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                         AOL Sues Over Junk E-Mail

A Las Vegas firm called Over the Air Equipment has been sued by America
Online for allegedly bombarding that system's users with thousands of
unsolicited messages hidden behind phony return addresses.  "This lawsuit
is the first step in a more aggressive campaign against junk e-mail,"
Randall Boe, AOL associate general counsel, told Associated Press writer
Chris Allbritton. "These guys are ... disguising their return address and
making it look like it came from AOL."

AOL says Over the Air Equipment's e-mails offer pornography over the World
Wide Web and alleges the mailer also used the AOL trademark without
permission.  Boe told the wire service AOL made repeated demands for Over
the Air Equipment to cease their mailings, but the company ignored them,
and "the real point is that our members have told us in no uncertain terms
that they want this to stop."

                       Xerox Sued by Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard Co. has filed a trademark infringement suit against Xerox
Corp., contending it is putting misleading endorsements on some printer
cartridges. Reporting from HP's Palo Alto, California, headquarters, the
Reuter News Service quotes the computer maker as saying it asked the court
to stop Xerox from confusing HP customers with implied endorsements of
Xerox-brand remanufactured toner cartridges.

HP says the misleading endorsements are found on packaging for products
Xerox announced on Sept.  22 and that houses cartridges for use with HP
LaserJet II, IIP, III, 4, 5, III Si and 4Si printers.  Reuters says the
Xerox packaging at issue bears 23 HP trademarks and only eight Xerox
trademarks, and HP said that might mislead customers into thinking that HP
has endorsed the product or has an affiliation with Xerox. It also bears a
resemblance to HP's own product packaging, HP said.  The wire service notes
that two weeks ago, Xerox entered the computer printer business, where HP
has a dominant market share.

                      McAfee, Symantec Claim Victory

After a federal judge reviewed their claims yesterday, both Symantec Corp.
and McAfee Associates Inc. are saying they have won key points in the
antivirus software rivals' closely watched copyright dispute.  Reporting
from San Jose, California, the Reuter News Service notes U.S. District
Court Judge Ronald Whyte did not make any rulings, but both companies
claimed partial victory in the hearing:

Symantec says the court agreed to let it amend its original complaint to
include an additional McAfee product in its copyright infringement lawsuit.
(Cupertino, California-based Symantec sued its archrival several months ago
alleging that McAfee stole chunks of its computer programming code and
based a competing software product on it.)  McAfee says Symantec changed
its fundamental legal argument. This essentially limits Symantec's request
for the court to block shipments of McAfee products to only one antivirus
program that is not available for sale any more, McAfee said.  Reuters says
the judge is reviewing the arguments of both sides and will decide whether
to grant or deny Symantec's request for an induction shortly.

                     Amazon.Com Countersues Book Firm

The Internet's Amazon.Com Inc. online bookstore is alleging bookstore giant
Barnes & Noble Inc. is competing unfairly by improperly failing to charge
sales taxes on books sold over the Internet.  Writing for the Dow Jones
news service, reporter Michael Rapoport calls this "the latest shot in an
increasingly heated battle over online bookselling," noting Amazon made the
allegation in a countersuit against Barnes & Noble that will "both escalate
the competition in the closely watched Internet book-sales arena and
spotlight the issue of taxes and the increasing amount of Internet

Rapoport says that like mail-order catalog companies, online retailers so
far generally haven't had to charge state sales taxes on their
transactions, except for orders to customers in the state where the
retailer is actually located. Seattle-based Amazon, for instance, adds
sales tax only for Washington customers.  However, Amazon contends Barnes &
Noble should have to charge sales tax because, unlike Amazon, it has a
physical presence in most states in the form of its 1,000-plus bookstores.

"Those bookstores do charge sales taxes," says the wire service quotes the
suit, "and constitute the 'nexus' of activity in each state that requires
collecting sales tax on Internet sales under the law."  The countersuit
says Barnes & Noble "should be adding sales tax to orders delivered in all
states in which Barnes & Noble has physical bookstores and other
facilities," and by failing to do so, it is "able to charge significantly
less than required by law" and is thus obtaining an "unlawful advantage"
over Amazon.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble have been joined in combat for several months,
since Barnes & Noble joined the Internet market that Amazon pioneered in
1995.  Last May -- in the same week that Barnes & Noble unveiled its own
Internet site and that Amazon went public -- Barnes & Noble sued Amazon for
false advertising over Amazon's claim to be "the world's largest bookstore"
and to stock many more titles than Barnes & Noble. Amazon's counterclaim,
filed in federal court in New York, is in response to that suit.

                       Feds Sue Over 'Internic' Name

An Australian seller of World Wide Web addresses has been sued by U.S.
federal regulators for using what they consider a deceptive address for its
own Web site, possibly misleading Internet surfers looking for a
better-known service.  Internic Software Inc., a broker that resells Web
addresses, was accused of cloning the address of the Virginia-based concern
that controls commonly used addresses on the Internet -- Internet Network
Information Center, or InterNIC. Internic Software is a reseller of those

Business writer David E. Kalish of The Associated Press says Web site
operators seeking Internet addresses complain they inadvertently clicked on, Internic Software's home page, instead of, which
is InterNIC's site.  "As a result, they paid higher fees," Kalish says.
"Internic Software charges Web-site operators $250 for each name it buys
from InterNIC, compared with $100 to register names bought directly through

AP quotes Federal Trade Commission officials as saying they want Internic
Software to stop using the address and also to refund up to hundreds of
thousands of dollars to 2,000 Web site operators, most of them in the U.S.,
who may have overpaid for the service.  Kalish says FTC officials took no
formal action, "but handed the case  over to Australian consumer protection
authorities better able to pursue Internic Software," adding, "The overseas
officials are expected to press the company for refunds, said David Medine,
the FTC's associate director for credit practices."

FTC officials told the wire service Internic Software may have broken a
federal law barring such deception, but that there was a similar law on
Australia's books.  Ironically, the case comes in the wake of the Internet
Society's call for true competition in domain name registration to
stimulate the growth of global electronic commerce.

                     Six States Investigate Microsoft

Attorneys general from four more states reportedly have joined those in
Massachusetts and Texas in an antitrust probe into practices at Microsoft
Corp.  Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Jeffrey
Krasner quotes people close to the inquiry as saying investigators from
California, New York, Minnesota and Connecticut have joined the
investigation which began last winter.  "The state attorneys general hope
to file any action against the company before the expected release of a new
version of Windows, due in next year's  second quarter," Krasner says.
Confirming his state is the latest to join the probe, Connecticut Attorney
General Richard Blumenthal told the paper, "What we're looking at is the
alleged monopoly ... concerning Microsoft software."

He said his investigators are looking into whether Microsoft is trying to
prevent personal computer makers from shipping new machines loaded with
Microsoft's dominant Windows operating system and an Internet browser from
any competitor.  Meanwhile, back in Redmond, Washington, a Microsoft
spokesman told the Journal the company has "standard" non-disclosure
agreements with its partners, adding, "We don't discuss confidential
investigations by state or federal agencies. We are cooperating with
requests for information from government agencies."  As reported earlier,
the investigation was started by Massachusetts Attorney General Scott
Harshbarger and Texas Attorney General Dan Morales.

                       Sun Sues Microsoft Over Java

Sun Microsystems Inc. is suing Microsoft Corp., charging that the software
giant has breached its contract with Sun to deliver a compatible
implementation of Java technology on its products.  The suit, filed in U.S.
District Court in San Jose, California, charges Microsoft with trademark
infringement, false advertising, breach of contract, unfair competition,
interference with prospective economic advantage and inducing breach of

Sun's court papers claim, "Rather than comply with its contractual
obligations, defendant Microsoft has instead embarked on a deliberate
course of conduct in an attempt to fragment the standardized application
programming environment established by the Java technology, to break the
cross-platform compatibility of the Java programming environment and to
implement the Java technology in a manner calculated to cause software
developers to create programs that will operate only on platforms that use
defendant Microsoft's Win32-based operating systems and no other systems
platform or browser."

"Sun's first responsibility as stewards of the Java technology is to
preserve the significant investments that Sun and hundreds of companies
have made," says Alan Baratz, president of Sun's JavaSoft division. "We are
required to take this action on behalf of our licensees, the Java industry
and Sun's shareholders."  Sun is seeking preliminary and permanent
injunctions that would prevent Microsoft from using the 'Java Compatible'

                      Microsoft Shares 1.2M Browsers

In the first two days of availability, some 1.2 million copies of
Microsoft's latest Internet browser were distributed last week, the
Redmond, Washington, software giant says.  Reporting from Seattle, the
Reuter News Service quotes Microsoft as saying Friday that more than a
million people had downloaded the program for free since it was posted on
the Internet late on Tuesday. Another 200,000 CD-ROM copies were shipped to
users who had ordered it for a $5 processing fee.

"Microsoft said the figures represent a record for Microsoft even without
downloads from more than 20 third-party Internet sites, for which figures
were not available," Reuters reports.  As reported earlier, IE 4.0,
Microsoft's first major browser update in more than a year, represents
Microsoft's latest effort to close the gap with the market-leading
Navigator browser from rival Netscape Communications Corp.

                    Wozniak Joins Internet Startup Firm

Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined the board of
directors of Breakthrough Software Inc., a little-known San Francisco
Internet startup company.  Widely known in the computer industry as simply
"Woz," Wozniak has mostly been involved in teaching and educational
projects since the folding of CL9, the home video products company he
started in 1985, after leaving Apple.

He also has served on boards such as the video game software developer
Electronic Arts Inc., the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and the
San Jose Cleveland Ballet.  The Reuter News Service notes that late last
year he was named an adviser to then-Apple CEO Gil Amelio, but that Wozniak
is no longer consulting or advising Apple since Amelio was asked to resign
by Apple's board.

In a statement, Wozniak said he decided to get involved in Breakthrough
because it is an exciting company in an important market, adding, "The
other reason is because of the two founders. Their energy, drive and
determination reminded me of Steve Jobs and myself in the early days of
Apple. These qualities, coupled with an excellent technology that I believe
will win in the marketplace, drew me in."

Breakthrough, based in Mountain View, California, also has announced its
first product, called Internet Business Breakthrough, software that lets
small- to medium-sized businesses create Web sites to sell products over
the Internet for $249.  "The company said that Internet Business
Breakthrough will enable business owners and Web site developers to build a
working, commerce-enabled online store within hours," Reuters reports.

                       DEC May Sell Alpha Technology

Word is a major patent fight may be settled in a pact in which Digital
Equipment Corp. sells its Alpha technology to Intel Corp. for some $1.5
billion.  Quoting people familiar with the negotiations, The Wall Street
Journal says this morning a settlement involving Alpha would bring an end
to the patent lawsuit in which Digital claimed Intel stole technology.

The deal being discussed reportedly would have:

z    Intel obligated to produce the Alpha chip for several years, but not
  required to put its marketing muscle behind computers that run on the chip.
z    Digital not required to get rid of all its semiconductor operations.
  Instead, Intel would buy "capacity" in Digital's chip facility in Hudson,

Also, says the paper, Digital would continue to use the plant to produce
StrongARM, a low-voltage processor used to power such devices as "smart"
cellular phones, and chips used in networking devices.

                     DEC to License, Not Sell, Alpha?

An unidentified industry source is saying Digital Equipment Corp. is
negotiating to not sell outright, but to cross-license its key Alpha
microprocessor technology to Intel Corp.  As reported earlier, The Wall
Street Journal has quoted people familiar with the negotiations as saying
Digital was set to sell Intel the Alpha technology for some $1.5 billion in
order to settle a major patent fight.  However, now a source tells Michael
Ellis of the Reuter News Service in Boston, "If anything is to happen, it
will be a cross-license. There never will be a sale outright of Alpha to

Reuters quotes the source as saying Intel would take over the manufacture
of the Alpha chip at Digital's chip facility in Hudson, Mass., noting
Digital has been searching for years for a partner at its Hudson chip
fabrication plant, which has been running with excess capacity.  Says the
source, "Digital is freed of the financial burden of supporting the fab
(Hudson chip fabrication plant)...and will have somebody else make the
chips."  The source says the Alpha chip would continue to be manufactured
for years,  and Digital would continue to sell computer systems based on
Alpha, adding, "Alpha's here and will continue, no matter what."

     Microsoft and AI Metrix Team to Bring Mission-Critical Operations
                         Support Systems to Market

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and AI Metrix Inc., a software provider for
the telecommunications market, have teamed up to bring to market
mission-critical operations support system (OSS) applications for the
Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R) Server network operating system.  Microsoft is
providing technical support to AI Metrix for deployment of the AI
Metrix(TM) NeuralStar(TM) OSS framework and applications for integrated
network management.

The result of this collaborative effort is increased functionality for
network operators at a lower cost, through integration of disjointed
network management functions.  NeuralStar provides greater flexibility and
control, enabling network operators to more effectively manage complex
heterogeneous networks and services via the easy-to-use yet powerful
Windows NT Server environment.

"In today's telecommunications market, highly functional and flexible
operations support systems are increasingly regarded as key enablers of
competitive differentiation," said Bill Anderson, director of telecom
industry marketing at Microsoft.  "Microsoft is excited to be working with
AI Metrix as they bring to market products that address a fundamental need
of network operators -- the efficient management of an increasingly complex
range of networks and services."

Microsoft's collaboration with AI Metrix is an important component of its
strategy to work with partners to deliver platforms and products -- based
on Microsoft Windows NT Server and independent software vendor applications
-- for delivering and managing telecommunications services.

"The availability of Windows NT Server 4.0 and the unprecedented demand for
integrated operations support systems have been the driving forces behind
our innovations," said David Tanel, vice president of strategic planning
for AI Metrix.  "Microsoft provides the solid technological foundation that
has enabled us to take OSS and network management to new levels of
functionality, sophistication and ease of use."

The AI Metrix flagship product, NeuralStar, is a native Windows NT Server
4.0-based product that provides a flexible architecture which manages
physical and logical network elements such as central office switches,
cross connects, SONET add-drop multiplexers, broadband equipment, frame
relay and IP equipment.  NeuralStar also provides business support
applications that manage processes such as service management, network
configuration and data reconciliation, facilitating increased revenue
recognition for service providers.

NeuralStar incorporates integrated applications such as trouble management,
real-time fault correlation, suppression and escalation, and data
collection.  The NeuralStar framework is designed to give users a means to
easily and dynamically integrate deductive logic about network operations
into the application.  Advanced heuristic parsing algorithms have been
employed to intuitively recognize discrete message types from network
elements.  This message-based approach reduces dependence on manual data
entry, reducing software maintenance requirements.

By using the Microsoft Windows NT Server platform, NeuralStar enables
seamless integration of service and network management applications through
Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) and Open Database Connectivity
(ODBC) technologies.  The architecture allows applications such as
engineering, configuration management and service activation to share
common data sources, which results in increased flexibility and efficiency
of the management system.

                     Japanese Net Surfing on the Rise

Look for the number of Net surfers in Japan to rise to 33 million by 2001
from 4.6 million last year.  That is the prediction by global market
researcher Dataquest, which estimates Japan's Internet users will reach 8
million before the end of this year.  Reporting from Tokyo, the Reuter News
Service quotes Dataquest analyst Shinichiro Wakahara as saying, "The
Internet market will expand from business users into a greater number of
individual users. The increase of individual Internet users will raise the
importance of Internet content services."  Reuters says that with the rapid
growth of Japan's Internet market, shipments of personal computer servers
also are expected rise.

Dataquest predicts:

z    Annual shipments of PC servers in Japan will increase to 395,452 units
  in 2001 from 113,621 units in 1996.
z    Annual growth rates in the 1996-2001 period will average 28.3 percent.
z    The value of the shipments in 2001 will total 406.0 billion yen, up
  from 132.9 billion yen in 1996.

                      IBM Cutting PC Numbers, Prices

IBM is cutting the number of personal computer models it sells and reducing
prices. The system now will start at $1,000 instead of about  $2,000. This
follows the lead of IBM rivals.  "At the same time," notes business writer
David E. Kalish of The  Associated Press, "IBM is streamlining distribution
to cut costs. It will limit sales of Aptiva machines to the nation's six
largest computer retailers, which traditionally sell 80 percent of its
consumer machines, and sell Aptivas in only 22 countries instead of 102."

Kalish notes rival makers like Compaq Computer Corp. and Packard-Bell-NEC
already sell fully equipped machines for less than $1,000.  He adds IBM is
working with the retailers to reduce their stocks of computers, trying to
avoid the practice of compensating stores for models that don't sell
quickly.  Meanwhile, it also is moving away from the industry practice of
cutting computer prices several times over the life of a model. "Instead,"
says Kalish, "IBM officials said they will offer more features, such as
extra software, for the same price."

With the price cuts:

z    IBM's cheapest PCs, the Aptiva E series, start at $1,000 for a machine
  running on a 166-megahertz microprocessor, without a monitor.
z    Its Aptiva new L and S models, which are priced up to $3,300, come
  equipped with a mouse that includes a central button that consumers can use
  instead of "scroll bars" to more easily surf the Internet and navigate
  through documents.

The stores selling IBM Aptivas are CompUSA, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Circuit
City, OfficeMax and Computer City.

                    HP Unveils Non-PC Internet Printer

Hewlett-Packard Co. has unveiled the DeskJet 670TV, its first printer
designed exclusively for use with non-PC Internet devices.  Expected to
sell for about $229, the DeskJet 670TV is designed to work with Microsoft
Corp.'s WebTV system and set-top cable boxes. Since the vast majority of
images found on the Internet are displayed at 72 dots per inch, HP has
incorporated its SmartFocus technology into the printer to automatically
optimize low-resolution images downloaded from the Internet.

"The DeskJet 670TV printer is ideal for ... non-PC customers who use the
television to browse the Web and want to print Web-site information, photo
images, maps, coupons and Internet e-mail quickly and easily," notes a
statement issued by the Palo Alto, California, company. "The printer will
feature a sleek black design, making it a welcome component of the
living-room entertainment center."  The DeskJet 670TV is scheduled to
become available in the U.S. market beginning Oct. 31.

                     Microsoft's Dominance Not Assured

Microsoft Corp.'s dominance of the Internet is not a foregone conclusion,
according to a new study from Jupiter Communications Inc.  The report notes
that by building on its high-volume operating systems and applications,
Microsoft is poised but not certain to become the dominant technology
provider in the consumer Internet.

"While open standards will continue to form the core of Internet
technology, Microsoft's unmatched client distribution, server momentum and
branding place it in a unique position to create or destroy markets for
technology providers and consumer-focused Web sites," says Ross Scott
Rubin, group director of consumer Internet technologies for the New
York-based market research firm. "Microsoft is leveraging a decade of
high-tech competition and distribution experience to make up for a late
start in the market."

                     Net and Web Becoming Truly Global

The Internet and the World Wide Web are quickly becoming a global
phenomenon, finds new research from International Data Corp.  The
Framingham, Massachusetts-based market research firm forecasts that there
will be 50 million Web users by the end of 1997 and nearly 175 million by
2001, adding that the Internet is surpassing the PC as the engine of growth
for the information technology marketplace.

"Conventional wisdom and a variety of other factors would lead many to
believe that the adoption of Internet and Web- based technologies would
proceed from developed, more risk- oriented countries to less developed,
less technology aggressive regions," says Michael Sullivan-Trainor,
director of IDC's Internet program. "However, this has not proven to be the
case in all instances. The Internet and Web have allowed less developed
countries to step onto the technology curve at an advanced stage and
'leapfrog' the infrastructure issues that developed countries have
struggled with for years. Our data has found this to be particularly
prevalent in the Asia/Pacific region."

For example, according to IDC's research, both Korea and India have high
Internet penetration and interest levels. The nations place in the top
three positions in strategy, home page deployment, Java deployment and
evaluation and extensions of the network to customers and suppliers.  IDC
finds that European pockets of opportunity include the Netherlands for home
pages, self-hosting and Java technologies. France shows strong interest in
intranet tools. Germany and Italy register low in most indicators with the
exception of ISP hosting.  IDC's World Wide Web site can be found at

                      Lotus Offers Speech Recognition

Lotus Development Corp. says it has begun offering the first word processor
with built-in speech recognition.  The latest update to Lotus' SmartSuite
97 business software suite features a voice-enabled version of Word Pro 97.
The enhanced word processor allows users to dictate text to their computers
at rates of up to 140 words per minute -- up to 3 times faster than the
average person can type -- as well as give verbal commands.

"Until today, practical use of computer speech recognition has remained a
futuristic dream," says Jeff Papows, Lotus' president. "However, as a
result of IBM's advances in voice technology and its accuracy, coupled with
the processing power of today's computers, speech recognition is now a
viable tool for the home and office."  The speech-enabled version of Word
Pro 97 is the result of a joint development effort between Lotus and IBM.
The product is based on ViaVoice, IBM's recently released continuous speech
dictation tool.

"This is the first practical step toward the future of human interaction
with computers and our unique collaboration with IBM has made it possible"
says Lynne Capozzi, vice president of IBM's Internet applications division.
"Lotus' voice-enabled word processing is accurate, easy to use and
accessible to anyone who has ever wished for hands-free computing."
Current registered users of the North American, English language version of
SmartSuite 97 can upgrade to the enhanced SmartSuite 97 and receive a
noise-canceling headset microphone and Lotus Mail software for $19.95.

                      New Windows Features 'Natural'

Within five years, Windows will be adding more "natural" interface features
-- including speech and handwriting recognition -- says Microsoft Corp.
Chairman Bill Gates. Speaking yesterday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, at an
information-technology symposium hosted by Gartner Group. Gates said
Microsoft already spends millions of dollars in the effort to make
computers better able to handle a more human-style of input and output, an
effort he said was critical to the future of the company.

Reporting for the Reuter News Service, writer Richard Melville quotes Gates
as saying about 15 to 20 percent of Microsoft's roughly $2 billion
research-and-development budget is aimed at projects he referred to as
"pure research," with a sizable portion directed to "natural technology,"
areas such as linguistics, and speech- and handwriting-recognition.

Added Gates, "Within five years, we'll see those natural technologies
making their way into Windows." In years past, he said, "We bet the company
on MS-DOS, we bet the company on the graphical user interface" employed in
Windows. This time, "we're betting the company on these natural interface

Melville says Gates played down the idea that U.S. Justice Department
antitrust scrutiny had affected Microsoft's business operations, but did
acknowledge the attention had made the company more choosy about acquiring
other companies.  "It makes it tougher when we think about doing an
acquisition," he said.  "If an acquisition is going to take two years to
get approved, it's almost not worth doing."

He also acknowledged Microsoft's improved relationship with longtime and
formerly bitter rival IBM. calling the company a collaborative partner in
some areas.  Said Gates, "There is more and more collaboration as we see
growing the market for Internet commerce as being a great opportunity for
both companies. Both companies are taking a long-term view in how we work
together, cooperating in some areas and in other areas just competing."

            IriScan and LG Electronics to Develop New Products
                  For Expanding Iris Recognition Markets

IriScan, Inc. -- the exclusive owner and developer of iris recognition
technology for automated biometric identification systems -- and LG
Electronics, Inc. -- a subsidiary of the LG Group of Korea -- announced a
major product co-development and distribution agreement for integrating the
iris recognition biometric process into a range of new and automated
identification products.  IriScan's technology for personal identification
or verification relies on highly sophisticated processing of images of the
iris of the eye -- the colored ring that surrounds the pupil.  LG
Electronics will develop economical and practical video-based devices for
acquiring the unique iris image.  These devices will be integrated with
IriScan software and processors for a wide range of authentication

The implications of this agreement in the emerging biometrics industry are
significant.  According to John E. Siedlarz, President & CEO of IriScan,
Inc., "this product co-development partnership will accelerate IriScan's
entry into global markets that would otherwise be unreachable without the
ergonomically appropriate and economically priced imaging devices that LG
Electronics can provide.  These new `iris imagers' will bring IriScan's
scientifically superior biometric technology to a larger and more diverse
group of users, again demonstrating the utility, flexibility, and
robustness of our innovative iris recognition process."

Innovation in iris imaging platforms, including those developed by one of
IriScan's licensees (Sensar, Inc.) for the ATM environment, will propel
iris recognition into the world of electronic commerce. Siedlarz said,
"plug and play products for PC integration are an early priority for
IriScan, bringing the iris recognition biometric into computer and Internet
security.  Such PC-based devices will provide increased privacy protection
for financial and personal databases and electronic transactions.
Ultimately, iris recognition will secure electronic transactions with a
virtually foolproof biometric "key," replacing  archaic passwords, PINs,
and less secure encryption technology."  Other markets that will benefit
from the IriScan-LG relationship include travel and immigration, social
services, and point-of-sale/consumer credit.

"LG and IriScan are a good fit," remarked Dr. Chang soo Kim, President of
the LG Corporate Institute of Technology.  "LG has long been in the
forefront of technical innovation, striving to develop new and exciting
products that make life better, easier, and more secure.  IriScan's iris
recognition process is the most statistically defensible identification
technique ever developed. With that technology and LG's electronics, it is
a win-win partnership.  We are excited about the potential."

In addition to developing new imaging devices, LG Electronics has licensed
from IriScan certain distribution rights for IriScan's products as well as
other integrated end-products for the Republic of Korea. IriScan and LG
will collaborate in other product markets. While financial terms of the
agreement were not disclosed, LG's commitment was said to be "substantial."

IriScan, Inc. is the exclusive developer of iris recognition technology for
automated biometric systems.  IriScan's technology for personal
identification or verification relies on highly sophisticated processing of
images of the iris of the eye -- the colored ring that surrounds the pupil.
The iris is the most personally distinct feature of the human body that is
available for non-intrusive, non-contact, and precise mathematical

IriScan, Inc. of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, holds the exclusive worldwide
patents on iris recognition, including the original concept developed by
Drs. Leonard Flom and Aran Safir, and the software and process technology
invented by Dr. John Daugman, Cambridge University, England. Dr. Daugman,
an acknowledged expert in the fields of artificial intelligence, neural
networks, and information theory, supports the continual development of
iris recognition technology.

LG Electronics, Inc. -- a global manufacturer of electric and electronic
products -- is a subsidiary of LG Group, a $73 billion (annual revenues)
conglomerate based in Seoul, Korea.  Operating 25 R&D facilities worldwide,
LG Electronics produces television, audio, and video systems; computers;
information systems; multimedia products; and thin-film-transistor liquid
crystal displays.  Acquisition of Zenith in 1995 facilitated advances in
digital HDTV, video on demand, CD-interactive products, and other
multimedia applications.

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professionals, has licensed Aptex's award winning Convectis(TM) to
categorize the content of its news and information streams to provide a
high level of personalization for users of its Scoop! Information Service.

"Convectis delivers unique technology that will enable Scoop to
dynamically process content from a vast number of information sources on a
daily basis," said Mark Davidson, President of Scoop.  "As a result, we
will be able to present highly personalized information to our users."
Scoop is currently developing an Internet-based business information
service which will provide users access to an extensive array of
well-recognized news and information sources across a broad range of
industries. Currently, Scoop has over 1,600 sources, both domestic and
international, including newspapers, wire feeds, trade journals, abstracts,
periodicals, and other research sources.

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                         Sub $1,000 PC Sales Soar

Sub-$1,000 PCs captured nearly 40 percent of U.S. retail desktop unit sales
in August, according to Computer Intelligence's latest StoreBoard survey.
The La Jolla, California-based market research firm notes that until this
year, sub-$1,000 PCs had generally been refurbished units or third-tier
brands, but aggressively priced new models introduced early in 1997 by
Compaq, Packard Bell and others brought mainstream new PCs down to the
sub-$1,000 price point. "From their very introduction, observes CI, "these
PCs captured more than 20 percent of retail desktop unit sales. More
recently introduced models from Compaq and Packard Bell have further
accelerated the growth of the under-$1,000 segment, leading the low cost
systems to a 39 percent share of all desktops sold in U.S. retail channels
in August."

CI's research also finds that the best selling models in August were
systems that were relatively new to the market. Of the five best-selling
desktop PCs in August, three were sub-$1,000 models from Compaq and Packard
Bell that were introduced into retail channels in July or August. In
addition, all of the top ten models in August had been introduced since
April, with seven of the ten introduced in July or August.

"The latest results show the importance of having fresh products in retail
channels," says CI analyst Matt Sargent. "To keep pace, companies must
refresh their retail product nearly continuously -- which puts pressure on
product development, as well as on inventory and channel management
activities."  But another CI study finds that the new price point isn't
broadening the PC market. First and second quarter results from CI's
Trendata study show that the distribution of household income of sub-$1,000
PC buyers is no different from the overall buyer profile. Nor are the
sub-$1,000 PCs attracting first-time buyers -- in fact, there are
proportionally fewer first-time buyers of sub-$1,000 PCs than of PCs

"The Trendata results make it clear that, so far at least, the sub-$1,000
PC is not the consumer market panacea that some had hoped," says Sargent.
"While these PCs are certainly accelerating growth in the consumer PC
market, they are not attracting large numbers of either first-time buyers
or lower income households. This revelation has important marketing
implications for manufacturers of the sub-$1,000 PCs. It also tells us that
an $850 or $950 price alone is unlikely to radically increase the
penetration of PCs into U.S. households."  CI's Web site is located at

                      Study: Low Monitor, Low Stress

Computer users with a lower monitor position experience less mental strain,
according to a recent study conducted at a Japanese university.  In a paper
presented last month at the Seventh International Conference on
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 97) in San Francisco, researchers Dennis
Ankrum and Kaoru Suzuki found that the lower monitor position resulted in a
lower Heart Rate Variability (HRV) reading than a monitor placed at
eye-level. Ankrum is director of human factors research for Nova Solutions
Inc. of Effingham, Illinois, and Suzuki is a professor at Hosei
University's College of Engineering in Tokyo.

Ankrum and Suzuki say that the Heart Rate Variability Index is an effective
method of evaluating mental strain. The HRV Index reflects the activity of
the nervous system. The lower the HRV index, the better the user is able to
cope with mental strain.  According to the researchers, an individual's
heart rate is influenced by the autonomic nervous system, which is composed
of both sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. The systems
function together to maintain a stable internal environment. In general,
the sympathetic nervous system acts to speed things up, while the
parasympathetic nervous system slows them down.

Daily activities, such as driving and computer operation require the
sympathetic nervous systems' activity to be high. Excessive mental strain
suppresses it, which in many cases, reduces a person's performance.
Increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system is one of the body's
methods of coping with stress.  The researchers measured the HRV Index of
students while they performed difficult and easy tasks at both a low-
monitor and a high-monitor position. The study found that the low monitor
position resulted in a lower HRV-index than the eye-level monitor. This
means that students were able to perform both the easy and difficult tasks
with less mental strain with a lower monitor.

The study indicates that a lower monitor placement can reduce the eye and
neck strain caused by eye-level monitors. Ankrum and Suzuki point out that
a downward gaze angle reduces reports of headaches, eye strain and fatigue,
and the risk of dry eye syndrome is also reduced. "The ideal position for a
monitor is the same angle at which you read a book or magazine, much lower
than eye level and tipped back,"says Ankrum. "In fact, recent studies show
that computer users prefer a downward gaze angle. According to Ankrum, that
is consistent with the way human eyes work. "When viewing with a downward
gaze, the eyes focus more easily and there is less stress on the muscles
that control eye movements."

                       FTC Warns of Net Coupon Fraud

Warnings have been sent by the Federal Trade Commission to 31 advertisers
who may be selling get-rich-quick coupon schemes illegally over the
Internet.  FTC officials told the Reuter News Service the commission sent
the advertisers electronic mail messages, warning them that their ads may
violate federal law by making exaggerated or unsupported claims.

The advertisements were found last week during a sweep of Internet sites by
the FTC and the Coupon Information Center, an industry group. Targeted
sites advertise business opportunities in coupon booklet sales and in
work-at-home coupon clipping services.  "While many sites claim
participants can earn hundreds of dollars or more per week by selling
coupons," Reuters reports, "the FTC said there was little money to be made.
Many coupons were worthless once they were sold or transferred."

In a statement, the FTC said, "There is only one legitimate way to use a
coupon -- clip it out and use it to save money on the purchase of the
designated product," adding its coupon advertising sweep was part of a
larger campaign to fight fraud on the Internet. The commission has brought
more than two dozen cases challenging advertising on the Internet.
Director Jodie Bernstein of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection told
the wire service, "While fraud artists might try to take advantage of the
Internet to perpetuate a fraud very quickly, the Internet also makes them
susceptible to very quick and sure detection."  Bernstein declined to say
whether the commission or other law enforcement agencies will investigate
the 31 coupon advertising sites identified in the sweep.

                        EU Urges Light Regulations

World governments, including the United States, are being urged by the
European Commission to take a "hands off" approach to regulating encryption
technology needed to ensure that Internet transactions are confidential.
Reporting from Brussels, Suzanne Perry of the Reuter News Service quotes EU
Telecommunications Commissioner Martin Bangemann today as saying, "If
regulation at all is needed, it should be very light."

Bangemann told reporters strict controls would end up penalizing
law-abiding users rather than the criminals they targeted, adding the U.S.,
which restricts exports of certain strong encryption products, is becoming
isolated on the issue.  "We must engage in a debate with the Americans at
an international level," he told a news conference.

Reuters reports the Commission's report addressed the use of encryption and
"digital signatures" -- electronic seals that are attached to transmissions
to allow recipients to verify their origin and ensure that they have not
been tampered with.  The report urges the EU to take a common approach to
the questions, saying otherwise cross-border Internet trade could be
hampered. It said it would propose legislation on "digital signatures" in
the first half of 1998.

Notes Perry, "Encryption has become a contentious issue because some
governments and law enforcement authorities want to regulate it as a way to
keep it out of the hands of terrorists and other criminals. France has
virtually outlawed use of encryption software. But the Commission said
controls could impede the growth of a technology that is essential to
promoting business over the Internet and would likely not work anyway."

Bangemann told the press, "It's not possible to prevent criminals from
using modern technologies in order to protect themselves and their messages
from the police. There's not much point in preventing legal users from
having access to this."  He renewed his push for a global charter on the
Internet that would address questions such as encryption, noting that the
United States had
already expressed interest in the idea.

                           K6 and more than 64Mb

A great FAQ on the K6 cache bug is:

AMD apparently has documented the bug in the K6 errata - apparently it  has
something to do with a code memory access followed by a data memory access
32MB away.  That's why the problem only occurs of you have more than 32MB
of memory.  The comment in about the problem only
occuring in Linux actually came form an editor of Microprocessor Report,
not AMD.  AMD's response the problem when Linux users reported it was as
follows (according to the above mentioned FAQ):

AMD recently received reports from a limited number of users having
intermittent problems while running core re-compiles of the Linux shareware
operating system. Our systems engineering group has duplicated the
observation and determined that it is related to a previously know erratum.
Full technical details of this erratum are documented in section 2.6.2 of
the AMD-K6 MMX Enhanced Processor Revision Guide on our website, Users that feel they are being affected by this problem,
should contact AMD's support line at (408) 749-3060 and ask for Dan Hingle
or Glen Garcia.  While the bug is quite serious if you have more than 32MB,
I don't think that AMD has been handling the issue inappropriately.  Then
again, I don't know how difficult it is to get a replacement from them (I
don't own a K6 CPU).

                      Computer Pays Hits Record Highs

On this Labor Day, there is rejoicing in the computer sector. Record high
salaries and pay raises are being scored by computer industry executives,
managers, analysts and programmers, according to a new survey by
Computerworld newspaper.  In a statement from the publication's Framingham,
Massachusetts, headquarters, Computerworld says the reason is "a severe
skills shortage in the technology arena."  Says the statement, "There are
not enough 'information systems' professionals to go around, so companies
are increasing salaries, bonuses, and perks for the IS professionals they
have to keep them on staff."  David Weldon, a senior careers editor, said
the shortage stems from increased technical support demands, Internet
related development and a declining supply of IS graduates that will plague
the U.S. for the next six to 10 years.

"Meanwhile," says the newspaper, "people with the right computer skills to
meet the exploding demand are reaping the benefits. Nearly half of the job
categories falling under the heading of 'information systems
professionals.'"  In the top IS manager category, chief information
officers earned an average salary of $123,000, up an average of 28 percent
over one year ago.  But, Weldon says, computer professionals at all levels
are benefiting from the skills shortage. The average salary for a systems
analyst jumped 15 percent to $51,000, and the take-home pay for programmers
increased to $43,000.  "Premiums likewise are being paid for those
specializing in the 'newer' technologies of Web designers, project leaders
and Internet managers as well," says Computerworld.

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Intel And Digital Hang Up Their
U.S. Tells World:  Get On The Net
Or Get Lost
Motorola Develops Copper Chip
Technology, Too
UUNet CEO Says Flat Pricing Is On
Its Way Out
Plugging Into The Net
Security Of "Cash Cards" Questioned
Deep Blue Technology Targets
Financial Services
Usenet2 Bans Spam
Net Productivity?


Executives from Intel Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation are
close to an agreement that would end the legal battles begun when Digital
filed a patent infringement suit last May, charging that Intel had
misappropriated some of Digital's designs for its Alpha Chip.  Under the
agreement, Intel is expected to pay  about $650 million for Digital's Fab-6
semiconductor manufacturing plant in Massachusetts and $100-200  million
for rights to the Alpha chip technology, as well as giving Digital steep
discounts on its future purchases  of Intel processors. The deal will free
Intel of a protracted lawsuit and will help Digital remain competitive in
the personal computer marketplace.  (San Jose Mercury News 7 Oct 97)


Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Administration's senior advisor for Internet
policy development, told representatives  of 21 nations at a high-tech
forum in Amsterdam that the Internet is an engine growth for the world
economy  and that the private sector should lead the Net's development:
"We want to come together with other countries  as equal partners, with the
private sector leading and government playing a supporting role.  Our
approach is not  to have a trade negotiation.  By 2005, at least 1 billion
people will be on the Internet.  If 40 million Frenchmen  aren't there,
that's their problem." (New York Times 7 Oct 97)


A week after IBM announced a technical breakthrough that would enable it to
use copper rather than aluminum  circuits on its microprocessors, Motorola
says it's figured out how to do the same thing.  Motorola, which has
worked on the problem for the last two-and-a-half years, says the new
technique could cut the cost of chips by  about 30%.  It plans to have
large quantities of the new chips on the market by next summer.  (St.
Petersburg  Times 6 Oct 97)


UUNet CEO John Sidgmore says the only reason most Internet service
providers are afraid to move from flat  rate pricing to usage-based fees is
competition from America Online:  "The minute he (AOL's Steve Case)
changes, everybody else will.  I'm not a consumer marketer.  I can't
imagine making money at that price.  The  whole problem with the U.S.
communications system is that it's flat-rate priced.  Not just the ISPs.
Your local  telephone bill is flat-rate priced.  That whole model needs to
change.  People need to pay for what they're using."  (Investor's Business
Daily 7 Oct 97)

[Editor Note]  "People NEED...??"  Right. Who is this guy trying to FOOL??
The answer is UUNet * NEEDS *!  Greed comes in many forms and colors.  You
want to abolish FLAT RATES??  Fine, REMOVE ALL advertising on the NET.  The
users do not NEED to pay to view that clutter!

                           PLUGGING INTO THE NET

United Utilities PLC and Northern Telecom have developed technology that
would enable homeowners to make  phone calls and access the Internet via
the electrical outlets in their homes.  The companies have tested the
service over power lines in 20 U.K. homes over the past year and say their
system is now "ready for the mass  market."  "It's very good news for
utilities indeed," says the chief of technology at Energis PLC, which
worked  with United Utilities on the "power line telephony" project.  "At
long last, the local monopoly of the incumbent  telecom operators is about
to be demolished."  (Wall Street Journal 7 Oct 97)


The safety of electronic cash cards is a question raging among computer
security experts around the world,  especially after word went out recently
on the Internet that the Mondex computer chip had been cracked.   However,
Mondex International denies that the security of their chip has been
compromised and insists that the  Smart cards are a safe and convenient
alternative to cash.  Unlike bank, credit and debit cards, Mondex cards are
almost like cash because customers load value on to them and this
electronic sum can be spent at stores, pay  phones and restaurants. Bank
verification over phone lines is not needed.  Customers can even exchange
E-cash  between themselves from one card to another.  This cuts down on
infrastructure costs for authorization but  means security must be confined
to the microchip embedded in the card. (Toronto Star 6 Oct 97)

                                  AOL TV

America Online is planning to redesign its services to look more like
television, in hopes that the move will  attract two to three million
additional AOL subscribers, as well as additional advertisers.  A company
spokeswoman says, "AOL is not a technology company as much as a media
company.  We've used channels for  some time because it makes it easier to
find things." (AP 6 Oct 97)


IBM's Deep Blue computer, which was last seen triumphing over chess
champion Garry Kasparov, is shifting  its expertise into the financial
services arena, where its technology will be used for applications related
to  analyzing and trading securities.  "The secret to 'Deep Blue' was that
it was able to make millions of  calculations very, very rapidly.  That's
really what you have to do with complex financial instruments," says the
head of securities and capital markets at IBM.  Banks spend about $60
billion a year on technology in global  markets.  "It's not often that you
stumble onto a $60 billion market...  We formed a group three months ago to
figure out what we could do to work with customers around the world to put
ourselves back into this business."  (Bloomberg News 3 Oct 97)

                             USENET2 BANS SPAM

Usenet2, an ad hoc group of veteran network administrators, is promoting an
additional Usenet hierarchy --   et.* -- that would function as an oasis
from the glut of "spam" mail that is overwhelming many Usenet groups.
Some Usenet participants say 80% of the mail they receive is unwanted junk.
The  group has recruited several ISPs, including Panix Public Access
Network in New York, and universities, including Stanford and Penn State,
as well as related Usenet divisions of corporations such as IBM and Sun
Microsystems, to join in its efforts to create a spam-free zone.  "We're
trying to bring back the concept of trust in neighbors, where you can trade
traffic without having to worry about some neighbor ruining your network by
sending out huge amounts of  crap," says a member of the Usenet2 Steering
Committee.  Usenet2 participants pledge to abide by its rules,  which
require the mandatory inclusion of real e-mail addresses in postings and
the banning of binary files,  which make up images and applications.  Some
administrators balk at the notion of Usnet2 "czars," who would  monitor
postings to ensure they conformed with the no-spam rule, but many applaud
the return to common decency on the Net:  "We just want to see if simple
social rules would have an effect without having to reinvent  the wheel,"
says one.  (Electronic Engineering Times 6 Oct 97)

                             NET PRODUCTIVITY?

With a slew of new products for monitoring employees' Internet use hitting
the market, a study by the Society for Human Resource Management reveals
that 48% of the employers surveyed actually thought the World Wide Web
raised the productivity of their workers, with only 6% report a
productivity drop.  (Wall Street Journal 7 Oct 97)

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  in Word or Word Perfect format.  Do NOT, under any circumstances, use the
  space bar.
z    Most of all.. PLEASE! No ASCII "ART"!!
z    There is no limits as to size, articles may be split into two if
z    Actual Artwork should be in GIF, PCX, JPG, TIF, BMP, WMF file formats
z    Artwork (pictures, graphs, charts, etc.)should be sent along with the
  article separately
z    Please use a single font only in an article.  TTF New Times Roman
  12pt. is preferred. (VERY Strong Hint)

     If there are any questions please use either E-Mail or call.    On
another note. the ASCII version of STReport is fast approaching the "end of
the line"  As the major Online Services move away from ASCII.. So shall
STReport.  All in the name of progress and improved readability.  The
amount of reader mail expressing a preference for our Adobe PDF enhanced
issue is running approximately 15 to 1 over the ASCII edition. I might add
however, the requests for our issues to be done in HTML far outnumber both
PDF and ascii.  HTML is now under consideration.  We'll keep you posted.
Besides, STReport will not be caught in the old, worn out "downward
compatibility dodge" we must move forward.

     However, if the ASCII readership remains as high, rest assured. ASCII
will stay.  Right now, since STReport is offered on a number of closed
major corporate Intranets as "required" Monday Morning reading.. Our ascii
readers have nothing to worry themselves about.  It looks like it is here
to stay.

Many grateful thanks in advance for your enthusiastic co-operation and

                         Ralph F. Mariano,  Editor
                         STReport International Online Magazine

Gaming Hotwire STR Feature - The World of Contemporary Gaming

iF-16 STR Focus


          The Definitive Simulation of the F - 16 Fighting Falcon

     iF-16 is the latest flight simulation from Interactive Magic'.
Developed by award winningDigital Integration, creators of Tornado',
Apache', and Hind', iF-16 is designed for experienced flight sim
enthusiasts and beginners alike. This realistic simulation of the deadly
F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft contains an easy to use quick start mode as
well as detailed missions and campaigns.

     Jump into combat and experience incredible graphics and high energy
explosions without ever opening the manual! In the more challenging combat
mode, iF-16 will make you long for your G-suit with its dramatic simulation
of real flight and weapon systems. The multi-player feature of iF-16 lets
you test your dog-fighting skills with up to sixteen players via network.
Two player is also offered via modem or serial play.

Special Features:

Free-for-all arcade mode for quick combat action.

Dozens of single missions as well as detailed campaigns in Israel, Cyprus,
and Korea.

Realistic  special  effects  including  LANTIRN  (Low  Altitude  Navigation
Targeting  InfraRed  for  Night) and latest  air-to-air  and  air-to-ground
radar systems.

APG-68 Radar updated to include:

z    Raid Cluster Resolution Ground Vehicle Track (GVT)
z    Fixed Target Track (FTT)
z    LANTIRN Targeting Mode (LGT)

As  well  as  normal  modes  of operation,TWS,  STT  and  ACM  Multi-player
capability  for  up  to  sixteen  players  in  two  teams  via  network  or
modem-to-modem play.

                     A HUGE range of weapons available
z    AGM-65E Laser Guided Maverick Missile
z    AGM-65G Infra-Red Guided Maverick
z    Missile
z    Mk82, Mk83, Mk84 GP and Retarded
z    Bombs
z    CBU-87M Cluster Bombs
z    CBU-89B Mine Dispensers
z    SUU-30/A External 30mm Cannon Pod
z    AGM-88A HARM Anti-Radiation Missile
z    CBU-15 Durandal Anti-Runway Bomb


z    Realistic flight simulation of the U.S. Air Force F-16C Combat
   Aircraft -Including the full battery of weapons
z    State-of-the-art CGI 11 graphics, full relief landscape with Gouraud
   Shading and 800 x 600 resolution using 256 colors
z    Multi-player capability for up to sixteen players in two teams via
   network or modem-to-modem play
z    Free-for-all arcade mode allows players to jump right into combat


Computer:  Pentium-100 minimum (Pentium-166 recommended)
Op. System:  DOS 5.0 or higher, Windows 95
Memory:     16MBRAM
Graphics:      SVGA
Sound: Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster Pro, AdLib', Roland', Gravis
Interface:Joystick supports:  ThrustMaster*,CH'
Media: PC CD-ROM

Documents:Flight Operations
       Manual,Quick      Reference Card

Developed by: Digital Integration
Published by: Interactive Magic

Classics & Gaming Section
Editor Dana P. Jacobson

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

     Let me start off this week by referring to an announcement that you'll
be reading in a moment, the 1997 Atari Times Awards.  Simply put - a great
idea.  There are a LOT of people out there deserving of such recognition.
Many of which, never even get a thanks for their efforts.  But we use their
products or regale in their information often.

     Being an Atari journalist, my first reaction is to remind people of
those who put out Atari-based publications, regardless of the format (paper
magazines like Atari Computing), disk-magazines like Atari Times and ST+,
and yes, even people at STReport like Michael Burkley, Joe Mirando, and
Albert Dayes.  All of these people put in long hours for little or no
reward.  If you take part in this "survey", remember the above.

     But, don't stop there!  How about the folks who have given us STiK/CAB
and its many support-modules?  How about the many terrific and informative
web pages (Mille Babic and Hallvard Tangeraas come immediately to mind)?
And the same helpful people that you see online every day?  Colin
Polonowski has come up with a terrific means to recognize people, please
take the opportunity to take advantage of it - it may be the one time you
are able to say "thank you" and let everyone else see it in public.  Colin,
well done!

     I'm still looking into the topic of Atari piracy on the web.  I cannot
believe how obvious it is!  I'm still trying to find the time to really
research this thing, but typically, time is the one thing I still don't
have much these days.  But, I am making some progress.  I will keep you

Until next time...

                          1997 Atari Times Awards

In order to pay tribute to those people who have supported the Atari scene
over the last year, the Atari Times is launching the 1997 Atari Times

Between 20th October and 1st December 1997 you'll be able to vote for your
favourite Atari things. This can be done via email or a form which will be
on the Atari Times homepage from 20th October.

Categories are currently being discussed between a number of large Atari
supporters and they will be posted in as many places as possible on (or
around) the 20th October.

More details will be posted here as they are confirmed, so make sure you
keep up to date...

Results will be published in the December issue of the Atari Times (UK).

Colin Polonowski

                          NEWSie is up to v0.82.

0.82 - October 5, 1997

z    Support pop-up menu for e-mail transfers between mailboxes
z    Implement Attachments for e-mail and news (Reqd Improvement)
z    Support MIME encoding for e-mail and Newsgroup articles (Reqd)
z    Support Edit Nicknames in a window (w/WDialog) (Reqd Improvement)
z    Handle disabling/enabling menu items (Reqd Improvement)
z    Support non-default port-id for FTP servers (Reqd Improvement)
z    Add 'Queue' button to Send/Reply/Forward email (Reqd Improvement)
z    Add 'Send Queued Mail' item to Mail Menu (Reqd Improvement)
z    Bug Fix - expand threads ignores multiple attempts
z    Improvement in collapse threads - ignores if already collapsed
z    Add warning 'Mailbox XXXXXXX nearly full' and 'Mailbox XXXXXXX is
z    Bug Fix - POSTS.PBX not closed after sending queued articles
z    Bug Fix - Offline articles overlayed if Postbox recently opened/closed
z    Add Toolbar and Popup menu for Browser window
z    Add Transfer Rates logging for received data, see Log Options dialog
z    Preliminary support for Cut/Copy/Paste for some windows
z    Bug Fix - Multitasking support for 'NEWSie 0.82' via menu_register
z    Bug Fix - Support for VA_START(NULL) used by AppLine program
z    Bug Fix - Contributors dialog refresh changed
z    Windows now refreshed when font/size changed in Preferences
z    Bug Fix - Mail Transfer w/single email in box didn't delete
z    Window cleared when News Article deleted via Delete Toolbutton
z    Subscribed Newsgroup window refreshed if Server re-connected
z    "Retrieving News" status not displayed if no News connection
z    Bug Fix - vertical slider position set when changing FTP directories
z    Certain menu items disabled if STiK application not in system
z    Status messages that cannot be ESCaped from do not have ESC text
z    Subscribe to newsgroup allowed w/o needing to select a group
z    Unsubscribe must have selected a newsgroup, or ignored
z    Toolbars changed from 'Touchexit' to full exit
z    Enabled Browser for formatting http:// urls
z    Buffered windows (Article,Mail,Help,FTP viewer) (Requested Imprv)
according John Rojewski

NEWSie v0.82 is available at:

Mille Babic
channel Atari:

                         HomePage Penguin Pro 2.0

The HomePage Penguin Pro 2.0 was officially presented at The TOS497 show in
Germany at Neuss, just days ago. The web-editing application is now a
commercial version and there's a demo of it available for download. The
full package is bundled with Alta Lista 2.0 that recognizes more than 40
different file types and the package has landed at only 35 DM.  There are
some restrictions in the demo version: a five sec delay before a page is
saved, no user-defined modes, no support for Plug-ins and a few more.

The demo is available at:

and from Matthias homepage:

The commercial version is available by:
Falke Verlag
Moorblvcken 17
D-24149 Kiel

French distributor:
ST-Magazine France

A distributor for the United Kingdom will follow pretty soon - look out for
the next issues of your favourite Atari mag or visit the HomePage Penguin
support site (English/German). The French version is not available yet but
may be sold in time at the upcoming Atari fair in France.  If you order the
program from the Falke Verlag you will only receive the German manual.

Here's an excerpt about Plug-ins from Matthias homepage:

Plug-ins add features to the HomePage Penguin that may or may not be useful
for you. This concept saves memory which is very important for "little"
Ataris. You can not use plug-ins with the 1.7 version because only the 2.0
pro version has an interface for plug-ins.


z    BubbleGEM-Plug-in
z    A .HLP file in the plug-in folder is enabling the HomePage Penguin
z    BubbleGEM help. This feature is disabled in the demo version even if
  you have the right HLP file.
z    Alta Lista 2.0 You create a project with exotic file types? No
  problem, because A.L. can recognize over 40 file types and can help the
  Penguin to support them all. With A.L. the Penguin can recognize the size
  of BMP pictures or the title of a SID file!
z    User-defined mode
z    You can add nine user-defined modes to the five integrated ones which
  can use all of the Penguin's dialogs. It's quite easy to create a standard
  layout for all pages.  A sample user defined mode ('Graphic Mania') is
  supplied with the program, additional ones will be available here.

Program your own plug-ins

The plug-in interface is new and before I release a documentation for it I
am thinking about a concept which will work with the present and future
versions. An exception are the user defined modes which allows you to
create your own individual HomePage Penguin.

You can now also E-Mail me with this address (Mille Babic):

*** Here's a message from one of the channel Atari members (David

New Trans 97 Page at Contains some
english translations of programs
Use cab 2 or above to access pages, they do contain frames.

Send your own message

If You have something to inform the channel Atari members, just mail me.
You reach the now over 300 members.

Mille Babic

channel Atari:

                               Delphi Oracle
October, 1997

Welcome to the Oracle from Delphi Internet. Our Forum Hosts are always busy
preparing new articles and discussion topics. This periodic sampler will
keep you up with what's new!

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Pictures' latest thriller, "Mimic", about genetic engineering gone awry. Or
will you? Discuss it at;

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the review by Madeline Molis, our Forum Host and resident PhD family
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new website you visit? Find out which ones to delete, and how, at;
THE SOUND OF WEB PAGES (Publishing on the Web Forum)
All you need to know to put digital music or sound into your web pages,
with Walt Howe's Audio Guide for Web Developers. Find it at;

C O N T R O V E R S Y,   P L E A S E !

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blood"? Take the Bully Pulpit and speak your mind at;

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How about some slow-roasted tomato soup and chocolate-dipped strawberries?
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                              Gaming Section

"Colony Wars"!
Marv Albert Stays!
GE Suit!
"Zero 5" Review!
And more!

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

                 CART World Series Races Onto PlayStation

FONTANA, CALIF. (Oct. 3) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 3, 1997 - Sony Computer
Entertainment America Inc. today announced that CART World Series(TM),
available exclusively for the PlayStation(TM) game console, will be
available at retail nationwide today.  Championship Auto Racing Teams
(CART) is the ultimate in motorsports racing, and PlayStation has captured
the intensity of this popular racing circuit with this all-new fully
polygonal videogame.

CART World Series includes the top CART racing teams and drivers competing
on 10 of the most popular CART World Series tracks, all created from the
actual track blueprints.   What makes CART World Series stand out from any
other racing videogame on the market is its incredible detail and realistic
graphical presentation, smooth gameplay and authentic sound.  In fact,
Bryan Herta's car was sound recorded at speeds in excess of 200 MPH,
enhancing the game's realism.

Gamers have a choice of racing with the top CART teams like Team Rahal,
Patrick Racing and Newman-Haas, which have all been included in CART World
Series.  CART drivers like Paul Tracy, Gil de Ferran, Bobby Rahal and Al
Unser Jr. are all in the game and competing in the "actual" CART World
Series.  At the conclusion of the season, the leader in the point standings
will be crowned CART World Series Champion.

"This is the most detailed auto racing game on the market," said Peter
Dille, senior director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment
America. "The CART drivers and teams have been reproduced in the game to be
extremely realistic.  Put this videogame up against any other racing game
and you'll immediately see that CART World Series is the finest racing
title of the year."

CART World Series features 16 real CART teams and their drivers and four
different camera perspective viewpoints -- road cam, in car cam, first
person removed and a helicopter view.  The fully polygonal drivers, teams
and cars deliver incredibly unique detail and smooth animation that gamers
have never seen before.

CART World Series -- Key Features

Real team drivers like Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Bobby Rahal: Drivers
can be selected or created.
10 authentic tracks available:  actual circuit tracks derived from actual
blueprints from tracks such as; Michigan Speedway, Vancouver and Laguna
Seca  Pit stops:  Refueling and tire changes can be controlled.   16 real
CART teams and 25 drivers available Car performance and lap times mirror
those of real drivers, with players trying to beat real driver's times.

Drivers' abilities are reflected in computer artificial intelligence (AI).
Experience, skill levels and aggressiveness are all modeled after the real
drivers who perform well at their favorite tracks.
Six perspective viewpoints:  Cockpit view, nose cam, and road cam (you're
right on the pavement which gives you maximum sensation of speed) plus
three external views: close, medium and far  Incredible physics:  Realistic
four wheel vehicle physics simulate drafting, tire friction, downforce,
push, oversteer and skidding.

Realistic car collisions and damage:  Car parts such as wings and tires
break off and tumble down the track.
Vehicle performance is dynamically affected over time with tire wear and
fuel load lightening.
Full car modification:  Modify fuel level, wing adjustments and gear
ratios.   Sophisticated AI uses real racing strategies in passing
opponents, like setting slower opponents in the corners to maximize exit
speeds, or fully utilize drafting.

Statistical tracking lists the place of each racer for each completed race
of that season, average and best lap times, previous or current records and
lap times.  Variable weather conditions: rainy days or fair weather
Four gameplay modes: new season, continue season, single race or practice
Up to four players can play; link cable is supported.  Four difficulty
levels  Arcade and simulation modes available

                Marv Albert's Voice To Stay On Acclaim Game

GLENCOVE, NEW YORK, U.S.A., 1997 OCT 3 (Newsbytes) -- By Sami Menefee.
Acclaim Entertainment said it would keep Marv Albert's voice-over
commentary on its about-to-be shipped Nintendo video console-based game,
NFL Quarterback Club 98. The firm said it would hold to its October
shipping schedule in spite of the controversy surrounding Albert's recent
guilty plea to misdemeanor assault and battery charges.

Kathryn Morris, Acclaim public relations spokesperson, told Newsbytes: "A
lot of decisions rest on the outcome of Albert's current trial.  Nothing
will change for now."  Morris said, "We started the game's production
before Albert's trial and we haven't decided whether the firm would drop
his voice when they produce and release the game version for the PC, but it
will not be dropped from the Nintendo version." She did not know when the
PC version of the NFL Quarterback Club game would be released, but assured
Newsbytes that one would be out, "probably before Christmas."

"This game is special because we are licensed to use the NFL (National
Football League) names and team colors in our games. If you play our game,
you are playing with the Green Bay Packers, not just Green Bay."  Acclaim
Entertainment said NFL Quarterback Club 98 is a graphics intensive,
high-resolution (640 x 480) animated game that runs 30 frames per second.
Users will have 1,000 offensive plays and 500 defensive plays to choose

                      Psygnosis Launches Colony Wars
                   with Multi-Million Dollar Promotion!

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Oct. 7) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 7, 1997 - Since its debut
at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) this June, Colony Wars has been
hailed as "Star Wars on steroids!" and "a space shooter that warps past
Star Fox 64" by video game reviewers.   Psygnosis development teams
dedicated three years to create the game and now Psygnosis U.S. publishing
prepares a $2.5 million dollar launch worthy of promoting this spectacular

Colony Wars is a PlayStation game console exclusive featuring intense
action adventure with deep-space dogfights across five spectacular solar
systems.  Phil Harrison, Vice President, Third Party Relations, Sony
Computer Entertainment American, declared, "Colony Wars delivers on all
counts: Awesome graphics, stunning effects and immersive mission structure
combine to create a space epic.  The PlayStation has been crying out for an
intense space action game.  I can't wait for my final copy.!"

Psygnosis will launch the title world-wide on November 4. Colony Wars will
be available at U.S. retail outlets at an expected street price of  $49.95.
Psygnosis is supporting its expected holiday hit with a five month campaign
including national TV broadcast and cable advertising, a print campaign in
core gaming books, product demos and a sweepstakes running from September
through January.

 The $2.5 million dollar campaign is part of a larger Psygnosis investment
of over $6 million dollars in fall product launches and company branding.
"Psygnosis has a strong fourth quarter line-up," noted John Golden,
director of marketing at Psygnosis.  "With the PlayStation's substantial
installed base growing even larger, it makes sense to place such hits as
Colony Wars, Formula 1 Championship Edition and G Police on TV to
demonstrate their strong gameplay and support our branding message,"

'Join the Resistance!' is the Colony Wars campaign theme keying off the
game's storyline in which star colonies band together to overthrow the
oppressive Earth empire.  The highly creative force of Seattle-based
advertising agency, WongDoody, created both TV and print ads.  The print
campaign includes three ads featuring German Bauhaus-style graphics with
slogans such as 'Cry Freedom' and 'You're Next'.  Dismissing the usual
video game ad chock full of in-game footage and backward baseball caps, the
television spots feature a little girl, orphaned by the losses of the
revolution with a message that will power anyone to avenge the League of
Free Worlds.

Additional support comes in the form of a direct mail campaign aimed at the
press and PlayStation owners.  The cards place an alien spin on the classic
American revolutionary imagery and slogans.  A dedicated website at will bring fresh news and looks at the game; a
sweepstakes entered via the web will send one winner and a friend to Space
Camp valued at $5,000.  The game will also be promoted with an EGM poster
and post card, and will be included on a number of important demo discs
such as the Official PlayStation magazine demo disk, the PlayStation's
"JAMPACK" demo disk, and a demo disc in-packed with PlayStation game
console hardware at retail.  Retailers will have a variety of materials to
select from including oversized boxes, posters, static cling stickers and
counter cards, store front mailings, videos and sell sheets.

Colony Wars puts the player at the center of an epic space battle between
the colonized forces of the League of Free Worlds and the colonists of
Earth (for once, native Earthlings are the enemy in this game).  There are
over 70 levels which can be played, though the branching mission tree will
ensure that, at most, 30 or so are seen in even the most successful
campaign, giving the player plenty of replay value and true variety.  The
missions themselves build into  increasingly elaborate deep-space dogfights
designed to test players piloting skills, trigger-fingers and strategic
smarts.  Space itself is a fantastically realized free-flight environment
of five solar systems featuring warp-tunnels, guard stations, asteroids,
communication stations and star nebulas in which the player navigates with
360 degrees of complete freedom.

                              A.I. Fish Story

MOPy Fish, a new virtual pet that can live in any PC as long as it is cared
for and nurtured was floated by Hewlett-Packard last week.  With the
intelligence to develop its own personality in relation to how it is
treated, ability to do tricks and blow kisses,  MOPy Fish swims in its own
virtual aquarium, to which the user can add rocks and plants, air bubbles
and a thermometer by collecting points through regular multiple original
printing (MOPying).

When sufficient points are earned, the 'owner' can visit the virtual pet
shop on an HP web site to obtain delicious fish food to keep the pet
satisfied. The MOPy Fish enjoys this food so much that it rewards its owner
with a fishy kiss, complete with lipstick marks that are left on the
screen.  With time, it will adopt a behavior pattern dependent on how it is
treated. With regular feeding, kindness and exercise, it will thrive and
become a close friend. If neglected, it is likely to get moody and may even
develop Serious Fish Attitude.  Like most real life pets, if it is not fed,
it dies, simply floating on the top of its PC aquarium.

According to H-P, the stress relieving benefits of fish and aquariums are
well documented and the PC screen provides the ideal habitat for a virtual
pet fish. The owner will experience all the calming influences of a real
pet fish. Paul Burwood, Hewlett-Packard's Workgroup Printers Marketing
Manager says, "The MOPy Fish software breaks new ground in the work place
as it builds an intrinsic link between interactive fun on the desk top and
the way we use office machines every day."

Its creator, Global Beach's CEO, Clive Jackson says: "As the world's first
virtual pet with a personality, this fish lives, feeds, sulks and shows
affection - right on the desk top PC.   "It will gain its personality
traits from the way it is treated and, over time, each MOPy Fish will
become an individual. It is therefore likely that owners will develop a
unique bond in the same way as with real pets," said Jackson.

Global Beach developed the software's artificial intelligence to enable
MOPy Fish to be so life-like. Combining time stop filming techniques with
digital imaging, more than a million pictures of a real Parrot fish were
taken and manipulated to produce a life-like virtual pet that responds to
interaction by its owner. Using Global Beach's REALsync compression
technology, the MOPy Fish software is available on 1.4mb floppy disk or
downloaded from the H-P web site at

               Nintendo Unplugs GE; Court Throws Out Lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. (Oct. 8) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 8, 1997 - Judge Alfred M. Wolin
of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted
a motion for summary judgment Tuesday, October 7, in favor of Nintendo of
America Inc. and its Japanese parent company, Nintendo Co., Ltd., throwing
out a massive patent lawsuit that had been filed by General Electric
Company against Nintendo in 1995. General Electric had claimed that certain
of Nintendo's products infringed patents which General Electric had
acquired with RCA.

>From the outset of the litigation, Nintendo asserted that GE's dated
patents had no application to Nintendo's state-of-the-art video game
products and that GE's claims were baseless.  Nintendo advised the Court
that it would seek summary judgment promptly after GE filed its suit. GE,
however, insisted on and was allowed to take extensive pretrial discovery
in an attempt to support its claims.  After GE was allowed extensive
discovery, Nintendo's motions were fully briefed to the Court, including
the presentation of video demonstrations of the technology involved and
extensive expert analysis.  On Tuesday, the court upheld Nintendo's
position in dismissing the case.

Judge Wolin's 150-page decision begins as follows:

"Before the Court today are two behemoths of the television electronics
industry -- General Electric Company...and Nintendo... Their respective
products, and ones like them, are embedded in the core of the visual
society that we have become.  Indeed, one would be hard pressed to find
someone who does not have a GE product in his home or a person who has
never watched a program on a GE television.

Likewise, Nintendo products are a lightning rod of interest that electrify
the realm of personal entertainment and it is rare to find an individual,
at least one of a less-distinguished age than the Court, who has never been
challenged by one of the ever-growing number of video games. Ironically,
there are probably thousands of homes in which Nintendo video game systems
are harmoniously connected to GE televisions.  Such harmony is rendered
atonal, however, the moment litigation begins.

"GE initiated this action alleging that certain of Nintendo's video game
products infringed three separate patents owned by GE. The patents (and
respective claims) under consideration are:  United States Patent No.
4,097,899 (Claims 12-14), United States Patent No. 4,169,659  (Claims
1,3,4,5 and 13) and United States Patent No. 4,279,125 (Claim 1). Each of
the patents generally relates to electronic circuitry used in connection
with television systems.

"Through its present applications for summary judgment, Nintendo seeks a
declaration of non-infringement in regard to each of GE's patents. With
respect to patent No. 4,097,899, Nintendo alternatively asserts that the
patent is invalid by anticipation. As set out below, the Court has
separately analyzed and discussed each of the patents under a single
statement of the applicable law. The order of consideration of the patents
is random.  For the reasons stated herein, the Court will grant Nintendo's
motions for summary judgment on each of the three patents."

Nintendo of America's Chairman Howard Lincoln stated: "Nintendo's policy is
not to give in to patent claims we believe have no merit no matter how
large and prominent our adversary may be and even though the financial
stakes are enormous.  We are gratified that once again Nintendo's position
has been vindicated."

Jaguar Game Title STR Review  -  "Zero 5"

                               Available Now

by Robert Jung (via the UseNet)

Published by: Telegames
Price: $59.95
Cartridge - One player

Okay, it's been a while since I wrote one of these...

                                  Zero 5


It is the year 2044.  Earth has finally made contact with the first
non-Terran life form -- and it isn't friendly.  As the alien armada
approaches, Earth Defense deploys armored HIT-PAK space cruisers to stop
their attack.  Using the HIT-PAK's main guns and its autonomous BAMBAM
fighter, you must engage the enemy over an extended campaign and try to
save the Earth.

If that's the crisis you're in, then this must be ZERO 5.  In this
cartridge from Telegames, you must battle the unnamed alien forces over 15
grueling missions.  The game offers three modes of play -- you'll operate
the HIT-PAK's massive quad-cannon guns, dogfight in open space with the
BAMBAM fighter, and race through canyons and tunnels in high-speed
assaults.  The game ends when you are destroyed; fortunately, three
difficulty levels and the option to skip earlier missions help make things
more bearable.


Hybrid games -- games that consist of several distinct sub-games -- have
never really caught on.  This is usually because the individual games
aren't sophisticated enough to hold a player's interest on their own, and
the sum fails to be greater than the parts.  ZERO 5, unfortunately, does
not break from that trend; though it tries, each of its individual play
modes is defective by various degrees.

The space dogfight sequences are the worst offenders, since this mode isn't
"flying" at all.  You control your BAMBAM from a fixed third camera, and
steering the ship makes it turn in different directions. Your goal here is
to point your ship at the attackers, then destroy them and their shots.
Evasion and fancy flying are not possible, and the enemy are always in the
same position relative to you.  Worse, the fixed third-person view makes it
easy to get disoriented, and the lack of helpful guides makes aiming

The other game modes aren't as frustrating, but they are still flawed.  The
gunnery mode, where you operate the HIT-PAK's cannons to destroy enemy
objects, suffers from imprecise aiming and a poor sense of your cruiser's
space; it is easy to get hit from an object that you thought would have
missed you.  And the tunnel-flying game is essentially a simplified version
of S.T.U.N. RUNNER, complicated by almost-impossible speeds and a
claustrophobic view.  To compound things further, even the easiest
difficulty level is rather hard, and the endless button-pounding that the
game requires quickly induces thumb cramps.

To its credit, ZERO 5 is not a terrible game per se.  Despite their flaws,
the cannon-firing and tunnel-flying modes do provide some satisfaction, and
the long missions requires hard work before they are beaten.  Even the high
difficulty isn't too stifling; since the appearance of enemies and
obstacles is fixed, it's possible to memorize their appearances and devise
tactics appropriately.  But the rewards are always tinged with some degree
of displeasure, and ultimately you're left with a feeling of how the game
could have been better.


It is a shame that ZERO 5's gameplay is so discouraging, because it is
coupled with some very sweet graphics and sounds.  Game graphics consist
primarily of Goraund-shaded and texture-mapped polygons; the animation is
smooth and fast, even if the colors tend toward bright primaries.  Other
small touches -- like the brief cinematic clips before and after each
mission, and the Minter-esque Pixelshatter explosions -- round out a
succulent feast of rapid-fire visual delights.

The game is no slouch in the audio department, either.  Voices and sound
effects are clear and distinctive, with enough richness to immerse you into
the action.  Background music consists of several hard-hitting techno
tunes, perfectly suited to the game's nonstop action.  They compliment the
game without distracting from it, though the presence of a bass/treble
control seems almost gratuitous.


Stripped bare, ZERO 5 is an attempt at hybrid gaming that yields mixed
results.  While the graphics and sound are top-notch, they cannot
completely overcome the flawed gameplay and high difficulty level. Still,
determined players with a high threshold for pain might be willing to labor
through ZERO 5 and reap the rewards.

GAMEPLAY:      5.5
GRAPHICS:      09
SOUND:         09
OVERALL:       07

                               Rating values
10 - 8   Great! This game can't get much better.
  7 - 5   Good. Average game, could be improved.
  4 - 2   Poor. For devotees only.
        1   Ick. Shoot it.

"HIT-PAK"?  "BAMBAM"?  Sheesh.


"I write because I am personally amused by what I do, and if other people
are amused by it, then it's fine.  If they're not, then that's also fine."

                         --Frank Zappa

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Compiled by Joe Mirando

     Hidi ho friends and neighbors. It's hard to believe, but there are
only 12 weeks left to this year. It seems like only yesterday that I was
typing a 'welcome to the New Year' column. But then again, it seems like
yesterday that I saw my first ST computer. I was instantly hooked. The
place I went to for programs and supplies for my Commodore 64 had started
carrying this new computer. They had always carried Atari computers, but
they were more like my C64 than this sleek new addition. I had had so much
trouble getting a floppy disk drive for my C64 because of what I had
learned was a foul-up at the company that I swore that I'd never buy
another 'Tramiel product'.

     The owner of the computer store wisely decided not to tell me that the
Tramiels had bought Atari and let me get used to the new machine. I can
remember the way my mind buckled  when I realized that the machine had a
half meg of memory. "What the heck could anyone ever use that much memory
for?" I remember asking. Ah, those were the days, weren't they? That was
right around the time that Bill Gates of Microsoft said "640K of memory
should be enough for anybody".

     This is not one of my usual slams at Microsoft or a joke at his/their
expense. He really did say that. Of course he, like the rest of us, is
allowed to be wrong once in a while. I just wish I knew the secret of
profiting from it as he has. I'm not blaming him for making billions in the
industry... my hat is off to him for that. I just wish that I could do it
too. <grin> While some  industry analysts fear that Microsoft will slow
down in terms of product development once '98 is out the door, I'm betting
my money on a few new products that promise to take you where 'you want to
gotoday' faster and more colorfully, and will require more memory, more
storage space, faster CPUs, and better peripherals.

Meanwhile, in the Atari world, we'll still be doing things the
old-fashioned way. The longer I hold on to my machines, the more amazed
others are that I can do the things that I do. Of course, there will be
fewer and fewer of us to band together, but somewhere down deep inside,
there'll always be a die-hard atarian in all of us. I've heard the Atari
platform referred to as 'a learning experience'. I guess that I haven't
finished learning yet. That's what I get for being the child of a teacher,
I guess.

What it all comes down to is not 'where you want to go today', but how you
want to get there.  While there is something to be said for cruising down
the road in a luxury car, most of the time I'd rather be tooling along on a
Harley.  Let's see... last week we hung around with folks on the UseNet, so
this time we'll peek in on Delphi and see what's up.

>From Delphi's Atari Advantage

Michael Burkley asks:
     "Do you know the status of the KAOS TOS or the SuperTOS image
     files?  From the name of the SuperTOS file (TOS206+.IMG) I am
     assuming that it is an illegal hack.  I remember (how
     accurately I don't know) that the KAOS TOS was a TOS 1.04
     clone.  I never found it and have never known if it was freely
     available or not.  I just downloaded them from a pirate site
     connected to PaCifiST (The Little Green Desktop page, or
     something like that).  Nothing much has changed there.  They
     are still putting out pirated programs, with statements like
     "If you can't find a game you want here, let us know and well
     try to get it for you."

     Anyway, do you know if I should ditch the KAOS TOS.  No docs
     in the file either."

Greg Evans tells Michael:
     "MagiC is also based on a hacked version of the same TOS that
     became KAOS TOS, interestingly enough.  They just added
     multitasking to it at first, but of course, have made many
     changes since then."

My friend Alejandro tells Greg (and the rest of us):
     "You probably are right...  But I think they based MagiC in
     the original TOS code. Only in this manner they could put that
     amount of compatibility.

     The question is if one can call it and other TOS compatible
     OS's hacking, because Atari described every TOS call and a
     person with imagination and good programming knowledge could
     make a code that do the same think. If those TOS'es are
     hacked, why Atari (specially the german division)don't do
     nothing in its moment? I can't say if KAOS TOS is a hacked TOS
     version To see if a code is hacked, you must see line by

Greg tells Alejandro:
     "I was using the term hacked loosely, not to imply stolen but
     based on or derived from.  Howevere, what I heard was that
     MagiC was originally based on a disassembled version of TOS
     which ws floating around (the internet?).  Apparetntly, the
     Atari code was very easy to follow...

     I don't know about KAOS, except Atari never tried to stop it
     so that's probably something in its favor to consider."

>From what I remember, Atari had considered the possibility of 'going after'
the creators of KAOS but decided to instead concentrate on upgrading their
own version, since it was in ROM and KAOS TOS was typically disk based.

Alejandro adds:
     "I have been trying the KaosTos img and the "Tos 2.06 plus"
     for the past few days.

     It appears that KaosTOS is a tos 1.04 with some fixes
     (desktop icons, pull down menus), but appart from that I
     couldn't find any other differences. (It appears as a
     reassembled Tos 1.04, as you note for MagiC).

     As for Tos 2.06 plus, do you know the purpose of the four new
     buttons that appear in the windows?. Appart from that, I don't
     see any difference from 2.06 standard."

On the subject of web pages on Delphi, Greg Evans asks:
     "Can my webpage here on Delphi include links to download
     files from my workspace?"

For those of you who don't have a Delphi account, the 'workspace' is a
personal storage are that you can use to hold files of any kind for
uploading, downloading, emailing, or holding the files for
your web page. The web page portion is in a subdirectory so that things
don't get confused.

"Ken of Phoenix" tells Greg:
     "You can see my page to see how files can be set up for direct
     download. Just view the
     source code for that page.  All the files are in my web page;
     not my work space.  Use the copy HOME:filename.ext command to
     put your files in an accessible do not want others
     to have access to your "private" workspace.  There is a small
     problem with filenames. All filenames will appear to you as
     all UPPERCASE.EXT but you may use almost any filename as long
     as it only has one dot.  You may use the underscore to replace
     all other dots in long filenames. EXAMPLE: replace
     mylongfilename.tar.gz with MYLONGFILENAME_TAR.GZ. You may use
     case sensitive html code if you are precise and use the exact
     same name in your files. EXAMPLE: MyJavaCode.class which will
     appear as MYJAVACODE.CLASS but will actually still be
     MyJavaCode.class if you are careful. The system can see upper
     and lower case letters but it does not show you the lower case
     letters in filenames.  Is this confusing or what. Look at my
     trial.html and my other htmls from my main home page to see
     the result.  There are several of us here using case sensitive
     java classes in our page just for fun. Please take this to
     e-mail if you want to discuss it more and I will be able to
     send examples."

Gordie Meyer, one of the most knowledgable people around where
Delphi is concerned, adds:
     "Make sure you put any files you want to include in your
     WEB-WS and not your regular WS. That's a security measure that
     prevents anyone from hacking their way into your personal
     workspace. (They're on completely different servers, I

Greg tells Ken:
     "I'll take a look at your page.  I don't have anything I'm
     ready to make available for download, but Rob Mahlert and I
     are working on a web page creator program and it would be nice
     if it was available easily -- once we finish it."

Ken adds:
     "When I refer to workspace I am speaking only of the WS
     directory and NOT the Web directory. All files for public
     download should be in the Web directory.  It's true that both
     directories are work spaces but I separate the two by
     references according to what I think is the intent of Delphi.
     I'm sure that you know the differences but anyone who has
     never tried to use his/her web directory might not.  That's
     why I tried to explain how to copy files from one space to the
     other.  I hope this clears up any confusion that my advice
     message may have caused."

Dana Jacobson tells Ken:
     "Thanks  for the clarification.  Your original message gave
     me the impression that there was another way that I didn't
     know about, but I see we're talking  about the same Web
     workspace.  BTW,  are you saying that you can copy files from
     one workspace to another?  How (again, please?)."

Ken tells Dana:
     "Gladly. Here, once again, is the way to copy files from your
     normal workspace (WS) to your web workspace (WEB):

     From you WS enter the command: web This puts you in your web
     work area. Do a DIR to prove it.  Now to copy a file enter the
     command:  COPY HOME:FILENAME.EXT (where you enter your own
     filename.ext) The system will ask you for the new file name if
     you want to make a change. Please notice the colon in the
     command line.

     The biggest problem if you are not using all upper case file
     names in the 8.3 form is to keep track of the actual filename
     because the system reports to you that the file name is all
     upper case even if it is not.  As long as YOU know what the
     actual file name is, you can refer to it in your html code for
     your web page.

     Java applets demand upper and lower case filenames so if you
     know that the file MYBIGAPPLET.CLASS is actually
     MyBigApplet.class and you keep typing it that way, all is
     well. I know of no way to check your work expect to try it
     because DIR shows all uppercase letters."

Dana tells Ken:
     "Thanks very much, Ken!  I never knew that before, and
     wondered.  I'm assuming that the reverse is not true, however
     (WS -> WEB-WS) since not all people have access to the Delphi
     Internet area.  I suppose I could test out that theory, eh?!

Actually, if you've got access to the Delphi Internet area (by paying a
whole three extra dollars a month... a very good deal, by the way), it DOES
work. I wish I had known that when I was putting my web page together. I
would have saved me quite a few keystrokes.

Carl Barron tells ken:
     "Java applets don't require case sensitive filesystems, they
     really like 5k long file names! My mac runs applets from
     delphi as I access these message bases via netscape."

Ken tells Carl:
     "...Your statement above is confusing "to me".  Netscape
     running a Java applet is not the same thing as running an
     applet from an html tag in a web page.  If anyone can put any
     java applets on their web page without paying any attention to
     the upper and lower case letter, I want to hear from them.  I
     spent weeks trying to put an applet on my delphi web page
     without success before I found out that on a VMS system such
     as is here at delphi, "what you see is NOT what you get" when
     it comes to filenames.  As far as long file names are
     concerned, we have discovered that VMS accepts very long names
     as long as there is only a single dot; however multiple under-
     scores are allowed."

Carl tells Ken:
     "HTML is acting like a remote commandline interpreter. It
     tells the browser to request the program and after it is
     transferred it executes on the client. HTML is case sensitive
     on any system that is case sensitive. Java will run on case
     sensitive or insensitive systems, and itself is not case
     sensitive or insesitive, but that is a function of the
     systems involved.  To say that java is case sensitive to
     filenames is false, the underlying operating/filesystems might
     be. Java and HTML don't require much of each other but they do
     work together, confusing the issue. By the way Java looks for
     files to execute, it loves real long file names."

Steven Mars asks:
     Does anyone have a TTM195 for sale?  The one I got during the
     Great ATARI closeout lasted for about 30 hours of use."

Jim Collins tells Steven:
     "chro_MAGIC has some brand new Protar 19 inch monochrome
     TT030 monitors in stock for $299.00 (+ shipping).  You can
     read about them on our web page ( ).
     We also have a used Atari TTM195 monitor in stock for $189.00
     + shipping.  This used monitor works and has no apparent
     defects (screen burn in, screen flicker, case damage, etc).
     As you know, these things are BIG and HEAVY so I would need to
     where/how you wanted it shipped before I could give a price
     for shipping.

     1-888-660-4041 Toll free orderline.
     1-417-623-7393 Information/Support line.
     1-417-624-0700 24 Hour Fax Line."

Well folks, that's about it for this week. Tune in again next week, same
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