ST Report: 5-Dec-97 #1348

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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 5-Dec-97 #1348
Date: Thu Dec 11 09:44:24 1997

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     Control Freaks.  Control Freaks.  They're everywhere!!  Now, we see
Vice President Al Gore busy jumping on the "Control the Internet"
bandwagon.  Gore sez. "its not censorship, its only responsible parenting."
Hey Al. who you trying to kid??  Parenting involves PARENTS doing the
Parent thing.  Not the Government, not the control freaks or, any other
pseudo parents.  The bottom line is the Government should BUT OUT of the
control freak business attacking the Internet and allow Parents to do the
job at HOME, in the home and privately.  When is the government going to
get out of the surrogate parent business?  What the government should be
solidly getting involved in is the Total and Complete Elimination of
illicit drugs, drug smuggling and of course drug dealing.  But that's not
as important as controlling the Internet and the one hundred and one
thousand different interpretations of what is or is not pornographic.

     Meanwhile dangerously harmful Drugs; Cocaine, Heroin, and all the
other garbage Designer Drugs are killing our kids VERY DEAD, allowing women
and girls to be unknowingly raped!!  Lastly, and perhaps the most overall
harmful; "financing the Mafia, the Gangs and thugs in every city and town
across this nation."

     Yet Clinton, Gore, and Congress are busy fussing over the Internet.
Janet Reno is busy sidestepping the campaign bux issues and they're all
trying to get rid of the Head of the FBI.  Why?  I'll bet its because this
guy is really a true, Law Enforcement Professional and not some Political
Hack.  They ("The Clintonites"  He "smoked it. but didn't inhale" - That
was the first and biggest lie.  The Joke was on US!) claim Louis Frei is
not "loyal" to Clinton. Can't say that about Reno. she's as "loyal" as they
come!! Broken laws or not.  I'll take Frei anytime instead Janet Waco-Ruby
Ridge Reno.  Its time for the real deal to become real.

     Its time Congress got off its dead butt and mandated that the Illicit
Drug Trades in this country was brought to a screeching halt.  Regardless
of how many jobs involved in the court system, prison system and judiciary
system would be eliminated.  I'd rather see those jobs eliminated than
watch the ongoing elimination of this nation's youth and future.  Hey Al.
whaddaya think of those apples??  Kinda like saying it like it really is??
Oh! And while Congress is at it. have them put the CIA outta the Drug
Business that Georgie and friends got them into.  Those folks in LA were
not mistaken.


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                            Give Your Kid a Web

PARSIPPANY, N.J., (UPI) -- Before you buy another computer game or Nintendo
cartridge for Christmas, consider connecting your child to the Internet,
instead.   According to the Information Technology Industry Council, Santa
is going to leave approximately 2.6 million PCs under Christmas trees this
December.  Thanks to advances in technology, a new breed of Internet games
is emerging that is fun, challenging and, best of all, free.

The site offers a mix of more than a dozen free games,
contests, puzzles and interactive features for kids aged four and older.
The site also includes tournaments based on its popular games in which
participants can win prizes -- from Super Sunday tickets in the Morten
Anderson Field Goal Challenge to a $3,000 multimedia PC in the "Bubble Yum
Foul Shot Shoot-Out Holiday Hoops" tournament.

James Oliver Cury, senior editor of WEB Magazine, said: "There's a quiet
revolution in online gaming going on. Free online games are interactive,
sophisticated and, best of all, are only a modem connection away."  Among
Cury's top 10 free kids' games sites is LifeSavers' Web site
(, which offers a variety of games, trivia contests and
educational activities designed to appeal to kids of all ages.

Among the games kids of all ages will discover are Life Savers Morten
Anderson Field Goal Challenge, Snack Well's Candy Chocolate Factory
Pinball, Candystand Miniature Golf, Breath Savers Billiards, Bubble Yum
Holiday Hoops, Yipes Skate Race and Fruit Stripe Coloring Fun.

                       Librarians Link Kid Web Sites

The American Library Association aims to help guide children and adults
through cyberspace with a new "cybercollection" of links to more than 700
"Great Sites" reviewed and recommended by children's librarians.  The Great
Sites were unveiled today at the Internet/Online Summit: Focus on Children,
a first-ever summit of industry leaders, educators, librarians, law
enforcement officials and family advocates to focus on enhanced education
and safety of children in cyberspace.

The Great Sites range from the Negro Baseball Leagues and the Electronic
Zoo to a Club Girl Tech Game Cafe and the Titanic. Subjects include
standards like the arts, history and science, along with dinosaurs, games
and other kid favorites. Special features include a Spanish language
collection and sites of special interest to parents, educators,
homeschoolers and caregivers.

"This is what librarians do best," says Barbara J. Ford, president of the
Chicago-based American Library Association. "We help kids connect to
quality resources -- only today it's not just books. The Internet is an
exciting new tool that helps us offer both global reach and local touch."
Ford notes that most metropolitan libraries and many smaller libraries
provide computers and Internet connections for members of the public. She
notes that "Great Sites" is a great place for novice Web surfers to start
-- "a sort of one-stop, quality-controlled shopping mall."  Great Sites can
be found at

                        Marx Library Coming to Web

The Marx Memorial Library, the London-based facility with some 150,000
books and documents chronicling the history of working class movements, is
coming to the Internet.  Librarian Tish Newland has told the Reuter News
Service the facility has received a $605,000 grant from Britain's national
lottery which will enable librarians to improve the library and put the
catalogue on the Internet, adding, "We are absolutely delighted with this
grant. It recognizes that the library is a unique resource which deserves
to be made available to the widest possible audience."

Reuters notes the library was established in London in 1933, 50 years after
Karl Marx's death, and contains documents written by and about Marx, the
German economic and social theorist whose works including Das Kapital were
the inspiration for modern communism. It also has collections on the
Spanish Civil War, the U.S. labor movement, radicals and peace studies.

                          Doughboy Gets Web Site

The Pillsbury Doughboy now has his own Web site.  Located at, the site features Doughboy-oriented graphics and sounds
as well as games, merchandise and recipes. Visitors give Doughboy a
"digital bellypoke" to enter the site.  "The Doughboy has always had a
unique ability to connect with people. will give him an even
better way to interact with kids and adults in fun and imaginative ways,"
says Camille Gibson, vice president of refrigerated baked goods at
Minneapolis-based Pillsbury Corp.  Created in 1965 by an advertising
executive who imagined what would pop out of a tube of refrigerated
biscuits, the Pillsbury Doughboy is one of America's most famous icons. In
1990, he was named favorite food product character among consumers in a
cartoon popularity survey. Advertising Age declared him America's most
loved character in 1987.

                        Black History CD-ROM Ships

Encyclopaedia Britannica has released "Encyclopaedia Britannica Profiles
Black History," a CD-ROM commemorating African-American history.  The
Chicago-based company notes that the $29.95 product highlights pivotal
people, places, events and movements that shaped African-American history
from 1591 to the present. It also features an interactive time-line and
contains 550 articles and 275 photographs, as well as audio and film clips.
"Our goal is to provide a complete resource on African-American history
that is relevant to any family, student and educator interested in timely
issues and cultural growth," says Don Yannias, CEO of Encyclopaedia
Britannica.  The CD-ROM is available at software retailers. It also can be
purchased through the Britannica bookstore at

                       Net Summit Set for Next Week

Clinton administration heavyweights -- including Vice President Al Gore,
Attorney General Janet Reno and two Cabinet secretaries -- will participate
in a three-day Washington summit next week about the Internet and
protection of children.  And, says Net-savvy reporter Aaron Pressman of the
Reuter News Service, the gathering "could reveal a deep ideological rift
over the proper approach" to shielding kids from online sex and violence as
Washington meets with an array of interested groups and companies to
explore technological and legal avenues.

"Conservative advocates of family values are unconvinced the solutions
being discussed go far enough," Pressman notes, "while civil liberty groups
worry the measures go too far and infringe on free speech rights."  This is
the summit scheduled after last summer's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court
to strike down portions of the Communications Decency Act that prohibited
the display of indecent material on the Internet where kids could see it.
President Clinton organized a meeting at the White House in July to find
new solutions and warned the private sector to act fast or face new
legislation. As a followup, the summit is intended to explore a variety of

However, says Pressman, the event "could be overshadowed by a series of
pre-summit press conferences scheduled by groups on the left, right and
center of the issues."  For instance, watch on Monday for the Christian
Coalition, the Family Research Council, and several other conservative
groups to blast the summit for caving in to the desires of Internet
companies as panelists try to discuss a variety of technological solutions
for screening and filtering Internet sites to prevent kids from getting
into inappropriate areas.

On the other end of the spectrum, civil liberties groups will probably
voice concerns that many of the proposed solutions would block out web
sites containing desirable and constitutionally protected content.  "At a
news briefing scheduled to begin a few hours after the conservatives but in
the same room at the National Press Club," says Pressman, "they plan to
announce formation of a coalition opposing some net rating and blocking

                       Net Smut Curbs to Be Proposed

Hoping to head off further attempts to regulate cyberspace following a
three-day summit that starts in Washington today, Internet leaders are set
to propose a series of measures to protect children from stalkers and
pornography online.  Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning,
reporter Thomas E. Weber says he expects the summit "will showcase industry
attempts at self-regulation ... but ... also will highlight the controversy
over the seemingly free-for-all environment of the Internet."

As reported earlier, before the gathering even gets started, you can expect
conservative groups to blast the efforts as not going far enough, while
civil libertarians will worry the measures go too far and infringe on free
speech rights.  Weber says three measures are expected to be unveiled:

z    Tools to help parents restrict their kids' travels on the Internet.
z    A national hotline for reporting cyber-crime.
z    A public-service campaign about Internet safety.
As noted, the summit was called by President Clinton after the U.S.
Supreme Court last June struck down key provisions of the Communications
Decency Act that made it a crime to transmit "indecent" material to minors
online.  CompuServe, America Online, Microsoft Network and other service
providers have argued that the CDA and similar legislative efforts to rein
in cyberspace could hamper the growth of the online medium and are
difficult to enforce given the Internet's global nature.

One of the major innovations to be announced by the summit's organizers
will be CyberTipLine, "a telephone hotline that will serve as a national
clearinghouse for tips on online stalking, child pornography and other
Internet-related crimes," says the Journal. "Participants also will unveil
a campaign of public-service announcements related to Internet child

Meanwhile, some lawmakers are renewing efforts to restrict online content
with a bill -- dubbed "Son of CDA" by some -- introduced last month in
Congress that would require online pornography sites to create barriers to
keep out minors.  Also, watch for the American Civil Liberties Union and
other groups to announce a new coalition, the Internet Free Expression
Alliance, to monitor the spread of what it fears are efforts to "foster
censorship in cyberspace," says Weber.

                    Online Industry to Work With Police

Officials in the online industry -- working toward making the Internet a
safer place for kids -- reportedly have agreed to report activities
involving child pornography to law enforcement agents.  Look for Vice
President Al Gore to announce the initiative today when he addresses the
second day of a three-day Washington summit on ways to make the Internet a
safer place for America's youngsters.

Donna Rice Hughes of Enough is Enough, an advocacy group trying to get
child pornography off the World Wide Web, tells Associated Press writer
Jeannine Aversa the policy calls for Internet providers to remove child
pornography from their own bulletin boards and services, adding, "We have
made some headway."  Also, as reported earlier, a new toll-free hotline to
report incidents of child sexual exploitation online is being unveiled and
will be on Gore's agenda. The hotline, operated by the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children, is now in service at 1-800-843-5678.

Says Aversa, "While applauding the commitments to help keep Internet smut
away from kids, Gore also will challenge the online industry to come up
with ways to protect children's privacy online, shield them from
exploitative online marketing and provide them with more 'safe' places to
go online. ... And he is expected to announce that the Commerce Department
will hold conferences on these issues, probably next year."

President Kathryn Montgomery of the Center for Media Education praised
efforts, saying, "We need to do more than protect children from bad
content; we need to ensure that there is quality, good content."   In
developments from the opening day of the conference:

The Center for Democracy and Technology, a group that works to protect
computer users' civil liberties, says all major providers of Internet
access to consumers offer screening technology free or at a nominal cost.
However, a survey of 750 families by the monthly Family PC magazine found
that only 26 percent use screening software, most of them because it is
built in to their web browsers or offered by their online service
providers. Just 4 percent of parents use screening software when they buy
and install it on their computers, the survey said.  America Online
announced it is expanding a blocking option so that parents can restrict
online material specifically designed for younger teens -- 13 to 15.
Initially, AOL gave parents three choices to limit access: kids only, teen
and 18-plus.  The American Library Association announced it has expanded
links and compilation of kid-friendly Internet sites.

The collection is available at
Microsoft Corp. says it is launching an educational campaign aimed at
helping parents find family-friendly sites, teach safe online behavior and
how to use screening and blocking devices. By next fall, plan to conduct
educational sessions in schools, libraries and other community centers.
Over the coming year, the company's web site will run a series of
educational features on all these topics.

                       White House Targets Net Porn

A new "zero tolerance" policy on Internet child pornography has been
announced by Vice President Al Gore, who has told a Washington summit the
White House will get tough on sexual predators who use the Net.  Gore also
laid out plans to help educate parents about the benefits and dangers of
the new electronic medium and called for increased cooperation between
leading Internet service providers and law-enforcement officers.

"But," says reporter John Simons in The Wall Street Journal, "the
administration was short on specifics, and it is unclear how these efforts
will differ from those that already exist to root out illegal pornographic
material on the Internet."  As reported earlier, Gore's presentation was
the centerpiece for the second day of the three-day Internet Online Summit
for Kids.

Simons says Gore appeared before a packed room of some 400 industry
leaders, parents' advocates and policy makers, adding, "The White House has
so far been able to marshal a consensus among the groups that relies
largely on market solutions like software that filters out risque material
and systems that allow web sites to rate themselves."

Highlighting Gore's initiatives is a national public-awareness campaign
called "Think Then Link," to educate parents about the benefits and dangers
of the Internet. Simons reports the program will include a series of
public-service announcements to begin airing next spring, a mailing that
will target 71 million households and a televised Internet "teach-in,"
possibly featuring President Clinton and Mr. Gore.

Also, a free Education Department manual called Parent's Guide to the
Internet, written to help parents find educational sites online. The entire
book will also be available on the department's web site.  The vice
president also took on critics -- specifically the American Civil Liberties
Union - - with a comment that "some say that we should refrain from action,
that all action to block children's access to objectionable content amounts
to censorship. To them I say, blocking your child's access to objectionable
Internet content is not censoring; that's called parenting."

(To Gore... I say, its CENSORSHIP!   True Parenting is responsible
Parenting being done "by the Parents" not a pack of rabid control freaks,
acting a pseudo parents, greedily placing all sorts of wacky blocks and
controls on the Internet in the name of decency.  When in fact, it's the
laying of the groundwork to eventually place FULL Control (Total
Censorship) upon the Internet.  Sorry Al, you're all wet on this one.)
.R.F. Mariano

                    Web Publisher Accused of Defrauding

An Internet publisher called Woodside Literary Agency is being accused by
New York state attorney general Dennis Vacco of defrauding would-be
authors.  In Albany, New York, Vacco told United Press International he
believes the agency has duped aspiring writers into paying $400 in
marketing fees, but never published their books.  "Writers who peruse the
Internet looking for support groups and  publishing opportunities brought
Woodside to the attorney general's attention," UPI says. "One group of
writers even held a contest to come up with the worst piece of writing they
could and submitted it to Woodside.

The passage sent was purposely riddled with grammatical errors, but the
agency asked to see the entire manuscript -- as long as it was accompanied
by a $150 reading fee."  The wire service says New York's Internet and
Computer Unit carried out a six-month investigation into the agency before
the suit was filed.  "One witness said Woodside harassed writers who tried
to warn others about the scam and even threatened legal action," UPI
reported. "Vacco said Woodside sent messages to disgruntled writers
threatening them with libel suits and posted newsgroup messages calling
them 'bitter failures.'"

                      Net Scams Fastest Growing Fraud

While consumer complaints about cars sales and home and auto repairs still
top the list, charges involving the Internet are among the fastest growing
type of consumer fraud.  Officials with the National Association of
Consumer Agency Administrators and the Consumer Federation of America made
that observation to reporter John D. McClain of The Associated Press,
following a survey of 42 state and local consumer agencies.

Says McClain, "Although Internet complaints did not show as one of the top
five complaint areas, the survey revealed the number of agencies handling
such charges tripled from 1995 to 1996. Problems involved both service
providers and sales."  Joseph K. Goldberg, NACAA president and director of
the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Pennsylvania attorney general's
office, added, "We expect the problem to continue to grow as the Internet
continues to grow."

                        Miami Called Piracy Center

Miami is being characterized as a U.S. hub for the counterfeit software
business for Latin America.  Corporate attorney Tony Viera with Microsoft
Corp. told Patricia Zengerle of the Reuter News Service, "We believe that
Miami is a major jump off point for (illegal) software to Latin America."
Reuters reports Viera and members of the Metro-Dade Police Department's
Economic Crimes Bureau yesterday unveiled more than $60,000 worth of
counterfeit Microsoft software, part of a haul of fake computer products
seized last week in a raid on a local company.

"The fake software, copies of Microsoft's Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS computer
operating systems, was labeled in Spanish and included Spanish
documentation," adds the wire service.  Sgt. Ralph Nelson, a supervisor in
the Economic Crimes Bureau, said authorities believe "this could have been
destined for South America."  Reuters says police raided L&M Computer
Products, a company in suburban Miami, on Nov. 24 after they were tipped
off by Microsoft and a computer processor company, Intel Corp. They found
about 880 copies of the fake Microsoft software and two counterfeit Intel
microprocessors on the premises.

Viera said software piracy in North America cost the industry more than
$2.8 billion in 1996. "In the United States, about one out of three
software products is pirated," he said. In Florida alone, he said retail
sales losses due to software piracy exceeded $68 million last year.
However, he added piracy in other states is not different from Florida
piracy, except here the counterfeit products are often produced for export.

                         Fugitive Sets Up Web Page

Even an international fugitive has time to maintain a page on the
Internet's World Wide Web.  Roger Tamraz -- who attended two White House
social events with President Clinton over the objections of national
security advisers -- has achieved a certain celebrity status, even as he is
on the run following Senate hearings on campaign finance abuses.
Associated Press writer Donna Abu-Nasr notes Tamraz, who donated more than
$300,000 to the Democratic Party during the 1996 election cycle, first
entered the spotlight when questions arose about how he could have gotten
into the White House while wanted on embezzlement charges in his native

"Questions later arose," she adds, "as to why a CIA employee, along with
then-Democratic National Committee Chairman Donald Fowler and an Energy
Department official, sought to pressure the National Security Council --
which considered him an unsavory figure unfit to meet Clinton -- to get
Tamraz a White House meeting so he could pitch one of his pipeline
projects."  And at last September's Senate hearing, "Tamraz was blunt and
funny," AP comments, "admitting the only reason he donated money to the
party was to 'promote myself' and his plan for a pipeline from the Caspian
Sea region across Turkey."

Visitors to Tamraz' Web site ( see a picture of the
57-year-old banker-fugitive, then can choose from editorials, commentary
and articles about Tamraz, a transcript of the Senate hearings and a list
of his television and other appearances.  Also, an online survey asks where
visitors have heard about Tamraz, what controversy he was involved in,
whether the website has provided them with Tamraz' "global significance"
and even what would they think if Tamraz ran for political office.

                      Germany OKs CompuServe-AOL Deal

German antitrust officials in Bonn have given their approval to a plan that
would put CompuServe in the hands of America Online and its German partner,
Bertelsmann AG.  As reported, AOL announced plans in September to acquire
CompuServe's worldwide consumer online operations in a complicated
arrangement involving the U.S. telephone company WorldCom Inc.  The
Associated Press notes, "U.S. regulators let a deadline pass two weeks ago
for raising objections to the deal. A Bertelsmann spokeswoman said Monday
the company was checking whether it needed British approval, but that it
otherwise believed no further approval was needed from European officials."

WorldCom wants to buy CompuServe for $1.2 billion in stock, and then trade
the consumer online services division and cash to AOL in exchange for the
Dulles, Va., firm's Internet telecommunications unit in exchange.  In
Europe," says AP, "AOL will jointly run CompuServe's European operations
with German media group Bertelsmann AG in a portion of the deal that
required permission of German regulators.

The approval was routine because of the secure position of the major
competitor in Germany, Deutsche Telekom's T-Online, a German antitrust
official said on condition of anonymity." Bertelsmann says there will be no
substantial changes in service for CompuServe's 850,000 European
subscribers, 280,000 of them in Germany and the service will continue to be
sold under the same brand name.  AP says AOL and Bertelsmann are to invest
$25 million each in an expanded joint venture to operate CompuServe's
European online services.

                      TI Announces Chip Breakthrough

Researchers at Texas Instruments Inc. have demonstrated the successful
combination of copper wiring with an insulating material -- called xerogel
-- in an integrated circuit, a breakthrough that will lead to future
digital signal processors (DSP) and microprocessors that are at least 10
times faster and use much less power than today's most powerful chips.  TI
says the process leap-frogs previously announced developments about
semiconductor technology using copper rather than aluminum for
interconnecting transistors. "This breakthrough of combining copper with an
ultra low-k dielectric material like xerogel will offer the highest
performance alternative for future generations of semiconductor chips
within the next decade," notes a TI press statement.

The prototype chips built by researchers at TI's Kilby Center laboratories
offer a solution to one of the semiconductor industry's most important
looming problems. As semiconductor manufacturers create smaller, more
powerful chips with millions of transistors, manufacturing processes become
increasingly complex. For the next generation of chips, these devices will
be so small and so close together that the interconnects or wire
connections between transistors can slow the flow of electrical signals
between the wires. This problem severely degrades the performance of the
chip.  The new TI technology offers a solution to the looming interconnect
challenge and provides ten times the performance gain. The successful
coupling of the two technologies (copper and xerogel) allows electrical
signals to flow more freely throughout a chip, reducing troublesome
electrical resistance and capacitance effects.

"Xerogel may be the ultimate solution because it has the lowest dielectric
constant known other than air," says Robert Havemann, Manager of advanced
interconnect development at TI. Xerogel is a material made of microscopic
glass bubbles containing air which is nature's ideal insulator. TI has
shown it is now possible to integrate xerogel into copper
interconnects--pushing the limits of Mother Nature," he notes.  "Much
attention has been paid recently to the use of copper wires in integrated
circuits," adds Havemann. "While lowering the resistance with copper solves
a near-term problem, we think reducing the capacitance effect is even more
of a critical issue because unless the problem is solved, chip performance,
power and operating voltage will ultimately be limited by the interconnect.
That's counter to everything the market expects from future semiconductor

The process advance announced by TI is important because it will translate
directly into smaller, faster and more powerful chips that will operate at
frequencies of billions of cycles per second. Furthermore, chips using the
breakthrough interconnect technology will be vastly more reliable and
energy efficient. Improved energy efficiency and computing power are
enablers for new generations of portable electronics such as cellular
phones, notebook computers, personal communicators and video watches.
Future generation microprocessors and DSPs using TI's technology will be
the size of a fingernail and incorporate circuitry as small as 0.10 micron
with over 500 million transistors. Electrons on such a chip will travel
along one mile of wiring separated by the xerogel insulator, which provides
insurance that the chip will not fail. To understand the interconnect
challenge involved with this technology, imagine electrons as a steady
stream of cars, traveling 60,000 miles per hour, passing within an arm's
length along millions of miles of city streets -- all accident free.  TI's
Web site is located at .

                           Toshiba Sees Comeback

Japan's Toshiba Corp. predicts an improvement in the currently sagging
prices and swollen inventories that hit its PC business in the United
States in the first half of its financial year.  Managing director Kiyoaki
Shimagami told a recent news conference in Tokyo, "Swollen inventories
temporarily caused a loss in the U.S. PC business, but we expect the
adverse impact of excessive stocks to be substantially lessened in the
second half."

The Reuter News Service notes Toshiba said earlier that sluggish notebook
PC sales in the U.S. along with doldrums in the consumer electronics
business at home cut its group net profit by half to 9.55 billion yen in
the April-September period.  The wire service quotes Shimagami as saying
Toshiba will cut down PC inventories, slim down its U.S. sales units and
introduce lower-end notebook PCs in the U.S. market in the second half.

Adds Reuters, "Toshiba, which has sharply lost market share in its core
notebook PC products in the United States, said its operating profits from
the PC business would fall more than 30 billion yen in 1997/98 from a year
before."  As reported earlier, Toshiba has decided to discontinue selling
the year-old Infinia consumer-desk top PCs in the U.S. in order to
concentrate on the corporate market.

                        Canadian Net Usage Doubles

Word is the number of Canadian households surfing the Internet has almost
doubled this year.  Reporting from Toronto, the Reuter News Service quotes
a survey by Statistics Canada, a government agency, that shows 1.5 million
homes -- or 13 percent in Canada -- were using the Internet this year, up
from 843,000 households (7 percent) in 1996, the first year such statistics
were collected. The poll surveyed 35,000 households.  Other findings, says
Reuters, include:

Net usage was highest in the west coast province of British Columbia, at 18
percent of homes.  Home PCs also are becoming more common in Canada, with
4.2 million households or 36 percent having a computer, versus 3.6 million
homes last year. Five years ago, only 20 percent of homes had a computer.
The proportion of households with a compact disc player soared to 58
percent from eight percent in the past nine years.  Households with
cellular telephones rose to 19 percent this year from 14 percent in 1996.
Those with black and white television sets fell to 12 percent in 1997 from
43 percent in 1982. Almost every household had a color television set, with
more than half having at least two.

                        PC Disposal Costs Companies

New research from International Data Corp. reveals a disproportionate
number of large corporations are not making cost-effective decisions about
the disposal of outdated PCs.  The Framingham, Massachusetts, market
research firm notes that in 1997 alone U.S. corporations will retire more
than 10 million PCs. In 1998, that figure will balloon to 11.1 million,
with only 17 percent being sold or traded in for new equipment. The
remaining 83 percent represents an unrecovered value in excess of $3
billion, reports IDC, which adds that as PC purchases grow and life cycles
shorten disposal costs will become a more serious problem,

"Customers' casual attitudes toward PC disposal is expensive and getting
more costly all the time," says Lorraine Cosgrove, research manager of
IDC's asset management program. "When companies were only retiring tens or
even hundreds of PCs annually, disposal was a minor issue. As those numbers
increase to thousands, costs begin to escalate."  According to IDC,
disposal costs range from $118.90 for selling PCs to a broker to $343.90
for donating PCs to charity.  "As rapid life cycles, falling prices and
significant price/performance improvements all increase downward pressure
on residual values, organizations must know when to unload their PCs while
they still have worth in the used market. Doing so will help ensure
recovering at least a portion of the disposition costs," says Cosgrove.

                      More Firms Adopt Telecommuting

A majority of North American companies -- 51 percent -- say they now permit
employees to telecommute through ongoing or pilot programs, nine percentage
points above last year, according to a just-released annual survey of
nearly 300 North American senior executives conducted for Olsten Corp.  The
study finds that telecommuting has also emerged as a new recruiting tool in
a tight labor market, with fully one-third of the program  sponsors using
it to attract qualified employees. Seventy-four percent of the survey's
respondents say they expect their use of telecommuting to increase, up 6
percentage points from 1996 figures. All remaining respondents indicate
that their telecommuting activity will remain the same and, thus, not a
single company anticipates a decrease next year.

Respondents also cite improved productivity (45 percent), economic reasons
(35 percent) traffic patterns (11 percent) and  environmental issues (6
percent) as reasons for allowing employees to telecommute. Some respondents
also claim that telecommuting helps employees with child care and other
personal needs.  "Telecommuting is emerging as the hot new employee benefit
as many companies exhaust their more traditional recruiting incentives in a
tight labor market," says Adrienne Plotch, vice President of professional
services for the Melville, New York-based temporary staffing specialist.

"The use of telecommuting as a new recruiting tool means that companies are
casting their nets to reach a far wider audience, including home-bound
disabled individuals, senior citizens and others who would otherwise be
eliminated from the workforce because they can't travel to an office
location. Companies are also learning the need for flexibility among
employees concerned with child care or elder care, and they are realizing
that working at home can often reduce job-related stress and boost employee
retention. The survey reaffirms what we have come to expect: that
telecommuting is also being driven by bottom-line business needs, such as
economic reasons, productivity and employee well-being, as well as
environmental concerns."

Gil Gordon, a telecommuting consultant and editor of Telecommuting Review
Newsletter, agrees. "The technology is ready, the employees are willing,
and the employers are seeing the value of well-managed telecommuting," he
says. "This survey confirms what we're seeing across the U.S.
Telecommuting's time has come."  The survey finds that telecommuting is
most prevalent among high tech firms (82 percent) -- up from last year's
figure of 50 percent -- followed by insurance companies (67 percent) and
services and retail/wholesale firms (62 percent). Among utilities and
transportation companies, 71 percent report telecommuting programs, rising
dramatically from last year's 40 percent.  The survey was conducted for
Olsten by McKendrick & Associates, an independent research firm.

                      Year 2K Not Only Mainframe Woe

Only a small percentage of U.S. business sites with Year 2000 activity have
mainframe systems, according to a new study from Computer Intelligence.
Though the "Year 2K" problem has long been thought to affect mostly very
large organizations with mainframe computers, the La Jolla, California,
market research firm says it has discovered a greater amount of activity on
Year 2K projects among non-mainframe sites with proprietary midrange
computer systems, such as Digital VAX, HP 3000, or IBM AS/400 machines.
Computer Intelligence even found a sizable amount of activity in shops that
have either Intel/RISC servers or PCs, without mainframe or midrange
systems present.

"While we found a significant distribution of Year 2K activity in
non-mainframe shops, the population of server and midrange computer systems
is much larger than that of mainframes, which logically leads to a higher
percentage of the overall base of sites with Year 2K activity," says Jerry
Berry, a Computer Intelligence senior industry analyst. "However, when we
analyzed surveyed sites according to hardware platform, we found that
midrange computer installations actually are as active as mainframe
locations in addressing the Year 2K problem. Server locations have strong
project levels as well."

The Year 2K issue is one of the biggest challenges ever faced by
information technology professionals, with the potential to wreak havoc at
computer installations of all sizes and across all types of computer
equipment. Because of decades-old computer program structure, when the
calendar rolls over to Jan. 1, 2000, many computer systems with limited
two-character date fields will show the date as Jan. 1, 1900.  Computer
Intelligence's research finds that 70 percent of the U.S. locations polled
have either completed, are currently engaged in or plan to initiate a Year
2K project in the next 12 months.

           Voluntary Internet measures endorsed to protect kids

Major Internet companies Monday highlighted their voluntary efforts to
protect children from online pornography, but conservative groups called
for new mandatory regulations. At a conference, major online service
providers including America Online, AT&T and Microsoft pledged to provide
software tools to allow parents to block out objectionable material on the
Internet. The emphasis on voluntary measures was intended to head off a
drive for new legislation that might slow Internet growth or impose
criminal liability on service providers.

                      Axent to aquire Raptor Systems

Axent Technologies Inc, a provider of enterprise security management
solutions, said it agreed to acquire Raptor Systems Inc, a network security
vendor, for $250 million. Under the terms of the definitive agreement,
Axent would exchange 0.80 share of its common stock for each outstanding
share of Raptor's stock and would exchange stock options using the same
ratio, the company said in a statement. Axent said it expects to issue
approximately 12.8 million shares to Raptor stockholders and option
holders, resulting in a transaction value of approximately $250 million.
The merger agreement has been approved by the respective Boards of
Directors and is expected to close within approximately 90 days, subject to
regulatory reviews, approval of each company's stockholders and other
customary closing conditions. The transaction would be accounted for as a
pooling of interests.

                  Siemens, Newbridge buy Israel's RADNet

Germany's Siemens AG and Newbridge Networks Corp of Canada said that they
have bought Israeli firm RADNet Ltd for US$130 million. Siemens said it
bought 50.1% of RADNet, a research and development group, and Newbridge
49.9 percent as part of their efforts to cooperate on communications
equipment for automated teller machines. RADNet has a staff of 65

                         Universal opens cybershop

Universal Studios has placed its souvenir store in cyberspace, allowing
everyone from Alabama to Zaire to buy entertainment collectibles. The
Hollywood Backlot Store, accessible at http:/,
uses the CyberCash secure server technology for credit card transactions.
It is also a participant in the Novus Universal Studios Card program,
whereby dollars spent at the store can count as points toward various
rewards, including admission to Universal theme parks, merchandise and even
a chance to get a walk-on part in a Universal production.

              EU seeks ways to connect schools to cyberspace

European Union countries agreed that every schoolchild in Europe should
have access to the Internet as a way to prepare for the 21st century - but
predictably differed over who should foot the bill. France, Belgium and
Italy argued at a meeting of EU telecommunications ministers that phone
companies or other industry players should put up money to help ensure that
all schools could hook up to the Internet at an affordable price. But
others including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland
pushed for a free-market approach, saying increased competition in EU
telecoms markets would drive down prices and prompt companies to offer good
deals to schools.

              Reno rejects outside counsel for Clinton, Gore

Attorney General Janet Reno said Tuesday insufficient evidence exists for
an independent counsel to investigate White House fund-raising phone calls
by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Gore said he was pleased
with Reno's decision while Clinton said, "The attorney general made her
decision based on a careful review of the law and the facts ..." The move
provoked a firestorm of criticism from Republicans in Congress, who
expressed outrage at the decision and denounced it as an effort by Reno to
protect Clinton and Gore. Republican Party Chairman Jim Nicholson even
called for Reno to resign.

               Gore wins a round, but suffers serious blows

Battered by months of questions and controversy, Vice President Al Gore has
won a key round in the fight for his political future -- but the blows to
his image have him staggering. Attorney General Janet Reno ended a
controversial review Tuesday and declared she did not feel there was enough
evidence to require a special prosecutor to investigate telephone
fund-raising practices of President Clinton and Gore. Although Clinton can
ill afford yet another independent counsel looking into his past actions,
for Gore such an investigation could have amounted to a kiss of death for
his own dreams of the presidency.

            Giuliani granted another hearing to fight N.Y. ads

A U.S. appeals court granted Mayor Rudolph Giuliani another chance Tuesday
to win a fight to pull New York magazine ads off city buses on the grounds
the ads used his name without his permission. In the ad, the magazine
boasted the publication is "possibly the only good thing in New York Rudy
hasn't taken credit for." An expedited appeal will be heard Thursday before
3 judges to determine whether a federal judge's ruling allowing New York
Magazine to post the ads on buses will be reversed. The magazine filed a
federal suit last week accusing the Metropolitan Transit Authority of
violating its right to free speech.

               Fund planned to compensate Holocaust victims

Experts from around the world gathered Tuesday to clarify the fate of tons
of Nazi gold, some of it taken from Holocaust victims, and to set up a fund
to compensate survivors for half a century of suffering. British Foreign
Secretary Robin Cook said the three-day conference aimed "to get at the
truth, to set the record straight as the best way of making sure this never
happens again." Cook, acknowledging the suspicion from survivors and their
families about what happened to Nazi gold after World War II, said the
conference would establish a special fund to help the 300,000 remaining
survivors of the Holocaust.

             Gore announces Internet measures to protect kids

Vice President Al Gore announced initiatives Tuesday to educate parents and
children to the dangers of pornography on the Internet. Gore said the
government would issue a parents' guide to the Internet and the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children would set up an emergency hotline
where parents could report suspicious or illegal Internet activity. Gore
also announced leading Internet providers had agreed to work closely with
the government in a "zero tolerance" policy toward child pornography.

            Hewlett-Packard leads Internet commerce initiative

Hewlett-Packard Co accelerated its move into the Internet commerce field,
launching a global consortium backed by major financial institutions.
Electronic Data Systems Corp of Dallas, HP and HP's VeriFone commerce unit,
are forming the First Global Commerce initiative, executives of the
companies said. The move, which has been in the works for more than a year,
aims to boost Hewlett Packard's efforts to establish a leadership position
in electronic banking and commerce. Analysts said the consortium would help
HP leverage its ownership of VeriFone, which was its largest-ever
acquisition at a valuation of $1.29 billion.

           Applied Materials to unveil system for advanced chips

Applied Materials Inc. is expected to unveil a new system for manufacturing
semiconductors Tuesday that will help the chip industry move more quickly
to the production of advanced chips using copper. Applied is the largest
maker of equipment used to manufacture semiconductors. Analysts said
Applied will announce a core system for making semiconductors, called a CVD
(chemical vapor deposition) system, designed specifically so chip makers
can use copper instead of aluminum to make faster semiconductors.

              EU probes alleged U.S., Thai capacitor dumping

The European Commission said it had begun an investigation into allegations
that some large electrolytic aluminium capacitors from the United States
and Thailand were being dumped on the European Union market. The EU's
Official Journal said the Commission had decided to investigate a dumping
complaint made in October by the Federation for Appropriate Remedial
Anti-Dumping on behalf of Nederlandse Philipsbedrijven B.V., a subsidiary
of Philips Electronics NV, and British-based BHC Aerovox Ltd. The two
companies have a large share of EU production of the capacitors, which are
used in products such as televisions and stereos, the Commission said. The
dumping allegation was based on a comparison of the product's value in the
United States and Thailand with export prices to the EU.

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Recipe Box STR Focus  This is Great Stuff!

        Christmas and Chanukah are right around the corner!  The computing goodies
available for gifts are mind boggling.  There are few that seem to stand
out above many others though. a few of which are spotlighted in this week's
issue.  There is one other super superb program I'd like to point out to
everyone.  Especially to those of you who can never find that very special
recipe you put away for special occasions etc..  The name of the program is
Recipe Box v 5.5 and its written by Fred Lindow of Sunrise Software.
Recipe Box imports all sorts of formats including the popular Meal Master
format.  The best news of all is Recipe Box is Shareware and believe me,
this program magnifies the value of shareware by a hundred fold.

     Recipe Box is a Culinary Toolkit developed to bring the power of the
PC into the kitchen.  Whether you are a five star chef, kitchen gourmet or
a food service professional, Recipe Box has the power and versatility to
manage your culinary demands.   Use Recipe Box as an index to other recipes
and cookbooks. It can help you control a stockpile of existing cookbooks.
Exchange or distribute recipes with associates and friend. Recipe Box
easily transfers recipes to and from diskettes.

                 Now import Meal-Master recipes with v5.5!

Recipe Box includes:

Nutritional Database
Multiple shopping lists
Search all cookbooks at once
Cut and Paste Ingredient & Prep
Tabbed user interface.

Improved Stuff from version 3:

Increased Tag List size

Long names for Cookbooks
Add, Remove and Print Categories
Add, Remove and Print Measurements
Changeable colors

Standard features:
View and/or Edit a Recipe on one screen,
Over 110 recipes are included
Create your own Cookbook
Organize Recipes by Categories,
Adjust serving size for large dinner parties
Easily export/import recipes to and from diskette
View helpful reference information in TidBits
Learn short cuts and techniques with Quick Guide

Search for Recipes by :
Recipe Name
Preparation Text
Ingredients Text.

To find more information go to:

For all you "CHEFS" and "Cheffettes" (new word) <g>  Sunrise Software is
going to conduct a
                     Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest!!!
All you have to do is send in your favorite Holiday Cookie Recipe to:
      As an example: My favorite and very best Holiday cookie recipe.
                   Ralph's Chocolate Chip Diet Spoilers
                            They're Delicious!

2 cups Grade A, unsalted butter
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups brown sugar
3 tsp. baking soda
4 large grade A eggs
24 oz. chocolate chips or M&M candies
3 tsp.  Flavor extract (Vanilla, Rum, Butterscotch, etc.)
1 chocolate bar (8 oz.), sweet or bittersweet, grated
4 cups sifted flour
3 cups chopped nuts (optional)
5 cups smooth blended oatmeal*
assorted Holiday Colors in sprinkle toppings (optional)**

Melt butter slowly under very low heat and fold in both sugars, stir to a
creamy smooth texture.  Thoroughly but gently stir eggs and flavor extract
together using a wisk.  In a large bowl,  mix prepared ingredients together
with flour, blended oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda.  Fold in
chocolate chips and grated chocolate bar.  Add chopped nuts (if desired).
Roll mixed cookie dough into 3/4 inch balls and place about two inches
apart on buttered cookie sheets.  A few tips; for a light colored cookie;
chill the chocolate chips and add them and the grated chocolate to the
batter last.  For a chewy cookie; add one more bar of butter.  Bar=4oz.
For larger, fancy cookies use an ice cream scoop or a cup shaped tablespoon
portion measuring spoon.

For effect, granulated sugar may be sprinkled on top of the cookies before
baking instead of the colored sprinkles.  If chocolate sprinkles are used,
add immediately after removing cookies from oven.  Also, instead of
chocolate chips etc.. and grated chocolate, candied fruits may be used.
However, they must be diced and used sparingly.  Omitting all added goodies
(chips, candied fruits, chocoates, sprinkles etc.) and using only the
genuine flavor extract (no imitations) of your choice and topping with
granulated sugar will yeild fantastic holiday sugar cookies.  Bake for 10
minutes at 375 degrees.   Makes approximately 100 cookies (recipe may be
doubled or halved as desired).

*    Measure oatmeal (not instant) and blend in a blender until a fine,
        silky powder.
**   Sprinkle colored candy toppings on cookies about 15 seconds before

          Amicus Attorney Product Suite Now Available on CD-ROM.

Toronto, November 26, 1997: Gavel & Gown Software Inc., developers of the
award-winning case management software, AMICUSr ATTORNEY, have released a
CD-ROM version of their Windows product line. Version 2.6 of Amicus
Attorney PRO, Lawyer Office, Assistant Office and Amicus Team, are now
available on CD-ROM, providing users with a simplified installation and
licensing routine. The CD also offers a multimedia tour and a complete set
of on-line documentation.  Amicus Attorney will continue to be available on

'We are pleased to offer Amicus Attorney PRO on CD. Firms can setup
multiple Offices with just one CD. This  facilitates the installation and
licensing process for end-users and for our network of certified
consultants,   comments Ron Collins, President of Gavel & Gown Software. We
know that new users as well as existing users  who upgrade to Version 2.6
will find the new packaging and distribution method a plusE.

Fulfillment on CD-ROM coincides with the release of version 2.6 of Amicus
Attorney PRO.  Version 2.6 includes a sophisticated link with TIMESLIPS
Deluxe, providing a direct post of time sheets and the ability to share
client and file information with Amicus Attorney PRO. Version 2.6 also
introduced a link with WORLDOXr, a document management program by World
Software Corporation. It also includes an enhanced interface with HotDocsr
version 4.1.07 document automation software by Capsoft Development
Corporation Inc., which supports the use of HotDocs answer files.

Amicus Attorney is jurisdiction-independent legal software designed for
private practice and corporate legal departments. It is distributed
throughout North America, England, Australia and other parts ofthe world.
Founded in 1993, Gavel & Gown Software Inc. is located in Toronto and may
be reached at 1-800-472-2289. Gavel & Gown's web site is

Editor Note:
     I know we ran this Press Release last week.  BUT.  there's always that
"but"  <g>  I am determined to reach as many Attorneys, friends of
Attorneys and Attorney Clients as possible.  Amicus is, without a doubt the
finest management software for a lawyer's office that's out there today.  I
dare say, probably for years to come.  If you know an Attorney, are an
Attorney or a paralegal in an attorney's office. you owe it to yourself to
check this software thoroughly.  Waste no more time for once you've tried
Amicus (the Trial Version) and discovered how much money (time is money)
you've actually wasted fooling around with the other "stuff" available
(some now slipping into oblivion) you'll call Gavel & Gown immediately for
the full ensemble.  Amicus is four star good.

     Watch for a full review to be covered in the next few weeks.

EDUPAGE STR Focus        Keeping the users informed



Policy Fight Over Use Of University Computing Resources
Netscape Disputes Browser Market Data
Ericsson Plans Speedy Internet Technology
Conspiracy Theory
Dynamic Encyclopedia
Microsoft Piracy Suit
Phone Companies Gobble Up ISPs
IBM Chips Away At Global Market
Here's A Good Insight -- Print It Out On Paper!
The Cyberporn Wars
Consolidation In Computer Security Industry
Librarians Establish Electronic Journal Licensing Principles
Micron Opposes S. Korea Bailout Plan
Motorola's Two-Way Pager
Clik Drive From Iomega
Mail From Microsoft Network Rejected By America Online
Rising Tech Salaries Cause Resentment Among Non-Tech Workers
MSN To Drop European Internet Access
Intel Will Develop NC
NCs:  Not Ready-For-Primetime?
HP & EDS Join In Internet Banking And Commerce Plan
U.S. Calls For International Fight Against Cyberporn
Computer Security Issues
Surfing At The Mall
Program Detects Software Plagiarism
Rossetto Steps Down To Help Wired Grow Up

                         POLICY FIGHT OVER USE OF

Declaring that "it was the judgment of the people in computing services
that it was an inappropriate use of computer services and a violation of
the agreement that the students sign at the beginning of each year," the
University of Pittsburgh has closed down a student-run Web site created to
share tips about avoiding security problems with software.  A university
administrator  asserts that the site violated a campus policy that
computers may not be used for commercial purposes, but the student charges
that the university is censoring him and says:  "We didn't make a dime.  We
didn't ask for a dime.  We didn't sell any advertising on it."  Following
his attempt to orchestrate an e-mail and telephone protest action from his
supporters, the student was charged by the university with harassment,
failure to comply with the request of a school official, and interference
with the use of the university's judicial process.  (AP 28 Nov 97)


Netscape says data compiled by online search engine sites, including Yahoo,
Excite and Infoseek, indicate its Web browser has maintained a 67% share of
the market, contradicting data released earlier from Dataquest indicating
Netscape's portion had fallen to 57.6%.  (Investor's Business Daily 28 Nov

Editor Note:
There is no doubt Netscape is losing ground.  Check STReport's Site
Analysis page on our WebSite.   It accurate and we'll swear to that.  It
tells it like it is...


Swedish telecom giant Ericsson says it has developed a new technology that
allows users to make phone calls and access the Internet simultaneously
over the same line, at speeds nearly four times what is currently possible.
The technology eliminates the need for phone customers to subscribe to an
Internet service provider -- rather, the phone companies would sell modems
for between $100 and $200, and users could "switch" their Internet
connection on and off.  (Wall Street Journal 26 Nov 97)

                             CONSPIRACY THEORY

An alliance of five powerful computer companies, by promoting Java as the
common platform for further technology development, is taking Microsoft to
task for its perceived opposition to open standards development.  IBM,
Netscape Communications, Novell Corp., Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems
all are moving to develop new products and technologies independent of the
ubiquitous Windows operating system.  "IBM, Oracle and Sun, which are very
large companies, more and more coordinate their, let's say, anti-Microsoft
activities," says Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.  "And it ends up creating a
fairly powerful message that we have to be very aware of -- the fact that
that's an intense competition at a level beyond what we've seen in the
past."  Responds a Sun VP:  "We're trying to do what we can to make sure
the country favors an Internet that's open and free for everyone and isn't
controlled by any organization."  (Broadcasting & Cable 24 Nov 97)

                           DYNAMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA

Philosophy professors at Stanford University are developing The Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy < >, which is designed
so that the authors of articles contained in the compendium can update
their subject matter as needed.  The system then automatically alerts the
editors, via e-mail, that new material has arrived, to be reviewed and made
available to readers.  Twelve editors and 120 scholars thus far have
contributed to the encyclopedia, and the project's leader expects to have
most entries completed within five years.  (Chronicle of Higher Education
28 Nov 97)

                           MICROSOFT PIRACY SUIT

Microsoft is suing Argentina's wealthiest province for breaching an
out-of-court settlement over the use of pirated software in its computers.
Microsoft sued after the government of Buenos Aires province fell behind on
payments to reimburse the company for using unlicensed software in 3,500
computers.  Software piracy is thought to be widespread in Argentina and
other Latin American countries.  Microsoft estimates that 71% of installed
software programs are unlicensed compared with 80% in 1994.  (Montreal
Gazette 26 Nov 97)

                      PHONE COMPANIES GOBBLE UP ISPs

In the past year, telephone companies have purchased all or portions of
about a half-dozen large Internet service providers, in a strategy to get
into the Internet business, including WorldCom Inc.'s acquisition of UUNet
and GTE's purchase of BBN.  Deals in the works include ICG Communications,
a small Colorado-based carrier, buying Netcom On-Line Communications
Services, and IXC Communications in Austin taking a 20% stake in PSINet.
The few remaining national, publicly held ISPs are Concentric Network Corp,
MindSpring Enterprises Inc. and EarthLink Network Inc.  "To stay
independent, you need to be huge," says a Forrester Research analyst.
(Investor's Business Daily 26 Nov 97)

Editor Note:
One can only wonder if Senator Orrin Hatch will jump on this one as
vigorously as he did Microsoft.  Talk about opportunistic grandstanding...

                      IBM CHIPS AWAY AT GLOBAL MARKET

With its announcement last week of plans to build a $700-million microchip
development center (scheduled for operation in 1999) in East Fishkill, New
York, IBM is hoping that the company will gain an edge in the $140 billion
global chip market.  Recently, the company revealed a technology
breakthrough that would allow copper to replace aluminum in chip wiring
designs -- a development that analysts believe is the most significant
advance in chip design in many years.  (USA Today 26 Nov 97)


Recalling a 1967 Forbes magazine article that predicted the paperless
society ("Gone forever will be the boring task of writing and mailing
checks to pay monthly bills"), economist Robert J. Samuelson notes that in
1966 Americans wrote about 20 billion checks, whereas 30 years later they
wrote roughly 64 billion.  "Paper's obituaries proved wrong for two
reasons.  The first is  technology and economics.  Over the years, paper
has become cheaper, easier to use and more versatile.  Therefore, people
use more of it.  The check survived because it adapted.  Even in the 1960s,
many checks were sorted by hand.  What prevented terminal choking was the
machine-readable check, with magnetic coding.  Processing machines sort
50,000 to 80,000 checks an hour."  And the second reason?  Paper imposes "a
crude order on the information glut.  Paper helps distinguish between
information that's important, relevant and durable and information that
isn't."  (Washington Post 26 Nov 97)

                            THE CYBERPORN WARS

A group of technology and media companies, including AOL and Disney, have
decided to lead a public education campaign and to offer new filtering
software, in new efforts aimed at preventing children from accessing
"adult" materials on the World Wide Web.  America Online Chief Executive
Steve Case says:  "Regulation is not necessary.  We want to show that the
interactive world is being proactive in building a medium we can all be
proud of," and former Federal Trade Commission member Christine Varney, who
is leading a Washington meeting of 400 business and government officials
concerned about the issue of pornography in cyberspace, says:  "There's
consensus that there should be zero tolerance for child pornography.
There's a large variety of filtering tools out there.  We want parents to
know about them and to use them if they're concerned."  However, strategies
relying on filtering software are opposed both by conservative groups (who
believe that pornography should be stopped at the source by new laws
criminalizing  the transmission of adult material to minors), as well as by
free speech advocates (who, like the Washington-based Electronic Privacy
Information Center, say that filtering mechanisms "prevent children from
obtaining a great deal of useful and appropriate information that is
currently available on the Internet").  (Washington Post 1 Dec 97)


In California, three computer security companies have merged:  McAfee
Associates, a leading maker of anti-virus software, completed its purchase
of Network General and then proceeded to purchase Pretty Good Privacy,
which sells encryption software.  On the east coast, Axent Technologies in
Maryland is buying Massachusetts-based Raptor Systems, combining two
companies that market software for controlling access to files and data.
Industry analysts think the consolidations are being made in anticipation
of moves by giant companies such as Microsoft and Cisco to absorb most
security technology.  (Los Angeles Times 2 Dec 97)

                           LICENSING PRINCIPLES

A coalition of 15 Dutch scientific research libraries, concerned over the
anticompetitive implications of the proposed merger of two major scientific
journal publishers, Reed Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer, has adopted a set of
principles aimed at bolstering their position in negotiations with
publishers over electronic journals.  The principles stipulate that
libraries that subscribe to a print version of a journal should not have to
pay more than an additional 7.5% for electronic access to that same
journal, and that libraries should not pay more than 80% of the print rate
to subscribe exclusively to the electronic version.  A group of German
librarians who helped draw up the principles are expected to sign on as
part of the coalition, and it's hoped that many European libraries will
follow suit.  "We've been talking about a 'journal crisis' for years," says
one of the Dutch librarians.  "It looks like it's finally arrived.  We're
fed up." (Science 28 Nov 97)


Micron Technology, one of the last U.S. manufacturers of memory chips, says
the International Monetary Fund's plan to bail out the South Korean economy
could have a negative effect on U.S. chipmakers by rewarding South Korean
chipmakers for what Micron has termed "unfair competition."  Micron's CEO
argues that sending U.S. money to South Korea as part of the international
effort is wrong:  "The thought that our tax dollars will go to subsidize
competitors and take away our jobs is troublesome.  This keeps me up at
night.  We are asking to have responsible thought go into where this money
goes."  Prices on DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chips have slumped in
the past couple of years, in part as a result of overproduction by South
Korean companies.  (Wall Street Journal 2 Dec 97)

                         MOTOROLA'S TWO-WAY PAGER

Motorola has begun retail sales of a pager that looks like a tiny,
three-and-a-half-inch-wide laptop and operates on Skytel's two-way paging
system to send as well as receive e-mail or acknowledge receipt of a page
for guaranteed messaging.  The pager costs $330-360 and Skywriter services
cost $24.95 a month for 6,000 characters and $48 a month for 20,000
characters.  (New York Times Cybertimes 2 Dec 97)

                          CLIK DRIVE FROM IOMEGA

Iomega, maker of the popular removable storage Zip drive, has unveiled a
petite portable disk drive called Clik that's small enough to fit in a
shirt pocket.  Its diskette -- about half the size of a credit card --
stores 40 megabytes of data.  The device is designed to work with a variety
of hand-held gadgets, from palm-top computers to digital cameras.
(Investor's Business Daily 2 Dec 97)

                             BY AMERICA ONLINE

Mail sent to AOL users by MSN members using the latest version of the
service (version 2.5) is being rejected by AOL for undetermined technical
reasons.  Each company is convinced that the problem is at the other end,
and both claim to be anxious to resolve the problem.  (1 Dec 97 News.Com)

                          AMONG NON-TECH WORKERS

One side effect of the increasing shortage of qualified high-tech workers
is a sharp rise in salaries for technical jobs, which is causing morale
problems among non-technical staffers working side-by-side who are
beginning to see the pay scales diverge.  "Salaries are escalating really
quickly," says one technical director.  "Sometimes, it's difficult for
human-resources people to comprehend how fast that is happening."  The
increase in salaries is also making it harder to pitch technology projects
to top management, says another information technology director:
"Management always reads about technology costs going down.  But now costs
are going up, and it's hard for them to digest this."  (Wall Street Journal
1 Dec 97)


Microsoft Network plans to stop offering Internet access in Europe next
year, devoting its resources to developing more content instead.  The
company currently offers branded Internet access services in France,
Germany and the U.K. via lines leased from local telecom carriers.  MSN
customers in those countries will be turned over directly to the
telecommunications firms, which will provide continued Internet access with
a link to MSN services.  "All we care about is that if someone clicks on
the MSN icon on their desktop, they'll get a seamless connection to our
site," says MSN's general manager.  There are no plans to change MSN
functions in the U.S., he adds.  (InfoWorld Electric 26 Nov 97)

                           INTEL WILL DEVELOP NC

Intel plans to develop its own version of a low-cost (below $500) network
computer, which will be able to use several different operating systems,
including Microsoft's Windows CE, IBM's Workspace on Demand, Citrix's
Winframe, Novell's NetWare, two programs from Oracle's Network Computer
Inc. affiliate, and Unix-based software from Santa Cruz Operation Inc.  The
machines will be powered by Intel's original Pentium microprocessor, and
will retrieve data and applications programs from servers running on
Pentium II or Pentium Pro chips.  "It's an Intel solution from one end of
the network to the other," says an Intel VP.  (Wall Street Journal 3 Dec

                      NCs:  NOT READY-FOR-PRIMETIME?

A new study by the Gartner Group says that despite all the hype surrounding
network computers,  businesses are not yet ready to adopt them, primarily
because most corporate networks will need significant upgrading and
increased maintenance to accommodate NCs.  "Everyone was talking about
computing and nobody was looking at the network," says one of the study's
authors.  "Who  cares if the desktop is cheap if the network is expensive?"
ccording to "Network Computing: The Rest of the Story," few companies have
any idea how much money it will take to increase the bandwidth and add more
network support staff to successfully maintain an NC network. "Vendors say
there will be plenty of bandwidth.  I just don't see that in the next five
years."  (TechWeb 3 Dec 97)


Hewlett-Packard and Electronic Data Systems are joining with financial
institutions Citibank, Mondex, Paymentech, Royal Bank of Canada, Sistema
4B, Sumitomo Credit, Visa International  and Wells Fargo plan to develop
and promote Internet banking and commerce.  An HP executive called the
alliance "a rare opportunity for cross-industry cooperation to change the
way people will interact with their financial institutions and purchase
goods and services."  (Financial Times 3 Dec 97)


Attorney General Janet Reno has called a two-day conference to get
cooperation with foreign law enforcers to fight cyberporn, saying:  "The
rapid and global growth of the Internet raises a host of complex issues
involving criminal law enforcement that expand beyond national boundaries."
The  meeting will include participation by justice and interior ministers
from Britain, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada, France and Russia.  (AP 3 Dec

                         COMPUTER SECURITY ISSUES

WinMagic Chief Executive Chau Thi Nguyen-Huu warns that the secrets of
banks, government agencies and other institutions and individuals who have
used certain popular encryption software may not be so safe after all, and
says he has observed security flaws related specifically to the two most
popular data encryption software:  Symantec's For Your Eyes Only, and Data
Security's SecurPC.  Symantec officials acknowledged the bug, and a fix to
the problem can be ordered from the company's Web site for delivery within
five to seven days.  Data Security spoke with Nguyen-Huu, but said further
tests will have to be  conducted to determine whether a bug exists.
(Toronto Globe & Mail 4 Dec 97)

                            SURFING AT THE MALL

The Simon DeBartol Group, a developer of mega-malls, is planning to provide
Internet access to the 28 million people who shop on its properties.  The
malls will offer their customers a CD-ROM, released monthly with pictures
of  all the merchandise so that they don't have to spendtime downloading
pictures online; a local dial-up number; and Microsoft Internet Explorer to
browse the Net.   A company executive says:  "If we take a look and see
what the trends are in the industry, they're for more convenience and more
service.  Perhaps we could make a combination of what was the Web and what
was the malls and create a product that would be the best of both worlds."
(News.Com 3 Dec 97)


An associate professor of computer science at the University of California
at Berkeley has developed a software program that can identify plagiarism
in computer programming coursework.  The "Measure of Software Similarity"
program compares lines of code in students' assignments and flags those
that contain similar code.  The software's creator hopes his product will
become a deterrence factor for students who are tempted to cheat:  "There
are places that find 10% of their students cheating.  That's a lot more
common than you'd like it to be."   (Chronicle of Higher Education 5 Dec


The founder and chairman of Wired Ventures is stepping down as publisher of
Wired magazine, a move he describes as "part of the process of this
magazine growing up."  The magazine, founded five years ago, became
profitable this year, but Wired Ventures, the parent company, has failed in
two attempts so far to launch a public stock offering.  (New York Times 4
Dec 97)

                  3Com Reduces the Price of Award Winning
                      PalmPilot Connected Organizers

3Com offers market-leading PalmPilot Professional Edition for $369,
PaImPilot Personal Edition for $249

SANTA CLARA, Calif., October 10, 1997 -- 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS)
today reduced the suggested retail price of its best-selling PalmPilot
connected organizer products. The PalmPilot Professional Edition will have
an estimated street price of $369, reduced from $399, and the PalmPilot
Personal Edition will have an estimated street price of $249, reduced from
$299. Since their introduction in March of this year, the PalmPilot
products have received numerous awards and industry acclaim for their
form-factor, extensive functionality, price, and viability for enterprise
data management solutions.

"The PalmPilot connected organizer has been one of our most successful
products this year and has been a category leader since its introduction in
1996," said Larry Mondry, executive vice president of merchandising at
CompUSA. "This price reduction is a great way for us to pass along even
more value to PalmPilot product customers."

The two models maintain 3Corn's design objective of providing maximum
functionality at compelling consumer price points. The PalmPilot
Professional Edition connected organizer includes e-mail connectivity
software, expense tracking software, a backlit screen, enhanced PalmPilot
personal information management software and 1 MB of memory. The PalmPilot
Personal Edition connected organizer features the same expense management
software, backlit screen, and enhanced PIM software, and includes 512K of
memory. With over 3,000 developers currently creating software applications
to run on the PalmPilot connected organizer, hundreds of software
applications, developer tools and services are already available. This
broad developer support of the PalmPilot platform further fuels its
emergence as the leading platform in the handheld computing industry.

"We designed the PalmPilot connected organizer to help both general
consumers and mobile business professionals stay organized and productive
in daily life. In addition to being the best-selling connected organizer
for individual users, it has become a compelling enterprise tool providing
an expansive platform for mission-critical corporate data solutions,"
explained Ed Colligan, vice president of marketing for the Palm Computing,
Inc. subsidiary of 3Com Corporation. "Our retailers and reseller partners
have had great success with PalmPilot products this year, and this price
reduction should make the product even more attractive to the consumer and
enterprise customer."

The award-winning PalmPilot connected organizers, designed as companion
products to personal computers, enable mobile users to manage their
schedules, contacts, and other critical personal and business information
on their desktops and remotely. The PalmPilot device automatically
synchronizes its information with a personal computer locally or over a
local- or wide-area network using Network HotSync" software, at the touch
of a button. Its most distinguishing features include shirt-pocket size,
instant response, an elegant graphical user interface, and an innovative
desktop cradle that facilitates two-way PC synchronization.

PalmPilot products are distributed through leading consumer electronics and
computer stores nationwide, including Circuit City, CompUSA, Computer City,
Egghead, Office Depot, Off ice Max, Staples, and other retailers. The
products are also available through national corporate resellers, including
Vanstar and Entex. In addition, IBM recently launched the IBM WorkPad, a
new PC companion, using the PalmPilot technology and Franklin Quest offers
the Franklin Electronic DayPlanner, which incorporates the PalmPilot
platform with Ascend '97 software, and is available at Franklin Quest
retail outlets and directly from Franklin Quest.

3Com Corporation enables individuals and organizations worldwide to
communicate and share information and resources at anytime from anywhere.
As one of the world's preeminent suppliers of data, voice and video
communications technology, 3Com has delivered networking solutions to more
than 100 million customers worldwide. With global reach and local touch,
the company gives enterprises, network service providers and carriers,
small businesses and consumers comprehensive, innovative information access
products and system solutions for building intelligent, reliable and high
performance local and wide area networks. 3Com has worldwide revenues of
more than $6.0 billion and employs approximately 13,200 people in 45
countries. For further information, visit 3Com's World Wide Web site at or the PaImPilot product site at .

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subsidiaries.  All  other brands and product names  may  be  trademarks  or
registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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they simply must have this ensemble in their office.  Be it a large
corporation with the big guy's secretary using it to compile all those
pesky business cards or, the SOHO where every number is important and must
be well organized.  CardScan Plus 300 belongs in every office.    Thi
product delivers!  It does exactly what they say it will do and much, much
more.  Look for more information next week.

     Corex Technologies Corporation addresses the universal problem of
getting contact information into your PC without data entry. Its CardScan
Plus 300 is a complete business card scanning solution; it's a business
card scanner, electronic Rolodex@, search engine and productivity tool all
in one!  CardScan is a daily task facilitator. Users can search, send
e-mail, browse the Web, generate letters, print labels and call business
associates with a simple click.

     CardScan transfers data into the industry's leading contact managers
and PlMs, including ACVS, Microsoft Outlook, ECCO, Maximizer, Goldmine and
more. CardScan also provides a number of import and export templates for
the seamless transmission of contact information. With CardScan, a contact
is never lost.

     CardScan's conduit for the PaImPilotTM instantly updates contact
information, synchronizes databases and allows users to transfer contact
information from CardScan to PalmPilot with one click of the PalmPilot
HotSync button. Our conduit solves the biggest problem for PalmPilot
users--data entry.
Product Features:

CardScan Plus 300 is designed for PCs running Windows 95, Windows NT and
Windows 3.x. Key product features include:

z    Advanced accuracy: CardScan Plus 300 now provides improved accuracy
  and enhanced card reading capabilities. Business with several fonts, color
  schemes and uncommon typesetting are now more carefully recognized and put
  into the appropriate database fields with little or no error.

z    32-bit application: CardScan 3.0 exploits the rich functionality of
  Windows 95 with long file name and registry support, tabbed dialog boxes,
  OLE 2.0 and more.

z    Shared database capabilities for users across a network: Users now
  have the option to share several or all CardScan databases across a
  network. A passwordprotect option allows individual users and network
  administrators to selectively pick and choose which databases may be shared
  with outside parties.

z    Pass-thru parallelport connection: CardScan Plus 300's new hardware
  provides a pass-thru parallel port connection. With our unique design,
  users can connect to a printer or other device without disconnecting the

z    vCard support: Support for Versit's personal data exchange format
  gives users an open, standard-based format for exchanging personal
  electronic data. Use CardScan as a front end to scan business cards, then
  send the information in the form of a vCard over the Internet directly to a
  contact manager, PIM, fax software, word processor or any number of
  applications. CardScan's support of the vCard standard leverages customers'
  existing technology investments and makes the exchange of personal data

z    WWW browser access: CardScan automatically scans URL addresses into
  the appropriate database field. From CardScan, users can access a contact's
  Web site directly by simply clicking on the URL address-finding a contact's
  presence on the Web is quick and easy.

z    E-mail capabilities: No more fumbling with complicated e-mail
  addresses. With a simple click, CardScan launches your e-mail package
  already addressed to your contact.

z    Improved autodialing faxing: Use CardScan as the phone book to dial a
  phone number using Telephony API (TAPI) autodialing, or send a fax using
  WinFaXTM or Fax Works PrOTM software. The user-friendly interface allows
  for direct correspondence right from the application.

z    Drag and drop capabilities: Tired of manually entering a contact's
  information from an e-mail message or word processing file to CardScan? Use
  CardScan's drag and drop feature to transfer free forrn text from other
  applications to CardScan. Simply highlight the text you wish to move, drag
  it to the desired application, and CardScan does the rest. Users can also
  drag contact information from CardScan and drop it into other applications
  via OLE and vCard format.

z    Improved exporting: Our new wizard carefully guides you through
  complex procedures, ensuring positive transmission of information to your
  contact manager, PIM or PDA.

z    Improved printing: Want to view the page layout before printing? No
  problem. CardScan now allows users to view and modify the Page Setup while
  in the print preview mode. CardScan takes the guess work out of labels,
  letter format and envelopes.

z    Synchronization function: CardScan 3.0 allows users to keep databases
  up to date when in use on multiple computers. With this feature, a user can
  keep a copy on a laptop and a desktop machine, make changes to one or the
  other, or both, and then synchronize the databases.

z    Backupfeature: Accidentally delete a card? CardScan's got you covered.
  With our new backup capabilities, users can easily restore the original
  file from the backup copy. The backup feature is also useful for copying
  large address files onto multiple diskettes for distribution.

z    Open multiple databases: With CardScan, users can now open multiple
  databases at the same time. There's no need to close out of one file to
  access another. Users can work within a company file over the network and a
  personal file on the desktop simultaneously.

z    Compatibility with existing versions of CardScan: Users get seamless
  conversion from CardScan's 2.x files to CardScan 3.0 files.

System Requirements:

Windows 3.x, Windows NT, Windows 95 Memory: 12MB Disk Space: 12MB

Compatible Scanners:
FLATBED: HP, Microtek, UMAX, Envisions, KYE International, Canon, Relisys,
Avec, Epson
HANDHELD: Logitech, Mustek
SHEETFED: Delrina, Logitech, Visioneer, IBM, Microtek, Nisca, Paris,
Tamarak, Plustek, Canon, Fijitsu, Xerox and many other popular scanners
CardScan is compatible with virtually all TWAIN-compliant scanners.

Pricing and Availability:
CardScan Plus 300 (includes dedicated business card scanner and 3.0
software) -$299.99 CardScan 3.0 (software only) -$99.00

All products are available through many PC retailers, including CompUSA,
Fry's ELECTRONICS, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, MicroCenter and Computer City; and
direct from the company's outbound and inbound sales force

Company Background:
Corex  Technologies Corporation develops, markets and supports the CardScan
family  of  business  card  scanning products. The company's  award-winning
products  are designed to increase the personal productivity of individuals
who  rely  on  their  PCs to manage their day-to-day  business  activities.
Based  in Cambridge, Mass., Corex Technologies markets its products through
a  direct sales force, authorized resellers and retail and catalog outlets.
For   more   information,   contact  Corex  Technologies   Corporation   at
800-492-4200, or visit our home page at .

Jason's Jive

Jason Sereno, STR Staff

                                 PC CD-ROM
                           Street Price: $29.99
                            For teens and older
                (comic mischief and mild animated violence)
                           Acclaim Entertainment
                             One Acclaim Plaza
                            Glen Cove, NY 11542
WIN 95 Program Requirements
Windows 95, Pentium 75 MHz, 4MB (minimum install),
16 MB RAM, 2 MB SVGA PCI video card, 2X CD-ROM drive,
Direct Sound 2.0 compatible sound card

MS DOS Requirements
486DX2/66 MHz, 16 MB RAM required for DOS, 4X CD ROM,
4 MB hard disc space, 1 MB Vesa video graphics card,
MS-DOS 6.0 or greater, Soundblaster or 100% compatible
sound card

Acclaim's new release, Constructor, is a new clever land developing
simulation.  It combines graphics, humor, and strategy to produce a very
addictive and challenging game. Large amounts of characters, actions, and
reactions will keep you laughing, but also very busy while playing this
sim.  Constructor is definitely the simulation with street smarts and
you'll need some too if you plan to be successful at this game.

Constructor contains brilliant graphics through the entire game.  Loads of
cinematic sequences display the ever-changing times in your quest to build
your city. The characters are also very entertaining and have an abundance
of actions.  Every time you choose a character or building, a 3D movie pops
up in the corner of the screen showing you the many details surrounding it.

Acclaim's new release also provides the gamer with different ways to play.
You can choose to just free build by yourself or against competition.  You
may also play to obtain a certain amount of money by a predetermined time.
One the most hardest ways to play is to have each type of house and each
type of tenant living in your city with an over 90% happiness rate. Each
type of game let's you have up to three competitors as well.  There is also
a multiplayer option that let's you compete against your friends.

You not only play a constructor in this game.  You basically run the entire
city acting as mayor, police chief, mobster, and land developer.  When a
problem arises, it is up to you to fix it.  You can send your work crew to
build buildings, your repair man to repair, thugs to bully around the
competition, or even protesters to picket adversaries' factories or
businesses.  There are many different actions and characters the player can

As the game progresses, your buildings do as well.  At first you are only
allowed to build shack houses made out of wood.  After building all of your
wooden shacks, a cement factory is built and better quality houses are put
up.  As the game moves on condos and estates may be produced. You can also
create commercial buildings such as gadget factories, police departments to
control crime, or pubs to keep your citizens relaxed.

You notice more variation among tenants too.  The first group of tenants
are just to produce more manual workers.  After that the nerds and other
groups start popping up until you eventually have the preppy people and
other high class.  These people are easily motivated and cause less
problems than the other lower class tenants do.  The better housing you
build the better tenants and higher rent you will have.

Other characters, such as evil clowns, mobsters, zombies, and psycho chain
saw wielding wackos will appear later in the game too.  You can use them at
your disposal or find them being used against you throughout the game.  You
must find ways to counteract these characters and their actions or they
will eventually ruin your plans on building a metropolis.

Constructor is without a doubt the simulation with street smarts.  To win
you must be good at two different types of interaction.  Of course, you
must use strategy to build buildings.  However, you must also master
personal interaction with the characters to be successful at this
simulation.  Complaints from tenants and treachery from competitors keeps
you going along with the humor supplied by the cast.  If you are looking
for a serious challenge, look for Constructor, in stores now!

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  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

           Links 5-Course Library Vol. 4  In Time for Christmas!

            Access Software now offers 28 championship courses!

Five of the finest courses in the world are coming to the desktop for the
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z    Torrey Pines, La Jolla, California
z    Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
z    Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
z    Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, Colorado
z    Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast, California

     "We have sold thousands of each of these courses at $29.95 apiece,"
said Steve Witzel, Access Software Executive VP "As our course offering
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     In the tradition of Access Software, all 5 courses are compatible with
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Access development team has completely rebuilt Torrey Pines, Castle Pines,
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buildings, objects and more," explained Bruce Carver, Access Software CEO.

     Links LS `97 and `98 update patches are also included with Links
5-Course Library Vol. 4.  Access Software Inc. is currently in its
sixteenth year producing the highest quality entertainment software

                            The Linux Advocate

by Scott Dowdle


Ah, so many topics to cover this time... where to begin?

First of all, I'd like to offer an apology for the last column as it was a
repeat of the first column from a couple of weeks ago. I finished the first
version of this installment before the deadline and then (by accident) I
file attached the previous/first column in an email to Ralph, and the first
column got published all over again. Boy, was I ashamed!

Now with that over with, I'd like to put in my quick two cents on the whole
U.S. Department of Justice's latest involvement with Microsoft.  The
respected editor of this publication has most assuredly given you his
nickel worth and being the devil's advocate kind of person I am, I just
wanted to bring up a few points that a lot of the Media (not just Ralph)
seem to have completely overlooked.

What has the DOJ actually said to Microsoft and what are their actual
threats?  The real issues have been side-stepped and there wasn't much to
get fired up over in the first place.  You see, the DOJ hasn't said that
Microsoft has to do anything with their browser integration... all they
have done is tell Microsoft that they better include instructions on how to
remove MS Internet Explorer 4.x if the consumer desires to do so... and if
Microsoft doesn't comply, then theoretically, they could be fined up to $1
million a day.  Hmmm, hello McFly!  What is wrong with telling Microsoft
that they better do something that ethically they should already be doing
in the first place?  Is it asking too much to provide the consumer with
information on how to remove or disable something if they want to?
that the consumer may be free to choose an alternative?

This whole issue isn't about taking away Microsoft's marketing plans on how
to force people to use their browser... it's about trying to create the
conditions whereby an attempt at a "level playing field" might be retained.
Thank goodness Microsoft HAS included the ability for the consumer to
disable MSIE... since it is going to be shipping with the standard Windows
95/NT environments by default really soon now.  Including the ability to
turn if off is the real reason that Microsoft has gotten by with a warning.
The fact that the DOJ has said, "Gee, that's great but you better inform
the public on how they may go about taking advantage of this feature," is
really  the issue... not some outlandish, over-handedness on the part of
the DOJ.

Is that unfair to Microsoft?  No.  Is that going to cost Microsoft some
ungodly sum of money to comply with?  No.  Will Microsoft comply?  Why
wouldn't/shouldn't they?

If it weren't for the DOJ, Microsoft  would surely take advantage of its
position as leader (aka monopoly) in the micro computer Operating System
arena to force more and more of their application products on the consumer
in such ways as to completely eliminate competition.

The whole claim by Microsoft of a browser interface being a logical
extension of the Operating  System proper is totally silly.  For some
reason, although many people don't see it... it's akin to  Microsoft saying
that text processing is a necessary, basic application that should be
included with  the Operating System and then deciding to integrate
Microsoft Office into the Operating System  as if it has any business being
there.  How would people feel if Microsoft decided to integrate Office into
the OS proper?  Oh, I'm sure much of the press would love it and would
claim that it would be great for the consumer to get yet even more
functionality for free... as part of the OS.  But what would that do to
Office suite vendors?  How fair would that be to the consumer... to
basically eliminate the ability for an application vendor to compete
against a company that wants to take advantage of their monopolistic
position?  You be the judge.  Frankly, I wouldn't put it past Microsoft.

I'll take the risk of becoming publicly known as a Microsoft basher if
getting that label is what it takes to stand up for common sense in the
computing industry.  However, let it be known that I don't intentionally
"bash" anything.  I'm just trying my best to bring up points and issues
that seem to be overlooked in the mainstream press... thank you very much.

Speaking of Microsoft, by accident I recently ran across a very informative
article.  about the whole Microsoft
business culture.  After having read many articles on Microsoft that seemed
to be subjective (either pro or con) I found this article to be completely
refreshing and the fact that it's written from an insider's point of view
makes it much more credible in my book.  I mention this article because I
feel it is noteworthy and  before anyone goes knocking it as some "bash"
article, be sure and read the whole thing and consider what it is saying
before you decide.  As you can probably guess from the URL, it comes from
Harvard University... the September 1997 issue of Harvard Computer Review
in fact. For those that want to see a response on the article from yet
another Microsoft insider, just change "sept" to "oct" in he previously
listed URL and you'll find such along with a response to the response. :)

Gee, did I spend a lot of words talking about Microsoft or what?  Yeah, I
thought this was a column about Linux too... so I'll get back on track.

                                Linux News

Not much really in the news this week but that depends on how you look at
it.  It used to be news noteworthy whenever a new software package was
available for Linux but now that's pretty much a daily occurrence but I did
run across a few items that I considered newsworthy. :)

News Item #1: Corel Computers (some sort of division of Corel) announced
that they are releasing what they call "Corel Video Network Computer" or
the Corel VNC for short.  Oddly enough it's based on a Digital StrongARM
SA-110 microprocessor, comes with 32MB of RAM, and two ethernet cards just
to name a few features.  Why this is Linux news is because Corel has chosen
the Linux OS as the Operating System for their new computer.  They are
bundling a suite  of Java based applications with the machine, and since
Linux can run Java binaries just fine (although I've only personally tried
then in Netscape), it seems like a nature choice... since it was ported to
the StrongARM some time ago.  For complete info on the Corel VNC visit and read all about it.

News Item #2: A new interview with Linus Torvalds (you know, the father of
Linux) was published in The International Electronic Magazine For Informix
Software Users (  The article is simply entitled
"A Quick Update with Linus Torvalds," so don't expect a comprehensive
interview.  For a couple of more comprehensive interviews/articles, see my
Linux History section.

News Item #3: RealNetworks Inc. (formerly known as Progressive Networks
Inc.) recently released RealPlayer v5.0 for Linux.  If you don't know what
RealAudio and RealVideo are, visit their homepage  to learn more.  In a nutshell, RealPlayer is
their free client that handles streaming audio and video over the Internet
even in low bandwidth conditions.  It's a very impressive "multi-media"
client that is a welcome application in the Linux world.   They also make
the server side applications available for Linux but that's not real news.

News Item #4: Microsoft recently released Microsoft Internet Explorer
4.0beta for Unix.  The current version is designed for Sun Microsystems'
Solaris OS but since Microsoft is planning a port to Linux I thought this
was a newsworthy item.  Microsoft has been advertising multiplatform
support for MSIE for some time now (yes, including Unix) but this is the
first release so far.  Personally, I'm not in favor of using Microsoft apps
in a free software environment but that's just my personal opinion.

                           Linux Myth Dispelling

As mentioned last column, I'm going to be borrowing heavily from the "Linux
Myth Dispeller" Homepage
( for this section
of the  column.  This installment's topic myth is: "Linux is a nightmare to
install and Setting up Linux requires hours of time, and can only be done
by experts."

                [Quoting Linux Myth Dispeller Homepage on]

I installed Linux in less than an hour, and was up and running. The
installation can be handled manually, in which case it may take a while
(this would be copying each file set, and unpacking them by hand).
However, nearly every distribution has an installation program that mealy
prompts you for what to install, and some basic settings, then does all the
work for you. After getting a Linux CD, you'll probably be up and running
within an hour. In the olden days, this has been true, and Linux can be
made hard to install.

This myth is perpetuated by the fact that Linux is so customizable.
Changing, recompiling, and other modifications that can only be done under
UNIX systems and not under Windows makes Linux an operating system that can
be configured to do and be just about anything. When you install most Linux
distributions, the OS is every bit as setup as Windows 95 or Mac System.
The catch is, Windows 95 and Mac System have a limited set of changes you
can make. Experts of course can reconfigure more, such as rewriting some of
the utilities, but every-day users are perfectly capable of configuring
standard usage settings.

                [Quoting Linux Myth Dispeller Homepage off]

                       Linux Distribution Spotlight

There are several distributions of Linux to choose from and this time I'll
be covering the Red Hat Software distribution of Linux
(  I'm often asked exactly what a "distribution" is
and what the differences are between the various distributions.  A brief
description follows but for a comprehensive explanation and  overview of
distributions, you may  visit the Linux Distribution HOWTO document
available at .

Linux proper is only the Operating System kernel which is little good
without support utilities and eventually, end user applications.  Various
groups over the past few years have gathered up the better software
packages for Linux and put together integrated system installation and
management packages that are designed with end users in mind rather than
hackers or programmers.  The distribution makers are the folks who have
done the most to mainstream Linux and take it from a curiosity to an end
user computer platform.

Red Hat Software Inc. of Durham, NC makes a very popular commercial
distribution of Linux for  the Intel, the Sun Sparc3, and the DEC Alpha
platforms that retails for around $50.  While Linux  remains freely
distributable under the GNU Public License, what Red Hat has done to
"commercialize" their distribution (like several other vendors) is to add
value and convenience to it via some custom software authoring and the
licensing of a couple of commercial third-party applications.  Unofficial
CDs of Red Hat are totally legal and readily available from retailers such
as Cheap*Bytes copy but they don't include the licensed third-party apps as
that would violate copyright law.  In this spotlight I will skip the
optional stuff that is only included in the Official Red Hat distribution.
The Red Hat Linux User's Guide is also available online at the following

The User's Guide is rather complete and includes screenshots all through
the install process.

Red Hat is considered the most friendly and easiest to install distribution
by much of the Linux community and rightfully so.  Red Hat Linux is
currently at version 4.2 and the install process has been finely tuned over
time.  Installation is done via CD-ROM, NFS (Network File System), FTP
(File Transfer Protocol), or local hard drive.  The commercial package
includes a 250 page printed manual which is also available publicly in
digital form on Red Hat's homepage in the Support section.  Where this
distribution really stands out is in the area of software package
management, custom system administration tools, a commitment to keep
abreast of system security issues, and a constant evolution via software
package updates and distribution development.

What makes this distribution stand out in the way of software package
management is a program that Red Hat created called RPM - Redhat Package
Manager.  RPM is used both as a means of initial operating system
installation and continuing software package management.  All included
software is contained in disk files ending with the .rpm extension.  The
basic function of the RPM program and it's associated GUI shell named GLINT
are to install, upgrade, and remove software components easily and
painlessly.  RPM includes advanced features such as package configuration,
file verification, package interdependencies, and cataloging.  With RPM it
is easy to install or remove even the more complicated software
applications because of the care Red Hat has taken in automating
installation and removal scripts.  What this leads to is the ability to
more effectively manage the software on your system, the ability to keep up
with software upgrades, library upgrades, as well as a method to upgrade
from one distribution version to the next seamlessly.   An analogy in the
Microsoft world is the Windows Software Registry system, but under Red Hat,
RPM seems to function at a higher level.  The only downside to the RPM
system is... that given the diversity of the Linux software resources, not
all software is provided by all producers in an .rpm format and Red Hat
certainly can't gather up every software application ever made and produce
an .rpm of it... although, believe me, they have come close.  To help
resolve this issue, Red Hat has released the source code and technical
specs to RPM to the public under the GPL in an attempt get as many people
to adopt their software packaging technology as possible.  This isn't
limited to the Linux Operating System either as it is generally applicable
to virtually all flavors of Unix.   In fact, one of Red Hat's pipe-dreams
with RPM is to provide the entire Unix community with a standardization for
software packaging... and have in fact written a book for RPM developers
and software vendors on the subject... and have even created a Internet
presence to distribute the RPM technology appropriately named RPM.ORG .  From all indications, a good segment of the Linux
community has gladly received RPM and put it into use as Red Hat provides a
"contrib" directory on their FTP site (that is an official part of mirrored
sites as well) where the user community can distribute software in .rpm
format that isn't an official part of the Red Hat distribution.  The size
of this contrib directory is on the order of gigabytes of software so it is
certainly a substantial movement/effort in the Linux software development
and user community.

The second area where Red Hat really stands out is in the GUI based system
administration tools  department.  One of the main complaints about Unix as
a whole is that there isn't a standardized  way between Unix platforms to
do the day to day chores of system administration.  Red Hat has  attempted
to address this issue for Linux via their "control-panel" facility and all
of its associated   sub-programs.  The control-panel is what one would
expect it to be (ala Microsoft's and Apple's Control Panel designs) but on
a system administration and hardware configuration level rather than on an
aesthetic, personalized customization level.  Red Hat's control-panel isn't
there to set your X Window Systems' background tiles,  nor is it there to
set the GUI sound events... it's there to manage users, file systems,
network configurations, system runlevels, printer configuration and other
less obvious but necessary system administration tasks.  It is beyond the
scope of this article  to get into the intricacies of these various tools
but it is worth noting that each software component varies to the degree
that it accomplishes its goal.   Some newer users will find the
control-panel a valued set of tools whereas the more advanced Linux
user/administrator may consider them to be useless fluff.  Ah, the Linux
community... a very diverse group... you can't please everyone all of the
time, but you can please some people much of the time. :)  One legitimate
criticism of the control-panel is that is requires the X Window System to
be used in the first place which raises the ante for basic software
installation.  Some people loath X while others rarely see a text based
console.  It would be nice if Red Hat had a complimentary set of text based
system admin tools for those who wanted to do system administration work
outside of the X Window System environment but that isn't currently
available and I am uncertain if they are focusing on that issue or not.  So
far as the control-panel is concerned, it is obvious that Red Hat  is
serious about continuing development on it as they have gone through a
series of control-panel upgrades with the various distribution version
releases.  Let's hope this trend continues.

Red Hat Software maintains a spectacular Internet WWW presence and is
constantly updating  their pages.  When I say spectacular I don't mean that
their pages are full of multimedia fluff and  cutting edge graphical
arts... I mean that they provide comprehensive content especially in the
areas of documentation and technical support.  Linus Torvalds himself says
that he prefers the Red Hat distribution for his particular needs (visit
the URL for the recent interview with Linus  listed in the Linux News
section for specifics) and also gives Red Hat a pat on the back for their
constant dedication to keeping abreast of evolving network security issues
and their resolving them with software upgrade packages.  This isn't to say
that Red Hat ships a distribution that is  plagued with security holes, but
that given the vast amount of network aware software provided  in the Unix
environment as a whole, software that has been adopted in the Linux
community, network security issues should always remain in the foreground
and given attention... and Red Hat is doing that.

Red Hat is also very active in continued development and their motto,
"Keeping up with the speed of Linux"... while it's a takeoff on UPS's
"Keeping up with the speed of Business" slogan... it is still pretty darn
close to being a reality, especially when compared to a few other Linux

Even though it is obvious, I'll just wrap up the Red Hat Linux Distribution
spotlight by saying that  I give it two thumbs up, and a 9.9 on a scale of
1 to 10. :)  That isn't to say that Red Hat is the  only quality
distribution available... because there are others... but rest assured that
if you want Linux, you can't go wrong by picking the Red Hat distribution.

Next month I'll give a review of the Debian Distribution.

                        Linux Application Spotlight

While I had intended on covering Red Hat's ApplixWare suite of office
application software, it became obvious to me that the length of this
installment of Linux Advocate couldn't bare it. So,  I'll defer my review
to another, currently undisclosed, time.  Given that I decided to cover the
Debian Distribution next installment, I anticipate running into a space
limitation next time too... so I'll just provide yet another Internet URL
for a fairly decent, yet limited, review of ApplixWare that I ran into the
other day.  In fact, that's how I accidentally ran into the Microsoft
article I mentioned earlier... as both articles are included in the same
publication, the Harvard Computer Review.  Visit  and check it out for yourself.

                               Linux History

Again, given space limitations, I'll defer this part of the column to a
later time and provide more  noteworthy Internet URLs.  Over the past year
Linux has been given more and more attention in the mainstream computer
industry press.  I challenge anyone even remotely interested in Linux to
read the following two articles from other online publications.

The first one is from a weekly computer industry publication for the
California Silicon Valley  communities called METRO.  It is a very well
written and fairly accurate introduction to Linux  including history as
well as interview clips from Linus and others in the Linux community.  This
article may be found at:

The second article I'd like to bring your attention to was published in the
August issue of WIRED magazine.  While Wired magazine has often been
criticized for being too trendy and/or artistic, the Linux article they did
is very well written.  The online edition of WIRED's in-depth Linux
article can be found at: .


I've about exhausted my resources for this edition. :)  I hope everyone
found it enjoyable, worthy reading material.  Again, please feel free to
contact me via email or visit my homepage.  The information you need is at
the very beginning of this here Linux Advocate column.

Thanks for reading!
Scott Dowdle - November, 1997

Classics & Gaming Section
Editor Dana P. Jacobson

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

     Well, the turkey leftovers are almost gone (darn!).  I hope that
you've all "recovered" and your clothes fit once again!  Great holiday,
especially if you enjoy eating.  I'm already looking forward to our
Christmas, Hanukkah feast in a few weeks!   I haven't really considered
editorializing for awhile, but working on this week's issue brought a few
articles to light on a subject that really irks me to no end.  So, to once
again get it out of my system, and perhaps  yours as well, let me jump
right in...

     Most of the recent Internet "controversy" deals with what to do with
"pornography" available online.  Part of this "debate" really irritates me.
And that is some of the proposals to completely "clean up" the Internet in
order that children don't have contact with this sort of thing. The other
part is cleaning up child pornography - the stuff that is child
exploitation.  The second is illegal.  Should it be banned?  Of course; I
see nothing wrong with this type of effort.  Whether it's on the Internet,
on video, in magazines - whatever - it's illegal and should be dealt with

     But adult pornography, however you want to define it, should be left
alone.  It's adult "entertainment.  The world doesn't need governmental
intervention to regulate something we, as adults, should be able to
regulate ourselves.  Why do people always  seem to feel that we need the
government to protect us from ourselves?  You don't want to see "dirty"
pictures on the Internet, don't visit adult sites (or return to them if
you've accidentally come upon one).  You don't want your children to have
access, prevent that from occurring, yourself.

     There are a number of ways to accomplish this.  You, as a parent, need
to determine which method is best for your needs.  Do you restrict access
to the Internet unless you're around to watch what your child is doing?
Perhaps.  Do you install a program to filter out those sites dealing with a
sexual nature?  Possibly.  Do you deny your child access  to the  Internet?
Maybe, but that may be overkill.  So is the solution to ban/censor
"pornography" on the Internet?  Of course not.

     It's your "job" as a parent to teach your children the values that
you'd like to instill in them.  And realize it or not, all of the teaching
in  the world isn't going to prevent a child's curiosity 100 per cent.
Like when I was a kid, if I wanted to see "nudie" pictures, I always knew
where I could find a Playboy or some other "dirty" magazine.  Even National
Geographic was a source!  The point is, as a parent you can only hope that
what you've taught your child will sink in.  And if not, that they will at
least deal with the situation in a responsible manner.

     Censorship is not the answer.  As you'll see elsewhere in this issue,
parenting is the issue according to VP Gore; I'll just use his "cause" in a
alternative context.  We don't need the government to do what we as
individuals should be doing on our own.

Off of my soapbox...

Until next time...

                                * CABFtp *

The shareware FTP-client CABFtp by Manfred Ssykor is updated to v0.24 (Nov


The CAB Overlay Module by Dan Ackerman is now patched (updated) to v1.2704,
this is the 68000-version and according to the included text file, Dan is
going to compile a optimized 68030-version too.

* MyMail *

The email client MyMail by Erik Hdll (a real GEM-beauty) is one of the most
updated Atari application nowadays, it's just been transformed into a very
serious Internet application. The supported protocols and functions are
stunning. The Nov/Dec versions 0.45,0.44,0.39 and 0.38 includes a mail
editing window, support for BubbleGEM, file attachments, mail send logfile
etc etc.

* GEMScript *

GEMScript is a new protocol to be used in our platforms, supported
applications can be in a multitasking environment exchange requests etc and
share their resources and capabilities. As OLGA gave us Object Linking and
embedding to send documents between the supported applications, GEMScript
can cope with functions instead. A Macrolike system that make an
application to send functions like save, open, execute, cut, paste, print
etc to an another application. More complicated request is to be sent via a
GEMScript Interpreter.  SCRIPTER by Holger Weets is a freeware interpreter
for this and ASH will release a commercial one named ASH-MagiC Scripter.
The alternative desktop jinnee have a built-in support for GEMScript and
supported applications is going to increase dramatically soon. Already now
there's supporting ones like CAB 2.6, Texel 2.0, ArtWorx 1.6 and GEMjing.

* CAB *

CAB v2.6 will be a release soon by ASH. There are several new plug-ins in
the package, but if all here mentioned, I'm not really sure. Advertising
filter do censored banners and animations etc via a config dialog, you can
replace banners with your own pictures too, and tell CAB that you don't
want to download specified files larger than... The hotlist is completely
rewritten, a browser lookalike window with new buttons, open, topic, new,
doc-->hot, import, exit and delete. CAB do support GEMScript and document
history now. The browser uses the NVDI color tables now, so if jinnee is
the desktop there's no more color changes etc by topping windows between
CAB and jinnee.

New submenu implemented in the File menu, Internet clients where you can
execute the installed internet client back in the options menu. A future
version will support Netscape Cookies with a direct config entry in a
dialog, accessible from the menu.

* My site *

My two Atari websites is accessible via the URLs:
and  (channel Atari)

I write articles (swedish) in the Atarimagasinet Magazine by The Swedish
Atari Club and now I have implemented some of these at my webpage. You will
find some of them at

As You already noticed I got the "Site of the Month" award by The Atari
Computing Magazine, a heavy 95%. Only one site have ever received 95%
before. That was a really a christmas gift for me and I have just passed 3
years online now for my homepage.  I'm going to concentrate now for
application translations into swedish again and I'm consider to make a
online manual to PPP-Connect and modify the CAB manual into the new v2.6.
The Scandinavian Atari Internet users have already a plethora of
translations made by me, CAB, NEWSie, TelVT102, HP Penguin Pro, aFTP and
some more. I have translated M_Player, MP_STE and AniPlayer too. Hmm..
think You already know that.

* Gary A. Priest *

A new application called Gary Priest? No, but he just releases Internet
applications over and over again. The latest update is a december version
of POPwatch (v2.40). With POPwatch you can administrate your POP3 mailbox
located at one of you service providers servers. You can view part of the
mails there, delete some unwanted and download selected ones to your Atari
email client. A possible translation project for me? I will notify Gary.

* Download Bay *

Most Internet-related applications can be found at:

Best Regards

Mille Babic
channel Atari:

                              Gaming Section

DT Productions!

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

     With Comdex still in memory, and the holiday  season upon us,  I was
really surprised that gaming news this week was almost at a standstill.
Perhaps all of the gaming companies are putting all of the energies into
actually getting the games out to the public rather than talking about them
- for a change!

So let's get to this week's issue and perhaps by next week we'll have an
over-abundance of news for you.

Until next time...

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

                        Racing Game Fans to Bug Out

NEW YORK (Dec. 1) BUSINESS WIRE - Dec. 1, 1997 - Combat Racing Game
Available For Sony PlayStation and Windows 95  What has six heart-pounding
race tracks, 26 wings and 96 legs? The answer is BugRiders: The Race of
Kings, GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ: GTIS) and n-Space's
innovative new combat racing game that is currently available for the Sony
PlayStation and Windows 95. BugRiders: The Race of Kings transports players
into a mystical land where racing atop giant flying bugs, each with their
own signature attributes and weapons, is more than a way of life, it is a
means of survival.

"Taking gamers through a captivating 3D world filled with hairpin turns
and heart-pounding action, BugRiders: The Race of Kings will be an
innovative addition to the racing category," says Holly Newman, vice
president of Marketing for GT Interactive.  "Featuring a diverse assortment
of race tracks, characters, weapons and modes of play, BugRiders: The Race
of Kings will be a 'must have' for racing and action game fans alike."

n-Space's BugRiders: The Race of Kings is set in Entymion, a magical land
championed by vicious armed warriors, each riding giant insectoid mounts
complete with individual motivations, aspirations and weapons. Emperor
Leptus the First has died, and the people of Entymion require a successor.
Across the Empire in each of the Five Manors of the Royal Court, the Great
Race is run, as custom and law requires.  In the end, a single rider will
emerge victorious, replacing Leptus as Emperor until their own health
fails.  Only through careful navigation of the courses, mastery of the
mount and effective use of their weapons, will players be able to defeat
the Royal Court in a series of intense airborne events and earn the right
to replace Leptus as Emperor of Entymion.  "This is a breakthrough title,"
says Dan O'Leary, vice president of n-Space and team leader for the
BugRiders: The Race of Kings project. "We feel that we have taken race
excitement to the next level, and besides, the bugs are real cool."

BugRiders: The Race of Kings offers an array of exciting features,

z    True 3D racing, enabling passing above, below, left and right of
z    Racing on the backs of giant flying bugs, each with unique mount,
  traits and characteristics;
z    22 characters, many with their own signature weapons and racing
z    Distinct bug/character relationships which influence game play;
z    Unique and spectacular weapons, including defensive and rear attacks;
z    Six unique racing environments, each with branching courses and
  evolving tracks;
z    High-resolution graphics at 30 frames-per-second;
z    Multiple modes of play, including practice, tournament and deathmatch

              Don Traeger Productions Signs Development Deal

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (Dec. 2) BUSINESS WIRE - Dec. 2, 1997 - Don Traeger
Productions (DT Productions), a newly-formed game development studio, today
announced it has signed a development deal with Sony Interactive Studios of
America.  Led by 15 year industry veteran, Don Traeger, the company has
begun work on a soon to be announced game project.  Over the next year, DT
Productions plans to focus on select action and sports titles for the
PlayStation and high-end PCs, and is currently working with other industry
heavyweights, including Electronic Arts.

"DT Productions brings the caliber of experience, talent and passion that
we look for in a development partner," stated Kelly Flock, president of
Sony Interactive Studios of America.  "Don and his team have a remarkable
track record in reaching the target market with games that speak directly
to the PlayStation and PC audiences.  Their contributions will be valuable
to Sony."   Traeger's industry credentials include over ten years at
Electronic Arts (EA), where he was instrumental in the company's successful
entry into the console video game market and was also a co-founder of EA
SPORTS.  He was responsible for hit games such as Skate or Die, Lakers vs.
Celtics, (the first EA SPORTS branded title), Jordan vs. Bird: One on One,
and PGA TOUR Golf, among others.

Most recently, Traeger was the vice president of worldwide product
development for BMG Interactive and secured key alliances with sought after
developers such as Delphine Software International.  Working with Delphine,
Traeger spearheaded the production of acclaimed racing title Moto Racer
(published by EA), a game that garnered praise for its stunning accelerated
3D graphics on the PC and its rich, enthralling game play on the
PlayStation.  He has continued work with EA as creative liaison on an
undisclosed title in the company's high-profile 1998 line-up.

Larry Probst, chairman and chief executive officer of Electronic Arts
remarked, "Don has a demonstrated ability to bring great interactive
entertainment products to market.  His creative vision and commercial
instincts have helped to deliver innovative games that anticipate the
demands of video game consumers."   Joining DT Productions is another
senior game veteran, Dennis Harper, whose career spans an impressive 17
years with Atari Games. An expert programmer and game designer, Harper has
been responsible for creating numerous blockbuster coin-operated games such
as Primal Rage, a title he conceptualized, designed and produced.  Some of
his additional credits include classic arcade titles Toobin, Road Riot,
Moto Frenzy, and Return of the Jedi.

DT Productions is also aligned with investment partner Techfund Capital
Management, a Silicon Valley-based investment and management consulting
firm which is involved with some of the entertainment software industry's
most promising new companies.   "Don and Dennis have been among the most
successful game development talents in the industry," noted Jim Whims,
managing director with  Techfund Capital Management.  "With our financial
backing and management expertise, DT Productions can focus on what it does
best -- making great games.  Several major publishers and strategic
partners have already identified the potential benefits of working with a
team of this stature."

One such company is 3Dfx, whose president, Greg Ballard commented, "The
continued success of 3Dfx is dependent upon our ability to partner with the
very best content creators.  We look forward to exploring opportunities
with DT Productions, a development studio that shares our vision of pushing
the limits in next generation gaming."  DT Productions is an independent
game development studio focused on creating select action and sports game
titles for high-end computers and leading consoles.  The company is
currently working with Sony Interactive Studios and Electronic Arts, and is
in negotiations with additional strategic partners.  DT Productions is
based in San Jose, CA.

ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                           PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

Compiled by Joe Mirando

     Hidi ho friends and neighbors. I had hoped to be able to give you a
mini-review of CAB 2.5 this week but alas the package hasn't shown up on my
doorstep yet. Rest assured that when it does I'll have at least a few words
to say about it.

     Since I've stayed in contact with chroMAGIC Software Innovations, the
company I ordered CAB 2.5 from, I found out that I could expect to receive
my copy yesterday.  Unfortunately, I have to rely not only on the company I
ordered from, but also on the U.S. Postal Service. This, being the busiest
season of the year for letter carriers, is probably not the best time to
stand by the mailbox waiting for software. To make a long story... less
long, I haven't gotten  the package yet. At this point, I'm not even sure
of whether I'm getting CAB 2.5 or 2.6, although I'm expecting 2.5.

     Oh well, all things in due time, I guess. But at least I'm not the
only one who hasn't gotten their copy. You'll see a post or two about CAB a
little later on.... oh heck, let's take a look at them right now...

>From the NewsGroup:

Thomas Raukamp posts:
     "ASH is completing it's internet-package with the new CAB
     2.6, which now  includes "Fiffi", a FTP-program.  Also new is
     the "ASH-Emailer", which is of course a software for e-mails
     and for newsgroups. All of the programs are available in
     Germany next week."

Steve Hammond muses:
     ">  Wonderful. AND we can't even get v2.5 here in the

     Yes you can - give Systems For Tomorow a call"

Ron Hall jumps in and replies:
     "Really? Great! I'll have to give Chro-Magic a call, because
     I pre-ordered CAB v2.5 from them. Hot dang!"

Hall Schrieb says:
     "Sounds good except for the fact that I hear it's using it's
     own standard and isn't compatible with any of the STing/STik
     based stuff. Is this correct?

     And what avbout English language versions? Will there be any
     translations of the abovementioned software or is it
     primarily made for the German "

Thomas Raukamp tells Hall:
     "That's correct and it's the reason why ASH added an
     E-Mail/News-Reader and a FTP-client to their CAB-package. The
     main problem with CAB 2.5 was, that you had easy access with
     it to the internet via PPP (which can't be said of another
     solution for the Atari - note the word 'easy'), but you
     could only use WWW. Now you can use all the important
     internet-services (ok, I hope they get out an IRC-software
     pretty soon). I hope to get my copy next week so I can give
     details on how the new software works.

     As far as I know I'm afraid even v. 2.5 of CAB still isn't
     available in the States in English - correct me if I'm wrong
     ...  I don't think ASH wants to keep the software for the
     German speaking public only, but they're a German company and
     they're not as big as M$ - which means translating the
     software is a matter of time and money for a small company as
     ASH. Hasn't ASH any good partners in the States or in the UK
     which care for translations of the products? You have to ask
     ASH about that, I'm afraid."

I reply to Thomas:
     "I have heard that System Solutions, the english language
     distributor for CAB 2.5, needed to do a second printing to
     get copies for the U.S.

     A little bird told me that they should be hitting shores on
     this side quite shortly.

     I don't know if it is a good sign or not that the first run
     was gone so quickly. I guess only time will tell."

Just so you don't think that we're limited to ONLY one web
browser, Petter Toneff posts:
     "There's a new internet package under developement for our

     Go to:

     English and german versions of the browser and mail client
     available.  It comes with it's own socket drivers, not
     Stik/Sting compatible unfortunately...."

Terry Ross checks this out and posts:
     "Some 1st impressions:
     1. It didn't recognise my Nova card.  Graphics were a mess.
     However, it works fine without it, and does a fairly decent
     job of dithering the pictures.

     2. I haven't actually made it online yet.  It is apparently
     connecting with my ISP, but then nothing but DNS failures.
     I haven't really spent that long trying to configure it
     properly yet, however.

     3. I've some mixed feelings about it.  It's not as polished
     as CAB, or WenSuite - but it looks like it is going to be a
     worthwhile package - Java support? Hmmmm.  While it's nice to
     see some more development for our platform, especially a
     comprehensive one like this, I wonder if the market is large
     enough to support all three suites. I'd hate to see all three
     groups go down because our funds have to be split in three
     directions.  Perhaps (hopefully) I'm wrong, and all three
     packages will be a commercial success."

In a web-related subject, Arthur Marshall asks for help with
scanned pictures:
     "More advice needed re scanned pictures. I've scanned in a
     couple of photos on a PC, and the JPG file is over 100k. If
     you wind this up to a GIF you end up with some enormous file
     of about 970k and nothing I've got will load it, let alone
     work on it. I assume this is because it's in about n million

     So how can I reduce this to a sensible size so I can at
     least load the damn thing into positive image, and what do I
     do it with?"

Daniel Rojo tells Arthur:
     "I assume you have a 1 Meg system, because a 1 Meg file is
     (but barely) workable in 2 or more Megs. Anyways, you can
     load the file in your atari, but you should sacrifice the
     number of colors and/or the resolution of the scanning. On
     most scanner drivers you can adjust the color deep and
     resolution of the image, so start reducing the color deep to
     256 (8 bit and pretty good quality) or 16 (4bit but low
     quality) and you will save a lot of space... use an
     uncompressed format (e.g uncompressed TIFF) to approximately
     know the size of the final image and fit it to your free
     memory after load PI. Don't forget to activate the virtual
     (disk swapping) memory option in PI pointed to an empty
     folder. If it is still too big, just reduce the resolution of
     the scanning until it fits.

     If you want to work with your current files, look for a
     friend with a plenity-of-memory computer (any computer type)
     and reform the images using a image retouching software,
     changing the same parameters.

     If you will do a lot of image retouching I recommend you to
     upgrade your system memory."

Ken Macdonald tells Arthur:
     "Saving as a gif automatically reduces the number of colours
     to 8bit (256) as well as compressing the file. Except of
     course it uncompresses when you load it.  If it is 970K when
     compressed, then it will probably be about 1.5MB when
     uncompressed, a little too large for your system I guess. If
     you can save it as a ximg(colour img) file with 16 colours so
     you can open it on the Atari.  check out Graphics File
     formats at for related info"

Jerry Faigin asks:
     "Does anybody have any ideas about putting an Atari STE1040
     on a NT 4.0 Microsoft network?

     Sounds weird, but I would like to try!"

Nicholas Bales replies with the first thing that popped into my
     "What about a PPP connection with StinG?"

Guy Harrison tells Jerry:
     "The TCP/IP option is the only common thing between them.
     I've tried as much as I can considering I know little about

     I hoped by setting up a com port for "dial in" that I'd be
     half of the way there - it seemed reasonable to assume there
     might be a driver, registry setting, or something that could
     be used to overide the "dial in" as such and just listen for
     TCP/IP packets instead. If there is one then I can't find it!

     .... but do let me know if you come across one."

William Wong tells Guy:
     "Try to install the NT RAS service. You can change the
     properties of certain ports ( RAS port ) to accept incoming
     calls. You will need administration privillage to do this."

Guy tells William:
     "I've done that. My (external) modem is dial out only on
     com2 using TCP/IP. Com1 is connected to the ST via a null
     modem cable. Ras can't see com1 atm but when it can the only
     two things I can do is "install modem" or install an "x25
     pad" (whatever the heck that is).

     How do I do it for a null modem though?"

Our new ST <-> NT networking Guru, William, tells Guy:
     "X25 is a packet swtching protocol. You will not need it.

     You need to install a null modem in the "install modem"
     menu. I think it is called "Dial-up networking serial cable"
     or something like that. You need to disable the modem
     detecting when installing so you can choose the serial cable
     connection option. This is separate from RAS, RAS uses a
     modem driver (unimodem.drv or similar) so installing a
     "serial cable driver" is required.

     BTW, you still need to be authenticated when you do the
     connection. The lowest security which NT uses is PAP, make
     sure you tick allow clear text password ( or something like
     that ) otherwise it will use CHAP."

Gilles Charron asks for help with MagiC, the multi-tasking TOS
     "I'm using Magic 5.03 And I've got a small problem:

     I can't use the Magic Shell After a Rez Change, It acts like
     the return key was stuck or something, all other applications
     don't complain but this one goes crazy.  Any Suggestions? Any
     other shells I could use that are compatible with Magic?"

Terry May tells Gilles:
     "I've never had any success changing res with MagiC (5.11)
     on my Falcon.  I usually don't get even as far as you do.
     It's probably one of my ACCs or something causing a problem.
     So when I want to change res, I just make sure all my files
     are closed, go to the change res menu, change the res and
     save it, then do a Alt-LS-Del or Alt-LS-RS-Del, depending on
     what I need.  That's not real elegant, but it works

We've covered this in the past few weeks, but it's worth
mentioning again. Miika Tervo asks:
     "Is ASH's PPP-connect supposed to work on other platfors
     than MagiC? I.e.  TOS/GEM, MiNT...does it need multitasking?"

Pascal Ricard tells Miika:
     "Well, I didn't succeeded in having it to work properly with
     MultiTos.  Afaik, it do needs preamptive multitaskink to
     work, so no single Tos."

Jo Evan Skarstein tells Pascal:
     "Somebody posted here a couple of weeks ago that he had
     managed to get PPP-Connect to work with MiNT+Geneva."

Our friend Greg Evans asks:
     "Does anyone know what was upgraded in CAB 2.5, other than
     PP Connect?  For example, does it allow frames to be resized,
     pages to be scrolled or links selected while a page is still

Terry May tells Greg:
     "You can do all of that with the 2.0 demo, except resizing
     frames (though you can resize the whole window).  Regarding
     scrolling pages or selecting links while a page is
     downloading, you just have to keep the mouse held down until
     it 'sees' it."

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

                            PEOPLE ARE TALKING

                            EDITORIAL QUICKIES

"China  told  Washington  Thursday not to  let  government  officials  meet
democracy activist Wei Jingsheng during his exile in the United States. "We
are  opposed to U.S. government officials meeting Wei Jingsheng and we  are
opposed to making use of Wei Jingsheng in anti-Chinese activities," Foreign
Ministry spokesman Tang Guoqiang said. Hong Kong's South China Morning Post
reported  Thursday that President Bill Clinton would this month  meet  Wei,
who  flew to the United States upon his release on medical parole this past

                               What BRASS!!
         Now, they're trying to tell us how to run this country!!
       We, as a nation, should STOP buying their inferior products!

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