ST Report: 12-May-95 #1119

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 05/22/95-04:12:02 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 12-May-95 #1119
Date: Mon May 22 16:12:02 1995

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      It was as inevitable as the march of time itself...  The Information
 Highway has proven itself to be _the_ coming thing.  Of this there can be
 no doubt.  On the Highway, there are no real or implied impediments to the
 powers of creativity other than good moral sense and taste.  As such,
 there are very little, if any, of the narrow minded corporate types that
 infest the online services uttering; "we (meaning Mr.. high and mighty
 himself) don't feel that type of product is exactly what we are looking
 for.  Controversy and the true stories, honest reviews and faithful
 endorsements, Pictures and voice overs don't attract??  Up to date news
 and inside track scoops don't attract readers, users, subscribers??  These
 stagnant corporate types are the very pitfalls (cancerous growths) the
 major networks are slowly dying from.  Sure, they (the major networks) are
 offering freebies and candy now, but as soon as the new users SEE what's
 really on the Internet and the WEB especially, the major networks are in
 very serious trouble.  What are the majors going to offer once the new
 users see they can get so much more in value by going through a server
 such as InternetMCI than accessing the Internet via an expensive online
 service??  These "pinstripe suits" are actually deadly liabilities to
 these online services their elitist attitudes have actually allowed the
 Internet and all its "warts" to literally "blow away" even the biggest of
 big when it comes to online participation.  This very narrow-minded
 pinstripe suited group are the very ones that literally killed an online
 service that we are all familiar with.  The "wake-up alarms" are ringing. 
 I'm willing to bet they're too deaf from all the applause they've given
 themselves instead of paying attention to the users.

      The Internet is growing in leaps and bounds.  Most all major software
 publishers are making powerful provisions in their new software or updates
 to allow users to enjoy the 'net to its fullest degree.  The WEB.... the
 name's not pretty, but it sure tells the true story.  It is like a spider
 web.  Once you've seen it and used it there is no turning back.  Its
 fantastic.  Of course at slow modem speeds the graphics can drag on a bit. 
 Sure, you'll hear the "purists" say they go in using text only mode.  Hah! 
 They remind me of the types who say; "it was good enough for my father....
 its good enough for me."  Who do they think they are fooling?  Its only
 themselves they are fooling.  Honestly, you do need a fast modem and a
 good connection.  You need that anyway if you are doing any type of
 serious modeming.   The Online Services had better wake up and "get with
 it" or the 'Net is going to take it all.  As it appears now, this
 reporter's opinion is, ("saying it like it is"), "the Internet is well on
 its way to obliterating a number of the online services in fact, in mho,
 of the big five services; (CIS, AOL, Delphi, Prodigy, Genie), only one
 stands any chance at all.  The rest will soon be pricey and slow gateways
 to the 'Net or gone.
      The Telecommunications Revolution is upon the computing community. 
 The shame is the powerful decision makers at the Online Services appear to
 have little or no clue as to what its all about.  They're still busy being
 smug, conservative pinstriped dregs in the face of the telecommunications
 awakening.  We will, over the next few years, be witness to the "big shake
 out" of the online pay services.  The signs are all there.  Certain of
 those connected with these services who are "savvy" have already made
 changes and shifts to ensure a spot in the scheme of things for
 themselves.  Unfortunately, some still haven't a clue.  Some because of
 themselves and others because they are not up to another competitive
 climb.  The stiffly structured Online Service (again the big five) of
 today, that tells you what you are going to and not going to see, do,
 post, etc..  Is dead meat.  The wide open, free style of the 'Net is
 what's happening ..period.  Sure, there are the political Exon's out there
 who'll try and tell you the "Net is the Devil's Playground" these _panic
 mongers_ and wacky zealots who love to complicate our lives with goofy
 laws hoping to make names for themselves are not going to survive the
 efficiency of the 'Net.  You see, no sooner do they jump up with this
 nonsense, the modern day Paul Reveres notify the entire country in a
 matter of moments of the pending skullduggery.  This, coupled with the
 fact that the computing community is far better informed and educated than
 the politicians give them credit for makes for many politicians who'll be
 astonished at how "fast" the people "learned".  Yes indeed you are
 correct, I put the crafty politicians in the same class as the
 "enlightened executives at the Online Services.  They haven't a clue as to
 how far ahead the 'Net and its users truly are.        



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

                    >> TI Wins $51.8M Patent Judgment <<

    After an eight-day trial, a federal jury in Dallas has awarded Texas
 Instruments Inc. a $51.8 million patent-infringement verdict against
 California semiconductor makers Cypress Semiconductor Corp., VLSI
 Technology Inc. and LSI Logic Corp.

    Reports say the jury decided the three firms violated two TI patents
 that covered a process to encapsulate semiconductors in plastic.  (TI says
 its technology reduced costs by providing a reliable packaging alternative
 to ceramics.)

    Commenting on the ruling, TI attorney Richard J. Agnich told McCartney,
 "We continue to wage the fight for intellectual-property protection
 worldwide, and it is heartening that this jury agreed with our contention.
 We're very pleased with the decision. Respect for intellectual-property
 rights is critical to the health of our industry."
    It isn't over, though, because Cypress, LSI and VLSI say they will
 appeal. Says Cypress CEO/President T.J. Rogers, "We will fight it with
 every means at our disposal."

                    >> Gateway Offers Home Pentium PC <<

    Gateway 2000 Inc. has announced the P5-100 Family PCT, the newest
 member in its line of home-oriented multimedia computers.

    The P5-100 Family PC, based on a 100MHz Pentium CPU, is priced at
 $2,999 and joins the company's current 66MHz 486DX2 and 60MHz, 75MHz and
 90MHz Pentium Family PC models.
    The P5-100 Family PC comes with a 1GB hard disk and a 64-bit PCI
 graphics accelerator with 2MB of DRAM. Other standard features include a
 17-inch Vivitron monitor; a CompuServe starter kit; 8MB of RAM; a four
 speed, three-CD-ROM changer; and a TelePath IIv 14.4 data/fax modem.
 Numerous software titles are also included.
                      >> IBM to Preload Win95 on PCs <<
    Despite its substantial investment in OS/2 Warp, IBM Corp. has
 announced that its PCs will also run Windows 95 when the new Microsoft
 Corp. operating system becomes available.
    IBM says it is working with Microsoft to ensure system compatibility
 and support of Windows 95 for its customers, including support of the Plug
 and Play Specification 1.0A.
    IBM also says it intends to preload Windows 95 on selected desktop and
 mobile systems and will provide customer support for these preloaded
 systems through IBM HelpCenters worldwide. In addition, IBM will work with
 Microsoft to establish a technical support team to ensure customers that
 Windows 95 is compatible with IBM hardware.
                     >> Microsoft Unveils Kids Mouse <<
    Microsoft Corp. has announced EasyBall, a computer mouse designed for
 children ages 2 to 6.
    Compatible with Windows- and DOS-based PCs, EasyBall is designed to
 resemble a bright yellow sun surrounded by Saturn-like rings. The device
 will ship with a copy of Microsoft Explorapedia: The World of Nature, a
 children's interactive encyclopedia.
    Microsoft notes that EasyBall's design offers improved control for
 little hands as well as flexible software that's designed to grow with the
 child. In Microsoft usability testing, EasyBall was preferred by kids over
 all the other mouse products tested, says Microsoft.
    EasyBall is scheduled to become available in September for $54.95.
                      >> Toshiba Cools Oregon Rumors <<

    Japanese electronics giant Toshiba Corp. says that, while it is
 considering a new chip plant abroad, it is not confirming reports it will
 build a $1 billion facility near Portland, Oregon.

    The Electronic Engineering Times is reported as saying it has learned
 the plant is coming to Oregon, possibly with some investment from IBM. 
 (It would be the first chip facility for Toshiba outside of Japan).

    However Toshiba officials as saying no decision has been made on
 location, form and size of investment, or products to be manufactured at
 the prospective factory.
                       >> Dell Preloads Win95 Beta <<

    Dell Computer Corp. says it's offering customers a limited number of
 computers preloaded with an evaluation copy of Windows 95.
    "The Dell evaluation platform for Microsoft Windows 95 will allow some
 Dell customers the opportunity to preview Windows 95 before its official
 release," says Sue King, director of software development at the Austin,
 Texas-based computer maker. "This offering will allow Dell and a group of
 interested customers to experience Windows 95 in a controlled, limited
 environment, before the large scale launch of Windows 95, which is
 expected later this year."
    Upon official release from Microsoft, Windows 95 will be offered across
 Dell's desktop and notebook products and will also be the default
 operating system available on all of Dell's desktop and notebook lines.
    Windows 95 is scheduled for an August release.
                     >> Nintendo Unveils Virtual Boy <<

    Nintendo of America Inc. reports that Virtual Boy, its new video game
 system, will be launched in the U.S. on Aug. 14.
    The $179.95 unit, which Nintendo describes as a "three-dimensional,
 virtual immersion, 32-bit video game system," will be backed by more than
 $25 million in marketing.
    Virtual Boy will be bundled with a game title and a double-grip
 controller.  An AC adapter will become available later this year.

    Virtual Boy is a RISC-based, 32-bit system that uses two
 high-resolution, mirror scanning LEDs to produce a 3-D experience. Notes
 Nintendo: "Its unique design eliminates most external stimuli, totally
 immersing players into their own private universe with high- resolution
 red images against a deep, black background. The 3-D experience is 
 enhanced through stereophonic sound and a new, specially designed,
 double-grip controller which accommodates multi-directional spatial
    "We're bringing a totally unique, 3-D gaming experience to market at an
 affordable price and in time to get a jump on the holiday shopping
 season," says Peter Main, vice president of marketing for the Redmond,
 Washington-based company. "We expect to sell more than 1.5 million
 hardware units and 2.5 million pieces of software by the end of 1995." 
                    >> Panasonic Cuts Notebook Prices <<
    Price cuts of up to $1,100 are being made by Panasonic Personal
 Computer Co. on its high-end multimedia notebook computers with integrated
 CD-ROM drives.
    Reports quotes officials with the Panasonic unit of Matsushita Electric
 Industrial Co. Ltd., as saying prices on the V41 line now start at $3,199
 and vary depending on the memory, the display monitor and hard disk
 capacity, among other items. The company listed its highest V41 price as
    The officials also said the company has cut prices on its V21 notebook
 computer line, offering them for a range of $2,099 to $4,099.
                     >> Japanese Firm Re-Packs Floppy <<
    Working with two U.S. firms the Matsushita-Kotobuki Electronics
 Industries Ltd. has developed a floppy disk and compatible drive with the
 largest-ever storage capacity of 120MB.
    Sources say the new drive can read and write data on existing 3.5-inch
 floppy disks as well.
    The company says it has developed the products jointly with Compaq
 Computer Corp. and 3M Data Storage Products.
    The developers say the new disk's capability equals the data storage
 potential of 83 3.5-inch high-density floppy disks, noting that the
 previous best was a U.S.-developed floppy disk capable of storing 100
    Look for the new disk and drive to be commercialized later this year.
                     >> Game Software Alliance Formed <<

    Entertainment software publisher Electronic Arts says it has acquired a
 minority stake in NovaLogic Inc., an interactive game maker.
    Electronic Arts also reports that NovaLogic has signed a four-year
 agreement under which Electronic Arts will have exclusive distribution
 rights for NovaLogic's CD- and floppy- based entertainment software in
 English-speaking countries.
    Founded in 1985, NovaLogic's products include Comanche, Armored Fist,
 WolfPack and Ultrabots. Electronic Arts says the company pioneered
 real-time interactive 3-D rendering for the PC with its proprietary Voxel
 Space technology.
    The NovaLogic deal is the latest in a string of software publishing
 investments and acquisitions made by Electronic Arts over the past several
                    >> HP to Use AMD '486 Clones in PC <<
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says Hewlett-Packard Co. will begin
 producing PCs powered by AMD's Am486 microprocessors.
    According to AMD, HP will use the CPUs in some of its desktop PC
 systems. The models are scheduled to begin shipping this summer.
    "Because of continued, strong demand for 486 microprocessor-based
 systems, we need to take advantage of the opportunity to solidify our
 microprocessor supply," says Richard C. Watts, vice president and general
 manager of HP's personal information products group.
    AMD is the world's second-leading supplier of Windows-compatible PC
 microprocessors, following only Intel Corp. AMD has shipped more than 75
 million microprocessors since 1982 and more than 30 million CPUs in the
 last three years.
                       >> IBM Unveils New ThinkPads <<
    IBM Corp. has added two new models to its ThinkPad notebook computer
 line. One of the systems features a unique screen that allows the PC to
 work with an overhead projector.
    The ThinkPad 755CV's snap-off active-matrix screen panel gives the
 system the ability to "piggyback" onto standard overhead projectors.  With
 the PC's rear panel removed, images on the computer's screen become a
 see-through "slide show" that can be projected on a wall or screen by the
 overhead projector's lamp. An infrared remote control with 22 
 special effects and built-in telephony features are also provided.
    The ThinkPad 755CV is set to become available on May 31. Prices will
 start at $6,799 for a system featuring a 100MHz 486DX4 microprocessor, a
 540MB hard disk and 8MB of RAM.
    IBM is also offering the ThinkPad 755CX, which includes a conventional
 active-matrix color screen, built-in telphony features, a lithium ion
 battery pack and a 75MHz Pentium CPU.
    The ThinkPad 755CX, with a 540MB hard disk and 8MB of RAM, is available
 now for $6,549.
                      >> HP Offers New Home Printer <<
    Reacting to the continued blossoming of the home PC market,
 Hewlett-Packard Co. is introducing new color inkjet printers designed
 specifically for households.

    Reports from HP's headquarters say the new printers include:
    -:- The HP DeskJet 660C printer for IBM compatibles, to replace HP's
 DeskJet 560C.
    -:- The DeskWriter 660C, to serve the Apple Macintosh market.
    Michele Hamilton, HP deskjet product manager for the U.S. and Canada,
 said the printers, both of which will sell for about $499, are intended to
 offer improvements over earlier models in terms of print quality and ease
 of use for no additional cost.
    "We're seeing a precipitous drop in PC prices fueling rapid growth of
 PCs into homes," she said, "and where PCs go, printers go."
    Hamilton added the new printers will be available in volume through
 retail outlets nationwide next month.
                      >> Intel Makes WavePhore Deal <<
    In a project to develop data broadcasting technology to receive data
 sent in TV signals, chipmaker Intel Corp. has formed a technology alliance
 with WavePhore Inc.
    Sources say Intel has agreed to pay $500,000 cash along with license
 fees and royalties and may buy up to a quarter million shares of
    Reports say the agreement provides for WavePhore's licensing of
 technologies to Intel and Intel's granting to WavePhore of rights on the
 sale and distribution of products incorporating WavePhore technologies.
                       >> IBM OS/2 Warp Sales Soar <<
    A study by Computer Intelligence InfoCorp (CII) reveals that sales of
 IBM's OS/2 Warp operating system have increased more than 300% since the
 product first became available late last fall.
    According to CII's StoreBoard Channel Tracking service, sales of Warp
 in March surpassed 46,000 copies. In November, Warp's first month on the
 market, just under 11,000 copies were sold.
    StoreBoard also says its most recent figures indicate that Warp edged
 out Windows 3.1 in retail market share during the first three months of
 1995 - 19.5% versus 17.9%. Only DOS managed a higher percentage (55.2%).
    CII ascribes much of Warp's success to the large investment IBM made in
 marketing, particularly in advertising targeted at the consumer market.
                       >> Apple Unveils TV Venture <<
    Apple Computer Inc. says it will provide the interactive TV set-top
 technology for a six- state trial of educational programming created by
 The Lightspan Partnership Inc.
    The computer maker notes that Lightspan is creating an interactive
 television service that will provide schools and homes with interactive
 curriculum programming for children. The will include a programming series
 for teaching reading and mathematics to children ages 4 to 12 and will be
 tested in ten school districts.
    Additionally Apple and nCUBE Corp., a leading provider of interactive
 digital media server solutions, have announced a low-cost interactive TV
 development system which will allow information service providers and
 content developers to create home shopping, education, video-on-demand and
 other ITV applications.
    The development system, dubbed nVision, will be marketed by nCUBE and
 will incorporate Apple technology. nVision, which includes nCUBE's video
 server, media server software and Apple's interactive TV set-top
 technology, is among the first turnkey end-to-end development packages on
 the market.
                     >> HP Unveils Printer Promotion <<

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has unveiled Cash In & Trade Up, a promotion that's
 designed to encourage customers to trade in their HP and non-HP laser
 printers for credit toward the purchase of new HP LaserJet printers.

    HP notes that by program participants can choose from new HP LaserJet
 printers that include faster-page-per-minute engines, high-speed RISC
 processors, JetAdmin network printing management software, 600 dpi
 resolution, duplex printing options, microfine toner and Resolution
 Enhancement technology (REt).
    "There are millions of earlier LaserJet printer models in good working
 order that are still being used by customers," says Carolyn M. Ticknor,
 general manager of HP's LaserJet printer group. "HP customers have asked
 for a way to upgrade to new LaserJet printers without losing the value of
 their older printers."
    To simplify trade-ins, HP will send packing and shipping materials and
 pay for freight costs. Deinstallation assistance will be provided for
 trade-ins of 25 or more printers.
    All laser printers received by HP through the Cash In & Trade Up
 promotion will be recycled and refurbished by HP's service organization.
    The promotion begins May 1, and runs through Oct. 3. All authorized HP
 dealers will honor the promotion.


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                      PICTURE PUBLISHER FOR WINDOWS 95

                      Fully Multi-Threaded Image Editor
                  to Highlight User Benefits of Windows 95 
 Richardson, Texas (April-May, 1995) -- Micrografx, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGXI) has
 announced the availability of a preview version of Picture Publisher for
 Windows 95 beta.  The application, which is the most complete
 multi-threaded and multi-tasking product currently available, allows
 Windows 95 users to experience the true productivity and performance
 enhancements provided by the operating system. 
 Anyone interested in Windows 95 ( including Microsoft's 400,000 Windows 95
 preview users ( can receive Micrografx Picture Publisher for Windows 95
 beta by calling 1-800-765-7859.  The cost is free to registered users of
 the Windows 3.1 version of Micrografx Picture Publisher 5.0, and $19.95 to
 all other users. 
 "I am extremely enthusiastic about Windows 95 and the advantages it gives
 to people using computer graphics," said J. Paul Grayson, founder and CEO
 of Micrografx.  "Micrografx is poised to meet with great success as we
 execute our Windows 95 development strategy, and it's important we
 continue to share our success with users." 
 Micrografx Picture Publisher for Windows 95 is a fully exploitive 32-bit
 application.  The use of multithreading is extensive throughout the
 program's features, including all image enhancements and filters.  Users
 will experience a 50% improvement in performance when working with large
 files and up to a 200% performance gains when applying filters.  Other
 enhancements include complete Windows 95 common dialogues and a
 customizable interface. 
 To help users fully experience Windows 95, Micrografx is offering a CD-ROM
 preview version of Micrografx Picture Publisher for Windows 95 to all
 users running the Windows 95 beta software.  The program is the most
 comprehensive Windows 95 application available today, and employs
 multithreading for all commands in the application. 
 "Since the beginning of the PC and GUI revolution, Microsoft has always
 worked will with Micrografx and are very pleased with their application
 plans for Windows 95," said Brad Silverberg, vice president of Microsoft's
 Personal Systems division.  "Picture Publisher for Windows 95 offers
 Windows 95 users tremendous performance gains, and we expect the
 application to be a leading example of true multithreading on the
 Micrografx Continues to Lead in 32-Bit Application Development 
 One of the first independent software publishers to deliver graphics
 software for Windows 1.0 in the mid-80's, Micrografx continues to help
 computer users fully exploit the power of their PC. 
 The company's work with Windows NT and Windows 95 began in the summer of
 1993, and resulted in a "shipping beta" version of Picture Publisher 4.0
 for Windows NT, which was available to registered users of Picture
 Publisher.  The project satisfied the needs of the most technically
 demanding user of the product, and also provided valuable insight into the
 process of porting and refining a true multi-threaded, multi-tasking
 application.  This experience has been leveraged during the Picture
 Publisher for Windows 95 development, and has allowed Micrografx to enjoy
 a strong lead in Windows 95 applications. 
 Micrografx develops and markets graphics software to meet the creative
 needs of everyone who uses a personal computer.  Founded in 1982,
 Micrografx has become a leading software publisher by responding quickly
 to customer and worldwide market needs.  The company's U.S. operations are
 based in Richardson, Texas, with a development office in San Francisco. 
 International subsidiaries comprise Canada, the United Kingdom, France,
 Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. 


 > Internet Publisher STR FOCUS!

                        NOVELL OFFERS INTERNET ACCESS
                           PUBLISHING TO END USERS

      Palm Springs, CA -- Spring 1995 -- Novell, Inc.  Has announced
 WordPerfect  Internet Publisher for Windows, a free add-on to WordPerfect
 6.1 that allows users to easily create and view documents on the
 Internet--without having to learn hypertext
 markup language (HTML). Novell also announced WordPerfect Internet
 Publisher Pro for Windows, an open solution that provides users with
 seamless connectivity to the Internet from within WordPerfect 6.1. The two
 products will be available in early second quarter of 1995.

      "With the simple click of a button on the WordPerfect 6.1 toolbar,
 Internet users will be able to create, publish and view information
 anytime, anyplace," said Mark Calkins, general manager of Novell's
 Business Applications Division. "Novell continues to define its vision of
 pervasive computing by providing the tools and the access for electronic
 publishing in a global data network."

      Using WordPerfect, the world standard in word processing, anyone will
 be able to create documents for the World-Wide Web, a global document
 network of servers, and communicate with millions of people. With support
 for the most popular Internet protocols, WordPerfect Internet Publisher
 and WordPerfect Internet Publisher Pro will give users the tools and the
 access to global information through the world's most popular word
 processing interface. 

 Easily Create and View Internet Files
      The Internet Publisher gives WordPerfect 6.1 users everything they
 need to create hypertext markup language (HTML) documents, the original
 document format of the World-Wide Web. A template guides them through the
 process of creating an HTML document, and a conversion program
 automatically converts the WordPerfect document into a native HTML file.
 Users can access HTML features such as hypertext links, graphics and
 bullet lists through the WordPerfect toolbar. With these tools, users do
 not need to learn an HTML authoring tool or have a detailed knowledge of

      In addition to the HTML template, the Internet Publisher includes
 NetScape Navigator, a sophisticated browser for the World-Wide Web, with
 integrated WordPerfect and Envoy viewers. The free availability of the
 WordPerfect and Envoy viewers enables users to publish documents directly
 on the Web in native WordPerfect or Envoy formats. No conversion to HTML
 is required.  WordPerfect Internet Publisher can be downloaded from the
 Internet, from the World-Wide Web at and from
 online services.

 Connect to the Internet
      For users who need to get connected to the Internet, WordPerfect
 Internet Publisher Pro on CD-ROM provides all the tools in the Internet
 Publisher, plus dial-up Internet access software from Novell's LAN
 WorkPlace product, and a trial subscription to any of several Internet
 service providers. The suggested retail price for Internet Publisher Pro,
 including connecting software and service provider access, will be $49

 Maintain Internet Files
      Using the soon-to-be-released WordPerfect 6.1 SGML Edition, Internet
 users can edit HTML documents in native format and  re-post them to the
 World-Wide Web--a capability no other word processor provides. HTML
 documents can also be converted into  WordPerfect documents by importing
 them into SGML Edition. When the document is saved, the user can choose to
 save it as a WordPerfect or an HTML document. Users do not need to have a
 detailed understanding of HTML to edit ASCII text and tags manually. The
 document can be pulled from the Internet, edited and re-posted without any
 lengthy conversion or learning of an authoring system.

      For more information about the WordPerfect Internet Publisher,
 WordPerfect Internet Publisher Pro and WordPerfect 6.1 SGML Edition,
 customers can call (800) 451-5151. Information is also available on
 Novell's World-Wide Web home page at


 > Novell - Word Perfect STR FOCUS!           Internet Gains More Support!


                        INTERNET PUBLISHING SOLUTION

                                 WHITE PAPER


 The evolution of widespread computer use in the early 1980's was hailed by
 environmentalists as the end of unnecessary deforestation because
 information could be shared electronically rather than on paper. 
 unfortunately, the exact opposite happened! Paper use increased.  In spite
 of this, buzz words such as 'paperless office' and 'paperless publishing'
 are still being used in discussions about the future of computing.  In the
 past, electronic documents presented few advantages over paper.  Software
 was engineered for document creation, not document consumption.  Documents
 were not distributed electronically because paper and monitors were
 different sizes, the recipient didn't have the application used to create
 the document, and graphics and fonts did not properly display on different
 systems.  Furthermore, computers were generally standalone machines and
 platform dependent, making document interchange no easier than
 transferring documents on paper.

 Finally, in the 1990's, the vision of publishing documents electronically
 is gaining more credibility.  Applications whose specific function is
 distributing and consuming electronic documents are just now becoming
 available.  The realization of a society that consumes less paper is
 coming to fruition due to better networked environments and E-mail systems
 to aid in document transfer, and most important, the ability of local
 networks and individuals to connect to the Internet.  Because electronic
 documents can be distributed both faster and cheaper, they now have a
 great advantage over paper.  What's more, documents can be stored and
 accessed by users in disparate locations, using different systems.

 The Internet was developed by the U.S. military for the purpose of
 transferring information to remote locations and has been in use by the
 government since the early 1970's.  The Internet is a massive worldwide
 network of computers.  The word 'Internet' literally means 'network of
 networks.' The Internet comprises thousands of smaller regional networks
 scattered throughout the globe.  The Internet generally refers to the
 physical side of the global network, the cables and computers.  It does,
 however, include some software that routes information packets to the
 correct address.  The Internet structure has significantly contributed to
 other projects that have used its infrastructure.

 The World-Wide Web (WWW or Web) project, which originated at CERN in
 Geneva Switzerland in 1989, made the Internet more useful by using it as a
 backbone to connect over 7000 servers.  The Web provides locations for
 information storage and is often referred to as a body of information or
 an abstract space of knowledge.  The 1993 introduction of NCSA's Mosaic
 viewer transformed both the Internet and the Web from systems used
 primarily by education and government, into an information exchange medium
 for the masses.  The Internet is now becoming the standard information
 storage and interchange mechanism for many organizations including large
 business and government.

 As a testament to its growth, on any given day in 1993 the Internet
 connected roughly 15-million users in over 50 countries.  In 1994, that
 number grew to at least 30-million users (according to a Honolulu
 Community College Study).  Traffic growth, in bytes, was even more
 impressive.  From 1993 to 1994, traffic on the Internet doubled, and
 traffic on the Web increased by over 1400% (according to gopher://nic.
 merit. edu: 7043/11/nsfnet/statistics).

 By facilitating the exchange and reuse of information to connect
 suppliers, customers and business partners worldwide, the Internet has the
 potential to change how businesses operate.  Businesses who fail to
 acclimate to this change could easily find themselves, in only a few
 years, hopelessly outdated.  It is interesting to note that currently over
 50% of white collar workers have not heard of the Internet.  This figure
 illustrates the growth that is still to come in this market.

 Electronic Publishing Problems on the Internet
 In spite of its steady growth, interacting with the Internet is not an
 easy process.  In fact, an average computer user would have a very hard
 time even getting connected to the Internet, not to mention retrieving
 information from or publishing information to the Internet.  Some of the
 problems include:

1.        Connecting to the Internet
          Connection requires a number of pieces, which, if the user knows
          little about them, can be very confusing.  Adding to the problem
          is that as the Internet gains in popularity, so does information
          about available options.  Additional information about options
          that one does not understand is only more confusing.  What the
          average user needs is all of the tools delivered in one package,
          not multiple options for each tool.  Some of the pieces needed
          for Internet access are:

 *        Web Browser -- An HTML browser that allows users to access Web
          documents.  NetScape and Mosaic are the most widely known.

 *        TCP/IP Stack -- TCP/IP is the Internet's communication protocol. 
          The TCP/IP stack is the software that, when loaded on a PC,
          interprets the information that is sent over the Internet.

 *        SLIP-PPP, and LAN Drivers -- SLIP and PPP are two protocols that
          allow dial-up access to the Internet through a serial link over
          normal phone lines.  The LAN Driver is used to connect directly
          to Ethernet.

 Internet Access Providers -- The service providers have the service and
 servers through which a user must call to access the Internet through
 standard telephone lines or direct LAN connections.  The service provider
 uses the server to house and administrate the user's account on the
 Internet.  The number of service providers is increasing rapidly.  In
 additional to the traditional niche players, software, hardware and
 telecommunications firms are entering the market by either setting up
 their own services, or purchasing smaller providers.  This consolidation
 will bring even more choice to Internet and Web users.

 Some Internet Access Providers also provide Web Server Service.  Users can
 rent server space from Web Server Service Providers to house documents
 that they wish to publish to the Web.  Without space on a Web server, a
 user cannot publish documents to the Web.

 2.       Publishing Documents
          HTML is the standard document format on the Internet.  While many
          document formats may be on the Internet, HTML is the Web standard
          and required for home pages.  All Web browsers (software that
          allows one to navigate the Internet or "Surf the Net'), have the
          ability to view only HTML formatted documents.

          HTML is subset of SGML.  It is a special format of documents,
          including text and graphics, that allows information to be viewed
          using Web browsers.  HTML strips a document of its formatting and
          layout and maintains only its content, in the form of ASCII text,
          and its structure, in the form of tags that encompass each
          element of the document.  These tags define the location of
          content, style, and hypertext links.  Specifically, each element
          of a document is preceded by an open tag and followed by a close
          tag.  For example, the title of a document would be preceded by a
          'begin title' tag and followed by an 'end title' tag.  The title
          would look like this:

                       <title>This is a Title</title>

          For this example, the tag was rather descriptive, but HTML tags
          arc very cryptic.  For example, a specific level heading tag in a
          Web document would look like this:

                    <Hl>This is a Level One Heading</HI>

          Without a very good understanding of HTML and the tagging
          structure, any given tag would be meaningless.

          Creating HTML documents is difficult.  To author HTML documents,
          users are typically technical and have a high level of
          understanding of Unix, SGML, and HTML, meaning that few
          mainstream users author HTML documents.  In fact, entire service
          industries now exist around creating, tagging and validating
          SGML/HTML documents because average users simply do not have the
          time or expertise it takes to work in the SGML environment. 
          These service industries have used niche tools for authoring and
          validating SGML structure, and were designed with the technical
          SGML user in mind.  Because authoring in HTML is difficult, the
          average computer user has been locked out of Internet publishing.

          Computer users generally create their documents in a proprietary
          file format such as WordPerfect or MS Word.  The average computer
          user who wants to author and publish documents to the Web has
          only a few choices.  The user can:

 *        Author their documents directly in HTML.  This method requires 
          the user to learn HTML and possibly a different authoring system.

 *        Convert their proprietary documents into HTML for Internet
          publishing.  Without an automated tagging software configured for
          their needs, this requires manually adding tags to ASCII text. 
          To configure the automated tagging software to their needs the
          user must either understand both HTML and the tagging software,
          or employ an SGML expert requiring additional expense.

 *        Access proprietary file formats with viewers created specifically
          for that purpose, alleviating the need to convert documents into

          The optimum solution to HTML publishing would incorporate HTML
          authoring in a mainstream word processing environment.  This
          would require the HTML authoring to be either transparent or easy
          for the user to accomplish.

          Another key would be the use of a Web browser that allows not
          only the ability to view HTML documents, but other standard
          document formats, such as word processing and portable document
          formats.  Then the user or consumer of the information could get
          at not only Web home pages, but other types of information as
          well over the Internet.

 3.       Managing Documents
          Once documents are posted to the Internet, they must be
          maintained and revised.  Because of the difficulty in working
          with the HTML format, HTML documents have been viewed as static
          or non-editable.  Considerable effort is expended to convert
          documents into HTML; to edit and revise existing documents would
          require a similar effort.  It is seldom the case that documents
          are static.  By some estimates, 85% of published information
          changes at least once a month.  This is hardly a new problem.  In
          the past, one of the larger users of the Internet has been
          education, an institution that is ripe with cheap and/or free
          labor.  Many graduate students have been kept busy maintaining
          educational servers.  Unfortunately, business doesn't have access
          to the same quantities of free labor.  They must pay competitive
          wages, so Web server maintenance becomes quite expensive. 
          Publishing houses experience yet another problem.  A publishing
          house that intends to publish up to 1900 magazine documents to
          their Web server as an additional service to their subscribers
          finds its efforts have been stalled because of the lack of
          electronic publishing tools available to maintain and revise the
          Web documents.

          One of the big advantages of HTML is that information can be
          stored, used and reused without the worry of disparate operating
          systems, non-compatible proprietary file forinats, or the need to
          continually reformat.  Both of these activities require editing
          existing HTML documents.  The same problems with publishing HTML
          documents apply to editing them.  There are no mainstream editing
          tools.  To edit HTML documents, users must:

 *        Edit pure ASCII text, including the manual editing of tags and 
          understanding HTML structure.  This requires that the user has 
          patience and a good knowledge of HTML.

 *        Convert HTML information into a proprietary forrnat for editing 
          and convert back to HTML for Web posting.  This is a three-step 
          process and still requires knowledge of HTML codes for tagging, 
          and a validation process for correct HTML output.

 *        Learn a new document processing system, which requires knowledge
          of HTML and leaniing an unfamiliar authoring envirorunent.

 Each of these options involves time-consuming processes and aid the
 perception that HTML documents are difficult to create and edit.  These
 methods also force document revisions to be document rewrites.  As Web
 documents grow in number, it will become unacceptable to rewrite each
 document that only needs revision.

 The Internet Publishing Solution
 For over a decade, WordPerfect has been the world-wide standard for word
 processing.  With over 17-million users, WordPerfect documents is one of
 the most familiar environments in which to author documents.  As
 technology has changed, WordPerfect has integrated such changes to give
 users the most advanced technology in document processing.  The recent
 release of WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows is a testament to this philosophy. 
 The following are excerpts from the press:

          "In our view, WordPerfect 6.1 is the strongest of the three
          [Windows word processors].  WordPerfect has always been laden
          with features, but this latest version makes significant progress
          in making these features simple to use ... Word for Windows lacks
          some of the sophisticated document filing capabilities of
          WordPerfect, which could make finding documents more of an ordeal
          on a complex system."
                                     Business Consumer Guide, December 1994

          "WordPerfect 6.1 is a coup d'etat over Microsoft's Word and
          Lotus's Ami Pro.  You'll find many improvements in WordPerfect
          6.1 that you didn't think were possible ... Usability is just
          about as good as it gets ... An unparalleled combination of power
          and ease of use."
                     Five-star rating in the November issue of PC/Computing

          "PerfectSense is the first breakthrough in editing that I've seen
          in a long time," said Jeffrey Tarter, editor of Soft*letter in
          Watertown, Mass.  "WordPerfect's a good two years ahead of the
                                         Quoted in PC Week, August 15, 1994

 Over three years ago, WordPerfect Corporation saw that electronic document
 delivery was the wave of the future, and formed an electronic publishing
 team.  This team is comprised of electronic publishing tools experts who
 have studied market research, reviewed customer feedback, and developed
 the strategy and tools for bringing electronic publishing and document
 interchange to the mainstream.  The electronic publishing tool's group has
 been involved in various consortiums that explore electronic document
 delivery, such as SGML Open and the ODA Consortium.  WordPerfect
 Corporation has actively supported non-proprietary file formats (e.g.,
 SGML and ODA) and has released electronic publishing tools (e.g.,
 Intellitag, Envoy, ConvertPerfect/ODA) that make electronic document
 delivery a reality.

 Because WordPerfect Corporation has established itself as the first major
 vendor to provide a complete electronic publishing solution, the merger
 with Novell, Inc. only only added to the work that had been accomplished
 over the past three years.  The Internet is the next technological
 frontier in electronic document delivery, and Novell is poised to deliver
 the tools its users need for a successful Internet publishing solution.

 In establishing the strategy for Internet Publishing, Novell has three

 1.       To enable users to use WordPerfect as their authoring system of 
          choice for Internet publishing and electronic document delivery.

 2.       To enable users to view not only HTML formatted documents, but 
          also native WordPerfect documents and Envoy portable documents.

 3.       To provide users with the first superior Web document maintenance

 To achieve these goals, Novell realizes it must provide a family of
 electronic publishing tools the customer can choose from to access,
 author, and browse the Internet.  The choice will be based on the pieces
 the user currently owns and currently needs.

 The products are:
          Internet Publisher
          WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows SGML Edition

 Internet Publisher
 This product is designed for the WordPerfect user who is already connected
 to the Internet.  As stated in the introduction, one of the problems that
 Internet users have is that they must either publish HTML documents to the
 Web, or they must have access to viewers for proprietary formats.  The
 Internet Publisher solves this problem as well as achieving the first two
 goals of the Internet family of products.  Specifically, the Internet
 Publisher provides:

 Publishing Solution
          Internet Publisher contains everything a WordPerfect 6.1 user
          needs to create HTML documents.  A WordPerfect 6.1 template is
          provided, which guides a user through the process of creating an
          HTML document.  This allows the user to easily create HTML
          documents from within WordPerfect.  A conversion program is also
          included which will automatically convert the document to native
          HTML and bring up the included Web browser to view the 'final
          form' of the Web document.  HTML features such as hypertext links
          and bullet lists are accessed through the toolbar.  With this
          tool, the user does not need to learn a new HTML authoring tool
          or have a detailed knowledge of HTML.

 With the WordPerfect viewer (explained helow), users simply need to create
 and publish WordPerfect documents, bypassing HTML altogether.  Users can
 also publish Envoy documents and view Envoy files existing on the
 Internet.  The HTML browser allows users to automatically access
 WordPerfect and Envoy formatted documents, along with the corresponding

 Viewing Solutions
          The Internet Publisher provides:
          Netscape's Web Browser to view standard HTML docs & Home Pages
          WordPerfect viewer to view native WordPerfect documents
          Envoy Mini-Viewer to view Envoy (.evy) documents

 WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows SGML Edition
 Documents on the Internet must still be maintained, and WordPerfect 6.1
 for Windows SGML Edition gives users that ability.  SGML Edition allows
 users to create SGML documents using WordPerfect 6.1 rather than requiring
 a completely separate editing application.  Users will be able to leverage
 their existing knowledge of WordPerfect.

 While a template-based approach to HTML document creation is useful for
 small numbers of documents, it does not scale well to maintaining servers
 full of documents.  SGML Edition was designed for this type of task. 
 Moreover, as electronic publishing and digital commerce applications
 demand ever more complex SGML document types, SGML Edition will provide a
 viable solution.

 SGML Edition allows direct editing of HTML documents that can then be
 revised, re-saved and published back to the Internet.  Because SGML
 Edition is a complete solution, the user is not limited to the HTML
 template provided with the Internet Publisher.  SGML Edition gives users
 the ability to create forms for Internet distribution and high-end
 customized HTML documents.

 As the Internet and the Web evolve, so will HTML.  In time, HTML will need
 to incorporate more of the robustness of full SGML, and will become closer
 to SGML.  For example, HTML 2.0, the current Web standard, is much closer
 to full SGML than was HTML 1.O. By using WordPerfect 6.1 SGML Edition, the
 publisher of Internet documents will be ready for future HTML
 specifications changes.  To publish with each change, all the user will
 need is a new DTD for the enhanced HTML specification.  Because the SGML
 Edition will support any DTD, it will automatically support new HTML
 specifications and will always ship with the most recent HTML DTD.  New
 HTML DTDs will also be available free of charge from Novell.

 Other features of the SGML Edition include:

 Layout Designer
          The Layout Designer allows the user to assign format to SGML or
          HTML documents which contain only content and structure.  The
          layout designer, through the macro language of WordPerfect 6. 1,
          also allows batch tagging of documents.

 Document Type Definition Support
          SGML is defined by a Document Type Definition, or DTD.  The DTD
          defines how the document is structured and facilitates the
          publishing of information between different applications.  SGML
          is extremely flexible to enable organizations to design their own
          userdefined or use an industry DTD that is similar to their
          organizations style.  The SGML Edition of WordPerfect can use any
          user defined DTD, and ships with a good number of industry
          defined DTDS.  HTML is basically a DTD that was defined
          specifically for the Web.  It will certainly change in the future
          to accommodate changing nature of the Web.  Because the SGML
          edition supports any DTD, it %ill always be up to date with the

 File Support
          Either WordPerfect, SGML or HTML documents can be retrieved 
          directly into SGML Edition without conversion,

 Alias Support
          As is often the case with HTML (recall the cryptic tag used as an
          example above), a DTD may contain tags that are not identifiable
          by name to the SGML author.  Using an alias allows the author to
          assign an alternative name to the tag.  For example, using the
          case above the level one heading tag <HI> could have an alias
          that states the ftmction it plays in the overall HTML tag.  This
          feature greatly simplifies the HTML authoring and editing task.

 Interactive Validation and Error Reporting
          As the user tags a document for SGML output, an interactive
          validation feature walks the user through the tagging process. 
          As determined by the DTD, HTML for this example, the validator
          will indicate what tag should be applied at that point in the
          document.  Error reporting occurs when a tag is improperly placed
          in the document.

 The recent announcement from Novell stated plans to deliver a full range
 of Internet access, hosting, and application development tools for
 NetWare.  The Internet Publishing Solution is the first step along a path
 to a complete Internet connection, access, and application family of
 products from Novell.

 Novell is moving forward in its promise to provide additional electronic
 publishing tools to easily act upon information available on the Internet. 
 This is Pervasive Computing ... It's connecting people with other people
 and the information they need, giving them the power to act on that
 information -- anytime, anyplace.


 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature

 The Kids' Computing Corner

                          SUPER SOLVERS SPELLBOUND!

                Dual format CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows
                            ages seven to twelve
                            suggested retail $49
                           by The Learning Company
                               6493 Kaiser Dr.
                              Fremont, CA 94555

          IBM Requirements                       Macintosh Requirements
          ----------------                       ----------------------
          CPU:    386/25                         CPU:    Mac Color Classic
          RAM:    4 megs                         RAM:    4 megs
          Video:  16-color VGA (256 SVGA rec.)   Video:  256-color
          Hdisk:  1 meg                          Hdisk:  1 meg
          CD-ROM: Double-speed                   CD-ROM: Double-speed
          OS:     Windows 3.1                    OS:     System 7.0.1
          Misc.:   Sound card, mouse

 by Frank Sereno

 Are you ready for an exciting and difficult challenge?  "Super Solvers
 Spellbound!" offers several vocabulary and spelling exercises besides a
 traditional spelling bee.  Featuring graduating degrees of difficulty,
 "Spellbound!" offers a continuing challenge to children.  With the option
 of adding your own word lists, this program can even be beneficial to

 "Spellbound!" includes four activities.  These are Word Search, Criss
 Cross, Flash Card and the Spelling Bee.  The player must gain enough
 points in the first three activities before he can enter the Spelling Bee. 
 Advance through the five rounds of spelling bees and you become a national

 Word Search is a game of finding words in a matrix from a list of eight. 
 On the lowest level, the words are hidden vertically and horizontally.  As
 the player moves to the harder levels, diagonals are added.  On the final
 level, the letters can be connected in an almost infinite array of
 patterns.  This makes the game challenging for players of all ages.

 Criss Cross is similar to a crossword puzzle but there are no written
 clues.  The squares are laid out so that each word intersects with at
 least one other word.  To place the words correctly, one must place the
 words in the proper places.  Attention must be paid to the length of each
 word and the letters which will be in the intersections with other words. 
 Criss Cross uses combinations of four to eight words.

 Flash Card is a spelling game.  The player may choose to see the word
 flashed before him, hear the word pronounced or both.  He must correctly
 spell eight words to earn points.  If a word is misspelled, the correctly
 placed letters will be shown.  After three attempts, the correct spelling
 is displayed.  On higher levels, the player will have to spell the eight
 words, then he will have to unscramble them.

 The Spelling Bee is the final activity.  After the player has accumulated
 enough points, he can go to the spelling bee.  He will face two computer
 opponents.  The contestants will spell words in turn until each has made
 an error.  Words from the included lists will be announced aloud but
 created words will be flashed on the screen.

 "Spellbound!" has eye-pleasing graphics and excellent sound.  The
 interface is point-and-click and it includes help text files.  The program
 provides audible encouragement and the player is never penalized for an
 incorrect answer.  The game play does not include any arcade action but
 children are encouraged for doing well.  If your child enjoys puzzles and
 challenges, then he will enjoy "Spellbound!"  Educational value is
 excellent.  The program teaches vocabulary, spelling, word recall,
 auditory recognition and problem solving.  By using the word list creator,
 "Spellbound!" can be used to study vocabulary, technical terms and even
 other languages.

 "Spellbound!" offers excellent value and it is backed by The Learning
 Company's 30-Day guarantee.  If you are displeased with this program, it
 can be returned for an equivalent program from TLC's library or for cash.  


                         Graphics ........... 8.05
                         Sounds ............. 9.00
                         Interface .......... 8.05
                         Play Value ......... 8.00
                         Educational Value .. 9.00
                         Bang for the Buck .. 9.00
                         Average ............ 8.67

                    Activision's "Atari 2600 Action Pack"
 Are you ready for some gaming nostalgia?  Did you sell your old Atari
 gaming system years ago at a garage sale and wish you could play some
 classic games from yesteryear?  If you have an IBM compatible running
 Windows and a spare $25, you need look no further than the "Action Pack."

 Activision has included some of its greatest hits from the early days of
 video gaming.  You can relive the thrilling action of fifteen classic
 games all on one CD-ROM.  These are the games with the same code that you
 played a decade ago.  

 What makes this all possible is the Atari 2600 emulator.  The emulator
 does have some pretty heavy hardware requirements.  It needs at least a
 486DX-33 CPU and a 256-color display.  Activision recommends that you have
 the latest drivers for your video and sound cards as well.  It is hard to
 believe that so much horsepower is needed to emulate an 8-bit game

 Here's your chance to show the younger generation what gaming was like in
 the dark ages of video games, back when there was no full motion video and
 three-dimensional graphics.  Yes, those were the days when gamers had to
 have active imaginations plus quick reflexes and sore trigger thumbs.

 "Action Pack" includes Boxing, Chopper Command, Cosmic Commuter,
 Crackpots, Fishing Derby, Freeway, Frostbite, Grand Prix, H.E.R.O.,
 Kaboom!, Pitfall!, River Raid, Seaquest, Sky Jinks and Spider Fighter.
 This is only the first volume.  I'm not certain what titles will be
 included in the future.  It's possible that Activision may obtain the
 rights to other companies' software.  I'd love to play some of the old
 Imagic games brought back to life.

 I'd also like to see some of these titles enhanced with better graphics
 and story lines.  Maybe an educational game could be incorporated into
 Freeway.  "Retro" or nostalgia gaming may be gaining popularity but I want
 more than that.

 If you are looking to re-experience the dawning age of video gaming, the
 "Action Pack" does an excellent job.  Just do not be disappointed with how
 the old games looked compared to today's best.  If gameplay is your thing,
 then these old classics still have it.

 As always, I thank you for reading!   


          Customers Access Novell's Electronic Technical Services 
                     More Than 3.5 Million Times Monthly

      OREM, Utah -- May 8, 1995 --Novell today detailed the company's
 expansion of on-line technical support services, highlighting Novell's
 strategy of providing electronic support options that allow customers to
 be more productive, increase self-reliance and reduce technical support
 out-of-pocket expenses. Chief among the elements of the announcement was
 the consolidation of electronic-based technical resources from Novell,
 Inc., WordPerfect Corporation, the Quattro Pro business and SoftSolutions
 Inc., providing the industry's most comprehensive set of electronic
 services and tools.

      Other enhancements include branding Novell NetWire as the name of the
 company's technical support presence on all major on-line services;
 expanding Novell's strategy to broadly place Novell NetWire on additional
 on-line services; creating dynamically updated "Top 20" lists based on
 customer usage; increasing the number of forums maintained on CompuServe;
 and other initiatives that make the company's services easier to learn and

      "Novell has always had an extremely active relationship with its
 customers via on-line technical support, but further advancements in
 technology and management expertise have immensely increased our
 customers' use of and satisfaction with these services," said John Lewis,
 senior vice president of Novell Technical Services (NTS). "We expect this
 rapid increase in usage to continue as we also continue to innovatively
 enhance our electronic support solutions." 

      The increased customer usage of Novell's electronic technical
 services is evidence that customers find value in the services provided by
 Novell. Accesses to Novell's electronic technical support services
 increased more than 500 percent between March 94 and March 95.

      "In March 1994, we received around 600,000 accesses to our electronic
 technical services," said Michael Bishop, director of Electronic Support
 at Novell Technical Services. "This March, we topped 3.5 million accesses,
 and the upward trend is accelerating monthly."

      Novell recently consolidated the technical information for all major
 company products and is now branding Novell NetWire as the name of the
 company's technical support presence on all major on-line services. Novell
 NetWire is currently on the Internet, CompuServe, and SpaceWorks. The
 company's strategy includes aggressively reviewing all on-line services
 for possible placement of Novell NetWire content. The current review
 includes America Online, Interchange, Prodigy and expansion of the
 company's presence on SpaceWorks. Novell plans on placing Novell NetWire
 on AT&T NetWare Connect Services (ANCS) when the service is available.

       Novell NetWire provides online access to technical, corporate and
 product information from Novell through remote access 24 hours-a-day.
 Novell NetWire includes message forums, easily searchable online databases
 and libraries of downloadable files. Novell NetWire is best known for
 providing quick, inexpensive access to technical solutions from
 experienced system operators (SYSOPS) and other knowledgeable users.
 Technical questions posted on Novell NetWire usually receive a response
 within 24 hours. Advanced questions are routed through Novell's direct
 technical resources, the same resources used to solve hotline support

      Novell has also created two "Top 20" lists on Novell NetWire. These
 lists provide customers with the top 20 Technical Information Documents
 (TIDS) and top 20 downloadable files based on customer access to each
 Novell NetWire on-line service.  Automatically updated according to
 customer usage, the "Top 20" lists represent the most common technical
 solutions delivered on-line to customers by Novell.

      Additional expansion of Novell's electronic technical support
 offering includes adding 11 public forums on CompuServe, where information
 on all Novell Business Applications, GroupWare and Consumer Products will
 be maintained by Novell. Novell NetWire is also receiving an updated look,
 as Novell switches from the current bookshelf metaphor interface to an
 icon-based interface. 

      Novell's electronic technical support offering aligns with the
 company's vision of pervasive computing by providing Novell's service
 partners, large accounts, customers and technical support engineers with
 access to comprehensive technical information on Novell products, anytime,
 anyplace. Novell is establishing the electronic support programs and
 delivery vehicles required to provide technical assistance to a billion
 users worldwide by the year 2000.


 > Integrity Master STR InfoFile


 Integrity Master(tm) provides complete, easy to use, data integrity for
 your PC plus virus protection. It can also be used to provide file change
 management and security on your PC.  It scans for viruses like other
 anti-virus products but it also protects you against more than just

 Integrity Master provides function and performance far beyond any other
 anti-viral or data integrity software, yet is easy enough for novice
 users.  Integrity Master is written 100% in assembly language and provides
 the utmost in speed and small size.  It is certified as a virus scanner by
 the National Computer Security Association (NCSA).  Integrity Master is
 the recommended anti-virus in "The 1995 PC Magazine PC Buyer's Guide" and
 recommended by John Dvorak in his "Inside Track" column in PC Magazine
 (see below).

  Distinguishing features:
 1) Integrity Master recognizes known viruses by name and will describe
    their characteristics and then allow you to (optionally) remove them.

 2) It can detect not only existing viruses, but also as yet unknown
    viruses.  Unlike other programs, which you must constantly update to 
    keep ahead of the current crop of viruses, Integrity Master continues 
    to protect you.

 3) Unlike other programs, it detects sectors and files which were damaged 
    by a virus not just those that were infected.

 4) Integrity Master understands which files and areas on your disk are
    special and provides special specific diagnosis and recovery if these
    areas have changed.

 5) Integrity Master can reload system sectors on disks which are so badly
    damaged that DOS can no longer recognize them.

 6) Integrity Master detects any form of file or program corruption, not
    just that caused by viruses.  This makes Integrity Master a useful tool
    to provide PC security, change management and hardware error detection.
    Why spend your time merely checking for viruses when you give your PC a
    complete check out with Integrity Master?

 7) Integrity Master provides easy to use menus with context sensitive
    help plus a complete tutorial.  Integrity Master is designed so you
    you can start using it immediately -- no need to open the manual!

 8) Integrity Master is useful as an aid to PC security. If someone 
    changes, adds or deletes any of your files you will know.

 9) Integrity Master is useful with disk diagnostics.  You can run your
    normal test programs to check if your disk drive is working OK right 
    now, but was it working correctly at 3 PM yesterday?  Integrity Master 
    will detect any disk errors which caused data damage earlier.

 10) You just restored your files from a backup.  Are all the files really 
     OK?  Integrity Master will tell you.

 11) You just deleted *.BAT rather than *.BAK.  Integrity Master will
     tell you exactly which files you need to restore.

 12) Your hard disk is having problems.  Now DOS will not even recognize it 
     as a disk.  IM can diagnose and then reload your partition and boot 
     sectors to "fix" your disk!

 John Dvorak wrote in the May 17, 1994 (V13#9) PC Magazine "Inside Track"

    "Genuinely Interesting Software Dept.: A friend of mine called me a
    month ago telling me that he had made the mistake of booting his
    machine on a Sunday when that old Michaelangelo virus would
    activate. It did. No backups, either. In time for the next year's
    outbreak, it's not too late to get what's considered by almost all
    experts to be the current state-of-the-art anti-virus package on
    the market: Integrity Master from Stiller Research (2625 Ridgeway
    St., Tallahassee, FL 32310, U.S.A.;phone, 800-788-0787,
    314-256-3130). In a side-by-side comparison, this product beats
    everything on the market. With its built-in scanner, Integrity
    Master will not only find every known virus, it will also handle
    polymorphic and other odd type viruses.  This is the anti-virus
    software I use. It's only $39.95 in the U.S. and $44.50 elsewhere.
    Shipping and handling is included in the price. Get this package
    and you will be glad you did."

                               What's new?


 Version 2.42d:

 This release fixes false positive virus indications in MSAV/CPAV products
 as well as DM300, Neuroquila, and ViennaF.

 Version 2.42c:

 This release fixes a false virus indication for: Auspara4 and Shiny.

 Version 2.42b released 3/17/95:

 1) Small addition to IM's scanner of a few more viruses including Diehard2
    and a correction to the Ming detection algorithm.

 2) Adjust alignment of text on IM's Option menu.

 3) Allow IM to update integrity data in initialize mode even when
    "Integrity Update" is set to Never.

 4) Fix false detection of Freddy2 in Cheyanne's INNOCULAN anti-virus.

 5) Corrected false positive of Auspara4 and Phalcon

 Version 2.42a released 2/28/95:

 1) IM supports a new option to allow rapid screening of diskettes for
    boot viruses.  This is available through the Check menu as well as
    the "/VB" command line switch.  This also allows IM to read boot
    sectors on diskettes that are unreadable to DOS.  Researchers can use
    this option when testing IM since IM will also check the boot sector
    for partition sector (MBR) viruses.

 2) New "Force update" option on the "Integrity update" options submenu.
    Selecting this option or using the new "/UA" command line switch will
    force integrity master to update integrity data for all files.  
    Normally IM will not update integrity data for what appear to be 
    corrupted files when it is running unattended.

 3) When run from a diskette, IM will now automatically offer to change to
    change to another disk.

 4) New easier install.  SetupIM will now offer a super fast install that
    usually gets IM installed in under one minute.

 5) IM tolerates a wild card spec on it's /P (disk and directory change)
    parameter.  This allows you to use IM with some programs that insist
    on including a wild card with the directory to check.  For example:
    IMSCAND C:\DOS\*.* will scan all files in subdirectory \DOS.

 6) Changed colors on some help/tutorial screens to improve legibility.

 7) SetupIM changed so it will correctly recognize drive characteristics of
    disks using Symantec's Ncache.

 8) IM will not pause even if severe hardware errors occur when the /ND
    command line option is used.

 9) IM identifies over 600 new viruses by name and characteristic
    including: 7thSon2, Ambalama, Andromeda, Ansibomb, AntiCleric,
    Asexual, Attitude, Aurea, BNB, BigX, Big_Bang, Bloody_Warrior,
    Breaking, CarpeDiem, Centenary, Click, DA'BOYS, Dementia, Dichotomy,
    Dillinger, ESP, Emma, Felize, Galicia, Geek, Gipsy, Greetings, Heja,
    Hellspawn, Human Greed, Taslehoff, Icecream, Infernal, Iron, Jack,
    Jimmy, Jpage, Kode4, Kode4b, Kohn6, Kommuna, Leningrad, Leuk, Loki,
    Merde-3/5, NoLimitz, Ntit, Nygus.278, Offspring, Override, Ovile,
    PHB, Panek, Panic, PeaceMan, Peanut, Peter2, Phantasm, Pirate,
    Polifemo, Praying, Psychosis, Rambo, Raptor, Rattle, Redstar,
    Rubbit2, Saigon, Sampo, Sandy, Santa, Satyricon, Semtex6, Shin,
    Smallcomp, Soupy, Soupy-Death, Sov1, Sterculius, Strange, Sword,
    Teraz, VLamiX, Vampiro, ViNCHuCa, ViroGen, Wet, YB2, Zombie, and Zulu
    as well as the usual new but trivial ARCV, Australian Parasite,
    Jerusalem, Leprosy, PS-MPC, VCL and Vienna related viruses.

 Versions 2.40a, 2.41a and 2.41b are restricted beta versions please
 do not use or distribute these versions.

 New in Version 2.31:

 1) New /ND parameter allows even faster execution of IM in unattended 
    mode.  This works the /NE parameter but eliminates further pauses and 
    screen displays.

 2) The primary display has been simplified and now displays license

 3) You may now choose report filespecs (disk, directory and filename) of
    up to 30 characters using the /RF= command line option.

 4) IM now supports a home directory so you can keep autonamed reports and
    reload files in a single subdirectory.

 5) Integrity Master now supports an option to never update integrity data
    under any circumstance.

 6) Registered users of IM can now download evaluation (shareware) versions
    from any of thousands of BBSes world wide and convert them to the
    registered version.

 7) IM identifies over 300 new viruses by name and characteristic 

    3Tunes, 4Pirates, Accept, Agena, Aija, Aragon, Bengal, Berlusconi,
    BRAVO, Bruchetto, BuffEater, Chill, Chromo, Cobra, Curse, DAS_BOOT,
    Double heart, Dicker, Epidemic FeelBad, Fifo, Firefly, Fission, FLAME,
    Genesis, Gidra, Goga, Gusano, Hbex, HOP, Hot, JoeAnthro, Junkie, Kaos4,
    Khizhnjak, MidNight, Ming, Modor, MZ, Natas, Neuroquila, Nika,
    Noncemale, One_Half, P.Enemy, Paola, Phunnie, Plagiarist, Pure, Razor,
    Ritzen, RMBD, Scratch, Simplex, Slash, Slub, Smoka, SofiaTerm, Stimp,
    Stunning, Sunrise, Sybille, Sze, TaiPan(Whisper) Tajfun, Tamanna, 
    Taurus, TISO, Trumpery, Tver, Veronika, Aver_Torto, Villino, Warlock, 
    WXYC, W_Cards, XUXA2

 8) We've eliminated several Mutation Engine (mte) false virus indications.

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

 > eWorld Updates STR InfoFile


 CUPERTINO, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire/ via NewsPage -- Today, Apple
 Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq-NNM: AAPL), announced that users of its on-line
 service, eWorld can now actually listen to an on-line conference instead
 of watching a screen of scrolling messages. The feature, entitled "Speak"
 is one of the many capabilities of the service's next operating version --
 code named Golden Gate -- that is available ahead of schedule. Golden Gate
 is expected to be released later this quarter and aims to enhance the
 service's ease of use and communication capabilities with expanded
 Internet access, intelligent electronic mail management, and other

 Separately, eWorld unveiled a new marketing campaign that focuses on the
 home/consumer market, leveraging the company's strengths in this area. 
 Using Apple's Plain Talk technology, Speak allows users to actually listen
 to the conversation in a conference room by assigning a different voice to
 conference members. The feature creates a richer conferencing environment
 by letting users participate in a conference while doing other things on
 the service. Moreover, the company expects the feature to be an important
 tool in creating disability solutions, especially for kids and adults with
 learning disabilities and to some extent, the visually impaired. eWorld is
 the first commercial online service to incorporate this technology.

 "Apple has a legacy of making all our products accessible to people with
 disabilities, so it's natural that the company pioneers this solution to
 the information superhighway with its own on-line service," said Alan
 Brightman, manager of Apple Worldwide Disability Solutions -- whose group
 also publishes the "Disability Connection" in eWorld. "One of the things
 eWorld Speak allows us to do is explore ways to provide on line solutions
 to the learning disabled and the visually impaired," he added.

 In addition to Speak, other features of Golden Gate that are now available
 for users to download include:

 -- Faster access to eWorld in 250 U.S. cities through support of 14.4 kpbs
    high speed modems -- at no additional cost.

 -- Exclusive on-line support from Apple. Users post a question and receive
    an answer directly from an Apple support professional the next business
    day. (Editors Note: See release 4/17/95, "Apple Offers Direct On-line
    Computer Support via eWorld.")

 -- An auto-open feature that opens to a specific eWorld area when logging
    into the service.

 -- Playful variations of the eWorld Town Square for users to download into
    their art folder, including Winter, Martian, Desert, Valentine, St.
    Patrick, Jurassic and Spring versions.

 When released later this quarter, Golden Gate is expected to include
 greater access to the Internet, more multimedia capabilities, and an
 electronic mail agent that allows users to automatically filter and better
 manage incoming mail. The company expects World Wide Web access -- also
 ahead of original schedule -- to be available to eWorld users by mid-year.

 New Home/Consumer Campaign Levers Apple's Strengths
 In addition, eWorld has launched a new advertising and direct marketing
 campaign that focuses on the home/consumer market. Executed by Wunderman
 Cato Johnson, San Francisco, the campaign shows a family at home exploring
 eWorld on their computer. The campaign's message is that eWorld brings
 solutions to family's real-world needs.

 "The home and consumer market is a key market for us because eWorld
 provides an on-line environment that is appropriate for every member of
 the family," said Peter Friedman, vice president and general manager of
 eWorld.  "Not only is the company strong in this area and eWorld offerings
 on target for families at home, but our studies are showing that our most
 recent subscribers are coming from the home market."

 The ads hit the newsstands this month in major Macintosh and computer
 industry publications. The company is also synchronizing an aggressive
 direct mail campaign to complement the advertising placements.

 eWorld is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, global family of on-line services
 from Apple, which include eWorld for Macintosh and NewtonMail -- eWorld's
 messaging service for Newton personal digital assistants. Included on most
 Apple Macintosh computers, the software is also available free to all U.S.
 Macintosh users by calling 800-775-4556. eWorld is available in the U.S.,
 Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. eWorld for
 Windows-based personal computers is expected to be available in 1995.

 Apple  Computer,  Inc. an information industry innovator, creates powerful
 solutions  based  on easy to use personal computers, servers, peripherals,
 software,  on-line  services  and  personal  digital  assistants. Based in
 Cupertino,   CA.,  Apple  develops,  manufactures,  licenses  and  markets
 products, technologies and services for the business, education, consumer,
 scientific, engineering and government markets in more than 140 countries.

 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, and Newton are registered
 trademarks and NewtonMail and eWorld are trademarks of Apple Computer,
 Inc.  All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.


                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

          It's been a really slow week with regard to Atari computing news. 
 I often wonder how much time remains before there's nothing to report, on
 a regular basis.  It must be the weather that is putting me in a dreary
 mood tonight.  It may also be due to the fact that I spent the best part
 of my day off today packing up most of my unused ST software and spare
 hardware and storing it in my basement.. it was taking up way too much
 space laying around spread out all over the place.  My wife is still in
 shock that I moved it all!

          Last week I mentioned that I'd be including an article on
 Europe's latest Atari-specific magazine, Atari World.  Well, I finally had
 a chance to put it all together and you'll find that article this week.

          Unfortunately, that's about all we have for you in this issue
 pertaining to the computing side (other than Joe Mirando's "People Are
 Talking" column).  Hey, it happens.  So, let's get the show on the road!

      Until next time...


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 > New HardCopy MAG STR Focus

                             Atari World Debuts!

      A rare occurrence in today's world of Atari computing is the advent
 of a new magazine devoted to Atari products.  Well, Europe is more
 supportive than North America, so I guess it's not toostrange that a new
 magazine would originate from there.

      Out of the "ashes" of "ST Review" comes Atari World.  Many of the
 same names that you remember from Review are with Atari World.  It's hard
 to break up a good team, apparently.  Vic Lennard, former editor of ST
 Review, maintains his editor role with Atari World.  Along with Lennard
 comes Ofir Gal, Andrew Wright, and Nial Grimes.  There are also other
 contributors whose names are readily recognized from their activity on the
 UseNet.  These people havesome good experience; the magazine proves it.

      Atari World, as briefly mentioned last week, is actually a
 publication made up of three individual magazines: Atari World, Atari Pro,
 and ST Source - each with a specific purpose and slant.

      The main focus of the magazine is Atari World.  There are 84
 colored-glossy pages jam-packed with information and ads.  Atari World
 covers just about all aspects of Atari computing and gaming news.  There
 is a news section covering show reports, product announcements, Internet
 news, etc.  There is news about public domain software, programming news,
 feedback (letters), telecommunications, user groups, and more.  There are
 feature articles as well as a number of reviews.

      Atari Pro is a 16-page magazine devoted to the Falcon (this month's
 issue).  This issue deals with DTP info, MIDI, graphics, and a
 question/answer section.  I found the articles to be quite informative;
 and I don't even own a Falcon!

      ST Source is also a 16-page magazine, but it deals with the
 "practical" side of the ST.  The articles are those which help you learn
 about the machine - primarily for the beginner/intermediate user.  Source
 has articles such as making a boot disk, formatting disks, desk
 accessories, AUTO folders and programs, and more.

      ST Source is a magazine that I wish that I had access to when I first
 started with my ST; it would have save me a lot of the frustration that I
 went through.  At that time, I needed to make calls to various people to
 understand these things.  The info in ST Source would have made all of the

      Atari World and its accompanying magazines were special for me as I
 was enticed to read everything.  I've read a number of Atari magazines
 over the years, but I usually only read a select few articles and skipped
 over the rest.  There are (or were) only a few magazines that made me want
 to read them from cover to cover.  Atari World is one such magazine.  I
 must say that this is unique because this is the first European magazine
 that has warranted it.  Now if I can find a local source to buy it!

      If you haven't seen these magazines yet, I suggest that you make an
 attempt to find them.  I have heard that some dealers in the U.S. carry
 it; I doubt that bookstores will stock them.

      Subscription info:

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                               JAGUAR SECTION

 E3 Debuts!  
 Hover Strike Codes!
 The "Other" Guys!
 Ultra64 Delayed!
 And more....

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

      The E3 show has begun and it's likely to dominate the gaming
 industry's news for the next few days.  If you recall, this show is a
 departure from the traditional SCES.  From all preliminary reports, this
 show will be dominated by the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn
 machines.  Nintendo's Ultra64 has been delayed, but may make an
 appearance at E3.  Early reports tell us that Atari's presence at E3 is
 smaller than its competitors.  However, with the focus likely to be on the
 newer machines, Atari really needs to make a better-than-usual showing to
 take away some of the attention.  As the show progresses, we hope to have
 some details of Atari's "performance" at the show.

      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
             Sensible Soccer                      Telegames
             Double Dragon V      $59.99          Williams
             Hover Strike         $59.99          Atari Corp.

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

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

              Pinball Fantasies   $ 59.95         Computer West
              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!

                    -/- Nintendo Delays Ultra 64 -/-

          Video game maker Nintendo says its much-anticipated 3-D Nintendo
 Ultra 64 home game system is being delayed until after Christmas, a
 development seen as giving a huge jump to rivals Sega, Sony and 3DO Co.
          Reporting from Nintendo of America's Redmond, Washington,
 headquarters, United Press International quotes company officials as
 saying the Ultra 64 video player, designed with Silicon Graphics Inc.,
 will be launched next April at a retail price under $250.
          The company officially will unveil the unit at its annual video
 game exhibition Nov. 24-26 in Makuhari, Japan, and at the Consumer
 Electronics Show on Jan. 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
          UPI says U.S. Nintendo Chairman Howard Lincoln sought to downplay
 the moving by saying, "We have made a conscious decision not to rush
 Nintendo Ultra 64 to market. We've decided to give our software developers
 additional time to maximize the power of this system in their game
          However, the wire service notes Sega has said it will have its
 new 3-D models in stores in September. Sony also plans to enter the fray
 before Christmas. "And interactive game producer 3DO Co. of Redwood City,
 California, said this week it will launch an upgraded 64-bit machine later
 this year that it claims will re-shape home entertainment," UPI says.

                  -/- Nintendo Unveils Virtual Boy -/-

          Nintendo of America Inc. reports that Virtual Boy, its new video
 game system, will be launched in the U.S. on Aug. 14.
          The $179.95 unit, which Nintendo describes as a "three-
 dimensional, virtual immersion, 32-bit video game system," will be backed
 by more than $25 million in marketing.
          Virtual Boy will be bundled with a game title and a double-grip
 controller. An AC adapter will become available later this year.
          Virtual Boy is a RISC-based, 32-bit system that uses two
 high-resolution, mirror-scanning LEDs to produce a 3-D experience. Notes
 Nintendo: "Its unique design eliminates most external stimuli, totally
 immersing players into their own private universe with high-resolution
 red images against a deep, black background. The 3-D experience is
 enhanced through stereophonic sound and a new, specially designed,
 double-grip controller which accommodates multi-directional spatial
          "We're bringing a totally unique, 3-D gaming experience to market
 at an affordable price and in time to get a jump on the holiday shopping
 season," says Peter Main, vice president of marketing for the Redmond,
 Washington-based company. "We expect to sell more than 1.5 million
 hardware units and 2.5 million pieces of software by the end of 1995."

                 -/- Virtual Reality Headgear Ships -/-

          Forte Technologies Inc. says it has started shipping its VFX1
 Headgear Virtual Reality System.  The company, based in Rochester, New
 York, notes that the unit is the first truly integrated headset designed
 for PCs. The $995 product includes high-contrast 789- by 230-dot LCDs, a
 three-axis head tracker, high-fidelity stereo headphones, a microphone and
 custom lenses. Also provided is a CD-ROM with virtual reality versions of
 several popular PC games.
          "The VFX1 Headgear system is the only complete virtual reality
 headset system available today," says Paul Travers, president of Forte
 Technologies. "Unlike other head-mounted display systems that are bulky,
 uncomfortable and allow outside environments in, the VFX1 Headgear is
 ergonomically designed and truly immersive to enhance the computer
 gaming experience."
          On CompuServe, virtual reality is discussed in the Cyber Forum

                  -/- Game Software Alliance Formed -/-

          Entertainment software publisher Electronic Arts says it has
 acquired a minority stake in NovaLogic Inc., an interactive game maker
 located in Calabasas, California.
          Electronic Arts, based in San Mateo, California, also reports
 that NovaLogic has signed a four-year agreement under which Electronic
 Arts will have exclusive distribution rights for NovaLogic's CD- and
 floppy-based entertainment software in English-speaking countries.
 Financial terms of the agreements weren't disclosed.
          Founded in 1985, NovaLogic's products include Comanche, Armored
 Fist, WolfPack and Ultrabots. Electronic Arts says the company pioneered
 real-time interactive 3-D rendering for the PC with its proprietary Voxel
 Space technology.
          "NovaLogic has some of the best creative talent in the
 interactive entertainment software industry," says Larry Probst, chairman
 and CEO of Electronic Arts. "This is an investment in a successful,
 growing publisher with great products, a proven track record, and
 leading-edge technology."
          The NovaLogic deal is the latest in a string of software
 publishing investments and acquisitions made by Electronic Arts over the
 past several months.


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

 > Hover Strike "Secret Missions" Codes!

 From CompuServe's Atari Gaming Forums:
 Just got some codes off the net c/o Jeremy Haines.  After completing
 Hoverstrike you are given codes for the game.  The codes allow you to
 access a secret mission on each level which is filled with powerups.
 If you enter the codes correctly you will receive a tone.  I have not
 tried them yet but here they are.

 Level 1:  2+3+6+up
 Level 2: 2+6+7+8+down
 Level 3: 3+5+6+right
 Level 4: 2+5+8+up
 Level 5: 2+4+5+6+right

 [Editor's note: These codes are not confirmed]


 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

                CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas

                               E3 is NOW!
 The first wave of Atari people have invaded the Los Angeles area with
 several more waves to follow. Along with them are boxes sealed with
 pilfer-proof tape and scores of developer carts. While the U64 has been
 delayed and 3DO makes promises of a machine that has yet been shown to
 exist, the 64-bit Jaguar has passed its most difficult hurdles. Atari
 has proven 64-bit technology does exist. Atari has proven they are here
 for the long haul and Atari has some really cool things to show the
 industry at E3. You will undoubtedly hear reports early on. In fact, the
 pros at Atari Explorer Online will be filming two separate and intensive
 videos at E3. Make sure you pick up their issue to be released this week
 for ordering info.
 As E3 progresses through the weekend, two teams of us will be sneaking
 away from the convention center with E-Proms to show at selected Jaguar
 retailers in the LA area. There will be hundreds of T-shirts given away
 and we will share the latest E3 news.
 On Thursday night (May 11) from 6pm to 9pm, John Skruch will be leading
 the "TRF" (Thea Relm Fighters) team to the Virgin Megastore located at
 8000 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. John has produced countless game
 titles back to the 8-bit days and remains faithful to the fun-factor
 philosophy at Atari.
 Also from 6pm to 9pm Thursday night, Don Thomas and Tal Funke-Bilu make
 an encore appearance at the Wherehouse located at 3115 Foothill
 Boulevard in La Cresenta. Don and Tal travelled last weekend. They met
 with Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online and Juan Gonzalez who is
 active on the Internet. They even met Ed of Industrial Light and Magic
 and we saw a prototype of Darth Vader's stunt double's helmet for the
 upcoming film. Ed got two T-shirts! <g>
 On Friday from 6pm to 9pm, see John and the TRF renegade at Electronics
 Boutique located at 108 Lakewood Center in Lakewood. OR see Tal and Don
 at The Good Guys at 1401 Hawthorne Boulevard in Redondo Beach.
 I apologize to all CATscan members for not getting the latest issues
 of online mags up sooner. It is now up to date and I will refresh it
 again as soon as I return on Monday. CATscan BBS may be accessed by
 dialing 209/239-1552.

 Sb: Jaguar CD - Release Date
 Fm: Laury Scott [ATARI] 75300,2631
 To: All

 We will be announcing at E3 an August release date for the CD.  It will
 be $149 and will include 3 CD's - Vid Grid (music videos in a puzzle
 game), the Tempest 2000 audio CD and one other CD game.

 The software development has taken longer than expected and is the main
 reason for the delay.

 We expect to have 6-8 game titles available at the time of shipment.

 The following titles will be coming out with or shortly after the CD

         Demolition Man
         Creature Shock
         Highlander I
         Blue Lightning
         Dragon's Lair

 Note: As many of you have speculated the Hardware has been done for some
 time and we have just been waiting on the software.  The software is
 coming along fine (as anyone attending E3 will be able to see) and we
 are now able to commit.


 Sb: New Hardware Info
 Fm: Laury Scott [ATARI] 75300,2631
 To: all

 I will take this opportunity to give you all a preview of the new hardware
 that will be shown at E3 -

 Jag Link Interface - The Jag Link will be in stores next month at about
 $30. This product will allow you to connect 2 Jaguars to play such games
 as Doom, Battlesphere, etc.

 C2 (I don't know what name Marketing has settled on) - The new 6 button
 controller will be released during the summer and should sell for around

 Team Tap - The 4 player adapter will also be available during the summer
 and should sell for around $25.  It will be available by the time we ship
 White Men Can't Jump which will be the first title to support it.  Arena
 Football will also support it and I am hearing rumors about it being able
 to support 8 players.

 Jaguar VR - We will be announcing the Jaguar Virtual Reality System at E3. 
 I will provide some more information about it later this week. 



                              PRE-E3 SHOW NEWS

 by Andy Eddy, Delphi's Video Gaming Forum manager

 Okay, here's some news from the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Excuse my
 generality, because all the news hasn't been fleshed out.

 * As you probably know by now, Nintendo has delayed the Ultra 64 to April
 1996. A presentation downplayed the delay, and emphasized the system it
 will be bringing out in August, Virtual Boy. The show hasn't started yet,
 so we can't say how good the games will look, but Nintendo claims close to
 100 VB licensees.

 * Software for Nintendo includes Killer Instinct for SNES and Game
 Boy(?!), Donkey Kong Country 2 (which focuses on Diddy's adventure and a
 new female sidekick who can propeller her ponytail), Donkey Kong Land for
 Game Boy and Earthbound for SNES.

 * Sony is gearing up for the PlayStation's release. I didn't get a firm
 price and date, but I heard about $350 and September. Again, as the show
 goes on, I'll have more info. Many of the people I talk to (including
 journalists and developers) seem to think that Sony will have the upper
 hand in sales vs. Sega and even (later) Nintendo. Games in the Sony booth
 will be reported on later.

 * Sega reportedly thought that Sony was going to have a *giant* booth at
 E3. So they went wild spending money, only to find that Sony had a pretty
 *normal* booth. (g) Sega also has been buzzing the various  pre-show
 parties with a slew of Sega Saturn vans with Cherry Coke logos on them
 too. However, the big news is Sega's release of the Saturn to three chains
 of stores (so far a rumor and with the three store chains unknown by me at
 this point) TOMORROW (May 11)! Price isn't determined, but pack-ins are
 reported to be Virtua Fighter *and* Panzer Dragoon.

 * 3DO again demo'ed the M2 upgrade, which was *very* impressive. However,
 very few people (because the demo was on video) believed that this truly
 existed. Even so, there's no announcement of price, availability or who
 the hardware manufacturer(s) will be. Trip Hawkins told me that they are
 looking to the current hardware manufacturers for its construction and
 release. A reporter from Time asked how 3DO would compete against "a
 company with deep pockets, Sony," and Trip answered that they are in good
 shape and that his personal commitment was far beyond any other company
 head in the industry.

 * Not much to report on Atari, because they didn't have a pre-show event,
 but I did talk to Garry Tramiel, who gave a very confident dissertation on
 how they are in a great position with a $159 price against Sony, Sega and
 3DO, with a CD unit just around the corner.

 I'll definitely have more to report on as the show progresses. Heck, it
 hasn't even started yet as I write this!
                                                      A  E


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

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  I just got back from Washington DC for a
 friends wedding.  I took a couple of extra days so that I could see the
 I made my usual pilgrimage to the Air and Space Museum in the Smithsonian
 where I got the chance to see a "show" at the Einstein Planetarium.  If
 you ever find yourself in DC with a couple of hours to kill, go directly
 to the Air & Space Museum!  Next we (my wife and I) walked to the
 Washington Monument and along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial. 
 Even though the Parks Service is now working to determine the best way to
 restore the memorial (there are scaffolds everywhere), this was still my
 favorite place in all of Washington.  I've never thought of myself as an
 especially patriotic person but I've found that when I'm standing inside
 the Lincoln Memorial, reading Honest Abe's words, peering into that huge,
 weary, ever-so-slightly down-turned face, and even looking at the profile
 of Mary Todd Lincoln in the curls of Abe's hair, I feel oddly at peace. 
 Even with the ever-present noise within and without the monument, it's
 like I'm all alone with the giant Lincoln, waiting for a bit of wisdom or
 a sample of his famous humor from across more than a century.  Yes, there
 is much that we can learn from Lincon... much that we should have learned
 already perhaps, but perhaps there is still time.
 Well I guess that's enough of my babbling.  Let's get on with the real
 reason for this column... all the great news, hints, and tips available
 every week right here on CompuServe.

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 On the subject of accessing the Internet with an ST, Chris Roth tells us:

   "I had my first PPP connect to CompuServe today! And I even managed to
   try a ftp session. Unfortunately it was slow again, but I don't know
   how far that depends on the business hours in the States, where the
   Internet, meanwhile, seems to be helplessly overloaded.
   However, I am kind of happy..
   I'll post instructions and the setting files in the next messages."

 Michel Vanhamme tells us:

   "I've been trying to contact Behne & Behne (makers of NVDI) for upgrade
   information by mail and e-mail for quite some ime now, and have had no
   reply yet. I'm wondering if, just maybe, the addresses I have are
   correct, so I'd be glad if someone could correct/confirm this
   Behne & Behne Systemsoftware GbR Lindenkamp 2 31515 Wunstorf Germany
   BTW I had the same problems with OverScan (makers of Screenblaster) so
   I'm still trying to find their address too!"

 Simon Churchill asks Michel:

   "Are you in Europe or the U.K.?
   If so then you can get details about NVDI from System solutions and
   details about Screenblaster from COMPO,  they are both well established
   companies and give all the help they can."

 Michel tells Simon:

   "I'm in Europe (Belgium).
   Re: Screenblaster, the dealer I bought it from told me I had to contact
   OverScan in Germany directly. But your reply gave me an idea: I might 
   try Compo in the Netherlands one of these days (no Compo in Belgium, 
   Also, I'll annoy the dealers here one more time..."

 Back to accessing the 'net with an ST.  Chris Roth tells us:

   "Since I managed to get a PPP connect with the NOS package (available
   here in the Libs) I want to share my 'knowledge':
   I have put NOS in the directory c:\nos and start it with the parameters
   "-dc:\nos", so that I don't have to keep startup.nos nd dialer.pp0 on
   the root directory. I noticed that on my Falcon NOS bombs on exiting
   when run in 16-color mode. As it doesn't do so in mono mode, I didn't
   try to locate the failure.
   Here is my startup.nos file:
   # startup file for KA9Q-NOS ST (DIS Version)
   log c:\nos\nos.log
   # Attach the SLIP driver to the serial port
   #      if  port 0 slip dev buff mss  baud
   #      --- ---- - ---- --- ---- ---  ----
   attach asy AUX: 0 ppp pp0 4640 1500 19200
   #dialer pp0 dialer.pp0
   ppp pp0 lcp local accm 0
   #ppp pp0 lcp local compress address on
   #ppp pp0 lcp local compress protocol on
   ppp pp0 lcp local magic on
   ppp pp0 lcp open active
   ppp pp0 ipcp local compress tcp 16 1
   ppp pp0 ipcp open active
   route add default pp0
   domain addserver []
   # how many hops before a packet is discarded (Time To Live)
   ip ttl 64
   # tcp parameters can be tuned.
   tcp mss 960
   tcp window 5000
   echo refuse
   # Start the servers
   start smtp
   start ftp
   start echo
   start discard
   start finger
   start telnet
   I used pricipally the startup.nos found in the archive here in the
   Libs.  I have commented out two of the "ppp pp0 local compress ..."
   commands because the resulted in error outputs at startup.  Also,
   there's a commented dialer command in the file that can be removed for
   automatic connect.
   The login script (dialer.pp0):
   # Sample login script for CIS
   # replace  tel number, User ID ad password!
   init "ATZ\"
   dial_cmd "ATD"
   ld_code ""
   number "12345678\r"
   retries 1
   cwait  10000 "OK"
   cwait  45000 "CONNECT" "BUSY" "NO CARRIER"
   wait 2000
   send "\r"
   cwait 50000 "ame:"
   wait 1000
   send "CIS\r"
   cwait 50000 "ID:"
   wait 1000
   send "User,ID/GO:PPPCONNECT\r"
   cwait 50000 "ord:"
   wait 1000
   send "YourPassword\r"

   With the command "dialer pp0 dialer.pp0" the login script starts and
   connects your modem to CompuServe, establishing PPP protocol.  You can
   issue "ppp" after a few secs to see your current ip address. I suggest
   one also could configure a name for the own host in startup.nos with
   the "hostname" command. I tried "" but don't
   know which effect it produces.
   It was interesting to learn that you can open more than one session
   and switch between them. F.i. I did a hopcheck to various Austrian
   sites (which took quite a time ;-) and then opened a ftp session. F10
   always takes you back to the commando cental. There you can view your
   current sessions or switch to a specific one with the "session"
   Note also the file domain.txt that grows in your nos directory - hehe.
   I hope that's help for some of you and I didn't forget something

 Michel tells Chris:

   "I'm glad you're getting somewhere!
   Hum, I'm afraid you're way ahead of me for the moment. So, what you'll 
   get for now is just a bunch of questions <g>.
   Anyway, I _think_ I got logged on... but I couldn't do anything 
   I'll start with 3 questions:
   1) > You can issue "ppp" after a few secs to see your current ip
        address.  "ppp" alone just got me a "usage: ppp <iface>". So I
        tried "ppp pp0", and NOS issued a bunch of cryptic messages. Among
        them, though, were 2 IP addresses. I assumed that meat that my
        connection was OK. On the same note, I tried the command "ip
        address", which also gave me an address.  Am I right so far?

   2) Then I tried anftp session. I typed "ftp" (
      being sites that I know for sure to exist), with different sites.
      Every time NOS issued a message "Resolving site name" or something
      similar, ad after a while, "host unknown", or something similar. So,
      either I did something wrong at this stage, or I had been wrong
      before (wrong connection from the start)... :-(

   3) How do you get the thing to hang up? I thought that when typing
      "exit", the program wouls also hang up, but no..."

 Chris tells Michel:

   " were connected to the internet!"

 There is lots more folks, but let's move on to something else.  Milton
 Horst tells us:

   "I'm getting tired of finding CIM-only applications on CompuServe that
   I can't access with my ST.  The new United Airlines is CIM-only, and
   Worldspan Travelshopper plans to discontinue their ASCII support.
   We need a CIM for Atari.  I have a couple of C compilers and would be
   willing to try writing one if I could get the interface specs."

 Ethan Mings tells Milton:

   "I agree.  It is frustrating to find a "CIM alike" for the atari
   computer. What I don't know is, how many people still have ataris and
   how many are willing to stick with the plateform for a least the next
   five years.  I know I have a mix of atari and DOS based machines at
   home.  Even DOS based applications are not being upgraded.  Instead
   programmers are spending their resources on windows based applications.
   Maybe, before you committee the time, you should post a quick
   questionnaire in the fourm to find out how many people would be willing
   to commit and what type of hardware they currently are using.
   I'll start. Mega st4, 250 hard drive, TOS 2.06. Yes I purchase the
   software for a maximum of $50.00.  I'd want upgrades through the fourm.
   Hope this helps.
   PS  I am computer user not a programmer.  So my comments are from a
   user standpoint."

 Alberto Sanchez adds:

   "I absolutely agree. I have Falcon 030 and (for BBS -NeST system- and
   communications) a MegaSTe 4Mb I also agree paying for that AtariCIM
   round $50.  I feel it just for programmer and cheap enough to be
   successfull. Please, do it!!!!!! Saludos."

 Sysop Jim Ness bursts our bubble:

   "CompuServe protects the HMI protocol (used within CIM) by providing
   compiled object code to developers, and giving devs the spec for
   accessing the module.
   They only distribute the module compiled for DOS, Windows, OS/2, Mac
   and certain palmtop portables.  There is no ST version, therefore there
   is no way to use HMI on the ST."

 Chief Sysop Ron Luks adds:

   "While I appreciate the offer to write a CIM for the Atari, you can't
   write a CIM without a CIS-provided CIM toolkit which they are not
   porting to the Atari OS.
   There will be more and more CIM-only areas on CompuSErve and someday
   (regretably) this may turn into a CIM-only service.  Thats definitely
   the way its headed.
   You wont see a CIM for CP/M or the Coleco Adam or the Atari ST.  Just
   like you can't go to the local movie store and rent beta-format movies
   for most releases, the Atari ST like Beta, CP/M, and other discontinued
   formats is simply being left behind."

 Chris Roth summarizes:

   "That's simply bad news.
   So the only hope to stay tuned with the Ataris is that there will be a
   WWW Browser and you'll find an Internet provider."

 Michel Vanhamme tells Chris:

   "I think there will be a WWW browser. The problem is when... ;-)
   A little namedropping to lift our hopes, maybe? There's a WWW browser
   called Lynx currently under development. It seems you can even download
   a beta version. Here's an address :, directory:
   pub/atari/lynx/.  Of course, you must be able to do FTP, which brings
   us back to square one. <G> Oh, and it can be tried out by telnet to, login as 'lynx'.  Better than nothing...
   On the subject of this HMI protocol that's only distributed in
   compiled form:  maybe we should do a fundraiser and buy the CIS guys a
   compiler for our machines..."

 Shelly "G" asks:

   "What's new with Compo's latest Falcon Speed emulator. Does anyone

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Shelly:

   "Currently still the 286 version. Nothing much has been said about the
   486 version."

 Michael Gaitor asks:

   "Does anyone know of a disk editing utility for the 1040 ST that is
   comparable in ability to the PC's NU or DiskEdit (Norton Utilities) or
   DE (Central Point PC Tools, which is sadly disappearing after being
   bought by its main competitor, Symantec/Norton, apparently to crush
   competition)?  I really screwed up an ST floppy disk by trying to
   unerase a file from it on my PC using NU.  Now the disk is all but
   totally useless on my ST and I lost valuable data.  (No HD on my ST, so
   no backup, either.)  I did nothing else to the disk so I'm hoping
   there's _some_ way to salvage the data, though I've been totally
   unsuccessful so far."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Michael:

   "There is Disk Mech which should be in the library which is a good
   sector editor for floppy disks.  The newest version of ORA's Diamond
   Edge has a sector editor (I don't know the quality of it).  Then there
   is Knife ST by HiSoft/ORA.
   You can find ORA and HiSoft/ORA products at an Atari Dealer like (Toad
   Can you read the floppy disk on the PC?  If so it might be useful to
   copy all of your files to another disk or hard drive on the PC.  Then
   copy them back to newly formatted PC disk (720K) and see if that

 Michael tells Albert:

   "Thanks for the info.  Unfortunately, I _did_ try copying the files to
   the PC, copying to another diskette and then moving back to the ST, but
   apparently the directory structure is corrupted ('think there are also
   two physically bad sectors) and neither NU or DE will read the
   directory and FAT correctly. The files, when moved back to the ST, are
   just garbage.  I think the FAT may be incorrect or offset by some
   factor and everything else is being thrown off."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Michael:

   "We should have a program in our library here called  RECOVR  (I
   believe that's the name), which lets you read the sectors from a disk
   one by one and selectively save them into a disk file sequentially.
   It's not much good for binary files, but for readable text it can help
   you recover lost files.  Naturally, it works best if the file is
   completely contiguous on the disk, but you can also save out sections
   and rearrange them in a word processor if necessary.
   I've only had to use it once or twice myself, but when I did need it,
   it worked pretty well."

 Michel Vanhamme asks about a particular file extension:

   "I downloaded a file with the .tgz extension from a BBS. I assume tgz
   stands for a compression protocol, but I have no utility that
   decompresses such files.  I browsed the libraries with the keyword TGZ
   but nothing came up.  Can anyone help?"

 Albert Dayes tells Michael:

   "It sounds like the file has tar and gnu zip used to create it."

 Carl Barron adds:

   "In Unix the command is gzip -dc filename | tar xf -
   In pre mint atariland this done as
              gzip -dc filename >tempfile.tar
              tar   xf tempfile.tar
              delete tempfile.tar.
   Some pre mint cli's will accept the unix syntax but do it as I showed
   above.  A mint aware shell can do it the same way unix does and avoid
   the HUGE tempfile.tar
   Also beware unix filenames are not restricted to 8.3 and this can cause
   some conflicts in names chosen by tar during extraction.  There are
   ways to get all the files out of the tar file even if they all would
   reduce the the same 8.3 name."

 Eric Minoli asks for help:

   "I have a PC computer. I would like to copy my ASCII files from my
   atari Mega ST to my PC. I used STTOPC.COM but it didn't work (error
   message is :  Unable to read boot sector - status byte is hex 10).  I
   try to use FDREAD.EXE and other program but without good results.
   May be someone can help me to copy my atari files to my PC."

 Albert Dayes tells Eric too...

   "Format a 720K floppy on the PC and then use on your Atari to transfer
   files in both directions."

 Sysop Bob Retelle asks Eric:

   "Do you still have your MegaST computer..?
   If so, then Albert's suggestion to format a floppy on the IBM computer
   and use it to transfer the files should work well...
   If you don't have an Atari computer any more, it's more complicated.
   I do know that we've had members here report that they've used the
   STTOPC program successfully, so maybe they can give you some help in
   that area..."

 My old pal Doug Finch asks for help:

   "Atarians past, present and [:)] future:  I realize that I'm about five
   years late (or more), but I recently picked up somebody's unused Zubair
   Z-RAM 3-D/4MEG upgrade kit for my old Atari 520STFm. Came with 2MB f
   RAM seated on the board, would like to add 2MB more to get full use of
   its capacity. Have some questions for anyone who has done the upgrade
   and knows what they're doing (or did):
   1) Board was populated with Samsung(?) RAM chips (KM41C1000P-10). In
      obtaining extra RAM, do I need to get EXACTLY the same type of
      chips to fill the restof the board, or are others OK as long as I
      match the speed of the existing ones? Do I need to know anything
      about the limitations of the ST with regard to faster RAM chips? Can
      anyone direct me to distributors that carry these chips for a decent
   2) My unit has the original TOS 1.0. When I get around to upgrading
      this, are any more recent versions of TOS incompatibl with the Z-RAM
   3) MMU is older CO25912-38, so I apparently do NOT have to replace it
      to accomodate all 4MB, right?

   4) Would appreciate additional tips anyone might have to make the
      upgrade a successful one."

 Andreas Rosenberg tells Doug:

   "Re: 1) Any one mega bit chip that's organized 1M*1 (NO 256K*4) that is
   faster than 150ns should work.
   Re: 2) TOS versions below 1.04 are a little bit slow in dealing with 4
   megs. You should upgrade to 1.04 (or even 2.06) because you will get
   more speed, more comfort and less bugs. You could make the TOS
   switchable if you have older programs, that won't run on a newer TOS.
   Re: 3) No idea. I've running a 4MB upgrade in a 260ST for several years
   and it works perfectly."

 Sysop Bob tells Doug:

   "Do you have the installation instructions for the Z-RAM board..?
   The ST can only address 2 banks of memory, no matter how large each
   bank may be.. the motherboard RAM is one bank and the 2 Megs currently
   on the Z-RAM board is the other.  If you go to 4 Megs, both baks will
   be on the Z-RAM board, and the original RAM will have to be disabled.
   The Z-RAM documentation should detail how to do that.
   As Andreas mentioned, any 256K x 1 RAM chips should work.  There
   shouldn't be any speed related problems at all, as long as you keep the
   same speed within the individual banks of memory."

 George Kopeczky asks for opinions...

   "I'd like to hook up my Atari ST 1040 with a host adapter to my Mac's
   SCSI chain. (consisting of a CD-Rom, HD, Syquest, Bernoulli, 600 Meg
   optical, & scanner) to access these goodies.
   The scanner might be impossible to use without additional software, the
   Mac-formatted HD won't work, but the remaining remvables should work (
   I guess ).
   Any suggestions from someone who already managed to carry out a such

 Kevin at PG Music tells George:

   "I too would like to connect my Falcon030 and Quadra 660av together via
   SCSI.... mainly so I could share the CD-ROM and SyQuest drives.
   Let me know what you find out. I haven't tried it yet. :)
   It is one of those things I just haven't gotten around to tinkering

 Chris Roth tells Kevin:

   "I did and still do sometimes connect my Kurzweil K2000 Sampler/Synth
   via SCSI with the Falcon. They share a Syquest reovable. It works, you
   just have to pay attention that they NEVER try to access the same
   device at the same time.
   I once destroyed a whole partition byaccessing the Syquest with the
   Kurzweil and meanwhile started SCSI-Tools on the Falcon...
   Anyhow, if you're using advanced hd drivers, you can write protect

 George Kopeczky asks:

   "I wonder, what does an ICD Host adapter (with a box) for the ST 1040
   cost. (Are there several versions or only one, BTW?)"

 Albert Dayes tells George:

   "The most current ICD host adapter is the AdSCSI+. There are also
   external ones like the LINK and LINK 2. Both the AdSCSI+ and the LINK 2
   support parity.
   You can have dealers build boxes for you.  Atari dealers like Toad
   Computers is just one of many."

 George asks Albert:

   "So, all in all, there are three kinds of host adapters. OK. Which is
   the best if I want to hook up the cheapest 'big' Mac-compaible SCSI
   drive I can find?
   (Something like the second hand optical removable 600Meg for $800 I
   run into from time to time on AOL Classifieds?)
   I can understand the difference between an internal and external host
   adapter, but the meaning (and role) of parity isn't quite clear to me."

 Albert explains:

   "I don't think ICD makes host adapters anymore that do not support
   parity. It is good to have the parity option (so you can use it if you
   need it). Anyway Link2 and AdSCSI+ are the adapters too look for.
   I think of AdSCSI+ as an internal board which must be placed into a box
   or cabinet. The LINK 2 is about the size of a seral (25 pin) gender
   changer. It plugs into your DMA port and then you plug the SCSI cable
   into the LINK 2. The SCSI cable would be coming from your device which
   could be anything like CD-ROM, Hard Drive, MO drive, etc...

   Parity is basically a simple error checking scheme. You basically add
   up all the bits and set the parity bit based on the result. There are
   different types of parity (odd, even and none).  If the result of
   adding all of the bits is odd then the odd parity would be set (if
   using odd parity). If the result of adding all of the bits together was
   even then the parity bit would be set to zero."

 From the Portfolio Section of the Palmtop Forum

 Jeremy Setter posts:

   "I have noticed several messages mentioning DIP in the UK who can
   supply replacement Portfolios and accessories. I have used them
   frequently for memory cards and for Portfolio programmes.They can be
   reached at:
              DIP Systems Limited:
              Tel: +44 1483 301555
              Fax: +44 1483 578072
              Mob: +44 831 513938
              32 Frederick Sanger Road
              Surrey Research Park
              Guildford GU2 5XN, UK"

 Alan Ogden tells Jeremy:

   "I beleve that DIP developed the Portfolio and Atari just badged and
   sold it.  One may still get Ports from DIP and there is at least one
   deler who advertises them in U.K. computer mags at about 100 pounds.
   DIP will do repairs too but they are not cheap.   The main problem
   seems to be the cable to the screen which wears with the constant
   opening and closing of the case."

 Well, that's about it for this week.  Join me again next week, same time,
 same channel, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when... 
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                       STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"        A true "Sign of the Times" 

                         How to Change a Lightbulb

   Q: How many WordPerfect support technicians does it take to change a 
      light bulb?
   A: We have an exact copy of the light bulb here, and it seems to be 
      working fine. Can you tell me what kind of system you have? OK. Now 
      exactly how dark is it? Ok, there could be four or five things 
      wrong....Have you tried the light switch?
   Q: How many managers does it take to change a light bulb?
   A: We've formed a task force to study the problem of why light bulbs 
      burn out, and to figure out what, exactly, we as supervisors can do 
      to make the bulbs works smarter, not harder.
   Q: How many testers does it take to change a light bulb?
   A: We just noticed the room was dark; we don't actually fix the 
   Q: How many Microsoft technicians does it take to change a light bulb?
   A: Three. Two holding the ladder, and one to screw the light bulb into 
      the faucet.
   Q: How many MIS guys does it take to change a light bulb?
   A: MIS has recieved your request concerning your hardware problem and 
      hads assigned your request service number 39,712. Please use this 
      number for any future references to this light bulb issue.
   Q: How many C++ programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
   A: You're still thinking prodeduraly. A properly designed light-bulb 
      object would inherit a change method from a generic light-bulb 
      class, so all you'd have to do is send a light-bulb-change message.
   Q; How many developers does it take to change a light bulb?

   A:The light bulb works fine on the system in my office...

   Q: How many shipping department's pesonnel does it take to change a 
      light bulb?

   A: We can change the light bulb in seven to ten working days, but if 
      you call before 2 p.m., and pay an extra $15, we can get you the 
      bulb changed over night.

   Q: How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change a light bulb?

   A: None. Bill gates will just redefine Darkness [tm] as the new 
      industry standard.

   Q: How long does it take a DEC repairman to change a light bulb.

   A: It depends on how many burnt out light bulbs he brought with him.

   Q: How many Microsoft vice presidents does it take to change a light 

   A: Eight. One to work the light bulb, and seven to make sure Microsoft 
      gets $2 for every light bulb ever changed around the world.

   Q: How many Atari execs does it take to change a light bulb?
   A: We no longer support that product, however the new Jaguar CD does 
      include a virtual light bulb that never needs changing!

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