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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 12-Jan-96 #1202 Date: Mon Jan 22 00:10:03 1996 Silicon Times Report The Original Independent OnLine Magazine" (Since 1987) January 12, 1996 No.1202 Silicon Times Report International OnLine Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 STR Electronic Publishing Inc. A subsidiary of STR Worldwide CompNews Inc. R.F. Mariano, Editor Featured in ITCNet's ITC_STREPORT Echo Voice: 1-904-268-3815 10am-4pm EST STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing Support BBS THE BOUNTY INTERNATIONAL BBS Featuring: * 5.0GB * of File Libraries Mustang Software's WILDCAT! 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Before all the "cry babies" get started about "being picked on" for their using the wrong operating system or, being on the wrong platform, this editorial is for informational purposes only and does not reflect or allude to any persons, places or situations both now or perhaps in the afterlife! <g> It never ceases to amaze me that no sooner does an issue come out in which the wonders of being part of a supported and thriving platform are made mention of, almost immediately the accusations of putting down those who are not on this platform begin to fly. The computing community is growing in leaps and bounds. We now have .Intel Pentium 166's (that's FAST!) and higher, Itel Triton II Chipsets, Sync Burst Pipeline Cache on all Motherboards, EDO or Regular RAM, 8x CD-ROM drives, inexpensive hard disks, etc., the choices are "multitudinous"! I might add, it keeps getting better all the time. As a result, most every facet of this platform's vitality is alive with innovation and positive growth. The wonders that are "just around the corner" in the areas of both sound and video are going to astound everyone. The downside is slight. Slight even for those who have yet to migrate to this platform. Many manufacturers and consultants realize the anxiety and intimidation involved in making the move. Steps are being taken to ease the transition phase. Software, Experience, Learning Curves and Cost are the seriously intimidating factors All can be, in one way or another, easily overcome. All that's required is a tiny bit of courage and a minimal investment. The staggering prices are no longer there for entry participants. Of course, with some relatively careful planning ahead, one can enter this platform pretty much prepared for the future at a minimum of initial expense. 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The the idea got broad support among record-setting snowstorm has closed computer executives at the Consumer major avenues of transportation on Electronics Show this weekend in the East Coast from airports to Las Vegas. Business writer Evan highways, transforming city streets Ramstad of the Associated Press into icy expanses more fit for reports several companies soon will skiers than drivers. As has often begin selling network access been the case in other emergencies, devices that cost $200 to $500, an CompuServe members are coming idea that has been promoted for together through the online months by companies such as Sun community to ease isolation and Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp. offer solace to others. Weather Ramstad notes some PC makers and Channel Forum member Sandy Rice analysts have scorned the idea that writes, "I'm from Louisville and people will want something less got 17 inches of snow. The roads than a full-featured system that are too dangerous to go out but I starts at around $1,500. need food. My son is out of school. Nonetheless, some major players -- Until a salt truck comes I'm stuck including Compaq Computer Corp., in my subdivision. Should I try to Packard Bell Electronics Inc. and get out or stay in my house?" Acer America Inc. -- all told the Dave Hall, answering from "under 20 wire service their developers were inches on Long Island," writes, playing with different, less costly "I'd have to recommend risking designs focused on network access. it...cabin fever is no fun, but For instance, Paul Chapple, a running out of food and supplies spokesman for Philips Electronics isn't either...do you have Inc., said his employer is neighbors who have four wheel developing a $400 phone to connect capability? Best not to get to the World Wide Web through an depressed about it, and give it a online service that will reformat try! Be careful, and be safe." data on a small screen. "The Brian Foy says, "All the airports executives said they realize PCs are closed as well as New York City won't ever reach as many households being under a "Snow Emergency". As as TVs and telephones," Ramstad long as everyone stays safe, I love writes, "but that something will be the snow. We got around two feet of needed to let everyone reach the the white fluffy stuff. Pull out information available in those sleds and snow shoes." cyberspace." Ramstad cited several By typing GO BLIZZARD, CompuServe devices introduced at CES: members can connect to the Weather z The $500 Pippin cyber-CD Crisis Menu, listing "Blizzard News player, designed by Apple Computer Clips," The Weather Channel Forum Inc. and made first by Japan's and the CompuServe Weather area. Bandai Co. Ltd. It will go on sale The Weather Channel Forum topics in Japan in April and the United include conferences with States this summer. Other forecasters and on-air manufacturers also are expected to meteorologists, library files and make Pippin, which connects to a TV message sections. To share your like a video game machine. It can personal experiences of the storm, play video games, music CDs, send GO TWCFORUM, Message Section 6, and receive email, and use Netscape "Snow and Ice Center," "I'm trapped software to browse the World Wide in the Blizz," "Weekend snowstorm - Web. - NY," "Buried," and related z The $200 Telesmart 4000 by US threads.! Order and Colonial Data Low-Cost Net Devices Coming Soon Technologies Inc., that will be Tandem Computers Inc. From the adopted to receive email in a few company's Cupertino, California, months. United Press International reports z A $300 box from ViewCall Pieper, who has served as America, a unit of Colorocs president/CEO of Tandem's UB Information Technologies Inc., that Networks subsidiary since 1993, is attaches to the TV and provides pledging to focus the company on World Wide Web access. "open" system products designed to z A modem and service from interconnect with a variety of Catapult Entertainment Inc. that different brands. Pieper allows Sega or Nintendo video games previously was president/CEO of to be played across phone lines. AT&T's UNIX Systems Laboratories When players are done with a and is credited with turning around session of NBA Jam, they can check the unit from significant losses to their Internet email. profits in less than a year and Zip Drive Gets Portable Power Pack moving the UNIX system into a Iomega Corp. has unveiled a strong commercial market position portable power pack for its Zip based on open-systems standards. drive. The company, based in Roy, Said Pieper, "Most of our Utah, says the rechargeable power technologies have always been pack will be targeted at people who brought to market with closed, want use the Zip drive in remote proprietary technology. We're going locations. When recharging the to take advantage of more battery, users can plug the power opportunities to get our technology pack directly into a wall socket, to market." He said Tandem also alleviating the need for additional will seek to expand its chargers or power cords. partnerships with other high-tech With an estimated average run-time companies in order to broaden its of approximately two hours, the product line and lower its prices. power pack weighs less than eight Treybig remains on Tandem's board ounces and is about the size of a of directors and will assist Pieper deck of cards. Iomega's Zip drive in the transition. Pieper will join uses 100MB disks to provide up to the board and Tandem's board will 70 times the capacity of add several new members in the traditional floppy disks with hard coming months with the goal of disk-like performance. The unit is bringing in additional experience available in parallel port and SCSI from the computer industry. versions for about $200. The disks Sun Sets Up Separate Java Unit sell for $15 each. Sun Microsystems Inc. has spun off "Many of our customers carry the a separate unit to handle Java, the Zip drive between work and home, or evolving programming language it are using it on the road with a developed for the Internet. To head notebook computer," says Andy the new division, Sun has chosen Grolnick, Iomega's Zip product line Alan Baratz, formerly president/CEO manager. "The new Zip power pack of Delphi Internet Services Corp. gives these mobile professionals a Sun President/Chairman/CEO Scott new level of portability, allowing McNealy told United Press them to use their Zip drive International, "We're privileged to anywhere." The power pack is have someone of Alan's stature and expected to ship this spring for background leading this under $50. organization. His 15 years' Roel Pieper Named Tandem CEO experience in high-technology Replacing company founder James engineering and executive Treybig after 22 years, 39-year-old management is just what we need to Roel Pieper has been named CEO of grow this critical aspect of our business." Before assuming the leadership of Delphi, Baratz held senior management positions with IBM in "The sales and orders results for New York, culminating in being the first nine months of 1995 point named IBM director of strategic to another full year of record development. Of Java, UPI improvement for U.S.-based comments, "Since its introduction technology companies," says William last year, Java has emerged as a T. Archey, president and CEO, of budding standard for developing the Washington- based trade group. Internet and World Wide Web Windows Newsletter Debuts on Web content. It has been successful in IDG Newsletter Corp. says it has large part, industry trackers said, launched the first World Wide Web- because it is not tied to any based newsletter for Windows particular operating system or professionals. The Boston-based microprocessor." company says its Winsurfer McNealy added, "Java has publication will aim to provide revolutionized programming for the readers with tips and techniques Internet and other complex they can use to get the most from networks. Creating an Windows 95 and Windows NT. infrastructure around this A sample issue of the monthly revolutionary technology will help publication can be viewed at us get the power of Java to every http://www.idgnews.com/win95. A 12- software developer for the public month subscription is priced at Internet and corporate intranets, $49.00. and develop Java as the Internet IBM Had Most U.S. Patents in 1995 programming standard." IBM Corp. was awarded the most U.S. Analysts seem pleased with Sun's patents for the third straight move, saying creation of a separate year, receiving a record 1,383 division shows just how bullish Sun patents from the U.S. Patent and has become about Java's future. Trademark Office in 1995 -- 27 Philip Rueppel of Alex. Brown and percent more than any other Sons told the wire service, company. The previous record was "Essentially, this indicates that 1,298 U.S. patents, set by IBM in Sun sees the vitality of Java as a 1994. IBM also led with 1,087 long-term solution and by patents in 1993, the first year separating it, they can make a play since 1985 that a company based in at making Java self-sustaining. the U.S. received the most U.S. They want to capitalize on the patents. momentum Java has gained." Trailing IBM in the top 10 for U.S. Electronics Sales Set Record 1995, according to IFI/Plenum Data New figures from the American Corp., were Canon KK, which had Electronics Association show that 1,088 patents, Motorola (1,012), worldwide sales of U.S.-produced NEC (1,005) Mitsubishi Denki Ltd. electronics products and services (971), Toshiba (970), Hitachi Ltd. increased 17.4 percent to a record (909), Matsushita (852), Eastman $334.7 million in the first nine Kodak (772) and General Electric months of 1995 compared with $285 (757). billion the same 1994 period. The IBM patents were almost Orders for electronics products and exclusively in the field of services also set a record in the information processing. "We are first three quarters of 1995, pleased with the ranking and will rising 19.2 percent to $339.0 continue to work hard to bring billion from $284.5 billion in the these innovations to market year-earlier period. quickly," says Marshall Phelps, Third quarter sales increased 17.1 Jr., vice president of intellectual percent to $115.1 billion from property and licensing services for $98.3 billion in the year-ago IBM. "IBM continues to invest in period. Orders rose 18.0 percent to key technological areas like $114.8 billion from $97.3 billion. software, networking, data storage associate dean of the Wiesenthal and microelectronics -- as our center, based in Los Angeles, says patent portfolio for 1995 attests." the some 250 U.S.-based hate groups CD-ROM Lists Trademarks now "have a magnificent marketing Business owners looking to technology dumped in their laps." trademark a new product can now He adds, "They are able to dress up take advantage of a CD-ROM that's their message in a way that looks designed to offer low-cost security ... presentable." against trademark infringement. Notes Webster, "The Wiesenthal The Trademark Checker contains the Center's request is part of a fully searchable text of all U.S. growing debate over whether federal trademarks -- registered Internet service providers should and pending, live and dead -- be viewed as publishers responsible dating back to 1884. "You'll still for what moves on their networks, need a trademark attorney to or carriers who simply provide process the application and do a access to a service without thorough search of state and common monitoring what is communicated." law databases. However, with the While the Wiesenthal Center argues Trademark Checker you can do most the services are publishers who of the work yourself and save have a civic responsibility not to thousands of dollars in legal fees promote bigotry, Godwin says by screening out names already Internet providers should be taken," says Peter Tracy, president treated like bookstores, which of East Haven, Connecticut-based exercise some control when they MicroPatent, which publishes the decide to specialize in science software. The CD-ROM can also be fiction instead of mysteries, but used by publishers, advertising are not expected to read every book agencies, publicists and others who and be held responsible for the need to check for trademarked books' contents. words. The Trademark Checker sells More Execs Leave Struggling Apple for $199. Additional information is More top executives have left available on MicroPatent's World struggling Apple Computer Inc. Wide Web home page: Barbara Krause, the computer http://www.micropat.com. maker's vice president of corporate Group Wants Ban of Net Hate Sites communications, and one of the The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a company's highest ranking women leading Jewish human rights group, executives, has resigned. Keith has began sending hundreds of Fox, vice president of the home letters to Internet access division, has also left the firm. providers asking them to refuse to The San Francisco Chronicle reports carry messages that "promote that three other high-ranking Apple racism, anti-Semitism, mayhem and executives are leaving: Jim Groff, violence." The effort has drawn vice president of education fire from civil libertarians and marketing; Peter Friedman, vice access providers, who argue public president and general manager of debate is the way to defeat hate. online services; and Don Mike Godwin, staff counsel for the Strickland, vice president of Electronic Frontier Foundation, business and government sales. told Associated Press writer According to the newspaper, Apple Katharine Webster the Internet plans to announce company-wide allows users to "show the whole layoffs after Jan. 17, when the world what's wrong about what the company will release first quarter hate speakers are saying." And results that could include a loss. CompuServe spokesman William Giles Apple hasn't commented on the told the wire service, "The correct report. place to try and put pressure is on Microsoft Layoffs Coming? the people who create the content, Word around Washington state is not the person who provides accessthat Microsoft Corp. is planning to lay off some employees. Quoting from a report in the Seattle Post- Intelligencer newspaper, Computergram International this morning noted rumors of impending cutbacks have been circulating in Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, headquarters for more than a month. "Adding to the uncertainty," says the newsletter, "are lower-than- expected retail sales of Windows 95 and a refocusing of the company's software development efforts to try to get aboard the rampant Internet." to it." Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Corel Updates STR Focus CorelDRAW 6.0 Build 169 Significant Fixes & Features CorelDRAW Module User Interface z the Layers roll-up would crash when using some 16-bit mouse TSRs under Windows95 z ToolTips for the Node Edit roll-up will now display when the roll-up has focus File I/O z inability to reopen a file saved as vers. 5. Format in vers. 5.0 z inability to open some files saved to 5.0 format which contained bitmaps, when reopening in 6.0 z AI export improved when exporting text objects z no 22-byte 'placeable' header is created on WMF portion of EPS export - IPF generated when importing large EPS file with WMF headers z New feature: the CMX format can now be opened and saved directly within CorelDRAW. z Guidelines/Rulers/Grids z the moving of slanted guidelines by grabbing with the cursor - snapping to slanted guidelines z Feet weren't marked on the ruler correctly when using Imperial measurement units z several Grid Frequency problems with the grid was set to Meters, Feet, Miles or Km's Text/Styles z files from previous versions which contained text with line spacing set to points was opening with inflated values in Version 6.0. These files will now open to line spacing at 100% of character height. Drawing/Editing/Attribute Tools z Auto Reduce numeric on Shape Tool Properties was set to .00002. This is now .004. z some imported B&W bitmaps were coming in with 256 color palettes - they wouldn't accept outline or fill assignment Special Effects z couldn't Contour a long string of text z unable to edit PowerClips on pages other than Page 1 z Fit Text to Path roll-up would become unavailable if the roll-up was 'unpinned' Printing z Hairline outlines on plotters were drawn as thicker polycurves - non-PS copies were being reset following each job z 2-sided printing was sometimes not stopping at 50% to allow for paper flip Corel PHOTO-PAINT 6.0 Build 169 Significant Fixes Editing Operations z Attempting to do a Cut or Copy twice would cause an IPF. z Attempting to delete 3 or more Objects at once would cause a lock-up. - Attempting to Undo List 16/256 color images after Clr Adj/Transform Effect, cause an IPF. z Pen, Eraser and Color Replacer strokes were not working for Stroke Mask. Effects z Attempting to apply a Displacement Map or Canvas in the Effects would not work. z Selecting F1 (default .acl to Help) when Effect list is displayed would cause an IPF. File I/O z Attempting to open TIFF files with Alpha channels would not work. z Attempting to Save a Read Only image would cause an immediate shut- down. File Management z Attempting to suspend printing using the Task Progress Manager would cause an IPF. OLE Operations z Attempting to select DRAW app during Resample in Paint when doing an OLE In-Place Edit would cause an IPF. Scripts z Running a script with no file open would cause an IPF. User Interface z Custom Color Palette would not be maintained; Palette would go back to default. Corel PRESENTS 6.0 Build 169 Significant Fixes New Features: z Import Corel SHOW 5 files z Paragraph options dialog now available to adjust bullet, indent and tab spacing z New improvements under Win NT: Runtime Player is now available - Fancy coloured bullets now available in the Layout library z Import .txt files to CHART data sheet UI/Performance z Tooltips available within Libraries dialog for Layouts z Speed has been increased in the Libraries and in slide sorter. z Generate Slide in Advance option has been added to allow slides to pre- load while running presentation - benefit seen in particular with complex slides z Default set to Autoscan data in CHART data sheet when plotting chart, with option to manually select a data range z Enhanced file compression in Runtime Player format File I/O z Editing a DRAW .cmx file no longer causes an error when returning to PRESENTS z Importing files with layered objects now fixed z Imported Actors and Props (.mlb files) have been fixed Text z Header/Footer page numbers now appear correctly throughout presentation - Font size list box now updated when resizing artistic text on a slide z Edit, Undo Fit Text to Path fixed z With Artistic tool selected, changing selection to text frame on slide now correctly updates to the Paragraph tool z Moving bullets in Outline view to different slides will not unlink from Master Slide Layout view z Changing font attributes in Outline view now correctly unlinking from the Master Slide Layout Layouts z Removing bullets in Master Slide view now maintains indent spacing - Templates are now linked to the Master Slide Layout z Frame attribute information for OLE objects now accessible after saving, closing and re-opening files Transitions/Animation/Multimedia z Transitions on 3D objects, preview of transitions on grouped objects, text effects now working correctly z Text effects using pause at paragraph options now working correctly - Imported .avi files now display thumbnail z Wave editor under NT has been fixed January, 1996 Summit96: A Whole New Twist for the Annual Ventura Conference SAN JOSE, CA -- The seventh annual conference for Ventura users, Summit96, is scheduled for the week of April 22-26, 1996, at the Red Lion Hotel in San Jose, CA, and this year's event will reflect the many sweeping changes that are crossing the electronic publishing landscape. As in the six previous years, the Summit will offer high-quality seminars and presentations across three full days, with specific tracks for users of different interests and levels of experience. Hosted by Rick Altman, the Summit will feature the most notable authors and publishing specialists, including Daniel Will-Harris, Carol Lovelady, Foster Coburn, Byron Canfield, and David Satz. As always, the Summit Help Center will be open all day for free drop-in technical support. Furthermore, the 1996 event will take on a greatly expanded role from previous years--similar to a mini- Seybold conference just for Corel users. With two days of optional seminars and workshops, registrants can pick and choose the topics they want to learn about, enroute to building their own personal conference. Among the highlights during that week: CORELDRAW SEMINARS Rick Altman's eight-city West Coast seminar series makes a stop at the Summit on April 22-23. The complete agenda for this highly-acclaimed two-day seminar is available at www.altman.com. Registration for these seminars is $279 alone, or just $175 if added to the main conference. CRASH COURSES For the most comprehensive overviews on today's hot publishing topics, these $99 half-day seminars are the perfect complement to the main event, or excellent appetizers all by themselves. At the Summit, you'll find courses on the following topics: - An Introduction to Ventura - In Step with Windows 95, Part I and II - Exploring the Internet - PhotoPaint WOW, Part I and II - A First Look at CorelXara The Crash Courses take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 22-23, before the main event on Wednesday. LET'S GO SURFING NOW, EVERYBODY'S LEARNING HOW It's no secret that Ventura 6 intends to be a major player in paperless publishing, with built-in support for HTML, SGML, and Adobe Acrobat. Whether you have been surfing the Web for years or have been waiting for the right time to dive in, you'll find all the answers in San Jose this April. The Summit will feature an entire track of seminars from Wednesday through Friday dedicated to Internet publishing, Web page design, HTML development, portable documentation, effective on-line communication, and much more. Registration for the three-day Ventura conference is $525 for regular registration and $495 if you sign up by March 18. This price covers all of the seminars and workshops, access to the Help Center, breakfasts and lunches on all three days, numerous social events, and eligibility to take a dip in our huge prize pool. The optional seminars on Monday and Tuesday can be added to your Summit experience or taken on their own. In any case, the Red Lion is holding rooms for Summit registrants at $109 for single occupancy and $129 for double occupancy, and you can reach the hotel at (408) 453-4000. 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Internet Studio pages can be viewed by any Web browser on any platform. How does Internet Studio compare to HTML? Internet Studio 1.0 outputs HTML, so standard Web browsers on any platform can display Internet Studio content. In addition, Microsoft is proposing, through the Internet Engineering Task Force, additional open extensions to the HTML standards that provide users with a richer interactive experience. Both Internet Studio and Microsoft Internet Explorer will support these and other approved extensions to HTML, thereby providing users with an interactive Web experience. Microsoft will also provide a free, downloadable, viewer application that will enable the current version of existing browsers (such as the Netscape Navigator and Spyglass) on Windows 95 and Windows NT to view Internet Studio sites including the full range of new HTML capabilities. But even if a customer does not have a browser that supports all of the HTML extensions, sites developed with Internet Studio are fully "downlevel" compatible, so that these customers can still see the information. Does a user need an Internet Studio browser or viewer to view Internet Studio sites on the World Wide Web? No, Internet Studio pages can be viewed by any standard Web browser on any platform. How does Internet Studio compare to SUN's Java? Internet Studio and Java are very different. Java is a programming language while Internet Studio is an online publishing system. Java is designed for programmers while Internet Studio is designed for online publishers. As a publishing system, Internet Studio includes open scripting capabilities, but also includes a frame-based layout environment, hypertext authoring, content management, one-button publishing, and extensible third-party design components (based on OLE). While Microsoft will include VBA and C++ scripting capabilities directly with Internet Studio, other programming languages, like JAVA, can be plugged in based on the open scripting architecture. Can I create custom processing scripts in Internet Studio? Yes. Information on creating Internet Studio extensible actions is provided with the Internet Studio Technical Reference. These actions are automatically added to the Internet Studio action dialog so that non- programmers can easily integrate custom scripts into their pages. Internet Studio scripting can be done in C++ and Visual Basic for Applications, as well as other scripting languages based on Internet Studio's open scripting architecture. Will Internet Studio include Visual Basicr Scripting? Yes. Visual Basic will be incorporated as an integrated scripting language for Internet Studio 1.0. How much does Internet Studio cost? How will I buy Internet Studio? Packaging and pricing have not been announced. 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Microsoft has announced that Intervista is providing enhanced VRML capabilities for Internet Studio. Microsoft has also licensed 3D editing software from Calagari to include with Internet Studio allowing designers to create rich 3D worlds published online. Finally, programmers can create sophisticated 3D animations within Internet Studio titles using Windows 95 based technologies such as Reality Labs and OpenGL 3D APIs. Does Internet Studio support Macromedia Shockwave? Yes. Macromedia demonstrated an OLE Control for delivering and viewing Shockwave for Director movies within Internet Studio pages at their recent User's Conference. Does Internet Studio support Adobe Acrobat? Yes. Internet Studio pages will be able to take full advantage of content stored as Acrobat PDF files. Adobe has announced an Acrobat control for Internet Studio that enables Acrobat files to be used directly within Internet Studio pages. Can I create Electronic Eforms in Internet Studio? Yes. Microsoft will supply a set of Internet Studio Eform controls that allow content providers to create rich MAPI-based Eforms without any programming. Internet Studio will also support all standard HTML forms. Does Internet Studio support secure transactions? Yes. Internet Studio sites will support Secure Transaction Technology (STT) for financial transactions, and SSL and PCT for secure communications across the Internet. What about security when downloading OLE components? There will be security measures for downloading OLE components that are part of Internet Studio pages. Companies will be able to certify their OLE components and code scripts so consumers can choose to only download components supplied by clearly identified, known companies (based on digital signatures). Can I use Internet Studio to develop CD-ROM titles? Yes. While Internet Studio is optimized for developing online interactive pages, content providers can publish standalone Internet Studio applications to CD-ROM. 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Its said that ONE Picture is worth a thousand words. Send for this sample now. Guaranteed you will be amazed at the superb quality. (please, allow at least a one week turn-around) A T T E N T I O N-A T T E N T I O N-A T T E N T I O N Apple/Mac Section John Deegan, Editor EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed Edupage Contents CompuServe's Can Of Worms New Supercomputing Competition Two Phone Companies Want ISDN Rate Increases AT&T Lured To The Web More Pentium Power Boosting Internet Bandwidth Canada's National Education Network Satellite Provides Remote Links Online Shopper Demographics Net Spreadsheets Barons Of Bytes Among Canada's Richest Court Rejects Challenge To Indecent Broadcast Laws Court Hears Lotus, Borland Case Blizzard Strains Online Resources Chip Sales Up 40% 64-Bit Chips Set To Overtake 32-Bit Cousins DSVD Modems -- Poor Man's ISDN? IRS, FBI Eye Internet With Suspicion Students In Cyberspace Bell Canada Fights Back Microsoft's "Simply Interactive" Plans Human Rights Group Wants Ban On Cyberhate Internet Hangover? CompuServe's Motives Questioned Oracle Plans To Ship First Internet PC In March Compu-Toys Cell Phone Rates On Their Way Down Smart Phone NCR Retakes Its Maiden Name Internet Provider Takes On Phone Company Canada A Hotbed For Crackers Dole Criticism Of Telecom Bill Perot Systems Links With Swiss Bank Corporation Apple Loss Higher Than Anticipated Resume Buzz Words For '96 CompuServe's CAN OF WORMS which is increasingly popular with After cutting off subscribers' computer users connecting to the access to more than 200 electronic Internet. The two companies have bulletin boards that feature adult found that average subscribers use material last week, CompuServe now the service 47 hours a month, or is trying to find a technical way more than three times what had been to block only German subscribers, anticipated when the companies set whose government originally had the current rates. Industry lodged the complaint against the analysts are questioning the wisdom commercial online provider. of raising ISDN rates at a time Industry executives are pointing when cable companies are beginning out that this would set a bad to provide low-cost high-speed precedent, possibly encouraging digital phone service and access to other governments to make their own computer networks. (New York Times demands regarding content 5 Jan 96 C2) restrictions. Every country will AT&T LURED TO THE WEB now jump in and say we don't want AT&T is abandoning the proprietary any antigovernment propaganda. system it spent $50 million on a Every country in the world will year ago in favor of moving its push its own local hot button," business-oriented online service says a University of Pennsylvania directly to the Internet. The AT&T professor. (WSJournal 5 Jan 95 B2) Business Network will open its site NEW SUPERCOMPUTING COMPETITION on the World Wide Web in mid- 1996. The National Science Foundation is "We believe that some people will planning a new competitive process want to buy just plain Internet for allocating funds to access," says the president of AT&T supercomputer centers, beginning New Media Services. "Others will in 1998, after funding for the four want something more -- they'll want currently supported supercomputing to buy that access along with centers expires. The four centers meaningful content." AT&T's -- located at Cornell University, current Interchange system offers the University of California at San information from CNN, McGraw Hill's Diego, the University of Illinois Standard & Poor's Rating Group and at Urbana-Champaign, and a Dow Jones & Co. (Wall Street collaborative effort between the Journal 5 Jan 95 B2) University of Pittsburgh and MORE PENTIUM POWER Carnegie Mellon University -- share Intel has two new super-speedy about $65 million a year in Pentiums for use in home and small government funds. The new program office desktop computers -- running will encourage consortial at 150- megahertz and 166- arrangements among companies, state megahertz, respectively. Officials governments, universities and other at IBM, Dell Computer and Hewlett- federal agencies. "It's an attempt Packard all said their companies to draw more of the resources of would be building computers using the country into the program," the new chips, and Advanced Logic says NSF's assistant director. The Research says it has a 150- program solicitation can be found megahertz machine for sale now at: starting at $2,195 and a 166 model for $2,495. (Investor's Business <http://www.cise.nsf.gov/cise/asc/P Daily 5 Jan 95 A12) rogSol.html> (Chronicle of Higher BOOSTING INTERNET BANDWIDTH Education 5 Jan 95 A23) Internet service provider iStar TWO PHONE COMPANIES WANT ISDN RATE beefed up the capacity of its INCREASES network with new links between Pacific Bell and U S West are Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and the seeking to more than double the American portion of the Internet rates they charge for ISDN service, and increased its Internet bandwidth 28 times. (Toronto RICHEST Financial Post 5 Jan 96 p39) Pioneers on the information highway CANADA'S NATIONAL EDUCATION NETWORK have been ranked as among the A $500,000 pilot project will richest people in Canada. Ted evaluate a proposed National Rogers of cable giant Rogers Education Network that will bring Communications came in fifth with a together Canada's commercial personal fortune of $1.4-billion. training schools, universities, (Ottawa Sun 5 Jan 96 p4) colleges, non-profit schools and COURT REJECTS CHALLENGE TO INDECENT school boards. (Ottawa Citizen 5 BROADCAST LAWS Jan 96 A1) The Supreme Court has rejected, SATELLITE PROVIDES REMOTE LINKS without comment, a constitutional Ottawa-based TMI Communications saw challenge to a 1992 federal law its $500-million MSAT satellite that bans indecent radio and TV investment start to pay off: the programming during daytime and world's most powerful satellite "primetime" evening hours. The will provide voice and data Federal Communications Commission transmission service throughout defines indecency as "language that Canada, the US, Mexico, the depicts or describes, in terms Caribbean and Latin America to patently offensive as measured by millions of people in remote areas, contemporary community standards including Canadians who live in the for the broadcast medium, sexual or 85% of the country outside the excretory activities or organs." reach of cellular phone systems. The appellate court judgment, now This mobility comes at a price, upheld by the Supreme Court, ruled however, since handsets with that the law served the antenna cost between $5,000 and government's interest in $6,000 and calls are $2.50 per "supporting parental supervision minute (Ottawa Citizen 4 Jan 96 C5) of what children see and hear on ONLINE SHOPPER DEMOGRAPHICS the public airwaves." One of the "It's mostly young, male nerds... unsuccessful appeals argued that techno-weenies. The buying the law would restrict American TV population on the Net is and radio audiences "to watching essentially social misfits. People and hearing only programming fit who are comfortable in public will for children." (New York Times 9 go to a store," says Seymour Jan 96 A5) Merrin, head of a technical COURT HEARS LOTUS, BORLAND CASE research firm, who estimates that The Supreme Court heard arguments online shopping ultimately could by Lotus's lawyer that Borland represent 6% to 8% of all mail- International Inc. violated Lotus order sales. (Investor's Business Development Corp.'s copyright on Daily 8 Jan 96 A10) its Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet NET SPREADSHEETS commands by using all 469 of them Formula One/Net, in Borland's former Quattro at:<http://www.visualcomp.com >, software. "The expression is in offers Web surfers using Netscape a deciding what words to use," he way of viewing and manipulating told the court. Borland's lawyer spreadsheets embedded on Web pages. disputed the claims, however, For example, a site might allow saying that the software allowed investors to make online "what if" users to choose between Borland- comparisons of different investment designed commands or Lotus strategies based on financial data commands, because so many already which it provides to those visiting were familiar with the Lotus the site. (Computerworld 26 Dec software. "Whatever word Lotus 95/2 Jan 96 p68) used to operate its system, that BARONS OF BYTES AMONG CANADA'S word is not copyrightable," he said. Lotus is seeking more than $100 million in damages for copyright violation. (Investor's experts emphasize the need to Business Daily 9 Jan 96 A28) expand the horizon beyond 64: BLIZZARD STRAINS ONLINE RESOURCES "Today's move toward 64-bit file There's no such thing as a snow day systems and 64-bit processing are anymore for many knowledge workers, just stages in the evolution of and the stress placed on telephone information technology. It is and online services yesterday important to recognize this and not proved it. UUNet's president develop solutions for 64-bit that estimated that high-speed business are not sufficient for 128-bit and use of the Internet was down by as beyond." (Information Week 1 Jan much as 15% yesterday, while dial- 96 p39) up home users' rose 60%. America DSVD MODEMS -- POOR MAN'S ISDN? Online reported a 60% increase from Digital Simultaneous Voice and Data normal levels, and AT&T said long- modems can deliver some of the bang distance calls were up 35% of ISDN modems without having to yesterday morning, with a 15% shell out the bucks. The modems increase in conference calls allow simultaneous transmission of during the day. Nynex said the voice and data to the same person number of residential calls was up equipped with the same kind of 60% and Bell Atlantic reported DSVD modem. Although the their residential call load had stipulations are restrictive, it nearly doubled. (Wall Street could conceivably allow you to Journal 9 Jan 95 B1) receive technical support from a CHIP SALES UP 40% help desk while staying in voice Revenue from sales of contact with them, or allow you to semiconductors rose 40% last year, work on documents simultaneously to $154.7 billion, according to with a long-distance co-worker preliminary results compiled for a without the added expense of a new study by Dataquest. North second phone line. International American chip makers' lead over Data Corp. predicts as many as 35% Japanese competitors narrowed to of the 19 million modems sold in 0.3%, down from 1.2% last year -- 1996 will be DSVD devices, selling with North American suppliers for around $300. "DSVD will be the claiming 39.8% of the market to next major modem advance throughout Japan's 39.5%. Dataquest predicts the world," says a manager for healthy sales in the future, fueled MultiTech Systems Inc., which by global demand for PCs and manufactures the modems. corporate networks, and estimates (Investor's Business Daily 8 Jan 96 chip sales will top $300 billion A10) by the year 2000. (Wall Street IRS, FBI EYE INTERNET WITH Journal 9 Jan 95 B2) SUSPICION 64-BIT CHIPS SET TO OVERTAKE 32-BIT The Clinton administration's COUSINS reluctance to ease up on export If you think you're on top of controls for encryption software things because you just switched stems in part from pressure from over to a 32-bit system, think U.S. law enforcement agencies, and again -- 64-bit chips are expected the owner of a New York-based to be the norm by the year 2000. software company sees heavy Driving the change is the need for lobbying behind the government's speed to run graphics-intensive desire to regulate content on the computing applications and heavy- Internet: "I think the Internal duty databases. So far, Digital Revenue Service and the FBI are Equipment Corp. is one of the few watching this one very carefully. 64-bit chip suppliers with its own They wouldn't mind seeing the 64-bit operating system -- a must government set a precedent for for taking full advantage of the 64- deciding what can and cannot go on bit architecture. But industry the Internet." The IRS fears that easy access to cheap and sophisticated encryption software will make income and sales tax Engineering conference in April. evasion too easy, and the FBI (New York Times 8 Jan 1996 C2) worries about criminal and HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP WANTS BAN ON terrorist plots hatched in CYBERHATE cyberspace, but some observers say The Simon Wiesenthal Center is government control tactics are too asking university presidents, little, too late. A Hudson Internet access providers, Institute economist says, commercial online services such as "Electronic money gets really AOL, CompuServe, Prodigy and MSN to interesting when you realize how make a voluntary pledge to refuse impossible it is to put national service to any individual or group walls around it, mandate the use of that wants to use the Net to national currencies, or require promote racism, anti-Semitism, that transactions go through mayhem and violence. A spokesman banks... The country will have no for the Center, a well- known practical choice but to rely more Jewish human rights group, says than ever on voluntary tax that the Internet gives people compliance. That means tax rates "incredible power to promote will have to be kept as low as violence, threaten women, possible on people and on denigrate minorities, promote businesses." (Investor's Business homophobia, and conspire against Daily 9 Jan 96 B1) democracy." Some civil liberties STUDENTS IN CYBERSPACE organizations are characterizing Officials in Ontario's Ministry of the Wiesenthal Center's proposal as Education are developing plans to censorship and the director of the introduce credit courses that would Institute for Historical Review, be available through a computer which challenges the existence of network for high school students. the Holocaust, calls the proposal Students in rural centers and "outrageous and hypocritical." adults trying to complete high (New York Times 10 Jan 96 A1) school through correspondence INTERNET HANGOVER? programs could see courses online A senior VP at International Data by this fall. (Toronto Globe & Corp. predicts widespread consumer Mail 9 Jan 96 A3) disillusion with the Internet: "We BELL CANADA FIGHTS BACK also believe the Internet and Bell Canada criticized independent World Wide Web phenomenon will go Internet service providers for from an intoxication stage to a making "entirely untrue" statements hangover stage during the next two alleging that the phone company's years. About 20% of the large marketing teams are sending firms will jump off the Web because potential customers to BellSygma, the consumer demographics are not which operates the company's developing quickly enough. But Sympatico Internet service.(Toronto just as those 30 to 35 companies Star 9 Jan B3) jump off, another 175 will hop on. MICROSOFT'S "SIMPLY INTERACTIVE" The growth in online subscribers PLANS will continue to be very strong, With a new development program but there will be underlying high called "The Simply Interactive PC turnover rates as users who are for 1997," Microsoft hopes to work underwhelmed by content on the Web closely with hardware cancel and turn on their TVs." manufacturers to make the PC a (Investor's Business Daily 10 Jan consumer-friendly "appliance" that 96 A6) will "turn the PC into the best CompuServe's MOTIVES QUESTIONED platform for entertainment, CompuServe's recent action to shut Internet access and down subscriber access to 200 communications." The plan will be newsgroups carrying sexual content presented at the Windows Hardware was motivated more by U.S. politics than German objections, growing at about 28% a year, and apparently. Reports that the sales of educational and reference action was in response to Bavarian software grew by 142% last year, government complaints are false -- according to IDC/Link Inc. Not to the incident was sparked by an be left out, Packard Bell expects inquiry from a district attorney in to launch its family-oriented add- Munich regarding the alt.sex ons, dubbed Packard Bell groups. Leaders of all four parties Interactive, and rumor has it IBM in the Bundestag have spoken out and Microsoft also are developing against any legislation to regulate child-sized hardware and software the Internet and agree that this year. (Business Week 15 Jan existing criminal law in Germany is 96 p38) sufficient to handle any potential CELL PHONE RATES ON THEIR WAY DOWN legal misconduct. It's rumored Cellular phone rates, which have that, rather than reacting to remained high for years in the face German authorities, CompuServe's of enormous consumer growth, may restrictions were enacted in finally be responding to response to legislation pending in competitive pressures and beginning Congress against "indecent" digital to drop. Subscriber growth rates content in an effort to bolster are slowing down, and wireless wars CompuServe's reputation as a have ignited in New York, Chicago morally responsible online service and Washington, DC. Figures for provider. (STERN Infomat 03/96) the largest 15 carriers in the U.S. ORACLE PLANS TO SHIP FIRST INTERNET show a 12% growth rate in 1995, PC IN MARCH down from 63% the previous year. Oracle Corp. is putting the And the advent of personal finishing touches on its first communications services may push Internet PC, which it says will prices down even further, possibly ship in March, and is working with another 10% to 40% according to an Acorn Computer Group on a second analyst at EDS Management version. The new device will meet Consulting Services. (Wall Street the $500 price goal, but will come Journal 11 Jan 96 B1) without a monitor. Instead, SMART PHONE consumers will use cables to hook Colonial Data Technologies' it up to their television sets or Telesmart 4000 phone incorporates PCs. The manufacturing cost, the ability to send e-mail over the according to Oracle's VP of network Internet, pay bills and bank computing, is under $200 -- $100 electronically, type and send text for four megabytes of RAM, $30 for messages directly to pagers, shop an ARM 7500 microprocessor, and from electronic catalogs, and the rest for the keyboard, mouse manage calls via a full range of and network connections. (Wall Caller ID services. The device Street Journal 11 Jan 96 B2) includes a graphic display screen, COMPU-TOYS magnetic card reader, alphanumeric One of the widely awaited products keypad, v.22 modem and processor, debuting at the recent consumer and is priced at $289.99. electronics show was the new line (Newspage Business Wire 8 Jan 96) of brightly colored and over-sized NCR RETAKES ITS MAIDEN NAME computer attachments built for kids NCR, which became AT&T Global by Compaq Computer in league with Information Systems when AT&T Fisher-Price Inc. The first fruits acquired it in a hostile takeover of the partnership are a $150 in 1991, will become known again Wonder Tools Cruiser -- a driving as NCR, now that the current AT&T toy that steers a toddler through a reorganization is spinning it off computer game -- and a $130 as a separate company. The keyboard scaled to fit a small company, whose initials originally child's hands. The team may hit it stood for National Cash Register, big this year -- shipments of electronic learning toys are will return to focusing on the Systor, which is SBC's information manufacture of computer systems technology subsidiary. (Financial for retailers, banks, and large Times 10 Jan 96 p14) companies. (New York Times 11 Jan APPLE LOSS HIGHER THAN ANTICIPATED 96 C5) Although Apple had already INTERNET PROVIDER TAKES ON PHONE projected losses for its fiscal COMPANY first quarter, which ended December Canada's largest Internet service 29th, the actual figure for the provider iStar is challenging the loss turns out to be about twice phone companies head-on by offering what analysts had expected ($68 private networks to businesses million), putting more pressure on communicating on the Internet. Apple CEO Michael Spindler. (New Secure*net, known in the industry York Times 11 Jan 96 C1) as a virtual private network allows companies to transmit data to RESUME BUZZ WORDS FOR '96 remote offices over lines dedicated Employers of information systems to one client for a fraction of the experts in 1996 will be looking for cost many companies pay for leasing people who know the Internet, transmission lines from phone client-server computing or companies. (Ottawa Citizen 11 Jan networking, according to hiring 96 C6) executives. "IS organizations are CANADA: HOTBED FOR CRACKERS looking for people experienced in Security consultants say computer working with the Internet, hackers have breached a leading particularly regarding security American satellite TV direct-to- issues and building firewalls," home company's security system to says the CEO of a Santa Monica, steal programming for decoding Calif. consulting firm. In the signals. (Toronto Financial Post client-server area, expertise in 11 Jan 96 p3) C++, Visual Basic and Forte DOLE CRITICISM OF TELECOM BILL programming is in demand, as well Senator Majority Leader Bob Dole as front-end graphical user says there need to be changes in interfaces, relational databases the telecommunications bill and help-desk support. Programmers recently negotiated by a House- who otherwise would be in the Senate conference committee, $50,000 to $60,000 salary category because the proposed legislation might see an extra $10,000 to would contain a provision he says $20,000 tacked on for these would provide "corporate welfare" skills, say some recruiting to TV broadcasters by allowing them experts. (Information Week 1 Jan to use, without charge, a portion 96 p64) of radio spectrum for digital services such as high-definition TV and interactive TV. The Federal Communication Commission has indicated that the spectrum at issue could be worth $40 billion on the open market. 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For the Portuguese edition, contact email@example.com with the message SUB EDUPAGE-P Seu Primeiro Nome Seu Sobrenome. For the Spanish edition, send mail edunews@nc- rj.rnp.br with the message SUB EDUPAGE-E Su Primer Nombre, Su Apellido. Educom -- Transforming Education Through Information Technology Kids Computing Corner Frank Sereno, Editor The Kids' Computing Corner edited by Frank Sereno Last week I started a contest to win free software from Brighter Child Software and American Education Publishing. Here are the contest rules: FREE SOFTWARE!! I have two software packages, and I will give away one each to two lucky readers. The packages are Muppet Reading & Phonics and Muppet Reading & Phonics II. Both programs require on IBM compatibles: a minimum 386 CPU, Windows 3.1 or greater, 4 MB RAM and a CD-ROM drive; for Macintosh: 256 colors, System 7, 4MB RAM and a CD-ROM drive. Each sells for around $25. Here are the rules: 1. Send an e-mail to me at this address - firstname.lastname@example.org 2. In the body of the letter, simply write Muppet Contest Entry and include your real name. I will send an e-mail to acknowledge all received entries. 3. If you do not have access to Internet e-mail, entries can be mailed to Frank Sereno, 528 West Ave., Morris, IL 60450 Entries via U.S. Mail will NOT receive an acknowledgment due to Postal efficiency and my poor bank account. 4. All entries must be dated by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 1996 5. Only one entry per household, please 6. Employees or staff of STR Publishing, American Education Publishing and Tebay Communications are not eligible 7. The first name chosen will receive his choice of the programs and second name will get the remaining program 8. Taxes, if any, will be the responsibility of the winners. Shipping will be paid by STR Publishing (ME!) 9. Winners will be notified by e-mail or regular mail and will also be announced in this column I would like to thank American Education Publishing, Brighter Child Software and Tebay Communications for providing the software for this contest. Both programs were reviewed in 1995 and received good marks. The software is very easy for younger children to run and very entertaining. Children of all ages love the Muppets! Rumpelstiltskin's Labyrinth of the Lost Windows 95 CD-ROM for all ages MSRP $49.95 TerraGlyph Interactive Studios 1375 Remington Road Schaumburg, IL 60173 708-413-4100 Program Requirements CPU: 486/33 RAM: 8 MB OS: Windows 95 Video: 640 x 480, 256 colors HDISK: 100k CD-ROM: Double-speed Misc.: Sound card, mouse Fairy tales have fascinated children for hundreds of years. As adults, we hold fond memories of being told these stories by our grandparents and parents when we were young, and now we retell these classic tales of good versus evil to our own youngsters. TerraGlyph has provided another way that we can share these stories. Rumpelstiltskin's Labyrinth of the Lost combine beautiful computer animation, enthralling music and intriguing game play to teach the story of the poor miller's daughter and the impish man who could spin gold from straw. The game starts with a beautifully animated opening sequence which tells the story of the miller's untrue boasts of his daughter's spinning abilities and the consequences she will face if she cannot turn a roomful of straw into gold. These animated sequences can be skipped in later gaming sessions by clicking the left mouse button. Once the daughter has been left alone with her impossible task, Rumpelstiltskin appears. He offers to spin the straw into gold, but only if the daughter can find a treasure in the labyrinth. You must guide her through this maze, searching the eight oracles for the three golden orbs which can be traded for the treasure. You can choose from several game options. The game can be easy or hard with the hard version requiring the collection keys which correspond to the colors of the oracles. The other option is whether to have the oracle ask questions to permit opening the oracles. If you answer incorrectly, another questioned is asked. Answering the second question wrong causes the oracle to lower back into the floor and you must leave the room and come back before you can try again. If you cannot find the orbs and return the treasure to Rumpelstiltskin, then the miller's daughter loses her life. On the third night, Rumpelstiltskin not only requires his prize from the labyrinth, but also her first born child. Feeling she has little to lose because she doubts if she can succeed, she agrees to his contract. If you are successful in the labyrinth, the miller's daughter marries the king and in one year she will have a son. The imp returns and demands the child, but the queen refuses. He offers her a deal. If she can go to the labyrinth and learn his name, then he will not take her child. Rumpelstiltskin's Labyrinth of the Lost provides a wonderful adventure for the young and young-at-heart. The graphics are appealing. The animations are equal to those of the best animated cartoons. The voice characterizations are bravura performances. The music is fantastic. Each song sets the appropriate mood for that scene. The songs of the miller's daughter are exceptionally poignant and beautiful. The interface is a point and click design which is very simple and elegant. The cursor changes shape to indicate the available options in each screen. A white slanted cursor over an object indicates that an action is related to that object. In various scenes, this cursor will start brief animations such as mice running through a doorway. In the labyrinth, this cursor will open the oracles when the left mouse button is pressed. Straight white arrows which point left, right, up or down are exit cursors and are used to exit a scene in the direction of the area. Moving the cursor to the lower left corner of the screen enables the orb cursor. Clicking now will start the options menu in which players can choose game options, read on-line help or save a game in progress. Rumpelstiltskin offers several gaming options which will keep the game challenging and entertaining through several plays. This game is especially fun if you play it along with your children. You can take turns answering the oracle questions and mapping the maze. This activity can really bring a family together. Educational content is lacking. The oracle questions do provide intellectual stimuli, but these questions are not suitable for younger children due to their difficulty. The program would be much improved if the player could choose the types of questions and grade level difficulty. For example, if a ten-year-old child wished to study spelling, he could pick "Spelling" and "Grade 4" from the option menu. But since the questions have random difficulty and topic, Rumpelstiltskin gets a low score for educational value. By list price, this title is moderately priced. It does not have a moneyback guarantee, but it does have a ninety-day warranty against defective media. Rumpelstiltskin provides for many hours of family fun and encourages interest in the classic Grimm's fairy tales. If you are looking for something that is beautiful, mesmerizing and uplifting, then Rumpelstiltskin's Labyrinth of the Lost is the program for you. Ratings Graphics . . . . . . . . . 9.5 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . 10.0 Interface . . . . . . . . . 9.0 Play Value . . . . . . . . 8.5 Educational Value . . . 6.5 Bang for the Buck . . . 8.5 Average . . . . . . . . . . 8.67 That's all for this week. Be sure to enter the Muppet Software contest. And I thank you for reading! Sony Playstation Titles List STR Spotlight Title Publisher Gameplay/Style 1. 3D Lemmings Psygnosis Strategy/Puzzle 2. A-Train IV Maxis Strategy 3. Agile Warrior Virgin Flight Simulator 4. Air Combat Namco Flight Simulator 5. Alien Virus Vic Tokai Adventure 6. Bases Loaded '96: Doubleheader Jaleco Sports 7. Battle Arena Toshinden SCEA Combat 8. Blazing Dragons Crystal Dynamics Combat 9. Brain Dead 13 ReadySoft Action 10. Criticom Vic Tokai Action 11. Cybersled Namco Futuristic Strategy Combat 12. Cyberspeed Mindscape Futuristic Racing 13. D Acclaim Action RPG 14. Dark Stalkers Capcom Action 15. Defcon 5 Data East 3D Action/Adventure 16. Descent Interplay Flight/Combat 17. Destruction Derby Psygnosis Demolition Racing 18. Discworld Psygnosis Adventure 19. Doom Williams 3D Adventure 20. ESPN Extreme Games SCEA Racing 21. FIFA Soccer Electronic Arts Sports 22. GeomCube American Technos Puzzle 23. Gex Crystal Dynamics Platform 24. High Octane Electronic Arts Futuristic Racing 25. Incredible Toons Capcom Platform 26. Jumping Flash! SCEA Action Strategy 27. Jupiter Strike Acclaim Flying Shooter 28. Kileak: The DNA Imperative SCEA 3D Adventure 29. King's Field ASCII 3D Action/Adventure 30. Krazy Ivan Sony Interactive Studios Action 31. Loaded Interplay Strategy/Action 32. Mortal Kombat III SCEA Combat 33. NBA In the Zone Konami Sports 34. NBA Jam Acclaim Sports 35. NFL Full Contact Konami Sports 36. NFL Gameday SCEA Sports 37. NHL FaceOff SCEA Sports 38. NHL Hockey Electronic Arts Sports 39. Novastorm SCEA Sports 40. Off World Interceptor Crystal Dynamics Racing Shooter 41. PGA Tour Electronic Arts Sports 42. Panzer General SSI Strategy/War 43. Philosoma SCEA Action 44. Powerserve 3D Tennis Ocean Sports 45. Primal Rage Time Warner Action 46. Quarterback Club Acclaim Sports 47. Rayman Ubi Soft Platform 48. Resident Evil Capcom Action 49. Revolution X Acclaim Action 50. Ridge Racer Namco Racing 51. Road Rash Electronic Arts Futuristic Racing 52. Shell Shock US Gold Action 53. Shock Wave Electronic Arts Futuristic Flight Simulator 54. Space Griffon Atlus Software 3D Action/Adventure 55. Starblade Alpha Namco Action 56. Street Fighter the Movie Acclaim Combat 57. Tekken Namco Combat/Action 58. The Hive Trimark Action 59. The Raiden Project SCEA Shooter 60. The Raven Project Mindscape Strategy/Action 61. Theme Park Electronic Arts Strategy 62. Total Eclipse Crystal Dynamics Action 63. Twisted Metal SCEA Driving Shooter 64. Viewpoint Electronic Arts Flying Shooter 65. WWF Wrestlemania Acclaim Sports 66. WarHawk SCEA Flight Simulator 67. Warhammer Mindscape Action 68. Wing Commander 3 Electronic Arts Futuristic Flight Simulator 69. WipeOut Psygnosis Futuristic Racing 70. X-Com Microprose Strategy Shooter 71. Zoop Viacom Puzzle Playstation Hints, Cheats and Secrets All buttons are designated by the names below. They will appear throughout the FAQ as these symbols. LEFT 2 (L2) RIGHT 2 (R2) LEFT 1 (L1) RIGHT 1 (R1) BU U FU /\ \ | / \ | /  O or () B---(|)---F / | \ / | \ X BD D DF Assault Rigs This code is not confirmed, although very likely true. Also this code may only work on European PS. Codes are entered during the game, not when it is paused.. z ALL WEAPONS L,R,L,L,R,L,R,R,U,D,U,U,D,U,D,D On the screen it says "Max Weapons added... oh yes" z INVINCIBILITY L,X,L,X,L,L,X,R,X,R,X,X On the screen it says "Invincible ! Yes, indeedy" z LEVEL 42 PASSWORD (),X,/\,(),/\, Criticom Level Codes for Criticom LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 z DAYTON sier eter z DELARA phan king z DEMONICA gone worl z EXENE sphe wing z GORM cham marv z SID odth batm z SONORK play chro z YENJI spid star Destruction Derby Enter these codes instead of your name for some goodies. z !DAMAGE! Makes your car invincible z nPLAYERS Select number of cars (Only on Practice) z REFLECT! Hidden track: Ruined Monastery DOOM (Custom PSX Edition) Level Passwords: ULTIMATE DOOM DOOM II 1 Hangar: WLHYHCPWWW 31 Entryway: WLHYHCP999 2 Plant: PFX7ZN3NNN 32 Underhalls: WLHYHCPCCC 3 Toxin Refinery: WLHYHCPVVV 33 Gantlet: PFX7ZN3666 4 Command Control: PF7XZ3NMMM 34 The Focus: WLHYHCPBBB 5 Phobos Lab: P7XFZ3NMMM 35 The Waste Tunnels: PFX7ZN3555 6 Central Processing: PL1RY81LLL 36 The Crusher: LWHYHPC555 7 Computer Station: LWHYHPCPPP 37 Dead Simple: PF7XZ3N444 8 Phobos Anomaly: PFX7ZN3TTT 38 Tricks & Traps: WLHYHPCDDD 9 Deimos Anomaly: WLHYHCP000 39 The Pit: PL1RY81333 10 Containment Area: PFX7ZN3SSS 40 Refeuling Base: LWHYHPC777 11 Refinery: WLHYHCPZZZ 41 'O' of Destruction: PFX7ZN3!!! 12 Deimos Lab: PFX7ZN3RRR 42 The Factory: LWHYHPC888 13 Command Center: WLHYHCP222 43 Downtown: PFX7ZN3999 14 Halls of the Damned: PFX7ZN3QQQ 44 Suburbs: LWHYHPC999 15 Spawning Vats: WLHYHCP111 45 Tenements: PFX7ZN3888 16 Hell Gate: PFX7ZN3FFF 46 The Courtyard: LWHYHPC!!! 17 Hell Keep: WLHYHCP444 47 The Citadel: PFX7ZN3777 18 Pandemonium: PFX7ZN3DDD 48 Nirvana: WLHYHCPMMM 19 House of Pain: WLHYHCP333 49 The Catacombs: PFX7ZN3YYY 20 Unholy Cathedral: PF7XZ3NCCC 50 Barrels o' Fun: WLHYHCPLLL 21 Mt. Erebus: LWHYHPCDDD 51 Bloodfalls: PFX7ZN3XXX 22 Limbo: PL1RY81BBB 52 The Abandoned Mines: LWHYHPCXXX 23 Tower of Babel: WLHYHPC555 53 Monster Condo: PF7XZ3NWWW 24 Hell Beneath: PFX7ZN3KKK 54 Redemption Denied: WLHYHPCNNN 25 Perfect Hatred: WLHYHCP888 Secret Levels: 26 Sever of the Wicked: PFX7ZN3JJJ 1 Fortress of Mystery: PF7XZ3NVVV 27 Unruly Evil: WLHYHCP777 2 Military Base: LWHYHPCZZZ 28 Unto the Cruel: PFX7ZN3HHH 3 The Marshes: PFX7ZN3222 29 Twilight Descends: WLHYHCP!!! 4 The Mansion: WLHYHCPQQQ 30 Threshold of Pain: PFX7ZN3GGG 5 Club DOOM: PF7XN3N111 Cheat Codes: All cheat codes are entered while the game is paused. They are combinations of buttons and d-pad buttons. If you do not get the code, unpause and pause again and try it again. Most messages will appear on the bottom of the screen. z LEVEL SELECT: R,L,R2,R1,/\,L1,(),X Lets you choose a level to warp to right after you enter the code. z ALL POWERFUL MODE: D,L2,,R1,R,L1,L,() GOD Mode or Degreelessness Mode You become invincible. z LOTS OF GOODIES: X,/\,L1,U,D,R2,L,L Gives you all weapons, ammo for them, all keys for current level, etc. z MAP ALL LINES: /\,/\,L2,R2,L2,R2,R1, Maps all walls and boundaries for the current stage. z MAP ALL THINGS: /\,/\,L2,R2,L2,R2,R1,() Maps all objects as blue triangles including enemies, items, weapons etc z X-RAY VISION: L1,R2,L2,R1,R,/\,X,R This one utilizes the PSX hardware's "see-through" effect for you to be able to see through 1 layer of wall or sprite. No message appears at the bottom of the viewing window for this one. ESPN Extreme Games 1 CHEAT'S FOR ALL At the "Choose Settings" screen, go to "Exhibition" and then choose "Continue Season". When asked to choose your memory card, choose "No". Now enter the password: 237 190 190 080 000 000 176 113 219 This will give you a good character with $5030 in cash, all the good vehicles, first place in the season, many season points, and first place in the first 2 races. FIFA 96 z Start a game, pause it, select options, and enter a code. You will hear a "click." Exit the options menu, and go back to menu with Resume Game as a choice. z Press . You will get a secret options menu. Gray choices require another code.. z Use Left/Right on control pad to change settings. z Invisible Walls X,X,X,/\,,,,/\ z Curve Ball /\,,X,/\,X,X z Super Power /\,,/\,/\,/\,/\,/\,/\,/\,/\, z Super Goalie ,,,,,/\,/\,/\,/\,/\, z Super Offense ,,,,,/\,X z Super Defense /\,/\,/\,/\,/\,X,/\ z Shootout ,/\,,X,,/\ z Stupid Team ,/\,X,,/\,X z After entering the following codes (using the same method to enter the above codes), go back to the Main Menu (you must quit your game) and select OPTIONS to see new choices found at the bottom. z Formal (tuxedos) ,/\,X,,/\,/\,X,/\ z Federation ,/\,X,,/\,/\,X,X Data and Spock z Dynamic Duo ,/\,X,,/\,/\,/\, Batman and Robin z Default Color Pallete ,/\,X,,/\,/\,/\,X z Invisible ,/\,X,,/\,/\,X, just hair, shorts, shoes, z Oktoberfest ,/\,X,,/\,/\,/\,/\ z Dream Team ,,/\,/\,X,X,, z EA Custom Teams ,/\,X,,/\,/\,, z Crazyball : X,,/\,X,X,/\,,X LOADED z Ammo 1. Pause the game 2. Hold L1 and L2 for 10seconds 3. Still holding L1 and L2, hit D, R, (), L, R, (). Then hit X to use 4. Note: the game could glitch if you go over 15,000) z Health 1. Pause the game 2. Hold L1 and L2 for 10seconds..... 3. Still holding L1 and L2, hit R, R, L, D, D, U, and /\ and (). 4. Health will become an option. Hit X every time health is low!!! 5. This code is not easy to do, keep trying. If the code is used right after you die, but before you are on your next life you will be able to move around as the spot on the floor. This is useless since you can not shoot at anything or be killed, but it is weird! Mortal Kombat III z Ultimate Kombat Kode at the Copyright Screen: 360 clockwise circle (d,b,u,f) Then it says enter the Ultimate Kombat Kode. Unlocks Smoke Hit each button this number of times: z L1=0 z R1=1 z SQUARE=0 z TRIANGLE=6 z CIRCLE=U+1 (Hold Up while hitting once) z X=6 Enter these codes after the Prepare for Kombat screen: z Extended Menu #1 Hit X, R1, R2 - You will hear a Cymbal and you know you entered it right. Go to the Kombat Kube and hit UP, you will get a ?, hit a button. This is gives you options like: SMOKE ON/OFF or FATALITY TIME ON/OFF z Extended Menu #2 Hit X, (), /\, R1, R1, R2, R2, R1, R1. Shao Kahn will say "You'll never win". Then hit Up at the Kombat Kube and you'll get the ? menu with two more options: 1 HIT KILLS and 1 ROUND BATTLES NBA JAM TE Hold L1 and R1 while entering these initials and birthdates. z Adrock ADR APR 6 z Eric "Air-Dog" Samulski AIR JAN 21 z Benny BEN SEP 20 z Boo-Boo THI NOV 1 z Larry Bird LAR JAN 15 z Carol "Blaze" Blazekowski BLZ JAN 14 z Brutah GOW JUL 17 z John Carlton CAL MAR 25 z Catling CAT JAN 2 z Prince Charles CHA MAY 4 z Asif "Chow-Chow" Chaudhri CHD MAY 5 z Bill Clinton BIL JUN 3 z Hillary Clinton HIL NOV 6 z Crunch WOL MAR 7 z Sal Divita DIV JUL 3 z Facime DEL OCT 19 z D. Falcus DAZ AUG 6 z Jason Falcus JAS NOV 16 z Fumungus GUN JAN 11 z Tony Goskie GOS JAN 6 z Gordon GOR JUL 3 z Gorilla APE APR 2 z Gray ROB FEB 23 z Heavy D HEA JAN 9 z Neil Hill ZIG APR 7 z Thomas Higgins TOM FEB 19 z Hodgeson HOG DEC 31 z Hugo HOR JUN 12 z Hutchinson BAR APR 9 z Jax JAX MAR 1 z Jazzy Jeff JAZ OCT 9 z Kabuki KUB APR 14 z Chris Kirby CHR DEC 18 z Shawn Liptak LIP JAN 14 z McHugh BAA JUL 12 z Magic Hair STH DEC 8 z Max LIZ AUG 7 z MCA MCA APR 9 z Mike D M D JUL 1 z Jay Moon JAY AUG 24 z Moore MOE JUN 8 z Mike "Mad Mike" Muskett MUS DEC 24 z Snake Palmer SNK JUN 15 z Pistol WAN JUN 10 z Renaldo REN FEB 4 z Jamie Rivett REV JUL 6 z Sequoia SAW APR 10 z Shelly SHY JUN 8 z Will "Fresh Prince" Smith FRS FEB 2 z Frank Thomas FNK JAN 8 z Tunnicliff SAT MAY 7 z Mark Turmell TUR JAN 31 z Weasel DAN JAN 2 z Completed Season: FIN JAN 1 z Final Game of Season END Jan 1 Enter these codes at the "Tonight's Matchup" VS screen... z Baby Mode: ,() five times z Big Head Mode: ,X,(),/\ 5 times- z Huge Mode: /\,X 5 times- z Mammoth Head Mode: ,/\,(),X 5 times- z Manpower: R,R,L,R,X,X,R z Powerup Defense: R,U,D,R,D,U z Powerup Dunks: L,R,X,(),(),X z Powerup Fire: D,R,R,(),/\,L z Powerup 3PTS: U,D,L,R,L,D,U z Quick Hands: L,L,L,L,(),R z Shot Clock Display: U,U,D,D,/\ z High Arc Shots: U,D,U,D,R,U,(),(),(),(),D z 1 Hit KO (1 opp): U,U,U,U,L,L,L,L,(),() z 1 Hit KO (2 opp): U,U,U,U,L,L,L,L,(),X Extended Roster: At the Selection screen, hold Select and spin pad 720 degrees counter-clockwise. Off-World Interceptor To max your cash, go to buy a Vivisector, then: >From the Options screen enter: ,X,(),,X,(),,X,(),,X,(),,X,(),,X,O, L1  X O (six times), then L1 You will hear a sound if done correctly. Ridge Racer z Bonus Cars: Beat Galaga when the game is loading z Black Car: Beat the Time Trial Extra Course z Extra Courses: Win all races z Mirror Mode: At the beginning of the race, turn around and run into the wall past the starting point. Twisted Metal Level Passwords: z Warehouse - (),/\,,(),() z Freeway - X,,,O,/\ z Park - X,/\,,O, z Cyburbia - X,,/\,/\,/\ z Rooftop - ,/\,X,O,X z Fight for your life ,/\,0,, z *Helicopter View (),(),/\,X, space Enter this code before entering a level code. This view only works on Arena, Rooftop and Fight for your life. While playing press DOWN+START a few times until you get the helicopter view z Infinite Weapons /\,Space,,(),() z Invincibility ,/\,X,Space,() z Weird /\,X,/\,/\,() z Minion /\,X,(),,/\ WARHAWK **Note: a double space means nothing is entered there ,,O,,X,,/\ = Preview Epilog Text /\, ,O,,/\,X,X, = Check Special Upgrades Text O,O,O, ,X,/\,X,X = Warhawk A-La Mode (Infinate Weapons, Invincible) /\,/\,O,/\,,/\,/\,X = Infinate Weapons (Non-Invincible) ,O,,,/\,X,/\,/\ = Thor Mode (9999 Flash-Bombs) X,O,O,,X,/\,O,/\ = Kali Mode (Super Swarmers, Ultra-Lockons) /\,X, ,O,O,X,/\, = Preview Movies /\,X,/\,,,,X,/\ = Face to Face with Kreel /\,X,,/\,O,,X,X = Kreel's Door is Open /\,X,,O,/\,X,/\, = Above 3rd Force Field /\,X,/\,/\,/\,X,O,/\ = Above 2nd Force Field /\,X,X,,O,,O,X = Above 1st Force Field /\,X,/\,,O,X,O,O, = Stormland /\,O,O,/\,/\,X,,/\ = In with the Gatekeeper /\,O,O,,/\,O,O,X = West Gauntlet Boss /\,O,X,/\,O,X,/\, = East Gauntlet Boss /\,O,/\,O,/\,X,, = Gauntlet Level ,,X,O,/\,O,,/\ = Volcano Boss is Active ,/\,X,X,X,/\,O, = Volcano Level X,,/\,O,X,/\,, = Airship Rear Hanger Open X,O,/\,/\,O,O,O,X = Post Transformation Airship X,/\,X,,,/\,,/\ = Airship Level O,O,O,,/\,/\,,/\ = Approaching Uma O,,/\,,/\,/\,/\, = In Canyon with Crystal O,/\,X,,O,O,/\,/\ = In Canyon with Belle O,,O,,X,O,O,/\ = In Canyon with Amber O,/\,/\,X,O,O,,O = Canyon Level /\,O,X,/\,O,O,X, = Desert All But Done /\,,X,/\,O,,O,X, = Pyramid Has Risen /\,,X,/\,X,X,, = Desert Level WIPEOUT z Access Rapiier class: Highlight 'one player' Hold L2,R2,L, Start and Select. Then press X z To access FireStar (the secret hidden track) Highlight 'one player' Hold L1,R1,Right, Start, Square and Circle. Press X Firestar should be at the bottom of the track list. z Turbo Start Is achieved by having the red rev bar on the second line from the end when the announcer says 'go'. best way is to press accelerate as the orange light comes on (possibly slightly different depending on the vehicle) or in the middle of the announcer saying 'one'. WWF Wrestlemania Select Screen Codes: z Random Select: Hold UP and press START. z COMBO Meter Auto-Fillup: Hold L1+R2 and press , X, O, /\ "COMBO" should appear under the picture on your side. Atari Interactive software/Jaguar/Computer Section Dana Jacobson, Editor >From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" I do have to apologize (again) for the dismal content of this week's Atari computing section. It's not all my fault mother nature had a major role to play, as well! The weather here in New England, and much of the east coast has been horrendous the past few weeks; and this week was/is no different. My chronic back problems have worsened due to the amounts of shoveling being done (over and over again!); and sitting in one spot for any length of time only makes it worse while the back stiffens up. And, there's another storm coming and due to arrive by the time you read this issue! Ahhh, to be young again and really be able to appreciate this weather rather than have to figure out where to put all of this stuff! Oh well, it's nice to look at, for awhile... Consequently, my Falcon CD-ROM article didn't get finished this week. About all I can muster is an editorial winter lament. I really hate excuses! But, it does give me the opportunity to talk to you, the readers of STReport, and see if I can drum up some literary support. As I'm sure I've mentioned a number of times in the past, we're always looking for original articles related to Atari computing being contributed for publication in these pages. In the past few months, I've noticed a lot of knowledgeable people posting information on the online services, as well as the UseNet Atari newsgroups. You're everywhere. Why not consolidate your information, expertise, and enjoyment of Atari computing by contributing an article now and then in a publication that would carry it to a worldwide distribution? Everyone would be able to appreciate your contributions, rather than a limited readership that may miss out because a message header on the UseNet may be misleading and people skip reading your message/article? Think about it, jot down your ideas, and drop me a line in e-mail about it. Just write me at: "email@example.com" and we'll get the ball rolling. There are still a number of worthwhile topics and software/hardware making its way to Atari users that we'd all benefit from learning more about. You can help make this happen; I'd like to hear from you. In the meantime, if you're on the east coast of the U.S., get stocked up with food and other necessities. Get the blankets out, warm up the Atari computer and stay busy (and warm!). And I'll be trying to figure out how and where to remove the snow from the past two storms and also this new one rapidly approaching.....my poor back will never forgive me! Until next time... Jaguar Section 1. IG Online Expands to Print! 2. Games! And More! >From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! The news of Atari's new Atari Interactive division has brought with it a new level of "what's going to happen to the Jaguar" rumors. A lot of speculation has been bandied about with regard to this news. Is Atari expanding? Is Atari abandoning the Jaguar to focus on PC-game development? Is the end near for Atari altogether? Will Jaguar games be abandoned and re- focused on the PC? You name it, it's likely that the thought has occurred. My take on all of this is that Atari is looking for the means to survive, and prepare itself in case the Jaguar falters as much as the public already feels that it has. Atari can't limit itself to one product. PC- gaming will never be a bad move with the growing number of PCs making into households these days. If Atari creates good conversions of their classics, mixed with some great originals, they should be able to do well. Yes, I said "should". I said the same thing when the Jaguar arrived. As we all know, having great hardware and software does not automatically equate to success. Who knows what kind of sales Atari had over the holidays? I don't know, but the first quarter financial reports should give us a pretty good idea. Did the price drop to $99 help? Did it generate a LOT of sales? I wish that I had an answer. Atari's Ted Hoff announces 20 titles for 1996. A conservative number, to be sure, but realistic. However, those 20 titles are all names that we've seen before, on lists that are at least a year old. These are not what one would consider "new" games, but ones we're already aware of that haven't appeared yet either due to delays or lack of focus. Yes, the games are coming, as we all hoped. They're even coming in bunches. Finally, we have some choices and an ironic situation for many in that we have to choose what to buy and wait a bit before we have more disposable cash to buy that second or third game that we wanted to buy when it first appeared, but couldn't! Will it last? Will we see NEW titles being considered for 1996, or even 1997? Third-party games? New developers? At this point, I really don't know. I think we'll know by the time the second quarter financial reports are out, if not sooner. I won't make any predictions. 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 $19.99 Atari Corp. J9005 Raiden $29.99 FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp. J9001 Trevor McFur/Crescent Galaxy $19.99 Atari Corp. J9010 Tempest 2000 $39.95 Llamasoft/Atari Corp. J9028 Wolfenstein 3D $29.95 id/Atari Corp. JA100 Brutal Sports FootBall $69.95 Telegames J9008 Alien vs. Predator $69.99 Rebellion/Atari Corp. J9029 Doom $69.99 id/Atari Corp. J9036 Dragon: Bruce Lee $29.99 Atari Corp. J9003 Club Drive $29.99 Atari Corp. J9007 Checkered Flag $19.99 Atari Corp. J9012 Kasumi Ninja $29.99 Atari Corp. J9042 Zool 2 $19.99 Atari Corp J9020 Bubsy $19.99 Atari Corp J9026 Iron Soldier $29.99 Atari Corp J9060 Val D'Isere Skiing $39.99 Atari Corp. Cannon Fodder $49.99 Virgin/C-West Syndicate $69.99 Ocean Troy Aikman Football $69.99 Williams Theme Park $69.99 Ocean Sensible Soccer Telegames Double Dragon V $59.99 Williams J9009E Hover Strike $39.99 Atari Corp. J0144E Pinball Fantasies $59.99 C-West J9052E Super Burnout $59.99 Atari Corp. J9070 White Men Can't Jump $49.99 Atari Corp. Flashback $59.99 U.S. Gold J9078E VidGrid (CD) Atari Corp J9016E Blue Lightning (CD) $59.99 Atari Corp J9040 Flip-Out $49.99 Atari Corp J9082 Ultra Vortek $69.99 Atari Corp C3669T Rayman $69.99 Ubi Soft Power Drive Rally $69.99 TWI J9101 Pitfall $59.99 Atari Corp. J9086E Hover Strike CD $59.99 Atari Corp. J9031E Highlander I (CD) $59.99 Atari Corp. J9061E Ruiner Pinball $59.99 Atari Corp. Dragon's Lair $69.99 Readysoft J9097E Missile Command 3D $59.99 Atari Corp. J9091E Atari Karts $59.99 Atari Corp. J9044E Supercross 3D $59.99 Atari Corp. J9106E Fever Pitch Soccer $59.99 Atari Corp. J9043E I-War $59.99 Atari Corp. J9069 Myst (CD) $59.99 Atari Corp. Primal Rage $69.99 Time Warner Battlemorph $59.99 Atari Corp. J9055 Baldies $59.99 Atari Corp. J9089 NBA Jam TE $69.99 Atari Corp. Zoop $49.99 Atari Corp. Available Soon CAT# TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER Defender 2000 TBA Atari Corp. Fight For Life TBA Atari Corp. ...Mutant Penguins $59.99 Atari Corp. World Tour Racing TBA Atari Corp Breakout 2000 $49.99 Atari Corp. Max Force $59.99 Atari Corp. J9021 Brett Hull Hockey $69.99 Atari Corp. Hardware and Peripherals CAT# TITLE MSRP MANUFACTURER J8001 Jaguar (no cart) $99.99 Atari Corp. J8904 Composite Cable $19.95 J8901 Controller/Joypad $24.95 Atari Corp. J8905 S-Video Cable $19.95 CatBox $69.95 ICD J8800 Jaguar CD-ROM $149.99 Atari Corp. J8908 JagLink Interface $29.95 Atari Corp. J8910 Team Tap 4-Player Adapter) $29.95 Atari Corp. J8907 Jaguar ProController $29.95 Atari Corp. J8911 Memory Track $29.95 Atari Corp. J8909 Tempest 2000: The Soundtrack $12.99 Atari Corp. Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! New Print Games Magazine: 200,000. Announcement! Throughout the last year, From: Jeremy B Horwitz Intelligent Gamer Online has <firstname.lastname@example.org> received Before I post this industry-wide acclaim for its announcement, let me say thank you accurate, comprehensive and up-to- to some very special people. the-minute coverage of new video Intelligent Gamer Online has been game products. 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We're Day," Intelligent Gamer Online is about to embark upon a new read worldwide and has been used as adventure, and we're asking for an information source by printed your support and advice in these magazines from the United States, very exciting times. If you have Europe, Australia and Asia. any suggestions or questions once "We realize that there are many you've read this announcement, video game magazines on the market please address them to me. already," comments Joe Funk, - Jer Horwitz Sendai's Editorial Director, "but SPECIAL ADVANCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Intelligent Gamer's content is Sendai Signs to Bring Intelligent unique. On the Internet, hard-core Gamer Online to Newsstands gamers trust IG, people in the Chicago, Illinois -- January 5, industry quote IG, and parents rely 1996 -- In an exclusive on IG for advice on which games to arrangement, Sendai Media Group choose for their kids. There will announced today that it has signed definitely be room in the with Intelligent Gamer Online's Jer marketplace for a product of this Horwitz and Anthony Shubert to quality." bring the Internet's leading "We're thrilled to be working with supplier of game-related Sendai on this new venture," says information onto newsstands. Jer Horwitz, who will become Editor- Beginning with the March issue, in-Chief of FUSION/Intelligent Sendai's FUSION magazine will Gamer. "We've worked very hard to become FUSION/Intelligent Gamer, win the trust and respect of our providing game players with the readers and the industry at large, first word on the next generation and we've succeeded. This agreement of gaming. Editorial content will will bring Intelligent Gamer's high focus on insider news and standards to a much wider information, lengthy hands-on audience." reviews of upcoming game products, The new magazine's Editor at Large, and hard-hitting interviews with Anthony Shubert, notes that "when the developers and executives who we were just starting out, one are shaping the video game and CD- magazine's editor told us that ROM landscapes. The first issue of the new magazine will have a projected distribution in excess of 'Intelligent Gamer' was an Times' Managing Editor in the front- oxymoron, and that's just the page story. "Rather, the 'simply' attitude we've proved outdated. in Simply Interactive is intended Surrounded by so many new titles to emphasize Microsoft's highly and new types of hardware, today's ambitious plan to clean up, or gamer is a careful consumer first unify, much of the software and foremost, and that's the surrounding its Windows 95 and audience we reach." Windows NT operating systems." The Sendai Media Group produces "Simply Interactive PC is a theme magazines targeting the male youth that is guiding our investment in market that range from ELECTRONIC Windows, to deliver more GAMING MONTHLY, the leading interactivity," said Carl Stork, a magazine covering the exploding director of Microsoft's personal world of electronic entertainment, systems division. However, he noted and CINESCAPE, which provides that Microsoft has not formally coverage of action and science discussed the technology. fiction film and TV productions. "Anything we do until we say it Sendai's publications are read by publicly is highly speculative," he more than 35 million people said. "We reserve the right to annually world wide. change our mind." Intelligent Gamer Online can be According to Microsoft documents found on the Internet's World Wide obtained by Electronic Engineering Web at http://igonline.escape.com Times, the Simply Interactive PC and will be a collection of open http://www.utiweb.com/~igonline, specifications including a new and in the video games forums of family of 32-bit Windows drivers leading commercial online services. bringing advanced multimedia Microsoft Quietly Develops The capabilities to an x86-based "Simply Interactive PC," system, rather than a product from According To An "Exclusive Report" Microsoft. However, the company In Cmp's Electronic Engineering has trademarked the "Simply Times Interactive PC" name and may be MANHASSET, N.Y. -- An exclusive planning to license a logo that article in the January 8 issue of would appear on each system sold, CMP's Electronic Engineering Times in a manner similar to the widely reveals that Microsoft Corp. used "Windows-compatible" and (Nasdaq-NNM: MSFT) is working on an "Intel Inside" stickers. ambitious strategy to create the In a side-bar to the article, Wolfe "Simply Interactive PC." According notes that Microsoft's Simply to company documents obtained by Interactive PC would drive Windows Electronic Engineering Times, the 95 from its current design, Simply Interactive PC would be a consisting of a mix of 16-and 32- streamlined Windows-based bit software, to a new, all-32-bit information appliance envisioned as code base scheduled for release "the best platform for next year. entertainment, Internet access and Although the streamlined Win32 communications." And, sources close driver model (WDM) now in to the effort believe it has the development will run under the potential to steal the spotlight current version of Windows NT, from the $500 Internet- access Microsoft would have to PCsomething that's been the subject significantly modify much of the of heated industry design activity underlying technology in Windows 95 in recent months. to support the WDMs. "Currently, "Despite its name, the PC Microsoft Windows 95 is heavily geared toward envisions is not a simple, stripped- Visual Basic-type drivers known as down platform," writes Alexander VxDs," writes Wolfe. "To handle Wolfe, electronic Engineering WDMs, Microsoft will have to jettison all of the 16-bit code in Windows 95 and convert it to a leading game makers to give users a fully 32-bit operating system." taste of the power, ease and According to a presentation excitement of gaming under the prepared by Stork for delivery at a Microsoft(R) Windows 95 operating recent design preview and obtained system. The CD features 39 by Electronic Engineering Times, playable trial-version games and Microsoft "will continue to offer demonstrations developed two complementary versions of specifically for Windows 95 and Windows for the foreseeable offers a state-of-the-art, future." But as Wolfe notes, "after interactive 3-D graphical 1998, the two OS's could begin to interface. resemble each other in all but Games developed for Windows 95, name." including all the titles on the Electronic Engineering Times, Games for Windows 95 CD, take published by CMP, is the leading advantage of AutoPlay technology, publication covering the high tech which makes installation of games OEM industry. The well-respected on Windows 95 as easy as inserting weekly is the only source that a CD into a computer. New games delivers news of both business and designed for Windows 95 exploit the technology to the engineering operating system's power and community and technical/corporate features to surpass MS-DOS(R) management at U.S. OEM operating system-based games and organizations. CMP Publications, deliver fast, high-resolution Inc. is the only provider of high- graphics, high-fidelity sound, tech publishing, marketing and great multiplayer connectivity and information services to reach the digitally precise, responsive entire spectrum of the high- joystick control -- all without technology market. Through its installation hassles. Only games unique market position, CMP reaches designed specifically for Windows the builders of technology with 95 offers this combination of great Electronic Engineering Times, game performance and ease of Electronic Buyers' News, and OEM installation. Magazine; the sellers of technology "Finally, users don't need to worry with Computer Reseller News, about installing new games on their Computer Reseller News/Germany, PCs," said Brad Silverberg, senior Computer Retail Week, and vice president of the personal VARBusiness; and the users of systems division at Microsoft. technology with InformationWeek, "Windows 95 offers users everything Interactive Age Digital, that an MS-DOS-based or game- CommunicationsWeek, machine game does, plus automatic CommunicationsWeek International, installation, a broad spectrum of Informatiques Magazine, Network titles, unparalleled quality of Computing, WINDOWS Magazine, HomePC game play, and access to advanced and NetGuide. All of these technology such as multiplayer publications and a series of gaming. The Games for Windows 95 innovative news services are CD is a great way for anyone available on the World Wide Web interested in gaming to try hot new through CMP's TechWeb(TM) titles and experience the benefits (http://techweb.cmp.com), the that Windows 95 offers as a leading online technology source. game platform." Microsoft Games For Windows 95 CD Thirty-Nine Windows 95-Based Games Coming Soon To Retail Outlets Featured LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. today The Games for Windows 95 CD offers announced that the Games for users hours of exciting game play, Windows(R) 95 CD is scheduled to be featuring the hottest games available at retail outlets Jan. developed for Windows 95. The CD 15, 1996, priced at approximately includes fully playable samples of $9.95. Microsoft has allied with the following titles: z Al Unser Jr. Arcade Racing 1995. Leading game manufacturers (Mindscape Inc.) joined Microsoft in launching z Arcade America (7th Level) Windows 95 as a game platform in a z Atari 2600 Action Pack special industry event on Oct. 30, (Activision Inc.) 1995. z Battle Beast (7th Level) Leading third-party developers z Beavis and Butthead in Virtual worked aggressively to deliver new Stupidity (Viacom New Media) Windows 95-based game titles in z Commodore 64 15-Pack time for the holiday season and are (Activision) committed to Windows 95 as the z DogZ (PF. Magic) platform of choice for new games in z DOOM for Windows 95 (id 1996. Software) "Our first original Windows 95- z Double Switch (Digital based title, Full Tilt! Pinball, is Pictures) selling very well, as is the native z Endorfun (Time Warner Windows 95-based version of SimCity Interactive Inc.) 2000," said Robin Harper, vice z Full Tilt! Pinball (Maxis) president of marketing at Maxis. z Fury3 (Microsoft) "Since consumers have exhibited z Havoc (Reality Bytes) such enthusiasm for both new games z The Hive (Trimark Interactive) and adaptations of existing games z Ice & Fire (Zombie) on Windows 95, all future Maxis z Locus (Zombie) entertainment software will be z MechWarrior 2 (Activision) developed for this platform." z Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows 95 offers features that (Activision) make it the platform of choice for z Pressure Drop (Starhill gaming, including AutoPlay for Productions) automatic game installation; the z Return Fire (Time Warner) new DirectX APIs for enhanced z Shanghai: Great Moments graphics, sound, joystick control (Activision) and multi-player connectivity; and z SU-27 Flanker (Strategic Plug and Play to simplify hardware Simulations Inc.) setup. z TriTryst (Virgin Interactive "Windows 95 is the showcase for Entertainment) unparalleled game play through z Under Pressure (Starhill faster, enhanced graphics and Productions) increased sound capabilities," said z Zork: Nemisis (Activision) Bobby Kotick, chairman and CEO of Also included are demonstrations of Activision Inc. "Whether running 13 other game titles for Windows an action, adventure or mystery 95. title, Windows 95 maximizes the Windows 95 Is the PC Platform of potential to bring consumers the Choice for the Game Industry most cutting-edge gaming experience The game industry strongly supports available." Windows 95. Forty of the game "The tidal wave of new titles for industry's leading companies are Windows 95 and the release of the shipping more than 75 games and Games for Windows 95 CD are the accessories specifically designed latest evidence of the gaming to exploit the power and features industry's shift to Windows 95 as of Windows 95. Commercial the primary PC platform for game availability of game titles and the play," said Tim Bajarin, president Games for Windows 95 CD are the of Creative Strategies Research. latest steps in the game industry's "By the 1996 holiday season, I move to Windows 95. Microsoft expect that most new game titles announced enhanced gaming support will be designed specifically to in Windows 95 at the Computer Game take advantage of the impressive Developers Conference in April 1995 gaming capabilities of Windows 95." and delivered the final Windows 95 Game Development Kit in September System Requirements To play the Games for Windows 95 CD, users need a Windows 95- compatible PC, 8 MB of memory and a compatible sound card. A compatible joystick is optional. Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day. NOTE: Microsoft, Windows and MS- DOS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile - Current Developer Lists & Titles Game Title Date Game Type MSRP Publisher Air Cars TBA Racing/Combat $59.99 MidNite Ent. Alien vs. Predator NOW Role Play/Adventure $69.99 Atari Assault 2Q/96 Action/Combat $59.99 MidNite Ent. Atari Karts NOW Driving $59.99 Atari Attack Mutant Penguins 2/96 Arcade $59.99 Atari Baldies (CD) NOW Action/Sim $59.99 Atari Battlemorph (CD) NOW Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Battlesphere TBA Space/Combat TBD 4-Play Battlestar TBA Space/Combat TBD ? Battle Wheels TBA Racing/Combat TBD Beyond Games Blue Lightning (CD) NOW Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Braindead 13 (CD) TBA Action/Adventure TBD ReadySoft Breakout 2000 6/96 Puzzle $49.99 Atari Brett Hull NHL Hockey 2/96 Sports $69.99 Atari Brett Hull Hockey (CD) 4/96 Sports $69.99 Atari Brutal Sports Football NOW Sports/Combat $69.99 Telegames Bubsy NOW Action/Adventure $19.99 Atari Cannon Fodder NOW Action/Adventure $49.99 Virgin Chas. Barkley Basketball 1Q/96 Sports $59.99 Atari Checkered Flag NOW Racing $19.99 Atari Club Drive NOW Racing $29.99 Atari Commander Blood(CD) 2/96 RPG $69.99 Atari Cybermorph NOW Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Dactyl Joust TBA Action TBD Atari Dante (CD) 6/96 Action TBD Atari Defender 2000 2/96 Arcade $59.99 Atari Doom NOW Action/Combat $69.99 Atari Double Dragon V NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 Williams Dragon: Bruce Lee Story NOW Combat $29.99 Atari Dragon's Lair (CD) NOW Adventure $69.99 ReadySoft Dragon's Lair 2(CD) TBA Adventure TBD ReadySoft Dungeon Depths 2Q/96 Action/Adventure $59.99 MidNite Ent. Evolution: Dino Dudes NOW Puzzle/Adventure $19.99 Atari Fever Pitch Soccer NOW Sports $59.99 Atari Fight For Life 2/96 Combat TBD Atari Flashback NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 US Gold Flip-Out NOW Puzzle $49.99 Atari Formula 1 (CD) 1Q/96 Racing TBD Atari Highlander I (CD) NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Highlander II (CD) 3/96 Action/Adventure TBD Atari Highlander III (CD) 5/96 Action/Adventure TBD Atari Horrorscope TBA Combat TBD V Reel Hover Strike NOW Action/Combat $39.99 Atari Hover Strike CD NOW Action/Combat $59.99 Atari Hyper Force TBA ? TBD Comp. West Iron Soldier NOW Action/Strategy $29.99 Atari Iron Soldier II (CD) 4/96 Action/Strategy $59.99 Atari I-War (a.k.a. Netwar) NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Kasumi Ninja NOW Combat $29.99 Atari Magic Carpet (CD) 11/96 Action/RPG TBD Atari Max Force (CD) 1Q/96 Action $59.99 Atari Missile Command 3D NOW Action/Arcade $59.99 Atari Mortal Kombat 3 9/96 Fighting TBD Atari Myst (CD) NOW Interactive Novel $59.99 Atari NBA Jam T.E. NOW Sports $69.99 Atari Phase Zero 9/96 Action/Arcade $59.99 Atari Pinball Fantasies NOW Arcade $59.95 Comp. West Pitfall/Mayan Adv. NOW Arcade $59.99 Activision Power Drive Rally NOW Driving $69.99 TWI Primal Rage (CD) NOW Fighting $69.99 TWI Raiden NOW Action/Adventure $29.99 Atari Rayman NOW Action/Adventure $69.99 Ubi Soft Rise of the Robots(CD) TBA Action/Arcade TBD TWI Robinson's Requiem 2/96 Adventure $59.99 Atari Rocky Horror (CD) 10/96 Adventure TBD Atari Ruiner Pinball NOW Arcade $59.99 Atari Sensible Soccer NOW Sports Telegames Sky Hammer (CD) 8/96 Flying/Action TBD Atari Soccer Kid TBA Sports TBD Ocean Soul Star (CD) 5/96 Action/Sci-Fi TBD Atari Space Ace (CD) TBA Space/Combat TBD ReadySoft Super Burnout NOW Racing $59.99 Atari Supercross 3D NOW Sports $59.99 Atari Syndicate NOW Simulation $69.99 Ocean Tempest 2000 NOW Action/Adventure $39.99 Atari Theme Park NOW Simulation $69.99 Ocean Trevor McFur NOW Action/Adventure $19.99 Atari Troy Aikman Football NOW Sports $69.99 Williams Ultimate Brain Games TBA Puzzle TBD Telegames Ultra Vortek NOW Action/Adventure $69.99 Beyond Games Val D'Isere Skiing NOW Sports $39.99 Atari VidGrid (CD) NOW Puzzle/Music --- Atari Wayne Gretzky (CD) 2/96 Sports TBD TWI White Men Can't Jump (w/Team Tap) NOW Sports $49.99 Atari/TriMark Wolfenstein 3D NOW Combat/Action $29.99 Atari World Tour Racing 3/96 Sports TBD Atari Zero 5 7/96 Space/Combat TBD Atari Zool2 NOW Action/Adventure $19.99 Atari Zoop NOW Puzzle $49.99 Viacom [Editor's note: Titles, scheduled release dates, and prices are verified from Atari - all subject to change] ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING On CompuServe compiled by Joe Mirando 73637,2262 Here we are friends, the second week of 1996. And in the span of two weeks, we in the Northeast, face our third winter storm. It reminds me of Reginald Vel whatever-his-name-is from Diehard singing: Oh the weather outside is frightful... da da da da da delightful... Yep, you guessed it... I've got cabin fever. I hate the snow. I hate the cold. I hate just about everything. And I hate the fact that I hate it. Well, that's okay. As long as I've got a modem and a phone line I'm happy. And, if present developments are any indication, I'll be able to log on to CompuServe with my ST for a long time. There is now some real grass-roots interest in getting a HMI-enabled program for the ST. Let's take a look. >From the Atari Computing Forum. On the subject of the number of pages. This doesn't mean you have colors "needed" to access to _look_ at 'em. ;-) Especially CompuServe using CIM or a HMI if your program is an off-line navigator I post: browser." "...I believe that many of the "colors" in an HMI-type of program Ben at TOC Oz. posts: could use the built-in patterns in "Regarding telecommunications monochrome mode... It might not packages for CIS : I recently spoke look like the Windows version, but to someone who is very capable of it would be something for those who writing such a package. They wanted it." often look into these forums, to judge the salability of their Sysop Bob Retelle replies: efforts. The context of our "Heh... I remember playing midimaze conversation was : They want to in monochrome... it used the know how many C-LAB Falcons are internal fill patterns to indicate going to be bought, so that the the different colors, and was it project will be viable, and I want ever a pain..! to know how many up to date, high quality products are available to (Pattie Rayl tried to use it first my C-LAB Falcon customers. and couldn't figure out if she was supposed to be shooting the YOU CAN NOT HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE "slants" or the "stripes"... they OTHER !!!!! The Falcon is HERE NOW finally gave me the mono monitor .... where's the purchasers, because I'd just shoot everyone, where's the peripherals ... ?, They and it didn't matter what pattern are out there, ... they just have they were..!) to be brought together ! You're probably right though.. in If any one else says that they this application, I'll bet it would either have to swap platforms or work just fine." die with their STs, I will start believing you are stupid, and I reply to Bob: can't be helped as you don't want to be....any of you Celtic/Anglo "I remember playing midimaze in types should know the story of the mono as well... you sure had to use dog and the thistle ! You're only your imagination. whining because your either lazy, or stupid, or both ! (that's the >You're probably right though.. context of the dog/thistle story) in this application, I'll bet it Put your money where your mouth is would work just fine. < ! contact the C-LAB dealer in your country ! C-LAB are only shipping No one would ever mistake it for small numbers, because the average VGA, but as long as it lets us user is not being switched on to "see" what's on CIS, I'll be it's superior multi media happy... for a while. <g>" abilities. C-LAB Falcons motto is "power without price", and it is Mark Kelling adds: indeed just that ! "As for color in CIM: hey, it just brightens up the icons, nearly Just ask Alberto Sanchez how fast everything is still just text Apex Multimedia is, if you don't online anyway. believe me ! Everything has to start somewhere, don't complain If the new online areas are any ... show interest ! then more and indication though, the future will more Falcons will start shipping, be in photo realistic shades. Most which will encourage more of the new areas save splashy, developers, which will encourage Internet Web looking welcome pages. more users, which will mean more The Mall, Money Mag., Internet Q&A, Falcons etc. are just some of the many -- and word is that Forums are next in Everyone who inquires at my office, line to get full color welcome is also interested in using telecommunications of some sort. available for Macs and PCs. The With each new enquiry, is the money you save using MacNAV in a possibility of another customer for year alone will more than pay for a CIS. the logic is obvious.(if not PowerBook. My Compuserve bills read above). For those who dropped **DRAMATICALLY** the minute experience financial difficulty, C- I switched over. I wound up saving LAB have provided upgrade path to hundreds of dollars. The Falcon is the Mark X, which has obvious wonderful for many things...but benefits for both customer and here on CompuServe...it is to developer, bringing O/S's, laugh. Use the right tool for the hardware, and bug fixes, to a job." standard, which means that developers, and customers will have Carl Barron tells Ben: more confidence in the platform ! "I have a 18 meg TT, CD-ROM, 500+megs of working hard drives and Renewed interest in the platform soon a graphics card, so why would will trickle down to more interest I want a 'new' falcon? That is in some sort of ST compatibility, an interesting question. If I need which will benefit those who a falcon to navigate CIS on an simply can't afford a Falcon, ... Atari m680x0, I see no future in consider ZERO-X by SoundPool, if it the program. For a reasonable finds itself on a Falcon it will price I would by this program, if use the DSP, otherwise it won't ! it ran at least on my TT. I no It doesn't bomb and tell you to go longer believe in supply side away. Also consider many owners economics, or the trickle down who have both an ST, and a theory." Falcon... (As STs don't die ;-), some form of compatibility is Michel Vanhamme tells Carl: necessary. If instead of the Falcon "I agree. While I am not a great it was a Mac, or clone, this programmer, I cannot see why wouldn't be the case ! and the STs someone would need a specific and ST support would be set on the machine to be able to run a CIS long and narrow path of attrition, front end. Of course, there _are_ till they are only found in some obvious hardware requirements: museums ! a minimal resolution (640*400 or 480), some colors (16 - I've tried This message is being written on a it on a PC and it works) if you C-LAB Falcon Mark II 14/811. So want the CIS icons and all that, a somebody has one !, and I live on hard drive, some RAM. All this an island in the middle of the means at least two unmodified ocean, far away from America, or machines would do the job: TTs and Europe ! How did it get here ? How Falcons. There are also some people did I know they were available ? who have put graphics cards in How could I afford to buy one ? How their STs so that should work too. come you can read this message ? But, IMHO, that would leave a lot If you can answer these questions, of people out still, who would only then I'll stop thinking you are be able to run at a suitable stupid, or lazy !" resolution in mono. I see only one solution to that: suppression of Frank Heller tells Ben: the graphics, but I don't know if "Zero-X is manufactured by Copson navigation would be possible Data. SoundPool distributes it to without graphics. Anyway, all the certain areas of the World. And above _only_ applies to an I...uh...have a C-LAB Falcon...but 'AtariCim'... No need for the I don't communicate on the service colors for a navigator. Tapcis is a with it. For that, I use a Mac 520c DOS navigator, hasn't one icon or PowerBook. I gave up a L O N G image in its display, and will time ago trying to find a decent become HMI compliant nevertheless. front end for the Atari to communicate here. Nothing made for Bottom of the line: I don't see why the Atari compares to the stuff only a Falcon would be capable to run a CIS front-end. Just my two stuff is not loaded while online. cents, A full CIM will require at least 640x480x16, 2-4megs of ram to run Michel (I _have_ a Falcon BTW ;-)" at all. Sound, who needs much sound." Mark Kelling tells Michel: "CIS _wants_ you to use a CIM-type Michel Vanhamme adds his thoughts: program with all the pretty "I think that would be the graphics! Just think, every time a approximate hardware requirements. forum (or for now areas like Mall I suppose even 2 meg RAM would be and Newsstand) change their sufficient if very well Greeting graphic you - the users - programmed, since 4 meg on this spend valuable time waiting for borrowed PC under Windows here do those pretty pictures to arrive the job, if you get my drift..." through your modem. I am happy to see that some Navigator type Steven Van Rossen posts: programs will make the move to "I am new to the HMI discussion, HMI, this means we won't be locked but it all sounds very interesting. in to using only whatever CIM I do develop programs for the Atari software CIS determines is "best" and I still intend to do. As far as for us. :-) (Like that other I can deduce from all available service heavily advertised on TV) information, it won't be that easy to develop an AtariCim (or Since there is a DOS navigator set whatever) but I think it is worth to go HMI, there is absolutely _no the try. Why deprive us Atarians reason_ why there can't be one for from one of the world's best online Atari systems. Heck, you could services. write one for an Atari 400 if CIS would just release a specs sheet I am willing to give developing listing what HMI expects to see AtariCim a try, but not alone. So when you communicate. I do know here is what I propose: for a fact that all text sent back 1. Since everybody is willing to and forth in Mail and Forum invest in it, why don't we invest Messages is compressed and placed in it by contributing all in some into B transfer protocol packets. way. This means: user developed The decompressing for view of these software. This means that packets does take some horsepower interested developers can co- on the part of your computer, so a develop, other people can design CIM type program may be beyond the icons or write help files, others capabilities of a slow CPU. Still, can beta-test along with the you could make an off-line developers. I am sure every one of navigator where the actual time us has a skill to contribute. Hey, factor is not that important. (The if on the Internet they could software could download your mail write Linux, why couldn't we make and messages and then logoff and AtariCim? expand everything for you to view 2. If there is enough interest and reply to later!) for a joint effort, I am willing to manage the project (in my Sorry to carry on so! I'll step off professional life, I do the same) my soapbox now ;-)" and do large chunks of the developing. Carl Barron adds: 3. If this project goes on, we'll "I think a navigator, is possible have to convince Compuserve that fairly easily with 4megs and a hd this project will succeed (as they at any 80 col. resolution. If it expect every HMI application to is going to ignore stuff, it can market Compuserve). This will be return received ok without checking the thorough part I suppose. it, as it is tossing it anyway, etc. Just speculating. But a Bottom line, please if you are navigator similar to quikcis interested in this proposal, reply should be doable on perhaps a 2 meg to this message... So - just to st. especially if the off-line give an impression of what we all need - here are some skills I already identified: 1. Legal advice. If anyone of you is a laws specialist, grab your chance. We need to check how this project should be legally organized; Copyright CIS, ownership of user developed sources 2. Developers. For myself I can offer GEM experience and application experience. I know C. I do have a GEM library with full source control to make color buttons, windowed dialogs and all good stuff we need. I know Windows API. I have a PC which can be helpful comparing the 'AtariCim' to existing PC applications. But it is too much too do it all alone. Unless we're willing to wait to the year 2000 :-). Input is welcome on Compuserve B protocol (Jim?) and Telecom... 3. People who are experts in icon drawing and which have access to WinCIM. The application would need its own version of icons both in color and monochrome. 4. Graphics experts: let us dither these HMI color images to good looking monochrome images for those with monochrome screens. Who has such routines... I'm convinced if we line up we can find enough competence under the Atarians to build together our AtariCim..." If you have any ideas, impressions, or suggestions, write to Mr. Van Rossen at email@example.com and let him know what you think. That's it for this week. 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