ST Report: 15-Sep-95 #1137

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Subject: ST Report: 15-Sep-95 #1137
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                   Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                  Issue #37
                        Compiled by: Dana P. Jacobson

                   -/- Paper Rejects CompuServe Ad -/-

      CompuServe is wondering why its ad criticizing the new Microsoft
 Network -- an ad that appeared this week in The Wall Street Journal,
 The Washington Post, USA Today and other papers -- was rejected by the
 major newspaper nearest Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters.
      The ad -- which also has appeared in the Kansas City Star, the
 Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch and the San Jose, Calif., Mercury
 News -- suggested Microsoft Network was incomplete and rough around the
      Showing a yellow road construction sign, the ad featured a tag
 line that read, "So, this is the Microsoft information superhighway? If
 you really want to get somewhere today, get CompuServe."
      CompuServe officials say that when they tried to run the $13,000
 ad in Microsoft's backyard, neither The Seattle Times nor the Seattle
 Post-Intelligencer would accept it.
      "Our ad was refused," CompuServe spokesman Pierce Reid told
 reporter Paul J. Lim of The Seattle Times. Reid said The Times, which
 handles advertising for both papers under a joint-operating agreement,
 told CompuServe that, "They have a policy not to accept any online
 advertising because online services compete with newspaper content and
      On this, Marji Ruiz, vice president of advertising for The Times,
 told the reporter the company "does not accept advertising from
 paid-subscription online services" and hasn't since the launch of
 Prodigy in the late 1980s.
      Added Ruiz, "A great parallel is you don't see NBC programming ads
 for CBS. If you look at content of online, you see sports scores,
 weather, news, JC Penney advertising. Many (of these services) position
 themselves as a replacement for traditional newspapers."
      Lim notes the two papers do accept ads, however, from Internet
 access companies and from World Wide Web servers. Also, he writes,
 "According to published reports, The Times and Microsoft have discussed
 the possibility of putting content from The Times on the network."
      While some have suggested this may have been a reason for the
 decision not to run the CompuServe ad, Ruiz called that implication "an
 absolute lie."
      Meanwhile, Reid told Lim, "In this era when the public and
 analysts are judging publishing concerns for their willingness to
 embrace the online world, it's incredible that a company would put its
 head in the virtual sand like this."
      In CompuServe's "media advisory" statement, Thomas M. Cullivan,
 CompuServe's director of advertising, said he was "greatly
 disappointed" at the papers' refusal to run the ad "in an area that we
 consider to be our second 'home town' while the newspapers of other
 important business communities ran the ad without questions."
      Said Cullivan, "The Seattle market is one of the fastest growing
 hi-tech communities, and it concerns us that we appear to be locked out
 of this newspaper."

                  -/- Fees Set for Net Domain Names -/-

      Domain names on the Internet will no longer be free.
      For years, companies have been able to register, free of charge,
 the domain portion used in their electronic-mail addresses. That is the
 part of the email address that follows the "@" symbol, as in
      However, starting today, Network Solutions Inc., the company hired
 to register domain names, will impose an annual fee.
      Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Jared
 Sandberg quotes officials with Network Solutions as saying the Herndon,
 Virginia, firm will begin charging a fee of $50 a year, needed, they
 say, because of the rising cost of handling some 14,000 registrations
 each month. The Journal says those costs will pass $6 million this
 year, while the company collects only $5.9 million over five years in
 its contract with the government.
      David Graves, Internet business manager at Network Solutions, told
 the paper, "The dramatic growth of the Internet and the costs of doing
 domain name registration services are exceeding the budget."
      The Journal notes domain registrations have soared "as companies,
 eager to hold on to their trademarks in cyberspace, have rushed to
 register multiple names as a defensive maneuver."
      Until today, Network Solutions has registered requests on a
 first-come, first-served basis, "letting individuals grab up corporate
 names and try to resell them to the actual companies," the paper notes.
 "The new fee could curb the practice."
      While many see this as a rational decision -- "If domains are
 free, then everybody's just going to go and grab them," says Mike
 Walsh, president of Internet Info, a Falls Church, Virginia, market
 research firm -- others are unhappy. "Where was the public discussion
 about this?" asks Karl Denninger, president of Internet access company
 Macro Computer Solutions Inc. "Where was the open bidding process?"
      The Journal notes that under the new arrangement, companies
 registering new domain names will pay $100 per name for the first two
 years. Each year after that, they will have to pay $50 per year.
 Companies that have already registered addresses will have to pay $50
 starting on the first-year anniversary of their registration.
      Officials with the National Science Foundation, which hired
 Network Solutions to manage the domain names, told Associated Press
 writer Evan Ramstad the charge will not apply to individuals. So a
 person with the electronic address of is not
 charged a fee, but CompuServe, represented by the domain
 name, will pay one $50 fee to cover the connection to the Internet it
 supplies to millions of CompuServe user IDs (including 70007,411).
      AP says the NSF will continue to pay the registration fees of
 government and military agencies, schools and universities.
      The NSF hired Network Solutions in 1993 to be the official
 registrar of the Internet. Since that time, the NSF has paid a fee to
 Network Solutions each time a new enterprise has connected to the data
      "That was no trouble when only 400 new sites were connecting per
 month, which was the case in early 1993," says Ramstad. "By October
 1994, there were 2,000 new sites per month. The figure should reach
 20,000 per month by the end of this year. There are now more than
 110,000 domain names in the registry at Network Solutions."!

                   -/- Netscape Upgrades Security -/-

      Security in the Netscape web browser software distributed on the
 Internet has been upgraded.
      An officials with Netscape Communications Corp. told Barbara Grady
 of the Reuter News Service the firm made the upgrade after getting
 permission from the U.S. government to give its Internet-distributed
 version, used by millions of people worldwide, the same security as its
 commercial version.
      The move follows a widely publicized security break into Netscape
 Navigator by a French computerist.
      "The incident created a stir because Netscape was thought to have
 the most secure browser software there is," Reuters added. "Netscape
 had blamed the break on U.S. laws which forbid the export of technology
 that would interrupt with government national security activities."
      The Netscape official told the wire service, "We got permission to
 ship the 128-bit version of our navigator online on the Internet. We
 still cannot export it, because of the secure technology."

                -/- Paper Says America Online Hacked -/-

      Hours after The San Francisco Chronicle reported computer
 intruders had tampered with America Online's business and customer
 files, the Vienna, Va., company acknowledged it recently has been
 fighting online vandals.
      An online statement from AOL President Steve Case posted late
 yesterday did not discuss specifics of the Chronicle story -- including
 reports that intruders had created a security breach that could affect
 subscriber accounts -- but the Case letter did say AOL recently
 installed software fixing system weaknesses that intruders had been
      Michelle V. Rafter of the Reuter News Service says AOL officials
 have declined to discuss details of the newspaper report, but notes
 Case's letter says the recent software fixes are part of an ongoing
 "anti-hacker" program that will include periodic reminders to
 subscribers to change their passwords and a general request that
 subscribers report unusual activity of any kind to the company's staff.
      In its story, the Chronicle cited "sources associated with the
 company" as saying vandals appeared to have obtained access to a wide
 variety of files at AOL, including Case's personal files.
      Says Reuters, "The newspaper said it was unclear whether the
 break-ins were caused by AOHell, a popular hacker program that can be
 downloaded from the Internet and programmed to send E-mail bombs, set
 up fake user accounts and gain access to subscribers' passwords and
 other private information."
      The wire service quotes AOL spokeswoman Pam McGraw as saying most
 of her employer's online vandalism problems have stemmed from AOHell,
 including the recent incidents.
      The Chronicle said the most recent situation came to light this
 past weekend, when leaders of various America Online forums who are
 issued free accounts were told to change their passwords.
      Says Reuters, "Brian Carlisle, leader of AOL's Politics Channel
 forum and a Birmingham, Ala., computer consultant, said he received a
 message from AOL when he logged onto the service on Wednesday asking
 him to change his password. Carlisle said AOL gave no explanation for
 the request."
      Carlisle also said he thinks the AOHell scare is overblown,
 adding, "AOHell doesn't do anything that a normal user couldn't already
 do. AOHell could continuously send a mail message to someone's mailbox,
 commonly referred to as a mail bomb. There's nothing unique about that
 except AOHell automates the process."
      The Chronicle reports the computer vandals were able to find a
 main account at the online service which contains addresses leading to
 other areas inside America Online. "The addresses include access to
 areas that have information about members' passwords, screen names by
 which they identify themselves on the service, and other information,"
 Reuters reports.
      As with most commercial services, AOL subscribers submit a credit
 card number, which can be used for online purchases of products. Said
 the Chronicle, "It was unclear whether the computer hackers could
 retrieve credit card information."
      In his online letter last night, Case acknowledged recent cases in
 which individuals passed themselves off as AOL employees, then asked
 members for their passwords. Said Case, "Please know that this is not
 our policy. Your password is a secret code that only you should have."

                  -/- McAfee Sees Market Share Rise-/-


      McAfee Associates Inc.'s worldwide market share for desktop
 anti-virus software has increased to 76 percent, according to a new
 report from International Data Corp., the market research firm based in
 Framingham, Massachusetts.
      According to the IDC study, which is based upon 1994 unit sales
 results, McAfee is the worldwide market leader in desktop anti-virus
 software for DOS and Windows. The results mark a 9 percent increase
 over IDC's 1992 data, which had pegged McAfee's market share at
 67 percent.
      "We attribute our market share increase to our consistently high
 virus detection rates, continued product innovation and our unrelenting
 dedication to customer satisfaction," says Scott Gordon, anti-virus
 product manager at McAfee.

                   -/- Nielsen to Monitor Internet -/-

      Nielsen Media Research, best know for its monitoring of TV viewing
 habits in the U.S., now also will turn its attention to online viewing.
      The company says it will conduct surveys similar to its TV reports
 to gauge the number and demographic profile of users of sites on the
 Internet's World Wide Web. The first reports will be available by the
 end of this month.
      Nielsen officials told United Press International its reports will
 give Web site owners and advertisers the first comprehensive look at
 the people who use the Internet.
      The surveys will be a joint venture with Internet Profiles Corp.,
 a San Francisco firm that just began marketing demographic information
 about online users in May. While financial terms weren't disclosed, UPI
 says Nielsen has acquired an equity stake in Internet Profiles.
      "Nielsen's entry into the Internet marketplace," UPI comments,
 "underscores the growing use of online media as an advertising and
 promotional vehicle for everything from new homes to health and beauty
 products. About 40 percent of American households are equipped with
 personal computers, but Nielsen officials maintain there never has been
 a reliable estimate of the number of Americans who have access to the
      Look for the Nielsen I/Pro reports to provide data on the number
 of people who use a given Web site and how much time they spend on the
 various pages within the site.
      "In some cases," says the wire service, "Nielsen will be able to
 report the user's geographic origin, or whether the person's computer
 has a particular identification code commonly used by universities and
 large corporations." (Currently, most Web site operators only are able
 to tabulate the number of times a site is accessed in a given day.)
      Eventually, Nielsen wants to sign up volunteers to keep track of
 the online sites they visit, much as it monitors the TV viewing habits
 of its "Nielsen families."

                   -/- Quarterdeck to Buy Prospero -/-

      For some $3 million in common stock, Quarterdeck Corp. is set to
 buy the intellectual property assets of Prospero Systems Research Inc.,
 including a commercial Internet chat server and phone connection
 software called WebPhone.
      Reporting from Santa Monica, Calif., the Reuter News Service
 quotes Quarterdeck as saying the purchase will result in a one-time
 non-cash charge to earnings.
      WebPhone, slated for release next month, is to be incorporated
 into Quarterdeck's WebPhone two-way online voice system, the first of a
 set of Internet telecommunications products Quarterdeck says it plans.
      Reuters adds, "Prospero's software will enable users to locate and
 connect to other users on the Internet without having to know their
 Internet protocol addresses."
      Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports this morning
 Quarterdeck also has agreed to acquire Inset Systems Inc., a closely
 held maker of PC utilities software, for stock worth about $17 million.
      Quarterdeck is to exchange 933,000 common shares for the
 Brookfield, Conn.-based Inset.

                -/- Broderbund Ends Distribution Pact -/-

      Broderbund Software Inc. says it has terminated its distribution
 agreements with Electronic Arts Inc. and New Media Express, a joint
 venture between Mattel Inc. and Davidson and Associates Inc.
      Broderbund, based in Novato, California, says it took the action
 based on the need for its products "to achieve fair and objective
 representation at all levels of distribution." The company also
 announced its intent to service its Neostar and Toys R Us accounts
      "We felt it imperative that our retailers be able to purchase
 Broderbund products as efficiently as possible and at the lowest
 available cost," says Rodney Haden, Broderbund's vice president of
 sales. "We did not feel that New Media Express nor Electronic Arts
 represented the most-efficient ways to accomplish this objective."
      Broderbund, which publishes the Carmen Sandiego series and Myst,
 says it will continue to make significant investments in building its
 sales infrastructure.

                  -/- IBM Shakes Up Software Group -/-


      Facing soaring Windows 95 sales, IBM Corp. has reshuffled the
 management of its software team.
      The computer maker reports that Lee Reiswig has been named general
 manager of technical strategy for its software group, and that
 John W. Thompson will replace Reiswig as general manager of IBM's
 personal software products division.
      Both executives will report to John M. Thompson, senior vice
 president and software group chief.
      In his new post, Reiswig's responsibilities include software
 architecture, strategy and standards, as well as new business
      Reiswig, 49, was general manager of the personal software products
 division since its formation in 1990, and has worked on the development
 and marketing of OS/2 since its beginnings in 1985.
      IBM says that John W. Thompson, 46, will assume responsibility for
 all development and marketing of IBM's desktop operating system
 software products, including OS/2 Warp, LAN Server and PC DOS. He has
 been general manager of marketing and solution developer programs for
 IBM's software group, with primary responsibility for IBM operating
 systems marketing and for support of industry software developers. He
 was previously general manager of marketing for IBM U.S., responsible
 for marketing and brand management for high-end systems, RISC systems,
 the AS/400 and networking products.
      IBM also says Larry Loucks, vice president of software
 architecture for PSP and an IBM Fellow, has been named vice president
 of technology, reporting to Reiswig. Loucks will provide overall
 software technology direction to the software group, says IBM.

                 -/- Internet 'Threatens' Software? -/-

      Does the Internet pose the same kind of danger to big software
 companies that personal computers did to former industry leaders such
 as IBM and Digital Equipment Corp.?
      That's the view expressed by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates
 in a discussion with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in the Oct. 2
 issue of Fortune magazine.
      Says Gates, "The Internet is the seed corn of a lot of things that
 are going to happen, and there are so many parallels to when Paul and I
 were involved in the beginnings of the PC. We said back then, `Don't
 DEC and IBM know they're in deep trouble?' Here we are, staring at the
 same kind of situation."
      The Associated Press notes Microsoft has been criticized for being
 slow to develop software that works in conjunction with the Internet.
      "Some analysts say electronic communication, represented by the
 Internet and other networks, could change the way software is used," AP
 comments. "Computer users would rely less on programs in their PCs and
 more on those that can be quickly downloaded from a network as
 necessary. Such a change would be similar to the shift in importance
 from mainframe to minicomputers to personal computers."
      Speaking to Fortune on the 20th anniversary of Microsoft, Gates
 observes, "In the computer industry, there's never been a company
 that's led the way in two successive eras. So really, what Microsoft
 as a company, or Paul and I as individuals, are trying to do is defy
 history and actually take our leadership from the PC era into this new
 communications era. The odds are against us, and that's what makes it
 so much fun and so challenging."

                 -/- AST President, Others Step Down -/-

      In a major management shakeup, AST Research Inc.'s president and
 two other top executives have quit as the Irvine, California, computer
 maker forecast a quarterly loss and stagnant sales.
      The move comes less than a month after South Korea's Samsung
 Electronics Co. invested $377.5 million for a 40 percent stake in the
 company, but AST CEO/co-founder Safi Qureshey told business writer Evan
 Ramstad that Samsung did not force the executive changes.
      Ramstad notes AST sales for the July-September quarter have been
 disappointing in the U.S., with orders delayed by customers waiting for
 Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 95 software. Meanwhile, sales were soft
 for seasonal reasons in Europe and "that combination really took a toll
 on us," Qureshey said.
      Jim Schraith, AST's president/chief operating officer, and two
 other execs -- Jim Wittry, senior vice president responsible for the
 Americas, and Scott Smith, vice president in charge of desktop computer
 products -- resigned effective immediately. AP says Qureshey and Bruce
 Edwards, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will
 share the duties of president while the company looks for a new one.
      Said Qureshey, "This last year has really been a challenging one
 for us, and we reached an understanding, especially Jim who has worked
 with us for so long, and decided this is best for him to step aside."
 He said the company will seek a new president who has experience in
 strategic relationships such as the one AST forged with Samsung.
      AP quotes AST as saying revenue will fall at or below the $495
 million reached in the same period a year ago, which had also been
 weak. Its net loss will be "significantly higher" than the $40 million
 of that period.
      The computer maker says it might take other restructuring charges,
 which would extend its loss.

                 -/- Intel to Build Fastest Computer -/-


      Intel Corp. reports that the U.S. Department of Energy has
 selected it to build a new computer that will deliver ten times the
 performance of today's fastest supercomputers.
      More than 9,000 of Intel's next-generation microprocessors,
 code-named P6, will power the new system, which will be located at
 Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The computer
 will be the first in the world to achieve the goal of calculating more
 than a trillion operations per second (a teraop), says Intel. The
 machine will be used by DOE scientists to study a variety of complex
 problems, foremost among them nuclear weapons safety.
      "President Clinton is committed to ending underground nuclear
 testing," says Victor Reis, assistant secretary for energy programs at
 DOE. "Computer simulation will be a principal means for ensuring the
 safety, reliability and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. We
 are embarking on a ten-year program to advance the state of high
 performance computing to meet national security objectives."
      The new system will have a peak performance of 1.8 teraops and
 provide 262GB of system memory. It's scheduled to be installed by the
 end of 1996.

                 -/- Intel Offers New OverDrive CPU -/-

      Intel Corp. has released an 83MHz Pentium OverDrive microprocessor
 upgrade for 33MHz 486 and 66MHz 486DX2-based computers and cut prices
 on some other models.
      Intel notes that the latest Pentium OverDrive upgrade delivers a
 substantial performance increase to most systems. Although performance
 results vary with each computer and application, Intel says an upgraded
 66MHz 486DX2-based system will realize more than a 50 percent
 performance increase in most typical applications. The 83MHz Pentium
 OverDrive processor is shipping now for $299.
      Intel has also lowered prices on several other OverDrive upgrades.
 The 63MHz Pentium OverDrive model, which was $299, now sells for $279.
 The 100MHz IntelDX4 OverDrive Processor and 75MHz IntelDX4 OverDrive
 Processor now cost $229 and $179, respectively. Prices remain unchanged
 on other models.

                  -/- IBM Rolls Out New Aptiva Line -/-

      New models in IBM's year-old Aptiva home computer line are being
 rolled out this week, offering multimedia features designed to give
 them "all the functions of a home theater," the company promises.
      IBM says the new models also offer voice navigation and telephone
 answering, speakerphone and voice-mail functions. Look for the models
 to carry retail prices ranging from about $1,795 to $3,000.
      IBM general manager Jose Garcia of the consumer desktop systems
 told writer Eric Auchard of the Reuter News Service the new features
 reflect the seemingly insatiable appetite of consumers for
 state-of-the-art multimedia technology, adding, "The PC has gone from
 being just a productivity appliance that you used when you came home
 from work, to being an entertainment and communications device. What's
 happening is the PC is really becoming the information appliance
 in the home."
      The new line contains an Intel Corp. Pentium processor and a
 second IBM "media processor" chip known as M-Wave to enable Aptivas to
 have crisp, full-motion video and full-duplex stereo sound.
      Garcia told the wire service the new PCs will offer voice
 navigation, allowing users to control the computer using verbal
 commands, based on IBM-exclusive software.
      The new models come in various desktop and minitower
 configurations based on four processor types, running at speeds from
 75 to 133 megahertz. There are two hard disk sizes, holding either one
 gigabyte or 1.6 gigabytes of data.
      Each comes with a built-in, hands-free speaker telephone, and
 answering machine and voice mail system, a 4X-speed CD-ROM player,
 pre-loaded Internet access service software, and a fast 28.8 kilobyte
 modem. The machines are pre-installed with 40 software titles.
      Reuters says a "voice over data" feature gives users the capacity
 to receive voice and data simultaneously over the same phone line,
 eliminating the need to install a second phone line. "This capacity
 also allows IBM technicians to perform the previously impossible feat
 of 'looking' inside a computer for repair problems while the customer
 remains on the phone," Reuters adds.

                  -/- TI Releases New Notebook Line -/-

      Texas Instruments Inc. is releasing a new line of notebook
 computers priced well below competing products.
      The Wall Street Journal says the Extensa computers will be priced
 between $1,799 and $3,599, with the cheapest version costing $400 less
 than a comparable Toshiba version.
      The paper says the new line represents both a shift away from the
 high-powered notebooks, those often with a $5,000 price tag, the
 company is best known for a foray into the fast-growing portable
 computer market.

                  -/- Software Sales Up 7.9 Percent -/-

      North American sales of PC application software reached $1.57
 billion in the second quarter, a 7.9-percent increase from the second
 quarter of 1994.
      That is the word from the Software Publishers Association, which
 adds total international sales increased 18.7 percent.
      Quoting SPA figures, the Reuter News Service says combined North
 American and international sales increased by 15.3 percent during the
 period, while unit sales in North America jumped 47 percent.
      Reuters says sales of Windows applications increased 18.9 percent
 for the quarter, reaching $1.16 billion, while DOS sales fell
 32 percent from the year-ago quarter to $167 million. In fact, DOS
 application sales now are smaller than Apple Macintosh software sales.
 (A total of $226.5 million in Macintosh applications were sold in the
 quarter, a 7-percent decline from the same period in 1994.)

                   -/- Storage Format War Brewing -/-

      Market researcher Disk/Trend of Mountain View, California, reports
 that a major contest is emerging between storage systems manufacturers,
 as makers of rigid disk cartridge, small optical disk and high-capacity
 floppy disk drives are all taking aim at the burgeoning market for
 midrange removable disk capacities between 100MB and 1GB.
      Besides the traditional demand for such drives in graphics,
 security, and printing production, a new generation of higher capacity
 drives at lower prices has opened the door to new markets for which
 removable disks provide improved convenience. Drives already shipping
 and units that will soon become available have generated a strong
 response for use in multimedia content preparation, video production,
 storing files downloaded from Internet, backing up personal computer
 hard disks and a variety of other growing applications, says
       Although overall sales revenue growth for removable data storage
 products is expected to rise only from $2.9 billion to $3.1 billion
 during the five year period ending in 1998, the increase in unit
 shipments during the same period is projected to grow much faster. The
 fastest growing product group is expected to be high capacity floppy
 drives, which is forecasted to jump from 203,500 units shipped in 1994
 to 3.4 million in 1998.
      According to Disk/Trend, new 3.5 inch floppy drives with
 capacities of 100MB or more are stimulating the rapid growth for
 high-capacity floppy disk drives. Shipments of older high-end floppy
 drives are declining, but the new low-cost drives are finding immediate
 acceptance in a much broader market, including home PCs.

                    -/- CII: '486 PCs Fading Away -/-

      New research from Computer Intelligence InfoCorp (CII) indicates
 that, for the first time, sales of desktop computers incorporating
 Pentium microprocessors have surpassed sales of all '486-based desktop
      CII notes that while in the first three months of 1995 '486 PCs
 held a commanding lead over Pentiums through all channels, the market's
 momentum began to shift in April when Pentium sales accounted for more
 than 33 percent of the market. By June, the Pentium had pulled ahead,
 garnering a 47 percent share of the market. In July, the Pentium's
 market share reached 53 percent.
      "It's now impossible to deny the success of the Pentium
 processor," says Stella Kelly, an analyst for the La Jolla,
 California-based market researcher.
 "Intel's pricing strategy to its OEMs, and in particular to market
 leaders such as Compaq, have made it financially unwise for vendors to
 continue manufacturing and marketing 486-based products, except on a
 short-term basis. Street prices will continue to hamper vendor and
 reseller efforts to market 486 models to end users."
      CII says that by December, '486-compatible PCs will represent less
 than 25 percent of PC sales.

                  -/- Chip Shipments Down in August -/-

      The computer chip industry book-to-bill ratio fell to 1.18 in
 August from a revised 1.23 in July, according to officials with the
 Semiconductor Industry Association.
      Reporting from San Jose, Calif., the Reuter News Service notes
 some industry analysts had forecast the August figure -- which
 indicates for every $100 worth of products shipped (billings),
 manufacturers received $118 worth of new orders (bookings) -- would be
 relatively flat against July, while others had forecast a slight
 decline to about 1.20.
      Incidentally, the seasonally adjusted ratio of 1.23 in July was
 an all-time record. As reported earlier, July's initial book-to-bill
 ratio was 1.22.
      "Historically," says Reuters, "the ratio proves unchanged or lower
 in August when compared with the previous month."
      Other findings:
      -:- North American chip makers shipped $3.88 billion worth of
 semiconductors in August versus $3.78 billion in July and $2.8 billion
 in August one year ago, the semiconductor group said.
      -:- Seasonally adjusted bookings eased 1.3 percent to $4.58
 billion in August from a record $4.64 billion in July.
      -:- World Semiconductor Trade Statistics, which compiles the
 figures, projects the North American market will grow to total $44.9
 billion by the end of 1995 versus $33.5 billion in 1994.
      -:- And worldwide the market is expected to grow to $142.3 billion
 in 1995 from $101.8 billion in 1994.

                  -/- Win95 Sales Drop in 2nd Week -/-

      Sales of Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 95 operating system
 reportedly have dropped sharply during this second week of
 availability, though observers say demand continues to outrun any
 previous software product.
      Researchers at PC Data in Reston, Va., estimate that through
 retailers Microsoft sold $30 million worth of Windows 95 on its first
 day, Aug. 24. That fell to $7 million by the following Sunday, rose
 again last week and fell to $5.5 million last Sunday.
      PC Data President Ann Stephens told business writer Evan Ramstad
 of The Associated Press that at roughly $85 per copy, the volume of
 sales in stores through the first 11 days reached 1.63 million copies,
 adding, "I am being a little conservative, but for August, a very large
 chunk of total software sales is going to be Windows 95."
      As reported, Microsoft last week said it sold a million copies
 through retailers on the first four days. PC Data estimated about
 900,000 copies in that same period. Microsoft did not have new figures
 this week and a spokeswoman said it would not regularly disclose sales
 for Windows 95.
      Ramstad notes that eventually, most sales will be attributed to
 versions that are pre-installed on new PCs.

                 -/- S. Korean Government Bans Win95 -/-

      From Seoul comes word South Korea has banned use of Microsoft
 Corp.'s new Windows 95 operating system in all government computers
 pending an investigation into reports of antitrust violations and other
      Officials with the Information and Communications Ministry told
 The Associated Press the ministry is investigating complaints the
 latest update of Windows may cause leaks in critical government data
 and help expedite "cultural invasions." The concern seems to center on
 the operating system's inclusion of the new Microsoft Network online
      "Seoul also will investigate complaints from domestic onlines
 service companies that Windows 95 is violating South Korea's fair
 trades laws," AP says.

                 -/- Firms Work to 'Label' Net Data -/-

      Working to head off criticism in Congress and elsewhere, 22
 software, online service companies and publishers are cooperating to
 develop a technical standard for labeling information that is
 distributed on computer networks.
      The group -- which includes AT&T, IBM, Microsoft Corp., Netscape
 and the World Wide Web consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of
 Technology -- is responded to complaints that digital networks allow
 minors easier to access pornography and other illicit information than
 books, records and videos.
      Business writer Evan Ramstad of The Associated Press reports a
 consensus among the planners "for a method that will allow the creators
 of electronic information to rate their products individually or allow
 independent rating like the way movies are rated."
      Says Ramstad, "Information identified as unsuitable for a certain
 audience, like children or employees on the job, could then be easily
 filtered. The same principle could be applied to the pricing and
 copyright accessibility of electronic information, representatives of
 the firms said last week."
      AP adds, "Their effort resembles many others in which technology
 companies jointly hammer out a technical standard. For instance, the
 Internet is based on a standard for moving data around known as TCP/IP.
 This new effort -- which will get the techie acronym PICS -- is likely
 to be watched closely because of conflicting views about controlling
 content on online services and the Internet, the global public data
      The effort comes as a House-Senate conference committee begins
 this fall ironing out disparate ideas over computer network content in
 the telecommunications reform bill. (The Senate version forbids
 obscenity, pornography and other illicit information on the Internet.
 But the House version prevents the government from making any such
 restrictions, leaving the marketplace to act.)
      Ramstad says the group of 22 is making a move envisioned by the
 House bill, motivated, he comments, "by the prospect that online
 systems will never achieve mass acceptance if perceived as harbors for
 the worst elements of society." 
      The effort combines work on a technical standard that was underway
 at MIT with one that involved Microsoft, Netscape and Progressive
 Networks, a firm that has created a software method for sending audio
 quickly on data networks.
      Firms involved in the labelling effort include CompuServe, America
 Online and Prodigy, as well as AT&T Corp., Apple Computer Inc., Center
 for Democracy and Technology, IBM, Information Highway Parental
 Empowerment Group, Information Technology Association of America,
 Interactive Services Association, MCI Communications Corp., Microsoft
 Corp., Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- World Wide Web
 Consortium, Netscape Communications Corp., Open Market, Progressive
 Networks Inc., Providence Systems/Parental Guidance, SafeSurf, Spyglass
 Inc., Surfwatch Software, Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc.

                 -/- FBI Sweeps Nets for Child Porn -/-

      The bureau isn't officially commenting, but word is the FBI has
 begun a nationwide sweep on computer networks for child pornography
 materials, serving scores of search warrants and attempting to make
      Unidentified White House sources have told United Press
 International the sweep began this morning, targeting adults suspected
 of posting or downloading child pornography from the networks, and that
 the sweep may continue for some time.
      The sources said identities of those named in the search warrants
 would be protected unless arrests are made, adding the raids come after
 months of investigation.
      "The results of the sweep are not expected to be announced until
 Thursday, unless the operation is completed sooner than expected," UPI
      Earlier this year, when members of Congress proposed a number of
 ways to control computer pornography, Attorney General Janet Reno
 pledged Justice Department lawyers would work with congressional
 leaders to come up with a workable bill, but warned that any attempt
 would have to overcome "First Amendment concerns" by the federal
      The wire service comments, "Any attempt to regulate pornography
 involving adults also must pass muster with Supreme Court precedent,
 which allows 'community standards' to define what is and what is not
 pornographic. Computer nets, of course, can be worldwide. However, the
 Supreme Court has ruled in the past that child porn is not protected
 by the First Amendment."

                 -/- Scientist Warns of Robot Revolt -/-

      A scientist is sounding the alert that robots could someday
 threaten mankind.
      Experts should start looking at ways of curbing robots' power now
 before it is too late, warns Kevin Warwick, a professor in the
 cybernetics department at Britain's University of Reading. "It is
 possibly a bigger issue than human genetics," he told a news conference
 before a keynote speech to a recent British scientific conference.
      According to Reuters writer Paul Mylrea, Warwick said
 "experiments showed robots could already learn from their own
 experiences and from other machines they were linked up to directly.
 The next stage is for robots to communicate with others via computer
 and even on the Internet."
     "Whilst we're more clever, we're alright. But when their level of
 intelligence gets up to that of humans, then maybe we're not," stated

 Frankie's Corner STR Feature

                          SHANGHAI:  GREAT MOMENTS

 Windows CD-ROM
 price approximately $35
 ages 10 and up
 from Activision
 11601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000
 Los Angeles, CA 90025

 Program Requirements

                CPU:         486/33
                RAM:        8 megs
                OS:           Windows 3.1 or higher
                CD-ROM:  Double-speed
                HDISK:      12 megs
                Video:       640 by 480 with 256 colors
                Misc.:       Sound card, mouse, 10 meg permanent swapfile

 The Kids' Computing Corner

 by Frank Sereno

 Shanghai:  Great Moments is an entertaining and challenging multimedia
 delight that can be shared by young and old alike.  This offering from
 Activision includes four variations of this Far Eastern game,  including
 Classic, Beijing, Great Wall and Action Shanghai.  Each version requires
 differing strategies but each is based on the simple premise of matching
 tiles to their mates.  Shanghai has very simple rules, but it will take
 many games, even a lifetime, to learn all the subtleties of the game.

 Activision has added some flare to its latest version of Shanghai.  The
 games are played over high resolution backgrounds.  Each of the nine tile
 sets is animated.  When a pair of tiles is matched during play, a short
 animated sequence will be shown.  These may be as cartoon animations or
 video clips.  If a game is successfully completed, then a longer reward
 video will be shown and the background image will be revealed.

 Shanghai:  Great Moments also includes an on-line coach as ably performed
 by actress Rosalind Chao.  Players can click on her icon to get game
 strategy, help and even find matching tiles.  Rosalind is a cheerful and
 pleasant coach who will help make the game more fun.

 I prefer Classic Shanghai, but the other versions will add more variety
 and increase gaming enjoyment and value.  Activision also includes many
 tile configurations for Classic Shanghai.  Another option is playing in
 contemplation mode in which the tiles' fronts are only revealed when
 clicked upon.  Another great option is for two players.  All these options
 keep the games interesting as players learn new nuances in strategy.

 The graphics are mixed in quality.  The tile sets are generally quite
 good, although the images are hard to discern due to the smallness of the
 tiles even on a 17-inch monitor.  Some still graphics are excellent, but
 others are fuzzy.  The videos also cover a wide range of quality.  Some,
 especially gray scale images, are excellent, while others have pixellation
 problems.  The sound portion of the program is excellent.  Shanghai: 
 Great Moments uses wonderful background music.  The digitized voices were
 captured with excellent clarity and no discernible distortion.  Sound
 effects were also done well.

 The interface is a well-done point-and-click design which also
 incorporates hotkey equivalents for most commands which are contained in
 the drop-down menus.  On-line help is available for gaming rules and
 strategy in a text format as well as video assistance from Ms. Chao. 
 Games can be saved in progress.  Tile sets can be changed anytime during
 play.  The program includes a well-written manual and extensive
 troubleshooting tips are provided in a file on the CD-ROM.

 With four different versions of Shanghai and countless possible variations
 on these by using the many user options, Shanghai:  Great Moments will be
 an enjoyable and challenging gaming experience over a long time span. 
 Anyone who enjoys strategy games will be delighted with this fine program. 

 Shanghai:  Great Moments is an excellent game that families can share. 
 Parents can play against their children or allow them to help in choosing
 tiles in solitaire games.  It doesn't take long for children to learn
 Solitaire on Windows.  Give them a chance at Shanghai and they will learn
 a more satisfying and interesting diversion.  It can also be educational
 in the locales and people shown.  But the best educational factor in this
 game is that it teaches patience and logic.


                     Graphics ....................... 8.0
                     Sound .......................... 9.5
                     Interface ...................... 9.0
                     Play Value ..................... 9.5
                     Educational Value .............. n/a
                     Bang for the Buck .............. 9.0
                     Average ........................ 9.0

 Thank you for reading!

 Adobe Training & Testing STR InfoFile

           Adobe Systems to Offer Instructor Certification Program
                     Adobe Application Software Trainers

 New Program Ensures Quality Training and Provides Referral System for

 Mountain View, Calif. (Sept. 11, 1995)(Nasdaq: ADBE)  Adobe Systems 
 Incorporated today announced a program to certify third-party trainers who 
 instruct users in working with Adobe's award-winning application products.
 The Adobe Instructor Certification Program will identify and support
 qualified instructors that have demonstrated expert product knowledge and
 teaching ability. Once certified through Adobe's program, instructors will
 be promoted through Adobe's referral system for customers in search of
 qualified trainers. 

 The first certification program will be available in October 1995 for
 Adobe Photoshopt, followed by an Adobe PageMakert program in December
 1995. To receive more information, candidates can come the Adobe booth at
 Seybold San Francisco, Moscone Center, Sept. 26-29, or the Computer
 Training and Support Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 1-4.
 Candidates can also access Adobe's World Wide Web site at http://www., or call 1-800-833-6687. 

 "Adobe is recognized as a leader in professional level graphic application 
 software," said Robert Pedigo, manager of the Adobe Instructor
 Certification Program. "Our certification program will benefit Adobe's
 customers by providing them with easy access to recognized experts for
 instruction. It also ensures that users receive the most out of their
 investment in Adobe's industry-leading products."

 Adobe certified instructors will receive pre-release versions of software, 
 training and information for new Adobe application products, toll-free
 access to Adobe technical support and listing on Adobe's referral system
 available on its World Wide Web site and by phone and fax. In addition,
 upon successful completion of one of the required components of the Adobe
 Instructor Certification program, instructors receive the Certified
 Technical Trainer (CTT) designation from Educational Testing Service. This
 industry-standard credential is considered a requirement by many computer
 companies in their instructor certification programs and need only be
 fulfilled once for recognition by companies requiring this designation. 

 "Educational Testing Service developed the Certified Technical Trainer
 Program to help define and establish professional standards throughout the
 technical training industry," said Alice J. Irby, vice president of the
 ETS Center for Occupational and Professional Assessment. "The CTT
 designation is becoming a recognized benchmark of ability in the software
 industry bringing a meaningful credential to certified instructors. We
 appreciate Adobe's support and commitment to this important effort."

 Three Steps to Certification
 The first step for candidates who want to become certified is to complete 
 Adobe's cost-free application and a certified instructor agreement
 available via phone, fax, or Adobe's World Wide Web site. The second step
 is to pass the Adobe Product Proficiency (APP) examination designed to
 test candidates' knowledge of a specific Adobe software application on
 multiple platforms. The hour-long, computer-based examination will be
 conducted at Drake Prometric Authorized Testing Centers throughout the
 United States and Canada. The APP exam fee is $395 for the first product,
 and $295 for additional product certifications.

 The last step is to earn the Certified Technical Trainer designation (CTT)
 from Educational Testing Service. The CTT examinations measure an
 individual's mastery of fundamental instructor knowledge and classroom
 performance, as defined by the International Board of Standards for
 Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi). Candidates must pass both
 a computer-delivered test and a videotaped performance assessment to earn
 the CTT designation. The CTT exams will be administered at both Sylvan
 Technology Centers and Drake Prometric testing centers. For more
 information on the CTT, trainers can access Adobe's World Wide Web site,
 or contact Educational Testing Service at 1-800-258-4914 or via the
 Internet at

 Adobe Instructor Certification for a single product version is valid for
 six months following a major product version upgrade. Recertification
 testing will cost $150 for the first Adobe product and $130 for additional
 product certifications. 

 Programs for Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Premiere and Adobe
 After Effects will be available throughout 1996. For testing dates and
 program applications, information and fees, contact the Adobe Instructor
 Certification Program at 1-800-833-6687, or at certification@

 Adobe Systems Incorporated, founded in 1982, is headquartered in Mountain
 View, California. Adobe develops, markets and supports computer software
 products and technologies that enable users to create, display, print and
 communicate electronic documents. The company licenses its technology to
 major computer, printing and publishing suppliers, and markets a line of
 applications software and type products for authoring visually rich
 documents. Additionally, the company markets a line of powerful, but easy
 to use, products for home and small business users. Adobe has subsidiaries
 in Europe and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide network of dealers and
 distributors. Adobe's 1994 revenue was approximately $598 million.

 Adobe, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe
 PageMaker and Adobe Photoshop are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated
 or its subsidiaries and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. 

 ATI Support STR Feature


 The purpose of this document is to outline ATI Technologies Inc.
 position regarding the use of Microsoft Windows 95 and our graphics
 accelerator products.  This document will answer commonly asked questions
 as well as explaining how to get your ATI products to operate under
 Windows 95.

 Generic Windows 95 Information

 What ATI graphics accelerator products will work with Windows 95?

 Drivers for all ATI graphics products, including all mach64, mach32,
 mach8 and Super-VGA-based products, are included in Microsoft Corp.'s
 official Windows 95 release.

 These drivers offer up to a 10% increase in graphics acceleration
 performance with enhanced features such as an integrated user interface,
 context sensitive help Wizards and a customizable settings and features
 page that will allow for greater ease of configuration of your ATI
 graphics board.  In our October release, ATI will add features such as
 MPEG support and color correction.

 What resolutions and color depths are available with these drivers?

 The Windows 95 display panel has the ability to select and/or change
 resolutions to reflect the capabilities of the ATI graphics accelerator
 installed in your system.

 Windows 95 can dynamically select the resolution without having to
 'reboot', but a change in color depth (16bit to 24bit, for example) will
 require an operating system reboot.

 What enhancements do the Windows 95 drivers found on the CD-ROM provide
 over the Windows 3.1x drivers?

 Along with the inherent ease of use and features of Windows 95, ATI's
 graphics drivers offer rock solid stability that is designed for the
 Windows 95 'look and feel' and is fully integrated into the daily
 operation of the operating system. Key features of the Windows 3.1x
 drivers have been updated to reflect the new capabilities of the Windows
 95 operating system and have been optimized to provide up to a 10%
 performance increase.

 ATI will also be updating the Windows 95 drivers in October to allow for
 MPEG and accelerated games support and to add more features not normally
 found in a video driver.

 Can I use the existing Windows 3.1x utilities under Windows 95?

 The previous mach64 drivers, FlexDesk+ and WinSwitch were designed for
 the capabilities of Microsoft's Windows 3.1x and will not work with
 Windows 95.  The ATI-specific drivers which ship on the CD-ROM disk or
 update drivers from ATI (v1.01) should be used, as you will find these
 drivers are faster and more stable under Windows 95.

 Which ATI accelerator graphics cards are 'Plug and Play' certified?

 Currently, ATI has received 'Designed for Windows 95' logo and 'Plug
 and Play' certification for the GRAPHICS PRO TURBO PCI card.  We have
 submitted the GRAPHICS XPRESSION and WINTURBO PCI boards and expect
 certification from Microsoft within the next 30 days.  Note that all
 of ATI's graphics accelerator products do function under Windows 95.
 The logo certification applies to 'Plug and Play' compliant cards only.
 Our VLB and ISA-based products will work with Windows, but are not
 currently 'Plug and Play' certified by Microsoft. In the majority of
 cases, ATI's boards, even the non-PnP versions, will configure
 automatically under Windows 95.

 How is my card recognized by Windows 95?

 Each ATI graphics accelerator product is uniquely recognized by Windows
 95. In the hardware registration listing, the ATI products will appear as
 follows (CD ROM-based drivers):

 Product                                         Driver implemented
 VGA WONDER                                              VGA
 GRAPHICS ULTRA PRO, GRAPHICS WONDER,                    mach32

 On the  ATI utilities v1.01, you will find the following:

 Does Windows 95 have DPMS support?

 ATI's mach64-based products all support DPMS.
 To enable DPMS support, use the Settings page of the Display Properties
 sheet and select the "change display type" dialog box.  Next, set the
 "monitor is energy star compliant" box in the "monitor type" area on
 that page.

 What support does ATI offer for games acceleration under Windows 95?

 ATI is currently supporting the most recent version of Microsoft's
 'DirectDraw' SDK, which is the key component of the next generation of
 games that will appear for the Windows 95 platform.
 The next generation of games promises to provide higher resolutions (4x),
 faster (up to 60fps animation) and more brilliant colors than your typical
 Sega(tm) SNES(tm) system!  Games of this caliber are expected to arrive
 on store shelves by the end of this year.

 Do your Windows 95 drivers have OpenGL support?

 OpenGL is not part of the initial release of Windows 95 but is expected
 to be implemented in future releases of Windows 95.  ATI does support
 OpenGL in our Windows NT video acceleration drivers for the mach64-based

 ATI mach64 Specific Information

 What drivers should I use for the mach64 series?

 Windows 95 automatically recognizes the ATI graphics accelerator products
 when installed right from the Windows 95 CD-ROM disc.  By using the v1.01
 enhanced drivers, users of an ATI mach64-based graphics accelerator, such
 a greater magnitude of capabilities and ease of use.
 With the Enhanced Utilities available in October, ATI has developed
 enhanced mach64 drivers and user interface panels designed to offer high
 performance, additional flexibility, and features not otherwise available
 under Windows 95.

 ATI's Enhanced Utilities offers this functionality through additional
 Windows 95 properties pages, which, for example, allows users of an ATI
 mach64-based graphics accelerator, to easily manipulate their graphics

 When will the new mach64 drivers be available?

 ATI's graphics accelerator drivers ship with the Windows 95 operating
 system. The enhanced graphics acceleration drivers (v1.01) specific to the
 mach64 graphics accelerator products will be available on August 24.  The
 next major driver utilities release is scheduled for October.

 Where can I get the new mach64 drivers?

 ATI's mach64 driver updates may be downloaded from the ATI Download BBS
 at (905) 764-9404 (14400, 8, N, 1), via the ATI FTP site at, and from ATI's forum on CompuServe at GO ATITECH.
 Fax info: (905) 882-2600 (touch #2).

 What features do the mach64 Windows 95 video drivers offer?

 Standard drivers that ship with the Windows 95 CD-ROM (or diskettes):
 * Display properties sheet that includes basic screen properties
   capabilities such as, background settings, screen saver (DPMS support),
   appearance and settings.
 * Settings provide the ability to manipulate the display area (resolution
   for display size), bit depth and font size, which are dependent on the
   capabilities of the graphics accelerator card used, and the monitor
 ATI mach64 Utilities v1.01 adds the following features to the basic
 Windows 95 capabilities:
 * Monitor Adjustment: Position and size adjustment of the Windows 95
   desktop on the display monitor, refresh rate selection, ability to use
   timing information specific to the monitor selected by the user
   (provides greater enhancement and clearer viewing) and the ability to
   select specific display refresh rates.
 * Low Level Hardware Configuration: Ability to select the power-up video
   mode of the graphics adapter (the mode that the adapter will be set to
   after the computer is powered-up or reset).  Color and Monochrome modes
   are supported.

 ATI mach64 Enhanced Utilities to be released in October will include :
 * A Settings Page that allows for customization of desktop settings such
   as desktop size, display resolution and color depth, ability to
   user-customize pre-set display preferences.
 * A Panning Page that allows the user to set up hotkeys to control panning
   of the desktop within a virtual desktop.
 * A Screen Adjust Page for adjusting the size and position of screen
   images along with manipulation of the display's refresh rate.
 * A Color Correction Page to allow the user to correct for color tone
   differences between real color values and the way the monitor
   displays them.  Control includes color spline, gamma correction and the
   ability for user-customized preset preferences.
 * On-line documentation and context-sensitive help using the Windows 95
   Help Wizards.

 Do the ATI mach64 drivers allow me to use special Windows 95 cursor and
 mouse features?

 Yes.  ATI's mach64 drivers fully support both pointer trails and the
 animated cursors.  Both of these features can be selected in the
 Properties Page via the Mouse/Pointer settings.  Note that the mouse
 drivers from the Windows 95 CD-ROM disc are required for use of this

 I used to have 'WinSwitch' with Windows 3.1x... do I still have this
 capability with Windows 95?

 Windows 95 does not support 'hot-switching', which was available in
 Windows 3.1x.   ATI's Windows 95 drivers (both CD-ROM version and v1.01)
 currently do not provide the ability to hot-switch between color depths.
 You can hot-switch between resolutions via the Display Properties sheet.

 What is the ATI icon on the task bar for?

 As a unique feature of the Enhanced utilities driver (due October), ATI
 will offer users a 'shortcut' icon on the Windows 95 taskbar for instant
 access to the display settings. The icon will allow the user to select
 (by clicking the right mouse button) a menu that will present the user
 with four options: Launch the On-line Help, Launch a Trouble Shooting
 Help session, Select a desktop scheme (resolution, virtual desktop size,
 font size, color depth), or Select a Color correction scheme.

 Is DDC-1 and DDC-2b support still available if I install Windows 95?

 Yes.  Our mach64-based products which have built-in DDC-1 and DDC-2b
 support  will still be available to operate with all versions of the
 Windows 95 ATI mach64 drivers.  If you have a DDC -1 or DDC-2b compliant
 monitor, those boards will take advantage of it and help to configure the
 optimum refresh rate and synchronization.

 Do your Windows 95 drivers have additional hardware video acceleration

 Currently, ATI's basic and initial (v1.01) Windows 95 drivers do not have
 any additional hardware video acceleration support. ATI will offer this
 support for Indeo-based video and MPEG-based video playback in a October
 release of the Windows 95 drivers for the mach64-based graphics
 accelerator products.  Other ATI products not based on the mach64 graphics
 accelerator currently do not have video acceleration support.

 What is required to play MPEG videos under Windows 95?

 ATI will be releasing in October a software MPEG player designed for the
 mach64-based graphics accelerator products for use under Windows 95.
 The ATI Player(tm) supports Pentium-based MPC-3 compliant systems and is
 strictly a software update that allows existing mach64-based boards to
 take advantage of the MPEG-based videos on the market without the extra
 expense of costly MPEG hardware boards.  The ATI Player provides
 full-motion, full-screen video, excellent color quality playback and MPEG
 video playback up to 30 frames per second.

 The MPEG software is optimized for 8 bits per pixel (bpp) palletized and
 16bpp modes, and features 1x zoom, 2x zoom and full screen playback.
 How can we un-install the Enhanced mach64 drivers? 

 ATI's drivers do not have the built-in ability to be uninstalled. 
 However, users of Windows 95 who have installed the Microsoft Plus!
 software (available from Microsoft as an add-on program) prior to the
 video driver installation, can go into the Properties Page, select
 'Add/Remove Programs', and the driver installation will be listed on the
 lower menu.  Select this and the driver will be removed, and your system
 will be reset to the driver that Windows 95 detected upon initial

 Can VGA and Super-VGA drivers be used on mach64 and mach32 cards?

 VGA drivers will work on mach32 and mach64-based products. Super-VGA
 drivers will work on mach32-based products but will not work on the
 mach64-based products.

 Installation Questions

 How do I install the Windows 95 drivers v1.01?

 Installation Procedure for ATI's Windows 95 mach64 Enhanced display
 driver v1.01

 1) Start Windows 95.
 2) Click the right mouse button in an empty area of the desktop and
    select the Properties entry.
 3) Select the Settings page of the Display Properties sheet.
 4) Click the Change Display Type... button.
 5) In the Adapter Type area, click the Change... button. 
 6) The Select Device dialog box will appear. Click the Have Disk...   
 7) Insert the display driver install disk, specify the source drive,
    and click OK. Highlight the macxw4 entry and click OK to copy the
    driver to your hard disk.
 8) If you have not already configured your monitor type do so now. In
    the Monitor Type area, click the Change... button and select the
    appropriate monitor. Click OK to apply your changes.
 9) Click Close to return to the Settings page. Click Close or Apply to
    initiate your changes.
 10) Restart the computer to run Windows 95 using this new driver.
 11) To change the color depth, resolution and/or font size
 12) When Windows 95 is up, you may configure your new display in the
     Display Properties sheet follows.
 13) Click the right mouse button in an empty area of the desktop and  
 select Properties.
 14) On the Settings page of the Display Properties sheet, choose your
     preferred color support, resolutions and font size..
 15) On the Adjustment Page of the Display Properties sheet, you may
     further customize your display.
     Note that these values reflect the monitor configuration you
     performed in step 8 of this procedure.
 16) Click Apply or OK to switch to the new setting.

 Note that Windows 95 will require a re-start to implement certain display

 If I don't have Windows 95 on CD-ROM, how do I install it?

 Microsoft has available Windows 95 on both floppy diskette and CD-ROM.
 ATI's basic set of video acceleration drivers are available on both

 After either installation, you can still update to version 1.01 by the
 method described within this document.

 If you are installing Windows 95 from a network, please follow the read-me
 file that ships with the Windows 95 operating system for instructions, or
 refer to the Microsoft technet CD on this process.

 Other Questions

 What  Customer Support does ATI provide for users of their products with
 Windows 95?

 ATI is dedicated to supporting customers on a variety of platforms,
 including Windows 95. Its highly trained and knowledgeable Customer
 Support group offers support for all ATI graphics products running on the
 Windows 95 platform. ATI  Customer Support representatives are available
 to assist customers with any support issue including installation,
 troubleshooting, and driver updates.
 ATI Customer Support can be contacted via phone at (905)882-2626,
 Monday - Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm Eastern, via CompuServe e-mail at
 74740,667, via ATI's forum on CompuServe at GO ATITECH, and on the World
 Wide Web at Driver updates may also be downloaded
 from the ATI Download BBS at (905) 764-9404 (14400, 8, N, 1), and via the
 ATI FTP site at

 ATI Games Development

 ATI's interactive multimedia division, ATI Interactive!, has been working
 closely with Microsoft Corp. to develop game graphics technologies since
 August, 1994. The high-performance games that ATI Interactive! is working
 with third parties to develop are designed for Windows 95 systems

 Microsoft's new Game SDK for  Windows will give the PC capabilities that
 rival the performance of existing and dedicated next generation games

 Interested title developers should contact ATI Interactive! at (408)

 Based in San Jose, CA, the ATI Interactive! group consists of developers
 with extensive experience in Windows-based multimedia and games
 technology. Its purpose is to pursue market opportunities in the
 interactive, multimedia arena. 

 ATI Performance and Value

 Offering superior performance and quality, ATI's full product line
 includes graphics, desktop video and communications.  ATI's powerful
 graphics accelerators speed up graphics, create vivid true colors, provide
 sharp resolution and offer accelerated motion video enlarged to full
 screen size.

 Desktop video hardware and software products enable users to create and
 edit videos from their own PCs.  Communications products provide efficient
 PC fax and data communications at fast speeds that save users time and

 ATI continues to build on its leading edge technology to provide products
 to meet its customers' needs.  For more information, or how to find an ATI
 dealer near you, please call (905) 882-2600 ext.1, or fax us at (905)

 General inquiries can also be sent to ATI's forum on CompuServe at
 GO ATITECH or e-mail at 76004,3656, and on the World Wide Web at

 5.0     Windows 95 mach64 enhanced display driver problems 
 - The Windows 95 mach64 enhanced display driver is capable of using
 monitor timing data contained within Windows 95. This data is selected by
 configuring a monitor type at Windows 95 installation time or via the  
 "Settings" page of the display properties sheet. If you change the  
 selected monitor type via the "Settings" page of the display properties  
 sheet the new timing data may not take effect until after restarting  
 Windows 95. A solution to this problem is to always restart Windows 95  
 after changing the monitor type. 
  - The Windows 95 mach64 enhanced display driver is capable of using
 monitor timing data contained within Windows 95. This data is selected by  
 configuring a monitor type at Windows 95 installation time or via the  
 "Settings" page of the display properties sheet. The Windows 95 mach64  
 enhanced display driver may incorrectly interpret Windows 95 monitor  
 timing data for some older monitors which require interlaced modes.  
 This may cause some options to be disabled. A solution to this problem  
 is to select one of the "(Standard monitor types)" available via the  
 settings page of the display properties sheet. 
  - In Windows 95, display drivers can be installed via the "Add New 
 Hardware" wizard. When the Windows 95 mach64 enhanced display driver 
 is installed via the "Add New Hardware" wizard the "Settings" page does 
 not get installed into the mach64 display adapter property sheet. A 
 solution to this problem is to use the driver installation procedure 
 described above. 

                       Windows 95 Questions & Answers
                                 Release 1.2

 EPUB STR Infofile


 The World Wide Web is an electronic publishing jungle. Since swinging onto
 the scene September 1st, Epub News is offering a daily machete for
 explorers authoring, marketing, or publishing with epub tools like
 Acrobat, Envoy, WinHelp .. and even the Web's native tongue-twister, HTML.

 "Today's epublisher is faced with a spectrum of choices", says Ted Husted,
 Editor. "No one tool is small enough, fast enough, or flexible enough to
 do every job well. Epub News is designed to give epublishers a daily
 heads-up as to their options, while providing a steady stream of practical

 Epub News is also designed for fast-loading and quick-linking. Each day's
 addition always appears first, with the prior days' items descending in
 chronological order. At the foot of the second page is a link to the epub
 morgue - an item's final resting place. "An article runs on the newspage
 for eight days, each day taking a successively later position, until it is
 finally pushed off into the morgue -- but still only a click away,"
 explains Husted.  "Our stories stay continuously in print."

 Ted Husted has been active in electronic publishing since 1988. Author of
 three shareware authoring tools and several publications, Husted founded
 epub areas on CompuServe and America Online, and also helped form the
 EpubNet BBS network and the Digital Publishers Association. Husted's work
 has been showcased in many magazines, including PC Week and Analog. Most
 recently, Husted was a featured developer in the book "Paperless
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 Epub News features both original content and direct links to other pages
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 Delrina Corp. and Wallace Computer Services Team Up to Deliver
 Enterprise-Wide Electronic Form Solutions

 Hillside, Ill. and Toronto, Ontario, September 12, 1995 -- Wallace
 Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE:WCS) and Delrina Corporation (NASDAQ:DENAF,
 TSE:DC) today announced a formal agreement to deliver complete solutions
 for electronic forms in large corporate environments. The companies'
 combined product and service offering delivers enterprise-wide electronic
 forms capabilities across PC, minicomputer and mainframe platforms, and
 integrates W.I.N. <tm>, Wallace's management tool to create and maintain
 effective form systems.

 "Among our large corporate customers, Delrina is the number one PC
 electronic forms choice, " said Brad Caudell, General Manager of Wallace's
 Platforms Division. "Together we offer organizations the most
 comprehensive set of electronic forms software and services available, as
 well as solutions for the integration of paper and electronic systems."

 "Delrina's partnership with Wallace enhances our position in corporate
 America, enabling more companies to automate business processes such as
 expense reporting and procurement, with electronic forms," said Teddy
 Rosenberg, General Manager of Delrina's Electronic Forms Business Unit.
 "This is a unique product and service combination that provides large
 companies with specialized solutions to ease the transition from paper
 forms to electronic forms."

 Through this partnership customers have a comprehensive solution that
 integrates Delrina FormFlow <tm> for PCs with Wallace's Options Form
 FrameWork for MVS<tm>. Between them, Wallace and Delrina also offer
 software that runs on AS/400 and UNIX platforms, and provide services
 including forms design and development, integration, distribution,
 training, support and installation. The companies will work together to
 develop additional electronic forms products.

 Information about these electronic forms solutions is available at
 800-268-6082 (Delrina) and (714) 222-0122 (Wallace).

 Delrina FormFlow electronic forms software allows companies to create
 sophisticated forms applications with conditional routing and deploy them
 across their organization using their e-mail systems. Delrina FormFlow
 allows the most popular e-mail systems; the most commonly used desktop/SQL
 databases; and enterprise information sharing platforms, such as Lotus
 Notes and Microsoft Exchange; to be combined in forms-based applications.

 W.I.N., the Wallace Information Network<tm>, is the leading forms
 management system for large organizations. Created and introduced by
 Wallace in 1993, this software system is the single, complete tool for the
 organization and management of all electronic and paper forms, as well as
 other information management supplies used in a business.

 Delrina Corporation designs, develops, markets and supports innovative PC
 software products and services in the fax, data and voice communications,
 electronic forms and consumer software markets. Founded in 1988, the
 company is recognized as the world leader in PC fax and electronic forms

 Delrina recently announced  a definitive agreement to merge with Symantec
 Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) of Cupertino, California.

 Wallace is one of the nation's largest manufacturers and distributors of
 information management products, services and solutions. In addition to
 electronic forms, these include paperwork systems and forms, labeling
 products and software, direct response promotional printing and office
 supplies. The company generated fiscal 1995 sales of $712 million and is
 headquartered in Hillside, Illinois, with manufacturing, distribution and
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                       OUI, DVORAK'S USENET NAVIGATOR

    OUI, Dvorak's Usenet navigator product will soon be released. In
    preparation, we are making a special offer:  if you pre-order
    OUI for $39.00, we'll include Picture Perfect Golf on CD-ROM
    for FREE.  Picture Perfect Golf features actual pictures of 
    fairways and greens rather than crude animation.
    " golf never matched the enjoyment of the real
        thing, until I played a round of Picture Perfect Golf."
        -- ComputerLife (Feb. 1995)

    OUI works with CompuServe's Dialer program, or any PPP or
    SLIP compatible dialer.  OUI provides fully automated
    access to over 10,000 Usenet newsgroups.  What NavCIS does
    for forums, OUI does for newsgroups.  Plus, OUI supports
    automatic UUdecoding and encoding. Want to post a binary 
    file in a newsgroup?  It's so simple a child can do it.  OUI 
    will encode the file and break it into component messages for
    you... all automatically.  Ever tried to find all the parts 
    of a UUencoded file in newsgroup headers?  Just find one 
    part, tell OUI you want to decode it, and OUI will find 
    the other parts for you.

    OUI also has full MIME support, ROT-13 support, and e-mail
    support (both POP-3 and SMTP).  Like NavCIS, OUI includes
    a built-in spell checker, support for fonts, graphical
    thread viewing (even before you download messages), and 
    powerful twit filtration (by user or subject) and 
    intelligent thread watching.  For screen shots of OUI and
    Picture Perfect Golf, please download the file OUI.ZIP.

    OUI requires a 386/20 or better with 4mb RAM, PPP, SLIP
    (via a dialer) or direct TCP/IP connection, VGA or higher
    monitor and a mouse.  It requires Windows 3.1, Windows 95 
    or Windows NT.

    If you already own NavCIS Pro, you can pre-order OUI for just
    $19.00 and get the Picture Perfect Golf CD for just $5.00,
    but you must be a paid NavCIS Pro user to qualify.

    Picture Perfect Golf rivals MS Golf and other expensive golf
    simulation games that cost as much as $79.95.  It's a full
    18 hole golf game and will provide hours of entertainment.
    Even if you don't own a CD-ROM, this is a perfect "stocking
    stuffer" for family, friends or colleagues.

    We're sorry, but Picture Perfect Golf is not available on
    diskette. Picture Perfect Golf requires DOS 5.0 or higher,
    a 386/20 or higher with 4mb of RAM, color VGA and works
    from keyboard or mouse.

    What will you get?  Picture Perfect Golf on CD-ROM including
    a micro-manual, and OUI on two 3.5" 1.44mb diskettes. OUI does
    not include a manual, rather it has extensive built in help
    a slick new "hint" system.  Plus, quite honestly, it's
    very intuitive and easy to learn.

    So don't miss out on this limited special offer.  Fill
    out the pre-order form below and fax it or e-mail it today.
    Fax: 303-661-0635   E-mail: 71333,12

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        this offer.  Please send me OUI for $19.00 and Picture 
        Perfect Golf for $5.00 more ($24.00). My NavCIS Pro 
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     will be processed and charged upon receipt.  OUI and Picture
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                           385 So.  Pierce Avenue
                         Louisville, Colorado 80027

  This special offer must be received by Midnight (GMT - 7), Oct. 1, 1995.

 OS/2 WARP STR Feature


 This week and in the weeks to come, we'll be taking a look at
 OS/2's role as the operating system on a game player's PC.

 Ok, I know this is  difficult concept to swallow. True, OS/2 was
 not designed to play games; but after all, you know the saying
 "All work and no play..." 

 OS/2 Warp's DOS and Windows compatibility has been highly
 publicized, almost to the point where you would believe OS/2 does
 have native applications. Well, until just recently, this was
 true for native OS/2 games. There was a variety of shareware
 titles, but the first full-blown OS/2 game appeared from a
 company called Stardock Systems; this game's title was Galactic

 Now one would question whether a native OS/2 game could be
 successful, but Galactic Civilizations (or GalCiv for short)
 quickly answered that. In a very short period, GalCiv took over
 the number one spot on the Internet Top 100 Games Poll, topping
 the absurdly successful Doom 2 by Id Software. 

 So there was now proof that OS/2 could deliver great games, but
 why weren't there many (or any) others out there? Well, one of
 the main reasons was that OS/2 not generally considered as a home
 PC operating system, which was (and still is) dominated by
 Windows. However, another very important reason is because there
 was no developers toolkit for OS/2 games.

 This is all changing. OS/2 Warp has been a hot seller, despite
 the hype of Windows 95. And furthermore, IBM has done a few
 things to make it easier to write native OS/2 games.

 Introducing. . . . . . . . . . .The Entertainment Toolkit (Beta)
 The Entertainment Toolkit provides game and multimedia developers
 support for increased graphics performance, standard interfaces,
 3D Graphics, enhanced audio support, and networking.

 In the Toolkit, a developer will find...

 OS/2 Warp Video, which allows very fast access to the display
 subsystem. The provided functions allow for fast blitting, full-
 screen video buffer control, stretching, and hardware video
 control. IBM's new full-screen DIVE (Direct Interface to Video
 Extensions) allows this improved support.

 OS/2 Warp Audio, which allows direct control over the audio
 device, plus improved MIDI support. 

 3D Graphics support, using Argonaut's BRender. BRender, short for
 Blazing Render, allows production of real-time 3D graphics. The
 Toolkit contains the complete BRender development environment and
 3D library; however, each individual developer must arrange with
 Argonaut the license to distribute a program using BRender. 

 If you have no idea what BRender could do for a game or
 multimedia title, find a store that will demo the DOS game FX
 Fighter from GTE Entertainment. (Or for a free demo on the net,
 check out

 OS/2 Warp Net, which simplifies communications programming in a
 multiplayer game. This can manage multiple protocols, but for the
 1995 release of the Entertainment Toolkit, only TCP/IP will be
 supported. It manages system resources on behalf of users and
 provides communications support in a device-independent manner.

 Subscribers of the IBM Developer Connection for OS/2 should look
 forward to Volume 8 and future releases for the Entertainment
 Toolkit. For so much more information, refer to the WWW page

 Coming next week (hopefully) . . . Galactic Civilizations review

 As always, direct any feedback to our editor, Ralph Mariano at, or directly to me, Mike Restivo at

 Mike Restivo
 Team OS/2

 Happy Warping!



 Editor: Marty Mankins

 Welcome to the newest section in STReport.  It is the Portable Computing
 and Entertainment section.  Here we will cover all sorts of topics on
 portable computing including laptops, PDAs, palmtops, wireless
 communications and articles that talk about using your portable equipment.

 As far as the entertainment coverage, we'll be first covering the new Sony
 PlayStation and then adding other game systems.  The Atari Jaguar will
 still remain in the Atari/Jaguar section with Dana Jacobson at the helm as
 editor.  And I will still be providing Jaguar game reviews there.  But,
 it's too hard to ignore the PlayStation.  With almost a year exposure in
 Japan, the PlayStation hit the US on September 9th (just last Saturday)
 and it's selling like crazy.  The games are incredible and with 17 titles
 released at the products introduction, there's a good list to choose from. 
 Another 35 games are expected by years end, with titles like Mortal Kombat
 3, Tekken and Disc World.

 We'll be here every other week until the end of the year, when we go
 weekly for 1996.  Every other week we will provide information on the
 portable computing market as well as the latest in Sony PlayStation game
 reviews.  If you own a PlayStation and would like to provide game reviews
 for us, please contact me via e-mail at:  Or
 at:  Either address will reach me.  We don't pay
 for reviews, but the exposure of getting your feedback on games to the
 PlayStation gamers will benefit all.

 Well, let's get started.  For this issue, we have two articles on portable
 computing.  For the first, we talk about the use of a PDA or a
 laptop/notebook for use on the go.  Which is better for your needs?  What
 kinds of information do you enter?  Are you always needing more power? 
 This article will discuss the different pros and cons of each hardware
 platform.  The second article is called "A Portable E-Mail Refresher" and
 goes over all of the details of using e-mail on portable computers.  Tips
 on how to manage multiple mailboxes and being able to control what message
 go where will help all of us with the massive and growing number of e-mail
 we get each day.

 Our entertainment coverage will focus on the PlayStation for the rest of
 the year, before adding other game systems like Sega Saturn , Nintendo
 Virtual Boy, 3DO and next year's Nintendo Ultra 64.  We provide a full
 review of the PlayStation unit itself and offer two game reviews: Battle
 Arena Toshinden and ESPN Extreme Games.  In two weeks, we'll have 3 more
 PlayStation reviews: NBA Jam T.E., Power Serve 3D Tennis and Ridge Racer. 
 And in the coming weeks of coverage, we'll add to the game reviews as more
 games show up on our doorstep and in the stores.

 - Marty Mankins
    Editor, Portable Computing & Entertainment

 PORTABLE COMPUTING: PDA/Palmtop/Laptop/Notebook

 PDA vs. Laptops: Can One Replace The Other?

 by Marty Mankins

 One of the biggest questions I get all the time is, "What do I need a PDA
 for?"  Following that popular question is the next most asked, "Can a PDA
 replace a laptop or can a laptop provide the same functions as a PDA?"  To
 answer these questions, I decided to write this article to help people
 with their decision on what to use or to use both and for what purposes. 
 Not only are laptops, notebooks and subnotebooks popular, they are very
 effective at doing many, if not all, of the functions you perform on a
 desktop PC.  And PDAs and palmtops have been slowly making their mark in
 society as being information holders in a small package.  Let me cover
 some experiences with both hardware platforms and help you determine what
 a laptop and/or PDA can do for you.

 Before you'll know what system you need, you must sit down and realize
 what kinds of needs and wants you will need in a portable device.  Are you
 looking to take most of your desktop functions with you on the road or
 just pieces of it?  Are you always going to be in a place where you have a
 desk or place to rest your laptop or is space limited to just your hands? 
 Perhaps, you may find that you need to do some functions that only a
 laptop can perform, but may not need that more than 50% of the time.  The
 other 50% of the time you may still need to collect information, but can't
 do it with pen and paper.  This is where you may find that both a laptop
 and PDA is needed.

 For example, I find myself in places like stores and offices where I don't
 have a desk to set a laptop down to type on.  At least 80% of the time, I
 am simply gathering information that will be entered later onto my desktop
 or laptop.  My Newton MessagePad 120 comes in handy during these times,
 allowing me to enter data and then using the Newton Connection Kit to
 transfer that information at the end of the day.  I then compile it into
 the report or article that I am working on and feel my needs are met.

 For some users, like those found in the insurance industry, a laptop is
 the only must they need.  Almost always near a desk or area to rest their
 device, they can run through the needs of determining insurance for
 families or adjusting a claim without problem. or lack of speed or
 function.  There are some of these people who do use a PDA, but it is
 mostly used for keeping simple notes, a schedule and other personal items.

 Which brings us to where the determination of what a PDA or laptop is used
 for.  The first step is to separate personal from business.  If we
 determine that most of what we do with a laptop is personal, but find that
 it can't go places we need it to, then a PDA or palmtop like the Newton,
 HP 200LX, Casio Zoomer or Psion 3a may be perfect for your needs.

 If you use both a laptop and PDA/palmtop on the road and need for them to
 interact with each other and exchange data, then you must find a laptop
 that can meet the demands of connectivity software.  The Newton Connection
 Kit, Palm Computing's Palm Connect for the HP palmtops and RuppLynx all
 require Windows 3.1 running in enhanced mode.  Some of your older laptops
 that are based on the 386 processor may not have enough memory or power to
 support these programs.  I've got an older HP OmniBook 300 that doesn't
 run enhanced mode Windows, so it is pretty much stuck.  Fortunately, just
 about all of the current laptops, notebooks and subnotebooks on the market
 today will meet your needs.  With at least 4Mb of RAM as a minimum, it's a
 safe bet that you could do most basic to medium needs without needing an

 Back about 4 years ago, if someone were to say, "I only want to use a
 PDA/palmtop to perform all of my on the road needs", you would have been
 hard pressed to really make that work.  In fact, only a fraction of the
 people out there even came close to meeting this goal.  Now with the
 Newton and it's 100's of software titles available, plus the HP palmtop
 being able to run DOS programs, and the Psion 3a with it's built-in
 capabilities, it's not unreasonable to think of what a PDA could do.

 To give you an idea of how well equipped a PDA could be, there are many
 users who check their CompuServe and eWorld e-mail, have budgets in a
 spreadsheet, keep lists of often used or needed items, keep a full
 schedule, manage dozens of todo entries and have the latest company
 database of information all in one unit.  The Newton can do all of this. 
 This is not to say that other models and brands of PDAs cannot accomplish
 all of this.  The HP 200LX, with DOS programs, could easily manage these
 tasks.  Last year, I used the HP 100LX to manage all of my affairs,
 including my Sysop duties on CompuServe, without the need for a laptop. 
 It worked just fine, with the only limitation being the small keyboard.

 For those who cannot use a PDA due to it's size and other limitations of
 mass storage and memory, there is the laptop, notebook or subnotebook. 
 Which you choose depends on how much of the desktop PC you want to bring
 with you and how much you are to lug around.  Most of today's subnotebooks
 are between 4-5 pounds and can handle a lot of tasks, but are not quite at
 the Pentium level yet.  I find the most capable of the current crop of
 subnotebooks is the HP OmniBook 600C.  Under 4 pounds, it's got a fast
 processor and for about $2,000, can meet many budget restrictions.

 Notebooks are for more average to harsh on the go needs, weighing in at 6-
 7 pounds.  Carrying this into every location you go into may work, as
 mentioned above by having a place to set the unit down to type.  And
 laptops are mostly past the 8 pound range and used a lot for presentations
 and other full desktop needs.  Pentium processors are common in the laptop
 category and offer the closest thing to a desktop PC.  In fact, some users
 who are normally on the road but need to come into a satellite office to
 take care of business, will most likely use the laptop as their only
 computer.  Just 5 years ago, this was possible, but not all that common.

 The decision is yours.  Choosing a laptop or PDA - or using both - can
 make  your life much easier to deal with, knowing that your data and
 information can be right there with you, not requiring a desktop PC to
 perform all needs.  A PDA can help keep basic and limited information with
 you at all times and a laptop can make those powerful needs for when you
 have access and the slightly more space needed to use the laptop.  And for
 those who need both, a PDA can be with you at all times, while the laptop
 can reside back in the hotel room or in the car, correlating the data
 between the two devices and making it all work on the go.


 A Portable E-Mail Refresher

 by Marty Mankins

 It seems everyone has access to e-mail.  Those of us involved in the
 online industry are shocked to learn that only a fraction of the nation
 even owns a modem (10% to be exact).  While this number will grow over the
 next 5 years, we feel like there are already a ton of people on the
 Internet, online services like CompuServe and America Online and personal
 and corporate e-mail environments.  Some of us often have more than one e-
 mail account and often use a PDA or laptop to check mail.  I'll go over my
 experiences that I've had with managing multiple e-mail accounts and
 sharing information between desktop, laptops and PDAs.

 At last count, I had 8 different e-mail accounts on multiple and like
 systems.  I have 2 accounts on CompuServe (one is my Sysop account
 [75300,1770] and the other is my personal account [73217,3305]), an
 account on America Online [INFOSTREAM], an account on eWorld
 [PerAppliedn], an account on the new Microsoft Network [perapplied], my e-
 mail address from my Internet SLIP connection provider
 [] and accounts for both of the businesses I run, which
 run under Novell GroupWise and cc:Mail.  These 8 accounts keep me really
 busy and sometimes I wonder how I keep track of all these.  But proper
 management of time and knowing what to check for and keeping track of what
 accounts I give out to people for what purposes help a lot.

 Say I want to get a reply from someone for my needs with InfoStream.  I'll
 most likely give out the America Online account and get my replies via my
 Sony Magic Link.  Almost everything personal goes to my most used address,
 which is on CompuServe.  Since my Sysop duties keep me out on CIS a lot, I
 like to be able to check my CIS mail all the time.  So anyone that wants
 me to respond in a timely manner will get my CIS Sysop account.  I hardly
 ever use my personal account for obvious reasons, but keep it around to
 allow me access to some needs that my other CIS account doesn't cover.

 For all of the stuff I use my Newton for, I'll most likely use CIS
 Retriever or my eWorld account for sending mail.  Since the Newton is
 always with me, I can create a quick e-mail message to someone and get the
 information I need to them via modem.  If it's really important, Ill link
 up the cellular phone and send it off right away.  If it can wait until I
 get to a phone wall jack, then I can hook up and cut my costs.

 As previously mentioned, I use my Sony Magic Link to retrieve my AOL e-
 mail.  It helps me to keep track of messages that come across from our
 site on the Internet [].  My business needs on
 our local e-mail systems are covered internally with each business.  Since
 I run Perfection Applied from home, our house is networked so that all
 projects, notes and other bits of information are tracked.  Even though
 there are only 4 computers, it makes it nice to have cc:Mail on all of
 these systems to help get information to those who come in and work on the

 InfoStream's internal needs are met with Novell GroupWise 4.1.  One
 connection is remote and the other is local.  This keeps things separate
 enough in order to have the same communications needs that Perfection
 Applied enjoys and saves a lot of time.

 Transferring data from say CIS to my cc:Mail system is easy.  It's all
 done via the clipboard since cc:Mail is not attached to the network.  I do
 have remote access via modem to my messages from cc:Mail Mobile, which
 lets me call in and exchange data that has been shared while I am on the
 road.  And if there is something internal that needs to get out to the
 other e-mail accounts, I use the clipboard and transfer it over.  This
 system works very well and will work even better once a 56K leased line
 becomes even more affordable to have.

 If you only have one account that you use the most, like my CIS Sysop
 account, then using the same address from multiple systems makes the
 difficulty level much higher.  For instance, what if you wanted to get
 mail from someone on your PDA but wanted to make sure that any files that
 had been loaded to you were taken care of first, you would need to take a
 few actions.  How I handle this is easy.  I log onto CIS with WinCIM or
 NavCIS Pro.  I check my e-mail manually, saving any binary files that have
 been sent to me and doing a general clean up of messages that are too
 large or ones that I don't want to keep.  Then I'll log on with my laptop
 using NavCIS Pro an grab the e-mail.  I then go through each message and
 respond to each one.  This allows me to save some time by not having to
 wade through all of the e-mail messages and delete the ones that I don't
 want when time is of issue.

 When using my Newton, I can save the step of using multiple CIS programs
 and use CIS Retriever to see what messages are what and ones that I will
 want to keep on my Newton for portable reading and replying.  The nice
 thing about a program like CIS Retriever is that the messages I read and
 save onto the Newton can remain on CIS and I can save them later on my
 laptop for storage and reference.  Since I like to keep messages of
 information for later use, this system works very well for me.  Perhaps
 you can get some ideas and modify it for your own needs.

 If you use one account that is shared by others (i.e. company support),
 you should sit down and coordinate when who read what messages.  This can
 be difficult on online services like AOL, which show all messages to you
 no matter when you log on, but a bit easier on systems like CIS, except
 for e-mail.  If someone replies via e-mail to  a customer, and another
 person that has access to the same account comes along and sees the same
 message, they may be tempted to reply.  A note of some sort could be
 helpful in letting the other person know you already replied to that
 message.  Another way of telling this other person is by sending a message
 to this account with a memo, with a subject like "Already Replied to xxxx" 
 This has been known to help support staff keep track of replies and e-mail
 questions from customers.

 Another approach i to setup a database and keep track of mail sent and
 received.  While this seems like a lot of work, it can be a big help later
 when you have to account for all of the e-mail sent and received.  Just
 use the clipboard and capture all of the information into a new record. 
 Not all mail systems will keep e-mail for a long time, so this may be the
 best overall method of tracking e-mail.

 If you only have one account and need to manage it better, there are some
 steps that you could take.  All of the above suggestions for using a
 single account with more than one person could work and may be easily
 taken care of without spending too much time.  Another way is to see if
 there are off-line readers.  CompuServe has the widest range of offline
 message readers with Tapcis and NavCIS Pro leading the pack.  OzCis is
 another very popular choice.  CIS Navigator runs on both the Windows and
 Macintosh platforms and can help keep your costs to CIS access down.  On
 top of saving you money, offiline readers can archive messages for you and
 allow you to search on the text of the messages, which makes finding a lot
 of information easier and better for keeping any amount of data.

 If you need access to the Internet, choosing an online service can give
 you WWW access as well as full e-mail send and receive from any other
 person with an Internet address.  You only need to worry about one account
 to give out to others and one account to keep track of checking.

 It doesn't matter whether you use a single e-mail account or more than
 one, it's important to make sure you keep track of the messages you send
 and receive as important information comes across your computer all the
 time.  And you don't want to be left out of getting and keeping data that
 helps all of us in our daily activities.

 ENTERTAINMENT: Sony PlayStation

 Game System Review: Sony PlayStation

 List Price: $299.95

 Double speed CD-ROM
 Full frame video at 30 frames per second
 16.8 million simultaneous colors
 360,000 polygons per second
 2Mb of RAM
 1Mb of VRAM
 3.3 lbs.
 10.75" (w) x 2.45" (h) x 7.5" (d)

 Availability: As of September 9th, nationwide stores such as Electronics
 Boutique, Babbage's and Software Etc. carried the PlayStation.  Other
 stores like Media Play and Fred Meyer also carry the PlayStation.

 For $299.95, you get: PlayStation unit, audio/video RCA cables, power
 cable (transformer is built-in to the PlayStation), demo CD-ROM, one (1)

 Almost a year ago in Japan, Sony released to lined-up crowds the Japanese
 version of the PlayStation.  Nine months later, they claim to have sold
 over 1 million PlayStations there, making it one of the most popular video
 game systems in Japan, in just a short time.  The next step was to
 introduce the system here in North America.  Well, on September 9th, it
 happened.  And crowds reserved their systems, often weeks in advance. 
 Some stores even offered trade in credit from Super Nintendo or Sega
 Genesis systems towards the purchase of a Sony PlayStation.  A total of 17
 games were known to be released at the system's introduction.  A total of
 at least 50 games are expected to be on the market available for purchase
 by the end of 1995.  During the 1st quarter of 1996, another 25-30 games
 are expected to be available, making the total at least 75 games.  Is this
 the system of the future?  Is this the Nintendo and Sega killer?  Let's
 take a look at the PlayStation and see what it has to offer.

 While no game is packed in with the PlayStation (hereafter known as the
 PS), it does offer some interesting features to go over.  For starters, it
 obviously plays PS games, but not all.  The US version of the PS cannot
 play the Japan PS games, even though both systems do support NTSC
 broadcast signals.  There's enough difference between the two versions of
 the format that causes the games to be incompatible.  Not too fear, as
 most, if not all the US games will be close to or identical their Japanes

 The ability to play audio CDs is expected and is provided in the PS.  To
 play an audio CD, simply turn the unit on with the CD lid open.  Then
 insert a CD.  Close the lid.  Choose the CD Player option from the Main
 Menu screen.  Every possible feature to play an audio CD is here.  Will
 your PS replace your CD player?  It depends on where the PS is used and if
 you consider it convenient enough to use it as both a game machine and CD
 player.  If you use the PS hooked up through a stereo receiver or pre-amp,
 then there's a good chance that audio CDs played through this system will
 come out sounding as good as most consumer-brand CD players.  Any other
 hookup will compromise the sound, so it's possible that it may be more of
 a novelty than a necessity.

 You can also use a memory card for each slot.  The Sony SCPH-1020 is a
 128K Flash RAM card with 15 blocks for saving games and other settings. 
 Each controller has a card slot.  For those computer lurkers, this is not
 a PCMCIA/PC Card slot, so don't think of using your RAM card from your PDA
 in here.  From the Main menu, you can also manage the memory blocks on
 each memory card, copy settings from one card to another and be able to
 delete saved games and settings to make room for more.  On the average,
 memory cards are about $25 each.

 As for available ports, there are quite a few of them.  The first and most
 obvious are the two controller ports and two ports for memory cards.  Next
 on the list is the AC cord plug.  The left, right and video RCA jacks are
 for hookup to your TV.  There is also an RF output, using the SCPH-1061
 RFU adapter for TVs without RCA jack hookups.  There is a connector called
 AV MULTI OUT, which allows hookup to an S-VIDEO jack on a TV, VCR or
 stereo receiver.  Another port is the SERIAL I/O for use with the SCPH-
 1040 link cable, so players can go head-to-head with supported games.  And
 there is a covered PARALLEL I/O port that is being used for future use,
 according to Sony.

 The controls and over functionality of the PS is made well.  Some pieces
 like the CD lid feel a bit cheap at times, but overall, the PS should be
 able to take the normal abuse that a home video game system will take. 
 Being able to incorporate so much into the unit and keep it's size down is
 a plus.  The major plus is keeping the transformer inside the PS, not
 having to use a wall transformer AC adapter.  A simple AC cord is plugged
 in, making it easy to take on a trip or over to a friend's house.

 The controllers are larger than their Japanese versions, but not as much
 as what we expected them to be.  The arrow pad has each key separated, but
 underneath, it is still one piece.  I find that the smaller buttons are
 not perfect, sometimes causing numbness in my thumb after an hour of game
 play.  I would choose the larger ASCII Pad controller, available at most
 outlets that sell the PS.  There is also a larger base controller with
 large joystick that some players will find really good for larger hands. 
 And a joystick will be available for purchase soon from Sony.  Another
 optional accessory is the SCPH-1090 PS Mouse.  This is one of those
 accessories that will most likely bring some educational titles to the PS
 platform and offer a pointing device that some games may find useful.

 Most PS owners are happy and have never experienced any problems in their
 first week with the PS.  But, there have been some problems.  Most of
 these have been the CD player not being able to render the video clips
 included on a demo disc.  The effect of the problem is a choppy and
 constant hesitation in playing the video clips.  Most owners simply return
 their PS and get another and the problem is gone.  This is good for stores
 that do have sufficient stock and constant shipments, but for those stores
 who are always running out of PS units, a return may be difficult.  It
 seems Sony was anxious to meet their ship date and push these units out
 with some quality assurance getting missed.

 The Sony PlayStation is the next generation system that will do well over
 the next couple of years.  Give it a lot of titles and put some
 accessories on the market for it and people will buy it and use it.  While
 the initial $300 may be hard to come up with for some people, the price
 will drop, hopefully in time for Christmas so more people will be able to
 find it and several games underneath the tree.  The system does have a few
 limitations, such as only being able to play PS and audio CDs (other
 systems have been known to have capabilities much greater like Video CD
 and CD-G+), but all of this aside, the PlayStation will provide gamers
 with a system they have been waiting for.

 ENTERTAINMENT: Sony PlayStation

 Game Review: Battle Arena Toshinden

 Developer: Sony
 Publisher: Sony
 List Price: $59.95
 Ease Of Play: Medium/Difficult

 Just what the video game market needs: another fighting game.  Since the
 original Double Dragon, the industry has gone violence-crazy, with the
 different games trying to be on top.  While some would say the current
 leader is Sega's Virtua Fighter, Battle Arena Toshinden (referred to as
 Toshinden from here on) is one to behold.  And it's got the moves,
 graphics, characters and speed to take Virtua Fighter on anyday.

 Toshinden game play is based on the one who has more life left in them at
 the end of the round wins.  A round can end one of a few ways.  One is to
 take down your opponents life until they have no more.  Another is to
 knock them out of the ring.  This is done by pushing them so far to the
 edge of the ring that one more hit will send them to their doom.  If the
 time runs out, whoever has more life left in them at that point wins the
 round.  You need to win twice to move on to fight the next bad guy.  If
 you lose, then the game is over.  You do get the option to continue, so
 you get an extra chance to play to see if you can take down your

 There are several ways to play.  Your first option is 1P Game.  You are
 the player against the computer.  The computer randomly picks your
 opponent.  If you win, then it keeps randomly picking opponents until you
 have won.  A nice advantage is that if you have another controller, you
 can have a second player join in at any time.  This does result in the
 current battle ending, but it allows two players to go at it without
 having to go all the way to the beginning of the game options.  You can
 also start the VS. Human to play two players from the beginning.  Or you
 can choose, as a single player, which of the fighters you want the
 computer to be.

 Toshinden allows you to pick from eight different players.  Eiji, the
 first on the list, is a fair fighter with a sword.  Kayin, also sword-
 bearing, has a bit more fighting power than Eiji. Sofia, one of the most
 well known players (thanks to Sony marketing putting her on just about
 every Sony ad and PlayStation pamphlet) has many mean tools with her. 
 Rattle snake is a whip-like object that will beat you to a pulp if you are
 in its way.  Thunder Ring is another weapon that is easy to dodge, if you
 are looking out for it.  Rungo is an Arnold/Stalone type with a huge rock-
 made club.  Get too close to him and the club will hit you.  Stay on the
 ground too long and the club, when hitting the ground, will take some life
 out of you.  Fo and Mondo use oriental magic and other tools of their
 trade to take you down.  Duke, as the name appears, is of royal descent. 
 He seems like a wimp sometimes, but can really wield the sword to take
 life out of you.  And finally we reach Ellis.  To explain Ellis is not
 that hard.  She is like a high-strung, extremely angered school girl who
 got a hold of a pair of jabbing swords.  She also has a bit of magic in
 her that can take you out if you get too close and let your guard down.

 There are so many options for Toshinden that it would take way too long to
 list them all.  My favorites are the level, where I can set it to be very
 easy, easy, normal, hard or very hard.  Choosing the last option level
 will provide a fight you will practically break your fingers trying to do
 the right moves on your fighter.  Control Type is also pretty cool.  You
 can even set it up so you use the Left and Right 1 & 2 buttons to control
 the camera angle for the fighters.  Makes for an interesting battle when
 you can see the different angles that you are getting hits or getting hit
 (as the case may be) from.

 The basic goal is to beat the other player.  There are some tips in doing
 this.  One is to learn the controller very well.  If you know what your
 player does and which buttons do what, then you can learn (over many
 games) how to beat the other player.  Stay in positions where your weapons
 can have the best effect of abuse on the other fighter.  If you can get to
 the point where you wear down the other player in a shorter amount of
 time, you know you are doing well.

 Take advantage of pushing the other fighter closer to the edge of the
 ring.  If you can get them close to the edge, all it takes is just a few
 hits to get them to fall right off and you win that round.  Do this often
 and the number of hits you'll need to win will be few.

 Battle Arena Toshinden is one of those fighter games that is really good,
 down right perfect.  There are some times when you feel you have mastered
 a few of the players faster than you wish you would have, but trust me,
 things will get harder once you step up the level and start the path to
 Battle King or Queen.  This is a title that you will want to keep in your
 PlayStation library forever.

 Graphics:           9.0
 Sound FX/Music:     9.0
 Control:            8.5
 Manual:             7.5
 Entertainment:      9.0
 Reviewer's Overall: 9.0

 Graphics were the best part of the game, with the rendering and 3D action
 mind blowing.  Sound was good as were the FX of hits, jumps and weapons
 clanging together.  The manual was good and listed as many of the
 important parts a game player needs to know.  The Entertainment value was
 good.  Things couldn't be more fun to play.

 ENTERTAINMENT: Sony PlayStation

 Game Review: ESPN Extreme Games

 Developer: Sony
 Publisher: Sony
 List Price: $59.95
 Ease Of Play: Average/Medium

 If you have ever watched MTV Sports, that show hosted by Dan Cortese, you
 will have an idea of what ESPN Extreme Sports is like.  Based on the kinds
 of alternative sports programming that ESPN's brother channel, ESPN 2
 offers, ESPN Extreme Sports (known as Extreme Sports from now on) lets you
 take a piece of that broadcasting action and play it like you've never
 played before.

 You get your pick of many options.  Road conditions change based on where
 you decide to race.  Pick Utah and you are out in the middle of Zions
 National Park on the two lane roads of southern Utah.  Lake Tahoe takes
 the scenic and steep routes around the famous lake located between Nevada
 and California.  San Francisco takes you a bit more west of Lake Tahoe
 where the streets are even steeper and the buildings distract you enough
 to stay on the course.  Internationally, you get Italy and the streets of
 steep hills, sharp curves and avoiding obstacles of the Italian nature. 
 And lastly, head down to South America and race amongst the hills, rough
 roads and ancient ruins.

 For your mode of transportation, you get 4 choices.  The mountain bike is
 a beefed up as you'll find in any bike store, although it doesn't have any
 low-profile advantages.  The roller blades are not that difficult to ride,
 but not everyone can master them well.  The skateboard is one of the
 oldest for street transportation.  And the street luge makes those hills
 both exciting and scary.

 You can also choose your player.  Some players are better than others,
 depending on what you use to ride on.  Charlie Nappi is the best on the
 skateboard.  Meg Tipre is an animal on the bike.  Reggie Costa is the best
 on the bike.  Jim Huml owns the road with his street luge.  Patricia
 Elenia is the female equal to Reggie on the bike..  Paul Dillon kicks on
 roller blades.  And Mo Howard can show up both Reggie and Patricia when it
 comes to riding the bike.  M. Charles Read can handle the luge and
 skateboard just fine.  Debra is another hot challenge on the roller
 blades.  Joe Carberry finds himself a bit better than average on all
 devices.  Saul Burland is known for good on the bike and luge.  Sam
 Marubayashi may not be that good on the luge, but he sure can skate. 
 Frank Coresetti is another more than average rider on all devices.  Tony
 Beccaccio can shred on the luge.  And Ralph J. Vanni takes it to the
 streets on roller blades..  And finally, Samantha Lyons doesn't take any
 guff when it comes to her bike.

 The goal is to come in first place and beat all of the other 15 racers. 
 You can do a number of things to stay on course.  One is to keep yourself
 on the roads.  For some areas like South America, there are all sorts of
 distractions that pop out at you.  Utah is no piece of cake with
 tumbleweeds and pioneer wagons along the road.  And San Francisco offers
 the occasional street car.  The harder the level, the more the obstacles. 
 There are four levels of play: Easy, Medium, Hard and Extreme (hey, I
 wonder where they got that name from!!).  You can play 1 or 2 players. 
 You can also choose from playing modes where you are in exhibition,
 continue season or new season.  Basically, this means the same thing as
 trial, continue from a saved game and start a new game, respectfully.  If
 you finish in the top 3 racers, you get the advantage of starting at the
 beginning of the next round closer to the front than any of the other

 In your goal to stay ahead of others, you can get violent and force the
 other racers off the road. Using the Left and Right 1 buttons on the
 controller, you can kick to the left or right to knock the racer off their
 bike, luge, roller blades or skateboard.  It doesn't stop them completely
 and not for a long time, as they get right back up.  So you much continue
 to concentrate your efforts on the race and the road hazards.

 Speaking of hazards, items like rocks, tumbleweeds and all sorts of other
 objects get in your way.  Some you can use like the red and yellow barrels
 in San Francisco to possibly knock down another racer.  Some will stop you
 dead like the piles of tires.  And yet a few others will take you off your
 racing vehicle.  The goal is to stay on your transportation to get ahead.

 For the first few games, you're going to come in 16th place.  It's a fact
 of playing.  If you happen to get lucky and can memorize the course as you
 go, then you can at least come in 5th place or higher.  Getting to know
 the course is the best way to increase your position.  If you do happen to
 finish in first, you get $300.  There are also green gates that you can
 pass through which give you $5 for each one.  Yellow gates help you get
 season points.  The blue gates are for special features or other cool

 The more cash you get, the better equipment you can upgrade to.  Your
 options in upgrades give you faster speed, which is what allows you to go
 faster and work towards that 1st place prize.  Hint: if you want to be in
 first place every time, go to the shed screen (where you pick which
 vehicle to ride) and shut off all of the CPU players.  This leaves only
 you (or if you are playing 2 player, your opponent as well) and allows you
 to come into first place and collect $300.  At any time at the end of each
 race, you can add the CPU racers back in for competition.

 ESPN Extreme Games is one of my favorites.  It's racing and action
 abilities out pace a lot of other racing games that I've played in the
 past.  It's got a lot of options on it that can really extend game play. 
 And as you make your way to bonus rounds (note: very hard to get - you
 need to pass through every single gate!) and upgrade to better equipment,
 you'll find this game will be in your shelf for the life of your
 PlayStation.  Let's hope it inspires others to take note of what Sony has
 done with this winner.

 Graphics:           8.0
 Sound FX/Music:     9.0
 Control:            8.5
 Manual:             7.5
 Entertainment:      8.5
 Reviewer's Overall: 8.5

 Graphics are really good, but could be just a bit better in some areas. 
 The Sound FX and music are tops and right inline with this type of game. 
 Control of the racers was just about excellent, with some speed issues
 that are of concern.  The Manual told of the options and how to play the
 game, but could have added more into the game control and players.  The
 entertainment value is one of the best I've seen in a long time.

 ATARI/JAG SECTION                                 Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      The CD articles are still in limbo, much to my disappointment.  It
 bothers me to continuously apologize for these delays, but it can't be
 helped.  Please bear with me...
      If you've always wanted to purchase Pagestream for your ST but
 felt uneasy to spend a good chunk of change for the program, you're
 in luck.  Below, you'll find a recent press release announcing a
 special offer from Soft-Logik - Pagestream for a paltry $39.00!!
 No, the decimal point is not misplaced!  It's Soft-Logik's 10th year
 anniversary and they're making this incredible offer.  Even though the
 Atari platform version of Pagestream is no longer being updated, the
 company still remembered its roots, and included Atari users in their
 offer.  Also, it sounds like there will be more news (offers?) to come
 in the next few weeks - stay tuned.

      Until next time...

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 (St. Louis) Soft-Logik Publishing(tm) will celebrate its tenth
 anniversary on September 11th. In an industry where companies appear
 and disappear seemingly overnight, Soft-Logik products have become
 fixtures on the shelves of Amiga and Atari computer owners.

 Soft-Logik introduced Publishing Partner for Atari in 1986, and it was
 hailed as the most powerful desktop publishing program of its time. The
 industry's leading magazine called it a "knockout program". Publishing
 Partner grew into PageStream and was released for Amiga in 1989. It
 soon became the number one selling DTP program for both Amiga and
 Atari computers.

 In 1994, Soft-Logik released PageStream 3.0 for Amiga, a completely new
 program which set a new standard for features and value. Version 3.1 is
 scheduled for release later this year and will be a free update for
 owners of PageStream 3.0.

 Today, Soft-Logik sells a wide range of Amiga software, including
 PageStream and TypeSmith. Soft-Logik is the exclusive North American
 publisher of Digita's Wordworth, Organizer and Datastore.

                            THE DECADE AHEAD:

 New versions of PageStream for Macintosh and Windows are in development.
 The Macintosh and PowerMacintosh versions will be released later this
 year, and the Windows95 and WindowsNT version is scheduled for the
 second quarter of next year. A new Amiga version is also planned for
 next year.

 Soft-Logik president Deron Kazmaier said "PageStream has become the
 #1 Amiga and Atari DTP program by being the best program available. The
 Macintosh and Windows markets have entrenched market leaders, but our
 extensive experience as a pioneer in the DTP field will help us succeed
 where recent Mac DTP newcomers have failed."

                         PAGESTREAM 2.2 RETURNS:

 To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Soft-Logik is re-releasing
 PageStream 2.2, the best-selling desktop publishing program for Amiga
 and Atari computers. Bundled with a new 90 page manual, PageStream 2.2
 SE will probably top the sales charts again at its incredible new
 price. PageStream 2.2, which originally had a suggested retail price of
 $299.95 will now sell for just $39. The new lower price will help bring
 desktop publishing to people who couldn't previously afford a
 professional quality DTP program.

 Readers of Britain's "CU Amiga" magazine will receive a free copy of
 PageStream 2.2 with their October issue cover disk. They can purchase
 the full program disk set with all of its fonts and the manual for
 24.95 pounds Sterling.

 PageStream 2.2 SE is the perfect choice for owners of older Amiga and
 Atari computers. Its minimum system requirements are 1.5MB of RAM,
 1 floppy drive (2 for Atari), and AmigaDOS 1.3 or any version of TOS.

 Purchasers of PageStream 2.2 SE Amiga who wish to upgrade in the future 
 can apply the entire purchase price towards the purchase of

 PageStream 2.2 SE for Amiga and Atari will be available in late
 October. Orders are being accepted now.

 PS: Watch for another exciting announcement later this month!

 >In This Week's Jaguar Section  -  CATnips!  Breakout 2000!  Pitfall!
  """""""""""""""""""""""""""""     CatFights!  FlipOut! And much more!

              "Coming October 6, Plug in the WIRE network!"

 -> On October 6, Atari Corporation, CompuServe Information Service, <-
 -> Atari Explorer Online Magazine, and STReport unveil something    <-
 -> big for the online community.                                    <-

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

      While the JaguarCD hasn't been spotted yet, new games are arriving
 on our favorite dealers' shelves.  The latest two games to appear are
 Rayman and Ultra Vortek.  Opinions of both are still fairly quiet
 (everyone's busy playing, not talking!), but we hope to have reviews
 and other opinions shortly.  We've also learned that "Pitfall" is in
 production and expected out soon.
      Part of the benefits of being a member of the press is some of the
 interesting items that come our way, dealing with the Jaguar.  One of
 the latest items that I received a few days ago was the most current
 video of short clips of upcoming games.  I must tell you that I am
 extremely impressed with almost all of the games that were included on
 that video.  I also liked the new Jaguar commercial (which I haven't
 seen 'live' yet).
      Some of the games that were included on this video that I'm really
 excited about seeing include: Pitfall, Ruiner Pinball (looks
 incredible!), Defender 2000 (hey, it's Minter!), Breakout 2000 (looks
 hot in 3D!), Blue Lightning (we'll have it within days!), Dragon's Lair
 (I never played this one on any platform!), Demolition Man (Yo, Adrian
 - oops, wrong movie!), Myst, Creature Shock, Iron Soldier II,
 Battlemorph (I really liked Cybermorph & this is much better looking!),
 Varuna's Forces, Black ICE/White Noise, and Max Force.  There were
 other clips, but these titles stuck out in my mind - I'm sure if I had
 the video running, I'd name more!  The "Mind Control" ad was very
 different, and very entertaining - Atari goes after the competitors!
      I've been after our support staff and keeping tabs as to how
 they're progressing with new reviews.  We've got a bunch coming for you
 in the next couple weeks: CatBox (our second review), FlipOut!, Ultra
 Vortek, Double Dragon V, Syndicate, Troy Aikman, Flashback, Rayman,
 Blue Lightning, VidGrid, VLM, and a few others that I don't recall
 offhand!  The games are finally getting to us, albeit slowly.  However,
 the staff is ready, playing, and writing - stay tuned.
      I was going to make some comments related to the continued delays
 with the JaguarCD, but it's pointless at this point in time.  The CD
 should be available within days unless something else happens to delay
 it.  I agree with many, however, that Atari could have done a better
 job of handling the problems.  It's too bad that Atari can't seem to
 shake "Murphy's Law"...
      The STReport/AEO "CatFights" are almost ready to get underway!
 The "rules" are in the process of reaching agreement by both magazine
 publishers; and potential topics for debate are being readied.  Both
 staffs are looking forward to these debates; and we're ready to get
 started!  As we're able to bring you more specific information about
 these debates, we'll keep you all up-to-date.  It's going to be a lot
 of fun - for us and you, as our readers.  You're not going to want to
 miss these features!

      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 $29.99           Atari Corp.
      J9005  Raiden               $29.99           FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
      J9001  Trevor McFur/
             Crescent Galaxy      $29.99           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    $39.99           Atari Corp.
      J9003  Club Drive           $59.99           Atari Corp.
      J9007  Checkered Flag       $39.99           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        $49.99           Virgin/C-West
             Syndicate            $69.99           Ocean
             Troy Aikman Ftball   $69.99           Williams
             Theme Park           $69.99           Ocean
             Sensible Soccer                       Telegames
             Double Dragon V      $59.99           Williams
      J9009E Hover Strike         $59.99           Atari Corp.
      J0144E Pinball Fantasies    $59.99           C-West
      J9052E Super Burnout        $59.99           Atari
             White Men Can't Jump $69.99           Atari
             Flashback            $59.99           U.S. Gold
             VidGrid (CD)          ---             Atari Corp
             Blue Lightning (CD)  $59.99           Atari Corp
      J9040E Flip-Out             $49.99           Atari Corp
             Rayman               $69.99           UbiSoft
             Ultra Vortek         $69.99           Atari Corp

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

      CAT #   TITLE                MSRP         DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

              Pitfall              $59.99             Atari
              Power Drive Rally     TBD                TWI
              Dragon's Lair         TBD              Readysoft
              Hover Strike CD      $59.99             Atari
              Demolition Man       $59.99             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
             Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99        Atari Corp.

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

                  -/- Mindscape Acquires MicroLogic -/-


      Consumer software publisher Mindscape Inc., has acquired
 MicroLogic Software, an Emeryville, California-based software
 developer for undisclosed terms.
      MicroLogic is best known for PrintMaster Gold, a product that lets
 home and small business PC users print envelopes, letterheads, greeting
 cards and other documents.
      "This acquisition gives Mindscape a strong competitive position in
 print productivity, which is one of the largest categories in consumer
 software with annual sales of approximately $100 million," says Bob
 Lloyd, CEO of Mindscape, which is located in Novato, California.
      MicroLogic is the third software company Mindscape has acquired in
 less than a year. In October 1994, Mindscape acquired Strategic
 Simulations Inc., a Sunnyvale-based developer of war and fantasy
 role-playing games. Earlier this year, Mindscape acquired Atreid
 Concept, a French entertainment software company.
      Mindscape is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pearson plc, an
 international media group based in London.

 >Jaguar Easter Eggs, Cheats, & Hints STR InfoFile  -  Solving Those

                             FlipOut! Tips!!

 FlipOut! is still new, but we did have a few requests for some help.
 The most common requests dealt with the levels "The Tile Eater" and
 "The Tile Flipper" - so here are some tips for each of these levels.
 We'll add to this hint file over the next few weeks.

 2.   The Tile Eater

      The tile eater will flash different colors as he swallows one of
 the tiles.  While he is holding it, the tile will never fit properly
 onto the board until he releases it.  To get him to release a tile,
 simply flip him into the air; and after three flips, he will spit the
 tile out.  Often, more than one tile eater will come into play; and you
 will have to get them all to release the tiles to complete the level.

 5.   The Tile Flipper

      The tile flipper will flash different colors when he is ready to
 act.  He will actually grab a tile you have placed on the board and
 flip it into the air, ruining your placement of the tiles.  Often, more
 than one tile flipper will come into play.  To get him off the board,
 simply place your cursor under him and flip him off.

 >Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!


 From CompuServe's Atari Gaming Forums:

 Sb: Pitfall - details
 Fm: Laury Scott [ATARI] 75300,2631
 To: all

 Rather than reply to each of you individually I'll try to answer all
 your questions here.

 1)   Yes it is the Mayan Adventure.

 2)   It is a swinging and jumping (and crawling and hanging and
 bouncing and ride the roller coaster and ...) side scroller.

 3)   Buried in the game is a version of the old 2600 Pitfall game.
 I am sure that once it is out someone will tell you how to find it.

 4)   I have been so busy lately I haven't played many games but I did
 play it for a couple of hours the other night and got through the first
 3 'levels' and was killed on the 4th by the end boss.  The graphics
 were good and there are a lot of hidden things to find (in addition to
 the 2600 Pitfall you can also play a version of Simon as a bonus

 5)   Pitfall is a 4M cartridge game.

 I think that answers everyone. If you have more questions let me know.

 For those of you interested in motor racing I am off the the Indy Car
 races at Laguna Seca tomorrow.  I have managed to arrange pit and
 paddock passes and am looking forward to a great day.  In fact I'll
 even be having lunch with Team Penske (or at least in their hospitality
 tent anyway <bg>).


 Sb: #91690-#Breakout 2000?
 Fm: Daniel Skelton 73742,464
 To: Nathan Wong 76327,3723 (X)>> I see the importance of the older games being rehashed, but I just
 don't feel that Breakout was the appropriate game right now.<<

 I agree. I wrote a whole article in Jaguar Journal about the "Top 12
 Games Which Should Get The 2000 Treatment." Breakout was not among

 Originally, I had planned to survey all of the Atari-original titles
 which I could find from the back catalog of 2600/5200/7800/Lynx/8bit
 games. I shifted gears to only doing the top 12 when I heard that
 Breakout and Pong (yes, pong) were being planned for 2000 versions, and
 I had listed both of those as having low potential for updating.

 >>I didn't like Tempest too much when it initially came out (but was
 hot with a lot of people, including my girlfriend), but Tempest 2000
 held my interest sufficiently.<<

 The original Tempest is probably my favorite arcade game ever. When I
 heard the Jaguar had a version of it, I almost bought one on the spot.
 Glad I waited for the game library to enlarge before taking the plunge,
 or I would have ended up as frustrated as a lot of those who regularly
 post here.

 >>There had been a lot of talk in this forum throughout the years of
 old games that we would all like to see and from my recollection
 Breakout was NEVER, ever mentioned...not even once.<<

 I do not recall it being mentioned.

 >>So, why was it picked to be one of those rare Atari Jaguar games when
 1) it's not highly anticipated and 2) Atari is desperately in need of
 grabbing the general public with something that "looks and feels"

 I think that it was chosen because 1) Atari owns the title outright,
 with no fuzzy lines of legality, and 2) Breakout has been analyzed as
 being one of the most important, and best, videogames ever released.
 That might be surprising to you, but I read an entire book written by
 a psychologist in the early 1980's devoted entirely to his obsession
 with Breakout, and why it was so psychologically addicting. Breakout
 also holds the distinction of being the first video game ever which did
 not attempt to mimic some real-world activity, and which could only be
 done in a video game format. (The idea of breaking bricks in a wall
 only incidentally describes the gameplay; the disappearance of the
 bricks and the more complex rebounds which resulted were not
 duplicatable in the real world.)

 One aside to the game designers at Atari. In order for Breakout 2000 to
 be successful, it must retain two key elements of gameplay:

 1) The ball should get to a point where it bounces repeatedly off a
 surface, rebounding into the brick wall, racking up lots of points
 without player intervention. Whenever a player plays Breakout, that is
 ALWAYS the first goal, to break a hole in the wall as small as possible
 and maneuver the ball through it. This goal is key to the success of
 the game, because it gives the player something immediate to shoot for
 in addition to the overall goal of clearing the screen of bricks.

 2) When the player inevitably loses, the display must make it obvious
 how close the player was to reaching the next level of play (in the
 older games this was done by leaving the partially-cleared playfield
 onscreen until the player started the next game). This is the single
 most important aspect of Breakout which MUST be retained. If any of the
 game designers would like to contact me privately, I would be glad to
 provide further discussion, based on an engineering analysis of arcade
 games I performed in 1982, prior to attempting to write my own first
 game. One thing to point out: This element is MISSING from Flip-Out -
 when the player loses by breaking a tile, the already-placed tiles
 immediately turn grey, and the player cannot see how close he was to
 completing the next level. This is a crucial mistake, and without this
 element the urge to try again will not be as strong.

 >>"Breakout 2000? Is that a typo? Why would they make THAT? That's like
 making Pong 2000!" <<

 Which, according to the latest Video Games magazine, is EXACTLY what
 Atari is planning. However, Pong 2000 will feature a character named
 Pong who is a real boy cursed by being made of rubber like a super ball.
 He bounces off his enemies, attacking his opponents relentlessly, but,
 like Pinocchio, he wishes more than anything to be a real boy. He will
 be featured in a platform game which has puzzle-solving elements and
 shooter elements. The premise? Pong fights the evil king Voidoid and
 his army of Paddle Soldiers, who want to destroy the Earth in a
 colossal intergalactic video game. And the lovable "Pong" will be the
 long-needed mascot for the Jaguar.

 So it looks like the designers are using Pong as a jumping-off point
 for a completely new game. I think it's a great idea which ties the
 classic Atari games into state-of-the-art 64-bit gameplay in a title
 which no other game system will have. This is the kind of game that
 should have been created two years ago to launch the system, but it's
 better late than never. I understand from the blurb in Video Games that
 the game exists only on the designer's paper, but I would urge Atari
 to pull out all stops for this one and provide the game design team
 with the resources needed to finish this one as quickly as possible.
 And have Jeff Minter program some of his patented special effects for
 the sparkle such a game will need (like explosions, celebratory
 sequences, weaponry, etc.)

 Don't know about the name "Pong 2000" though. I might suggest:

 "The All New Adventures of PONG - The Boy Who Wanted To Do More Than

 Or something like that. Boy, I'd kill to work on this title.

 Talk to you later,
 Dan Skelton
 Antique Videogame Aficionado and Proud Jaguar Owner

      CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.09.12) 
                   Coming October 6, Plug in the WIRE.
 Prepare yourself for the final test...
 Mankind has something to prove before they are worthy of the "Ultra
 Vortek"; the eternal source of life's energy for all living things on
 the planet Earth. If you fail to guide any one of the seven mightiest
 and cunning warriors from all the planet to a victory against the
 Guardian, then you'll have to try again after dinner!

 "Ultra Vortek" is here and will be shipping from Atari's warehouse on
 Wednesday, September 13. I know. I've personally made the long journey
 to the Dock Zone and snagged my copy from the Grand Master of Expedient 
 Expedites (with properly approved signature scrolls of course).
 What can I say? If you haven't seen previews of "Ultra Vortek", then
 you may very well not be prepared for the excitement that awaits you
 ULTRA VORTEK! (imagine deep snarling resounding voice)
 Yes, I know CD-ROMs were to start shipping this week. As I understand
 it, a minimum quantity must be prepared before distribution can release
 them. The deadline for that is Friday and Ted has asked for all to be
 delivered that are ready at that time. On the other hand...
 ULTRA VORTEK! (imagine deep snarling resounding voice 
 Europe's Computer Trade Show (ECTS) is wrapping up this week and
 there's a lot of excitement in the Atari booth as I understand. Make
 sure to pick up this weeks issues of Atari Explorer Online and STReport
 for complete coverage.
                   Coming October 6, Plug in the WIRE.

         CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.09.14)
        "Coming October 6, Plug in the WIRE network."
 If you're a Jaguar supporter and would like to help spread
 the enthusiasm of something really cool happening on
 October 6, please consider adding the above statement to 
 your on-line messages on the Internet or on CompuServe.
 What does it mean? We'll here's what I can tell you so 
     "On October 6, Atari Corporation, CompuServe Information 
     Service, Atari Explorer Online Magazine and Silicon 
     Times Report unveil something big for the online 
     [Please note: the event above involves commercial 
     participation between Atari Corporation and CompuServe 
     online service. Please do not incorporate the above tag 
     line on commercial services other than CompuServe such 
     as Prodigy, Delphi, America On-Line or GEnie. Those are 
     very reputable systems also and deserve your support 
     while a guest on their service. This message is a 
     courtesy with appreciation for your support of Jaguar 
     64. Please feel free to CLEANLY delete all "Plug in the 
     Wire" text found in this CATnips prior to posting on 
     alternate systems if you desire.]
                  ~ "That's ZOOPer" ~
                            Jeanne Winding, Atari Corporation
                             (Okay, Jeanne, what gives?, eh?)
 Don Lebow tells me the public debate topic submission area 
 is open in the Jaguar Forum on CompuServe. This is the 
 official area to contribute or consider topics in the 
 upcoming CATfights between STReport and Atari Explorer 
 Online. Stop by if you can and see what is being considered 
 or submit your own.
 The newest issue of Atari Explorer Online is expected to be 
 out Friday as will the new issue of STReport out late in 
 the evening. Travis Guy, Publisher of AEO, tells me you can 
 expect the following in the latest issue...
    If you have time, and if you were going to mention AEO & 
    STR's ECTS coverage in CATnips, please note that AEO 
    will have "exclusive from-the-booth coverage." :)
    AEO_0407 will also include coverage from the CBS Toy
    Test from a few weeks ago. :)
    ... as well as a transcript of the RTC last night, a 
    review of Flashback, an up-to-date software list, 
    Dimitri's Jagged Edge column with notes on Fangoria's Jag 
    reviews, and a cool code for Super Burnout.
    Travis Guy - Editor - Atari Explorer Online Magazine
 From the Internet...
    Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 12:08:32 
    From: (Jeremy Hansen)
    To: Multiple recipients <>
    Subject: Rayman - First Impressions
    Comment: Discussion of the Atari Jaguar and
             video gaming industry
    My wife and I played Rayman for about 2.5 hours last 
    night. It's such a good game that she _recorded_ the 
    season premier for 90210 instead of watching it. Now 
    that's saying something. :)
    My background:  Age - 24, Systems - Genesis, SNES, 
    Jaguar, Atari ST, PowerMac
    First off I'd like to point out that Rayman is a 
    platformer more along the lines of one of the Disney 
    platformers for the SNES. It isn't real fast moving, 
    but just in our short period of playing time we played 
    levels with things we didn't expect. For example, at 
    one point you have to defeat a big mosquito. Once you 
    do, you make friends with him, hop on his back, and the 
    next level is played as a side-scrolling shooter! Then 
    there's another level where the level is only one screen 
    width, and it's "filling with water", so you have to 
    keep moving up as fast as you can to get to the top. So 
    despite the relatively slower pace of the game, there 
    are definitely fast action areas.
    You all know about how beautiful the graphics are, but 
    it's also neat how so much is animated on screen 
    (flowers, mushrooms, etc.), and there is a fair amount of 
    interaction between Rayman and the environment.
    The sound is good, but not of a spectacular nature. The 
    happy in-game music was fitting for the levels we played. 
    There are a lot of effects in the game that will make 
    you smile or laugh.
    So, anyone that's played the Disney platformers know that 
    they've got one main drawback - TOO EASY!! It's like they 
    program the things for 6 year olds. This is not so with 
    the Jaguar Rayman. In fact, I'd say that what we've 
    experienced so far is the difficulty is spot on. Just 
    hard enough to give you a challenge, make you go back 
    and find things, and take lots of time, but easy enough 
    that you can overcome obstacles and make progress with a 
    feeling of satisfaction. Control is also very good.
    My main gripe is I didn't see any way to change the 
    button configuration. Both my wife and I had trouble 
    getting used to using "B" for Jump and "C" for fire. I 
    guess most other games must use the reverse combo, 
    because that's what we both kept doing.  Aside from 
    that, Rayman controls very well.
    Overall Rayman is a very good platformer. The animated 
    scenery and the colors and the smoothness of everything 
    is very nice, and the game is fun to play. It _is_ 
    still just a platformer, so I wouldn't call it anything 
    groundbreaking, then again I can't think of a way to be 
    groundbreaking in a sidescrolling platformer nowadays.  
    All that can be done is "more", and that's what Rayman 
    has - more colors, more animation, more enemies, more 
    I'd also like to add that after my first 30-45 minute 
    game was done, my >status screen said I'd completed "2%" 
    of the game, so it looks like it's got a lot of 
    gameplaying time packed into that cartridge. It also has 
    3 save game slots, so if you're a multiple-gamer family, 
    it shouldn't be a problem.
    >  Jeremy Hansen
    >  Technology Group
    >  Applied Micro Circuits Corp.
    >  AMCC now has a web page: > > 
 For those who attended the GEnie RTC last evening, we had a 
 whole lot of fun. Dozens of people attended to speak live 
 with Ted Hoff, Ron Beltramo and me. Ted had hurts his back 
 last week and was recovering. We had him on a live 
 conference call and read him the questions as they 
 appeared. The 1.5 hour conference concluded with the giving 
 away of prizes donated by Atari, John King Tarpinian and 
 Travis Guy. Atari gave away some hot new Jaguar cartridges 
 and a Strategy Guide published by Sandwich Islands 
 Publishing. Mr. King gave away a banner from the E3 show 
 earlier this year and Travis gave away a chocolate Jaguar 
 FANGORIA fans... Look on page 19 of October's issue for a 
 GREAT review of the Jaguar and three gruesome Jaguar 64 
 cartridge titles: "Alien Vs. Predator", "Brutal Sports 
 Football" and "Doom". All three games scored high in gore 
 and fun!
 AOL members: There's a rumor that we may be working on 
 a live conference soon. Stay tuned. I'll forward more info 
 as the time and date is determined.
 And in conclusion...
        "Coming October 6, Plug in the WIRE network."
     "On October 6, Atari Corporation, CompuServe Information 
     Service, Atari Explorer Online Magazine and Silicon 
     Times Report unveil something big for the online 

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

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Well, another week has come and gone.
 It's amazing to me that no matter how far you get from an event, whether
 in space or time, there are still those like to relive what they
 consider past glories (whether they really are or not) and constantly
 insist on re-writing the truth.  These "rulers of morality" are
 constantly loosing their grip on their precious little patch of ground,
 and yet seem to feel that if they whine loud enough and long enough,
 that what they say will become truth.  Sorry folks, but it doesn't work
 that way.

 I know that most of you don't have a clue as to what I'm talking about,
 and I've always hated it when people "pulled" this on me, but anyone who
 knows of the history of STReport and its association with several Online
 services might have a head start on the rest, but the real surprise will
 come in a few months and then you'll say "ah-ha!  So THIS is what that
 fool was talking about."

 Well, at any rate, let's get on with the reason for this column... All
 the great news, hints, tips, and info available every week right here on

 From the Atari Computing Forum

 Andrew Wright posts:

   "Nobody has told me how to upload a file yet. Please give me brief

 Michel Vanhamme tells Andrew:

   "Go to the libraries section, choose the library you wish to upload
   to, select the "upload a file" option, and follow the on-screen
   prompts. That's it! If you have more specific problems, just ask.
   Otherwise, I will be glad to look for Stoop and upload it myself."

 On the subject of using Stoop to access the Internet, Chris Roth tells

   "If you're using an Atari to access CIS, it's quite useful if your
   terminal prog is capable of the CompuServe QuickB+ protocol to upload
   files (Flash and Connect f.i.), other wise you should use ymodem. You
   can type UPLOAD at the forum prompt and then follow the instructions.
   If you're using a software like CIM on a PC or Mac, things are easier
   since there's simply a menu item for uploading files when you're into a

 Susan Brader posts:

   "My young nephew has an Atari ST with 1 Mb RAM and no hard disk.  He
   has been playing Sim City which he bought about 3 years ago. He has
   been led to believe that there is a more recent release of this game
   with really good graphics but we are unable to track it down.
   We thought it was Sim City 2000 but apparently this is only for PCs.
   Can anyone advise on where to find this updated Sim City, what it is
   called and how much it is likely to cost.
   The young man concerned lives in Norfolk, UK."

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Susan:

   "As far as I know, there was never an Atari ST version of Sim City
   2000, or any other Sim besides the original."

 John at Missionware Software posts:

   "Just curious...

   I'm wondering if it's me, my local node, or ???
   It seems as though the past month or so B+ uploads have been very very
   slow.  About the best I can get is 500 bps at either 14400 or 28800.
   Downloads are not a problem - they zip right along."

 Sysop Ron Luks tells John:

   "Uploads are always slower, but not that much slower.  SEnd a message
   to FEEDBACK.   CIS is upgrading lots of nodes to 28.8kbps lately (just
   got mine this week) and maybe something got screwed up."

 John replies to Ron:

   "That's what I thought.  Uploads always have been a tad slower, but
   lately its been ridiculous.  I think I will send a note off to
   FEEDBACK. Thanks."

 Sysop Jim Ness tells John:

   "I suspect you're talking about uploads to CIS Mail.  It's been a
   concern for the past several weeks, and it will be a problem for
   several more.
   It appears that the implementation of CIS B+ used by CIS Mail (and it
   IS a different implementation than used on other parts of CIS) has
   begun to collapse due to the membership numbers CIS has reached.
   Remember that CIS Mail is now a mail hub for several corporate
   entities. They use CIS to pop email from one office to another at
   regular intervals. The hub supports MCI Mail, ATT Mail, Advantis, and a
   bazillion other email services, as well.  On top of this, there has
   been Microsoft Mail support here for about 9 months now, so individuals
   can email their offices or associates using MS Mail.
   It's basically overloaded, and won't be completely fixed until an
   upgraded Mail system is introduced later this year.  Nobody who has to
   send large files is very happy about it.

   If it's a serious problem for you and your testers and customers,
   maybe we can work something out for you in a forum on an interim

 John replies tells Jim:

   " hit the nail on the head.  :-)  CISmail is where I'm having the

   It's really not a serious problem - more of an annoyance.  It doesn't
   cost me anything but time and since I'm now operating at 28800 as often
   as possible, even there the loss of time isn't that substantial
   (although I have to admit that 500 bps at 28800 is nothing to write
   home to mother about <g>).
   I guess we'll just have to hang on until CIS gets the mail situation
   straightened out.  I suppose we could go with a private forum, but
   Paul and I aren't uploading that often that it really matters much.
   Thanks for the response.  You confirmed what I figured was happening.
   I'm glad to hear (I guess) that others are having the problem too."

 While still on the subject of telecommunications, Chris Johnston asks
 about increasing the size of his download buffer in STalker3:

   "Could your please elaborate on how to use BUF_SIZE.BTK to increase
   the buffer size with AUXINT.PRG??
   No matter what I do, I always end up with 04 Kb default."

 Jerry Coppess tells Chris:

   "Go to the Backtalk menu in Stalker and click on Run Backtalk Script.
   At the file selector click on BUF_SIZE.BTK. BUF_SIZE.BTK will bring up
   a dialog  box Click on AUXINIT. Then the file selector again.  Select
   AUXINIT.PRG in your AUTO folder.  Then you are back in Stalker and you
   will get these questions. Answer them and your all set. I guess I had
   mine set to 31K not 16K(Mega4).
   Buffer size is currently set at 31K
   New buffer size in K (2-31) -> 31
   Buffer size updated successfully!
           Dev #    Port
           -----    ----
              0     Standard Serial Port
              7     TT/MSTe Modem 2
              8     TT Serial 1 / MSTe Serial 2
              9     TT Serial 2
   Device number is currently set to 0
   New device number -> 0
   Device number updated successfully!"

 Glenn Pavlovic asks:

   "Are there any automated access programs avbailable for the 16-bit
   atari that support the CS internet access?"

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Glenn:

   "No, afraid not, Glenn.  The only way to automate Internet via CIS
   would be to write a script for a telecom program such as STalker or
   Flash II."

 Michel Vanhamme talks about hard drive tools:

   "...I still use AHDI, but since I've ordered a new 800 and something HD
   I've been wondering if I should change to a commercial alternative...
   Michel (back from a 3 week vacation on the French riviera, he he :).
          But I missed you folks, honestly!)"

 Chris Roth tells Michel:

   "[It's] nice to have you back. Hope you did enjoy the Cote d'Azur.
   Wasn't it too crowded?
   SCSI Tools (HUSHI - the driver itself) is working very fine for me,
   never had any troubles.  It's quite a comfortable package.  Just when
   running CAF with a foreign hard disk, I had to disable the caching
   features for CAF to work properly.  But I have heard this to be the
   same with other hd drivers as well.
   HD Driver (from Uwe Seimet, the author of Ouside) is also very good.
   It is cheaper than SCSI Tools, and also fully AHDI and XHDI compatible.
   Like SCSI Tools, it supports bus arbitration in it's newest version.
   Both are very quick and reliable.
   HD Driver also supports background DMA SCSI transfer with MagiC, thus
   allowing real multitasking with hard disk access."

 Michel rubs it in a bit about his vacation:

   "The Cote d'Azur isn't too crowded this time of the year, at least
   where I was.  There still were some tourists in August, but in
   September the coast was ours (well, almost). The only thing that
   bothered me is that the extreme right is gaining popularity over there
   year over year. The nearest great city (Toulon) even has a Front
   National mayor now. Creepy...
   Thanks for the HD drivers info... "real multitasking with hard disk
   access"? Is that safe?"

 Chris tells Michel (and probably only makes _me_ jealous):

   "re:cote d'azur
   I haven't been there for two years now, I also was lucky to be there
   with French people who showed us places without all the touristic
   masses (wasn't easy though <g>).
   Sad to hear that right wing parties are on ascending ways. France is a
   real miracle to me these days politically. I don't understand why the
   French didn't see Chiracs real face before the election, f.i.
   re: hd multitasking safe?
   I can't really assure you, because there's still no MagiC for Falcons
   .-( But from what I know of the author, it is. I trust him because he
   proved in many ways that he's a real good one.
   Also, in this term, multitasking means that harddisk operations
   between the SCSI bus and the memory (DMA) can be done while other
   applications can run without slowdown. I think MagiC has security
   options built in to provide safety."

 Michel tells Chris:

   "I watched the French presidential campaign quite a bit (we have French
   television on the cable here) and I can assure you that he did a
   remarkable performance in hiding his "former" self. His discourse was
   even left-ish at times... Great actor.
   > there's still no MagiC for Falcons .-(
   I am still waiting for that one too... <sigh>"

 John Moris asks for help:

   "I want to read  Midi and Asci Files written on Atariformatted disks on
   my PC.  Must I have something like a Converter or do I need more ?  I
   don' t want to run Atari programms on my Pc, just use my  Atari files.
   Example Cubasefiles from Atari to Cubase PC ?  Asci from Signum to
   Winword ?  Who knows more ?

 Albert Dayes at Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells John:

   "You can format a 720K disk on your PC and then use the disk directly
   to move files between both systems. I do this quite a bit and it works
   without any problems."

 Meanwhile, Chris Roth tells us:

   "I have bought NVDI 3 recently and now am the first time really happy
   with my printouts, using Atari Works.
   But... could somebody clear up the myth of Speedo font files for me? I
   don't understand wether *.tdf files are necessary or what they're
   intended for."

 Simon Churchill tells Chris:

   "SpeedoGDOS 5 does not use these files and I would assume NVDI does
   not either, however if an application want's to then it will use these
   files as they contain extra details for the idividual typeface.
   Remember most BXnnnnn.SPD has a file ??nnnnn.TDF, but not all!   The
   'nnnnn' is the typefaces ID number."

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer Magazine tells Chris:

   "I tried NVDI, but there was no way to change the page size defaults
   for my SLM printer. It seemed to always add a quarter inch offset, as
   well as assume an A4 page size.
   I tried the MAKEPRN.APP, but there was no SLM option. With Speedo,
   there was a DRIVERS.PRG that allowed me to "Set Offsets," and when I
   turn them off, a one inch indent starts at one inch. With NVDI, a one
   inch margin starts at one and a quarter inches.
   The only other thing was a lack of any stand alone font selector. For
   a WYSIWYG font technology, this is a real lack. Other than these two
   things, I was really impressed by the speed of NVDI both in printing
   and in screen redraws. The SLM driver was TWICE as fast as the Speedo

 Jean-Pierre Amringe asks for help:

   "Could you please help me about a problem of a 4L connected to an
   Atari TT.  When printing many sheets, as an error occurs on the printer
   (like out of paper, or paper jam), the atari doesn't stop to wait for
   the printer is OK, but instead of this, goes on printing, but no other
   page is printed after paper is added.  I previouly had a HP DJ 540
   connected, and also a DJ 850, and I never had the same problem."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Jean-Pierre:

   "You might change your time-out values on the printer. I had a similar
   problem with mine until I made the time-out values longer. If you are
   having paper jams you might fan the paper before you place it in the
 Well folks, that's about it for this week.  Tune in again next time,
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