I
 threw at it but not flawlessly.  To name a few of the experiences: cc:Mail
 for Windows cause frequent General Protection Faults; cc:Mail Remote for
 DOS repeatedly displayed long lines of extraneous letters when addressing
 mail; and Lotus Notes for Windows warned me it wouldn't run properly and
 then couldn't find most of the servers on the network."

      Microsoft is not familiar with any problems running Windows 95 with
 these applications. Lotus Corporation visited Microsoft campus a few weeks
 ago and they ran through their entire test suite for their applications
 without problems. This is the same test suite they run before they ship
 their applications and we jointly did not find any problems with Windows
 95.  However, if there is a problem that is particular to InfoWorld's
 configuration, we will work to understand it and fix it in the final

      "Corporate users will gain more headache than advantages for the
 investment in time and hardware it will take to move from Windows 3.1 to
 Windows 95."

      Corporate accounts and industry analysts tell us the opposite. 
 Windows 95 provides three very compelling benefits to corporate accounts: 

      Reduce Support Cost via an easier to use interface, plug and play
      support for hardware, built-in, integrated networking, and greater
      system reliability.

      Increase Control over the Desktop via integrated desktop security,
      and remote administration capabilities/ tools.  With the registry,
      adminstrators can remotely manage PC's through standard desktop
      management interfaces such as DMI, SNMP, and RPC.

      Improved User Productivity through faster print, disk and network
      I/o, 32-bit multitasking and multithreading, and built-in
      communications and information access features.

 Industry analysts such as the GartnerGroup, Stamford CT, estimate that
 Windows 95 will reduce the Total Cost of PC Ownership on the order of
 $1,180/year per user over a 5 year period and pay for itself in 3-6 months
 of moving to Windows 95.

      "As for the resource problems in particular, Microsoft claims it can
 fix them by moving the Windows class out of the 64KB user heap and into
 the 32-bit address space.  They even hand-delivered me a later build to
 prove it.  This build does indeed seem to let you do more before you run
 out of resources.  But there's a problem with this strategy.  Operating
 system architecture is a delicate balance of design decisions.  When you
 probe them in one place, they tend to pop out in another.  And this later
 build is far less stable than the M8 beta."

      As InfoWorld confirms, later builds of Windows 95 do improve the
 system resources for 32-bit applications.  Contrary to their claim, these
 changes are not destabilizing.  The product is in beta and continues to
 improve and become more stable as we move to finalize it.  We will ship a
 quality product when it meets our internal criteria and based upon
 feedback from our beta testers.

      Since Microsoft has known about the resource problem for some months
 now, I have to question why it is trying this "fix" on one of the most
 fundamental aspects of the architecture after the release of what it is
 calling the "final" beta."

      Moving the window class structure is not a fundamental architectural
 change. The reason we did not do it for the Beta 3 release of Windows 95
 is because we were unsure if any existing 16-bit applications made
 assumptions about the location of this structure.  If so, our moving this
 structure would have made any such existing application fail. Since that
 time we have learned that there are no compatibility problems to moving
 this structure, and we have done so in the post-Beta 3 releases.  We
 provided a new version of the Windows 95 beta with this fix to InfoWorld
 before this article was published.


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 > V.34 - 28.8 bps STR InfoFile


 by Paul Munoz-Colman


          What are these terms V.FC and V.34?

     V.FC ("FC" stands for "Fast Class") is a proprietary implementation
     of an early version of the 28.8kbps asynchronous international
     communications standard, designated V.34.  For the past two years due
     to marketplace pressure, V.FC implementations have been rushed to the
     public, while the international standards body ITU-T (formerly known
     as the CCITT) was slowly and carefully working on the design and
     development of V.34.  Those who released the early V.FC modems were
     participants of the ITU-T Study Group who cooperatively developed

          The current state of the technology.

     V.34 is now a reality.

     It was ratified late this past Summer, and is now the international
     standard for asynchronous communication at modulations up to 28.8k
     bits per second (bps).  V.34 operates at a top speed which is twice
     that of the previous generation of high speed modems (which were
     called V.32-bis and operate at 14,400bps), and three times the speed
     of the generation before that (called V.32, which operates at

     At this writing, the marketplace is very volatile.  Today, some
     vendors have V.34 modems on the market, and several more are in
     various stages of testing.  Within six months or more, nearly all
     vendors will have V.34 modems readily available.

          The high-speed chaos which this has created.

     In the haste to get modems to the marketplace and supply chipsets to
     other modem manufacturers, there have been many releases of V.FC,
     even within the same manufacturer of modems.  This has caused
     terribly confusing difficulty in interoperability between modems, in
     establishing connections, maintaining them properly, and in
     transferring data across them.  To a much lesser degree, the
     implementations of V.34 also suffer from some compatibility problems,
     due to some difference in interpretation by modem vendors of the high
     complex specification for this transmission rate.

     Why is it such an issue?

          Because of the design limits of 28.8k.

     It is not only perfectly normal, but even typical in a V.34 or V.FC
     connection to see a less than 28.8kbps connection.  V.34 and V.FC are
     not fixed-speed standards, and make/change their connections based on
     phone line quality.

     Very few people can get consistent 28.8kbps connections.  Speeds of
     28.8kbps require pristine phone line quality along the entire length
     of the connection.  But VFC and V.34 modems are capable of pushing
     the limits of analog phone lines, commonly offering connection speeds
     of 21.6k, 24k, and even 26.4kbps.

     The bandwidth (or "bandpass") of a voice-grade phone line is about
     3,000Hz to 4,000Hz (3-4KHz).  Because the mathematics of compressing
     28.8kbps pushes the phone line to near its theoretical limits, V.34
     was designed to accommodate a variety of phone line conditions.  V.FC
     and V.34 are both smart enough to do what is called a "channel
     probe", which is a frequency response and signal-to-noise ratio test
     of frequencies at various points across the bandpass.  During the
     modem handshake, the modems send a series of tones to each other, at
     known signal levels and specific frequencies.  The modem calculates
     the level of the received signal at each frequency, and therefore can
     determine the maximum bandwidth available for use.

          So, just how good does a line have to be?!

     In reality, it takes line clarity at about -44dB or better (about the
     sound level of a clearly whispered conversation across a medium size
     room) at the top of the phone line's "bandpass" to obtain and
     maintain a 28.8kbps connection.  At about -46dB and below, modem
     receivers tend to "go deaf".  The typical long distance connection
     can be much worse than this at that frequency; it is not unusual to
     see -55dB to -70dB (closer to the background hiss level of a
     factory-fresh medium-grade audio tape).

     Standard transmit levels for domestic (US/Canada) modems are
     approximately -10 dB, although V.34 and V.FC negotiate these levels
     during the initial connection attempt.  Receiving levels can vary
     widely, depending on the conditions on your local phone line, the
     line at the remote modem, and any long-distance or inter-office
     carrier facilities.

     Typical receiving levels range from -40 dB at the low end, to -15 dB
     at the high end, with figures in the -20dB to -35dB range being most
     common.  Extreme values in either direction probably indicate a
     problem in the connection from your modem to your local phone
     company, which in some cases the phone company may be able to adjust.

     However, be aware that Ma Bell and the long distance carriers are not
     required by law, statute, or tariff to "fix" this "problem" on
     unconditioned voice grade lines, because it is not really a

          Why does it get bad?

     Simple line impairment.

     Variations in line quality are typically the culprit for low connect
     rates.  Line impairments can result in link timeouts (when the error
     control protocol does not receive a block of data within its expected
     timeframe), link naks (when the error control protocol requests
     retransmission of data), blers (block errors; errors in received
     error control protocol or data blocks), and resent data blocks.
     Everyone occasionally gets "a bad line" and has to hang up and call
     again to get a better connection.  However, if you find that you
     never or rarely connect at rates above 19.2kbps, you will want to
     investigate the line quality of your connections.

     All right, so how is V.34 more robust?

          Recovery from adverse line conditions.

     The goal of 28.8 modem protocols is not only to have a high top
     speed, but to spend as much of that time as possible operating at the
     highest possible speed under inevitably changing conditions.  The
     V.34 protocol has advanced procedures for training and for recovery
     from transient disturbances during training.  There are several
     retrain and speed switching procedures to insure link integrity under
     adverse conditions.

          The line (channel) probe.

     Both V.FC and V.34 "probe" the phone line for quality.  The line (or
     channel) probe quickly examines line conditions and selects the best
     transmission strategy to optimize data transmission (there are a
     variety of such strategies available).  This technique can detect
     certain unusual non-linear distortion mechanisms present on some
     phone circuits, particularly international ones.  The modems can then
     select the operational modes that better combat distortion.

          V.FC's weak implementation of probing.

     The Channel Probe determines proper connection speed.  V.34 measures
     signal levels every 150 Hz across the entire channel, whereas V.FC
     measures only 6 points, concentrated at the upper end of the
     frequency range.  This provides V.34 with a much more accurate sample
     of the channel bandwidth, and greater accuracy in selecting the
     appropriate symbol rate.

     Thus, in V.FC, the weak implementation of the probe can generally
     result in a "retrain" (when the two modems lose synchronization with
     each other), which usually ends up lowering the speed to where it
     should have been in the first place!!

          The retrain is a Killer!!

     A retrain is where the two modems suspend operations and renegotiate
     the best possible connection all over again.  V.FC retrains are
     extremely slow, and can take 5 to 60 seconds, during which time the
     modems appear "dead" to the network, host, or PC to which they are
     connected.  With V.FC, a retrain is generally required to change the
     speed.  This might be tolerated by some PC-to-PC connections, but it
     is rarely tolerated in a network environment, particularly a
     packet-switched one.  The "timeouts" which will be sensed by a
     variety of network software packages simply won't tolerate them, will
     perceive them as disconnects, and will act accordingly, interrupting
     end user service.

          V.34's improvement of the probe and rate renegotiation.

     A first major factor is that V.34 probes 25 frequencies across the
     channel (vice 6 concentrated at the high end for V.FC).  Because the
     frequencies are spaced closer together, the frequency response
     profile (ie the channel probe) is more accurate.  That is a main
     reason why V.34 connections are more reliable than V.FC connections
     (more accurate line problem detection).  The channel probe occurs
     during initial modem negotiation, and during training and retraining.
     Additionally, line noise and the line's signal-to-noise ratio is
     remeasured continually during the connection.

     Besides a better probe, rather than retrain, V.34 does a cooperative
     and nearly instantaneous speed shift (also called a "fallback"),
     which hosts can better tolerate.  This rate renegotiation procedure
     allow rapid switching ranging from 4.8kbps up to 28.8kbps, as line
     conditions vary.

     V.34 speeds will usually be slightly lower, more truthful, and more
     reliable than V.FC.

          Other reasons why V.34 is a more robust standard.

     V.34 has a number of features which may be implemented to a lesser
     degree, a poorer degree, or may not available at all in V.FC:
     precoding (changing the transmitted signal to reduce the effects of
     noise multiplication in adaptive equalization, which compensates for
     severe amplitude distortions); powerful multidimensional trellis
     coding; constellation shaping and other innovations that give V.34 a
     greater immunity to noise; and nonlinear coding (changing the
     transmitted signal to improve operation in the receiver, which
     addresses the problem of signal peaks being distorted due to
     nonlinear circuit elements).

     A key improvement in V.34 is independent receive and transmit channel
     speeds (and their associated "symbol rates").  This allows the
     receive and transmit channels of the modem to be adjusted
     independently and operate at different speeds, thus making maximum
     use of available bandwidth in the face of channel impairments.  V.FC
     forces both the receive and transmit channels to operate and the
     lowest of the two speeds (and thus symbol rates), so a channel
     impairment in either direction drops both speeds to that tolerated by
     the impairment.

     V.34 has more robust Trellis Coding in use by the modem's receiver
     and transmitter.  Trellis coding is a mathematical operation
     performed on the transmitted data which improves the system's noise
     immunity.  The type of coding may vary significantly when connecting
     modems from different manufacturers.  V.34 supports a 64 state 4
     dimensional coding scheme for greater noise immunity than the V.FC

     All right, you convinced me!  I just bought a V.34 modem and am
     still having problems!  What can I do to get a better connection.


     *Try calling a different location.  Line quality differs from region
     to region, and it may be a problem with the lines or modem at the
     other end of a particular call.

     *Try connecting with a local call.  Sometimes the connections within
     a long distance call can cause impairments.  (If this isolates the
     problem, you can try switching long distance companies.)

     *Try plugging the modem to a different phone line or wall jack.

     *Try eliminating all telephone extensions, phone line surge
     suppressors, line switches, utility monitoring devices connect to the
     phone line, and anything else on the line with the modem.

     *If you know someone else in your area with a high speed modem, ask
     what type of connections they make.  Try making the connection from
     their location.  If you encounter the same low connection rates, the
     problem may be resulting from impairments along the lines running to
     the local telephone company or within your home or office.  Your
     telephone company or a private consultant may be able to help.

          Dropped V.FC Connections and V.FC Rate Switching.

     VFC connections can only switch rates down to 14,400 bps.  If you
     connect using VFC and line quality drops below that allowable for a
     14,400 connection, the modems will disconnect.  If this occurs
     frequently for a particular call, you will want to disable VFC before
     calling that modem again.  A slower modulation, (V.32-bis at
     14,400bps, for example) will be established and will allow the modems
     to switch to lower bit rates as line quality warrants.  If the
     problem is severe, use the modem's command set to disable V.FC, so
     that V.34 (or a lower speed modulation on those modems which don't
     have V.34) is forced. Some VFC modems from some manufactures do not
     support rate switching (it's a tossup as to who does and in what
     version they do).  These connections are more likely to drop.  For
     these calls, you can force a lower connect speed by locking the modem
     to a lower link rate.

          Dropped V.34 Connections and V.34 Rate Switching.

     Dropped connections can occur when there is a sharp decrease in line
     quality during a call.  V.34 modems will switch to rates as low as
     4,800 bps to compensate for these changes.  If the loss of quality is
     extremely severe, even V.34 will drop the connection.

     Technical phone line bandwidth requirements, and how a connection's
     bandwidth and symbol rates are determined.


     As already stated, V.34 and VFC connection rates are based on the
     available bandwidth over the phone line.

     The modems use the channel probe to test the phone lines before
     establishing a connection rate, and will select the highest "symbol
     rate" allowable.  V.34 and V.FC modulations allow adjusting the
     symbol rate to any of six possible values, to obtain the best match
     with the available bandwidth.  Other protocols only allow a single,
     fixed value for the symbol rate, regardless of the bandwidth of the

     A "symbol" is a waveform transmitted by the modem, which contains a
     certain number of encoded bits of data to be moved across the link.
     The receiving modem decodes this waveform, recovers the package of
     bits, and re-assembles it.  The noise levels in the channel determine
     how many bits are encoded in each symbol; lower noise levels allow a
     greater number of bits per symbol.  The bandwidth of the channel
     limits how many of these symbols may be sent each second.

     Symbol rate is directly related to overall connection speed.  In
     general, a higher "symbol rate" allows greater data transfer speeds,
     but requires greater bandwidth.  Once a symbol rate is determined
     through negotiation, it remains constant.  The bit rate then is
     adjusted on-the-fly to maintain low error rates, based on the modem's
     tracking of noise and the signal-to-noise ratio.

     The approximate bandwidth requirements for each symbol rate are shown
     in the chart below.  Thus, based on the connections you make, and/or
     by diagnostics contained in the better brands of modems, you can
     determine the approximate bandwidth detected by the modem.  The
     connection can be made at any of the frequency ranges for any of the
     given symbol rates.  This allows it to select the frequency range of
     best quality for that call.

      Symbol                 Carrier       Bandwidth         Maximum
       Rate      Protocol    Frequency    Requirements      Bit Rate

       2400      V.34        1600Hz        400-2800 Hz        21600
                 V.34/VFC    1800Hz        600-3000 Hz        21600

       2743      V.34        1646 Hz       274-3018 Hz        24000
                 VFC/V.34    1829 Hz       457-3200 Hz        24000

       2800      V.34        1680 Hz       280-3080 Hz        24000
                 VFC/V.34    1867 Hz       467-3267 Hz        24000

       3000      V.34        1800 Hz       300-3300 Hz        26400
                 V.34/VFC    2000 Hz       500-3500 Hz        26400
                 VFC         1875 Hz       375-3376 Hz        26400

       3200      V.34        1829 Hz       229-3429 Hz        28800
                 VFC         1920 Hz       320-3520 Hz        28800

       3429      V.34        1959 Hz       244-3674 Hz        28800

     NOTE:  These are maximum bit rates. V.34 will connect at speeds as
     low as 4,800 bps with any of the above symbol rates.  VFC will only
     connect down to 14,400 bps.  If the bit rate is much lower than the
     maximum bit rate supported by the symbol rate, the phone line has
     lots of noise or other impairments on it.


     Permission is granted to reprint and redistribute this information
     only in its entirety.

     Acknowledgement for selected source materials to:

      - Paul Gebert, Joe Frankiewicz, and Dale Walsh of US Robotics, Inc.


 > TEAC CD55a Hints STR InfoFile

                              TEAC 55A 4X SPEED

                                 CD-ROM SPEED

 ctsy of CDRom Forum

 There have been several threads in this forum about varying speed
 measurements with the TEAC 4x CD-drive.

 I tested a lot of different configurations for my system and came up with
 a setting that gives optimal performance.

 The system I tested on was: 486DX2-66 (Intel) on a dark green mainboard
 with BIOS date from Q4/94, 12MB RAM (0 WS), SB16Multi-CD used as
 controller for the CD-drive.  The CD's used for testing were: MS dev.lib.
 Q1/95 (617MB), and a game CD w. 150MB.

 CDbench 1.05 showed me about 300kB/s data transfer rate whenever I used
 ANY caching (Smartdrv or cdquick). Cache hits were rare w/random reads (as
 could be expected). When I used caching, data xfer rate did not vary with
 the mscdex buffers (tested:M=0,4,10,15,20).

 The next step was to remove CD-caching (smartdrv /U).

 It was a big surprise to me, setting MSCDEX buffers to 0,7,10,15, or 20
 made no difference to data xfer rate or to access time.

 The measurements were: 443-450kB/s with both CD's used for testing, and
 access times after 350 test cycles were about 70/220/650ms (min/avg/max)
 for both CD's used.

 Only when assigning a very small buffer (M=4) to MSCDEX the performance
 dropped dramatically (xfer rate was the same, but access times were about

 So, the settings I currently use are:

                              smartdrv /U ....
                            MSCDEX .... /M:0 ....

 and this gives me the best performance for this drive I could ever

 I hope this can be of help to some other TEAC 55A users,

 Peter Gruendler
 CIS: 100416,3074


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

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 Spring is in the air (supposedly, at any rate!).  It seems like only
 yesterday that we were (I was) talking about a relatively mild winter!

      The TAF show is this weekend.  I hope that many of our readers
 have an opportunity to attend.  If you're planning to be there, drop us
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 Show reviews are always enjoyable to learn about by our readers, and us
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      We've got a LOT of interesting information for you this week.  So,
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 > Speed of Light 3.7! STR InfoFile!  -  Graphics Viewer Gets Better!

 From: Stuart Denman <>

 I'm please to announce that Speed of Light 3.7 is now available.

 Since I can't seem to get into (or msdos), I am
 thinking about posting it uuencoded to  Any

 If you have a favorite ftp site, please let me know and I will try to
 upload it there as well.

 Cheers to all,


 Here is a list of changes in version 3.7 from version 3.5:

 Changes in version 3.7 from 3.5

 -=> "New" now works when using Selectric File selector or wildcards.
 The first file replaces the current one, and all the others are added
 to the end of the image list.  If you are using Selectric, you can also
 select multiple files to load at one time.

 -=> Slideshow feature was added to automatically flip through the
 images in memory.  Control direction, wrapping, start image, end image,
 and display time.  Hidden drawing supported.  And for more power...

 -=> Speed of Light now supports a powerful scripting language for
 customized slideshows.  You can write your own Speed of Light Scripts
 (.SLS) from scratch, or simply let SOL write them for you by recording
 your actions. When using slideshow scripts, you can even load and
 uncompress images in the background while viewing the last image!

 -=> Speed of Light can now be run from resolutions with less than
 16 colors (monochrome too!). The color editor and filtering may not
 be used, however. You can now use SOL from Medium resolution, and still
 display in Low resolution (on STs). Monochrome users can now also use
 SOL (with dithering, of course.)

 -=> Lines (for clipping and zooming) now look right in monochrome and
 4 color modes.

 -=> GIF uncompressing time now takes 85%-90% of the time SOL 3.5 took.

 -=> You can now have the screen be blank when drawing the images so
 they appear instantly.  Great for slideshows.

 -=> Dithering was changed slightly to provide an easier user interface
 and support for future updates.

 -=> Some user interface improvements like tabbed dialog boxes.

 -=> Fixed some bugs in DSP JPEG code from v3.6.

 -=> SOL now loads GIFs with local color maps without complaining.

 -=> Other miscellaneous bugs fixed (you'll be amazed)!

 Changes in version 3.6 from 3.5

 -=> Added some DSP support code in the JPEG routine for the Falcon to
 make decoding faster.  Greyscale and fixed colormap take 3 times more
 memory than without it, though.  Still can use CPU decoding if out of
 memory or no DSP.

 -=> Bug fixed that made STs and STEs bomb when switching to greyscale.

 -=> Picture information box was added to the bottom of the screen while
 loading to give information about picture size, type, and number of

 For those of you with WWW access, you can download Speed of Light
 version 3.7 from my Home Page:

 Even if you don't plan on downloading anything, check it out!  There's
 news on what I'm doing now, plus lots of great computer graphics stuff
 and images I've done.  You can also download some other software like
 Triple Yahoo.

 Comments are always welcome.


 Stuart Denman


 > Free Unix for AlberTT! STR InfoFile!  -  "Good Stuff....Cheap!"

 From CompuServe:

 Fm: Jay Craswell 73016,27
 To: ALL

 From: Jay Craswell Dover Research Corp (612) 492-3913

 To: Atari Users

 Subject: Freeware Unix / X-Windows and AlberTT Screen drivers!

 Here is some high tech news about a freeware Unix system for your TT.
 And the best thing is that a working driver for the AlberTT is available
 as well.  If you've ever wanted to run X-Windows and Unix and don't care
 to shell out 30K here's some info.  You can find the binaries for Linux
 on the ftp site.  Look for the pub/linux area the binaries
 are in the 680x0 area.  If you want information on the AlberTT drivers
 you can contact Mr. Bammi at 508-446-6224 Better yet send him E-Mail
 with your questions etc to

 I understand that lots of nifty freeware (gnu) compilers and other tools
 come with the Linux binaries.  Sounds like a great way to get some free
 software and experiment with some new technology.  *Note this only works
 on 030+ machines!

 Mr. Bammi has had the AlberTT card for a scant 4 days before he had a
 working X-Terminal.  He reports some final tweaking is needed to finish
 his control of the AlberTT Palette.  Expect this to be done RSN
 R.eal S.oon N.ow


 > Atari World! STR NewsFile!  -  New U.K. Atari Mag to Hit Newsstands!

 In a reply to a query that I had sent one of the new Atari World staff:

 Atari World is due to be released in the U.K. on 7th April and looks like 
 it'll be a great success.  It will have a Falcon supplement and one other
 supplement every month and will be 170 pages of news, reviews and general
 info.  It is edited by Vic Lennard of the defunct ST Review and most of
 that mag's team will be writing for it.  It costs 2.50GBP in the U.K. and
 there won't be a cover disk but you can send to the publishers for one
 if that month's programs interest you.  We are offering a subscription for 
 it from issue 2 but will try to get you a copy of issue 1.  (they are sold
 out already!)

 Phin Pope

 > CompuServe Update! STR InfoFile! - Database Libraries Software Update!

 News Flash:

 *** MARCH 30 ***

 NEW FORUM SOFTWARE! Early Friday morning, the 31st, this forum is
 scheduled to receive the updated version of CompuServe's Forum Software.
 The most visible changes will be in the libraries, with longer filenames
 (8 characters with a 3 character extension), listing of uploaders' names
 along with User ID numbers, and a new format for catalog listings. In
 addition, those uploading files will see a new prompt. Please see
 NEWFOR.TXT and NEWFOR.FAQ in Library 1 [Forum Help & Info] for a complete
 rundown. (And won't it be nice when we don't need to use such cryptic
 names :-)

 The conversion is scheduled to take place between 2am and 5am EST. Due
 to the nature of the process, any files uploaded prior to that time may
 be lost. To avoid problems, we ask that you do not upload files to the
 libraries here Thursday evening. If you do, and then can't find them,
 please leave a note to SYSOP so we can determine if a reupload is needed.
 We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 If you are currently using an automated program to access the libraries
 (TAPCIS, OZCIS, etc.) the changes will require an update to your program
 for some library functions. Please visit the support forum for your
 software for the latest information. New versions are in the works or
 already available.


 Please go to the New Member Help Forum (GO HELPFORUM) or Customer
 Service Feedback (GO FEEDBACK) with any questions.


 Beginning in mid-March, CompuServe forums are being changed to add new
 features to the libraries, change the charges of sending mail from
 forums, and fix some problems in the forum software. Highlights of
 these changes include:

      - Expansion of file names to 8.3
      - Addition of uploader names to file descriptions
      - Sending mail from an extended service forum is free of postage
      - Messages that scroll from a forum in less than one week and
        messages that sysops send from a forum will be sent free of
        postage charges
      - Change of format of library terminal emulation commands and
        addition of INVentory command
      - Addition of a copyright agreement prompt when contributing files

 I.   File descriptions
 II.  Terminal emulation library commands/new command
 III. New upload prompt
 IV.  Mail from forums

 All of the following parts of a file's description have been expanded
 to allow more room:

 FILENAME: Filenames can now be up to eight characters long, a period,
 then up to three characters in the extension (for example,
 FILENAME.TXT). This is an increase in size of two characters. All files
 that were uploaded before this upgrade will keep their original name;
 files can also be less than 8.3 characters long.

 CONTRIBUTOR: File descriptions will now display the contributor's name
 as well as User ID. This name is captured from the contributor's forum
 name at the time he or she uploads the file. If the contributor changes
 his or her name later, the change will not be recorded in the file
 without modification by the sysop.

 FILE SIZE: While there is no limit to the size of a library file, the
 amount of room that is reserved in file descriptions for size is being
 expanded to 999 megs.

 ACCESS COUNT: No hard limit is set for the count of the number of times
 a file has been downloaded, but descriptions are being expanded to
 allow up to 999,999 downloads.

 The following parts of a file description have not been changed:
 submitted date, file type, title, keywords, and description (abstract).

 These changes in the file description fields (file name, contributor
 name, etc) means that the format for the displays of these files will
 be different.

 CIM, CSNav, and other HMI programs:
 Members using the CompuServe Information Manager will be able to use
 8.3 filenames and expanded file sizes and download counts with no
 problems. They will not see contributor names as part of a file's
 description until later CIM versions, which will support the new
 information. Members using CSNav will be able to upload 8.3 filenames
 and see contributor names in the next version of the software.

 Other programs:
 In terminal emulation, the BROWSE, DIRECTORY, and LIST commands will
 have modified formats, and a new command, INVENTORY, has been added to
 allow quick listings of the files in a forum.

 *BROWSE format example*

    [76703,4363] Mike Schoenbach [SYSOP]
      Text, Bytes:123456789, Count:321019, 30-Oct-94(15-Nov-94)
      Title   : Practice Forum Rules & Operating Procedures
      This file outlines the purpose and design of the Practice Forum,
      our Forum Rules and Operating Procedures, and the entire agreement
      between you and the Forum Administrator concerning your
      participation in this Forum.

 *DIR format example*

    [76703,4363] Mike Schoenbach [SYSOP]
      Text, Bytes:123456789, Count:321019, 30-Oct-94(15-Nov-94)

 *LIST format example*

      1234.5K 15-Nov-94 Practice Forum Rules & Operating Procedures

 *INV format example*
    POLICIES.TXT 2 123K   Practice Forum Rules & Operating Procedures

 The BROwse and DIRectory commands will continue to always show the file
 size in bytes. The LIST and INV commands will now display sizes as
 b for bytes, K for kilobytes, or M for megabytes depending on the
 file's size.

    Command  File size    Format     Examples
    -------  ---------    ---------  ---------------
    BRO      all          bytes      Bytes:123456789
    DIR      all          bytes      Bytes:123456789
    LIST     1 - 9999     bytes      1234b
             10K - 9999K  Kilobytes  1234.5K
             10M - 999M   Megs       123.3M

    INV      1-999        bytes      999b
             1K-999K      Kilobytes  999K
             1M-999M      Megs       999M

 Members who are using automated programs (such as TapCIS, OzCIS, and
 AutoSig) will need to update their software to properly view the new
 formats. Contact the software's authors to find out what versions you
 need and how to upgrade.

 With this new version of forum software, new copyright information will
 be displayed when members upload files. Members will now be asked to
 type "agree" to state that they have authorization to distribute the
 file they are uploading. The new copyright notice will read:

      Copyrighted information must not be placed on the
      Service without the permission of the owner or
      persons specifically authorized to grant this
      permission.  You must either have the right to
      use and distribute information of another, or
      have created the Information and be the owner of
      it to be assured that your upload does not
      violate copyright and other applicable laws.  By
      proceeding with an upload you represent and
      agree that you are the owner of it, or are acting
      with the specific permission of the owner or
      other person authorized to grant these rights.
              Do you Agree? (AGREE/<CR>) 

 Members who use terminal emulation programs or automated programs will
 begin seeing this new information immediately, and members who use
 automated programs (such as TapCIS, OzCIS, or AutoSIG) will need to
 upgrade to a new version of software to upload files. Contact the
 software's authors to find out what versions you need and how to

 Members using programs such as the CompuServe Information Manager,
 CSNav, or some versions of OzWIN will be including the new copyright
 information and the agree prompt in their next versions. Contact the
 authors to find out when the next versions will be released with this
 copyright information.

 This change will not affect members' ability to use automated programs
 to schedule an upload while not connected to CompuServe. The new
 programs will include this prompt at the time members enter in all the
 rest of the upload information in their updated versions; members will
 not have to be at the keyboard at the time of the upload.

 The upcoming forum software that's bringing 8.3 filenames and
 contributor names to the libraries is also going to include some
 changes to charges for forum messages that are sent via mail. The
 method of charging for mail and forwarded messages from forums will
 change. This is the new way that forwarded, composed, or scrolled
 messages are charged:

      Cost of        Scroll            Compose
      Forum          to Mail           to Mail
      --------       -------           -------
      Basic/Free     No mail charge    *Postage Due
      Service/       Postage due if    No mail charge
      Connect        >7 days old

      * Mail sent from free forums by members with sponsored accounts
        or free flags will always arrive free in members' mailboxes,
        in both free and extended forums.

 When the oldest message in a forum is about to be deleted to make room
 for new messages and the addressee of the message has not read it yet,
 some forums will send a copy of that message to the recipient's

 Messages will always scroll to mail free of charge from free forums.

 In an Extended Service (connect time charged) forum, if the scrolling
 message is seven days old or less, it will arrive in the member's
 mailbox free of charge. If the message has been in the forum for more
 than seven days, it will be sent to the member postage due.

 Also, the subject line of the mail message will now be the same as the
 subject that the message had in the forum. Currently, the mail's
 subject is "Message scrolled from XX Forum," which frequently caused
 confusion when members replied to the mail without changing the
 subject. The text of the message will continue to begin with "This
 message has scrolled to you from the XX Forum," and the full header of
 the message will be included in the text of the message. The first line
 of the header will be indented one space in the message to prevent the
 number sign (#) from confusing automated programs.

 Mail sent from free forums will arrive postage due. When members choose
 to send a CompuServe Mail message from an Extended Service forum, the
 mail will arrive free of charge.

 Mail sent by a member with a sponsored account or a free flag in a
 forum will always arrive in the recipient's mailbox free of charge.

             copyright CompuServe Incorporated, March, 1995.

 These are some of the most common questions members may have about the
 new forum software that's being released. For more details on any of
 these answers, please GO HELPFORUM or GO FEEDBACK.

      File names can now have eight characters before the extension
      (ie; .EXE) instead of six, and you'll see the name of the file
      contributor when you view a file's description instead of just the
      contributor's User ID number.
      If you use a terminal emulation program on CompuServe (one that
      doesn't use the windowed interface with the service), Browse,
      Directory, and List displays will all be one line longer than they
      were before. In addition, a new command, Inventory, has been added
      to get one-line descriptions of the files in a library in terminal

      File descriptions always give the User ID number of the member who
      uploaded ( contributed) the file. Now, beside the User ID number,
      the file description will also display the name the uploader has
      in the forum. (Note: This is the name the member has in that
      forum, not necessarily the name on the account.)

      If you're using a CIM (the CompuServe Information Manager) or
      CSNavigator on CompuServe, you won't see contributor names in
      descriptions until the next versions of the programs are available.
      Keep an eye on What's New and the CIM support forums for news
      about the new versions of software. You'll automatically be able
      to use longer file names in all your programs except CSNavigator
      for Windows.

      The new INVentory command in terminal emulation will give you a
      quick list of files. You can use the INV command like the other
      existing commands to search for certain files ("INV *.TXT" to
      look for all files that end in .TXT), list all files in a
      library ("INV"), or to list all the files in multiple libraries
      ("INV LIB:1-4" or "INV LIB:ALL").

      The directory, list, and browse commands all abbreviate the file
      size. "B" stands for bytes, "K" for kilobytes, and "M" for

      Mail sent from forums will arrive free of postage charges except
        * The mail was composed in a free forum


        * The mail is a forum message that expired (scrolled) from
          a forum after more than seven days and was copied to your
      Scrolled messages are old messages that are deleted from a forum
      to make room for new messages. Some forums will automatically send
      you a copy of a scrolled message if it was addressed to you and
      you did not read it. If that message was waiting in the forum for
      seven days or less, it will arrive without postage, but if the
      message was over seven days old, your copy of the message will
      arrive postage due. Don't forget that you can always delete a
      scrolled message without reading it to avoid postage charges.

      CompuServe will now display more complete information about
      distribution of copyrighted material. When you upload a file,
      you'll need to type the word "agree" to confirm that you do have
      permission to upload the file that you're contributing to the

      The current versions of programs (like TapCIS, AutoSig, or OzCIS)
      that automate CompuServe use will not be able to script uploading
      files because of the new "agree" prompt. In order to upload files,
      you'll need to upgrade to new versions. Contact the program
      authors to get more information about which versions you'll need
      and how to upgrade to them.

      If you use a terminal emulation program like ProComm, MicroPhone,
      or SmartCom, you do not need to upgrade anything to use these new
      If you use the CompuServe Information Manager, you will be able to
      use longer filenames immediately. If you use CSNavigator, you will
      be able to search for and download longer filenames, but won't be
      able to upload files with 8.3 names or see contributor names. The
      next versions of these programs will support these features. Keep
      an eye on the What's New announcements or go to the CIM Support
      Forums for more information on when these new versions will be

              copyright CompuServe Incorporated, March, 1995.

               -/- Communications Decency Act Unveiled -/-

     A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill that would punish
 people who create obscene material for distribution on computer

     Washington Post staff writer John Schwartz reports the measure
 immediately drew criticism from the Clinton administration, online
 businesses, and civil liberties groups as a potential threat to the
 freedom of speech. Called the Communications Decency Act, the bill
 would impose jail terms and fines on individuals or companies that
 originate online material that is deemed "obscene, lewd, lascivious,
 filthy, or indecent." In addition, it would penalize solicitation of
 such material. However, the bill does not define those terms, long the
 subject of legal battles.

     The measure is sponsored by Sen. James Exon (Democrat-Nebraska),
 who said he introduced it to protect minors from pornographic material
 found on some online services. "I want to keep the information
 superhighway from resembling a red-light district," he has said.

     Co-sponsor Sen. Slade Gorton (Republican-Washington) said, "It
 extends to computer users the same protections that currently exist for
 telephone users" against obscene phone calls.

     Just as the federal government enforces rules against obscene
 material appearing on television or radio, the bill would extend
 similar standards to the online world. Should it pass both the Senate
 and House of Representatives and be signed into law by the president,
 the bill would instruct the Federal Communications Commission to devise
 ways to bar such material. Enforcement of the penalties, which include
 two years in prison and fines of as much as $100,000, would be handled
 by the Department of Justice.

     The Clinton administration has issued a "go-slow" request to the
 Senate. "The president thinks that this issue deserves thoughtful
 discussion," said White House spokesperson Ginny Terzano. "The
 administration abhors obscenity, in whatever form it is transmitted,"
 but we feel "there are important First Amendment issues that need to be
 addressed before legislation is rushed through. We ought to have a
 serious approach -- such as hearings -- to find the best solution."

     Critics say the law would have a chilling effect on the development
 of online services.

     "It is unconstitutional and a direct threat to free speech on the
 information highway," Jerry Berman, chairman of the nonprofit Center
 for Democracy and Technology, an advocacy group that is helping to
 coordinate opposition to the bill, told The Post.

     A broad coalition of civil liberties organizations and businesses
 came together as the Interactive Working Group to fight the bill.
 Members of that group, including the American Civil Liberties Union,
 the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Library Association,
 Apple Computer Inc., Time Warner Inc. and the Newspaper Association of
 America publicly opposed the earlier version of the Exon bill.

     "I don't think there's anyone in this group that is happy" with the
 new version, Berman said.

     Exon's bill was included in the broad telecommunications reform
 package passed yesterday by the Senate Commerce Committee.

                 -/- Microsoft Corp. Sues Apple Inc. -/-

     Microsoft Corp. has intensified its ongoing feud with Apple Computer
 Inc., suing the computer maker over alleged dirty tricks in a current
 dispute over video software.

     The federal suit, filed in San Jose, California, accuses Apple of
 "unfair competition and deceptive business practices" in allegedly
 orchestrating a disinformation campaign against Microsoft's Video for
 Windows software.

     Seeking unspecified damages, the action is a countersuit to an
 amended complaint filed last month in which Apple accused Microsoft and
 chipmaker Intel Corp. of misappropriating elements of its competing
 QuickTime for Windows video software.

     Reporting on the situation in The Wall Street Journal this morning,
 writer Jim Carlton says Apple officials told him they couldn't comment
 on this latest development until they had a chance to review the suit.
 "A company spokeswoman said Apple stands behind its previous statements
 regarding Microsoft," Carlton added.

     As reported earlier, the video software feud escalated last month
 when Apple added Microsoft and Intel to a Dec. 6 suit against San
 Francisco Canyon Co., alleging they duplicated and distributed several
 thousand lines of Apple programming code from QuickTime, which was
 developed by Apple with help from San Francisco Canyon.

     Both Intel and Microsoft have denied Apple's allegations that they
 illegally sought to boost the performance of Microsoft's rival Video
 for Windows with Apple code obtained from San Francisco Canyon. The
 case is pending in the same court as the new Microsoft filing.

     Carlton reports this morning Microsoft's countersuit says that in
 December it asked Apple to identify the allegedly infringing code and
 prove ownership, but Apple refused.

     "Microsoft alleges Apple distributed around the world a 'deceptive'
 videotape that purports to show Video for Windows providing poor video
 playback and other problems," the Journal writes. "Microsoft also
 alleges Apple threatened to sue Windows software developers unless they
 agreed to participate in an "amnesty program' by putting 'Apple
 Multimedia Technology' on boxes of software using Video for Windows."

     The Journal added, "Apple promoted the amnesty program, Microsoft
 alleges, by deploying its employees to talk it up to developers over
 the Internet. The employees allegedly used false names, without
 disclosing their Apple affiliation."

     Microsoft Vice President Brad Silverberg told the paper the
 countersuit was filed after Apple refused Microsoft's repeated requests
 to cease the alleged practices.

     Said Silverberg, "We really had hoped we wouldn't get to this
 situation with Apple. Apple continues to lie and mislead customers in
 the developer community. We feel an obligation to set the record


                               JAGUAR SECTION

 ECTS Reports!  More VidGrid Opinions!
 Time/Warner to Sell Off ATC Stock!
 Another VR Deal!  T2K CD Update!
 And More!


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

      In last week's issue, my editorial centered around the response
 being seen pertaining to the possibility that the VidGrid CD game might
 be the pack-in for the JagCD when it's released.  The response to that
 editorial has been quite heavy - more so than I imagined it would be.
 For the most part, the responses were very objective and those have
 been passed along to Atari, or will be.  Some responses were of the
 type that I wouldn't repeat, and didn't!
      The point of that editorial was to generate some constructive
 feedback from Jaguar users.  It was felt that Jaguar owners had a
 serious concern for what was being perceived as a possible poor choice
 for the CD's pack-in.  They don't want VidGrid, even free - it's seems
 to be that simple.  There's no guarantee that the game is seriously
 being considered in this vein, but it's possible.  Their voices wanted
 to be heard, and are.  Will it have an effect?  We'll know soon, I'm
 sure.  Keep those letters coming!

      We've got some interesting reports of the ECTS show, gathered from
 our CIS/Internet guru, Jeff Kovach.  Be sure to check out some of the
 opinions of the games in progress.

      Shocker of the month!  Time Warner is trying to devoid itself of
 its Atari holdings in an effort to raise some cash.  All kinds of
 speculation is occurring to try and find the reasoning behind this
 news, but it appears to be simply a means to raise cash rather than
 "getting rid" of "worthless" stocks.  After all, it's reported that TWI
 is selling its Turner Broadcasting stock also.  I guess people are
 confused/concerned because Time Warner has such a large chunk, and has
 for many years.

      I'm going to be keeping a very low profile today and tomorrow!
 After all, this time last year I was "got" by Atari's Don Thomas in an
 April Fool's joke that took me totally by surprise.  Rumor has it that
 Don might try for a second year, but I'll be waiting!!  For the rest of
 you, watch your backs!!  The pranksters are afoot!!  Have fun, but have
 it safely!

      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

              Double Dragon V     $59.99            Williams
              Sensible Soccer
              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
             CatBox              $69.95             ICD

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

         -/- Time Warner To Sell All or Part of Atari Stake -/-

     WASHINGTON (Reuter) - Time Warner Inc. said Friday it plans to sell
 some or all of its 24.5 percent stake in video game maker Atari Corp.
 as part of its plan to raise $2 billion to $3 billion.

     The media, publishing and entertainment giant disclosed its plan in
 a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

     Last month, the company said it aimed to sell businesses that do
 not contribute directly to its bottom line in order to reduce its debt

     At the time, Time Warner did not specify which assets would be sold
 but it has also held talks regarding its 19.4 percent stake in Turner
 Broadcasting System Inc.

     Analysts said Time Warner's plans for its Atari stake came as no
 surprise but noted that its investment was small.

     "I got the clear impression that they were really going to
 essentially rummage through their drawers to find saleable non-core
 assets," said Scott Wright, an analyst with Argus Research in New York.

     "I suspect that management is probably happy to be able to make a
 real announcement that appears to advance their restructuring goal," he

     In the SEC filing, Time Warner said it sold 154,000 shares of Atari
 between Feb. 17 and March 22 at prices ranging from $3.25 and $3.9375 a

     Time Warner said it currently holds 15.6 million common shares of
 the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based video game company. Atari stock was off
 37.5 cents at $2.75 on the American Stock Exchange in afternoon


 Contact:  James Grunke          Ron Beltramo
           Atari Corporation     Atari Corporation
           408/745-2014          408/745-2000

 For Immediate Release


 SUNNYVALE, CA (March 27, 1995) -- Atari Corporation has re-mastered
 and issued on compact disc (CD) the soundtrack of its best-selling
 video game "Tempest 2000". The special edition audio compact disc is
 available at select Atari retailers and from Atari's Customer Service
 Department. The game music has proven to be a favorite among dance
 and rave audiences worldwide.

 "Game players liked the soundtrack to 'Tempest 2000' so much, they
 asked us to issue it on audio CD," said James Grunke, Director of
 Music and Audio at Atari Corporation. "The music composed for video
 games and the musicians who perform it are gaining increasing and
 well-deserved recognition. We believe that the Tempest soundtrack is
 a masterpiece and a milestone in video game music."

 "Tempest 2000 Soundtrack" contains a total of 12 tracks based on the
 music from different stages of the "Tempest 2000" video game.
 Hallucinatory, hypnotic, and sometimes harrowing, the "Tempest 2000
 Soundtrack" includes new and expanded versions of the game music, as
 well as new compositions. The 12 selections are as follows:

   1. Thermal Resolution  3:59        7. Future Tense        5:54
   2. Mind's Eye          4:52        8. Digital Terror      5:07
   3. T2K                 5:23        9. Hyper Prism         4:26
   4. Ease Yourself       7:52       10. Glide Control       5:12
   5. Tracking Depth      5:04       11. Ultra Yak           4:00
   6. Constructive                   12. 2000 Dub            7:31
             Demolition   4:05

 The CD is produced and published by Atari Corporation. The executive
 producer of The Soundtrack is John Skruch. The production director is
 James Grunke. The "Tempest 2000 Soundtrack" CD features music
 originally composed by musicians from Imagitec Design, Inc., West
 Yorkshire, U.K..

 For more information or to order a copy, write "Tempest 2000
 Soundtrack", Atari Corporation, P.O. Box 61657, Sunnyvale, CA
 94089-1657. The compact disc is priced at $12.99 plus $3.50 shipping
 and handling. Inquiries from distributors and radio stations are

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


 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.

                 -/- Virtual Reality Deal Announced -/-

     Virtual reality software developer Virtus Corp. and Simon & Schuster
 Interactive, the multimedia consumer publishing division of the nation's
 largest publisher, have announced a multi-year agreement to develop
 consumer CD-ROM products. The deal's terms weren't disclosed.

     The companies say they plan titles that will incorporate Virtus'
 "walkthrough" capabilities, real-time 3-D rendering and proprietary
 texture mapping technologies. The products will take advantage of
 Simon & Schuster's content library.

     The first title the companies plan to co-publish is VirtusCube, a
 floating 3-D organizer and screensaver. VirtusCube can be manipulated
 to present an active work or play component on each of the cube's six
 faces. By dragging and dropping on-screen elements, users can customize
 each face of the cube with active calendars, family photos, personalized
 address books, puzzles, area code maps, famous quotations and similar
 material. VirtusCube is set to ship in September.

     "This relationship is the beginning of an exciting time for Virtus,"
 says Frank Boosman, vice president and general manager of Cary, North
 Carolina-based Virtus. "With our real-time 3-D technology and design
 skills and Simon & Schuster's incredible array of properties to build
 on, we're going to amaze people with a new breed of entertainment and
 educational software."

     "Virtus is the next generation of consumer software development,"
 says Peter Yunich, president of New York-based Simon & Schuster


 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

 Sb: #New Jag Titles
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 74777,3071
 To: All

 Some news about some upcoming Jaguar titles, as seen in a french gaming


 From: (ANDRE Noel, Jean, Julien)

 I just picked up the last issue of a french mag and there is a big
 article about atari (far better then the EDGE one, which was not bad).
 There are a lot of interviews and a lot of previews :

 * usual games (everybody know them all)


 * new games (at least for me ...)

     Commando (Microids - CD)
          Commando seems to be a first person shooter (just like AvP)
          The picture is INCREDIBLY beautiful, really (hi-res and

     T-Mek (Time Warner - K)
          YES ! The arcade game is being translated to the jag ... cool!

     Kart (Cyberdreams - K)
          This is a karting game (looks even better than Street racer on
          SNES). But keep calm, it's far form completion ... :(

     Ishar genesis (Silmarils - CD )
     Deus (silmarils - CD )
          Two new adventures for the jag with incredible graphics

     Hyper force (visual impact)
          A beat them up (don't like the picture  ....)

     Chaos Agenda (Atari - CD )
          first-person adventure game (impressive)

 Sb: ECTS Show Report
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 74777,3071
 To: All

 From the Usenet newsgroup, a report on the ECTS
 show in London:


 From: (Mark Adami)

 LONG: Report on ECTS
 <The second half is the SEGA bit...>

 I spent today at the ECTS in London, and it sure was great.  Atari had
 a stand of there own and were mainly showing off games in various stages
 of completion. The most impressive was Rayman.

 Rayman looks like a dream and it plays like a dream.  There is simply
 so much colour and so much movement.  Beautiful butterflies flitter
 around the screen and toadstools jump on top of each other to make
 columns.  Rayman himself is superbly animated, as are all the other
 bad guys.  They don't have arms or legs, just feet and hands.  It works
 so well!  <Insert a page of rambling about superb animation and
 beautiful graphics.>  I spoke to a guy from UBI Soft and he said that
 is should be finished in a month, and looking at the game on display I
 don't have any reason to doubt him.

 Fight for Life was a bit depressing.  :-(  They have a lot of work to
 do on this before it will compare in any way (graphics or playability)
 with Virtua Fighter.  The version they had on show was obviously very
 incomplete but did nothing to boost confidence in the machine.  The
 interesting thing was that if you went to the back of the booth and
 peered through the blackened glass could could see a version of Fight
 for Life that seemed to be better than the one they had on show!

 They also had Ultra Vortex, F-1 Racer, Highlander, White men can't jump,
 Burn Out, Blue lightening and a Doom 2-player link.  Ultra Vortex
 looked nice but I didn't get a chance to play it.  Burn out zooms along
 at 50hz but there is not much graphic detail there.  F-1 racer looked
 pretty incomplete, and White men can't jump looked good but they had
 better improve the frame rate!

 The show was dominated by Sony.  They had a huge screen display where
 they had Toh Shin Den competitions and showed off Ridge Racer together
 with a brain dead Master of Ceremonies pouring out complements on the
 Playstation into a microphone.  A huge amount of floor space was given
 over to booths where you could play Daytona (I noticed a few 3D
 glitches), Toh Shin Den, Tekken (another ace fighting game), that silly
 cartoony motor game, Raiden and another game whose name I can't
 remember.  They certainly stole the show.

 If you got on the Sega Shuttle (a bus), it took you to Sega UK which
 was only down the road from the show, where you could witness the
 launch of the Sega Saturn.  You arrive at the building.  The front door
 is actually painted like an airlock and after you go in you wait
 outside another airlock with a flashing rotating yellow light on the
 top.  After reading the brochure they give you and listening to a
 multitude of strange sounds coming from the other side of the airlock,
 a guy dressed like a cyborg comes out of the airlock followed by smoke,
 a flood of green laser light and stomach-curdlingly load low roaring
 noises.  The door closes again and after a couple more minutes of
 anticipation <all the time the roaring noises are getting loader and a
 voice is telling you about the Saturn> the airlock opens and you are
 crammed with a bus load of people in a black room filled with smoke and
 green laser light, with speaker stacks in each corner of the room
 roaring at you.  There is a dome in the center of the room around which
 moves a guy dressed like a cyborg who says things as if the room was
 about to take off for Saturn. In one end of the room there is a Virtua
 Fighter arcade and in the other Daytona.  They encouraged people to play
 these for a while and then the countdown to the launch began. Smoke
 started bellowing out of the dome, the roaring got even lower and
 louder, and when the countdown finished the dome rose to reveal a
 Saturn in between two chairs opposite a large screen which showed a
 promotional video.  They picked two guys to play a game of Virtua
 Fighter, and then two Sega pros showed off some special moves that only
 they knew about.  Then everyone left the room to play Daytona, Virtua
 Fighter, Panzer Dragoon and Clockwork Knight in another room.

 Panzer Dragoon was outstanding.  It looked incredible but I was not
 amazingly impressed with the gameplay.  A friend of mine who played it
 for longer than I did said it was great to play so I bow to his greater
 experience.  But this is definitely the best graphical showpiece for
 the Saturn.  Clockwork knight was okay.  Okay graphics, but somehow
 there was something missing.  It just didn't seem fun.  But all in all
 it was a great launch.

 It said in the brochure that the Saturn would be out in the Autumn and
 is expected to cost around 400 pounds.  The rumour was that when it
 hits the shops the price tag will be 429 pounds.  This is prohibitively
 expensive for a large slice of the market which is good news for Jag

 Notable by their absence was Nintendo.

 Hope you didn't fall asleep wading through that lot!

 And another perspective:

 Sb: ECTS Report
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 74777,3071
 To: All

 From Usenet, a report on Atari's showing at the ECTS show:


 Newsgroups: From:
 (Ross Mitchell) Subject: ECTS Report Date: Wed, 29 Mar 1995 07:46:14

 Here's a summary of what was at the ECTS on Sunday. I didn't have a lot
 of time there, so it's not particularly detailed. Atari stuff first, and
 then other news at the end.

 Atari had a reasonably sized stand. TV monitors lined the outside walls,
 and there were plenty of games to play. There was also a video showing
 'coming soon' games, but I didn't stand and watch the whole thing. Inside
 the stand were some enclosed rooms for people to do business. Names I
 recognized on badges were Daryll Still and Bill Rehbock. Two complaints.
 No games had their controls documented, and two player games didn't
 indicate which pad was which. This led to people losing interest quickly.

 BURN OUT This was one of the most impressive offerings. Fast and smooth,
 and crashing into the scenery was quite amusing. I saw a few tracks - one
 fairly flat, one very undulating, and one at night. I also saw some
 people playing a split screen 2 player mode. Racing game fans will love

 ULTRA VORTEX Infinitely better than Kasumi Ninja. The control was good.
 Animation was very good too. The voice modem is listed on the options
 screen. Even after a couple of moments play, it became clear the Jag
 joypad is crap for fighting games. So, maybe if controller 2 is any good,
 this might be worth buying.

 BLUE LIGHTNING (CD) This was actually running off the CD, but was clearly
 unfinished. For example, one of the mission briefings said something
 like "Some text here - Hello Mum! Please Ignore.". There were lots of
 different plane types, but I could only select one. Whether this is
 because you have to earn the others, or because they hadn't been
 programmed in yet was not clear. I tried to do one mission, and there
 weren't any planes available! The game ran pretty smoothly, but I found
 it rather boring, and just crashed into the nearest building. Not my
 sort of game, but I'm sure some people would like it. Incidentally, this
 was running off a CD drive without a lid! Makes you think that Atari UK
 didn't have many working CD units - whatever the reason, it gives a
 half-finished impression.

 DOOM There was a two player link-up which was quite fun.

 HIGHLANDER (CD) This was also running off the CD. I didn't play this
 one, but it looks like an Alone in the Dark type game. The background
 scenery was magnificent, and you controlled a polygon person, and
 presumably interacted with people and things in the usual way.

 POWER DRIVE A very controllable overhead rally driving game. It's
 probably much the same as the Megadrive and SNES versions, but it played
 nicely - and I don't even like driving games.

 FORMULA 1 I don't know who this was developed by because it didn't have
 a title screen. Anyway, it's miles ahead of Checkered Flag. There were
 6 different viewpoints, and it took me a long time to find the accelerate
 button (8 on the keypad!). I couldn't figure out what A, B, and C did!
 It ran very smoothly, but I found it a bit dull. For some reason, it
 wouldn't let me crash into things. Maybe it's got an auto-pilot or
 something. As I said, I don't like driving games, so I got bored and
 moved on.

 SOULSTAR A game about James Brown. Not really. It's a port of Core's
 MegaCD game. This wasn't finished either, and was running of  a cart.
 There was a debug/level select screen where you could choose a level,
 and a number were greyed out, implying they aren't finished. None of the
 FMV stuff was there either. The game seems much the same as the Mega CD
 version, except the graphics are better. I must admit, I found the
 original a little dull, and got bored with this quickly too. I think you
 need to put some time into figuring out what everything is, as the screen
 is a bit busy.

 FIGHT FOR LIFE Oh dear. This did not make a good impression. In fact,
 people behind me sniggered at the graphics. I remember people
 complaining about the low gravity jumping in Virtua Fighter. This has
 gone the other way, where jumps are more like quick hops. The characters
 were very blocky, and as usual, the Jag pad did not help with the
 control. I am sure this game would be more rewarding if you knew what
 you were doing, and put some effort into it, but first impressions did
 not inspire me to make that effort.

 WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP This is a two-on-two basketball game. I couldn't
 figure out the control at all, and in fact, I wasn't really sure which
 players I was supposed to be controlling anyway. These are just
 complaints about the exhibition setup. The graphics were excellent, and
 animation very smooth. One for sports game fans (which I am not) to look
 forward to.

 VARUNA'S FORCES I didn't see a game here, just FMV. Maybe if I'd have
 had more time...

 RAYMAN Excellent! UbiSoft had this running on their own stand too. (They
 also had Street Racer for the Megadrive, which is an outstanding
 technical accomplishment. Really fast!). Rayman moves at a sedate pace,
 so it's not really like Sonic. It seems like there's loads to do, and
 this one is going to be a big hit.

 PINBALL FANTASIES This was running on the 21st Century stand. I found it
 a bit sluggish, but I can't remember if the Amiga version was like that.
 Guess I've been spoilt by Psycho Pinball on the Megadrive.

 The press also reported new pricing. Both Jag and CD are now 150 quid.

 That's all the Atari stuff. In a related vein, Time Warner were showing
 early versions of Primal Rage on the Megadrive (which looked incredible
 considering the technical limitations of the machine), and the PC version
 looked even better.

 Nintendo weren't there, and Sega were showing Saturn in a separate
 building, which I didn't have time to go to.

 And now to the star of the show, Sony. Diehard Atari bigots can stop
 reading now.

 Sony had an enormous stand at the far end of the hall, right behind
 Atari. The sheer quality of the games they presented made a lot of the
 Atari offerings (particularly FFL) look embarrassing.

 Sony showed Ridge Racer, Toshinden, Tekken, Motor Toon GP, Raiden and
 Starblade alpha. They also had the Ridge Racer and Tekken coin-ops, and
 the only difference between the conversions and the coin-ops was a loss
 of resolution. They had about 20-30 machines set up to play on, but you
 still had to wait quite a while. (In contrast, the Atari booth nearly
 always had a couple of games unattended.) I played Tekken for a while.
 This is like Virtua Fighter 2, and is great fun. Ridge Racer was amusing
 to try and drive the wrong way round the track. Raiden was superb - I'd
 buy the Jag version, if they hadn't left out the auto-fire. I didn't have
 time to queue for the other games!

 There was a press report that Sony have secured an exclusive deal to
 have MK3 before Christmas. All other versions will come after.

 So, in summary, it really is difficult to overstate how good the Sony
 products were. Atari's showing was mixed. Some games were good. Some
 were bad. Most were unfinished. No sign of Battlemorph either!

 Don't get me wrong. This is not supposed to be a 'Jag sucks' type of
 report, and I certainly do not intend to rush out and sell mine. Mind
 you, I will be buying a Playstation on day one of launch. Atari have
 got some serious competition, and its coming VERY soon.

 Thanks for reading



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

 Well friends and neighbors, it's time once again to take a look at all of
 the news, hints, and tips on CompuServe.  But before we do that, I'd like
 to get your opinion on something...

 For quite some time I've been thinking about approaching Ron Luks, the
 Chief Sysop of the Atari Forums here on CompuServe (who I usually refer
 to as "The Big Kahuna") about opening up a new message base for this
 column.  Folks who have access to InterNet accounts either through work,
 school, or another online service (shudder, shudder) could e-mail me
 questions which I would post in this area in the hopes that our
 Cyber-Whiz CompuServe Users could provide answers, which I would include
 in the following week's column (since anyone asking a question would
 probably have access to some sort of online service or net, and would of
 course read STReport, they'd see the answers, hints, etc. in the next

 Before I ask Ron (who has always been exceptionally open-minded about
 such things), I'd like YOUR opinion... Does this sound like a good idea
 to you?

 Please don't be in the dreaded 'Silent Majority'... drop me a note in
 e-mail (my account number is 73637,2262) and let me know what you think.
 I'll keep you posted on which way the majority is leaning.

 Well, I've wasted enough of your time.  Let's get on with all of the
 great stuff that's available every week right here on CompuServe...

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 When David Bulpitt asks about how to get information on CompuServe
 commands, Sysop Bob Retelle tells him:

   "There's a lot of info available at any of the  !  prompts just by
   typing HELP.. that will give you all the commands available in any
   situation here on CompuServe..
   Actually what I suggest is to check out the Practice Forum (GO
   PRACTICE) to try out all the things you can do, because there's no
   connect charges while you're there... it's FREE to play around, without
   worrying about having to pay to learn all this stuff.
   They've got some good files in their libraries with help info too...
   Haven't had a chance to check out the WWW yet.. with all the time I
   spend on just UseNet newsgroups and mailing lists now, not to mention
   CompuServe, I'm afraid I'd have to give up non-essentials like

 My friend Myles Cohen sends up a rare S.O.S.:

   "I need some info...
   I have a friend on the INTERNET who wants to contact me through
   I want to recieve the message through QuickCIS...
   What address will he need to use to get it to me on COMPUSERVE...
   In other words, how should he address it...
   Next question...if he is successful...will I be able to respond to him
   through QuickCIS..."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Myles:

   "Your Internet address would be:
   Note that the normal comma in your CIS ID number is replaced witn a
   I'm not sure about how QuickCIS handles filling in the return address
   for a reply.. it has to be specifically addressed so CIS mail knows
   it's an Internet address by adding   INTERNET:  to the beginning of the
   Normally when I'm manually reading mail, just saying REPLY will work,
   so it's possible it would work the same way with QuickCIS.
   I'm sure others here have had experience with it though, so I'll defer
   to them.."

 Myles tells Bob:

   "Thanks for your input...Do I use my name with that address or is that
   my complete "handle" for the INTERNET...
   I hope Jim Ness knows all about this stuff and can enlighten us all in
   the places where you are not able..."

 As if by magic, Sysop Jim Ness appears and tells Myles:

   "The syntax BobR gave you is all your correspondents need, in order to
   send to you.  Different online services may require additional text, so
   their mail system knows it's an Internet piece.
   For instance, to send via CIS Mail, an Internet address needs to be
   preceded by INTERNET: or CIS Mail won't know how to deal with it.  So,
   if I wanted to send something to Joe-Bob on Delphi, I'd send it to:

   CIS is playing around with "aliases," which will allow you to pick a
   name for email.  You might pick m.cohen for instance.  Then, people
   could send to you using your alias instead of your User ID.
   That feature should become universally available in a month or two."

 Now THAT is good news.  I've been corresponding with a few friends who
 are not as enlightened as I am and are not using CompuServe.  The
 easiest way to e-mail them is to use the InterNet.  But when they see a
 bunch of numbers under 'FROM:' they start looking around for big
 brother.  Seeing my name instead would let them know at a glance who it
 is... of course, that could lead to a few of them deleting the message
 without reading it <grin>.

 Shelly G. asks:

   "Does anyone know about Flash II? I just got it, did some things on
   the "edit boards" and now the text on my screen is coming out much
   slower than before (when I first logged on without fooling around) Any

 The Big Kahuna, Chief Sysop Ron Luks, tells Shelly:

   "FLASH II is supported by Missionware Software both here and in the
   AtariVendors Forum.  I'll let John T. from Missionware help you out
   with this situation."

 Shelly tells Ron:

   "Thanks for your quick response. I figured out that somehow my set-up
   went back to the default 2400 BAUD--this was why I was getting slower
   text. But I do have another question if you could pass this one on.
   When I set up my dial board for Compuserve it allows me to tell it the
   access number and my password (which it refes to as Logon ID) Where do
   I tell Flash my Compuserve ID #?"

 John Trautschold of Missionware tells Shelly:

   "In the "Auto Macro" text field (in Terminal Options|Macros) you'll
   see the macro with a bunch of zeros in it - "00000,0000".  You need to
   erase the zeros and enter your own CIS account number there.
   And if you place your CIS password on the Logon ID field in Terminal
   Options, everything will work automatically for you for each logon.
   BTW, Might I suggest that you spend some time with Chapter 4 in the
   manual.  This chapter is the tutorial and spends quite a bit of time
   taking you through all of the basic of the program.  You might also
   want to spend some time starting on page 5-34 in the manual.  A rather
   lengthy discussion starts there that takes you through setting up a
   board slot and uses CompuServe as an example...
   If text is scrolling slowly, I'll bet you turned on the "Smooth Scroll"
   mode in Terminal Options.  Turn that off and everything should go back
   to normal."

 Rob Rasmussen asks a question about the original Flash!:

   "Sometimes when I am in a conference room or in a Group on CIS I want
   to send a block of text from Flash (original) capture buffer. In the
   Edit menu under "ascii UL/DL" I can choose the speed at which the lines
   are sent, then after marking the block I choose "Block ASCII" from the
   Upload menu. If it is too fast then I get messages from CIS telling me
   "You are talking too fast- wait 6 seconds between lines" or something
   like that.  The other people in the room may see the first few lines
   but miss the rest.  If I set it slower, like to 7, the same thing
   happens. Even though it looks on my screen like it is being sent OK
   with none of the "talking too fast" warnings, people in the room still
   say they only get the first few lines. What is the trick to getting
   this to work.  When guests make opening announcements in conferences, I
   have seen this work fine for them."

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Rob:

   "I think what you are seeing is overload on CIS' end.  If you're
   comparing CB (a very busy area) to a formal conference (not busy at all
   - only one person is talking), I'm sure it's just a matter of CIS'
   input buffer being overfilled, because so many people are talking all
   at once."

 Sysop Keith Joins tells Rob:

   "There is a feature in the Conference software called Auto Gag.  When
   this option is enabled in a particular forum it causes the problem you
   are seeing.  It is meant to prevent a person in CO from dumping large
   amounts of text into the system that would disrupt a CO.  In those
   forums with this setting enabled try selecting short blocks of text and
   then repeat as needed."

 Rob tells Sysops Keith and Jim:

   "I have had better luck when I slowed it down even more. This was in a
   forum when only my friend and I were there. I tried it in a CO room
   and in a private group, and it seems to be working. Maybe the slower
   ascii send speed, even at 14400, fools the auto-gag into thinking it's
   just an average speed typist."

 The Big Kahuna jumps in and tells Rob:

   "Go into the ASCII UL/DL menu item and set the DELAY to a factor of 4
   and you won't "gag" on the uploads.  I use this feature *all* the time
   and is the main reason I still use FLASH."

 Patrick Wong posts:

   "My friend has a Mega 4 STe and he was wondering if one of those Mac
   emulators would be worth it.  I don't know anything about Macs but from
   what I've been reading here, the company that makes it has gone
   bankrupt or something like that. Is that true?  If not, how does the
   emulator work?  Can it run the Mac's recent software?  He's thinking
   about buying a Nova Card and he was wondering would he be able to get
   color results on his emulator with this card."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Patrick:

   "The Emulator Spectre GCR can read/write MAC 800K disks but the not
   the newer 1.44 meg floppy disks.  It only works with System 6.x
   software and not 7.x so I would assume that reduces the amount of
   recent software (MAC) that works with it.  The MAC emulator emulates a
   MAC plus for the most part.
   I have also read that the company went bankrupt.  So I don't know what
   the current development status is of that product.  Also I don't know
   how well it works with graphics cards.  I have only used it on a mono
   ST machine and it works very well."

 Yat Siu of Lexicor tells Patrick:

   "All I know is that the Small's Apple Emulator works with the NOVA
   Graphics Board, however in monochrome mode only because the board
   itself was (the apple emulator that is) was not designed to make use of
   more than 2 colors.
   So even though the NOVA has a palette of 16,7 million colors, it won't
   make use of it, but unlike some other gfx boards, it won't crash or
   not work."

 While on the subject of Mac emulators, the Grand Daddy of 'em all
 (okay, maybe only the Daddy of 'em all), Dave Small, pops in and
 comments on the subject of the Mac's operating system software being a
 bit on the slow side:

   "...The "snappiness" [things jumping from one position to another
   instead of moving smoothly across the screen] I always associated with
   Macs (even the ~ 6 Mhz original) went away with System 6. I was
   horrified when System 7.0 (original) took *two minutes* to boot, from
   hard disk, on a Mac Plus ... and when I actually could perceive delays
   in mouse movements in menus, renaming files takes a perceived week, and
   whatnot. I guess throwing a 68040 at high Mhz, or a PowerPC 601 at 100
   Mhz, is one way to solve that, but a more optimizing compiler, and a
   little profiling of where the code is spending So Much TIME and
   rewriting in ASM might be more profitable.
   To be honest, I installed an *accelerator* -- true! -- in a Mac IIfx,
   which is a 40 Mhz, 68030/68882 machine, to get more speed, once I
   installed System 7.1. I was pulling my hair out waiting, and I haven't
   got *that* much left. (Besides, all that Rogaine is expensive!)
   What's funniest to me is once I did an 8080 emulator on a machine
   called the Dimension 68000. It's 6 Mhz. I benchmarked the emulator at
   about 0.6 Mhz (yes, about 600 Khz). I booted and ran CP/M on it, then
   WordStar (3.3, I think). To my total surprise, WS-3.3 was *totally
   civilized* about running on ultra-slow-mode ... I could not even
   out-type it. That was some kinda fast code.
   Now I read in magazines that even with a 68040 and 8 megs of RAM, Mac
   MS-Word-6 takes *ten minutes* to start up (especially if you have a
   lot of fonts -- I think Sandy is an ultimate Font Collector), and can
   be easily out-typed. Columnists in MacUsers are openly saying, "Time to
   switch word processors." Ya gotta wonder what the Beta Testers did with
   MS-Word-6... just go get a Jolt Cola while starting up the program?
   BTW, for those of you who don't know me, I wrote the Mac emulator
   called "Spectre" or "Spectre GCR" (or a wild number of mis-spellings,
   but that's okay.)
   Anywho, back to the salt mines ..."

 Mike Mortilla tells Dave:

   "Thanks for letting me know I'm not being overly picky!
   Another funny thing; when I access CIS at 9600 (as opposed to 2400 on
   the ST) all but file transfers seem much slower.  On the ST the screen
   zips along.  On the Mac.  .  ."

 Sysop Bob Retelle asks Mike:

   "Do you know what the screen resolution and color depth is on the
   I've often heard people say that Windows seems to update its screen
   slower than an ST without realizing that the ST has a much simpler job
   to do with its smaller screen memory and color pallette."

 Mike tells Bob:

   "Gee, Bob, I'm no technician <g> but my wide's mac has 256 colors
   (runs a little faster in 16 and faster still in 2).  The screen res?
   Gosh, I dunno?!  But the GIF files look a lot better <very big grin>..."

 Bob tells Mike:

   "I was just thinking that the resolution and color depth make a big
   difference in the perceived speed of a system...  an ST has a lot less
   screen to update, which is one reason why it feels faster..."

 Peter Joseph posts this bit of humor:

   "I had to relate this one, it's laughable.  I recently got an envelope
   back from the post office with marks all over it saying "Returned to
   Sender"..."Unclaimed"..."Box Closed".  It contained a registration
   card for some MIDI software I had purchased.  Not remembering when I
   mailed it, I quickly looked at the postmark to find out it was mailed
   in November.  My first thought was that it must have gone around the
   world.  I threw it in a pile of papers and forgot about it for a week
   or so.
   Tonight I ran across it again and at second glance noticed my return
   address label on it.  Hang on now, I haven't had any of those labels
   for quite a while.  Come to think of it, it was a long time ago when I
   bought that software.  So I looked at the registration card and saw
   that it had a date of November '93 on it.  Closer scrutiny of the
   postmark revealed the truth - yep, I had mailed it in November of 1993.
   I was wrong in my first thought; I now realize it must have gone to
   Mars and back. ;-)"

 In response to a question about file transfers to and from a Portfolio,
 Benjamin Russell posts:

   "Here is an excerpt from a file available here in the library called
   "PORT.FAQ".  The file referred to in the first paragraph is called
   "FT.COM" and it is also available in the library here. (I had to use
   this to get the software I needed to do Mac transfers onto my Portfolio
   from a PC. Believe me, using a PC and the built-in file transfer
   software on the Portfolio is a lot easier than doing it with a serial
   interface and null modem/gender benders, etc. as I have to do to get
   stuff into the Mac!)
   >>41.  How do I transfer files to and from the PC?
        The Portfolio has built-in software to communicate with the
        printer port on a PC via the Smart Parallel Interface.  The
        parallel interface comes with a command-line driven program called
        FT to perform file exchanges.  The program is provided on 5 1/4
        and 3 1/2 inch disk for a PC.  The only real tricky part is the
        cable to go between the Portfolio and the PC.  You need a
        "Male-to-Male DB25 all-lines straight through" cable.  While it
        can be found in local stores (I bought one at Egghead Software),
        it would be easiest to obtain the cable from Atari (408) 443-8020.
        The Parallel File-Transfer Cable (HPC-406) costs $19.95.  This
        approach to file transfer is reliable and easy, but not very fast.
        If you don't like the FT program that Atari supplies, there is a
        program on Compuserve in the APORTFOLIO library called FTMENU,
        which provides a "point-and-click" menu front-end to the FT
        Another approach to file transfer on a PC is Atari's PC Card Drive
        (HPC-301) which costs $99.95.  This hardware card is plugged into
        the PC's expansion bus.  At present there is no version for the
        PS/2 micro-channel bus.  A small box is attached to the card, with
        a slot to insert a memory card.  The software driver on the PC
        will now treat the memory card as if it was a regular disk drive
        on the PC.  It is referred to as the next drive (typically D:) on
        your system.  You can now use normal MS/DOS command to copy file
        to and from the memory card.  This is more expensive, but is very
   Hope this helps!"

 While we're on the subject of how folks use their Portfolios, Gerry
 Tompsett posts:

   "I still use one for everyday use at work (addresses, worksheets etc)..

   I (originating as a programmer) never really got to grips with 123 and
   the subset seems rather limited, so I use a basic database with Mr .G's
   excellent extenstions and output to a .wks file..
   I've got another porty driving a very old clock with two pulses a
   minute and every now and then whizzes the hands round a full twelve
   hours to amuse cats and children.
   I  am considering another one as a burgular alarm.
   I regularly see them in second hand computer shops for about 25 pounds
   sterling (about  $40).. and I buy every one..
   (It is said that I'm totally mad)"

 Benjamin Russell tells Gerry:

   "Hey, I understand! ;-) I just bought my first one about a month and a
   half ago.  A week later, I bought a second one just in case anything
   ever happened to the first - I wouldn't want to be without a Portfolio
   now that I have been smitten.  If I saw another for $40, I'd grab it in
   a flash!
   I use it for word processing and databases mainly, as well as

 JF Davington tells Gerry:

   "As we say in French: <<Quelle belle folie!>>

   A nice madness to have!"

 Jon Sanford adds:

   "he he he, some day the ones with the most Atari Portfolios will rule
   the world!!!"

 Let's end on that prophetic note, shall we?  Oh, by the way, MegaByte
 Computers can not only provide Portfolio repair, but also things such as
 a 512 or 640 k-byte memory upgrade.  They are good folks, they do good
 work not only on Portfolios, but also on the ST series of computers, and
 their prices are surprisingly low.  Robert or E.R. are always willing to
 help and provide encouragement.  Tell 'em you heard me praising them
 and... well, you probably won't get a discount, but you might hear a
 fairly entertaining story about how frantic I was when I nearly
 destroyed my beloved STacy.  By the way, Atari is now referring all
 Portfolio repair to MegaByte... See that?  Atari CAN make a good
 decision on occasion <grin>.

 Tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be ready to listen
 to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


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                     Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

 In a post received from one of our more diligent readers ..he sends us
 this correction. 

 Ralph --

 I've been enjoying your STReports, but I wanted to mention that the latest
 Corel DRAW! CD-ROM update is not E2, it's F2.  Actually, it is F1 for the
 next few weeks, but F2 will replace it as soon as the disks get out of
 production.  The F2 release is essentially the same as the current F1
 update release, but without a 90-degree rotation problem that affects only
 people without math coprocessors.

  According to Corel Tech Support (as of yesterday) --
 Version F2 is not a major update to the F1 release.   It was produced
 strictly to address a problem caused by the Microsoft compiler,
 (specifically by the co-processor emulation portion) which was not
 discovered until a few days after F1 was released into production. All of
 the CorelDRAW applications may have been affected.

 The problem manifests itself in the rotation of objects at multiples of 90
 degrees. Such objects become converted into null objects and disappear. 
 Since this problem only affects systems that do not have a math
 co-processor, this update will be of marginal benefit to most users.

 The second function corrected by this revision is related to the Footnote
 function in Corel Ventura. If a paragraph containing both a footnote and
 an index code, with the index code being the last code in the paragraph,
 the footnote is liable to disappear.

 The third problem addressed is with relation to the new Corel Application
 Gallery version 2.0. When dragging and dropping images into a version of
 Corel Ventura where CorelDRAW has not been installed, the image could not
 link properly to the desired file.

 As this revision was created primarily to address the return of the
 Microsoft compiler problems and as this only affects those users without
 math co-processors, there will be few people requiring this specific

 Should you need any further information or assistance, please feel free to
 let me know, I will be happy to help as best I can.

                                         Julia Harvey, 
                                    Corel Technical Support

  I included the primary source (74740,1240), in case you want more info.

 Allen Cobb [CI], 74273,1307
  Malibu, 28-Mar-1995 (NavCIS)

      Alan, thanks a bunch for the valuable information.  Believe it or
 not, I had to take a look at the "about" in Corel Draw and sure enough,
 you are one hundred percent correct.  (F2)  By the way, for the record, I
 installed the new Corel updates for version 5 from the new CD into Win'95
 (347) and it went perfectly.  Win'95 is amazing.  Great Stuff!



 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - Rockville, MD                HEAD HONCHO AT GENIE JUMPS SHIP!
   -------------                  Signs on with AMERICA ONLINE!

      As seen elsewhere in this issue, Mark Walsh the "wonder boy of
 salvation" for GENIE OnLine Services has, in what can only be termed a
 sudden and equally surprising move, dumped GENIE in favor of AOL.  Walsh,
 who went about dismissing, discharging and re-arranging the top end of
 GEnie seemed possessed with a determination known only to those who are
 committed to succeeding, astonished the industry completely.  At AOL he
 will be among the "top brass" responsible for setting the trends, writing
 the rules and generally calling the major shots.
      In this reporter's opinion; The manner in which this event occurred,
 which was unheard of a decade or two ago, seemingly signals the "new
 beginnings" in not only the OnLine world but the business world in
 general.  Some very serious changes are afoot in the OnLine community. 
 For example, Delphi, long thought of as a harmless small service has,
 under the Murdoch influence and strength, become a sleeping Giant that has

      GENIE, on the other hand, is loosing ground in leaps and bounds. 
 This reporter illustrated this situation a few months ago only to be
 scoffed at by one or two fairly visible OnLine "personalities".  They knew
 the truth then as they now know it along with the general public.  Its
 also been rumored that the main reason GENIE is on the decline is because
 there is little or no real commitment to developing its potential by the
 main company. 

      CompuServe, by far the largest and most popular of the OnLine
 Services, has its own bailiwick to deal with.  None of which can be
 dismissed easily.  One rumor flying around the halls of CIS is a possible
 acquisition by a real giant in the communications industry.  None other
 than AT&T.  Of course.. since its rumor and rumor only..  We can lend no
 credence to that story.  

      On the other hand, one can begin to ask questions like how much is an
 OnLine service willing to spend to obtain a new subscriber?  There are
 those in the industry who say its in the neighborhood of approximately two
 thousand dollars per sign-up.  In light of recent well known purchases,
 one must ask; "Is a 45 - 65 dollar figure the cap or the starting figure?" 
 Insider information says the figure is more like four to five times that
 amount depending on the quality of sub being sought and just how much
 rapid growth is desired.
      There has been talk of a number of acquisitions "being discussed" at
 this time.  For example.. Can you imagine GENIE being acquired by CIS and
 of Delphi's Murdoch acquiring the holdings of one of the feuding owners of
 Prodigy?  Then, there's the quiet Giant in Redmond getting set to unleash
 a graphical interface that's a knockout.  Software that's a delight and
 has the benefit of all the other OnLine service's past experience to draw
 from.  Microsoft Network is looming quite large on the horizon.  It just
 might be the catalytic agent needed to accelerate the above mentioned
 acquisitions and ventures.  Time will tell...


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