ST Report: 15-Nov-96 #1246

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Subject: ST Report: 15-Nov-96 #1246
Date: Sat Nov 16 23:23:38 1996

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>From the Editor's Desk...

     Comdex looms closer and closer.. Adobe is shipping Photoshop 4.0 for
both the Mac and Windows arenas and its the most outstanding new graphics
tool this year.  Delrina/Symantec is shipping WinFax Pro 7.5 nad its simply
put, amazing.  Fax anywhere.. in any format, via any medium.  As always,
WinFax Pro is the product when it comes to Faxing ala PC.  This year's Fall
Show promises to be the biggest yet and the one with the most innovative
technological advances yet.  To even the youngest of users both direct and
indirect, most all the goodies to debut at this show are milestones of one
type or another in the computing industry.

     Voice command soft/hardware and recognition soft/hardware are ready to
pounce upon the waiting markets and then, right on its heels, comes the
Universal Serial Bus (USB). heard anything about it yet?  You will.  Once
this takes hold, the IRQ blues will be a thing of the past completely.
Coupled with the PCI bus.. the pair will make the pursuit of speed a
secondary consideration in machines of the future.  The primary
consideration being the creation of new innovative goodies that'll make full
use of the architecture.

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                   Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

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                        Net Per-Minute Charges Fought

Some two dozen hardware, software and online service companies -including
Apple Computer and Netscape -- are fighting what they say is an attempt by
regional phone companies to charge for Internet access on a per-minute
basis, just like for phone calls.  Business writer David E. Kalish of The
Associated Press says the group, called the DATA Coalition, contends the
phone charges almost certainly would be passed along to Net users,
potentially stifling future growth of the medium where currently most pay a
flat monthly rate to an Internet service provider for unlimited Internet

"Local telephone companies assert that the extra usage is clogging their
lines," says Kalish. "The access fees are needed, they say, to pay for
upgrades to their networks or build new ones to handle the millions of
Americans going online each day for everything from movie reviews to stock
trading."  Pacific Bell, Nynex, Bell Atlantic and other regional phone
companies complain Net usage is clogging phone lines so much that thousands
of local calls are not going through.

"Besides," says Kalish, "the Internet has grown into a money-making
enterprise, where advertisers peddle information and goods in 'electronic
storefronts' -- and as such users shouldn't be getting a free ride by local
phone companies."  Bell Atlantic and other regional phone companies are
urging the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the Internet
service providers' exemption from regular phone rates and the FCC has
started work on the issue. It expects a decision by the middle of next year.

AP notes the phone companies favor a fee of about one-third penny per
minute, but critics says the costs could add up to hundreds of dollars a
month for subscribers used to paying just $20 a month, who tend to keep
their lines open for many hours at a time.  Spokeswoman Grace Hinchman of
for Digital Equipment Corp., a member of the DATA Coalition, told the wire
service, "We in the coalition are sure that it's going to have a chilling
effect. There's a lot of rhetoric that (Internet service providers) want a
free ride. That's not it at all."  Hinchman said the group is trying to
convince the FCC to create incentives for phone-company rivals to build
alternate networks for Internet access.

                        Virus Shuts Down EPA Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has shut down its mid-Atlantic
region computer network, because of a computer virus that destroyed data
while displaying a "smiley face" on the screens of its victims.  According
to The Associated Press, the virus caused differing degrees of damage to the
government computers, deleting files in some and wiping out all data in
others. EPA spokeswoman Leanne Nurse told the wire service the largest
impact of the network shutdown was the loss of word processing and
electronic mail.

The agency's national databases were not affected, the EPA said.  Users in
the EPA's offices in Wheeling, West Virginia, first noticed trouble
Wednesday evening and alerted administrators in Philadelphia, where regional
headquarters are located, AP said. After an attempt Wednesday night to clear
the virus, regional managers shut down the system Thursday as a precaution,
Nurse said.

The mid-Atlantic EPA region is responsible for federal environmental
programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and
Washington, D.C.  Nurse said the regional office hoped to have its computers
back in operation by Tuesday, after the Veterans Day holiday. Meanwhile, Jim
Newsom, deputy assistant regional administrator for the EPA, estimated that
15 percent of the region's work stations were contaminated.

                       Glitch Hits 200,000 AT&T Users

More than 200,000 AT&T customers were prevented from receiving e-mail for
almost a day and a half this week because of a problem with a computer in
the company's WorldNet system.  AT&T spokeswoman Patty Allen told The
Associated Press the "brownout" started at 2:35 p.m. Eastern Time on
Thursday and was resolved by 10:15 last night, "but not before it affected
about half of WorldNet's 425,000 subscribers," reports business writer David
E. Kalish.

"It did not hurt their ability to send e-mail, except if they tried to send
mail to another WorldNet customer affected by the brownout," he added.  No
mail was lost as a result of the problem because it is being stored in other
computer databases, Mike Miller, another AT&T spokesman.  AT&T said it was
the biggest problem to hit its online service since it launched WorldNet
last March.  Said Allen, "We had experienced other e-mail problems in the
past that were rectified. We've never experienced a problem like this one."
Kalish says the company was keeping customers informed about the problem
through news groups and customer announcement areas in the online service.
Customers also have been phoning the service's help line about the trouble.

                      WebCrawler Awards Man $1 Million

"The only time I've ever won anything is $50 on a bingo game up in Alaska,"
says 53-year-old Lancaster, Pennsylvania, fork-lift driver Ray L. Burns.
But he won't be saying that anymore. Burns is now a millionaire, winning the
Million Dollar WebCrawl sweepstakes on the Internet's World Wide Web.  And
he won the big prize with his first and only try at entering the
sweepstakes, sponsored by the Net's WebCrawler search engine
(  The sweepstakes took place over the course of
three months and attracted more than 350,000 individual players, most of
whom took advantage of the contest's invitation to enter more than once.

Burns is not a nubie on the Net. He first got interested in the Web as a way
to advertise a mail-order business he had previously co-owned. He currently
is online about an hour a day and used his home PC to enter the sweepstakes.
In a statement from its Berkeley, California, headquarters, WebCrawler
quotes Burns as saying that he's won, "a motorcycle or a sailboat to take
out on the Susquehanna River, Pa., are dreams that may now become reality."
WebCrawler teamed with New York-based Yoyodyne Entertainment, an online game
shows developer, to implement the sweepstakes, the prize of which is awarded
in the form of an annuity.

                        Germans Consider New Net Law

A new proposed law being considered by the German government would not
require companies providing gateways to the Internet to police cyberspace
for pornography or neo-Nazi propaganda.  "The legislation would make
operators of online services responsible for their own offerings," says the
Reuter News Service in a report from Bonn, "but stops short of holding them
liable for third-party contributions."  In fact, Technology Minister Juergen
Ruettgers told a news conference today that online providers would be
prosecuted only for outlawed material they are aware of and have the
technical means to prevent.  A separate part of the law would make Germany
the first country in the world to set up a framework in which unforgeable
digital "signatures" backed by a personal ID code would be legally
acceptable, he added.

Said Ruettgers, "Providers will not be required to constantly search through
their systems for outlawed material or material that could be harmful for
adolescents. This is not meant as censorship."  Reuters notes Germany
originally had hoped to present the draft last spring, but it was delayed
because federal and regional state governments only recently struck a
compromise agreement to share in the jurisdiction of the law. They're
service comments, "Executives at companies providing access to the Internet
are likely to breathe a sigh of relief when they see the new legislation.
Many had feared they could be held personally responsible for millions of
pages created all across the world."

                       Panel Backs School Net Hookups

A plan to set aside $2.25 billion a year to link schools and libraries to
the Internet at discounted rates has been approved by a Federal
Communication Commission panel. However, the group rejected President
Clinton's call to hook them up for free.  The panel of federal and state
regulators proposed yesterday that eligible institutions could buy access to
the computer network at discounts of 20 percent to 90 percent.  FCC Chairman
Reed Hundt, who oversaw the panel, told Roger Fillion of the Reuter News
Service, "Schools will be able to connect every single classroom to the
Information Highway. The ramp will be a high-speed, high bandwidth, cutting-
edge connection. The discounts, tailored to each school's individual level
of need, will make building and maintaining the ramp truly affordable for
every school."

Reuters said the Net proposal is part of a broader plan to overhaul the
multi-billion dollar "universal service" program that ensures affordable
phone service to rural communities and low-income neighborhoods. The FCC
must adopt rules by early May.  "Officials hope the wide-ranging proposal,
which stems from the new telecommunications law, eventually will generate
lower phone rates through increased competition," the wire service added,
"but some board members fear the plan -- to be paid for from the revenues of
phone companies, cable TV operators and other communications carriers -- may
prove too ambitious and ultimately push up rates."

For instance, chairman Laska Schoenfelder of the South Dakota Public
Utilities Commission, commented, "A universal service fund that taxes
consumers billions of dollars a year is not only inconsistent with
congressional intent, but could be extremely harmful nationwide to
consumers."  Reuters says the Net provision calls for less well off
institutions and those in out-of-the-way high-cost areas being entitled to
the larger discounts.  The average discount would be 60 percent, officials
said, adding one-third of schools would get at least an 80 percent discount,
and the poorest 15 percent would get a 90 percent discount.

On this, Vice President Al Gore told reporters, "It is no secret and no
surprise that access to technology in the nation's schools and classrooms is
tremendously unequal. Wealthier schools are twice as likely as poor schools
to have Internet access, and wealthier students use computers 20 percent
more than their poorer peers."  Nonetheless, the new plan stops short of the
president's proposal to give schools and libraries free basic service, with
the nation's communications carriers footing the bill.

Covering the same FCC action, Associated Press writer Jeannine Aversa
characterized the Net proposal as "a centerpiece of President Clinton's
second-term educational goals," a proposal that would cover 50 million
students and teachers at 100,000 schools.  Aversa says the FCC proposal
would make available $2.25 billion per year, which would come from an
existing fund paid for by telephone companies to support universal telephone

"In addition to discounts for the Internet service itself," she writes,
"schools would be given discounts on the costs of hooking them up to
telecommunications networks necessary to tap into the Internet and on the
costs of wiring inside classrooms."  Other than for the most affluent
schools, discounts would range from 40 percent to 90 percent, "depending on
the wealth of the school and whether it is in a high-cost telecommunications
area such as a rural community," AP says. "Cut rates also would be available
to libraries."

And "wealth," she writes, "would be defined by the number of students
eligible for federally subsidized school lunches." For instance, schools in
which less than 1 percent of students participate in the subsidized lunch
program would get a 20 percent discount.  AP says about half the nation's
public schools were linked to the Internet in October 1995, up from 35
percent one year earlier, according to a survey the Education Department
released earlier this year. However, only 9 percent of individual classrooms
had access.  Before becoming final, the plan must be approved by the FCC.
Parts of the plan also may have to be approved by state telecommunications
regulators, AP says.

                       Computers in 40% of U.S. Homes

The percentage of families owning computers has climbed to 40 percent, from
22 percent six years ago, according to new figures on consumer buying
habits.  In fact, says The Conference Board, consumers have been stocking up
on all kinds of electronic conveniences besides PCs, including microwaves,
VCRs and car phones.  "Despite times of extreme weakness in the economy over
the last six years," says The Associated Press in a report about the
findings, "more Americans bought practical electronic goods during that
period, the New York-based business-research group found in a nationwide
survey of 5,000 homes."

Lynn Franco, associate director of The Conference Board's Consumer Research
Center, told the wire service, "The proliferation of electronic products
strongly suggests that the American dream house continues to be designed for
convenience."  Other findings of the survey, done for The Conference Board
by NFO Inc. of Greenwich, Connecticut, include:

z    85 percent of the responding families had microwave ovens, compared
z    to 75 percent in 1990.
z    VCRs were found in 85 percent of the homes surveyed, up from 68 percent
        in 1990. In fact, 40 percent have at least two VCRs.
z    27 percent own car phones, compared to just 3 percent in 1990.
z    52 percent of the surveyed families have CD players, compared to 15
        percent in 1990.
z    70 percent have answering machines, up from 38 percent six years ago.

                        Egghead Looks to Web for Help

Egghead Inc. aims to become the first major software retailer to deliver
programs over the Internet directly to customers' computers. It's a bid to
turn around the company's sagging sales in traditional stores.  Writing in
The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter David Bank notes Egghead's
Internet delivery system is the first of several pilot projects backed by
Microsoft Corp. "to preserve the role of traditional retailers in the
electronic marketplace."  Adds Bank, "Internet sites have sold boxed
software before, but it has been delivered to customers by mail. A handful
of small Internet start-ups and some software publishers also allow users to
download programs directly into computers."  He notes Ingram Micro Inc., the
nation's largest wholesale distributor of computer hardware and software,
plans to launch electronic sales experiments later this month.

The Journal observes, "Analysts expect electronic software distribution to
account for as much as 20 percent  of retail software sales by the end of
next year. By the end of the decade, they predict, it will overtake
storefront and mail-order sales."  Egghead, of Spokane, Washington, one of
the largest software-only retailers, began offering three programs for
direct download from its Web site last Friday, including Microsoft's
FrontPage and Sidekick from Starfish Software Inc. By next year, Egghead
expects to offer thousands of titles.  Adds the paper, "Egghead will be 
using technology from Release Software Corp., Menlo Park, California, that 
allows customers to try the programs free for a short time. The software is 
then cut off unless buyers pay by Internet, phone, fax or mail and get a 
digital 'key' that allows the software to be used permanently."

                        IBM Creates Division for NCs

A new division to sell network computers -- stripped-down PCs customized for
the Internet and dependent on corporate computer networks for performing
functions -- has been created by IBM in a move seen as boosting Big Blue's
commitment to the NC concept.  Business writer David E. Kalish of The
Associated Press says the unit will coordinate all IBM's efforts to develop,
make and promote its NCs, which are expected to go on sale early next year
at less than $700 apiece, not including a monitor.   "While IBM introduced a
version of the new product in September," adds Kalish, "its reorganization
signaled the effort has top priority at the world's largest computer
company. The network computers are a centerpiece of IBM's new strategy to
reap strong profits from the combination of Internet and traditional
mainframe computer technologies."

Analyst Greg Blatnik of Zona Research Inc. characterized the move as "a
fairly big deal," adding, "It goes well beyond just producing a cheap piece
of desktop hardware."  Citing an internal company announcement, Kalish
quotes IBM Chairman/CEO Louis V. Gerstner as describing customer demand for
NCs as "extremely high."  Sun Microsystems Inc., Microsoft Corp. and other
high-technology companies also are promoting versions of NCs, with software
for the machines to be downloaded via the Internet or corporate networks,
instead of requiring costly installation on each machine.  AP says internal
IBM forecasts call for network computers to capture more than 20 percent of
the corporate PC market by the year 2000 -- up from 1 percent now.  "That is
much more optimistic than many analysts' forecasts," Kalish observes.
"International Data Corp., based in Framingham, Massachusetts, expects
annual U.S. sales of 2.5 million network computers in 2000, or about 3
percent of the 80 million corporate PCs expected to be sold that year."

                       '486 CPU Headed for a Comeback?

The '486 processor may be headed for a comeback.  National Semiconductor has
released a thin-client reference design for an Internet-based PC based on
the venerable CPU. Code-named Odin, the design aims to allow PC makers to
create a bare bones PC costing about $200.  Odin is based on National's
NS486SXF embedded processor. The company notes that the combination of an
X86 architecture and an ISA bus interface will allow PC makers to take
advantage of low-cost peripherals rather than create proprietary peripheral
chips and custom drivers.  Other Odin features include a graphics controller
for SVGA monitor and TV output, Rockwell's WaveArtist single-chip audio
system and a 33.6K bps modem. National notes that its design works with a
variety of operating systems and application programs.  The reference design
will be available to PC makers and software developers in early 1997. More
information is available on the World Wide Web at

                        DVD-ROM Encyclopedia to Debut

The first DVD-ROM encyclopedia is scheduled to debut at next week's
COMDEX/Fall computer industry trade show in Las Vegas.  The Reuters news
services reports that Xiphias' Encyclopedia Electronica will compete against
a variety CD- ROM-based titles, including Microsoft's industry-leading
Encarta.  The Xiphias title, will contain more than 80 minutes of MPEG-II
video, far more than a CD-ROM can hold. Xiphias president Peter Black told
Reuters that the title will include video clips from CBS News and the
National Archives. The software will also have the ability to update its
content via the Internet.

                       Seagate Passes 100M Drive Mark

Seagate Technology Inc., the world's largest disk drive maker, says it has
passed the 100 million drive milestone.  Founded in 1979, Seagate offered
the world's first rigid magnetic disk drive for desktop PCs, the ST-506.  "I
am very pleased to see the tremendous growth and advancement that both
Seagate and the disk drive industry have made," says Alan Shugart, Seagate's
president, chairman and CEO. "The marking of Seagate's 100 millionth disk
drive is significant for both ourselves and the industry."  To commemorate
the milestone, Seagate has presented its 100 millionth drive to the Tech
Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. The Seagate Medalist 2.5GB,
3.5-inch unit is now on display in the museum.

                     Cardinal Unveils Upgradable Modems

Cardinal Technologies has unveiled a new family of 33.6K bps analog fax and
data modems that can be upgraded to 56K bps as well as 128K bps ISDN
support.  The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based company says the modems will
utilize the "x2" 56 Kbps technology recently announced by US Robotics. The
x2 technology takes advantage of the digital connections already in place
between the telephone network and central site equipment used by many
Internet service providers and corporate remote access servers.  Cardinal's
modems will also work with a $79 ISDN Option Kit that includes the necessary
system software and an ISDN cable connector. Usage of the ISDN function will
require the installation of an ISDN line and account from a national or
local telephone company service provider.  Cardinal says its new modems will
start at about $149 and should be available in early 1997.

                          HP Scanners P&P Certified

Hewlett-Packard Co. reports it has received Windows 95 Plug and Play
certification from Microsoft Corp. for its desktop flatbed scanners, the
ScanJet 4c and ScanJet 4p.  HP notes that its products are the first SCSI
scanners to receive the "Designed for Microsoft Windows 95" logo. Both
models are now shipping with a new Plug and Play SCSI card that simplifies
scanner installation. According to HP, the card makes it easy for users to
install their scanner by automatically resolving PC-system conflicts.

HP is recommending that customers who have purchased but not yet installed a
ScanJet 4c or ScanJet 4p to upgrade to the new card. HP does not recommend
the upgrade for customers who are already using their scanner.  U.S.
customers who purchased a ScanJet 4c or ScanJet 4p on or after Sept. 11,
1996, may upgrade to the new HP SCSI card for shipping and handling costs of
$10. Customers who purchased a ScanJet 4c or ScanJet 4p scanner before Sept.
11 may upgrade to the new card for $35.

                       TI Unveils New Notebook PC Line

Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the Extensa 900, a family of ultra-thin
Notebook PCs.  According to TI, the Extensa 900 is designed for users who
require a lightweight mobile computer that can be transformed into a full-
power, state-of-the-art multimedia desktop replacement system.  Standard
features include a 133MHz Pentium processor, a 1.35GB hard drive, 16MB of
EDO RAM (expandable to 48MB) and an external 1.44MB floppy drive. Weighing
5.1-pounds, the base Extensa 900 offers a 12.1-inch SVGA dual-scan display.
The Extensa 900T, which weighs 4.9-pounds, features a 11.3- inch SVGA active-
matrix color display.  Designed to remain in the office or attach to the
notebook, a companion 2.2-pound Mobile Productivity Base features a modular
8x CD-ROM drive, a secondary battery with weight-reduction module, standard
PC interfaces and a 32-bit Advanced PCI Card expansion slot.  Extensa 900
street prices range from $3,299 to $4,299.

                       MCI Completes Internet Upgrade

A $60 million Internet upgrade has been completed by MCI Communications
Corp., which says it plans to double overall Internet infrastructure
capacity in 1997 because its electronic traffic is increasing by nearly 30
percent per month.  Reporting from Dallas, the Reuter News Service says the

z    Increases MCI's Internet infrastructure speed to 622 megabits per
z    second from 155 megabits per second.
z    Adds about 13,000 ports to accommodate increasing consumer and
z    business demand for Internet service.

MCI chief engineering officer Fred Briggs told the wire service, "With this
upgrade to 622 megabits, we continue to build on our commitment to offer MCI
customers the fastest, most reliable Internet service in the world. That
effort will continue in 1997, as we further boost the speed of our network,
giving customers enough network speed and power to meet and exceed their
needs."  As noted, British Telecomm Plc and MCI earlier this month announced
plans to merge.

Adobe's Acrobat Reader STR Infofile    Acrobat Updates

                   New Features of the Acrobat 3.0 Reader

A growing number of Web publishers is using the Adobe Acrobat suite of
universal electronic publishing products to bring visually rich, compelling
content to the Web.  The freely available Acrobat Reader is the universal
way to view, navigate and print electronic documents created in the Adobe
Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).

Acrobat 3.0 Reader is an update to the Acrobat Reader 2.1.
Acrobat 3.0 includes several new features:

Acrobat Reader 3.0 Beta Release 13 (Macintosh, Windows 95, Windows NT, and
Windows 3.1) 27 September 1996.

z    This version has no expiration date.
z    A forms plug-in has been added; it allows Acrobat Reader users to fill
        in forms and submit them over the Web. It also allows use of PDF files
        containing dynamic controls.
z    A movie plug-in has been added; it allows Acrobat Reader users to play
        audio and video stored with PDF files on CD-ROM and hard disks.
z    The Windows 95/Windows NT version of the Reader supports Microsoft
        Internet Explorer, as well as Netscape Navigator.
z    A number of bugs which existed in earlier beta releases have been

Acrobat Reader 3.0 Beta Release 1 (OS/2) 27 September 1996.

z    This version has no expiration date.
z    A number of bugs which existed in the previous Alpha releases have been
z    Anti-aliased text is now supported.

Acrobat Reader 3.0 Beta Release 12 (Sun OS, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX,
LINUX) 27 September 1996

z    This version has no expiration date.
z    A number of bugs which existed in the earlier beta releases have been
z    Viewing PDF One-page-at-a-time Over the Web

There are four pieces of the Acrobat-on-the-Internet picture:

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        Acrobat 3.0 Beta Reader.
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products) or as a CGI script. Best viewing performance (page-at-a-time
display and progressive rendering) for PDF documents over the Web is
achieved with optimized PDF files and a server with the ability to byteserve
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allow you to test the page-at-a-time performance. See for yourself how cool
PDFs get even cooler.

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Comdex FALL'96 STR Spotlight

                        Be part of the most powerful
                            IT event in the world

You can still participate! On-site registration opens Sunday, November 17th.
It's over 2,000 exhibitors, over 10,000 new products, and over 200,000
attendees from over 100 countries. It's your chance to see, touch, and test-
drive solutions across the IT spectrum from the Internet and server
technologies to multimedia and OEM sources ... network with technical
experts from every corner of the industry ... get your first look at new
products at the ultimate launching pad for next-generation technologies ...
and meet the big players, the start-ups, and every company in between.

Powerhouse COMDEX Keynotes:

Andrew Grove,
Intel Corp.
November 18,
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Bill Gates,
Chairman and CEO
Microsoft Corp.
Tuesday,            .
November 19,
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Jim Barksdale,
President and CEO
Netscape Communications Corp.
November 20,
9:00-10:00 a.m.

The COMDEX Show Daily follows the action - as it happens

Don't get caught sleeping - make sure you check back throughout the show for
regular updates on the latest and greatest technology news - as it breaks!"
The preview edition is now live! Also, don't miss our special Las Vegas
section to help you fill your hours outside the show walls.

COMDEX/Fall '96 Webcast

Apple will Webcast this year's COMDEX/Fall '96. Webcasts let you experience
interesting and exciting events using the latest multimedia technology.
Pictures, sounds, videos, text and even virtual reality bring distant
happenings and news to life on your computer screen. And interactive events
such as chats and discussions let you share your point of view with other

Spice up your COMDEX/Fall experience by using Apple's new HotSauce plug-in
to nagivate the COMDEX/Fall, Show Daily and Webcast sites in 3D.

Announcing a special 25th anniversary celebration of the microprocessor

To mark the silver anniversary of the introduction of the microprocessor,
COMDEX/Fall celebrates 25 Years of Industry Achievement -- a very special
program featuring an opening keynote address from Intel CEO Andrew Grove,
the man behind the microprocessor. In addition, COMDEX/FALL will feature
"The 25th Anniversary Museum", a time-warp chronological walk through of
computing from that first historic innovation, as well as an awards and
recognition program dedicated to the products that have defined our


For Immediate Release
             Corel Announces New CLP for Upcoming Corelr Office
                           Windows NTr Server 4.0
     New server software offers unique pay-per-server approach to volume

OTTAWA, Canada -- November 11, 1996 -- Corel Corporation announced today a
new, innovative licensing program for Corelr Office for Windows NTr Server
4.0, scheduled for release by late November.  The program will offer
simultaneous, unlimited usage of all applications in the suite to all users
connected to the server.  It will also allow an organization the flexibility
to grow without having to purchase additional licenses -- an offering
completely unique to the office automation industry.

"This revolutionary pricing strategy is an incredible opportunity for any
organization looking for an inexpensive and efficient network environment
solution," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer
of Corel Corporation.  "Corporate customers will not find another licensing
offering of this kind in the industry."

Corel Office for Windows NT Server 4.0 will be available to corporate
customers through the  following three CLP (Corel License Program)
purchasing options:

  Shrink wrap: Customers can purchase one copy of the shrink wrap software
  for a SRP of $1,995 US.  Once installed, the applications can be accessed
  from both 16-bit and 32-bit workstations.  The package will contain two
  CDs -- one containing all the Business Applications and the other
  containing all of the Internet Applications.  Documentation for the core
  business applications will be available electronically in EnvoyT format,
  with additional paper manuals available through any Corel Authorized
  Reseller.  There are also two paper manuals included in the box: Getting
  Started with Corel Office and a Corelr WEB.GRAPHICS SUITE user manual.

  CLP Choice: Organizations wishing to install the Corel Office for Windows
  NT Server 4.0 on more than one server can purchase additional licenses
  through CLP Choice.  This license-only program has no minimum purchase
  restrictions and is available through any Corel Authorized Reseller at a
  SRP of $1,595 US.  To obtain media, users simply purchase one copy of the
  shrink wrap version of Corel Office for Windows NT Server 4.0.  To obtain
  documentation, users are required to purchase document sets through any
  Corel Authorized Reseller.

  CLP Universal: This option is targeted towards larger organizations with
  25 servers or more using the Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system and
  is available through any Corel Universal Authorized Reseller.
  Organizations with more than 25 servers can take advantage of incremental
  discounts and pay as low as $1,200 US.  CLP Universal further facilitates
  the implementation of the Corel Office for Windows NT Server 4.0 by
  offering annual maintenance which includes all upgrades, interims and
  patches available during the year.  Premium support contacts or incidents
  will also be available to organizations purchasing this option to assist
  in implementation and management.

Corel Office for Windows NT 4.0
Designed specifically for the Windows NT Server 4.0, the new suite offers
powerful business applications, advanced Internet and Intranet technology,
efficient network installation, aggressively low pricing and electronic
technical support.  Once the package is installed on the Windows NT Server
4.0, users of all three Windows platforms, including Windowsr 3.1x, Windowsr
95 and Windows NTr, can access relevant applications through the network.
Corel Office for Windows NT 4.0 is scheduled to begin shipping by the end of
November 1996.

Windows 95 and Windows NT client applications include Corel WordPerfect 7,
Corel Quattro Pro 7, Corel Presentations 7, Paradox 7, InfoCentral 7, 
Corel Time Line, Envoy 7 Viewe, Netscape Navigator 2.02, Corel 
WEB.GRAPHICS SUITE, Corel WEB.DATA, as well as the new Corel WEB.Site 
Builder, a graphical tool for creating and managing an interactive Web site 
without the need to write software code.

The Windows 3.1x version includes Corel WordPerfect 6.1, Corel Quattro Pro
6.0, Corel Presentations 3.0, Paradox 5.0, Envoy 1.0 Viewer, Netscape
Navigator 2.02 and Corel WEB.GRAPHICS SUITE.

Corel Office for Windows NT 4.0 also includes Netscape FastTrack ServerT,
which can be accessed by 16-bit and 32-bit workstations, 5,000 clipart
images, 7,500 Internet-ready clipart images, over 150 fonts and on-line

Classic (toll-line), Priority or Premium Support services are available at
an extra charge and can be purchased directly from Corel or from a Corel
Universal Authorized Reseller.  Clients who purchase maintenance in the CLP
Universal option are the only customers entitled to Premium Support, the
highest level of support offered by Corel.

Corel Corporation

Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally as  an
award-winning developer and marketer of productivity applications,  graphics
and  multimedia  software. Corel's product line includes CorelDRAWT,  Corelr
WordPerfectr Suite 7, Corelr Office Professional, CorelCADT, CorelVIDEOT and
over  30  multimedia software titles. Corel's products run on most operating
systems,  including:  Windows, Macintoshr, UNIX, MS-DOS  and  OS/2  and  are
consistently  rated among the strongest in the industry. The  company  ships
its  products  in  over  17 languages through a network  of  more  than  160
distributors  in  70 countries world-wide. Corel is traded  on  the  Toronto
Stock   Exchange  (symbol:  COS)  and  on  NASDAQ-National   Market   System
(symbol:COSFF). For more information visit Corel's home page on the Internet
at  Corel and WordPerfect are  registered  trademarks
and  CorelDRAW,  CorelVIDEO, Corel VENTURA and CorelCAD  are  trademarks  of
Corel Corporation or Corel Corporation Limited.  All products mentioned  are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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EDUPAGE STR Focus    Keeping the users informed


New Encryption Blow-Up Likely
Telecom Panel Recommends Discounts For Schools, Libraries
Egghead Moves Software Sales To The Internet
Oracle Puts IT Training Online
Big Mac -- Exponential Working On 500-Mhz Mac Chip
SEC Files First Case For Stock Manipulation Using Internet
WorldNet Subscribers Get A Day Off From E-Mail
Revealing Software Glitch Bares Credit Card Info On The Web
Cray Unveils Teraflop Supercomputer
Harvard's Business School Embraces High-Tech
Online Training Poised For A Boost
Businesses Reporting A PC Shortage
Diamond Systems To Offer DVD-ROM Kits
IBM Forms Networking Unit
IBM And Siemens Use Net To Let Utilities Do Power Trades
Digerati Less Inclined To See A Library In Their Future
Full Menu From Apple
Interval Research To Spin Off Three Start-Ups
Intellectual Property Treaty Worries Some Academics
Internet Transaction Tax Urged 
IBM To Buy Educational Software Company
McNealy Predicts Sunny Future
Pointcast Rides Wavephore's Network
IBM Targets Web Server Market
Junk Fax Crackdown In Canada
FTC Shuts Down Pyramid Scam
Microsoft Joins MCI/BT To Develop Global Intranets

                        NEW ENCRYPTION BLOW-UP LIKELY
Because it makes use of a 128-bit encryption code that is much more powerful
than the 40-bit code authorized  for export by the Clinton Administration, a
$300 TV set-top device developed for Web-surfing and e-mail has   been
classified in the "munitions" category to keep it away from terrorists and
criminals.  The device is  manufactured by the Sony and Philips corporations
based on a design by Web TV Networks, Inc., which had  planned to market it
next year in Europe and Japan.  However, having recently proposed a "key
recovery"  encryption plan using third parties to hold parts of the
encryption key, the Clinton Administration is unlikely  to allow exportation
of the Web TV device.  (New York Times 8 Nov 96 C2)

                          TELECOM PANEL RECOMMENDS
A panel of federal and state telecommunications regulators has made its
recommendations regarding  expansion of the universal-service system,
suggesting that rural health-care providers, schools and libraries all  have
access to new telecommunications services at discounted rates.  The panel's
findings, which were  submitted to the Federal Communications Commission,
recommended a tiered system for discounts to school  systems, from 20% for
the country's wealthiest school districts, to 90% for low-income areas.  The
subsidies  could total as much as $2.25 billion a year.  (Wall Street
Journal 8 Nov 96 B17)

Egghead Inc. has become the first major software retailer to deliver its
computer programs directly to the  customer via the Internet.  A number of
Internet sites sell software online, but the product is then boxed up  and
shipped to the buyer by mail.  Egghead's move is the first of several pilot
projects backed by Microsoft to  bolster the ability of traditional
retailers to compete with software companies that distribute their products
directly via the Net.  Analysts predict that online distribution will
account for 20% of retail software sales by  the end of next year.  (Wall
Street Journal 8 Nov 96 B6)

                       ORACLE PUTS IT TRAINING ONLINE
Oracle's education unit will begin offering information technology training
courses over the Internet,   beginning in December.  By next summer, the
company plans to expand from the original 75 third-party  courses to more
than 1,000.  "We'll provide one-stop shopping for all kinds of corporate
training," says  Oracle's senior director of worldwide marketing.  The
company has about 60 partnerships with other vendors and training companies,
including Hewlett-Packard, Lotus, Microsoft and Novell, that are providing
the  content and technical support for the online venture.  "The Holy Grail
of training via the Internet is the ability  to slice and dice content to
suit individuals' training needs," says the marketing director of HP's
education unit.  (Information Week 4 Nov 96 p106)

Exponential Technology recently debuted its X704 microprocessor, a 500-MHz
PowerPC chip slated for use in  Apple Macintosh computers, as well as
machines made by DayStar Digital Inc., Power Computing Corp. and  UMAX
Computer Corp.  Apple has worked closely with Exponential engineers during
the development  process and is rewriting the Mac ROMs to function at the
higher speeds.  The X704 is based on BiCMOS  technology -- a combination of
the CMOS technology typical in microprocessors and the bipolar architecture
more commonly found in mainframe processors.  The X704 chips are scheduled
to ship in March 1997.  (MacWeek 3 Nov 96)

                               USING INTERNET
The Securities & Exchange Commission has filed a suit alleging a massive,
ongoing market manipulation of  the stock Systems of Excellence Inc.  The
Florida company's chief executive has been accused of distributing
unregistered shares of the company to accounts controlled by him and to a
market research company that   published an Internet-transmitted stock
market newsletter.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9 Nov 96 H3)

The AT&T WorldNet Internet access service (which, with 425,000 customers is
the second-largest Internet  access provider, after Netcom) experienced a
computer problem last week, which prevented more than  200,000 of its
customers from receiving e-mail for more than a day.  No mail was lost.
(New York Times 9 Nov 96 p29)

                         CREDIT CARD INFO ON THE WEB
Some Web shoppers have recently had their worst fears about electronic
commerce confirmed -- the credit  card information they trustingly typed in
was accessible by anyone using a simple Web browser.  The sites  affected
had improperly installed a software program called SoftCart, made by
Mercantec Inc., to handle their  transactions.  "Our standard documentation
clearly explains how to avoid these security break-ins," says  Mercantec's
president. The problem was attributed to human error, which occurred when
inexperienced installers failed to place completed order forms in
directories not accessible to Web browsers.  Vendors  affected by the glitch
say they've taken steps to remedy the situation.  (Wall Street Journal 8 Nov
96 B6)

Silicon Graphic's Cray Research unit has unveiled its new CRAY T3E-900
supercomputer capable of  performing a trillion calculations per second,
becoming the first company to bring a teraflop system to market.   Shipments
will begin in Spring 1997, with prices starting at $500,000.  Cray
anticipates selling the super-fast  systems to oil companies and other
exploratory concerns, which could use the machine's power to map and
analyze sites to find oil and minerals for extracting.  The new machines can
handle in just a few days  calculations that it would take less powerful
systems up to three months to process.  (New York Times 12 Nov 96 A18)

Harvard Business School has completed an $11-million high-tech overhaul, the
brainchild of dean Kim Clark  who took over a year ago.  The new MBA
curriculum is focused on the Web, which is used to organize and  deliver
information to students, including multimedia content and links to corporate
sites.  Before last year, courses were mostly text-based, with some
supplemental videotaped material.  "We're trying to build  programs that
allow students to experience the environments they'll be likely to face in
the outside world,"  says one Harvard business professor.  "In traditional
case studies, we have to rely on the text to create a  picture in the
students' minds.  Now, we have much richer media to do this for us...  One
of our objectives is  for students to come out with a certain literacy with
the technology."  (Chronicle of Higher Education 15 Nov  96 A29)

As the costs of bricks-and-mortar-based learning experiences skyrocket,
companies increasingly are turning to  technology to deliver training and
education.  Quality Dynamics Inc. predicts that by the year 2000, half of
all   corporate training will be delivered via technology.  A separate study
by the Gartner Group projects the  demand for technology-based training
rising 10% a year for the next two years, to $12 billion.  "Corporate
America spends $50 billion a year on continuing education to improve their
employees' skill sets and retrain  them to deal with the rapid pace of
change in the workplace," says the CEO of The Home Education Network,
affiliated with UCLA.  "More and more of that funding is going to go into
distance learning."  (Information  Week 4 Nov 96 p32)

Some businesses are reporting a shortage of high-end personal computers, and
Intel is confirming that demand   has outpaced supply of its popular 200 MHz
Pentium Pro microprocessor.  An Intel spokesman says the  company is
noticing "a general tightness across the board" as sales of high-powered PCs
exceed projections in  what was predicted to be a relatively flat fourth
quarter. (Miami Herald 11 Nov 96)

Diamond Multimedia Systems says it plans to incorporate Toshiba's DVD-ROM
drives into its multimedia kits  for PCs, with shipments planned for early
1997.  The Diamond kits are likely to be the first DVD (digital  video disk)
products for computers to hit the market.  (Investor's Business Daily 12 Nov
96 A18)

                          IBM FORMS NETWORKING UNIT
IBM has formed a separate unit to concentrate on building and selling
network computers, or NCs, targeted at  customers who require specific
functions, such as Internet connectivity, but don't need a full-fledged PC
to  accomplish that.  "Customer interest in our NC initiatives has been
extremely high," says Chairman Louis  Gerstner.  "Customers are looking for
solutions that lower the cost of desktop computing and provide access to
networks."  (Investor's Business Daily 12 Nov 96 A18)

                         IBM AND SIEMENS TO USE NET
                      TO LET UTILITIES DO POWER TRADES
IBM and a unit of Siemens will work together to develop an Internet-based
system to allow utility companies  to reduce costs by making it easier for
them to temporarily use each others' transmission lines.  Currently,  70% of
this specialized market is controlled by the small Austin, Texas company
TradeWave and two  partners.  (Wall Street Journal 12 Nov 96 A6)

A survey by the Benton Foundation, which advocates wider public access to
libraries, concludes that computer  users are far more likely than non-
computer users to think that libraries will become less important in the
future; the survey also indicates that persons between the ages of 18 and 24
are less willing to pay higher taxes  to support libraries.  < http://www. >  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12 Nov 96 C3)

                            FULL MENU FROM APPLE
In partnership with Mega Bytes International, a firm owned by London real
estate developers, Apple  Computer will be opening an international chain of
"cybercafe" restaurants offering customers Web access,  videoconferencing at
every table, and a full menu of international foods.  The restaurants will
also be used to  sell Macintosh software, and will be designed by Landmark
Entertainment, a theme-park development firm  that has undertaken such
projects as "Jurassic Park:  The Ride."  (Los Angeles Times 12 Nov 96)

Closely held Interval Research -- founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
-- is spinning off three separate   start-up companies in an effort to
commercialize some of its more viable inventions.  One company, Purple
Moon, will focus on developing interactive software and related products for
girls age 7 to 12.  Much of the  product line is inspired by computer-design
expert Brenda Laurel, whose work has focused on discovering  why many girls
don't find today's videogames entertaining and how to engage their interest.
Another,  Ogopogo Studies, will use live video combined with computer-
generated images to enable children to create  imaginary landscapes and
situations.  The third, Carnelian Inc., will market technology developed for
online   publishers, incorporating new payment mechanisms and copyright
protections.  "These represent the things  that were ripe to take to
market," says Interval CEO David Liddle.  "We don't want anybody to conclude
that  they are the whole scope of what we are doing here."  (Wall Street
Journal 13 Nov 96 A3)

                        INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TREATY
                           WORRIES SOME ACADEMICS
A multinational treaty on intellectual property protection for databases,
slated for consideration at the World  Intellectual Property Organization's
meeting next month in Geneva, has scientists, librarians and some  scholarly
societies concerned over what they view as overly broad protections for
information contained in a  database.  While database publishers need some
protection against digital piracy, any solution should also  protect "the
interests of society and the full and free flow of information for
scientific research," says the  president of the National Academy of
Engineering.  The Academy has joined with the Institute of Medicine in
recommending that the U.S. take "no precipitous action" on the treaty.  A
lawyer at the U.S. Patent and  Trademark Office has called scientists'
concerns about fair use overblown.  He says the draft treaty contains
provisions to allow the U.S. to enact a fair-use exemption in the
legislation it would pass to enact the treaty.   (Chronicle of Higher
Education 15 Nov 96 A31)

Acting to stem the tide toward broad taxation of Internet-based activities,
the Interactive Services Association  has called for state and local
taxation entities to target online purchasers rather than the entire
information technology industry.  "The industry believes that the only type 
of tax that can be applied effectively to Internet   and online transactions 
will be a transaction tax that is imposed upon the purchaser, not upon the 
industry," says the executive summary of a soon-to-be-released ISA white 
paper on the topic.  The paper also urges one  uniform tax rate within each 
state:  "The greatest threat to the type of tax system contemplated here is 
any requirement that a remote seller have to account for a multiplicity of 
taxes at lower levels of government."   ISA warns that "relieving the 
industry of such a requirement is the key to obtaining the industry's 
cooperation" in collecting such taxes, and suggests that states move slowly 
in developing their tax policies for the online  industry.  "A deliberate 
and cooperative approach will avoid the dangers that lurk in precipitate and  
uninformed action on the part of the states."  (BNA Daily Report for 
Executives 8 Nov 96 H3)

IBM is buying Edmark Corporation, the Redmond, California company that sells
educational software to  schools and homes.  Because of its small size,
Edmark has had difficulties convincing large retailers to place  its
products on the shelves.  With this acquisition, IBM will be placing new
emphasis on selling to consumers,  and may also use Edmark's strong presence
in schools to sell more hardware there.  (New York Times 14 Nov 96 C4)

                        MCNEALY PREDICTS SUNNY FUTURE
Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy predicts that in five years, Sun will be
one of the "Big Three"  hardware providers:  "We want to be a computer
equipment supplier providing the `Web tone' and `data tone'  to MIS
departments and Internet service providers.  We'll provider the servers.
We'll do chips, software, the  whole deal.  Who do I think will be the big
three players?  ...IBM is the leader in the host-based computing  market.
WinTel is the leader in the desktop stand-alone computing market.  We're the
leader in the network  computing model.  I think the network computer model
is the only one that matters down the road."   (Investor's Business Daily 14
Nov 96 A8)

PointCast Inc., which offers a real-time newscast service via the Web, is
teaming up with WavePhore to offer  businesses a subscription-based service
using WavePhore's proprietary satellite or FM wireless data broadcast
network as the delivery vehicle.  The OneCast service will offer a
combination of public news, internal  company news and business-to-business
news, using its Pro-Server software.  "The premium service will run
alongside the PointCast service and the internal newscasts," says
PointCast's marketing VP.  "Every time  something happens, it flashes on
your screen in a headline."  (Broadcasting & Cable 4 Nov 96 p67)

                        IBM TARGETS WEB SERVER MARKET
IBM says it's happy to let Netscape and Microsoft duke it out on the Web
browser front -- what Big Blue's  really interested in is the server
software that runs the computers hosting Web sites and other information.
"Nothing helps us more than competitors that become distracted," says IBM
Internet division head Irving  Wladawsky-Berger, who says Microsoft is "out
of their league" when it comes to developing industry-specific  Internet
applications capable of operating on a global basis.  Meanwhile, Lotus
president Jeff Papows thinks  Netscape lacks the experience and workforce
numbers to support and maintain Web server software that could  compete with
Lotus's Domino. "We've got more people in Akron, Ohio than they've got
worldwide."  (Wall Street Journal 13 Nov 96 B6)

                        JUNK FAX CRACKDOWN IN CANADA
The Canadian federal regulatory agency for telecommunications has limited
the hours during which uninvited  "junk fax" calls can be made in British
Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, and has reduced (from 30 days to 7  days) the
amount of time telemarketers can take to remove a name from a junk fax list
when asked to do so.   (CTV Network 7 Nov 96)

                         FTC SHUTS DOWN PYRAMID SCAM
The Federal Trade Commission has shut down a pyramid scheme run by a
California company called The  Mentor Network, which induced people to pay
$30 a month to the network and to recruit three additional  subscribers, for
a promised eventual payoff of about $12,000.  The company claimed to be
helping raise  money for a children's charity.  (Atlanta Journal-
Constitution 14 Nov 96 G12)

                           MICROSOFT JOINS MCI/BT
                         TO DEVELOP GLOBAL INTRANETS
Microsoft is joining forces with MCI and BT to manage private communications
networks for global  corporations and their clients.  In the heated
competition to provide intranet services for multinational  companies, the
Microsoft/MCI/BT team will be facing off against such opponents as Sprint,
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                       Crash Bandicoot Strategy Guide

Below is a specific strategy guide which will help you beat the game. Not
all the level hints are complete, but it does tip you in the right
direction. This strategy guide will allow you to find between 95% and 100%
of the gems  (if you're good enough). Good luck and may the mango be with

The Gems are the most sought after item in Crash Bandicoot. If you find one,
you can consider yourself an  avid gamer. However, if you happen to find
them all, you will be praised by whoever witnesses this feat, and  be hailed
among  the ranks of Zeus and Icarus as the ultimate gaming God.  There are
two different kinds of Gems, the white and the multiple colored.  White Gems
can be considered as  the easy to find generic brand. These only  come into
play at the very end of the game, forming a path to  something terrific. The
colored Gems are one per color and are used as links to hidden areas that
will allow  you to find certain boxes on specific levels.

z Let's say you find the Blue Gem on The High Road level. This Gem will
  open up other areas in certain levels  (such as Cortex Power) where it forms
  a bridge across a slime pit. Before you find these colored Gems you  may see
  a glimpse of a placement piece which is the same color as the Gem. This
  means you need that colored  Gem to pass a certain feat on the level. Now,
  begin your hunt.

To find one Gem is a task in itself. You must pass a level without dying and
destroy every box on the level.  Most boxes are easy to reach, although
maybe one or two are hidden. If you beat a level without dying, you'll  be
greeted with either a Gem Screen (if you find all the boxes), or a Box
Screen (meaning you've missed one  or more). This screen will show you how
many boxes you missed by dropping them on Crash's head. Do the  level over,
until you get a perfect.

Bonus Level
The Bonus Level is the only point in the game where saves or passwords are
available. To find a Bonus Level you'll have to find three strange clown-
like icons hidden within a level. Once the third one is picked up, you'll
instantly be teleported to the hidden area where certain obstacles must be
overcome before a save can be managed.  There is also Boss Bonus Icons and
Super Bonus World icons. Collecting three Boss Icons brings you to a  Bonus
Level that doesn't allow you to save, though it does offer many free lives.
The Super Bonus Icon acts in  the same manner, but it holds a great surprise
for those who find its three icons. These icons are spread  throughout the
land. Three icons, three islands. Hint. Hint.

Aku Aku
Meet Crash's mighty sidekick. He not only journeys with Crash but also gives
him hit points. The hit point  meter goes up to two (once two Aku Aku masks
are obtained). If you pick up three, Crash will throw on the  Aku Aku mask
and promenade around with partial invincibility. Look for this mask in
boxes, around corners,  and sometimes floating in the open.

These are what you're looking for. Seek and destroy! The boxes come in all
different shapes and sizes. Some  are damaging to your health, others are
bonuses that will put a smile on your face. Here's a breakdown of  what to
look for.

Aku Aku
Smash one of these and Crash will gain a hit point.

This box has a picture of Crash on it. Open it and add the 1-Up to your

This box will trigger all the clear silhouette boxes you see.

Breakable Arrow
Jump on this to reach new heights.

Question Mark What's inside is a mystery...?

Unlabeled These boxes always contain one mango.

Unlabeled With Stripes These boxes always contain ten mangos. Must be jumped
on or bumped from the  bottom to access this delicious fruit.

Dynamite Ouch. These hurt Crash. Nonetheless, they come in handy for
destroying multiple boxes while on the run.

(Island 1 )

This island acts as both an introductory course for the gamer and an
essential base for Gem collecting. Learn  how to move and pick up the
accessible Gems before you proceed to Island 2.

LEVEL 1 -- Sanity Beach (White Gem)

z    Hint: The only trouble on this level will probably occur at the
  exclamation switch. The consecutive box  jump is difficult but can easily be
  conquered by timing the jumps. Watch Crash's shadow to see where you are
  going to land.

LEVEL 2 -- Jungle Rollers (White Gem -- requires Green Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 1
z    Hint: It's impossible to find all the boxes without having the Green
  Gem accessed (The Lost City - Island  2). The rest of the level is a walk in
  the  park.

LEVEL 3 -- The Great Gate (White Gem -- requires Yellow Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 2
z    Hint 1: Don't bother trying to find all the boxes on this level unless
  the Yellow Gem is accessed (The Lab -Island 3).
z    Hint 2: When you approach a breakable arrow box that appears to lead
  nowhere (sky background),  jump on it and push towards the background. A
  hidden 1-up is awaiting your arrival. Do the same on  the next breakable
  arrow box to find the hidden box on this level.

LEVEL 4 -- Boulders (White Gem)

z    Hint: Run like a mad dog! Use Crash's spin move to break the boxes on
  the boulder paths. Don't try to jump on them, you'll die a horrible death.

LEVEL 5 -- Upstream (White Gem -- requires Gold Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 3
z    Hint 1: The first waterfall holds a box with a 1-Up behind it.
  Carefully jump across the Gold Gem path to find it. The Gold Gem is found in
  The Generator Room - Island 3.
z    Hint 2: The second Gold Gem path is at the very end of the level. Two
  boxes are found through this path.

Papu Papu (Boss)

     Dodge Papu Papu's swinging stick attack and jump on his head. Do this
procedure three times and he'll be beaten.

LEVEL 6 -- Rolling Stones (White Gem -- requires Blue Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 4
     Access to Boss Bonus World 1
z    Hint: Half-way through the level you'll encounter an unstable platform
  with a rolling rock in front. If  you look closely you'll see the Blue Gem
  (The High Road - Island 3). Jump down the Blue Gem path to  uncover the
  missing level boxes and three extra lives.

LEVEL 7 -- Hog Wild (White Gem)

z    Hint: Get on your hog and ride! Utilizing skillful jumps and accurate
  timing is the only way to be a flawless victor in Hog Wild.

LEVEL 8 -- Native Fortress (White Gem -- requires Pink Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 5
z    Hint 1: Once on the top screen (sky background), locate a ledge with a
  turtle, a plant and an unmarked  box. Jump on the turtle so it flips on its
  back, exposing the bouncy stomach. Jump on the stomach and  break the
  unmarked box. On the second bounce, flip yourself up to the ledge in the
  background. Walk on the path to find one of the hidden boxes.
z    Hint 2: As in hint one there are two more "bounce into the background"
  spots. Both are on the same  plain as the first and are accessed by jumping
  off of a fire ledge.
z    Hint 3: The majority of hidden boxes on this level are hidden in the
clouds. The Pink Gem (Slippery  Climb - Island 3) needs to be accessed in
order to find these.

(Island 2)

Island 2 holds the first key and the first colored Gem. The stages are tough
but not unbeatable.

LEVEL 9 -- Up the Creek (White Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 6
z    Hint: Once you've located and accessed the Exclamation Box, trek back
  across the lily pad path to the  waterfall. You'll notice that four lily
  pads are constructing a path across to the two boxes sitting on the  ledge.
  You can either walk the lily path and collect an extra life, or simply jump
  from the log towards  to the two boxes. Set the timer on the dynamite and
  use the breakable arrow box to shoot back up to the  log. The dynamite will
  destroy the last boxes for you.

Ripper Roo (Boss)

     The objective here is to detonate the TNT boxes when Ripper Roo is on a
nearby square. Memorize his  patterns and time your jumps. Hit him three
times and he's a goner.

LEVEL 10 -- The Lost City (Green Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 7
     Access to Boss Bonus World 2
z    Hint 1: To destroy the first two boxes behind the steel girder at the
  level entrance you simply must  jump from the background ledge. Then, to
  return to the playing field, jump around the girder.
z    Hint 2: There is an Exclamation box hidden in the fourth cubby hole on
this level. To activate it,  simply jump on top of the unmarked crate and
hit the jump button for a bigger boost.
z    Hint 3: As you start to ascend to the top of this level, look closely
to your left. A second Exclamation  box is waiting to be activated. Once
active six boxes will appear at the beginning of the top part of the level.

LEVEL 11 -- Temple Ruins (White Gem)

z    Hint 1: When you see a mango dangling off to the left side of a
  platform,  make a gigantic leap into the  empty void. You'll land on
  invisible boxes that will appear as you step on them. Several boxes are
  located here.
z    Hint 2: The rest of the level should be a cake walk. Be sure to check
  behind every pillar.

LEVEL 12 -- Road to Nowhere (White Gem-- requires Red Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 8
z    Hint: At one of the checkpoints you'll notice that a Red Gem is near.
  Jump on it and allow it to take  you to a hidden area. The first order of
  business here is to activate the Exclamation box to the right.  Use the box
  that appears to activate the one to the left. The last feat is to activate
  the box in the middle.  Jump off the box that appears (from activation #2)
  and land in the middle of the floating metal. Four  boxes will appear in the
  background. Easy taking!

LEVEL 13 -- Boulder Dash (Key and White Gem-- requires Red Gem)

z    Hint: Find all the boxes to access the Key which will open the Island 2
  Bonus level (Whole Hog).  Smash all the boxes on Whole Hog to receive the
  White Gem for Boulder Dash.

LEVEL 14 -- Sunset Vista (White Gem)

Access to Bonus World 9
Access to Boss Bonus World 3
Access to Super Bonus Icon -- Obtaining this icon is fairly self
explanatory.  Follow the box stairs on the  top level and jump onto the
moving wall containing the icon.

z    Hint 1: At the top of the level you'll see an Exclamation box that is
  out of reach. Lure the goon from the  right to stand underneath the box.
  Jump off its back and propeller yourself into the box. The boxes you are
  looking for are directly behind you in the background.
z    Hint 2: Always look in the background on this level. Boxes are hidden
  all about.

Koala Kong (Boss)

Hint1: Dodge the four boulders that Koala Kong throws. The fourth one will
roll in front of you. Use your  spin attack to send it back for a definite
hit. Repeat this process four times to advance to the next stage.

(Island 3)

All but one of the colored Gems are located on this island. If you want to
conquer the game thoroughly, you'll   need to find all the boxes on each of
these difficult levels.

LEVEL 15 -- Heavy Machinery (White Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 10
     Access to Boss Bonus World 4
z    Hint: To find the first Boss Icon, locate two steam and two ice pipes
  right next to each other. To the right  should be a pit with two flying
  spike bots. Drop between them and proceed to the left to receive your
  prize. Several boxes are also hidden down here. Beating the level should be
  a breeze.

LEVEL 16 -- Cortex Power (White Gem-- requires Blue Gem)

z    Hint: Take the path to the right all the way until it ends (be sure to
  hit the exclamation box). Now  backtrack down the stairs to the second fork
  in the road on this level. Take the left route (you'll see a  Checkpoint
  box) and go up. Collect all the boxes until the next fork in the road
  (you'll see a breakable  arrow box). Now go back to the right (where you
  just where)  and go to the first fork in the road on this  level. Go left
  and take the Blue Gem path even further to the left until you reach a
  breakable arrow box.  This is the final run and a tough one at that. Break
  all the boxes from here on out and you'll receive your White Gem.

LEVEL 17 -- Generator Room (Gold Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 11
z    Hint: There's only one troublesome area in the Generator Room. At the
  beginning of the level you'll run  into an area where the Exclamation box is
  needed (you should have already activated it). Time your jumps  and make
  sure you get the boxes on the platform first (don't spend too much time here
  or the platform will  fall). Now go back and take out the boxes on the path.
  The rest of the boxes are easy to get to.

LEVEL 18 -- Toxic Waste (White Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 12
z    Hint: This level will pull a Bandicoot on you time after time.
  Basically, all you have to do is run the  straight line and hope for the
  best. Taking two Aku Aku's with you is a good idea

Pinstripe (Boss)

     Beating this guy is fairly easy, you just have to keep your eyes
peeled.  Hide behind the couch until he  jumps off the table. Wait until he
stops shooting and spin into him. The only way to dodge his shoots is to
hide behind the two couches in the foreground. Duck out and spin in is a
great strategy for this smelly mouse.

LEVEL 19 -- The High Road (Blue Gem)

     Access to Bonus World 13
z    Hint: At the beginning of the level, walk back and you will see a
  floating mango. Jump directly over the  mango and two boards will appear to
  catch your fall. Continue on taking giant leaps towards the screen.  You'll
  eventually get past the ghost boards and land on solid land with four hidden
  boxes at your disposal.

LEVEL 20 -- Slippery Climb (Red Gem)

     Access to Boss Bonus World 5
z    Hint: Pushing Crash to the limit and making accurate jumps is the only
  way to solve this level. Patience is the key.

LEVEL 21 -- Lights Out (Purple Gem and Key #2 -- requires Yellow Gem)

z    Hint 1: Once the Yellow Gem is activated (The Lab - Island 3) you will
  find a alternative level end.  Using this will give you the key to Fumbling
  in the Dark. Note: The Yellow Gem is placed half-way  through the level.
z    Hint 2: Break all the boxes on Fumbling in the Dark and you will
  receive the Purple Gem for Lights out.

LEVEL 22 -- Jaws of Darkness (White Gem-- requires Blue Gem)

     Access to Bonus World Icon 13 -- Located in the bottom box in the
pillar at the first Checkpoint.
z    Hint: The Blue Gem is located right after the Checkpoint. This is the
  longest bonus area in the game and careful jumps are a must.

LEVEL 23 -- Castle Machinery (White Gem -- Needs Green Gem)

z    Hint: The Green Gem will only give you access to twenty-five free
  lives.  This level can be defeated without any gems. None of the boxes are
  hidden on this level.

Nitrus Brio (Boss)

z    Hint: Defeating this mad scientist is an easy task. Dodge all of the
  red and green beaker bombs. The green  ones will turn into moving blobs,
  jump on their top to send them flying into Nitrus Brio. Once his hit  points
  are down to three, Brio will transform into a repulsive demon. Jump off the
  platform and whack  him in the head. Repeat this process until he collapses.

LEVEL 24 -- The Lab (Yellow Gem)

z    Hint: All the jumping skills of classic platformers are combined into
  this fairly perplexing level. Time  your jumps and don't be afraid to veer
  off to the side when you're in trouble. Get to the end of this       level
  without dying and you'll receive the Yellow Gem.

LEVEL 25 -- The Great Hall (requires all White Gems)

z    Hint: Choose your path. Go straight to the deadly Dr. Neo Cortex; or if
  you've collected all the White  Gems, go for the super bonus! What awaits is
  a super bonus!

LEVEL 26 -- Dr. Neo Cortex (Boss)

z    Hint: It's the last battle! Dodge his red and blue attacks and send the
  green ones back at him! Enjoy the ending!

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N64/JAG64 STR Spotlight  "Shades of the Tramiel Mystique"

                      N64 Tracing JAGUAR'S Footsteps ?

By Ralph F. Mariano

     How many of you have a "Game Console" or two in use at home or work?
As most experienced Gamers will tell you, the single most tragic story in
the gaming world in the last decade is/was Atari. You see, they're gone
now.. and as one learned observer said "without so much as a whimper".
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64bit "bone crusher" N64 Gaming Console.  This sucker is HOT on the heels of
the 64bit Atari Jaguar. headed straight for oblivion.  As for market
penetration. Sony is staring at well over nine million sold to consumers and
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three or four hundred thousand units sold.  One must ask one's self the
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copies of my game?  The answer is fairly obvious.  So where do you think the
larger variety of new games will appear?     If I were asked my
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for the day after Thanksgiving's sales push, as far as which Game Machine to
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     Atari shot themselves in the foot with their CD-ROM for the Jaguar it
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opted for an expensive proprietary disk drive to be made available
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Kids Computing Corner
Frank Sereno, Editor
                         The Kids' Computing Corner
                     Computer news and software reviews
                        from a parent's point of view
                          Blinky Bill's Ghost Cave
                             Dual-format CD-ROM
                            approximate price $30
                              for ages 3 and up
                            by Forest Interactive
                 Published by DreamCatcher Interactive, Inc.
                            Program Requirements
     IBM                                     Macintosh
OS:  Windows 3.1, Windows 95            OS:            System 7.1
CPU:           486DX2/66                     CPU:           68040/25
HD Space:      0                                       HD Space:      ?
Memory:        8 MB                          Memory:        8 MB
Graphics:      640 by 480 with 256 colors                   Graphics:
640 by 480 with 256 colors
CD-ROM:   Double-speed                       CD-ROM:   Double-speed
Audio:         8-bit Windows compatible sound card
Other:         mouse

reviewed by Frank Sereno

The carefree capers of  the cute and cuddly koala Blinky Bill are the basis
of a new interactive storybook, Blinky Bill's Ghost Cave.  One of
Australia's favorite characters is now available for fun and learning on
computers the world over via this multimedia CD-ROM.  The program features
bouncy music, humor and games.

The program consists of the storybook, several games and a slideshow
presentation on Australian fauna.  The host for this assortment of
activities is the friendly, yet reserved Mr. Wombat.  In the storybook,
children can increase their reading comprehension and vocabulary while the
program reads the story to them.  A play option permits children to find
hotspots that will trigger delightful animations.  Mr. Wombat will pronounce
individual words when you click on them.  If you choose the re-read option,
the program highlights the words as it reads them.

The program has three types of games.  First, it has a puzzle game.  You
choose a character and then it falls to pieces.  You must rebuild the
character using an outline as a guide to place the pieces.  A second game is
the painting game.  The program presents a colorful background that has
movable scenery.  You then choose a character to paint.  Simply select the
color with the paintbrush and then click on the part of the character you
wish to be that color.  You can further customize your artwork by dragging
and dropping props into the picture.  The final set of games is memory
games.  If you paid attention to the story, you can answer the questions the
program asks.

The story itself is cute and funny.  Blinky and his gang try to help the
Rabbit family find a new home because their current one is too small.  They
find a cave that is more than large enough.  There is only one problem!  The
cave is rumored to be haunted.  Blinky and his friends help the Rabbits
move.  Once they leave, some "ghosts" scare away the Rabbit clan.  Blinky
goes back to the cave and discovers that a family of dingoes had posed as
ghosts to steal the Rabbit's belongings.  He schemes with the gang to chase
away the dingoes with some ghosts of his own.  The dingoes are frightened
into leaving the cave and the Rabbits return to live happily ever after.

The graphics in this program are delightful.  The illustrations are very
colorful and the characters are well-drawn and undeniably cute.  The
animation may be a bit choppy on a 486 computer, but it is very smooth on a
Pentium system.  Running the storybook in read mode is akin to watching an
excellently animated cartoon.  The program uses an enchanting musical track.
Professional voice characterizations complement the appealing graphics.
Some characters may be difficult to understand on first listen due to the
characters' accents, but your children will quickly learn to understand

Blinky Bill's Ghost Cave offers a good variety of activities and learning
content.  Children will be enchanted by these adorable characters so they
will spend more time with the program.  The interface is very straight-
forward and audible help is always a mouse click away.  The program supports
the autoplay feature of Windows 95.

The program does have a few areas that could use improvement.  In the
slideshow, Blinky seemed to delight in making fun of the characters on the
screen.  This is not desirable behavior and Blinky would seem to be
encouraging it.  The program doesn't permit printing.  This would be a
wonderful option to add to the painting game.  In the storybook, I think the
words should be highlighted during the first reading.  Several memory games
require that the player be able to read.  That makes these activities very
difficult for children ages six and less.  However, this does have the
benefit of getting parents or older siblings to help prereaders with these
activities.  The program has a warranty against defective media but it has
no satisfaction guarantee.  Be sure to check the return policies of your
software vendor.

Overall, Blinky Bill's Ghost Cave is a solid program that is sure to
entertain and enlighten most youngsters.  Parents will find this to be a
nice addition to the home software collection.  This program is an excellent
chance for children to get a bit of exposure to Australian culture.
Parents' one problem may be that their children will ask for stuffed
versions of these cuddly characters.  Is anyone importing Blinky Bill dolls?

Gaming & Entertainment Section
with Atari User Support

Editor Dana P. Jacobson

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

Brrrr!!  It seems that winter is rearing its cold and ugly head a little
early.  And what about those poor folks in the Great Lakes area?!  Ouch!
Anyone know the going rates for a winter stay in Tahiti?  Pretty much the
same 'ol stuff happening in the Atari computing arena this past week.  Atari
Computing magazine clarifies some information recently released; apparently
the first issue sold out rather quickly. Also, the folks at Gribnif Software
have been busy and there's a new Geneva update file available online,
according to Dan Wilga (see below).

Barring any problems due to Murphy's Law, we looking forward to adding a
"new" regular column in this section of STReport, starting next week.  An
old face will be returning to the online pages with one of the most popular
and informative columns that I can remember.  I won't "jinx" the debut by
naming names and adding to the pressure; you'll be pleasantly surprised, and
rewarded, by your patience.  Stay tuned!

Until next time...

                       Geneva 005 Patch now available

From: Dan Wilga (Gribnif Software)

After much procrasti "beta testing", the new version of Geneva,
release 005, is now available in the form of a downloadable patch program.
Both it and a new demo version of Geneva can be obtained from our Web site:

After you have completed the patch, be sure to check out the new version of
GenevaRun, a shareware program launcher, and also the demo of the Geneva
Macro Editor 2.0. These files are written to your Extras disk.
The Macro Editor is a nifty companion to Geneva which allows you to easily
create and edit macros to automate typing, mouse movement, and more. New in
this version is the ability to type date and time strings, as well as to put
up user-defined messages. Macros can now also be started automatically at
certain dates/times, and even repeated periodically.

Please note that this Geneva 005 patch works only with English language
versions. Patches for other languages will become available in the coming

Dan Wilga                         Tel: (413) 532-2434
Gribnif Software                  Fax: (413) 532-2540
PO Box 779                      email: Northampton, MA

                          ATARI COMPUTING MAGAZINE
                      PRESS RELEASE - 6 NOVEMBER - MJK

Just to clarify matters, here is an official statement from the
subscriptions/distribution part of AC magazine:
As many people know, issue 1 of AC sold out at the Atari shows in September.
All people whose order/payment had been received by us before the show
weekend either picked their copies up in person, or had them despatched to
their home addresses early the following week. These people were guaranteed
a copy, and they have now received them.  Due to the overwhelming number of
orders for issue 1 which we received after the show weekend, and were unable
to meet, we decided to do a reprint. This reprint was not economically good
for us, but we knew the disappointment that would be caused if many people
didn't get a copy of issue 1. Hence our decision to reprint.

Unfortunately the printers were not able to do the reprint immediately, and
it was only recently that we received the reprint of issue 1. Since then we
have had to process a further 300 names and addresses and payments (many of
which were unfortunately incorrect due to confusing/unchecked info published
by other organizations).  However, the good news is that the vast majority
of the reprint has now been despatched. The final 75 or so will be sent out
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the Sheffield address by last weekend will be guaranteed a copy from the
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in early December.

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the large number of calls, many at very unsociable hours (!), from people
who thought we were operating a general Atari helpline, rather than being
there to answer queries on the magazine. This helpline is now closed, and
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Subscription Payments:
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About the magazine:
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Unfortunately, we don't have the resources of a 'full-time' publishing
company, so all our efforts must be directed to getting the magazine out
every two months, rather than try to run an Atari 'helpline'.

Our apologies for the delay in sending out the reprint copies, but there's
only a very small group of volunteers doing the work in their spare time,
and we've been a victim of our own success!

Who said the Atari scene was dead!

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Richard Spowart

                 Newsbytes NewsReel - 12 Years Ago This Week

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S.A., 1996 NOV 13 (Newsbytes) -- By Nick Gorski.
Twelve years ago, these Newsbytes stories were filed: Breakthrough From
Digital; Apple Attack; AT&T Muscles; and PacTel Are Us. In These stories
were taken from the extensive archives at the Newsbytes Website at

                          Breakthrough From Digital

It was code-named "Crystal" when IBM was developing a similar project dubbed
"Glass." Now it's been released under the title "GEM," which stands for
Graphics Environment Manager. The software essentially gives IBM computers,
the AT&T personal computer, Tandy 2000, TI Professional, and IBM-compatibles
equipped with a mouse, qualities that, until now, have only been found in
Apple's Macintosh. We're talking about pull-down menus and with icon-guided
commands. DRI has gotten the jump on IBM, which won't have its own TopView
(code-named Glass) software environment ready until next year. What does all
this mean for Apple? It can't be very good. Maybe that's why Apple is making
an unprecedented push to sell as many Macintosh computers as it can by
year's end. Speculation has it that GEM is wrapped around Jack Tramiel of
Atari's finger, for use in the new Mac-alike.

                            Entertainment Section

Jaguar Games  Still Waiting!
Tom Clancy & Games?
PSX, Sega New Games Galore!
And more...

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

I'm still a single game console owner, with a Jaguar.  However, if I were to
consider adding to my  console gaming hardware, there's plenty to choose
from these days.  I have to admit that with all of the online time and
"research" to keep abreast of what's available and what's coming, I'd be
inclined to go with the PlayStation as my next choice of hardware. There's a
TON of stuff out there; and a lot of the games that are hitting the streets
sound terrific.  Sony appears to be doing everything right.

I keep hearing how Nintendo is going to blow past Sony, with the N64
machine.  Sorry folks, but Nintendo appears to be moving 20 steps backwards
and "adopting" some of Atari's business principles  one of which seems to
be: "Build It And They Will Come!"  It's been fortunate for Nintendo that
their reputation has managed to help them so far, but with limited
quantities of hardware, PLUS the lack of games, one can only
wonder.  I really believe that Nintendo is going to be playing second fiddle
to Sony, and not catch up (at least for quite some time).

Until next time...

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

                2 Xtreme Debuts for PlayStation Game Console

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Nov. 8) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 8, 1996--Sony Computer
Entertainment America today unleashed 2 Xtreme, available exclusively on the
PlayStation game console.   2 Xtreme captures the intense challenge of
popular extreme sports and allows game players to race, compete and interact
in 3D-rendered landscapes.

2 Xtreme has 12 tracks, each with its own challenges and obstacles, where
players can choose to race a mountain bike through Africa, inline skate in
Las Vegas, rumble through Los Angeles on skateboards and shred the mountain
ranges of Japan on the all-new snowboard course.  "Our previous extreme
sports title was a huge success because we captured the personality of each
of the extreme sports and plugged game players into a fast-paced and
challenging game," said Peter Dille, senior director, product marketing,
Sony Computer Entertainment America.

"2 Xtreme builds on its predecessors' success by adding new environments
with interactive elements and all -ew special moves. Plus, the new
snowboarding tracks have been a huge hit with our focus groups."

Each of the four locations in 2 Xtreme has three unique courses that grow in
difficulty.  To overcome the challenges of each race, players can collect
health, strength, jumping and speed burst "power-ups." Players must balance
extreme speed with the occasional round of "fisticuffs" as opponents attempt
to knock each other down.

The point system and power-ups add a whole new dimension. Players can earn
points based on their finishing position, number of knock-downs, gates
cleared and the amount of tricks successfully executed.  The combination of
these elements not only adds to the competitive challenge but also adds a
lot of replay value.

"2 Xtreme takes game play to new heights in the extreme series," said Dille.
"The locations are much bigger and have increasing levels of difficulty;
equipment has been outfitted with more special moves; and gameplayers can
now compete with some of the hottest gear in exotic locations."

                Twisted Metal 2 Explodes On To Retail Shelves

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Nov. 8) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 8, 1996--Sony Computer
Entertainment America released today Twisted Metal 2, the sequel to the
highly successful and award-winning original video game.  This much-
anticipated sequel is available only for the PlayStation game console.

Twisted Metal 2 is a high-action, car-to-car combat game that puts players
in control of heavily armed vehicles.  Gameplayers hunt down their opponents
through incredibly rendered, 3D environments. There are no pre-set tracks,
allowing gameplayers to comb through city streets, interact with elements in
the environments -- including blowing up world landmarks -- and do whatever
it takes to defeat the competition.

"Twisted Metal 2 builds on the elements found in the original game and
really plays up the interaction within the environments," said Peter Dille,
senior director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America.
"Players can now enjoy the deep gameplay improvements, most notably in level
design, character design and combo attacks.  Every feature was added to
increase the excitement of this 3D car combat game."

Twisted Metal 2's new features include eight new battlegrounds; 12 new cars;
deeper, more "wicked" gameplay; and, a host of new weapons, including
ricochet bombs, remote controlled detonating bombs, napalm bursts and
multiple missile attacks.  Also, a new interface has been created that makes
the many new combos faster to execute.

Twisted Metal 2, a collaborative effort between Sony Interactive Studios
America and SingleTrac Entertainment Technologies, Inc., starts off
following the devastation and ruin from the original Twisted Metal. Calypso
and his merry group of marauders felt that the original site for their
competition was too small and decided to take their contest global. As the
automotive death match goes worldwide, gameplayers will inflict destruction
in bigger, more interactive locations such as New York, Paris, Moscow, Hong
Kong and the shifting ice Antarctica.  

Some of the locations also include famous landmarks that are prime targets.  
In addition to favorite vehicles such as the Ice Cream Truck, Dune Buggy and 
Cop Car, there are several new supped-up contenders: a hearse; a bulldozer 
with a menacing front loader; a race car; and, an armed man strapped to two 
giant wheels, affectionately nicknamed "Axel."

                 Videogame Industry's First True 3D Fighter

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Nov. 8) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 8, 1996--Further asserting
dominance in the next-generation videogame industry for its breadth and
depth of software titles, Sony Computer Entertainment America has teamed up
with Squaresoft to introduce a true 3D fighting game, Tobal No. 1, available
exclusively for the PlayStation game console.

While Square is well known for its best-selling and ground-breaking role-
playing games (RPGs), Tobal No. 1 marks the company's first venture into the
"fighting" arena.  Dream Factory, the top-rated development team, and world
renowned anime artist, Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball Z and Chrono
Trigger) were brought together to bring Tobal No. 1 to life.

Featuring a Battle System with full 360 degree movement, Tobal No. 1 allows
gamers to have absolute control within a 3D environment, offering a full
range of motions and the ability to attack your opponents from all angles.
All character movements utilize fully, motion-captured animation running at
a solid 60 frames-per-second, resulting in fluid gameplay with incredibly
realistic controls and profound speed.  "Having Squaresoft bring their
development expertise to the PlayStation certainly validates our position
within the industry," said Peter Dille, senior director, product marketing,
Sony Computer Entertainment America.

"The combination of Tobal No. 1 packed with a Final Fantasy VII interactive
sampler disc will be a tremendously compelling product and a huge success."
The game is set on the planet Tobal in the year 2048, where agile humans and
monstrous alien life forms gather together in a winner-takes-all fighting
competition sponsored and judged by the King.  Fighters compete in an arena
where brute strength is pitted against savage skills -- all looking to
become the greatest fighter in the universe.

Tobal No. 1 features a complex and very unique Grappling Technique which
gives a whole new meaning to hand-to-hand combat. Instead of the standard
grab and throw technique used in other fighters, gamers can hold onto their
opponents and deliver head-butts, knee bashes or toss their opponents aside.
There are eight characters to choose from, three bosses and three different
modes of play:  Tournament Mode, Vs. (the computer) mode and a Quest Mode.

"The new Quest Mode takes Tobal No. 1 beyond the traditional platform
fighting games," added Dille.  "This innovative and original feature plays
like a fighting RPG and opens hidden areas and characters for a whole new
challenge. It allows gamers to move through five dungeon-like mazes,
battling enemies designed specifically for this mode and in full fighting-
game style.  This innovative, never-attempted feature places Tobal No. 1 in
a genre all of its own."  Squaresoft Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
Square Co. Ltd., in Japan, is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif.  A high
quality RPG game developer and publisher in North America since 1989, Square
is currently developing multiple titles for the PlayStation game console.

                 Jet Moto Races to Stores Across The Nation

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Nov. 8) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 8, 1996--Sony Computer
Entertainment America announced that it has released Jet Moto, available
exclusively for the PlayStation game console.  Jet Moto is a unique racing
game that incorporates real racing physics with a variety of highly
realistic 3D environments in a fast paced, high action racing game.  Jet
Moto puts gameplayers in control of a next generation motocross bike. The
jet powered bike hovers just above the ground and is able to ride over
multiple surfaces; water, snow and land. The races take place in huge,
highly interactive 3D environments where gameplayers are encouraged to
choose their own way through vicious topographies.

"The TruePhysics element of Jet Moto is unbelievable," said Peter Dille,
senior director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America.
"The control is so realistic you find yourself leaning into turns and
stomaching 200 foot jumps."   In most racing games, the track is something
the gameplayer must race through, whereas with Jet Moto, the environment in
which you race is the track, complete with obstacles such as broken
freeways, tree stumps and switch-backs that the gameplayers can ride
through, over or jump.  Jet Moto has 10 courses that incorporate a wide
variety of terrains -- from muddy, tree-filled swamps of the backwater to
the choppy waves, volcanic rock and sandy beaches of a tropical island
paradise.  The bikes are equipped with a magnetic grappling hook that
gameplayers can use to negotiate tight turns. Designed for one or two
players, gameplayers can choose between a vertical and horizontal, split-
screen.   Jet Moto is the latest collaborative effort between Sony
Interactive Studios America and SingleTrac Entertainment Technologies, Inc.
Previous titles include Twisted Metal, WarHawk, and the just released
Twisted Metal 2.

                  Get Ready To Rumble In The 23rd Century!

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (Nov. 11) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 11, 1996--Accolade is leaping
into the 23rd century with today's release of Pitball for the Sony
PlayStation game console, a new multiplayer cyber-sport competition set in
the future.  Twelve alien races from 12 planets square off in this new
contact sport where players shoot powerful Orbs to score goals.  Players can
earn points through competition, sponsorship or bribes, allowing them to buy
new equipment and power-ups.  Players compete in unique arenas throughout
the universe, each with varied gravity, weather conditions  and power-ups.

In keeping with Accolade's multiplayer strategy, Pitball is playable with up
to four players using Sony's Multi Tap.  Four players can play at a time,
taking on opponents with special moves, fighting attacks and death moves.
Pitball also offers full season league play for single game play.  The
legendary Michael Buffer, known for calling out "GET READY TO RUMBLE" at
professional boxing tournaments, provides the voice-over to each match.
"Pitball stands alone as one of the most unique games available on the
market, offering the best multiplayer 3D action on the PlayStation," said
Jim Barnett, CEO of Accolade.  Pitball will be available this week for the
Sony PlayStation game console at an estimated street price of $49.95.

             Zany Racing Game Takes Whole Family on a Wild Ride

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Nov. 8) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 8, 1996--Sony Computer
Entertainment America launches a cartoon racing game -- Motor Toon Grand
Prix(TM) -- that appeals to people of all ages.   Set in a magical 'toon
world, this fun and non-violent racing game available exclusively for the
PlayStation(TM) game console -- allows players to race through an animated

"The brilliantly designed and playful graphics of Motor Toon Grand Prix
makes the game perfect for the whole family," said Peter Dille, senior
director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Game
enthusiasts and industry publications have touted 'Motor Toon' as one of the
best racing games on the market and, at the same time, it's a great game for
any family with older and younger kids."

Motor Toon Grand Prix puts the player in the driver's seat of a wild and
zany racing game with a choice of eight different characters and their
vehicles.  Race through the magical 'toon land filled with 10 topsy-turvy
courses including Toon Village, Toon Island II, Crazy Coaster and the
Haunted Castle.

Motor Toon Grand Prix offers fun and playful action in a cartoon-style
racing game.  Featuring stunningly colorful animation, the player battles
opponents with loads of wacky weapons including fire balls, bombs, dynamite,
32-ton weights, missiles and even crazy mushrooms. During the course of the
race, players acquire coins found throughout each track and exchange them
for these weapons randomly selected for the player. Additionally, gamers can
grab onto oil cans, wonder clocks, magic hands, power shields and power ups
to gain a host of strategic moves to propel you to the finish line.

The amount of gameplay in Motor Toon Grand Prix is nearly limitless with the
option of selecting various difficulty settings; easy, normal, hard,
professional and expert.  For an added bonus, Motor Toon Grand Prix has
three completely hidden games and is Link Cable-compatible, allowing players
to enjoy a heated one-on-one battle.

                       Tom Clancy Forms Games Company

Red Storm Entertainment Inc. is the name of a new company formed by author
Tom Clancy to develop and market interactive computer games, with the online
market in mind.  The Wall Street Journal reports this morning Clancy will
own half of Red Storm -- named after one of his best-selling novels, "Red
Storm Rising" -with Virtus Corp., a Cary, North Carolina, developer of tools
for creating computer products, being co-owner.  The paper says Clancy will
be chairman and Doug Littlejohns, a former commodore in the British navy and
adviser on "Red Storm Rising," will be president/CEO.  "The first Red Storm
games are to be released next year," says the Journal. "They will emphasize
strategy rather than shoot-em-up skills."

             Acclaim Entertainment releases Iron Man/X-O Manowar

GLEN COVE, N.Y. (Nov. 14) BUSINESS WIRE -November 14, 1996--- Marvel and
Acclaim Heroes Clash in First-Ever Video Game-Comic Book Crossover Acclaim
Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKLM), a leading worldwide interactive
entertainment company, today announced the release of its Iron Man/X-O
Manowar In Heavy Metal video game, available now on the Sega Saturn(TM),
Nintendo Game Boy(R) and Sega Game Gear(TM) platforms with the PC CD-ROM and
Sony PlayStation(TM) versions available for the holiday season.  The title,
featuring Marvel Comics' Iron Man and Acclaim Comics' X-O Manowar, marks the
first time that a comic book crossover, or clash between two icons from
different companies, has been brought to the interactive entertainment

"Iron Man/X-O Manowar In Heavy Metal sets the pace for next-generation
gaming,"  said Steven Lux, Acclaim vice president of marketing.  "Not only
is it the first video game to feature a crossover from two comic book
universes, it's also the interactive debut of Acclaim Comics' characters.
This breakthrough storyline, combined with our proprietary motion capture
technology and graphics, ensures the games appeal to both video game fans
and comic book fans alike."   "Iron Man/X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal is yet
another excellent game in a long line of Acclaim/Marvel products,"  said
Justin McCormack, executive vice president, consumer products of Marvel
Characters, Inc.  "This will be an instant hit with comic fans and gamers

                       Head-to-Head Heavy Metal Action

Starring Marvel Comics' Iron Man and Acclaim Comics' X-O Manowar, the video
game features Acclaim's advanced motion capture technology, SGI 3-D rendered
graphics and more than 30 action-packed stages of game play.  In Acclaim's
Iron Man/X-O Manowar In Heavy Metal, gamers assume the role of either Iron
Man or X-O Manowar as they battle against the evil forces of the Marvel and
Acclaim comic book Super-Villains, including Baron Zemo and Mistress
Crescendo, who have joined forces to resurrect the most powerful object ever
created - the Cosmic Cube. Acclaim's Iron Man/X-O Manowar In Heavy Metal
offers an exciting array of game play features, including:

z    Appearances by Marvel Comics' masters of evil featuring: Yellow Jacket,
        Absorbing , Melter, Titania, Goliath, Mr.  Hyde, Arnim Zola, Blackout 
        and Baron Zemo; as well as Acclaim Comics' Mistress Cresendo, 
        Crescendo's Vizier, General Krytos, Dromak Gladiator, Armorines and 
        Spider Aliens;
z    Realistic character movements as a result of Acclaim's advanced motion
        capture technology;
z    Object scaling and rotation techniques, yielding incredibly realistic
        visual depth; - Variable lighting effects, which set the tone for each
        battle sequence;
z    Iron Man and X-O Manowar trademark weapons and powers;
z    Action-packed fighting, shooting and flying game play;
z    Intuitive game controls that provide reactive player involvement;
z    Artificial intelligence that increases the level of difficulty as the
        game progresses, providing the ultimate game play challenge.

In addition, Acclaim Comics and Marvel Comics each published an Iron Man/X-O
Manowar comic book, which proved to be immediate sellouts and included
numerous game play hints and tips.  Fabian Nicieza, Acclaim Comics editor-in-
chief, wrote both books to ensure a high-quality, consistent storyline.
Iron Man/X-O Manowar requires a 486 DX2/66 MHZ PC, 8MB of RAM, 2MB Hard Disc
space, double speed CD-ROM drive, 1MB VESA-compatible SVGA graphics card,
game pad, and a recommended 100% Sound Blaster compatible sound card.

Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.  (NYSE:MRV) is a diversified entertainment
company with an extensive library of internationally celebrated properties,
including Spider-Man, X-Men, and the Incredible Hulk.  Other operations of
Marvel include Fleer/Skybox, leading marketers of sports and entertainment
trading cards; Panini, marketers of children's activity stickers; and Toy
Biz, an innovative toy producer.  The No. 1 comic book company in the world.
Marvel has attracted licensees in categories ranging from toys, games and
sporting goods to apparel, home products and interactive media. Spider-Man
and the X-Men are stars of their own top-rated television shows on Fox
Children's Network, and the Incredible Hulk animated series premiered this
fall on UPN.  IRON MAN and all other Marvel characters:(TM) & (C)1996 Marvel
Characters, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., a leading worldwide publisher of software for
Nintendo, Sega, Sony and personal computer and CD-ROM hardware systems, also
publishes comic books under a variety of imprints.  In addition, Acclaim
develops coin-operated arcade and ticket-redemption games; operates motion
capture studios; and, through A.D.I., globally sells and distributes
products from a variety of entertainment software publishers including
Ocean, Interplay, Marvel, Pulse Entertainment and Take 2. Acclaim also has a
joint venture with Tele-Communications, Inc. for electronically distributed
interactive entertainment.  Visit Acclaim's web site at

          She's Tough, She's Sexy, She's Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 14) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 14, 1996--Eidos Interactive, a
developer and publisher of entertainment software for the PC, Macintosh, and
console platforms, announced today the much anticipated simultaneous release
of Tomb Raider for the PC CD-ROM, Sony PlayStation, and Sega Saturn.   Tomb
Raider is a state-of-the-art, third person perspective action-adventure game
that takes place in a series of massive real-time 3D environments.

Within the realm of Tomb Raider, the gamer enters the mysterious and action-
packed world of the infamous adventurer, Lara Croft, who sets out on a quest
that will lead her from the Incan ruins of Peru to the Egyptian pyramids and
beyond.  It combines puzzle, action, and adventure game elements within 15
massive 3D levels accompanied by visually stunning, action-packed FMV
sequences that provide valuable clues and information about the adventures
that lie ahead.

According to Mike McGarvey, President and CEO of Eidos Interactive, Tomb
Raider and the Lara Croft franchises could play an important role in the
future of Eidos Interactive.  "A unique idea, a great 3D gaming engine, and
a strong character combine to make what some in the gaming industry are
touting as the game of the year," added McGarvey.

To support this effort Eidos has launched a significant marketing campaign
which includes TV and print advertisements.  What makes Tomb Raider so
special?  Lara's character sprite contains over 2000 frames of animation
allowing her to perform fluid and natural movements as she runs, jumps,
climbs, swims, and flips her way through tunnels, ancient palaces and
dungeons containing deadly traps and a barrage of deadly enemies.  In
addition, the true 3D environment and unique camera system create a gaming
experience that lasts for hours.

"We are very excited about the simultaneous launch of Tomb Raider.  Our goal
is to appeal to all gamers of all three systems by combining the best of
gaming elements in one package," added McGarvey.  Eidos Interactive develops
and publishes interactive entertainment software for the PC, Sony
PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Macintosh, and Internet.  Eidos Interactive is
part of the Eidos group of companies combining Eidos Technologies, a
software-based video compression and decompression company, and Glassworks,
a state-of-the-art post production facility specializing in digital effects.

Jaguar Online STR InfoFile        Online Users Growl & Purr!

                      What's "Zot"??  Oddities Abound!

Hi everyone....

I E-mailed this guy, and here's the response I got back.
>Read your posts on JagTalk. About this Zot game....Is it shareware? >How
far along is it, and who is gonna publish it. I'm all for new Jag
>games, and I hope this "Zot" comes out. What kinda game is this...what
>kinda main-character....then I'll see if I could come up with some sort >of
>Wes Powell


Well, ZOT looks like Pacman, but with boogerglasses (they're like
sunglasses, only they are extremely reflective, but only on the outside, and
they can focus energy, known as "BOOG" into a blast that blows apart
creatures and machines) and he's got a chameleon-type tongue that can be
aimed, extended, retracted, and flicked out to get it stuck on something.
You can detach it with OPTION.

Using his tongue, he can swing around, confine moving objects' paths to a
circle by anchoring them, hitch rides on frisbees, and other cool stuff the
player thinks up.  In the multiverse ZOT lives in, the forces of normalcy
and weirdness are threatening to overwhelm and destroy one another, and it's
ZOT's job to set the balance right.  Major imbalances caused by extremely
huge and/or twisted things must be countered by either creation or
destruction, player's choice. ZOT can eat any object his size and gain size
with a special BOOST powerup. ZOT can also add these objects, some of which
may be parts of creatures he blasted, onto himself, and these objects become
body parts, which can be used with the numpad:

1: upper left arm/hand object
2: head gear
3: upper right arm/hand
4: middle left arm/hand
5: midsection
6: middle right arm/hand
7: left leg/foot
8: tail
9: right leg/foot

Any properly sized object can be used in any slot (eyeballs for legs,
hotdogs for headgear), and any objects can be used locomotively, player's
choice(walk sequence example: head, foot, tail, head, foot, tail, etc,
always in a counter-clockwise pattern using the selected parts, which can
still use their special functions). Every object does something, and some
whole creatures can be used.

If ZOT gulped, but not ate (gulping gets it in your mouth, eating an object
"destroys" it and gives you it's boog) a frisbee, it would be in his mouth
and he could hover around like a flying saucer, and spit it out any time he
wanted, maybe to knock a telephone off of the nail clipper springboard
(everything in this game is strange, even in it's normalcy, becuase of the
imbalance, which causes "wormholes" to appear in imbalanced locations). The
entire game will be true 3-D, and I got it all down on paper, so I just need
to get it in Wordperfect and send it to ATARI so they can have the coolest
game on the coolest system. I can't make it myself, though, but I designed
all the terrain (ice,snow, lava, water, bricks, dirt, steel, crystal, retro,
etc.), some of the creatures (plabber, psychlops, choconids, wheelies,
flashplungers, etc), some contraptions (catapult, nail clipper, rocket pod,
etc), the controls, the gameplay, ummm, and the powerups (football, particle
shield, cloak, etc) and lotsa other cool stuff, including the fact that it's
a combo cart and CD game, to allow faster load times, more details in saved
games, and more data. My brother helped me design the flashplungers and the
kamikaze bunny troopers :) I also determined that cool explosions will
combine to create a larger one instead of being seperate small ones side by
side, which is kinda unrealistic, but they only combine during the first
stage of an explosion, and not during the collapse, so they don't start
fading, then go XTREMELY KABLOOEY! just watch out for flying pizzas, because
they try to stuff your face with peppers and make you run around breathing
fire everywhere, but only if you hit them will they divide into 8 seeker
pieces. Well, I hope that's enough info for ya, and if anyone hears about
the design I already submitted : Club Drive 2-High Impact, could they tell
me? tanks, bye :)

Bi Zarro, a.k.a Shokwave, signing out, with these words of wisdom:  Don't
give your thrustmaster a cowboy hat, or it might get ideas and drift.

(no offense, cowboys :)

Sounds like he's going to Atari to get this made....I'm afraid he's not
going to have any luck doin' that....Maybe...just maybe Telegames, but they
haven't even seen if they'll reach the numbers necessary to make a profit. I
guess we'll see.


Wes Powell

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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

 On CompuServe

Compiled by Joe Mirando
CIS ID: 73637,2262

Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Thanks to all of you who did not comment
(all three of you) on last week's  column, which contained commentary on
David Brinkley's seemingly off-handed swipe at the president.  It's  not
something I do often, but when it's something that I feel is important, I
simply do it, and to hell with being  'proper'.  And would you believe that
I actually had to explain the last line in last week's column to about a
dozen readers who didn't get it?  Jeez, how old are these people anyway?
Nevermind... I'm feeling old now.  <grin>

On the Atari front, it's slowing down again in the forums and it's getting
harder to 'grub up' interesting stuff.   If you ever feel the need to tell
me (and other readers) about some facet of Atari computing that I've been
neglecting, feel free to drop me a line at the above email address (it's for all  you internet users).

Well, let's get on with what news and info there is.

>From the Atari Forums on CompuServe

"Big" Tom Edwards posts:
"Just a quick couple of questions. I hope someone can help out.  I've just
bought 1040ST. It has the old  1986,1987 TOS. Is it possible to upgrade this
to the Rainbow TOS that I have in my newer 520 ST?  The  other question is
does FREEZE DRIED TERMINAL work with Compuserve. I've tried it on other
BBS's and  seems to work OK but just get garbage when dialing Compuserve.
I'm probably being a bit daft asking these questions but any help would be
much appreciated."

Our own Atari/Entertainment editor, Dana Jacobson, tells Big Tom:
"The 1040 is actually newer than the 520, but that won't make a difference.
The answer to your Rainbow TOS  question is yes, you can upgrade your 1040's
TOS.  Make sure you get the right "set" of ROM chips - some  systems had a 6-
chips set, and others a 2-chip set (I believe it was two).  As to Freeze
Dried, I believe it   orks  on CIS; you may have to alter your settings,
however.  Someone here should be able to clarify as I'm not a
believer in Freeze Dried."

Our friend and intellectual benefactor, Albert Dayes, adds:
"You can upgrade to TOS 1.4 (rainbow TOS) it comes in both 2 chip and 6 chip
sets. You have to open your  1040ST and see what type you have.  I have not
used Freeze Dried Terminal so I cannot really talk to much  about it.  Are
you using the same terminal settings on the telecommunications program as
your are on  Compuserve? You might consider getting a different
telecommunciatons program from the library like Storm and see how well that
works. Of course there are also commercial programs like FLASH II v3.0x (a
demo is in the library) and STALKER."

Bill Anderson tells us that he's...
"...been using Magic Mac on a Power Book. It makes a very nice Atari
notebook computer!"

Bernardo Kramb tells Phil to...
"Have a look at .There are some
links to pages in the internet."

Phil tells Bernardo that he's...
"BEEN THERE.  The emulation available is staggering isn't it?  I found the
answer to my problem with the  printer.  The magic Mac will not work with a
dedicated " mac" printer.  (SUCKS!!)  Oh, well, I needed  to sell the
DeskWriter anyway."

Michel Vanhame tells Phil:
"For what it's worth, I think it will if you buy NVDI for Magic Mac."

P.Walding tells Phil:
"If you get NVDI for Mac , you can use your Mac Localtalk printer for all
GDOS and desktop type printing.   It won't work for programs like

Bernardo tells Phil:
"I did not know what staggering means, but if you mean the demo of MagicMac
now I know.  About printing  problems because of the printer type I could
not think the problem is the printer type. Michel and P.Walding  gave you a
tip to that problem.  I had never tried MagicMac besides the demo some days
ago. I have a Mac and still my Atari, but I use only the Mac now. I thought
it would be fine to use MagicMac, but the costs of it  and NVDI 3.XX ( or is
there a never one available ? ) are to high for me, I have changed
completely to the Mac.

The demo is really staggering, the restrictions are OK, but it seems to be
the first beta version of MagicMac,  although I haven't seen the newest
version.  ApplSys should release a demo of the newest version, restricted.
After that test of the demo I would never buy that thing, even not for $5. I
have enough problems with my  Mac freezing with Mac-software, I daily have
to do with an emulation ( 68k on PPC ) and I daily have that  problem also
with native PPC software ( not really, the system is a mix of PPC-code and
68k-code in  emulation ). Magic Mac :  no, thanks. It could be fine, but not
with such a demo and not for that price."

Alex Magdaleno asks:
"Is there anyway I can use my phasar files on my IBM? I'm ready to give my
1040 ST to a cousin, but I have  my house basis records on phasar in my
Atari. Was phasar ever written for the IBM?"

Lee Zion tells Alex:
"I went through the same thing when I moved my household furnishings, book,
record and "collectables"  inventory (2500+ records) from the ST (Timeworks
database program) to the IBM.  I have not heard of a  IBM Phasar program.
But you don't need one.  If Phasar has a file export function, it can
probably create a  comma (or any other unique character) delinated file that
_almost_any_ IBM (Windows?) database or spreadsheet program can import.

If Phasar is without an export function, you can always "print to ASCII
file" (with a page length set longer  than the number of lines in your
database) to create a column based file with the records on separate lines.
MS Excel, to name one Windows program, has a data parsing function that can
separate record entrys based  on user defined data field lengths.  Just
strip any headers and page breaks introduced by Phasar and let the  IBM
program parse the records into data fields.

The second approach is the way I had to go to transfer my database from
TimeWorks on the ST to MS  Windows Excel since TimeWorks wouldn't export
comma delinated files.  The mechanics were easy.  I  formated a floppy on
the IBM and then printed my database to an ASCII file on the disk using the
ST.  I  opened the ASCII file in Excel and stripped the headers/footers/page
breaks.  Excel handled the data field  parsing with very few (easily
corrected) errors.

If you are buying an IBM/Windows spreadsheet or database program, check its
data import/parsing functions   first!  MS Works came bundled with my IBM
clone computer and didn't seem to have any at all (except cut  and paste
from a text file)!  I could't face breaking up 2500 line entry records into
8 data fields using "cut and  paste".  For a small database though even this
approach would be "workable"."

Richard Gersh asks:
"Can I use my old ST monitor for anything else?  I don't use the computer
anymore, though I may set it up  for my kids someday.  In the meantime, can
I use the color monitor in any other way, perhaps with some kind  of

Dennis Bishop tells Richard:
"It can be used with A Falcon030 and also with the right adapter with a

Albert Dayes adds:
"You can use it With an Atari Jaguar."

Curt Vendel puts adds this bit of info:
"If you call up TOAD computer in Baltimore, MD.   They have adapters to
allow you to use monitors on PC's  and PC monitors on ST's.  go WWW.TOAD.NET
or WWW.TOADNET.COM for their web page."

On the subject of re-living the 'frontier days' of computer gaming, Bob
Cummins posts:
"There are some collections of old 8-bit games that have been ported over to
the PC, such as Frogger, and  River Raid.  They require a 486 or better to
run, though.  I believe they're sold under the Activision label."

Clay Moore tells Bob:
"That's true, but they aren't Star Raiders,  even the ST couldn't do the 3d
scaling like the 800, although the  ST version was higher resolution, it
just wasn't as good for playing.  I would like to see an emulator do those

Richard Catterall tells us that there is...
"No news on what if anything Atari is doing within JTS.  JTS however appears
to be doing well.  News  indicates shipments of $30 million in their 3rd
quarter and they state they expect them to double in their 4th  quarter.
They also announced a 2.0 gig drive that's available for desktops and
distribution for most areas  outside of US.  New releases available on the
Yahoo News site if you have an interest or on Silicon Investor site."

Well folks, that's it for this week.  Tune in again next week, same time,
same station, and be ready to listen to  what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

                             EDITORIAL  QUICKIES
                      13 Symptoms of Computer Addiction

z    During a 2 a.m. call to the bathroom you check your e-mail.
z    When your neighbor mentions taking a drive, you think not miles but
z    When channel-surfing the infomercials, you grab the remote control and
z    Down at the local computer store they know your name and favorite chip.
z     Your  favorite movies are Brainstorm, Tron, War Games, and, of course,
        2001; your preferred Murder She Wrote episode is the one in which 
        Jessical solves the case of the fatal disk error.
z    So many relatives and friends call you when they need help with their
        computers that you're considering  installing a 900 number.
z    There's an ISDN line running into your home, and the notion of low baud
        rates reminds you of nursery schools and training wheels.
z    You have chronic lower back pain, knots in your shoulders, and a cramp
        in your mouse finger, and you can't see more than three feet in front 
        of your face.
z    Your penmanship looks worse than it did in the fourth grade.
z    You call your PC "Cousin 'Puter".
z    You call your computer chair "The Seat of Power."
z    Never mind those old 5.25-inch floppies, you still have those hoary 8.5
z    For that matter, you don't throw out bad floppies, you decorate them
        and use them as drink coasters.

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